Brewed by Brouwerij Girardin
Style: Lambic Style - Gueuze
Sint Ulriks-Kapelle, Belgium


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RATINGS: 1373   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
De houten ton is een Gallische uitvinding, die gebruikt werd voor het gisten als voor het bewaren van wijn als bier. Ten opzichte van de amforen hadden ze veel voordelen : ze waren lichter, konden een grotere inhoud bevatten, waren minder fragiel en waren ook nog handiger, want men kon ze rollen. De tonnen en pijpen die Breughel schilderde kunnen zo afkomstig zijn uit het tonnenmagazijn van elke Pajottenlandse lambikbrouwer (of daar nog staan ...). Houten tonnen werden algemeen gebruikt tot het begin van de vorige eeuw.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (12100) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 26, 2006
Pours copper/amber with a tall foamy and crackling white head, sticky lacing, lasting head. Aroma is earthy yeast (grass), sour fruit (green apple, pear), malt (hay, straw) and dough. Tart and bitter sour fruit and earthy yeast, malt flavor, medium acidity, flowers-fresh, mint and spices with notes of wood. Medium bodied and foamy, fizzy palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beastiefan2k (3547) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - OCT 25, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2007 So I have been waiting a while to try this and just on chance I walked into New beer in NYC and this was laying around. Don’t think a shipment came in to NY, probably just a misplaced case. Also, lots of crude in the neck makes me think its been sitting around for a while. So I split this into two glasses a Lindeman’s flute and a small tulip glass. Cork pops with lots of power, barely had to force it off. Pours with a vicious head in the flute and a small but strong head in the tulip. Color is a very nice light amber orange, murky, cannot see through it yet full of bouncing light. Visible carbonation but not too much. Aroma is strong, a strong but aged tartiness, I’ll compare it to the tartiness I get in a lot of Cantillon’s but much more subdued. I figure age has done this. There is what I feel is a burnt rubber aroma akin to a 3 Fonteinen Gueze, which I am not a fan of but here it is a background character enhancing the aroma. Also imagine smelling fruit, more particularly strawberries but without any of the sweetness. I know its weird but its what I get. Some hay and funk all around. Taste is incredibly mellow and funky with a sharp tartiness kicking in just as you swallow and passing fast. Leaving a leathery aftertaste that quickly subsides into dryness. I really am impressed by the mellowness of this lambic. A spiky carbonation to offset the tartiness. But all of it passes and nothing is left but a dry feeling in your mouth begging for more.

Another 375mL bottle, also marked 1106 on cork and much less crude in the neck. So I really have no idea what the age on either of the bottles are. Just wanted to return to this because it’s just such a great beer. Aroma is orange marmalade infused vinegar. And it jut smells so fresh, nothing about it could give away the age. Taste is very sour and sweet-less fruits and ends with a long long good herbalness and sourness. I no longer get any of the "rubber" I got in a bottle a year ago. Just the best.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - OCT 24, 2006
Bottle from Holiday Wine Cellar: Pale hazy peach color with a generous off white head. Aroma is fruity (citrus) and acidic. Flavor starts extremely tart with sharp lemon, vinegar, wood and green apple. Finish is sour, hoppy and quite dry. Medium bodied with champange like carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2006
Hazy golden orange with a frothy head. Sour, fruity aroma. As expected the taste, after a fleeting sweetness, is lemony and grapefruity and ends with some dryness. Immensely easy to drink and enjoy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 11, 2006
Beautiful cloudy light copper with huge head. Sour aroma and taste...very nice lambic. Lots of apple and sharp sourness. Really enjoyed this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TPaliga (212) - Munster, Indiana, USA - OCT 11, 2006
Pours cloudy and gloden. Aroma is citrus, ripe fruit, and yeast. Flavor is tart and tangy citrus, nice sour flavor is refreshing. Finishes slighly bitter. Very lively on the tongue. Nice Gueze.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Enjoyit (3756) - Vadum, DENMARK - OCT 10, 2006
What a head!! does it never disappear? A lovely sour aroma, not to temper. Granny smith appels-aroma. A very nice gueuze!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 6, 2006
Vertical vintages 1999 and 2005. The ’05 has a tart and yeasty aroma compared to the sweeter and more sour aroma of the ’99. The ’05 rather simple tart green apples with a woody dry finish. The ’99 however is much more gueze like, the sour and tartness are rounded out very nicely before fading to an earthy oakiness. Very smooth and a creamier mouthfeel that finishes with a touch of alcohol in the back of the throat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - OCT 6, 2006
bottle - Aroma is sour over-ripened fruit, wet horse blanket, hay, yeast, with strong tart citrus undertones. Very inviting. Pours cloudy yellow brown with a nice big quickly fading head that comes back everytime I swirl. Decent lacing. Flavor is snappy cheek puckering sour. Lemon, wet hay, horse hair, and white vinegar. They all take turns and really shine together. Palate is dry and tart. A complex and super tasty brew.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 6, 2006
UPDATED: APR 9, 2009 Cloudy golden-copper body with a large white head. Intense barnyard aroma. Taste is hay, green and red apples, dry branches. Acidity level is medium and I’d even say it is below average for the genre. Some brett in there adds that little “it” factor that makes it stand out even if not by much. The best gueuze? maybe, I’m not a guru of the genre. I believe that when I die I’m going to a place with unlimited supply of Black Label. Will it be heaven or hell? Depends if the labels say Girardin or Carling.

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