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

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RATINGS: 1160   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Unfiltered.
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.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 17, 2004
(Bottle) Pours an orangish yellow body with a spare white head. Tart aroma of white grapes, Granny Smith apples, and yeast. Tart flavor. Excellent Gueuze!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
heemer77 (5080) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - OCT 16, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2009 My store has had this for a while. I didnít realize what was stting on the shelf for a long time. I wished I had tried it earlier. Small, thin head tops the brew. The color is a deep amber with a little bit of cloudiness. Aroma is hay, lemons and a little vinegar. As you drink it also smells of apples and slight mustiness. The taste was a mouth puckering sourness that pops out at first and lets you know that this is a geueze. Tastes of sour apples and cherries. Also has some lime and a little bit of a cheese like a stilton? The finish is also a little bit salty. The mouthfeel of this is oily, but in a pleasant way. This gem deserves its high ranking. A true masterpiece of the style.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - OCT 15, 2004
Hazy Yellow & Orange color. Foamy perfect head. Apple, cookie dough, citrus, lemon, earthy, like nothing Iíve ever smelled. Very sour and tart, lemon, tea, salt. Very complex almost like a grassy taste. This beer took my attention away from everything like no beer ever has. I think this is the closest to heaven you will come to in a bottle.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
desurfer (1190) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - OCT 15, 2004
Pours a hazy gold, highly effervescent in the glass but not much head formation. Aroma of musty cobwebs, pungent and sour but in no way offensive. This is awesome! The first sip is mouth-puckering sour, with notes of ripened fruit, grass, and sour candy. Notes of funky cheese and yet more sourness in the dry, tart finish. An absolute pleasure to drink and one of my favorites of all time.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - OCT 11, 2004
10/7/04. Poured out of 375 mL bottle, obtained in a trade with DavidP on RateBeer 10/2/04. Deep golden amber color like hazy hay. Nice dusty but blotchy lacing. Very thinly lingering white head. Awesome shimmer and sparkle on the lacing, but Iíd love it if the head were larger and more lasting. Big funk and straw/grass flavors. Also some honey/nectar with a touch of sweetness, but an overall dry character. Almost like a moldy cheese (but not quite bleu cheese-- I donít know). Dry cheesy funk with a smooth, slick, and then sharp mouthfeel. Almost spicy pungency in the back of the throat. Very nice, oily texture and then blotches of strong brett and candied lemon citrus sparkling all over the tongue. Very complex and delicious. With Drie Fonteinen, one of the best geuzes Iíve yet had the pleasure to try.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - SEP 29, 2004
This is like walking into a damn manure pyle. Lots of undergrowth, and vegetal horseblanket funk. Sweat, even. The flavor is there just under the surface once you can get past the vinegar and super sour flavors, there is a great balanced acidity and some interesting mineral qualities. The funk is right here for you. Finishes spicy and fruity and of course sour.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 23, 2004
I can smell the funk on this before the cork is even out!...whooof! There it is, twisted citrus, a bed of straw, mysterious mustiness, ...gotta give it up to gueuze, there ainít nothiní like it! sparkling minerals, brilliant lemons, funky orange...appearance: amber/peach color, no head ... Taste: oooh, oooh, sourness itself, serious puckeration, but still refreshing and swift down the throat. Medium body, long, long slick, dry finish, leaves a serious coating in the mouth. This has got to be one of the better tasting gueuzes Iíve ever had, though it still gives my senses a tumble, I remain powerless before itís elusive character. Halfway in, the sour attack on the tongue is not as harsh, and it slips ever easier down, feeling even thicker on the palate. I pass the night with a few of these, no problem. Pretty snappy gueuze they got goiní on...

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jzzbassman (1466) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - SEP 23, 2004
My first gueuze leaves me at somewhat of a loss on how to describe it. Poured a burnt orange, somewhat cloudy with almost no head but good lacing. Aroma - well, you could smell it as soon as the cork was out. Horseblanket dominated the aroma. Flavor was tart, starting as sour apple and ending somewhere just south of pickle juice territory. In a word, funky!!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2004
Pours a slightly hazy deep gold with a small white head. Sparkling like champagne. Aroma of crisp apples, lemon, and spice. I was suprised by no barnyard smell. Then it began to warm and Mr Ed showed up but not nearly as strong as some other expamples. Tangy flavor cotinues with apples and spice and little bitter on the long finish but not a hop bitter and then lemon on top of that. Medium bodied.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2004 This stuff is just simply amazing. Iím not even going to go through a list of all of the flavors thats in here and my description cannot possibly do this stuff justice. Just phenominal.


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