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


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RATINGS: 410   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Boutip (4637) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 6, 2006
Bottle: Poured a clear orangey/yellow color lambic with a huge pure white foamy head with perfect retention. Aroma of sourness, oak, some funkyness and green apples. Taste has some sweetness to balance the sourness and the oak characteristic. Mix between green apples, light acidity and the funkyness is pretty close to perfection. The fact that this version is supposed to be inferior to the unfiltered version make me crave (the black label) even more.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kepano (246) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 21, 2006
An absolutely magnificent gueuze, the clear pomegranate body glints of oscillating pinkish and blazing orange hues beneath a light beige mousse that dwindles to a thin bubbly film circumscribed by an austere ring. The nose immediately reminds of sour fruits, particularly apple and mouth-watering cherries. Champagne, white grapes, orange and dragées are also present suggestive of a certain sweetness that binds the strong terroir odors of cheese and spices. Gorgonzola and sharp Gruyère form a distinctive musty aroma associated with those of ham and pepper that leave me salivating before my glass. The first contact with the tongue reveals a dry carbonation, flavors of Champagne and grapefruit which rapidly flow into a much sweeter, almost sticky sensation of apple juice, acacia honey, oak and wet straw. The finish is dusty and dry, leading to a triumphant aftertaste that coats the palate and lingers with fantastic complexity. Soft cow cheeses are very present, reminding particularly of Emmental and Chimay à la bière especially in its grassy apricot notes. I actually had a center cut of Emmental on the side and the match was simply divine - my taste buds are piqued by the thought alone. I was amazed to find it widely considered the "lesser" version of the Black Label, though I should mention my bottle was well aged (a few months past its best before date), which may have contributed to its wonderful pungency. A truly exquisite beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hawksfan17 (890) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2006
Pours hazy gold with white head. Smells of sour apples and grapes. There is also a sweet grain, hay, hoppy aroma. The flavor is mainly sour with a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (7855) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 11, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2007 375ml bottle, vintage unknown
Consumed at In De Wildeman, Amsterdam, May 2006

Very sweet, mildly tart and "peppery" more than sour. Some sweet orange and pear flavors are evident. Overall it’s a decent sweet gueze, refreshing at the very least, but this does not satisfy my gueze cravings at all. For that I need the real thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Skinnyviking (6733) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 4, 2006
Bottle. White lasting head. Powerful sour apple aroma. Sour apple flavor. Pleasantly carbonated. Very refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (13144) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2010 37.5ml bottle. I really liked this. Enough funk and sourness to keep you really interested, but not so harsh as to be unpleasant. Really drinkable gueuze. I will definitely buy more of this the next time I am in Belgium. 4.2/5. OK so I’ve learnt a lot about lambic since having this and now know it isn’t so good. Bit too sweet and a bit uncultured.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (20486) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 7, 2006
Bottle. Clear amber coloured with a medium sized white head. Light acidc aroma with lots of wood and notes of apples. Light acidic flavour of fruits and wood.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2006
Bottle. Clear dark gold with a thin white head. Sour apple aroma with a note of curry? (maybe from the frite shop below). Quite sweet for a gueuze. The balancing sourness has some apple cider and chardonney qualitites. Lingering tart finish. Smooth but still complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 24, 2006
Bottle thanks to BierKönig: Pours a clear golden bronze with a lightly-lacing wispy white head. Very cheesy, lightly earthy aroma has some malty complexity. Body starts with a mild toasty malty sweetness and some drier cheesy barnyard character before a lightly sticky, tart, cheesy earthy finish. This version doesn’t have the fullness or complexity of the black label version, yet it is still quite good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 20, 2006
Poured a clear amber color with a small off-white head. Acidic/vinigar aroma with some funk. Sweet underneath. Flavor was moderately tart with a sweet finish. Light and refreshing.

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