Moz (613) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2007 Bottle, 37,5 cl. Golden colour with almost no head. Fuity aroma, not that funky. Sour fruity flavour, and yes, I can feel the strawberries.
Jerre (3164) - Waregem, BELGIUM - FEB 17, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 37,5 cl. Amber colour, small white head. Sour yeast aroma. Flavour = little sweet strawberry. Sourness taste is just perfect.
A great beer.
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - FEB 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2000: Clear straw yello with a little bit of orange. Very sour aroma with a bit of strawberry. Taste is very sour up front. Has just a bit of syrupy sweetness to it. Very good, but not great.
GarrettB (1428) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 28, 2007
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2007 “Not with a bang but a whimper” – T.S. Eliot. It’s a regrettable quote to attach to a corked beer, but it happened nonetheless. I pulled the cork out of the bottle with relative ease, and heard not a satisfying pop, but a pathetic wheeze. I paused for a moment to consider whether this was an ill-omen, a guarantee of a tainted beer, or whether it might be the strange intent of the brewery. It could have been the diligent decision of a master craftsman peering into his vats of brew, or it may have been an unfortunate turtle on a road that caused a truck carrying beer shipments to jump a bit too much. The appearance, at least, seemed unharmed. There were no patches of bacterial colonies or fungal islands floating about - just a nice hazy amber color refracting a comforting orange glow. Anxiety returned swiftly when I smelled pure and abundant sourness, unaccompanied and unrestrained. My nose suffered the duress of the besieging acerbity, at last developing enough of an immunity to detect a little bit of sweet-tart in the aroma. Then it succumbed to the dominant generic sourness once more. The tongue was next to suffer the assault, wailing with the same complaint of barbaric, screeching sourness. It’s a kind of tang that doesn’t belong to any fruit, or any other flavor I can think of. Beseeching the vast corners of my mind I scoured for something to associate with the sourness, but found nothing. It is a gray, lifeless sourness, decorated slightly with the sugary sweet sensation of fruit lollipops. An artificial cherry and watermelon blend give the flavor profile the only character, dousing itself in an ironic twist of blandness and unrelenting pain. Giving it some time to vent some of its acidic fury, and a little more time to come down to the room’s natural climate helps to tame it a bit, but all it does is convert some of the industrial, bland sourness to a sweet vinegar flavor which is many times better but still not satisfying by itself. It was a disappointing experience, but I suspect that the woody top and its quick surrender may be the source of this beer’s woe and misfortune. A re-tasting will be in order.
bask (305) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JAN 16, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2007 Light brown colour, small white bubbly head. Aroma of strawberries and sour yeast. Sweet strawberry flavour, but not the oversugared palate as found in most fruit beers. Interesting mix of strawberry and sourness!
7 year old version:
Strong yeasty initial aroma. Only very light strawberry aroma. Orange colour, no head. Small floating particles. Thick flavour, quite sugary, light spices, strawberry, hints of geuze yeast in the finish. Nice and easy to drink flavour, but lost some of its strength.
Ar 8 / Ap 3 / Fl 8 / Pa 3 / Ov 14 / Tot 3.6
Theis (15116) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 2, 2007
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle (2004) Shared with Jacob & Bager. Aroma: Strawberries. Taste: Strawberries, high vinegar, goosberries, hurts the gums.. love it !!
ClarkVV (5681) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 27, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375mL bottle, bonus from Dorwart, thanks man! Consumed on 11/10/06. Unsure of the vintage.
Unfiltered peachy-golden, with some very soft honey and melon tones throughout. Tiny bubbles drift lazily upwards and an off-white head is formed, precariously, and receding to cover. Wispy lace covers the glass, however, quite profusely as it recedes. Medium-high to high clarity, leaving the sediment (not all that much) behind.
A clear shot of acid shoots up the nostrils on first sniff, very lactic in character. This somewhat softens in to a warm, funky mold and cheese note that definitely recalls horse manure and general barnyard activity (some sulphur present too). But a dry, almost autumn leafiness somewhat helps lighten the scene (not that the funk isnt highly enjoyable). Not much, if any of the strawberry in the nose, at most I can pick out a bit of sweet fruit essence. Light vanilla through the middle speaks of not quite fully attenuated pils malt, but then disappears, as brett and lacto redouble their efforts on the finish. Some lime and grapefruit rind acidity is noted, but the barnyard and cheesiness is mostly dominant. Medium to medium-high strength of aroma, very sniffable and quite delightful. Importantly, no flaws noted, not that you would expect them from Hanssens.
Acid washes quickly over the palate, to begin, with funky brett and pediococcus adding tons of barnyard flavors, and lacto delivering that yogurty/cheesiness. Very minimal green apples are covered by limes and a hint of soft honey sweetness. Soft, wheaty texture with very low carbonation. What is there, however, is mostly tight and engaging, clearing the palate well at each sip. The strawberry, which is definitely apparent in the flavor, is most curious. It sits outside the realm of the lambic, more an afterthought and not as woven in to the flavor as your typical tart cherry or raspberry notes. The reason most likely being that it is more sweet, though importantly, not too sweet. Just that strawberries are more naturally soft and sweet than raspberries and sour cherries. This puts it in more contrast to the lambic qualities and makes it quite distinctive, and in my opinion, quite delicious. Nowhere near overdone, and quite authentic. Touch of wateriness, and maybe a bit softer in the acid department than I prefer, but funky per the norm of Hanssens and quite full of unique character.
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
375ml bottle. pours a golden hue with no head, very lightly carbinated. aroma is mainly acidic sourness, with some very faint strawberry and raspberries in there. mostly just sour. flavor is mainly sour with a hint of strawberries, raspberries, and bandages in the aftertaste. clearly ot a well made lambic. I thought this was an unblended gueuze cuz there’s very little fruitiness to this. in enjoy the sourness but it’s just not very complex at all.
Egon (478) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - DEC 16, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Darker than Hanssens Oude Gueuze but no head at all. Very sour, a bit too much for me! Very low fruit taste.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 14, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Label on the bottle said 750ml. It was significantly smaller, but who knows? Unfiltered and dull golden hued. Sour vinegar aroma with a nice subtle strawberry note. Tart and medium bodied. Strong astringent flavor. Good, but not the best. Although it is my first strawberry lambic.