DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 10, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2005 musty apricot orange with a thin ring of white suds..aroma of powdered sugar, barns and sweet leather..very powdery and sweet smelling with hints of strawberry..flavor was tart, musty, leathery and sugary..with the real taste of strawberries in the background covered in tartness..lots of musty dusty berry loveliness...
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Delicious! Hanssen’s woody character throughout - lip-smacking delicious. Strawberry, cherry sourness, fair body, nearly zero head in both my samples. Very yeasty. A delicious fruit labic or kriek or whatever the hell you call it. One for sour beer freaks.
jaymobrown (1605) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sour and tart. Tart and sour. I thought this was a good complex lambic. Strawberries of course dominate everything, and there is a heavy sour aftertaste.
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 21, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hanssens can do no wrong! Another lambic that can be easily passed as a gueuze mix! Some musty hints and tiny farm hints in the nose along with super fresh strawberries. I expected strawberry seeds to be floating on top! This was a 2000 vintage, and already the complexity could be tasted. Much more than just a strawberry lambic in the vein of de Troch, this one has a bit of champaign like dryness, and old gueuze sourness. A great one!
omhper (18710) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pale orange and slightly hazy. Acidic nose with just a hint of over ripe strawberries. Very fresh mouthfeel, balanced acidity and delicious strawberry flavour all the way through to the finish. A remarkable thirst quencher.
austinpowers (2827) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 30, 2002
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I hate to be the only guy who didn’t taste rubber bands, but I can’t lie! I feel like a loser, but all I tasted was SOUR, followed by sour notes, with a sour aftertaste. Even the aroma was sour. I realize this is how it’s supposed to be, so taking that into consideration, you should be warned that this beer is...uh, sour. Despite the depiction of strawberries on the label, the strawberry truck apparently overturned on the way to the Hanssens Brewery, because seemingly few of them actually made it into this gueuze-like beer. A quality brew that I’m simply unable to appreciate. For the seasoned connoisseur of gueuzes only!
Ernest (6010) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 7, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2005 Head is initially small, fizzy, off-white, fully diminishing. Body is hazy dark yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately yeasty (barnyard, horseblanket), lightly malty (toasted grain), with notes of peach, kiwi, and strawberry, grapes, lime/lemon zest. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic. Medium body, watery texture, soft carbonation. FUNKerrific. Nice stuff...lets the yeast strut out front, but with a pleasant soft fruity character for accent. Assertive sourness reminds you this is a traditional lambic, but even more tartness would be welcome. More carbonation in this sample would have improved the mouthfeel.
bierkoning (9738) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - AUG 6, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My 300th beer. Indeed a special one. Strawberries off course in both aroma and taste. Also citrus, vanilla and oak. Sour with still some sweetness left. Good, sour lambic, but not too complex, the strawberry dominates.
Kåstå (1272) - Mol, BELGIUM - JUN 19, 2002
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
No head, very few bubbles. This gives it more of a winish character. There is strawberry, of course, and it is not totally uninteresting but I prefer krieks. A refreshing sourness.
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 13, 2002
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Strawberry wine clear colour - no head. Unripened strawberries and rasberries, grapefuit and milded bread yeast aromas. Sharp quick sweet and unripened strawberry flavoured start, yeasty rawish sour going to an unexpectantly flat and a somewhat flavourless middle, and sweeter refreshing finish. There are better gueuzes out there.