pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - APR 23, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A clear orangey gold with a very thin white head with a few big bubbles. A sharp lactobacillus bite. A bit of vinegar, lemon, and maybe a slightly offputting acrid acidity. Some grass. Some sort of fruit candy. A bit fruity, a bit funky, but definitely dry. Light in carbonation, but a lovely tingly mouthfeel. Thin and drinkable. I’d say the acidity makes this like a sharp lemonade in terms of thirst quenching. Very dry and lightly fruity, reminiscent of a champagne, but certainly more flavor. Highly acidic, lemon, lactobacillus. Grassy aftertaste. Lemony acidity in the finish. I could drink more of this, if the price is right.
tipsytoad (85) - JERSEY - APR 17, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very, very good traditional Gueze with a high complexity. As a note to previous and future ratings, Hanssens is NOT a brewer - they are blenders who blend lambics bought from other lambic breweries. And very good they are too.
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - APR 16, 2007
1.7 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
Smells of cheese. Appears gold with a big head. Very sour flavor, like rhubarb and cheese. Unenjoyable overall. This is possibly an acquirable taste, but why bother? There are too many other beers that taste fine immediately.
marcus (7293) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 13, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This golden lambic ale poured with a thin off-white head and a strong acidic aroma. There is nothing like the taste of a high quality traditional gueuze. Hanssen’s does a great job of blending the young with the old, so that the taste is neither too sweet nor too sour, and there is a pleasant peppery finish. Gueuze is an acquired taste, and few drinkers enjoy their initiation to this style. Many years ago, I poured my first glass of gueuze down the drain, thinking it had gone bad, but it is now one of my favorite styles, and Hanssen’s is one of the few brewers that still use the traditional brewing and blending method.
vyvvy (4557) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 12, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours clear amber / orage with a whispy white head. The aroma has leather, tobacco, barnyard funk, some vinegar and sourness. While the words don’t sound good for the aroma, they are. Medium body that is both rich and crisp with some mild carbonation that goes down very smooth. The taste starts with some woodiness and pepper with vinegar and barnyard yeasty fund ~ quite rich and sour. The finish is smooth with some spice and sourness.
UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - MAR 15, 2007
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Looks like a hefe. Tastes like pure lactic acid. I appreciated the smell and all, but the taste was just wayyy to sour. Most likely not the best Lambic to start with, but still...not so good for drinking.
ekstedt (5838) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 14, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2013 Bottle (375 ml). Deep hazy golden, small white head. Intriguing aroma with cider-like base of green apples, but some earthy notes of leather and gunpowder. Bone dry and ultra sour, a bit over the top.
Skinnyviking (7595) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 5, 2007
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Lown and astonishingly lasting white head. Hazy golden body. Medium acidic grape fruit aroma. Acidic grape fruit flavor, agressive taste without being too much. Long lasting nice and bitter aftertaste.
drpimento (2419) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 3, 2007
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
this is compared to its brewer’s description. I barely pickup the refreshingly fruitiness. I do get some heavy duty sourness. color was nice. aroma was typical gueze but accented by malt/cider vinegar. couldn’t finish mine, but others who were trying it seemed to really enjoy it and even were reordering it! Had it from a small bottle at Bodega Brew Pub downtown La Crosse
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2007
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Medium/dark gold color - very cloudy with a thin off-white head. Aroma of old vinegar, rotten apples and barnyard hay. Taste is puckering sour - hard to get past that to the other flavors, though there is a tinge of sweet fruits and some oak at the end. But it mostly just gets lost to me in that rancid acidity.