kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
375mL bottle. Pours hazy straw color, with a thin off-white head. Tart nose; with apple cider vinegar, citrus, leather, and wood. Citrus, mainly lemon and grapefruit, apple, vinegar, and barnyard notes all interact seamlessly on the palate. Flavor is tart, but not as much as I expected from the aroma. Long, dry, fairly sour finish. Delicious and incredibly drinkable.
NachlamSie (3256) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 27, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2010 Bottle. Pours a hazy weird off-yellow with a pillowing white head. I can smell this stuff as soon as I pop the cork. Not for the faint of heart, this beer is seriously sour. Putting my nose to the snifter is more intense than putting my nose directly to a jug of vinegar. Intensity aside, this has a fantastic array of wild, funky aromas: cheese, hay, goats, lemon, serious malt vinegar. The spritzy mouthfeel does well to compliment the tartness of the flavor. It’s no surprise when the puckering onslaught hits my palate. It moves through some layers, starting with the sharp vinegar character and moving towards a wild, tart funk. This never becomes sweet or forgiving. I don’t get much bottom end in this one. Props for its unabashed use of bacterial quality. This is one of the most aggressive of all soured beer I’ve encountered.
[March 13, 2010]
Bottle at the Map Room. Hanssens remains one of my favorite Lambics, especially the gueuze. It is one of the most potently sour examples of the style and still retains complexity and cleanliness. Plenty of fruity notes and oak are present in the aroma along with the rich vinegar-type sourness. The palate is medium and the flavor makes for a wonderful sipper. Grass, fruits and all kinds of wooden complexity mingle with the potent tartness. Delicious.
bboeckl (142) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 24, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Exceptional Gueze. Golden, with a white head. Excellent lacing. Taste was SOUR, tart, fuity, and astringent. Dry aftertaste. Strong sour lemon taste, but this is well balanced by maltiness. Unbelievable complexity. I highly recommend this gueze. Fits style guidelines to a tee.
AmEricanbrew (6727) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 22, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear dark gold with a fizzy white head. Good aroma is toasted wood with barnyard funk and tart wheat. Medium body and lightly carbonated. Pucker factor is medium to high from front to back. Good yeasty funk flavors with tart wheat, bready malts, with some tart lemon and dry wood. Another most worthy gueuze here.
djtimeless (222) - Colorado, USA - AUG 19, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2009 Pours out hazy gold. Taste is tart and crisp with a little funk. Nice balance. Not to sour. Great gueuze for the $.
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 28, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
38cl, from De Hopduvel Gent, complex, balanced, hazy, good head, good sour geuze
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 28, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle of non-recorded vintage. The beer was quite tart and leathery. But, for a gueuze pretty balanced. Not overly puckering. A nice carbonated palate with acid, bitterness, and acetic qualities. The beer reminded me of a Cantillon Classic Gueuze I had earlier in the week.
bb (8506) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 26, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Amber beer with a nice off-white head. Tart, slight lemony, slight acetic aroma. Tart/sour flavor with some earth and light lemony citrus. Some balancing sweetness. Decent acetic notes. Medium body. Lingering acetic sour with wood and earth.
Geuzelambix (243) - København, DENMARK - JUL 21, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is how a geuze is supposed to be. An aroma which is nearly bad but at the same time promising, a flavor of heaven with sour, bitter and surprising elements melting together - try this now!
emacgee (4593) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUL 21, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a soft hazy yellow with a creamy white head. The nose is tart, sour, vinous, muscadine, funky, dry. The flavor is also very tart and sour, yeasty and funky, acidic with a light waxyness. Tart and carbonated mouthfeel.