502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - SEP 24, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2008 750 ml. into wine glass. Nice moist cork with a loud pop and lots of CO2 mist lingering. I can;t find a date on either the bottle of the cork. Pours a nice hazy honey brown color with visible active carbonation and a great creamy white dense head. Aroma is very refreshing - white grapes (champagne), oak, sour apple, lemon, and a funky sour aroma to finish it of. Very simple and refreshing flavor too - mostly white grapes that start sour and finish sweet and coat the teeth and gums. A little bit of oak on upfront with the sour grapes. Fizzy yet creamy (strange but pleasant) on palate with medium body. Overall: very nice. Iím really starting to like this style. (about 45 min after I typed all of the above) the brew is still good but has developed a crazy cheesy funk in the after flavor after sitting for a while. Iím not a huge fan of this quality, but I should have drunk my beer faster... but I know a lot of people dig this funky cheese quality.
(RERATE) I will leave it at 4.1, but got to reiterate how good this is. Its even funkier and more barnyardy this time around.
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 14, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008 Bottle - Pours a translucent yellow with a small white head...aroma is bold, wood esters, dry funk, hidden dry fruit...flavour is also bold, puckery..some of these sours are getting pretty tiresome...a good beer, but isn’t bringing anything new to the table and isn’t worth the price...
jake65 (3445) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - SEP 11, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Pours a hazy golden blonde with a modest off-white head that dissipated rather quickly. Aroma is rich with sour and tart fruitiness and barrel aged qualities. Almost intense enough to call pungent. Taste is a lip smacking, mouth puckering fruity tartness. Dry, without as much sweet. Has that vinous and barrel aged feel again. Very nice.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 7, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Carolina Crew tasting! Bottle courtesy of Todd! Thanks! Hazy gold pour. Tart aroma mostly green apples. Sour, fruity , earthy, wood, and yeast. Excellent gueze
ketchepillar (1184) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - SEP 6, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
375mL bottle at Red Monk. Tasty but a bit much. Aroma has a fair amount of yeast ass in it. Pretty sour and tart like apple cider vinegar. Some interesting fruit and sweetness, which isn’t all that good.
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 (3276) - 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. Itís 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 donít 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 Iíve 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 $.