Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden yellow with a frothy white head. Nose is sour and cheesey. Flavour is sour and complex.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - APR 20, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice big ol' 750 ml green bottle. Cork is removed with a modest "pop" and no massive foam rush. Pours murky into an Orval glass, and looks almost like a German Hefe-Weizen with its full compliment of yeast. The head on top is rather thin, yet complete and white. One can simply say that the brew has a sour aroma, but no, it is much more than that. I cannot say how many Gueuze reviews I have read here and have seen the ubiquitous "barnyard, but without the shit" and "lots of stinky cheese" type aroma comments, but that matches this brew's character perfectly. The flavor of this one is big and complex, lingering almost like a slow motion replay that is trying to figure out if that darned puck crossed the line or not. Starts malty, then explodes with that Jolly Rancher sweet and sour type candi flavor. The palate is creamy and smooth, and just mashes the senses into a pulp. A rather fun experience, and enjoyable for those who have progressed to the point of enjoying such a complex experience in something like a brew...
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - MAR 26, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: vinegar, wood, floral scents, and photographic chemicals (i.e. a "darkroom" smell). smells strong and bad at first, then grows on you.
Appearance: cloudy yellow
Flavor: overwhelming tartness--like a pickle or a sweet tart--slight medicine flavors
Palate: apart from the tartness--very smooth. If swallowed very fast one feels alot of abrasiveness on the back of the throat.
3fourths (7524) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - MAR 22, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle shared with my gal lilannie. Wood and butter nose and flavor, tart as expected, tickling the throat. Buttery texture as well, strong and acidic which is nice when combined with the smooth palate. Lingering peppery cola-like feeling, scorched tongue is the result. Murky golden hue with a white head.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 21, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
375 ml bottle, no date. Absolutely gorgeous color, ruddy orange with a hint of blood red, medium frothy head. Huge nose fills my small apartment with old dusty books, lemons, the farm. Massively citric and juicy at the front, bitter and dry at the finish, light, fruity (cherries, blackberries) and refreshing yet demanding of your clearest faculties. Mouthpuckering and long as it washes down, this is absolutely superb, first class in every way.
SpringsLicker (2937) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 24, 2004
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
I sampled this perhaps in hopes that it would change my mind about Lambics in general. It pours as a slightly cloudy light golden color with a small head. The aroma is an odd experience. Others said it was barnyard, but it didn't smell like any barnyard I've ever been in. The taste was battery acid sour. Only for those who have a taste for this stuff. If you've never had a Lambic, try one in a smaller bottle so you won't have to pour out the whole 750.
CapFlu (4244) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 13, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Cloudy, orange with a thin, white head. Nose of lemon, rubber bands and barnyard. Tart, lemon and sweet. White wine and lasting sour finish.
shameusburp (171) - Virginia, USA - FEB 11, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is vinegar. Appearance is semitranslucent orange/red combination. Flavor is sour upfront identical to aroma followed by citrus/lemons. I didn't detect malt in the flavor. Palate was a strong sour that didn't clear itself. Overall, my first Gueuze so it's hard to compare to others Gueuzes.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 8, 2004
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Golden yellow with a thin white head. The nose is very earthy and the taste is rough and kind of like ammonia. The body is thin but crisp. Overall, its just bad to me. Maybe someone else likes it, I just dont.
argo0 (11078) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 8, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2006 (1-14-06, 1.5L bottle) Did not take notes, but no question I enjoyed this a heck of a lot more than 3.7 -- rating adjusted upward accordingly.
(2-8-04, 1.5L bottle) Cloudy golden with small off-white head. Aroma is barnyard vinegar, light gym socks. Taste is vinegar, fruity -- not overly sour. Finishes acidic sour, vinegar. Light-medium body. (7/4/8/3/15)