Emil (6066) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2004
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 4/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2005 Copenhagen beer marathon 2004. Golden color, heavy SOUR funky aroma and taste, ful body, sour finish.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 25, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2006 Horse-blanket, leather, musty, cheese-like aromas with an almost sweet undertone. Murky and opaque orange-tan coloured body with small white head that diminishes to ring. Fruit, malt, and floral tones play off each other nicely in the aroma with an omnipresent tartness. Dry in the mouth and puckering on the edges of the tongue. Bottle enjoyed with beerbuzzmontreal, MartinT, Rastacouere and a gang of bierophoux. Fresh batch received from BiŤropholie in late summer 2006 approaches perfection especially at or near room temperature. Original score 9-3-8-4-17=4.1.
Rastacouere (6119) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 25, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2006 Cloudy golden-orange. Gentle white ring. Gueuzes scent can be smelled from far. Probably the most expressive cheese aromas Iíve experienced. Incredibly funky, horsey, sweaty, leathery, plastic-like even. Cider, basement, cobwebs notes etc. Superb yeast development. Fairly adequate malt base reminds of honey hence itís not all about sourness. Truly a top echelon gueuze that does everything right and more. One Iíd keep a stash of, this and cuvťe renť. Dry oaky palate with loads of yeast complexities. Cider like dryness develops toward the acidic funky finish. FUNKY. I love it. Medium to full body, low-medium carbonation. How can you not admire a product that presents all those flavors that would be considered of in basically almost any other style with such gracious eccentricity and agility is something I canít understand. Underated.
Iíve come to realize that this is one very irregular lambic. Where some bottles have been the funkiest gueuze examples Iíve had, others seem middle of the pack, so I have to reconsider my previous stamement, but Iím leaving the score of my first experiences. Letís say this scores 4.5 on a great day, 4.1 on average and 3.6 on a particularly bad day.
skortila (4424) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - OCT 20, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of oak and fruit. Winey. Rubber in the nose. But when smelling from the glass instead of the bottle rubber seems gone. Slightly hazy, golden-orange coloured with a large whithe, frothy, lasting head. Taste is sweet, sour/tart. Tartness evolves towards the finish. Winey, fruity (citrus, grapes). oak. Some honey notes who make this beer quite pleasant. Still I have this feeling there is something missing. I guess it is lacking some complexness. Balance is good. Dry palate, just a little sticky.
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 17, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Vintage unknown: Slightly dissapointed that there isnít even a date on the cork. Brilliant Copper. Distinctively like an APA. Frothy head and lazy carbonation. Nose is distinctively less bretty than many gueuzes Iíve had the opportunity to try. Hot bacon and pork products are present though not as overpowering as say Girardin black or cantillon vignerrone. Musky fruit, crackling bacon A very simple yet pleasing aroma. Flavors are round for a gueuze. Lots of fruitiness. Leather and horseblanket play pattycake with a mellow fruity ale yeast that isnít overpowering but isnít letting go either. Distincitively mellow for a gueuze. Could be slightly "hotter" with bretts but will definitely do. Afterpalate of a very mellow merlot. Complex, slightly stunning but more like a very good table beer than something I would open for a very special occassion. This isnít bad at all just not pulitzer prize winning.
76oz (4) - California, USA - OCT 17, 2004 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Corked popped with release of carbon dioxide. Poured into wide mouth glass to reveal a beautiful honey orange haze. Aromaís of barnyard sharp but not overdone. Nice sour apple flavors combined with citrus to balance this tart lambic.Carbonation is not overdone and mouth feel is medium.Highly recommended.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 16, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
this is simply a beautful beer. the tar/sour flavor into a nice smoothness on your tongue. Not for the timid or novice, but certainly a world class brew.
Kevin (2046) - New Mexico, USA - OCT 13, 2004
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. pours a rusty orange . aroma is of wet wool and sweat. taste is upfront tart/sour then mellows into a very sweet grapefruit flavor. this is a great sipping beverage. as it warms many layers emerge in this, and all of them are sweet and fruity. lemon and lime flavors emerge to me, this is something i need to try many more times to get a handle on.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - OCT 13, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2005 Bottle. Wow. This is my first shot at a geuze, so bear with me. My first impression is that it is quite sour. There is a nice fruity taste on the backend. The sourness is all encompising, but is quite nice. Quite acidic, it reminds me of vinegar. There is a faint smoky bite on the front end. I like everything about this except this weird taste that I cannot describe on the backend.
ClarkVV (3891) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 7, 2004
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2006 Undated bottle. Without reading or remembering anything about this beer, Iím excited to give a completely unbiased review (except that gueuzes are my favorite beer, ahem). Pours a golden straw color, slight rusty yellow/coppers. Little head retention, quite bubbly. Relatively small amount of sediment, but still enough to please me. Aroma is quite unique. Very acidic, reminds me of pear skin, grape skin and sour lemon. Almost like unripe limes. Yes, I do believe unripe lime is it here.
Nowhere near as much horseblanket, funk, cheese(dont even really smell any cheesey bacteria) as say Cuvee Rene or Drie Font. Thatís ok though, to each lambic his own and Iím just happy that itís got its own character.
Flavor is tart at the beginning, with light light citrus, good full yeastiness and some sour lemon and grapefruit. On the end, this stuff gets really good; that unripe lime flavor, sour pear skin, orange peel, a bit of sweet malt (nowhere near as sweet as 3F) and even a hint of hops, perhaps? Another unique characterisitic of this one was the oily, leathery, acidic grapeskin quality coming on at the start and again on the finish.
Body is medium-full, with a soft but ever-present carbonation that gives the tartness a nudge in the right direction. As it breathes, gains almost a light creamy sweetness on the end, though only in passing. Lots of lemon-lime-pear lingers on the finish, with light yeast as well. Outstanding and quite a good balance. I prefer the extra bacterial, ultra funky, barnyard lambics and saisons, but this one was magnificent in its own right. To be constructive, this one was a bit lighter bodied than the others Iíve tried, though the flavor was so eminently quaffable.
Another (likely 2003) bottle (beige label, purple lettering) consumed Summer 05 at Sunset Grille. Just about as good as it gets for a gueuze. I can see now why this is regarded so highly by many. The aroma is just something else! Pure horseshit, wet barnyard notes. Wow, nice and strong. Flavor is cheesy, heavily funky and only moderately sour. The only moderate amount of sourness is probably further attractive to those who desire a more balanced acidity/sourness. Juicy apples are quite present as well. Wonderfully round and creamy texture with very tight carbonation.
Undated bottle consumed 11/05, label pictured at left. Yep, fascinating again, though not quite as funky. Obviously older and more mellowed out, but still quite cheesy and appley. Perfect texture/carbonation again.