Indra (2536) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - AUG 22, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hugely farmy, tart and citric aroma, some wood and fresh hay, with a very faint sugary and honeyish sweetness. Quite invigorating. Cloudy golden amber in color, with the requisite amount of effervescence feeding a lasting layer of white foam and wispy lace. Initial citric bite, fruity and tart, and moving towards a potent malty, woody, dry, grassy, herbal and acidic close, with notes of bitter lemon and grapefruit throughout. Nicely refreshing. Excellent gueuze.
npdempse (933) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy amber, white head. Tart lemony nose, hints of sulphur, slightly sweet. Very sour, with a dash of saltiness. Hints of sweetness, apple juice. A hint of barnyard smells--horse piss and hay. Solid funky lambic goodness.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 12, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Murky orange color with a small white head. Huge barnyard, grapefruit, sour aroma. The first sniff almost lost me, but I kept with it. Fizzy body, starts acidic and sour, ends acidic and dry.
Aldrighetti (163) - Coltura, ITALY - AUG 12, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
375 ml bottle. The white head disappears fast,hazy golden color. Very complex gueuze, "brie" cheese aroma, butter, lactic acid, lemon and grapefruit peel, citrus-fruity aroma, leather, game (chamois), dusty aroma, wet wood. Medium body, dry and tart, not really sour, astringency on the gums. I can't move away my nose from the glass!
ericnixon (737) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 11, 2003
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
damn! when i first saw it i thought it looked like a wheat beer. then i smelled it and i thought i had forgotten to sift my cat's litterbox...but no, it was the beer. then i tasted it and POW! the wicked amazingly strong taste hit me. it reminded me of some kind of wood with some sort of animal stuck to it. very dry in the finish. overall it didn't sit well with me. It wasn't refreshing at all, nor did i find the taste as something i liked.
mmather (122) - Colorado, USA - JUL 28, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 18/20
fine carbonation, nice blend of maltiness, sourness and sharpness. Very well balanced. A fine beer.
FlacoAlto (3677) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 24, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2013 Consistently the most balanced of the Gueuzes. Has a wonderful subtle (for a gueuze) citrusy acidity. Quite complex, with changing notes of barnyard, oak, and a funky mushroom type flavor. The beer is quite dry, but still has a subtle sweetness that adds to the overall aroma. Musty and sour, with hints of enteric. At first it is sourly citrusy, then the mustiness and enteric comes through. There is almost a hint of orange in the taste. It finishes with a bit of astringency (think of black tea).
2012 Vintage; Sampled April 2013
A steady pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces a finger and a half thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a bright amber hue that shows a absolutely brilliantly clear, bright, almost metallic copper hue when held up to the light. Ah, the aroma is funky, woody, tart, and musky, just like a really good Gueuze should be. Specific aromatics of urea, musty oak wood notes, light oak spice, lactic tartness, musky barnyard notes, sweat stained leathery notes, musty medicinal notes, a supporting but wholesome grain character, rounded pale-toasted oak and malt, and there is a soft, supporting, ripe fruitiness that suggests of floral apples, perhaps a touch of musky melon, and perhaps something a bit more like starfruit, in addition to a solid grapefruit like aroma. As the beer warms there is perhaps a hint of acetone, and a suggestion of spicy acetic acid.
Bitingly sour up front (puckeringly so), though not really in “hard-Lambic” territory. The middle has a full, rounded, slightly astringent oak woodiness to it and the finish has a phenolic, funky, musky and tart character to it. Up front there are lots of urea like flavors, perhaps a hint of acetic acidity that adds some spiciness and piquancy, but doesn’t overwhelm the beer, and most dominantly, a biting lactic acidity. The middle and finish sees a supporting fruit character that has hints of apples, and perhaps some tart melon notes, but definitely some sour grapefruit notes (that is a touch more noticeable than it was in the aroma). This has the required body that a good Gueuze needs; it has way more texture than a beer this dry should have, with the lactic character contributing a slickness and the oak providing a tannic structure, but this beer is still quite quaffable. The combination of the oak and piquant acidity almost contributes a woody peppery character to this beer. The funkiness here is quite appreciated, and it plays a supporting role, though is quite noticeable if you pay a little attention; earthy, musty, definitely has an aged-sweat / animal-muskiness to it, lots of soft phenolics, just an ample Brettanomyces signature.
This is on the sour side of the Gueuzes that I have had recently, I wouldn’t quite call it a hard-Lambic, but maybe my palate has adjusted. I really like the complexity that this beer has; in addition, the slight acetic edge doesn’t detract from the beer, as it is just a suggestion at this point; anymore and it would be too much. Perhaps noot quite at the same level as the 2012 batches from Tilquin (damn close to this one) and Girardin, but it is handily better than the De Cam from the same year. In the end this is another fantastic Gueuze, that I really don’t get to drink enough of.
JorisPPattyn (7550) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 19, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
The site tells me Hanssens oude gueuze is lacking in my portfolio. Let's remedy this fast. Sample fairly aged. Let's say, from before Sidi's time. Good carbonation, white head but immediately gone. Fully hazy orange-amber. Very outspoken horseblanket and citrus in the nose. Grapefruit peel, lactic acid, wet oak. Tart but not really sour. Great! Just a lactic-lemony rind around a full mouthfeel - hinting at impossible maltsweet. Aroma's of "speculoos", wood, tannine. Sharper finish. Refreshing, but not light bodied. Great as expected. Hanssens used to be notorious for the use of saccharine in their kriek - no trace of that here. Everything tastes natural, complexity is overwhelming. Quintessential gueuze from the last of the true blenders.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 7, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy amber body with a diminishing fizzy, white head. Aromas include, but are not limited to, light bread, cookies, horseblanket, cheese, earth, raisin, date, and vinigar. Moderate, fading to light sweetness. High acidity throughout. Light bitterness. Long finish. Medium body with a soft, dry finish. Vinegar dominates at the start, but backs off as it warms. I would love to try this with lamb.
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Super gueuze. Darker than cantillon with earthy rich gueuze flavor. Fine rounded gueuze. Still has some predominent piney and horesey flavours. Dry but not puckeringly dry. Asside from beers of Drie Fontenen, this was likely my favorite gueuze.