aracauna (2925) - Georgia, USA - MAR 2, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2004 One of the more beautiful beers I've ever seen. The body is a clear amber with a peachy-pink tint. The head is easy forming but not impossible to keep under control. It lasts amazingingly well and sheets the glass beautifully. The aroma is not overly funky. I pick up more fresh fruit than horse blanket, but there's enough there to make me think of being outside while eating peaches and smelling the earthiness from my parent's garden on one side and a different type of earthiness from the horse pasture on the other. A little rotting wood (actually not a bad smell, it's omnipresent during any walk through the woods). The flavor is bright and very tart. There's juicy fruit gum backed by an apricot smoothie and organges - clementines maybe. The tartness makes this refreshing but at the same time slows you down while drinking. It's almost like it's forcing you to relax and enjoy it.
heykevin (1272) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - FEB 27, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy golden, sour aroma. Not as good as I recall. The right parts are there, barnyardy aroma, strong sourness, but not particularly bright on the tongue as I remember. I will revisit, though.
bierkoning (9567) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - FEB 9, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Earthy aroma with oak, ctrus and apple. Sour and vinous with apple flavors. Not as deep and complex as Girardin or Cantillon, but certainly a very good traditional geuze.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JAN 27, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very similar in looks and aroma to the Oudbeitje. Slightly paler and significantly more pungent and cheesey in aroma. Dry from start to finish, offers very little in the way of sweetness. Offers an oregano and rosemary like herb spice at the front. Finish is extremely dry and pretty sour, although it quickly mildens in the aftertaste.
jsquire (3230) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2003
1.1 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
They made me drink it so I'm going to rate it. I think its important for the truely complicated beer styles to have the opposition speak just to warn those who may not understand that this is really challanging to drink. This stuff smells like old horse blankets. I felt a painful pinching in my cheeks when I drank it (that I am re-living as I type this). All I taste is sour. Just insipid. Pungent and the only "fruity" I get is grapefruit rinds off last year's compost pile. It is palate killing evil. And I try. I am getting better and one day hope to see what you all get out of this style, but for now, be warned. Try it if you must, but for God's sake, have a glass of water handy.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2003 Pours a sort of hazy orange/straw color with a white head. The aroma is intense. Cheese, hay, mold, must. Insanely dry in the mouth. Your whole throat puckers and tingles. It starts like liquid hay and moves to tart fruit and must, mold, leather and barnyard. Really nice, but borders on too much.
Ernest (5892) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 5, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2005 Head is initially average sized, fizzy, white, mostly diminishing. Body
is hazy light amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is heavily yeasty (horseblanket, barnyard, leather, cobwebs, cheese), lightly hoppy
(grass, lemon), with notes of white grapes, cask wood, sour apple, olives, and all that is wild and funky. Flavor is moderately sweet, heavily acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, heavily
acidic, lightly bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively to fizzy carbonation,
lightly astringent. Possibly the wildest gueuze still made today...loads and loads of horse/stable/cobwebs/etc. aroma, just overflowing with rough-and-tumble rustic yeasty charm. Doesn’t have the elegance and finesse of Girardin Black, but good grief what it makes up for in sheer balls-to-the-wall arrogance! And ends up being virtually equivalent in rating for its over-the-top uniqueness. This has always been the most distinctive and unusual gueuze for me, and this re-rate proves no different. Monumental if you can handle a walk on the *really* WILD side. Draw-dropping balance in the mouth that makes it nearly impossible to stop drinking. I really need to pump up my cellar with this stuff, as it never disappoints.
duff (5484) - Lund, SWEDEN - DEC 24, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hardcore stinky lambic, very balsamic salad dressing flavour, very satisfying, up there for sure. Dickcheese? ecz? WTF? Beautiful, slightly tart, very f’n refreshing. Complex. Thanks mum!
Schroppfy (2357) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rerate: 12/21/2002: Second and third helpings have revealed what a wonderful, consistently great gueze this is. Dry, sour, woody, hint of grape skins and cherry. Original: 8/04/2002: Definite wood flavor...it stands out. I like it. Almost orange in color, this is a very nice lambic. Body is nice...not as thin as some.
YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - DEC 1, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Ok, that’s it, it is not my style...can’t help it. Farty disgusting nose. Orange with a little white head. Sour grapefruit like taste, long lasting aftertaste.