Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - APR 27, 2003
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I had been seeking a beer of this style for quite some time before landing this bottle on a trip to Seattle recently. The aroma was pungent, not very attractive IMO, almost like old, wet cardboard. Taste was intense, lots of soured fruits. I was expecting more from the style. I had always heard not to judge lambics until trying a gueuze.....the aroma just killed it for me.
MartinT (7482) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 27, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2006 Lo and behold, in my glass, panspermy is confirmed...Splendour and ardour rejoin as spores galore delve to and fro in this finite recreation of the first moments of our universe...An invisible Gardener has dispersed dusty brett flints to spark a primordial fire which will fuel perpetual nourishment...McIntosh apple continuums form and colossal citrus engineers contribute to grapefruit champagne agitation...Perplexing dry blue cheese inconsistencies transfigure the perfect tart Plan as the seas of yeasty randomness surge and flood...Had the compass been invented, it would have proved useless, as this music of the spheres is limitless and ubiquitous...The sommum bonum of this vast microcosm is that atonement is not a utopian concept and cosmic harmony is plausible...Look around you Gueuzegazer, there are so many wonderful things to see!...Deus Ex Lambica, Hector my friend!...Deus Ex Lambica!...4.6/5
Getting to know this possible masterpiece, you learn that it is extremely variable...The universe is in constant movement, right?...Carbonation drops, sweetness rises, tart and funky intensity are less talkative...Still a very drinkable gueuze, but no cohesion, and way too sweet...3.5/5
Suttree (4866) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 27, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 28, 2003 Battery Acid meets Champaigne, in a good way. Also notes of Hay, grass, Lemon. Limes, and green apples. Thin Bodied and very drinkable.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - APR 20, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
My first experience with this style...I guess I'll need more, I don't see the big deal. Light appearance, minimal head. Smells of stale pork chops, peach/nectarine fruity taste. I'll have to try more of these.
beerguy101 (5251) - Newark, California, USA - APR 16, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Honey orange color. Aroma is Vinous, barnyard-ish with a touch of cheese. A medium bodied gueuze, sour and tart while also fruity and sweet. It initially very sour and tart, but gives way to a sour fruitiness (apples, peaches and cherries). Vinous and barnyardy. Nice gueuze. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is very dry. Aftertaste is tart.
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 23, 2003
1.1 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
LIght brown. Smells like asshole, nasty diarrhea. Yucky. Definetly worst beer I've ever tasted.
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 22, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2003 Strong brettanomyces presence. Cloudy. Straw color. Some maltiness. Quite dry. Very very sour. Wow! My tastebuds are in revolt after drinking this beer.
Re-rate: I can't believe at one time I posted the above. My taste buds have come a long way since then. Hazy orange. Effervescent. Large white head. Strong aroma of brettanomyces and burned eraser phenolics. Fairly tart and sour, although a fair amount of sweetness to balance the beer. Somewhat dry in the finish. Medium bodied and effervescent. This is a phenomenal beer.
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - MAR 13, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice murky orange with little head, white. Smells very much like a horsepen. Very yeasty. Has a mild sour lemon taste to it with maybe some other type of tart in it, but for the most part had too dominate of a barnyard thing going on.
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 10, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very pale brownish color. A sour aroma and very sour taste. Not really too kind to the taste buds. Too tart.
aracauna (2985) - 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.