J_man (796) - Tustin, California, USA - NOV 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is my first gueuze so I’m not speaking from experience. Definite sour aroma and really didn’t get much else. Beautiful crystal clear golden yellow with a very thin but persistent white lacing. Sour and earthy with tanned leather notes. A woodsy flavor in the background and in the aftertaste. Very interesting and not overpowering, and also quite refreshing.
neongolden (794) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 12, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(375ml bottle from Systembolaget) Pours hazed pale orange short lived active bubbles and no head. Aroma on the sour side for the style but lactic, with lemon juice and fresh cheese. Quite oaky quality that is a touch leathery, with earth and hay barnyard and an almost nutty note, funk and wood blending. A little white grape, not too fruity. On the palate, moderate lactic sourness with lemon and cottage cheese/yoghurt, white grape on the edge of vinegar. Lemon peel/wet hay hop bitterness from the middle on, some prominent must and oak. Bretty funk does build in the finish but more restrained than nose. Aftertaste is quite dry, lightly tart with the softest of bitter notes. Medium oily body with average carb. A nice lactic gueuze, but quite balanced. Not mind blowing but refreshing and very drinkable.
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - JUN 7, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
12.7 oz green bottle with a LOTNR G notch.
A - Pours a hazy golden honey color with a white head that forms a nice collar.
S - Funkadelic! Sour cheese comes to mind, sour lacto, vinegar, earthy basement musk, rotten wood.
T - Bright lemons, peaches, apples, a puckering and salty sourness begins to come through full force and turns to a sharp acidic apple cider vinegar character. A sharp orange citrus bite rides to the end finishing crisply acidic and slightly astringent.
M - Medium body, low carbonation, puckering sour, crisp.
By far the funkiest aroma I have ever smelled from a beer. Bright tangy sourness with a serious musky funk. The acidity almost burns the throat. This was a joy to drink.
Serving type: bottle
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 12, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle. Pours hazy golden color with a large white head made up of very compact bubbles that quickly becomes quite small but never vanishes. Lots of bubbles rise up the glass. Classic Gueuze like aroma: big brett, horsey, nuts, it even smells sour. Taste is big time tart and sour, thin bodied, dry as hell. Acidity is high and stinging. Finish is cidery. This is one of the more acidic and tart examples I remember of the style. Good stuff. I am going to have to do a big blind side by side Gueuze tasting, as all the brands are becoming indistinguishable in my memory.
Mad_Ferret (759) - SWEDEN - MAY 23, 2014
2.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
U: disig gyllorange två fingrar smutsvitt bubbligt skum knappt någr rester 4
D: sur och rejält funkig med blöt hund urinoar citron bokna äpplen vinäger men tyvärr också nagellack.
S: sur och torr med citron äpple lite krusbär vinäger och en lätt ljust brödig ton. Mot slutet känns den plötsligt lite stickig och lite kemisk. Men inte så illa som doften.
M: medel till lättare med mjukt frasig/poppig kolsyra och lite oljig sträv textur.
T: det började riktigt bra men så hände något framförallt med doften som inte kändes bra. Går inte ens att lukta på. Bad bottle.
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - FEB 10, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle from thecheeseman: pours a very cooper orange with a small foamy white head. some lacing. aroma is a very pungtent funk sour, an extreme sour crabappleness. if something can smell dry this does. a very sour start adn dry with a great pungent apple sour. this is as dry a finish as i have had in a beer. just a touch of acidity in the finish also.
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - SEP 16, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice hazy orange-amber beer with small white head. The smell is is refreshing and has sharp edges. It has aroma’s of oxidized apple, sherry vinager, kweepeer, goosberries, wet hey, barnyard ( Swiss Alp stabels ) and some hops. The taste is smooth and sharp at the same time. Again sherry vinager, some soft spices, sour apples and berries, some vegetal accents, row rubarbe and hops.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - JUN 15, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
CLear, bright yellowed golden. Minimal head and lace. Nose of grapes,champagne, barn,lemon and some subtle floral notes. Very bright tasting and bursting with sour apple, lemony-lime flavor, and hints of wood. The body is thin to medium and has a ’grainy’ feel and taste which is very enjoyable. Very rounded and refreshing.
davey101 (746) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 23, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lot H. 375ml corked and caged bottle. Served slightly chilled into a tulip glass. Grabbed this bottle straight from the box the day it arrived. Interesting note....the bottles were shipped on their sides interlocking with each other. There was zero wrap or protection around them. Scary!
A - A nice copper apple juice colored body. Small white head which settled into some edging. I was able to get a crystal clear pour and swirled the last ounce or so into a snifter.
S - Very funky and brett forward. Sour apples and lemon peel, hay, grass, yeast, and a strong funky burn. Towards the end there is a slightly off-putting fecal/chemical aroma.
T - Super tart and acidic. Ripe sour green apples and lemon juice. Funky hay and barnyard flavors. This is rather intense and harsh, which I personally enjoy. You can feel your taste buds being obliterated, but that taste and tartness keeps me coming back for more. Really great balance between fruit and funk. The mouth feel is crisp and lively, but the finish is really intense and biting.
O - This is a very acidic and intense gueze. Cantillon and Drie Fonteinen both bring the funk, but they do so in a much classier and elegant way. Perhaps its due to its freshness, but this is extremely tart and acidic at this point. Load of sour apple and lemons. I’m sure with some more age it smooths out a bit into something that can compete with the big guys. A fantastic beer.
ericnixon (741) - 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.