DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 26, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2005 First gueuze here, bare with me on this. Given that I love sour tastes, this seems like a style for me. I have no idea how this stacks up against other gueuzes, obviously. Aroma of apple, moldy cheese, sweatsocks, ripe farms. Hereís some obvious comments: sour champagne taste with dry finish. I found it tough to tease out more complex flavors, so a rerate may be in order. It seems to me that gueuzes are just inherently complex anyways. Very nice.
Re-Rate: Not adding much to the description, just raising the numbers to show that this is a phenomenal. Bursting with fruit, grapes and sour apples in particular, and massively tart. Daring yet gorgeous.
ClarkVV (4003) - 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.
joshuah (37) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - NOV 27, 2005
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shared this 750ml bottle with Suiiy, Joshuab and ClarkVV.
Smelled like Hay and a horse barn. Very tasty with a good sour finish. Best beer Iíve ever had.
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 10, 2007
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Funky hardcore lambic aroma. Hazy straw-colored appearance with no head and minimal carbonation in general. Traditional oude gueuze flavor with mouth-puckering acidity of sour green apples and lemon juice. Delicious.
gueuzeisgod (113) - Graham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 22, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This one ties with Oud Beersel as my favorite thus far- without having tried Drei Fonteinen or Girardin yet- they are impossible to find around here, I will have to travel to get any. Oh- the funky, leathery, barnyardy smell- heavenly. The acidity is perfect, flavor is indescribably good- I could drown in a vat of this beer, I will be sure to have some on hand at all times- This will be what I ask for on my death bed-
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
375mL bottle. Pours hazy straw color, with a thin off-white head. Tart nose; with apple cider vinegar, citrus, leather, and wood. Citrus, mainly lemon and grapefruit, apple, vinegar, and barnyard notes all interact seamlessly on the palate. Flavor is tart, but not as much as I expected from the aroma. Long, dry, fairly sour finish. Delicious and incredibly drinkable.
sethdude (704) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 9, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours hazy orange with a lacy medium head. Arom is...mmmm....gueze. Big lemon drop note with a fair helping of sour funk and a slight burlap note. Flavor is tart lemon, sour grapes, dusty cobwebs, a bit of earth, some burlap, wood, and a lemon drop aftertaste. Exactly what I wanted from this one, no surprises. A classic example of the style, which I admittedly like very much..
MacBoost (1452) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - NOV 4, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2011 (Update for clarity): Letís get one thing perfectly clear right off the bat - Hanssens ainít messing around when it comes to Lambics. This beer brings some serious funk, along with a little junk in the trunk to go with it. Pours a cloudy gold with no head to speak of. Nose is funky, sour, barnyard, crotch cheese and citrus. I really like the crotch cheese note - it reminds me of a girl I knew in college. (As a side note, this girlís nickname was "Chicken wing". Pronounced Chick-En-Waaaang. Not because of anything special she did with chicken wings, no - because her naughty bits smelled faintly of the blue cheese that often accompanies chicken wings. So no you know where Iím coming from (or where I came from)). Plenty of sour and funk to go around - the taste is amazing. Good stuff. World class.
BOSSbrewer (2323) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 18, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Love this beer. Lots of tart apples and funkiness going on. Reminds of champagne only not. Fruity and yummy. A half bottle is enough but great.
pilsnerrogge (2594) - FinspŚng, SWEDEN - AUG 25, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Brass coloured with a small but compact head. Acidic, earthy aroma. Acidic flavour of rhubarbs and unripe apples with an earthy tone.