BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 13, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 14, 2005 [2003 vintage]: Pours with tons of carbonation and lots of foamy white head to a beautiful clear marigold orange/amber with very tiny particles. The nose is just amazing with yeast, wood, sour fruit, dough, and is very crisp. This beer has a perfect mouthfeel with very lively carbonation that is refreshing and enjoyable. This one was a bit sweeter than the 2001 vintage I enjoyed with ClarkVV in Jan, which probably speaks to it’s being a bit younger. Tons of complexity in this beer ranging from the initial tartness, to sour yeast, leather, fruit (apples, orange, banana, lemon) and even some cheese. Aftertaste lingers for a long time, less acidic than the 2001 but very crisp and some light fruit/leather sweetness. One hell of a beer. [2004 vintage] Same color and appearance as the 2003. Sampled 4/05. Aroma is light fruits, leather, barnyard, and sour citrus. Taste is a bit more sour than the ’01 or ’03 and quite acidic. There’s hints of biting sour lemon, grapefruit, wood, sour apple, peach, nutmeg, vinegar, orange rind, and cheese. The sourness just totally dominates in this vintage (a year old) and isn’t compensated for by other aspects of the beer.
Aubrey (3356) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 8, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 7, 2008 Deep orange and mostly clear with a bleached-white head. Sharp, champagne-like carbonation. Huge nose was yeasty, woody, catty and citric. Very tart and zingy with a steel-like sharpness. Zingy acidity tingled my lips and then cut right across my tongue, leaving behind big notes of sour apples and bile (sounds bad, but it was kind of nice). Dry, somewhat bitter finish. Interesting and electric.
TheBeerGod (4910) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 12, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2001 vintage. Pours a orange-amber with a medium white head. Aroma is sour! Sour fruit, some acidic notes, leather and maybe rotten cardboard. The taste is sour but not as tart as expected. There's some sweetened fruit in there. Almost a pineapple-banana-sour apple mix. It's odd but that's what it tastes like to me. There's also a woody taste as well. Finish isn't very sour either. A mellowed gueuze. Good stuff!
mkobes (2138) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - APR 10, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orangey yellow in color with a nice lasting head. Sweet and sour aroma. Really interesting. Full bodied sweet and sour flavor. Great.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - APR 9, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 10, 2004 750 ml. Oringish yellow and slightly cloudy, with a nice lasting white head. Jolly rancher sweet and sour aroma. Smooth and full bodied sweet and sour flavor. Absolutely fantastic!
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 7, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2007 2001 bottle. 1/18/2004. If it was possible, I would have gone right back to the store, bought another bottle and drank it again, right there (store closed). Just amazing. Perfect balance, delightfully sour, yet I couldnt get sick of it if I drank a bathtub full. Full body, bottle conditioned, hazy golden-maize colored. Decent white head, perfect mouthfeel. Lightly bubbly to the last drop and bursting with complexity. Barns, shoes, farms, goats, cheese, wool blankets. . .Whatever descriptive words you wanna use, it’s probably there. So chewy. Aroma is amazingly full and in your face, sweet and sour, with lots of strong cobwebby yeast, sweet doughiness. Aftertaste lingers on and on, with a lovely juicy acidic leather/cheese flavor. Best gueuze I’ve had so far and man am I happy that I have a 94, 98, 99 and 02 bottle of this stuff.
2003 bottle sampled in June 04 with Bucknaked and GoldenSpunky(had the 01 with them as well). Right away, the extra fruitiness is apparent, same great mouthfeel and leather tannins. Sweeter due to the youngness of this, not as funky, but no doubt it will gain as it ages. Maybe a tad bit less acidic, very drinkable, a bit more doughiness in the finish of this one, and maybe a bit more mellow than the 01.
2002 Bottle. 6/28/2004This one was similar to the 01 in it’s more dry, yeasty profile, though I found this one to be significantly less tart and puckering than the 01 (most likely I’m just developing more of a palate for these). The flavors seemed a bit dull compared with the extra funky 01, but the finish came alive with tons of microbial taste. Good twang at the end and still loved every sip.
1998 bottle, sampled 11/04 Beautiful, just pure gueuze flavors, bright and mellow jumping out at you. Gone are the sweet, young fruity flavors and in place is a spectacular yeastiness, full of light blue cheese and leather. Dry and with a slight slight hint of caramel on the finish.
2004 bottle sampled 7/23/2005 I don’t know, I’ve heard all the talk, from many accredited sources, saying that this one has gone down hill in recent years. That certainly was not my experience. Stunning green apples and dirty barnyard feel to it, with bret emanating forth, it was a delicious, full-bodied (for the style) treat on the mouth. Tiny bubbles, tingling sensation with plenty of funkiness and lots of malt. It’s quite a change of pace, as I’ve been drinking Cantillon lately, but I remember why I love this stuff. Yes, the 2004 is still too young and is a bit sweet/syrupy, but no doubt that will fade in time. Loved it.
Having recently had a very good, but not outstanding 1994, a good 1998 and 2 drainpour 2002’s, I am going to lower the score a bit. I suspect the quality has gone downhill over the years, even if slightly. Still need to have some 2-3 year old bottles to really guage it.
skaughty (627) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 5, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. Copper hued rew that poured very fizzy (could've been the pilsener glass). Strong tart apple in the nose and in the finish. Flavor was like a honey cider. In the finish, there is a nice roundness to it. It isn't common to have something that finished so much like it started.
heykevin (1272) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - APR 4, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden with a hint of copper. Not particularly carbonated. Acidic aroma, some acetic, a hint of butyric. Some fresh mown grass and cidery notes as well. Flavor is surprisingly mellow and drinkable. Much less acidic than the aroma. Straw and honey flavors abound. This bottle is better than my recent experience with the beer. In my hierarchy of gueuzes this ones quite good, but not great.
rauchbier (3503) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Hazy brown, moderate white head and delicate condition. Apple citric and caramel mingled with lambic aromas in the nose, quite soft and sweet in the mouth with more caramel apparent, before the citric notes return again in the finish. A nicely rounded gueuze.
jimhilt (2341) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 27, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours with a two-fingered white head that fades quickly and leaves barely a trace of lace. Medium carbonation. Light cloudy, amber color. Nose is cidery. Starts and finishes as a strong, tart cider flavor with absolutely no aftertaste. Light bodied. $11.59 for 750ml bottle.