whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served as a New Years 2005 toast. Dark straw color body. Deeper and more attractive than most gueuzes. Head is effervescent but more like beer than champagne, and that appeals to me. Aroma is sour and musty with notes of thick fruit peels and light Brett. Flavor is wheaty with dry honey tones. Also has elements of white wine. Sourness comes on soft and then sharpens. More accessible than most gueuzes, which is not surprising coming from Lindemans, but still a complex and wonderful beer.
HarmonKill-a-Brew (407) - Wilmar, Arkansas, USA - DEC 31, 2004
3.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2006 1997 vintage. Aroma is almost too complex for words... I’m sure mine won’t do it justice... WOW! Grain, banana, and old wine... best aroma ever :-) Flavor was tart with a slight hint of banana. A bit too tart for me and not really my thing, but clearly a very fine product.
Mads Langtved (2245) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nive well-balanced Gueuze. Not too sour. Very refreshing and complex. A good beer for Gueuze rookies.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
What a stellar beer this was!
I showed up to a Christmas party with the very last of the 3 bottles of Vintage 1994 Cuvee that I had picked up this past summer in Manhattan. Coincidently, one of my assonates brought the exact same bottle of beer to the party…. Strange???
The bottle I brought was insanely delicious! The 10 years has mellowed this into an exceptionally drinkable and complex Gueuze. The once startlingly tart flavors of doughy yeast, wheat, lemon, and rotten feet had commingled into a very earthy, woodsy flavor. Yet the quintessential Gueuze barnyard funk was still greatly apparent, but it had been muted and rounded, developing some complex flavors of leather, horse-stale… but I wouldn’t lick one… oak, sour apple, and a hint of balsamic vinegar.
The bottle my associate brought to the party had been on it’s side for 8 years and had somehow oxidized? The barnyard was gone? A bit of the yeastiness was still there, but the beer had turned to wet cardboard… I was astonished!
Yet overall, the past 10 years had turned this Gueuze into a resolute masterpiece, one in which I will not forget!
willblake (2632) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 11, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12.11.04 750 (1998) thanks to jimmack04 and joeec5. Golden amber with middling off-white head; from a distance, looks like and IPA. Aromas are sour, citrus, grassy, cheese shop. Wow -- a huge burst of initial sourness carries right through this brew and lingers after the finish. Plenty of barnyard, it’s almost like a Burgundy in character. Bright and crisp, it’s quite a quaffer despite the major sourness present. Very little alcohol noted. A treat, but 750 ml is too much for one man (at least this one man). Thanks again Jim and Joe!
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 29, 2009 (750ml) Pours a lightly cloudy golden body with a small white head. Aroma of florals, cherry, apple, and cheese. Sour flavor and a dry finish. Descent Gueuze.
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - DEC 5, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
1998 bottle...i love this stuff..good carbonation. sourness throughout..orange, metallic blood, musty, very very good.,
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 2, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden color with a hint of orange... but maybe thats the light. Light creamy white head and some lacing. It’s crazy, it’s almost a sweet apple, but then the sourness comes in. There is a musky dry hay aroma. The funkiness is there with the barnyard. I like it. Oh yeah, the flavor hits hard with the sourness. The horse blanket is around. Sour apple hits hard and constricts the tongue and just then a wave of sweetness briefly flashes through the mouth. Very dry and dusty, cobwebs aplenty. I like this.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003: Poured golden yellow with white head...smell was citric, hay, apples...taste was sort of disappointing...not that sour and an intense apple flavor...not as sweet as Unibroue Ephemere Apple, but quite similiar...much more dry...dry champagne like finish...I think the regular Gueuze is better
hopscotch (8552) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2008 (1998 vintage) This beer rocks!...
Cloudy, amber ale with a quickly diminishing, khaki head. Lots of things in the nose: peppers, lemon, horseblanket, must, wood and leather. Very, very sour flavor. Medium-bodied and astringent with lively carbonation. Sour, then dry finish. Wow, Lindemans fruit lambics suck next to this stuff. World class effort. A must try for sour beer lovers!