TrefwoordPunk (894) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JAN 15, 2008
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 37,5 cl. Pours a yellowish golden with a medium but fading white head and a fresh, sour and cardboardish aroma. The flavor is sour, citrus and spices. The finish has some grapefruit-like sour bitterness I really like
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
25.4 oz bottle, 2006. Hazy gold with traces of white froth. Nose is floral, light lemon funk and white peppercorns. Refreshing key limeade with tiny carb. Not too sour. Yoghurt and wood with a clean finish. Good basic Gueuze.
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JAN 6, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazy gold to an almost tan with a small white head. At first, this seemed a little skunky, but I poured it too cold, so I let it warm before taking notes. Hints of skunk fade revealing a big tartness, lemon, mustard, vinegar, hay, and a bit of wood. A bit "horsey" but nothing too hardcore here; gentler than Cantillon for sure. Taste is puckeringly dry with some wood, lemon, vinegar, herbs and grass. Finishes very dry and funky with a bitter wood aftertaste. Well carbonated, but totally uncreamy and slick in texture and a bit thin. This was a good beer which shows that Lindeman’s can still transcend the mainstream acceptance that Framboise and such started.
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 2, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an orangish/golden hue with a fairly thin white head. Aroma is a notably heavy yeast aroma with sour fruitiness and citrus element. The flavor is very crisp and clean with a nice sour dry finish. Big carbonation.
DenverLogan (1026) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy gold; big sour fruit and lemon aroma. Huge funky sour flavors of tart fruit with big carbonation. Apricot, white grapefruit rind, hints of vanilla, rosemary, barnyard. Tart and dry finish.
beerking99 (199) - Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle dated 1994. Pours darker than expected, a dark amber color, clear, with a dense, snow white head that lingers long. Aroma is hugely complex, with lots of musty character, some sourness, and very funky, with horse blanket and all you would expect from a true lambic. The flavor is equally complex, acetic and musty but with a balancing sweetness. Aftertaste is equally complex, leaving you wanting more. A great lambic for the true lambic fan.
beastiefan2k (3329) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2013 Personal "New Years Night of 1000 Gueuzes" started off with an 2006 750mL cork and cap bottle. It pours a clear, light orange shade of golden color. Aroma is present with the signature Cuvée René rubber/packaging-tape-glue. Taste has some light acidic edges and light barnyard and sour taste. Leaves its signature taste in a long light aftertaste with a good dry finish. Carbonation is mild for a gueuze. 8/3/7/3/16.
Older vintages: have had the 1994 recently from Dickinsonbeer and have also had the 1996 before. These were always a bit more hazy/murky. Aroma becomes stronger on basement funk with the signature rubber and light barnyard. The rubber has really thickened and time has taken the edges off making it much smoother. Taste is citric free lemon, rubber and medium acidity. Again the it’s much more tamed. There is a thick maltiness (for gueuze) that has emerged as well. So nice when aged. Very mild and thick mouthfeel with just a few spikes; soft on the cheeks. 8/4/8/4/17
Final re-rate. Currently drinking a 2009 but after years of drinking this beer I think I have come to the conclusion that this is the best regularly available gueze. For one this is the most brett heavy and least harsh acidity (my biggest issue with Cantillon). My biggest compliant is the burnt rubber aspect from 3F and this has much less of that aspect. This peaks above Hanssens just by a bit while Boon/Oude Beersel/Mort Subite are a tier below. Girardin is my fav but just not readily available. Have not drank enough De Cam to make a sound decision while Tilquin is still too new. Otherwise, this is the perfect sweet spot. Lots of brett funk and more sourness and acidity as it ages without going overboard.
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003. Hazy light medium orange body, medium, clumping cream head. Lemony nose with sharp, biting tartness, abundant musty cobwebs and especially wood- wood shavings and sawdust. Sour body, lemony, with light sugars. Tart, thinning to dusty wood, earth, and cobwebs. Molded hay notes persist beneath the funk and oak. Bolder that most of this brewer’s offerings. Good complexity.
beerlord (217) - tonawanda, New York, USA - DEC 30, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sour malt aroma froma goldon body iwth a huge white head. Malty flavor balanced by sour and musty earthy flavors. Love it. Sweet finish.
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared by who else, but Dickinsonbeer. 1994 bottle! Hazy orange in color. Extremely funky and moderately sour aroma with sharp horseblanket, and tart peaches, pepper and light yeast must. Taste Is also funky with a ton of barnyard/sweaty horseblanket- also alot of sour fruit- white grapes, and peaches, acedic acid is moderate. some light notes of pepper. Perceived body is medium; finishes funky with lingering sour fruit. Thanks Paul!