awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 22, 2007
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
From a 355mL Bottle. Pours a transparent color of apple cider with a quickly dissipating head of fizzy white foam. Aroma of apple juice, riesling grapes, and honey topped blue cheese. A touch of nutty gouda cheese rind as well. Medium light bodied, lightly carbonated mouthfeel. Sweet, but not overly sticky or heavy. A bit of crisp acidity greets the tongue first, but lacks any fizzy bite to give it that extra kick. Flavors are not quite as interesting, with some funky apple juice and riesling grapes dominating the flavor. Tastes kind of like a cheap white dessert wine. The sugar actually has a weird flavor to it as well; I was expecting clean sugar flavors to accompany the natural lambic funk and acidity, but everything here just tasted bored and muddled.
Brix (652) - DENMARK - AUG 13, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted 2007-07-23. Fresh bottle, 25cl. Looks a bit like urin with white head. But not unattractive - actually quite the opposite. Smells and tastes like most gueuzes; sour, acidic, fruits, refreshing. Perhaps itís a bit more harsch than the standard gueuze!?! I like it!
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - AUG 10, 2007
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
355mL Bottle. That delightful summer sun pucker of acidified green apple juice, wheat chemicals, and sour grapes returns to the nostrils, once again. Pleasantly musty, original and full of wildlife, farmyards, and decaying compost. Sprightly and rounded with earth and cotton. A breezy floral arrangement, tucked with the restrained higher aromatics brings forth the utter lactic embodiment. Rich. Lit in a clear ambered orange, middle ground, filled with ocher hues and a rim in tanned deer hide. Exciting percolation brings forth a fine, soft soap in ultrawhite. On the tongue, an unexpected shower of sugar, slightly heavy on residual notes, but predictably in line with the Brand. I feel like the fruit is missing, as a pyrimidine heavy mineral quality sets in on top of the sugars, boding the edges with a bit of tannic bitterness. Soggy and heavy aged fruits weigh on the beer, with old bananas, tired apples, and listless cranberries. That unctuous effusive explosion of acidity, carbonation and wildness are beaten into submission by a sluggish face of caramel, stale brown sugar and reeking beets. Leaves fairly cleanly with only a slight slicking of almond sugar and lemon skins. Not particularly cloying the the immediacy of the sugars bludgeons the delicateness of the style. Peculiar to see the wild flora working amongst all the sugar with out booning in tingling by products. In the middle, noticeable sickly sweetness. A bright notch of pink peppercorn and black cumin try to escape the drudgery of sugar-somnia, but get quickly squelched on the roof of the mouth. Must have attenuation. Will this ruin the perfect Epoisses? Letís hope not, because right now, Iím still thinking that mediocre Gueuze is better than no Gueuze at all.
WallyWalrus (205) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 29, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
350ml bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with a thin, wispy head. Aroma has the distinctive smell of sour fruit alongside some sweeter hoppy citrus notes. Taste is very full and crisp with a sugary sweet flavor containing indistinct but pleasant fruity flavors. Much more drinkable than I was suspecting and a lambic definitely worth trying.
Fin (9480) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle picked up from Carrefour, Lille, France, 30-06-07 Poured amber with white head, A sweet and sour nose was the first impression of the aroma but almost fruity as well. tasted initially like a burst of íLiptons Iced Teaí but taste really was much of the sweetness and sourness detected in the nose, a gentle lambic with nice soft carbonation crisp dry and refreshing.
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 12, 2007
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Honey-gold lager like appearance. Very strange aroma - half gueuze, half something else... Tastes a little sour, a little peach-fruity. Tastes and feels syrupy sweet in a sickly way. You can tell this used to be a good lambic but something must have gone horribly awry along the way. Itís clear this was not made for my tastes. A shame because I was really looking forward to trying this. Cíest la vie.
Cobra (1100) - - JUL 7, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. green bottle. Crowned & corked. No freshness date seen.
Sour fruit aromas, peaches & vinegar.
Soft carbonation. Slightly sweet & sour flavors. Decent body. Dry finish.
derst27 (35) - Hackettstown, New Jersey, USA - JUL 5, 2007
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2007 Citrusy aroma, with an almost hard cider scent. Very very smooth with definite hints of citrus and some sour scents. This is the first Gueuze Iíve tried, but I like the overall start to finish taste, although it is a bit fruity.
jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 5, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours an deep amber body with thin head. Aroma is of apple cider, light wood and oak,. Flavor has a sugary cider like taste. Light funk - sourness, a little vinegary. Has a decent amount of acidity. Decent.
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - JUN 30, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I am well aware of the fact that this is a mild gueuze. It lacks some of the wildness that can be found in other gueuzes. But itís still a damn good beer, easily superior to the majority of beers rated above it. 3.33? Are you kidding? Sierra Nevada Pale Ale has a 3.62, and there is NO WAY that is a better beer.
The nose is strong grapefruit. The flavors are outstanding. Lots of apple and pear. Strangely, there is a minor note of apple skin--a dirty element that adds character. The gueuze is not that sweet but is sweeter than most. It gives a candied apple taste. Grapefruit and lime sing on for minutes. Good palate-tingling carbonation.
Great beer, great brewer. Easy to find anywhere. Thatís a positive not a negative!