Rastacouere (6155) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 5, 2006
1.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
Orangey body, neglectable head. Repulsive nose trying to insert yeasty and phenolic flavours in the middle of a powder sugar mess. Apple candy cider and musty sugars lay still on the palate which nonetheless shows a good fruit range, but such artificial sweetness I would barely tolerate in a lemonade, so calling this a gueuze is an abomination. When putting commercial values so far above quality that is within your range (cuvee rené) becomes a routine, you deserve the bad reviews you obtain. Candy... Oww I need a strong word for putrid. Help!
I’ll avoid getting another bottle as soon as possible to see if there was something right with this one.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - JAN 28, 2006
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Quite clear amber with many flat floaters that look like deposits dislodged. Clean, funky sour apple aroma. Surprisingly sweet, apple juice flavor with some puckering brett in the finish. Who is this made for? Belgian sorority girls? This gueze does not please.
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JAN 26, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted at BierMeisters meeting. Bretty aroma; horsebalnket, wet wool, nice smell. Light gold color. The taste is muted, sweetish, and some mild brett. The flavor seems extrremely muted in stark contrast to the aroma. Faro in disguise?
Siroy (220) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 23, 2006
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle in a gueuze tasting. Very syrupy/rich/sugary appearance that even made me think of a tawny or a cognac! Suffice it to say that I was not very enthusiastic. Beside, we had the Cuvée René as well which is a lot more gueuzy then this one. Aroma is damp earth, apple and hay. Taste is syrupy/sugary. The finish is faint without any sign of astringency.
I’ll get another bottle asap to see if there was something wrong with this one.
MartinT (8396) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 22, 2006
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Any first impressions?
-The russet-bronze lining is surely different than the great majority of gueuzes.
-Sweet peaches and apples topple any form of apparent funkiness.
-Horribly sweet and syrupy once tasted, evidently not what this gueuze lover is looking for.
-This is as simple as it gets for something that calls itself "gueuze".
What if you dig deeper?
-The aroma does have some mustiness.
-A few lemons are found battling the sugar.
-It isn’t infected or anything, don’t worry.
-A sad sweetened semblance of something not supposed to suck.
bobaidan (524) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - JAN 21, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is mostly sour apple, my bottle had a tiny himt of skun in the aroma, but not enough tohave a real impact. Pours an orange/ amber color with a small haed that dissapates quickly. Flavor is sour and fruity with a bit of woodieness and a smooth finish.
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JAN 20, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
1/20/06-355ml. bottle. Hazy golden color with a medium sized white head. Earthy aroma of granny smith apples, hay and vinegar. Flavor was sweeter than expected, much more than the Cuvee Rene. Still has some apple tartness but the sweetness takes alot away from it.
A hint of honey and a bit of cork in the flavor also.
qwak (25) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - JAN 14, 2006
3.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very little aroma, deep tan color, little head.. apple/grape and fairly cidery, slightly sour, not the best gueuze I’ve had, but still a nice beer.
TheBeerGod (5506) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hard to believe that it took me this long to find a bottle of this. However, it wasn’t very high on my "must find" list. A 355mL bottle - corked and capped. Pours a hazed orange-amber with a small white head. It’s effervescence proves its demise and it vanishes rather quickly. Nose is sour fruit, light vinegar, wet wood, damp earth and a bit of a Sour Patch Kids type sweet-sour. Taste is more sweet than sour. Light vinegar notes, more of the Sour Patch Kids sweet-sour candyish notes, light wood, and a bit of raw sugar. Body is light and effervescent. Very bubbly like a champagne, but typical for the style. Finishes with a bit too much sweetness but retains that standard dryness. Only a mild tart fruit flavor remaining. Light wood and some faint candyish notes. Not bad, but more a "mass marketed" gueueze than a true one.
OldMrCrow (2119) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 30, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2006 From the bottle.
Pours a clear amber-orange with a small fizzy head that quickly fates to a fine white ring around the rim of the glass. The initial aroma is vinegar, fresh-cut green apples, and a hint of oak and a hint of mustiness, like walking through the cellar of an old European winery. The flavor hits with an unexpectedly sweet lemon-candy rush which turns to the tartness of a splash of lemon and grapefruit juices in seltzer. Mouthfeel is crisp and sparkling and refreshing.
For me, the finish is the least satisfying aspect of the brew; in addition to the tannic dryness, it leaves a sweet-sour off taste in the mouth instead of providing the desired dry finish.