Glouglouburp (5883) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
In short: A dry, modereately sour, dusty and funky golden ale. A very acceptable Gueuze imitation. Very good.
How: Bottle 750ml, consumed with some age on it,
The look: Almost clear golden body topped by a persistent small beige head.
In long: Nose has a semi-funky farmhouse character that goes in the dusty-attic direction. The aroma also offers fruity undertones. In mouth the beer is very active, small hard bubbles in large quantity amplifying the natural acidity of the beer. Taste is husky cereals, dry hay sensation, a good amount of funk, dirty farmhouse (even some butyric acid), citrusy edges. Finish is bone dry, acidity and sourness levels are a bit below average for the style which makes it a relatively easy to drink “gueuze”. I like this beer a lot, however a real beer connoisseur like me can tell the difference between a real gueuze and this beer calling itself a gueuze, I am too intelligent to… oh crap… I’m on fire… help… wait… no, I’m just wearing my red shirt… anyway this wasn’t a real gueuze and someone with my keen sense observation can tell the differ… oh no… damn… I’m on f… nope, red shirt again… so in conclusion this was a really good beer, and that’s the opinion of an intelligent beer connoisseur with a keen sense of observation.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - SEP 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by maniac at the Baltimore Late Late Summer Gathering, 9/14/13. 7.7% Pours a hazy amber color with a medium sized frothy head. Decent head retention. Aroma of citrus, funk, intense sour, earth, pale malts. The taste is tart citrus, pale malts, lemon, grapes, mild funk. Medium bodied.
ComradeK (861) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - AUG 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
375ml bottle. Pours a hazy medium gold, with a moderate off-white head, which lasts fairly well without leaving much lacing. Lemon zest and preserved lemon notes mix with a little sour funk, leather and oak to create the aroma. Preserved lemon mixes with a little sour tartness up front. The preserved lemon persists, accompanied by an almost floral flavour, into a leathery, oaky body, with the oak providing quite a smooth finish. This is far from the most comlpex gueuze around, but it is still quite an enjoyable lambic, better than Mikkeller’s unblended version.
motelpogo (5815) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap at mikkeller and friends viktoriagade. lightly murky orange with a few bubbles on top; vigorous aroma of capers, lemon menthol and cider vinegar; certainly tart enough with some light zimm zwei boiled lolly sweetness and a bit of armpit sweat in the finish
mrhoppy (1191) - Santa Clara, California, USA - JUL 17, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is a Championship Beer folks. A privilege to drink. It makes me feel rich. This must be the way rich people feel when they drink really great expensive wine and the quality and complexity blows you away. All the flavors are there. Sour, tart, funk, lemon, yeast, wheat, on point bitterness and an incredible barrel flavor and an epic very very light cheese. All this in a soft inviting personality. My goodness this is fantastic!!!!! Flawless!!!
illidurit (1966) - Sonora, California, USA - JUL 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Mikkeller Bar SF soft opening. Dusty grape aroma, lemon, sour. ’Diet gueuze’ flavor, honey and unripe citrus and brett. It has a little gueuzey magic to it but not nearly enough.
Beergeek23322 (1737) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - JUL 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours light orange with a fizzy white head. Skunky aromas with light fruit. Sour, tart, dry with a buttery finish. Good stuff.
DuffMan (5824) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, shared with Parksy. Clear medium golden with an orange tint. Lively carbo, medium-fine bubbles. Aroma is unripened pithy citrus, sour but fruity, with some underlying funk. Flavour of lightly sour citrus with a yoghurty acidity and sourness, light woodiness. Certainly not the most complex, but quenching and enjoyable regardless.
FlacoAlto (3677) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
A steady pour into my Teku glass produces a two-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head that disappears somewhat quickly. The beer is a bright, pale amber hue that shows an almost clear, bright, yellow-gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells sour with notes of urea and lactic acid up front; there is lots of funkiness here too with a big, musky, musty mushroom, dirty phenolics (butyric), and even some rotting fruit notes. The fruit aromatics remind me of raspberries, cider, and perhaps even a touch of kiwi. Up front there is some whole grain cracker like maltiness, a touch of fresh-threshed grain, and a touch of hay.
Tart, but not as sour as the nose might have suggested; The beer has a grassy and hop bitterness to it in the finish, as well as some astringency that seems to be oak derived. This has a rounded lactic tartness to it that is influenced by urea, stinging nettle, and a firm woodiness. The body of this beer is quite nice, it has the lactic fullness and texture, and the oak-tannic structure that a really good Gueuze should have, not to mention it starts out nice and effervescent. Soft, cracker like grain, perhaps a touch of whole grain, and some hay like grain character add to the complexity here, and I like that the malt / grain shows up well, even if it is a supporting role.
A solid, Gueuze’esque, sour beer; this is not as tart as a good Gueuze, has more oak and astringency than one usually finds in a Lambic, and could perhaps use a touch more complexity, but this is still quite enjoyable. In truth, there are many a Lambic, even from the good to decent blenders / brewers, that are less complex than this. This would fit right in at a Lambic / Gueuze tasting; which is quite surprising to me, and I would not have guessed prior to tasting this beer.
ekstedt (4936) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 17, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (375 cl) from Kihosk, Copenhagen, Denmark. Clear golden, medium white head. A bit vague green apple and grapefruit aroma, some wood, some buttery notes. Light bodied, high carbonation. Dry, low acidity, some wood tannins.