crossovert (9983) - Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2011
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
500ml bottle, purchased at the brewery. Chilled.
It pours a nice look for a gueuze, the head is bright white and big at first but quickly recedes, as per the style for the most part. It is a nice golden gueuze color.
It smells rather clean for a gueuze but it does smell pretty good. There is a ton more oak here than I usually get from the standard gueuze and it is the same oak smell I get in all New Glarus BA beers, it has some wood, vanilla, and a distinctive waxiness to it, whatever barrels they use are distinct ones. There is also oxidized apple and pear, with each respective fruitís peels included, underneath there is a lemony pucker. There is a slightly funky must, but it is buried. Overall I would have to dock this one a it in the smell because the oak blankets everything else.
The flavor brings to mind more traditional gueuze. And it is indeed a funky one. It isnít overly sour but it does bring a bit of pucker. The first thing I noticed was the big hit of lemon that is the main flavor of this brew, after that it slides away and you get a mouthful of oaky funk. As I drink more of it it really brings to mind traditional gueuze flavors: sour lemon, apple peel, pear, sour. The oak isnít overbearing in the flavor bringing a subtle wood and vanilla note, and thankfully so because rather than cloaking the great flavors of this beer, it just adds another level of complexity. There are also hints of grain and malt that further add to the depth of this interesting brew.
The mouthfeel was rather carbonated which isnít what you always expect in a gueuze, but really worked well here. The sourness coats your tongue and keeps you going back for more, but it isnít overbearing.
It is a solid example of an "American Gueuze", it has a lot of elements that you get from traditional beers, but it has its own unique twist. It is still young, but I look forward to trying my other bottle in the future.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 08-20-2010 03:27:45
SudsMcDuff (7259) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2011
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to John for this bottle! .. Pours a deep yellow, with good foam .. . smell of light funk, lemon, light fruit skins, and brett .. . starts with a touch of light sweetness, then brett and funk, very very clean stuff.. for a first time gueuze from an american brewery- amazing stuff and very enjoyable.. really wish i had a few more to open up in the future, a great beer! .. . Why did the clown cross the road? to rob the kwikee mart..
Silphium (3190) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by badnewsbeers. Bright translucent golden body, thin off-white/buff head. Nose of moldy cheese and wet socks, sour, sweet, and funky, with notes of vinaigrette. Sour, funky body with wet socks and modestly appetizing vomit and bile. Sour with firm bite. More smile than frown, perhaps rottenís doppelganger.
TheEpeeist (3604) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle. Clear golden amber with a bubbly white head that leaves a frosting. Smells like a fresh piece of Bazooka bubblegum on a spring day. Surprisingly sweet and floral with just a hint of leather and papaya. Medium light with a mild sparkle but pretty much like sucking lemons. As it warms more like tart green apple. Simple and very sour.
markwise (4898) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 mL bottle a generous soul shared at the So Long Sea Bass Tasting. Pours a hazy yellow with a white head. Nose is faint cherry and fruit with a blast of brett and sour- vinegar, sourness, funk, and oaky vinous quality. Flavor is similar with lots of tartness, lemon, and dry wine character. A science project in a bottle. Nice gueuze.
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 16, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml. Bottle. Hazy gold color. Classic new glarus notes in this great guezue. Thanks Matt for a chance at tasting this one.
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 16, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy gold pour with a foamy head. Aroma of yeast, funk, sour fruit and wood. Flavor is lightly sour, with tart fruit, wood and vinous notes. Interesting and tasty.
Nellie (349) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 2, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
smells like funk & cilantro. tastes like salt and lemons. pair with fajitas & guacamole. sweet finish. i like this quite a bit.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
a bottle thanks to a favorite trader. levifunk. clear and golden pour with white head. sparkling body. big cheese and funk in the aroma. lots of mold and must, with heavy citrus, tannic oakiness..just awesome..big cheese in the flavor with the added funk, wild yeast, HCL, spice and herbs..a world class gueze
Drake (11116) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of deyholla. He deserves lots of props for trading these to me. Derek is a really cool guy. Pours a clear amber color with a thin head that doesnít stick around. Mildy tart aroma with big apple notes. The taste is tart, much like apples again, some citrus and a faint mustiness. Medium bodied.