Drake (11923) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 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.
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 31, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (marked as bottled 8.6.10) thanks to LtDan. Pours with a huge white head and a clear (until the last pour) orange body. Aroma is floral and vinous, spicy wine notes, currants, alcohol, cedar and wood. Flavor has a strong lactic sourness. Acidic, with apple cider and oak. Tons of lacto. Lively bubbles, dry and acidic but also EXTREMELY thin. Reminds me a lot of an oak and lacto cider I made; sour and refreshing but with no body.
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - DEC 29, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Pours a vibrant orange with a thin white ring.
Aroma: Lemon, apple cider vinegar, tangerine, light wood.
Taste: Apple cider vinegar, lemon.
Mouthfeel: Thin, sparkly.
Overall: Interesting, not very complex.
nimbleprop (7560) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
50cl bottle pours a clear, burnt gold with a cloudy white head. Nice, peppery nose, floral, honey, fresh wood, sawdust. Flavor is tart, sweet, lemon, lime, sawdust, wood shavings. Medium bodied, dry finish. Iíd never had a beer that had the flavor of fresh wood. Weíre talking the floor of a carpenters shop.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - DEC 26, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy golden with a medium off white head. Aroma was oaky, some sourness coming through, very floral. Oak is very strong. Vanilla. Flavor was sourt and tart, oak, nice and dry, Great dry mouthfeel with a mix of oak and tartness.
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - DEC 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500mL courtesy of CaptainCougar. Big thanks for this rare treat! And a big ___ you to all the drones, zombies, mules, and grunts that hoarded this beer at release time like a bunch of automaton pricks.
Pours a clear yellow with a thinning, white head. Okay retention. Aroma is light sushi vinegar, light funk, tropical fruits, fresh lemon, oak, and citrus like what you find in young chardonnay still in the barrel. Taste is hot acetic sour, white sushi vinegar, spicy sour heat. Palate is spritzy, light.
Good thing I didnít trade a Dark Lord vertical for this stuff.
argo0 (13314) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 20, 2010
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
50cl bottle, thanks CaptainCougar. Clear apple juice body with small white head. Aroma is medium sweet, lemon/funk, wood. Taste is medium sweet, lemon, some wood, light funk. Light-medium body, light acidity.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - DEC 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nose is dominated with raw, vanilla-oak, along with some cotton candy sweetness and just a touch of acid underneath. Taste is moderately sour, moderately sweet, lots of raw, chewy oak. The funk is light, some mustiness, some honey. The beer is a bit white wine/vinous. This was definitely fermented with some oak cubes. Itís strange and it doesnít resemble a gueuze, but itís enjoyable.
hopdog (11596) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared thanks to Josh. Poured a medium and clear amber color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of lots of oaky woodiness, vanilla, and lighter funk. Tastes of wood, some funk, and vanilla. Light to medium pucker finish.
bradner (91) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2010
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Purchased at the brewery the day of the release. This is the second bottle I have tasted (Previous was in mid September) and this beer is the first gueuze Iíve had. Poured a clear light copper color. Slight head with decent amount of carbonation. Aroma reminds me of apple cider vinegar. There is a slight sweet taste to this that is quickly replaced by tartness. It finishes dry and sour. Tastes of apples and grapes. Little to no oak taste that I can notice. Iím very impressed with this beer. I have one more to drink and I will compare notes in another couple of months.