RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 22, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Atypical and delicious gueuze. I would guess that the used oak barrels this was brewed in were used only a couple of times and arenít totally neutral as I got a very distinctive, creamy vanilla note that I was not expecting but which harmonized superbly with the lemony acidity. Superbly balanced. Really interesting stuff
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 13, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled August 2010; Sampled September 2010
A solid pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a two finger thick, lightly tan colored head. The beer is a nice gold hue that shows a touch of haze. The aroma has a fruity acetic acid focused note to it up front (that is usually a sign of a poorly made Gueuze in Belgium). A dried, grassy grain notes in the finish intermingle with a lactic acidity that is a bit more usual. Musty, definitely musky and this has a certain urea like quality to it. the funkiness reminds me a bit of phenolic soaked and sweat dried old blankets. This really has a nice, grain driven, hay like / pale cracker character to it that comes through more as one gets used to the acid and funkiness. Even towards the end of my glass the pale grain character still plays a large role; I really like this somehow rustic seeming grain character here in the nose.
My first sip is sharply acidic up front, not just from the usual suspects but also from an effervescent, fizzy carbonation. This is more tart than I was expecting and thankfully is more lactic focused than I had worried it would be (based on the initial aroma). There is a touch of acetic character here, but only just and it is perfectly in line with the norm of a well made Gueuze; light perfuming the character and boosting a perception of fruit in this beer. The long finish sees a lingering, pail grain character sticking to the palate; dried hay and an almost oatmeal like raw grain dustiness showcase the wheat and pale malt and outlasts the acidity on the tongue. This doesnít quite have the lactic / oak texture of a phenomenal Gueuze, but the light body, prickly carbonation and easy drinking character of this beer is still quite a treat. As the beer warms up a couple more things become apparent; first off a very soft, suggestion of sweetness starts to be noticed; this is fleeting as at other times it remains bone dry and I think this is purely a perception from the hint of acetic character that is here. Secondly a subtle oak character starts to come out; a hint of oak spice and woody flavor is contributed towards the finish, it is very well integrated with the other flavors and is perhaps a touch more subtle than its actual influence warrants.
This is much, much better than I was expecting; the texture is perhaps a touch lacking, and the beer could use a bit more complexity in the flavor department, but this is a really nice, American made, example of a Gueuze. I canít wait to see what subsequent releases turn out like as the beer is continued to be blended by previous batches.
BBB63 (6087) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 11, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Shawn for the chance to try this and congrats on rating #1500: After the disappointment of the 1st R&D offering, I approached this with low expections and found myself pleasantly surprised. Pours a crystal clean golden hue with small and lively bubbles that kept a slight head afloat but produced no lace. The aroma has notes of sour lemon, slight funk and urine, dill and vinegar, some mint and a hint of flowery chamomile. oak, and biscuity pale malts. The taste starts with a nice acidic and soured fruit bite supported by vinegar and gentle herbs notes. Flowery, biscuity and minor oaky undertone before a surprising peppery finish. The mouth feel is lively and refreshing, slight dry. This is very nice and could be even better with aging producing a drier finish and more pronounced Brettanomyces influence. I bit Orval"ish" like
SrSilliGose (3260) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - SEP 11, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2012 rating 1500. sorry peter, got thirsty. bottle shared with bbb. pours a clear golden orange with tiny head. aroma of fruit salad, oranges, banana. sweeter nose than expected. flavor is lactic sourness. moderate to high sourness. very light balsamic note in the backdrop. lemon juice acidity. a touch too much cotton candy sweetness in the nose. light fruity funk. the fruit medaly and candy notes as well of the lack of dryness are not characteristics i look for in a gueuze, but this was tasty and enjoyable to drink regardless. the tangy sweet nose and good deal of tartness in the taste combo reminded me of some cascade sours. pretty good. easy drinkin. curious how this will do with some age, as its still pretty young. sheesh
rerate- thanks stlwill! sweet pineapple and bready melon. cakey doughly lemon bread pineapple cake yogurt sour beer. not much of a resemblance to a gueuze. okay not great.
cbfobes (2325) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - SEP 6, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from 500 ml bottle from New Glarus Brewery, pours a nice golden/orange color with a white fluffy head, has aroma of sour fruit mixed in with some funk and wood, the taste is of tart fruit with some sour funk notes, this stuff is amazing, so good.
changeup45 (1717) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from nuplastikk. Sweet fruit in the aroma; citrus and sour apples. Lacto funk, vanilla and oak round out the scent. This pours a golden-orange color with a fluffy off-white head that settles down to a thin layer. Not much lacing, perhaps a spot or two here and there. The flavor mostly follows whatís picked up in the aroma. This is sour but it lacks intensity. Lots of vanilla sweetness to go along with green apples, lacto funk, wheat, and a little lemon zing. Much like their fruit beers, this has a velvety malty body with some creamy aspects. Nice beer. It probably wonít stand up to many of the Belgians but a nice drink regardless.
MeadMe (1320) - Riverview, Florida, USA - SEP 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: Small golden orange hue. Small head. No retention or lace.
S: Mild funk, apple , brett, grass, and tons of fresh summer fruit. Light apple, with hints of pear..
T: lemon zest stands out. Light yeast with hints of grass and lactic yeast.. Lemon zest, oak and pure goodness.
M: Light in body, zippy, good.
D: good brew.
theisti (3259) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - AUG 31, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500 ml bottle generously shared by csbosox. Pour is a minimally hazed golden with a white head that collapses fast. Aroma is mild lactic sour, along with a pineapple citrus and finally a muted vanilla sweetness. Taste is sour, cider, Brett, herbal along with the vanilla oaky sweetness. Finish is big oak, more of the vanilla. Probably more of the oak barrel than the sour. Palate is medium, fizzy carbonation and more of the oak in the lingering finish. An interesting beer, though likely could have been improved with some blending. Thanks for sharing this Chris.
nuplastikk (4575) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 30, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2011 500ml bottle scooped up from the brewery. Thin, translucent orange-tan. Very lively carbonation, fast rising bubbles. Sour apple aroma. Very well done, quite sour. A wheaty, lactic edge as well. Sweet and lemony. The funky sour yeast has quite a lot of depth. Creamy malt body, but a solid lemon-lime tartness dominates. A slow sipper for sure, pretty intense stuff. I donít think it is quite on par with some of the Belgian greats, but this is still an awesome beer.
csbosox (1223) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - AUG 30, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle. Onion skin, lemon, orange, white pepper. Taste is tart, onion skin, cidery, some lactic acid, maybe a touch of acetic. Not terribly tart. There is also some funky, buytric aspect to it. There is also a good amount of oak lingering in the finish. Interesting at least.