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RATINGS: 164   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 15   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Brewed in the tradition of the Lambics of Belgium but using a blend of Ale Yeast, Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus, Pediococcus, and Acetobacter. These microorganisms came from our culture collection as well as many collected by Dan around the wilds of Wisconsin! Fermented and aged in Oak. This beer spent the summer of 2009 aging outdoors in used oak barrels. Then bottle fermented. This is a funky and very sour beer not for the faint of heart. If you are unfamiliar with sour or Brettanomyces beers you may want to pass this one up!


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2013
500 ml bottle served in a New Glarus flute. Bottled 8/6/10. Thanks to sweemzander for the share! A: Pours a clear yellowish color with a white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin ring that leaves some splotchy lace. S: Fruity and sweet with a slightly tart lemony note. Grassy, wet oak and a hint of lemon peel. T: Lots going on in the taste. Tart apple, lemon spritz, musty basement and grass. Sweet vanilla with some pale malts and a little oak. Sour lemon notes as well. M: Light bodied with a medium high carbonation. Sour and sweet finish. O: Really good. Definitely enjoyed this one. Easy drinking with a nice complex taste. Serving type: bottle

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kramer (5360) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2013
Bottle. Pours a clear dark gold body with a small fizzy white head that faded to a thin film. The nose is quite funky with some odd apple skin like notes, light brett, and some light oak. The flavor is pretty sour and funky with some cereal grains and light oak. A light bit of acetic acid on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with an acetic bite, fizzy lively carbonation. OK beer, but it doesn’t stand up to the classics of the style. Pretty nice American Wild Ale though.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (8550) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 23, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Tropical fruit allusions and biscuity cereals move into a delightfully peppery wilderness in this quenching P-Lambic/Wild Ale.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the cloudy beige.
-Mouthfeel is appropriately lean, but carbonation is nowhere near what a Gueuze normally has.
-Drinkability is higher than the average Gueuze’s, which I appreciate.
-Fruitiness spans from mango to citrus fruit.
-No idea why they called this a Gueuze if it wasn’t blended...

Bottle.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (9323) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 14, 2013
500mL bottle, sent from javit (thanks Adam), pours a clear bronze / copper with a small white head. Aroma is moderately funky, with dry tart light fruits, oak barrels, brett and other wild yeast character. Flavour is very tart, with moderate funkiness, lots of oak barrel complexity, wild yeast and a light vinegar / acidic quality. Quite complex and tart, but tastes absolutely nothing like a traditional Belgian lambic, just like an American sour. Decent stuff for what it is, but it’s a big stretch classifying this as a lambic.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (5179) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 30, 2012
Bottle: Poured a clear light amber color beer with a large foamy head with average retention and not much lacing. Aroma consists of light funky notes with some tart notes and light oak notes also noticeable. Taste is a good mix between some funky ester with some oak and tart notes that are all well balanced between each others. Body is about average with good carbonation. Well balanced and easily drinkable

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JK (4955) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 24, 2012
Where the Wild Beers Are, 2012. Gold color. Promising aroma of acid and yeast. Very nice flavor for an American lambic, quite sour and dry with oak and light hops.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
sherm1016 (1247) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 9, 2012
500ml bottle received in trade. Thanks Jason! Pours a clear, light amber color with a white head. Aroma is fruity, lemon, a little barrel funk. Medium on the palate with light, soft carbonation. Flavor is sour, lemon, yeasty, wheat, green apple, a little oak, with a light sour finish. Very tasty. Wish I had more of it. There are some flavors in here that are reminiscent of Cran-bic and Enigma.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - SEP 1, 2012
Bottle. Sampled side-by-side with 3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze. Poured a clear medium orange color. The head was two fingers high and white. It dissipated relatively quickly. Smelled of oak and fruity white wine sangria with a splash of apple cider vinegar. Apple was the dominant aroma. Light bodied and dryish with moderate to high acidity. Perhaps slightly more acidic and slightly sweeter than 3 Fonteinen, but less old cheese/cow pasture funk. Oak, unripe apple, white wine vinegar, and subdued grape juice flavors. Very good, even side-by-side with 3 Fonteinen.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrPickles (438) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 18, 2012
Catching up with some old rates. From the bottle to the glass. This one seems a bit subtle, but in a good way. Clean and crisp. Love the direction they are going with this one.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Huhzubendah (2994) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 2, 2012
Bottle shared by ahalloin. Thanks Tony! The beer appears clear and golden. Don’t blink or you’ll miss the head, as it fades instantly, leaving nary a trace of its existence. The beer has but a few bubbles and appears low in carbonation. This is an appearance I would expect from a very old gueuze. Hmm. The beer is more sweet than sour, which is the polar opposite of my personal preference. That being said, it tastes pretty good for what it is. True to form, this is another New Glarus beer that is just too sweet. A few ounces was plenty. This is not what I would consider a gueuze. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 11-13-2010


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