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RATINGS: 152   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 15   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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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!


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 16, 2011
Thanks to whoever sent this my way, and apologies for not remembering your identity. Heavy carbonation on the pour was the first thing I noticed. Hazy look to the pale golden brew, but alive with micro-activity. Nose was crisp fruit, tons of oak, and funk. Body was really enjoyable, with a liveliness that you don’t often get with the style. Tons of funk in the taste, quite nicely so, but it came across light and fruity in many places, like champagne, or Ithaca Brute if you prefer. Definitely a goodern.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7086) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 11, 2011
500mL bottle. Poured clear, bright golden with stark white head.. a little rising carbonation.. fairly lively. The aroma was sour and funky, with lemon rind, vinegar, and horsey notes over a nondescript pale base.. touches of oak and cherry too.. very engaging. The flavor opened sour with lemon rind, metallic notes, and apricot.. tart sugars across the middle.. a touch grainy on the back end, but with enough sour stuff to keep it interesting.. funky with more fruits and lactic sourness on the finish. Medium-bodied with lively carbonation on the palate.. funky and very dry.. I dug this.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 26, 2011
11/1/10. clear gold color until the last two pours. faint aroma... peaches, apricots, crab apples, dusty grain and wood. the flavor is extremely and unexpectedly sour...tart green apples, unripe fruit, wet grain, damp wood, spice and lemon. crisp, clean and way too easy to put away! 7/3/8/4/16

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5574) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUL 16, 2011
Woody funky sour somewhat gueze nose. Woody with some borbon nose. Goldennice.woody sour barrel lemon bourbon funky tart$m nice stuff but not authentic due to bourbon woood. Interestinging.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 29, 2011
Bottle shared by JCB. Golden pour with a small white head. Nose is tons of oak and vanilla, like bourbon almost. I swear I got some bubblegum, which was unexpected. Some sour apple and grapefruit as well. Tart and lovely.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (3957) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 27, 2011
Shared by JCB. Kind of hazy straw gold pour with one finger of fizzy white head. Lots of oak in the nose, sharp raw American oak, very spicy. Some tannic character and a nice acidity. Mildly acetic as it warms up. Very oaky in the mouth as well, almost whiskey-like. Tart and tannic with notes of vanilla.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TURDFERGUSON (3930) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 21, 2011
Bottle, thanks JCB. Golden with small white head that fades. Notes of spicy oak, starfruit, grapefruit, some funk. Lacks the complexity of some its better Belgian cousins, but its very drinkable and tasty.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
auerbrau (3146) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - APR 28, 2011
500mL bottle. Thanks for the trade, Kevin. Crystal clear dark golden pour, with a fast fading crisp white head. Aroma has a unique salty, briny lactic funk to it, that reminds me, unfortunately of some of my odder sour homebrews (e.g Kvass). Sweaty. Fresh tangy flavor that tastes little like Gueze to me, or at least filtered, denuded Gueuze. NG’s sour beers are so plain and simple! There’s no softness, complexity, or nuance. It’s just dialed-in sourness, crystalline sugar, and a bit of fruitiness. This one definitely steps up the level of sourness and dapples the faintest hint of acetobacter in, but it’s a far cry from the influences.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
callmemickey (2474) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2012 April 2011.

A: Light golden wheat colored body. Moderate white foamy head.

S: Bright lemon citrus, a bit of oak, some sour apples.

T: Similar to the nose clean citric acidity. Oak, sour apples, green grapes. Missing the musty complexity of the Belgian gueuzes.

M: Light to moderate body. Fairly effervescent. Sour finish, but not mind melting.

O: A very nice American take on the "gueuze." Ultimately, it falls short of the complexity that makes the best gueuzes special.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DalzAle (1944) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - APR 22, 2011
Bottle thanks to StFun. Clear yellow pour, plenty of effervescent carbonation and a lasting head with a good and funky sour apple/light lemon aroma. Flavor is acidic lemons, peaches, slightly cheesy and finished with a very tart and biting aftertaste which lingered in my stomach for about a half hour. Solld beer, I really hope they make this again.


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