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RATINGS: 161   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wedgie9 (2234) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 15, 2011
Tasted on 3/27/11 from a 500mL bottle. Pours hazy yellow straw with an average white head that leaves thin lace with a thin collar after a quick recession. The nose is sour and funky with lemon, vanilla, some spices, and a bit of red berry fruit as well. The flavor is quite sour with tart lemon, vanilla, and the same red berry along with a wheaty malt flavor. The body is light with sparkling carbonation and a long tart lemon, vanilla, and tannic finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckeyeBoy (2896) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 13, 2011
Bottle thanks to JohnGalt1. Pours out cloudy straw topped with a white head. Aroma was of sour, tart, grapes, and some oak. Taste was more of the sour green grapes, oak, some Brett, and a little citrus.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (9730) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 8, 2011
Bottle… Hunahpu’s Day 2011This beer rocks!… Hazy, light golden ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. The nose offers bone-dry, acidic white wine, a boatload of raw white oak and a trace of funk. Fairly clean, but boisterous enough to keep me excited. I really love the white oak component. Medium-bodied with a skim-milk mouthfeel and pillow-soft carbonation. The flavor boasts plenty of big white oak, sour cherries, funk and overall acidic goodness. Finishes tart, oaken, and then dry. Bottle of world class beer provided by GoT. Thanks, Jj!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrallen34 (3485) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2011
Thanks to Kan for this treat. Pours a light peach, cloudly, off white head, not good retention or lacing...The aromaa is sour to start, a little oak, but then a weird medicinal yogurt comes through that is really offputting...Taste is similar lots of yogurt with a more pronounced medicinal finish...Decent feel but kind of tough to drink as its really off putting and not what is expected at all for a gueze.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2565) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2011
Medicinal fruity nose, viney like cassis fruit. Light sourness, light body with a nice touch of fruitiness. Very refreshing and overall mild but tasty gueuze.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cpetrone84 (1564) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2011
A-pours a pale golden orange color, completely transparent with a bubbly white head. S-the nose has a ton of very dry, sawdust like oak with sweet white grapes and notes of peaches. there is a light funk to it but very faint. T-again lots of dry oak and sawdust notes, soft peaches and golden fruits with a light funk to it. notes of appricot and fair bit of sourness in the back. M-very soft and creamy on the palate, nicely carbonated and lively with a dry finish. D-tasty beer, well balanced and nice fruit flavors to it. the oak is a little strong and the gueuze characteristics are entirely there but very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
crossovert (8181) - Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2011
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 fruit’s 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 isn’t 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 isn’t 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 isn’t 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 isn’t 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

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SudsMcDuff (6051) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2011
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..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3179) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2011
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 rotten’s doppelganger.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheEpeeist (3414) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2011
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.

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