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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!


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drpimento (2102) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 21, 2010
Bang on! Poured with a fine white head that slowly settles, but lasts to the bottom and lots of lace. Color is a slightly pale yellow. Aroma is very yeasty, spicey, fresh cut grass, and grain. Flavor is like aroma plus a little lemon and lots of bitterness from yeast and Brett. Body is perfect and so is carbonation. Finish is clean and fresh. Slow sipping on hot summer days session.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
bradner (91) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2010
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.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BOLTZ7555 (2706) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 3, 2011
Bottle generously shared by Sparky...Eric, you ROCK!!! Somewhat wine-like with lots of tropic fruit (guava, mango, papaya), red grapes, honey, and spice. This one also shows lots of oak, vinegar, and funk...love the level of carbonation that ignites the palate and level of complexity that keeps the palate guessing.

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hivemind (693) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 2, 2011
Bottle courtesy of James, shared with James and Streets. Pours a mirky, muddy yellow-brown with no head. Aroma is of wild berries and yeast (and maybe even some banana?). Palate is very tart and sour, but not excruciatingly so, and without much vinegar present. I get raspberry and either melon, peach, or some other non-citrus, non-acidic fruit. Perfect balance of tartness/acidity, dry fruitiness, and funk. Very wild stuff.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cbfobes (2153) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 6, 2010
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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fidelis83 (1823) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - OCT 27, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2012 Pours a clear gold with a tall, fluffy, white head that has decent retention, eventually receding to a thick, creamy skin that holds to leave some tiny lacing. The head is probably somewhat sustained by the beautiful and widespread tiny bubbled effervescence. Aroma is grass, under-ripe citrus fruit, walnut rind, lactic and acetic notes, thistle and apple blossoms, springtime fermenting leaves, green apple Jolly Rancher and some mild brett funk. Flavor is grass, light acetic and slightly more pronounced lactic tartness, nice, woody oak, with a faint touch of vanilla, wet limestone mineral notes, under-ripe mulberries and sour apple notes somewhere between crabapple and granny smith. Palate is light bodied with a blanketing, fine and light, but fittingly sharp carbonation. This is the most mouth watering beer that I have ever had, Iím not saying itís the best (though it is quite good), but this beer literally invokes an extreme salivary response. Honestly if I would have rated from a smaller sample this would have received a lower score, it took a few ounces for me to really warm up to it. This is a nice brew for sure, just very strange, but delicious, complex and refreshing. I kind of hope the brett takes over a little more in the future, I really think a little more funk could put this one over the top. Re-rate 01.18.2012 (original batch, original rating 10.27.2010) A little extra funk, a nice, subtle smoke note and a little less harshness to the acidity have really helped this one out. Rased score from 4.1 to 4.4

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SudsMcDuff (5658) - .....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..

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
crossovert (6352) - 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 fruitís 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 isnít 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 isnít 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 isnít 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 isnít 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

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
1FastSTi (3283) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 23, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2012 Bottle. Pours to a hazy straw colored body with an off-white head. The aroma was funky oak and barnyard with lemon zest, pale malts, and sour fruits. The flavor was sour star fruit, funky but not overly so, and had a decent pale malt backbone. Nicely funky for Danís first try at this. The palate was tart and acidic/acetic. Delightful. This has aged really, really well. 6/7/12: this is getting even more sour. I am digging it a lot.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jredmond (5025) - Manhattan, New York, USA - NOV 1, 2011
Bottle split with Brendan and streets. Pours a hazy golden body with no head or lacing. Aroma is great complex yeast - Brett, and fruits. Mouthfeel is tart with notes of sour fruits, apricot, farmhouse funk.


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