FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 10, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2007 Bottle year; Conditioning date of 11/2011; degorgement date of 12/2012; Bottle 016/200; Sampled April 2013.
A very soft pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces a four finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a dark amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, light amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells malty somehow, perhaps this is some oxidation character, cidery but not really, definitely a bit tart, some piquant urea notes, a slight musty, woody, oak character, and, once you start digging around, a phenolic character to the finish that leans at first towards cleaning products and then plastic. There is a bit of a saw dust like character to the nose as it warms up.
Effervescent and well carbonated up front, the beer finishes with a tart / sour character, and also has a lingering, though light, cider like note to it. Slightly astringent, with a definite woodiness to it, the beer also has an oxidized / aged malt character that leans towards toasted nuts, slight sherry, a sort of caramelized character (from oxidation and not crystal malts), and perhaps even a hint of cardboard. The finish has a hint of alcohol spiciness to it, but also has a suggestion of antiseptic spray, as well as some mustiness and a certain mustiness to it. Fairly light bodied, but it does have a touch of the palate presence that a good Gueuze should have, though not quite enough, but I do like the effervescent sparkle that the Champagne conditioning has given this.
Not bad, but it certainly seems to lose something with the extra oxidation; this does add some complexity, but that speaks more to the base Gueuze being a bit on the simplistic side than being a compliment. Still this is a Gueuze, and it is decent enough for me to enjoy, though it is definitely my least favorite of the three Bzarts that I have had. I do wonder at the 2007 date, if this was barrel aged for 4 or 5 years before the bottling process I think this was a bit of a mistake; a younger, more vibrant Lambic base, without the oxidation would have been more up my alley. The oxidation isn’t overwhelming here, it is just that it is a bit out of place in a decent Gueuze, so sticks out a bit in this beer.
Travlr (13029) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Magnum shared at Salud Bottle Shop in Charlotte for their pre-sour fest warm-up. Hazy to cloudy golden yellow color, large fluffy white head. Aroma of dusty, funky summer fruit. Taste has mild barnyard funk, decent complexity, nice fruitiness. Tasty.
Habanero (2725) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - OCT 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Pours clear and pale golden with a large, white head. Aroma of brett, apples, spicey tones, barnyard and notes of citrus. Sweet flavor that ends up dry and tart. Light bodied, watery texture and lively carb. A nice Geuze indeed.
Luk_ (203) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Magnum. Pours a clear golden with huge foam. Aroma is nutty, caramel some oak and apple. Light vinegar also. Taste is bretty and rustic, oak and apple sourness. High carbonation. Good one.
Minderbinder (1964) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours light amber with medium-high diminishing off-white head. Aroma is of barnyard, funk, citrus, fruits. Taste is of very nice fruits, citrus, funk, barnyard, very slight hints of sour caramel. Finish a tad metallic. Palate: heavy carbonation. Light-medium body. Overall: Surprisingly heavy carbonation. A bit metallic. Oxydized a bit? Some acetone?
mathieuc (1450) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big pour out of a big bottle, this is nice to live big! ;) Nose is of vinegar and funk, a bit too acetic maybe but still really gueuze-like. Taste is of granny smith, light acetic and really dry. Body was medium and carbonation really, really high. This was fun to drink and different, a lot better than the lambiek we had last year!
czar (4614) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
magnum shared by julienhuxley, thanks bro. pours hazy dark golden with a champagne-like frothy white head, collapsing slowly but surely and leaving strong lacing. peppery and musty bretts, almost juicy peppery apricots, grannies, hint of tropical notes, light to medium acidity - citric, then the other usual suspects, some cherries, sweetish toasted wheat, fairly oaky. foamy carbonation - just a tad disturbing, light to medium body - feels a tad heavy, drying grassy-peppery and assertively tart finish. good!
tom10101 (3017) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Magnum. Shared by JulienHuxley, thanks! Hazy dark golden with a huge slowly diminishing white head and a lot of bubbles. Aroma is minty with light funk, caramel notes and musty notes. Taste is of caramel, minty notes, acetic presence, wood, alcohol and cheesy notes. Full bodied. High/lively carbonation. Dry finish. A tad too heavy from what I like of a gueuze because it hinder drinkability. Aroma is very enticing, similar to the fantastic Oud Beersel Oude Gueuze ’07.
JulienHuxley (3344) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - SEP 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Magnum bottle shared at tasting. Deep gold pour, with thick bubbly white head. Aroma is reminiscent of 2007 Oud Beersel Oude Gueuze but with stronger buttery notes, caramel, wet hay, light acetic notes, a bit heavier than the regular 2007. Taste is sour, slightly acetic, grainy flavor, lots of wet grain , light sweetness that makes is a tad heavy. Palate is med bodied with good carbonation. Nice.
djd07 (3822) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Eric. Pours a hazy yellow with small frothy head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is strong funk, rubber, oak, wood. Thin mouthfeel with light funk, wheat, oak, with dry finish.
hopscotch (9388) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle... darkguardian’s & biggsbowler’s West Palm Beach Birthday Bash!... Mostly clear amber ale with a huge, frothy, white head. Great retention. Smells funky and musky with an undercurrent of citrus rinds. The flavor is funky and tart with yeasty bitterness and an unusually large malty component for a geuze. Still, nicely balanced. Finishes funky and tangy with a kiss of honey. Mad props to darkguardian for sharing this treat!