FlacoAlto (4045) - 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.
drpimento (2633) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 11, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Okay in aroma and flavor. Very well done. Body is perfect for the style. Unusually easy drinking
adnielsen (10199) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 30, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a big ass bottle @ Bill’s 40th birthday. This was my second favorite beer of the day after Tilquin Gueuze. Hazy yellow appearance with a white head. Aroma is full of funk, cheese, cobwebs, barn, and a bit of dust. Nice carbonation and acidity. Very refreshing. Nice lactic element that is well-balanced. Some earth / grass. No hint of the 8% booze. Really good.
Steve_0 (3587) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 24, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour from 3L at the Barrel Cellar for Bills 40th. Thanks man! Pour is hazy orange with a big white head and good lacing. Big funky, sweet tarts, lemony, uriney, oaky, cobwebs, horse blanket, and pepper in the aroma. Taste is funky, cheesy, waxy, lemony, oaky, peppery, tannic, uriney, and floral with a lightly tart finish. Medium body with medium carbonation. Delicious.
gyllenbock (6285) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 5, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at SBWF 2015.
Golden with a white head. Nicely sour with grapes, wood, citrus and hints of brett. Refreshing and with lively carbonation.
RexTalionis (3233) - FINLAND - OCT 3, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Unclear golden in color with a whitish head. Stable, apple skin, some funky and earthy notes in aroma. Fruits, apples and barnyard in taste. Sour notes, more barnyard and wood in aftertaste. Quite good one.
Martinus (4280) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - SEP 13, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden colour, white head. Aroma of citrus, white wine, lemon peel, funky notes. Mild sour flavour, candy, lemon zest, apricot. Malty finish, citrus peel. Good presentation in the magnum bottle. Decent geuze, but was rather expecting it to be a bit more than that.
(from 1.5L magnum bottle @ THT: Hey Julien is back and Dean’s floor is moist Tasting. Thanks for sharing, kermis!!)
Vaiz (4052) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - SEP 11, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at THT tasting. Clear golden pour, thin white head. Aroma of brett, some fruits, citrus and slightly spicy. Flavor is quite sour, bretty and with quite some carbonation. Nice.
Maakun (2053) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 11, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Magnum at THT. Clear orange golden with big fluffy white head. Sour grains and grapes, leaves, quite sugary, lots of spices, very champagne like actually, twigs, gooseberries. Taste is light sour, under medium sweet and finishes light bitter. Medium bodied with sparkly champagne like carbonation. Hmm, not bad but a bit disappointing.
kermis (8083) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 11, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Magnum bottle shared. Pours hazy amber orange with a medium off white head. Aroma of typical Oud Beersel funk, citrus, cobwebs and light cellar notes. Flavour is light to light moderate sweet (I wish that wasn’t there!) and moderate sour. Light medium bodied with some sweet almost malt notes coming out in the palate with the lambic. Light carbonation. Decent but I wish the sweetness wasn’t there.
deanso (7196) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 11, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Magnum sampled at September THT.
Thin white head. Barnyard funk aroma. Hazy golden pour. Tart sourness.