Brewed by Brouwerij Oud Beersel
Style: Lambic Style - Gueuze
Beersel, Belgium


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RATINGS: 50   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FlacoAlto (3881) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 10, 2013
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 isnít 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClarkVV (4332) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 8, 2015
2011 Magnum shared by Adam C on 7/25/15.
Fairly foamy white head shows poor retention atop a dull golden body that has a good clarity.
Odd sweetness in the nose has hints of vanilla cookies with very tart, boisterous brett esters. So itís kinda sweet and fruity....Pineapple, hickory nut skin, lemon....but just too much sugary sweetness, even from the nose. Late sharpness/heat from too much alcohol, but itís not obnoxious. Other than the powdered/cookie-like sugars, itís passable, if very uninspiring, just like its friend Bzart Oude Lambic.
Flavor is a bit better, I guess? Though thereís a weird sugar-meets-cooked-meat sorta thing. Plenty of acidity, lots of lighthearted citrus and a very, very thin texture, despite it being amply carbonated. Again, not horrendous, but with so many amazing lambics out there, the fact that this stuff is like ~50 bucks a bottle on average in America is just laughable. Some people like these softer, sweeter, more approachable lambics and thatís fine, but I hate them. If I want malt, Iíll go drink a stout, thanks just the same. Canít even bring myself to buy the kriekenlambic, though Iíve never had it. They have it at Downtown Wine and Spirits for the bargain price of $65.....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (4674) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 25, 2015
Yet, another Magnum during the big magnum tasting, thanks Adam. 2011 vintage. Aroma is oak, lambic yeast giving that mild baby diaper nuance. Light funky cheese.

Flavor has the light oak upfront with a good amount of sweet grain or malt ( canít tell because of the mild baby diaper hints).but itís not shitty diaper, so it has that gong for it. Mouthfeel has some mild acidic notes. Dry texture. I like it more then I thought I would.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WillRunForBeer (1496) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 25, 2015
Magnum shared by AdamChandler, opened at Ratebeer Farmhouse Magnum Tasting v1. Pours orange brown with an off white head. Aroma is baby fresh. Flavor is oak, cherry skin, pencil bitter in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chalumeaux (433) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 25, 2015
Poured from magnum thanks AdamChandler for the Ratebeer Farmhouse Magnum Tasting. Pours hazy golden with a foamy white head. Aromas of wild yeast funk and citrus peel and vinegar. Taste is woody with notes of grass and mineral.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Inbreak (2918) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - JUL 21, 2015
18.07.2015, 0,75l bottle (Milleisme 2007, #42/200) shared @ BBGTC tasting:
Huge fizzy-creamy longlasting head. Aroma is slightly dry and funky, oak, weeds, bark, brett, hay, old rope, old cellar, sorrel. Taste is slightly dry sour-ish, oak, sorrel, vinegar, minerals, grass, old rope, old cellar, weeds, bark. Medium bitterness, dry sour-ish mouthfeel. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ej (997) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - JUL 18, 2015
Bottle shared with BBGTC. Hazy golden with a white top. Aroma is wild bretty with red currant jelly and loads of horse stables. Taste is tart with pungent wheat, stables and dry hay. Medium bosy and high co2 levels.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClubGonzo (4752) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 18, 2015
Bottle, shared with BBGTC. Pours a deep clear copper-hued golden body with a large, fast-disappearing white head. Nose is extreme bretty stable tones, citric peel, lemon juice, apple vinegar, hay and hints of straw, red berries and balsamic. Taste is heavy bretty stable notes, red berries, metallic grassy hop tones, straw and hints of lime, acetic acid and mild pale malts. Light body, high carbonation. One of the most bretty geuzes Iíve had, enjoyable but highly remarkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
j12601 (8000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 27, 2015
Bottle at Dadís for the half marathon tasting. Pours a hazed amber with a thin white head. Musk, soft acid. Medium bodied, big tart funky acid, horsy with some big funk. Cheesy funky acid, long musk and chewy yeast. Gorgeous. Grainy

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drsandman (635) - New York, USA - MAY 25, 2015
Pours a deep clear orange, fluffy off white head. Aroma is heavy oak, sour cherry, grape, faint tart apple, light lacto. Flavor is exceptionally well balanced, lots of oak, tart fruits, cedar, lacto / med sour. Everything about this is smooth and enjoyable. Great oude gueze.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jredmond (6382) - Manhattan, New York, USA - MAY 16, 2015
Bottle courtesy of James at the half marathon tasting - may 16th. Pours a deep hazy orange with active white lacing. Aroma is lightly herbal, funky fruit and sour character. Mouthfeel is medium and tart with notes of herbal tart character, oak, sour fruit and light mineral character. The champagne yeast works well.

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