FlacoAlto (3800) - 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.
djd07 (3468) - 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 (9037) - 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!
JBPortland (732) - Portland, Maine, USA - APR 27, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle shared thanks to Lukaduke! Pours semi-clear pale gold with huge 3 finger head. Nose is tart fruity citrus, grain, lemon, light funk. Taste is tart lemon, lime, grains, citrus, fruity yeast, almost saison-like. Finish is dry fruity brett, funk, light yeasty spice. Enjoyable and pleasant, but not the amazing experience one would expect with that pricetag.
Countbeer (4367) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - APR 12, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Served in a Chouffe glass:
Hazy dark orange colored beer with a medium sized creamy foamy head on top.
Aromas of manure, barn, dried grains, old malts, old hops, some wild yeast, older flowers, yeast, wood and light stingy.Quite complex!
Flavours of lovely dusty tartness with cheese, wild yeast, stingy, wood, some dried herbs, grapes, older wood, some herbs and barnyard. Very nice!
Aftertaste is a mix of wild yeast, wood, manure, grains, herbs, wood and some barnyard...
Low to medium carbo, light creamy mouthfeel, medium to full bodied and a light creamy texture.
Very well balanced. A year of rest makes this a great beer!
anders37 (16537) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a clear golden color with a small off-white head. Has a frutiy woody funky sour aroma. Fruity funky sour tart woody flavor. hAs a fruity woody funky tart sour finish.
BVery (6069) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Monster bottle at WTWBA. Orange / yellow pour. Tart apple, some sour. Funky barnyard. Tasty.
thewolf (11148) - Kolding, DENMARK - AUG 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, bought @ De Hopduvel, Gent. Pours clear deep golden with a large, frothy, off-white head. Soon gone. Aroma has sweet malts, funk, apples. Highish carbonation, fine dry and fairly creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has good tartness, funk, apple, sour, dry and light sticky. Warming finish.
PriorL (1743) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
#400 rating! Bottle at EBT2 2013. Shared with Mathieu87 and Joris.
APPEARANCE: dark blond beer, huge unstable white head.
NOSE: sourness, barnyard, horse blanket, quite some grains, wood, quite fruity.
TASTE: wood, sourness comes in after, some "earth", little heavy for a Gueuze, quite some carbonation, nice sourness, quite fruity.
Would probably be better with some age?
JorisPPattyn (7875) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 14, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge, fast dwindling off-white head over amberish-brown coloured, very carbonated beer. Tannines, old wood, lactic acid, Brett, horseblanket - all the best and very intense. Wood, tannines, yet sweetish beer, sulphur, Brett/horseblanket, leathergrease. Lemony acidity on the lips. Feels very spritzy, yet not fizzy, light body, acidthinning. Oh wow. This is really a topgueuze - I’m impressed. Abject thanks to the donator!
philtom15 (54) - Kansas, USA - JUN 20, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a great example of a sour beer, I was lucky enough to get a really fresh bottle, although I think this beer would age really nicely. It has a great sour flavor with a little bit of earthiness to it. This is a great food beer, I had it with a nice lemon chicken, and it brought out more flavors and made the beer even easier to drink.