Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 18, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle---(from a shady liqour store(in the cooler though)). Pours a golden hue with no head whatsoever. Nothing. not even just a halo, or a quick dying head...nothing. Its okay though because the aroma is amazing. The most funky, sour, yeasty with a little honey, pine and ...mmmmm.....Man....I just hope this is still a good bottle. The carbonation is completely gone, but the flavor rings true. Sour with flavors of ginger, bubble gum, and apple cider/ The mouthfeel is even the same....Slightly mouth numbing. Amazing..
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - OCT 15, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2007 Pre Boon bottle. I very much enjoyed this bottle. Exactly what I hoped it to be, Sour, tart and lightly fruity. Dry with horseblanket and barnyard qulaities. Cobwebby and musty. Almost a perfect gueuze IMHO.
gabbledbabble (60) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Iím in heaven, Iím in heaven...
I drank this at 58 F.
I love these naturally fermented brews.
Poured golden cloud. Beautiful light foam that fizzled and frothed to a huge clingy head.
Smells like parfait of fresh pears, roses, sour cherries, starfruit, orange zest, in sour yeasty oak.
Dry; bites on the bitter sides of my tongue. Tannin>fruit wood. Lime zest, sour cherries; runs tart to bitter. Itís splendid and sparkling. Itís effervescent. Itís sour with very little sweet, like a trickle of sour juice. But oh, how good it would be with a sausage, cheese and bread platter with mustard and barrel-aged kraut.
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - OCT 8, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is the greates Geuze I have ever tasted. The aroma has all the characteristic feet, cheese, and sourness. The color is a nice cloudy urine. Sound great yet? Well if all the nastiness doesnít bring you in, keep following. Now the flavor starts wilth a little off-putting solvency (which is why this isnít a solid 10). But then all those beautiful nasties kick in and the flavor is absolutely infectious. Absolutely marvelous.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - SEP 29, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow, now this was one of the most complex variations of this style that I have ever had. Almost like this one could have been aged in oak. Some nice French vanilla smokey aromas, with your typical tart and spicy aroma, very pungent and very tart, but high in acid, this is a great palate cleanser. Pineapple, grapefruit, and granny smith apples, with lots of bitterness in the finish.
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - SEP 10, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly hazy golden/orange with thick white head. Sour nose, with barnyard, lemon, honey, vanilla, spice and faint toffee. Medium body with light sparkle and lingering bitter grapefruit finish. Flavors of lemon, orange, honey, with a very sour mid-palate. Not as tart as I expected with a nice balance none the less that intrigues me. Throughout a tart apple quality that draws me back. Tasty!
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - SEP 7, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured an amber color. Cloudy, perhaps hints of red in the body. Nice big white head. Aroma is sourish, for some reason smelling like BBQ sauce to me. Taste is immediately tart. A green apple type feeling with a bit of bitterness at the end.
jtw (1138) - farmington, Michigan, USA - SEP 6, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
the cork almost put my eye out when i untied the metal cap. never having been bodily injured by a beer before, i put that aside. huge frothy head, offwhite. hazy orange brown color. SOUR aroma, grape, tart cherries, some sweetness hidden deep in the nose. super-sour/tart flavor, odd syrupy sweetness in the end that really shined. pear notes, vinegar, like biting into a lemon that tastes like an alcoholic sour gummy worm. acidic, sticky palate, acid finish. excellent, too bad this brewery went under.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 4, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2004 Having never had geuze before, I was confused. It smelled, well, horrible. In looking at other ratings, I concluded this is the veined cheese of beers. The color of cider, as it warmed, myriad scents came out, including apples and alfalfa. At first, I thought this was amazingly sour, then I tried a couple other geuzes. This was my personal favorite, as I need to acquire this taste. The tastes ranged from sour cherries and crabapples to sour wine and oak. clearer than others as well. Interesting, to say the least.
Re-rate 9/5/4 As it turns out, it was my mistake in drinking these from the fridge. Today I decided to let them warm to cellar temp and it made a world of difference. Much less acid and more of the malt characters came through. I leave the rating the same, just making this statement.
Kinz (3467) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 1, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2013 Glad I was able to find a few bottles of this one. Sparkling copper appearance with a rich white head that lasted beautifully. Aroma had the requisite horseblanket funk, along with notes of apple, hay, and calvados. Flavor was quite similar to the nose. Despite the sourness and complexity, a remarkably easy drinker. A fantastic "compromise" between the modern, simplistic, sweet lambic and the bracing sourness and overwhelming complexity of the most traditional of lambics. A real pity this is a dead brewer. The first rating was from Sept. 1, 2004. Since then, Oud Beersel has been revived, and still makes great lambics. But last night at the bottle share, I popped the last of my remaining original bottles, now at least 10 years old. The tasting notes are shockingly similar - this simply has not changed hardly at all over a decade. Score identical, still just a fantastic beer.