jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - SEP 13, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2005 Pours slightly hazy gold with a large head that quickly settles down to a dense half-finger layer of foam. Champagne-like effervescence. Aroma of feet and strong cheese—just like a Gueuze should smell like. There are also light fruit and brine notes. There’s a very subtle funkiness and sparkling grape juice flavor on the front of the tongue, but on the back corners it hits you like a Category 5 hurricane (too soon?) with a mélange of leather, strong funk, pear, and the riding pants of a horse enthusiast. One of the driest finishes I’ve found in a beer. Wow. I think I know what I’ll be serving at my wedding.
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - SEP 10, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2006 This thing hit me right when I popped the cork. My first impression was that the ’barnyard’ character is not joke. To say that it is sparkling is a major understatment. I poured the first bit in to my flute, and it was full of foam. It faded into one of the most crystal clear beers I’ve ever seen. The sourness is not too strong in the nose. I get more of the horse blanket/barnyard notes. There is also some ciderness in the nose and flavor for that matter. Absolutly bone dry, and quite puckering. A nice medium/light body. A nice surprise. I was expecting something pretty thin. Overall, a pretty good first geuze. There are a couple more at the store Il go to. I’ll try them also, and them come back here.
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - SEP 10, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle poured orange with a big white head and thick lacing.
Aroma is yeast and citrus.
Flavor is citrus and yeast and is very well ballanced.
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 9, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aromas of the fermantaion of a barnyard. Also detected a fermented fruit aroma like after they lay on the ground from falling off the tree. Darker shade of gold body with big frothy head. Blanket of lace covered glass. Flavor of a medium sweet and sour fruit that is better than some of the aromas described above. Little acidic on palate but not to bad.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 5, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2002. Aroma is truly the gamut of Gueuzeness, .....barnyard, wet blanket, leather, funky cheese. Clear apricot, tiny custard head. Flavour is softer than the aroma suggested, still very fine, sour fruitiness here. Sour/tart, medium bodied, lovely mouthfeel, dry yet refreshing. Fantastic! Amazingly this is best before 2022!
sleepingbear (27) - Lake Leelanau - Detroit, Michigan, USA - SEP 2, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2005 Smell the wet hay and the barnyard wafting through the healthy, almost rocky head. First sip- I was surprised at the clean acidity with a dry tart taste that is like The Leelanau Brewing Company’s Whaleback White. I was pleased to realize that there are more beers like this out there. This style really sits well with me. It says it’s flash fermented in ’wooden barrels’ (oak?) but I tasted no oak. To the contrary there was almost a stainless metallic hint.
Very winelike with vivid bitters- tart and dry.
Brodie (540) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - AUG 27, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wonderful aroma - strawberries, flowers, wet hay, barnyard, cotton candy, black pepper. Clear golden, dense off-white head. Flavor is quite sour, lots of fruitiness, a little musty, very dry finish. Medium body, just a bit of astringency. Reminds me of a crisp, dry white wine.
shadey (2073) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 24, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amber orange color with tight white bubbles. The aroma tickles the nose. Devestatingly sour. Flavor is tough to nail down. There is some sour wiht a lot of musty easrthyness. Suprisingly easy to drink for how sour it smells.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - AUG 19, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy body, yellow with a hint of orange with a generous head on top. The aroma is murky sweetness. Hints of lemon, green grapes and orange. These scents come off rather bitter, but are combatted with the musky scent of a barn after a warm rain. Tasting this really brings out the lemon bittersweet flavor at first. The aftertaste is more of a soft unimpressive malt. I don’t know about this one. It doesnt have the strong bitterness that might suggest a young age, but it doesnt have a strong complex flavor.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 15, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Golden bronze color, with ample foam. Unappealing smell, which hints of everything lambic, but in a more subtle, gentler way. At its aromatics core, it has an undeniable red apple scent (cut apples sitting for more than an hour, which have slightly browned.) Take a big sniff and you’ll smell it. To me, it smells cidery and unappealing and most of all, not what I want to sniff in a Gueuze. Apple hints continue upon tasting, although it’s more of a green apple flavor, or an apple platter. The sourness is there throughout and it’s not sweet, but where is the woody, subtle fruit, funky horsey hints.....everything else good in lambic? This is a pretty terrible Gueuze, a total ho-hum blend.