bonvivant (168) - Smithfield, Virginia, USA - APR 14, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
You've got to love this style! Reminds me of French Champagne.Dry with a great tart acidic finish and fresh lemon zest. The color was a bit cloudy orange and the head held nicely but not forever. Very tasty indeed.
Gazza (726) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
It's a great shame this brewery closed as it made beers that, in my opinion, rewarded cellaring a lot. The basic beers when released were really a bit young, but they developed into excellent sour, musty and interesting brews after a few years. The last bottle of gueuze I sampled was quite young with some dry acidity and a neutral lambic flavour, but I'm hoping the other 11 bottles in the cellar will develop into the complex, cobwebby and almost fungal (in the nicest possible way) beer that I prefer. All I have to do is forget them for 5 years...... (Bottle in De Torre, De Haan an Zee)
fomentateur (110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
copper blonde in color. Fizzy head dissipates quickly. Barn yard aromas, fresh straw, leather. Dry, sour, tart, and very refreshing. Clean Crisp finish with a hint of a metalic character.
jutuahol (189) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - APR 10, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled @ Helsinki Beer Festival 2004
Orange, white head that vanishes quicky. Sour, dry and a bit wine-like. Flavor is also sour and dry. Hard beer to rate, but decent overall, altought a bit too sour for me.
diabel (1630) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - APR 5, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2007 Two ratings, one for beer from before and one from after the take over.
Rating from 2007, beer from after the take over, sampled at ZBF 2007, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium
Hazy, blond body. Off-white, creamy head. Quite lightly coloured for a gueuze. Aroma of fruits, apples, oak, ... wonderful! Lightly bitter, moderately sour flavour, which is very complex and very well balanced. Great! (9/3/9/4/16=4.1)
Rating from 2004 Blond clear body. White, fizzy head, mostly lasting and fairly lacing. Traditional gueuze aroma: fruity sour. Quite soft mouthfeel. Lightly sour initial flavour and lighty sour finish. (9/3/8/3/16=3.9)
TBone (14175) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 4, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled (Helsinki Beer Festival 2004)
Hazy orange color. Firm white head. Aroma is extremely sour, sour apples and malt. Mouthfeel is like drinking dry champagne. Taste is very sour apple juice and mold/earthlike malts.
sayravai (4691) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 3, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2004 (Bottled, 0,375l at the Helsinki Beer Festival 2004) Light amber color, large head. Extremely sour, fruity (apple) aroma. Very sour, dry flavor with apples and some yeast. Quite refreshing if you like sour beers.
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - APR 1, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice perfumey, floral nose. Color is a honey gold. Good carbonation and a light head that dissipates, but a steady ring remains as I drink the beer. Taste is very dry and tart. There is much complexity here, lemongrass, white grapes, a bit of woodiness. Nice lingering finish. A refreshing beer on a very refreshing spring day! I feel sorry for the previous poster who has not the appreciation for the complexity and beauty of Gueuze!
heemer77 (5174) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAR 27, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2005 Right away, I had a huge, active head and a nice, cloudy, golden color. The aroma had apple, vinegar and some grass. The flavor is very sour, like concentrated lemon juice. A little barnyard and hay. Gets slightly smoother with a little apple and some grass. Will try this again.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 21, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rating #700 - The folks inthe chat room helped me pick this one out. Beautiful pale amber saprkling body. The lively bubbles cascade to the top forming a pillowy white head. The aroma is medium tart and sour with apple, leather, and hay predominant. Ahhh now for the flavor, perfectly sour and complex. Apple and cheese seem to play interesting parts. Slighlty acidic. Dry bubbly finish. Damn fine brew. The best of this style that I have yet had.