jtw (1148) - 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 (3567) - 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.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 29, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy golden, large foamy white head. Aroma has lots of apple, funky cheese, musty. Sour but not as much as some of the other heavy hitters in the style. More refined, or maybe the malt is just more prominant, reminiscent of a saison or biere de garde; quite effervescent, with mineral water bite. Mostly dry, slightly sticky finish. A great gueuze.
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 27, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2004 (Bottle) Pours a lightly cloudy dark golden color with a small bright white head. Aroma of tart white grapes. Dry, tart taste (champagne-like) with some granny smith apples. Lively palate. Interesting. Best at room temperature.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 15, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy golden/orange appearance, big fluffy white head. The aroma is just simply beautiful. It has some lively notes of wood, blue cheese, lemon and stable. Soft flavour of lemon, green apples, cheese and wood. Well-balanced finish with notes of wood.
Sammy (9986) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 12, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tart. A wine-like aroma, and a cherry and apple taste. Beige-gold color with lots of foam slow to dissipitate. Lemon acid and good carbonation. Very dry, and sour aftertaste. Alcohol seems higher than the 6% at room temperature
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 8, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Best Before 14.03.2022 drank on 8.8.2004: Hazy pale prange with a thin small-bubbled head. Big cookie aroma with spicy cherries and rich nuts, starts and ends sour and acidic. Fizzy smooth palate. Tart.
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle: Hazy golden body w/ a lasting white head. Sweet, cidery & has a malt whiskey aroma. Horsey as it warms as well as a woody, cork aroma. Sweet for a lambic, and a whiskey like flavor; well balanced, but not very sour or lambic like. Cidery & lightly harsh sulphury flavor. Drier finish, aftertaste is also sulphury. Lighter carbonation than a lambic should be IMHO, dry borderline astringent m/f, & medium body. Still don’t like lambics, but prefer the kriek to this one.
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 1, 2004
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours an excellent hazy sunshine color. Lacy head. Nose is sour and also very sweet. Flavours are sweet and carbonated, sour and lovely. Excellent Gueze.