DanielBrown (4147) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 26, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Only Fine Beer (Bottles’ website). Deep, blooming orange, with a towering, cloud-like white head. One of the best looking beers I’ve ever seen. Superb aroma - tart, fresh, sour and malty sweet. Marvellously, deliciously brilliant beer!! Hits the tastebuds with a fruity, flavour packed burst: orange, pineapple, then a sour wave, which slides over the tongue, and into the throat letting go before the onset of any harshness. Perfectly balanced. The best gueuze (or geuze) I’ve had.
Rastacouere (6161) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 23, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cheers Matta for the trade Appearance first strikes as displaying an intense carbonation which feeds a huge foamy white head, very rocky, perfect white and amazingly long-lasting for a sour beer. The body is a cloudy yellow, darker the more yeast is in the glass, champaign alike in terms of bubbling. Bursting and evolving aroma with excentric nuances of old basement, barnyard, dust and lots of bret character. As it warms up, I start to notice more and more a blue cheese character which is very appealing. Not unlike a white wine, white grapes bouquet bursts and at times will even display peaks of pears and orange. In mouth, it is rather cidery with tart apples and brett funk. The finish is very dry, extremely white wine alike, moderately astringent. Mouthfeel is superb, uniquely airy with an incredibly soft carbonation, intense all the way through, but perfectly regular with gentle fine bubbles like a champaign, creamy and superbly pleasant. As stated so many times before, it’s a shame that such a good beer, a classic perhaps, will undoubtedly be bound to disappear from the face of earth in the next couple of years. The texture is legendary.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 23, 2004
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Barnyard, honey-sweet yet tart and lightly citrusy aroma. Sunrise, straw colour with decent ring of head. Strong and lasting carbonation. Plenty of clumped yeast. Green apples, mellow sourness - restrained. Acidity comes to the fore. Nice lively mouthfeel. Light body. Much more gentle than I was expecting it to be. Bottle (green - 2 years old - enjoyed with MartinT, mr_kimchee, Oakes and Rastacouere).
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - MAY 10, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
sour sweaty feet aroma, pale straw colored with a massive white head, slight apple notes, super dry and puckering, light body but full flavored, the sourness isn’t overbearing but takes on a resiny character
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - APR 29, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
4/29/04. Poured out of 375 mL bottle, purchased at Hi-Times Wine in Costa Mesa, CA 4/23/04, Pours a terrifically effervescent bright gold, slightly orange. White head diminishes fast to a thin ring and tuft. Carbonation continues to stream up through the middle of the beer for the entire session, but leaves little lacing. Aroma is divine-- quite strong, slightly sweet with tart, almost acidic oak notes. Throw in a little barnyard too. And somehow a hint of honey sweetness. Brettanomyces abound, though they’re certainly not the only thing going on here. Initial taste is punishingly tart and dry, humming with a bubbly tingle and a top helping of citrus. Mouth-watering, indeed. Striking amount of woody sweetness comes through in the back end, almost like a honey-glaze. Finish evolves very elegantly recalling chardonnay, citrus, butter and honey. Medium body proves that there's no need to get ridiculous with viscosity to pack a wallop of flavor. Very drinkable, wonderfully refreshing despite its hefty flavor (wish I'd had this on a hot summer's afternoon rather than at 1:30 AM!). Quite a lovely geuze, but if I have a criticism it's that this is somewhat lacking in depth, sadly. Its flavors evolve and excite, but only excite one bit of mouth at a time. Still very delicious.
BBB63 (6474) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 23, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Golden orange hue with a very fine white head produced by lots of little bubbles, very good lace too. The aroma hints of barnyard yeast esters, lemongrass and hayfield, woody, sour apple and pepper. The taste starts tart and acidic, lot of crisp fruits found (apple, lemon peel, orange zest). Woody and yesty undertones add depth to a beer that must be drank slowly to full understand all the sublime interaction on the palate. The mouthfeel is a case where a beer doesn't have to be thick to feel wonderful. This gueuze is very dry, crisp and lively, and highly refreshing. I found this not as sour a other within the genre, more approchable but still not for everyone. I loved it though and that's all that matters.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 16, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Golden body with a nice fluffy white head. Wheaty, barnyard aroma. Dry tart, hints of green apple. Finishes crisp and dry. Fantastic stuff
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.