SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - AUG 26, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orange tint with almost no head. Vinegar, sour apples in hay. The flavor is very complex; sour, dank-wood. Perfect level of carbonation. Each sip is different with dryness but then a nice tang also. Also a weird soapy quality about ten seconds after each sip. Truly brilliant and over my head.
argo0 (11896) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 23, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(375ml, best by 3/14/22): Cloudy golden with medium off-white head. Aroma is sour, cheesy, white grape, perfumy. Taste is sour, some fruity sweetness, white grape. Dry acidic finish. Light body. Lots of similarity to champagne (which I don't particularly enjoy).
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - AUG 21, 2003
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2005 Fruity notes of oranges, cherries, mild tartness, light sourness and some crazy wood and yeast notes that really make your head spin. The intensity of the sourness is less then that of the Giradin and comes quicker. The beggining is very fruity with cherries, grapes, oranges, lemons and some hay. The sour kick comes strongly with a great sweetness underneath with some apple tastes that reminded me of eating sour patch kids as a kid. Awsome sweet lemony finish of a bit. Absolute Glory
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 3, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Minus the fruit, it is easier to "get" the flavor of these Oud Beersel lambics. Pours a golden/orange color with a thin white head and tight carbonation. Aroma is sour and tangy with a hint of musty cheese (you know, the "crust" of brie, etc.). Flavor is a rich ensemble of tang, tart, sour, must, wood, and cheese crust. Strange yet addicting.
Indra (2689) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 29, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Intensely fruity aroma, with sour apple, grapefruit, peach and lemon, some floral notes and hints of must and wood. Cloudy pale golden color, properly bubbly, with a massive head that took a good 15 minutes to subside enough to take a sip. A little wheat maltiness up front, lightly sweet and fruity, quickly infused with juicy tartness and very faint herbal tones. Dry, effervescent, grainy mouthfeel. Well-integrated and a fascinating example of the style.
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 26, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Interesting. Looks and smells like a champaign, but is a little more acidic and bready like. I'm glad I got to try it. Not sure if I like it.
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 26, 2003
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Ok, this beer smells like a combination of champaign and vinegar. Taste is....different. It tastes like a Woodchuck minus the apple. This is like the Radiohead of beers...you need to try it to see if you like it. Some peope will think it's different and cool, while others will say it's somethng that appears to be a bunch of sh!t thrown together that shouldn't be mixed in the first place. I am of the second opinion. Can’t say I will ever drink this again (especially since the brewery closed down).
SilkTork (5359) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Unpleasant appearance - only a mother could love the colour of baby shit. Though, before the creamy white head dies away, it does have a certain simple dignity. Cork flew off with an explosive pop narrowly missing the light in the ceiling! Woody, cidery, lambic aroma - quite soft. Initial mouthfeel is soft and warm, then the grapefruit juices start to burn a little. As with other Gueuze I've tried, this is better when warmed up. When cold it is a bit harsh, slashing away like a beserker on acid; but when warmed up the edges soften and the oaky qualities start to seep through. And, again a common experience for me, the beer becomes more enjoyable as the bottle progresses. The lingering taste experience in the mouth, long after the drink is finished, is very pleasant - as though the memory is better than the real experience. From the shock shudder at first sip to the regret at the end that there is no more left to drink, this is an interesting journey that encourages further exploration of a most challenging beer style. I have yet to come to fully love Gueuze, but I do respect the style.
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUL 5, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Looks like a hazy cider in the glass with great refreshing, sweet aroma. A great beer in this unique style. A very refreshing beer that starts very sweet and ends very sour. Great.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUL 4, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nicely balanced geuze--not as acidic as too many of this style are. I didn't see a ton of complexity here, but it was wonderfully quenching on this hot Independence Day.