aracauna (2997) - Georgia, USA - JUN 24, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy amber (I may have decanted some of the yeast, but I thought I was careful). The head is thin and fleeting. The first burst of the aroma is the smell you get after having just bitten into a green apple. Under that is cheeze and hay that has sat in storage for too long. The apples carry into the flavor, but instead of the green apples, it changes more like a cider apple. Very fruity, but there’s not the harsh sour punch I was expecting of something like Cantillon. The tartness here is a part of a balanced, but complex, flavor instead of the dominating characteristic. A very drinkable gueuze.
fly (1394) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - JUN 7, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Well, this was just fine and dandy, but following the Cantillon gueuze it just seemed that all was diminished. I enjoyed the Cantillon for the bolder, more assertive flavor, but was very glad to have tried both and have seen just how wide the difference was.
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 11, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy gold/yellow with good head and great lacing. Small bubbles that make it very creamy looking. The nose is not as sour as other gueuze beers I have tried. Nice and creamy with a sour/dry oaky finish.
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - JUN 8, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a nice looking amber color with lively carbonation and a big white head. Good lacing. Aroma is sour grapes, apples and some barnyard. The flavor is excellent. Sour cheese with all sorts of stuff going on in my mouth. Body is dry. What a great Gueuze.
DanielBrown (3629) - 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.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
hazy gold, noisy white head. nice aroma of mint, leather, lemon, wet earth, barnyard, and orange. sparkling mouthfeel. not overly sour, tart orangy notes with dusty malt flavour. very nice.
tiggmtl (4548) - 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).
Rastacouere (6107) - 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.
madsberg (9653) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled @ Delirium Cafe, Brussels: Golden coloured. Unclear. Off white lasting and dense head. Good sharp sourness in the aroma. Tart, very acidic and loads of earth notes. Very dry flavour. Has some light fruity notes. Has sharp acidic notes on a nice earth base. Dry sharp sour and fruity aftertaste. This is a really good one, that concludes my 8 days adventure in Brussels and Bruges. The following months will be dedicated to some of the 25 beers I had with me home.
tomxcs (320) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 6, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My first of this style and I really enjoyed it. Sharp tartness in aroma and flavor with a dry mouth. Very good.