sleepingbear (27) - Lake Leelanau - Detroit, Michigan, USA - SEP 2, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2005 Smell the wet hay and the barnyard wafting through the healthy, almost rocky head. First sip- I was surprised at the clean acidity with a dry tart taste that is like The Leelanau Brewing Companyís Whaleback White. I was pleased to realize that there are more beers like this out there. This style really sits well with me. It says itís flash fermented in íwooden barrelsí (oak?) but I tasted no oak. To the contrary there was almost a stainless metallic hint.
Very winelike with vivid bitters- tart and dry.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - AUG 27, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wonderful aroma - strawberries, flowers, wet hay, barnyard, cotton candy, black pepper. Clear golden, dense off-white head. Flavor is quite sour, lots of fruitiness, a little musty, very dry finish. Medium body, just a bit of astringency. Reminds me of a crisp, dry white wine.
shadey (1987) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 24, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amber orange color with tight white bubbles. The aroma tickles the nose. Devestatingly sour. Flavor is tough to nail down. There is some sour wiht a lot of musty easrthyness. Suprisingly easy to drink for how sour it smells.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - AUG 19, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy body, yellow with a hint of orange with a generous head on top. The aroma is murky sweetness. Hints of lemon, green grapes and orange. These scents come off rather bitter, but are combatted with the musky scent of a barn after a warm rain. Tasting this really brings out the lemon bittersweet flavor at first. The aftertaste is more of a soft unimpressive malt. I donít know about this one. It doesnt have the strong bitterness that might suggest a young age, but it doesnt have a strong complex flavor.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 15, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Golden bronze color, with ample foam. Unappealing smell, which hints of everything lambic, but in a more subtle, gentler way. At its aromatics core, it has an undeniable red apple scent (cut apples sitting for more than an hour, which have slightly browned.) Take a big sniff and youíll smell it. To me, it smells cidery and unappealing and most of all, not what I want to sniff in a Gueuze. Apple hints continue upon tasting, although itís more of a green apple flavor, or an apple platter. The sourness is there throughout and itís not sweet, but where is the woody, subtle fruit, funky horsey hints.....everything else good in lambic? This is a pretty terrible Gueuze, a total ho-hum blend.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy, light orange. Decent, bubbly, white head. Sour, musky, and sweet aroma. Mild up front, the sourness kicks in in the finish which is also dry and bitter. The only complexity is the varying degrees of sourness. Medium/light body. Very good, rather straight forward gueuze.
Kevin (2154) - New Mexico, USA - AUG 7, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
light caramel color with a large white head. corky dusty aroma with some sweet dark fruits. taste is blackberry with some sweet malt and some vanilla. strong cork notesthat subtract from this dry beer.
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 6, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. 2002. cloudy orange-golden body with a short lasting white head. musty apple nose and some yeasty funkiness. body is an interesting flavour medley. some apple flavour. very tart and dirt dry. soda textured carbonation. I like it.
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - AUG 3, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500mL bottle. Pours like champagne. Or ginger ale. Depends on your mood. Ok, I admit it, I made the mistake of drinking this right out of the fridge. Not a good idea. Very dry and tart when itís cold. However, when itís close to room temperature, itís pretty damn good, and complex. Sweet across the tip of your tongue. Sweet with citrus, banana, honey and spice from cloves. Tart apples and grapefruit greet the back of your throat, which leads to a tart dry finish. Thereís a nice farmhouse mustiness throughout. The aroma stays remarkably constant throughout the temperature change. Itís obviously musty with horseblanket and a little cheese, but thereís also sweetness from banana and apple and a yeasty/spicyness. Iím still new to the lambic thing, but I think Iím getting the hang of it.
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 3, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to JPDIPSO for sending this. Pours a cloudy peach color with a thick bubbly white head. Strong and very interesting aroma of apples and cheese, it feels tart and musty. The flavor shows apples and cheese, itís tart and acid with some mustyness. All the elements fit very well together and they are supported by a light and dusty palate, the carbonation is lively and contributes in giving the flavors a little push and shove. This is a truly excellent gueuze.