ContemplateBeer (1402) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 16, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Quite floral aroma with some white grape, tart pear and a bit of mustiness. Appearance is well carbonated gold body with bubbly white head, which did dissipate quite quickly. Flavor matches the nose with a long lemony tart finish; the mustiness is accompanied by a slight cheesecloth note. Palate is very bubbly and builds up to effervescence. Quite good, and very bright Gueuze; this will only get more refined over the next few years.
hazewee (40) - Andenne, BELGIUM - JAN 16, 2012
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2013 Wow! Working in the wine business, if I were served this Gueuze during a blind tasting (poured in a black glass), this could mislead me to a great Chardonnay like a Meursault of a young vintage. Almost not bubbly, very round and complex, with a long lasting finish helped by a perfecly balanced acidity. Best Gueuze I’ve ever had!
rangerred (838) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JAN 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
375ml bottle poured into a tulip.
Appearance is a hazy orange with a small white head. Good head retention but no lacing.
Aroma is funky barnyard but there is also some citrus in there notably lemon, orange, and raspberry. There is also a touch of oak.
Taste is quite a bit more citrusy than some of the other gueuzes I have tried. Orange and raspberry are there almost on a level playing field with the barnyard notes. A dry oakiness comes in strong on the finish. Tartness is quite prevalent throughout imparting a lemony character. Finish is dry but not quite as dry and clean as I would have liked.
Overall this is a decent gueuze but not the best I have had. There isn’t enough funk and it doesn’t finish quite dry enough. It isn’t bad though and I probably would get it again.
Oakes (11363) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Finally! Hazy dark straw. The aroma is quite leathery adn the more you inhale the more baby poop pedio you get. Tart and leathery, then citrus and wood. Finishes austere woody and dry, and very leathery. Good gueuze.
SimonRoller (391) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 13, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours hazy amber/golden with medium white head. Aroma is funky, barn, yeast and apples. Taste is sour with green apples, barn, funk and some citrus notes. Liked it alot
Dazz3 (1458) - Hällefors, SWEDEN - JAN 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Pours hazy copper with a big white head. Smells and tastes clear sour, abit citrus with a similar finish.
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 13, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2013 Best by date 09/02/2022; Sampled April 2013
A soft pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces a voluminous, quickly overflowing, four-finger thick, pale tan colored head; this leaves some light, layered lacing on the sides of my glass as it slowly subsides. The beer is a nice amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, bright, pale-amber tinged, full gold color when held up to the light. The aroma has a certain cider like note to it, this is backed by a solid lactic tartness, lots of woody mushroom notes, earthy oak character, a soft musky / sweaty character, piquant urea, some toasted oak notes, a nutty dried straw aroma, and then a solid fruit character in the finish again that also has some pear like notes to it. The aroma is quite complex, with a definite piquancy to it.
My first sip is effervescent, tart, oaky, slightly astringent, and then with a more biting sourness in the finish. The body has some lactic slickness and tannic structure to it, but is well balanced by the bubbly carbonation; it is really hard to find fault with the body, lots of carbonation (which I like in a Gueuze), with ample body for a beer this dry, yet still eminently quaffable. The finish is phenolic, perhaps a hint of medicinal notes, lots of grassy / dried-hay flavors, and a certain bitterness and oaky spiciness is also here. The malt character accentuates the straw like notes, but also provides a rounded wheat-cracker / rustic-white-bread-crumb like character in the middle of each sip. Quite musky, with plastic overtones, perhaps, with lots of sort of medicinal mushroom like flavors, . This does have quite a chewy, oak stave, woody flavor to it; perhaps a bit more than some Lambics, but it is clearly only playing a supporting role here; I wonder if it has to do with the newness of the barrels that this new Gueuze blender is having to use. This has a firmness to it somehow that is accentuated by a mineral, perhaps slightly metallic character, and these get mixed in with a cider like flavor that shows perhaps a touch of oxidation; the oxidation also adds a slightly nutty overtone to the malt / grain character here. Speaking of fruit, there are also some light grapefruit like notes, and at times, perhaps a touch of pear like notes.
I was expecting this to be a significant let down after the fantastic Girardin Black Label that I had last night, but this is certainly holding its own; not as funky, but perfectly complex and actually a bit more balanced than the latter. This is a big improvement over the first vintage (with only two years of Lambic blended) that I had; much more complex, balanced, and characterful, in fact it makes me realize that I over-inflated the previous vintage, but I excuse myself for that one, since I was so excited about there being a new Gueuze blender in town. With the slightly darker coloring, and the slight cider like notes, it seems that this has seen a bit more oxidation during aging than most modern Gueuze manufacturers, but it is well in line with what I have had in previous years, and luckily is only a light touch; I wonder if it will have any implication on the aging potential of these beers, only one way to find out. I really love Gueuze, that is all….
As I pop the cork off this best by 10/02/2021 375ml bottle I get a waft of raspberries. A steady pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a two finger thick, somewhat creamy textured, pale tan colored head. The beer is a pale amber color that shows a bright, clear, orange-tinted, gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of lactic acid, grapefruit and a touch of cider that is backed by an ample funkiness that provides mushroom notes, phenolic funkiness, fruity oak character, dry woody spicy notes, perhaps a hint of clove even. The nose has a bright fruitiness to it that makes this distinct compared to other Gueuzes; this adds a nice note and at times I would swear there are some raspberries here. The nose is quite nice, dry and appetizing smelling, but with a fair amount of complexity; as one should expect of a Gueuze.
The beer has bright sourness to it that manages to be quite in control and suggests at notes of grapefruit. This is backed by a funkiness that wasn’t quite as pronounced as it was in the nose. There is a fruitiness here in the flavor that again reminds me of raspberries; this might be accentuated by a touch of acetic character that isn’t really at flavor threshold levels. This has a dryness to it that is accentuated by some oak derived astringency and some phenolic character. The body of this beer is just about perfect for a Gueuze, light and refreshing, but with that characteristic slickness and texture to it that keeps this a long way from being watery. The oak character seems to be a touch spicier and astringent than is usual for a Gueuze; given that this is a new Gueuze blender and that the barrels were newly sourced, that is not at all surprising. As the beer warms up the woody character / oak gets more distinct and, along with the funkiness, makes me think of woody mushrooms. The acidity also gets a bit more pronounced, almost sharp, though not quite harsh.
This is a damn good Gueuze already, I can’t wait to have one that is a proper blend of 3, 2 and 1 year old Lambics. This definitely has me excited as this particular blend shows a lot of potential; it could use a more muted oak profile and the acidity might be a bit more rounded, but I really like the fruitiness and the funkiness, and even the oak and acidity. I can’t wait to get more vintages of this.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amberish golden, off white fizzy cover. Aroma is quite tart, lemony, acidic, slight cheesiness. Taste is again battery acid, light lemon, not crazy funky, but definitely sour.
Beershine (5193) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Stumbling Monk session. Glowing honey gold. Aroma lime skin lemon skin slight baby poop but very slight soil. Prickly carbo. Hanssens character. Light bodied. Lots of lime rind. Pink grapefruit meat and pith. Finishes very dry and astringent. With acidity but citrus fruit pith not vinegar. At all. Nice gueze.
Fred82 (2091) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 11, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle from IPB.
Appearance : Slightly hazy yellow with small foamy white head.
Aroma : Awesome citrusy tartness with light acidic notes. Light funk, light wood, light wheat.
Taste : Awesome citrusy tartness with light funk. Some wheat, light dust. A bit barnyard but rather clean.
Palate : Great mouth-filling carbonation. Big mellow bubbles that goes down smooth.
Overall : Wow. My kind of gueuze. Rather gentle and accessible. Nicely citrusy and tart with enough funk to give it some character. Very drinkable. Very nice carbonation. Awesome. I’m very curious to see how this will age.