ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reviewed 12/31/2012. Thanks to Momar42 for all three gueuzes (and the kriek surprise afterwards!) This was part of the gueuze showdown, pitting Tilquin’s gueuze against the juggernaut duo known as Cantillon Gueuze and Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze. Part of a 750mL bottle poured into a Cantillon tulip. Notes from last night’s Skins/Cowboys game.
A: Pours a cloudy dark amber color. The head is a one finger white shade, with the best texture and retention of the three.
S: Tons of tartness, a lesser white wine-esque fruitiness, and some buried earthy funk. The most seemingly sour of the three.
T: First thing that comes through initially is the combination of pear/apple esters and white wine tartness. The tart sourness breaks through more aggressively through the midtaste, while the finish is mild brett funk. Out of the three, this was the most sour, the least earthy - and the least subtle. Certainly a nice beer, however.
M: Super dry and puckering. Lots of carbonation, too. It lacks the delicate touch of the Cantiloon/3F gueuzes, though it’s softer than, say, a run of the mill Flemish red.
O: It’s a nice sour ale. I wouldn’t call it beginner friendly at all, though, due to the tartness. I would point fans of Flanders sours to this one, however. Shame it had compete against the two titans of the style - even though it came in third in the gueuze showdown, I reckon it would be superior to any other gueuze on the market (not from Cantiloon or 3F, that is).
JHeath99 (900) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - AUG 16, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy golden with a layer of off cream colored head. Aroma of funk and lemon juice. Taste the same. Amazing.
Grzesiek79 (3175) - Radom, POLAND - AUG 12, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from 2010/2011. Yeah! Absolutly Great acid Lambick. Super wytrawny i drazliwie kwaskowaty, koloru jasnego bursztyna z niewielka piana, ale na poczatku sie tworzyla i niestety znikla jak w dobrym szampanie. Kwaskowate lekko pachnace potem i skura. Ziemiste posmaki i zepsuta pomarancza. Wspaniale do panierowanej piersi z kurczaka, solidny korek glosno dal sie zdjac ale bez wystrzalu. Piwo ostrawe i drapiace w przelyk, nie polecam ludzia nie znajacym sie na rzeczy i nie rozumiejacym tej wspanialej belgijskiej starej tradycji.
OldMrCrow (1809) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 / 2011 tasted 2014 at Chris’s place.
Diaper funkiness drives the nose. Very Tilquin. Cheese and lemon juice. All about the funk. Enjoyable, and clearly a special beer. For me it lacks that extra something that makes Cantillon magic, but I completely see how someone else could find it even that much better.
Beergeek23322 (2224) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - AUG 10, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
8/10/2014. 375 ml. bottle. Cloudy amber color with a white head. Tart, funky, yeasty aromas. Acidic, tart, malty flavors. The finish is dry and acidic. A bit of oak mid palate. Awesome brew.
Sten (625) - Westerlo, BELGIUM - AUG 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy amber coloured beer with a small stable white head. Nice complex acidic, grain and lambic in the nose. Flavour is mild acidic, a bit malty and watery. (Corked Bottle 37,5cl)
ninecats (131) - Uddevalla, SWEDEN - JUL 30, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 2012/13. Pours hazy orange with a quickly dissipating white foam leaving a lid on the surface. Aroma is fresh and old tart berries, lemon peel, vinegar, yeast, citrus and an obligatory hint of barn and hay. Taste is freshly tart backed up with a slight complex wall of malt, wood and grass. Again a moderate vinegar and tart berry tone. Ends dry and semi sour. Medium to full body, medium carbo with oily texture. Not that overly rough and tart as some lambics can be, this has an elegant complexity to it, amazing.
Beerconnaiseur (68) - BELGIUM - JUL 21, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
75cl, one of many. This blended lambic is beautifully put together. Craftmanship of the highest standard. Pours a stunning foam head and has a different tasting character when cooled or served at room temperature. Prefer a one year old bottle. Pillowy hazy head, soft, cheese, basement aromas. Start with prominent taste and dials down to support the primal taste : sourness with a hidden sweet touch in the background, wood, dry lemon zest, barnyard... extremely balanced and full bodied! Amazing old gueuze!
cmacklin (251) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a hazy golden colour with an average, frothy, short lived, off-white head that laces. Tart, fruity aroma with notes of citrus, brettanomyces and barnyard. Sweet, acidic flavour with notes of fruit, citrus, brettanomyces and a dry, sour finish. Medium body with an oily texture and soft carbonation.
Hanoi (375) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Cork flew out, but I was ready...
Noe is is funk, horse blanket, a touch of honey, lots of dust, yeast, drop of syrup. Taste is sour with a deep tart finish. Richer than many lambics, it has fruity green apple, lemon, pear leading to tart finish with a slight sweet honeyish note undercutting the tartness.
The mouthfeel is surprisingly carbonated. A very good balanced lambic.
charule (1048) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared thanks at arts. Poured light hazy gold peach color with min white head. Aroma of sweet honey fruit. Light carb med bod. Pretty sour taste. Sour.