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).
slowrunner77 (2131) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
"Nice lively barnyard aroma, with some lemon and green olives. Bubbly, slick slighty gassy feel. A little clean for the style, but quite good. Decent amount of tartness keeps one’s attention focused."
StefanSD (2136) - Lakeside, California, USA - SEP 21, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375ml bottle from trade with angst. Thanks. Pours a hazy copper color with a small white head that soon recedes to a fine film. The aroma is big and bold with sour fruits and some barnyard funk. The taste is sour grapes, a bit of sour apricot and funky hay. The palate is light but effective and the carbonation is lively. Finishes long with lingering sour apricots. Overall: Very tasty--me like.
Stine (1577) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 8, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazed bronze, after the bottom is disturbed. The distant aroma offers some guava, and the familiar gruyere rind funk in careful distribution. Calcium deposits are plentiful. Wet dog, some brine, some dirty beach; lots of nostalgic, evocative stuff.
Juicy, tart, sharp flavor. Watermelon, golden kiwi. Hard water minerals and soft limestone gravel. Gorgeous balance and subtlety. Bitter, whitish wooden notes become apparent with time. There is no stark, violent action to this one, but the quiet elegance of its bright fruit and cloudy funk is sufficient for an impressive experience.
Puckering palate whisks away moisture but is not overpoweringly sour. The mid to late palate has a mild hollowness to it. The finish shows high acidity with pineapple, lactic acid, goat cheese. It is ultimately somewhat clean. This could merit multiple visits, for its impeccable balance and easy character.
lb4lb (2546) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very grapefruit like. Tasty sour. Very nice. Better than the 3F I thought. ........
hobsch (505) - Cologne, GERMANY - SEP 5, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 0.375l. Pours hazy amber yellow with white head. Aroma is tart, funky, apples, lemon, hints of vinegar. Taste is light sweet, light bitter, heavy sour, lemon, apples, dry. Aftertaste is acidic, sour, slightly bitter, fruity. Excellent rather mild and fruity geueze.
ttroha (275) - Americus, Georgia, USA - SEP 3, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Hop City. Drinking in honor of JHeath99’s bday. Pours clear straw-ish in color with lingering white head. Aroma of moldy fruit and something sweet. Taste is lip-puckering sour. The most sour beer I’ve ever put in my mouth. It’s tangy as well, with hints of apples and cherries. A good beer for those who like sours.
Beese (1802) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught at GBBF 2014. Poured a hazy golden colour with a dense white head. Aroma of popcorn, hay and candy sugar. Tart fruit flavours, with some dry straw and unripened fruit. Finish was very dry, with some tangerine and hay.
BeerBoom (114) - POLAND - AUG 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. In aroma very good wild notes and sourness. In taste is sour, with some salty notes. Low bitterness. Medium-low carbonation.
jspronck (41) - BELGIUM - AUG 30, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
cloudy amber color with a low but persistent white head, good carbonation, thin feel, yeasty aromas of basement, barnyard and cheese, sour and sweet and complex after-taste, dry and a bit astringent finish
Timvim (90) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - AUG 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at GH (student pub), Uppsala 20140822. Hazy straw with a minimal head. Aroma of old musty apples, barnyard, lactic acid, cherries. Taste is similar, with small notes of acetic acid, acetone and cyanide. There is also green apple peels, oak and vanilla tones. A bit aggressive mouthfeel.