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Brewed by Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck
Style: Lambic Style - Gueuze
Ingelmunster, Belgium

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RATINGS: 773   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nate (3806) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2010
From bottle. Nice funky sour nose, woody with some oak. Light funk with acetic-lactic tang. Nice nose overall. Hazy amber with foamy lacing white head. Medium body with high carbonation. Starts funky and sour with lactic acid, lemon juice, and wheat sourness. Mild bitter finish with tons of tartness. A bit of woody character but not overly complex. Refreshing and tart.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AleDude (41) - USA - AUG 4, 2010
Apple and cherry in aroma. Clear amber. Sour yet balanced with clean finish. Good

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (5160) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2010
On tap at Toronado SF. Pours a clear amber with a thin white head. Aroma of tartness and some sweet syrup. Flavor is of amber malt with tart cherry and some sour lemon in the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBunn (2528) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2010
So I found a bottle of this that was fairly old while in St. Louis, MO. Poured a slightly fizzy yellow/gold with little head and aromas of funk, bandaids and metal. Flavor was very good, but had a bit of a metallic/medicinal edge, especially at first (although it seemed to go away a bit as it aired.) Nice to try an older sample of a gueuze.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drowland (6594) - Georgia, USA - AUG 2, 2010
7/31/10. Thanks, Mark! Huge fruity sour aroma with hints of yeast and funk. BIG sour taste with acid and not quite vinegar. Super high burning carbonation. I like it!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pivnizub (9162) - Bochum, Porř, GERMANY - AUG 2, 2010
Bottle: Nearly clear, but some floaties visible, orangey coloured, very small head; sourish bretty nose with a woody touch and lots of green apples plus an illusion of turpentine; moderate to solid sour flavour, medium bodied; vinegar and green apples in the completely sour finish. Good, but really demanding......

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eructoblaster (3253) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 31, 2010
Bottle - 375ml. Hazy golden body with average carbonation and a thin white foamy head. Strong hoppy aroma with herbal hints. Well balanced hoppy taste with fruity notes. Ends with a decent bitter/sour finish. Good example of Gueuze.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjmcend (209) - USA - JUL 30, 2010
2008 Bottle. Translucent red with a foamy pinkish head. Aroma is of subtle fresh cherries. Mild alcohol hints. Taste of muted cherries. A bit like pie filling. Crisp and sour but finishes a little weakly.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8462) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 28, 2010
2008 vintage (080620 stamp), black foil-capped 375ml. minimal yeast slurry in the bottom of the bottle, medium opaque bronze with a thin buttered-bread head. quaffable with an apple cider nose and flavor and radish-like acidity. chewy, seems lush and weighty, and seems heavier than previous vintages (higher sugar?). its also much darker (it tended to sparkle back in the day). secondary fermentation is evident: brettanomyces is active on a still-noticeable amount of sugars (smells like bandaid and unintentionally startled belgian horses). oak character is forward (honey/sour melon/vanillin). pedio/lactic acid is mild (only a little tart butter), cap-fatty acids are heavier (goaty, fatty). appears to have a lasting and slow finish with some interesting zesty brown sugar and pungently sour honey flavors, but then I decided to put it up against the best in the world. girardin Cx2010 375ml is sparkling, zesty, vibrant and delicious. against this fine beer the flaws of the fond tradition begin to sick out, and they are generally foul. rubber inner tube tire and solvent are more evident, as is oxidized orange fruit (and furniture polish). against girardin the acid is flabby and the body is weak. the carbonation seems artificial and dull, and a certain quality much like cement powder begins to make an appearance. so there is good and there is bad with this beer, and it depends on both your opinion of what exactly each of those is and how you measure them. enjoyable it may be, but a world-beater it aint. (3.5)

2007 was brighter, less acidic, more sweet, more pale, and unfortunately less enjoyable. (3.4)

2003 is still one of the finest vintages of this beer. wonderfully full, frothy, dry but dense. compares with some of the better geuze from the same year. (4.4)

2002 oud arsenal in antwerp, may 2006. 375ml bottle, vintage 02/2002, four years cellared. dark yellow body with a medium glow. sweet lemon, hearty wheat and melon scents in the nose along with horsey, dusty and dry light barnyard notes. light must and old fruit seem prevalent. smooth and rich, even creamy at times, but never thick. juicy, spicy, the entire package. (4.1)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
imdownthepub (11109) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2010
Bottled, 375ml at Locus Publicus, Delft. Clouded orange tellow with white head. Treat myself time, instant flavour overload, citric, orange, lemon sharp and yeasty, you could feel those fellers still working. Then mouthdrying tartness, fruity and bittering. Its a difficult task to explain why Lambic is so good when you normally avoid these flavours, but these extremes become the sought after. Great stuff.


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