haddon90 (1304) - Newport Beach, California, USA - SEP 6, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Jeremy for having me buy this at Whole Foods in Vienna, VA. Bottle in May of 1993. Pours a cloudy copper color with a very thin white head. Apple cider kind of aroma, with a hint of pears. Sour, tarty flavor. This beer definitely did age well, with a lot of funky flavors. Glad I was able to have this!
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 18, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light blond to peach hue. Small, frothy, white head. Barnyard, lemon, hay, solvent, honey aromas. Lightly sweet, moderately acidic flavor. Lightly sweet, heavily acidic, lightly bitter finish. Medium body, watery texture, fizzy carbonation.
LilKem (1214) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
smells like apple cider, pear juice, lemon, some funk. some weird bleu cheese. some ranch dressing and pepperjack cheese. lots of funky flavors though. very sour taste, like lemonheads, crab cakes, monterey cheese, lemon and lime peel.
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 11, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
My first straight-up gueuze. The first thing I thought when I took a sniff was Cry Babies, that ultra-sour bubblegum. I guess that this is an acquired taste. I like sour but not so much in my beer, although I could possibly see maybe enjoying this as a sipping brew. It fizzes quickly through a golden body. The finish is extraordinarily dry and quite acidic.
hopscotch (8242) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Hazy, light orange ale with a small, fizzy, white head. The aroma is of lemon juice, cheddar cheese, wood, vanilla, wet leather and must. Not as earthy as a lot of gueuzes. The flavor is sour as hell, woodsy, lemony with maybe just a little pomegranate. Light to medium-bodied and dry. Finishes sour. Excellent sour beer!
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 7, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden orange, thin fizzy white head. Pungent nose of funky sharp cheese, orange, grapefruit and lemon, with light hints of wood at room temp. Up front flavors of sour patch kids (the orange and yellow ones), then throughout you get more tones of musty wet leather,cheese, and wood. Light to medium bodied, soft carbonation, drying sour, woody finish. Didn’t expect a lot from this one, but it turned out to be a pleasant surprise. Thanks for shraing Eric!
BuckNaked (1231) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 2, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375ml bottle, corked and caged: Bottle numbered 05-98 so I’m wondering if this is a 1998 bottle (looks old) or not. I have to pull the cork out, but it does give a tiny little pop once I pull it out. Light amber body, mostly clear, with a tiny white head that quickly dies away to a barely visable patchwork on top of the beer. Sitting about a foot away from my glass I can already smell a lightly sweet/tart fruit aroma. Sticking my nose in the glass, I get a very quick scent of sour apples and lemon rind. Immediately following that I can smell some barnyard, grapefruit, leather, peaches, and plums and port when swirled. I taste it. Wow, this is pretty damn sour - similar to a cantillon, but more sour than acidic. The initial taste just shocks my taste buds and I can’t taste anything. The following sips yield sour lemon, grapefruit, this is very much like biting into an unriped sour kiwi. As I drink more and more, notes of sweet apples start to come through, as well as cardboard, sour cherries, old wood, and berries. Finishes with a long sourness that eventually opens up to reveal sugared apples, pears, honey, and lemonade. Light-medium bodied, moderately carbonated with tiny bubbles that tingle your tongue. Does feel just a bit watery at times, but not enough to bother me.
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
37.5 cL bottle at Max’s in Baltimore. This beer rocks. It is a golden color with a very slight head. The aroma has some acetic, some oak, funk, & barnyard. The flavor is pretty sour when chillier but sweeter as it warms. Pretty sour though! It makes your mouth water. Comparable to Drie Fonteinen, Cantillon, Oud Beersel and even Girardin. I need more of this.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled 07/2003. Hazy gold. Small, short-lived, bubbly white head. Sour, citrusy yeast aroma. Sour up front, yeasty in the finish. Has a pleasant rotten citrus character to it. Sweet and sour aftertaste. Medium body. Very few beverages as refreshing as a nice gueze. Underrated at 3.34.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 18, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
37.5 cL, corked & caged (sampled at the Brickskeller, DC): Slightly hazy straw. Minimal, ivory ring. Musty, citrus aroma with light straw, sweet limestone and soft tannins. Sour cherry skins play in the background. Mouth watering, tart & sour grape flavours with Granny Smith’s play a great supporting role. Sweet grapefruits linger interwoven in the beautifully finish. Delicious.