FlacoAlto (4011) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 10, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A vigorous pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces a one finger thick, somewhat large bubbled, pale, off-white colored head. The beer is a pale amber / gold color that shows a brilliantly clear, bright yellow / gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of lactic acid, urea, spicy / woody oak, vanillin, light notes of cider and pears, and touches of straw and pale malt. The nose isn’t overly complex, and in fact seems to die out after you start to drink this beer.
Bitingly sour, with an almost bracing edge to it; the beer is solidly lactic in its acidity and there is a lot of pucker accentuating oak tannins, especially in the finish, as well as a lightly effervescent carbonation. Flavors of yogurt acidity, woody mushroom musty notes, a rounded pale malt character (straw, touches of pale wheat crackers, and a hint of bread like character), touches of urea, . The body has a lactic slickness to it, as well as some woody / tannic structure, but is light and quaffable, at least if you like sour beers. The sourness here is quite nice, it has the sourness of a good Gueuze, though isn’t as hard as the most sour Lambics. There is an almost nutty quality to this from the intersection of oak and malt character; though this is certainly not like the toasted / roasted nuttiness that is often found in other beers. This beer is bone dry, even more so than many a Lambic actually; really it seems to not quite have the malt / grain complexity that a traditional Lambic has, as the grain character is pretty subdued here, though it does become more noticeable as the beer warms up.
This is a bit too clean to be considered a classic Gueuze; it has the bracing sourness, but lacks the funky complexity of a truly great example of the style, and it could certainly use a more lively carbonation. Having said that, this is far better than I was expecting; hopefully this will be a yearly offering, and I will be curious to see if this is continued to be dialed in. Hard enough for my stomach to recognize the acidity, but seems to avoid the acetic acid flaws that can sometimes be found in Lambics or other sours. A beer that doesn’t hold up to critical analysis, but is actually fairly enjoyable if you are just drinking it and otherwise distracted.
Boutip (5266) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 28, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a hazy blonde color beer with a medium foamy head with limited retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of funky yeast notes with light barnyard notes and some tart notes. Taste is a well balance mix of tart notes with some funky yeast and light barnyard feel. Body is about average with good carbonation. Nice level of complexity but still not close to the level that can be tasted in Belgian lambic. I loved the way they control the acidity level.
ajnepple (3777) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at Great American Beer Festival 9/24/15. Aroma of sour notes, straw, funky yeast and stone fruits. Hints of oak and vanilla in the flavor. Very nice and refreshing overall.
bastarda (239) - Freiburg, GERMANY - SEP 18, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Kindly shared by Martin @wethopping BBQ; aromas of dry cider, wood and a hint of funk, continued in taste; moderately tart, still sweet; nicely balanced. Good and refreshing.
ebone1988 (523) - Taylor, Michigan, USA - SEP 12, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2015 Sample at Funvitational. Aroma is sour, dank. Appearance is straw yellow, thin white head. Taste is sour, light. Mouthfeel is light, strong mouthfeel. Overall, meh.
Yorker (1750) - Herning, DENMARK - AUG 25, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
75 cl bottle @ home. Pours cloudy golden with a tiny bit of sediment and a white head that leaves a little lacing. Aroma and flavour are brett, lemon, and wood - with a tart finish.
SirLimpsalot (2902) - SWEDEN - AUG 11, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
@ Mikkeller Viktoriagade, København 15-8-7: Mycket trevlig syrlig ton med stor smak av vindruvor. Mycket fin balans. Gott.
gyllenbock (6201) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 10, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Mikkeller Bar.
Hazy golden with a white head. Aroma of funk, wood, citrus, grapes and some hay. Similar taste. Elegant and with a nice funkiness. A very refreshing and nicely drinkable beer.
yourilevesque (574) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 30, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dégustée en compagnie de Mademoiselle Irina. Le liquide est jaune et presque orangé. Trouble, mousseux. Au nez, des vapeurs aigres douces sur fond de vin blanc, de Chardonnay. Le nez est riche: beurré, acide et sucré. Ça annonce ici quelque chose de chargé. En bouche, le tout est plaisant mais loin d’être une Gueuze si on se fie à l’étiquette. C’est acide certes, mais aussi très boisé, chênu et plutôt rond. Lorsque le liquide est avalé, une finale de pomme verte très affirmée vient clôturer la gorgée, conjointement à cette effervescence qui pique le bout de la langue. Beaucoup trop de corps et ronde pour être ce qu’elle prétend être, cette bière est cependant loin d’être une mauvaise bien sûre.
kajser27 (464) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JUL 29, 2015
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy yellow-amber colored, small white head. Aroma is sour, funky, some tart fruits and fruity sweetness. Taste is low to moderate sweet malt, funky, extreme sourness, almost unbearable, lactic, and then very nice oak and vanilla. Tart oaky aftertaste. Very dry finish. Medium bodied, light carbonation. Too sour for my buds, but the aroma and aftertaste are supreme.
dnicolaescu (1376) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - JUL 28, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aromă complexă cu aciditate fructe verzi și ceva vanilie sau fructe, gust mai direct și lactic.