bark (255) - Linköping, - JUN 18, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. The colour is dark golden with a tint of orange. The low white head dissolves into a small ring quite fast.
The smell is intense and complex; I found notes of vinegar, citric acid, wet wood, seaweed, a gentle touch of tar and some fruity notes of… avocado?
The taste is also very complex and powerful: Guezue is a very demanding drink! The first note is a fruity and very refreshing sourness that is soon replaced with a robust sourness, quite similar to drinking ascorbic acid mixed with water. Then, a more delicate taste of white wine vinegar and dried fruits and an odd taste of old timber and a stuffy food cellar(!). The long aftertaste is rather sweet with notes of sour candies and an earthy note of yeast. It fades out with a balanced, palatable sour flavour.
The carbonation is medium strong and almost sharp with lots of bubbles.
Not your average pale lager: This is a challenging drink in many ways.
Alengrin (2464) - BELGIUM - OCT 21, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The original Timmermans Gueuze Caveau revisited since some years after the brewery was taken over by John Martin’s. In its original form, this gueuze was atypical in that it was made with more old than young lambic, lending it a rounded, mellow, softer character than usual; this one is clearly a sweetened, compromized interpretation of the original, though it still shows lots of estery fruitiness and a certain sharpish acidity. It lacks the barnyard complexity of a true authentic geuze, though. Situated somewhere in between a real ’oude’ geuze and the sweetened, ’industrial’ 25 cl geuzes we know from the larger lambic breweries. Could be a good introduction to this inaccessible style for any beer fanatic not yet acquainted with it, I assume.
mcberko (7245) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 11, 2014
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
330mL bottle at Kulminator, pours a clear golden with a small off-white head. Aroma brings out notes of oxidation, residual sugars, and light funk - pretty oxidized. Flavour brings loads of cardboard, lots of oxidation, light acidity, and more cardboard. Really really oxidized and cardboard-dominated. Not good at all. Drain pour.
77ships (4304) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 30, 2014
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
2004 Vintage @ Kulminator. 33 cl. bottle split by 2. Pours a clear apple juice amber with little in the way of a head. Smell is quite off-putting, chlorine, old and thin apple juice, sweeteners, completely oxidized and has that musty Kulminator smell upped to 11. Taste is manageable and luckily not as bad as the nose would led you believe. Lots of chlorine, totally oxidized, old oxidized lemonade, sweeteners, thin metallic apple juice, cardboard. Thin and fizzy body. This was probably sweetened and pasteurized to begin with so its current state isn’t much of a surprise but there isn’t much nice to say about this other than it is still drinkable and I finished my portion. At this point this is just an expensive tick for completionists and hardcore tickers.
JulienHuxley (3482) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - MAY 26, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Kulminator, 2004 vintage. Clear gold pour with thin white head. Aroma is really funky, candi sugar water, wet hay, really oxidized. Taste is sour, tart, cardboard, oxidization, not as bad as the aroma, not sweet at least which is nice. Palate is well carbed, dry. Not so bad.
tom10101 (3104) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 26, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle (375 ml) @ Kulminator. Slightly hazy golden/orange with a little off-white head and almost no lacing. Aroma is quite old and dusty with fruity notes and cardboard. Taste is about the same with moderate sourness and the cardboard being a little more present. Medium body. Moderate/medium carbonation. Somewhat dry finish. I don’t know how old was the bottle, but it was clearly past his prime. Not awful though.
Scopey (7452) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle at home, no idea of age. It pours clear amber with a medium white head. The nose is tangy fruits, some ice tea, sweet apple, citrus peel and a touch of spice. The taste is lightly tart, tangy generic fruits, wet wood, apple, pear, melon and ice tea with a short finish. Light-medium body and fine, prickly carbonation. Sweet and simple, but not in a particularly nice way. Perhaps a touch better than their Tradition gueze lambic, but not by a whole lot...
kraddel (3630) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - NOV 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours fuzzy , light amber
Small white head
Smells dusty , apples
Much more sour than the timmermans tradition geuze
Apple in the back
Ynotnitram (6) - - OCT 8, 2013 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
At last a genuine lambic brewed in the old traditional way (by the oldest lambic brewery in the world it seems). Just right in sourness and acidity, you can taste the spontaneous fermentation!
gyllenbock (5031) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Kulminator in March 2012, vintage 2004.
Slightly hazy golden/orange with a minimal white head. The aroma and taste was very sour. Also lemon, green apples and wood. Better than expected.
Travlr (13458) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 1, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at De Cam. Hazy golden color, fluffy large bubble head. Aroma of dusty lemons and grapefruit. Taste is funky, dusty, citrus, straw. Nice.