argo0 (12322) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 20, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Lightly hazed light amber body, small off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, dusky/yeast, some strawberry, barnyard. Taste is medium sweet, lemon, yeast, light berry, funk, seltzer. Light-medium body, light acidity.
Hikeg (66) - - AUG 22, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours hazy yellow orange with average frothy head. Aroma is tart, apple, cider, hint of leather, butter. Flavor is gueuze, light bitter, dry wooden finish, medium body, oily palate, smooth. Pretty nice.
Gachupines (1091) - USA - AUG 19, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy golden color with a thick white head. Aroma is a little bready with a touch of sourness. Flavor is a little sour, but mainly dry. Light finish.
Alengrin (3401) - BELGIUM - AUG 9, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The follow-up to Vicardin since 2012. The original version was a blend of Vicaris Tripel with the filtered, white-label Girardin Gueuze (at least that is what the brewer told me at the time, when he had just launched it and won a prize with it from a Zythos Beer Festival), but the cooperation with Girardin stopped and this ’new’ version is blent with lambiek by Boon. This concept is not as new as it may seem: lambic has long been used in Belgium to blend with other beers in order to get a sourish ’versnijbier’ and this is an application of the same principle, though these old ’versnijbieren’ were usually not tripel-based. This one has a very stable, medium sized, off-white head laying a thick lacing on the glass and overlying a bright, deep ’old gold’ coloured beer with vivid sparkling, cloudy with deposit. Aroma, as promised, indeed shows both tripel maltiness and geuze tartness, with impressions of raw rhubarb, green apple peel, clear gooseberries, white bread, crushed sorrel, dried weeds, straw, peach, dust, earth, powder sugar, kiwi and a faint banana ester hint; also a bit of cardboard, although the bottle is still long before its expiry date, but it does not really bother me; there is a horseblanket funkiness and even a vague woodiness somewhere too, but I think it is not much use trying to search for the pure lambic characteristics here, this concoction will be more rewarding if simply enjoyed the way it is. Crisp and spritzy in the mouth, high but refined effervesce with a somewhat ’champagne-like’ mouthfeel as in a decent geuze, softly sourish, lots of green fruits, apple, berries, unripe plums, lime accent with very refreshing effect, minerals, hint of soapy wheat but mostly bready, soft barley sweetishness, ending in lingering sourness but still very gently so, paired with the continuing bready malts and a deep, late but unmistakable, earthy hop bitterishness, providing only background bitterness but little aroma, which is probably best in a beer mixed with geuze. I have been skeptical about this since it was still Vicardin, but in re-tasting it now, I have to admit the combination works; this is indeed a very refreshing, spritzy, appetizing apéritif kind of beer, which I would recommend, not just for what it is, but perhaps also as a stepping stone to the different ’real’ sour beer styles to people who have not ventured beyond the familiar Belgian ales yet. Nice, and of about the same quality level as its predecessor - there is a somewhat other nose to it due to the change in lambic, but in this concept, this does not make much difference, I believe. A side by side tasting of this with a vintage bottle of the original Vicardin would prove interesting in order to determine this, but from sheer memory, I cannot really pinpoint the difference.
ciocanelu (198) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - AUG 4, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy golden color with a small head. Aroma is full on gueuze but not very intense. Taste is tart and balanced. Very nice combination, easy to drink and refreshing.
daniele (6660) - ITALY - AUG 4, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle oro un filo velata buona schiuma discreta persistenz naso leggermente speziato discreta nota maltata leggero legno un filo aspro bretta cosi in bocca acidità controllata discreto amaro
Sureshpa (339) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 3, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: Cider, citrus, lemon Appearance: Yellow, orange glow, big bubble foam, dense deck, medium lace Taste: Cider, light sour, malts
Mortlach (1314) - Rome, ITALY - JUL 29, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @Buskers Pub (Rome). Pours cloudy light amber with a medium and persistent white head. Aroma of wild yeasts, hay, cellar, malty notes, esters. Flavour is malty, sweet with a sourish end... strange! Medium body, medium to light carbonation. Interesting...
fkoolen (609) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - JUL 27, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home. Hazy golden colour, big white foamy head. Very fruity nose and taste, nicely but lightly sour and a bit earthy/musty, firm malty base and tripel-yeasty banana and spiciness. Gueuze and tripel beautifully matching in tones and mouthfeel. Dry finish, lasting long. Lively carbonation, good body.
Marheb (3284) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 24, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(En fût à Stone Liberty Station): Un nez de biscuit légèrement sauvage et mentholé. En bouche c’est très moelleux avec une touche minérale/herbacée succulente. Un mélange entre une pale ale belge et une gueuze, belle surprise.
drfabulous (4920) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUL 23, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at The Beer Trappe. There is banana and citrus mixed with some pepper and some of that traditional gueuze taste. Very interesting and tasty.