77ships (9828) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 8, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2013 (08/10/2012) Split a 75 cl. Champagne bottle of this with Dylan / Kraddel - this has been sitting now since 2010 or something in the bottle, about right for my tastes now. Pours a darker shade or orange, rather dark compared with what expected into an oversized Karmeliet glass, huge creamy white head. Smell is huge, you can smell this from a distance, huge 3F funk with lots of horseblanket, musty, old, funky fruits, peach even, light mushroom, reasonable amount of leather. Taste is huge 3F funk, lots of barnyard, mushroom, it doesn’t taste very sour but you can feel the citrus acidity in your throat and on your lips, lovely, musty mushrooms, plenty of leather, wild yeasts, musty earthly, hay. Lightly murky body, great body - phenomenal stuff - my favorite after Lente from all four. ///// Tried another one @ RBESG 2013. Still just as astonishing. Brilliant beer. TickerTerryDJ (633) - Redditch, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2012
75cl bottlle from Kurt,Belgiuminabox.
Poured a cloudy orange and produced a large white head.
Aroma contained lots of barnyard and leather,lemon and damp cardboard and cellar smells.The flavour included all of the above with some green apple.Sour and acidic,complex and blended to perfection.Just misses out on the top spot of the four to the Lente but not by much.Awesome.
This series has been so good i am strongly considering buying 4 more to cellar for 10 years or so while there are just a few left.Apart from the considerable cost there are still far too many beers for me to try to justify this and i am not a wealthy man.Also the torture of the waiting and the temptation would be too great to bear and would reduce to months rather than years,,weeks,,,days!!!Cheers maneliquor (3514) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 8, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2014 Bottle bought for Bruce’s birthday. Pours bright and vibrant orange with a dense white head leaving superb lacing. Nose is very lemon forward with horse blanket, huge funk and mild biscuit. Big tropical fruit influence and it gives it this appealing juiciness which goes hand in hand with the sourness. Mouth watering. Tastes of big funk and lemon tart with huge sour barnyard notes. Light musk with creamy zest. Odd and works so well. The tropical notes give it such an appealing juiciness throughout. Sour and funk is out of this world good. Age has possibly done this wonders with the extra sourness I assume it would have given. World class sour JK (6162) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2016
Bottle share by Caleb. Hold color, very heavily carbonated. Sour and earthy. Some cheese. Full of flavor. An earthy character comes out as I drink more of it. Complex, sour, excellent beer. ClarkVV (6708) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 18, 2017
Bottle at Akkurat with Nelson on 11/29/16.
EdKing (2586) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2014
Again, a fantastic pour, this one gushing lightly again and showing forth a bronze-golden robe, clear and well-carbonated with a large, snow white head atop with very strong retention for the style.
Winter seems to be the exact antithesis of Spring, though our bottle of Summer was off, so maybe that was even brighter when not off. Not that Winter doesn’t have some bright notes; it does, full of apple, lime, kumquat, lemon and other beautiful brett qualities, but there hidden away against a very musty, almost cheesey and horsey character that ends with strong lactic notes and light hay/cheeserind/more horseblanket. Side-by-Side with the Spring, it’s difficult to choose a favorite and the Winter might just prevail due to its uniqueness. Where the Spring is explosively, brightly full of Brett tartness and poignant tropical fruits, the Winter settles in for a much more subtle but all-encompassing lactic-wood-brett-must-basement type of quality, and only slightly less intense overall than Spring.
It’s got a bit fuller of a body than the rest, with strong lactic character and tons of horseblanket. Tight carbonation, as all show, with proper attenuation, of course, and a crescendo of flavors culminating in a very funky, very flavorful finish. Must, cellar, plaster, wool, mineral all persist.....incredible stuff. One to ponder, for sure.
Bottle shared with Josh (Maneliquor) at CBC Islington at Bruce’s birthday. Nice rich looking bright amber, huge white foam head in the glass which slowly dissipates to thin. Nose is probably the most beautiful gueuze I’ve tasted. I could just sit and smell this all day. It’s big sour, acidic, lots of horse blanket and funk, caramel, green apples, very tangy. Deep rich aromas. Taste is slightly more restrained but still a complex and full flavoured limbic. Green apples, sour, acidic, lots of funk and horse blanket, yeasty, grainy malt. Balance is about as good as it gets. Phenomenal beer. Alengrin (5376) - BELGIUM - AUG 13, 2014
The last in a series of four seasonal geuzes, hopped with Challenger and blended from only 3 Fonteinen lambic. With the gainings of this and the other seasonal geuzes, Debelder tries to fund a new lambic brewery of his own, so never mind the price. Compact, stable head, complex and refined lambic aroma, sour cream, dry sherry, hay, horseblanket, bitter honey, fruity esters; very fruity taste, lively, sparkling like champagne, dry sourness but more ’mellow’ lactic acid than sharp citric acid and therefore a ’malse’ geuze, very well-balanced and very elegant, long complex finish. This is a truly wonderful geuze, among the best I’ve tasted so far, and I had most of them - it is just a pity I didn’t get the chance to compare this with the three other versions, thàt would have been interesting... thewolf (12599) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAR 19, 2012
Bottle, bought @ Etre Gourmet.MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 30, 2012
Gusher. Pours deep orange with a big, frothy, off-white head. Good duration. Aroma has funk, lots of freshly squeezed oranges, citric, very soft lactic, roses, oak, grapes and red apple. High carbonation, lovely dry mouthfeel. Flavour is fantasticly tart, oranges, citrus, rose-tea, mild funk, almonds. Super sharp citric. Immensenly well-balnced and what I think is the best of the four.
Shitty day ending when I lost my notes on this one. Drank next to Lente and Zomer. Less orange than Lente or Zomer, head lasts longer than either, thicker. This is fruitiest geuze I’ve ever had, incredible passionfruit all over, kiwi, citric. Tons of sweet honey-dough bread, almost no cobweb or dankness. Carbonation keeps things light. I’d be worried about this one in a year given that I like it so much for it’s unique qualities, but as of 5/2012, I’d rank themLudvig (134) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2012
good geuze not the best of the series but seriously good! had a bottle shared with great friends and great food!