cfrances33 (35) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Bottle poured into a wine stem. Enjoyed 12/7/2013.
Pour is a deep orange with a billowing, 3 finger off white head. Lots of retention and lacing. Smell is a deep musty funk up front, with some lemon, and a floral touch. Taste is a bit subdued on all accounts. Nice lemony bite, cobwebs, hay, and mineral funk, but with the same floral aspect, and a touch of mint on the finish. Drinkable, and only a touch dirty on the back of the throat. Medium dryness. A privilege to try this one, but I think it falls short of other geuzes of similar age. teorn88 (7682) - Rimini, ITALY - DEC 7, 2013
75cl bottle at Akkurat. Not on the list. It pours a golden/light amber colour with a large white head. Aroma is nice and complex: wet wood, strong funkyness with fruitiness and some spiciness. Nice acidic notes, recalling the classic cheesey and horseblankety notes. Taste is rich with strong funkyness again and tartness sorrounded by a sort of yogurt-like sweetness. Huge citrus and lemon peel notes. Grassy notes in the background. Some wood and fruit too. Mostly dry finish. Palate is creamy, silky, with good carbonation. So easy to drink, I’m glad I had a whole bottle for myself. This is now rounded, complex, almost on par with the Millennium. Godofthecellar (677) - NYC, New York, USA - SEP 14, 2013
Lemon oak, with a musty finish. Drank along side 99,2000, and 2001 and found this to be second to last. .might have been a bad bottle? PatrickGav (23) - - AUG 20, 2013
the aroma is reminiscent of a white wine, with grapes, and a little barnyard. ineedbeer (2171) - Oakland, California, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Bottle at Mikkeler Bar SF.
Aroma is nice and complex with an amazing earthiness and herbal note to it. Light citric acidity to compliment the beer. Musty hay and barnyard notes to compliment. Almost no acetic note. Herbal character is a touch minty.
Pours a fairly clear pale golden color with a fairly big, light pillowy head that recedes until it is just a film along the top and edges. The film persists for quite some time.
Flavor has a bit more citrus than the aroma and has a touch less barnyard character. Flavor still has quite a bit of that earthy, herbal note. Really pleasant balance of acidity and funk. The moderate acidic note is clean and citrusy while very smooth and not in your face.
Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth. Such a nice silkiness to this beer which is shocking for an acidic beer.
Overall an amazingly complex beer with so much nice earthy notes, barnyard notes, some hay and really light, pleasant acidity. The two most noticeable things are the clean acidity and the herbal note. The acidity works so well and the herbal note is slightly minty and refreshing for a geuze.
illidurit (2345) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 9, 2013
Rating 1800. Jesus. Musty funky stank for days. Plasticine porters and looking glass ties, lemon lime soda. So soft and deep, like a waterbed. Passionate beer. Omg. deekyn (1459) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 9, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2013 Mikeller SF bar opening! A - pours hazy soft golden with very low head. S - this smells amazing. Musty oaky, soft lemon and vinegar. Light honey and jasmin and lavender. Soft and sweet. Quiet pie crust notes. M - light smooth body. Soft subtle carb. So well rounded and unassuming tartness. T - sweet overripe citrus (orange and lemon juice) musty earthy tones. Barnyard, sweet tart green apple. Nice sweet mellow jasmine, honey. Nice lemon pie and crust. T - so subtle soft and delicious. astounding 9+ czar (9172) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 4, 2013
pour @ the festival, portland. so glad to have tasted this one! hazy pale yellow with a frothy white head, very good retention and lacing. dusty and musty - fully developed bretts, barnyard, citrus and apricots - dry fruitiness, very complex array of esters, herbal-grassy-floralness. excellent balance. bright carbonation, light body, bone-dry and lightly acidic finish. awesome! tom10101 (6138) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 24, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2014 2 x 3 oz pour from a bottle @ The Festival (Portland). When I drank it, I thought it was regular 1998 Oude Gueuze, but I was confirmed after that it was the 50th anniversary. My oldest lambic so far. Hazy golden/orange with a small to medium white head and little lacing. Aroma is so enticing with barnyard, green apple, musty notes, light banana(?), funk, horse blanket and fruity notes. Taste is slightly sweet and moderately funky with barnyard, horse blanket, green apple, musty notes, fruits, earthy notes and light lemony presence. Mouthfeel is dry. Still well carbonated. I’m really impressed by how good and multi-layered this gueuze is, even after 15 years. This is amazingly complex, but what is even more impressive is how well balanced this Gueuze is. That would be a perfect everyday gueuze. Incredibly drinkable. Not far behind J&J Blauw (and on par with Lente) for my top gueuze (and top beer) ever!
EDIT: Had it again, this time at Akkurat. Still a world-class beer but it was not in the same league as the Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze 1999 we head the day after and the regular Oude Geuze 2002 that I had a few hours before. It was heavier than the first time I had it. mcberko (18068) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 29, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2013 Bottle at Akkurat. Pours a cloudy golden orange with a small white head. Nose is detectable from feet away, with shitloads of fragrant barnyard funk, some lemon zest, and a little horse blanket. Flavour is remarkably complex, bringing possibly the most amazing barnyard funk I’ve tasted, along with moderate horse blanket, some lemon zest, and maybe a little super dry dried fruits. Holy crap, this is complex as hell. The funk is more complex than any gueuze I’ve had thus far. Finished on sharp funky notes, with a very dry palate and low acidity. This is holding up extremely nicely for a 15-year beer. Amazing stuff. Best lambic I’ve had.