bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 3, 2010
Pours a pale yellowish-gold...very still. Nose is earthy, hay, dank oak and lemon. Biting, earthy body with the prominence on the dry, citrus and oak. Some flower petal notes were apparent as well. markdredge (50) - Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2010
Bottle in the White Horse, Parsons Green, shared with two mates. We wanted something sour to revive our tastebuds and this one just kicked some ass. Sour but not puckering, so drinkable, so crisp, peppery, funkylicious. barncatmatt (2286) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2009
375 ml bottle from holiday market. bottled febuary 1st 2008. rating #1000. pours a slightly hazed golden with a lasting white head. complex woody, tart, funky aroma. just like a gueuze should smell. the flavour starts of with some light sourness which fades to a lean crisp middle. the finish is insanely long tart and sour. a terrific sipper and a perfect way to celebrate 1000 ratings. mar (5415) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2009
bottle dated 12-2-03 thanks to thirdeye11. amber with a cream head. great florals, wood and some funk. great on the palate flavor is overly tart but very smooth and appealing, the flavor matches the nose almost exactly. CamdenD (1197) - Madrid, SPAIN - DEC 27, 2009
Mellow geuze. Obviously well-typed and perhaps even inspirational for most the other geuze on this board. Light on the tongue, bitterness is reserved. Certainly refreshing. Flat.
SHIG (4962) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - DEC 24, 2009
Bottle: Poured a marble colored yellow and light brown mix, there was a faint whisper of white head across the top. The aroma was a mix of old musty barnyard, overly boiled eggs, and yeast. The flavor was a mixed bag of old malts, yeast, and puckering sourness. Not a unpleasant lambic for a style I hardly like. oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2009
Pours a deep cloudy golden color. Aroma is sourish, musty, yeasty. It has lively carbonation. Flavor is a sour vinegar like taste with some light creaminess and a hint of sweet. Can really taste the funk in this one. Cavie (4718) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2009
Bottle courtesy of thirdeye11. 2003 bottle. Clouded orange color. Some tartness detectable but not overpowering. Lots of flowers on the nose. Wow very tart upfront flavor that turns into a sweet perfumy taste. Floral on the finish. jcwattsrugger (12420) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2009
‘00 -750ml bottle @Pauls Gathering courtesy of Paul/dickinsonbeer-pours a thin off white head and cloudy yellow color. Aroma is earthy, tart fruit, light malt. Taste is earthy/spice hops, tart fruit, light malt. GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 8, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2010 750mL 1999 ed courtesy of Travlr and again courtesy of Armand. This is so insanely good. Note that this is the 1999- which many consider the best geuze ever made. Armand I think would agree. From talking to him directly, this one is made with Boon, Girardin, and Lindemann’s lambik. This, as Armand said, can never be replicated and is really just a product of pure luck and circumstance.
The 1999 geuze I have had twice and love it to death. First, it pours like an unblended. It is super deep, cloudy orange with no head. Aroma is incredible. You can smell it from 20 feet away: huge leather, tannins, citrus, blood orange, mango yogurt, feet, sweat. Taste is beautiful soft yogurt/lactic, bright citrus, curacao, grapefruit, just mouth-watering all the way around without being too sour or acetic. The Girardin being blended in here is just so awesome as a base lambic. Very quick, zippy palate. I can’t find anything wrong this this geuze and see no reason to put it up with J&J Blauw.
375mL 2007 ed courtesy of Shyam. Pours a super deep super hazy orange with a one-finger, very rocky, off-white head. Beautiful. Aroma is chardonnay, curacao, lime juice, grapefruit juice, some spice, lemon tart, key lime pie. There is some sweat, leather, barnyard in there. Taste is sour, tart, acidic, white wine. Huge sour warheads. Dry aftertaste with some sort of semi-quenching character that insists upon you to try more. Bubbly, spritzy on the palate. The thing I hate about gueuze is that it takes so much time, effort, and precision to create them but about three seconds to drink them. This is excellent. Not as intense as Girardin Black Label, but still awesome. 8/4/8/5/14 = 3.9
I am rating the 1999 ed mainly because I like to score a beer the highest mark that I have ever given it, even if I have had multiple samples that are inferior. I feel it is unfair to average out all of my scores for special lambics like this.