stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - DEC 13, 2009
Bottle. Pours a clear golden/orange beer with a lively white head. The aroma is sour, sweet and malt. The flavor is sweet, metallic and bitter. The palate is bitter. Overall a good, traditional gueze with some complexity. deflagro (106) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 7, 2009
Bottle. Pours a golden yellow, cloudy liquid with a large, white head. Aroma is acidic, musty and a bit bitter with notes of apple peel. Taste is round and rather complex with some acidity, mustiness and bitterness. A relatively sweet finish with a hint of blueberry. Really nice, but maybe a bit mild. ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2009
Brassy color with a rather big off-white head that slowly fizzes away. Some speckled lacings remains on top of the liquid and on the edges of the glass.
The smell is very big with lots and lots of aromas popping up through the glass. A gentle funkiness mixes with plenty of aromas of tart fruit and notes of fermenting apples. Hints of grass, dry earth and minerals. A vinegary touch is very aggressive at first, but settles after a while. All in all, a truly amazing smell.
The taste is not as impressive as the smell. It’s more gentle and not as well composed. Here’s lots of tart fruits, primarily green apples, and aromas of grass. Sourness dominates the flavor, but here’s quite a lot of slightly wheaty sweetness as well. Funkiness is restrained, but something in the line of horse-blanket appears every now and then. In the middle, the taste gets a little nutty with notes of fermenting apples. The finish is gently sour and has a mild grassy and herbal bitterness to it. Notes of minerals and lingering fruity aromas in the finish as well.
Medium body with a refreshing sparkling carbonation. The texture is slightly creamier than most gueuzes.
A good gueuze. It has lots of character, but the flavors can’t keep up with the fantastic aromas in the smell. The flavor is a little too much on the fruity side and there is something in the finish that bothers me - it’s hard to put my finger on it, but something seems off. But it’s very interesting to see that a gueuze can handle such a high ABV without it even getting noticeable.
Serving type: bottle
(Copy of old Beer Advocate review) fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 19, 2009
375ml thanks to Zathrus! Pours a murky orange red with a tall off white head. Sour apple and peach aroma with some horseblanket character. Wow is this dry, light sweet hay notes and a big punch you in the face sour of lemon peel and peach. Ends extremely dry with a suprising light hop presence. Really nice and light tasting for being 8 percent. I like it. pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2009
750ml shared by Andrew. 2003 vintage... Pours a semi-transparent orange brown with a milky wheat head... Aroma of a nice gueuze with solid sour oak notes and funkiness. Solid aroma that’s for sure... Flavors are a little bit lacking and don’t live up to the nose. Very lightly sour and tart that quickly dries up soon after consumption. Very drinkable even despite the high abv (8%) for a lambic.
theisti (4126) - Kansas, USA - NOV 9, 2009
2003 Vintage, 750 ml bottle purchased mail order from South Bay in Imperial Beach, California. Best before 07.02.27 marked on the label. Paired with mussels. Pour is orange golden almost clear, with a nice white head. Became a bit more hazed towards the bottom of the bottle. Aroma is immediate barnyard, which clears pretty quickly. After it opens up, funk and light orange citrus tartness takes over. Soft and balanced nose. Taste is earthy, funky, tart, softly sour and lactic vinegar. Very complex, yet nuanced. There is a ton going on, but no of the flavor jumps out or is too aggressive. Just softly tart and lactic - just perfect with mussels, tart. The brett shines nicely in the back. Palate is effervescent, light bodied super smooth and balanced. Just crazy drinkable. I loved this. jkwalking05 (4735) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 7, 2009
Golden and cloudy with a large ivory head. Aroma is barnyard and light grains with a sour aroma. Taste is sour and grainy. 17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2009
2003 bottle, sample #10 at 1st CST. I’ve purchased 3 or 4 of these bottles without really getting an accurate rate. Pours a slightly hazy orange with a thin frothy white head. Aroma is dusty funky cheesy sharp tart acidic. Flavor is somewhat cheesy, tangy metallic bitter, noticeable alcohol for sure. Not as good as I remember it. Watery body, sparse but sharp carbonation. I remember this being better. cederdorff (15) - holstebro, DENMARK - NOV 3, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2009 light,citrus, grapegolden, clear, white foam, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, medium sourness, vinegar, medium body, dry, fizzy, bitter, long finish, I will drink it with everything gyllenbock (9156) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 31, 2009
Bottle, 2004 vintage.
Sour aroma with hints of lemon, earth and oak. The taste was tart but not extreme in any way.
Lemon, grapefruit, wood and some grass in the taste. The ending was very dry where funk was clear.