MarcoDL (5306) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 13, 2017
At Hopishop 2017. Aroma of tart, acidic sourness, white grape and horseblanket. Taste has tart, horseblanket, dry white grape, oak and a really dry tart finish. Not bad, but needs some more refinement. Alengrin (5639) - BELGIUM - OCT 12, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2017 There is one last fronteer the American - and by extension now global - craft beer movement has yet to conquer, and that is traditional lambic and its offspring. Very serious attempts have been made recently, with Jester King's Spon as the most credible one from what I heard (I'm still trying to hunt down a bottle) and out of respect for these specific activities, a 'méthode traditionelle' label has been installed, under which American craft breweries have started trying to imitate lambic, geuze and traditional fruit lambic as closely as possible without explicitly using the terms 'lambic' and 'geuze' to identify their products style-wise. This Le Roar Grrrz, with the last part of the name mimicking the Dutch pronunciation of 'geuze', predates this very serious approach - and apparently managed to enter the top 50 of geuzes here. Very eager to put this one to the test, being the lambichead that I am... Thick and coarse, tightly lacing, snow white head, initially clear and deep, pure 'old gold' colour. Quite idiosyncratic, but attractive aroma of old sour apples, unripe green raspberries, lime flesh, very old and oxidized white wine, old sweat, lemon peel, dry wood, horseradish, hay. Sour onset, green apple, gooseberry and more pungent lemony acidity, touch of white vinegar even, over a somewhat soapy wheaty background, dry and astringent main character, bit wry, woody tannins in the finish as well as an outspoken, long-lasting, spicy hop bitterness, bit old grapefruit peel-like even, more explicit than normal for any kind of lambic. This is quite a unique beer, an approximation of a geuze, but altogether clearly different as well and lacking in the depth, estery complexity and refinement of a true 'oude geuze'. Not sure if this brewery supports that new 'méthode traditionelle' movement and intends to meet its requirements, but if not, I'd recommend them to do so: approaching geuze with American pseudo-lambic will evidently lead to pseudo-geuze, but I reckon this can be regarded as a first step in a potentially promising new chapter in the American beer revolution. And in that chapter, Bullfrog may function as more than just a forerunner - it may well be able to write an important part of it. Hugely interesting from a 'philosophical' point of view and most enjoyable to sour beer lovers, but as others have stated here before me, this is not really a geuze. sjogro (4653) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 7, 2017
Maakun shares the sour power. Bottle shared, golden pour with white head. Big sour grain, apricot, big dry firecracker funk. Moderate sweet and sour and bitter. Medium body and soft carbonation. Lovely dry and funky and fruity. Crazy nice. Maakun (6340) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 7, 2017
Bottle 7/272 from 2013 shared. Almost clear golden with white head and a few tiny floaters. Gooseberries, white grapes, funk, hay, soft matches, a bit of wood glue, pine wood, lemon, lots of aromatic herbs, more pine. Wow this has lots of fresh aromatic wood which is a bit unusual but quite pleasant. Medium sour, under medium bitter and light sweet. Medium bodied. Very nice but a classic Belgian geuze it's not. caesar (7170) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUL 23, 2017
Bottle @ Benzai is uitgepierd tasting, 10 cl sample. Slight hazy golden color, short frothy head. Beautiful fruity nose, apricot, leach. Soft sourness in taste, funk. Usually American sours or lambics are pure nailpolish and absurdly sour, but this one is exceptionally well made. Wonderful.
Benzai (16569) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 22, 2017
Bottle @ "Benzai is zo dood als een pier tasting". Clear apple juice like golden orange color, average to decently sized white to off-white head that lasts for a decent while. Aroma is lightly sour with sweet peach and apricot. Very nice! Taste is moderately sour, peach, apricot, dry, lingering sour fruitpeel bitter but somehow in a nice way, and continuously sweet peach coming through. Suitable body and carbonation. Very nice indeed!! DutchDrebus (6136) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUL 22, 2017
Bottle @ benzai. Hazy yellow colour with a small white head. Smells sour, dusty, apricot, fruity, nice. Tastes sour, very fruity, apricot, slightly dusty. Absolutely amazing. Medium body, nice carbo. Great stuff. j12601 (13035) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 22, 2017
RBSG16 Grand Tasting. Pours a hazed amber with a thin white head. Big musk and funk on the nose, soft and funky. Wood, soft malt. Medium bodied, tangy and funky, wood. Long funky wood, musk, funk.
GenDV138 (7579) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUN 1, 2017
750 ml bottle shared. Mostly clear golden orange with off-white head. Aromas of pungent funk, oaky notes. Tastes of funk, oak, stone fruit. Light body with a dry finish. Okay. JorisPPattyn (10062) - BELGIUM - APR 2, 2017
No head; ochre-orange, clear beer. Lambic-like nose, with horseblanket, sour grapes, lemonpeel and toilet soap. Horseblanket, sweet woodruff, garden herbs, turmeric; spicy, yet sweet. Lipstick in the aftertaste. Medium bodied, quite slick, and apparently a bit of oxydation. Not half bad. But whatever American raters may think of it, this ain’t a gueuze, sorry.