jredmond (8338) - New York, New York, USA - APR 13, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2014 Bottle split with Thi and vi. Pours a hazy orange, no head , light white lacing. Slight sediment. Mouthfeel is perfect with notes of tart fruit, funk, putrid wood and dirty earth. This gueuze is awesome. jfb (6360) - GERMANY - APR 7, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2010 (bottle) pours a cloudy golden colour with a little white foam. aroma of oak, mild vinegar, lemons and fermented apples, lavender, honey and a touch of grain. flavour is fermented plums, grain, sweet bread, light barnyard and a few blades of grass. medium-bodied with moderate carbonation and a dry, lightly sour finish. wonderfully refreshing! mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - APR 4, 2009
Bottle shared with NickTheElder at the Back Abbey. Pours a murky golden yellow with a thin white film. Aroma is is extremely funky, musty, oaky and pungent without much else to it, just the way I like it. Flavor starts extremely acidic and citrusy, all of the stuff in the aroma is there but not nearly as much as I expected. Finishes very clean and dry. Palate is sharp and light. Starts out really strong but dies off a bit. Still damn good. Bukowski9 (129) - Piqua, Ohio, USA - MAR 28, 2009
Bottle pour.This was my first Gueuze and it was amazing.It tasted like nothing I have ever had in a beer,180 degrees opposite.It smelled of lemons and citrus maybe a little oak too.Sour taste that left me wanting another sip.I loved the flavor,not too overwhelming but strong.My overall impression is I love this and can’t wait to try more lambics! cheap (5914) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2009 My bottle was labeled Classic Gueuze Ale Aged In Oak Barrels. It has an orange yellow label and it’s the shadow of an old dude falling back off his chair while downing some gueuze. Full-size green bottle, about a quart; with a stopper that was really tuff to remove. I eventually got it out but now there is some cork in my brew; oh well, adds to the personality. Label is quite interesting but does not interest me as much as the rose de grambius label. Good fresh barn aroma with no ill olfactory and it comes across as farmy or something. Tho farmy, the aroma is not overwhelming. Pour is swirling hazy amber, good show. For a mental picture, think about grapefruit soda that was tinted with iced tea. Tremendous sour tart taste bud impact. Quite a lovely experience. Words cannot do justice for the realness of these lambics. Puckering at times; makes its acerbic position well. Would love to drink this kind of beer all the time instead of that IPA or impy stout stuff. Dee-lish! This is one impressive beer, it rocks! Cannot detect any real bitterness in there except perhaps a touch of fresh squeezed grapefruit juice in the finish, very acceptable. Does not get tiring to the taste buds even thru this whole bottle. Cannot detect any alcohol in this brew. $12 at Vintage estates in Ohio. Again, these lambics are REAL beers. S7L5F5T8O18
Fred82 (2329) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 9, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2011 375ml bottle from IPB. Bottled Dec 2010.
Bragesnak (5394) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 9, 2009
Appearance : Clear pale amber with a small white head that doesn’t last long.
Aroma : Great citrusy tartness with a hint acetic. Nice acidity and sourness. Nice malt. Classic. Light barnyard.
Taste : Great tartness with nice sourness. Light acetic character leading to a tart and oaky finish. Light acetic notes on finish.
Palate : Soft carbonation.
Overall : Very tasty. Awesome tartness with nice oak and great tart finish. Very close to 3 Font but I think I still prefer the Girardin. Gets better as it warms up. Really awesome stuff.
37.5cl bottle at L’autre Oeil. Crystal clear yellow. After pouring the remaining quarter inch of the bottle, it became hazy. Very small head that goes away fast. Aroma is acidic, apples and sourness. Bottle date oct 06. It basically tasted like concentrated citron juice. I always liked that taste. Could be a bit more complex. It became less effervecent at the end and a bit less tasty as it tempered. It was a remarquable experience ! Rating #58
Re-rate 090708 Sample at brewery. More balanced than what I remembered. No change in rating. 090903 8,4,8,17; 4.1
At Cantillon, Brussels, Belgium.
Taster from bottle, 050309.
Golden wih no head. Aroma is fruity and dry. Flavor is balanced sourness with berries and ripe fruit Muggus69 (2531) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - MAR 9, 2009
Beer info: Bottled in 750ml corked bottle 5.0% abv BB September 2027
Served lightly chilled in pilsner glass.
Capped and corked, nice pop upon opening. Clean golden apple-juice coloured body, very fine beading leading up to a small but dense white collar.
Sharp aroma, pungent, deeply complex. Plenty of tart apple cider upfront, vinegar undertones, hay, grapefruit pith, light horse character, faint floral notes.
Lean body, soft lively carbonation prickles the tongue, high acidity yet somehow not as brutal as its framboise/kriek counterparts.
Vinegar seems to hit home straight off, cider vinegar possibly, definately has that crisp new season granny smith acid bite about it. Citrus works its way in, grapefruit is obvious but lemon and lime seem somehow present, hint of honey and hay sweetens and otherwise bonedry mouthful. Really get the impression of a very young dry Semillon straight up, followed by some serious funk towards the finish, sweat, dough, yoghurt, herbal tea, slight hint of horsy stink as the lingering dryness leads on and on, letting me ponder what other adjectives I could use.
I think I actually enjoyed this more than its fruit-laden brothers, which is the opposite of what i’ve delt with this high-end lambics thus far. Deeply complex, sharp, dry, acidic, but i’d say its not too brutal for those who dare to venture. dogfish120love (1335) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 4, 2009
Pours a hazy murky orange with little head, just around the rim. Smells sour acidic fruity, some cork, wine. Slightly sour, some significant tartness. A little sweet crisp. coyotehunter (698) - , Michigan, USA - FEB 27, 2009
12 Oz Bottle. Aroma of Fruit and acidity. Very sour in smell.hints of lemon. Quite sour flavor..Fantastic. Very sweet and tart.
This is exactly what I needed to fill the sour fix I have been needing. Leaves a rather dry mouth at the end along with a note of apple cider vinegar that Im not a fan of. But overall real nice.