vtafro (7445) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAR 9, 2014
(backlog) Bottle. Golden pour with tan head. Big tart sour aroma, some funkiness, yeast and citrus tones. Flavor follows and has a smooth finish and after taste. cfrances33 (35) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2013
Bottle thanks to Matt, decanted and then poured into a Cantillon tulip. Pour is a mostly clear bright straw orange, with a finger of frothy eggshell head. Some lacing. Smell is bright, juicy lemon and a well balanced hay funk. Some earthiness. Taste is much of the same, with bright juicy lemon, mango, and peaches. Some cheese and a nice dose of minerally funk. Incredibly drinkable, with a nice tart lactic acid aspect. Finishes impeccably clean for a geuze this old. This was a great bottle, and lived up to its reputation Damico (3147) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2013
Wow, thank you Eric and God rest your soul Walt. Pours thick unclear amber orangish in color with a sandy colored head, ironically there is a head. Aroma and flavor both bring some sweet and tangy Belgian yeast with a decently dry ending bringing citrus puckering on the palate. Godofthecellar (677) - NYC, New York, USA - APR 22, 2013
Bottle poured into a cantillon taster on 4/20/2013. I have been waiting a long time for this day to come. One of my biggest white whales has been beached..
Appearance. Bottle poured a hazy orange color with a thin line of head. good carbonation... its awake!
Nose- lemons and peach, with a moldy funky cheese, notes of soccer cleats but in a good way(dont know how that is possible but it is) grass funk & hay. One of the best smelling beers i have ever had
Taste- citrus notes mixed with barnyard funk. grapefruit and cheese. Lactic acid combined with a suttle earthiness probably attributed from the age of this fine geuze.
Overall- this totally lived up to the hype. One of the best beers, and beer experiences shared with some great guys!
Sean9689 (285) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2012
Originally rated on 06-24-12. I’ve had this beer twice in the last month...yeah, that doesn’t suck. Both 750ml bottles into my go-to Narke tulip.
McGrupp612 (151) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2012
Pours a mirky golden yellow color, white fizzy head, wisps. Nose is mellow funky citrus, light mineral notes, oak, and hay. Smells like an old Gueuze, but if you’ve never had one, you don’t know what I’m talking about. Musk, barn, and light acidic notes on the end. Flavor really reminds me of the Cantillon Gueuze I had from 1996, perhaps a bit more nuanced and delicate. Citrus, funk, tart, hay, musk. There’s a mineral character on the finish mixed with the citrus and tart notes that I contribute to the age. Doesn’t detract, but I think it could eventually build to hamper the taste. Light body, light carbonation, refreshing, dry finish.
So, both bottles were extremely delicious. I would say this is one of the top Gueuze’s I’ve ever had, and probably one of the best sours as well. Really good stuff...want more...plz? Until we meet again.
Bottle into my cantillion glass. Huge thanks to Tom for sharing this. Dark gold/brownish pour. Huge funk on the nose. Unlike any cantillion funk I’ve had before. Infinately complex funky aroma with horse blanket, barn, hay, sweat, soil and must. The flavor really caught me off guard with the large mixed citrus flavor (lemon, orange and grapefruit) seemlessly integrated with the complex funk. I was quite surprised how amazing this tasted. Creamy mouthfeel and the carbonation just exploded all the citrus and funk across my palate. The best geuze that I’ve ever had. Huhzubendah (3736) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 5, 2012
Shared by ygtbsm94 at our insane sour and wild ale tasting on April 14, 2012. Thanks Brad!
The beer is straw yellow color with a soft, fluffy white head.
The aroma is fantastic. Citrus, funk, hay, farm scents, oak, earth. Wow. I kept an ounce in my glass and set it aside so I could return to its scent periodically, until I finally gave in a pounded it.
The flavor is just phenomenal. Way more citrus than I was expecting. Orange and lemon flavors balanced to perfection. Just the right amount of funk. A simple beer, really. I can’t imagine a smoother, more delicious gueuze.
The feel was perhaps the best I have ever experienced in a lambic. To say that Loerik is smooth does not do this beer justice.
Overall, a stellar beverage. My highest recommendation.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 04-22-2012 Dunt (316) - Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2012
Thanks to Paul for this epic treat! Funny story about this, I was suppose to sample this over the upcoming weekend and found out I could no longer go. So as you can imagine, I am beyond excited to be seeing this tonight.
Brownish orange in color with a small head of small, tight white bubbles. Nose is incredible, apricot, lemon rind, oak, and just straight funk....it’s beautiful. Flavor is bright lemon, oak, must, and some cobwebs. Light mouthfeel, pretty still actually, moderate acidity, and a nice long finish. The most incredible gueuze I have ever consumed hands down. Not much else to say. motelpogo (7704) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 11, 2012
1998 bottle, thanks so much to jacob for dropping this off in pilsen, sampled xmas day 2011 with mowbeer and skykob, alongside some homemade gravlax. thick and hazy dark and rusty golden; aroma of capers, olive brine, oak, merlot, more capers; amazingly lively for such a vintage beer; all sorts of stuff going on flavour-wise - rose’s lime cordial, foie gras with poached pear, garbage juice and, of course, more capers. a pretty good way to kick off an excellent xmas tasting session Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2012
Bottle at the DC Lambic & Sour Tasting on April 14, 2012. Served in a Cantillon old-school "Gueuze & Kriek" gueuze tumbler.
Huge, huge thanks to Brad for pulling this one out. This one stole the show for me.
Poured a fairly-clear golden color with a short white head that was pretty fizzy and didn’t last for too long, though that was okay, as this was far and away the worst aspect of the beer; everything else about it was as damn near close to perfection as you could reasonably find in a beer.
The nose carried some heavy earthy barnyard notes full of stables filled with horse blankets. Over the top of that was fresh lemon rind and citric acid. It’s incredible the amount of citrus this carried through, which is quite unlike many other aged gueuzes that I’ve had.
The flavor was incredibly smooth and crisp with notes of lemon and citrus, followed by heavy funk with notes of light earth and a touch of leather. Long, long flavor duration with a moderate-to-heavy acid presence. Pretty heavy funk on a light body with average carbonation. Very dry finish. Slightly puckering.
Overall, it really couldn’t get much better than this. This bottles has absolutely aged out fantastically. It’s only damn flaw is that I’ll likely never have it again.