Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 30, 2007
1998 Bottle: Pours yellow and fizzy. Smells of dry malt, some of the familiar sourness, lots of refined beautiful wild qualities. Taste was out of this world dry with a great tartness. Lots of the more astringent qualities found in newer Gueuzes have faded away. What’s left is one of the best Gueuzes I’ve ever had! Huhzubendah (3709) - 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 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. 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. McGrupp612 (147) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2012
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.
JK (6199) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUN 3, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2008 Incredible like everything Cantillon. Thanks to Badgerben for sharing this one. Bright orange color and cloudy. Yeasty, sour aroma with brett. Delicious, full bodied sour flavor. Incredibly smooth, and perhaps the thickest gueuze I have had, and very sour. Outstanding palate, full mouthfeel. Very sour aroma and flavor, I could smell this for a long time. I have to go with the same high score as Ben on this one. DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 14, 2009
oh my dear lord: Pours a cloudy pumpkin color with a thin ring of head. Nose is pure FUNK. Flavors are funky, brie, funky cheese, sour, just plain sexxy..I want to live in here..i want to shove this up my nose and just smell this all day. FUNK! afrantzell (39) - The Court of the Crimson King, California, USA - JUL 31, 2010
Bottled in 1998.
chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2011
It rests tanned, bronzed, and svelte in the glass, reeking of wood and horse fetor. Tastes like oak staves, shepherds’ crooks, and Belgian balustrades. Lemon juice in the finish, which is sharp and drying.
Speaking of finishing, this did carbonate. It has a pleasantly hefty mouthfeel. As the bottle warms, some vanilla and brown sugar fade in. An ineffably good gueuze.
750ml bottle, drank into a Cantillon glass, 1998, obtained at Akkurat.
Pours a light peach, kinda of murky, light white head rises about a finger, good lacing...The aroma is awesome, just the right amount of earthy funk a little horse blanket all balanced by a touch of sweetness in the form of apricots....The taste is equally amazing, the best gueze I’ve ever had. Perfect balance of funk and sweetness that gives you the best of both worlds, the funk you are seeking and the drinkability to crush the whole bottle.
This is a white whale well worth acquiring. Its simply amazing and I cannot say enough good things about it. If you like sour you will love this beer.
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!