Brewed by Brouwerij Girardin
Style: Lambic Style - Gueuze
Sint Ulriks-Kapelle, Belgium


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RATINGS: 1397   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
De houten ton is een Gallische uitvinding, die gebruikt werd voor het gisten als voor het bewaren van wijn als bier. Ten opzichte van de amforen hadden ze veel voordelen : ze waren lichter, konden een grotere inhoud bevatten, waren minder fragiel en waren ook nog handiger, want men kon ze rollen. De tonnen en pijpen die Breughel schilderde kunnen zo afkomstig zijn uit het tonnenmagazijn van elke Pajottenlandse lambikbrouwer (of daar nog staan ...). Houten tonnen werden algemeen gebruikt tot het begin van de vorige eeuw.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2007
The beer is clear copper gold, moderately effervescent, and topped by a good two inches of bubbly head. Decent head retention and good lacing. Sour aroma – citrus and herbal. The flavor is a tart citrus, mainly sour grapefruit juice and lemon rind. A little cheesy funk is thrown in as well. Lighter body, with memorable acidic carbonation, and a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SSSteve (4006) - - JAN 14, 2007
orange/copper with a large fizzy cream colored head. fruity aroma of apple, lemon, pear, and pepper. flavor is sour, musty, funky, and a hint of lemon. highly carbonated with a sharp sour mouthfeel. hints of wood barrel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GarrettB (1562) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 11, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2007 Heres a beer that, by all appearances, is from an antediluvian era. That may be extreme, but its a beer with vintage qualities, from wrapping to palate. It also possesses the unique quality of being one of my first geuzes, and one Ive been waiting sometime for. I lost it somewhere in the move from home to college (and again in the reverse), and in the midst of a scrambled search for my socks I found it. My imagination discovered that I actually knew nothing about geuzes, and was eager to fill in the details with random smatterings of misconceptions and outright lies, so that when it poured a clouded, monarch butterfly orange I was more taken aback than I normally would have been. The head was bubbly with pockets of the occasional arch-bubble, dominating his own group of tiny and soon to be assimilated minions. It reminded me of a well prepared and baked pizza crust with variable texture, but uniform in makeup and taste. It even shared the same shade of tan as pizza crust. A little patience and the head crumbles into a moat. A few more degrees of the large clock hand and it erodes further into an open ended valley in a process that would leave geologists swooning. From the many shifting tectonic and frivolously bubbly layers comes a well paced smell of apple, sparkling cider, Jamaican all spice, pumpkin, vanilla sugar and an encapsulating, piercing tartness. Its like a thousand tiny rapier stabs, which if movies are any judge of reality, are not nearly as fatal but are a great deal more painful. A swish around the mouth reveals another face of the beer with more prevalent and dominating fruits. Apple and pear mix and mash to form a kind of delicious, low on sugar slurry to make a solid base for the other sharper fruits. Cranberry gives a name to the rest with more bitterness and acerbity than sugar and a nice shock to the taste buds previously coddled by the baby food apple-pear mix. The sourness makes a precise pinch at the roof of my mouth, but is suddenly stricken with lethargy and recedes. In its absence white wine vinegar appears with a nice smidgeon of black pepper. The aftertaste mellows things out with a mysterious, reclined and relaxed wheatiness. Its slightly watery relative to the flavor impact, but this quality makes it refreshing and satisfying. I expected more complexity such as cheeses or grasses, but found none. This is how a sour beer should be made with the drinker in mind. Nice complementary flavors and a quenching satisfaction paired with sourness make for a well rounded and supplicating drinking experience.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thebaldwizard (1206) - Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2006
Pours a hazy golden brown with a small white head. The aroma is a nice sour scent with definite hints of grasses and herbs. The palate is nice, full, and smooth. Taste is a very smooth sour flavor with herbal qualities and a peppery taste. The pepper flavor took me back a little.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stine (1774) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2006
I poured this into a wine glass for lack of a better one to find a golden colored brew that made a lot of sound, forming a rich frothy head. Sour, musty wood, farmish aroma. I think my nose isnt smart enough for it yet. Lemon and lime...outrageously sour-tart flavor with some sharp cheeses, finishing dusty and dry. I dont get the complexity here that others have observed and I cant quite pin it down...but its nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2006
Aroma is very sour.Pours a cloudy copper with a light white head.Flavor is very bitter sour.Lots of carbonation with a very sour finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 18, 2006
Clear golden with a medium sized creamy white head. Aroma is fresh and very sour, dont know why really but I was not too impressed, did not have too many of the wonderful bretty smells of some of the other great lambics. It picks up a bit in the flavour, with an insane tartness. Flavours of raw apricot and pear, acid and lime. Finish is long and dry, pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 12, 2006
UPDATED: APR 22, 2007 Hard to rate a beer style Ive never tried. Pours with a hazy, golden color with some orange highlights and plenty of effervescence. Head is very full, fizzy, and white with little lasting ability. Nose is sour with some funky barnyard, notes of hay, muskiness, honey, faint pear, and some overripe sour cherry. Flavor is similar, still the overripe sour cherries with a soft tartness, other notes of barnyard, slight oak, lemon zest, slight wheat, and dusty yeast; bitterness is low, but keeping from being overly tart. Palate is medium-light, moderate carbonation, and a mildly refreshing character. Finishes tart with lemon and some dusty yeast. Interesting and complex with a nice soft tartness. Intriguing style and will try others to compare. This style really grows on you with its delicacy and intriguing complexities.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 2, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2009 Rerate from a bottle I bought in Belgium a few years back and shared at a lambic tasting at dickinsonbeers place. I didnt take notes, but I remember epicness. Really damn tasty stuff. Bottle provided by beastiefan2k and shared with gotmos, notalush and apoptosis. Pale straw colour beer with a fast fading champagne-like carbonation. Beautiful aroma with spicy notes behind the soft malic acidity. Pine and soft baked peach aroma as well as some mild earthiness. Lightly dusty without a lot of horseblanket character. Flavour shows soft tartness along with peachy fruit and a hint of barnyard stink. Lingering spiciness throughout the glass. Good enough to make me wish I had more. 8 4 8 3 17

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MPA (997) - Amager (form. Nrrebro&Aalborg), DENMARK - DEC 2, 2006
Bottle. Slight hazy yellow with a fine white head. Aroma is sour and citric along with apples, freshness and at the same time old age and something forgotten. Sour flavour with apples and a fresh, sparkling bitter touch. Super beer!

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