jake65 (4033) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - SEP 11, 2008
Bottle: Pours a hazy golden blonde with a modest off-white head that dissipated rather quickly. Aroma is rich with sour and tart fruitiness and barrel aged qualities. Almost intense enough to call pungent. Taste is a lip smacking, mouth puckering fruity tartness. Dry, without as much sweet. Has that vinous and barrel aged feel again. Very nice. ucusty (2693) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 7, 2008
Carolina Crew tasting! Bottle courtesy of Todd! Thanks! Hazy gold pour. Tart aroma mostly green apples. Sour, fruity , earthy, wood, and yeast. Excellent gueze ketchepillar (1208) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - SEP 6, 2008
375mL bottle at Red Monk. Tasty but a bit much. Aroma has a fair amount of yeast ass in it. Pretty sour and tart like apple cider vinegar. Some interesting fruit and sweetness, which isn’t all that good. kkearn (1221) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2008
375mL bottle. Pours hazy straw color, with a thin off-white head. Tart nose; with apple cider vinegar, citrus, leather, and wood. Citrus, mainly lemon and grapefruit, apple, vinegar, and barnyard notes all interact seamlessly on the palate. Flavor is tart, but not as much as I expected from the aroma. Long, dry, fairly sour finish. Delicious and incredibly drinkable. NachlamSie (3597) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 27, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2010 Bottle. Pours a hazy weird off-yellow with a pillowing white head. I can smell this stuff as soon as I pop the cork. Not for the faint of heart, this beer is seriously sour. Putting my nose to the snifter is more intense than putting my nose directly to a jug of vinegar. Intensity aside, this has a fantastic array of wild, funky aromas: cheese, hay, goats, lemon, serious malt vinegar. The spritzy mouthfeel does well to compliment the tartness of the flavor. It’s no surprise when the puckering onslaught hits my palate. It moves through some layers, starting with the sharp vinegar character and moving towards a wild, tart funk. This never becomes sweet or forgiving. I don’t get much bottom end in this one. Props for its unabashed use of bacterial quality. This is one of the most aggressive of all soured beer I’ve encountered.
bboeckl (142) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 24, 2008
[March 13, 2010]
Bottle at the Map Room. Hanssens remains one of my favorite Lambics, especially the gueuze. It is one of the most potently sour examples of the style and still retains complexity and cleanliness. Plenty of fruity notes and oak are present in the aroma along with the rich vinegar-type sourness. The palate is medium and the flavor makes for a wonderful sipper. Grass, fruits and all kinds of wooden complexity mingle with the potent tartness. Delicious.
Exceptional Gueze. Golden, with a white head. Excellent lacing. Taste was SOUR, tart, fuity, and astringent. Dry aftertaste. Strong sour lemon taste, but this is well balanced by maltiness. Unbelievable complexity. I highly recommend this gueze. Fits style guidelines to a tee. AmEricanbrew (7080) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 22, 2008
Clear dark gold with a fizzy white head. Good aroma is toasted wood with barnyard funk and tart wheat. Medium body and lightly carbonated. Pucker factor is medium to high from front to back. Good yeasty funk flavors with tart wheat, bready malts, with some tart lemon and dry wood. Another most worthy gueuze here. djtimeless (222) - Colorado, USA - AUG 19, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2009 Pours out hazy gold. Taste is tart and crisp with a little funk. Nice balance. Not to sour. Great gueuze for the $. BoBoChamp (5754) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 28, 2008
38cl, from De Hopduvel Gent, complex, balanced, hazy, good head, good sour geuze 1FastSTi (3358) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 28, 2008
Bottle of non-recorded vintage. The beer was quite tart and leathery. But, for a gueuze pretty balanced. Not overly puckering. A nice carbonated palate with acid, bitterness, and acetic qualities. The beer reminded me of a Cantillon Classic Gueuze I had earlier in the week.