Oakes (17831) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 26, 2000
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2005 Hazy orange-amber colour with white head. Clean lambic aroma is mainly leathery, with just a hint of cheesiness. Very tart palate, aggressive, some stank feet, apple, lots of leather and a fair amount of barrel character. Body is spritzy, moderate. Finish is leathery, with a woody dryness and a kiss of sweetness right at the end. motelpogo (7704) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 7, 2002
aroma of used cricket pads, mothballs and apple cider. but its bark is worse than its bite. tasted of hak sauerkraut, capers, tomato leaves and apple peel and a lot more. amazingly full and complex. just the thing for a late summer’s afternoon DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 26, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2005 First gueuze here, bare with me on this. Given that I love sour tastes, this seems like a style for me. I have no idea how this stacks up against other gueuzes, obviously. Aroma of apple, moldy cheese, sweatsocks, ripe farms. Here’s some obvious comments: sour champagne taste with dry finish. I found it tough to tease out more complex flavors, so a rerate may be in order. It seems to me that gueuzes are just inherently complex anyways. Very nice.
Re-Rate: Not adding much to the description, just raising the numbers to show that this is a phenomenal. Bursting with fruit, grapes and sour apples in particular, and massively tart. Daring yet gorgeous. ClarkVV (6757) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 7, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2006 Undated bottle. Without reading or remembering anything about this beer, I’m excited to give a completely unbiased review (except that gueuzes are my favorite beer, ahem). Pours a golden straw color, slight rusty yellow/coppers. Little head retention, quite bubbly. Relatively small amount of sediment, but still enough to please me. Aroma is quite unique. Very acidic, reminds me of pear skin, grape skin and sour lemon. Almost like unripe limes. Yes, I do believe unripe lime is it here.
Nowhere near as much horseblanket, funk, cheese(dont even really smell any cheesey bacteria) as say Cuvee Rene or Drie Font. That’s ok though, to each lambic his own and I’m just happy that it’s got its own character.
Flavor is tart at the beginning, with light light citrus, good full yeastiness and some sour lemon and grapefruit. On the end, this stuff gets really good; that unripe lime flavor, sour pear skin, orange peel, a bit of sweet malt (nowhere near as sweet as 3F) and even a hint of hops, perhaps? Another unique characterisitic of this one was the oily, leathery, acidic grapeskin quality coming on at the start and again on the finish.
Body is medium-full, with a soft but ever-present carbonation that gives the tartness a nudge in the right direction. As it breathes, gains almost a light creamy sweetness on the end, though only in passing. Lots of lemon-lime-pear lingers on the finish, with light yeast as well. Outstanding and quite a good balance. I prefer the extra bacterial, ultra funky, barnyard lambics and saisons, but this one was magnificent in its own right. To be constructive, this one was a bit lighter bodied than the others I’ve tried, though the flavor was so eminently quaffable.joshuah (37) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - NOV 27, 2005
Another (likely 2003) bottle (beige label, purple lettering) consumed Summer 05 at Sunset Grille. Just about as good as it gets for a gueuze. I can see now why this is regarded so highly by many. The aroma is just something else! Pure horseshit, wet barnyard notes. Wow, nice and strong. Flavor is cheesy, heavily funky and only moderately sour. The only moderate amount of sourness is probably further attractive to those who desire a more balanced acidity/sourness. Juicy apples are quite present as well. Wonderfully round and creamy texture with very tight carbonation.
Undated bottle consumed 11/05, label pictured at left. Yep, fascinating again, though not quite as funky. Obviously older and more mellowed out, but still quite cheesy and appley. Perfect texture/carbonation again.
Shared this 750ml bottle with Suiiy, Joshuab and ClarkVV.
Smelled like Hay and a horse barn. Very tasty with a good sour finish. Best beer I’ve ever had.
kkearn (1165) - 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. MacBoost (1914) - Victor, New York, USA - NOV 4, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2011 (Update for clarity): Let’s get one thing perfectly clear right off the bat - Hanssens ain’t messing around when it comes to Lambics. This beer brings some serious funk, along with a little junk in the trunk to go with it. Pours a cloudy gold with no head to speak of. Nose is funky, sour, barnyard, crotch cheese and citrus. I really like the crotch cheese note - it reminds me of a girl I knew in college. (As a side note, this girl’s nickname was "Chicken wing". Pronounced Chick-En-Waaaang. Not because of anything special she did with chicken wings, no - because her naughty bits smelled faintly of the blue cheese that often accompanies chicken wings. So no you know where I’m coming from (or where I came from)). Plenty of sour and funk to go around - the taste is amazing. Good stuff. World class. BOSSbrewer (2705) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 18, 2013
Love this beer. Lots of tart apples and funkiness going on. Reminds of champagne only not. Fruity and yummy. A half bottle is enough but great. AntiusII (33) - Bromölla, SWEDEN - MAY 14, 2016
Appearance: orange cloudy color. minimal head.
Aroma: Malt vinegar, stable, hay, cowdung.
Taste: strong acidity! not for pussys!
Palate: full body.sticky texture. fizzy carbonation. medium long acidic finish.
Overall: good geuze, would never turn down this beer. especially not to fish’n’chips. Refreshing! Antonio369 (207) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 17, 2017
375 ml bottle, served in tumbler. Vintage: 2015. Poured clear golden amber with a small half finger off white head. Lively carbonation in glass. Aroma is stunning: citrus, barnyard, goat, blue cheese, green apples, cloves, basement, spruce, wet earth, oak barrel, leather, herbs. Taste: citrus, very sour, granny smith apples, tart, bitter, oak barrel, sour cherries, blue cheese, dusty basement, herbs, spruce, ginger, vinegar, vinous tannine. Bonkers sour with velvety sweetness. Very refreshing and absolutely delicious. Medium body with a supersour bittersweet finish. Now THIS is what you call a Gueuze, a real piece of art and a wonderful experience.