PhillyBeer2112 (2895) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2011
Medicinal fruity nose, viney like cassis fruit. Light sourness, light body with a nice touch of fruitiness. Very refreshing and overall mild but tasty gueuze. cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2011
A-pours a pale golden orange color, completely transparent with a bubbly white head.
S-the nose has a ton of very dry, sawdust like oak with sweet white grapes and notes of peaches. there is a light funk to it but very faint.
T-again lots of dry oak and sawdust notes, soft peaches and golden fruits with a light funk to it. notes of appricot and fair bit of sourness in the back.
M-very soft and creamy on the palate, nicely carbonated and lively with a dry finish.
D-tasty beer, well balanced and nice fruit flavors to it. the oak is a little strong and the gueuze characteristics are entirely there but very drinkable. crossovert (13909) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2011
500ml bottle, purchased at the brewery. Chilled.
It pours a nice look for a gueuze, the head is bright white and big at first but quickly recedes, as per the style for the most part. It is a nice golden gueuze color.
It smells rather clean for a gueuze but it does smell pretty good. There is a ton more oak here than I usually get from the standard gueuze and it is the same oak smell I get in all New Glarus BA beers, it has some wood, vanilla, and a distinctive waxiness to it, whatever barrels they use are distinct ones. There is also oxidized apple and pear, with each respective fruit’s peels included, underneath there is a lemony pucker. There is a slightly funky must, but it is buried. Overall I would have to dock this one a it in the smell because the oak blankets everything else.
The flavor brings to mind more traditional gueuze. And it is indeed a funky one. It isn’t overly sour but it does bring a bit of pucker. The first thing I noticed was the big hit of lemon that is the main flavor of this brew, after that it slides away and you get a mouthful of oaky funk. As I drink more of it it really brings to mind traditional gueuze flavors: sour lemon, apple peel, pear, sour. The oak isn’t overbearing in the flavor bringing a subtle wood and vanilla note, and thankfully so because rather than cloaking the great flavors of this beer, it just adds another level of complexity. There are also hints of grain and malt that further add to the depth of this interesting brew.
The mouthfeel was rather carbonated which isn’t what you always expect in a gueuze, but really worked well here. The sourness coats your tongue and keeps you going back for more, but it isn’t overbearing.
It is a solid example of an "American Gueuze", it has a lot of elements that you get from traditional beers, but it has its own unique twist. It is still young, but I look forward to trying my other bottle in the future.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 08-20-2010 03:27:45 SudsMcDuff (8494) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2011
Thanks to John for this bottle! .. Pours a deep yellow, with good foam .. . smell of light funk, lemon, light fruit skins, and brett .. . starts with a touch of light sweetness, then brett and funk, very very clean stuff.. for a first time gueuze from an american brewery- amazing stuff and very enjoyable.. really wish i had a few more to open up in the future, a great beer! .. . Why did the clown cross the road? to rob the kwikee mart.. Silphium (3198) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2011
Bottle shared by badnewsbeers. Bright translucent golden body, thin off-white/buff head. Nose of moldy cheese and wet socks, sour, sweet, and funky, with notes of vinaigrette. Sour, funky body with wet socks and modestly appetizing vomit and bile. Sour with firm bite. More smile than frown, perhaps rotten’s doppelganger.
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2011
500 ml bottle. Clear golden amber with a bubbly white head that leaves a frosting. Smells like a fresh piece of Bazooka bubblegum on a spring day. Surprisingly sweet and floral with just a hint of leather and papaya. Medium light with a mild sparkle but pretty much like sucking lemons. As it warms more like tart green apple. Simple and very sour. markwise (5450) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2011
500 mL bottle a generous soul shared at the So Long Sea Bass Tasting. Pours a hazy yellow with a white head. Nose is faint cherry and fruit with a blast of brett and sour- vinegar, sourness, funk, and oaky vinous quality. Flavor is similar with lots of tartness, lemon, and dry wine character. A science project in a bottle. Nice gueuze. hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 16, 2011
500 ml. Bottle. Hazy gold color. Classic new glarus notes in this great guezue. Thanks Matt for a chance at tasting this one. SuperDave (2555) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 16, 2011
Hazy gold pour with a foamy head. Aroma of yeast, funk, sour fruit and wood. Flavor is lightly sour, with tart fruit, wood and vinous notes. Interesting and tasty. Nellie (349) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 2, 2011
smells like funk & cilantro. tastes like salt and lemons. pair with fajitas & guacamole. sweet finish. i like this quite a bit.