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RATINGS: 167   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 15   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Brewed in the tradition of the Lambics of Belgium but using a blend of Ale Yeast, Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus, Pediococcus, and Acetobacter. These microorganisms came from our culture collection as well as many collected by Dan around the wilds of Wisconsin! Fermented and aged in Oak. This beer spent the summer of 2009 aging outdoors in used oak barrels. Then bottle fermented. This is a funky and very sour beer not for the faint of heart. If you are unfamiliar with sour or Brettanomyces beers you may want to pass this one up!

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4.1
emacgee (4674) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 27, 2011
Shared by JCB. Kind of hazy straw gold pour with one finger of fizzy white head. Lots of oak in the nose, sharp raw American oak, very spicy. Some tannic character and a nice acidity. Mildly acetic as it warms up. Very oaky in the mouth as well, almost whiskey-like. Tart and tannic with notes of vanilla.

3.8
TURDFERGUSON (4058) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 21, 2011
Bottle, thanks JCB. Golden with small white head that fades. Notes of spicy oak, starfruit, grapefruit, some funk. Lacks the complexity of some its better Belgian cousins, but its very drinkable and tasty.

3.3
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - APR 28, 2011
500mL bottle. Thanks for the trade, Kevin. Crystal clear dark golden pour, with a fast fading crisp white head. Aroma has a unique salty, briny lactic funk to it, that reminds me, unfortunately of some of my odder sour homebrews (e.g Kvass). Sweaty. Fresh tangy flavor that tastes little like Gueze to me, or at least filtered, denuded Gueuze. NG’s sour beers are so plain and simple! There’s no softness, complexity, or nuance. It’s just dialed-in sourness, crystalline sugar, and a bit of fruitiness. This one definitely steps up the level of sourness and dapples the faintest hint of acetobacter in, but it’s a far cry from the influences.

3.7
callmemickey (4542) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2012 April 2011.

A: Light golden wheat colored body. Moderate white foamy head.

S: Bright lemon citrus, a bit of oak, some sour apples.

T: Similar to the nose clean citric acidity. Oak, sour apples, green grapes. Missing the musty complexity of the Belgian gueuzes.

M: Light to moderate body. Fairly effervescent. Sour finish, but not mind melting.

O: A very nice American take on the "gueuze." Ultimately, it falls short of the complexity that makes the best gueuzes special.

4.1
DalzAle (2036) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - APR 22, 2011
Bottle thanks to StFun. Clear yellow pour, plenty of effervescent carbonation and a lasting head with a good and funky sour apple/light lemon aroma. Flavor is acidic lemons, peaches, slightly cheesy and finished with a very tart and biting aftertaste which lingered in my stomach for about a half hour. Solld beer, I really hope they make this again.

3.6
Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - APR 16, 2011
Courtesy of pantanap

Bottle: The aroma consists of apples, light lemon, and a touch of glue. It pours a transparent golden-orange with almost no head. The flavor starts with musty apple. The finish has light-moderate lemon and a hint of acetone and vinegar. Light-medium bodied with minimal carbonation.

4.2
wedgie9 (2702) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 15, 2011
Tasted on 3/27/11 from a 500mL bottle. Pours hazy yellow straw with an average white head that leaves thin lace with a thin collar after a quick recession. The nose is sour and funky with lemon, vanilla, some spices, and a bit of red berry fruit as well. The flavor is quite sour with tart lemon, vanilla, and the same red berry along with a wheaty malt flavor. The body is light with sparkling carbonation and a long tart lemon, vanilla, and tannic finish.

3.7
BuckeyeBoy (7528) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 13, 2011
Bottle thanks to JohnGalt1. Pours out cloudy straw topped with a white head. Aroma was of sour, tart, grapes, and some oak. Taste was more of the sour green grapes, oak, some Brett, and a little citrus.

4.2
hopscotch (11049) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 8, 2011
Bottle… Hunahpu’s Day 2011This beer rocks!… Hazy, light golden ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. The nose offers bone-dry, acidic white wine, a boatload of raw white oak and a trace of funk. Fairly clean, but boisterous enough to keep me excited. I really love the white oak component. Medium-bodied with a skim-milk mouthfeel and pillow-soft carbonation. The flavor boasts plenty of big white oak, sour cherries, funk and overall acidic goodness. Finishes tart, oaken, and then dry. Bottle of world class beer provided by GoT. Thanks, Jj!

3.5
chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2011
Thanks to Kan for this treat. Pours a light peach, cloudly, off white head, not good retention or lacing...The aromaa is sour to start, a little oak, but then a weird medicinal yogurt comes through that is really offputting...Taste is similar lots of yogurt with a more pronounced medicinal finish...Decent feel but kind of tough to drink as its really off putting and not what is expected at all for a gueze.


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