Brewed by Brouwerij Oud Beersel
Style: Lambic Style - Gueuze
Beersel, Belgium


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RATINGS: 64   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 10, 2013
2007 Bottle year; Conditioning date of 11/2011; degorgement date of 12/2012; Bottle 016/200; Sampled April 2013.
A very soft pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces a four finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a dark amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, light amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells malty somehow, perhaps this is some oxidation character, cidery but not really, definitely a bit tart, some piquant urea notes, a slight musty, woody, oak character, and, once you start digging around, a phenolic character to the finish that leans at first towards cleaning products and then plastic. There is a bit of a saw dust like character to the nose as it warms up.

Effervescent and well carbonated up front, the beer finishes with a tart / sour character, and also has a lingering, though light, cider like note to it. Slightly astringent, with a definite woodiness to it, the beer also has an oxidized / aged malt character that leans towards toasted nuts, slight sherry, a sort of caramelized character (from oxidation and not crystal malts), and perhaps even a hint of cardboard. The finish has a hint of alcohol spiciness to it, but also has a suggestion of antiseptic spray, as well as some mustiness and a certain mustiness to it. Fairly light bodied, but it does have a touch of the palate presence that a good Gueuze should have, though not quite enough, but I do like the effervescent sparkle that the Champagne conditioning has given this.

Not bad, but it certainly seems to lose something with the extra oxidation; this does add some complexity, but that speaks more to the base Gueuze being a bit on the simplistic side than being a compliment. Still this is a Gueuze, and it is decent enough for me to enjoy, though it is definitely my least favorite of the three Bzarts that I have had. I do wonder at the 2007 date, if this was barrel aged for 4 or 5 years before the bottling process I think this was a bit of a mistake; a younger, more vibrant Lambic base, without the oxidation would have been more up my alley. The oxidation isnt overwhelming here, it is just that it is a bit out of place in a decent Gueuze, so sticks out a bit in this beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (15592) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 9, 2017
Magnum 2007 Vintage- pours gold white head - nose/taste of peppery funk, lemon, oak, horse funk - medium body

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (7125) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 8, 2017
Magnum. Golden pour with white head. Sweet, malty, light funk flavors. Oak, funk, wine, leather and barn yard aromas.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12908) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 8, 2016
(750ml bottle, #99/200, 2007) Pours a clear copper body with a medium bubbly white head. Aroma of barnyard, horse blanket, grapefruit peel, earth, and lemon zest. Flavor of grapefruit, sour white grapes, some passion fruit seeds, and some dry woodiness in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ST247 (493) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - DEC 24, 2015
Sample from bottle. Pours clear light orange. Aroma bit sour, fruity. Taste only bit sour, dry finish, bit fruity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drpimento (3306) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 11, 2015
Okay in aroma and flavor. Very well done. Body is perfect for the style. Unusually easy drinking

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adnielsen (10580) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 30, 2015
Poured from a big ass bottle @ Bills 40th birthday. This was my second favorite beer of the day after Tilquin Gueuze. Hazy yellow appearance with a white head. Aroma is full of funk, cheese, cobwebs, barn, and a bit of dust. Nice carbonation and acidity. Very refreshing. Nice lactic element that is well-balanced. Some earth / grass. No hint of the 8% booze. Really good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Steve_0 (3745) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 24, 2015
Pour from 3L at the Barrel Cellar for Bills 40th. Thanks man! Pour is hazy orange with a big white head and good lacing. Big funky, sweet tarts, lemony, uriney, oaky, cobwebs, horse blanket, and pepper in the aroma. Taste is funky, cheesy, waxy, lemony, oaky, peppery, tannic, uriney, and floral with a lightly tart finish. Medium body with medium carbonation. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gyllenbock (8532) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 5, 2015
Sample at SBWF 2015. Golden with a white head. Nicely sour with grapes, wood, citrus and hints of brett. Refreshing and with lively carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RexTalionis (3642) - FINLAND - OCT 3, 2015
Bottle. Unclear golden in color with a whitish head. Stable, apple skin, some funky and earthy notes in aroma. Fruits, apples and barnyard in taste. Sour notes, more barnyard and wood in aftertaste. Quite good one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Martinus (4569) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - SEP 13, 2015
Golden colour, white head. Aroma of citrus, white wine, lemon peel, funky notes. Mild sour flavour, candy, lemon zest, apricot. Malty finish, citrus peel. Good presentation in the magnum bottle. Decent geuze, but was rather expecting it to be a bit more than that.
(from 1.5L magnum bottle @ THT: Hey Julien is back and Deans floor is moist Tasting. Thanks for sharing, kermis!!)

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