patricks110 (2468) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very solid Gueuze with a beautiful woody and aged aroma and a light fruity perfume scent. The pour is a matte orange golden tint with a bountiful white head and a few lackluster lacing splotches. The carbonation subsides rather quickly, but it is well aged. LIght sweetness and a few fruity notes up front with a moderate sour flavour and a complex funk and musty wood aged flavour. Not as complex nor as intense as most beers of this style, but a nice beer for sure. The finish lingers with a mild sour funk and earthen barnyard note. Overall, rather good.
tommann (3625) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375ml bottle at 6.4%. Pours a hazy orange with a small, frothy head. Aroma is sour lemon, woody, ashy and horseblanket. Taste is mild and ashy to start with a very strong, sour lemon finish. Soft mouthfeel.
DocLock (10479) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured hazy dark straw with fizzy white head. Nose is lactic sour mashy fruit, yeasty funk. Tastes tart, earthy, funky, yeasty, with a level of tartness not at the Cantillon level, but with more lactosy sweetness mixed with the heavy fruit and funk.
GothGargoyle (2585) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy light orange with a large head that dissipates quickly. Gushed a little when opened. Aroma is barnyard funk, horse blanket, sour milk, mustard. Medium bodied, sour on the palate with a hint of background sweetness and a dry finish. Taste is tart lemon, orange juice, citrus zest, hint of honey. Complex and tasty but the aroma is not compelling.
DeputyAndy (636) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Whole Foods at Bill’s recommendation. Pours an effervescent gold with lots of white head. Aroma is sour, with a slight cheese aroma. Notes of old citrus zest and grapes. Flavor is sour, well rounded, lactic, with the right amount of carbonation. A very nice geuze that is readily available. Not as complex as other big names but very good.
birrabona (221) - ITALY - JAN 27, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at dulle gruit in gent. Very good art od geuze. Taste of beast. Fresch acid . Emotional beer for intensive tasting moment.
hackobock (3949) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Systembolaget. Hazy golden with a large white forthy head with medium sized bubbles. Aroma is sour, citrus, barn, some blue cheese. Taste starts sour, the tartness is increasing throughout and finishes with hints brett and funkiness.
Lubiere (13566) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A hazed golden gueuze with a thin off white head. In aroma, superb sour cherries, epsom, horseblanket, classic. In mouth, a corse intense sour gueuze, cork, leather, lemon, very nice. Tasted at GRMs tasting.
coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JAN 23, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Corked bottle. Pours a brilliantly clear pale gold with a thin white head and a steady stream of fine bubbles. Aroma is mild barnyard funk, light citrus, a mellow maltiness, a woodsy bitterness. Flavor is moderately sour and barnyard funky, lemon, lemongrass, mild woodiness, restrained fruitiness, low sweetness. Finishes dry. Incredibly refreshing. Light mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Could easily chug it; have to remind myself to sip it slowly to get all the complexity. One of my favorite gueuzes/sours.
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reviewed 12/31/2012. Thanks to Momar42 for all three gueuzes (and the kriek surprise afterwards!) This was part of the gueuze showdown, pitting Tilquin’s gueuze against the juggernaut duo known as Cantillon Gueuze and Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze. Part of a 750mL bottle poured into a Cantillon tulip. Notes from last night’s Skins/Cowboys game.
A: Pours a cloudy dark amber color. The head is a one finger white shade, with the best texture and retention of the three.
S: Tons of tartness, a lesser white wine-esque fruitiness, and some buried earthy funk. The most seemingly sour of the three.
T: First thing that comes through initially is the combination of pear/apple esters and white wine tartness. The tart sourness breaks through more aggressively through the midtaste, while the finish is mild brett funk. Out of the three, this was the most sour, the least earthy - and the least subtle. Certainly a nice beer, however.
M: Super dry and puckering. Lots of carbonation, too. It lacks the delicate touch of the Cantiloon/3F gueuzes, though it’s softer than, say, a run of the mill Flemish red.
O: It’s a nice sour ale. I wouldn’t call it beginner friendly at all, though, due to the tartness. I would point fans of Flanders sours to this one, however. Shame it had compete against the two titans of the style - even though it came in third in the gueuze showdown, I reckon it would be superior to any other gueuze on the market (not from Cantiloon or 3F, that is).