RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.91/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Sour Golden Ale. A blend of one, two and three year old sour golden ale fermented and aged in oak barrels. Brewed with respect to Belgian lambic tradition.

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tightslice (1397) - Redwood City, California, USA - JUN 15, 2017
Bottle from Whole Foods Market in Redwood City, CA. Aroma is light guava, funky dried apricots, spoiled raspberries. Taste is balanced sour, lactic, some oak, very mild fruit like unripe apricot and lemon peel. A little on the mild side but very easy drinking and a solid attempt at a Gueuze stateside.

4.1
bytemesis (8970) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 8, 2017
Bottle. Pours clear orange, medium fluffy white head, dissipates quickly, decent lacing. Aroma is funky, basement, oak, lemon, horse blanket, Brett. Flavor is light tart, fairly dry, light plus funk, Brett, oak. Light body. IMO this is a pretty solid "gueuze-style" beer, I am not getting sweetness, but perhaps that year in the bottle did its job for me.

3.6
Ernest (7787) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 1, 2017
Bottle (Feb 03, 2016 bottling). Head is initially small, frothy/fizzy, white, mostly/fully diminishing. Body is medium to dark yellow. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain, caramel), lightly yeasty (barnyard, horseblanket), with notes of oak, sour apple, lemon/lime zest, gooseberry. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively/fizzy carbonation, lightly alcoholic, lightly to moderately astringent. Surprisingly authentic nose, like something one of the lower/middle tier true lambic makers produced...rustic and...well...pretty much smells like a gueuze should smell (with maybe a tiny splash of faro). From the nose I could easily be led to believe it was made in Belgium. Sadly it’s not sour enough for the style...it is certainly sour, mind you, and enjoyable to drink, but just not like the real deal. That’s pretty much all it would take to fix this up to be near 4.0 quality. Pretty impressive overall, and much better than expected.

4.1
fiery1 (1561) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 25, 2016
500ml bottle that I picked up from the brewery. Drinking it at Matt’s and pours a slight hazy amber colour with a very small head. Nose is great! Spot on gueuze characteristic. Fruity, acidic and some earthy funk. Flavour is just great, citrus, sour, and very light funk. I am very impressed to see a proper blended gueuze this side of the continent! Well done.

4
Ferris (16270) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 25, 2016
Bottle - White grape and citrus with a touch of funk. Clearish gold with a decent white head. Nice acidity, stone fruit and a nice balance. Solid.

3.8
fiulijn (21022) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 25, 2016
Tasting at Matt’s
Golden color, hazy, almost no head. Deep aroma, some funkiness and cobwebs. Dry mouthfeel, lemon peel flavor, with enough funk and a hint of a true Lambic; nice level of acidity, and astringency in the final.
Achieved.

3.9
mcberko (18557) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 25, 2016
500mL bottle, pours a cloudy golden orange with a small white head. Aroma brings out some nice vinous notes, oak, and tart stone fruits. Flavour is very complex, with a lovely oak barrel characteristic upfront, with light vinegar, and some light vinous notes. Not authentically gueuze-like but not terribly far off either; it’s certainly complex. Nothing is harsh, nor out of place. Excellent.

3.8
PhillyCraft (7709) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2016
UPDATED: APR 29, 2017 Bottle shared, pours a hazy golden with white headNotes of cream, vanilla bean, oak, lemon, and maybe a touch of geuze but it’s sweet and nothing like good lambic. Lots of candy minerals in finish. Medium body. Tried again 7 months later, so much better. Sour fruit, oak, and heavy brett.

3.9
nickd717 (4822) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 5, 2016
500ml bottle from Plumpjack. Wow, a goozie from up in dem der hills out past Sac-town, I hear there be gold up in dem hills. Now, evolution of the barrel? Really? I don’t subscribe to that science mumbo-jumbo, so let me tell you what really happened. G-d created that barrel 6000 years ago along with the earth, then Noah took it on the ark, then sold it to Tahoe Mountain Brewery. So it be told. Well the brew doesn’t look like much. Mostly clear golden orange with a head that fizzes away. The aroma is great, strong and balanced, oak and funk, vinous notes, honey malt, lacto and brett, only slight acetic notes. The flavor has a tiny hint of sweetness yielding to a medium sour bite, funky, somewhat tannic, very balanced. Lively, biting feel. Complexity isn’t on the level of the Loonies and Driefies, but it’s legit for an American goozie, that’s for sure.

3.9
popery (2170) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 27, 2016
500ml bottle. The beer is crystal clear and golden. Smallisth white head, pretty fizzy. Bubbles dissipate entirely after about 30 seconds.The aroma has a big apple cider flavor backed by very nice funk and mild to moderate oak. It could use a bit less of that young sour appley sweetness. There’s also some butter in the mix, which is unfortunate. However, the funk and oak are pleasing, and the off flavors don’t really get in the way too much. Taste is moderately sour, more than most geuze but calmer than most American sours. Again, there’s a bit too much sweetness, but the oak is well meshed and dries some of it out. Touch of butter in the finish. Pretty solid. Light to medium body. Relatively gentle carbonation but lots of bubbles. Having reached the end of the bottle, I’m confused by the lack of sediment.


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