derA (398) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - MAR 7, 2017 FlacoAlto (4220) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 10, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A vigorous pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces a one finger thick, somewhat large bubbled, pale, off-white colored head. The beer is a pale amber / gold color that shows a brilliantly clear, bright yellow / gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of lactic acid, urea, spicy / woody oak, vanillin, light notes of cider and pears, and touches of straw and pale malt. The nose isn’t overly complex, and in fact seems to die out after you start to drink this beer.
Bitingly sour, with an almost bracing edge to it; the beer is solidly lactic in its acidity and there is a lot of pucker accentuating oak tannins, especially in the finish, as well as a lightly effervescent carbonation. Flavors of yogurt acidity, woody mushroom musty notes, a rounded pale malt character (straw, touches of pale wheat crackers, and a hint of bread like character), touches of urea, . The body has a lactic slickness to it, as well as some woody / tannic structure, but is light and quaffable, at least if you like sour beers. The sourness here is quite nice, it has the sourness of a good Gueuze, though isn’t as hard as the most sour Lambics. There is an almost nutty quality to this from the intersection of oak and malt character; though this is certainly not like the toasted / roasted nuttiness that is often found in other beers. This beer is bone dry, even more so than many a Lambic actually; really it seems to not quite have the malt / grain complexity that a traditional Lambic has, as the grain character is pretty subdued here, though it does become more noticeable as the beer warms up.
This is a bit too clean to be considered a classic Gueuze; it has the bracing sourness, but lacks the funky complexity of a truly great example of the style, and it could certainly use a more lively carbonation. Having said that, this is far better than I was expecting; hopefully this will be a yearly offering, and I will be curious to see if this is continued to be dialed in. Hard enough for my stomach to recognize the acidity, but seems to avoid the acetic acid flaws that can sometimes be found in Lambics or other sours. A beer that doesn’t hold up to critical analysis, but is actually fairly enjoyable if you are just drinking it and otherwise distracted.
Courtesy of TTT @ EB MC: Oh wow, what a revelation. Of the numerous american sours I have been fortunate enough to try so far, this is the closest I have ever had to a standard Belgian Geuze. Nose is a complex mix of some stone fruit with ample straw and hay plus some lemon tart funk. Very low on animal brett notes (pig, horse blanket, etc). Taste is crispy and refreshing, just like traditional, young geuze. This is on par with the recently released 3 Fonteinen Armand & Gaston but with added layers of complexity from aging. Some hops are perceptible but they incorporate fairly well into the overall impression. Fortunately for me, this one does not present any burnt bread or rubber flavors which often taint the experience of Belgian lambics for me. Korcz (3390) - Warsaw, POLAND - NOV 20, 2016
Backlog, ocena przepisana z untappd, w ramach uzupełniania profilu na ratebeer. ClarkVV (6862) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 1, 2016
On draught, Winter 2014 at Row 34.Quick3Beers (1422) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 17, 2016
Clear, goldenrod-yellow body is well carbonated and topped by a medium-sized, white head with moderate retention.
Brett in the nose mixes with light wood and provides a tart, lime-like character with some good strength to it. Guava, lemon, yogurt and bits of farmy funk all do an good impression. I actually had a bottle of 3F oude gueuze during this visit and while this, of course, didn’t come close, it also was respectable. No alcohol or flaw and light on the malt, unlike the newer version.
Good sourness to the flavor, well-aged and even, without any large proportion of acetic acid. Lemony-yogurt notes surge forth as the brett and lactic acids mix. Stronger wood apparency than most Belgian lambics give it a bit more American character. Medium amounts of engaging carbonation and no alcohol or flaw. Not half bad at all.
2013 vintage found on the bottom shelf of a local liquor store. On sale! Pours a very nice golden amber from a bottle. Aroma of apricot and barn. Flavor is a white balsamic vinegar tart apricot. Very good beer. shoulderbroken (4256) - Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 14, 2016
Shared bottle at Antenna America 2014 version. Nice tartness, but feels a little thin. Getting there, but maybe lacking the Belgian spark. Enjoyable though.
biirusaikou (2705) - - SEP 9, 2016
Bottle shared. 2014 vintage. Pretty impressive stuff, rich fruity balsamic with lingering sourness and some wine quality. Another masterpiece from these guys. willisread (3644) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 8, 2016
2014 bottle shared at AA. Tons of gooseberry, lemon and grass all over the nose. Some pinot grigio notes. Sour, light, crisp carbonation and refreshing. The perfect summer beer for a rooftop in Yokohama. BuckeyeBoy (8473) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 27, 2016
750ml bottle thanks to darrel. Pours out a hazy wheat color topped with a small white head. Nose is lemon zest some wet wheat and a barnyard funk. Taste is more of the barnyard funk lemon citrus and some wheat notes. HippieFee (467) - - MAY 15, 2016
Large Format - Light golden color to it with a slight haze. Great tart flavor, barrel aged but I don’t taste any oak which is good. Not a complex beer but I love the flavor. Well balanced tartness, really enjoyed this beer. dnstone (3524) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - APR 7, 2016
Super clean/clear golden with suds of white head. Funky tart aroma. Lemony tart and moderately dry, just a touch of acidity in the finish.
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