Overall 4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
AdamJackson (3386) Thanks Joost for helping me rate a very hard to find beer. You and your wife make great food and are extremely generous even to us American beer geeks. Enjoyed @ DHVL for 125 Euros split 2 ways. Actually, I poured a half glass for some Americans sitting beside me to also try…they also got my dregs which is great..this is an old beer and I’m not convinced the dregs would be any good.
A – Great color. A bronze color with a 2 finger dense cream-like head. fully carbed!!!
S – Smells pretty good for a bottle that’s so old. Aroma is blue cheese, lemon skin, a mild oak and light acidity.
T – Taste is good. Acidity and sour is very well balanced. Peach. Kiwi, tropical fruits and a solid lemon presence. For sure a 3F Geuze with a great overall balance despite its age.
M – Very sticky on the teeth. Really coats the mouth.
O – Very enjoyable! I was given the option to take this home and drink there and honestly, if you are going to rate a beer of this age, enjoy it at the cellar it was bought and stored in and kept for the life of the bottle. To take this away , ship it home and store @ my cellar and drink in a year might have significantly changed things. It was nice to have on-site with some good stew and cheese and frites. Prost.
Overall 3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
75CL enjoyed @ DHVL for 85 Euros. I figured the darn price keeps going up so I might as well order it before it costs more than Blauw!!!!! Was 25 a year ago. sigh. Split 2 ways and I shared the dregs with some Americans.
A – Slightly cloudy Burt orange appearance. 1 finger dense creamy head. Carbonation but nothing dense.
S – Aroma is very musty. Lemon and creamy with a dense oak and peach skin.
T – Up front, very lemon forward with kiwi, papaya and mango finish is metallic and oaky with cooper, mineral, sweetness and something chemical in nature.
M – Not a great overall mouthfeel either…just low carb, unfulfilling.
O – This is a solid Geuze today but maybe in 1-2 years time, it will improve to a level worth of the price tag. Given the rarity, price and overall taste, I can’t get this one high-marks.
Overall 3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
AdamJackson (3386) 14 Euro on-site @ Cantillon the day before Toer de Gueuze 2015. Split 2 ways with some pours shared with strangers as they inquired of the bottle.
A – Appearance is a blood red. 1 finger muted pink head with tight bubbles.
S – Smells incredibly vine-forward. Lots of juicy grape. A slight hint of balsamic vinegar.
T – Vinegar forward with pears and grapes and apple. Very musk-like. Chalky finish. Side by side with Pineau and it’s just not in the same league.
M – Solid mouthfeel but not as mature as other bottles with similar bottling dates. Needs a bit more OOMPH.
O – This was great to try (just like all Lambic) but I wasn’t a fan of it. Will revisit in a few months and update notes if my impression changes.
Overall 3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
AdamJackson (3386) Magnum enjoyed @ Akkurat split 4 ways in Cantillon Gueuze Tumblers enjoyed @ Cellar temp.
A – 2 finger head. Faded quite fast. Looks a light orange gold in the glass. Looks like a standard lambic
S – mells like tangerine, grapefruit and apricot. Aroma is great but I can tell this will be quite the sour beer.
T – The taste is really unique. I’m not an expert in cloudberry so this is hard to rate. Lots of fruit, citrus and a bit of wine tannins. It does leave a lingering mouth puckering sour after a few sips. Some lemon pucker for sure.
M – Not an explosive mouthfeel but also no where near flat.
O – I expected a very sour beer but this is not really that sour. The fruit shines and excited me to go out and buy some Cloud-Berry Jam. A unique beer and I’m so glad to try it.
Overall 4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
AdamJackson (3386) 75CL Bottle split 4 ways
A – Very dark golden orange color. A nice 2 finger head at first but faded fast
S – The nose is very interesting. Very grape forward. Almost wine like with a distinct mold aroma. A little funk almost no other Classic cantillon traits.
T – Good rich bubbly mouthfeel that’s dense and pretty remarkable. Sour is intense but manageable. The rotten grape taste is unique and actually pretty darn special. A lot to say but not much time.
M – Intense and thick due to higher gravity from grapes. Walnut and tree nuts and musty old cheese.
O – I found this beer to be so unique and special and deserving of the hype. The cost to taste value is impossible to compare but it is a world class Lambic.