Mini-magnum, 12.7oz corked, capped, & wrapped. Cork stamped 2006.
Nice label, bold red Cantillon lettering on mustard background against black detail, and silhouette of a tipsy fellow in a chair. "Classic Gueuze"
Pours a cloudy orange apricot, hazy. Some bubbles froth up, but soon settle to a ring around the glass. Some cloudiness, no sediment to be seen. Served at cellar temp, around 50º.
Once out of the bottle, the predominant aroma is farmhouse yeast and wet pastures. This is cut by a sharp citric note, but it is alluring and easy to get lost in. Definite funky cheese in there, it intensifies with a swirl of the glass. Soft woody oak around the edges. Aroma is by far the best ever i've smelled in a Gueuze.
Taste is initially tart citrus upfront, mellow fruit and hay funk in the middle, closed by a dry, sour finish. Some farmhouse cheese rind reveals itself too. Ethereal traces of dry oak round it out. A little acidic in the mouthfeel, but not as abrasive as some. Mellow enough to take a gulp, but that's almost sacrilege. Dryness enhances the session factor, even though it's a pricy option.
Lots of character to this one...i'm returning to it more and more all the time. A classic indeed.
Served In: Flute Glass
Cork date of 2001, Sampled November 2004
Pours a brilliantly clear copper orange color. It is topped by a frothy light tan head, that is held up by a light but persistent carbonation. Ah, the aroma is simply magnificent. In the nose I get notes of lemon, grapefruit, an astringent woodiness, musty leather, vinegar, citric acid, a hint of ripe cheese, lemon zest, and hay.
The beer is creamy up front, but quickly moves to a bracing hit of sharp acidity that lingers through to the finish. I get lots of notes of grapefruit up front, and the finish has an austere dry, mouth coating, tannic astringency which helps to balance the citrus character. It is almost like chewing on a old piece of formerly musty but now dry leather, ooh how pleasant that sounds.
It is amazing how much one can get used to things, I hardly even notice the acidity in a traditional Lambic anymore.
Served In: Tulip
Big thanks to my buddy Danny for opening up this gem for us tonight (Feb. 24) at La Bella, what a find!! This bottle was from 1999! I really didn’t know what to expect, I was just hoping to get something drinkable and was I surprised.
Poured a cloudy golden color with a few bubbles…even after a few minutes I could still see some bubbles racing up the side of the glass.
The aroma was just so complex and funky, and it continued to develop throughout the night. Light lemon, lots of funk, very weird funky, I have not come across this type of funkiness before. Some earth, light toast, subtle green apple and grapes. Later on I can smell some cheese, leather, and feet. Very musty. You just cannot replicate this aroma in a “fresh” bottle and by fresh I meant recently released…it just developed overtime and transformed into a funk monster.
Very complex on the palate, old grain flavor, brett, leather, apples, slight vinegar with a medium dry finish. Crisp at first and but then the dryness really took over. Some toasted flavors. Very funky with some old leather flavor, a bit of mustard and old lemon. Absolutely no malt sweetness. Later on I picked up flavors of pineapple, plastic and cob webs (or what I imagine they would taste like).
Surprisingly, this beer was still very well carbonated, dry and citrusy in the finish. When went in to take a sip, or tried to take a gulp, I barely made a dent in my glass, this beer took a long time to finish.
Easily the most unique gueuze I have had thus far.
Served In: Pint Glass
Picked up this bottle a few days ago at South Bay Drugs and Liquor. Bottled in 2007.
Love the label (yellow label).
Pours a light apricot color with about half an inch of foam that quickly falls down to a ring.
Wow, tart and funky upfront. Stinky cheese, sour pear, sour green apples, wet leather, sweat, and tears (tears of joy is my guess!). After the pour settles it opens up to tropical fruits like mango and pineapple. Lots of lemon in there too with hints of cherry and sour strawberry. Some white vinegar lingers in the background. Really acidic and citric on the nose. A touch of sweet wheat malt hides bashfully in the background.
Lovely on the palate, more soft and refined than the aroma leads you on. Sour green apple, grapes, lemon, pineapple...refreshingly tart but not an intense mouth-puckering feeling. A bit of wheat in the finish. Vinegar in the middle with lemon in the finish. A lot more tangy wheat flavor in the end as the beer warms up a bit. Stale bread and oak too.
Semi-dry to full-dry mouthfeel, really clean, just makes you ready for the next sip sooner than expected. Pretty high acidity, I can see myself going for the tums in the end. A very drinkable gueuze.
Served In: Tulip
Pours a cloudy orange with a thick bubbling head. :unsure: Pungent smell for sure. Dry sourness are the first things i smell. Yeast is there also. Very sharp smelling brew. Really sour up front..and middle...and finish. This is still not quite my style, but this brew is drinkable. THe finish is so crisp and clean it is easy to drink.
Price: $17.98 Served In: Pint Glass
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