12.7oz. green bottle, served at the Map Room.
Deep orange-yellow body, champagne carbonation. Rich foam, leading into an olfactory translation of supreme funk. Oak, "barnyard" to the Nth degree. Fruity.
Taste brings a serious mouth-caving tartness, followed by rich, woody funk and citric lemon. Very similar to some vintage Fantomes i've had in it's fruitiness, but amped up in the sourness.
Mouthfeel is bold, with a dry finish and moderate acidity. It makes you slow down and appreciate the privilege of drinking this in the US. Have one or two, even more if you're a glutton for punishment.
Served In: Tulip
The green, 375mL bottle is adorned with a classy, yet understated black label. I’m not sure what the vintage is of this bottle, but popping the cork reveals REF C 2010 stamped on it repeatedly. Though I’m not sure what exactly this means, I assume the C X refers to a certain blend of a 2010 vintage?
It pours a hazy, light copper with a stark white head that is sparse and disappears almost immediately. The heavy carbonation creates a surface full of exploding co2 bubbles.
The aroma is dominated by a lemony, lactobacillus tartness. There is no sign of any funkiness or other yeast character. Overall the nose is very one dimensional, though promising.
The citrusy sourness is definitely still there, though much more subdued than in the aroma. There is an earthy funkiness as it reaches the back of my tongue that is initially pleasant, but as it finishes has a weird bitter, almost medicinal flavor. It’s subtle, but really detracts from an otherwise excellent flavor.
The carbonation is exactly as I expected from the appearance, bordering on being overcarbed, but perfect for the style. The body is very light, and finishes extremely dry, also both perfect for a gueuze.
Other than the strange bitterness from the brettanomyces, this is almost perfect. Unfortunately this really takes away from an otherwise excellent beer. I’m really interested to try a different vintage to see if this was just specific to this vintage.
Served In: Tulip
Got this bottle thanks to the great IBUnit63. Wanted to do this one up for the New Year. Served up in a snifter.
A: Pours an incredibly clean and clear honey yellow slash/orange. When light hits this baby it glows a crazy, vibrant amber orange. The color is friggin electric. Pours a thin head that is bright white but it disappears quickly. No real lacing to talk about at all. This beer's color is the amazing part of the look. Just great.
S: Smell is all over the place. At first this smells like a good champagne. Then you get a lot of earthy notes and some leather. Vinegar comes through as well. Then, BAM,fruit. Orange and lemon with a shit ton of granny smith apples that are tart as hell.
T: Taste is much like the flavor. The vinegar comes out a bit quicker in the taste and is puckering. Then you get all the crazy sour apple goodness. Tons of sour fruit with a bunch of that apple, and tart lemon, lime and orange flavors. Then there is a bunch of champagne flavor coming out. The earthiness is not as present as it is in the nose but there is a touch of leather and dirt flavors that come out with all the funky goodness. This is damned good.
M: Medium bodied brew that is pretty crisp and carbonated. Then there is a lot of sourness playing out and puckering in the feel. ABV doesn't play here at all. Aftertaste is mostly of that sour apple goodness. Uh huh, this feels wonderful.
D: This brew is damned impressiv and really satisfies. It is a bit confusing as some of the flavor remind you of lambics then champagne. I will have to seek a somewhat local retailer of this goodness and make this happen on a fairly regular basis. Great balance of sweet flavors and sour, funky goodness. Just damned good.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-02-2009 04:35:16
Served In: Tulip
Girardin Black Label fills this here tumbler with a peach liquid that shows surprisingly good clarity. A rush of large carbonation bubbles swirl to the surface from all over the glass to the dense, powdery white head. The head shows off remarkable tenacity with clumpy, thick drink lines after each sip. This is what a gueuze should look like.
Each big whiff I take makes my mouth water uncontrollably. Bright, acidic lemon is the first thing that leaps from the glass with wet stone and decaying wood close behind. This gueuze is full of bright citrus and insanely tempting damp forest characteristics. Dew riddled cobwebs, chalk, and some tart peach come across with each successive nose quaff.
The flavor seems to veer from the nose, still good but doesn't pack the same punch. Lemon acidity hits upfront but green apple characteristics hit next instead of the peach in the nose. The funkiness takes on more of a musty quality than the damp forest floor that I noted in the smell. There is a touch of rotting wood on the swallow that fits flawlessly. A highly tart, bordering sour, wave rushes across the middle of my tongue with each drink and a mild sweetness brings up the rear that reminds me faintly of Sweet Tarts with just enough sweet to keep the sour from running wild.
The sourness starts catching up to me as I navigate my way through the bottle. It's to the point where each drink tickles my tongue and cheeks from both the tartness and lively carbonation. The finish is woody dry and embraces that delicious tart quality. A light body and semi-prickly carbonation keep this gueuze moving.
I can't drink this beer fast enough. The thirst quenching of the tart and dryness is incredibly tempting and tough to pass on. If the Black Label was cheaper I would quaff this beauty often into the dog days of summer.
This has been one of my favorite gueuze for a while now. It's at or near the top of the list. The nose is stellar enough to keep my nose in the glass all night and be perfectly satisfied.
Price: $7.99 Served In: Tulip
Just came back from Southbay Drugs with this one.
Pours an amber color with some red highlights. About an inch of foam forms and trickles down to a ring. A quick little stir livens the beer and brings a decent amount of head back and releases more aromas.
Oh the aroma is mouthwatering! Sour green apples, pear, fruit roll-ups, funk, yeast, oak, honey, flowers…I just can’t seem to be able to describe everything that I smell, too many things come to mind. Cheese, apricots, salt water, and some orange. Stinky feet.
Taste is very similar, starts off with sour apples, lemons in the middle and finish. Fruity and tart…there is a nectarine and apricot flavor, a little subtle, but works really well.
Thin on the palate but very refreshing, I could easily drink more than one or two of these.
I’ve had this before but had not been able to sit down and review it.
Served In: Tulip
Finally got this at my store.
Served cellar temp into my Tripel Karmeliet glass.
Appearance is very good. Hazy peach colored beer with a nice fluffy head that forms. Enticing for sure.
Smell is very good. Lemonhead candy, funky yeast, sour green apple and horse blanket. Fantastic.
Taste is exceptional. One of the most citrusy Gueuzes I've ever had. The flavor isn't as dry as other gueuzes i've had but the smoothness is exceptional on the palet. Finishes acidic, slightly dry, very crisp and off the charts refreshing. Amazing.
Mouthfeel is very good. Carbonation level is below-average which is where i like my gueuzes to typically be. Dry mouthfeel that eventually leaves the mouth watering, wanting more.
Drinkability is exceptional. I can seriously drink this stuff all day. Can i get a keg of this stuff, please?
A world-class Gueuze that's a new favorite. Highly recommended.
[ serving type: bottle ]
Served In: Pint Glass
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