Gueuze
4th highest rated style (of 102)
Highest RatedDrie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend (96 / 100) Average score75 / 100 (Excellent)
Lowest RatedMort Subite Gueuze (55 / 100) Number Tried36
Oude Gueuze De Cam
Reviewed by Jez on 01.06.19 in bottle
Overall:
86 / 100
(Exceptional)
750ml caged and corked green bottle purchased as part of a bulk order with work.

Pours a rather burnished, brassy gold colour, darker than some, but not obviously oxidised. Head is a vivacious white froth to begin with but settles into a fine ring. Very mild, thin lacing. Body is smooth, and powdery lace rushes around when the glass is tilted. Looks good.

Nose is classic green-bottle funk, initially. It has a mild tartness, and a crushed vegetation sharpness. But it has softer characters as well, with vanilla and putty coming through. Warmer, it gives off crushed black pepper and apricot skin. It's complex, and very interesting.

Taste is really quite soft, but very pleasant. The stonefruit character is prominent here, and with that suggestion of vanilla smoothness, it gives ripe peach and apricot jam. But there's a pronounced lambic tartness to balance it, and this gives spritzy champagne-like qualities to the beer. It has a real sparkle in the back of the mouth, which lifts it into a very vinous zone. Finish has elements of green pear and powdered aspirin.

It's a really lovely beer, and one of those examples which just makes you remember why a gueuze is such a fine style. This is complex, but subtle and very well made.
appearance: 4.0 | aroma: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5
Oude Gueuze (Montaigu Collaboration)
6.0% Gueuze from Naparbier
Reviewed by Jez on 02.01.18 in bottle
Overall:
80 / 100
(Excellent)
750ml green bottle, corked and capped. Purchased for me by Sam at some point, I think.

Pours a deep golden colour, with a mild, collapsing head of white that persists as a fine foam ring. Carbonation is minimal, but forms in small strings. Body is light and bright. Looks pretty good. Very on-brand for the style at least.

Nose is classic gueuze, all the way. Pronounced plasticky tartness, turning to latex, freshly cut tires and grape must. The skunk from the green bottle is absolutely part of it, providing a organic sharpness—grass clippings left in the sun, mixed with eucalyptus and pine needles. It maybe doesn't have quite all the layers that a traditional gueuze would have, but they've nailed the core elements.

Taste is pretty good. It's not overly tart, but it rides on the semi-savoury, woody notes you get with the classic examples. Cedar and young grapes are prominent, along with hints of menthol and orange pith. Yeah, they've pretty much got it—it's not as nuanced and complex as the best examples, but it's very solid.

Feel is light and sparkling, with a good vinous crispness to it. I like it a lot.

This is almost certainly the best Gueuze I've had from (at least partially) outside Belgium. They've really nailed the characters which distinguish the style. I suspect it will continue to develop as well. I'd love to see it again with some age on it—but then again, I can probably find a better gueuze with some age on it as well.
appearance: 4.0 | aroma: 4.25 | taste: 4.0 | feel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5
Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic-Bio (Organic Gueuze)
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 07.12.17 on tap
Overall:
77 / 100
(Excellent)
On tap at Bitter Phew as part of Zwanze Day 2017.

Pours a burnished golden colour, cloudy but shiny. Head is surprisingly frothy for the style; thin but some nice foam at the edges. Good clingy lace. Looks pretty nice.

Smells wild, complex. Good earthy barnyard notes with some sweet malt notes underlying too. Good fruit, spice and grassy complexity. Not full of character. But very nice.

Taste is wild, complex and interesting with a good sweet fruitiness to it as well. Nice stonefruit, some vinous notes with vanillin oak to it, and some lemon zest and grapefruit as well. Finishes clean, with just a lingering hint of wild barnyard acidity. Good character, drinks well.

Feels tingly with a bit of pull but otherwise well padded. Nice.

A good drop. Loads of complexity well handled and well reined in for how much tartness must exist in the raw base beer.
appearance: 4.0 | aroma: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | drinkability: 4.0
Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 08.03.16 in bottle
Overall:
84 / 100
(Exceptional)
Pours an orange golden colour, foamy off-white head. Leaves small bubbles of lace around but not much. Still, decent finger or so retaining. Looks pretty great.

Smells lovely. Big tart brettish character with sweet marmalade notes; orange and apricot. Touch of cinnamon and vanilla and some big floral characters as well; frangipani and a touch of rose. Hint of rubber too. Delicious; sweet and tart.

Taste is very tart from the get-go; starts sour with vinegar notes and some barnyard funk. Gets rubbery midway with some organic notes of horse, lucerne and a hint of fresh berry. Finishes quite oaky actually, with a big bourbon finish, and a lingering orange-tinged vinegar note that is most welcome. Fruity but organic sourness; tastes excellent and the palate journey is unique and fascinating. Tasty.

Bit of bite; pulls back very strongly on the palate and finishes a bit puckering. Could use a touch more malt body to shield against it all.

Fresh, sour beer with lots of complexity and a deep dimensional feel to it. Great stuff.
appearance: 4.5 | aroma: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | drinkability: 4.25
Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend
Reviewed by Jez on 06.03.16 in bottle
Overall:
96 / 100
(Best of the Best)
375ml green bottle purchased from Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA. 2011 vintage purchased with some age on it, and a price to match that fact. Pops its cork as soon as the cage is removed, much to my surprise. It's still very much alive at least.

Pours a surprisingly deep honeyed golden colour, almost orange in the deeper portions, with a full and frothy, vivacious head of white. It froths up strongly, but surprisingly doesn't leave much in the way of lacing. Body is very light and fluid, with fine but rapid carbonation. Looks good.

Nose is wonderful. Very strong lambic notes, giving green, plasticky notes with overtones of allium and black peppercorns. It's sharp, pungent and everything you want in a gueuze. It's almost pure. There's no detracting characters at all—leaving it clean with its powerful pungency. I love it.

Taste is surprisingly mellow, and surprisingly fresh. There's a clean bite on the front, lending some acidity with a touch of green vegetation. Vinous characters, with hints of fresh oak come through strongly, leaving a tingle of rustic French cider towards the back. Finish is dry, with a lambent cry for champagne acidity. It's genuinely lovely.

Feel is soft, but tart, with a bite that elongates the palate.

Drinkable as all hell. Supremely balanced and crafted, with a smoothness that outpaces its regular counterpart. This is world-class stuff.
appearance: 4.25 | aroma: 5.0 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5.0 | drinkability: 5.0
Grains De Folie: Triple Gueuze
Reviewed by Jez on 23.03.14 in bottle
Overall:
75 / 100
(Very Good)
33cl brown bottle purchased and consumed at Brewberry in Paris. They call this a gueuze, so I'll classify it as such here, although that description would make the brewers of Cantillon or Tilquin more than a little uncomfortable.

Indeed, it pours a ruddy hazed brown colour, immediately clearly not a gueuze, with a thin fine head of off-white fed by aggressive carbonation. Body is fairly light with fine but weak streams of carbonation. No lacing. It doesn't look that bad, but it's clear from the offset that this is a very liberal interpretation of a gueuze.

Nose is fairly good, however. Solid tart backbone, with a vinous quality that makes it smell more like a Flanders Red. Bit of oaky barrel character and a little vegetative sharpness. It doesn't have the plasticky funk of a real gueuze—this follows more the vinous, grape and cherry route. Very pleasant though.

Taste is similar. Very vinous entry, more cherry and oak with tannic characters coming through strongly in the middle. Acidity comes through on the back, mingling with the tannins makes it slightly bitter and crisp. Barrel notes noticeable towards the back as well. The crispness helps punctuate the ending, even as the tannins roll on. Très bien.

Feel is full and round, but light, and with a crispness from the acidity.

Overall, this is a very nice beer. It's not as good as a true gueuze, but the tartness is nicely realised, and it's a fairly smooth, well-blended package all up.
appearance: 3.5 | aroma: 4.0 | taste: 4.0 | feel: 4.0 | drinkability: 4.0
Mothur Funker
Reviewed by Jez on 10.06.13 on tap
Overall:
81 / 100
(Excellent)
Tried on-tap at the Courthouse in North Melbourne, during GBW 2013's ACT Pint of Origin.

Pours a very light, yellow-lemon colour, solidly hazed but with a very light, moveable body. Head is a floaty, ephemeral ring of white that leaves some mild lacing. Soft carbonation forms when the glass is tilted. Looks good.

Soft lambic characters on the nose. Some herbal tones, a little plastic and some vegetative bite like green tomatoes. There's a slight sour fruitiness to it, but not really a suggestion of more acidity than that. Still. It's very good.

Light entry with lemon saline providing a spritzy buoyancy. Mid-palate drags in some vegetative and herbal notes. Lemon characters form into a more definite lemon myrtle note, and a thin acidity provides a touch of sharpness. The back finishes with some more earthy tones and a plasticky-gueuze afterpalate. Lovely.

Feel is smooth and light with just a touch of crispness from the acid. Aftertaste is clean with no harshness, and not too much of the residual funk.

Overall. I love it. It's the closest I've seen an Aussie brewer get to replicating the characters of a classic gueuze—it may not have the puckering acidity of something like Cantillon, but the funk, the flavours and the balance are all really well done. Overall, I'm extremely impressed.

appearance: 4.0 | aroma: 4.0 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | drinkability: 4.5
Cantillon Lou Pepe - Gueuze
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 19.05.13 in bottle
Overall:
64 / 100
(Solid)
2008 vintage.

Pours a pale golden colour, quite clear, with nice fluffy head, off-white, dense, sinking slowly enough but doesn't leave a great amount of lace residue behind. Not bad, but quite standard beer-look.

Smells bretty and funky, but yeah, really on the acidic side. Slight vinegar edge to it, slight raspberry aroma and some horse blanket, but mostly just sour. Am tempted to mark it down for the simplicity, but the fact is I like it, and am willing to give it the benefit of the doubt at this stage.

Taste is also very sour and funky. Has a slight grainy sweetness upfront that gets quite - actually make that extremely - sour and bitey early on. Lots of vinegar astringency that grows to a slight organic barnyard character on top of that, but it still retains that acidic, almost bitter, bite. I don't hate it of course, but still it seems like there's very little to this, like it's the basic 'let's infect the shit out of this' on an otherwise very simple base recipe.

Quite astingent, so it pulls your gums back over your teeth. Not a bad amount of substance and body to it, though.

This is such an off-putting beer to the uninitiated. I've had many beers of this style that I like, so I'm happy to sit here, drink and enjoy, but the fact is there's nothing special to really recommend this, so I almost feel like the sourness has an arrogance to it, like "if people don't like this then they're wrong and fuck them" whereas there should be more offered for 'lay' people to enjoy rather than just pure 'off', funky acidity.
appearance: 3.5 | aroma: 4.0 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.0 | drinkability: 3.0
Oude Gueuze Tilquin à l'€™Ancienne
Reviewed by Jez on 23.02.13 in bottle
Overall:
93 / 100
(Superb)
750ml green bottle purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne. I'd tried the draft version of this in Belgium, and I was extremely excited to see the bottled version make it to our shores. Shared with my brother Sam.

Pours a clear orange hue with a fluffy white head that stays pretty persistently. Lacing streaks across the glass as the beer goes down. Body is light but vibrant, and the carbonation is pleasantly fine. It looks the picture of a gueuze.

Nose is wonderful, clean crisp apricot characters, sharp Gueuze-like pungent funk. Some of that classic overtone that reminds me of plastic, but which Sam just pointed out is also quite akin to roasted sesame. It's so classic, so fresh, so funky and so perfect. I love a good gueuze, and Tilquin is really pumping out the good gueuze.

Taste is everything I remember. Clear direct gueuze-like funk, solid but not overwhelming acidity, and more fresh apricot flavours which really provide some depth and structure to it. It's also light and crisp, with a sharp uptick in the acidity towards the end, which gives it a moreish bite that makes you want to take another sip. It's really, truly remarkably lovely.

Feel is crisp, bright and refreshing. It absolutely backs up the flavour and aroma in every way.

Overall, this is most definitely one of my favourite and certainly most drinkable Gueuzes. It's a style I love already, and when someone does it as well as this, I feel right in being effusive. This is just an absolutely fucking brilliant beer.

appearance: 4.5 | aroma: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | drinkability: 5.0
Cantillon Lou Pepe - Gueuze
Reviewed by Jez on 17.03.12 in bottle
Overall:
90 / 100
(Superb)
After a St. Patrick's Day filled with Imperial Stouts (no Guinness, here), we figured we should hit something lighter, and when @LaitueGonflable mentioned that he'd "love something sour" there was no question about what was next.

This was the 2008 vintage, tasted in 2012.

Pours a slightly hazed, but refined golden colour, with a mild, frothy but lively head of pure white. Ah, Gueuze really is the champagne of beers, isn't it? Fine bead of carbonation and a fluid but solid body that holds its carbonation well. Looks really excellent.

Nose is classic gueuze, with refined peppery overtones, mingles with earthy aromas and a sharp plastic character. Latex rubber, slight resin, wine cork, cellar, dust. Oh, it does such a wonderful job of riffing on the classic aromas, while still maintaining its basis. Lovely.

Clear and clean on the palate, and surprisingly mellow, without the biting, oesophageally challenging acidity that marks many a Cantillon brew. Light vinous characters, with a touch of oak, some banana leaf, and a hint of pepper, but without the bite or the piquancy. Oh, it is so very refined and sophisticated. It perhaps doesn't have the intense complexity of some gueuzes, but there's something very special about the smoothness, the roundness and the clean power of it. It's just lovely.

Feel is clear and bright, with a very fine carbonation that only goes so far as to enliven the palate; never to overwhelm.

Really gorgeous beer. In fact, very near sublime. It's so smooth, and yet with all the refined haughtiness of the best gueuzes. I love that the acidity is so restrained. It makes for a less raw and powerful, but more sophisticated brew. Really, the skill that has gone into its preparation is astonishing.

appearance: 4.5 | aroma: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | drinkability: 5.0
Spontanale
5.0% Gueuze from Mikkeller
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 05.12.11 in bottle
Overall:
60 / 100
(Decent)
Pours an orangey gold kind of colour, clear all the way through, with off-white head, slight and a bit listless - just retaining a mild crown. Lace is nice, though.

Smells very pongy and funky. Big organic, vegetative character with a hint of washed rind cheese, floor polish and rotting greens. Hint of some tart fruit, but quite well hideen. Could use more tartness, less pungent funk. Smells a tad unbalanced.

Taste is more tart, and throughout the front palate, it has that nice, fairly crisp and slightly lemony acidity. The genuine funk comes through midway, quite vegetative but a hint of astringent citric rind. Back palate has a mild salty edge and takes on a corporeal edge. I really hate to be vulgar, but in all honesty it reminds me slightly... of... lady bits? Honestly. But a nice fruity twang overlies it and keeps that character from being off-putting.

Full body, not too much pull from the wild yeast but also leaves a little dry.

Fresh and spontaneous, but nothing amazing. I look forward to trying the fruit-edged versions of this.
appearance: 3.5 | aroma: 3.0 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5
Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic-Bio (Organic Gueuze)
Reviewed by Jez on 10.11.11 in bottle
Overall:
81 / 100
(Excellent)
750ml bottle featuring the Mannequin Pis, purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne.

Pours a gorgeously bright golden colour, with a slight haze which just obscures the light, but refracts it pleasantly, as well. Head is extremely fine, but not particularly persistent, just forming a ring around the edge of the glass. Carbonation is refined and tiny. It's a very good looking beer.

Nose is pleasantly bright and gueuzey, with burnt rubber characters, woody oak notes, and classic biting acidity, although this is toned down a lot more than in many riproaringly intense gueuzes. It feels really pleasantly integrated, and smooth, however.

Taste is also a lot milder than many a gueuze, with a refreshing bite, but not the tongue-slicing acidity. Smooth entry, surprisingly under-carbonated, before some green vegetative sharpness comes through. Some tartness on the back, tempered by a slight residual sweetness, that fortunately never becomes too prominent. Rather, it's like a touch of vanilla or a mild roundness to the palate. Rather pleasant.

Probably one of the most refreshing and drinkable gueuzes I've had, even if it's not as complex and challenging as some of the best ones I've had. Still, it's a great example of the style, and probably one of the most approachable for a Gueuze newbie.

appearance: 4.5 | aroma: 4.0 | taste: 4.0 | feel: 4.0 | drinkability: 5.0
St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition
Reviewed by Jez on 02.08.11 in bottle
Overall:
76 / 100
(Excellent)
Well earned. Bottle cracked open to celebrate the end of a busy few weeks at work.

Pours a deep golden colour, definitely burnished and orange at the deeper parts, quite clear, with a fine ring of white bubbles around the edge of the glass. Body looks surprisingly still—I'm used to gueuze being a very vigorous and vibrant style of beer. Overall, looks very decent.

Nose is gorgeous, giving those classic funky sour notes of crushed citrus, wine grapes, oak and rubber. Perhaps not as pronounced and complex as some, but still very good. Very clean, however, and very crisp.

Taste is light and vibrant, with a clear acidity through the centre which forms the basis of most of the palate. Sparkling, but very light mouthfeel accentuates potential comparisons to champagne, but given the dryness throughout, I would have preferred something fuller to round it a little more. Still, I like the clarity and crispness—very refined.

A good gueuze—perhaps not one of the very best I've tried, but very clean and refreshing all the same. And let's face it, while I love a detailed and complex gueuze, sometimes you just want your sour beers to be clean, crisp and uncomplicated.

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For the sake of comparison, I also tried a 12-year old bottle (1999 vintage) of this recently at Kulminator in Antwerp. Interestingly, it mellowed a lot, and while it is still not the greatest of gueuzes, the age really helped this one, I feel.

Pours a hazy golden yellow colour with absolutely no head. Carbonation forms, but doesn't stream. It looks tired and very old.

Nose is very mellow. Dusty oak characters, some green apple a little funk and muck. What's missing is the cutting acidity. This is actually extremely smooth and very condensed. It's really nice.

Taste is smooth and mild. The acidity has fallen away nicely. Crisp apple characters, a hint of olive juice, some vegetation, but all mellow and smooth. Rounder than the usual young gueuze, and well integrated. It's flat, certainly, but there's no hint of oxidation. Gorgeous.

This is, indeed, gueuze at the end of its life. Obviously, there are better gueuzes which could probably hold up longer, but 12 years is enough for this one. I love the mellow integration and the blunting of the acidity, but you wouldn't want to hold onto it much longer, I feel.

Appearance: 3
Smell: 4.5
Taste: 4.5
Mouthfeel: 4
Drinkability: 4

appearance: 4.0 | aroma: 4.5 | taste: 4.0 | feel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4.0
Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label)
Reviewed by Jez on 21.07.11 in bottle
Overall:
92 / 100
(Superb)
Enjoyed at Cambrinus in Bruges.

Pours a deep amber gold, with sparkling and streaming effervescence. Head is frothy and bubbly, eggshell-white and sticky with thick lacing. The deep colour is delightful. Looks to be a great gueuze.

Nose is deep, tart and funky, but with very pleasant fruit overtones. Light stonefruit, crushed leaves. Almost a sour-tinged resiny character, with a touch of leather and earth. Very complex, very rugged, but rather confusingly almost more refined than anything else I've had.

Taste is supple, but funky. Oak and coconut come through late. Otherwise, stonefruit, white wine, cleansing soda and bitter astringency on the back like pithy lime. Lovely complexity, and touched with a sweet sorbet character that cushions everything. It's just lovely—it may be my favourite gueuze palate.

Very, very good. All so supple and melded, and tasting more balanced and mellow than many others. Gorgeous.

appearance: 4.5 | aroma: 4.5 | taste: 5.0 | feel: 4.0 | drinkability: 4.5
Oude Gueuze Tilquin à l'€™Ancienne
Reviewed by Jez on 18.07.11 on tap
Overall:
86 / 100
(Exceptional)
Had on-tap at Moeder Lambic in Brussels. Great beer bar, and this was a great beer to have there.

Pours a cloudy, bright yellow colour with a fine-bubbled, small but tight white head. Minimal lace, probably stemming from the light but clean body. Looks good.

Nose is classic, potent and complex. Hints of rubber, funky organics, appleskin and crushed leaf. Bittering notes of tannin and smooth oak giving a blessing of vanilla. Very complex, very chaotic. Just a brilliant gueuze nose. It was ON.

Taste is also good. Thin character of acidic apple juice, with bitter tannins on the back with oak wood behind. Even the slight rubber aromas infiltrate here. It's gorgeous. The freshness is balanced really nicely with the depth and age. Great gueuze.

Very nice. Such classic characters, all very smooth and integrated. It's that perfect marriage of fresh bite and aged mellowness. Fantastic beer.

appearance: 4.0 | aroma: 5.0 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.0 | drinkability: 4.0
Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Vintage
Reviewed by Jez on 18.07.11 in bottle
Overall:
90 / 100
(Superb)
The culmination of my visit to Moeder Lambic in Brussels was a 750ml bottle of this gorgeous gueuze. Costing a whopping, but understandable €35, this 9-year old vintage was served with appropriate pomp and ceremony in a classic Belgian Gueuze basket. Lot number on the bottle said 13/04/2002.

Pours a deep golden colour, orange hued in places, with a frothy head of escaping bubbles. Lace sticks statically around the glass, but is otherwise rather still. The extra depth and darkness to the colour I put down to age. It looks good.

Nose is, oh god, just phenomenal. So classic, but melded and blended. That classic rubbery gueuze funk, along with tart fruit, apple skin, latex, vanilla, oak, and even a sweeter berry-like aroma. Aged characters like wine cork come through as well. There's so much too this, and it's immensely complex, but it's all so well integrated. You just don't get a better gueuze nose.

Taste is similar. All classic flavours of course, but all with a common purpose. Sharp fruit, grapeskin, wood, sawdust, oak, tannins. All these characters and more stay and dance on the palate leaving it complex, but long. It doesn't use the full breadth of the palate, but it must explore just about every element of the "gueuze" palate.

And age? What age? Apart from the integration and the mellowness of the characters' combination, this is as clean and crisp as ever. I can see this easily lasting another 10 years.

(But it's great now, too...)

appearance: 4.0 | aroma: 5.0 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5
Mort Subite Gueuze
Reviewed by Jez on 17.07.11 in bottle
Overall:
55 / 100
(OK)
Bottle purchased in Switzerland.

Pours quite surprisingly dark; a deep burnished amber colour, with a fizzy and inconsistent head of large-bubbled film. Lacing seems intricate, but again is patchy and pixelated, forming from large bubbles. Not bad, but I've seen better.

Nose is vinous and tart with acidity, but also surprisingly sweet. Fresh chlorinated water character, with a touch of ozone and oxygenated water. Fruit juice sweetness needs to be toned down, but otherwise ok.

Taste is definitely too sweet, with a white grape juice character dominant, and only a touch of funk or acidity. Lingering green bitterness on the back, with a slight oak note, but the oak just sets off the sweetness, rather than cradling the acidity. Quite average.

A very disappointing Gueuze. I'm not sure I've had a worse one. Unbalanced, rather insipid and not at all inspiring.

appearance: 3.5 | aroma: 3.5 | taste: 3.0 | feel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.0
Oud Beersel Oude Geuze Vieille
Reviewed by Jez on 19.05.11 in bottle
Overall:
80 / 100
(Excellent)
Uncorks with just a touch, but the gush of fervent carbonation does not result. Pours a very clear but deep golden amber colour, with a frothy and persistent head of crackling white foam. Body is very light and the carbonation forms large bubbles that push up into the head. It's a lively and engaging gueuze—probably more fun and less sophisticated than others I've laid my eye upon.

Nose is classic, giving lovely tones of crushed green vegetation, oak, vinous acidity and funky rubber. The initial hit of any inhalation is slightly pungent and funky, but it soon delivers complex and delicately balanced aromas of spring, acidity, crispness and refinement. Lovely nose. Very crisp and clear and exceptionally stylistic.

Taste is light and smooth, with a very prominent back-palate acidity and flavours ranging from crisp green apple to oily olives. Feel is very light, but never does the acidity accentuate or enhance the flavours, meaning a crispness never appears on the palate. Missing a little complexity, but very supple and exceptionally refined.

Lighter than some, but still a gorgeous example of the style. This one accentuates the delicate smoothness that can be developed in a gueuze. Light and fragrant, and very easy to drink—its a well crafted example.

appearance: 4.0 | aroma: 4.5 | taste: 4.0 | feel: 4.0 | drinkability: 4.5
St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition
Reviewed by Jez on 16.05.11 on tap
Overall:
77 / 100
(Excellent)
On-tap at Toronado in San Francisco. I believe my first on-tap gueuze. And I do love me a gueuze.

Pours a cloudy deep golden colour, bright and hazed. Shines in the light like a rare gem. Fine head where it forms, but it only forms minimally. Looks light on, but classic.

Funky and sour nose with classic and delicious gueuze characters. Green crushed vegetation, citrus, smooth vanilla and oak. It's lively but balanced. Sharp but caressing. Lovely.

Taste is sharp, clean and crisp—without the rubbery and echoey finish that sometimes gets squeezed out of a gueuze. This leaves the body a little too fine and thin, without a really vibrant acidity—more characters of banana leaf, rainforest and a soft vinous tone. Feel is light but crisp.

It's a lovely beer—mild and balanced for a gueuze, but possibly more drinkable as a result.

appearance: 4.0 | aroma: 4.5 | taste: 4.0 | feel: 4.0 | drinkability: 4.0
Boon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 29.04.11 in bottle
Overall:
75 / 100
(Very Good)
Pours a gold-orange colour with mild haze. Head is gorgeously thick and creamy, a bit too generous though and retaining and that slight overblown thickness. Lace is decent, but a bit thin. Looks good.

Smells quite Belgian and sour. Plenty of funk to it, but not a saisony funk, more acid to it. Touch of mouldy basement in there, cheese rind, and some toasted pine nut aroma. Almost savoury overall, but a good twist of tartness.

Taste is far more tart, but still not extremely; definitely not puckering. Plenty of light vinegar notes on front, slight citric twang with underlying funk, a touch of cheese mould and dampness, some oak notes and overripe peach round out the majority of flavour. Doesn't have a lot of acid and develops to more of a bitter flavour overall. But yeah, a nice refreshing beer, certainly not overdone, just nice funky Belgian notes.

Medium-sized body, bit of a puckering texture as it progresses but not very. Pretty decent.

Not quite a mind-blowing beer, pleasantly flavoured and fermented though for enjoyable drinking.
appearance: 3.5 | aroma: 4.0 | taste: 4.0 | feel: 4.0 | drinkability: 4.0
Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic
Reviewed by Jez on 25.04.11 in bottle
Overall:
71 / 100
(Very Good)
Purchased from the International Beer Shop in Perth.

Pours a very slightly hazed, but rather bright and gem-like orange-gold colour. Body looks pleasantly thick, but refined. Head is filmy, but very tight. Some lacing, in a champagne-like froth down the inside of the glass. Really beautiful fine bead. A very refined looking beer.

Nose is beautifully and classically "gueuze": it's a funky and sour, wonderfully blended melange. Barnyard funk, raw organic crispness and a green apple acidity. It's very pleasantly balanced between raw, organic and meaty funk, and crisp acidity. Lovely.

Taste is very light, crisp and acidic, but without the balance and depth that the nose suggested. Still, it's a pleasant and refreshing palate. Unfortunately, I feel like the crispness is the only character, leaving it feeling a bit empty.

It's a good gueuze. I feel like it has the classic Cantillon acidic intensity that drowns out the other characters, but this one is tempered more than most, giving the nice funky basis. Nice.

appearance: 4.5 | aroma: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4.0
Boon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait
Reviewed by Jez on 16.04.11 in bottle
Overall:
80 / 100
(Excellent)
2005 Vintage. Caged and corked 375ml green bottle shared with @tobeerornottobe and @LaitueGonflable.

Pops the cork with a satisfying thunk, and pours a hazed but bright golden orange colour. Head is incredibly fine and thick, but manageable in size, leaving sheets of lacing. Nice thickness in the body. Looks really extremely refined.

Nose is sharp will well-designed funk. Big acidic characters meld with a slightly astringent burned rubber note and loads of crisply crushed green vegetation. Ooh, such a classic Gueuze nose—complex and haunting and ever so refined.

Taste is quite pleasantly done, but thin. Slight acidity opens the palate, before a slightly phenolic bite of rubber mid palate and a dusty dry and almost arid finish. Not a lot of breadth on the palate, but interesting cadences of apple and pear arise every now and then. Feel is crisp but light.

An interesting Gueuze, and perhaps one of the more funky and unusual ones I've tried. The blending gives such wonderful scope for complexity and experimentation, and I have to say I approve of this one.

appearance: 4.5 | aroma: 4.5 | taste: 4.0 | feel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4.5
Drie Fonteinen Oude Gueuze
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 23.12.10 in bottle
Overall:
71 / 100
(Very Good)
Pours a pale gold colour with lots of cloudy haze in the glass. Head is fairly small, sinks to a saliva-esque film. Lace is small and not very sticky. Looks good, not great.

Smells very acidic with funk as a backup. Lots of underripe berry and citrus notes, and some nice barnyard character with wet lucerne and animal/corporeal notes. Kind of salty as well, but overall quite nice.

Tastes quite similar. Noticeable acidity but not tart or puckering. Lots of funk to it, with corporeal salty characters, lemon zest and pink grapefruit and a fair amount of barnyard/horse blanket kind of flavour. Almost rubbery at times but a nice acidity carries it through with a citric edge at the back. Mostly funky, and ends bitter. Nicely constructed, just not hugely exciting.

Feels a bit lacking on the texture, nice puckering tells you it's there but otherwise there's not a huge amount of body.

Sour and refreshing, nice funky beer.
appearance: 3.5 | aroma: 4.0 | taste: 4.0 | feel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5
Drie Fonteinen Oude Gueuze
Reviewed by Jez on 16.12.10 in bottle
Overall:
65 / 100
(Solid)

Pours a very slightly hazed pale golden colour with a filmy and quite fizzy head. Looks surprisingly still in the glass, but the head dissipates so quickly. It's rather surprising. Very thin body. Overall, sure, it's fair enough for a Gueuze, but it's overall a little meek.

Nose is redolent with sharp and slightly citric acidity. Quite tart with a touch of oak, but only a light brushing. Lighter, and more sharp characters of grapeskin and rubbed lemon are the dominant characters. Slight wine-like character, but even that is probably giving a bit too much body. It's extremely light, but fragrant and pleasant.

Taste is also very dry and tart, with a strong single point of acidity running through the palate for the duration. Hints of underripe peach and crushed kaffir lime come through, with a flavour that doesn't scream acidity, but which brings an astringency to the palate as a whole. It's quite refined, but I can't get over the fact that it feels a little one-dimensional. Still, that one dimension is plenty tasty.

I don't know. I've had some tasty gueuzes, and some ones that had such a mellow and refined complexity to them. To be honest, I feel this missed the mark a little bit. There's no doubting the skill that went into it, but I've certainly had better.

appearance: 3.5 | aroma: 4.0 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.0 | drinkability: 4.0
Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René
Reviewed by Jez on 20.03.10 in bottle
Overall:
80 / 100
(Excellent)

Pours a lightly hazed glowing golden colour. Head is an amazing adventure in white frothy bubbling, leaving sticky lacing down the edge of the glass. Surprisingly, the carbonation is hidden or even absent. Otherwise, a very fine looking brew.

Sharp acidity and huge funky wild notes on the nose. Citrus, barnyard and crushed vegetation. Extremely fresh, acidic and forthright. Very expressive on the nose. You can tell this is going to be a rambunctious lambic.

Palate is unfortunately something of a let down. Slight antiseptic medicinal phenols with a mild acidity through the centre. Quite dry throughout, and it lacks something in body and complexity. Oak shavings and wine cork are present, but I was expecting slightly more acidity. Still, it is a very fresh flavoured and very drinkable brew.

Extremely refreshing, and probably more drinkable for its seeming lack of acidity. It gets a little caustic after a while, but you can't beat a beer like this on a hot afternoon. Would have to be one of the cleanest and most refreshing beers I've ever had. Certainly worthy as an occasional treat.

appearance: 4.5 | aroma: 4.5 | taste: 4.0 | feel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4.5
Oude Gueuze
Reviewed by Jez on 03.06.09 in bottle
Overall:
84 / 100
(Exceptional)

Uncorks with a satisfying thunk, and immediately the funk starts to permeate the room. Pours a delicious looking dark umber yellow, with a thick and sticky head of white foam. Excellent lacing. Looks just about like everything you want in a gueuze.

What a nose. A stalwart exemplar of everything gueuze. Redolent with funk, earthy citrus, overripe fruit, plasticine, cut grass and dust. All those wonderful, musty earthy, funky characters are powerful, unique and rich. A truly phenomenal gueuze nose.

Excellent sharp sour entry, very acidic. Lots of juicy citrus, wine barrel fermentation, funky yeast and sour apples. Stays long and wicked throughout the palate, leaving a meaty yeast back palate that dries just a little, but still keeps me smacking my lips with the acidity. Mouthfeel is crisp as hell, bordering on slicing and sharp.

This is an exceptionally good gueuze, full of funk, acidity and character, but staying crisp and drinkable. Probably not an "entry level" gueuze, due to the high degree of funk and acidity, but a great one if you're looking for the top end of the scale.

appearance: 4.5 | aroma: 5.0 | taste: 4.0 | feel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.0
Boon Oude Geuze
Reviewed by Jez on 29.09.08 in bottle
Overall:
79 / 100
(Excellent)

Tapered green bottle, caged and corked. Uncorks with a thwack like a good cricket stroke. Poured into my new Riedel Cabernet glass - got for the beer.

Lovely cloudy burnished orange body, with a frothy head of white bubbles. Body looks quite thick, and the head is very sturdy. Looks wonderful, especially the consistency and colour in the body.

Nice funky-sour notes on the nose - champagne, dry cider and citrus dominant. Also a more organic, crushed vegetation character, maybe eucalyptus. Bit of sweat, leather, and a dry biscuit character as well. Very nice, nice funky lambic nose.

Dry entry, a little biscuity, champagne yeast character. Moves through a hint of acidity, before there's a husky bitterness coming though. I think it's a character of the brett funk, not a hoppy bitterness; it lacks the clean bite of hop oils. This dissipates later to a cherry sour finish, leaving a coating on the tongue, and improving the drinkability for that next sip.

Very delicious - quite sour, but with a depth of complexity. I do like a good gueuze, and this is a good gueuze.

appearance: 4.5 | aroma: 4.0 | taste: 4.0 | feel: 4.0 | drinkability: 4.5