Archive for the ‘Gueuze’ Category

I picked up this bottle one of the times that we went to Half Time. It’s a classic, so I should have had this by now, but at least I’m making up for lost time.

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ABV: 8%

Style: Gueuze

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Boon Geuze Mariage Parfait has an alcohol content of 8%. It consists of 95% mild lambic, aged at least three years and specially reserved for this purpose, and 5% young lambic. The latter provides the fermentable sugars and wild yeasts. After mixing in a vessel of 25,000 litres, the wort (unfermented mixture) is filtered and chilled. If we are bottling, we bring it back to fermentation temperature. The bottles are placed in a climate-controlled space for the secondary fermentation. This is followed by maturing at low temperature for at least 6 months. Want to know the bottling date? Simply subtract 20 years from the ‘best before’ date!”

Random: Right now, I only have one day off, so I’ve been updating the blog while Val is asleep on Sundays.

This beer opened with a pleasant pop of the cork. Once I got it into the glass, it had a three finger, white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. It left a crown on top of the body which was golden-yellow and slightly cloudy. There was medium carbonation and floaties too. The nose had some serious funk to it with hay, barnyard and a light oak note. The taste was tart with lemon, hay and white vinegar. It didn’t taste musty or old, despite being a 2011 vintage. It also had some vanilla and oak, which added to the complexity. The body was shockingly light with no booze notes to it. It was dry with soda-like carbonation. The finish was quick with oak and lemon. This was an expensive beer at $8.19 for the bottle ($.68 per ounce). This beer was awesome. It had so many flavors and was insanely complex. I would have this again in a second.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Cantillon how I love you. I got a chance to try this one, and honestly, how could I refuse?

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ABV: 5%

Style: Gueuze

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Up to the 19th century, the people from Brussels and Brabant mostly drank two beers, Lambic and Faro. The glass bottle and the discovery of Dom Perignon will bring about a revolution in the small world of the Brussels brewers. The Gueuze became the icon of the Brussels beers. Lambic, which is the base for the making of Gueuze, is a spontaneous fermentation beer. All beers made with Lambic are naturally sour, but some will be more sour, more bitter or ‘softer’ than the others. The Gueuze is the result of a well-considered blending of Lambics of different ages and with different tastes. The Lambic beers from the Cantillon brewery, which are conserved in oakwood barrels, are called ‘young’ after one year, but they will reach their full maturity after three years. The young beers contain the sugars which are necessary for the second fermentation in the bottle. The three years old beers will contribute their taste and their flavour. The main task for the brewer, however, is tasting. He will taste about ten Lambics from different barrels in order to select five or six which will be used for the Gueuze 100% Lambic presenting the typical characteristics of the beers from the Cantillon brewery. The bottles are closed with a cork, capped with a crown-cork. They will remain horizontally in a cellar for a year on average, in order to allow the sugars to be converted into carbon dioxide (second fermentation in the bottle). The saturation of the beer is slow and natural. When the Lambic becomes sparkling, it is called Gueuze. At that moment, this crown-jewel of the Cantillon brewery will leave the cellar of the brewery and find its way to the cellars of the lovers of the traditional Gueuze. Every blending will produce a different Gueuze. Since we work according to a natural process, it is impossible to make a standard beer. This beer is not only unique because of its brewing process, but also because it can be conserved for a long time. When kept in a good cellar, a Cantillon Gueuze will still have an exceptional taste and flavour after 20 years. The Gueuze 100% Lambic Cantillon represents half of the production of the brewery.”

Random: Yes, I did specifically crop that photo so you could see the empty in the background.

This brew poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated slowly. It left a little bit of lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy yellow color with lots of visible carbonation. The nose had a bit of funk and some tartness as well. Some oak came through with light fruit as well. The taste started with lemon and horse blanket. Then, some oak came through as well with green apples and white grapes. The finish was all too quick for my liking with some funk, albeit the finish was very dry. The body was medium thickness with seltzer-like carbonation present as well. This was just an outstanding beer that I couldn’t get enough of. If you’re a sour fan, this is a must have.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

 

This was a review that I did over the weekend but didn’t have a chance to update. This was another beer that I picked up because I’ve never had the style before. I have high expectations for this one, so I’m pretty excited to crack this one open.

ABV: 6%

Style: Gueze

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Oude Geuze 3 Fonteinen is een volledig natuurlijke geuze die bestaat uit een assemblage van 1, 2 en 3 jaar oude lambik gerijpt op eiken vaten. Deze geuze is een natuurlijk, ongefilterd bier dat na de botteling nog minstens 6 maanden spontaan hergist op de fles. Oude Geuze 3 Fonteinen kan in een stabiele, koele kelder tot 10 jaar na botteldatum bewaard worden. Oude Geuze die lang bewaard wordt verzacht qua zurigheid maar krijgt meer complexe smaaktoetsen.”

Random: Yeah, I really don’t know what it says either.

This brew poured with a huge, three finger white head that took forever to dissipated. It left significant lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, straw yellow with a huge amount of carbonation visible through the body. The nose was all tart funk that was apparent as soon as I popped the cork on this one (which was pretty sexy, not going to lie). The taste was also tart funk with lemon rind and a hint of oak. The body was thin and highly carbonated, yet crisp. The carbonation really worked for this brew. The booze was invisible on it. The tartness on the taste was intense, but not overwhelming. The finished lingered with tartness. I really enjoyed this brew. It was complex and interesting. I would definitely have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0