DBB Text Banner

Notes on beers in the style

Gueuze
St. Louis Fond Tradition Gueuze Lambic

St. Louis Fond Tradition
Gueuze Lambic

375 mL bottle, black foiled and capped. Lovely color with a copper, clear bond underneath a foamy, wispy head. Obviously an aggressive pour was required, and it's gone quickly, No lace, no retention. Nose gives a light ethanoic acid whiff and a slightly phenolic, band-aid element that I'm not sure should be there! Tastes are not quite as acidic as the nose would suggest, but are also quite dry. The chlorophenol is replaced with a woodiness that again I was not anticipating. Tartness is as one...

Lindemans Ginger Gueuze

Lindemans Ginger Gueuze

$28.95 for the 750 mL bottle. I might like this in the end, but I don't think that it will be very good value. Anyway, I'm invested to this point, so here we go. Capped and corked, the beer opens with a really healthy pop. Good gun-smoke. Carbonation is HIGH - not exactly a gusher, but this beer is extremely carbonated. Orange body. Lace is very good as well. Pretty. The carbonation makes for a lively mouthfeel. I'd heard rumor that this was really tart, but it isn't, at least not on my palate...

Rueuze

Rueuze

I've been drinking various types of sour beers for around 25 years. I've also been to Cantilon. Twice. As such, I know sours and and I have an appreciation of these beers. Having said that of late I've been 'feeling' such beers less and less. That's the context, on to the beer. A gentle phhhhhhtt greets the ears on opening, and an aggressive pour produces a marmalade body and some forced, airy, big-bubbled head. Retention and lace are basically absent, but a tiny white color does persist. Nose...

St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition

St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition

Mini-champagne, green glass, dimpled bottom and gold foiled neck. Green's on Buford, Atlanta, GA, USA. Light, honey colored body with some nice dense head and some pretty good retention and even a touch of lace. Some spotty head on the surface. Nose is a standard, lightly sinus clearing acidity with green apples. Obviously a pretty acidic profile with a lively, highly carbonate mouthfeel which adds to the experience. Finish is fairly short, clean and shows some sodium hydrogen carbonate....

St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition

Boon Geuze

375 mL, corked & caged bottle. SB 47 on the cork. Classic, approachable Gueuze. Pour is a mid-orange with a fizzy head as a result of an aggressive pour. Good clarity. As expected the head dissipates quickly to leave no lace. Color is sharp. Nose is a very light, funk with simple green apple notes. As always the beer reminds me of a easy going, West Country cider with more carbonation than that original. Tasty, light funk with a very easy and approachable sourness. It has the effect of...

St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition

Chapeau X’mas Gueuze

Surprised to see this on my recent visit to the Charleston Beer Exchange, Charleston, SC, USA. $6.99 for the 12.7 fl oz, dimpled, green, corked and capped champagne type bottle. The guys at CBX were a little surprised that I bought this (and so was I), but although I have seen some of the De Troch lambics in ATL, this is one that has not been here yet. Poured into the Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs chalice, the body is copper colored with very little head, lace of retention. A few floaties....

St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition

Lindemans Gueuze

I'm really not at all sure what is going on with the Gueuze from Lindemans in GA, since it used to be all over the place with the Cassis and the Peche etc., but of late (the last 18 months to two years or so) this seems to have all but disappeared form stores in GA. This is one of two bottles that I have rescued from a couple of relatively obscure stores in the last couple of years. One came from Showcase Beverage in Carrollton, GA, USA. 355 mL bottle, foiled, capped and corked. Dimpled...

St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition

Drie Fonteinen Oude Gueuze

Greens on Buford - 750 mL corked & caged. SB15 on the cork, bottled on 11th December 2000. FWIW, this is listed on the bottle as 5%, not 6% as in the BA db. Good pop on the removal of the cork, and a little white gun smoke. Poured into the Terrapin snifter, the color is a mid orange (Olde English marmalade color) with a decent 1/8th inch, fine bubbled head on the surface of the beer. A smidgen of lace. Nice farmyard manure in the nose. Mouthfeel is a little more prickly that I was...

St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition

Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label)

375 mL corked and caged bottle poured into an oversize wine glass. Much darker color than I was expecting with a bright orange hue. Initial fizz of carbonation soon fades to not much at all. Well, if this isn't dry, farmhouse scrumpy cider without the apple taste I don't know what is. All the characteristics are there - dry and puckering aftertaste with a sour lip-smacking effect on the mouth. Not my favorite drink by some distance, and I am at a bit of a loss to see why the Gueuze style gains...

Lindemans Oude Gueuze Cuvée René

Lindemans Oude Gueuze Cuvée René

If you want to know what traditional, real farmhouse cider from the West of England tastes like, the closest you can get in the USA is this stuff. If you were to remove the carbonation and add a hint of apple flavor to a Cuvée René, you would have yourself a pretty decent impression of a dry, farmhouse scrumpy. Champagne like, effervescent pour with a fast receding head. Dry, and mildly acidic and sour. Clear yellow pour. A departure for most beer drinkers, but a nice refreshing summer drink....

Oud Beersel Oude Gueuze Vieille

Oud Beersel
Oude Gueuze Vieille

Additional notes 04/30/24 (pictured) L50761, Best Before 17.03.2035 (just sneaked in, LOL). 375 mL, corked & caged of course. A beer that I have truly grown to love and appreciate over the years. I think that the most profound change over the time that the notes below were written (over 18 years ago) and today, is my perception of the mouthfeel of this beer. It is so much richer and deeper than I ever formerly experienced. It almost feels substantial, especially when considering the style....