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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 9
Gots: 27 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: seand on 06-18-2013

Dry hopped sour ale aged in oak barrels.
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Reviews by bluejacket74:
Photo of bluejacket74
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. The brew smells like oak, green apple, lemon zest, hay, and some citrusy/floral hops. It tastes like oak, funk, green apple, hay, bready malt, white grapes, peaches and some pear. This tastes better the longer I drink this. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it has a good amount of carbonation and it's easy to drink. I liked this brew a lot, although it's pricey at $14.99 a bottle. Definitely worth a try!

More User Reviews:
Photo of emerge077
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%

Found one of these at Mike's in Waldo KC.

Opened it and it smelled metallic and skunky, poured a slightly hazed orange with a thin skim that fades to a ring around the edges. No lace.

Traces of tropical hops, not much though, earthy wet wood, skunk from the green bottle remains.

Tart and citrusy, a hint of skunked hops, dry oaky aftertaste. Pretty acidic, taste seems slightly funky, something about it seems out of place however. Likely the green bottle skunkiness. It was pretty good but I wouldn't get it again unless it was fresh. Seems more like a wild ale than anything.

Photo of beepill
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Mikkeller Bar SF grand opening on 8/9/13. First drink of the day. Reviewed from notes taken on my phone.

A - Light yellowish-tan, slightly cloudy body. A small white head that quickly dissipated, leaving a slight lacing at the top of the tulip glass.

S - Straight up citrus and oak. First hit of smell I got was lemon and bitter orange peel, followed by cork oak. Floral hoppiness finished out the smell. Seemed like a great start to a great day.

T - A sour-bitter funk up. Slightly above-average tasting gueuze. Definitely some meyer-esque lemon and more of a bitterness from lemon peel rathger than orange peel. As it warmed up, I could really get the taste of citrus blossom in the mix with the above-mentioned flavors. A decent oakiness that tasted more like cork oak than oak barrels.

M - Slight carbonation that definitely waned as it sat a bit and warmed up. Very dry aftertaste that leaves some of the bitterness from the lemon peel feel in your mouth.

O - It was a slightly above-average geuze. I cannot say that I would go out and seek it again, but it is definitely worth a try if you happen to see a bottle or on tap somewhere. I dont know if there is betel nut/leaf in it as the name suggests, but it has been over 10 years since I tried betel, so I forgot how it tastes (it was the first/last time). Perhaps the bitterness was not from citrus peel, but rather from the betel nut???

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours from a 375ml green bottle, clear orange with a thin (1/4") white head which fades quickly to the rim and leaves a few spots of lace.

N: Oaky tannins are mild along with lemony zest. Floral, fruity and spicy. Faintly herbal.

T: Slight funk to start with a mild earthy/musty middle. Slightly sour/tart.

M: Medium body and light carbonation. Slightly sour and oaky finish.

O: Interesting. Long list dry hops used had me expecting more floral and fruit, but the sourness and oaky/must stood out. Probably should have opened this sooner rather than holding on to it as long as I did. Enjoyed.

Photo of BigBry
4/5  rDev -0.2%

One of the rotating specialty brews on my last trip to Craft Beer Market.
Clear, light amber color, with a short white head. Foam slowly dissipates to a ring around
the edge of the glass, leaving thin chunky lace.
Smells slightly sour, green apple and other citrus.
Taste has more of the sourness, citrus but more like orange, rather than the typical hoppy grapefruit flavor.
Middle is more on the sweet side, grainy malt.
The finish is dry with just a hint of yeast.
Medium towards light body and mouthfeel, carbonation fits the rest of the beer.
Overall, a complex beer with lots going on. Nothing bad, or one element that overpowers.
Glad I took a risk on this one. Thumbs up.

Photo of Tommo
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Draft yesterday at craft and growler, dallas

Ive had this before in a bottle and it sucked, this evening on draft it was amazing. Quite sour with wonderful flavor. Pricey, but def worth trying

Photo of kojevergas
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

BOTTLE: 12.7 fl oz. Green glass (ugh...). Unbranded pry-off pressure cap.

5.5% ABV. Imported by the Shelton Bastards. Served cold into a Cantillon gueuze glass at low altitude in Austin, Texas. Reviewed live as a gueuze per the label. Expectations are high given that Mikkel is my favourite brewer.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1 finger wide. White colour. Not real frothy or creamy (which is to style). Could be fuller and softer. Retention is above average - ~3-4 minutes. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Clear albeit lightly hazy translucent copper of average vibrance. No floating yeast particulate is visible.

Pretty standard appearance for a gueuze. I'm optimistic.

AROMA: Oak/dampened oak barrel, neutral Belgian pale malts, hay, straw, crystal malt and lactic sourness (~3-4/10 in terms of complexity). Has plenty of barnyard funkiness. Fortunately, it doesn't suffer from the heavy cereal and grain emphasis that is so problematic in inferior beers in the style. Still, it has a raw almost wort-like character that is testament to its youth.

The hop profile is minimally present, and I find only a generic floral hop presence.

Aromatic intensity is average.

No off-notes or overt booze is detectable.

TASTE/TEXTURE: Way less sour than it should be, with maybe a 3/10 sourness intensity, and it's all lactic. Hints of apple cidre vinegar bring render it aptly acidic but it's still light on the palate and refreshing. To style, the hop presence is minimal - but floral and earthy in character. A dampened oak tone throughout lends it guiding cohesion. It's nicely funky, with the brettanomyces funkiness blending well with the straw and hay. Green apple. Hints of crackery malts. Faint lemon.

Crisp, clean, smooth, and dry, with a spritzy effervescence. Doesn't induce puckering, but it does have a nice smackiness on the palate. This mouthfeel helps accentuate the vinegary apple notes and crystal malts, but doesn't elevate the beer. Good presence on the palate.

It's not the deepest or most intricately layered gueuze out there, but I love that it doesn't suffer from the raw cereal notes featured in many beers in the style. There's plenty of subtlety to its execution, and the cohesion lended by the oak almost makes this seem like more than the sum of its parts.

OVERALL: Highly drinkable. Sour lovers will crave still more sourness, but this provides plenty of acidic lactic twang and will scratch the sour itch. A very competent effort from Mikkel, and well worth trying, though it can only develop with age. I'll enjoy finishing the bottle, and might revisit this again in the future. It's one of Mikkel's more memorable sours, and will please (but not impress) the discerning drinker. The dry hopping hasn't brought much to the plate, however.

B (3.6)

Would pair beautifully with cheese.

Photo of jrenihan
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pretty nice take on a gueuze, considering the source. The nose is strong and good, but there is an odd oaky scent that has a slight off scent. Taste is similar, quite nice but with a bit of an odd flavour. The odd flavour may actually be from the extensive set of hops that are in here, which provides an unusual flavour for a gueuze. Lemon and citrus fruits combine with some funk.

Overall, an interesting beer. Quite tasty, but I prefer my gueuze without the robust hopping.

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden orange with a one fingered slightly off-white head that lingers in balloon glass.

Smell is acidic with an apple and funk character to it as well.

Taste is slightly tart up front, but quickly followed by a funkiness and lots of bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with average carbonation.

Overall this was disappointingly not very sour. Interesting beer and worth a try, but not great.

Photo of Chico1985
3.59/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gotta thank Alex for this one.

Hazy pale orange beer with a small white head. A thin ring remains for the duration.

Smell is faint but pleasant. Pretty much a plain gueuze, sour funk and oak.

Taste is more potent. Good level of sour orange and lemon, funk, just a little bit of oak presence, some bread and grains. Good, but not sure any of the 12 hop varieties made any difference.

Nice full mouthfeel with medium-high carbonation.

A solid gueuze, but the absurd list of hops/dry-hopping really don't do anything here, lacks some character. Lets see what some agin' does.

Photo of facundoCNB
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A hazy orange in color, 2 fingers of gushing foamy head which died off quickly. Smells funky, cheesy, wet hay/grass, jasmine (Brett yay!).. The dry hopping seems invalid .. Funk overtakes everything (uh that's a great thing, actually).
Cheese! Up front cheesy flavor, cork, tart, wine barrels, cheesy, a bit of grassy hop, sweet malt actually comes through. Medium body with higher carbonation and a dry finish.
My gosh, this is probably the best geuze I've had yet. Finally one that's properly arbonated and doesn't just taste / feel like cheese water haha.. Yup, a great one.. No big surprise there.. These two breweries know what they're doing

Photo of MV_CHI-NS
5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Sunglow/light jonquil body with an isabelline/ivory head.

Aroma: Light fruit nose (persimmons, apples, and quince), anise, oak, and floral notes.

Taste: Much like the aroma, only 'earthier' with an interesting citrus undertone.

Mouthfeel: Tart, crisp, and refreshing with a good amount of carbonation; I actually thought of it as a weaker cousin of 'Deesko!' by 3F.

Overall: As a fan of MIkkeller, I was expecting nothing but the best, but this collaboration with To Øl had surpassed any and all expectations I had before trying this. In short, get this if you can - you'll not regret it.

Photo of pkalix
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bland-appearing, brownish-tinted yellow, and no head to speak of.
wonderfully dry hoppy aroma.... little bit of lemon, honey? grass? a large field of hay? the rear end of a horse's stable?
slightly sour. love the sours but they ruin the rest of the beers for the evening. I wish I had know... but still very good.... sour, but thin. vinegar, but floral. I like this. a lot. but then, after to heavy stouts, chicken noodle soup might have tasted just as good. . . . . just sayin'.... we'll see. yes, floral is a nice descriptor; and a tad sour.
overall, a very decent brew. like I said, I wish I had know a-fore-hand . . . . I would have saved it a tad loner to go with my Temptation 2009 vs Temptation 2013 vs Petrus vs some Bruery tart competition.... but oh well... I just wasn't expecting a sour this evening.... can definitely taste the hops, too! light and fluffy; I very much like this. not a fan of mikkeller, maybe I need to learn more about the concept. but I like this.

Photo of seand
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a fairly clear light amber with a small amount of light white head, which dissipates to a ring around the edge of the glass fairly quickly. The ring that's left leaves spotty lacing.

S: Apples, citrus, and funk, with lots of other fruit; there's a lot going on in here, though the effect is reasonable nice and not overwhelming overall.

T: Sour orange, sweet grain, with an undertone of funkiness. The finish is short and dry, leaving just a touch of citrusy astringency.

M: Medium to light body, medium carbonation.

Overall, pleasant, complex, and kind of weird. Worth a try.

Photo of shleepy
3.46/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12.7 oz bottle (purchased at K&L in Redwood City) into a Cantillon glass.

A: Clear, golden, with a fairly small head; bubbles that quickly dissipate. Look-a-like-a-gueuze.

S: Herbal / grassy / lightly floral hops. Maybe just a very light hint of funk or sourness, but not much of that at all.

T: Starts off with an unexpected bitterness; I see why the hops were so dominant in the smell. there's just a light sourness, but it does taste very dry. Tastes like a very neutral, plain, balanced lambic... with a huge kick of bitter, herbal hops.

M: Feels quite light and is very drinkable. Not nearly as acidic-feeling as real lambics.

O: It's not terrible, which is a pleasant surprise. I usually hate anything by Mikkeller. This is quite drinkable, albeit not terrific. That said, it's no Saint-Gilloise, which is the premier dry-hopped lambic.

Photo of adrianozito85
4.89/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A powerful, blasting sour one. I think i can hardly find some other that has an overall balance so exiciting. Simply love it

Photo of popery
4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light, yellow-orange gold color with a small to medium off-white head, kinda fizzy. The beer is somewhat cloudy, though I did have the bottle on its side until about half hour before opening it. I can't say that I really care about clarity in beer, though. No lacing, no bubbles at all after a couple minutes. It's a sour; what do you want. The aroma is quite interesting. Big sour apples, oak and lemons shot through with tropical fruit, peaches, grapes, tangerines and some floral hoppiness. It's not an aroma that I'd immediately peg as hoppy, but it makes sense, upon reflection. It smells like the sweet, aromatic side of the hops with very little of the danker, resinous notes. Solid mix of sweet and sour, and definitely not something that I've smelled before. The taste is more sour forward. There's some light peach/grape/pineapple/tangerine action in the finish, but it's mostly a very nice, lambic-ish sour on the tongue. Good pucker. Tastes like a version of Spontannoble without the magical Sauternes barrel's depth and complexity. Still, this is better than lots of highly touted sours. The 5.5% abv lets the bright, complex sourness shine. There's some wonderful musty funk in the mix. The sourness is lambic-ish in its complexity; this is no one-note, lactic or acetic bomb. Very dry. As the beer warms, more of the hop flavor comes out in the taste. It adds a very pleasant element to the beer. Floral peaches and tropical tangerines meet those baby gueuze flavors. The mouthfeel is light. Medium to medium-strong pucker. This isn't quite as good as Spotannoble, but it reminds me of that beer considerably. More breweries need to brew lambic-style sours under 6% abv, though I imagine it requires a rather sure hand.

Photo of Philousa
4.48/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Imbibed at OG on 8/1/13.
Pours a cloudy, hazy metallic gold with less head than what i would expect considering the style. Lots of lemon and flowery nectar in the nose. Fruit is prevalent as well: strawberry, blueberry, with some spice such as thyme and basil. Funk makes an appearance as it warms. Barnyard is most evident in the funkiness with a hint of curdled milk. Flavor starts with a flash of vinegar, then tartness lasts with that trademark Belgian pils flavor. The berries join the malt, but its more of a dried fruit, like cranberry or golden raisin. The feel is slightly viscous with an ultra dry finish, making my mouth pucker even more.

This is a great sour, but I've had better gueuzes. I always want more sweaty, funky flavors and aromas out of a gueuze. The hops only come through in aroma and flavor, not much bitterness, which is an awesome way to do it considering the style. I love that I dont get any clove or banana. This is a totally different Belgian in that sense. Its a great sour with many nuances. I'd get it in a bottle if it was priced well.

To Øl / Mikkeller Betelgeuze from To Øl
89 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.