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L'enfant Terrible | Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar

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Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 54
Photo of bluejacket74
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%

750 ml bottle, there isn't any date information on the bottle but I know I've had the bottle for at least a year, probably closer to 2. Served in a Prairie Teku glass, the beer pours a hazy amber/copper color with about an inch off-white head that stuck around a while. There's also a lot of lacing. Aroma is musty and tart, the brew smells like hay, wood, apples, vinegar and earthy mustiness. I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also the addition of some bready malt, stone fruit, and pears. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick with high but soft carbonation. It's easy enough to drink. I liked this gueuze, and I'd certainly like to try this again in the future!

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Photo of roblowther
4.79/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A big bottle with a big bottle cap. It pours a mostly clear copper with an extremely frothy head. This is one of the most aromatic beers I've ever poured! I can smell it clearly just from the pour, long before I dunk my nose in the glass. It smells of oranges, horse blankets, grass, sugar, and wood. This smells fantastic, I have to say. The taste follows suit and is just wonderfully balanced. It isn't too sweet or too sour, with just enough funk to make you want to put on some disco and get down. There is also a subtle smokiness to the beer that is a nice balance. It's very restrained, which is good for me, I'm not a fan of the smoke, but it adds a nice element to the overall flavor. Really fantastic gueuze, I'd have to say I'd use this as a style example to my friends eager to learn about beer. The mouthfeel is nice and tingly, with a slickness that holds it together. Wow. This may be my favorite gueuze. These guys just really knocked it out of the park. If you're into very strong flavored, very sour beers you'll probably find this a bit bland but I think it perfectly hits the sweet spot between interesting and drinkable. Thumbs WAY up on this one.

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Photo of rudzud
4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recently stumbled across my notes from The Festival 2012. Lets do this!

A - Poured a light slightly hazy golden hue with a very thin white head that fades to leave light wisps.

S - Nice fruits here, apricot is prominent along with other faint stone fruits. Nice sour notes as well.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Very tart here with solid oak notes and stone fruits. Quite pleasant.

M - Mouthfeel is very nice. Puckery/flemmy, very nice carbonation.

O - Overall, a solid gueuze. Like the interplay of oak and fruit here.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at Torst in Brooklyn.

Beer is cloudy amber in colour. Very small white head, fades quickly. A touch of lace.

Nice fruit nose, apricot quite strongly, some peach, and other fruits that I cannot identify. A bit of tartness.

Taste is tart, with apricot and other light fruit. A bit of a cherry flavour, and a smoky, woody aftertaste. Some lemon and a touch of banana.

Light to medium bodied, moderately carbonated. Very astringent and puckery.

Overall, quite good. The smoked element was a nice touch.

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a slightly dark golden yellow with slight hints of brown. thick massive head sticks to the glass.

lots on nose, musty and old with funk and oak. slight lemon and apple.

up front light sourness, quickly going to oak that carries through for a slight smokey finish. some light tropical hoppiness in the aftertaste.

slightly syrupy and oily but also very dry. at times it was a bit cloying but at times it was very enjoyable. carbonation turned more syrupy as it warmed.

pretty good, very different. i am not into smoked beers but this worked quite well.

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Photo of corby112
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft at The Farmers' Cabinet in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a hazy, dark golden orange/amber color with a two finger frothy white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring.  Streaks of soapy lace left behind.

Musty, funky aroma with subtle smokiness and sweet malt.   Earthy with a faint barnyard character and some acetic vibegar.  Nice malt presence for balance but pretty funky.

Medium bodied with a good balance of earthy funk, sweet malt, subtle smoke and acetic vinegar.  Tart and puckering up front with nice funk and sweet acetic acid that lingers over the malt notes into a dry, slightly smokey finish.  Hints of caramel and toffee with rauch characteristics creeping in on the back end.  Very unique and complex.  A bit tough to drink but pretty tasty.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a slightly hazy red-orange with a one finger slightly off-white head that subsided to half a finger slow. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tart cherry, wood, sour, subtle tart, and smoke. The flavor was of sweet malt, funk, tart, sour, wood, tart cherry, and smoke. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. The smoky aspect on this one really adds a unique touch to this style as it simply adds another layer of complexity to an already complex style. The flavor is very refreshing and keeps you going to see what each sip holds next. The mouthfeel on this one was a little off for what I enjoy in this style as I would have loved the carbonation to be a little higher. Still a really well done brew that I could drink numerous of these. I suggest you do the same, but save a little bit for the others in your area.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gushed like a fountain upon popping cap making for a minor mess. A super frothy head that took up ¾ of the glass tops the pour that is a very hazy yellow/orange. Smells of Belgian yeast, some spices, and just a tad of tartness. First sip is more sour than the nose indicated. There is a very nice funkyness with the tartness - all due to the wild yeast. There is some bready flavor and citrus notes too but make no mistake it is the sourness that stands out. That sourness hits in the front, middle, and back of the mouth. Not as sour as most but still a pretty damn good effort. Not bad at all.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great introduction if your unfamiliar with the style. Really a nice drink by itself but is very food friendly.

Pours a hazy dark amber with a fluffy and big head (and gushes if not really chilled down! Served a "cool" room temperature).

Nose is gigantic assertive esters; great cooked stonefruit/cooked pear, fresh "canuba wax" nose. Really big and pleasant. Inviting.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and rich in its very tart quality; feels rich and expensive in the mouth while still have a nice carbonation and very good tartness.

Flavors rock. Crisp/bright lemon, sour tangerine, lemon-lime that goes to a funky mid palate and finish. Lots of layers and complexities in the flavor profile. Some herbs, green grass and ivy with sweet undertones follow the big citrus sour character.

Develops after several tastes an almost "complex lemonade" character. There is a ton of complexity in this beer but the very pleasant nose and the underlying "sweet" tones make it very drinkible.

Really pleasant and very consumer friendly. Big herb/green pepper and almost "saison" finish. One to try if you can find.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy gold with a voluminous head that keeps on growing out of the bottle and in the glass. Good that I kept this well chilled in the fridge as recommended on the label. When it settles down, it forms a huge head of cappuccino foam that lasts, producing lots of chunky, sticky lacing.

Aromas of wild yeast, barnyard funk, a little band-aid.

Tastes of tart apples, citrus peel, and funk. Peppery, spicy, slightly bitter and dry finish.

Body is light as is the carbonation level once it settles down, but it has a refreshing, slightly creamy mouthfeel.

Despite the over-carbonation, this is a decently drinkable gueze.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to jedwards for sharing this at our tasting. Pours a dull, golden-orange with a loose, half-inch cap that quickly disperses into a band and some thin dollops of foam. Nose reveals light tropical fruit, citric acid and a sweet quality. The taste is completely counter to the nose - starts off smokey (like a rauchbier) and finishes with some citrus sourness. Consistency in the mouth is light-medium with a very harsh and prickly carbonation that leaves a residual burn across the back of the tongue. Didn't really care for this one - weird and lacks and identity.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer at Eulogy in Philly.

A - Really nice shade of cloudy pink/orange. Had a real foamy off white head that needed time to settle.

S - Smelled real tart and tangy and musky/natural. Little sweet nose too.

T - The taste was complex and strong. Very tangy and slightly sour. Had some subtle fruit/citrus notes. The farmy taste is very pronounced to me as this kind of beer tastes like my Swiss Great Aunt's farmhouse smells.

M - Id have to agree with the reviews prior in that this beer is overly carbonated. Aside from that, it would be pretty smooth and it is refreshing and crisp.

D - I could knock down a few of these. This is a great tasting crisp beer and the 7% doesn't stand out when drinking this one.

Notes - Im glad I tried this one. Really enjoyed its complexity and unique blend of flavors. A great experience for all the senses.

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Photo of clickpush
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pour: Opening this beer is a hazard. I was warned ahead of time and performed it in the sink. Foaming commences immediately. Lost 2-3 ounces of beer. Quickly poured to tulip glass producing 3+ fingers of off-white head. Beer is cloudy orange/pink, like peach-skin. Tons of carbonation streaming throughout. Slow, sticky descent leaves webbing along glass. Not much lacing atop the beer to speak of, though thin halo lasts throughout.

Nose: Funky. Deliciously funky. Like a sour spritzer. Sweet Tart notes. It's like candy. The more I sniff, the less sour it seems and the more sweet it seems. Funkiness subsides as the nose adjusts, but notes of horse blanket & acidity linger. Mouth watering.

Mouth: First thing that just destroys the experience is the mouthfeel. The first sip is an explosion of carbonation in my mouth, turning ALL of the liquid to foam. Not okay. The flavors are sour (of course), funky, musky, farmy. Surprisingly, however, a twist follows: peated malt! Peated malt? SMOKE? In a sour?! Me liiiikes! As the beer sits, and the carbonation is swallowed by the atmosphere (and not by me), the experience is more enjoyable.

I like the beer but the wild yeast carbonation problem needs to be solved. I've rounded each of the last three criteria up by .5 because everything improves after letting the beer to breathe (or bleed) for 5-10 minutes.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.42/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle at a recent tasting.

The beer pours a murky yellow color with a white head. The aroma is lots of citrus fruit with some tartness. The flavor is tart citrus with some cheese notes. Somewhat odd and not all that appealing. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: the beer gushed out upon opening of the bottle but then poured a murky orange into my tulip that had 4 finger head with good lacing.

S: the nose intresting with funky horse blanket aromas, acetic tartness along side a rubbery note. After a couple whiffs I also got some sage earthy notes.

T: crazy tasting geueze that had some good sour tartness that also had like a BBQ flavor in the back as well. Nice taste for me anyway

M: meduim bodied beer with way too much carbonation that also had a nice dry finish.

D: a couple of my other buddies that tasted this beer didn't like it but I found it appealing to my palate.

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Photo of photomike
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours like a hazy IPA, with a deep hazy orange color and a stupidly explosive head. Lightly gushing from the bottle, I poured this immediately to 9 fingers of billowy grey-white head. Ridiculous retention and massive, pillowy lacing coats the glass.

Smell is kinda out there as well, especially as it warms. Tons of funk with some kumquat tartness, wet earthiness and leaves. Slightly sweet, and really interesting.

Taste is not like anything I've ever had within the gueuze style. Earthy, barnyardy and herbal, with rosemary and sage flavors coming through the prominent lemon/kumquat sourness. There is a certain toasty, bready, lightly sweet maltiness to this beer as well. Really complex and delicious. Finishes dry and bitter. A nice departure from some of the other unidimensional, punishingly sour gueuzes I've had recently.

Despite the gushing and explosive head, this really doesn't feel overcarbonated. The carbonation is mild and in check, and fits this nicely. Slightly thicker in body than I'm used to in my gueuzes with a certain richness.

Overall, a very odd beer that I quite enjoyed. At 5.50/bottle, this is a solid, interesting beer that is absolutely worth your purchase.

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Photo of Onibubba
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite the gusher. Initial pour leads to a 3/4 glass of head. Takes some time to get to a drinkable glass. Antici...Say it! pation. Nice sweetness, tempered by the funkiness of a geuze, but tempered is the word. Reminds me of a sweeter, funkier, slightly less hoppy Orval. Not much in the aroma department, but delivers in taste and mouthfeel. I would prefer a larger serving of this. Winner winner, chicken dinner. Will buy again.

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Photo of craytonic
2.25/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Bit of a gusher, cloudy honey-peach-straw color

Smell: Sour barnyard, but not in a good way. Very strong smell, lots of funk, lemon, and yeast.

Taste: Disgusting, this was sold to me as a blend of a sour beer and a wheat beer; failure of a combination. Nothing like a gueuze at all.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin and over-carbonated

Drinkability: Low; I don't think I would every purchase or recommend this to anyone.

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Photo of beertunes
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another gift from Stanzi. The lady at the store where this was purchased said that this beer likes to gush and to make sure the beer was cold when opened. Poured into tulip. The beer was certainly happy, with less than 1/3 of the bottle poured the glass was full of head. The beer was a cloudy golden copper color with a tall white head that had very good retention and minimal lacing.

The aroma was fairly well non-existent, even as the beer warmed. The flavor however, was an explosion of tart flavors across the tongue. There were some yeast flavors and a faint vinegar-ish finish.

The body was good, light and crisp, with a lot of carbonation. Drinkability will vary depending on your tolerance for the sourness. I liked this beer a lot, but probably wouldn't drink more than 1 in a row. If you like the style, you should try this beer.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.31/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into my Allagash tall snifter. Bottle is green, which worries me...but what the heck! Label reads to serve (very) chilled. I've been warned this is a gusher! And sure enough, as soon as I cracked the cap, I saw it coming. So I had my glass ready. It took about 10 minutes to finish pouring into my glass due to the gigantic head that forms...and so easily from every slow pour. An extra sticker was added as a description from the store where I bought this (Capone's in Norristown, PA) that reads: Sour Barnyard Gueuze.

Pours an awsome, cloudy...and pale peach color. Head, again...is gigantic, and very slowly dissapates; leaving worderful frothy and spotty lacing all over the glass. I can smell this beer from a mile away!

Aroma, very interesting. I want to say rotten apples...but some what sweet. I don't mind the funkiness, infact I enjoy it knowing theres nothing wrong with the beer. Also picking up some peach and maltiness. The funk isn't as strong as I was warned. I was told this has one of the strongest barnyard funky smells ever.

Flavor is full of fruit, lemon, yeast, and slight funk. The sourness isn't overkill, infact...it's the initial taste, but the flavor transitions quite nicely to a sweet fruit aftertaste. Booze is not preasant in the beer at all. Nice funky feel in the mouth after each sip. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Carbonation is mild to high. Overall, this is a very good gueuze for the price! Impressed!

So I realize what the warnings were about this beer smelling pretty "farmhouse" like. As it warms, and I mean room temp warm, it starts to smell pretty foul. Almost like vomit. It still tastes good, but the aroma is pretty repulsive, haha. Now I know why the bottle says to serve chilled, and it's in the form of a disclaimer!

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Photo of amccormi
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured very cold into a Piraat Tulip from 11.2 oz bottle. Very foamy despite best efforts and caution.

Poured a golden amber that was a bit hazy. Bouniful rocky white head that lasts to the bottom of the glass.

Tart aroma initially, followed by more delicate fruity notes of pear and bananna, and a hint of spicy pepper in the background.

The tartness dominates the taste from first to last. Tastes of unripened nectarines, peaches, green apples, and limes all rolled into one with a definite biscuty, bready malt backbone. Peaty on the finish as the sour dissipates.

Prickly fizz in the mouth, which was suprising at first, but I actually found refreshing.

I could imagine having a few of these, but motstly see it as either a hot weather refresher, or possibly and apertif or digestif with a meal. Can feel its 7%.

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Photo of JMC_TM
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer from the bottle at the Flying Saucer in Charlotte, NC.

It poured a nice cloudy amber with a nice fluffy white head that continued to leave a healthy lacing down the glass. The aroma gives off some tart apple, some hints of oak and a strong but not over whelming amount of Belgian funk that you could only get from the 3 years of barrel aging.

The aroma follows through nicely into the flavor of this beer with plenty of tart green apple, grape skin, some barnyard funk and a good amount of carbonation. Just when you are about to adjust to the tart of the beer, you discover it's dryness, and the huge sour flavor leaves your mouth almost as quick as it entered leaving you with just a hint of green apple and white grapes.

This beer is definitely drinkable, and with it's dryness and 7% abv, could be a good starter for someone interested in seeing what a Gueze is all about.

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Photo of organicbrewer
1.84/5  rDev -51.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Label says brewed in the Gueuze style. We shall see.

Poured into a tulip after being in the fridge for 30 minutes.

A-Beer tried to shoot out of the bottle upon opening but I was ready. Huge fluffy offwhite head that quickly dimishes. Murkey dark gold.

S-Band aid phenols. Some vinegar. New car vinyl. Not pleasant.

T-More band aid. cracker like malt. Some apple cider. No flavor or bitterness. Very lightly tart and gueuze like funk.

M-Medium dry. Prickly carbonation. No alcohol burn. Not puckering.

D-The phenols get in the way. This beer is not drinkable. I had high hopes since I love lambics, but this is bad.
I read a review over on ratebeer that said this a sour ale blended with a smoked beer. That would explain the phenols (peaty) but doesn't explain why it was a good idea.

Probably won't finish the bottle.

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L'enfant Terrible from Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar
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