Winter Gueuze
Brouwerij De Troch

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Style:
Belgian Gueuze
Ranked #48
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
85
Ranked #46,746
Avg:
3.13 | pDev: 24.6%
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
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Brouwerij De Troch
 
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Winter
Wants
  2
Gots
  9
SCORE
85
Very Good
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Notes: Formerly Chapeau X'mas Gueuze
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Photo of emerge077
1.91/5  rDev -39%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Dark saturated orange, pours still like unblended lambic, but it’s capped gueuze supposedly, no cork or carbonation.

Smells like musty rotten fruit. Sickly sweet, moldy and gross.

Tastes like rotten fruit, stevia, and artificially-flavored Flinstones vitamins.

Sweet, flat, and stale. Dull and lifeless. Doesn’t make much sense, as gueuze is a blend of old and young lambic to spark refermentation and produce CO2. An awful failure on all fronts. Tastes more like a sickly sweet, moldy-fruited Faro, nothing remotely close to a gueuze in this bottle. I have to question the sanity/sobriety of those piling praise on this utter disaster of a beer.

Blehhhh. Do not drink, not even once.
Gueuze #88

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Photo of PaulGutterman
4.62/5  rDev +47.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amber color, wisps of foam on the surface, the nose is rich and complex, smelling of fermented and overripe apples, pears and bret funk, the body is medium-full, the palate is rich and silky, with nicely balanced winey flavors of the aforementioned fruits, with a long finish, with lovely tartness on the tail end. Me likey!

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Photo of MAUEX_MFA
1.98/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Cap came off with no release of gas and beer poured flat. I thought I might have had a bad bottle, but reading the other reviews this seems common. The beer is sweet, it does not seem to be fermented completely. The underlying flavor has loads of potential, fruity, sour, and complex but it needs to be much less sweet, and needs carbonation. As served, this was a substandard offering.

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Photo of Roguer
3.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Virtually no head, with just a light bubble ring around the rim. Brew appears a murky orange-tinged brown, but up close, it becomes clear that it is almost perfectly transparent.

Typical gueuze aroma right from the pour: apples, pears, cider, and oak. Up close, there's an almost milky, pungent sweetness with which I am not familiar. Not unlike overripe or rotting fruit at an orchard. A bit of leather, white grape, agave nectar, and wheat.

Flavor comes in waves: fairly even up front, but around mid palate, that overripe sweetness from the aroma starts coming on strong. It is not unlike chomping into rotting fruit, and it has an unnaturally syrupy sweetness to it - almost like this is a gueuze with syrup added, but it isn't a cheap lambic.

Flavors making an appearance: pear, apple, sweet orange, peach, tannins, very light vinegar. Far sweeter than it is sour.

Feel is dead and slick. Almost no pucker. Fairly easy to drink, but more like juice than beer.

I couldn't quite get behind this brew. The pungent, earthy sweetness is not quite enough to force a drain pour, but it's not like I was expecting for a gueuze. With an expectation for this brew's unique flavor and still mouthfeel, it might be enjoyable, but it's tough to reconcile with an unprepared palate.

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Photo of mynie
1.87/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

2015 edition, 12.7 oz green bottle.

Cap comes off and I'm a little surprised to see it's just a cap, no cork.

Kind of a tepid pour, dark yellow with virtually zero fizz. Smells a little sour and a little sweet, with the malt wearing its age pretty clearly.

Tastes... eh. Pleasantly tart up front, moving into a cloying middle of frosting and sour candy. Even with two years of aging, it really shouldn't be this sweet. As is, it's barely drinkable.

Maybe this is a decently brewed beer and De Troch just needs to put more care into their packaging and shipping practices. Or maybe it's badly brewed. Either way, I paid for it, and it kind of sucks, and I suggest you avoid it.

I think this might be exactly the beer Michael Jackson had in mind when he said "Gueuze" was a particularly repulsive-sounding word.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
2.77/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from 12.7 fluid ounce bottle into glass. 2016 dated, green bottle.
Slightly hazy, orange/apricot colored body. No real head, just a slight ring from carbonation. No lacing.
Off putting aroma. Sweaty gym socks and sweet, spoiled fruit.
Mostly sweet taste, with some ending tartness. Green apple and vinous.
Thin mouth feel.
Nose in glass with odd metallic sweet, slightly tart taste is not pleasant. No alcohol detected but entire experience is outputting.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
2.13/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

(12.7 oz bottle, 2016 vintage... poured into a teku)

L: hardly any foam on pour, just a loose cap of soapy-looking bubbles... clear, orangy-amber liquid...

S: hard candy, light caramel, very malty... rather pungent sort of bubblegum, lavender, or salt water taffy overtone... really kind of smells like a euro malt liquor, if anything, and virtually no funky nuances - both not a good sign

T: arguably sickly sweet, light metallic tang, bit of a vinous aftertaste - sucks when you know after two sips that you will be dumping the bottle... really not much to compare this to - a champagne-flavored soda blended with Irn-Bru perhaps?... sort of orange pith flavor and bitterness in the back... a very delicate acidic flavor in the background which may be attributable to wild yeast... a second sip is NOT what one desires after the first

F: light-bodied, but with a subtle syrupy viscosity and little to no carbonation (despite the pfft when I popped the cap)... has more of the consistency of a sugary fruit drink that a gueuze

O: by far the worst gueuze I've ever had and it possibly hasn't even completed fermentation - did they mistakenly mislabel an underattenuated faro?

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brouwerij De Troch "Winter Gueuze 2016"
12.7 fl. oz. green glass bottle, simply capped, and without freshness or production dating
$6.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: The cap came off without any audible release of gas, and then poured equally flat. Do I have a bad bottle? Should I have let it sit longer? I don't see any yeast in the bottom of the bottle. It's fairly clear in the glass as well, a kind of deep-amber and brass in color. What head was formed was gone immediately, and now there are just a few white bubbles left. Maybe the aroma will be better... sourish with cherry and marzipan. A little like grape candy. Somewhat caramelish. Fruity like over-ripe apples and bananas. I don't know if that's good or bad. I like it but it's not what I'm used to. Might not bode well. Here goes, the flavor... is much tarter than the aroma suggests, but not too tart, and it's equally sweet - tart then sweet - and there's more banana to it, although a kind of fruit-salad like fruitiness is there as well. Maraschino cherry would be a good descriptor with a little bit of pineapple behind it. Time to read the label. Nope, nothing there. Is this brewed in the winter when it's cold, and thus it doesn't ferment as much, and has less funkiness? Hmmm, I don't know, it's weird. It certainly wasn't what I was expecting, but there is some charm to it, and I've never tasted a beer like it, so it at least has some originality. And it is labeled at 5.5% ABV, so there is some alcohol, although you'd never find it in the taste. The balance between sweet and tart is good, and I think the phenols and character from oxidation are interesting. It's drinkable, easily, like a juice or cider, but ultimately lacking, and certainly not like any lambic or gueuze that I've ever had. I think it's also giving me a headache as well, which is interesting because it's only been a few minutes and I'm probably less than 5 oz. into it based on the line on my glass. I get more and more banana, and at this point it's very like a banana candy. Oh, almost forgot, the body... medium, with a very light carbonation, there's just a touch - or is that just acidity that I'm feeling on my tongue? No there must be some as it did form a little bit of a head initially. I'm not sure I would want to drink this again, and I am sure that I wouldn't want to pay for it. So, how to rate it? The appearance compared to others is not bad. The aroma is interesting and unusual, but only slightly as expected. The flavor is again, interesting, and not off-putting, but not as expected. Very mildy bitter. Quick, mainly dry finish. Somewhat heavier body than expected. Overall: not good.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.37/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

2015 vintage poured into a tulip

A- pours a clear deep golden color with a small foamy white head that reduces to a ring around the edge

S- smells of overripe apples, skunk, sour grainy malt, musty wood & candied sugar

T- Sweet and fruity up front, almost cider like. Sugary sweet mid-palate with just a hit of earthy funk. The finish drops off almost completely, with just a hint of tartness

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a slick finish

O- drinks like a slightly soured hard cider, definitely not what I expected, given the style. Meh all around

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Photo of SMZBrew
2.01/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Poured into a snifter.

A - Slightly Hazy light brown color. Soft drink like head with loose big bubbles that dissipates quickly.

S - I detect lots of honey and sweetness with and odd chemical type of note - not good.

T - Gross... Thin body and tastes like watered down beer with sugar added. I detect no alcohol.

M - Thin body, watered down.

O - I am a huge fan of lambics and this was a huge disappointment. This is like really bad soda. I took about three sips and then I could not bring myself to drink any more of this stuff. There are way better beers in this style for less money.

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Photo of jrenihan
2.89/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Not sure what this is, but it does not taste like a gueuze. Quite sweet, lots of apple and spice. Some funk, but overpowered but sweetness. Drain pour.

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Photo of TX-Badger
2.56/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a mostly clear yellowish golden color with little fizzy white head. Sweetness, odd sweetness, with some spice and vanilla on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes very sweet.

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Photo of AirBob
2.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

2014 vintage:

A: Slightly hazy, orange marmalade colored body. A thin layer of fine white head that quick reduces to a cap and collar. Plenty of visible, cascading carbonation up the center of the glass.
S: Honey and potpourri. Wet horse blanket. Apple. Slight vinegar. Hand soap.
T: Honey upfront. Pear. Apple juice. Very slight apple cider vinegar and tart lemon. Honey carries through the finish. Very sweet.
M: Medium body. Low carbonation.
O: Higher carbonation levels would've helped cut through the sweetness, but this is way too sweet in its current state. Also, I found the potpourri and soapy notes to be off-putting.

Follow-up: Upon reading some of the reviews below, I agree that the sweetness levels are similar to Faro. The nose is terrible.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
2.8/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

2014 Vintage- purchased at $0.99 as a clearance. Pours an orange-amber with a small head. Odd scent - a little funky - my wife thinks sweat, I am not sure. Taste is odd as well - a little sweet, a little funky - a little gueuze. I suspect it is a a little old - hence the clearance price!

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.57/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Note: 2015 Vintage

A: Pours a clear medium golden orange in color with light to moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising slowly from the bottom of the glass and a faint amount of copper highlights. The beer has a eighth of a finger tall sudsy white head that quickly reduces to a small to medium sized patch of very thin film and a medium thick ring of medium sized bubbles at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of light fruits (apple, white grape, and pear) with a light to moderate amount of sweetness and lighter aromas of slightly sour grainy malts.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of slightly sour grainy malts which is quickly followed by moderate to strong flavors of light fruit (apple. white grape, and pear) with a light to moderate amount of sweetness. Hints of oak. Minimal amounts of bitterness in the finish which does not lingers but balances out the sweetness.

M: Light to medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Slight amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: Not exactly what I was expecting for something labelled a gueuze, a little sweeter and fruiter than I was expecting but it was hard to not purchase for $2 (in the discount section). Pretty easy to drink and enjoyable on a warm evening since the light sourness balances out the sweetness. Alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of JayQue
3.68/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a flute, this beer is highly carbonated, clear light copper color with a medium size delicately bubbly white head. Head retention is less than average and there was little lacing on the glass. Aroma is mostly light fruit..apples and white grapes with a little bit of sour funk. Taste is pretty good. Sweet apple cider and grapes and slightly sour funkiness (fairly mild). There is also a woody flavor (oak?). Mouthfeel features plenty of carbonation. It is light with enough sourness to keep it from being too sweet. Not a bad beer for the warm weather but Gueuze and Lambic fans would probably expect more sourness and funk.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.86/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a cider like golden color with a slight haze. Soapy, loose head died quickly. Aroma of sweet apple cider, apple cider vinegar, and fruits with vinegar added. A bit of soggy oak and a sour apple tinge to the aroma. The flavor is sickly sweet, apple, candi sugar, soggy oak. Oxidation provides a sherry taste. Could compare to a Faro in terms of sweetness, its not really a Gueuze at all. This is a sweet and tangy base with extra fruit & sugar flavor added. Body is limp with light carbonation. Overall this is far too sweet to be enjoyable.

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Photo of Pencible
2.96/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: This poured a hazy gold with quickly dissipating white head.
S: It smelled like candy sugar and apples, with some creamy wheat and funky metallic character.
T: It tasted like tart apples and candy sugar, with some metallic funk. It had a surprisingly clean sweet aftertaste.
M: It was thick with moderate carbonation. Oddly heavy body.
D: This was not what I expected, unlike any other gueuze I've ever had. Seemed more like a hard cider that had been spontaneously fermented in steel tanks. The scent was not pleasant, but the taste wasn't so bad. The body wasn't great either, although the finish was smooth if not too sweet. Not for aging, and not recommended.

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
3.86/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

smell: a little skunky, very floral/perfumy
taste: peaches/apples/white grapes? very little tart or funk going on
feel: really sweet, then really dry. this is the best part of the beer

would like to see more funk but this is still damn delicious.
i am a sucker for sweet things

definitely will revisit :)

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Photo of brentk56
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours like a cider, with large bubbles forming and then popping; almost still

Smell: Sweet apples, sugar and mulled cider spice; just a tiny hint of funk

Taste: Sweet, crisp apple tones, with sugar, honey and hay tones; mulled spices arrive in the middle, along with fig; slightly tart and a hint of funk in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with no carbonation

Overall: Quite a surprise, given the label; not unpleasant but overly sweet for my palate

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Photo of justinp444
4.25/5  rDev +35.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Vintage 2014 (Date: 1/3/16). Poured into a tulip it has a gold clear body with a slightly yellow off white foamy head of 2 inches. Smell is gorgeous honeycrisp apples, orange peel, slight slight lemon, floral, apricot, white grapes, slight bit of earth, cinnamon, ginger, and a touch of banana. Taste is apple, spice, ginger, apricot, grapes, slight orange, and a slight bit of funk. Mouth feel is crisp and moderate as well as a light to moderate body. A beer, a cider, or a ginger ale? Either way it is a odd and still good beer, unlike anything I've had before and with a bit of age it really shines. Mine I wouldn't consider a sour at all, it has a little bit of brett character but a very nice sweetness and no noticeable tart or sour flavors.

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Photo of JayKay
4.58/5  rDev +46.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first beer to rate. I was surprised and delighted with this Belgium brew. Fruity, slightly sweet balanced by sour, backed up with some funk. Overall, delicious!

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.56/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold with a small but stubborn head of foam.

Smell is fruity, sweet, very mild presence of a sour note or 2.

Gueuze meets winter ale and it works. Fruity sweet notes, nice mix of spices, I get quite a bit of ginger, and a very light sour "bite"

On the light side of medium bodied and tres easy to drink
I like.

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Photo of avalon07
3.46/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a bright amber color and a clear texture. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing at all.

S: A very strong, almost pungent aroma of fruit (apples especially), and yeast.

T: Tasted of a good shot of apple juice, Belgian yeast, apricot, grapes, and a funky quality. Quite a sour taste that alternates between light and fruity and overly cloying. An uneven flavor for sure.

F: A somewhat lackluster amount of carbonation with a slick, oily finish. Medium-bodied.

O: The flavor of this beer is indicative of it as a whole: Very, very uneven.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2014 vintage.

Pours a hazy dark honey gold with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with grain, grass, hay, skunk, fruit juice, and sugar aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet and sour grass, hay, fruit juice, and sugar flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is definitely not a traditional gueuze, but there are gueuze like qualities in the smell versus the sugar and fruit juice qualities in the taste.

Serving type: bottle.

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Winter Gueuze from Brouwerij De Troch
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 122 ratings