Winter Gueuze
Brouwerij De Troch

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Brouwerij De Troch
Lambic - Gueuze
Ranked #45
Ranked #29,278
3.1 | pDev: 24.84%
May 26, 2020
Apr 13, 2005
Winter GueuzeWinter Gueuze
Notes: Formerly Chapeau X'mas Gueuze
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3.5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by mothman from Minnesota

2014 bottle consumed 5/20. Large white head, little lace. Clear golden color.

Has a huge apple/apple cider/cinnamon flavor. Borderline faro like with a fair amount of caramel, candied syrup, sweetness. Some citrus with a bit of lemon citrus showing.

This is interesting. I don’t love it or hate it. It drinks really easily. Just not what I normally expect out of a gueuze.

May 26, 2020
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1.58/5  rDev -49%
look: 3 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
by emerge077 from Illinois

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

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. It's an awful failure of a gueuze 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 and/or sobriety of those piling praise on this utter disaster of a beer.

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

Sep 04, 2019
2.55 by desint from Belgium on Sep 01, 2019
3.5 by ADTaber from South Carolina on Aug 09, 2019
3.07 by HopBelT from Belgium on Jul 22, 2019
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4.62/5  rDev +49%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by PaulGutterman from Michigan

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!

May 17, 2019
2.72 by Zazzi82 from Tennessee on Mar 24, 2019
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2.76/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
by Sludgeman from District of Columbia

A 2016 vintage. Purchased at Arrow Wine. Poured into a large stemmed white wine glass.

This beer is like a sweet wine. Not a typical gueuze. Lacks the sourness/tartness. 2.5

A - Pours still, dark golden and cloudy. My rough pour created some foam that was retained. 3.75

S - Aromas of very mild funk with some residual sweetness. Fermented fruit and overripe grapes. 3.25

T - Malty, some sweetness, faint tartness, with some vinous notes. No hoppiness. 2.5

MF - Sweet start with a semi-dry finish. Faint minerality. Light bodied. 3.25

Jan 15, 2019
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1.98/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5
by MAUEX_MFA from Alaska

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.

Apr 09, 2018
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3.06/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
by Roguer from Connecticut

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.

Mar 15, 2018
2.1 by GrumD from Japan on Feb 24, 2018
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2.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
by KensWorld from Florida

Tastes like a Fago Lambic that has been sitting in a glass in the fridge for a week, sweet flat and weird.

Feb 17, 2018
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3.85/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by HopsAreDaMan from Missouri

I have had this beer at least twice, and I really like it. It has an unusual tastes, and the sweetness really comes through.

Jan 10, 2018
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2/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
by AGust82 from Connecticut

Tastes incredibly similar to Welch's sparkling grape juice I drank as a kid on new year's eve.

Dec 28, 2017
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1.87/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75
by mynie from Maryland

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.

Dec 24, 2017
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2.77/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

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.

Dec 22, 2017
3.15 by tobelerone from New Jersey on Nov 23, 2017
3.68 by CayseyW from Connecticut on Nov 18, 2017
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2.13/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5
by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

(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?

Jun 24, 2017
3.25 by RochefortChris from North Carolina on Jan 26, 2017
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3.5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

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.

Jan 19, 2017
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3.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by Treyliff from West Virginia

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

Jan 10, 2017
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2.01/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75
by SMZBrew from Pennsylvania

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.

Jan 08, 2017
2 by Euroglot from Belgium on Jan 08, 2017
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2.89/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75
by jrenihan from Canada (ON)

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.

Jan 01, 2017
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2.56/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
by TX-Badger from Texas

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.

Dec 28, 2016
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2.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
by AirBob from Massachusetts

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.

Dec 22, 2016
3.59 by samEBC from Belgium on Nov 06, 2016
2.9 by PSU_Mike from Pennsylvania on Oct 08, 2016
3.9 by LooseMoose1978 from North Carolina on Aug 28, 2016
3.42 by Taybeh from Minnesota on Jul 29, 2016
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2.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

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!

Jul 26, 2016
2.92 by xtonytx from Connecticut on Jun 05, 2016
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2.01/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
by bnes09 from Illinois

Super sweet with minimal tartness.

Apr 19, 2016
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3.21/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by DucksFan16 from Tennessee

2014 vintage, consumed 04/15/2016

Apr 16, 2016
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3.57/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by dbrauneis from North Carolina

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.

Apr 16, 2016
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3.68/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by JayQue from Virginia

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.

Mar 22, 2016
3.59 by Kingpthethird from Massachusetts on Mar 14, 2016
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2.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
by Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

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.

Mar 08, 2016
3.28 by chiefbender from Georgia on Feb 24, 2016
Winter Gueuze from Brouwerij De Troch
Beer rating: 73 out of 100 with 123 ratings