Winter Gueuze
Brouwerij De Troch

Winter GueuzeWinter Gueuze
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Style:
Lambic - Gueuze
Ranked #54
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
86
Ranked #49,366
Avg:
3.14 | pDev: 24.52%
Reviews:
65
Ratings:
123
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Rotating/Seasonal
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SCORE
86
Very Good
Winter GueuzeWinter Gueuze
Notes: Formerly Chapeau X'mas Gueuze
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Reviews by Avagadro:
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Avagadro from New Jersey

1/5  rDev -68.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A: Cap pulls with the faintest of hisses, and the cork releases no sound to speak of. The copper hued nectar pours lifelessly into the glass, with only thick chunks of sediment to break the monotony.

S: Sweet-and-sour sauce, fish sauce, and cherry cough medicine are all unpleasantly invited to the bouquet.

T: Cloying sweetness is exacerbated by the sickly sourness of the brew, which gives one the impression of drinking hoisin sauce. Off flavors run rampant in this brew, with cherry cough drops, solvent, and band-aids being most noticeable.

M: Thick, sticky, lifeless... what a mess.

D: Whoever dubbed this brew a gueuze should be shot. This is easily the most poorly executed brew I have come across since Cave Creek Chile Beer. Avoid at all cost.

Jul 26, 2011
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scruffwhor from Illinois

2.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a tobacco and rust amber that was still clear. Very quick head, but pretty good bubbling. The aroma has some definite funkiness. Makes me think of a kriek along with cocktail shrimp and cocktail sauce. The taste has a funky and middle of th road kriek flavor. Like some old cherries just a day away from being unedable. utlets not forget the cocktail sauce and shrimp flavor at the end. The palate is tart, but fruity and weirdly funky. Glad I tried this beer. But will never buy again.

Feb 20, 2009
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matjack85 from Illinois

2.57/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I found this 12.7oz capped and corked green bottle at Sal's Liquors in Addison, IL for $4.99. My bottle labels itself as Winter Guezue rather than Christmas Guezue, although Santa Clause is definitely on the front label. No bottled on date on mine.

The beer poured a dark apple juice color that had some pinkish tinting to it when held to the light. There was absolutely no head and no lacing, but there are a gazillion bubbles and you'll get lots of unattractive floaties if you're not careful with your pour.

This is a very earthy smelling beer. It has a little Belgian funk to it, but it mostly smells like wood and a rosin bag.

Puckering tartness with big green apple flavor. After that it's just syrupy sugar.

Medium thickness with low carbonation.

It's not horrible, but it's not the best example of a guezue either.

Feb 08, 2012
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harpus from Alabama

2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Mar 27, 2013
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cjgator3 from Florida

3.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Capped and corked 12.7oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours a unique brownish amber color with a small white head. The aroma is slightly sour and extremely sweet smelling with some woody notes and grapes and raspberries rounding out a very sweet and fruity nose. The taste like the aroma suggests is very sweet and fruity which can be cloying at times, with a touch of sourness in the finish.

I have a hard time reviewing these types of beers. They are pretty decent for what they are, but I have a hard time reviewing them alongside beer, because to me they are so different than beer they almost should not even be in the same category. Overall, this is a pretty decent brew that is highly refreshing. The main detracting quality from this beer is its high amount of sweetness that can be cloying. This really is not that horrible as a drink, but it is about the last thing that comes to mind when I think of a beer (malt/wheat and hops).

Jan 12, 2008
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requiem960 from Florida

3.5/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: (I drank this from a wine glass) Pours like a mildly carbonated apple juice with a slight ruby coloration. There is absolutely no head or lacing in the glass.

Smell: Tart apple/cherry with a light woody scent.

Taste: Subtle taste of dark cherry, apple in a wine-ish atmosphere. There is definitely a candy flavoring going on inside my glass. As it warms, there is a taste that I can't narrow down whether being cork, or maybe a slight cask taste, or a mild tobacco. This is also a bit more sweet than most Gueuze beers.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied and very light on the carbonation.

Drinkability: Enjoyable in a different way, but I wouldn't want more than one of these a year. Definitely worth a try. On the 100 point scale I'd give it a 75%, C average. I think this is worth a try and a beer to add your holiday season "to drink list!"

Jan 02, 2012
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tpd975 from Florida

2.76/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: The look is the best part of this one. Pours a nice ruby read with a big bold three finger head. The head dies to a nice collar with nice sheet lacing all the way down the glass.

S: The aroma is strange to say the least. A bit of funk and cherry/raspberry sweetness. There is an underlying strage aroma as well keeping if from being a 4.

T: Holy mother mary of god. This thing is all over the place. Tons of sweet fruits up front. Hints of cherry and raspberry stand out. In the middle a stange cooked veggie taste comes in. Almost a mix of cabbage and broccili. Strange to say the least. The taste is like wet hay. This one starts strong but goes to hell in the middle and finish.

M: Light and spritzy

D: You would not want much of this one. To be honest it's downright strange.

Apr 28, 2008
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PEBKAC from North Carolina

1.84/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Two year old bottle. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect pint glass just because. Tainted cork reeked of vinegar & fish sauce.

Thin, hollow layer off-white head atop a slightly reddish, but mostly amber brew. Managed to keep most of the sediment out this time as well.

Smell is an odd combo of green beans, wet leaves, cherry juice, adhesive, & hard/stale water.

Taste is basically cherry syrup & boiled vegetables, with a splash of apple cider vinegar. A saccharine sweetness, sort of like what you find in Duchesse. Light acidity & a mild bitterness akin to that buzz your throat gets when sucking on pesticide laden fruit.

Constantly frothy, but nearly flat. Somewhat syrupy.

This isn't the worst thing in the world. It's just not brewed with you in mind. Still doesn't make it any good.

Apr 23, 2011
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t0rin0 from California

3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

Sep 02, 2012
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armock from New York

3.47/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a brown color with an off white head that leaves lacing

S - Has a very sweet fruity smell kinda like apple juice

T - Follows the nose with the very sweet fruity flavors

M - This beer has full body with a higher level of carbonation to it

D - I don't really know much about the style this was the first one that I've had I think but I kind enjoyed this one a little sweet for me but still good

Feb 01, 2009
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HopBelT from Belgium

3.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Jul 22, 2019
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Mora2000 from Texas

2.21/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours orange brown with a white head. The aroma is very odd and not too good. This beer smells exactly like French's Yellow Mustard. You also get a little cherry or strawberry. The flavor is similar, only sweeter. Picture a sweet mustard with a little cherry thrown in. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Jan 21, 2010
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Beer-Zombie from Oregon

3.82/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this little bombshell on a trip to Austin....

this brew pours up a nice red amber color with a small off white head. the nose is cherries, candy sugar, light sourness. the taste is sour cherries, a lil cork, subtle oak, medium bodied, low carbo, I like Chapeau...

Oct 28, 2008
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babaracas from Florida

2.08/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Chapeau Winter Gueuze by the label. Pours a clear orange-brown with absolutely zero head. Smell: the nose is very offputting. Yes there are some light fruity notes ala flavored lambic, but no sour gueuze notes and the overwhelming character is something really nasty that I can't quite put my finger on - not quite tobacco, not quite wet newspaper, not quite zoo shit... but just bad. Taste: tobacco, raspberry, sweet with just a little cider vinegar acidic character. Doesn't seem to be in the right style listing. This is going to be a drainpour pretty soon...

Nov 02, 2010
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JAHMUR from Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

Jan 28, 2014
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chinchill from South Carolina

1.63/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

12.7 oz bottle, capped and corked, served in a snifter. Bottle has a thick coat of sludge in the bottom; several chunks got poured despite my effort to avoid this. The beer remained clear, nonetheless, with the chunks and pieces on the bottom; so no harm done I believe.

Pours clear orange brown with minimal headl

S: very tart but over-ripe fruit; a strong, off-putting aroma of decayed wood; earthy and funky.

T: Both sweet and tart.Even worse that the aroma, but not by much. Altogether, rather unpleasant funky and medicinal flavor featuring wet wood, green apples and very old light-colored fruit juice.

M - medium body; low carbonation -- undercarbonated.

O - Gueuze is a variable style with which I have little familiarity. That and the poor quality of this brew led me to think I had a spoiled bottle ... until I saw other reviews with similar reactions. A particularly poor Belgian - Avoid!

Happy to finish the brew so I can pour out the remainder and cleanse my palate with a good beer.

Jul 10, 2012
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homebrew311 from Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Carefully decanted into a Petrus glass to keep the nasty sludge from ending up in the glass...

A: pours a clear amber color with no head, minimal lacing

S: nose is funky and acidic, lots of oak, some cork, bubblegum, and white grapes

T: taste starts off with a bit of funky geuze goodness, but quickly takes a turn to a diabetic coma inducing sweetness, taste is similar to heavy syrup, quite off putting, totally loses all of it wild characteristics

MF: thick and syrupy with minimal carbonation

O: the aroma was nice but the taste...not so much. Terrible balance, bad example of style.

Feb 03, 2012
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brokensail from California

1.98/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to Bobby as I finally wrap up the torture that has been the Chapeau lineup of lambics.

A: The pour is a dark amber sort of color, much darker than pretty much any other gueuze that I have come across.

S: A strong fruity smell right away with some plums, cherries, and strawberries. Underneath some weird mix of tobacco and herbs, along with some wet wood and earth. I don't dislike any of these aromas individually, but they just don't work all that well in concert.

T: A distinct bile/vomit flavor that I just can't ignore. The fruits are there again, but so is a strong herbaceous character (pine or rosemary?). Intensely sweet and sugary, just like so many other Chapeau beers.

M: The body is medium, and a bit sticky and syrupy, with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: I don't have too much else to say about this other than the flavor is just completely off-putting. As is any beer with a strong bile component.

Sep 12, 2010
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imperialking from Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

Feb 15, 2012
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Gonzoillini from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +35.4%

Nov 13, 2013
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sweemzander from Illinois

1.6/5  rDev -49%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12.7oz. capped and corked bottle poured into a tumbler.

(A)- Pours a dirty cider-brown color. Some white bubles.

(S)- Lots of cider-like apple aromas. Some funky earth and lactic bits. Very very earthy.

(T)- Is this a gueuze? Its is very fruit/spice forward with lots of apple/grape flavors. Little to no sourness or acidity. . . or oak even.

(M)- Very minimal carbonation level; practically flat. Little to nothing sour or acidic; just fruits. . nothing to remind me of a gueuze really.

(D)- For a gueuze, this really is a mess. For a fruit beer, its still not really even that good. Sorry to say this is an epic fail and do not waste your money on it. Whoever thought this was a gueuze needs to get his/her brain checked.

Nov 26, 2011
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Exiled from Texas

2/5  rDev -36.3%

Nov 24, 2011
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Jan 19, 2017
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johnwarne from Florida

2.23/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A beer haiku for you:

"Not really my style--
Lambic un-extraordinaire!
Belgian not worthy."

OK: as a Belgian connoisseur I recognize that lambic/gueuze's are a breed all their own, but even so....too sickly sweet, too much of a poseur for my liking. Glad I tried--to rule out for future sessions.

Cheers!

Jan 12, 2011
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

3.56/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Dec 11, 2015
Winter Gueuze from Brouwerij De Troch
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 123 ratings