De Troch Oude Gueuze
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Lambic - Gueuze
Ranked #30
Ranked #5,505
4.1 | pDev: 7.8%
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heygeebee from Australia

4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dual pour... first is all head and good, second all flat and...
Deep gold colour with or without head... !
As a comparison, less tart/sour than most, just a hint of candi sugar sweetness to offset usual lambic sweetness.
Nice to have had more carbonation overall...
Solid overall but not outstanding...would not buy on its own co pared to Usual Suspects (!)

Dec 24, 2020
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Foeder82 from Belgium

3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had several 37,5cl bottles. All the same.
No carbonation, corky smell.
Taste was do-able, very tart in comparison to most.
But it was too flat for a good geuze.
Mouthfeel like lambiek.

Sep 03, 2020
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grover37 from District of Columbia

3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2014 bottle in 2020. Nose is excellent, funky and complex, good stuff. Flavor is not good - tart green apple dominates. Medium carb, medium light body. I wish this were better.

Feb 15, 2020
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superspak from Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2014 vintage. Pours slightly hazy pale golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big tart/sour lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, citrus peel/zest, peach, pear, pineapple, melon, apricot, red/green apple, white grape/wine, oak, peppercorn, hay, straw, wet wood, leathery/musty funk, wheat, cracker, white bread, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, oak barrel, and moderate pale/wheat malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart/sour lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, citrus peel/zest, peach, pear, pineapple, melon, apricot, red/green apple, white grape/wine, oak, peppercorn, hay, straw, wet wood, leathery/musty funk, wheat, cracker, white bread, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate lactic tart/sourness, Brett tang, and yeast/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/sour lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, citrus peel/zest, peach, pear, pineapple, melon, apricot, red/green apple, white grape/wine, oak, peppercorn, hay, straw, wet wood, leathery/musty funk, wheat, cracker, white bread, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, oak barrel, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; with an awesome malt/tart/sour/tangy and yeast/oak spiciness balance; with no puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering sour/tang/tartness and yeast/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Medium-plus carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, acidic/tangy/tannic, and fairly crisp balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. No warming alcohol as expected of 5.5%. Overall this is an outstanding Belgian gueuze. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, oak barrel, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; very smooth and fairly crisp/refreshing to drink, with the mellowly acidic/tangy/tannic/drying finish, not overly lactic. Fantastic classic barnyard Brett/Bacteria complexity, with great oak presence, and pale/wheat malts against acidity. A highly enjoyable offering, and spot on style example. For a budget priced lambic this was pretty amazing. Hits all expectations for the style, compared to many other more highly regarded brands.

Mar 08, 2019
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Bruno74200 from France

4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Clear fizzy golden
The smell is not overly funky but shows bright notes of hay
The taste has a controlled sourness with some barn notes
The mouthfeel is champagne-like
Very nice

Feb 24, 2019
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constantine_272 from Oregon

4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2014 vintage.

Beautiful bright golden color with nearly zero carbonation. Just a tho white ring of small bubbles.

Nose is bright green grass with stale clay earth. Funky wet straw that sprouted mushrooms.

Sharp tart acidity hits immediately. It is shocking at first. Green apple and unripe green pear at first with more bright green chlorophyll. Flavor fades to a long lemon acid finish. Behind all the tart notes are hard to find dry earth tones of terra cotta, clay and salty salty beach sand.

So salty. So tart. But oddly refreshing and somehow soothing.

Jul 07, 2018
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DBosco from Massachusetts

4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy lemon straw color with head that quickly settles. Fairly neutral smell. Taste is lemony with a trace of white pepper. Feel is good, some carbonation, refreshing. Overall, this is pretty good but maybe not worth its cost as a regular choice.

Jun 19, 2018
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage. Been sitting on this for a while waiting to crack it.

Pours a light fizzy head that disappears almost instantly, a bit of lacing and legs, very clear honey color

Nose brings loads of acidity, funky bacteria, pedio funk, Brett lambic, a little barnyard funk, mild vinous white wine, fruity but not anything specific, maybe lemon and apple but barely, a high level of funk for gueuze almost Fantome like

Taste also brings loads of acidity and funk, again big bacteria souring funk, pedio, lots of Brett lambicus, maybe some B as well with that barnyard funk, again more barnyard funk than usual, more mild fruit, white wine, apple, lemon notes, vinous, with white wine vinegar right up front, and bright acidity, finishing fairly flemmy, tart, big lemon on the finish, and white wine vinegar.

Mouth is lighter bod, loads of acidity, flemmy finish, bright carbonation too

Overall a nice gueuze, fairly well blended, lots of funk and acidity, nice fruit characters, enjoyable for one that is readily available on the shelves.

Nov 27, 2017
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mynie from Maryland

4.49/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a plain glass, a very pale and hazy yellow with a tremendous effervescence and a large, fluffy white head.

Smells pleasantly musty, with nodes of pepper and bright lemon, with some bready yeast becoming a bit more pronounced as the beer warms.

Tastes great: lively and complex. Tart yeast up front with lemon and cherries, a breadier and spicier middle, ending with black pepper and lingering lemon. Quite tart, even for the style, but never hard to drink. Also a very full flavor even while it's so drinkable. A wonderfully brewed beer.

Apr 20, 2017
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ArrogantB from Colorado

3.14/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

375ml bottle of the 2014 vintage. Looks like I am in the minority as I just wasn;t impressed by this. Light yellow, clear. Aroma is tart and funky. Flavor is sour and one dimensional.I guess I am just not getting this one, especially in comparison to stuff like Girardin and 3F.

Jan 18, 2017
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AnitaBrewski from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love sours, and I liked this beer but I don't think it's a great sour, and while not as expensive as many sours, it was $9 for 375 ml, so it's hard for me to give it a higher rating.

Jul 23, 2016
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Again, I fail to become a devotee of the style... try as frequently as I still do.
I bought this because MJ "Great Beers of Belgium" focussed on the De Troch family's traditional brewing methods (read if you are a fan of the style.)
As for his review: "oaky, earthy, cellar notes in its from and palate, with a refreshing acidity in the palate and finish." I suppose I got all that, but not the "refreshing" part ... more like a very tight pucker, as the acidity was too sour for me (and others I shared with).
But if you like the traditional gueuze without the syrup/sweetener, then seek out De Troch's rendition.

Jun 25, 2016
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Sheppard from Virginia

4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a perfect color. You can see the carbonation through the bubbles. It's not super carbed. There's a lot of that wash rind cheese funk, as you'd expect from a gueuze. Lots of lightly tart flavor with small amount of that cheese funk emanating through. The carb is actually really low, which kills the mouthfeel for me. It's a little thin too. Can't say I love it.

Apr 03, 2016
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JackRWatkins from Alabama

3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

In the bottle at church key dc. Excellent flavor, exceedingly tart, good balance of fruits of the citrus persuasion as well as hints of Granny Smith apples and pear. One big complaint: way under carbonated other than that, outstanding

Jan 09, 2016
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frasergrove from California

4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottling. Super pale body, almost no head. Aroma is of honey, Valencia oranges, over ripe mango. Some funkiness and a subtle tone of lemon acidity, but mostly sweet. Taste is tart and sweet at the same time...some toffee/burnt sugar, good medium high acidity which lingers enjoyable. A very delicious Oude Gueuze.

Dec 27, 2015
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle. Poured out a hazy, golden orange color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled sour with black cherry aromas. There was a touch of caramel. It tasted of sour black cherries with a hint of lemon & apple and a touch of maltiness.

Dec 06, 2015
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375ml bottle.

Hazy gold with zero head and light carbonation, a few dots of lacing at best.

Tannic fink, quinine, soured pineapple skins, and dried lemon pith on the nose.

Light bodied with a flattish mouthfeel.

Soured fruit pits, grapefruit seeds, plenty of wheat-twang on the palate.

Finishes sharp, dry, and tannic with lingering sour notes.

Tasty enough, but the low carbonation robs this beer of greatness and beyond that, not too challenging.

Oct 27, 2015
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PDXAmbassador from Florida

3.04/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Aroma light isoloveric acid (smelly feet), strong lactic sourness. Simple taste - mostly lactic sour. Not much funk or complexity. I found it rather boring.

Oct 24, 2015
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an amber-ish color and a hazy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing.

S: A big, pungent aroma that's alternately fruity, funky, a little dank, and yeasty.

T: Tasted of fruit (some citrus, some fruity esters), Belgian yeast, and a hint of malt. Very complex, very funky and extremely sour. Lots of personality in the flavor; it gets better as you go along. Excellent.

F: A lot of carbonation with a lively, clean finish. Medium-bodied.

O: An amazing example of a gueuze. Extremely well made and tasty.

Sep 27, 2015
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krome from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a really well done tart bomb. It is nicely citrusy with just the right hint of saltiness. It is very representative of what the style is supposed to be.

Sep 25, 2015
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303beer from Colorado

4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow just pouring it has an awesome smell. It pours a slightly cloudy yellow with little head that dissipates rapidly. It has a mouth puckering sour with a touch of citrus. Love the mouth feel. About a minute after drinking it turns to a slight sweet citrus. It leaves little lacing.

Aug 26, 2015
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emerge077 from Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear gold with stray rising carbonation, soft edges, bright clarity.
Thin layer of foam, not much but enough. Wispy skim across the surface.

Lightly funky like sourdough starter yeast. Minerally, wet wood, lemon rind, wafer candy.

Taste has a soft citric quality, lemon rind and apricot tartness. Moderately puckering, dry and woody aftertaste. Light on carbonation, sort of a soft Basque cider feel. Nice and quenching, not the most complex, but good. Hopefully over time they add more 3 year old lambic to the blend and it develops more funk and depth. A promising new direction. For a while there, De Troch had lost it's way in candyland with the artificial Chapeau line... it's redeeming that they can still produce something traditional like this.

For some interesting local lambic history in Wambeek, look up the rivalry between Louis De Troch and Lode Willems, also Artevelde brewery, run by a De Troch relative. History that some would rather forget, but nonetheless an intriguing chapter of the 20th century.

Gueuze #47

May 30, 2015
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. Pours a fairly clear, go.den orange color with a frothy, white head. Mild lacing. Aroma is very interesting. Musty. Decayed hops. Almost smells like an infected a good way. A bit of cheese rind. Plenty sour. Wet hay. I can sense more of the un-funked aspects of this beer more so than most Gueuze beers. Enjoyable nose. Flavor is very sour and tart. A blast of acidity. Lemon flesh tartness. Hay, cheese, apple cider vinegar. One of the most intensely sour beers I have run past in recent or maybe total memory. Has some body to it. My lips are stained with the sour flavor remnants of this beer. It isn't as complex as others but it packs the bracingly acidic sourness I was craving. Pretty good!

May 09, 2015
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JayQue from Virginia

3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 Oude Gueuze. Poured a hazy straw color into a flute. Nice carbonation, lots of bubbles in the glass but only the faintest of bubbles around the edge of the glass as head. Good aroma of fruit (apples), yeasty funk and moderate vinegary sourness,

Flavor is more of the same. The sourness is pronounced but not off-putting for those of us that don't want a beer to taste like a glass of vinegar. Nice contrast between the apples and the sourness.

A bit pricey at $6.99 for a 12.7 oz bottle. But worth it!!! Pairs well with cheese and pears.

May 06, 2015
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77black_ships from Belgium

4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Notes from 2011: 1999 Vintage 75 cl. [email protected]: no label, completely covered by dust, appearance is slightly hazy, light golden with nearly no head, smell is lots of musty, sour lemons, plenty of horse blanket, rainwater, tart, barnyard funk & minor leather, taste is lots of sour lemon acid, light rotting lemons, plenty of barnyard funk, acidic, light pepper, sour slightly watery, definitely not as extreme as I expected something like this to be but certainly very nice.

Drank another 75 cl. bottle later on, no notes but tasted lovely.

Notes from 2013: Sampled one of these again from 1999 - probably overrated this one a bit but didn’t take proper notes so I will leave the score for what it is. Still not a bad one esp. compared to the new stuff.

Oct 23, 2013
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