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Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Dry hopped sour ale aged in oak barrels.

Added by seand on 06-18-2013

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Reviews by Philousa:
Photo of Philousa
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Imbibed at OG on 8/1/13.
Pours a cloudy, hazy metallic gold with less head than what i would expect considering the style. Lots of lemon and flowery nectar in the nose. Fruit is prevalent as well: strawberry, blueberry, with some spice such as thyme and basil. Funk makes an appearance as it warms. Barnyard is most evident in the funkiness with a hint of curdled milk. Flavor starts with a flash of vinegar, then tartness lasts with that trademark Belgian pils flavor. The berries join the malt, but its more of a dried fruit, like cranberry or golden raisin. The feel is slightly viscous with an ultra dry finish, making my mouth pucker even more.

This is a great sour, but I've had better gueuzes. I always want more sweaty, funky flavors and aromas out of a gueuze. The hops only come through in aroma and flavor, not much bitterness, which is an awesome way to do it considering the style. I love that I dont get any clove or banana. This is a totally different Belgian in that sense. Its a great sour with many nuances. I'd get it in a bottle if it was priced well.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of kojevergas
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

BOTTLE: 12.7 fl oz. Green glass (ugh...). Unbranded pry-off pressure cap.

5.5% ABV. Imported by the Shelton Bastards. Served cold into a Cantillon gueuze glass at low altitude in Austin, Texas. Reviewed live as a gueuze per the label. Expectations are high given that Mikkel is my favourite brewer.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1 finger wide. White colour. Not real frothy or creamy (which is to style). Could be fuller and softer. Retention is above average - ~3-4 minutes. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Clear albeit lightly hazy translucent copper of average vibrance. No floating yeast particulate is visible.

Pretty standard appearance for a gueuze. I'm optimistic.

AROMA: Oak/dampened oak barrel, neutral Belgian pale malts, hay, straw, crystal malt and lactic sourness (~3-4/10 in terms of complexity). Has plenty of barnyard funkiness. Fortunately, it doesn't suffer from the heavy cereal and grain emphasis that is so problematic in inferior beers in the style. Still, it has a raw almost wort-like character that is testament to its youth.

The hop profile is minimally present, and I find only a generic floral hop presence.

Aromatic intensity is average.

No off-notes or overt booze is detectable.

TASTE/TEXTURE: Way less sour than it should be, with maybe a 3/10 sourness intensity, and it's all lactic. Hints of apple cidre vinegar bring render it aptly acidic but it's still light on the palate and refreshing. To style, the hop presence is minimal - but floral and earthy in character. A dampened oak tone throughout lends it guiding cohesion. It's nicely funky, with the brettanomyces funkiness blending well with the straw and hay. Green apple. Hints of crackery malts. Faint lemon.

Crisp, clean, smooth, and dry, with a spritzy effervescence. Doesn't induce puckering, but it does have a nice smackiness on the palate. This mouthfeel helps accentuate the vinegary apple notes and crystal malts, but doesn't elevate the beer. Good presence on the palate.

It's not the deepest or most intricately layered gueuze out there, but I love that it doesn't suffer from the raw cereal notes featured in many beers in the style. There's plenty of subtlety to its execution, and the cohesion lended by the oak almost makes this seem like more than the sum of its parts.

OVERALL: Highly drinkable. Sour lovers will crave still more sourness, but this provides plenty of acidic lactic twang and will scratch the sour itch. A very competent effort from Mikkel, and well worth trying, though it can only develop with age. I'll enjoy finishing the bottle, and might revisit this again in the future. It's one of Mikkel's more memorable sours, and will please (but not impress) the discerning drinker. The dry hopping hasn't brought much to the plate, however.

B (3.6)

Would pair beautifully with cheese.

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Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of EastBay_Nick
5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of DaftPatrick
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of wheresblue
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really nice surprise. Wasn’t expecting much from this one but it was one of the best gueuzes I ever had. Tart and funky smell and taste is very well balanced. Not overly sour with great body making it very drinkable and refreshing. The dry hopping also adds a nice hoppy twist. Excellent beer!

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Photo of PretzelCity
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of aztraz
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of jamesb7
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Hartey
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HoppyBastard1
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Magery
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of emerge077
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%

Found one of these at Mike's in Waldo KC.

Opened it and it smelled metallic and skunky, poured a slightly hazed orange with a thin skim that fades to a ring around the edges. No lace.

Traces of tropical hops, not much though, earthy wet wood, skunk from the green bottle remains.

Tart and citrusy, a hint of skunked hops, dry oaky aftertaste. Pretty acidic, taste seems slightly funky, something about it seems out of place however. Likely the green bottle skunkiness. It was pretty good but I wouldn't get it again unless it was fresh. Seems more like a wild ale than anything.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. The brew smells like oak, green apple, lemon zest, hay, and some citrusy/floral hops. It tastes like oak, funk, green apple, hay, bready malt, white grapes, peaches and some pear. This tastes better the longer I drink this. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it has a good amount of carbonation and it's easy to drink. I liked this brew a lot, although it's pricey at $14.99 a bottle. Definitely worth a try!

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Photo of SeriousALEment
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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