Oud Beersel Oude Geuze Vieille | Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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Oud Beersel Oude Geuze VieilleOud Beersel Oude Geuze Vieille

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Oud Beersel

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taart. A wine-like aroma, and a cherry and apple taste. Beige-gold color with lots of foam slow to dissipitate. Lemon acid and good carbonation. Very dry, and sour aftertaste. Alcohol seems higher than the 6% at room temperature. Rich, thanks Malto..

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Photo of GRG1313
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a yellow honey color with a firm and thick white head; nice looking.

Nose of sour "green" fruit that is pleasant. Nose is quite complex with grassy, hay, lemon, sugar and lots of things going on. A bit of funk also present. Candidly, I think it's appealing.

Mouth is very sour but with underlying fruit and character that well balances the sour/tart character. A "sweet" undertone mellows this one very nicely.

Mouthfeel is full, bold and pleasant. Flavors are green pear with citric sour fruit. A tart and pleasant sour. Quite drinkable!

Finish of lemon, grapefruit skin and sour green pears, all with the consistent underlying tone of a bit of sweet. Pleasant drink.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 7/12/2030.

Pours a murky honey color with a 1 inch fizzy bone colored head that settles to a thin cap. Random streaks of foam line the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and funky with some slight fruit and earthy and woody aromas. Taste is pretty much the same but not all that sour or funky flavor wise. This beer has a high level of carbonation with a super crisp and bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good gueuze but it's definitely not as sour and funky as I like them to be. With the best before date being 18 years in the future it would be interesting to lay one of these down to see if these flavors evolve.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a tasty gueuze here, not super common in the states, at least in my experience, so thanks to claystation for getting it here live. a hazy blonde beer that has some very evident acidity. a short white head but some pretty good lace one it, and a lot of fizz here. a whiff of green bottle staleness to this, but it seems somehow pleasant with light lemony and lactic acidity. tons of oak to the taste, lighter body than other gueuze, and a very light lemon character that makes this distinct to me. acidity is less than it smells like it might be, but right about medium in comparison to the field. wheat malt base has a soft texture, and the big bubbles make it feel great on the palate, refreshing and clean. this tastes authentic to me, it reeks of open fermentation in oak vessels, and while it lacks the true layered beauty of say a cantillon, it seems to me to be done in a very traditional way and with great success. others have liked this less, but i find it one of the more drinkable examples of the style. id like to see it more available.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours out as a bright golden yellow with a fizzy white head on it. With te aroma of this beer being as strong as it was I was impressed to smell some fruits way in the back end of this brew. The taste is very much like many Gueze Lambics it's tart and sour with a bacterial bitterness to it. The mouthfeel is carbonated and yet smooth. The beer is drinkable which was a good thing for me. I'm still trying to get into these types of beers.

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Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and poured with a big white head that has excellent retention properties.
S: There is a very strong aroma of funky yeast and sour fruit in the nose.
T: The taste isn't quite as strong as the smell, yet still has a moderate amount of sourness. The finish is slightly sour as well.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and is very dry and refreshing. There is so much carbonation in the beer that it almost feels like you are drinking champagne.
D: The beer is rather easy to drink for a gueuze because the flavor isn't too funky.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An adventure even for the serious beer enthusiast. Pours a thinly, highly carbonated, lightly hazy, canary yellow. Mouthwatering tartness, lemony, muskiness emits from the glass. The flavors are immediately sour, tart, lemony-citrus, barnyardy, musky, pungent, and refreshingly astringent. Citrus characters replaces malty sweetness and added spiciness. Thirst quinching in in its thinness, and rich in its carbonation. Finishes a light drying, tartness. A very good beer for it's style. It's just not an everyday style.

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

750ml caged and corked bottle, 2014 vintage - the cork sure had some push when I eased it off, I'll tell you whut!

This beer pours an astonishingly clear, pale golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, certainly frothy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves a bit of chunky op-art lace around the glass as it slowly melts away. Not to mention the continuously swirling, Champagne-esque effervescence.

It smells of rather tart lemon and cherry juice, slightly funky white cheese, gritty pale and wheat malt, some farmhouse-adjacent musty yeast, and an earthy and weedy dry hoppiness. The taste is semi-sweet, grainy wheat malt, still moderately funky northern Italian cheese, muddled orchard fruit tartness (apple and bing cherry, I suppose), restrained horseblanket esters, a weird sense of free-range sugars, a small hint of black and white pepper dust, and meek, wet leafy and earthy hop bitters.

The carbonation is quite understated in its plainly-rendered and generally agreeable frothiness, the body a decent middleweight for the style, and equally smooth, the sour or the tart paying their respects via their absence here. It finishes off-dry, and kind of sugary for a gueuze, which goes a long, long way in combating the lingering funk and sour, so, yeah, there's that.

As noted, this one (like there's so many examples out there) comes across as the easy-going, relatively crazily drinkable cousin we outlier fans have been patiently waiting for. Tart and tangy, to be sure, but not overly aggressive, and a great, if not particularly inexpensive introduction to the world of sours. Hey, my beer-agnostic, sleep-deprived wife liked it - 'it tastes like that time we were in Montreal'. Love ya babe. Oh, and this, too.

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Photo of brentk56
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours out rather cloudy, with the liquid a honey color; two fingers of foam retain nicely and leave a few shards of lacing behind

Smell: Uric funk, with lemon, green apple, balsa wood and leather

Taste: A hint of shortbread sweetness starts the flavor parade (and the sweet element lingers through the finish) but it doesn't take long for the barnyard funk to enter bringing with it a lactic sourness with lemon and lime predominate; green apples, berries and oaky dryness round out the the flavors

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: Perhaps a little tamer than other geuzes, with a nice underlying sweetness that I found quite enjoyable

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Photo of largadeer
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

alfrantzell shared this one, I believe. Thanks Arne. Pours with a hazy blond body and a small white head that retains nicely for the style. Sweaty gym sock aroma, husky grain, rye bread, rotting wood and fresh lemons. Very funky. On the palate it opens with a light graininess, but this is soon overwhelmed by intense lemon flavors, both bitter rind and sour juice. Very tannic with a light body and moderate carbonation. Tannic, dry, tart finish. A very balanced gueuze, not overwhelmingly sour but pleasantly complex and interesting. Easy to drink and very enjoyable, though it lacks the structure and body of gueuze from Cantillon or 3 Fonteinen.

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Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Revisiting this one, i've noticed the new labels, and the bottle says it's now produced at Boon. BBD: 04.06.2028

Sparkling clear amber gold, the foam sizzles like champagne. Loud forceful bang when the cork was ejected. Larger bubbles at first, then the second pour generates foam with a more soft, even texture. Rapid visible carbonation. Retention is pretty good, i'm surprised there's still a solid skim after the few first sips.

Lemon and oak (slight and musty), unripe apple/crabapple, primarily a bright citrus with a mild honey note. Moderate sourness in the first sips, maybe a 5.5/10... defintely in the mid-range for a traditional Gueuze. Soft lemony tartness with some hay and clover honey in the middle. Tannic dryness, a little woody in the aftertaste. The body is very light, more like champagne with the spritzy carbonation. Very quenching and pleasant, perfect for warmer weather (I just wanted a mimosa but was out of OJ).

A good introductory Gueuze, not too sour, very champagne-like.

Original review: 06-24-2007

B / 3.7
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | drink: 4
rDev: -10%

375mL corked bottle, best by 2023.

Cork gives a sustained pop on release. White foam and gunsmoke form at the neck of the bottle. Appears to be a deeply hazy, golden honey hue. Consistent streams of carbonation feed the ever-present cap of foam.

Citric lemon, white grape, leather, and mellow honey in the nose. Some earthiness, but not a full-fledged barnyard funk. Slight sweetness suggests lemon soda or lemon bars.

Tastes follow the nose, citrusy lemon, sour grape, an aftertaste that leads in a honey direction without any of the sweetness. With high effervescence, it hits the tongue and evaporates with a dry, tart feel. There is a vague residual tartness that suggests yogurt, possibly the wild yeast that's present.

Medium-high level of acidity, not as much as Cantillon or 3 Fontienen. One bottle is enough in one sitting. 2008 edit: After trying this after some Cantillon 1900, this seems a little dumbed down. Not enough sour or funk, it seems slightly sweet by comparison. It has a generic corked Belgian funk. Probably won't revisit this one...2009 edit: Guess I changed my mind! ;)

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dirty beige color gueuze with a big foamy white head with great retention. Aroma consists of light horse blanket, funky yeast and some light green apple. Taste is sour with a nice funky touch and with a low acidity level, which I did appreciate. Not as overly complex as some other gueuze producers or blenders out there but still very much enjoyable.

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Photo of zeff80
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a small, bubbly white head of foam. Short retention and minimal lacing.

S - Good sour aroma with notes of apple, grape and cherry.

T - Great sour flavor with cherry and grape. The is a touch of sweet/tart from an apple-like flavor.

M - Crisp and puckering. A medium bodied ale that is very dry.

D - This is a really tasty beer. Sour but not over-the-top sour.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Update: August 2011. Beer is a bit too sweet with a very restrained funk. 2006 bottle, and scored adjusted accordingly.

Bottle at Rustico.

A: pours a bright, slightly hazed yellow with a nice, multiple-finger white head. Not too much lacing.

S: Quite a bit going on here with grass, earth, hay, and quite a bit of horse blanket coming through. A bit of lactic sourness but overall pretty tame.

T: Very similar to the nose with the grassy and funky aspects being equally punget and quite complex. Not too much of a sour character to it.

M: Fairly thin; docked a half point as the sourness isn't quite where it should be for the style.

D: Very complex and tasty although slightly lacking in the sour department. Best by date of 2029, which was amusing to see.

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Photo of mothman
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Lost Abbey stemware

Pours a huge fizzy white head that eventually settles down to 1/2 finger. Color is a slight hazed bright golden orange.

Aroma: A decent amount of fruit coming from this one. Mainly lemons and some tropical citrus fruits. A decent amount of funk and barnyard notes, brett.

Taste: I get a slight medicinal flavor that I didn't pick up from the nose. More brett funk is apparent here. Lemon zest and dry pear flavors. Horse blanket funk lingers around.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy with a slight sourness to it. Lighter bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. Ends with medicinal notes.

Overall, this gueuze isn't very sour. It has more brett notes than mouthpuckering sour notes. It is decent, but I would choose others over this one. Fairly drinkable.

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

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 4/13/2032. Pours moderately cloudy golden straw color with a 2-3 finger fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big sour apple, pear, lemon, grape, clove, pepper, oak, hay, grass, leather, funk, white vinegar, and earthy yeast spiciness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of estery/funky yeast notes with barrel character. Taste of tart apple, lemon, pear, grape, clove, pepper, oak, hay, grass, leather, light vinegar, and earthy yeast spiciness. Moderate fruity/spicy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, clove, pepper, hay, oak, grass, leather, light vinegar, and earthiness on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity/funky ester flavors with moderate barrel character; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very crisp, dry, moderately prickly, and slightly acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Gueuze. All around nice complexity and balance of flavors; and very smooth to sip on even with high carbonation. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of nickfl
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One finger of white foam on a clear, straw yellow body. the head has excellent retention and leaves nice lace.

S - Sharp, sour funk. Lemons, a bit of orange, pepper, and apple cider vinegar.

T - Musty, sour funk up front. Spicy wheat notes come in strong in the middle with some pepper and orange. The finish is vinegary and a little funky.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a very dry finish.

D - Quite drinkable for a gueuze, the sourness is not as assertive as some others, and the funk is mild as well. Still, there is enough going on here to satisfy and it went well with the shrimp bisque that I had it with.

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Photo of jlindros
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hmmm, strangely I haven't reviewed this yet.

Nice creamy head, light hazy tan color.

Nose sour funk, light tart fruit, lactic acid, nice gueuze aroma.

Taste typical gueuze with tart almost lemony fruit, sour malts, juicy, lactic acid, light bready dry malt finish with long lingering tartness.

Mouth is lighter bodied with good carb, bit of an acid bite and just slightly phlemy.

Overall very nice, maybe just a step down from drie fonteinen.

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Photo of mactrail
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Here's a beer everyone should try as a good introduction to the Gueuze traditional style. No added fruit or sugar. It's tart but fruity and malty in the most delightful way. Aroma of apricots and leaf mold. The carbonation is a cloud on the tongue.

Pours a robust foam in the narrow Crooked Line tulip. Yellow marigold color with a little haze. Bubbles flowing like Champagne in the glass. This may have a sourish edge, but it is not acidic. The dry fruitiness is complex and endlessly drinkable with a bitter yeasty finish. Lemony, persimmons, biscuity malt, and a little salty with a mineral taste.

I'm glad I found this at Best Damn Beer Store in San Diego. The history of the brewery is an interesting read as well. From the 750 ml Belgian bottle, and for once I am glad to see a traditional cork-- though it was rather explosive on applying the pliers. Cost was $16.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy medium golden yellow in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation and moderate amounts of fine yeast particles in suspension (small and dark in color). The beer has a two finger tall fizzy white head (much like you would see when you pour a glass of Sprite or Ginger Ale) that quickly reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of sour light fruits (apple/pear/lemon) and yeasty funk, like a barnyard.

T: Moderate amounts of sourness with a light amount of funkiness. There is mild amounts of sour light fruit (apple/pear/lemon) and vinegar/vinous notes. The smell of the beer is more intense than the flavor but I consider that a good thing as there is more subtly to the taste.

M: Light bodied with very heavy amounts of carbonation. Prickly on the tongue from the heavy carbonation and dry in the finish.

O: Very easy to drink, very refreshing, and very enjoyable. This is definitely one to get again. It is not overly sour or funky so would likely appeal to people just starting out in this style.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lightly hazy peach-nectarine-orange, a regular cornucopia of fruity colors. I gave the beer a gentle pour since the whisper soft 'pop' when I pulled the cork clued me in to its gentle soul. Thankfully, I've still been rewarded with a puffy, rocky head of pearlescent ivory. The magic doesn't last, however, as the cap has now melted into a formless mass and deposits no lace.

The nose is pungent, sour, funky and white grape fruity. I like it a lot. This is only my second gueuze (I have very little memory of the first) and I'm still trying to get used to the style, much less the subtleties of aroma and flavor. I'm pretty certain, though, that I've now met the one known as Brett. Repeated sniffs bring out the woodiness meandering beneath the more assertive aromas of fruit and funk.

Upon tasting... this is a completely new experience for me. Reviews are difficult when one's mind (and palate) is a tabula rasa with regard to a beer style that is as different as this one is. It isn't quite as sour or as funky as I was expecting. In fact, those characteristics could have been doubled and I'd still be onboard. As the label states, the beer has a great deal in common with white wine.

Oude Gueuze Vieille is snappily tart and pleasingly puckery. I'm not sure if the acidity will catch up me after a while, but I'm sure I'll be better able to tolerate it than if it was overly sweet. It still has a great deal of fruitiness, although no particular fruit other than dessicated white grapes comes to mind. The finish is so arid that it reminds me of a brut wine.

The mouthfeel is as light as air and is sparkly and expectant, like the atmosphere immediately prior to an electrical storm. Not quite Champagne sparkly though. As the finish approaches, the bubbles settle into the tongue and the beer leaves a pleasantly slick, microthin coating in its wake. The mouthfeel delights and amazes on a purely sensory level.

I feel like my impressions of Oude Geuze Vieille, and consequently this review, have been all over the map. That's to be expected when every sip brings new experiences to bear on a gueuze-ignorant palate. The one impression that has held fast, that hasn't wavered thoughout this entire wild ride is the only one that matters: I love this stuff.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy straw/golden color with a massive, foamy white head. Great head retention, but minimal lacing.

A: Plenty of lemon mixed with a ton of barnyard funk and bretty aromas. Just a bit of tartness.

T: More lemon upfront with a hint of green apple with more barnyard. There is a slight metallic flavor on the finish though.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Not very tart/sour. Dry finish.

O: This beer is definitely more bretty than sour. A decent gueuze, but there are plenty of other ones out there I prefer.

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Photo of russpowell
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Best before 10-29-2029. Opens with a resounding pop

Pours a cloudy amber with a thumb of ivory colored head. Average head retention, minimal lacing, stays hazed

S: Sourness & raspberries, a touch of dirt

T: Raspberry, apple peels, & green apple sourness up front. More sourness & tartness as this warms, some golden delicious & granny smith apples, sort of reminds me of dry English cider with some sourness added . Finishes sour with a touch of lemon, a touch of funk & even a bit of grapefruit & dryness

MF: Light bodied, lively carbonation somewhat puckery

Drinks easy, a decent Gueze, there are better

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Photo of billab914
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375ml bottle into my Lost Abbey stemware. It poured a hazy, light golden color with a huge, fizzy, white head filling half of the glass. The head faded to a thin ring around the edges of the glass where it remained throughout drinking it.

The aroma has a sharp tartness to it with some fruity grape and apple like flavors coming out. I get some funky, sour, musty notes to it as well. Very nice aroma for the style.

The taste shows more of the sharp, slightly acidic tartness up front. Midway I start to get more of the tart and crisp fruits coming out, as well as some funky, sour notes. It finishes dry and crisp. Very nice flavors overall.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with carbonation being high. Overall it's a very nice beer of the style. It had some very nice tart, fruity and funky flavors and it managed to not be overly acidic and harsh. Very enjoyable overall.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

yellow in color. A large, perhaps three inch high head of white foam then came up over the top and settled down wonderfully into a one inch layer of foam that came up across the entire top of the glass. Gorgeous side glass lacing and a wonderful presence of carbonation.

The aroma was a bit lighter then I was expecting, but still tremendously good. Rich nose of tart apple vinegar, sour grapes and a touch of wet hay. Enormously complex, as it warms it comes across with a light wheat or herbal like quality and just the tiniest amount of spice prickling the nose. The flavor was more of the same. Rich notes of sour and biting vinegar flavor coming across on it right away. A little bit one sided, and not as huge as I would have wanted given the stature to which this one is held to, but still extremely solid and worth it. Light grapes and even a touch of wheat coming through mid palate, especially as it starts to warm. Mellow grassy flavors are mingling very well within the flavor now. Smooth, easy transgression with the carbonation being nearly perfect here, and a light feel that was just spot on

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