About Lambic Gueuze

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Gueuze lambics are pale straw to golden in color and range in alcohol from 4-8%. Commonly brewed from unmalted wheat, pilsner malt and aged hops, the unique flavor profile of these beers is a result of wild, open-air fermentation in conjunction with extended aging in oak barrels, which imparts a unique and complex vinous character and sourness. Lambics labeled as gueuze are a blend of young and old beers typically ranging from 1-3 years. Blending results in a sharp champagne-like effervescence and tart, toasty flavors. Originating centuries ago in and around Brussels as farmhouse specialties, these beers are still brewed today in the same manner with many of the best examples still Belgian in origin. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René, Boon Oude Gueuze, Hanssens Oude Gueuze and Cantillon Gueuze Lambic.
Top Picks for Lambic Gueuze
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Lambickx
Lambickx De Troch
Slightly hazy golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of salty baguette, gruyere omelet, and lemon spritzed green apples with tart, frothy medium-full body and a long, mouthwatering apple cider vinaigrette on endive and kumquat finish. A great food beer with laser-like acidity.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220346
Upland Brewing
Sour Reserve
Minutely hazy gold color. Sour aromas and flavors of pickled vegetables and fruits, champagne vinaigrette on greens, honey buttered sourdough toast, and reduced lemon with a lightly tannic, tart, effervescent, sour full body and a tingling, distinctive, very long radish and jicama, nuts, and grassy earth finish. A superlative sour beer with great length, power, and finesse.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215721
LambickX
Private Domain 2015
Minutely hazy gold color. Lively, smoky, sour aromas and flavors of grilled lemon, dark roasted nuts, scorched prairie, and horse blanket and barn with a tart, effervescent, sourish light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-long nectarine pit, baked lime, chalk, and chia and hemp seeds finish. A very complex gueuze with cascading waves of flavor.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211729
Lambickx
2014 Lambickx Private Domain Gueuze
Brilliant clear light gold color. Bold, sour, earthy aromas of white balsamic vinaigrette, sourdough nut bread, reduced lemon, and stinky cheese rind and horse hair brush with a silky, puckering, spritzy, sour light-to-medium body and a tingling, long Swiss chard, citrus pith, and sour green apple finish. A racy, palate awakening lambic that will excel at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220695
Brouwerij Timmermans
Oude Gueuze
Hazy old gold color. Sour aromas and flavors of lemon, white balsamic vinaigrette, nectarine, and gauze and horse blanket with a supple, puckering, finely carbonated, sour full body and a tingling, very long peach pit, lemon and kiwi seed, lemon zest on sourdough toast, and olive brine finish. A wonderfully bracing and appetizing gueuze that invigorates the palate and will be marvelous at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203442
Lambickx
Lambickx Private Domain
Rich old gold color. Bold aromas and flavors of fresh sourdough baguette, salty toasted nuts, and exotic citrus and melon with a crisp, tart medium-to-full body and a green apple, passionfruit, grain, and mineral accented finish. A clean, deliciously zesty lambic for all occasions.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215722
Bzart
Lambiek
Clear old gold color. Delicate, fruity aromas and flavors of roasted peaches and nuts, sourdough bread, and clay with a supple, tart, fizzy, sweet medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-length overripe lemon and green apple, lemon pepper on greens, and earth finish. A clean, elegantly styled gueuze.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214707
Brouwerij Lindemans
Oude Gueuze Cuvée René
Minutely hazy light gold color. Lively, complex, yeasty aromas and flavors of sourdough bread, dried citrus and stone fruits, mossy earth, and horse mane with a silky, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-long spinach and mustard greens, white balsamic vinegar on green peaches, hearts of palm, and grass and nettles finish. A complex, bracing tart, very earthy lambic for the table, especially with shellfish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215718
Vicaris
Tripel Gueuze
Minutely hazy golden amber color. Bright, funky, fruity aromas and flavors of caramel apple, paper mache, hint of glue, and fish food with a lean, crisp, effervescent, sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, brisk apple butter on lemon scone, toasted nuts, peppered kiwi, and grass finish. A mellow, round and toasty gueuze with delicate sourness.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203650
Upland Brewing
Sour Reserve
Cloudy amber bronze color. Bold aromas of caramelized pineapples and pears, apple cider vinegar, putty, and sourdough with a crisp, tart, medium body and a balsamic vinaigrette on salty artichoke hearts finish. A rich, savory lambic that needs food.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab