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
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: 9/4/2013 in our Chicago tasting lab
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: 9/10/2015 in our Chicago tasting lab
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: 9/4/2013 in our Chicago tasting lab
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: 3/2/2016 in our Chicago tasting lab
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: 9/4/2013 in our Chicago tasting lab
Brasseurs du Monde
2014 Gueuze
Hazy golden amber color. Citrusy, vinous woody sour aromas of caramelized nectarines and lemons, honeyed panettone, and white white vinegar with a satiny, tart, spritzy, moderately sweet light body and a tingling, medium-long dressed heart of palm salad finish.
Date Tasted: 9/10/2015 in our Chicago tasting lab
Brasserie Schoune
Ma P'tite Gueuze
Dusty old gold color. Rich, sourish, fruity aromas of overripe apples and overripe pear, lemon vinaigrette, sourdough muffin, and banana leaves with a glycerous, lively, spritzy, very sweet light-to-medium body and a silky, medium-length honeyed quince and kumquat, sprouts, and grass finish. A nice gueuze-like sour beer.
Date Tasted: 6/1/2016 in our Chicago tasting lab