Love these posts. Keep it going!
And the new Boon/Mikkeller acetic oude gueuze that they named for Americans. Hard pass. Also, more lambikstoemper Compton25Etre just posted a massive amount of de cam beers, including smalls of the framboise lambic, framboise vlier, old kriek, bosbessen, plus 750s of Gooikoorts (so they say on facebook, but I don't see it online) and an apple lambic.
the major flaw for Hannsens?Did a blind tasting last night of 13 geuze, all bottled in 2013-2014, plus one ringer. We ranked and guessed etc before reveal. Here are the bottles in order the group ranked them:
1st Oud Beersel (was every person’s 1st place choice)
2nd Moriau (3rd for me)
3rd Tilquin (4th for me)
4th Boon OG (2nd for me)
5th Girardin (6th for me)
6th Drie Fonteinen (5th for me)
6th Lindemans (11th for me)
8th De Cam (8th for me)
9th Cantillon (7th for me)
10th Mariage Parfait (9th for me)
11th Jester King Spon 2 2016 (the ringer; 10th for me)
12th De Troch (14th for me)
13th Timmermans (13th for me)
14th Hanssens (12th for me)
Tasting notes for all on my Untappd (afields9). I thought De Troch and Timmermans we’re both very bad; Hanssens majorly flawed but w redeeming qualities and ditto the Lindemans; all the rest from good to great. The group mostly agreed pretty well with the exceptions that I liked Lindemans way less than everyone else and another person liked Boon OG way less than the rest of us. All agreed that the Oud Beersel was the clear best.
I guessed Jester King, Lindemans, Boon OG, Hanssens correctly. I know which two De Troch and Timmermans were but got them switched. I was confident that the actual Girardin was Cantillon and also guessed the actual Cantillon was Girardin.
The basic geuze is great, up their with the top tier IMO, and their special releases over the last few years have been great. I’ve doubled the amount of Oud Beersel in my cellar over the past few months.