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3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze Vintage (all from 2002-*)

Brewed by Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Style: Lambic Style - Gueuze
Beersel, Belgium


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RATINGS: 499   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Editor’s Note: This listing is for a special edition geuze that must have a label as seen on the left: either yellow with a purple "vintage" line as shown, or a red color field. It is not for a vintage year of regular Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze, which has its own listing.

Bottles pictured are reproduced with permission courtesy of Lambic.Info. Bottles shown include the various labels and size formats used for this geuze.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (8124) - Enghien, BELGIUM - NOV 11, 2015
Bouteille 37.5cl, bottled 12/04/2005. De couleur orangée portant un léger voire, col col est épais et crémeux blanc-cassé mais s’estompant relativement vite. Arôme offre un bouquet funk modéré, retrouve un fruité citronné offrant des effluves citriques sans pour cela être surfait, rétro boisé avec un côté grains restant de la partie même après autant d’années. Palais est sec, petite note de cuire, funk bien citrique qui rajoute à cette impression de feuilles séchées. Boisé n’est pas en reste et contribue à ce profil sic finement épicé. Acidulé perce sur la fin tout en restant appréciable, note également une pointe d’acidité de citron tout en gardant un aspect grains-moût sur la fin. Correcte, quant à savoir si les 10 ans lui ont fait un boni cela reste à discuter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
King_Alex_II (793) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 4, 2015
Muddy orange color with some foam. The smell has surprisingly little old feet in the nose for a gueze. Distinct sourness with a mild funkiness, which results in a different gueze than expected. Dry and sour aftertaste.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HonusWagner (1872) - Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2015
Thanks to Seth for the 08 bottle share. It’s OGV, it’s great, it’s got an almost unreal stone fruit character that comes naturally without any fruit needed, what more must be said? A timeless classic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
anstei (534) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - SEP 19, 2015
Bottle at Zwanze Day Zurich, 2003 vintage. The definite geuze, yup. Rating from one sip is discouraged, but I have to do it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SinH4 (1399) - Garching, GERMANY - SEP 19, 2015
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2015 2003, with Toni and anstei and co. Hazy golden-orange color with big white head. Funk and wood, bretts, citrus oil. Taste is citrus, red apples, grapes. Good complexity. Soft foamy mouthfeel. A fantastic Geuze again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MannyGoldberg (175) - The big bad LDN, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 12, 2015
2010 vintage consumed 12th Sept 2015, a week after it was released. Pours murky orange with a big head. Loads of carbonation. Aroma is that unmistakeable funky 3F house style. Taste has loads of Granny Smith, hay, citric lemon, minerally, very sour, some mild acetone at first but this went away as the beer began to breath. Superb. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
popery (1742) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 4, 2015
St. Valentijn Cuvee 2007. The beer is a deep yellow-orange amber color. Quite cloudy but it would settle out more with gentler handling. Small off white head, dissipates quickly. The aroma has wonderful funk and depth with lots of earth but the oak is fairly strong and dominates a bit compared to other vintages. Mushrooms, very light apricots, a touch of citrus. Taste has a lot of oak. Fairly bitter, really. The depth is there but there’s a funny malt flavor. Medium body. Not a great year for this beer. I’ll revisit this rating and probably adjust it up quite a bit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ineedbeer (1369) - Oakland, California, USA - JUN 27, 2015
750 ml bottle. Vintage 2007, St. Valentijn with a synthetic cork. Aroma is rather herbal and earthy with a light woodiness as well. Some light lemon notes and hints of stone fruit. A light oak character. Really nice herbal notes and some moderate funk. Pours a hazy, golden copper color and a medium sized, somewhat thin, white head with decent retention as it recedes to a thin film that lingers. Medium lacing and small legs. Flavor has a light sweetness and moderate acidity. Medium oak notes. Light citrus character and faint stone fruit. Moderate woody, earthy notes with lighter herbal and barnyard funk. Moderate mineral notes. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringnecy and low alcohol warmth. Overall, not my favorite vintage that I have had. Too much oak in the flavor. Nice herbal and funky notes and a good mineral quality. I think I would prefer standard Fonteinen OG to this particular vintage.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brandman (2516) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 25, 2015
2007 Vintage. Cloudy amber colour, white head. Aroma has nice sourness, black pepper, caramel, bit apricot. Nice sourness and tartness, salty caramel, fruits, sorbus. Balanced and not overpowering sourness. Treat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
markextrae (2512) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 11, 2015
vintage 2008 bottle at home, recieved in a trade. poured a clear golden to light orange colour with white head on top, dusty aroma hits the nose, barnyeard, sour rotten green apples, hay, stone fruits, lemon, very sour tannic mouthfeel. lot’s of oak notice, horseblanket, grape skin, way more complex and tart compared to their regular geuze, cheese, some grain notice, soft and smooth carbonation, awesome stuff, very enjoyable!

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