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

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RATINGS: 612   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Blend of 1, 2 and 3 year old lambic. Fermented and lagered in oak vessels. This beer has no head, just like lambic. The lambic is brewed with 60% barley, 40% wheat, last years hop


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (10491) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2008
12.7oz bottle labeled Bottle Date Feb 23, 2006. Poured a deeper and hazy golden color with just a trace of a head. Aromas of wood, funkiness, citrus, green apples, and yeast. Tastes of funkiness, green apple sourness, with some vanilla.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2008
Bottle, shared with Axilla at a music festival. Poured cloudy gold in color with no head. Aroma of mild citrus and some yeasty funk. Tastes of acidic citrus, slightly tart, typical funky yeast, grass, and a little dusty. I love lambics, but overall this didn’t do much for me. I’d like to try this again.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ernest (7034) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 3, 2008
Bottle (Feb 06 bottling). No head. Body is hazy medium to dark yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), moderately yeasty (barnyard, horseblanket, cobwebs), with notes of sour apple and lemon peel. Flavor is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately to heavily acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately to heavily acidic, lightly bitter. Medium body, watery texture, no carbonation, lightly to moderately astringent. I won’t lie...I prefer some carbonation in beer...it’s part of what makes beer beer, after all. It helps transport the aroma to your nostrils, looks nice, and it provides a lively, velvety/fluffy mouthfeel. So this sort of lambic is at a disadvantage from the start. That said, this is still a delicious lambic...nearly perfect balance as with virtually everything from 3F (clean, and very sour but not harshly so), and an enticing, if more subtle than usual, aroma. Great, but yeah...I still found myself longing for some carbonation despite knowing this is how it’s supposed to be.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
downender (7394) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2008
375ml bottle. Slightly hazy, deep golden colour with no head. Displayed a musty grapefruit, barnyard and yeast aroma. Easy and refreshing drinking with some acetic dryness, citrus, spice and apricots. Excellent.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2424) - California, USA - MAY 1, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2008 Cloudy golden orange, moderate to small head with some lacing and retention. Aroma is barnyard action, some vanilla and wood, tart and acidic of course, funk. Medium bodied, acidic with a light sweetness. Good stuff, if only it was a fraction of the cost.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (8988) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2008
Bottle from Capone’s. Pours hazy off-orangy with smallish off-white head. Nose is Granny Smith apply, tart sour mashy fruit, mild funky and charred oaky notes. Tastes tart, with a very pronounced tart apple and pear flavor, plus significant funky, yeasty, and woody notes.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2008
Color like green tea with abundant fine particles and no head, just scant wispy carbonation. Nice crisp citric and barnyard aromas. Flavor has whole wheat notes, vanilla tones, a waxy element, smooth acidity, and pleasant woody dryness in the finish. Lack of carbonation softens this considerably. Very enjoyable.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
oh6gdx (23918) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 24, 2008
Bottled (thanks papsoe!). Golden colour, basically no head. After yeast goes in hazy dark golden/nutbrown colour. Aroma is barnyard, very much sourness as well as some wooden notes. Flavour is dry sour fruity and woodenness along with some mild grass and even a bit vanillaish notes. Some slight acidic sourness stays in the aftertaste. Very nice. Gets more barnyardy and earthy after the yeast is poured in, which also takes away some of the sharp sourness. I like this one better with the yeast in. Numbers for rating are given after yeast is in. Without yeast about 3.7.

3.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (22327) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - APR 21, 2008
UPDATED: APR 28, 2008 Bottled, thanks ante! Cloudy pale golden, no head. Wonderful aroma of cobweb and barnyard. Sweeter than exoected, yet dry of course. nearly no carbonation. Medium bodied with a citric edge. Creamy malt together with stale grassy hops and barnyard. Very good, but I lack some complexity and acidity compared to the very best bottles I had from 3 Fonteinen.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GregClow (3041) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 14, 2008
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, blankboy, jerc, mabel & tupalev - courtesy of jerc & mabel. Hazy red-gold with no head and a still body. Aroma is funky and citric, with some cheesy notes. Thin body with very little carbonation. Flavour of lemon juice and tart apples, quite acidic but oddly refreshing, and a mellow funkiness in the finish. Nice stuff.


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