fiulijn (13334) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 16, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Corked bottle, plastic cork, 37.5 cl, bottled 2006-02-17
Beautiful golden color, clean, with 1cm of foam, creamy but that disappears quickly. It has a peculiar aroma, because to the classic cellar aroma adds an unusual malt and sugar. In the front the mouthfeel is rounder than the average Drie Fonteinen, also because of the extremely low carbonation; it has some malt flavor, it even seems to have some residual sweetness, but suddenly the bitterness increases, like eating the peel of some very bitter citrus fruit, maybe too bitter for my expectations, and at the end there is a light astringency too. The final soften this aggressivity, and itís overall pleasant, with some cellar flavors, citrus fruits and bitterness all together. Good but not impressive.
pantanap (3334) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle (375ml) thanks to bierkonig....a hazy orange brown pour with a thin fil of soapy white head....nose was primarily sour tart, funky with a little bit of stinky cheese....flavors followed suit and it finishes on a drier note. mouthfeel was a little watery and thinner than anticipated.....good to try but not one of my faves.
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - FEB 15, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Cloudy and golden orange in colour with almost no head. Very soft and smooth with notes of grapefruit, wood, earth, berries and barnyard. Very nice.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 14, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Pours out in a slightly hazy pale orange colour with a low white disappearing foam. Citric aroma of horse blanket, grapefruit, lemon and mild pepper. Fresh and rustic but not overly so acidic flavour of grapefruit, big lemony flavours and hay. Long fresh finish of lemon-peels and hay. A traditional iambic which is quite subtle in comparison to the hardcore stuff from Cantillon and itís bigger brothers from 3 Fonteinen. Nice breakfast gauze, though.
sayravai (4667) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 9, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2010 (Bottled 02/2006) Hazy golden with a small, fading head. Tart, wheaty-malty aroma with white grapes. Very tart, earthy and white-grapey flavor with some grape stones. Medium-bodied, tart palate with medium, slightly fizzy carbonation. Seems to lose some of its edge with ageing. A quite nice, balanced gueuze, but quite mild at least when aged for a couple of years.
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 8, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
February 2006 Bottle Date; Sampled February 2008
As expected the beer pours quite still and it is an almost clear, honey-amber color. The aroma is nice an funky, though not aggressively so. Tart with notes of lactic acid, a touch of uriatic acid, somewhat similar to tart grapefruit, overall this is sharply acidic and while certainly aggressive is not over the top for a Lambic. The funkiness leans toward light Brett notes of butyric acid, funky farmhouse cheese, hints of nail polish, . Around the edges of the nose I get a sense of pears, a touch of green apples and even some peach like notes at times as well as some dusty, cracker like grain notes.
Tart tasting up front, yet it has a silky sort of mouthfeel due to the lack of carbonation. The acidity and structure of this brew can remind me of grapefruit at times. It does have a hint of carbonation, much less than a real ale, but still a hint of carbonation just barely tickles the tongue as the beer passes through. The acidity is predominantly lactic, but it is definitely quite fruity in its tartness, which isnít always the case. The cat pee is more in the aroma than in the flavor, but it does play a small role here. The mouthfeel of this is quite nice, one might expect this to be quite watery as it has been fermented so low, but this is definitely not the case. Some of the texture comes from the malt, but it also seems derived from mellow, tannic oak contributions that really seem to round this beer out. Only lightly funky, the barnyard Brettanomyces notes play only a subtle role here; slight cotton ball note, a touch of barnyard, and a minimal musty earthiness.
I love a good Lambic & it is so rare that I get one, much less a good one here in the States; this one drinks so nicely. Certainly not an aggressive / hard version (the blend clearly influences that), but I really like the mix of flavors & aromas found here. To be perfect I would request a touch more barnyard funkiness, but this is fabulous as is. A 375ml bottle almost isnít enough as I find this so drinkable that I am having a hard time collecting my thoughts about the beer and am instead just enjoying it (definitely a good sign).
Dedollewaitor (13374) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 8, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
37,5 cl bottle. Thanks to Yespr. Pours hazy orange (into my 3 fonteinen glass) with a off white head. Aroma is amazing - Sour, fruity (grape/citrus), fresh, wood/oak, earthy, vinegar.
Flat carbonation - soft. Quite simple & drinkable gueze - not as sour as the regular 3 fonteinen - yet still very original. Love it!
FatPhil (8347) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 6, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
375ml bottle (One Pint Pub, Helsinki, Belgian Beer Week 2008)
Hazy orange, no head. Sweet and fruity in its sourness - and yes, this is really sour. So fresh and crisp. Beautifully sharp sour taste. Huge grapefruit thrust immediately. And I donít mean grapefruit-like hops, I mean real whole grapefruit. Thatís backed up by a wonderfully mellow woody component too. Ethereal - a sipper to savour.
henrikb (1257) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 26, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly hazy dark golden body, big bubbled white head; A bit surprising the nose is not really big and actually I find it a bit boring and quite 1-dimensional, lots and lots of wood, oak and ceder, and maybe a little dry tobacco; Flat soft a little fatty body, sourish but again a bit boring 1-dimensional; In the finish is finally shows a little personality, the sour parts grows with malic acids in front, more complex aromas where the oak is combined with sour green apples and the inside of apple pits aromas. Strange to me that this beer has less character then the young and old lambics on their own, do they just mess up each and become nothing.
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375 ml corked and caged. Bottle shared with Black95tt. Poured a very dirty/hazy golden yellow color with the slightest nuance of an off white head. Aroma is a very nice pungent sour fruit melded with some wet hay farmhouse notes as well. There is also quite a bit of lactic acid in the aroma. The flavor is no where near the sourness or tartness I was hoping for. Taste has a nice amount of sharp fruit flavors followed by some cheese funk and some clean wood tannin flavors showing up too. The palate is very soft and creamy with a nice presence of light carbonation. An easy drinking gueze for sure! Thanks for the chance to try this brew Brad!