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

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RATINGS: 576   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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


4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Labove (427) - Rome, ITALY - MAY 6, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2012 Spettacolare combinazione di 3 lambic di tre annate successive, la drie fonteinen si conferma Re dei llambic assemblati!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Maddog (377) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JUN 21, 2009
Had on draft at the Dilly Deli. Bottled in Feb. of 2006. Thanks for the suggestion, Peanut! May be my beer of the year in 2009. Light amber in color, cloudy with an aroma of serious funk and flavors that are overwelmingly tart with that funky, musty, yeasty flavors of a master Gueuze. This beer was definitely aged in oak, was crisp and refreshing and had flavors that lingered on the palate for a long time! A killer beer.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Zarin (202) - ITALY - MAY 6, 2011
Aroma: sour, winey, wood, gastric. Appearance: cloudy, muddy. Taste: acid, complex. Palate: medium overall: 20/20 (bottle)

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (3313) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 31, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2013 2010 Vintage 375 ml. bottle @ home purchased from Beer Planet Ė bottled on 01/12/2010: pours a lovely golden, hazy orange peach colour with surprisingly enough a pretty solid white 3F head, albeit a touch smaller than usual, the smell is just yummy, I am getting lambic here, lots of tart & very fruity lemons, musty hay, barnyard funk, yummy, taste is a bit odd because this isnít as much flat as on its way to becoming flat, like someone opened a bottle of cola & left it out for an hour or so, it is very comparable to that, sweet, mellow delicious acidity, it is definitely sour & acidic but in an extremely mellow & easy going way, hay, barnyard funk, mellow acidic funk, lactic in its finish, tart lemon, malt sweetness & sweet lemons underneath, tastes exactly as it was meant to be 3F gauze ingedoesjelt or rather on its way to falling asleep, I love this because it is so damn fun & easy to drink, you cannot sip this, I had almost difficulties not chugging this, I need litres of this stuff, very interestinig as well //// Opened one of these again, 75 cl. bottle - 2006 (only) Vintage, better than the small ones which I pretty much always find to be the case. Pure flat goodness with those phenomenal 3F vintage notes, musty soft, earthly, mushroom, fruits, mellow tart,... magnificent /// upped from 4.6 to 4.8 /// Tried another two 2006 bottles. One was bit of a letdown, other one was stellar. Opened a small 2009 (bottled on 10/12/2009) at home, these came out recently, full carb. these days in this one. Huge 3F Funk, bitter barn, hay & some hops in the back. Very nice, a good quality small 3F Geuze bottle basically but yeah that is what you should be getting with a good loerik at this age, I am happy. Love these.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
puzzl (3237) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 23, 2007
Bottle from De Bierkoning in Amsterdam. Interesting that after 6 days in Belgium, at all the best stores. the only place I could find this was Holland.

Pour has a little bit of head; it certainly wasnít still, as the description may have you believe. Aroma is the tartest sour hay, funky as hell and very inviting. Taste is similar, with a perfect sourness and brilliant mouthfeel, rich and refreshing going down like no lambic Iíve ever had. Tough to even have some left to rate as my sips are so huge. This stuff is fantastic, and I hope it becomes a staple beer in their lineup. Since the re-opening under Armand, the gueuze simply hasnít stood up to the old stuff, but this really makes up for that in a huge way. Bring this baby stateside!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jerre (2365) - Waregem, BELGIUM - NOV 24, 2007
Bottle, 37,5 cl; bought @ Willems, tasted yesterday at home. Dark golden (little hazy) color, almost no head. Aroma very sour, malts. Medium body. Taste also good sourness and very nice mouthfeel, refreshing; dry, but really great stuff.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
AmEricanbrew (5522) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 7, 2008
Clear orange amber with little head. Big, dry woody, lemony, barnyard aromas, lots to smell here. Nice acidic burn for the mouthfeel. Searing dry flavors of parched earth, old wood, with acidic lemon; nicely complex. Simply, incredibly, a fucking awesome brew. 3 Fonts out did themselves yet again.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
PhillyCraft (2845) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2012 12.7 oz Bottle, 2006 vintage. Aroma hit me as soon as I cracked this amazing beer. Sour Yeast, tart candy apple, good vino, cheese, wood tannins. Zero head, minimal lacing. Taste and smell was insanely similar to Cantillon 1900 Bruocsella which I love. Oranges and lemon combine on top of soft creamy antique oak/cedar notes for an overall flavor that melts on the tongue. This beer was a restrained, drinkable lambic that didnít have too much pucker which I enjoy sometimes. Awesome.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - NOV 25, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2007 A close inspection reveals loads of upward flowing micro-carbonation, so small a microscope is almost needed. This supports wispy streams of white foam at the surface, but no real inkling of a head. The body is a lightly hazed deep orange with yellowed amber glints. This looks lively for what itís been through. The nose is packed to the breaking point with a three-way combination of saturated oak, barnyard funk and sun-drenched fruits covering erratic maltiness. Moderate tart acids and sweaty Brettanomyces are evident in this fresh sample. The tartness weaves back and forth between the soft and silky and the truly crushing tartness that may or may not appear upon first sip. Notes of sugary lemon juice, apple cores and navel oranges flitter in and out as well. Acidity is nearly tangible in the aroma is the liquid nears room temperature. Balance within the confines of the style is phenomenal. Oak is transparent down to its deepest tart layering. The intermittent bursts of cheek-wrinkling acidity from just a deep inhalation is the newest form of temptation. A young vibrance keeps me on my toes and forces the glass to my lips before I feel like Iím finished sniffing this one out. Barnyard notes are muddled and compressed by high acidity, but theyíre explosive when they pop out of a candied Brett shell. This tastes absolutely amazing. More character - I canít believe itís been extracted - in this than any other 3 Fonteinen beer Iíve had, except J&J Blauw. Remarkably refreshing and tingly while retaining a marvelous maltiness and superiorly complex and ever-changing barnyard taste. Leather, horseblanket, yogurt enzymatical flirtation, must and sugar-coated lemon wedges seem to be actively bumping each other out of the way in a desperate pursuit to be the first one down the hatch. Sweetness is mild but grows steadily and quickly to a medium-high level that washes over the tongue and leaves an acid barrier. Astringency is moderate. I suppose this would seem more astringent if there werenít heavy tannic buildup in the deepest corners of the mouth preventing much else from settling there. The flavor is highly sour and boldly refreshes with a subtle variance and a unique new twist on what never ceases to amaze, style-wise. The finish is mildly sweet, with drying acidity encroaching first, followed by punchy sourness, then fruity tartness and finally a drying of the mouth that is blended with an interesting sweet coating left to linger. The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied and very oily, very lightly sticky; this, in each sip, is just a prelude to refreshing spicy zing from tannins and velvety micro-carbonation. This drinks like an organism in liquid form, a free-flowing attack of excitement and genius. A shocking surprise in a month filled with amazing beers and breathtaking discoveries, the most brilliant and drinkable lambic Iíve encountered since my first brush with Blauw.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeMcPhee (8188) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 8, 2008
Bottle shared by eyedrinkale at Spuyten Duyvil. Hazy golden with a beautiful rich earthy, musky cologne aroam. Rich and quite fruity as well. Woody aroma, sandalwood, musk, and soft bretty funkiness. Very soft tartness with a light orange marmalade character. Wow... this stuff is delicious.


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