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3 Fonteinen J & J Oude Geuze Blauw

Formerly brewed at 3 Fonteinen
Style: Lambic Style - Gueuze
Beersel, Belgium


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RATINGS: 321   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.3   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Mixture of 1 year old Lindemans lambic and 4 year old Girardin lambic. Fermented and ripened on oak barrels. Not filtered, refermented in the bottle. Blue "male" labels.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
fonefan (37272) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 2, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2012
Bottle 75 cl @ De Heeren van Liedekercke, Denderleeuw, Belgium.

Hazy orange color with a large frothy excellent lacing fully lasting off-white head. Aroma is tart, grapefruit, lemon. Flavor is moderate sweet and heavy acidic with a long duration, rather sharp. (Dry finish). Body is medium, texture is watery, carbonation is soft. Wow... ;o))

Bottle 750ml.

Unclear medium orange colour with a large to huge, frothy, fair lacing, fully diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy leather, barnyard, horse blanket, wood, grapefruit - lemon. Flavour is moderate sweet and light to moderate bitter with a long duration, barnyard, complex, dry dry, peppery notes. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. Again wow so complex and easy to drink ... just love it ... ;O)) [20120127]

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 20, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2008 From a 750mL Bottle. Slightly hazy, golden caramel colored pour with a massive head of soapy white foam. The head lasts forever with an active, continuously morphing, self-sustaining quality. A fantastic acidic wave of red fruits, thimbleberry seeds, and raspberry stems greet the nose with a light woodiness. Some delicate, white grapey sauvingon blanc skins blend well with some maple bark. A little more light and tart acidic fruits in the bouquet relative to the Roze, and less funky and spicy. Extremely light bodied, effervescent mouthfeel. The beer just explodes over the surface of the tongue with its intense acidic flavors and aggressive effervescence. Lots of tart grapes, apple skins, and pomegranite seeds. A smidgen of cheese rind lingers in the final smack with a lingering presence of lemon rind and a small shake of tellicherry black pepper. This beer has the incredibly rare quality of impressing me more and more each time I’m lucky enough to try it. Every gueuze will always have the unfortunate fate of being compared to this. What is perfection? This. And then try it with Humboldt Fog.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - DEC 16, 2006
Hazy orange colored, tall white head. Tart grapefruit aroma, not too full but more sharp and also with some metallic hints?! Flavor is tart as hell. Grapefruit, toasted bread with a fizzy mouthfeel. Dusty age tones..... Good for sure, but too sharp to be super pleasant. No way nearly as good as Roze.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
henrikb (1259) - Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 14, 2006
Hazy golden to light amber body, medium sized bubbles in off white head. thick lacing; Huge deep well balanced complex body, quite dry aromas, lots of different peel: grapefruit, lemon, amazing, but it has quite a bit of age and dust in it; Huge big bubbled carbonation, quite dry and a bit harsh; Dry harsh finish, actually quite dusty, doesnít seem to have aged to well, again lots of grapefruit and apple.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinnaj15 (275) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 9, 2006
Hazy orange with big white head. Nice dry sour tard aroma. Soft sour tast with lemon notes and all the other things I love about lambic. Me like a lot

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Amaj80HC (13) - 9, BELGIUM - DEC 7, 2006
This is the best geuze i ever tasted. Unfortunately itís only available in limited quantities and is no longer produced. I guess we have to wait for another great blend and year to rival this one. I liked this one better then the best Champagne. PS Still available in de Heeren van Liedekercke, Belgium. Maybe elsewhere too....???

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
radiomgb (2445) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 29, 2006
Cloudy orange in colour, lingering medium sized white head, some patchy lacing. The aroma is intensely sour and tart, lots of oranges and lemons, mould, old cheese, some horse blanket. The flavour is quite tart, puckering, some barnyard, cheese, some grape and apple skins, woody. Dry puckering mouthfeel, medium body, lively carbonation. Finishes long, dry, very tart, complex stuff. Itís hard to pick between the Roze and the Blauw but I found this better...just barely.

<font size=-2>750ml bottle shared by <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?U target=blank>mds, thanks Mike. Bottled on June 9, 2003.</font>

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrockLanders (779) - Panama City, Florida, USA - SEP 27, 2006
Wow...what a surprise at the latest brew gathering. Big hazy gold pour...big fluffh head. Very bubbly look...big stanky nose, donít get more horse-blankety than this one. Itís been too long since I enjoyed that scent. Big untamed smell, earthy, base notes. Great sour fruitiness...oaky..yeasty...spicy..so much going on. Great sourness toward the end. Fizzy herbiness lingers to the end. Great brew from a style that isnít always at the top of my list.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - SEP 13, 2006
750ml bottle thanks to mds. Whoa. Massive funkiness in this one, especially compared to the Roze. Aroma is stinky as hell and itís a beautiful thing. Very cheesy, stinky basement, barnyard, some citrus, and a nice dose of brett. Quite sour, but it doesnít seem to come across as overbearing because of how funky it is. Itís balanced in that strange way. Nice puckering mouthfeel, moderate to high acidity, very dry, and relatively soft carbonation. Wow.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2009 A Mes rate: 75cl bottle dated 6/9/2003 in homage to Mr J. and Mrs. J, guess where from?
Clearly one of the best blends you can get. I promised myself I would not overhype this when it came to rating it but it is really hard not to. The nose is nothing short of perfection. Everything you would expect it to be but with a glorious sandalwood character. Not too funky, not too sour, just sheer excellence all round. A big hit of sour for the finish then instantly dry. Watching it settle after pouring is really a sight to behold and I donít have the words to do it justice. Great head for a Gueuze and with some very chunky lace. Palate is again incredible and missing that prickly feel you can get with a lot of lambics. Wonderful wonderful stuff. A fine and deserving tribute to a fantastic place.
Re-rate: No new notes just a bump up to 4.7 I keep drinking this stuff and it is getting better and better as it ages. One day this might be the best beer ever...

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