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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: 316   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 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 (2236) - 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 (772) - 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 (7119) - 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...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2006
Bottle at Heeren de lidekerke. Pours a hazy golden, with a big white creamy head. Aroma is funky and slightly sour. Taste is tart, rather sharp, funky barnyard notes. Not as dry as the íroseí

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - JUL 2, 2006
Aroma: funky--eggs, floral, sour pickles, minerals, spiciness, alcohol, grains, and fruitiness
Appearance: golden orange, larger white head, lacing
Flavor: sourness, mint, and flowers
Palate: lively, crisp, smoothly carbonated, nice minty bite, slightly sour aftertaste

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
arjoseph (639) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 30, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2008 Bottle into tumbler, Heeren van Liedekerke, Denderleeuw, Belgium. I can smell the sour brettiness about a foot away. Huge rocky white head sinking steadily into a visibly effervescent orange beer. Smell is geuze sourness and brett balanced softly with a bit of black pepper; smells as light, fluffy and delicate as the head looks. Robust sourness (like the regular Oude Geuze), but here itís even more aggressive; the very moment the beer touches the tip of my tongue, it seems like my whole tongue is prickling. Flavor begins as muscat grape with a very subtle confectionerís sugar (lasts about 5 seconds); after the initial push, the sides and back of tongue feel the emerging of dryness, which rides the last of the fizzy carbonation on the way down. After the swallow, acid reemerges from seemingly nowhere (since it had completely died into dryness), watering the mouth and tasting of candied apple (but not that sweet); all throughout the finish a dry, champagne/proseco dryness provides a floor for the coming and going waves of sour fruits (apples, grapes, apricots). Eventually, the fruit settles into a sour apricot that rests on the very back of the tongue, as the sides persist in proseco dryness. I think this finish would last the rest of my life if I decided not to eat or drink anything else; it just doesnít stop. I think I can still taste it now, thousands of miles and about a week later. The glass evidences the most beautiful and strange lace Iíve ever seen: Iíve been drinking from the same side of the glass, and the other side has an unbroken sheet that extends in three dimensions: itís a 3D lattice of popped soapy bubbles, like a fossil of the head. Phenomenal. Iím pretty sure this is my new favorite beer. To say "dope" would demean it, and thatís usually my highest superlative.

Re-Rate: Iíve had this beer a couple times since that fateful day in Belgium, and while it has remained dope, it has never been as good as that day. Still, in conversations with some other dudes, I realized that this deserves a 5. In my mind, a beer can not get more perfect or style-defining, and itís my favorite style. Every geuze that I drink gets compared to it (and pales), every time I drink it I love it unconditionally, and it defined the single best beer experience of my life. So it gets my first (and probably only) 5.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (7977) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 17, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2013 two bottles shared in june 2006, purchased from Heeren van Lindekerke

Much more funk in the nose compared to the Roze... some rich, stinky cheese, and starchy sour cream. Much more lively carbonation as well, very active on the tongue, peppy. Creamy acidity, flavor is a little subdued (but I had allergies this day). Rich and sweet tasting, with some really funky, cheese-like funky flavors of horseblanket, lemons, hay and wheat. Aroma is amazingly rich and "funked", more so than any other gueuze Iíve had. Really a different animal than most old gueuze, over-funked, over-cheesed, fresh and lively, simply amazing.

third sample from may 2010: chewy, fatty bile, soft and thick like dough. pungent mold and pork fat bile... easily the best of the night up against roze, crianza helena, 07 3F and 06 hanssens.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrRomero (1975) - Nolanville, USA - JUN 17, 2006
750 ml bottle courtesy of mjames and lilannie. Poured peach colored with a big cream colored head. This is what Iím talking about. It looks better than the Rose. Aroma of sour funk again and some hay. Flavor is of course, sour but with some fruits poking through. A lot more carbonated than the Rose. Not as bitter in the finish but may be more sour. Nicer all the way around.

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