Rastacouere (6042) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 26, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Perfectly opaque with a good moving cloud among the golden liquid. Enormous slowly diminishing white head consisting of big bubbles that exemplify Belgian lacing. After breathing a bit, it shines with a top flight typical drie fonteinen citrus core that brings out its focus on old lambic through a dryness intensity which almost translates to chalkiness, limestone more so. Remaining pretty clean from the beginning to the finish, it will expand its luggage with notes of cobwebs, pineapple, apple… It all remains graciously disposed with none of the Cantillon’s agressivity, just pure crystalline powdered hay, bretty, well balanced bretty character. Not particularly intense, but deeply nuanced through its citrus accents (spicy lemons, sharp and fresh juiciness). Armand really must have tried quite a few combinations before coming up with this most definitive example, earthy, researched, seeked after flavours that represent the trademark of the now classic drie fonteinen lambic house. Class in a bottle. Merci Olivier!
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - JUL 5, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Light hazy orange-yellow beer with copperish shine and with a good airy head. Nice aroma’s of rasped Renette apples with touches of Greek yoghurt, nutmeg, humide tobbacco leaf, fresh rubarbe, wet wood, led pipe, horseblanket and hints of lemon and grapefruit zest. Taste is dry and has a nice dosis of tannins who are accentuated by the high accidity of the beer. The mouthfeel is rich but dry, it has nice complex fruity touches of green prunes, peaches, Granny Smith apples some cinnamon-stick and cigare-box. The afthertaste is dry and ends with a fine bitterish touch of Vin Jaune, hops and and grape-pits. A very complex Gueuze with a gastronomical avantage. At the Ambiance Magazine Gueuze tasting (De Heeren van Liedekercke) Denderleeuw.
JorisPPattyn (7305) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 3, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Enormous pink to yellow head, dense and leaving lace over orange to copper beer, end of bottle fully hazy. Woody and vinous lactic acid nose, "mals", sherry aroma with nearly Manzanilla character, faint horseblanket, some citrus zeste. Very dry taste, again some sherry and lots of wood, fruity (dried apricots on sherry? and lemon), some restrained lactic acid and some fresh bread. Little nutty finish. Dry MF but with restrained dry-out effect. Bitterish-leathery aftertaste. A truly superb gueuze, with, as proven on a recent tasting, indeed ideal for food-pairing. This is a top-blend, big hooray for J&J and for Armand, of course.
Ernest (5609) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 1, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, Denderleeuw, De Heeren van Liedekercke, May 2005.
Head is initially huge, frothy, rocky, white, fully lasting.
Body is hazy light amber, bottle conditioned.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), moderately yeasty (barnyard, horseblanket), with notes of hay and lemon zest.
Flavor is moderately sweet, heavily acidic.
Finish is lightly sweet, heavily acidic, lightly bitter.
Medium body, velvety texture, fizzy carbonation, lightly astringent.
A bit more stark and harsh compared to the Roze, but an excellent, delicious traditional geuze.
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 15, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Akkurat, Stockholm. 10 May 2005 labeled Drie Fountainden Akkurats Gold Geuze 50/50.
Lovely dusty lether aroma. Great acidity and quite a lot of CO2. Tobacco is present. It’s a lively intensive beer with some red berries noticable in the far background.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 13, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(labelled as Drie Fonteinen Akkurats Gold Geuze 50/50) hazy orange colour. White fluffy head. Frresh aroma of hay and grapefruit. Grapefruit and lemon-peels in flavour with a strong barnyard character. Fruity dry finish of grapefruit and hay.
omhper (17458) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 12, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled, labelled Drie Fonteinen Akkurats Gold Geuze 50/50.
Hazy deep golden. Aroma of barnyard and pineapple. Citric with very lively, champagne-like carbonation, creating a short, spritzy mouthfeel. Flavour of lemon & grapefruit juice. Has big aging potential.