gEUS (1268) - Linden, BELGIUM - DEC 21, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared at a 3 Fonteinen tasting... at 3 Fonteinen. Full line-up rank (highest first): Blauw, 50th, Millennium, Lente, Roze, Zomer, 1999. Compared Roze next to the Blauw; Roze is much sharper and a tad more woody in the nose, a bit more citrussy in the mouth and a tad less balanced. Still a terrific gueuze of a terrific brewer/blender. There is no better.
AdamJackson (2889) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 14, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this today at DHVL. Shared with with Joost and other staff since I was by myself and too full from eating a lot of stew. Very few of these still remain for purchase on-site. none for To-Go. Enjoyed @ cellar temp in a basket in a Geuze glass.
A - Orange and gold color of out only a small bit of sediment. 1 finger of creamy head. Didn’t fade at all very resilient.
S - The nose is very classically 3 F. Musty lemon grass, some salt and very present oak nose with kiwi and mango.
T - I get a minor copper penny taste that starts in the middle and sticks around for a while. Must and rotten apples with oak tannin and some pineapple and fig. Slightly cheesy with lemon and like tartness
M - Mouthfeel is full bodied, still a lot of carbonation and the copper and lemon stick around for a while
O - Like Blauw, I would have loved to have this fresh. Storage and bottle variation so I’ll say I prefer Roze to Blauw but I have no idea how Blauw was kept but this is tasting great for a beer bottled in 2001 (according to Joost).
czar (4687) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 10, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
bottle shared by tom10101, huge thanks my brah! pours slightly hazy golden orange with a very nice off-white head, good retention and lacing. funk-plenty, blue cheese, red fruits - some cherries, lot of wood and astringent notes, leathery bretts, noble grass, very fruity - fresh apricots, yellow plums, Pepper, many bitter herbs - dill perhaps. bright carbonation, light body - oily, very astringent-grassy-woody cognac-like finish. masterpiece.
Minderbinder (2030) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 1, 2014
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 750ml. Thx Tommy
Pours amber with low white head. Some lacing. Aroma is of barnyard, fruits, funk, oak, apricots. Taste is of barnyard, acid, funk, cheese, oak, slight sugar, faint madeira, apricots. Palate: Light body. Medium-high carbonation. Overall: Very nice. A tad heavier than expected. Awesome barnyard. Quite well balanced. Complex.
Luk_ (209) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 31, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle, thanks to Tom! Beautiful amber with a lasting ring of foam and nice lacing. This one has lots of character. Huge funk, spiciness (very peppery) and oak. Some light mint and dust. Taste is lemon and cheese, but it is also peppery and very oaky with a light grassiness that makes it feel like cedar. Palate is heavier than most aged lambic but it remains pleasant and unique. I prefer Blauw by an inch, a definite masterpiece.
RussianDragon (517) - - JUL 11, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle shared by ygtbsm94, thanks Brad! Pours a hazy light orange with active carbonation and moderate lacing. Aroma is brett/barnyard funk, straw, hay and pepper. Flavor is overwhelming: tart sourness of lemon, oak, pepper, and other subtle tart fruits. A certain spiciness as the taste develops. Outstanding and delicious. What a treat to have had this beer.
From notes 1/23/10 (Geist Dark Lord Tasting).
Beerman6686 (4713) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one poured a publish golden yellow with a minimal white head. Aroma was of perfume, hay, mild funk, fruit skins and oak. Flavor was similar, great mouthfeel and Carb, delicate flowers and fruits and rustic character. Pretty great.
artmcd8 (1801) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle graciously shared by Travlr! Thanks Gene! Pours a slightly cloudy light pinkish color with a slight white foam. Aromas of oak and floral potpourri. Like smelling a flower. There is a slight funk in the aroma but it is all very pleasant. The taste is only slightly sour and everything is at the front of the tongue. Finishes a tad dry but just in time for another sip. Super enjoyable experience drinking this beer. I am glad I got to share this with Gene.
JulienHuxley (3482) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - APR 21, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at DHVL, post blauw. Slightly hazy gold pour with thick lacy white head. Aroma is quite interesting, certainly differs from blauw quite a bit, much more floral, slightly perfumey, nice mellow wet grass funk, light oakiness as well. Taste is citric, mellow funky flavor, grassy, light lactic acidity, a bit of musty oak. Palate is quite typical of the best gueuzes, dry, light bodied,with beautiful soft carbonation. Very nice, yet somehow not quite at the level of millenium, blauw or the other great blends.
tom10101 (3109) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 21, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2014 Bottle (750 ml) @ De Heeren van Liedekercke. Drank just after Blauw and side by side with Heerengueuze. Bright golden amber with a frothy off-white head and little lacing. Aroma is unique and a bit "heavy" for a Drie Fonteinen gueuze. Floral and perfume with a nice amount of barnyard, juicy, wet basement, funk, mold and lemony notes. Taste is slightly sweet with tropical fruits, floral notes, barnyard, wet basement, light spiciness and leathery notes. Medium body. Lively carbonation. Dry finish. It’s almost as complex as Blauw (which is really really complex), but less bright, fresh and drinkable. Pretty unique gueuze. I enjoyed it a lot! 9-4-9-4-17 = 4.3
EDIT: I tried this one again thanks to a trade with pandebleh! I don’t know if it’s because I didn’t had Blauw just before this time, but I thought it was so much better than last time. We had it side-by-side with OGV ’02 and it was as good if not better. The aroma was astonishing... more minty, fresher and refined than the last bottle I had. It’s stil an "heavy" gueuze, but I think it’s necessary to have that much complexity. Oak, lemon, nice barnyard, spices and funk. Taste is also spectacular though the "heavy" aspect prevent it to have a perfect score. Mint, spice, oak, barnyard, funk... so complex! Medium/full body (for the style). Medium carbonation. Dry finish. Clean. Perfect mild minty aftertaste. Really a unique gueuze. That’s a world-class beverage. Stellar beer. 10-4-9-5-18 = 4.6