MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2007
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2008 A Mes rate: 75cl bottle from De Heeren Van Liedekercke.
Shared with Duff, Ian and Ang. OH MY GOD this is good. 3 Fonteinen with De Cam, itís a no brainer really isnít it? Plus at a tad clear of 10 years old it was just about perfect timing. Beautiful cloudy yellow with a brown hue at the edges and a decent white head. Aroma of mellow sandalwood with light peppery notes, a crisp but delicate sourness and some lemon. Barnyard and breadyness are a given. Flavour is utterly stunning. Lemony and acidic but also soft and incredibly balanced. Citrus fest all over the place but remaining lovely and mellow until a hardcore sherbert and acidic finish with a superb lengthy sourness that just goes on and on without ever being over the top. Wonderfully full bodied and juicy. Gloriously full in the mouth. Very very very good stuff and it really doesnít get any better. Itís one of those beers that you canít help but feel a little sad when you drain the very last drops from your glass. Even Ian liked it. An unbeatable start to a great holiday.
harrisoni (13733) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 12, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
75cl bottle at Heeren van Liedekercke. Hazy gold/orange with lasting off white head. Beautiful balanced farmyard aroma. Good balance in mouth, fullness, yet lots of lemon acidity. Soft in mouth, almost creamy in mouth, lemon/lime sorbet on end. Very drinkable, "Yum, yum, yum" said Duff. Fresh, creamy and lovely (and this from someone who doesnít like lambics)
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 11, 2007
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle @ De Heeren Van Liedekercke. This was the first beer we bought in Belgium and remained my favourite for the rest of the trip. This was a wonderful geuze. Assertive and complex, yet soft at the same time. Wonderful earthy barnyard aroma, with some citrus also noticed. Palate is as i said assertive, yet soft, with wonderful tart flavours coming through. Finish is tart and softly sour, with a flavour that seems to go on forever. Probably one of the best beers i will ever try. Delicious.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2007
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge thanks to hopdog for breaking out this expensive, much desired, bad-boy of Geuzes...
Appears a hazy, light golden with an orange hue. A small, white head fades into a mild cap. Mild spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is horsey, funky, plasticy, with notes of tangerine, apple tartness, and sweet tart candies.
Taste mimics the aromas with a standout of citrus, green apple, and funk.
Mouthfeel is medium/light bodied, tartness lingering up front with citrus lingering in the finish.
If youíre a fan of Gueuzeís, consider this one at the top of the list.
hopdog (8940) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2007
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
750ml corked bottle. Opened to a loud pop and was a light gusher (good thing we had all our glasses ready just in case this happened!). Poured a deep and cloudy golden color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of brett, funky, yeast, wood, and apples. Tastes of green apples, yeast, citrus, brett, and fruity. My description of both the aromas and tastes doesnít give this one justice! Had a very nice sweet to tart balance. This one was worth every penny I had to spend to get it (I think this is the most I ever paid for a beer).
egajdzis (5336) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 3, 2007
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Poured a hazy yellow / orange color, with a medium sized, tan head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of brett, hay, light cork, strawberries? and lots of wood. Taste of citrus, with light green apple, more spicy brett, and tart grape, with a lengthy sour finish. Well balanced, fruity, and complex, the best lambic around! Thanks to Steve for sharing!
Rastacouere (6129) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 30, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Akkurat, 1998 Phew, where to start, another product that is greater than nature. This one displays a fantastic age despite being 9 years old, gigantic white foam that mostly keeps on and covers this typical golden, veiled shade. Harmonious apple, barnyard and strong hay flavours are, as it warms up, quickly joined upon by various crunchy wheat notes that are actually timid besides the intense woodiness, multi-dimensional at that: You have the barrel, oaky woodiness though its astringency stays limited and you also have the funkier, airier one, immediately reminiscent of leather, horseblanket some might say and more pungent, brett laden. All those flavors are kept tightly together by a sense of freshness that remains vigorous and the usual perfect drie fonteinen classy, homogeneous palate and effervescence. I donít really know what to make of it ultimately, I canít really set it apart from the regular gueze in terms of appreciation. Possibly the second most woody 3F after J&J Roze, the latter I must say I prefer, not as intense as the Blauw, more agressive than the 50th anniv., tighter than the Akkurats 50/50. Whatís left? A unique creation, in the middle of a formidable lineup, but really with that brewery youíre just drinking some of the classiest beverages in the world at discount prices.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - FEB 18, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
10/28/06. Poured out of 750 mL bottle, obtained in a trade with BierKonig on RateBeer 8/17/06. Lightly hazy, luminescent gold-orange color with a frothy, sudsy head that collapses a bit, presumably under the weight of the yeast I may have stirred up when pouring. Looks almost like an active krausen. Body has beautiful color. Even more beautiful aroma-- bandagey phenols, some musty dusty cloth with some slight tartness, slight spice and white pepper, even a touch of a nasal burn from some alcohol apparency. Quite a surprise, but itís not unwelcome at all. This isnít a high alcohol burn like a high-octane, out-of-control monster. This is an alcohol burn that prickles and pokes like pepper, or like a quick whiff of sauteed garlic and onions as they release their potent perfume before caramelization. Perfectly balanced in harmony with the acidity and funk. Some lemony taste, grassy and straw-like, phenolic with a stern woody dryness and scrubbing quality; dusty and old like a musty attic, beautifully funky with an incredible hop bitterness still so prominent. Some soft elements of acidic, drastically underripened fruits in sort of an apple/lemon/pear medley even with some white grapefruit and white peach. Fluffy, spritzy and effervescent carbonation create a lighter feel to the medium-light body, complemented again by the complex acidity to make this so utterly dry and fantastically drinkable. Bitter in the finish, a near-perfect blend of components that capture the best of geuze with charactericstics that donít typify the style (bitterness, alcohol nose), simply beautiful beer-- dry and mouth-wateringly good. I hope I get to try this again some day while itís still at its peak, because I fear I may be underrating it. Such a unique, fantastic geuze. Not a shade of degradation or wear from the 8 or so years of age.
henrikb (1258) - Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 14, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy golden body, huge white head; Medium sized nose, deep, complex, balanced, ripe apple, ripe pear, earl grey the; Huge soft carbonation, harsh, not all that acidy; Long finish, warm overripe apple, harsh. Not the best I have from 3 Fonteinen, actually the worst.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 11, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is hazed dark golden with a fluffy and rocky white head...smell is fruity and tropical at first...lots of grapefruit (not the hoppy grapefruit, but the breakfast one) and tons of different orchard fruits....and of course a delicate and wonderful barnyard funk of straw, grass, and horseblanket....I donít know what else to say about the flavor, since it was identical to the aroma...so I guess read it again...lively mouthfeel, and what an amazing beer.