Brewed by Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Style: Lambic Style - Gueuze
Beersel, Belgium


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RATINGS: 493   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Vintage 2002: released beginning 2006
Vintage 2003: released autumn 2006
Vintage 2004: released summer 2007
Vintage 2005: released summer 2008

Editor’s Note: There is a lot of confusion on this one. Please look at your bottle. It belongs here only if it says "Vintage" on the label. If it does not, it belongs under the regular Oude Gueuze listing. The above vintage guide is not what you should go by, as there are both 2002, 2003, 2004, etc...releases of Vintage and Regular Oude Gueuze.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
popery (1677) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 4, 2015
St. Valentijn Cuvee 2007. The beer is a deep yellow-orange amber color. Quite cloudy but it would settle out more with gentler handling. Small off white head, dissipates quickly. The aroma has wonderful funk and depth with lots of earth but the oak is fairly strong and dominates a bit compared to other vintages. Mushrooms, very light apricots, a touch of citrus. Taste has a lot of oak. Fairly bitter, really. The depth is there but there’s a funny malt flavor. Medium body. Not a great year for this beer. I’ll revisit this rating and probably adjust it up quite a bit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ineedbeer (1252) - Oakland, California, USA - JUN 27, 2015
750 ml bottle. Vintage 2007, St. Valentijn with a synthetic cork. Aroma is rather herbal and earthy with a light woodiness as well. Some light lemon notes and hints of stone fruit. A light oak character. Really nice herbal notes and some moderate funk. Pours a hazy, golden copper color and a medium sized, somewhat thin, white head with decent retention as it recedes to a thin film that lingers. Medium lacing and small legs. Flavor has a light sweetness and moderate acidity. Medium oak notes. Light citrus character and faint stone fruit. Moderate woody, earthy notes with lighter herbal and barnyard funk. Moderate mineral notes. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringnecy and low alcohol warmth. Overall, not my favorite vintage that I have had. Too much oak in the flavor. Nice herbal and funky notes and a good mineral quality. I think I would prefer standard Fonteinen OG to this particular vintage.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brandman (2458) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 25, 2015
2007 Vintage. Cloudy amber colour, white head. Aroma has nice sourness, black pepper, caramel, bit apricot. Nice sourness and tartness, salty caramel, fruits, sorbus. Balanced and not overpowering sourness. Treat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
markextrae (2174) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 11, 2015
vintage 2008 bottle at home, recieved in a trade. poured a clear golden to light orange colour with white head on top, dusty aroma hits the nose, barnyeard, sour rotten green apples, hay, stone fruits, lemon, very sour tannic mouthfeel. lot’s of oak notice, horseblanket, grape skin, way more complex and tart compared to their regular geuze, cheese, some grain notice, soft and smooth carbonation, awesome stuff, very enjoyable!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
biggsbowler (544) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2015
Bottle ’08 - pours light Amber. Nose is lemony, tart, acidic, oaky. Taste is tart, acidic, lemon zest.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lachneger (392) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 2, 2015
Appelgoud van kleur met witte schuimkraag die snel verdwijnt. Smaak zacht appel cider / champagne. Gedronken met Bryan en Martijn

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rxeight (1937) - Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2015
11/2006 bottle. Was expecting the cork to shoot out on this, and nothing. Guess those synthetic cork rumors I’ve heard are true. Aroma of lemon pepper, funk, Brett. Taste is mildly spur, farmhouse brett. No acid. Carbonation is low but I’m assuming that has more to do with the cork issues.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tectactoe (3120) - Michigan, USA - MAR 23, 2015
UPDATED: APR 16, 2015 Bottle: 2008 vintage, yellow OGV label. Pours a solid, vibrant, semi-turbid golden sunshine-orange color with a foamy white head that fizzles a bit before receding to a small ring. Lovely aroma, exactly what you’d expect from the Fonteinen terroir. Acidic stone fruits, green apple, lemon tartness, mineral water, moderate acidic, super horsey funk, sweaty feet, a bit of barnyard hay, cork, & a nice helping of wet moldy oak towards the back end, proper tannic finish. Flavor is just as great. Very sour, tons & tons of Granny Smith apple up front with a bit of lemon, peach, & white grape underneath. Acidic, but tamed... Does not burn at all. Musky funk hits hard; lots of wood, moderate horseblanket, wet hay, old cork, & a bit of sweat in the finish. Tons of wood & white grape in the back-end with a very faint acetic dip, leading to a dry, tart finish. Wow. This is better than fresh 3F Oude Geuze; it is more tart, yet more complex & subtle all around. The oak is more tame as well, & blends with the wild yeast perfectly. Is this better than a regular, aged OG? Not sure. Hopefully I will find out soon, as I have an 07 OGV waiting to be opened alongside a regular 07 OG. But in any case, this gueuze is out of this world.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pushkinwow (2264) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 21, 2015
2008 375ml bottle from Kamiel, so grateful to finally get to try this. The cork releases with a loud pop, not a gusher but lots of carbonation stored in this tiny bottle as it takes a while to be able to pour into the glasses without the head pouring out the top. Murky amber (poured some dregs in) with a generous and then gentle bubbly sticky white head. Slightly acidic, wet hay, some cheesecloth, epson salts, great funk, light lemon, moderate carbonation and full body, acidic, funky, dry, and incredibly complex. Delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ElManana (1143) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - FEB 14, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2015 Bottle at RBBWG shared by BelgBeerGeek. Nice cheesy, sour, but very balanced. Awesome gueze, probably the best I’ve ever had.

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