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

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RATINGS: 502   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Editor’s Note: This listing is for a special edition geuze that must have a label as seen on the left: either yellow with a purple "vintage" line as shown, or a red color field. It is not for a vintage year of regular Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze, which has its own listing.

Bottles pictured are reproduced with permission courtesy of Lambic.Info. Bottles shown include the various labels and size formats used for this geuze.



3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9051) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 22, 2008
Bottle 16/04/2002. Deep hazy orange-golden beer with a thick creamy white head. Aroma is very rich and lovely. Soft funky character and a fairly prominent musty/corky aroma. Some strong funkiness and a nice soft fruitiness as well. Flavour is quite earthy and musty. There is a great sweet vanilla and mint aroma that comes up as the beer starts to warm as well. Not terribly sour, but has a great earthy funkiness. I definitely prefer the regular Oude Geuze though.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BelgiskOlklub (1001) - Viby J, DENMARK - APR 17, 2008
Bottle (2002). Large, rocky, white, diminishing head with fair lacing. A sparkling, lightly cloudy, light yellow body. Heavy yeast aroma of earth and musty. Aroma of apple and cask wood. Medium body, thin texture, lively carbonation and a bitter finish - to bitter if you ask me. The flavor is moderate sweet, heavy acidic and moderate bitter. Not my favourite gueze because of the bitter finish - and not acidic finish. But the beer is still well balanced and good

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jercraigs (9154) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 6, 2008
2008-04-04. Bright hazy orange body with a big white head that fades. (3+) Aroma is quite musty, modest sweet and sour lemon citrus notes. (7+). Flavour is quite sour, with the sourness seeming to increase in proportion to the size and frequency of your sips. Astringent lemons and citrus seeds. Average palate is just a touch thin but suits it, effervescent. Zippy and complex but pleasantly drinkable in modest quantities. Bottle labeled 2004 Vintage from Bier Tempel, Brugge

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 6, 2008
Vintage version, 2004, bottle shared with and courtesy of Jerc and Mabel from their recent Belgium trip. Nice dark, hazy, fiery yellow, small white head. Aroma is really sour and really funky - almost spicy. Intense sourness in taste, very acidic. Just tad thin in the body - makes it a little too acidic. Otherwise complex mouth puckering loveliness.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mtoast (336) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2008
75cL bottle, bottled on 2/2/07. I’m a 3 Fonteinen whore, the only thing "bad" I can say about this particular bottle is that the aroma was just a little off. Aside from that, this expensive ass bottle is ~almost~ reason enough to move to Beersel and become a bum hoping to lick the empty barrels as they are cleaning them.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DSG (9563) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - APR 1, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2012 Re-rate 2/8/12: Bottle shared at the 2nd Israeli Sour Tasting. 2007 vintage. Hazy orange color with a white head. Amazing aroma full of citrus fruits, some leather and barnyard. Sour lemony flavor with an astringent finish. Medium-bodied. Wonderful and really quaffable. 9/4/8/4/18=4.3

(3/11/08) Bottle at Le Poechenellekelder in Brussels. 2004 vintage. Hazy orange with medium white head. Aroma of barnyard and a lot of citrus. Dry flavor full of citric-like sourness and nice bretty funk. Medium-bodied with lively carbonation. Excellent. 8/4/8/4/16=4

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
holdenn (2100) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2008
375ml bottle 07/03/2003 thanks to ygtbsm for trading me this gem. Pours a clear copper with an off white head. Nose is phenomenal. Lots of barnyard, hay, wood, and acidity that mellow out in a few short minutes. The sugar and apples make themselves known to sweeten up the bouquet. The flavor is all around tart and dry. The first flavor I pick up on is tart cherries, that are picked a couple months too soon. When they are a light red and still hard. Very little acidity at five years old. Oak, lemons, floral notes, and earth come through with a bitter fruit pit that is surrounded by a slight sourness. Finishes dry with that earthy pit bitterness. An interesting geuze for sure.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Scauca (490) - Lovere, ITALY - MAR 20, 2008
Bottled in April 2004. Clear pale amber with a white lively head. Nose is dominated by barnyardy aromas, a bit acetic and a strong wood feature. Very mellow and rounded in mouth, with a dry and slightly bitter end.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TrefwoordPunk (864) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - MAR 19, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2009 Bottle 37,5 cl, 2003 vintage. Pours a cloudy yellow with a big white head while puring, but it fades very fast. The aroma is like any of the 3 fonteinen-gueuzes, you know all those things which are usually smelled on a farm. The taste is fresh, sour and gets also a bit sweet in the end, when it also gets a more bitter "bite". A great 3 fonteinen gueuze, but the 98’ anniversary is far superior

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (20883) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 19, 2008
Bottle. Vintage 2002. Pours a hazy orange color with a fast disappearing white head. Has a fruity tart sour branyard aroma with some woody yeasty hints. Fruity tart sour flavor with some woody citrus hints. Fruity tart sour finish with some sweetish hints, with a long sour aftertaste. Yummy!!


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