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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 458   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Grovlam (4152) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2007
Bottle @ Le Bier Circus. Vintage 2002. Huge fizzy white head that mostly diminished. Copper colour with a clear sparkling body. Dust, barnyard, ash, citrus, perfume, tobacco, wood, vanilla, unripe apple. Medium to full bodied with a soft carbonation and dry texture. Flavour was not as sour as expected. Still it was light to moderated acidic with some sweet notes left in the flavour. Excellent dry finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeinEscazú (1325) - Ozark, Missouri, USA - MAY 19, 2007
Sour, farmy, coppery aroma with flavors including tart grapefruit and, well, old socks. Just a drop of sweetness before the funky, beautifully complexity kicks in. Occupied a happy medium between mellow drinkability and harsh, acidic aridity. Awesome, but I’ll keep some around a few more years and take another step toward the mellow end.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 23, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2010 Bottle sampled on 6/6/10: Pours with good lacing and a large frothy off-white head. Has a good complex funky barnyard nose with light sweetness and lemon zest. Body has good dry earthy tartness and some lightly sweet balance with oaky complexity before a puckering tartness. A very enjoyable gueuze.

Bottle sampled on 2/13/07: Pours a hazy dark golden bronze with a frothy, well-lacing white head. Dry, earthy, funky cheesy barnyard aroma has decent complexity. Body starts fairly full and with an earthy pale maltiness, nicely-balanced with a good, drier cheesy complexity toward a slightly bready finish. A nice gueuze.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2007
Date de mise en bouteille 07/03/2003. Hazy orange-gold with a large white head. Aroma of yeast, sour apple and dewy spring cottage garden. The taste is grapefruit with dusty books and paper stored in old barns and attics. Sour, but if you persevere you pick out a distant honey sweetness. The result is fresh, clean, immensely drinkable: a wonderful example of the brewer’s craft. This is the reason I love beer.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RichardGretton (4182) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2007
Bottle. Golden beer with a strongish head. The aroma is quite sour with a sweet finish, the flavour is very sour with a vinegar and dry finish. Overall an average beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skinnyviking (6383) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 11, 2007
Bottle. Careful when you open the bottle. The cork and metal really comes in handy here. Small and quickly disappearing white head. Hazy orange body. Complex fruity aroma and flavor of oranges and some kind spice I cannot really figure out. For a geuze this is relatively sweet still, though, with a pleasant sharp edge.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pivo (2542) - GERMANY - MAR 20, 2007
Huge pungent Gueze-y nose: funky, horse blanket mustiness, the whole thing. Dark murky gold color with a low head. Soft malt base with a hint of apples. Sour and puckering end. Smooth overall and amazingly well balanced. Sophisticated and unique. Nice!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
detroitsteel (235) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2007
Bottle dated 07/03/03. I honestly don’t know what t o make of this beer. I’ve had geuze before, but this was such an extreme example. The beer is a lovely honey colour in the glass with a big foam head. The strong aroma has bags of apples, sourness, musty animal smells and a hint of sweetness. Describing the flavour does it no justice at all - is at once foul and appealling. In one mouthfull it is a musty, sour, eye-wateringly sour with the smell of a restaurant kitchine floor - old cheese and rotten veg. Another taste is tart but refreshing, light bodied with a citrus tang, oakey dryness in the finish. Its either disgusting or the most complex brilliant beer you’ll drink and I honestly cannot decide which.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
skortila (4347) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - MAR 1, 2007
2003. Aroma of citrus, forests and yeast. Hazy, orange coloured with an initially huge, white head. Taste is moderate tart, woody, dusty, quite fruity (citric), somewhat sweet, some yeast. Balance is perfect. Very refreshing and dry. Excellent brew.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (10781) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2007
2002. Hazy light orange with a small but steady white head. Aromas of lemon, grapefruit, hay, barnyard, leather, even a bit of mushroom. Tart, acid, slightly yeasty and musty flavour. Very dry.


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