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

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RATINGS: 506   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.



4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
holdenn (2108) - 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 (893) - 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 (22282) - 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!!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shrubber85 (10243) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAR 14, 2008
Bottle. (Vintage 15/02/2003). Took off cage and 15 seconds later the cork pops out on its own. Sweet orange peel, apple juice, musty yeast aroma. Hazy orange-amber with giant head. Orange-apple juice flavor up front followed by a sour, musty, barnyard. Nice sweet-sour flavor - sourness much more subdued than many gueuzes.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dedollewaitor (15386) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 9, 2008
37,5cl bottle: Vintage 2002 bought @ olbutikken, Copenhagen! Pours hazy orange with a decent white head. Authentic 3 fonteinen aroma - sour, oak, wood, vinegar & fruity lemon. Well rounded & dry! Super!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brix (648) - DENMARK - MAR 8, 2008
Tasted 2008-03-08. 2004 version. Pours hazy yellow with white head. Aroma: Funky, sour barnyardish scent. Apples, citrus. Flavour: Acidic and slightly bitter. Less aggressive than the regular 3F geuze. Very round and yet powerfull. Tart and quite dry. Love it!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lassem (652) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 8, 2008
Bottle stamped 09/04/2004. 37,5 cl. A fantastic geuze from 3 fontainen. Sweet/sour fruity notes of citrus. Has a dry and rounded aftertaste that last a long time. The colour is typical shady guezish.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jerre (3032) - Waregem, BELGIUM - FEB 20, 2008
Bottled @ 2004, bottle, 75 cl. Taste yesterday with William ... Hazy golden to orange color, and little creamy white head. Aroma oak, floral, sour, fruits. Medium body. Taste sourness, woody, great malts character. Almost perfect in every imaginable way. Soft bitterness. Dry finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2008
The usual Drie Fonteinen geuze citrus class topped by a wonderful smooth and silky character. This is as classy as it gets. In the end, it’s of course not so different from their other gueuzes, so I can only adore it, but having had 2002, 2003 and 2004, they all felt a bit aged already, perhaps simply a side-effect of the smoothness of the blend. Still, I think I prefer the fresher, forward hay character of the regular gueuze. At this level of quality though, take my comments lightly, because it’s really a reflection of personal tastes and there’s not a trace of objectivity involved.


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