mcberko (4844) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 30, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2002 Vintage. 375mL bottle at Akkurat, pours a cloudy golden orange with a medium white head. Aroma of classic 3F barnyard funk, some horse blanket and more barnyard notes. Flavour brings out a very dry palate, with classic notes of 3F barnyard funk, lots of horse blanket, wild yeast and lightly tart notes. Extremely funky, even more so than the regular 3F Oude Geuze. Extremely complex and full of flavour. What a fantastic gueuze.
writerljberg (405) - Oregon, USA - APR 27, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
375mL brought back from Belgium. 15-4-2003 bottle date.
A: Cloudy orange with a thin fizz of white head. Leaves some gunk and yeast on the glass.
N: Green apple, lemon zest, barnyard hay smells, and loads of oak. Lots of funk - reminds me of being in an attic space. Thereís some lavender and coriander here. Incredibly nice.
T: A very balanced sournesss. Has a touch of bitterness and thereís plenty of cheesy funkiness and yeast. The age has done some wonderful things to this.
M: Well carbonated with a touch of sharpenss. Lighter body - very quaffable.
O: One of the best beers Iíve ever had. Canít wait to see what another 5 years does to this. Get it.
kraddel (2034) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - APR 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2003, 37,5 cl bottle split by bill , thnx dude !
pours amber, fuzzy. white foam .
smell is very intence 3f oude geuze, taste is also a more intence version of the íbasebeerí . very good indeed !
wekker84 (1372) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - APR 9, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle a hazy orange yellow colored beer with a white head aroma apple lemon sourness and white fruits flavor lemon apple white fruits and a fresh sourness finish
brystmar (983) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2013
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2013 Updating this rating to reflect my notes & score of the red label 2002 OGV graciously shared by Jacob at our pre-Zwanze Day share in NOLA on 9/13/2013.
Anticipated straw-colored hue is stained a mildly orange-copper color, likely from the oak barrels. Plenty of dense, white head protects the liquid below with stubborn discipline.
Embrace the funk! Massive aroma of barnyard funk, soured grains, horse blankets, citrusy zest, and freaky dankness erupt from my glass. Jesus.
Taste is nice, yet fails to deliver at the same level of excellence set by the appearance & aroma. Earth and oak meet traditional lambic; turns grassy and funky for a bit before finishing dry and honestly a little watery. Sourness is in check throughout.
Delicious, sure, but this is a significant step below Blauw & Crianza (despite being older than both). 2003 OGV is the same way. Itís unfortunate that Armand set the bar so high with those two masterpieces, as every highly-regarded gueuze of his I drink summons comparisons to them. But all of that aside, I quite enjoyed this brew. :)
2007 OGV rating from 4/4/2013:
Traditional gueuze funk, strong presence of barnyard hay and grass. Dry, prickly carbonation. Crisp and easy to drink, but honestly not memorable in any way.
My friends all fawned over how good this was, which further reinforces that Iím just not that into most 3F gueuze -- regular or vintage. Or maybe Iím just spoiled by Blauw.
Score for 2007 OGV: 7,4,7,3,14 = 3.5 total.
Lukaduke (1496) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAR 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005 Vintage Red Label. Pours a ripe copper color with a finger of fizzy foam. On the nose its musty dank lemon, grapefruit, basement funk, old wood, trace of orchard pollen. The palate is lighter than I expected with a wet wooden minerality that is subtle slightly watery but opens up into a nice herbal tea, tart lemon and lots of barnyard funk lingering in the background. Traces of leather linger in the finish.
ThirstyBird (766) - DŁsseldorf, GERMANY - FEB 28, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tasted @ RBBWG 2013 - thanks travlr! 2003 Vintage.
Pours cloudy bright orange with a nice off white head. My nose is twisted with funk, sour and tartness. The taste is - Wow! So well integrated -tart, sour and funky..really great stuff. Body is light with active carbonation. A real treat - I wish this bee was readily available!
PriorL (912) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 26, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2013 Vintage 2005. Shared with Mathieu87.
Appearance: gushing, nice head.
Nose: sourness is very prominent in this one, wood, dry.
Taste: fruity, apple, still a lot of carbonation.
3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze gets better with age!
dreadnord (1014) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 23, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours clear pale yellow with a small white head. Nose is crisp lemon, vinegar, barnyard funk, yams, figs, leather. The taste is intense pucker sour with a nice bittersweet to balance. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean, light body and a long finish.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
TheAlum (4989) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375 ml bottle via trade from Boutip. Thanks, Phil. I canít wait till the next! Pours a well hazed orange amber hue, healthy haze intertwine, some nice big carbonation through the body, good glow, hazy middle. Striking big tannish head is cakey and huge, starts to die and remains a decent cakey layer, ok lacing overall. Lots of carbonation. Aromas offer big lemony and lactic elements, yogurt and big citrusy bite, sour and inviting with some bretty funk, bread, cobwebs, and dust as it settles in. A gentle mushroom, funk grows. Sour spritzy feel sticks and dominates, quite lovely. Some crab apple, lemon, and gentle pear. Rich fruit, sour fruit flavors, a kiss of dough, rich lactic, the brett grows as it settles in. Just lovely. Initial is medium body, a bit lighter, quite drinkable, with some rich sourness up front. Lactic and lemony, crab apple, some pear. A bit harsh but up my alley, sour and lactic, a touch metallic. Yogurt, rich lemon, metal. Some barnyard, funk, gentle dough and straw into the middle get to the beer that is left. Funky, straw, and cobwebs. Some barnyard, straw. Dry overall, thin, with some rich sourness throughout. Iíd say it lacks the balance youíve come to expect from regular Oude Gueze and will show some powerful sourness up front without acidity, perhaps some metal or vomit to others, but overall a really fun and flavorful beer, well balanced offering compared to American sours which become acedic messes quickly.. this never does at all. Consider this the Gueze you measure against American sours as far as being assertive. Itís intense, a touch too much for many, but I dig it. I like the front end and the nose is heavenly. Nice damn lambic.