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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - DEC 24, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2010 2004 Vintage, shared by kmweaver. Cloudy pale body with a small white head. Super funky, blue cheese nose is lightly sweet, moderately acidic with pineapple, lemon and horseblanket. The flavor is lightly sweet, moderately sour with lemon/lime, melon rind, light oxidation and yogurt. Medium body is soft with gentle carbonation.

Red label 2002. Big citrus nose, lots of grapefruit peal, lots of lemon, cobwebs, hay and cheese. The taste is moderately sour, lightly sweet, some cotton candy, lemon, grapefruit rind, and honey. Very similar to the magical ’99 vintage. 10/5/9/4/18 = 4.6

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
fordest (2030) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - DEC 13, 2007
375 ml 2004 bottle thanks to boboski. Beautiful head on this golden orange pour. Aromas of tart fruit and lemon. Flavors were very acidic. NIce tart flavors and gueuzey. Can I say gueuzey? Well that’s what it was. Very Very yummy

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stine (1657) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2007
2003 vintage, poured from a 375 ml. Hazy, golden appearance. Aroma of springtime mist, all wet leaves, young flowers and distant funk. Goat cheese, feta, and blue cheese with bold pungency; watermelon, berries, and pepper in the lighter moments, though again dominated by the must, mold, and wet cat. The sour burst of taste is all lemon juice at first, though a lovely, light sweetness of almond runs through it, giving way to vinegar, wet juniper and ginger dressing. Rather tepid, but still exciting and bracing in its presentation. Pears, apples, sweetened lemon even it out. Light, and brilliantly dry in the mouth, finishing with a lot of tang and perfect animalistic funk. Perhaps even a bit more bizarre than expected, especially for a comparitively young example. To my memory this pales in comparison to the older vintages, though quite beautiful and intriguing in its own right. Thanks for sharing, Ken!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Phil (180) - Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2007
2002. Fine spritzy head, drops at a moderate pace, leaving a rich golden beer striking as the colour is far more golden than I expected. Soft yet rich nose, with what might be called that distinctive 3fonteinen nose. The flavour is far more rounded than the normal gueuze, yet maintains a long dry finish. All in all a really nice treat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - NOV 15, 2007
Bottle. Pours a nice hazy orange colour. Sour yeasty citrus aroma. Soft sour and sweet flavour with fuits yeast and a bit of mold. Sour fruitish finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (15068) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2007
Bottle from Noel Cuveliers. Orange gold with thin off whtie head. A rather nutty grapey geuze. Bit of lemonade. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tomciccateri (1032) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - OCT 28, 2007
Bottle labeled 07/03/2003. Poured a dark gold color with a white head. Slightly sharp horse blanket aromas. Upfront sourness. Light-to-medium body well-carbonated, dry/tart finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FlacoAlto (3849) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 25, 2007
April 16, 2002 Vintage Bottle, Sampled October 2007
Pours with a lightly hazy, cherry tinged, light amber color (quite dark for a Gueuze / Lambic) and is crowned by an initially two-finger thick, light tan colored head that is a mix of large and tightly beaded froth that leaves some lacing patterns on the sides of the glass as it recedes. Ah yes, the aroma is just want I need; funky, woody, tart and fruity, it smells oh so good. Aromatic notes of cured leather, ripe plastic (in the process of curing), urea, dried mushrooms and a touch of farmhouse cheese are all noticeable. The aromatic tart notes run the gamut from hints of lactic, acetic, definitely citric, with notes of tart apples, sour grapes and even some touches of tart, exotic fruit. Other aromas of rotting wood, cedar, spicy oak, damp cellars made of stone and thick-amply-aged wood structure add more complexity to the aroma.

Soft and almost creamy up front before the acidity kicks in. The acidity is never hard or overbearing though (which I sometimes like and even crave in a Lambic) and in fact melds quite well with a substantial (for a Lambic) texture & body. The acid is most notably lactic in character, but has touches of citric flavors at times. Notes of crab-apple, un-ripe star-fruit, touches of grapefruit (and even more than that at times) and a green, un-ripened, sauvignon blanc grape flavor add to the fruit component of this beer. Despite the supple texture and heft of this beer it seems quite bone dry. The carbonation, though light for a Gueuze, adds a zesty textured touch of froth to each sip. The flavor is not quite as funky as the aroma was, but this is still quite funk driven. Flavors of woody mushrooms, damp leather in the finish, cherry pits, most definitely musty and even a bit moldy at times. Touches of ephemeral vanilla, butter cream flavors (or is that just evoked from the texture), uriatic acid (cat pee to the layman) and wild flower petals add to the subtle backdrop of this beer. Quite tannic at times, almost coating the mouth, though not the teeth like a very tannic green tea, in light astringency.

I could wish for a bit more carbonation here as I like my Gueuzes to be very effervescent, but this is a damn fine example of the art. Very well blended, very well integrated, there is nothing that is dominant here. I do love a good Lambic, Gueuze especially, and I wish that I had the ability to drink more of these on a regular basis. Almost a bit too refined for my tastes; still rustic though and definitely a finely crafted product, but I think I prefer the regular non-vintage, and the 1995 vintage that I had in 2001.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bov (10485) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - OCT 16, 2007
2002 vintage - hazy bright and dark orange colour with a little white foam; very complex aroma of hay, rhubarb and grapefruit; medium-bodied, juicy and very acidic; somehow smooth; very long acidic aftertaste with more dust, vinegar and rhubarb - a great beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kramer (5360) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2007
25 oz bottle, 2002 Vintage, via anders37, tasted side-by-side with a regular 3 F Oude Gueuze, Vintage 2004. Absolutely perfect pour, slightly hazy gold under a nice fizzy foamy slightly off-white head that left some nice fine lacing. The nose is just great as well, funky dry cellar mustiness with some granny smith apples, lemons, a little pixie stick dry sugariness and barnyard bretty funk. Really no yogurty or cheesy funkiness that dominated the younger 2004 regular version. Just a really mellow well aged gueuze that really hits the sweet spot of what I want. The flavor is tart and a little acidic with a ton of dry cellar dust and must. Lemon tartness and funky brett interplay perfectly. A lingering oak and earthiness fades slowly on the finish. Mouthfeel is completely attenuated leaving a crisp fairly light bodied feel with perfect lively spritzy carbonation. This was truely great, and by far outshined the younger version in terms of drinkability. Though the younger was beautiful in its own right. I only wonder whether it was the lambics that went into the different bottles or simply the age of the bottles that made the huge difference. I can’t wait to see how the J&J’s stand up to this.

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