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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.



4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - DEC 30, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2008 2004 consumed in 07. Hazy orange liquid rolls from the bottle, awesome lively carbonation generating and sustaining a thick and creamy white head that is reluctant to recede, eventually mostly diminishing and remaining creamy. Incredible liveliness for vintage lambic - no doubt this would’ve endured multiple decades of careful storage with grace and little degradation. Barnyard funk is focused and penetrates multilayered acidic citrus attacks, a barrage that, at its core, is floral and heartwarming. Must is off-centered and releases cobweb and doctors the overall profile to create a very formidable powerhouse that doesn’t overexcel in any one area, but feels boisterous and vigorous from afar and until the glass is drawn from the nose at long last. Lemon, followed by orange and soft sour pomegranate, play the leading roles in the citrus character affront. Pineapple juice-soaked Ridgeway Blue cheese seems to be a crust at the outlying borders of each inhalation. Nearly perfect in every imaginable way. The flavor accelerates acidic tendencies and stifles mustiness initially. Bitterness is soft and soothing, sweetness is medium but recedes quickly. Sourness is moderate and refreshing, never overpowering. The finish is subtly drying, ever-so-slowly beckoning another contemplative sip(or gulp, it’s too tempting). The mouthfeel is soft and light-medium bodied, with silken carbonation and a completing velvety blanket and malt. A staple this would be, were it available to me. Oh, pity.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2007
Vintage 2004. Pours a light copper, perhaps a roasted orage color. Aroma is a punch in the face. With a dank earthiness up front, bowing out to an acidic component, perhaps bright lemons and an acetic quality. There is a finishing note of strewn hay and meadow flowers. Awesome. The flavor is equally as complex. The acidity is there, but is so elegant and graceful, I am awed.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
CamdenD (1161) - Madrid, SPAIN - DEC 27, 2007
Totally different beer type, the Gueuze, and this seems to be the benchmark. Deep strong moldy nose that betrays the hazy copper tone. Taste is utterly sublime, where the aroma is nothing but subtle, the tastes are, ranging from metal to bitterness to lush fruit. Fantastic.

4.2
   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

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
fordest (2362) - 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

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stine (1744) - 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!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Phil (181) - 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.

4
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (16704) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tomciccateri (1034) - 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.


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