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


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RATINGS: 463   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (8890) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 19, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2006 Bottled 4/13/02... This beer rocks!... Murky golden ale with a huge, wispy, white head. Great retention. The nose is acidic with a lot of funkiness; sharp cheese, lemon, wet leather and barnyard. Well-balanced for a gueuze. Just enough sweetness to hold the acidity down... unusual for a gueuze. Medium-bodied and a bit creamy with fizzy carbonation. Different… world class! Thanks to marsiblursi for providing the bottle!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 17, 2006
750mL, bottled 04.13.02; many thanks to hopscotch for bringing this along. Pours a large, off-white head, good retention and lacing; cloudy yellowish-brown appearance. Enticing, citrus and barnyard funk in the aroma. Nice, chewy tartness up front; medium-to-low acidity, fruity, citrusy core; something of a belgian ale profile buried underneath. Medium, tart finish. A fantastic, drinkable gueze rendition.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11349) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 16, 2006
(750ml bottle, bottled 4/13/02, thanks hopscotch) Cloudy apple juice body topped by a big white head that mostly dissipates. Aroma is mildly sweet, barnyard, some vinegar, funk. Taste is minimally sweet, horseblanket, lemon, funk, vinegar, light lime. Solid sourness, but not overwhelming. Somewhat dry finish. Light body, light acidity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 14, 2006
375ml bottle, 07/03/2002 (march?), thanks to Madsberg as a bonus in trade! deep dark golden, mostly clear body with a good amount of fizz moving up the middle. big off-white fluffy and foamy head. aroma is tart apple, apple cider vinegar, and a little dusty leather. flavor is dry and tart, a little like dandelion greens, unripe sour cherries, and a little acidity. carbonation is very tingly, makes the mouthfeel fizzy/foamy. finish starts dry, goes tart, then clean, then fizzy again. aftertaste is a faded dryness. big thanks, Madsberg!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nekronos (3633) - Xalapa, MEXICO - SEP 14, 2006
Defenitely even better than the other. It was sour and sweet at the same time, just impossible not to like. NIce colour and foam. Everything on it was great. The aftertaste is good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7746) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 13, 2006
Any first impressions?
-A ring of foam surrounds the veiled orange murk.
-Flowery orange juice is prominent, undermined by funky hay.
-The citrusy fruitiness and lemon and orange pulp prevails over the crispy wheat; this still remains sweeter than the usual 3 Fonteinen Oude Gueuze.
-The prickly carbonation cannot hide the fuller mouthfeel than usual.

What if you dig deeper?
-Peppery funk tickles the back of the tongue.
-I don’t feel this is as clean and cohesive as the usual Oude Gueuze.
-Sourness is pleasantly puckering, yet does not overdo it.

Bottle; 16/04/2002.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (9788) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 12, 2006
Hazy golden gueuze with a thin white head. Wonderful aroma of sweet ground cherries, leather, dust, and basement. In mouth, a restrained gueuze ewith light cherries, tart, gypsum and lactic acid. A smooth gueuze, a bit lighter than expected but very good. Enjoyed with the Mtl Crew Sept. 9, 2006.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - SEP 12, 2006
vintage 2002. Medium orange color, cloudy, white head. Incredibly sharp, pungent beer. Light bitterness, very sour, long biting aftertaste. High acid level, funky as hell. Delicious stuff. Thanks again Jeff

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 4, 2006
(Vintage 2002). Orange colored, vanishing white head. Ok, what can there be else than strong dryness, sourness and some fruits, good and rich aroma indeed. Medium bodied. Extremely sour and dry flavored lambic with fruity tones also. Aftertaste lasts long!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Veer (362) - Landskrona, SWEDEN - SEP 1, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2006 Aroma: very sourish, musty, flowery, vaguely soap-like, dandelion, lovely malt, leather, grass, apple peel, smoky, slightly burnt, cheeselike.
Appearance: turbid fruity orange yellow with yellowtinted, white head - which looks very healthsome.
Flavor: sour, not that strong, soft, vinous, some bitterness, full-bodied aftertaste, tannic acid?, acrid somehow, very dry. - weak, watery

Palate: pretty much co2 but w/ a fanstastic body, fat, meaty, sparkling noble.

Very special, dry and noble.

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