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


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RATINGS: 469   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Svesse (6065) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2006
(Bottle, bottled on 13 April 2002) The first impression of this one nearly knocked me out, litterally. The cork flew out with enormous power, making a dent in the kitchen ceiling. Luckily I kept my head away. The beer pours a golden amber/orange colour with a huge, frothy off-white head. Musty, acidic nose with grapefruit, lemon, green apples, barn and old socks (yes, doesn’t it sound lovely?). Taste is acidic, musty, harsh with green apples, grapefruit, sour grapes and a slightly nutty bitterness. Extremely dry. Complex, balanced, beautiful, amazing!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (6849) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 6, 2006
Bottle. Amber beer with no head. Tart, oaky aroma. Tart flavor with apples, earthiness, and yeast. Low carbonation. Lingering tartness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2009 1. Vintage 2003 Bottle at the King’s Hall, Stoke on Trent 27/10/2006 Dry fruit aroma. Golden coloured and slightly hazy in appearance. Sour tasting. Some dried fruit flavour in a crisp dry finish. 2. From the Bottle dated 24/12/2005 at the GBBF, Earl’s Court 05/08/2009 Sour and slightly spiced aroma. Golden coloured hazy in appearance sour and fruity with a little dryness in an oaked finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MPA (786) - Amager (form. Nørrebro&Aalborg), DENMARK - OCT 25, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2006 Rating of the Vintage 2002 (tasted sometime during 2006). Dug it up from my old handwritten notes: Same as 2003, but apple (cider) in both aroma and flavour. Oddly I didn’t rate aroma as high as the 2003, though from my notes, the 2002 seems more complex. Felt more soft on the tongue without a lot of carbonation. 25/10 first ratebeer entry: Vintage 03. Hazy with white head. Sour aroma with citrus and lots of cellar...Sour in flavour with berries and quite fresh. 8-3-7-3-14

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Glouglouburp (5977) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 6, 2006
Vintage 2003. Cloudy golden copper body with a large white head. Some barnyard in the aroma with green apples and hay. Green apples is the main taste and it comes with its usual sourness and acidic finish. Acidity level is average for the style. Side by side with a Girardin Black Label (the reference?) this one was almost as good, a bit more fruity and lacking the brettyness of the BL it was nonetheless sharper and more aggressive. Excellent. BEWARE: I also brought back a bottle home that proved to be disappointing (mellow, too fruity, lacking punch). Being a positive person I’m only rating on the good one. I wish women would do the same with my performances.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jonas (5614) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - SEP 25, 2006
Hazy orange, low head. Iron Notes, leather, horseblanket. Spongy retronasal. Quite subdued really. Dry finish. Sparkly mouthfeel -slightly overcarbonated.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (9037) - 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 (11440) - 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!!

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