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


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RATINGS: 458   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7523) - 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 (9440) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Baresi (14) - Kungsbacka, SWEDEN - AUG 24, 2006
Smoky, sour and fruity aroma. In the taste you find acidity, smoke, some fruit and alot of oak (?) wood barrel.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 19, 2006
First of all, massive, MASSIVE thanks to diabel for sending me this. I owe you big-time!
Clear amber with an anemic head which does its best to hang on to the bottom of the glass. Loads of stuff going on in the aroma in a very refined kinda way - classic 3F really. There are those Vervifontaine-style wildflowers, violets and fresh-cut grass with something that’s reminiscent of the Pajottenland countryside itself - cowdung? Balsa wood, sawdust, cherries, pepper, lemon rind, sherbet, musty cobwebs and moisturiser all get a bit of a run too, with some prickly volatile acids getting into the nasal cavity. Very dry and quite light-bodied with no real initial sweetness at all, before an assertive but certainly not aggressive orange juice tartness which persists for quite some time. What certainly is aggressive is a rough, astringent, woody, stale hop bitterness which is alright and quite interesting but does get a bit much in parts, giving a finish like super-strength tonic water. Mouthfeel is quite round, with only moderate carbonation, but the considerable tannic presence makes it quite interesting. The bitterness is a bit awkward but this is still delightful stuff. Really bright flavours, vibrant and fresh. It’s quite amazing to think it’s already four years in the bottle. Top stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - AUG 18, 2006
Thank you so much Anthony for bringing this treasure along to our little mini gathering in Hamburg. Murky orange color with a big fluffy head on top. Fizzy carbonation. Bubble gum orange nose. Pungeant - orange taste - balanced - very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pilsnerrogge (2414) - Finspång, SWEDEN - AUG 12, 2006
[750ml bottle] Orange colour with a slight haze. Rich head. Earthy, acidic barnyard aroma. Very smooth and balanced with taste of rhubarb and iron.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabjork (664) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 11, 2006
Bottled. Hazy orange in colour. Rich bubbly white head. Minor lacings. It has a earthy and barnyardish aroma. The flavour is fresh and earthly. Sour with fruits and some citric scents. There is a sweet and sour aftertaste.

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