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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (5658) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUN 19, 2013
2002 bottle @ Matt’s .. . deep gold .. medium head, lacing .. . dough, barnyard, earth, and medium tartness .. . impressive for the age, liked it quite a bit! .. . .

Interviewer: Have any weaknesses?
Me: Bullets
I: No, I mean…
M: Knives
I: I don’t think y…
M: probably evil dragons
I: …
M: Focusing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RobertDale (2927) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUN 12, 2013
750 ml. 2007 bottle. Thanks Kai! Pours a somewhat cloudy golden orange with a small white head. Aroma of sour apples, lemon, funk, hay, and spice. Taste is sour apples, lemon peel, funk, hay, spice, grass, and oak. Amazing!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JanLaursen (2731) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 1, 2013
Bottle at Søernes Ølbar. Cloudy orange with a frothy white head. Horseyblanet, barnyard, citric, very dry, woody, gooseberries, pink grape fruits, leathery, bretty. Extremely dry, crisp, peppery finish. Average to lively carbonation. Tart, lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - JUN 1, 2013
Bottle share thanks to Jared, light amber orange pour with a nice white head. Aroma of lemon and some yeast funk. Taste is big lemon and funk, bubbly mouth feel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcberko (5368) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 30, 2013
2002 Vintage. 375mL bottle at Akkurat, pours a cloudy golden orange with a medium white head. Aroma of classic 3F barnyard funk, some horse blanket and more barnyard notes. Flavour brings out a very dry palate, with classic notes of 3F barnyard funk, lots of horse blanket, wild yeast and lightly tart notes. Extremely funky, even more so than the regular 3F Oude Geuze. Extremely complex and full of flavour. What a fantastic gueuze.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
writerljberg (487) - Oregon, USA - APR 27, 2013
375mL brought back from Belgium. 15-4-2003 bottle date. A: Cloudy orange with a thin fizz of white head. Leaves some gunk and yeast on the glass. N: Green apple, lemon zest, barnyard hay smells, and loads of oak. Lots of funk - reminds me of being in an attic space. There’s some lavender and coriander here. Incredibly nice. T: A very balanced sournesss. Has a touch of bitterness and there’s plenty of cheesy funkiness and yeast. The age has done some wonderful things to this. M: Well carbonated with a touch of sharpenss. Lighter body - very quaffable. O: One of the best beers I’ve ever had. Can’t wait to see what another 5 years does to this. Get it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kraddel (2433) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - APR 20, 2013
2003, 37,5 cl bottle split by bill , thnx dude ! pours amber, fuzzy. white foam . smell is very intence 3f oude geuze, taste is also a more intence version of the ’basebeer’ . very good indeed !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wekker84 (1420) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - APR 9, 2013
Bottle a hazy orange yellow colored beer with a white head aroma apple lemon sourness and white fruits flavor lemon apple white fruits and a fresh sourness finish

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brystmar (1112) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2013 Updating this rating to reflect my notes & score of the red label 2002 OGV graciously shared by Jacob at our pre-Zwanze Day share in NOLA on 9/13/2013.

Anticipated straw-colored hue is stained a mildly orange-copper color, likely from the oak barrels. Plenty of dense, white head protects the liquid below with stubborn discipline.

Embrace the funk! Massive aroma of barnyard funk, soured grains, horse blankets, citrusy zest, and freaky dankness erupt from my glass. Jesus.

Taste is nice, yet fails to deliver at the same level of excellence set by the appearance & aroma. Earth and oak meet traditional lambic; turns grassy and funky for a bit before finishing dry and honestly a little watery. Sourness is in check throughout.

Delicious, sure, but this is a significant step below Blauw & Crianza (despite being older than both). 2003 OGV is the same way. It’s unfortunate that Armand set the bar so high with those two masterpieces, as every highly-regarded gueuze of his I drink summons comparisons to them. But all of that aside, I quite enjoyed this brew. :)

2007 OGV rating from 4/4/2013: Traditional gueuze funk, strong presence of barnyard hay and grass. Dry, prickly carbonation. Crisp and easy to drink, but honestly not memorable in any way.

My friends all fawned over how good this was, which further reinforces that I’m just not that into most 3F gueuze -- regular or vintage. Or maybe I’m just spoiled by Blauw.

Score for 2007 OGV: 7,4,7,3,14 = 3.5 total.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lukaduke (1742) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAR 26, 2013
2005 Vintage Red Label. Pours a ripe copper color with a finger of fizzy foam. On the nose its musty dank lemon, grapefruit, basement funk, old wood, trace of orchard pollen. The palate is lighter than I expected with a wet wooden minerality that is subtle slightly watery but opens up into a nice herbal tea, tart lemon and lots of barnyard funk lingering in the background. Traces of leather linger in the finish.

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