stoutnick (729) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2007 vintage - yellow bottle. Peach. Mild aroma of funk. Taste is very smooth for a oude gueze, not overly astringent, very tangy, sharp tropical fruits. Overall, decent gueze, but lacks a certain something - might be the 2007 wasn’t the year.
kazin (255) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 22, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Notes from backlog. Nice funky acidity, a lot of tropical fruit, and a touch of vinegar.
Dfonorow (1721) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Hazy gold/brown with a thin white head. Aroma is very funky and sour with notes of tropical fruit, oak, and citrus. Flavor is very sour upfront but fades into a fruit and oak finish. Hints of lemon, barnyard, and apples.
mathieuc (2175) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 12, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thanks to Tom for sharing this gem! Pours a light copper with a thin fluffy white head that leaves good lacing. Aroma is of cittrus and wet hay, well made. Taste is softly tart, funky and loaded with tart green apples. Mouthfeel is nondescript but was light and refreshing. Moderate carbonation. This is really elegant like most of the other 3F offerings, really glad to have had the opportunity!
Marheb (3156) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 11, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Vintage 2008: Une créature d’équilibre parfait, pommes vertes et fromage en avant plan, foin mouillé et petits fruits surettes en arrière plan, selon la gorgée....jusqu’à ce que le tout prenne ensemble et devienne le liquide qu’on voudrait boire tous les jours.
Minderbinder (2593) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 29, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2014 Bottle 750ml [2007 Vintage] Thx Chris. [9/3/8/4/16]
Pours slightly hazy golden with low white head. Aroma is of barnyard, funk, citrus, pickles. Taste is of barnyard, funk, fruits, sourness (somewhat subdued). Palate: Light body. Dry. Overall: Very good gueuze.
[Edit: Rating for 2002 vintage]
Bottle 750ml. Pours amber with high off-white head. Some lacing. Aroma is of funk, barnyard, oak, fruits, citrus, slight alcohol. Taste is of funk, barnyard, apricots, citrus. Palate: Light body. Medium carbonation. Overall: Dry. Very refreshing. Awesome fruits. Quite complex. Outstanding. Easily in the top 50 Gueuze I’ve had.
czar (5678) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 29, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours hazy bright golden with a frothy white head, very good retention and lacing. intense barnyard aromatics, white grapes and tart apples, other tart fruits - apricots, spicy, peppery, hint of caramel. bright carbonation, light body, very dry herbal-grassy and lightly acidic finish. excellent brew!
jbeatty (1199) - New York, USA - OCT 28, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
75cl bottle, 2008 vintage, 10/28/2013. Pours brilliant dark amber, medium frothy head rests like a pillow on the surface, great retention, sparkling geysers of carbonation rising from the depths of the glass. Aroma is a cloud of yeast and musty barnyard, softly fruity, creamy tart peach and orange, mild apple, with an earthy, spicy funk, dry wood. Taste is tart, bright green grapes and apple, mild acidity with restrained spicy barnyard character, almost vinous-like oak finish. Medium-light body, crisp and refreshing in the mouth, lively. Out of all the different vintages in this series, one of my favorites, neck in neck with ’02. World class.
Staffan47 (890) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - OCT 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Flaska på OC. Riktigt härlig funk i doften. Underbar och balanserad smak. Har bara stött på liknande kvalitet tidigare från 3F i Golden blend och Zomer.
tom10101 (3882) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 28, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2014 October 28th 2013: Bottle (750 ml. ’07 Vintage - Valentin’s Cuvee. Shared by cparles, thanks Chris! Slightly hazy golden with a medium mostly lasting white head and some lacing. Aroma of 3F funk, fruity notes, cheese, barnyard, hay and green apples. Taste is also similar to most of the 3F gueuzes with barnyard, green apples, fruits, cheesy notes, oak and leather. Light to medium body. Good carbonation. Dry mouthfeel. Very complex. So easily drinkable. This is awesome stuff! I want more. 9-4-9-4-18 = 4.4
EDITED: The OGV ’08 is as good and very similar to the OGV ’07. Same rating, same world-class Gueuze! Also had the OGV’ 07 (Valentin and others) a couple more time and it’s still very similar despite some bottle variation.
EDITED: Bottle (750 ml) @ In de verzekering tegen de Grote Dorst on May 25th 2014. Vintage 2002 with "Felix de Boeck" label. Hazy bright golden with a medium off-white head and some lacing. There’s a lot of peppermint aroma like in some other old 3F gueuzes I had recently along nice funk, hay, some dusty notes and apple notes. Taste is fresh with pepperming, leathery brettanomyces and nice gentle funk but it also have a really mature and smooth aspect with dust and hay. Medium body. Medium/lively carbonation. Dry finish. Another superb 3 Fonteinen aged gueuze that I would love to drink on a regular basis. Just plain awesomeness. 9-4-9-5-19 = 4.6
EDITED: Also had the regular label OGV ’02 at home. Really similar to the ’02 Felix de Boeck one. So smooth and mature. Extreme drinkabality. Nice minty feature. Perfect balance. It’s hard to get any better than this.