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

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RATINGS: 461   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wekker84 (1470) - 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

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brystmar (1189) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lukaduke (1992) - 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.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ThirstyBird (1454) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - FEB 28, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2014 Tasted @ RBBWG 2013 - thanks travlr! 2003 Vintage. Pours cloudy bright orange with a nice off white head. My nose is twisted with funk, sour and tartness. The taste is - Wow! So well integrated - tart, sour and funky..really great stuff. Body is light with active carbonation. A real treat - I wish this beer was readily available!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PriorL (1527) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 26, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2013 Vintage 2005. Shared with Mathieu87. Appearance: gushing, nice head. Nose: sourness is very prominent in this one, wood, dry. Taste: fruity, apple, still a lot of carbonation. 3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze gets better with age!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Pours clear pale yellow with a small white head. Nose is crisp lemon, vinegar, barnyard funk, yams, figs, leather. The taste is intense pucker sour with a nice bittersweet to balance. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean, light body and a long finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheAlum (5530) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2013
375 ml bottle via trade from Boutip. Thanks, Phil. I can’t wait till the next! Pours a well hazed orange amber hue, healthy haze intertwine, some nice big carbonation through the body, good glow, hazy middle. Striking big tannish head is cakey and huge, starts to die and remains a decent cakey layer, ok lacing overall. Lots of carbonation. Aromas offer big lemony and lactic elements, yogurt and big citrusy bite, sour and inviting with some bretty funk, bread, cobwebs, and dust as it settles in. A gentle mushroom, funk grows. Sour spritzy feel sticks and dominates, quite lovely. Some crab apple, lemon, and gentle pear. Rich fruit, sour fruit flavors, a kiss of dough, rich lactic, the brett grows as it settles in. Just lovely. Initial is medium body, a bit lighter, quite drinkable, with some rich sourness up front. Lactic and lemony, crab apple, some pear. A bit harsh but up my alley, sour and lactic, a touch metallic. Yogurt, rich lemon, metal. Some barnyard, funk, gentle dough and straw into the middle get to the beer that is left. Funky, straw, and cobwebs. Some barnyard, straw. Dry overall, thin, with some rich sourness throughout. I’d say it lacks the balance you’ve come to expect from regular Oude Gueze and will show some powerful sourness up front without acidity, perhaps some metal or vomit to others, but overall a really fun and flavorful beer, well balanced offering compared to American sours which become acedic messes quickly.. this never does at all. Consider this the Gueze you measure against American sours as far as being assertive. It’s intense, a touch too much for many, but I dig it. I like the front end and the nose is heavenly. Nice damn lambic.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TickerTerryDJ (633) - Redditch, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2012
750ml vintage 2008 bottle from Kurt,Belgiuminabox shared with Shaun. Poured a lovely golden colour with large white head.Aromas of farmyard,stables and lemons straight away with dusty hay and sour apple following soon after.Tastes exactly the same as aromas suggest with plenty more sour apple and a little woodiness all balanced to perfection.Oh for a Pools or lottery win to be able to drink these regularly!

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
PhillyCraft (3069) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Another highlight of the "end of the world" event for me. We cracked a 2002 and 2003 vtg side by side compliments of who else but the sour guru, Frank. This review will be for the 2003 which i actually like slightly better then the ’02. Hazy gold pour with fluffy white head and lacing. Aromas were funky yeast, lemons, barn, dusty wooden blinds, and even some syrup. Taste is funky lemons, oak, leather, citrus and apple. Medium body and carb. Finishes slightly dry and long lasting with puckery sourness. Another homerun from 3Font.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jtclockwork (7887) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 7, 2012
Bottle. Pours golden orange with white head. Nose/taste of hay, horse blanket, wild yeast, tart lemon, cheese cloth, dry wood and sour funk. Medium body. Dryish sour funk finish. Moderate balanced acidity.


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