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

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RATINGS: 463   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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tdtm82 (668) - Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 11, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2010 This is the business. This gueuze is outstanding. Bottled - 10th February 2005. Bottle, bought from Beermerchants. Poured into a goblet glass as I don’t have a 3 Fonteinen glass yet which is criminal. Poured slowly. Lovely golden red colour. Acid and tart hit the tongue; cherries, apples (the texture reminds me of apples for some reason), funky elements, this is a hell of a gueuze. One of the greats. Screw it. I’m giving it a five. This one is for the World Cup final because it is a genuine WORLD CLASS BEER. BLINDING.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
cortomaltese (13) - , ITALY - NOV 9, 2011
3 Fonteinen geuze vintage é la regina delle geuze!Aroma persistente non molto acida ma dal gusto decisamente marcato.Provata nella versione 2002/2004/2007/2008

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
REDBEARPUB (11) - ITALY - FEB 13, 2012
intergalactic fantastic GEUZE!!!!! WILD GISTEND / LANG RIJPEND / OUG GEUZEND!!!!!!!& MMMMMMMMM

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mtoast (336) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2008
75cL bottle, bottled on 2/2/07. I’m a 3 Fonteinen whore, the only thing "bad" I can say about this particular bottle is that the aroma was just a little off. Aside from that, this expensive ass bottle is ~almost~ reason enough to move to Beersel and become a bum hoping to lick the empty barrels as they are cleaning them.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GT2 (8270) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAR 23, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2012 750mL 2002 Yellow Label thanks to OldStyleCubFan and later from EricE. Tasted both alongside the 3F "vintage special edition" with the red artwork bottled on the exact same day in 2002! Had three blind samples. One was doubled up. I was able to pair the two that were from the same bottle together. These were more watery and slightly less sour and complex (ended up being the gold foil, yellow label, normal "vintage" label shown here). The yellow label has more carbonation, white pepper, citrus fruits. The nose has amazing moldy white grapefruit and citrus rind. Mouthwatering palate. 3/23/2010 8/4/7/4/15=3.8

750mL 2002 Red Label thanks to OldStyleCubFan and later from MrChopin. The red label alongside the yellow label is slightly better albeit very subtly since they are the same batch but the red label stayed in Armand’s storage for two years or something longer. Proper storage has lent the red label a brighter, fuller nose even with softer carbonation. More cedar, spice, pepper, barn. The taste is still white pepper, grapefruit, mouth watering sour with bright citrus and fruity tangerine. Still excellent and slightly better than the Yellow Label. 1/11/2011 8/4/8/5/16=4.1

750mL 2002 Yellow Label thanks to BrainLayer at Sour Epic Part 2. We had this next to some of the best sours in the world and this one I enjoyed more than J&J Rose and J&J Blauw back to back. This bottle was just on the ball. Juicy nectarine nose, big Brett C tropical notes. Taste is sharp, juicy, dry and dusty with loads of moldy grapefruit and huge citrus zest. Incredible white pepper, orange peel, grapefruit onslaught. Awesome stuff. Probably the best 3F beer I’ve had besides past tastings of J&J Rose. Hot damn. 12/11/2011 9/4/9/5/18=4.5

750mL 2002 yellow label thanks to BrainLayer. Okay. Let’s crack this bad boy once again. Is it really the best beer of all time? Cork pops off with aggression. Pours is hazy, deep orange with beige mousse. Thicker. Quickly settling. Nose is perfect. Mild celery seed gets demolished by overripe peach and red grapfruit which yield to overwhelming fresh birch and cedar with hay and horsey dry funk. Cobwebby old character is juxtaposed with fresh and fleshy overripe peach. An insane experience. Taste is ultra quenching white grapefruit peel with sharper wood shavings. So much old dried citrus peel plays with wood and hay. Palate is perfection. Effervescent and juicy with briny saltwater demanding this be drunk in large, quenching gulps. It’s disappears so quickly from the glass. What can you say? Is the best beer that which demands a slow savor, or that which demands its consumption with boundless temptation and seduction? This is probably the best beer ever made. Like the big brother to Beatification which passed on its power but will never yield the throne. 1/22/2012 10/4/9/5/19=4.7

750mL Yellow Label 2002ed thanks to ryan. Pours cloudy, lower haze orange. Medium, fluffy off-white head. Nose is very fresh and perfumey tangerine, moldy white grapefruit, super intense bleu cheese and blood orange. Taste is spicy, juicy, quenching blood orange. Palate is out of this world- so fresh, leathery, quenching, lactic. Not as aggressive as Armand&Tomme, juicy and soft. Probably my favorite beer experience so far, and I’ve had this specific bottling so many times and it consistently is a superlative beverage experience. 11/13/2012 10/4/10/5/20=4.9

<<FULL VERTICAL TASTING>> thanks to jbeatty.

750mL 2008 Red Label. Gorgeous fire iridium pour. Creamy head. Sharp as hell white pepper and curaçao nose. Quenching, perfect palate. Leathery, big pink grapefruit. Heavy citric and lactic. Outstanding. 9/29/2012 9/4/9/5/18=4.5

2007 Yellow Label 750mL. Cloudy orange pour. Weak head. Sweeter orange candies in the nose. Taste is sharper, minerally, bubbly, more bland. Squashy, odd hop character and sugar in the nose like Cantillon St Gilloise. Some sweet cinnamon bread in there as well. Taste is softer, less aggressively sour, mild palate. Lemonade, tangy finish. Wasn’t a big fan. 9/29/2012 8/4/7/4/15=3.8

750mL 2006 Yellow Label. Clear deep orange pour. Low carbonation. Nose is a mix of fresh grapefruit, white pepper, sweeter orange candies. Thicker, perfumey nose as it opens up. N7-8. Squashy. Sweeter. Taste is peppery, mouth watering, less intense than the 2008. Sour, quenching, limeade palate. Good. 9/29/2012 8/4/8/5/16=4.1

375mL 2005 Red Label. Pours a clear, tea orange. Small persistent head. Nose is sweet orange candy, some minerals/slate and musty attic. Taste is minty and minerally. Lemonade quenching lactic palate. Lighter body. Not bad, but certainly not my favorite. 9/29/2012 8/4/7/4/15=3.8

375mL 2004 Red Label. Grandma perfume nose with rose hips, potpourri, lavender. Very sharp perfume. Febreze almost. Lower carbonation, clear deep orange pour. Taste is minerals, leather, small pink grapefruit. Thinner body. Limeade palate. Clean and subtle all around. Perfume character clears out eventually. Pretty sharp and woody as it warms. A nice one. 9/29/2012 8/4/8/4/16=4.0

750mL 2003 Red Label. Gusher! Low haze, glowing orange pour. Sharp and prickly carbonation. Sparkling carbonation. Sharp, juicy grapefruit nose. Big lactic palate, sharp lime citric. Some sweeter candies come through in the nose. 9/29/201 8/4/8/5/16=4.1

750mL 2002 Red Label. Gusher! Clear orange pour, weaker head. Cloudier appearance. Nose is grapefruit all around. Taste is super sharp, minerally, lime pulp, sharp grapefruit. Wow. Very intense. Heavy carbonation. Taste is more sour and saltier. Probably the most aggressive grapefruit juice. Excellent. 9/29/2012 9/4/9/5/18=4.5

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
subcombicio (163) - Marghera, ITALY - FEB 16, 2012
non si pò dire assolutamente niente a questa birra se non..... una golosità per gli appasionati di geuze... 3 fonteinen the best.....

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (3592) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 27, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2013 2007 Vintage @ WoSF 2012 // been hearing a lot of praise for this one lately about how ridiculous it is // 75 cl. bottle split between tderoeck, adamjackson (Tim, Adam) & me // (a) hazy amber with a firm 3F gauze head// (s) is touch muted, sour, touch apples, plenty of hay, horse blanket (present & here to stay), bitter side of lemons (lemon peel) // (t) pretty trademark 3F, hay, barnyard, funky, touch herbal, old lemon, small touch white pepper, fruity, finished 3F bitterness, aged hops, zoink // bit muted, lacks the sharpness, clarity & openness of the regular 3F gauze, still has all of the things that make 3F great // it is very solid but offers no surplus value to the regular version which is better or at least, I like it more // spritzy, nice carb. as usual // maybe I need an older bottle // 2007 already seems sufficiently old // dunno //// Tried this one again - 2003 Vintage @ RBWG 2013 - THX! to Dave. That one was phenomenal, effervescent, delicate, lively with mellow fruits, lemon, almost soft citrus fruits as well as complimenting 3F Vintage notes, earthly, light mushroom cellar like a mix of Lente & Blauw, upping the score from 4.5 to 4.9 ///// Tried a 2008. Did ½ bottle. This stuff really needs to mature, this stuff is drinking really well right now. Lots & lots of funk, horseblanket, light mushroom & black + white pepper. Very yummy, also worthy of at least a 4.9.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2007
Date de mise en bouteille 07/03/2003. Hazy orange-gold with a large white head. Aroma of yeast, sour apple and dewy spring cottage garden. The taste is grapefruit with dusty books and paper stored in old barns and attics. Sour, but if you persevere you pick out a distant honey sweetness. The result is fresh, clean, immensely drinkable: a wonderful example of the brewer’s craft. This is the reason I love beer.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ajm (1065) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 22, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2011 Bottle shared by Shyam. Very outstanding character. Aroma is of sour wood, white pepper, gelatin, multiple citrus examples, mold, sour funk and earth. Flavors of all the same - like biting into a molding fruit. Finish is long, dry and tart. Better than JJ, IMO. And for sure better than Girardin Black Label.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bloekie (210) - BELGIUM - MAR 24, 2009
(37,5 cl bottle) Aroma and taste of sour wood and citrus with a bit of a funky taste as well. Long finish. Very refreshing!


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