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

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RATINGS: 1425   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Blend of 1, 2, and 3 year old lambics.
A true Geuze - a blend of 1, 2, and 3 year-old lambic, unfiltered and unpasteurized, and aged in the bottle for at least a year after blending. Refermentation in the bottle gives this Geuze its famous champagne-like spritziness. The lambic that goes into it is brewed only with 60% barley malt, 40% unmalted wheat, aged hops, and water, spontaneously fermented by wild yeasts, and matured in oak casks.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Skyview (5242) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - APR 9, 2007
Bottle shared with brewfiend at Cellars LexLarp in St Paul. Pours a clean brownish yellow is a white head. Aroma of sour cheese, yeast and some floral hops. Taste of citrus, rasins, and sour apples. A bit dry sour aftertaste.

4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SB (333) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2007
Bottle. Bought at Premier Gourmet, March 06. Bottled January 22, 2004. Pours bubbly orangish yellowish. Nice frothy white head that nicely laced the glass and was present all the way to the end. Sour aroma. Not as sour as I expected, nice good balance between the oak and sourness. As it warmed fruity notes appeared, mostly like raisans. This is my far the best Lambic iíve had. Iím sure it has mellowed a bit. Carbonation was lively and present in each sip. Light, fluffy body. Nice sourish/orangish lingering aftertaste.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 8, 2007
(Bottle @ ít Brugs Beertje, bottled 11/30/2005): Pours a fizzy clear brownish color, good head, white, foamy, good lacing. Dark fruity bitter smell. Maybe a moldy cheese aroma? Sharp taste, same cheesy taste. A sour soda taste. Effervescent. Not for the weak. A sour rotten taste. As it warms, and as the alcohol kicks in, itís more palatable.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2009 Bottle - Iíll preface by saying I donít know as much as I would like to about the style... Over attenuated I think, since it bubbled over and out of the bottle for about 5 minutes. Nose is zesty, sour, yeast, barnyard, hay, cheese, light citrus and spices with some floral notes, really nice. Unfilitered honey color with a bubbly white head. Flavor is spot on, simple and grainy (like semolina) with a tart/sour finish and light bitter background. Not overly sour but very enjoyable, the more I drink it the more I like it. No alcohol that I can detect. World class. Rerate, 2006 bottle - amazing.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JK (4520) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - APR 1, 2007
My first Fonteinen product and it is excellent. Aroma has a great barnyard character and promises a sour flavor. Flavor has very light wheat, a touch of citrus, and a sour flavor. Probably not the most sour gueuze I have tasted, but full bodied and very flavorful.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - APR 1, 2007
1999 Bottle Pours out a nice cloudy yellowish color with a nice white head. Aroma was somewhat sour, but im sure that is has mellowed with age. Flavor was not nearly as sour as I expected it to be. This as well had mellowed and was somewhat sweet. Over all the best lambic I have ever had.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Stine (1599) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 31, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2008 March 2007. Vintage 1999. The pour is a cloudy, thick haze. Light orange, dusty color. Lemon aroma comes first. Blue cheese, sawdust, pepper. Finally itís like stepping into a misty nighttime fog, the wet air heavy with the smell of new flowers. Damp as the walls of the cave. Spicy wheat flavor unravels into wild but sophisticated strangeness; orangey citric acid, wet moss, infection, white pepper. Brisk, clean, wild. Incredibly textured finish of greek olives and dry, sour goat cheese. Fascinating but comprehensible brilliance; so good that I couldnít stop myself shivering a little. 9/4/9/5/19 4.6

July 2008. Vintage 1999. Clean apricot orange pour, with a touch of mist. Caramelized skins of citrus aroma, lemon and lime juices, vanilla, and a soft champagne vinegar. Seems to have sweetened a bit. A film of attic must envelopes the middle in dusty haze, even if there isnít much horseblanket stink to make it really funky. A blanketing, if distant, salty, cheese and cured meat antipasto quality is really appetizing. Fruit characters are firm and soft, in watermelon, cantaloupe, and nectarine. Fleshy and chewy, and still seeming somewhat caramelized. The moist, evocative late summer sweetness of those fragrances seems crisply reminiscent of the glory of the Blauw gueuze.

Flavor is a burst of cheesy funk settling in the mold of citrus yogurts and stony fruits. Apricots and blood oranges swimming the tang of goat cheese cream. Mineral heavy, and coldly bitter at times, but ridden with a wild and fresh cleansing herbal character. A tang of a heavier balsamic type of vinegar lends a certain syrupy quality, sweet and musty. Wooden. I love the resilience of the bright and soft fruit sweetness; itís like a stagnant humid sunrise of fresh summer stone fruits.

Medium bodied, cotton soft palate is bright and reasonably acidic. Middle brings a bit of mint, and the finish just lacquers the back of the throat in dried out, herbal goat cheese, smacking more intensely on the rind of the cheese and dirty minerals than almost every other confident gueuze I can think of, almost belligerent in confidence and force. Itís a textbook rewriting finish. All around awesome; gentle, but unbridled. A classic. 8/4/9/5/19 4.5

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 30, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2007 gold color with nice white head. Wonderful sour nose. Wonderful sour body with maybe the faintest hint of apple. Dry.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 29, 2007
Monsterous champagne head,wonderful outdoorsey, haybarn horseblanket aroma,soft but spritzy tartness,touch of lemon, a touch of fruity sweetness, drys out quickly,a pleasing fruit sourness,a real thirst quencher,delicious

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - MAR 23, 2007
bottled 22JAN04 pours a hazy amber gold with minimal fizz and head. lemon wine nose is balanced with expected funk. flavor is tartly acidic with notes of hay and more citrus. not overwelmingly complex, but nice enough. oak flavor comes through in finish.


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