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Style: Lambic Style - Gueuze
Beersel, Belgium

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RATINGS: 1496   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


2.4
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
thepilferer (29) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - NOV 16, 2007
I understand this is supposed to be an acquired taste, but it is one I certainly havenít acquired yet. The aroma was like an earthy cheese. It looked quite nice and had nice champagne-like bubbly texture. The taste was mainly sour, with slight funky yeasty notes as well and just the slightest amount of hops. Considering it was $8 for a 375ml, I donít think this is one taste I will ever acquire.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsga (6446) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 11, 2007
Huge offwhite coarse head. Deep hazy yellow body with carbonation. Dry sharpish barnyard and grain aroma with metallic acid notes. Thin dry acidic taste with grainy metallic background. Sharp and intense, but still somehow not unpleasant. Quite nice (0.75l bottle, 1999 vintage, RBNAGí07.)

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sigmund (5462) - Tau, NORWAY - NOV 10, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2014 Rerate, 375 ml "champagne" bottle, from Vinmonopolet. ABV is 6%. Unfiltered, bottled 10/03/2008. Pours very fizzy. Cloudy yellow colour, big white head. Lovely farmhouse aroma, notes of fermenting fruits and spices. The flavour is very sour and tart with notes of lemons and Bramley apples, hints of spices, some hops in the aftertaste. Original rating: Sampled bottle, RBNAG 2007 in Grimstad, as 3 Fonteinen Beersel Oude Geuze 1999. Golden colour, large head. Funky aroma / mold, horseblanket. Nice sour flavour with oaky and farmhouse notes.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hiddenvariable (206) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2008 two-year old bottle. pours a cloudy honey color with a substantial head that dies fairly quickly but never completely. very sharp solventy smell with grapefruit and lemon, a bit of wood, maybe some sour apple. similar taste with a bit of mediciney-ness. quite harsh tasting. tart finish, with a pretty strong sour note and a high carbonation creamy mouthfeel. i did not like this one, but i am assured that it will grow on me, so iíll have to rate it again another time. rerate! bottled on 22 jan. 2004, consumed on 29 feb. 2008. pours a reddish honey color with a thin whitish film. sharp sour lemon smell, with some orange, a bit of oak, and a very light straw-ish barnyard note. sharp acidic flavor, with lemons and a honey and nutty malt, straw and sweat, wood, orange, maybe some apples? itís almost as difficult to describe as it is easy to drink. i have to force myself to go easy and enjoy. great tart sour and dry finish, with a light sweetness from the malts filling in. light medium body, decent carbonation, quenching mouthfeel. just as sharp as i remember it, but i like it sooo much better than that first time. sharp, unabashedly different, complex, and such a stark contrast from the american hop bombs and spicy fruity belgians. i want so much more of this.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - NOV 8, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2009 Sharp champagne-like aroma. Sweet pickle juice, citrus, cherries, and oak. Rose amber color with good lacing. Taste is strong and sharp initially with some saltiness that induces salivation. There is a tartness in the middle, some sweet pickle qualities with an oaken dryness. Rich vanilla accents. Palate is a mixture of dry and sweet, well carbonated with good flavor changes. Overall, unusual and rich, fruity and woody, salty sweet and sour all at the same time. Wonderfully complex. Rerate - had again at the Poechenellekelder in Brussels. This was one of the top beers of my trip. Had to bump it up to a 4.4. One of the few beers I made space in my suitcase for.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - NOV 7, 2007
75 cl bottle, 1999-version. Hazy orange color, white head. Sour/acidic, fruit, yeast, vinous. Dry. (RBNAGí07 in Grimstad Nov. 3th.)

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 7, 2007
Low, fully diminishing white head. Unclear pale orange-golden colored body. Fruity sour/acidic barnyard aroma. Notes of dust, mould and cellar. Taste is medium dry, acidic, light fruity, with a touch bubble-gum and fruit-sweetness towards the end. Long dry light fruity finish. A very tasty and refreshing palate-cleanser (750 ml corked 1999 bottle @ RBNAGí07)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - NOV 5, 2007
375 ml bottle from the Oxford CAMRA beer festival. Shiny copper, nice white cap that fades fairly quickly, but leaves a nice bit of lace. Aroma of hay, dandelion flowers, metal playground equipment in the sun. A touch of brine. Very bright and summery. The first sip is almost disappointingly soft. The bracing slap of sourness actually turns out to be quite gentle. But after the surprise...the softness is very welcome. There is a pleasant quinine and chalk component to the sourness that adds to itís refreshing quality. Green chewy leaves, pepper, a bit of lime. I suspect my bottle is a bit on the young side--carbonation level is moderate, and while dry compared to any other sort of beer, there is a touch more sweetness than sometimes offered in an aged gueuze. Subtle, balanced, profoundly refreshing.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - NOV 4, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2010 Well, I found myself at Akkurat in Stockholm and figured that this was the place to have my first lambic, and drie fonteinen oude geuze looked like it was the best call. 375ml bottle. Solid gold to orange with a small head. Very acidic sour aroma, like acetic acid and alcohol, and some wierdness that I cant describe. Flavor is a harsh sour, extremely dry and crisp. Highly carbonated and quenching mouthfeel. I think itís funny that my notes are pretty much the same as people who give this a 4.5. I guess I was just shocked at what a geuze tastes like. maybe i should have started with a kriek? A good experience, even if the flavors and aromas were a bit extreme to my unaccustomed palate. Iíll have to come back to this later and see if it grows on me. (4,4,6,4,12)

Rerate: 375cl bottle, bottled March 2008. Super pop upon opening, though no gushing. Big frothy white head atop a gold body. The aroma has some more solventy harsh notes at first, but they mostly fade as the beer warms and opens up. Just crazy, funky stuff. Weird vegetal and acidic notes with some mop bucket. Super dry and sour with tons of dirty funk and lots of prickly champaign-like bubbles. Very light bodied. Acidic all the way through the finish. Still a crazy gueuze, and seems more out there than some of the others that I have had since this was my first gueuze over two years ago. Even though my palate has change considerably since then, I still remember many of the same qualities, though I appreciate them much more. Ah, that finish is to die for.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JAXSON (533) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2009 12.7 oz. bottle. Pours a dark, hazy orange. Swamp-foam head, nice lacing down the side. Aroma is sour orange, lemon, grass, must, white grapes. Flavor is kind of consumed by a full sourness, itís kind of hard to pick out more subtle flavors. Leather, lemon, soap. bitter grass. Not at all bad though. I donít think itís exceptional, but itís certainly enjoyable. UPDATE: From a 10-year old 75cl bottle, big thanks to Ryan. Pours darker than the younger blend with a thin head. Musty, dank aroma with a twinge of metal. This has evolved nicely, really mellow after 10 years. Very pleasant lemony, grassy flavors, so smooth and drinkable. Anyone with a bottle of this should let it sit awhile and try it alongside a fresh one.


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