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

bottled
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1381   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 18, 2006
Poured a slightly hazy golden, darker than Id expected, with a white fluffy head. Aroma is quite strong, unripe grapes, acid, brett and a plethora of both ripe and unripe lunchbox fruits. Dry lively mouthful, with some heavy sour notes and a wonderful balance. Flavour was fairly malty for a gueuze, with wonderful sour apple and citrus, as well a good deal of brettyness. The finish as you would expect is long dry and sour.. So enjoyable and balanced. A real treat.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
tykjen (182) - Flor, NORWAY - DEC 13, 2006
Extremely dry, sour and fruity. Light straw color with yesty notes. Not for the faint hearted! A classic geuze, very well made.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - DEC 9, 2006
1999 vintage. Shared at the RateBeer gathering at the Captain Lawrence Brewery. Poured a hazy golden with a large fizzy white head. Aroma is funk, acidic citrus. Flavor is dry toffee and citric acidity with a yeasty funkiness, pretty much what Ive come to expect. Still not my favorite style, but good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 3, 2006
Love the good gueze and this is one of them. Dry and sour with a nice oaky wood presence. Acidity is bang on and the citric level is just right.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - DEC 3, 2006
750 ml bottle from Holiday Wine Cellar: Cloudy pale golden color with a medium eggshell white head. Sharp sour aroma with some oak presence. Flavor starts peppery followed by a tart acidity a touch of leather with a very dry citric finish. Medium bodied with champagne like carbonation and mouthfeel.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
auerbrau (3146) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - NOV 29, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2009 22 January 2004. Bright freshly ground white pepper and plenty of bold oaky phenols and lots of funky cheese, mostly blue. Faint hexanes. Strong golden-orange pour, with a slick of whitish and extremely perfusive and thin carbonation. Flavor is composed of a strong, sharp, piquant sourneess, with dishes of reduced apple juice and a fine sherry vinegar. Lots of horses, and dry, oaky cherry pits. A smidge of oak creeps up in the background. Leather smack! Long tart balsamic tartness in the smack. Palate has a twinge of carbonative percolating, bristling the tounge and lighting up all the characters. Well dried.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 28, 2006
750mL bottle, 28 February 2004. Pours a cloudy orangish-gold; sizable white head with good retention and lacing. Huge, mouthwatering aroma: horseblanket, tart citrus, cheeses, and some funk. Nice level of tartness; sour without being overwhelming; medium-to-low acidity (my personal preference). Full, layered mouthfeel: plenty of citrus and fruit, funk with lively carbonation; hints of oak and floral/mineral notes. Finishes somewhat clean, showing lingering tartness and some citrus.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 23, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2007 Bottle, 2/2004. Pours cloudy light orange with a good white head. Wow, the aroma on this gets my mouth watering. It is very fruity, citrus, some wheat. I taste tart fruits, lots of sour and some oak. Goes down silky smooth, finishes dry and sour. Great brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2006
I was forwarned that this beer was "funky", like bleu cheese...it looks great, though, slightly cloudy body and a lush, white head. Rich, sweet, wheaty aroma - very full and pungent. The amount of carbonation in here is striking...Im not sure I really like my sour beers this foamy and bubbly. Very sour flavor indeed, and there is something cheesy about it in its biting sourness. This beer is a good lambic, but just not for me.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (4763) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2006
Bottled Feb. 2004 - clear, sparkling strawberry blond color, with soapy, lasting head - extremely complex horseblanket, blue cheese, hay, citrus, and light acidic aroma - soft carbonation in the mouthfeel - very dry, with moderate sourness for a lambic - loads of aged, funky cheese flavors - a bright, acidic fruitiness blasts the tongue before the cheese/funk takes center stage, though - lemon, grassiness, some light grain and a tiny, tiny hint of peach sweetness come in near the long, dry finish - very light oak character throughout - never loses it gueuze funkiness - not for the uninitiated, but quite a treat for those that are.


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