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

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RATINGS: 1398   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.


4.1
   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 (3166) - 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 (3207) - 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...I’m 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 (4835) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Svesse (6066) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - NOV 19, 2006
(Bottle, bottled 17 Feb 2002) Pale amber colour with huge off-white head. Yeast sediment making it hazy. Fruity, acidic nose with notes of grapefruit, barnyard, horse blanket and a slightly smokey hint. Fruity, earthy, acidic and very fresh taste with loads of grapefruit, lemon and green apples. Medium body, very dry and sourish. In perfect balance and very complex. Amazing stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - NOV 15, 2006
Pours orange with a small white head. Very dry and farmy in the nose, earthy with a light citrus hint and sourness builds. This beer finishes with a medium acidity that goes well with some tart fruitiness, straw and wood.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
lgklotet (432) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 14, 2006
On tap at 3 fonteinen. I first tried this about a year ago at Oliver Twist (Sthlm, Sweden). It was my first shot at gueze and my mouth was in shock for weeks afterwards. Since then I have learned to love the style. After a foray into the realm of other gueze producers (mainly Cantillon) I was very curious as to how this beer would be after the first shock had settled. So, this is by no means as sour as a Cantillon, but ten times as stinky. If someone could just Frankenstein me a gueze with the sour punch of Cantillon with the horsy cheese breath of Fonteinen.. But back to the beer at hand, 3F-revisited... I loved every drop of it!


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