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

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RATINGS: 1575   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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
JohnnyJ (4945) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 15, 2008
Feb 04 bottle. Pours a hazy golden yellow with nice lacy white head. This was really tasty. Very acidic with citrus, lemon, apple, hints of berry, pepper, barnyard funkiness, and peach. Also some oak and leather. Very dry and very sour, this is not an easy to drink beer, but it is very complex.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Miksu (5027) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - MAR 14, 2008
0.375 l bottle, bottled 2006. Hazy peachy color with small head. Very acidic aroma with grapefruit, lemon, strawberry, sulphur and perfumed-flowery notes. Acidic, grapefruity, lemony and mentholy flavor with wild yeast bitterness. Highly carbonated. Excellent, balanced and very satisfying! We tasted this and 3 Fontainen vintage oude gueuze 2004 in a same session but I prefer this.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 11, 2008
Bottle shared at tasting 2-24-08
Bottled 1-22-04
Very sweet vinegar smell - not too tart, but mostly vinegar in the nose. Cloudy yellow orange in appearance. Quite tart in the flavor but not much more to it. It is sour but just not as balanced as I wanted. Vinegar becomes more and more prevalent as it warms.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bgburdman9 (860) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2008
Finally tried this one out of a 12.7 ounce bottle. Aroma had some solid funkiness, citrus, and some yeast to it. Flavor was not all that sour which was nice when you are drinking a whole bottle yourself. Pretty tastey overall.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Juelze (1141) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 8, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2008 Pours into my Lindemans flute with a hazy golden color with thick frothy white head. Aroma is of sour apple, horse blanket, yeast, and light peach. Taste yeast, sour apple, light citrus, and note of peach. Moderate carbonation and sharp dry finish. Good stuff!

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 8, 2008
Thanks to TheCheeseMan for this one! Pours a cloudy gold color with lots of bubbles and a thick foamy white head. Aroma is funky, barnyard, and tart. Taste is funky, some green apple, and dry. Tastes great but the palate finishes a bit flat and bitter. Awesome, but I prefer the Cantillon Gueuze over this.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ekstedt (6025) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 7, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2012 Bottle (375 ml) from Biertempel, Brussels, Belgium. Deep hazy golden with a short-lived white head. Cidery aroma with green apples and grapefruit, and some very faint oak and leather notes. Very dry with firm acidity, albeit more restrained than in Cantillon brews, and a mild grapefruit-like bitterness.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bitbucket (2160) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - MAR 5, 2008
Bottle, split with after4ever. Pours clear warm amber with a lacy white head. Seriously funky nose. But the funk doesn’t carry over into the taste so much as I expected. I get some cherries but not a lot of the barnyard - which is completely OK with me. Light body, active carbonation. Lightly sour taste with a tart finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerZack (288) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 5, 2008
Thanks to Geuzelover for this aged sample, bottle reads- 1/22/2004 Cloudy orange color with very little head (maybe to due age of this sample). Smells tart with some spice and horseblanket. Leathery spicy horseblanket, sour lemon, lactic acid taste/feel. One of the more complex geuzes I’ve sampled, but not sure how much is due to age as I’ve yet to try a fresh sample.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2008
2006 bottle sampled at a hotel in Beersel since I went there on a Tuesday because of poor planning I didn’t get to go to 3 Fontenien. Aromas were sour, funky, woody, musty, and all around rustic. Beer poured a cloudy golden color with a white head that dissipates rather quickly. Flavor is sour, with must, lemon, and grapefruit, and pretty dry. Seems a little less edgy and lemony than Cantillon’s Gueze. Mothfeel is lightly carbonated . Very good


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