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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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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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 3, 2007
From a 375mL Bottle, January 22, 2004. Pours a murky, orangish gold color with a thin layer of whitish head. Woody aromas of tart peach pits, mango skins, and green crabapple flesh that creates a tart, fruity bouquet. A nice leathery, cidery funk adds some welcome complexity. Light bodied, champagne-like effervescent mouthfeel. So simply in composition, yet so complex in flavor. Sour, acidic flavors of crababble skins skitter across the tongue initially, followed by some pithy lime rind and more leather. Final smack of a fine stilton cheese melted over baked pears.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JAN 2, 2007
750 ml bottle from Samís in Chicago, bottled February 28, 2004. By far the most attractive Gueuze Iíve encountered - hazy golden amber colour with a full lasting creamy, fizzy, and pillowy off-white head. Lemon, tart grapefruit, fruity, and lightly floral aroma to go with musty, earthy, yeasty, and cheesy funk with some barnyard notes. Lemon and grapefruit tartness lead the flavours, with a pithy grapefruit bitterness to balance the tartness and an underlying yeasty and soft cheese flavour bringing in additional complexity. Lingering tartness and yeasty and pithy bitterness to finish. Light bodied, bone dry, amazingly refreshing. I could drink this all day. A little unsure at first, this one blossomed into perhaps the best lambic Iíve had. Just delicious. Great choice for the last beer of 2006 and first of 2007.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtw (1101) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2007
corked and caged 750 mL bottle, what a sour way to inaugurate 2007! bubblegum yeast billow out of the bottle before i even poured it, and smelling the bottle brings along woody and acidic (lightly vinegary and ílightí acids) aromas. highly carbonated, evidenced by the sharp foop of the cork as well as a head perpetually fed from several streams of bubbles that look like natural springs inside the glass. bright funky white fruits, with musty sour fermented flavors. the astringency provides balance to a stronger malt presence than i expected. despite the malt in the body, itís a nice dry finish that leaves plenty of sour behind. an expensive treat, worth it once in a while!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2006
Another finder at holidays. Hazy gold pour with a full white foamy head. The ripened fruits are alive. Especially the apples and pears and barnyard aromatics. Blended sours are amazing. Considered against the pedestrian gueuzes I have had before. This baby is the real deal! Blended beautifully with a nice sweet sour dry finish.

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 Iíd 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) - FlorÝ, 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 Iíve 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 (3177) - 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.


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