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

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RATINGS: 1563   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JAN 29, 2008
11/05 bottle. Wow thatís a lot of head! Slowly poured down an 8 inch flute but still produced 2/3 of head that fell to nothing. Ridiculous CO2 aroma. Now thatís it settled, most of the rest of the bottle gave even stronger, thick, sudsy head. Golden, with a bit of haze. Dry crisp yeast aroma with some lemon and dry fall leaves. Dry and balanced on the tongue, not too sweet or dry either way, the waves of flavor only flow delicately. After the rest of the sediment is agitated and poured in, a seductive hazy sludge falls down and sits there lazily. Drier this way, tart lemon flavor and yeast up the nose.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
illidurit (2243) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 26, 2008
Not much carbonation after an aggressive pour into a tulip glass. Head seems composed of air bubbles instead of CO2 bubbles. Iím worried this might be oxidized. Smell is of sour citrus, musty yeast, and hay. Taste is of lemon, apple skin, a faint sugary sweetness, a hint of champagney grape. Very sour and a little dirty on the mouthfeel. Quite drinkable for the amount of sourness however.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (17335) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 23, 2008
Bottle at home with Tom ... Crips golden Orange ... odd not unpleasent woody nose with a tiny tart sourness ... gentle sourness ... some cider notes ... again an odd woodyness ... good mouthfeel ... with an odd drying linger some lemon tones in finish

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmac (4682) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 22, 2008
375 ml 2005 bottle thannks to Taktik_MTL, thanks Marc. Inital pour was suprising with a clear golden honey hue and a fluffy bright white head. Aroma of sour funk, earth, wet leather and wood that stings the nostrils like smoke. Body was thin and watery with light carbonation. Flavor was tons of funk, barnyard, sourness, wood and white wine. I cellared this one for four solid months, maybe next time I can exercise a slight bit more restraint and get an extra month or two of age on it.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2008
1/20/08 Bottle, 2006.
Thick apricot body with an ample, slightly off-white head. Dirty, sour grape nose. Flavor is very barnyard and dusty: horseblanket, cheddar cheese, hay, vinegar, acidic, phenols and white wine. A nicely executed Gueze, lovely.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - JAN 19, 2008
Bottle. Gold / straw yellow pour with some white head. Aroma is sour, citrusy, some earthy malt. The flavor is mostly tart malt, lemons, etc. What else am I supposed to taste besides lemons?

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
alexanderj (3414) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JAN 19, 2008
Bottle thanks to golubj. Aroma was very earthy, funky and sour. A bit of lemon and citrus. Flavor was pretty funky and sour. Not overly sour however. A good amount of acid and carbonation. Still not a big fan of the style; and for the style it was just ok.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2008
bottle (april 2001 vintage according to the bottle)....semi-opaque orangey brown pour accompanied by a slightly off-white head....thereís a whole lot of funk in the nose which is great. a sharp lemony tartness are the highlights.....sour/tart level was pretty high in the flavor. some more of that barnyardiness and lemon character. finish was pretty dry and leaves the mouth wanting some more......i donít think you can go wrong with this one if you are a sour-funk-head......i just tasted the girardin black last week and i jsut canít get enough of these lambics!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
unclemattie (4357) - Georgia, USA - JAN 15, 2008
15 DEC 07, Southeast YeHa. Vintage 2000. 750ml bottle. Hazy golden color. Aroma is tart. Flavor is well aged, sour, and tart. Well enjoyed. Thanks shp555!

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TrefwoordPunk (830) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JAN 11, 2008
Bottle 37,5 cl (bottled march 2005). Pours a hazy yellow with a small white head and a fresh apple aroma with some hints of yeast and lemon. The flavor is mainly sour, almost like drinking lemon-juice, but just enough to stay drinkable. Some bitter notes and apple and grapefruit too. My first 3 fonteinen and this one totally rocks!


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