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

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RATINGS: 1551   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - NOV 7, 2007
75 cl bottle, 1999-version. Hazy orange color, white head. Sour/acidic, fruit, yeast, vinous. Dry. (RBNAGí07 in Grimstad Nov. 3th.)

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 7, 2007
Low, fully diminishing white head. Unclear pale orange-golden colored body. Fruity sour/acidic barnyard aroma. Notes of dust, mould and cellar. Taste is medium dry, acidic, light fruity, with a touch bubble-gum and fruit-sweetness towards the end. Long dry light fruity finish. A very tasty and refreshing palate-cleanser (750 ml corked 1999 bottle @ RBNAGí07)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - NOV 5, 2007
375 ml bottle from the Oxford CAMRA beer festival. Shiny copper, nice white cap that fades fairly quickly, but leaves a nice bit of lace. Aroma of hay, dandelion flowers, metal playground equipment in the sun. A touch of brine. Very bright and summery. The first sip is almost disappointingly soft. The bracing slap of sourness actually turns out to be quite gentle. But after the surprise...the softness is very welcome. There is a pleasant quinine and chalk component to the sourness that adds to itís refreshing quality. Green chewy leaves, pepper, a bit of lime. I suspect my bottle is a bit on the young side--carbonation level is moderate, and while dry compared to any other sort of beer, there is a touch more sweetness than sometimes offered in an aged gueuze. Subtle, balanced, profoundly refreshing.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - NOV 4, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2010 Well, I found myself at Akkurat in Stockholm and figured that this was the place to have my first lambic, and drie fonteinen oude geuze looked like it was the best call. 375ml bottle. Solid gold to orange with a small head. Very acidic sour aroma, like acetic acid and alcohol, and some wierdness that I cant describe. Flavor is a harsh sour, extremely dry and crisp. Highly carbonated and quenching mouthfeel. I think itís funny that my notes are pretty much the same as people who give this a 4.5. I guess I was just shocked at what a geuze tastes like. maybe i should have started with a kriek? A good experience, even if the flavors and aromas were a bit extreme to my unaccustomed palate. Iíll have to come back to this later and see if it grows on me. (4,4,6,4,12)

Rerate: 375cl bottle, bottled March 2008. Super pop upon opening, though no gushing. Big frothy white head atop a gold body. The aroma has some more solventy harsh notes at first, but they mostly fade as the beer warms and opens up. Just crazy, funky stuff. Weird vegetal and acidic notes with some mop bucket. Super dry and sour with tons of dirty funk and lots of prickly champaign-like bubbles. Very light bodied. Acidic all the way through the finish. Still a crazy gueuze, and seems more out there than some of the others that I have had since this was my first gueuze over two years ago. Even though my palate has change considerably since then, I still remember many of the same qualities, though I appreciate them much more. Ah, that finish is to die for.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JAXSON (535) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2009 12.7 oz. bottle. Pours a dark, hazy orange. Swamp-foam head, nice lacing down the side. Aroma is sour orange, lemon, grass, must, white grapes. Flavor is kind of consumed by a full sourness, itís kind of hard to pick out more subtle flavors. Leather, lemon, soap. bitter grass. Not at all bad though. I donít think itís exceptional, but itís certainly enjoyable. UPDATE: From a 10-year old 75cl bottle, big thanks to Ryan. Pours darker than the younger blend with a thin head. Musty, dank aroma with a twinge of metal. This has evolved nicely, really mellow after 10 years. Very pleasant lemony, grassy flavors, so smooth and drinkable. Anyone with a bottle of this should let it sit awhile and try it alongside a fresh one.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BelgiskOlklub (962) - Viby J, DENMARK - NOV 1, 2007
37,5 cl. bottle (2005). Aroma of apple, citrus and yeasty basement aromas.Golden, hazy appearance with minimal white foam. It has a medium body, a thin/medium feel and a long bitter finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2011 Dry dry dry delicious lots of citrus (sometimes more pith than juice, sometimes more juice than peel, sometimes all peel). Sometimes bitter, sometimes maltier (I like the bittery ones) resin. Old books, library, toolshed, barnyard, leather, low on the must and mold. Sometimes buteric, medicine, and rotting plants--yeah in a good way! As dry as a beverage can be. Some of the most sensuous, lively gueze is produced by this killer lambic maker. Highly carbonated sometimes, alive. Usually attractive, amber. Lemony. Exceptional.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Scauca (490) - Lovere, ITALY - OCT 22, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2007 Delicious funky citric and wooden geuze, cheesy, leathery and guess somewhat bloody and metallic. Very tart flavour, vinegary, lemony and extremely dry.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2007
Wrote my whole review to find out I was not signed in for some reason. Zesty sour lemon wheat taht barnyard funk that woulda made me gag 2 years ago. Goes down extremely well for a sour brew. Delicous.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - OCT 5, 2007
Bottle. 2006 Vintage. Cheesy barnyard funk aroma. Wonderful. Slightly meaty and vegetal. Definite hay and wet grass notes. A hint of charred nuts. Pours cloudy orange with a creamy white head.. Tart and sour flavor. Lemon zesy. Cheese. Rubber. Kombucha tea. Wheat and yeast. Creamy with excellent fizzy carbonation. I have a v. 2000 that Iím just itching to get in to. This is great stuff.


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