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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.


4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2006
Hazy peach-golden with a large white head. To me the aroma is the most evocative feature of this celebrated beer, its musty, dusty, yeasty, cobwebby scent redolent of brasseries artisanales hidden in grimy backwaters of la Belge profonde where the uneven brick floors have soaked up decades of spilt fruits and lambics. Taste combines tartness with grapefruit bitterness to make a memorable drinking experience.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 17, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2009 Bottle courtesy of Bob on 08/01/2009. Bottled on 02 February 2007. Slightly hazy orange body with a small fizzy off-white head. Fairly tart aroma with some fruity hints. Good tart flavor, light fruit. Medium light body with moderate carbonation. 8/3/8/4/17 - 4.0 07/17/2006: Sampled at RBSG06. 1999 Bottle. Hazy orange body with a small off-white head. Sour aroma. Nice sour flavor. 8/3/9/3/16 - 3.9

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eructoblaster (2999) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 15, 2006
Bottle. Nice hazy dark gold body with average carbonation and a thin but lasting white foamy head. Typical Gueuze sour aroma that hides the alcohol very well. Very sharp sour taste with oaky and herbal hints. Ends with a long and robust sour, dry finish. Excellent example of the Gueuze style.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUL 8, 2006
Bottle. Rating #3000. Hoo ra. Pops with a light fizz, very light carbonation, near unblended... The color is golden orange. The nose is beautiful; a multifacetted tart/sweet funky dream. Lots of fruit and sweet malts; clashing tart, sour, funk, whoa. The flavor is...damn, near perfect. A light sweet malt is up at bat first followed by the growing tartness that peaks with a light floral and tickling mouthfeel. Finishes balanced and woody. Awesome geuze.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ross (2080) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUL 4, 2006
2004 bottle. My first from this brewery, and much thanks to Tom (oldgrowth) I was able to try this fantastic brew. Pours out a cloudy orange color, not much carbonation. Sweet citrus in the nose, and a nice upfront sourness on the first taste. As that fades it leaves way to oakey flavors, wood, and the ever present sourness. Awesome. Probably the best geuze ive had to date, glad I have another bottle of this, to last me for a while.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (16586) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 4, 2006
Bottle. Pours a hazy golden colour with a big white head. Aroma of barnyard with some citrus hints. Sweet malty flavor with nice sourness and hints of citrus. Sweet malty finish.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
arjoseph (639) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 30, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2008 Re-Rate. Bottle dated Apr. 2, 2001. Different label than the picture; it seems like a vintage, but the vintage rating is only for 2002 and after. Hazy grapefruit color in the glass, large fizzy head dissipates quickly. Lemony and skunky smell, yeasty things going on. Strong carbonation on a light body; acidity is stiff but slow burning, takes two seconds to emerge in lemony goodness. This is awesome, but the palate seems a bit weak; I dropped it one point, but I also raised the smell one point from the original rating.

Original Rating. 37.5 cl bottle into tumbler, Bier Circus. After having my Drie Fonteinen Framboos order ripped away from me (the lady said they didn’t have any more, but I have my doubts), this was the fall back, and it was a good choice. Hazy brown gold in the glass with a peach frothy head. The smell doesn’t give much, pretty much just some bitter brett and not much fruit character at all. The taste is a sour bomb at first, it takes over the whole mouth in a rush; however strong the sourness is, it can’t keep back an insistent brett, which forces its dry way up through the middle; only to be replaced by a resurgent sourness right before the swallow. The finish blends the two nicely, tasting of a very dry blending of muscat and proseco (it retains a tiny bit of the sweetness of the former); in the middle of the finish, some hops push through with a very un-citrus bitter and become the dominant feature, although there’s still sourness lingering strongly on top of it (it’s an amazing flavor, each layer well-defined and coexisting while being almost exactly complimentary); after a long ass time (30 seconds or so), the finish mellows and tastes distinctly of apples. Decidedly dope.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Diogène (1066) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 24, 2006
Bottle January 2004. At first, you only taste the sourness of this gueuze, but once you get used to it WOW! a wonderfull world of complexity just unveil its secrets. Pours a deep hazy golden with a medium white head. The aroma is citrusy witu hints of grapefruit, barnyard, herbs and yeast. Taste is dominated by a wave of sourness, followed by citrus, grapefruit, currant, horse blanket, funky barnyard. Full body and an everlasting finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thornecb (4367) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 23, 2006
Bottle says Dec 2000. Pours deep, hazy gold into a tumbler. Very active white micro head. Bright sour resin and herb lambic notes. Upfront sour yeast with an extremely tart, long lasting finish.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
seamus77 (31) - kansas city, Missouri, USA - JUN 20, 2006
mon dieu! i’ve died and gone to heaven and all the angels are belgian brewers! ah, geuze, either you love ’em or you’re nuts! the beauty of this golden, richly foamy-headed geuze takes my breath away. love that citrusy-hay-earthy nose and the dry, tart grapefruit tingles the tongue, tipping my tastebuds towards nirvana!


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