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

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RATINGS: 1662   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99/5   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 1, 2008
Bottle at the White Horse, Parsons Green, 25th March 2008 with renffisch. Standard cloudy orange gueuze appearance with a lovely lime and gooseberry aroma. Tart goosebeery flavour which lasts but with a sweeter softness in the middle to balance it. A good gueuze. I think I’m beginning to like the style :)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DSG (11246) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - APR 1, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2015 Re-rate 1/15: Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks Ofri. Bottled 23/10/13. Hazy orange. Funky, lemony, sour. Wonderful. 8/3/9/4/18=4.2

Re-rate 7/3/11: Bottle sample at the 1st Israeli Sour Tasting. Vintage 2008. Thanks Lee. Cloudy orange with a white head. Citric aroma with some sweaty notes. Prickly sour flavor with lemon and grapefruits. Medium-bodied. 8/4/8/4/16=4

(3/6/08) Bottle at Waterhuis aan de Bierkant in Ghent. Bottled 3/06. Cloudy orange with a white head. Great aroma of brett, citrus and some wood. A sour flavor with lemon and some funk, very dry but not overpowering. Medium-bodied. Wonderful. 8/4/9/4/17=4.2

0.5
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
ciuspan (94) - Hillerød, DENMARK - MAR 23, 2008
Jamen så bliver det ikke værre. Belgisk champagne eller batterisyre bedøm selv, fuldstændigt udrikkeligt.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2008
Bottle, sampled at Tria Fermentation school on 3/15/08. Poured hazy golden, with a moderate sixed white head. Intense, lactic aroma with notes of wild yeast. Flavor is moderately sour, with notes of citrus, wood, lactic acid and wild yeast. Moderate carbonation. Long, dry, fairly tart finish.

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
HoptimusPrime (17) - ASCENSION ISLAND - MAR 20, 2008
I thought I would try another one of these to see if they are any better. Unfortunately, not. This one smells like a horse farm and tastes like hoppy piss water. Not as vile as the other one, but still bad.

3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
renffisch (890) - london, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 18, 2008
375ml bottle @ biergasthof schiffner. Smelt of gooseberry and chardonnay with definite notes of gone-off horse feed (sour barley, oats). clear orange in colour with a instantly vanishing head. Flavours of leather, bananas and a heavy load of lactic acid. Its round balanced and actually not that sour.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
couchand (182) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 17, 2008
Clean sour aroma. Straw to copper, crystal clear. Smooth, oaky, sour flavor. Round and balanced.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnnyJ (5330) - 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 (5039) - 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.


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