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

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RATINGS: 1379   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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (14290) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 26, 2005
Corked bottle, Vintage 1999, 6 years old, 5% ABV
Hazy golden color. Wonderful aroma, very complex, balanced (cellar aroma, sourness, some fruitness). The taste has still some sugars, well sour without being excessive. It’s difficult to ask for better…

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (9355) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 7, 2005
75cL bottle, dated 22-02-2003. Pours cloudy straw orange-yellow with a medium frothy off-white head that stays forever on top of this brew, yielding a thick frothy and spotty lacing. Sour citrus and muscadine grape, green apple aroma to awaken the saliva glands and prep them for the brew to follow, yeast (musty cellar, barnyard) and light malt aroma with lemon and mace notes. Heavily bitter, sour and tart lemon citrus flavor to start with light malt body and plenty of yeast, particularly barnyard, and an oily metallic aftertaste. Medium to light bodied, lively carbonation with a slight chalky finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 6, 2005
This beeer pours a cloudy medium-orange color with a huge frothy head that lasts and leaves a nice lacing. The aroma is a complex, earthy wall; full of yeasty barnyard, cellar, hay, lemongrass, citrus, wood and sour apple. The palate is light-to-medium, thin and highly carbonated. Quite fizzy and smile-inducing in the mouth. The flavor—like the aroma—is a wall of complexity. It begins with a blast of sour and moderate sweetness, quickly giving away to a clean, dry finish. I can’t wait to come revist this beer after I build my frame of reference a bit more.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 2, 2005
1999, 750 ml bottle, cellar temperatue in a Lindemans flute. Not very often anymore that I get to rate a "new" beer that has a lot of ratings and a 4 average...excitement! It pours with a surprisingly stable, dense snow-white fine-bubbled head, topping a slightly oily, relatively clear gold body...it smells, well, like gueuze, lots of farminess and horseblanket, but also some lovely perfumy notes and a bit of white grape, very complex, subtle and engaging....there is light oxidation also, but it merely adds to the mysteries...sourness up front and center on the tongue, moderate carbonation but appropriate with six years, tart appleskins and light metallic & alcohol bitterness...at the end, strong black pepper is felt, and the mouth tingles and tingles. The flavor and mouthfeel don’t quite live up to the extraordinary nose, but this is still world class, no doubt about it...I suspect that in this case, I would prefer a slightly younger sample.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2005
A Mes rate: As barnyardy as they come in the nose. All straw and hay and grass. Dusty, old and musty. Barnyard is exactly what it is. Wonderful cloudy orange appearance. No head at all until some big soapy bubbles for the final top up. Fantastic flavour. Just as you would expect. A typical gueuze but with a touch more lemon than usual. Pretty much all the tarty and sour character comes through at the fnish. In fact it is almost too much just for an instant then it mellows just as quick to something much more enjoyable but sadly just a little sticky. Great beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 25, 2005
Golden colour with a slight haze and a big foamy off white head. Fruity and acidic aroma with notes of yeast and oak. Fruity flavor, dusty and earthy notes, quite acidic finish. Very complex.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - NOV 14, 2005
Courtesy of Pailhead. Pours oily hazy orange with ring of film. Very sour aroma and flavor, lemon-like. Lots of woodsy, musty yeastiness come into play as it warms. Very mouth watering and puckering. Very nice gueuze.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bask (305) - Leuven, BELGIUM - NOV 10, 2005
Bottle, ABSdrinks. Golden colour, nice white head. Sour, yeasty aroma; equal flavour. Easy to drink, nice beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
emotv (351) - Izmir, TURKEY - NOV 9, 2005
Nice head and a great scent on first.Aroma is very very sour.dime taste and and very bitter sourness stays much on mouth one of the stragest beer i have ever drinked in my life.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yngwie (13104) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 25, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2008 Bottled at Delirium, Gothenburg. Golden, with almost no head and carbonation. Sour, citric aroma with hints of green apples. Tart, biting on tongue. Lovely. Rating: 8-4-8-4-17-4.1. (051008)

Bottle, 37.5cl corked. A slightly hazy, orange beer with a white head and some fine lacings. The aroma has barnyard, horse-blanket and lemon in a nice union. Acidic, lemony flavor with a touch of barnyard and horse blanket. Tart and astringent, really mouth puckering. Lemony finish. Yummy. (080926)


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