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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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2006
2001 Vintage from my cellar. Poured at the Fat Tuesday tasting with friends. Opened with a nice cork pop and lots of carbonation on the pour. Strong notes of lemon and hay, melded with strong floral notes. The sourness is pretty overwhelming on the palate. Lots of yeast, citrus, ginger, Squirt soda, apple, you name it. Complex, just a strange asault of sourness on the palate. Not my preferred style, but I can appreciate it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bfeldmann (1048) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 20, 2006
"bottled feb 04 Poured a cloudy amber color massive head with good carbonation. Aroma was citrus and lemony and the typical barnyard that is in this style. Flavor was much the same, twisted my tounge around for the first couple of sips but got better as it warmed."

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (6030) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2006
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a cloudy golden-orange with an average size foamy white head. Aroma -- oh yeah, that’s sour baby! Smells awesome, it’s fruity and champagne-like. Very tart, dry, yeasty fruit flavour -- which is even more sour then the aroma suggests. Medium bodied. Impressive, quite a joy to drink.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - FEB 19, 2006
Bottled Jan. 22, 2004. Foggy, glowing bronze/orange. No head, just a thin layer of white-ish bubbles. Aroma is vinegary sour yeast and some pine resin. Flavor is the same but more mild than the aroma, also some oaked citrus notes tossed in. Smooth, medium body that thins out a little in the finish. Overall an excellent geuze.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6064) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 18, 2006
Bottle (375ml). Shared with blankboy and tupalev - my bottle. Poured cloudy orange with an average white foamy-rocky head. Aroma - hey, it’s a real geueze, so yeast, funky, sharp, tart, echoes of cheese, old tennis shoes, wet wool, sour fruit - in other words great! Tasted like it smelled only juicier - had a thick, lively, sharp and acidic mouthfeel - no disappointment here, smooth, funky, biting and woody.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (8867) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2007 12.7oz bottle, bottled on 22 January 2004. Poured a deeper and cloudy golden color with a fizzy off white head. Aromas of green apples with a light oakiness and lemon to it. Tastes follow the same. Nice pucker at the finish (but not over powering). 8 4 8 4 16 Had a 1999 vintage in Jan ’07 and increased the #s.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gorbalev (2917) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 17, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2006 Bottle, shared with blankboy and hogtown harry. Courtesy of harry. Lovely sour aroma - not overwhelming - can an aroma be balanced? Not nose hair singeing, but back of the nostrils, yeast, and some lemon and malt too. Gold pour, decent sized head. Pungent (thanks Harry) taste. tart, dry, yeast - very well put together. Maybe jus a tad thin. More sour than the aroma. Easy to drink. Tons of flavour. A complex yet easy to drink Gueuze.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
1FastSTi (3334) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 10, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2006 Rating #950. From Boutip (Secret Santa). 01/28/2003 bottle. The beer pours to a glowing, lightly hazy 22k golden body with a huge foamy white head. Tons of visible carbonation in the body. The aroma is very strong but is also very balanced and delicate. Acidic apples and balsamic vinegar. Also, complex leathers. The last gueuze I had that I remember was much stronger in flavor. It had that face cringing/melting sourness (gueuzyness). This beer, however, is much more subtle. Delicate and not pungent. Still, a nice light tartness, sweet balsamic vinegar, cherries, and leather. Very easy drinking since the palate isn’t "obscenely" overcarbonated/acidic/sour. Girardin kicked my ass, and I liked that. Lou Pepe Gueuze was also "strong". The palate on this is too smooth. It’s great, but light and not in my face like I feel the style. Doesn’t dry out my mouth as much as I think it should. Thanks VERY much for this brew Mr. B.

Rerate: 1/22/2004 vintage at Falling Rock. Pours to an orange hazy body with a thin sheen white head. The aroma is leather, lightly tart, some light funkiness. Mellow and well blended. The flavor is tart, but the oak barrel really brings this one down to earth. Light oaken leathers. Really balanced. The palate is tart but not puckering. Smooth, slick mouthfeel.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gnoff (7783) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JAN 29, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2014 First rating
Initial Rating Date: 1/29/2006
Tried this on a bottle from 2004.
Acid scent, but not violently so, more gentle. A bit cloudy and no visible yeast, I might have disturbed it too much before I poured it. Clear but still gentle sour/acid taste, but still balanced and nice.
8/4/8/4/16=4.0

Second rating
75 cl bottle at The Rover, Göteborg.
Bottled 22-02-2003.
On April 6, 2008.
Shady orange color, medium big white head. Very sour scent, makes my throat pucker up. Acidic, apple, sour, mineral taste. Smooth yet spritzy mouthfeel. No bitterness.
8/4/8/3/16=3.9

Rerate
375 ml bottle on January 8, 2011. BB 03/2020
Thanks to Hjalmar! (non ratebeer).
Cloudy yellow color, small white head. Acidic mixed with sweet scent. Lactic, acidic, sour taste. Tart aftertaste. Fizzy mouthfeel, very low bitterness.
7/3/7/3/13=3.3

Rerate
Bottle 75 cl on March 14, 2014, I got it a while back from Bierkompass. Bottled 2010, BB 2020.
Clear golden color, small white head. Acidic, sour, bitter, apple peel, half sweet, metallic taste. Fizzy mouthfeel, medium low bitterness. Apple peel aftertaste.
8/3/7/3/14=3.5

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Siroy (220) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 24, 2006
2004 Bottle in a gueuze tasting. This is one of the masterpieces we had. Dominative hay. Typical Barnyard/horseblanket, citrus/apple aroma and taste. More intense then the average gueuze. But not as complex and impressive then the Belle-vue, Girardin, and Cantillon 96 we also had. (yeah, it was a hard day!) Overall restrained funkiness. Dusty feeling that I’ve come to expect from gueuze. The mouth feel is impressive, body is full (well, as full as a gueuze can be) and leads to an astringency that is.. hum.. very sexy.


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