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

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RATINGS: 1502   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
bhensonb (11979) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 10, 2007
Dry aroma of yeast, wood (oak?), and lactic acid. Great coppery gold color with a head that dissipates, but does not disappear. Starts with a lactic sourness, puckers the mouth. Very like a Brettomyces product. This is tart, tart, tart, but in a pleasent way. Green apple popped up suddenly. The impression changes with the passage of time on the mouth. The end remains sour, but it is a good sour. Now it changes with every sip - almost. Quite interesting and quite rewarding.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jason (1692) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2007
1999 bottle brought out from Hopdogs cellar, Thanks for sharing this one Steve. Poured a hazy golden body with thin head. Oakey aroma-sour, got my mouth watering. Very nice sour taste, oak. Finishes well, I could drink this all night. Nice, nice finish. Good taste even when I burped.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 9, 2007
750 ml. shared with cbkschubert. Had a common yeasty and friut aroma. Cloudy yellow body with big white head. A tart fruity flavor with some sour. Body had a good amount of carbination with active bubbles in the the glass. Thanks to secret santa for sending me this one.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 8, 2007
750ml bottle. Bottled on 2/28/04. Aroma: Lots of tart citrus, some green apples and grapes, brett, dusty/musty, leather, and some cheesy funk. Appearance: Light gold in color and just slightly hazed. Lots of champagne like bubbles. Off-white head was full and rocky, but didnít last long. Some lacing. Flavor: Strong vinegar, lemon and orange, apples, rubber, leather, wood, dusty basement, horseblanket, sweat, and a slight cheesiness. Brett all over the place. Finishes fairly dry, but the flavors linger for awhile. Palate: Medium-light bodied. Medium-high carbonation. Overall: Iíve been holding this one for several months, and Iím glad I chose today to crack it open. Really nice.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2007
Thanks to hopdog for opening this í99 vintage bottle... Appears a hazy, light gold with a small white head that fades into a mild collar. Tiny speckles of lacing are left around the glass. Smell is of tart apple, grapes, rubber, melon, obvious brett. Taste is of the mentioned aromas with notes of vinegar that has been strained through a dusty horseblanket. Mouthfeel is zingy with a light body. Notes of tart apple, star fruit, & persimmons are lively along the palate. Not bad.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - JAN 7, 2007
2004 vintage. Thanks to tjthresh for this bottle. Nose is pure heaven with a soured fruit-barnyard aroma that I now find irresistible. So much funky weirdness that I canít always explain this flavor. It is wonderful

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TomDecapolis (4603) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JAN 4, 2007
Thanks to hopdog for opening this bottle from 1999. Pours a hazy golden orange with a small off white bubbly head that left slight lacing. Aroma of mango, fruity, a tart funkiness, leathery, very well balanced and just an explosion of lambic awesomeness. Flavor was also tart funkiness, apples, melons, dry, woody. So far one of the best Lambics I have had to date. Thanks Steve.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 3, 2007
From a 375mL Bottle, January 22, 2004. Pours a murky, orangish gold color with a thin layer of whitish head. Woody aromas of tart peach pits, mango skins, and green crabapple flesh that creates a tart, fruity bouquet. A nice leathery, cidery funk adds some welcome complexity. Light bodied, champagne-like effervescent mouthfeel. So simply in composition, yet so complex in flavor. Sour, acidic flavors of crababble skins skitter across the tongue initially, followed by some pithy lime rind and more leather. Final smack of a fine stilton cheese melted over baked pears.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JAN 2, 2007
750 ml bottle from Samís in Chicago, bottled February 28, 2004. By far the most attractive Gueuze Iíve encountered - hazy golden amber colour with a full lasting creamy, fizzy, and pillowy off-white head. Lemon, tart grapefruit, fruity, and lightly floral aroma to go with musty, earthy, yeasty, and cheesy funk with some barnyard notes. Lemon and grapefruit tartness lead the flavours, with a pithy grapefruit bitterness to balance the tartness and an underlying yeasty and soft cheese flavour bringing in additional complexity. Lingering tartness and yeasty and pithy bitterness to finish. Light bodied, bone dry, amazingly refreshing. I could drink this all day. A little unsure at first, this one blossomed into perhaps the best lambic Iíve had. Just delicious. Great choice for the last beer of 2006 and first of 2007.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtw (1135) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2007
corked and caged 750 mL bottle, what a sour way to inaugurate 2007! bubblegum yeast billow out of the bottle before i even poured it, and smelling the bottle brings along woody and acidic (lightly vinegary and ílightí acids) aromas. highly carbonated, evidenced by the sharp foop of the cork as well as a head perpetually fed from several streams of bubbles that look like natural springs inside the glass. bright funky white fruits, with musty sour fermented flavors. the astringency provides balance to a stronger malt presence than i expected. despite the malt in the body, itís a nice dry finish that leaves plenty of sour behind. an expensive treat, worth it once in a while!


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