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

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RATINGS: 1483   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - AUG 30, 2006
Bottle - 22 January 2004. Pours a cloudy amber color with a very small white head one top. Aroma is clove, vinegar, oak, and pears. Flavor is high acidic and tart. Very dry taste, much like champagne. Tasting also sour apples and lime. A highly complex beer, never had anything quite like this before. I will have to try different lambics after this one.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - AUG 29, 2006
12.7oz, Bottling Date 22 January 2004. Pours a cloudy orange with a two finger yellowish white head. Aroma of pears, light strawberries, lots of acidity, pepper, an aged oakiness (duh), and a fair amount of horse blanket funk. Very acidic and tart, also pretty oaky and extremely dry. Lingering bitterness akin to chewing on lemon rinds. Highly carbonated and medium bodied. I do believe that this is my highest rated gueuze.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluevegie (3063) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 28, 2006
Bottle at Cambrinus Rest, Brugges. 25/05/06. Slightly murky orangey golden body with an average head. Aged smell of vinegar, clove and pear. Tart taste with lime characters as well as some wheat also the aroma characters. I thought this was good but I struggled a bit with it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - AUG 27, 2006
Pours a clear piss yellow with a lasting white lace. Aroma is almondy, barn-like and acidic as all hell. Body is dry dry dry. Flavors are actually far less complex than I would have expected. Acidic to be sure, but there was a complete lack of typical oaky vanilla characte. I wil say that this did have a nice character remeniscint of chardonnay grapes, more the skins than the actual fruit.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cchubb (74) - Minneola, Florida, USA - AUG 27, 2006
750 ml. From the first cork pop to the last sip, this geuze has an aroma that tickles the nose and a flavor palate that dances on the tongue. Hazy golden color with a big head and good lacing. Sour apples, green apples and a little bit of apple cider vinegar flavors. Tartness makes it highly refreshing.

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
asheft (2615) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 26, 2006
[bottle courtesy of tiggmtl] Very hazy golden orange with little fizz and no head. Intense, inviting aroma: bright sourness compliments a saison-y mustiness with spicy orange, sweet gingerale, corriander, celery, and white grape notes. The flavour begins with a pungent dryness offset by a musty bitterness that doesn’t seem to be from hops. The transcendent souness carries the flavour experience through faint banana and a bouqet of spices and fruits that includes red cherries, corriander, ginger, and celery. The sourness and drynes are a bit pervading. Mildly acrid feel up front fades to a sharp bitter and then a clean banana. High carbonation. Soft and powdery.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (4703) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 24, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2006 Had again, as no. 72 at the party. I think that this may be one of my new favorite styles. Original 5,4,6,3,13. People were making fun of this beer at the tasting, but I kind of liked it. An interesting painty aroma. This has got some bite. A very strong biting sour flavor. Okay in small batches.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorwart (2409) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - AUG 23, 2006
Huge carbonation. Light white frothy head reduces to a thin foam. The carbonation keeps the head on this baby though. Aroma is loaded with sour cherries and tart green apples. Some funky cheese in there also. Light golden orange in color. Very fizzy in the mouth. More tart apples. Very puckering. Dry puckering finish. Sampled at heavyweight open house. Too many damn lambics today.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ALLOVATE (2503) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 22, 2006
Bottle @ the Delirium café, Brussels.
Murky, opaque honey gold, very, very finely carbonated with a thin, incomplete and barely lasting white puff of foam that left no trace behind on the glass. Fresh, zesty and enveloping aroma of tart, dry fruits, prickly citric acid and pine needles. As clean and simple as it gets, which leaves it void of true Lambic character. Sour, tart and tight in flavour. Light citric lemon peel sides, good hairy goat presence on the palate making it rough and rugged, short dressed showing of rose petals, raspy weeds, damp cellar and fresh pine-wood. Finish has a little human bile and hessian sack before it dries out fully and becomes acidic. Whilst different to taste and actually quite refreshing it lacked certain qualities I like in a Gueuze. Still, it’s always exciting to try more Lambic. (37,5cL, 08/12/04)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sayravai (4673) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 18, 2006
(Bottled in 01/2003) Hazy golden color with a medium head. Very tart and sour, very fruity aroma with apricot. Tart, surprisingly fruity flavor with quite high acidity and some lemon-honeyish sweetness. Acidic-lemony, tart aftertaste. No alcohol present despite the 6% ABV. Medium-bodied, almost lemonadey palate, although quite tart. A decently enjoyable, very fruity gueuze, with the yeast sticking to teeth. No match for Cantillons, though.


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