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

bottled
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common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1425   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2006
2000 vintage courtesy of Dave. Semi-hazy and muted orange in color with a dime-shaped disc bubbling in the center. Lemon-lime squeeze sweetly graces the sinuses, mired by lacquered fence posts, ginger-dipped hay and teeth gritted, spoiled grapefruit rind. Flavor is bliss. Tart justice prevails. Lime rinds and hard chlorine water. Lemon puckers at the cheek’s innards. Pollen and ragweed add some prairie land sentiments, while dandelion heads impart a special something in the end. Lovely on all accords.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MIBRomeo (2561) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 25, 2006
2000 vintage thanks to Dave: A very cloudy strawish color w/ a thick white well laced head. Nice sour tart aroma hints of sour apples some light citrus as well. Tart palate coats well. Dry tart flavor good sour apple a little dry.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - MAR 22, 2006
1999 vintage. Pours beautifully, almost glowing, like a milky gem. Nice white head. Perfect sour aroma with minerals, horseblanket, citrus, a bit of caramel sweetness, even a hint of smoke. Exceptionally tart and dry, almost flinty. Funky citrus flavor that even burns my lips a little with its acidity. Pretty god-damned good.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ratman197 (9942) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2006
750 ml bottle 2001 vintage poured a hazy orange with a small, lasting white head. Aroma was sour and citric with some mild vinegar notes. Palate was light bodied and tart. Flavors of grapefruit rind, and mild vinegar with a dry, tart finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2006
Thanks Phil (Philip)! This beer has a sweet acidic aroma with apple and citrus notes. This is a maize colored beer with a thin white head. The sour acidic character dries the mouth out at first until the fruit flavors remoisten the tongue just prior to swallowing. The taste of apples and cherries can detected.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
smcd (366) - USA - MAR 8, 2006
Incredible. Visit a rural farmyard and breath in the aromas. Remember them. There are some that, at first, may seem unpleasant. They are not. Savor them. Remember them when you taste this beer. It captures them. THIS is the champaigne of beers (along with a few others in its style).

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sofajoern (146) - DENMARK - MAR 1, 2006
I’m not really an oude geuze kinda guy, but this actually appealed quite much to me. Pretty golden/orange colour with a fairly big head, huge aroma of wet hay, flowers and green apples. Nice sourness with good citrus flavours - quite a bit of winelike qualities. Bone dry finish. Will definetely try this again if the chance presents itself.

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 (6127) - 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.


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