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

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RATINGS: 1333   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Indra (2568) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 4, 2005
Bottled on Dec. 2, 2003, 5% abv. Intriguing aroma of verdant barnyard, cheese, fresh, leafy herbs, vinyl, faint citrus and dusty grain. Attractive light-medium golden amber color, light swirls of sediment amidst plentiful bubbles feeding a frothy, uneven head. Flavor profile begins with some mellow pale maltiness and is quickly met by a quenching, lightly tart and fruity sourness that easily carries through to the finish, which is very dry and tinged with some light bitterness and acidity. Light-medium bodied with a pleasantly effervescent mouthfeel. Very nicely balanced. An excellent gueuze.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 3, 2005
initially very phenolic burnt rubber that fades to a very nice grassy tart nose SAAZ hops? a beer that gets better and better the longer you sip it. not for beginners in lambics.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TBone (11884) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 1, 2005
Bottled 375ml, alc. 5%, 2003 vintage (bottled 03-02-2003)
Slightly hazy honey golden color, small creamy head, lively champagne carbonation. Nose has strong sourness, sweaty horse blanket and grassy hops - certainly not "My First Beer" -nose. Very earthy and salty with sharp sour and tart apple juice flavor (and some balsamico and grapefruit too). Lemony, dry citric acidic, hoppy and sour finish and aftertaste. Very complex and very demanding beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mungo (2472) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2005
Bottle/ Not as complex as Girardin but very drinkable. Lemon,aplle skin aroma with a touch of matl and ocean. Dry with bitter tannins and lots of acidity.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - FEB 18, 2005
1999 bottle. pours with very little carbonation, opaque light copper color, nice sour flavor.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkobes (2138) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - FEB 15, 2005
750 ml. April 2001 bottle shared with Maibockaddict. Hazy golden in color with a nice perfect white head. Nice aroma of cheese. Cheddar cheese. Some sourness in the aroma too. Cheddar cheese flavor too. Very funky. Enjoyable beer.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - FEB 15, 2005
750 ml, April 2001 bottle. Had the option of 1999, 2000, 2001, or 2002, and chose this one. Hazy golden, with a perfect white head. good barnyard and blue cheese thing going on in the aroma. Flavor has a slightly soured blue cheese thing going on as well. Malty smooth palate. Rich in funky flavor, man. Really cheesey. Now I get cheddar, very sharp cheddar, in the finish. I guess I can just sit here and twist all of the flavors and aromas into different things and maybe even write a book. Must get back to my source (top secret) and snag other vintages for sampling.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rafe (3) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 15, 2005 does not count
The 750mL bottle of De Fonteinen Oude Gueuze is attractive with a brown glass color with painted on white and yellow graphics. It is stoppered with a wire cage/champaine cork. Standard gueuze sediment was evident. Bottle was allowed to warm to 55.7 degrees, according to my shiny new IR thermomitor. It was served in a white wine glass Smell: Not much smell. Sour, but not as sour as most gueuze, with notes of acidic apples, hops, earth. Color: Pale yellow, with hint of cloudyness. Head: Very little. Thin layer of small to medium sized bubble, with perhaps 80%-60% coverage. Taste: Lightly sour with flavors of oak, grapes, vinegar, apples, persimmons, peat (?!?). Lingering aftertaste of hops, more so than usual for a gueuze. Flavor could charitably be described as delicate, or more realisticly as weak.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
marcus (6011) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 13, 2005
1997 vintage consumed at Drie Fonteinen brewery. Poured with nice white head. The acidity had diminished radically and the flavor was very subtle. Also had a draft gueuze for comparison. It was much sweeter than the bottled version with a fruitier aroma. Both the vintage and the draft were superb and went down very well with the lapin in gueuze sauce.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nate (3549) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2005
1999 vintage. Wonderful tart peppery barnyard aroma, acidic and astringent. Nice wheaty, yeasty smell. Medium orange amber, cloudy, with off-white foamy lacing head. Medium watery body, high carbonation, with carbonic burn. Starts wheaty and tart, great tart acidity, barnyard . Bitterness remains throughout with clean bitter acidic finish. Slight chalky after. Very nice gueuze.


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