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

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RATINGS: 1650   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Savagesteeler (133) - Warszaw, POLAND - MAR 19, 2016
No to lecimy. Aromat cudowny. Po pierwszym węchu wiesz, że to bedzie wspaniałe piwo, a każdy łyk przysporzy ci nie lada wrażeń. Wychodzi cudowna dzikość w postaci końskiej derki, przełamanej cytrusowością, dalej aromaty piżmu, lekkiej nafty, podszytej zapachem skóry i tropikalnych owoców. Jestem ciekaw jak by to sie rozwinęło z leżakowaniem, bo na razie jedynym minusem jest średni balans wszystkich aromatów, przez co momentami staje sie agresywne. Smak to oczywiscie wierne powielenie aromatu w połaczeniu świetnym kwasem, mineralnoscią, do tego dochodzi wysokie iście szampańskie wysycenie. Posmak to praktycznie sam cytrusowy kwas, który pozostawia odbiorce z chęcią wzięcia jeszcze jednego łyka. Piwo oczywiscie złote, mętne, z ładną biała drobnopecherzykową pianą. Dla takich chwil sie żyje i docenia kunszt i różnorodność świata piwnego

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DeanF (2223) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 18, 2016
Oh mighty mighty Geuze - it’s nice to know something so funky is still made in the old way well into the 21st century. I’ve tried to turn a few new-world beer dorks onto the stuff and they mimic Brando ("the horror, the horror"....) but still I loved the damned stuff. It costs a small fortune over on the North American continent but usually worth every penny to get it the proper Belgian way. As for this stuff, I feel like I’m in no position to judge - the head is perfect, the body and carbonation is perfect. That aroma of barn funk, sour hay, donkey hair and fermented lemon juice will be a symphony to a geuze fan, or a horrible stench to everyone else. The flavour is light and dry yet resonates. This is textbook perfect and I’m going to give it a perfect score, only the second in all my 6 years of rating beer (or more than that? I can’t remember, I’m drunk). I’m not in a position to criticize perfection. There is nothing left to say - this is the gold standard of geuze. Or at least one of them, all the old standbys do it so well.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sjogro (2134) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 12, 2016
Bottle at home. Clear dark golden with white head and nice active lacing. Hay, grapes, stone fruit, unripe peach, juicy sour apple, apricot. Strong sour, medium bitterness, light salty/minerallike. Thin body, very active carbonation. No gusher but the cork unpopped itself immediately after removing the metal placeholder. Juicy and minerallike mouthfeel. Light vanilla in the finish. Lovely stuff.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rask0lnikov (502) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 10, 2016
750 ml bottle. Pale yellow colour. Nice white head. Barnyard, leather, wood, hints of vinegar and flowers in the aroma. Sourness, hints of vinegar at first. Hints of wood, grass and white wine. Acidic, but refreshing finish. Sour aftertaste. Light bodied, very well balanced, fantastic gueuze.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JtanK (120) - Kraków, POLAND - MAR 4, 2016
Aroma is champagny, fruity, there’s this famed "barnyard" scent. Pours orange-yellow, bright and vivid, with massive head, which later becomes considerably smaller but still covers the entire top. Very sour and tart, citrusy, even vinegary. It has a hard-to-describe sweet-fruity flavor going through it, I dunno, sweet/bitter oranges peels kind of approximate it, but there’s some of the "belgian" and earthy in it as well. Some call it funk. Most of sourness lets up by the finish, leaving a slightly malty, dry aftertaste, I think I can actually discern some hops in it too. And near the end it actually gets somewhat bitter, very grapefruity kind of bitter. It’s light, highly carbonated, and even despite it’s monstrous acidity, it’s very drinkble. Flavors flow and balance excellently. Hard to review due to my inexperience, but I liked it a lot.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (4173) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 4, 2016
Not too many bottles of 3 Fontenein left in Japan so I grabbed one when I saw it. This 2013 Oude Geuze (6%) pours a lovely glowing honey gold with an active carbonation and head of foam with staying power. The nose is highly aromatic - tart, oaky pepper, lemon and surprisingly brief peach & pineapple notes. Light bodied with a rounded smooth effervescence. The taste is very very nice striking a balance between flavorful, complex and highly drinkable. I get oak, lemon, tartness, tangy pineapple and a dash of white pepper and even fresh peaches in the finish. Lovely. This is top shelf stuff in fine form and easily one of the nicest geuzes I’ve had.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerheart65 (1322) - Pori, FINLAND - FEB 29, 2016
Clear golden but with bit yeast I poured this is golden ochre, lacing ring and thin foggy island just remain of head but they do persist. Ripe, almost fermenting green apples with sour funky notes also, delicately white wine. Nice aroma actually. Light, tingly, fresh, acidly sour, long long taste, hay here also and citrus, grainy malt minimally and mostly under fruits. Challenging but also interesting. Nice palate. Fresh, crisp, refreshing.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MelvinKalksma (691) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - FEB 28, 2016

Aroma:
Malts, yeast, wood, sour, fruit and hops.

Appearance:
Turbid golden/amber beer with a slight white head.

Taste/Palate:
Medium sweet, slightly sour and slightly bitter with malts, yeast, fruit and hops.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
ZodiacM (656) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 25, 2016
Altijd in voor een experiment. Geuzes zijn niet mijn ding, en deze top 50 oude Geuze haalt mij niet over. Geurig bier, fruitig, smaakvol, zurig, lichte houtsmaak, kan mij voorstellen dat liefhebbers dit lekker vinden, maar voor mij is dit niet wat ik lekker vind in een bier: te zurig, fruitig op een manier die voor mij niet prettig is. Ik hou mij bij de stouts, porters en voor wat fruitigs bij de IPA’s en alles wat daar tussenin zit. Lambieks en geuzes.... nee.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dynamiteninja (1791) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2016
Bottle. Uneven frothy white head with strong retention. Cloudy golden amber body. Nose is Parma violets, lactic acid, oak, white grape and candied fruit. Sour and tangy. Well carbonated. Refreshing palate. Dry finish. Very good, more to my taste than Cantillon Oude Gueze, more well rounded.


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