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%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rafaelagp (27) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - NOV 28, 2015
Very carbonated with dense white foam of medium retention. Very complex and light body of pale orange color. Lime, citrus and funk on the nose. Citrus and high tartness in the palate and other flavours I couldn’t name. My very first gueze. Great stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
The_Osprey (5459) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2016

Nov 2015 - Bottle share at Drie Fonteinen restaurant, thanks to Steve. As ’3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze’. Presumably a recent bottling. Hazy orange, quite still, small foamy white head. Aroma is lime, mint, sour lemon notes. Body is medium to light, tingly carbonation, slightly foamy. Taste is tangy lime and spearmint, dry and earthy with a light acidity. Nice. (3.8)

Feb 2016 - 37.5cl cork and cage bottle at home in Richmond. Bottled Feb 2012 at 6%. Very attractive orange, slight haze, highly sparkling, big dense foamy off-white head makes a crackling noise. Aroma is sherbet, lemon peel, light metallic and papery notes. Body is light, spritzy, foamy, some tooth rot. Taste is pretty pungent and sour up front, sugars dissolved in lime juice. Paradoxically sweet and dry at the same time. Lemon juice finish. Long musty aftertaste. I was hoping this would develop a bit more complexity with time, but it’s not quite there. Still a very nice beer. (3.8)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tightslice (773) - Redwood City, California, USA - NOV 25, 2015
Bottle from K&L in Redwood City, CA. Aroma is hooves, oak, aromatic woods, minor fruits (maybe peach / melon), lemon, citrus. Taste is tart and dry. Lots of minerals, vitamins, acids, piths, pits, dry skins. I was expecting a lot more from this beast. It’s certainly good but definitely overhyped.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dahlstrom (173) - Nygatan 29, SWEDEN - NOV 20, 2015
375 ml bottle from Systembolaget. Yellow-golden coloured with a smal white head. Sweet and sour aroma with some funk and oak. Taste reflects the aroma. Thin bodied. Low bitterness. And medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SkillsFactory (475) - ITALY - NOV 18, 2015
Dorata leggermente pallida, velata dai lieviti in sospensione, schiuma bianca abbastanza fine e poco persistente. Aroma di stallatico, polvere, legno umido, lattico, susina acerba, leggera banana, citrico. Al palato astringente, susina acerba, pompelmo, polvere e note legnose, coda amaricante erbacea ed acidula mista a frumento. Corpo leggero, ben carbonata. Gueuze da manuale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jc1762 (553) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 15, 2015
Poured into a teku showing apricot color and two fingers of clean white foam. The nose shows a lot of dry citrus fruit of orange peel, lemon zest, etc. Probably a little bit of brett if one really searches. The palate is fully carbonated and light bodied. Very pleasant flavors of the same dry citrus fruit leading the first impression, with a mid palate showing the oak, and a moderately tartness throughout. A slight citric spice on the palate afterwards that lasts for good finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ippopodio (134) - ITALY - NOV 14, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2016 Un bel colore dorato con un leggero velo è sormontato da una schiuma bianca. Al naso i sentori di agrumi ed uva lasciano subito spazio ai più tipici sentori del lambic: animale, cuoio. Al palato è acquosa e secca con il lattico e l’acetico che prendono il sopravvento. Il finale secco svela un ananas segretamente nascosto.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leini (1677) - SWEDEN - NOV 6, 2015
375ml bottle. Hazy orange body with a low white head. Tart, some vinegar, barnyard, youghurt, ripe fruit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GoufCustom (1432) - HONG KONG - OCT 31, 2015

375 ml cork bottle bought at The Bottle Shop in Sai Kung.

Preparation: Fridged bottle, popped at 10°C -12°C (within recommended temperature of 14°C) onto a dimple.

Looks: Translucent orange honey colour with a small nob of yeast sedimentsHalf finger head with crumpety white foams which last for 1 minute; Fair sticky lacing with active, slight carbonation.

Aroma: Fragrant and tart aroma of malt, with red wine, strong vinegar, strong funk, strong yoghurt, wood barrel, champagne, light grape skins, lemon and thin grass.

Taste: Strong sour taste of malt, with strong funk, strong grape skins, moderate vinegar, yoghurt, cider alcohol, wood barrels, liquorices, lemon, strong bitter hops and grass.

Body: Close to light body. Thin and dry palate.

Mouth Feel: Very strong astringent red grape skins and barnyard upfront, with underlying yoghurt and vinegar slowly come through. Then comes strong cider booze, barrels, liquorces, and strong lemon to close. Different from most Gueuze with strong Balsamic character, but still very layered and pretty nice nevertheless.

Hoppiness / Tannic: Lemon and thin grass in nose. Strong lemon, very astringent grape skin some tannic in taste. Bitterness is strong, for a lasting, high astringent fruit peels tart finish.

After Taste: Quite dry. Funky, viney and bitter to mouth.

Comments: This one is a class on its own with unique taste, quite standoff-ish with so few Balsamic and white wine taste, but infused with strong grape skins, cider booze and liquorices. Funky and lemony, just imagine this is almost like a Gueuze version of craft IPA. Enjoyable but not as hearty and wholesome as I wished. I wonder how it will pan out with a few more years of aging…

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Duracell (30) - Montreal, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2015
Bottle at home in wine glass. Beautiful, cloudy, orange colour with a generous snow-white head. Very complex aromas of lemon peel, straw, with a good amount of wood and a hint of leather. Lovely palate with more funk and wood. Powdery finish, very dry and very tart - a call for the next sip. Simply World-class!

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