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


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RATINGS: 1404   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2003
Hazy gold. Small off-whitehead. Lovely sour aroma of horseblankets, leather, barnyard, lemon, green apple, & peach. Light, dry, acidic feel. Extremely smooth, balanced, and complex. Everything you would expect from a gueuze: horseblankets, leather, barnyard, lemon, green apple, peach. Subtle underlying sweetness. Dry, tart finish. My second 5.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Boutip (4726) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 29, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2008 Bottle: Poured a clear orangey color lambic with a huge slightly off-white head with excellent retention. Aroma of barnyard and sourness is quite evident. Taste is so well balance between sourness, tart, little bit of acidity, green apple with some nice funky yeast also thrown in. Probably one of the finest Lambic that I had the chance to try and the fact that the acidity is lower then Cantillon makes it easier to drink larger quantity. Re-rate 2006 (bottle date 1999): Complexity in this beer is just incredible (farmhouse, horseblanket, oak, tart) and appearance is just perfect (huge foamy head with perfect retention) Can really ask more from a gueuze. 2008 re-rate: 2007 dated bottle. Not as complex as earlier vintage and definitely not as funky. I wonder if it need to age or Fonteinen own lambic is less funky their the Girardin or Lindemans they were using previously to mix?

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
puzzl (3251) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 21, 2006
2000 vintage.

This is my first, and possibly my only ever 5. I drank this on the eve of my college graduation, with my closest friends and girlfriend. Having saved the (rather expensive) bottle for many months specifically for this occasion, this beer not only represented the culmination of my 20 years of education, but after slighty over a year what will probably be the climax of my beer drinking life; thus, I felt it would be sacrilage to honor this beer, or more importantly this occasion, with anything but a 5. After all, I use this site primarily for my own records, and this will surely be a memory I’ll be happy to see at the top.

Granted, this beer was also quite awesome.

450 beers later and a year of drinking, sniffing, analyzing and rating, I am quite proud of the knowledge, palate development, and respect from others I have gained in the beer world. I am able to sit down with one of the world’s great drinks and see deeply into it; to notice complexities not readily evident, and, for a beer of this intensity, be able to bear and tame the visciousness in my mouth.

Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze, 2000 vintage, pours a brilliant yellow orange with hazy highlights and a pillowy, wispy cloud white head. The head fades fast but leaves subtle, soft lacing along the slender edges of my glass. A powerful, pungent aroma leaps forth from the brew, consisting strongly of tart lemons, funky barns, and a stroll along the countryside. Once in the mouth, it is even more intense, striking at you with a brutal sourness that begs to be adored, overlaying a perfect horsiness and a touch of sweet lemon. Zesty orange and kumquats show up for the show as well. It is fizzy and biting, and leaves a warm feeling in the mouth, though different than that of strong alcohol. This is far and away the best gueuze I have had, featuring perfectly balanced and drinkable flavors, right on target, though not being the least bit tame or for the weak of heart. It was the perfect beer to celebrate the beginning of the rest of my life.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
JoeMcPhee (8410) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 31, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2008 Feb 28, 2004 bottling. 750 ml corked and caged. Bright deep golden colour, thick moussey white head. Very spritzy appearance. Beautiful appearance. Aroma is soft and funky. Tart aroma of lactic and malic acids, some light apple and pear aroma, dusty and cobwebby. Complex, herbal/woody aroma. Cologne and musk combined with some interesting berry-like fruity aromas as well. Falvour is amazing, pear, cologne, strawberry, grapes wrapped in lactic sourness. Very dry tasting but the texture is creamy and perfectly balanced. Perfumey flavour, a little yeasty with a long chewy leathery finish. Doesn’t hit you with any one flavour but rather is a perfectly blended medley of very subtle ones. Warming brings out some light vanilla and oakiness. Fantastic gueuze. Funky, fruity, amazing.

Vintage 2000. Rich orange cloudy beer with a thick white head. Sweet fruity aroma over a crackery pilsner maltiness. Loads of earthy, funky, cheesy funk. Sour and peachy with soft grapefruity sourness, barnyard. Soft, leathery, bretty funk. Another incredible brew from 3 Fonteinen. 9 5 10 5 19

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
seamus77 (31) - kansas city, Missouri, USA - JUN 20, 2006
mon dieu! i’ve died and gone to heaven and all the angels are belgian brewers! ah, geuze, either you love ’em or you’re nuts! the beauty of this golden, richly foamy-headed geuze takes my breath away. love that citrusy-hay-earthy nose and the dry, tart grapefruit tingles the tongue, tipping my tastebuds towards nirvana!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
cortomaltese (13) - , ITALY - MAR 4, 2010
Probabilmente la miglior geuze esistente!!!Il suo profumo intenso associato al gusto marcato acidulo fanno di questa geuze una vera e propria delizia per gli amanti del lambic!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
valgalder (5) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 23, 2011 does not count
Very sour, in a good way. Citrusy zest, puckering and funky. Everything i love in a good Guezue, and one of the best i’ve had.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BrunoSanchez (86) - Fermo, ITALY - JUN 8, 2014
Meravigliosa lambic! Ambrata opalescente con schiuma poco persistente. Al naso sentori di legno bagnato, aceto di vino e mele. In bocca spiccata frizzantezza e bilanciata verso una decissa acidità che la rende interesantissima. Il corpo è medio ed il sapore riporta frutta gialla non matura. Nel palato rimane pulitissima ed aromaticamente persistente ma non invasiva. Questa è una birra acida consigliatissima! Bevuta in bottiglia nella birroteca Vaffalluppolo di Fermo (Italia)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2008 The nose off this was insane, outstanding, raw cooking apples, lemons and lime zest, yeasty, something seriously good. Taste was similarly complex though i have to say maybe a bit too sour, the hops giving a seriously dry finish. RERATE: 1999 Vintage. Holy shit man, this is outstanding by now. The sourness has mellowed but still key, amazing experiance, soo complex and draws me bck in for more, my god i could do this all day every day.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
lgklotet (432) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 14, 2006
On tap at 3 fonteinen. I first tried this about a year ago at Oliver Twist (Sthlm, Sweden). It was my first shot at gueze and my mouth was in shock for weeks afterwards. Since then I have learned to love the style. After a foray into the realm of other gueze producers (mainly Cantillon) I was very curious as to how this beer would be after the first shock had settled. So, this is by no means as sour as a Cantillon, but ten times as stinky. If someone could just Frankenstein me a gueze with the sour punch of Cantillon with the horsy cheese breath of Fonteinen.. But back to the beer at hand, 3F-revisited... I loved every drop of it!

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