drabmuh (194) - Maryland, USA - JUN 6, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Beer is yellow and mostly clear until the bottom. Its effervescent. White head of medium and small bubbles that doesn’t leave much lacing on the glass or hang out very long. Looks good.
"This beer smells like a nun’s crotch" - Lunch (he meant it as a good thing)
Aroma is nice and bright with acetic sourness, mild citrus fruit bitterness and some mild lactic notes. There isn’t much oak in here, perhaps with age it would get better. I am loving the mild funk on the back end of the aroma though. Its complex, poster child for a great smelling gueuze.
Beer is light and has a lot of carbon in the mouth. Its tart and sour but leads with the sour palate and the tartness is minimal. The acetic is winning I feel in here with a healthy brettish funk on the back end. There is a strong citric character as well. Its semi-fruity if that makes sense. I love the palate connectivity of this gueuze, I wonder what this would be like in 10 years. Its complex and simple simultaneously and I love this beer. Some were underwhelmed by it but its close to perfect as a gueuze can be IMO. I love this beer.
Serving type: bottle
mcberko (4065) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 30, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2002 Vintage. 375mL bottle at Akkurat, pours a cloudy golden orange with a medium white head. Aroma of classic 3F barnyard funk, some horse blanket and more barnyard notes. Flavour brings out a very dry palate, with classic notes of 3F barnyard funk, lots of horse blanket, wild yeast and lightly tart notes. Extremely funky, even more so than the regular 3F Oude Geuze. Extremely complex and full of flavour. What a fantastic gueuze.
writerljberg (228) - Oregon, USA - APR 27, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
375mL brought back from Belgium. 15-4-2003 bottle date.
A: Cloudy orange with a thin fizz of white head. Leaves some gunk and yeast on the glass.
N: Green apple, lemon zest, barnyard hay smells, and loads of oak. Lots of funk - reminds me of being in an attic space. There’s some lavender and coriander here. Incredibly nice.
T: A very balanced sournesss. Has a touch of bitterness and there’s plenty of cheesy funkiness and yeast. The age has done some wonderful things to this.
M: Well carbonated with a touch of sharpenss. Lighter body - very quaffable.
O: One of the best beers I’ve ever had. Can’t wait to see what another 5 years does to this. Get it.
kraddel (852) - deurne, BELGIUM - APR 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2003, 37,5 cl bottle split by bill , thnx dude !
pours amber, fuzzy. white foam .
smell is very intence 3f oude geuze, taste is also a more intence version of the ’basebeer’ . very good indeed !
wekker84 (1218) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - APR 9, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle a hazy orange yellow colored beer with a white head aroma apple lemon sourness and white fruits flavor lemon apple white fruits and a fresh sourness finish
brystmar (458) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - APR 4, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2007. Traditional gueuze funk, strong barnyard hay and grass. Dry, prickly carbonation. Crisp and easy to drink, but not memorable in any way.
My friends all gushed over how good this was, which further reinforces that I'm just not that into 3F's gueuze -- regular or vintage. Or maybe I'm just spoiled by Blauw.
Lukaduke (1021) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAR 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005 Vintage Red Label. Pours a ripe copper color with a finger of fizzy foam. On the nose its musty dank lemon, grapefruit, basement funk, old wood, trace of orchard pollen. The palate is lighter than I expected with a wet wooden minerality that is subtle slightly watery but opens up into a nice herbal tea, tart lemon and lots of barnyard funk lingering in the background. Traces of leather linger in the finish.
ThirstyBird (418) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - FEB 28, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tasted @ RBBWG 2013 - thanks travlr! 2003 Vintage.
Pours cloudy bright orange with a nice off white head. My nose is twisted with funk, sour and tartness. The taste is - Wow! So well integrated -tart, sour and funky..really great stuff. Body is light with active carbonation. A real treat - I wish this bee was readily available!
PriorL (265) - BELGIUM - FEB 26, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: gushing, nice head.
Nose: sourness is very prominent in this one, wood, dry.
Taste: fruity, apple, still a lot of carbonation.
3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze gets better with age!
dreadnord (1000) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 23, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours clear pale yellow with a small white head. Nose is crisp lemon, vinegar, barnyard funk, yams, figs, leather. The taste is intense pucker sour with a nice bittersweet to balance. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean, light body and a long finish.
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TheAlum (4289) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375 ml bottle via trade from Boutip. Thanks, Phil. I can’t wait till the next! Pours a well hazed orange amber hue, healthy haze intertwine, some nice big carbonation through the body, good glow, hazy middle. Striking big tannish head is cakey and huge, starts to die and remains a decent cakey layer, ok lacing overall. Lots of carbonation. Aromas offer big lemony and lactic elements, yogurt and big citrusy bite, sour and inviting with some bretty funk, bread, cobwebs, and dust as it settles in. A gentle mushroom, funk grows. Sour spritzy feel sticks and dominates, quite lovely. Some crab apple, lemon, and gentle pear. Rich fruit, sour fruit flavors, a kiss of dough, rich lactic, the brett grows as it settles in. Just lovely. Initial is medium body, a bit lighter, quite drinkable, with some rich sourness up front. Lactic and lemony, crab apple, some pear. A bit harsh but up my alley, sour and lactic, a touch metallic. Yogurt, rich lemon, metal. Some barnyard, funk, gentle dough and straw into the middle get to the beer that is left. Funky, straw, and cobwebs. Some barnyard, straw. Dry overall, thin, with some rich sourness throughout. I’d say it lacks the balance you’ve come to expect from regular Oude Gueze and will show some powerful sourness up front without acidity, perhaps some metal or vomit to others, but overall a really fun and flavorful beer, well balanced offering compared to American sours which become acedic messes quickly.. this never does at all. Consider this the Gueze you measure against American sours as far as being assertive. It’s intense, a touch too much for many, but I dig it. I like the front end and the nose is heavenly. Nice damn lambic.