JulienHuxley (5809) - Sherbrooke, Quebec, CANADA - APR 21, 2014
Bottle at DHVL, post blauw. Slightly hazy gold pour with thick lacy white head. Aroma is quite interesting, certainly differs from blauw quite a bit, much more floral, slightly perfumey, nice mellow wet grass funk, light oakiness as well. Taste is citric, mellow funky flavor, grassy, light lactic acidity, a bit of musty oak. Palate is quite typical of the best gueuzes, dry, light bodied,with beautiful soft carbonation. Very nice, yet somehow not quite at the level of millenium, blauw or the other great blends. tom10101 (6085) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 21, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2014 Bottle (750 ml) @ De Heeren van Liedekercke. Drank just after Blauw and side by side with Heerengueuze. Bright golden amber with a frothy off-white head and little lacing. Aroma is unique and a bit "heavy" for a Drie Fonteinen gueuze. Floral and perfume with a nice amount of barnyard, juicy, wet basement, funk, mold and lemony notes. Taste is slightly sweet with tropical fruits, floral notes, barnyard, wet basement, light spiciness and leathery notes. Medium body. Lively carbonation. Dry finish. It’s almost as complex as Blauw (which is really really complex), but less bright, fresh and drinkable. Pretty unique gueuze. I enjoyed it a lot! 9-4-9-4-17 = 4.3
EDIT: I tried this one again thanks to a trade with pandebleh! I don’t know if it’s because I didn’t had Blauw just before this time, but I thought it was so much better than last time. We had it side-by-side with OGV ’02 and it was as good if not better. The aroma was astonishing... more minty, fresher and refined than the last bottle I had. It’s stil an "heavy" gueuze, but I think it’s necessary to have that much complexity. Oak, lemon, nice barnyard, spices and funk. Taste is also spectacular though the "heavy" aspect prevent it to have a perfect score. Mint, spice, oak, barnyard, funk... so complex! Medium/full body (for the style). Medium carbonation. Dry finish. Clean. Perfect mild minty aftertaste. Really a unique gueuze. That’s a world-class beverage. Stellar beer. 10-4-9-5-18 = 4.6 kermis (13482) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - APR 21, 2014
Bottle shared at DHVL side by side with Blauw. Pours hazy dark golden with a big off white head. Aroma of barnyard funk, light wet dog and old laundry (in a good way). Flavour is light moderate acidic, fairly soft in the mouthfeel. Full bodied with soft carbonation. Great, but not up to the Blauw. vtafro (7445) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAR 9, 2014
Bottle(both as j&j roze and akkurats 50/50 ouse gauze). Dark golden pour with tan head. Funky sours, some light floral, and tart fruit aromas. Flavor is funky and has sour tones, albeit a bit milder than the other 3F rarer guezes. BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 2, 2014
75cl, as J&J Oude Gueuze (pink label), retired exclusive brew, thx alot to Dirk for sharing!, complex sour brew, sour/woody and slightly floral/fruity, very balanced, cloudy, good head, very good brew, ’this sample aged very well...’
cfrances33 (35) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Bottle poured into a 3F stem. Enjoyed 12/7/2013. Pour is a deep orange, with two fingers of off white, frothy head. Head retains for a while, and leaves some nice lacing. Smell is incredible, and easily the highlight of this beer - bright, juicy tropical fruits (mango, papaya), some lemony bite, and wrapped up in a clean, musty funk (cobwebs, basement, some hay). Taste is impressive, but not as much so as the nose. More tropical fruits that are slightly subdued. A nice lemony bite, and a delicious mineral funk. Finish develops this floral, grassy, perfume aspect that is enjoyable, but mildly offputting. Quite drinkable, with a medium level of sourness. Finish is dry. A top notch geuze that was a pleasure to have, but falls short of Blauw but quite a bit. teorn88 (7682) - Rimini, ITALY - DEC 7, 2013
75cl bottle at Akkurat as Oude Geuze 50/50. It pours a golden/light amber colour with a large white head. Aroma is nice and complex: wet wood, strong funkyness with fruitiness and some spiciness. Nice acidic notes, recalling the classic cheesey and horseblankety notes. Taste is rich with strong funkyness again and tartness with some yogurt-like sweetness. Huge citrus and lemon peel notes. Grassy notes in the background. Some wood and fruit too. Mostly dry finish. Palate is creamy, silky, with good carbonation. So easy to drink. This is rounded, complex, very good but preferred the Gold version tries side by side. jtclockwork (16600) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2013 Bottle from a tasting two years ago. Label thanks to Thomas! Thank you! I’ve been looking for this for two years! Pours orange. Nose and taste of aged cheese, woody funk, oak and light barnyard. Medium body. A bit dryer on the palate than Blauw. mcberko (17847) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 30, 2013
750mL bottle at Akkurat, pours a cloudy dark orange with a small white head. Aroma brings out loads of barnyard funk, with more of a floral quality than Blauw; there is some tart citrusy character and some horse blanket. Flavour brings out loads of barnyard funk, some feint leather, a little horse blanket, and some light floral notes. Not as complex as Blauw by a little, but extremely funky and quite floral. Very dry on the palate, with only slight tartness. Another world class gueuze here. Martinus (4601) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - MAR 27, 2013
Slightly hazy orange golden colour, firm white head. Aroma of barn, wood, tart, fresh citrus, yoghurt and funk. Sour flavour, citrus, lactic acid, wood, astringent. Astringent finish, wood and citrus.
Lovely beer. Very drinkable, even while 9,5 years old. Bonus point given for the sheer joy of tasting it at it’s home.
(From 75cL bottle @ De Heeren van Liedekercke)