vtafro (7445) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - OCT 30, 2014
Bottle thanks rciesla. Orange pour with white head. Funky, oak, tart aromas. Has mellowed out, dry and funky tones, sour and wild flavors. Oldmanriver (59) - Freiburg, GERMANY - SEP 20, 2014
Pours cloudy orange with fine thick white head.
Blood orange with lemon zest on oak. Med-hi carbonation. Slight horse blanket funk, with a noticeable acidity. Complex with a relatively fast dry finish that leaves grapefruit on the tongue. djd07 (14591) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 4, 2014
Bottle thanks to Minh. Pours a cloudy orange with small frothy white head that lasts. The aroma is strong funk, orange peel, hemp. Thick mouthfeel, nice funk, sweet orange grove, and good punch of sour, complex, amazing. kraddel (8171) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUL 28, 2014
Thnx to dennoman !
Pours clear , orange to blonde .
Big , fast fading white head .
Smell is pure , extremely funky , woody , 3 fonteinen . Bit of dust .
Taste is fleshy , sour , woody , funk , 3 fonteinen_taste in a typical , intense yet elegant way . Very full . Very damn nice ! Bov (12636) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAY 17, 2014
courtesy of Jean Moeder - cloudy orange beer with a persistent white foam; aroma of barnyard, cheese, pineapples; fizzy and fairly sour; medium-bodied, very dry and fruity, barnyard-like and cheese finish
tom10101 (6087) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 21, 2014
Bottle (750 ml). Hazy bright golden with a foamy white head and little lacing. Aroma is so fresh after all those years, while also being dusty and musty (not in a bad way), that it is completely amazing. There’s peppermint notes that are perfectly integrated with the barnyard and the wood presence as well as hay, funk, apple and some fruitiness. Taste is also minty with lemony notes, mold, dust, barnyard, hay, wood and apples. Moderate sourness. Medium body, but also a very special mouthfeel that I can’t describe accurately... kind of velvety while being woodsy too. Medium/lively carbonation. Dry finish. This beer is just unreal. The aroma is especially divine. I kept some in my glass all night just to be able smell it again and again. The balance is perfect and this beer might as well be, at the same time, the most complex and the most refreshing beer I ever had. Without a doubt, the is the best beer I have ever drank. It was hard to only rate the taste 9 out of 10, but the aroma is just so out of this world that I wasn’t able to give the taste the same score even if it’s nearly perfect. What is so sad is the rarity of this beer as it would be my perfect "everyday" gueuze. GRM (4053) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - APR 3, 2014
Green bottle, 75 cl, from and with Philippe Boutin (merci!), savoured on December 13 2013; eye: apple sauce, hazy, no effervescence, tiny ring of beige head, no lacing; nose: sourness, wild yeasts, green apple, light woody, refreshing, musk; mouth: sourness, wild yeasts, green apple, light woody, refreshing, musk, dry finale in musk with presence of Brettanomyces yeast, medium body, good carbonation, slick texture; overall: quite fine
Bouteille verte, 75 cl, 7 %, de et avec Philippe Boutin (merci!), savourée le 13 décembre 2013; œil : compote de pomme, voilée, pas d’effervescence, petit anneau de mousse beige, pas de dentelle; nez : aigreur, levures sauvages, pomme verte, léger boisé, rafraîchissante, musc; bouche : aigreur, levures sauvages, pomme verte, léger boisé, rafraîchissante, musc, finale sèche en musc avec présence de levure Brettanomyces, corps moyen, bonne carbonatation, texture coulante; en résumé : bien bon Boutip (6385) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 14, 2014
Bottle: Poured a hazy dirty yellowish color lambic with a generous foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of Brett notes with some horse blanket notes with some tart notes also discernible. Taste is a very nice mix between some tart notes with light oak undertones, some horse blanket and wet leather notes offset by light green apple notes. Body is about average for style with good carbonation. I am surprised this has hold on after so many years. I really enjoyed the mix between the complex notes of wild yeast and the perfect drinkability level. Enjoyit (3809) - Vadum, DENMARK - JAN 29, 2014
Bottle @ Too many geuze’s only one toilet, Ulfborg 2012. Hazy orange of color with an off white head. An aroma of appels, sour and weak sweets. A flavor of horseback, sour, weak sweets and dry. ClarkVV (6711) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 22, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2016 Bottle provided by and shared with Nelson (awful, but I don’t remember your ratebeer screenname) winter of ’08-’09. He provided this and I cracked a Stormaktsporter. It was nice to share both these beers with only one other person (I’m very greedy when it comes to sample size).
Aged gueuze appearance with tons of wild yeast and bacteria-produced, tight, natural carbonation creating a pillowy, long-lasting white head atop a pale-straw body. Tons of sediment in the bottle, of course.
Lemon rind and somewhat softened brett acids are slightly slow to build, but keep pouring forth, joined by soft lactic acid creating a strongly tart, but yet intriguingly balanced, easy-going nose. Cheesiness is there, lightly, but this is all about the elegance of the acids. Not a bunch of horse poop (not that there’s anything wrong with horse poop). Light touches of honey and vanilla indicate the age (seems to be the way these pale malts and wheat oxidize), but it’s just bursting forth with quality and in no way any let down by being 10 years old. Band-aid phenols emerge more easily with warming and plenty more lime and grapefruit rind. Sniffable to infinity, as the best lambics always are. Very high strength of aroma. No doubt has lost some of its intensity, less intense and more elegant is certainly a fine tradeoff.
Puckeringly tart in the mouth (though not bracingly sour), the acids polish the teeth as the lime and grapefruit flavors give way to bits of softer yogurt-like lactic notes, a fleeting touch of oily acetic acid or some sort of earthy/musty note, and a very soft, yet incredibly supple mouthfeel, no doubt ushered on in a big way by the now almost creamy-like carbonation. Has passed its peak in intensity, but this is nowhere near tired or declining. These lambics take on even more character with time. With extended warming and breathing, a cheesiness intertwined with lemons and light sugar cookies emerges, sitting on the palate through the finish, tending less tart as the bottle progresses. Has held up unbelievably well. Sure, I do wish I could have tried this five years ago, but it’s still a treat and an absolutely exquisite beer. It’s difficult to find fault with anything here. There are certainly personal preferences I would like differently about this beer, but nothing constructive that should be changed about the beer. Man I hate scoring these things. I suppose it’s not the most complex of the older lambics I’ve had, could use a bit more depth or pure funk. But again, that’s how I see 3Fonteinens gueuzes, more refined/elegant than Cantillon, but with, ultimately, less wild, bizarre, barnyard funk. Thanks Nelson, hope we can reconnect. Score reflects more of where I imagine this beer would have been 5-6 years ago. 9/5/8/5/18
Bottle drunk 8/13/16
This, along with Crianza Helena were the standouts of a very, very impressively stacked tasting. This thing has held up really well, and was even better than remembered. Rich and soft, with tons of fruity brett, easygoing, aromatic, funky horseblanket and rich lactic acids. Still wonderfully carbonated with a perfect texture and tons of dry wood, earth, must and yogurt-lemon character to balance the more vibrant, juicy brett character. Upping the score, this has to be one of the best single batches of lambic produced. 10/5/9/5/19