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

bottled
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on tap
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RATINGS: 1779   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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4.6
GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 8, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2010 750mL 1999 ed courtesy of Travlr and again courtesy of Armand. This is so insanely good. Note that this is the 1999- which many consider the best geuze ever made. Armand I think would agree. From talking to him directly, this one is made with Boon, Girardin, and Lindemann’s lambik. This, as Armand said, can never be replicated and is really just a product of pure luck and circumstance.

The 1999 geuze I have had twice and love it to death. First, it pours like an unblended. It is super deep, cloudy orange with no head. Aroma is incredible. You can smell it from 20 feet away: huge leather, tannins, citrus, blood orange, mango yogurt, feet, sweat. Taste is beautiful soft yogurt/lactic, bright citrus, curacao, grapefruit, just mouth-watering all the way around without being too sour or acetic. The Girardin being blended in here is just so awesome as a base lambic. Very quick, zippy palate. I can’t find anything wrong this this geuze and see no reason to put it up with J&J Blauw.

375mL 2007 ed courtesy of Shyam. Pours a super deep super hazy orange with a one-finger, very rocky, off-white head. Beautiful. Aroma is chardonnay, curacao, lime juice, grapefruit juice, some spice, lemon tart, key lime pie. There is some sweat, leather, barnyard in there. Taste is sour, tart, acidic, white wine. Huge sour warheads. Dry aftertaste with some sort of semi-quenching character that insists upon you to try more. Bubbly, spritzy on the palate. The thing I hate about gueuze is that it takes so much time, effort, and precision to create them but about three seconds to drink them. This is excellent. Not as intense as Girardin Black Label, but still awesome. 8/4/8/5/14 = 3.9

I am rating the 1999 ed mainly because I like to score a beer the highest mark that I have ever given it, even if I have had multiple samples that are inferior. I feel it is unfair to average out all of my scores for special lambics like this.

4.1
wekker84 (2360) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - DEC 8, 2009
375 ml bottle a hazy dark yellow/orange colored beer with a white head aroma of sour a lot of fruit citrus lemon taste very fruity and some sourness a good beer

4.8
tdtm82 (1701) - Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2009
Ok this is a special moment. My new favourite geuze. WOW. Fascinating aroma of citrus hops; tangy lemon and a bitter orange peel. Taste is mesmerising. A very bitter dry finish product but the opening is a sensitve and bubbly smooth mix before it explodes around your taste buds. A truely remarkable beer and one I would love to have aged. This is the Gueze secret along with Girardin. WOW.

3.9
wimpie133 (381) - Brugge, BELGIUM - NOV 22, 2009
Bottle, 37,5 cl. Blonde, golden beer with huge white, creamy, light unstable head. Light sour and fruity smell. Taste is light sour with an enjoyable natural sweet taste on the background, making this a more mild Oude Geuze’. Although also a good ’Oude Geuze’ lacking a bit in pallet and complexity. to compete with the top of ’Oude Geuzes’. (Note: also nice when mixed with a Oude Geuze Girardin Black Label :)).

4.2
proesti (58) - Lille Nord, FRANCE - NOV 15, 2009
Amber with some green in it, small white mousse. Aroma is sharp, sour, green but very nice and dry. Taste is sour, a bit herby with some wood touches too. This beer is dry sour with a very nice vegetal bitterness in the finale.

4.1
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2009
Sample #28 at 1st CST, bottle dated Feb 19 2004. Pours a clear straw golden with a white frothy head. Aroma of hay, corse, less sweet, somewhat peppery funky, really nice. Flavor is tart funky, a bit yeasty, sort of soapy, still a bit of dried faded hops, earthy. Med bodied, fluffy. A must have in the cellar. My go-to Geuze.

3.3
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - NOV 8, 2009
Little head. Amber coloring. The aroma has the smell similar to a white wine. The flavor has an extremely tart white grape taste.

1.8
kevd193213 (991) - Hope Valley, Rhode Island, USA - NOV 8, 2009
750 mL bottle. Lets start by saying I have no experience with this style but wanted to give it a shot. Cloudy golden green pour with a nice thick fizzy white head. Aroma of barnyard and socks. Taste is just overwhelmingly sour with that familiar barnyard funk and citrus. Dry finish. Not for me.

3.9
Joen (46) - Tricht, NETHERLANDS - NOV 7, 2009
37,5 cl bottle. (Label differs from the picture on this site, 3 = green and slightly other font) Light copper coloured beer, with a with head. Milkysour aroma and taste with bitter woody tones.than a wave of a scharp sour taste with an smooth aftertaste. Nice

4
emacgee (4676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - NOV 5, 2009
Pours a hazy amber gold with a one finger crackling white head. Wonderfully tart and acidic nose, funky barnyard character, socks, grapefruit rind and lemongrass. Flavor is tart and vinous, citrusy, nice lemongrass character, acidic, mild oak, grapefruit rind. Tart tannic mouthfeel. Nice.


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