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

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RATINGS: 1831   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   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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3.4
Radek Kliber (7501) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 23, 2003
Cloudy , light amber . Quiet sour as lambic should be . Good , but perhaps time was needed in order to refine its job .

4.5
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - AUG 21, 2003
Nose is off the wall. Strong with musty dry sharpness, with some freshly cut woodchips and an intense fruityness. Wow, way aggressive, fits the style of the Belgian kids we saw at the border with there winged bodykitted Puegots. Woody with light citrus, barnyard, a little bit of egg, frying flavors, peach, apple, lots of lemon. Puckering sour and very tart. Awsome

5
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.

4.1
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 17, 2003
cloudy amber. sweet and sour meyer lemon citrus aroma with a bit of barnyard. very sour flavour with more lemon, but some malt and sweetness showing through. I could drink this for awile, it's quite good.

4.1
CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 16, 2003
2000 Bottled: Pours a murky goldenrod with a large white head. Tart barnyard cheesy aroma. Body is smooth, yet thick and very well balanced. Nice light tart flavor throughout and an extremely dry finish. Malt flavors are evident as well as a subtle hoppy bitterness. This is one of the best gueuzes I've had.

4.7
FlacoAlto (4240) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 13, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2008 Bottle Date 11 December 2000. Sampled May 2004 at the Hopleaf, Chicago.
The aroma is sharp, acidic, and catpee. The taste is dry, and sour with notes of lemon, grapefruit (which is more pronounced), tannin, subtle vanilla notes, and a sharp herbal grassiness. There is a somewhat restrained Brett character, but there are notes of leather. This is a very well integrated beer, it is also quite light, as is expected. This goes quite well with the mussel apetizer that I am currently having.

Oude Gueuze Vintage 1995: Sampled 2001 at Drie Fonteinen cafe
I decided to go for broke on the next beer that I ordered at the cafe, so I ordered the 1995 bottling of the Gueuze, which means that the majority of the beer contained therein was at least 8 years old, if not more. The waitress whisked off to the bar (after making sure that I actually wanted a beer that only came in 750 ml bottles) to request the beer from the bar tender. The bar tender promptly disappeared down into the cellar. He appeared again a few minutes later reverently holding the bottle at the proper angle (again about 15-degrees). The bottle was carefully put in a basket that maintained the angle properly and brought to me. At this point I was getting giddy with excitement, or was that full day of beer consumption. Either way I was anticipating the sampling of this one.
The bottle was completely unadorned except for a white paint mark that let one know which way was up (so as not to disturb the yeast). What surprised me was the fact that the standard Champagne bottle that it was served in was corked with a normal wine cork with no accompanying wire cage or any other restraint. Despite this the beer made an appropriate popping sound when the cork was drawn.
The beer when poured into the glass was lively with carbonation and had a dark gold to amber hue that was quite clear. It was quite evident just from the clarity of the beer that it had been aging, as it had enough time for the characteristic haze to settle out. The nose was only slightly acidic, at least for a Gueuze. The taste was quite similar to the 2000 bottling of the Gueuze, but was quit a bit mellower and overall was perfectly balanced between the contrasting and complementary flavors that make up a Lambic. As an accompaniment to the meal that I had (a wonderful salmon filet) it was quite nice, with a hint of an alcoholic finish to it that was brought out by the fish.

2000 bottle Vintage, sampled in 2001 at Drie Fonteinen
After I had ordered the Gueuze the waitress went to the bar and requested a one. The barkeep then pulled out the traditional bottle of Lambic lying at a 15-degree angle in a wicker basket. The bottle was carefully opened and poured without disturbing the yeast. The beer when it was set down in front of me displayed a lively carbonation, a gold color, slightly hazy and a thick creamy head. Even from a distance the aroma was evident; displaying notes of fruit including citrus. When brought closer for an extended sniff it smelled quite sour with an evident Brett character. The taste was just about perfect. It was not as sour as Oud Beersel’s Gueuze and was incredibly complex, with notes of wood, mustiness, a slight bitterness and almost a hint of what I can only describe as wild mushroom. This was definitely the best Gueuze I had ever had.

4.3
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 10, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2008 Golden orange in colour, lingering white coloured head, good lacing. The aroma is acidic, lots of lemon citrus, some sweetness is in here as well, woody with some banana. The flavour is sharp and tart, high acidity, agian lots of lemon citrus, woody with some pink grapefruit. Acidic mouthfeel, medium/light body, medium/high carbonation. Finishes long, sour, acidic and dry. Very good Gueuze, high sourness and it kicks in right away. This has aged very well and is very drinkable right now.

750ml bottle from the <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/new-york target=blank>Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, New York.
Purchased in November 2004 and opened on January 1, 2008.
Vintage 1999.


3.8
CapFlu (5132) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 10, 2003
(Bottle) Year:1999. Lemon juice body. Sour... so sour fruity nose. Lemony citrus tartness that lasts to the finish. Excellent introduction to the gueze family.

4.4
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 10, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2004 (750ml 1999 bottle) Sure it's sour, but the sourness is the leading, rather than the overwhelmingly dominant, characteristic, making this superior to any other gueuze I have tried. Opaque golden body with medium off-white head. Aroma is mild sweet, horseblanket, strawberry, light banana. Taste is mild sweet, very sour, horseblanket, yeast, strawberry, other fruitiness. Light, bubbly, acidic body.

4
LINKBREW (101) - Santee, California, USA - JUL 17, 2003
Atthe brewery - 1997 vintage, still very lively, very tart and dry. Smooth, yet acidic. Very nice.


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