Geuze Cuvée J&J (Joost En Jessie) Blauw (Blue) - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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Reviews by boothbeer:
4.97/5 rDev +6.2%
Graduation Sour tasting- Huge thanks to rhinos00, pecorasc, and beace for making this epic whale sour tasting happen. This was the first bottle opened. Split 4 ways. Reviewed from notes.
A: Huge white rocky head. Ours a nice golden yellow color. Head dissipates slowly.
S: I pick up a spicy aroma. Wrote down that it smelled almost like artificial grape flavoring. Some wood too.
T: Wow. Very complex sour. Not overpowering sour. There is a nice citrus/lime flavor. Super delicate. Little peppery and woody with some brett coming through. Really enjoyed this one.
M: Nicely carbonated and good medium body. Nice tingle on the tongue.
D: This beer went down way too easy. I wish I would have had a whole bottle for myself. This was my favorite sour of the tasting, and there were some other whales at the party. Just an incredible beer. Very lucky to have tried this.
05-29-2010 02:10:34 | More by boothbeer
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4.93/5 rDev +5.3%
Reviewing the infamous Geuze Cuvée J&J Blauw from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen out of Belgium.
2003 vintage bottle served in a Drie Fonteinen fountain logo gueuze glass and enjoyed on 02/11/14. Huge thank you and shout out to Paul for graciously sharing this whale! Review is from iPhone notes.
Appearance: Pours a murky, unfiltered honey color with a nice fade to yellow at the bottom of the glass with three fingers of head that slowly recedes to a thick half finger layer. Poor lacing and retention, but what else would you expect for an 11 year old gueuze? 5/5
Smell: What is striking about this beer is how complex and balanced it is. The big unique character here is a distinct cedar wood aroma, which I absolutely adore. Cedar wood, hay/straw, lemon rind, and a very light/subtle barnyard funk. There’s also a little bit of “raisin” that comes through around room temperature. At first, there’s a touch of pool water/chlorine in the nose, but that breathes out and disappears after 15 or so minutes. Very subtle barnyard character and a hint of resinousness. Has a nice residual citrus/fruity brightness, which grows as the beer warms up. 5/5
Taste: Straw-forward upfront, with a little more barnyard funk than nose but still pretty mellow and surprisingly subtle overall for an 11 year old gueuze. Growing bitter lemon rind flavor and tartness and a little orange too as it warms up. At first, at fridge temp, there is minimal sourness. However,t by the time this beer reaches room temperature it gains a nice tartness and bright citrus character that reminds me of the 2007 OGV we drank the other night. Mineral water, straw and faint cedar round out the taste. The cedar is not nearly as pronounced in the taste as it is in the nose, but it is still there. Everything is nicely mixed here. I am shocked by how relatively not unpleasantly funky this beer is. 5/5
Mouthfeel: Light bodied, low carbonation. Nice light, but growing tartness with a very dry finish. Acidity level is perfect. 4.75/5
Overall: The cigar lover’s sour! This one largely lived up to the hype for me. The cedar-forward nose was absolutely incredible, and the taste, while different (in that it had less citrus and cedar and more straw/must/funk and mineral character) was just as good. My only knock on this brew is that I would have liked a little more carbonation or tartness to give the taste a bit more liveliness on the palate. Cheers!
Cost: $250 for a 750 ml bottle.
04-23-2014 00:56:53 | More by jegross2
4.75/5 rDev +1.5%
What the hell Steven? Thanks a ton for giving me a nice-sized pour of this yesterday, 4/26/2014.
A- Hazy, darker yellow body. Clearly lower in carbonation; but it does come with a half finger white head that retains surprisingly well for such an old lambic.
S- Bold and assertive is what I'd describe the nose and flavour profile of this lambic. Pungent wood, lemon zest and musty barnyard funk are the big players here. Citrus rind, peppercorns, Senne valley funk. The woody, moldy citrus zest is the strongest player in the nose and it is excellent.
F- Again, bold and assertive lambic. I haven't had a ton of these before, but the citrus rind character comes through in a strong way as the barnyard, mustiness isn't as strong as you'd figure. Complex in character since the lemon zest, white vinous character, rind, wood, Senne funk all conspire to bring an unique (thus far) geuze character. Again, the flavour profile is so bold that it made a major impression after drinking full pours of fresh Cantillon Fou' Foune and Cuvée-St-Gilloise; which you'd think would make a 11-year old lambic seem less flavourful.
M- Medium bodied, dry and refreshing. Carbonation is quite low, as expected. Finish is dry with a good bit of funk and old lemon skins.
O- This is great. Part of the excitement may be that this is a 11-year old lambic and these don't come around every day, but even when I correct for that bias, there is no way I can deny that this geuze is very complex and flavourful despite its age. This was definitely a highlight of a very excellent day. Thanks Steven!
04-27-2014 17:37:57 | More by Stevedore
4.13/5 rDev -11.8%
Generously shared by rvdoorn and papaeugene at my place a while back. Thanks for coming and hanging out for the day gents!
From a 750 into a small wine glass
Bottled 6 September 2003
A blend of one year old Lindeman and 4 year old Girardin.
APPEARANCE: The cork shot out upon opening, so be careful if you're in a room of valuable things (or people). Pours a huge, foamy, white head with half decent retention. Gamboge orange, cloudy, with a bit of carbonation evident. A foamy head remains until the end leaving lots of foamy lacing down the glass. Lots of head, but it makes for a good looking glass of lambic.
SMELL: Lemon, hay and barnyard aromas with a bit of acidity as well. Very funky with lots of barn and a hint of peach as well. Very nice.
TASTE: Follows suit. Lemon sourness, barnyard and hay up front with a touch of peachy sweetness in there as well. A mild but lingering finish of tart lemon sourness, acidity, hay and leather works really well. Flavors are really soft, complex and well meshed at this point. Acidity is well measured as well.
PALATE: Lighter body and higher levels of carbonation. Light and prickly, goes down okay and finishes quite dry and puckering.
OVERALL: Really nice stuff. The flavors have meshed really well and the balance between tart, lemon sourness, funk and acidity is excellent. A little too carbonated and prickly even for a geuze, but that's a minor issue for sure. Definitely worth the effort. Thanks again for bringing this one over guys.
02-28-2014 16:27:18 | More by Jeffo
4.58/5 rDev -2.1%
Sweet Jesus! There are gushers and then there was this beer - as soon as the cage came off the cork flew out and hit d0b in the face. We also managed to get gueuze on two computers, the cat, my DVD cabinet, and the cheese tray. Thankfully no one was permanently blinded and we didn't lose a ton of brew.
A - Once the beer makes it into the glass it looks awesome. Huge billowy foam that eventually dissipates and leaves total glass-coating lacing. Opaque dark apricot color. This is about as good as it gets!
S - OK - there's funky, and then there is this beer. I feel like I'm sniffing a horse in the middle of a musty barn filled with must, dirt, and god knows what else. There's also some lemon sourness, leather, and super tart granny smith apples but after six years this is funk city. I'm not sure where else gueuze can go from this point.
T - The taste is excellent, but not as mind-blowing as the ridiculous smell. There's tons of barnyard funk, must, leather, tart unripened apples, and a crazy persistent dry and tart finish.
M - This is also a "wee" bit overcarbonated - there's some tingly burn on the upper lip and top palate. The texture is surprisingly softer than I tought it would be, and the finish is crazy dry with some light stickiness.
D - While I'd drink one of these on my own I think I might end up with a tummy-ache considering the funkiness. Still, I'd love to do this one again along with the Roos.
09-02-2009 01:22:13 | More by MasterSki
4.79/5 rDev +2.4%
Drank at NWIBDU tasting. Thanks Rfraga for sharing!
A - Dark hazy orange with a light white head and tons of carbonation. This was so carbonated that it gushed slightly when opened
S - Tart lemon, lactic acid, good amount of funk, slight orange, and light oak. This is just such a well balanced and great nose that manages to bring a strong amount of both tartness and funk. Really a great and complex nose 5
T - Lots of funk that gives it a blue cheese and farmhouse flavor that is mixed with a very tart lemon and lactic acid gueuze. It has a nice softness to it that keeps everything melded together and well balance. The funk really lingers on in the finish after the tartness fades away.
M - Tons of carbonation in a medium body make this easy to drink. The lingering funk with the tartness makes this have a very dry finish.
O - Really a great sour that lives up to the hype. Great balance between a funky and tart gueuze. I was happy to be able to enjoy this one
07-17-2013 02:47:07 | More by jeonseh
4.78/5 rDev +2.1%
I originally had a nice big sample of this at De Heeren back on September, 5 years from the date this beer was bottled. I was lucky enough to share a full bottle of this with my cousin (krkearney), my brother and other family on Christmas Day. In addition to what I note below, I think the taste of the blauw is a bit more tart than the roze but it works very well in this fantastic beer.
I was hoping to find a bottle of this on a recent trip to De Heeren but was suprised to find it available there for sample at a beer fest they were having behind the restaurant. Wow! For the price of about $3 a got a nice sample of about 6 oz or so.
The beer poured a slightly hazy golden color with a nice thick bubbly head. The nose was a bit sour and citrus, funk. The taste was tart and funky with some definite yeast notes. There was also a nice wood character to the beer and overall this was one refreshing and beer worth savoring.
09-20-2008 11:37:15 | More by ggaughan
4.63/5 rDev -1.1%
An enormous thank you to Adam for this one. Shared at a tasting. 5oz. pour into a small snifter. Reviewed from notes.
A: I don't even have to take the cage off this one. Exploding cork blows off the cage as soon as I untwist it. Pours a 2 finger, foamy white head with good retention. Beer is a cloudy orange-yellow. Lacing is thick, layered, and with great cling.
S: Nose is oak, fresh soaked wood, bark, lemons, and a hint of tea leaves. Aromatic and invigorating all around with the characteristic burnt rubber aroma noticeably missing.
T: Opens oaky. Wood is very apparent in this one. Middle is sour peach and subtle papaya. Tart from the midlde to the end. Dry without being puckering. Perfectly balanced. Finishes with an accented yeasty spice. No aftertaste.
M: Light to medium bodied, dry and saliva-enducing. Oily, sticky, and substantial in the mouth. Finish is accented with a sticky aftertaste that is clean for the most part.
D: At a tasting with Millenium Geuze and Crianza Helena, this was the best of its style by a longshot and was agreed upon by most others present. Simply a masterpiece. Perfectly smooth and balanced in both taste and feel. Definitely worth the effort to acquire.
10-25-2010 03:05:24 | More by SpeedwayJim
4.55/5 rDev -2.8%
pour was golden orange, nice fluffy white head. built up quick and just stuck there.
nose was very interesting. along with the cheese and funk was a mild berry aspect. picked up very faint blueberry and lemon. nice old oak. stunning nose.
very tart with the help of light lemon and sour berry. cheesy and funky with a strong old barnyard presence. a fair strong oak and musty flavor through the finish which helped the dry bitterness.
fairly carbonated with strong bite. very dry and bitter.
delicious, worthy, amazing.
01-08-2012 16:36:37 | More by hooliganlife
4.7/5 rDev +0.4%
This was my 2000th officially recorded tick! Hell yeah! 750ml bottle thanks to alfrantzell.
The cork exploded out of the bottle. Pours hazy golden in color with a gigantic white head that lasts. Good lacing.
Amazing gueuze aroma: funky, musty, and oaky with a slight sulfuric note. Really really awesome for the gueuze style.
Flavor is also excellent. A little funky with a subtle malt note and lots of barnyard funk. A little cheesiness even, but in a good way. Lots of oak and slight tannins. Just a little residual sweetness.
Dry on the palate with good medium acidity and fairly high carbonation.
Really awesome stuff overall. I like my gueuzes with a little bit of sweetness to balance the tartness, and this is such a beer. Too bad it's so rare (although the rarity undoubtedly enhanced my experience with this one).
07-20-2010 17:09:22 | More by nickd717
4.95/5 rDev +5.8%
750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.
Appearance - Hazy orange body. Medium white head. Nice collar.
Smell - Citrus zest and a hefty funk. Very woody. White pepper. Oh my.
Taste - Orange and lemon citrus. Some wheat. A little bit of malt. Pepper. Funky. Sourness builds into the finish. Unbelievably good.
Mouthfeel - Perfect sourness. Perfect body. Well carbonated.
Overall - I am stunned. This is as good as a gueuze gets.
05-18-2014 22:56:44 | More by Alieniloquium
4.6/5 rDev -1.7%
Big big thanks to my friend Olivier, who happened to stop by at De Heeren Van Liederkercke and picked up a pair of the His and Her lambics. A rare treat indeed!
Appearance: Soft, peachy tone of caramel, and whole heck of a lot of fluffy bubbles. A few flakes twirled and danced to the bottom of my glass, but they didn't bother me much.
Smell: A great symphony of barnyard funk, smooth tobacco, musty old basement and a startling freshness that reminded me of lime juice or crabapples.
Taste: Big time carbonation and macho acidity burns the tongue with the first sip or two, but once your palate gets used to the sudden drop in pH the subtle flavors of freshly cut hay and a carnal, dirt-like flavor that reminded me of Pu Erh tea aged in clay pots. Aftertaste was sharp and metallic and of course dried off my salivary glands. It's weird and funky and I'm in love!
03-05-2006 20:46:47 | More by Goldorak
4.1/5 rDev -12.4%
(sampled at Dak’s Memorial Day tasting. Huge thanks to Rusty for the share!!). Pours a cloudy, yellow apricot. Aroma is funky and has some nice grape, vinous qualities. Taste is sour and vinegary. Thin bodied with an oily texture. Smoth, sour finish. This was really good and I’m really glad to have tried this.
06-07-2011 23:04:47 | More by trappistlover
Geuze Cuvée J&J (Joost En Jessie) Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
100 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.