Geuze Cuvée J&J (Joost En Jessie) Blauw (Blue) - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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Reviews by brystmar:
4.58/5 rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Generously opened by blatantdream alongside Roze at our big sour tasting last night. Thanks!
Loud pop from the cork announces its arrival, though Blauw kindly follows my house rules and doesn't gush. Impressively carbonated for a 9-year-old beer. Slightly hazy, golden-amber body sports tiny white bubbles up top.
Wow, the nose is incredible! Rich, potent funk; citrus; earthy yeast; a touch of sweet malt in the middle; hints of fruit. And again, its potency is impressive. My gf kept a small pour of this in a separate glass so she could smell it for the rest of the night.
Tasting reveals Blauw's delicate complexity. Tart and citrusy at first, mildly grassy in the middle, fades into a dry & funky finish. Rays of ripe fruit flavor shine through intermittently. Impressively layered; a joyous beverage to sip.
While I typically prefer fruit lambics to gueuze, this was phenomenal. Roze, by contrast, was overly grassy/earthy and not nearly as good. Blauw ranks among the best gueuze I've ever had.
Serving type: bottle
08-20-2012 18:48:43 | More by brystmar
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4.13/5 rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
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.
Serving type: bottle
02-28-2014 16:27:18 | More by Jeffo
4.86/5 rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
A huge thanks goes out to Alex for cracking this bottle open and generously sharing! As soon as the cage was pulled off a gunshot was heard and d0b lay in waste from a cork to the eye. RIP! Luckily we didn't lose much nectar.
Blauw proudly shows off a glimmering apricot body with a bit of haziness through that absolutely glows when backlit. The dirty white head rises in no time to a billowy three fingers and shows remarkable staying power. The lacing left behind as the head falls and the beer gets drank is immaculate, Swiss cheese coating sheets. Blauw is easily on the best looking gueuzes I have ever run across and the retention lacing is crazy good.
Daaaamn! The funk is out of this world! The aroma is so packed full of musty, cheesy, barnyard, and citric aromas it's hard for me to even begin. Damp, decaying forest wood mustiness gets things moving before segueing into a horse blanket shoved directly into my nasal cavity. Gobs of acidic lemon juice and old, worn out leather add the perfect accompaniments. Not only is the smell of this beer deep but it's incredibly complex and constantly evolving as it sits in the glass. They should make this into an air freshener.
I didn't think there was any way the taste profile could ever live up to the aroma. Surprisingly it does and may actually surpass the smell. All the barnyard, cobwebbed mustiness that the nose showed is found full glory in the aroma. This gueuze is all encompassing funky AND sour. The tart, acidic lemon comes through the upfront mustiness cutting it down to perfect proportions. Worn leather and decaying, fallen wood bring up the rear. This is an amazing beer and one to be reckoned with.
I have to figure out somewhere to take some points off and the only place I can find is mouthfeel. The carbonation was a little on the high side after being in the bottle for 6 years. Surprisingly it never reached aggressive or prickly. As a matter of fact, the barely noticeable high level settled after a couple minutes in the glass to the light bodied snap that I was expecting.
The drinkability is off the charts. While this beer is a world of funk, which can tend to drag on with repeated drinking, the sourness cuts through perfectly to make this gueuze a refreshing drinker. A light body and carbonation on the higher side of the spectrum keep things moving, almost too easily. It's a hard beer to set down, I'll give it that.
I almost feel guilty giving this beer the two less than perfect scores throughout the review. It was easily good enough to land perfects throughout, which is something I have never done and wouldn't like to do. With that said this is one of the best, most complex, enjoyable beers I have ever had and the clear winner (for me) in a night of incredible sours. Thanks again Alex, you crazy bastard!
Serving type: bottle
08-19-2013 02:36:57 | More by joe1510
4.79/5 rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
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
Serving type: bottle
07-17-2013 02:47:07 | More by jeonseh
4.99/5 rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Poured from a basket into a Drie Fonteinen stem.
Pour: Cork shot out with a pop, and gushed about 2 ounces. Have glasses ready! Pours a mildly hazy, golden orange with three plus fingers of sticky, frothy white head. Lots of retention, and lacing.
Smell: Stunning. Overly ripe peaches and apricots, lemon rind, and a deep earthy funk. Incredily well balanced and integrated. As it warms, the funk evolves, opening up with barnyard and minerally earth. The stone fruits become more prominent and tropical. I could smell this forever.
Taste: Bright peach flesh, funk, and tropical sour fruits. Some lemon rind. Lightly sweet. The funk becomes more pronounced as it warms, yet never overpowers the beautiful fruit aspect. Truly incredible how vibrant this is after 10 years.
Mouthfeel: Despite being a massive gusher, this was perfectly carbonated. The balance of flavors lends this to be incredibly drinkable and refreshing.
Overall: Simply, this beer was nearly flawless, and probably the best beer I've ever had the pleasure to enjoy. Vibrant in every way, yet utterly balanced.
Serving type: bottle
07-14-2013 19:44:48 | More by cfrances33
Geuze Cuvée J&J (Joost En Jessie) Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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