Geuze Cuvée J&J (Joost En Jessie) Blauw (Blue) - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Geuze Cuvée J&J (Joost En Jessie) Blauw (Blue)Geuze Cuvée J&J (Joost En Jessie) Blauw (Blue)

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Reviews: 91
Hads: 205
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 6.51%
Wants: 441
Gots: 31 | FT: 2
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 05-15-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of largadeer
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks for sharing this one, Shane.

This beer gushed forth from the bottle immediately upon uncorking, though we didn't lose any beer or injure anyone in the process of opening it. In the glass it's a cloudy copper color with an enormous head that's fed by massive carbonation. Head retention is outstanding, the beer was topped by a big fluffy white cap of foam for a good 15 minutes.

The aroma is lemony (rotting lemons, specifically) and funky, wet hay and wet dog coming to mind. It's also very woody, musty, mushroom-y.

On the palate it opens with moderate lactic sourness, bitter orange peel and drying oak. Carbonation is high, almost champagne-like. Flavors of lemon rind, quince and green grape come out mid-palate. The sourness is nicely balanced by the wood, with a long tannic and drying finish.

I've had this beer on many occasions and next to some other world-class lambic, and it's consistently a favorite of mine. Possibly the best gueuze out there. (970 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had the chance to enjoy this sublime beer again last weekend. Wow, OMG, wow! Just ridiculously amazing, this beer stood out among a phenomenal list of gueuzes, fruit lambics, and wild ales. I simply can't imagine a beer being any better.

***
Original review: 25 January 2010

Thanks Brad!

Tasted along with the J&J Roos.

A: Gorgeous. Hazy orange. Pretty lacing.

S: Hay, straw, barnyard funk, citrus.

T: Sourness, balanced to perfection. Subtle lemons, grapefruit, a touch of wood. This is a seriously complex beer and a work of art. The beer seeps into your cheeks with a fine warming sensation and the sourness nestles in beautifully. Every aspect of the taste is simply right on the money.

M: Smooth, no bitterness or sharpness. Acidity is spot on. Lasting finish. Perfect carbonation.

D: Goes down so easy. I could drink this all night. I hope I get to try this again someday. (888 characters)

Photo of cfrances33
4.99/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (1,084 characters)

Photo of ygtbsm94
4.98/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Drank this superb blended Geuze on many occasions with more to come!

Hazy reddish orange with a huge two finger bright white head, leaving a light film and thin wisps of lace down the glass; perfect!! Aroma is typical Armand geuze with the funkiness you expect from his Lambics. Barnyard, horse blanket, lemon peel, sour apples, drying oak tannins, and a bright acidic tartness; it doesn't get much better than this. I could savour this aroma for hours without a taste from the glass; very complex! Then comes the taste with a nice lemony zest but balanced with other fruit like sweetness and hints of oak and earth and of course funky barnyard, horse blanket, and just the perfect touch of tartness. Mouthfeel has light tannins, delicate, nuanced and well balanced with a nice puckering aftertaste that leaves me drooling for more.

Personally, this once in a life time Geuze is second to none; Fantastic!!! (909 characters)

Photo of boothbeer
4.97/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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. (872 characters)

Photo of hopdog
4.97/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle acquired in a couple trades. Tasted side x side with the Roze.

Major gusher alert! This guy prematurely spewed everywhere. Poured a medium and cloudy orangish color with a large sized off white head.

Aromas of funk, musty, tart, and sour.

Tastes of tart green apples, sour, lemons, and just all around tart.

My description really doesn't do this one justice This one was very nice and puckering.

Notes from and tasted on 6/27/08. (452 characters)

Photo of jaken0ss
4.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle shared on 7/20/15 in a blind tasting

The bottle gushed immediately after opening, and carb was initially very high before it settled. A fantastic gueuze as well. At this point in time with how good it still is, I can only imagine this beer at it's peak. So lucky and grateful to have been able to try this.

Thanks Glen! (335 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.94/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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. (430 characters)

Photo of jegross2
4.93/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Reviewing the infamous Geuze Cuvée J&J Blauw from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen out of Belgium.

Score: 99

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. (2,479 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.92/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

reviews from notes

part of the mega sour tasting, i provided this gem which took me the better part of forever and my oldest son to acquire. none the less i made it and was thrilled to be able to bust it out.

Popped with a loud bang and was very active from the onset, that much was for sure. Tons of carbonation rippling through both the bottle and the glass throughout the sesssion, a huge carbonation explosion. Very nice bright amber color with a huge amount of white fizzy head on top. At least four inches of white foam topping off this one made it look wonderful, with a deep cloudy and hazy look to it, I knew it was aged well.

The aroma was so sour and bitter, I had a cheek to cheek grin immediatly. Simply a wonderful aroma here, tons of yeast coming through, lots of light sour grapes and tartness. The flavor was superb, really one of the best I have ever had. The first light notes of sour yeast roll across the tongue and just explode in your mouth, rippling and shredding taste buds all the way. Nice white grapes, light grains, and fresh grass all coming through. As it warmed some more subtle pear and apple characters were coming through now, this was astoundingly complex, so much so I did not really even know where to begin with this. I was floored by the flavor here. The carbonation was huge, keeping it light and airy and really letting every get to a depth that was confoundingly complex. Simply great. I easily threw done the whole bottle, as at only 6% this was simply outstanding. If I had more then one other bottle I would have reached for it immediatly. Long lingering dried out bitter finish had so much complex flavor that I was just letting linger on and on as I did not want to let it stop.

Overall easily one of the best beers, regardless of style that i have ever had the pleasure of drinking. (1,836 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.92/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have to give a huge thanks to Chris Lively at Ebeneezers for this one. I don't think I ever would have been able to try it without him. These are coming from my notes that were scribbled a little half-assed as I was too busy drowning in the pure awesomeness of this beer.

A: Pours a cloudy hazy peach-like yellow amber colored with a very light head that fades very quickly.

N: Pure awesomeness. A slight yeasty earthy funk is there, slight Brett like nose that doesn't overpower anything, and knows it's role very well. A slight citrus and sour and tart fruit as well. A slight chardonnay grape like aroma too.

T: OH man, my own tongue is melting into itself with pure joy. The light sour and tangy fruit plays really well with the definite but still held in content funk. It's got a slight barnyard funk with a little yeast and dryness, but nothing overpowering. The slight sour/tart fruit flavors just dance so nicely on the tongue. A little citrus, touch of lemon and I think pink grapefruit, as well as that definite chardonnay wine, which also comes with some oak flavors. I've never had Roos, but from what I've tasted before this is the epitome of what a sour/wild/gueze should be.

M: Lighter body with decent carbonation.

F: It finishes strong but light at the same time, almost like a shell of itself. The nice wild funk flavors slowly fade off the tongue and leave behind the really nice sour tart fruit flavors, but less tart at this point. The dryness that comes with it really makes your mouth water and beg for more. WIth each sip I want the next sip more and more, until alas, I'm staring at my last sip (which was about 10 minutes of staring). Nothing bad on the finish, it finishes basically perfectly.

I really have to thank Chris again for this beer, it was just so amazing, lived up to all the hype. Best sour I have ever had by far. All the people in my party (two of us beer enthusiasts and two non typical beer drinkers) all love this thing to death. If only I could get a good supply of this beer, life would be perfect! (2,054 characters)

Photo of bret27
4.92/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Generously shared by Chris Quiroga @Wooshop 5.0

limited notes at the end of the night.

Little funk, lots of fruits, vinous. Crisp and refreshing. In the taste you've got the perfect balance of complex funkiness and fruitiness, along w/the tartness. Insane gueze. Best gueze ever? I'm not sure, but one of the best I've had. Makes Duck Duck seem like child's play. (365 characters)

Photo of spdyfire83
4.92/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

211th Review
75cl bottle
Poured in a 3F Geuze glass

The one and only vintage...2003, of course!

A: Medium orange copper. Barely half (soft white) fingernail head on gentle pour.

S: Robust, crisp, and funky. Cracked straw, barnyard funk, blue cheese, and lemon zest. Touch of oak and mellow citrus.

T: Oh so tasty! Excellent balance of sour, tart, and sweet. Barnyard funk, green apple tart, lemon rind, aged cheese, and cobwebs. So complex, but so great!

M: Light/medium bodied with smooth, gentle carbonation.

O: Superb beer with beautiful balance and age. So tasty, smooth, and enjoyable! Hard to top this, but I'm sure there might be a few out there, that I have yet to enjoy, that rise above this (hence the almost perfect score). (745 characters)

Photo of popery
4.92/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Notes from 6/4/19. Huge thank you to cpferris. This was one of the best beers that I’ve ever tried. It looked great - hazy, yellow liquid with a surprisingly nice head. The aroma was fantastic - complex, sour and earthy. In a good way, it smelled like old books, lemon peels and acorns. Lots of oak and sour were apparent. The flavor was possibly even better. The sour wasn’t overpowering but inviting and interesting. It starts with sweetness and acidity but finishes quite dry. Great funk. Gentle feel. An absolutely excellent gueuze. More notes from 6/2011 BA BA tasting at GHS. Once again, I loved this beer. It's got some of the best funk that I've come across. It's just a wonderfully complex gueuze. Lots of lemon, horse blanket and subtle forest-like aromas. Great stuff. One of my very favorite beers. (814 characters)

Photo of fisherman34
4.92/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled sample, consumed at De Heeren van Liedekercke. Tarnished gold in colour with very strong carbonation. Loads of leathery barnyard funk, sharp fragrant lemon, and earthy old wood on the nose. The funk and citrus dominate the palate with a spicy exotic wood note coming through on the finish. Delicate body, but full of flavour and acidic zip. A very special beer. (369 characters)

Photo of Luk13
4.88/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle thanks to hoppypocket. Glowing orange with huge creamy white foam. Impressive for a 9 year old beer. Aroma is distinctive barnyard, citrus peel, old cheddar and some old lambic (menthol). Taste is out of this world. It feels so fresh while being bone dry. Lots of citrus, must and some herbs. Feels like orange juice, nice moderate acidity with orange sweetness. Lively carbonation and light bodied. Awesome and refined, the best of the tasting and probably the best gueuze I've had. (490 characters)

Photo of rhinos00
4.88/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to koopa for supplying us with this beer. First beer opened for the second part of our sour graduation tasting. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into four tulip glasses.

A- Pours a golden, hazy amber. Produced three fingers width of white, fluffy head. Dissipated ever so slowly. Semi-thick lacing was left over as the beer was consumed.

S- So complex. So many different aromas going on here, very hard to put it into words. Had a delicate spicy, wood attribute with a bit of brett and horse blanket. Slight lemon / grape aroma in the background.

T- Extremely delicate, but even more complexity is demonstrated here than in the aroma. Horse blanket with a noticeable amount of oak. Transitions into more acidic lemon zest flavor about midway through. The oak has a solid presence in the background all the way through consumption. Finish is a combination of lemon rinds, oak, and brett.

M- Light to medium bodied. The carbonation gave it a fuller, almost creamy feel. Finished semi-dry.

D- Perfect. The beer was never overpowering, just great balance throughout. Could drink this days on end.

Overall, the beauty of this beer was how restrained it was, yet somehow maintained amazing flavor and complexity. Ever detail was noticed and there really was no apparent flaws. Just a flat out great beer. (1,310 characters)

Photo of WillCarrera
4.86/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle at de Heeren, bottled in 2003, served in a gueuze glass.

A- Pours a hazy dark gold/amber color, huge off-white head, excellent retention and lacing.

S- Absolutely loads of the typical 3F forest floor funk aroma, wet earth and wet oak, some honey. A bit of hay as well. Just a funk explosion. Some light citrusy acidity, but the funk dominates completely.

T- Almost as good as the aroma. Moderate acidity, lactic with a bit of lemon. Flavors are very soft and rounded, similar to the aroma there's a focus on the damp, earthy funk flavors. A bit of hay as well. Lingering flavors of oak and must in the finish.

M- Medium-bodied, lowish carbonation with a smooth, soft feel, finishes bone dry.

O- An excellent beer from 3F, along with Lente and Millenium this is one of my favorites from them. Just a wonderful beer all around. (844 characters)

Photo of AlexFields
4.86/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Thanks to totoropanda for the bottle. Opened at our whales tasting 3/16/2013.

Pours a bright almost neon orange, huge froth head with long trails of lace. Epic.

Smells funky as hell. Bright acidic orange, bready wheat, dry funk, wet horse and the rest. Hell yeah.

Taste is bright orange, fairly acidic but also somewhat softened with age, grainy/wheaty finish. Delicious.

Great mouthfeel, soft and great carbonation. Doesn't burn despite being very sour.

Yeah I do like this!

9.7/10 (488 characters)

Photo of joe1510
4.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750ml

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! (2,820 characters)

Photo of kevanb
4.84/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750 ml bottle shared with friends

A bit of a gusher, this pours a wonderful straw color, hints of orange, copper, gold and amber when held to the light. Fairly cloudy and a few bubbles dance around the beer. The head on this beer is massive with huge billowing clouds of foam that has impeccable retention and fantastic lacing. The aroma is great, a bit soft, but great notes of funk, yeast, horseblanket, all that lovely stuff, but there is so much more, lemon zest, smooth malt, tart fruit, not too acidic at all. The flavors follow the nose well and are a bit more in focus, great funky flavors, tart apples, mild berries, a hint of sweetness, great savory flavors, almost like a spice note from the yeast with some simple grain. This really is a superb geuze, it has everything you could possibly want and it's near perfect harmony. The body is wonderful, so lively yet seemingly rich for a geuze. It dances on your tongue, but doesn't get too bubbly and prickly.

Verdict: Sublime geuze, perfect for sharing with good friends on a great day outdoors. The flavors are in unison, balanced, perfectly integrated and wonderfully complex. This defines a world class beer. (1,172 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.83/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Shane, you're just too generous.

Clear orange with great clarity, a large white head caps this gorgeous beer. Retention is outstanding, lasting till the end of my glass about 45 minutes after the pour, leaving some lace.

When cool, the nose has perfect balance of funk and sourness. Lemons blended with wet hay and wet dog very harmoniously. Beautiful citrus is present, with a mild acidity. As it warms up, it becomes increasingly woody and tannic, along with the lemony character. The wood character is reminiscent of wet wood/ forest floor. Beautifully balanced, I get a touch of dried tobacco and some vanilla

The flavors open tart, puckering and mildly tannic, this is one of the few overtly tannic beers that I've enjoyed. Plenty of lemon and citrus up front along with a potent citrus acidity. Mild white grape character is present, though not as strong as in the Crianza Helena. Incredibly drying on the finish with a ton of drying, woody tannins. Plenty of bitterness akin to unripened grapes is present as well. While not as funky as the nose suggests, there's still a great, complex musty, wet hay character. Light in body with a very high carbonation that results in an airy feel, this beer is great. The finish, however, is a little too tannic and astringent than I like, but still, this is very very drinkable, and I'm grateful for the chance to try this.

Note: The flavor is almost a 4.5, so I compromised by upping the appearance to a 5 to have the final score better represent my overall impression of this beer.

Note 2: Having revisited this beer twice since my review, I'm upping my scores to reflect my opinion.

**Edit 26 March 2011**
I feel very lucky to have had this beer 4 times now, and it keeps getting better. To be more accurate, my palate keeps getting more appreciative of this beer. Side by side with the 2002 Oude Gueuze vintage, this isn't as bright, but otherwise, this is very close to the Vintage. A little more fruit, with some mild fruit, mildly peachy, mild granny smith apple, some vanilla. The palate is also quite close, with this being quite sour, woody and again, a little more vanilla and fruity, peachy character. Despite being less bright, the fruitiness is does add a lighter dimension to this beer. That said, this has a little more body, and is a little heavier with more tannins. Exceptional stuff. I'm upping my T and O/D scores by 0.5 (2,395 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.82/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks to hopdog for sharing this. We had side by side next to the Pink bottle...
Appears a hazy, light orange with streams of carbon dioxide quickly rising to the top of the white cap. Scattered streaks are left around the glass.
Smell is of tart lemon, punchy, ripe, tropical fruit, along with grapes fill out the flavors.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas, along with vanilla, citrus, pumelo, and caramel.
Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated with balanced feel(though somewhat acidic) all in a solid, medium body. (515 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.82/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From 04/14/12 notes. I believe Thorpe429 brought this one and Brad brough the Roos, but it could be the other way around. Either way, huge thanks to both fo you for sharing these side by side at the sour tasting; they've been huge wants of mine for a very long time.

a - Pours a murky dark orange-brown color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Little bit darker then the Roos.

s - Smells of sour fruits, barnyard funk, oak, earthy notes, citrus, hay, light spice. Ton of sour fruits, very nice nose.

t - Tastes of barnyard funk, sour fruits, sour citrus, lemons, hay, earthy notes, spice, fruity malts, bread. More funk then the nose and even more sour fruits; amazing taste. One of the best tasting gueuzes at the tasting and I've ever had.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Crisp and easy to drink; perfect mouthfeel.

o - Overall this beer blew me away; one of the best beers I had at the tasting and one of the best sours I've had in general. I think everyone preferred this one to the Roos; I found this one funkier and the Roos with a little more spice. An Awesome beer I really hope I can have again. (1,141 characters)

Photo of jeonseh
4.8/5  rDev +4.1%
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 (974 characters)

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