Geuze Cuvée J&J (Joost En Jessie) Blauw (Blue) - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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4.7/5 rDev +0.4%
750 split two ways at De heeren. Poured into 3F geuze glasses. Served at celalr temp. Reviewed 19 June 2011.
Ar: Fruity, berries, dirty funk, barn, straw/hay, good sourness, tropical fruit, cherry, woody, msty/earthy, definitely has the 3F fdirty funk.
Ap: Mild haze orange amber, thick off white head, great retention, lace
T: Sour, strong lemon, grapefruit bitterness, hay, tart fruit, green apple, strong grapefruit rind, very grassy/hay oriented, very complex, tropical fruit, cherry, berries, dirty barn character comes out with time, goaty, complex earthy/musty/woody, strong pithy citrus, earthy blackberr (blackberry, overripe blackberry, dusty old deaad vines, young green vines) strong bitter and sour up front, fades to more fruity, ends with strong earthy with blackberry, lingering hay and barn.
M: high fine carbonation, slightly puchering acidity, warming acid, pithy bitterness at end
O: Unique, nice fruitiness, very complex, not as dirty in the taste as in the aroma, very good, long finish, not as dirty/cheesy as other 3F geuze of similar vintage.
08-23-2011 19:21:31 | More by DaveJanssen
4.93/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
08-14-2011 19:31:34 | More by popery
4.93/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
08-12-2011 18:42:53 | More by fisherman34
4.35/5 rDev -7.1%
750ml bottle shared with the usual suspects.
a - super carbonated. the cork blew off with the slightest touch and proceeded to gush. be prepared.
s - huge funk. like blue cheese that smells diaper. lemon haygrass. a slight sulfer picked up that isn't desired.
t - green apple, grass and herbal finish. lemon AND lime. sweet dryness. basically imagine a gin & tonic lambic.
m - very carbonated (overly). light body. this one definitely improves once it has sat a while.
overall - I feel like this is a world-class brew/blend on its way down-hill. I'd say open it if you have it.
08-08-2011 23:20:56 | More by levifunk
4.74/5 rDev +1.3%
HUGE thanks to Kramer for bringing both Blauw and Roos to Ffej of July IX and allowing me to knock off a pair of long time wants. Blauw first, Roos second.
A - Pours murky reddish orange with a huge two finger tall bright white head, dissipating down to a light film, leaving thin wisps of lace down the glass.
S - Smells of funky basement must, barn yard hay, lemon peel, sour apples, drying oak tannins, and a bright acidic tartness. It kind of smells like ripe cheese with a bit of tartness thrown in. Very nice.
T - Starts off with a big, sharp, acidic kick quickly giving way to a mix of musty funk, wet hay, lemon zest, granny smith apples, and drying oak tannins. The sourness is strong initially but it quickly gets enveloped by the strong barnyard funk. The finish is bone dry, lingering for some time.
M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Tart, funky, feel with lots of dryness in the finish. It has an good balance of funk to tart throughout.
O - While I personally preferred the sharp tartness of the Roos to the funky must of the Blauw, this is still an excellent beer. They truly are the perfect complement to each other. Hope I get to try this one again in the future. Thanks again Kramer!
07-13-2011 22:26:27 | More by orangesol
4.6/5 rDev -1.7%
Second installment of an awesome one-two punch provided by Kramer at Ffej of July IX.
A-Turbid reddish copper with a towering birght white head that quickly disappated to a wispy veil of retention.
S-Massively complex with so much going on. A swirl of wet hay, humid basement, lemon zest, green apple and musty wool blanket. There is sharp acidity in the back adding to the complexity.
T-Muting mustiness up front overlying biting tart berries, lemon zest and Granny Smith apple. Drying oak, fresh cut hay and general musty notes add to the interesting flvour profile.
M-Medium-light bodied, quite sharp and biting with a bone dry finish and long lingering flavours.
O-While I enjoyed the sharp, sweet-tartness of the Roos more this one is hard to beat as well. Just about everything you can expect out of a Gueuze. A true benchmark of the style.
07-10-2011 18:11:15 | More by Deuane
4.65/5 rDev -0.6%
750ml bottle enjoyed at De Heeren van Liedekerke, poured into a 3F Geuze glass (of course). Review #800.
A: Hazy orange body with a towering, frothy head of chunky off-white foam. Ok retention, terrific lace. I'd like it a bit clearer, but otherwise fantastic.
S: Cheesy, earthy funk starts things off, with herbal, floral, and dandelion notes delicately following. Bready malt and crisp, citric acidity round things out. Balanced, unique, and amazing.
T: Funk is up front, with terrific earthy, cheesy, mossy, leafy, barnyardy complexity. Big, fruity acidity follows, closing things out with a supremely long, lemony finish. Terrific, but not quite as complex as the ineffable aroma.
M: Soft medium body with delicate, light carbonation. Crisp + luxurious at the same time. Heavenly.
O: What a beer. I had this the day after enjoying 3F Oude Geuze from 1997 and 2001, as well as Armand'4 Lente, and would put Blauw slightly above the older vintages but still a bit short of the perfection represented by the newest blend. It actually reminded me of a blend of the 1997 and 2001, with the former's funk and the latter's delicate floral notes. Drinking this in the back yard of De Heeren, split with my best friend (who thoroughly enjoyed it, despite having been introduced to Geuze just the night before and not liking it at first), was definitely high on the list of my favorite beer moments ever. Absolutely delicious, absolutely unforgettable.
06-24-2011 03:24:51 | More by woosterbill
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
4.93/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
05-16-2011 01:16:20 | More by mikesgroove
4.45/5 rDev -4.9%
Bottle thanks to Craytonic at our local tasting. Popped next to Roos. Thanks Matt.
Explosive gusher pour. Came out golden yellow with a largy frothy white head.
Nose is sharper than roos. Full of pepper, full body sharpness of funky, blanket, bandaid, lemon rind, with an acetic finish.
Slightly messy acetic and peppery mouthfeel. Very spritsy/carbonated. Excellent lambic.
I enjoyed the Roos better, but if we had only opened this one, I still would have thought it was exceptional.
05-11-2011 19:09:59 | More by SpencerDB
4.47/5 rDev -4.5%
Huge thanks to Joe for whipping this bad boy out for our Philly Tasting Part Deux. Have wanted to try this gem for a while, and I'm glad Joe pulled through big time. The wait was worth it, and the beer delivered.
A: Pours darker than expected. A nice golden copper with an absolutely awesome spritzy white head. Compared to the other Gueuze's we had at the tasting, this was a few SRMs darker in colour. Very spritzy and lively, yielding a two finger white head.
S: Awesome dank wet basement, fresh picked mushrooms (with dry soil on them), cobweb, sour lemon, oak, slight dry vanilla. Really a cornucopia of scents here; very complex.
T: Equally as mesmerizing as the scent. The dank, musty flavours in the scent meld into the flavour nicely. Awesome basement and dry mushroom. Intensely sour, but not overly lactic. A perfect blend of sourness. Very dry with a nice oak character that lends a touch of sweetness to an otherwise dry, our ale.
Overall, this beer DELIVERED. Top 5 Gueze's I've had. Interested to see if this one develops more.
04-24-2011 14:09:40 | More by treyrab
4.55/5 rDev -2.8%
Thanks to bucketboy for bringing this to the tasting. Beer number 10 overall. Done side-by-side with the Drie Fonteinen red label Oude Geuze Vintage from 2002.
Hazy brownish amber in color, though the body is more clear than the Oude Geuze Vintage. This one haze absolutely no haze to it, and it is very effervescent.
The aroma is mildly earthy, though the 3F geuze briny funk comes through again very strong here. It is accompanied by a well-balanced lactic sourness that contributes citrusy notes. No hint of acetobacter here at all. The aroma rounds out with some aromas of sulfur and mineral spirits.
The flavor is much more tropical fruit-dominated than was the OGV. Dry and tannic with fruit skin tannins, there is a touch of vanilla. I find a strong oaky woodiness, though I know that it can't possibly be from the barrels, as they lost those abilities to impart these flavors long ago. Stonefruits - peaches and apricots - contribute brightening flavors in front of the more prominent funk that makes the sourness almost an afterthought. There is some citric lemon rind, the only hint of lacto in this flavor profile. Overall, I found that this flavor was more developed beginning to end than was the OGV.
Drying and complex on the palate, this was less bright and certainly less briny than the Oude Geuze Vintage from the year before, but the tropical notes really bring this beer up as they augment the earthiness of the mid-palate so nicely. This side-by-side is too close to call without going to the math of the ratings. Two world class geuzes produced in consecutive years.
04-09-2011 13:01:11 | More by NittanyBeerFan
District of Columbia
4.5/5 rDev -3.8%
Shared with dirty south tasting krewe of kkipple, habmike and SpencerDB to celebrate Spencer's new job. Done side-by-side with Roos.
Appearance: Amazing head retention for such an old lambic; stuck around for the entire glass. Also some good lacing. A bit darker on the pour than roos. This one was also a gusher. Pour itself is a yellow-orange with touches of amber.
Smell: Much more sharp and heavy than roos, harsher and more pointed funk. Cheese elements also, but sharp. Lots of sweat, funk and angry oak.
Taste: Again, this one is very sharp. Sharp funk and sharp cheese with a harsh oak and sour/bitter lemon finish. Sour, more so than Roos, also. Much more the pointed, dominant male of the two beers, which the label states in no uncertain graphic terms.
Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation, more than I expected. I like them closer to still with the faintest carbonation but I think the carbonation helps with the heaver and sharper flavors here. Certainly more heavy than the Roos.
Drinkability: Very enjoyable, not as soft and mellow as Roos (which I preferred) but still an amazing beer. Blauw beats the roos only in terms of presentation. I feel that having the two side-by-side perhaps made me grade this one more harshly than I would had I sampled it by itself.
02-08-2011 05:14:09 | More by craytonic
4.53/5 rDev -3.2%
lantern corps beer summit 2010 - day 2, oct 9/2010. xmarcnolanx contributed this one. thanks marc!
750ml corked and caged bottle.
pours slightly hazy pale orange with a huge white head. the head drops fast and leaves lots of lace.
aroma is great. soft and mellow sourness. vanilla and raw oak. white bread and cracker. earthy and slightly herbal. light alcohol. cider vinegar. tobacco and leather. light horse blanket. lemon.
taste is great. much like the aroma with that same great mellow sour character. great depth. medium-low bitterness level.
mouthfeel is great. medium-light body wiht a super dry finish. medium light carbonation level.
drinkability is great. great balance and depth. nice soft sourness that doesn't sacrifice any complexity in its mellowness. an excellent sour.
02-04-2011 17:04:40 | More by grub
4.38/5 rDev -6.4%
Another round of thanks to Jer for opening a ridiculous number of bottles.
A: The pour is orange/amber in color with a towering white head and a staggering level of carbonation.
S: Seems to be a bit more composed than the Roos. Lots of wet oak, hay, lemon, green apple, and grass. There's a nice acidity to the nose along with plenty of "green" funk.
T: The lemon, green apple, and lactic acidity is more pronounced on the palate than the nose lets on. Plenty of must, oak, along with hay and grass. A definite funkiness that I would put under the "barnyard" umbrella.
M: The body is medium with a high level of carbonation and a bone dry finish.
D: Again, the better of the two (Roos and Blauw), but one that I wish I had a bit more frame of reference on (meaning, I wish I'd tried them when they were younger). Still, a really great gueuze.
01-14-2011 01:25:23 | More by womencantsail
4.33/5 rDev -7.5%
Big props to TurdFurgison for bringing this one out at my Bachelor Weekend Tasting.
A - Huge head, apparently this beer exploded (luckily some knowledgable BA's knew to open this outside. Some dragging lace on the sides. Head dissipated quickly to a partial cap.
S - Grass and barnyard up front. Sweet notes, also very light.
T - Great barnyard funk and horse blanket. Nice hay and farm smell. Not always a fan of these, but this is outstanding. Very light and sweet, great funk.
M - Super smooth, no bite on the backend like I was expecting. I think this is actually the highpoint of this beer, the complete lack of harshness.
D - So easy, even with the tartness. This is a great beer, not quite mindblowing, but doesn't disappoint on the hpye.
12-20-2010 21:55:02 | More by AgentZero
4.3/5 rDev -8.1%
Bottle graciously provided by Eric, redeeming my De Heeren experience that left me speechless and without a drop of their special nectars. Sadly the beer itself didn't redeem my experience, maybe too high of expectations on my part but based upon the seasoned palate of Alex and Sean who shared that their previous bottle was much better, it might be high time to drink these bad boys up. Especially considering this beer was about a month old straight ouf of De Heeren where you presume they are being stored at proper conditions and not waste deep in a flooded basement or off site completely. But I digress(if you want the full store just bm me)....As everyone mentioned, be prepared when opening, highly carbonated. Golden pour with a decent amount of head, not as much as you would expect though, a good thing. Good retention and lacing...A decent nose of funkyiness but it its weirdly acidic and stale to me. Lots of oak was surprising, sterile in a weird way for me...Taste was slightly better but still a sterile presence to it, inhibited in some way. Oak, lactic, sour horse blanket. The right players are there, just not working completely. Don't get me wrong this is still an excellent beer, but I was expecting in the range of Loerik and it was more in the range of Oude Gueze Vintage. The taste is more of a 4.25 but just can't give it a 4.5.
A beer worth trying for sure but starting down the wrong side of excellent.
12-10-2010 23:55:32 | More by jrallen34
4.6/5 rDev -1.7%
Incredible amount of thanks to Eric for sharing this bottle at Mike's bachelor-party tasting. I had been wanting to try this for quite some time now. Served in a Savor snifter.
Pours with a nice golden hue and a single-finger white head with some good retention as well as a good dose of lacing and a nice collar after that settles down. Light carbonation bubbles atop the beer throughout. How long they would have stayed, I'm not all that sure--try as I might to drink this slowly, I couldn't really help myself. The nose was quite funky with a bit of sourness. A nice oak presence and a lot of horse blanket. This was just extremely pungent.
The taste had some really nice lactic character as well as musty basement notes and some lemon. Good barnyard-y hay character and a slight woodiness. The mouthfeel was quite dry with just enough carbonation. Excellent funk presence throughout with a good amount of sourness to balance. Amazingly complex, this was a bottle I could have consumed all of, and am glad we opened this outside without losing any, especially given the fact that I believe the cork shot out a good 25 feet or more. Cheers, Eric.
12-07-2010 12:04:36 | More by Thorpe429
4.53/5 rDev -3.2%
I bought a few of these after dinner at De Heeren Van Liedekerke last month, now breaking out the first one. After popping the cork I'm surprised and relieved that it made it home in my luggage without exploding. Huge appreciation for Alex's suggestion to open it outside. While unscrewing the cage the cork started hissing, like a ticking clock in a bomb. A few more turns and it shot like a gun, it may well have flown 20-25 ft to the street, I never heard it land. No lost beer though, glasses at the ready to catch the foam that started pushing through.
This is a classic gueuze, pale golden color with an orange hue, first pours were the clearest while later pours had more haze. Huge foam on top, dissipation leading to some nice lacing.
It smells tart with all kinds of funk. Maybe a little more refined than the 2007 Oude Gueuze Vintage we had afterwards, but it's not far from splitting hairs. A little more integrated, maybe a tad metallic in the nose but whatever, I could not stop inhaling this. Looking for barrel notes I came up with light cedar, probably I'm wrong and that's from some other thing in the beer.
Nice sour bite, some musk and dank basement, all kinds of descriptors that don't sound positive but are. Less wood than in the aroma, less metallic notes, more barnyard funk and dirt. My notes from the Roos I had in October mentioned more citric character than I'm getting from the Blauw. Too bad I didn't try them back to back. A little spicy, but it might be the more than adequate carbonation bubbling on my tongue.
What more to add, if you get a chance to try this I recommend it. If the supplies diminish to the point that it becomes too difficult to land I recommend slightly aged 3F gueuze, both are world class with only small nuances between them.
12-05-2010 19:29:37 | More by TurdFurgison
Geuze Cuvée J&J (Joost En Jessie) Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
100 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.