Geuze Cuvée J&J (Jessie En Joost) Roze (Rose) - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Geuze Cuvée J&J (Jessie En Joost) Roze (Rose)Geuze Cuvée J&J (Jessie En Joost) Roze (Rose)

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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 7.71%
Wants: 319
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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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 ggaughan
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle I brought back from De Heeren to share with my family on Christmas Day 2008. Bottled 03.09.03. I picked this bottle up at De Heeren 5 years to the day, 03.09.08.

Beer poured a reddish copper color with a small white head, good lacing. The nose of the beer was tart up front along with some wonderful fruit notes (grapefruit, lemon, pineapple). There was also a strong bretty yeast character in the aroma. The taste is tart on the tongue up front but it mellows out a bit and makes way for some great exotic fruit notes. This one is a bit less tart than the blauw. This beer is fantastic and worth seeking out if you can find it.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.53/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mikey711 for sharing this one. 4oz. pour from a corked and caged bottle into a brandy snifter. Reviewed at a tasting on 2/19/11. From notes.

A: Pours near no head with just a slight white ring clinging around the glass. Beer is a semi-clear orangy-peach pulp. Lacing is spotty and sparse. Besides the ring of head that clings near indefinitely to the top, pretty pedestrian-looking brew.

S: Nose is lemon, peach, and citrus. Funk presence is like smelling an open milk fridge at a supermarket that hasn't been cleaned recently. Subtle too.

T: Opens with a slight lemon rind tartness. Grassy bitterness towards the middle. Yeasty. Tart lemon, peach, and Brett funk. Dry at the finish with a slight aftertaste of cobweb and wet straw. Above average, but barely. There's less funk here and much more earth and grassiness.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and slightly spritzy going down with some rough edges here and there. Very dry. Finish is a bit messy with a clean aftertaste that doesn't linger. Appropriate and well done but could use a bit less bubbles.

D: Much less impressive than its counterpart Blauw, Roos is more of an earthy gueuze rather than a funky gueuze. I was delighted to try this next to Blauw to provide a nice contrast (thse beers complement each other very well) but its important to keep in mind the flavor profile so as not to be shocked at what you're getting.

Photo of Goldorak
4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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: A little bit clearer murky peach tone than the Blauw, the head sported the signature lambic ring of lace.

Smell: Freshly cracked szechuan pepper, the funk factor was less present than the male counterpart, but it did have more subtle fruit aromas, and made me think of an antique wooden hope chest filled with decrepit blankets in a dingy old attic.

Taste: Woody aromas hit you hard at first, but become nice and mellow, with citrus notes and smoother carbonation. I liked the Blue better, but this was one fantastic lambic, and it must have been a great wedding!

Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks a lot, Shane.

Clear reddish-orange in the glass, topped by a finger of foam. Head retention is great, this is an unusually beautiful gueuze. The aroma is very fruity with a faint fusel quality and some reserved funk. I get a lot of tropical fruit character; passionfruit, guava, and a touch of mint. One of the more unusual and enjoyable aromas I've come across in this style. I get more mint on the palate, along with a burst of lemon and tropical fruit (passionfruit). Quite tart and moderately acetic, the sourness is nicely balanced by strong tannins. The body is light and crisp, making for an almost quaffable gueuze. Finishes woody, semi-dry and fruity. Great stuff.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.64/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, big thanks to Chris over at Lion's Pride for busting out this bottle for the Vagabond Release Party and giving away free samples!

Pours mostly golden with a slight orange tint, lots of carbonation that gives a good head and fades slower than I thought it would, some patchy lacing.

Smell is divine and easily the best characteristic of this beer, the nose is a delicate balance between sweetness and tartness with a good fruit appeal.

Taste is sour but not overpowering, I'm really surprised at how soft it is and is very pleasant, carbonation is not as assertive as I thought it would be, a slight dry finish.

A real surprise, from the looks of it he might have opened a couple bottles of Blauw before I got there too, darned errands!

Photo of weeare138
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks to hopdog for getting this, along with the blue label, which we had side by side...
Appears a hazy, light orange with solid streams of bubbles rising to the top. The white cap quickly fades into a mild collar. Small scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of tart, plastic, earthy, pineapple, tart lemons, sour strawberries, and raspberries.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with standout lemony tartness coming through to the forefront.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, acidic, tart, with teeth-licking tartness.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared very graciously by spycow at the post-Christmas tasting--thanks Chris! Served in my Cantillon tulip.

Luckily, this one didn't quite explode the cork like the bottle of Blauw Eric generously shared a month or so back. The appearance was a slightly-hazed golden color with a thin white head but not much in the way of retention. The nose was pretty powerful with a good deal of funk and a touch of sourness carrying through in the background. Also there was a bit of hay, random fruit, and a nice amount of lemon rind. Very interesting and complex.

The taste followed in the same direction and really hits the style on tue head. Great funky presence along with mild acidic character. Nice lemony pucker plus some other mild fruits. Each sip reveals something else. Feel is fantastic with a great complexity of funk and a nice finishing light sourness. Huge thanks again to Chris as this had been a longtime want for me and I'm thrilled to finally have gotten a taste.

Photo of hopdog
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Poured a medium and cloudy orangish color with a smaller sized off white head.

Aromas of funk, citrus, floral, and just 'tart'.

Tastes of sweet tarts funk, lighter green apples, wood, and tart.

Medium pucker factor.

Compared to the Blauw, I wrote; this one is smoother and overall more balanced and 'tastier' (but don't confuse tastier with better).

Notes from and tasted on 6/27/08.

Photo of AgentZero
4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Chris aka spycow for this very generous contribution to our post Christmas tasting.

A - Golden colored beer with a small head that quickly dissipated and left some random spots on the side. Appropriate gueze-look.

S - Not always a fan of guezes, but this one does smell pretty nice. Barnyard funk, lemon, some funkified fruit, grass and flowers, and some earth tones. The tart mingles with just enough fruity sweetness and barnyard to give this a great smell.

T - Tastes a lot like the above mentioned nose, with the lemon and earth making a more forward appearance than was expecting. Somehow tastes like it has some age on it, as the the tartness and funk being great but have both had the edge taken off of it. Some wood characteristic comes through, but it only adds to the complexity as opposed to being distracting.

M - Smooth with an appropriately dry finish. Carbonation feels quite natural, very champagne-like.

D - For a tart and funky beer, this is exceptionally easy to get down. Very smooth, unoffending, and drinkable.

Photo of DaveJanssen
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

1/3 750 poured into red wine glasses.

Ar: Horsey, dirty, barn, super funky, slightly composty, olives, tropical fruit and citrus, strong hay, chalky

Ap: Brilliantly clear dark gold, white head, great retention, very pretty

T: Dirty, olive, citrus tartness, sour fruit and vegetable, olive pit bitterness, wood, oak, citrus/pineapple tang, vanilla, mild berries/cherry, strong lingering olive bitterness, great restrained balance, mild cheese, amazing complexity, the strongest character to me in this beer is fresh picked green olives with a quick soak in seawater

M: Med/high fine carbonation, light body, fink, bitterness

O: strong unique olive, good fruit, acid and wood before ending with funk and bitterness, pleasant balance and subtlety, fruit character increases with warmth, much funkier than blauw.

Photo of womencantsail
4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you for breaking open yet another great bottle, Jer.

A: The pour is a clear orange-amber color with a finger or so of white head.

S: Very grassy on the nose, like a lot of Drie Fonteinen beers. Quite funky, too. I seem to smell some blue cheese, which is interesting. A lot of lemon and lemon zest, in particular. Hay, wet oak, and must are there as well.

T: Again, there seems to be an emphasis on the grass and hay aspect of the funk. Plenty of oak and a slight must to go with lemon peel and lactic acidity. There's the typical dirty/sweaty sock thing going no here, too.

M: The body is medium with a moderate to high level carbonation and a dry finish.

D: Not as good as Blauw, but still a pretty decent gueuze. I wish I could have tried this when it was younger.

Photo of cfrances33
4.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a 3F stem. Enjoyed 12/7/2013. Thanks rfraga7!

Pour is a deep orange, with two fingers of off white, frothy head. Head retains for a while, and leaves some nice lacing. Smell is incredible, and easily the highlight of this beer - bright, juicy tropical fruits (mango, papaya), some lemony bite, and wrapped up in a clean, musty funk (cobwebs, basement, some hay). Taste is impressive, but not as much so as the nose. More tropical fruits that are slightly subdued. A nice lemony bite, and a delicious mineral funk. Finish develops this floral, grassy, perfume aspect that is enjoyable, but mildly offputting. Quite drinkable, with a medium level of sourness. Finish is dry. A top notch geuze that was a pleasure to have, but falls short of Blauw but quite a bit.

Photo of MrFootstones
4.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a white head that settles into a thin film atop the brilliant, clear, bright orangy golden geuze.

Delicious 3F funk hits the nose first. Lemon zest and bitter pith, general sourness, and slight citric sweetness round out the aroma.

Sourness is first up, lemon juice and straight up lactic. Very restrained funk for a 3F beer of this age. Mild earthiness and damp oak and cellar. Slight cheesiness and earthy mushroom come out as it warms. Distinct, perhaps uncured olive, bitterness hangs around for quite a while. Grassy herbal notes also arise.

Wonderful mouthfeel. Full but not spritzy carbonation. Damp, drying, oaky tannins linge long after the sip.

A very restrained geuze from 3 Fonteinen. While it doesn't beat you over the head with brash or complex funk and sourness, it achieves a beautiful balance that makes it a real pleasure to drink.

Photo of Deuane
4.67/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A bottle picked up on a recent trip to Belgium by Kramer and generously shared at Ffej of July IX. Thanks much Kramer!

A sharp, forceful--POP with no overflowing or gushing.

A-Hazed copper kissed golden with a thin eggshell white head that faded to a wispy veil.

S-Powerful nose with sharp musty tartness with notes of raspberry sourness, fresh cut hay and a little lemon zest.

T-Sharp, biting raspberry and lemon rind sourness nicely moderated with a pleasant sweetness. Mustiness is subdude and rather low key, no real wildly "weird" funk going on with this on--and it works great.

M-Medium-light bodied, sharp and crisp with great complexity and long lasting biting tartness.

O-An excellent example of the style. This is a dream of a brew to sip and enjoy on a hot summer day. Everything one could ask for in a world class Gueuze!

Photo of brystmar
4.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Generously shared by blatantdream alongside Blauw at our big sour tasting last night. Thanks!

Loud pop from the cork announces its arrival, though Roze kindly follows my house rules and doesn't gush. Impressively carbonated for a 9-year-old sour. Pour is similar to Blauw: golden-amber, transparent body with small white bubbles forming on the surface. Less head than its peer.

Funky barnyard yeast dominates the nose. Grassy, earthy, bitter yeast parades through my nasal cavities while oak and citrus try to make a name for themselves. Enjoyable, but pales in comparison to Blauw's decadent aroma.

Taste follows the nose with bold, funky yeast leading the charge. Hay, grass, and earthy notes support the base closely, squashing the citrus resistance shortly after it appears. Roze is the free-spirited younger child to Blauw's role as the composed, refined older sibling.

Really glad I got to try this, especially alongside the other J&J. Both held up surprisingly well after 9 years in the bottle, though it should be obvious which I preferred. Cheers!

Photo of DefenCorps
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you Shane. Unas may slay gods, but you slay wants, which counts for more in my book.

Brilliantly clear amber with a dense white head, excellent clarity and retention. The lacing is pretty solid too.

What an exceptional nose! Fruity and sour with a delicate fruit character, a blend of tropical fruit (papaya and passion fruit), lemons and melons. Sourness is mild and delicate, mainly lemony with a low acetic/lactic character. Mildly grape-like, the passion fruit character grows with temperature. Mildly minty as well, as well as a touch grassy. Not as woody on the nose as the Blauw was. Excellent stuff

The palate is a lot more delicate than the Blauw, opening mildly sour with a combination of lemons and mint before a mid palate that's dominated by the tropical fruit character takes over. While not as fruity as the nose, this is still plenty fruity. Passion fruit and mint are prominent before a long, drying finish with a mildly herbal character takes over. Funk is low on both the nose and the palate, with only a delicate grassy, barnyardy character, and not much wet wood or wet dog. Astringency and oak character are faily low and the low levels of tannins are awesome. Mildly fruity on the finish, along with a touch of grass, this is exceptional stuff. Light in body, medium-high carbonation and an exceptional finish make for a great beer, and the relatively low levels of tannins make this very drinkable to me.

I guess I'm in the minority, but I preferred the Roos over the Blauw.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.27/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

side by side w blauw. both have similar look of sienna chestnut orange with fizzy head. blauw was way more frothy. nose is a gray field on a spring day. immaculate. the blauw has a bit more character and sweetness vs the mustiness of roze. taste is a floral geueze with funk vs the insane perfection that us blauw. great geueze but blauw takes it

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.94/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: The afternoon of Saturday 26th March 2005 was spent at the excellent De Heeren van Liederkercke. Whenever I get the chance to visit this most excellent of establishments, I drink only one style……traditional lambics.

So imagine my surprise when I managed to get a bottle of each of the Wedding Geuze that was produced for the marriage of the owners. A “His” and “Hers” Geuze so to speak, but better known as the Roos (Rose) and Blauw (Blue). As far as I know this is only available at De Heeren van Liederkercke and it is a Limited Edition, at least whilst stocks last.


The first of the bottles, which arrived at my table in one of the traditional whicker baskets along with a Drie Fonteinen Tumbler, was the “Hers”, listed on the bottle as the Roos, or Rose, but moreover the label has a Pink background with a painting of a naked Woman’s body on it.

The Roos is properly labeled “Geuze Cuvée Jessie en Joost”. It is dated 6-9-2003, which is September 2003 as this is a Euro-style date. The Roos is blended with younger lambics; 1 year old Lambiek Boon and 3 year old Lambiek Girardin, which is then aged & matured in Oak Barrels. Unfiltered and Refermented in 750ml bottles, Cork and Caged. The label, apart from the striking nature of the naked Breasts, also refers to “Brouwerij Ambachtelijke Gueuzestekerij”, not sure to what this pertains but I do know that this was blended by Drie Fonteinen, which is I guess why it was served with a 3-F Gueuze Tumbler!


Appearance: Lovely glowing sunset orange body, fizzy off-white head that raced on the pour but soon disappeared to form a ¼” thick bubbly off-white head in the 3-F Tumbler. The head eventually settles down to a mere sliver. Carbonation is good, so a quick swirl will initiate a reinstatement of the head, along with an audible fizz. Looks good but when the head disappears, the brilliant orange color shines through when held to the light.

Nose: Oooooh, I paused when I first inhaled the aromas from this. *This* is why I come to Belgium, I know for sure that this special Oude Gueuze will never make it to the USA, the label alone would gt it banned. This was a treat. Lots of damp oak wood, funky barnyard odors, horse blanket, Turbo-charged Brett, citric infested mold like that smelled straight from a frothing bung at Cantillon. The end of the experience has a lemony twist. Stunning complex nose that my limited English is incapable of fully explaining.

Taste: Incredibly dry, this one is TART!!! I suspect the 3 year old Girardin Lambiek is responsible for this characteristic. The nose runs right through into the tastes. Lots of dry acetic anhydrous forces pull the water off your tongue first time around; the second and third mouthfuls strip you naked of any moisture, lemon and screeching grapefruit bolster the ending. Super long, desert dry, lingering Cheek-Pulling finish. A 'Special' Gueuze in every sense.

Mouthfeel: This one is exceptionally dry, full-on wet oak grain with a barnyard woody feel. Lots of Brett, yet shockingly acerbic. Decidedly marvelous in it’s utterly brutal assault on the senses. Perfect.

Drinkability: Get the Settlers Tums out…..I could drink this one all day, simple as that.

Overall: I noted that it was a rather steep €11 for the 750ml Bottle…..but you know what, this was worth every single Euro-Cent. Sadly, I could only get the one bottle of each (Roos & Blauw) of these, and I shared them both with friends at the Pub. But if you can, and I say *if* you can, get one of these to take away, I think that this one will age rather well.

Absolutely Superb!!!

Photo of Viggo
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle, huge thanks to Harry for pulling this one out!!

Pours a hazy peach colour, some orange hues, really nice colour, thick white ring forms around the glass, and drops a few spots of lace. Smell is great, very sour and acidic, lemons, nice toasty malt, charred wood, fresh fruit salad, very fragrant and funky, great amount of sourness, really nice. Taste is similar, intensely acidic, grapefruit and lemons, lots of fruit, mango, charred wood, nice and oaky, sweet and sour middle, very acidic finish, lots of fruity complexity. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation, quite acidic and spritzy, very nice. Wow, Drie Fonteinen always impressed me, and this was a great bottle. Thanks Harry!!

Photo of orangesol
4.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

HUGE thanks to Kramer for bringing both Blauw and Roze to Ffej of July IX and allowing me to knock off a pair of long time wants. Blauw first, Roos second.

A - Pours hazy copper orange with a nice one finger tall bright white head, dissipating down to a thin film, leaving light lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of light must, sharp raspberry tartness, lemon peel; and a few other tropical fruits; and a touch of dry oak tannins. The sourness is quite delicate compared to its brother with quite a bit more fruit. Awesome stuff.

T - Starts off with a bright raspberry sourness up front slowly giving way to a mix of lemon zest, grapefruit, horse blanket funk, and a touch of dry oak. This one has WAY more fruit than its counterpart, and in my book that is a good thing. The finish is quite tart with a touch of dryness, lingering for some time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Sharp, tart, feel with plenty of it lingering long after consumption. I enjoyed how the sourness never gets to the point of being overpowering. Very nice.

O - This is easily one of the best sours I have ever had. I enjoyed how it had plenty of tart fruit but it never got to the point of being overpowering. I never thought I would even see a bottle of this, let alone have the chance to drink one. Thanks again Kramer!

Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed on 11/6/2009 and poured into a snifter. The beer is dark orange with a two finger white head, good retention, and good clarity.

The nose opens with fruit and reserved funkiness. I detect light barnyard and horse blanket character. But, back to the fruit, because that is what I found most interesting. Roos has much more fruit than her male friend, Blauw, possessed. It is reminiscent of passionfruit, pomegranate, guava, orange rind, and lemon peel. I also detect tannins, wood, and shadow of mint.

The flavor opens up with a mild tartness and a low lactic sourness. Fruit immediately takes center stage with a nice combination of citrus and tropical. I taste nearly all the fruits I smelled, including passionfruit, orange rind, and lemon peel. Mint is distinct. There's a low wood character, and funk is restrained with light musty and barnyard notes. Acetic character is at a moderate level. After drinking some really tannic beers tonight, the low tannic character in Roos is a welcome respite.

The beer is light bodied with a crisp and moderately dry mouthfeel, and an upper medium level of carbonation. This was very enjoyable. Pairs well with a Black Tuesday hamburger.

Photo of spycow
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Post Christmas tasting. 750ml bottle poured in a Bruery Tulip.

Opens with a nice pop of the cork but thankfully no gushing at all. Pours a golden yellow with nice lacing and carbonation. With a swirl of the glass you get that musty, barnyard funk, and some grassiness in the aroma. Taste is mildly sweet and sour, tart lemon, some exotic fruitiness that lingers pleasantly on your taste buds. The mouthfeel was light bodied and a little dry with feel of the right amount of carbonation. This is a really a good gueuze that is definitely worth seeking out albeit the rarity makes it tough on the pocketbook or your cellar to obtain these days unless you can savor it at De Heeren.

Glad I had an opportunity to try this. Now for a Blauw....

Photo of cpetrone84
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had next to blauw, vintage 02, and DHVL Ann. Blend. Pour is a hazy golden yellow with a light fluffy white head and huge lace left behind. The nose has some dusty leathery funk, golden fruits, and slightly perfumy in back. Taste is great, lighter funk than blauw, still rindy, more dusty and leathery, more assertive fruits of apricot and peach. Hint perfumy in the back with a strong sour and dry finish. Light body, gentle up front with lively carbonation tingling the throat in back. Awesome stuff, less forward than the blauw but more drinkable.

Photo of JDV
3.34/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by miketd. Thanks, man.
Pours a nice golden color with a light head. Smell is sour, tart, funky, and bright. Flavor is tart, with mild flavor otherwise. Very sour, but very neutral otherwise. Pretty good, but didn't blow me away with the lack of pop in the flavor.

Photo of Arbitrator
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass. Courtesy of a mutual tasting arrangement. Thanks, Mike.

A: No gushing; this is immediately more impressive to me than the Blauw. Pours a murky copper-mango juice color. Finger of off-white head that leads to a thin cap. Not much lacing down the sides of the glass, though there are a few spots during swigs.

S: Barnyard funk, white pepper, leather. Lavender / floral aromas (could just be the power of suggestion from the name "Rose," but the other guys got this, too). It's tannic, but much less so than Blauw.

T: Again, it's floral, with an emphasis on lavender flavors. Soft lactic sourness, horse blanket / barnyard funk. There's a presence of leather, grapefruit rind, passionfruit, lemon. A small tannic presence in the finish, giving it a lightly drying feel. Compared to Blauw, which I remember being unpleasantly tannic, this is impressive.

M: It's soft, sweet, and lightly astringent (tannic) in the finish. Velvety overall. Very easy on the palate, yet expressive and flavorful. I don't know what it was like fresh, but age has been kind to it. No major flaws or imbalance that I could see.

D: I liked this far more than Blauw. Good stuff...

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Geuze Cuvée J&J (Jessie En Joost) Roze (Rose) from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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