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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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85 Ratings
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 7.92%
Wants: 305
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 05-15-2005)
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

t0rin0, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

Thorpe429, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

zestar, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
4.15/5  rDev -6.1%

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.

womencantsail, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -20.8%

ygtbsm94, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

GRG1313, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of spycow
4.43/5  rDev +0.2%

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....

spycow, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

largadeer, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of MasterSki
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%

Big thanks to spycow for sharing this one. Served in a Rodenbach tulip.

A - Pours with a finger-plus of white foam that dissipates to a thin cap, leaving little in the way of lace. The body is a hazed orange color.

S - Plenty of lemon, earthy mushroom and herbs, musty barn, and light diaper notes over top of a bouquet of rotting tropical fruits. Even though this is blended from lambics not brewed by Drie Fonteinen there is still some of their signature funk - perhaps that is why Armand pick these specific lambics for blending?

T - Light acetic sourness, some berries and lemons, a bit of woodland mushroom, and a bit more oak than I was expecting, although still less tannic than the Blauw.

M - Mellow carbonation, medium body with a smooth texture, very dry in the finish. The sourness gets a bit stomach-churning after a half-glass.

D - This is very good, although not on par with the Blauw I had back in September 2009 or the bottle generously shared by nerd this August. It IS, however better than the Blauw I had three weeks ago at TurdFurgison's place. Perhaps this is aging better, or perhaps it's just random bottle variation. We'll probably never know. In any case, a very good gueuze that is highly recommended, particularly if you are in the neighborhood of DHL.

MasterSki, Dec 29, 2010
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4.38/5  rDev -0.9%

Served at a tasting, side by side, with the J&J Blau. First thing is first. The labels of these beers are great. Oil paintings of a silhouette of a nude female torso profile, its just such a pretty painting. I understand that these beers were originally brewed for the brewer's wedding and the roos was for the wife (naked woman on the label) and the Blau was for the husband (naked man on the label). Great concept.

Beer is yellow and slightly hazy, forms a white head of tight / small bubbles. Leaves some lacing on the glass, carbonation is moderate.

Aroma is sour, citric and lactic.

Beer is totally bright tasting, its a wake you up kind of sourness. Its smooth and low in body. Drinkability is high. There is slightly more bitterness and slighlty more sourness to this beer than the blau and I'm enjoying it slightly more. Mouthfeel is good, overall the beers are very similar with the exception of the sulfur flavor in the blau and the more acetic bitterness. This is a great beer, too bad there is so little of it.

drabmuh, Feb 02, 2010
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4.73/5  rDev +7%

From 04/14/12 notes. I believe Brad brought this one and Thorep429 brough the Blauw, 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 clear yellow orange color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour fruits, funk, earthy notes, lemon, citrus, hay, lactic notes, orange, spices, bready notes. Awesome, super sour nose, with a lot of fruit and citrus, and nice funk mixing in. Amazing nose, a tiny bit better then Blauw in my opinion.

t - Tastes of sour fruits, spices, pepper, yeast, funk, earthy notes, hay, citrus, bready malts. More spice and pepper than the nose and less funk than Blauw; a step down from the nose, though still great.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Crisp, easy to drink, quite light. Awesome body.

o - Overall I loved this one and thought it was amazing, though the Blauw is even better. While I feel like it is splitting hairs between two of the best gueuzes I've ever had, this one had some more spice and pepper while the Blauw had more funk, which I loved. An amazing sour I'd love to have again.

mdfb79, Apr 20, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.1%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.33/5  rDev -2%

Pours with an almost three-finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer sits in my glass an amber tinged, honey color, but shows a brilliantly clear, copper color when held up to the light. The aroma has an appetizing lactic sourness to it up front that only becomes more intoxicating as one digs deeper into the aroma. Aromas of berry-like nail polish, tart grapefruit, perhaps a touch of pear, hints of honey-like malt, a bit of cat piss, maybe a hint of woodiness. Somehow this manages to smell thicker and heartier than your typical Gueuze. It is mellow for a Gueuze, at least the aroma is, not nearly as funky as some, though it is note anything near an artificial Lambic.

This beer is very dry, quite tart, and it does not feel thick as the aroma suggested, which is good as a Gueuze should not be thick. It does have some structure to it, with tannic oak character providing a creamy mouthfeel to this brew. The oak also seems to contribute a touch of character in the finish that has some light spiciness to it. This has a full on sourness to it that is not just Lactic, some other acids play a part here as the acidity seems a bit sharper than lactic gets on its own; it has touches of nail polish and maybe some acetic notes. Brettanomyces character is here, but does not play an aggressive role; musty leather, a touch of barnyard, butyric soaked cotton balls, and a sharp mushroom note are each noticeable to varying degrees. A medium level of carbonation is evident and provides a soft prickle as it passes through my mouth.

The second pour of the bottle provides a bit more haze from the sediment and yields some aromatic notes reminiscent of tart cherries, though this note seems to quickly dissipate. The texture becomes much more carbonated again, which makes the beer seem quite a bit lighter. Additional noticed flavors of sour grapefruit, light notes of tannic green tea, a touch of hot higher alcohols in the finish.

This is on the light side of the carbonation spectrum for a traditional Gueuze, but honestly the level of carbonation seems to have dropped considerably in the last couple of years, as most seem to be slightly more carbonated than your standard beer, which this is, as opposed to aggressively carbonated. I prefer the aggressive carbonation, as it seems more rustic and makes the beers feel lighter. I like this beer, but the nail polish note seems a bit off-putting at times, though it is always fairly light.

Gueuzedude, Feb 10, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

weeare138, Oct 28, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

yourefragile, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of orangesol
4.78/5  rDev +8.1%

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!

orangesol, Jul 13, 2011
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4.45/5  rDev +0.7%

Ahhh the now bigger wale of the two.

Pours a white head. Great retention and lacing. Color is a hazed golden bronze.

Aroma: Cognac and oak. Big funk. Lemon acidic flavors. Vanilla and brown sugar spice. Musky. Killer aroma.

Taste: Lemon acidicness, fruity, melons, nice spices, vanilla, brown sugar, oak, and basement funk and musk.

Mouthfeel: Light fizzyness,dry, sour, and tart. Lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, a really good gueuze. Blauw is better, but this is still solid. Solid -bals. Great drinkability. Another solid gueuze from 3F.

mothman, Feb 01, 2011
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4.65/5  rDev +5.2%

Thanks Brad!

Tasted along with the J&J Blauw

A: cloudy, light orange hue. Moderate lace and plenty of carbonation.

S: hay, straw, barnyard funk, pepper. The aroma is mouth watering.

T: Wonderful. A myriad of flavors including, oak, pepper, subtle tart fruits, perhaps lemon. As the taste develops I get a tannic, acidic spiciness that is very intriguing. The sourness is remarkably well done. This was a treat.

M: Perfect carbonation and smooth all the way.

D: Like the Blauw, this is very drinkable, if you enjoy gueuze.

Huhzubendah, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of Viggo
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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!!

Viggo, Jan 19, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

HopHead84, Nov 20, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

I had this with dinner at De Heeren Van Liedekerke. Really expensive at 35 euros as their supplies are diminishing, but I figured I'd never get another chance to try it.

It pours a dark golden color, a little hazy, with a nice finger of foam. It's 10 years old at this point but still has good carbonation. It smells fantastic, tart and funky, some citric character too, lemons and maybe red grapefruit. All of this presents in the taste, along with a good level of tart and sour bite. If anything more tropical fruits in the flavor background, and a lasting sour twange after every sip. Really nice flavors overall.

Good carbonation, a tingly mouthfeel to complement the tartness, everything was spot on. The main deterent to drinkability has nothing to do with the beer itself, just the cost.

I had just had an excellent 2000 De Cam Oude Lambiek the night before and was hoping this would compete or blow it out of the water. It does indeed compete but I still prefer the Oude Lambiek. On the other hand Roos is much much better than the 2006 De Cam Oude Gueuze I had afterwards, maybe a more fair comparison.

TurdFurgison, Nov 04, 2010
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4.53/5  rDev +2.5%

750ml bottle poured into my Narke glass. Big thanks to Chris...Darker than usually gueze gold. Surprisingly not a gusher, decent carbonation, nothing special...Aroma is really good, earthy musky yummyiness, slight horse blanket finish. Subtle fruity undertone is interesting...The taste is equally nice, incredibly balanced gueze, super musky sourness, I keep picturing spider webs. Finish is tons of oak.

jrallen34, Dec 28, 2010
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

KAF, Jun 24, 2014
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4.38/5  rDev -0.9%

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.

AgentZero, Jan 13, 2011
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Geuze Cuvée J&J (Jessie En Joost) Roze (Rose) from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
96 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.