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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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 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...

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

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.

Photo of callmemickey
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared with the wife on August 12 2010 at De Heeren van Liedekerke.

A: Medium wheat colored body. Moderate sized white cap. Quickly receded and left spotty lacing.

S: Passionfruit, papaya and lemon make the nose quite enticing and inviting. Solid oaky must. Healthy dose of barnyard funk and wet wheat.

T: Taste is similar to the nose, but not quite as impressive. The fruity and citric notes are a bit muddled and muted. Perhaps age hasn't been as kind to Roos as it was to Blauw? Light oakyness, barnyard funk and prevailing sourness/tartness. (more of a 4.25 than a 4.5)

M: Moderate carbonation. Strong acidity manifesting in tartness and sourness. A bit muddled finish. Dry.

D: A very good beer, that was well worth trying. If I had any bottles I'd probably drink them sooner rather than later.

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

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.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.67/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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 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 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 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 gford217
4.27/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another rarity from fonefan. I was ready for a gusher like the Blauw, but this cork popped with only moderate velocity and the contents stayed in the bottle this time.

The pour is a hazy orange with a decent fluffy white head that recedes to a cap and leaves spotty lacing. The body cleared up almost completely as it warmed. The carbonation is not nearly as visible and active as in the Blauw.

The aroma is a great mix of the tart, funk and fruity sweetness. There are some pears and apples in the nose as well as some tart lemon notes. The funk is not nearly as prevalent as in the Blauw, though it's definitely in there. This aroma may actually be a tad more balanced than the Blauw, but they're both great.

The taste is where I think the Blauw differentiates itself vs. this one. There is an massive acidic bitterness with lots of lemon and other fruity tartness on top. There is a bit of bready malt but the sweetness of the aroma is not evident in the taste. It's got a dry, funky finish that lingers on the palate and leaves me puckering a bit.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and bone dry in the finish. There is noticeably less carbonation in the Roze vs. the Blauw.

This is another wonderful sour from Drie Fonteinen, but I wouldn't put it in the truly world class category like the Blauw. It's got lots of acidity and funk but there isn't as much other components to match the complexity and balance of the Blauw.

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

Poured a hazy golden color with a small white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of brett, citrus fruits, some leather, green apple, tropical fruits, and a musty cellar. Taste of brett, lemon peel, citrus fruits, more green apple all fused together with the gueuze backbone. A very soft, and well put together lambic here, thanks to Steve for sharing these!

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 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 stcules
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Side by side tasting with the Blauw.
Light bronze color, with white foam, a good amount, compact.
Spicy smell, peppery. Even a light fruitiness, maybe peach. On a bed of camomile that left the present tartness comes out in female sembiance.
Delicate taste, tart, but not too much, smooth. For sure, the female side of the couple.
Still are presente the classic notes of leather, barnyard, gueze, but a bit calm.
In the aftertaste, a more difficult smoothness, still achieved.
Again spiciness, pepper.
Great.

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 Gueuzedude
4.32/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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 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!!!

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