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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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BA SCORE
96
world-class

85 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 7.94%
Wants: 300
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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Deuane

Pennsylvania

4.72/5  rDev +7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 17:51:22 | More by Deuane
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sisuspeed

New Hampshire

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

Thanks to an awesome BA for the bottle!

Nice clean pop, no gushing, straight into a Drie Fonteinen tumbler. Light amber-brown body with a thin white head. Slightly hazy body.

Cedar, lemon zest and brett rise up from the glass. Musty aroma with earthy pepper notes. Lots of wood, oak and cedar, but not overdone. Beautiful spice aroma.

The taste is light, earthy, leather with dry brett and lemon zest. Earthy floral qualities mixed with oak and cedar. Dry, grassy, bitterness on the finish. Lemon grass citrus. Great flavorful balance.

Mouthfeel is dry brett with soft citrus. Light carbonation and slightly slick.

Overall, this beer has excellence balance and feel. Beautiful flavor and aroma. I really like the cedar spice notes that come through. Roos seems to be drinking really well, but I haven't had it fresh, so I can't say how it's changed. Definitely right up there with the best Drie Fonteinen blends. I'd love to have another bottle or two, but considering how hard this is to come by, your time and money is much better spent acquiring the new Armand'4 blends that don't cost an arm and a leg, yet taste as good or better than this. Still, Roos is an excellent beer and worth trying if you can.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 21:38:30 | More by sisuspeed
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SpencerDB

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Popped next to Blauw thanks to Craytonic. You’re the man Matt. Poured into a snifter a pretty clear orange. Clean orange pour. Thin white head, no lacing. Almost still. This is a real delicacy.

Peppery aroma. White and black pepper. Funky. Pie crust. Sweaty socks. bready. Best nose of any beer I’ve ever had. If I could have rated the aroma 11 I would have.

The taste is full on funky awesomeness. White pepper and sharp funk. Smooth, perfect mouthfeel. Added the yeast and it was spectacular.

This is by far the best lambic, beer, consumable I’ve ever had. An absolutely incredible nose of pungent funk and pepper. I would bathe in this beer. Cheers to everyone that had a part in making/blending. Superb. Crushed Blauw in every way. Giving it a 5 is an understatement.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 18:55:33 | More by SpencerDB
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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.55/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 14:58:24 | More by SpeedwayJim
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craytonic

District of Columbia

4.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Shared with dirty south tasting krewe of kkipple, habmike and SpencerDB to celebrate Spencer's new job.

Appearance: very small mother-of-pour head, does not stick around or leave any lacing. Pour istself is a light straw-golden-yellow Visually, this one is a bit lighter but does not have the head retention or lacing of Blauw.

Smell: I knew instantly this was going to be an amazing gueuze. Very soft and mellow with a light pleasant funk, oak and a faint honey sweetness. Perhaps some pear and peach.

Taste: Amazing mellow funkiness of leather, horse blanket and soft cheese, followed by oak with fresh lemon juice on the finish. Sour but not bracing.

Mouthfeel: Amazingly light and crisp; very enjoyable. Very light carbonation but it does not detract

Drinkability: Wish I had a gallon of this. I wanted to steal someone else's glass. I was wishing I had kept this one for myself. That good. Reminds me of my favorite red label vintage 2002 bottles. I found blauw much more sharp and less enjoyable.

Note: I have been told by multiple people that they have seen great bottle variation in both blauw and roos and like each differently each time they taste them.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 04:57:58 | More by craytonic
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 23:44:14 | More by mothman
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womencantsail

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 01:20:11 | More by womencantsail
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AgentZero

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 16:00:25 | More by AgentZero
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Overlord

California

4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Jerz for hosting an awesome tasting, and for so many generous beer connoisseurs who made the event possible.

Pours ... not red or pink! But, rather an orange gold. Half an inch to an inch of white crust with bubbling.

Smells like spiced pepper zest with unripe apples and lemons. Raw bracing lemons. This is a great funky, unripe fruit, cheesy/moldy/barnyard-y/musty and not overly spiced aroma. Really superb.

Taste is brings with it some wood notes, along with peppery yeast, spicey crazy piercing funk that shoots to the brain (whoa, a moldy haystack just lanced my frontal lobe), and some melding unripe fruite notes that unfortunately aren't quite as strong in the flavor as they were in the nose. The flavor might have gone a little to spiced funk for me, but still excellent. Maybe even a bit of a random old cognac/old port/old dark wine barrel aftertaste.

Very nicely carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 06:50:22 | More by Overlord
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 13:40:17 | More by Thorpe429
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spycow

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
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....

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 08:04:46 | More by spycow
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MasterSki

Illinois

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 00:02:50 | More by MasterSki
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Chris to bringing this to our post-Christmas tasting. Poured into a 3F wine glass.

A - Pours a darker golden yellow, white fizzy head, some spotty lacing here and there (not much), a very thin cap on top.

S - Funk, tart/sour, oak, floral notes, lemon zest. Not as funky as Blauw, but still a great level of funky goodness.

T - Lemon zest, oak, funk, floral tart/sourness, and an interesting slightly bitter/funky finish. This is better then the Blauw we opened up a few weeks back, but not quite as good as the Blauw we opened a year or so ago.

M - Light, champagne-esk/fizzy carbonation, dry finish.

D - Really enjoyed this one and it's about time I ticked this beer! Once again, huge thanks to Chris for bringing this and letting me get the tick. A nice holiday surprise!

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 23:36:14 | More by Sean9689
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 01:52:10 | More by jrallen34
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JAXSON

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 rate.

Bottle, thanks to Henrik. I can't believe I'm getting to open some of these bottles lately. It's a sign that this habit has either gone too far, or not quite far enough. Pour is a clear, medium honey gold with a nice head. Huge sour hay and geuze springs forth from the glass. Big nose full of sour barnyard, brett, green apple, and a really noticeable ripe banana. Lush. Damn, this is good. Tart sour hay at first, washes over the palate with a likeness of banana and mango. Very interesting tropical edge for a geuze. Quite spritzy and a touch harsh at times. Very big and interesting, though a lingering off-balance at the end which comes off as a bit harsh prevents this from being totally epic.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 02:51:40 | More by JAXSON
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Arbitrator

California

4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
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...

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 01:09:31 | More by Arbitrator
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 08:25:59 | More by TurdFurgison
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 21:11:03 | More by callmemickey
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 17:31:38 | More by drabmuh
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2010 02:27:15 | More by Huhzubendah
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HopHead84

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2009 05:23:01 | More by HopHead84
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largadeer

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2009 20:17:38 | More by largadeer
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DefenCorps

Oregon

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2009 14:27:27 | More by DefenCorps
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

4.63/5  rDev +5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 19:52:34 | More by deltatauhobbit
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Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2009 23:04:02 | More by gford217
Geuze Cuvée J&J (Jessie En Joost) Roze (Rose) from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
96 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.