Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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4.53/5 rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
12.7oz. bottle -- dated December 10th, 2009 -- into a tulip glass
Pours a wheaty yellow-orange color. It's hazy, but not so much that you can't make out the carbonation streaming up to the head. And boy oh boy is there a lot of carbonation streaming here: it's like a swirling vortex. Greater than one finger of white foam -- on a very gentle pour -- with excellent retention. This is about as good-looking a gueuze as there can be.
The aroma is pretty complex, with its waves of varying fruit. Fresh-squeezed lemon is dominant here, of course. And not lemon juice, but lemon pulp. Tart but also fresh. There's some tart pear here too, and maybe a touch of pineapple. Banana was honestly the first fruit that I smelled when I reflexively smelled the cork, and that banana-flavored Runts aroma comes across in the nose in a minor way. Of course there's an astringent oak quality here. There's not as much funk as I was hoping for, but this gueuze certainly has its horseblanket going on. It's like smelling a lemon grove next to a used saddle and some old, decaying grass.
The taste follows the nose, but with more plasticky phenolic flavor. Like PVC and chlorine, this flavor. It subtracts from the intensity of the funk (which is lightly horseblankety on the palate). It plays nicely with the abundance of lemon and pear tart fruit flavors here, though. A touch of oak on the finish, along with a mineral/flint component not unlike that of many French white wines. It's complex yet light. And while I want it to be funkier, this is undeniably well-blended.
The mouthfeel is pretty soft, even with all of that visible carbonation. It smoothly delivers the waves of flavor here. Overall, this is a masterfully-blended bottle of gueuze. I still very much prefer Cantillon Classic Gueuze, but this is excellent.
Serving type: bottle
07-08-2012 20:49:24 | More by Reaper16
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