Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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4.68/5 rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
** Feb 2008 bottled on date, 375ml **
It's Christmas Eve in these parts, and so I naturally reached for two of my favorite edibles for a festive lunch alone: clam chowder (Whole Foods), a crusty grain baguette, and a geuze that has been patiently sitting in my cellar (read: garage) for a while.
Poured all at once into my Tripel Karmeliet big glass. A huge 4 finger head erupts, sporting large, rocky bubbles and sticks around for a long while, leaving lace. The geuze is an effervescent old gold and clear (having left the sediment in the bottle).
Heavens. This smells gobsmackingly, achingly tremendous. Armand has got inside my head and pulled out what I think is the most perfect, balanced geuze smell possible. Massive apple-cider sharpness, wonderful, disgustingly juicy funk, lemon-tart, hearty oak, pungent, hints of must and dust, acidic, warning, cleansing, vinegar, the famed "horse blanket" nose... it's all here, and it's all balanced. There are sharper, more pungent and more strident geuze noses out there. There are none that work so well.
Flavor is again a masterwork of complimentary classic flavors that are actually blended. The art of geuze is really the art of blending, and this Drie Fonteinen is supremely balanced. Dancing flavors of lemon and tart Brett-funk skip across the palate, hand in hand. Wild yeast funk and a grin-tugging, moderately aggressive acidity dash at you and then peel off to the side, giggling. The oak dryness just stands there, stalwart. Nothing is out of place. This is a fun, joyful beer that never gets too bracing or tiresome.
The carbonation here is again, expert. Fizzy and full bubbles deliver the goods straight to your senses and the finish is clean and long, letting you down gently through fields of lemon trees and filthy horses. The acidity is perfect, by gum. This is why we drink wild ales.
I love this beer. I love how classy it all is, how well crafted it is put together. Moreover, I love that I can buy it 5 minutes away from my house. God bless Drie Fonteinen! May your funk live forever!
I am in funky bliss. Gueze and chowder may well turn into a minor tradition around my home. Merry Christmas.
Serving type: bottle
12-24-2010 19:53:24 | More by kkipple
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