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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Reviews: 695
Hads: 2,466
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 16.17%
Wants: 430
Gots: 701 | FT: 83
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Style | ABV
Gueuze |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: rastaman on 09-27-2002

This listing is for all vintages of the Oude Geuze, but not for bottles specifically labelled "Oude Geuze Vintage".
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Photo of fourstringer
4.89/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Been searching for this for some time since my first taste some 6 months ago. Very fond memories. The cork popped assertively with a little bit of a gush, but I got most of it! Poured from 750 mL bottle with a moderate hand into 10 oz snifter. Date on bottle reads 2012 dec 7th.

A: Dark golden yellow with light orange tint. Cloudy. 1.5 finger width white head. Moderate lacing. Very inviting.

S: Tart lemons. Citrus sourness. Some lime even, which is a scent I don't often pick up in non-augmented beers. The most pleasant of funk. No vinegar. No feet. Just Brett as I imagine it in an ideal world. Now this is a Gueuze.

F: Sour citric acid burst with gradual, steady fade to clean, bone-dry finish. Lemon. Sour apple. Slight bitterness on the end. Minimal aftertaste. Just some lingering sourness and increased salivation. Begs for another sip. Superb.

M: High carbonation but drinks smoothly. Bursts in the mouth. Settles down nicely in the glass as it goes.

O: This is it for me. The deepest, best drinking gueuze I've had to date. I can't bring myself to score it a "perfect" 5, but I haven't had one better! Amazing, amazing brew.


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Photo of rye726
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A hazy cedar color with a silky tan head. A beautifull gueze. The nose has tart citrus fruit, musky funk, some oak and some subtle candy malts. The flavor is immensely complex yet perfectly balanced. Lots of sour fruits, earthy funk, herbs, vanilla, oak and a complex malt profile. Pefect body. Full yet crisp and delicate. Nice dry finish. I could drink this all night. Ages very well.

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Photo of NoLiberty
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Taken from the refrigerator cold so the chances for exploding beer were reduced. Nice *pop* from the cork and a bubbly pour into shorts-stemmed chalices producing a thick, off-white, 3 finger head on top of a perfectly thorough golden yellow-orange (apricot?) body. Cloudy color but not thick. The head settles into an amazing 2 millimeter thick cap that remains the entire glass. There are color swirls and almost craters in the head; really incredible.

The aroma is intoxicating. Reminiscent of a cheese sellers store, countryside farmhouse cellar, mossy stone fence and dank forest glen. Seriously, this beer's smell takes you to these places. There's a mix of musty, earthy funkiness that's matched by a very present fresh tartness that's not quite citrus but has the same effect. The very prominent brett characteristics make this heavy on the "horse blanket", but certainly it's not the only aroma flavor. Very clean and little to no acidic qualities.

Taste matches the aroma very well and is also controlled by this swinging pendulum of earthiness and tartness. Really no spice, but definitely an underlying sweet apricot fruitiness that rests underneath a powerful dry tartness. Grass, hay, sweat, basement must, spiky citrus and beautiful fresh flavors.

Also an incredible body. The carbonation is superb and adds to the overall refreshingness of the beer and the smoothness somehow compliments and contrasts with tartness and subtle sweetness. A truly well-crafted guezue. I could drink this beer all day and still not completely understand it.

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Photo of Filosoof
4.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

What a great Oude Geuze. Such a harmony. After finishing the bottle I turned my glass four times to catch the very last drip, wishing this sensation wasn't over.

L: Nice top for a geuze. Golden, bright look.
S: Almost undescribable; earthy yeast, bit mushroom, every further description (a little bit of this and a little bit of that -citrus for example-)doesn't come near the unique round Geuze-smell;
T: In great harmony with the smell. Some geuzes taste like unripe, green apples. In this one the apple is crispy/fresh/ripe for the first day. Also cream and oak.
M: there's a little too much CO2, but further: excellent. The mouthfeel is like a beautiful accord. Sour, but not too sour. Alcohol of 6% is perfect chosen. Dry aftertaste ofcourse, but not too dry. It's an invitation to take another sip.

Sometimes the aftertaste is so dry (f.e. Boon Oude Geuze), it feels like a roadblock - and you have to start over again. This one is more like a stick for an endless relay-run.

Green label; 37,5 cl. bottle

Warning: I almost died when I unfastened the metal. The cork shoot to the ceiling and ,when returning, just missed me. Many Champagne wines would be jalous about this force!

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Photo of rfgetz
4.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The Great Lambic Summit

'99 vintage...Pours a lovely dulled gold color, very clean with moderate head of little white bubbles, nice sheets of lacing. Scent is a tremendously big yet unaggreassive whiff of musty wood, leaves and damp earth (like a walk outside after a day of rain) backed by nice big tart and sour notes that awaken the senses after the comforting mustyness. Taste follws scent almost to the t - dont ask me how i know what earthy, wood and leaves taste like, but this is it. The tart and sourness is also present in a big bold way, but somehow compliments the earthyness rather than covering it up. Medium in body, perfect carbonation, bone dry - gone before it hits the tongue at times. A wonderful beer that was quite the experience.

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4.84/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving type: 12.7 oz bottle poured into a teku. Bottled: 2012, dec 5th.
A: first pour is yelow-orange, bright and clear with a nice big light head. Second pour is more orange and hazy as some yeast comes out in the pour. Same big head.
S: the best part of this beer. A wonderful refreshing sniff reveals a big nose of grassy funk, oak, and tart green apples with some nuances of wild berry and strawberry. Fantastic.
T: not overly sour with a good amount of carbonation. The oak really smooths this beer out. The green apples and grassy funk keep staying strong with a pleasantly dry finish.
M: refreshing, bubbly and dry.
O: I really enjoyed this beer. I would put this in my top 5 ever. Refreshing, complex and balanced. Worth the high price-tag

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Photo of goochpunch
4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled on February 28, 2004

Pours out a hazy apricot with flecks of peach and pink hues when brought up to the light. The head blossomed directly from the pour but eventually settled down to a clinging foam. Some shapely lacing present. The nose here is huge. I can just smell the acidity. Underlying aromas of musty old house, broom bristles, and wheat become more pronounced as this warms. The most prominent flavor is the almost bitter sourness. As the tongue becomes more acustomed to the high acid levels, I pick up more of the old house funk. Lemon pith finishes it all off as I'm lead into the bone dry finish. I pick up some slight oaky notes as well. Mouthfeel is, at first, like bubbly champagne, but then mellows out a bit as time passes. Leans toward a light body. This beer has the perfect combination of body, character, and intrigue that makes drinkability optimal.

Worth the $13 I dropped on this.

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Photo of lou91
4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

April 2001 Vintage. Wow what a noisy beer. I chose a champagne flute and it was the right choice to channel the creamy and noisy head. The bubbles just kept rising so I could only pour half the flute. This is not over the top in lambic funkiness or tartness but the nose does give you fair warning that this is not cider. The taste is wonderful and close second to my favorite cantillon gueuze. There are a complex set of flavors - blue cheese, honey, apple, melon and pear cider. The one drawback is price which i think was $18.00 at Plumpjack.

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Photo of corby112
4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

'99 vintage sampled alongside a '98(50th Anniversary) and a Millennium at a recent tasting with sideshowe, callmemickey and his wife Marie.

Pours a dark golden yellowish-orange color with hazy golden straw colored hues when held to a light and a one finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty chunks of soapy lacing.

Funky, earthy aroma with more of a lactic presence than expected. Musty barnyard presence with hints of horsey, cobweb, earth/soil, cheese and sweat. Vinegary acids with light fruit notes, mostly apple and lemon.

Fuller bodied than the '98 and a bit more funky with an earthy, musty character and subtle acidity that lingers into a sweet, puckering vinegary finish. Well balanced and complex, remaining mouth-puckering and sour without and harshness or acidic burn. Soft and clean with a chewier mouthfeel. Lots of citrus flavor, especially lemon peel. Excellent!

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle Date 11 December 2000. Sampled May 2004 at the Hopleaf, Chicago.

The aroma is sharp, acidic, and catpee. The taste is dry, and sour with notes of lemon, grapefruit (which is more pronounced), tannin, subtle vanilla notes, and a sharp herbal grassiness. There is a somewhat restrained Brett character, but there are notes of leather. This is a very well integrated beer, it is also quite light, as is expected. This goes quite well with the mussel apetizer that I am currently having.

1995 Bottle Vintage: Sampled 2001 at Drie Fonteinen cafe:

I decided to go for broke on the next beer that I ordered at the cafe, so I ordered the 1995 bottling of the Gueuze, which means that the majority of the beer contained therein was at least 8 years old, if not more. The waitress whisked off to the bar (after making sure that I actually wanted a beer that only came in 750 ml bottles) to request the beer from the bar tender. The bar tender promptly disappeared down into the cellar. He appeared again a few minutes later reverently holding the bottle at the proper angle (again about 15-degrees). The bottle was carefully put in a basket that maintained the angle properly and brought to me. At this point I was getting giddy with excitement, or was that full day of beer consumption. Either way I was anticipating the sampling of this one.

The bottle was completely unadorned except for a white paint mark that let one know which way was up (so as not to disturb the yeast). What surprised me was the fact that the standard Champagne bottle that it was served in was corked with a normal wine cork with no accompanying wire cage or any other restraint. Despite this the beer made an appropriate popping sound when the cork was drawn.

The beer when poured into the glass was lively with carbonation and had a dark gold to amber hue that was quite clear. It was quite evident just from the clarity
of the beer that it had been aging, as it had enough time for the characteristic haze to settle out. The nose was only slightly acidic, at least for a Gueuze. The taste was quite similar to the 2000 bottling of the Gueuze, but was quit a bit mellower and overall was perfectly balanced between the contrasting and complementary flavors that make up a Lambic. As an accompaniment to the meal that I had (a wonderful salmon filet) it was quite nice, with a hint of an alcoholic finish to it that was brought out by the fish.

2000 bottle Vintage, sampled in 2001 at Drie Fonteinen
After I had ordered the Gueuze the waitress went to the bar and requested a one. The barkeep then pulled out the traditional bottle of Lambic lying at a 15-degree angle in a wicker basket. The bottle was carefully opened and poured without disturbing the yeast. The beer when it was set down in front of me displayed a lively carbonation, a gold color, slightly hazy and a thick creamy head. Even from a distance the aroma was evident; displaying notes of fruit including citrus. When brought closer for an extended sniff it smelled quite sour with an evident Brett character. The taste was just about perfect. It was not as sour as Oud Beersel's Gueuze and was incredibly complex, with notes of wood, mustiness, a slight bitterness and almost a hint of what I can only describe as wild mushroom. This was definitely the best Gueuze I had ever had.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.82/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly-hazed gold with a large head and a good deal of lacing. Smell is lots and lots of funk along with a good amount of lemon. Good horse blanket. Taste is similar, but with a tiny bit of sourness added in. Mouthfeel is light to medium with fairly high carbonation. Good funk throughout. Nice funk and just a bit of sourness makes this very drinkable.

UPDATE: 10.05.2011. Will leave the original review but must say that over the years this has become one of my absolute favorite beers and it's a huge bonus that it's fairly readily available. The funk with slight sourness comes from what is, as far as I'm concerned, the best blending out there.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.82/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Easter 1994, a visit to Beersel for the day, and it happened. This was the first traditional Gueuze that I ever had. What an experience that was, I still remember the event as plain as day!!! I have returned many times since to re-acquaint myself with this majestic Gueuze.

Served from the bottle in the Café, it was highly carbonated. Masses of bubbles rose in streamers from the bottom and sides of the glass tumbler to the underside of the frothy pillow-like, slightly off-white, head. It looks truly superb.

The Aromas are incredible and very powerful. The nose pulls no punches nor does it make any excuses whatsoever for offending you – the sign of a great Oude Gueuze. You can smell this Gueuze from your Table whilst it is being poured at the bar. Quite something! Has an astringent acidity that stings the inside of the nose like salt on an open wound when deeply inhaled. Farmyard odors also make their way through this most pungent of odors.

It has darkened a bit over the years. The most recent bottle I had was slightly turbid orange in color with an amber character. Earlier years were slightly lighter and a little more golden in color.

A true Oude Gueuze, in every aspect of the legal definition. When it is young it is more lemony and citric in character than say a Cantillon, but it is a mighty impressive Gueuze nonetheless, and one of the very best. Lemon grass and straw in the beginning make way for a tart and very sharp citric-grapefruit middle. It has a long dry soily farmyard but spritzy acidic finish that lingers like a lonely prostitute on a cold street corner, it just never gives up. Oak and wood is sometimes discernable in the end when it ages slightly.

In fact, this Gueuze just gets better with age, it is stated that it will keep for upto 5 years – but I recently had the fortune to try some at 7 years old and it was simply awesome – how I laughed as I felt the enamel on my teeth dissolve and I struggled to pull the cheeks out of the back of my mouth.

Cellars exceptionally well, and it is **highly recommended** to age this (on its side) to get the best out of it, your patience will be greatly rewarded.

Café Visit: 24th Nov. 2002

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Photo of muttyd
4.82/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Amber/golden yellow body with a huge fizzy white head. Loads of carbonation make this one a bit of a gusher, but I salvaged every drop.

S - Musty, barnyard funky, lemony and woody. This is the single best smelling gueuze I have ever come across.

T - Sweet lemon acidy up front balanced off by an oaky vanilla smoothness like no other. Very sour, mouthwatering and champagne-like.

M - Bubbly and dances around on the tongue.

D - Love this beer. Can't seem to put it down. Glad I have a few more of these in my cellar.

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Photo of Travlr
4.82/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

37 5 cl bottle dated 10 04 2004. Cloudy straw colored, small white head. Aroma of barnyard animals. Big dry sour flavor with must and grapefruit. Nicely complex.
750 ml bottle dated December 1997, no label, consumed on 19 December 2009. More animals in the aroma. Much more dry and complex, longer finish. An amazing brew. Bumps taste & aroma up a notch.

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Photo of klewis
4.82/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled 1/17/06

A: Pours a hazy golden with a big fluffy head. Spotty lacing with a frothy ring around the surface of the beer.

S: Heavy brett smell with a lemon zest aroma.

T: Brett, citrus, and an interesting minty character. Refreshingly tart.

M: Medium body. There is a lot of carbonation, but it is quite fine and does not interfere with the taste.

D: A funky-beer lover's wet dream. Absolutely wonderful and worth whatever it takes to get some.

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4.82/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1997 vintage, 15 euros at the Drie Fonteinen restaurant, consumed on Halloween 2010.

The beer pours a deep golden color with a nice thick cap of white foam that was fairly durable. The aroma was damn good, funky fruit and vegetables, musty, dank basement, bales of straw, all of these came to mind. It tastes bright and accessible despite all these strong smells, really flavorful without being too sour. Not that I'd have minded, but honestly this was nearly perfect. A little citrus enters along with the funkiness, every sip was delicious. Carbonation was low but present, giving a somewhat silky body.

I'm not sure I can recommend this highly enough, but in any case it probably doesn't matter as 1997 is pretty old and I'm sure becoming rare. But later vintages will likely be nice too. I brought a 2002 home with me from Belgium, also a 2006 for a friend. Maybe we'll try them both side-by-side together.

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4.81/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 375 ml bottle dated Nov. 18, 2010 into my Stone IRS tulip. Got about of finger and a half of Champagne-esque head that dies quickly, but the ever-present bubbles remain. Golden hued body. Tart fruit on the nose, especially apple. Granny Smith in the house. Funky, but not full on barnyard. Probably drinking it a little young. Maybe some sour feet on the nose too. The hairs in my nose prickle. I'm in love. More of that tart unripe Granny Smith apple stuff going on on the palate. A funky bitter hop finish, along with some citrus peel bitterness. Very dry and Champagne-like as far the the mouthfeel goes. Little bubbles. Very little bubbles. Fan-effing-tastic. Love love love.

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Photo of cxr1037
4.81/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From notes taken about a week ago. Poured into a wine glass. I was super excited about this beer as I'd heard great things.

APPEARANCE: Pale gold. Effervescent. Lots of bubbles. Strong, foamy head that recedes to a solid couple centimeters.

AROMA: Just what I expected from the style - immediate funk, yeast, and a little bit of cheese. I also detect some citrus zest and an earthy, grassiness. Lovely.

TASTE: Tart and funky! Slight lemon-lime citrus. There's also some tart green apple in there. Little hints of straw and earth and sharp cheese from the yeast. This is one of the best tasting beers I've had recently.

MOUTHFEEL: Effervescent and crisp. It's refreshing. Somewhat dry finish, though there is a lingering bitterness towards the back of the tongue.

OVERALL: Though I've only had one other gueuze before this, I think this is the best I've had. One of the best beers I've had outright. It's perfectly refreshing, and the tart funkiness is reminiscent of a good wine.


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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.81/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

When I opened the bottle it was a huge foam bomb, not sure if this bottle was over-carbed or what, but I did lose some to the sink (sadness).

The beer pours with a huge head (due to the carbonation problem?) and the foam never really completely goes away, it just fades to a thin white coating. The beer itself is nearly entirely opaque (all the yeast was stirred up from the bottom of the bottle) and the beer is a very dark hazy yellow straw color.

The nose is serious lemon and citrus, I mean honestly, this smells almost like lemon juice, it does this without being terribly acidic or tart smelling. There is also a definite whiff of funk and brett in there.

The beer is sweet up front, this quicky fades to a 4/10 of sourness bit, which then gradually and very slowly fades to a very pleasant and mild musty dankness. There are multiple stages of flavor here, each subtle yet quite satisfying.

This beer is MUCH less acidic than the Cantillon gueuze that I have had, it is also quite a bit more complex than the Lindeman's Gueuze.

Overrall this beer is wonderfully complex and totally delightful.

Buy again easy if I ever see it in stores here in Portland again.
*Greg at the Bier Cellar told me they only got this beer as a "I'm sorry" gift from the distributor for something that had gone wrong but were told not to advertise it; glad I stopped by to grab one!

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4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2006 vintage bottle that I was able to pick up in a trade along with a 2004 that I will hold out on for a little bit. I was most excited to get the two vintages to compare, and that this beer has elluded me for quite some time, but anyway I decided to pop this one on a fine, semi spring like day. Popped with a loud bang and was very active from the onset, that much was for sure. Tons of carbonation rippling through both the bottle and the glass throughout the sesssion, a huge carbonation explosion. Very nice bright amber color with a huge amount of white fizzy head on top. At least four inches of white foam topping off this one made it look wonderful, with a deep cloudy and hazy look to it, I knew it was aged well.

The aroma was so sour and bitter, I had a cheek to cheek grin immediatly. Simply a wonderful aroma here, tons of yeast coming through, lots of light sour grapes and tartness. The flavor was superb, really one of the best I have ever had. The first light notes of sour yeast roll across the tongue and just explode in your mouth, rippling and shredding taste buds all the way. Nice white grapes, light grains, and fresh grass all coming through. As it warmed some more subtle pear and apple characters were coming through now, this was astoundingly complex, so much so I did not really even know where to begin with this. I was floored by the flavor here. The carbonation was huge, keeping it light and airy and really letting every get to a depth that was confoundingly complex. Simply great. I easily threw done the whole bottle, as at only 6% this was simply outstanding. If I had more then one other bottle I would have reached for it immediatly. Long lingering dried out bitter finish had so much complex flavor that I was just letting linger on and on as I did not want to let it stop.

Overall easily one of the best beers, regardless of style that i have ever had the pleasure of drinking. There isn ot a bad word that could be said about this, it was literally the epitome of the style for me and I would love to get another of these. Amazingly complex beer, and something I think everyone should get to try at some point.

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4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Large - huge bubbles rise like clouds over a parched corn field. They evaporate quickly to a thin covering, then slowly, ones-and-twos at a time the bubbles pop. All that separates me now from this golden orange challenge is a halo of bubbles, and wary anticipation.
Smells very orange, very fresh wood, almond and coconut, canteloupe, green fruits, and damp laundry piles.
Tastes of fresh coconut shavings, dry almond macaroons, raw peanuts, crabapples, gooseberries, rhubarb. Very dry, like licking oak planks sanded smooth. So little residual sugar; just a touch of green honeydew melon, and not quite ripe at that! Kaffir lime, lemon thyme, wild oregano... Herbal aftertastes abound, and leave pebbles under my tongue. Very dry pebbles. More then puckering, I'm thirsty, but wary lest I challenge my constitution too aggressively. I feel I have to allow this beer to encounter my body like two strange dogs meeting for the first time. I may not move for an hour. As I sip this I feel as though I were passing a comfrey leaf across my tongue. The sourness builds like licking a lime, over and over. This geueze plays the trumpet!

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4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Green glass 750 ml bottle opens with a nice pop, beer pours with much head, then settles down with the dound of sizzling bacon. The body is clear gold, streams of thick carbonation rush to the top of the beer. A little lacing left behind.

Smell: Funky and sour, malty and very different. Somewhat earthy and grain.

Taste: I have never had a smoother or easier to drink gueuze, not saying this beer isn't sour, it is. The sourness and tartness are there, but blended very well, and by the end of the aftertaste you almost forget they were even there. Wow, easy to drink and very good

Drinkability: I would definitely pair this with some stilton, and I think it would be superb, this beer is excellent on it's own, however. I have not had better in the style.

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Photo of moulefrite
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought the 2001 bottling based on how damn delicious the 1999 was that My Shelton rep. Ron introduced me to. The cork shot out of this bottle like a rocket and traveled a good 15 yards before settling to earth-a nice carry! The pour was more than ambitious and proffered up a very energetic, and bouncy head that lasted just long enough for the eye and subsided quickly enough for the tongue to take over. Aromas were perfectly sour with saddle leather and old wood, and a lingering twang that begged to be tasted. In the mouth this beer expanded like a rocket with each sip filling the mouth with light and vibrant foam. The flavors were deep and complex, all the while being airy, light and highly refreshing-much like a fine Champagne. Sour as hell but smooth as silk and balanced like a champ-this was a delight to taste, and I'll be tasting another as soon as I can muster up the cash. Don't miss it!

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4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

vintage 2009, corked and caged 375ml bottle.

a- bottle poured into pretty things stemmed balloon glass. tis a thing of beauty, full finger creamy bright white head that fades slow to a near covering layer of lace, slightly hazy golden honey.

s- really nice, tart vinegar off the bat, some earthy oaky notes underneath, not a ton of horsey funk - just a touch, unripe berries, apple, pear.

t- first sip jolts the palate and kicks my mouth into sour mode - not overly sour though, just enough for a near-pucker. i get lots of unripe, fruit notes in the front - berries, lemons, pear, apple, they lead the way for woody, leather, earthy, funk - more horse here than in the nose. finishes is bone dry and tart, lingering long - making me really want each next sip. just plain delicious.

m- medium, coating, light and active carbonation.

d- i've been waiting a long while to try this, and finally opened my bottle, and it lived up to every hype i've heard about it. i have one more on hand, and am planning on running to the store after i dig out of this snowstorm to pick up whatever else they have on the shelf. delicious, really really drinkable, i'm loving this. i can't wait to try this with some age on it..

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4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 17 January 2006

Appearance: Pours a cloudy peach with a frothy heads that coats, and I mean coats, the chalice with lace

Smell: Of course there is the sour cat pee, funk, leather and all that, but there are also a sweet/tart and powdered sugar aroma underneath if you sniff around for it

Taste: Despite the immediate sour apple and grapefruit flavors that jump out in front, there is an underlying sweetness that joins through mid-palate; after the swallow, the leathery and oak flavors come to the fore, but there is also a lush lemon and apricot fruit presence that counterbalances the sour funk; the aftertaste is lengthy, with the addition of more oak

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied and creamy, with moderate to low carbonation (despite the initial burst when the bottle was opened); a lingering sourness at the back of the throat is felt as well as tasted

Drinkability: Not for everybody, obviously, and like many a lambic, something to be savored in the right setting, but a real achievement in the class

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