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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

Drie Fonteinen Oude GeuzeDrie Fonteinen Oude Geuze

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

1,679 Ratings
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Ratings: 1679
Reviews: 659
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.9%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This listing is for all vintages of the Oude Geuze, but not for bottles specifically labelled "Oude Geuze Vintage".

(Beer added by: rastaman on 09-27-2002)
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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

4.76/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

375 bottle poured into tulip glass, Bottle reads 2012, dec 5th.

This is my first 3 Fontienen and Gueze, it was excellent.

A: Pours a really nice deep golden coler with a bit of haze. There is a big white head that recedes quickly to a small lingering ring.

S: The Aroma of this beer is just awesome. Really big funkiness front and center. I'm not too refined to pick it apart too much but a tart funk that has a lot of citrus/fruity sweetness. I could smell this all day.

T: The flavor follows the aroma and expands on it. There is a great big tartness with the funk. The citrus type fruit flavors are more apparent, lemon and grapefruit, green apple flavor and tartness is there in the back of the drink. Some of the oak comes through.

M: This is a very dry, champagne like beer. Big carbonation and dryness really add to and intensify the tartness.

O: As my first true lambic/Gueuze this is incredible. The smells and flavors of this beer are big and tart but at the same time have a wonderful drinkability. There is a lot of flavors that round out the tartness and really make this a wonderful beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 22:38:16 | More by Whiskeydeez
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into a geuze glass.

A: Tawny in color though it shifts more to the golden side of things. Hazy, though some yeast may have accidentally been poured. No head at all and no lacing.

S: Tart lemon, sour green apple and green apple skin, lemongrass. Lightly funky and rustic with the traditional horse blanket smell. Undertones of caramel and dark honey. Mild dusty oak scent.

T: Cider vinegar. Puckering lemony acidity, tannic, green apple skin. Whispers of oak. Barnyard and horse blanket are more apparent than they were on the nose. Caramel and walnuts, dark honey. Well balanced. Sour finish of lemon juice, apple skin, and funk.

M: Medium to medium-light body. Full in the mouth and slick. Puckering, acidic, and tannic. Curiously flat though.

O: For whatever reason, this bottle was flat. I've had this beer many times and never found it to be like this. My score reflects the undesirable quality in this sample, but I'll say that this is easily one of my favorite sours under normal circumstances. Some of the other more highly rated geuzes out there are far more sharp and sour. This one showcases a perfect balance between funk, sour, and malt sweetness, with a touch of oak thrown in for good measure. Tannins are there, but play more softly on the palate than most do. A must-try beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 03:35:57 | More by ryan1788a5
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mverity

Florida

4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy grapefruit orange color with a fair amount of egg shell head that faded fairly quickly. No legs and light lacing. Good thin collar. Aroma is very much like when I would march in my highschool homecoming parade and the floats were all covered in straw. I also pick up some lemon and grapefruit. The flavor provile is very citrusy tart up front, then some dry grass. Nice silty mouthfeel, very dry, and that tartness stings the tongue. Very glad I got to try this, but I wouldn't put it in my top 5, maybe not in the top 10.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 05:08:45 | More by mverity
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

75cl bottle, bottling date 17 December 2012, poured into Cantillon taster glasses today on 11 July 2013, with Benish.

Aroma: Funky. Everything you could use to describe funkiness including horse blanket, earthiness, old leather, etc. dominates this aroma. There is a little bit of oak as well. It's very pungent, sour and definitely dry. Reminds me of a funky champagne.

Colour: Hazy golden-blonde colour with a massive foamy white head. In fact, the bottle foamed over as soon as I opened it! It was definitely waiting to get out. In any case, the lacing is sporadic and the head definitely persists the entire time its in the glass. It looks great and refreshing.

Flavour: Somehow it comes out totally different than the aroma, which I think is very interesting, adding another dimension to this beer. It's got an earthy funkiness that is combined with lemon zest. It's extremely sour for sure! It's pretty acidic as well, kind of reminds me of sour apple, but I am not confident in this regard. Definitely a great combination of aroma and flavour here.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, it looks thin but definitely holds its own in terms of body. It finishes quite a bit dry and is rather mouthpuckering, which I am really enjoying. The aftertaste is mostly a combination of earthy lemon and oak, which sticks around a while- its worth enjoying slowly as the aftertaste lingers for quite a while. And it is of course very well carbonated!

Overall: It's awesomely sour with a great lemony complementary flavour profile. If you're a sour head and haven't tried this one, I have no idea why you haven't and would highly recommend you go out and get some of this one.

Re-review: Its only been a half a year since I had this, but I really want to impress in my review that this is a much better geuze than Cantillon Classic. Poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass today, 12/4/2013. Bottle date Dec 7, 2012.

Appearance is the same, the nose is simply an amazing funky lemon zest with the taste following. It's got a nice funkiness to it but the citrus really sets it apart from Cantillon Classic which seems to rely more on the funk. Mouthfeel is as good as it was before. Simply put, this is a better geuze than Cantillon's and I would recommend it over the Classic.

Re-re-review: This is the last time I'll review this again, but I bought another 750ml of this to our non-Lente Seasons tasting to compare with these and Golden Blend. Bottle date is also Dec 7, 2012- almost a year old to the day; today being 12/8/2013.

Basically, this held up quite well against the Seasons, although this is obviously not on the same level. It's crisp, refreshing, lemony with some funk but not so much that it dominates the beer. For the price-quantity-rarity triangle, I can agree that this is the best value although its worth going after the Seasons to try at least once. Stock up on this, drink some and age some- it's probably the best shelf geuze out there.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 04:54:50 | More by Stevedore
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lunarbrew

Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Doing brief reviews of a few beers today. This was opened along side Golden Blend, Hefst, Zomer, and Winter. My reviews will be comparative. This was clearly an amazing tasting. Thanks to Dactrius and Stevedore for contributing and participating. I'm only reviewing for smell, taste, and overall here. Other reviews will be general to save time. Honestly, each beer was quite similar in these general categories.

The beer smelled great, but it was not nearly as potent as the seasons. Nose and flavor was a tad funky and had the nice Drie Fonteinen citrus notes that I love. A lot of fun to drink, and exponentially improved as it warmed. To be sure, this is an affordable and relatively accessible beer, making it a contender for the "everyday gueuze" category. However, when it was compared with the big boys, this really fell short. Although I would have never realized this if I were not doing a side by side, this beer is better than Golden Blend IMO. An excellent all around beer, and a notch above the Cantillon Classic.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 15:07:09 | More by lunarbrew
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joeseppy

Illinois

4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Champagnesque response to pour. Cloudy golden honey with a crisp white head.

Sour/funk aroma. Freshly sanded oak flooring. Briny ocean and a musty attic scents.

Sour and tangy like Sweetart candy with low sugar. Has a bit of medicinal aftertaste.

Prickly carbonation keeps every sip as if it were your first. Really enjoyed this chilled and up in temperature. Crisp and dry feeling.

Sour Sunday here we go. Have been enjoying, lately, big sours watching Sunday football games on TV. This Oude Geuze does not disappoint. Not as sour as I was thinking it might have been. Extremely drinkable and a pleasure to sip on. Class act!

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 22:15:21 | More by joeseppy
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WTKeene

Texas

4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a Corked and Caged 375ml bottle dated March 5 2012 into a Prairie Teku glass.

Appearance: A deep amber, cloudy, with clear wisps of yeasty sediment flowing throughout. Sizable off-white head, which dissipates moderately quickly but persists with a thin layer that isn't going anywhere any time soon.

Smell: That classic vinous gueuze smell is coming through here. Tart, fruity, funky. I'm excited to take a sip. This is clearly a top notch beer.

Taste: Funky, vaguely vinegar character to the tartness. A faint bitterness toward the end, some grainy maltiness balances this all out. The vinous fruity character I smelled is coming through nicely too. A slight grassy quality too. A good gueuze is really something.

Mouthfeel: As expected, quite carbonated. Creamy though, after the initial rush.

Overall: This is really good. Well worth the trade, I'm glad I could get some of this. I'd love to compare it to the other world class Gueuzes, I still haven't had Cantillon's for example.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 20:51:33 | More by WTKeene
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a 375ml bottle (green label)

poured a honey golden color with a finger of white head which dissipated pretty quickly into a thin foamy ring. a very nice funky brett aroma with some smokiness, barrels, chalk.. definitely a very unique scent. the flavor boasts a funky awesomeness that i'll try my best to describe.. mushrooms, dirt, hay, sour milk, smoked gouda.. lemons. this is just a fantastic example of the style.. the high carbonation only compliments the flavor profile for a style like this, and this beer has just that with a light to medium body, makes it very refreshing.

definitely worth checking out, and definitely going to remember to order more next time!

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 01:50:26 | More by facundoCNB
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dcmchew

Romania

4.95/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Cloudy orange-golden, low head, fizzy, going fast and having a low retention. The label says "open carefully", and you should do so or you might lose an eye.
Smells great, a big tartness, with citrus, green grapes, sour cherries. Lots of funky hay, barnyard and herbal notes. It really sets the stage for the taste.
And it delivers. Beautiful complex taste:sourness, strong lemon at first, like sugar-free lozenges, then a nice fruity tartness, with cherries and berries, vinegary, acidic green apple throughout, finished with very dry white wine/champagne. Lots of green notes, fresh cut grass, wet hay, mixed with oaky woodiness, "old barrel" scented. Earthy yeasts. Dry in the finish from the mentioned sourness and green grapes, but also with a nice hop presence, bringing in also some pineapple notes (really great) and a mild bitterness.
Personally i found this one too fizzy, maybe a tad lower carbonation would have been less... burpier.
A perfect rough gueuze, (almost) immaculate 5.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 17:12:13 | More by dcmchew
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JohnnyHopps

Indiana

4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured into a snifter, the beer was a beautiful golden color. I high intensity level of carbonation was present. The way the cork popped, I was glad I was not under a light fixture.

Smell - The aroma was most reflective of over-ripe fruit. One might also notice the level of sourness and well as an oakiness in the background.

Taste - My initial impression of the taste was the dry sour oakiness. In the midst of these elements, one might also recognize elements of lime, citrus that goes from sweet to sour in the back, and a measure of oakiness. The aftertaste is quite dry, with notes of lime sticking to the roof of the mouth with the wood lingering.

Mouthfeel - This beer is well carbonated. The sour fruits stick to the roof of the mouth. This one lingers.

Overall - I am not really a geuze kind of guy, but I can recognize a beer that is well done. This is well done.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 02:48:21 | More by JohnnyHopps
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FLima

Brazil

3.91/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amber golden color with a fluffy head with short retention.
Aroma is even stronger than Cantillon Lambic, with horse blanket much more present and quite funky. It sticks to your nostrils for a while.
Same happens to its flavor, strong tartness with notes of lime, funky pineapples, lactic acid, hard green apples, vinegar and non sweet champagne. Very dry and acid aftertaste. I feel like my tongue was glued to my mouth.
Medium to full body with good carbonation that is effervescent at a second stage.
A funky party. This one is bolder than Cantillon, while the latter is more elegant. So depends on what mood you are on, but it may be a notch above the other.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 17:45:19 | More by FLima
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zeledonia

Minnesota

4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle with yellow label; says "2012, dec 5th". Tasted 1 October 2013.

Pours clear golden yellow, a touch of orange to it. Two fingers of white head, more than I find typical for a sour. Better retention, too. And there's a broad column of bubbles rising up through the glass.

Smell is incredible. Funky and sour, with so much depth and complexity, yet surprisingly clean. How all those characteristics can be found together I find hard to understand, but there they are, and they fit together like perfectly cut puzzle pieces. Wow. I'm just going to drink this in with my nose for a while...

Taste is, frankly, a bit too sour for me. It's potent, but a so strong that I literally feel like the enamel is being dissolved off my teeth. Is this beer, or an acid bath? I suppose it is what it's supposed to be, and there's a lot there behind that first powerful wave of sour. Funk, earth, and a fruity dance number. I dig this, but I could dig it a whole lot more if I didn't have to close my eyes and fight through the acid to find the other flavors.

Feel is delicate and delightful. Light-bodied, medium-high carbonation, and an acidic streak that really dominates the feel. Wow again.

An outstanding gueuze. I just wish it were a bit gentler.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 03:02:59 | More by zeledonia
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Kirk_Grant

Maine

4.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Color: Light amber with a thin white head
Smell: Intoxicating scents of flint, slate, lemon, and felonious funk!
Taste: lemon, honey, quince, lime, with a hint of sour pineapple
Overall: This is one of the BEST Geuze's for consistancy and quality. Year in, year out...it's at the top. People chase Cantillon...but to me this is the beer to chase. Thank god I can still get 2-3 bottles each relaease for this.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 22:50:14 | More by Kirk_Grant
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DrewskiWhit

Indiana

4.16/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 12/12

A looks like an IPA. Cloudy dark orange almost bronze. Nice head retention lots of tiny bubbles. Looks pretty good.

S fragrant. Smells like funky champagne. White grapes maybe with some sweetness in the way back

T tart dry champagne type flavor right at the front followed by more very tart lemon juice flavors in the middle then some mellow soft sweetness on the back end

M A touch fizzy for me, but very nice. Definitely complements the flavors and improved the already enjoyable experience

O this is a tart beer. The sweetness on the back really made this beer for me. The tart flavors were enjoyable but the sweet finish helped to balance it out nicely.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 02:15:31 | More by DrewskiWhit
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle with bottled on date of 03/11/2011.

A - Cloudy golden orange with lots of thick white head that slowly receded.

S - Sour notes are present with some bready notes and hints of lemon and flowers.

T - Crisp tartness up front. Lemon, apple, bread and hay. More tart than sour.

M - Medium body. Dry. Moderate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 13:17:03 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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fourstringer

Maryland

4.89/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Prost!

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 00:18:07 | More by fourstringer
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Auraan

Arizona

4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured a gorgeous cloudy gold with three fingers of fluffy white head that grew higher as it sat. Quite nice. Scents of sour green apple, lemon juice, barnyard funk, white wine, lactic sour, hints of pear, very faint hints of bubblegum, touches of oak, slight yeasty funk, funk-notes become more assertive as the beer warms, and as it warms further a bit of honey comes through. Very nice, deep, complex, sour and appetizing with a range of scents. Flavor begins with a massive hit of sour, lemon juice, crab apple, a bit of funky musty flavors, some vinegar notes, some slight hits of lemon rind, quite acidic, a tiny hit of herbal bitterness and oak as the sip finishes, extremely dry finish. The beer showcases sourness over all else, the fruit on the nose is not all that present in the taste. It's certainly a very, very sour beer, well blended with an excellent character for those who love sours. Mouthfeel is light bodied with a moderate level of carbonation, a very drying finish and a puckering sourness. Refreshing, tart, and drying, making you want to take sip after sip. Overall this is an excellent geuze. It's a bit single note, not incredibly complex in it's flavor, but the flavor is good. A nice lively sour that puckers the mouth and works with the mouthfeel to make a wonderfully refreshing beer. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 06:36:51 | More by Auraan
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Brokejaw

Iowa

4.66/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First review!

A) Poured into a snifter. Poured an excellent hazy, golden straw. Provided a very fizzy head that disipated rather quickly.

S) Very pugnacious with slight funkiness to it. Smelled heavily of sharp fruits, very strongly of apple and lemon.

T) Deeply sour, and rather funky. Funkiness becomes balanced in with the fruit. Tastes strongly of apple, lemon, cherries, strawberry. Extraordinarily balanced and very delicious.

M) Incredibly dry. Finishes clean and leaves the palatte almost imediately.

O) One hell of a beer. Very enjoyable and tart, and ultimately a highly recommended beer for anyone a fan of sours.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 07:23:22 | More by Brokejaw
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy bright yellow, well carbonated, one finger head.

S- Funk, horse blanket, oak, grass and yeast.

T-Semi-funky, not as sour as I was hoping, slight oak, green apples. As it warms it gets funkier.

M-Medium bodied, lightly carbonated.

O-Definitely need to let this beer warm up to room temperature. Maybe age will move more of the funk from the nose to the taste.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 23:38:16 | More by rlee1390
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deschutes_fan

Idaho

4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375ML Cage/Cork Bottle, Dated Nov 3, 2011
When I un-twisted the cage, the cork slid and shot out on its own, hitting the ceiling. Luckily no liquid was lost, but one can assume this beer is quite carbonated.

- Pours hazy golden wheat with several inches of foam.
- Smells of barnyard funk and lactic sour mixed with sweet malt and tart fruit (grapes, lemons).
- Taste is true to nose with a mouthful of lactic sour funk. Despite being quite full flavored up front, the funkiness is actually quite sublime, fading quickly. I felt like the sourness was going to be more puckering and pungent, but this beer is just too well balanced and restrained to allow that.
- The Finish is clean and dry on the palate. Combined with the high carbonation level, it's reminiscent of a quality champagne.
- Overall this beer is top notch. Lactic sour funk that is well balanced and leaves you wanting more, my glass was empty in no time.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 02:46:08 | More by deschutes_fan
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.14/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

375 ml Bottle from Tipples. Pours a light orange yellow, slightly hazy, with a big fluffy bubbly white head. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom like champagne. Aroma is a very dry sour, green apple, vinegar, oak, earthy grass. Big sour up front with lots of dry oak and champagne like flavor, some green apple, lemon, maybe even a hint of super tart cherry. Then a second wave of pucker. Definite dry lingering must on the back end. Light and bubbly dancing in your mouth.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 00:03:53 | More by BMMillsy
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AgentMunky

California

4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 375mL bottle into a wine glass. Stamped 5 MRT 2012.

A: Pale clear yellow with light head that produces incredibly fine bubbles. Under tight carbonation; the cork postively erupts. Heavy lacing.

S: Light, tart, and funky. Very pleasantly fruity. Lemon zest, apples, and grape. Sharp, complex, and engaging.

T: Very, very good. Fruity-funky-tart. Intense. Lightly spicy on the endtaste. Lemon peel. Black pepper. Distant sugar. Berries? Aftertaste is barnyard-y and lingering.

M: Sharp, tart. Mineral-clean.

O: It lives up to the hype. Great geuze. Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 01:03:43 | More by AgentMunky
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tarheels86

California

4.96/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750mL 1999 ed courtesy of Travlr and again courtesy of Armand. This is so insanely good. Note that this is the 1999- which many consider the best geuze ever made. Armand I think would agree. From talking to him directly, this one is made with Boon, Girardin, and Lindemann’s lambik. This, as Armand said, can never be replicated and is really just a product of pure luck and circumstance.

The 1999 geuze I have had twice and love it to death. First, it pours like an unblended. It is super deep, cloudy orange with no head. Aroma is incredible. You can smell it from 20 feet away: huge leather, tannins, citrus, blood orange, mango yogurt, feet, sweat. Taste is beautiful soft yogurt/lactic, bright citrus, curacao, grapefruit, just mouth-watering all the way around without being too sour or acetic. The Girardin being blended in here is just so awesome as a base lambic. Very quick, zippy palate. I can’t find anything wrong this this geuze and see no reason to put it up with J&J Blauw.

I am rating the 1999 ed mainly because I like to score a beer the highest mark that I have ever given it, even if I have had multiple samples that are inferior. I feel it is unfair to average out all of my scores for special lambics like this. I've had dozens of normal 3F Geuze bottles, but the 1999 is by far the best.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 22:05:00 | More by tarheels86
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snaotheus

Washington

4.19/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7oz corked/caged bottled split between two pint glasses (limited glassware availability). Bottling date on the label is 2011/02/17.

Pours with a massive off-white head (like a problematically large head), cloudy golden. Smell is tart, unripe green grapes, lemon.

Taste is super tart, more of the lemony characteristic, actually quite lemony.

Mouthfeel is dry but thick. Overall, quite good, but probably won't spend the money again.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 23:02:28 | More by snaotheus
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boogercrack

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

23 Fev 2012 bottling, 37.5 cL bottle, yellow label. poured into lost abbey teku. chilled to refrigerator temps for over a week, should have settled down. minimal pop when cork pulled.

A: cotton white head pushed up to about an inch, noisily receded to a small ring, to nothing at all. no lacing noticed at colder temps; scant, quickly falling lace as i continue to sample. clear orange, almost radiant. pretty beer.

S: gets more funky as it warms, to be expected, i think. lime, lemon, some peach, touch of pineapple, tart. wood?

T: big taste follows a big nose. just the perfect level of funk for what i want, with big sourness without being too acidic. granny smith apple flesh, lemon/lime zest, woody. finishes clean, tart, and with a dry peach like linger.

M: refreshing. clean and crisp. the delicate carbonation cleans the palate on the finish, and is nearly effervescent with the dry finish.

O: Pretty much everything I'd want from the style. terrific beer. consumed the glass over the course of an hour or so, and have enjoyed it changing with the temperature. will be buying again.

Serving type: bottle

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