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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Ratings: 541
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 6.67%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

The Golden Blend is made with 4 year old Lambic that accounts for 25 % of it’s contents, the rest of the blend is made up by a "secret" combination of 1, 2 and 3 year old Lambic.

The exact mixture is only known by the master-blender Armand himself.

The name "Golden Blend" is not far away from the truth, in fact, the 4 years of maturation in oak-wooden barrels is making this particular Lambic very expensive.

Due to the "evaporation" through the barrels, only a small percentage of the lambic is left over after 4 years of maturing.

(Beer added by: rvdoorn on 03-14-2012)
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birchstick

Colorado

3.7/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with a nice head. Sour funkiness is in the nose. Taste is sourly sweet up front. This moves to a liquid lemony flavor, though not too sour. Ends with a bit of funk and a dry sourness. Medium body. Overall, this is a decent gueze - the special blend doesn't add a ton to it, but it's worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 02:43:51 | More by birchstick
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Local Option cervoise.

Thrilled to have a second chance with this beer, as my first bottle met a particularly painful end. It pours a lightly-hazy sunset amber-gold topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose is a veritable field guide to scent-heavy apple varieties, along with some bits of grapefruit zest, white grape, honeydew, powdered sugar, and a hint of cobweb. The taste holds notes of tart grapefruit, heavy funk, chardonnay grapes, oak, and cobweb. The tartness and the funk don't play nicely together, spreading a minor din throughout my mouth where I hoped orchards and vineyards would re-enact a Fantasia episode. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, a certainly well-meaning gueuze, but one that just doesn't have the balance I generally look for, opting instead for a contentious mixture of strong funk and strong tart fruit. It's nowhere near bad, but not something I would readily reach for in the near future (especially with that audacious price tag).

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 03:59:02 | More by TMoney2591
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tarheels86

California

3.88/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375mL thanks to ygtbsm94. Pours hazy, deep orange. Thick, white head. Rich, super dense Valencia orange nose, thick and juicy. My lord. Taste is tangy, very musty, huge attic, huge molded white grapefruit. Quite aggressively sour. Rich and powerful. Great stuff. Heavier carbonation. Would love to see how this progresses. Have a good number saved. 9/4/7/4/15=3.9

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 17:41:51 | More by tarheels86
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SkeeterBoganski

Colorado

3.94/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - amber gold with a half-inch soapy-looking bubble head that shrinks to 1/8th of an inch after settling; active carbonation....it's ALIVE!

S - funky tart; white grapes; sour apples; lemon; grains; more funk

T - bite sour; sour apples again; faded white grape juice; tarty; lemon zest; acidic; oak notes towards the back; has some sour patch kid flavors going on

M - smooth but carbonated; the sour elements keep pinging the back of my throat long after the sip is gone; champagne dry as a finish; airy

O - this is a really unique beer...and really...a different beer style that I'm trying to explore, albeit with some reservations; the cost of this and Cantillon is high and not really suggestive of casual exploration; I dig the flavors and mouthfeel, but the sour elements and the overall funky tart fuck with my gut. I imagine this is one of the better 'more available' gueuzes out there...and I'll pick up again to try, but no one's every going to find me chasing 3F.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 20:36:04 | More by SkeeterBoganski
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tiong

Finland

4/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, originally rated on 25.8.2012.

Bottled on 17.2.2011.

Pours orange with a small white head. Aroma of earthy notes, sour and tart fruits, hints of oak and wood. Taste is smooth and dry with some tart fruitiness and hints of sourness. Finish is slightly sour and tart with some earthy notes. Well balanced, tasty and quite smooth geuze.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 15:55:16 | More by tiong
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Jeffo

Netherlands

4.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a chance to try this at Jeroen's place a few weeks back. Along with the insane menu that day, this made for a wonderful sensory indulging afternoon. Thanks again for the king's treatment guys!

From a 375ml into mini flute
Note: Drunk this right after the regular Oude Gueuze, so some comparisons will be drawn.

APPEARANCE: Pours a big white head that quickly fades to a foam cap. Clear golden yellow in color with high levels of vibrant carbonation. A bubbly ring remains until the end and leaves some foamy lacing down the glass. Looks the same as the regular gueuze.

SMELL: Relatively mild on the nose. Some hay, funky aromas and some definite floral notes. Less acidity and more mild than the regular gueuze.

TASTE: Bolder flavors than the nose had advertised. Hay, funk, and some nice lemon flavors. More sourness for sure, as you’d expect with older lambic, and some oak flavors again. Bigger and lingering aftertaste is funky with oak notes and more lemon sourness than the regular gueuze. A touch of bitter floral notes linger and offer balance as well.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Light on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly sticky. A touch lighter than the regular gueuze, but still smooth with proper levels of carbonation.

OVERALL: It was certainly interesting to try the regular Oude Gueuze next to this one. The inclusion of 4 year old lambic has made it more sour in flavor, but a touch lighter in the feel. This one was quite nice and the bold and assertive flavors made it quite easy to enjoy. Would gladly drink again. Thanks again for sharing guys!

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 21:01:51 | More by Jeffo
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 17th Feb 2011, consumed 13 June 2012

Unlike some other reviews, there's no explosion when I remove the cage, just a gentle pop. The beer itself is mildly hazy, orange in color and capped with a beautiful, thick, creamy, long-lasting off-white head that leaves nice lacing. The nose is rather excellent. Woodier and chewier than your usual Drie Fonteinen gueuze, it seems closer in spirit to a Boon Oude Gueuze, and I'm guessing that's the contribution of the 4 year old lambic. Apart from that, it does have a very nice citrus/grapefruit sourness and brightness, a pronounced earthy funk with wet hay and petrichor. Quite juicy too, and swirled vigorously, there's a pungency that seems mildly solvent-like (but NOT acetone or acetic esters)

The palate opens with a pronounced woody sourness, lactic in nature with quite a bit of grapefruit brightness, sourness and bite. I would argue that the sourness is a little rough around the edges. In addition, there's a nice blend of fruity citrus, less earthy funk than on the nose, and flavors of horseblanket, wet hay, and earth. Drying, mildly bitter and a little herbal on the finish, with what is (I swear) a faint faint faint acetic character - not much, just a tinge. Moderately woody with a little vanilla as well. The sourness does seem a little harsh and unusually harsh, and the carbonation while high, doesn't seem to be particularly well integrated with the flavor profile. A good blend, though it does seem just a little disjointed. The 4 year old lambic does bring to mind Blauw, especially with its woodier aroma and flavor notes, but it just isn't as well-integrated or harmonious. Maybe some time will change that? At the price, though, it's hard to justify a detailed experiment.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 02:30:03 | More by DefenCorps
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oline73

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another one that I was able to try at Sour and Bitter. Served in a stemless wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden amber color with a finger of fluffy white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Nice bland of tart and funky. Lemon juice sourness. Very light and nice.

Taste: This one is on the sweeter side. Lemon tartness and a mild funk notes. The citrus juice sourness sticks with you all through the sip.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly, aggressive carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a very light and bright gueuze. Tart and sweet. Easy to drink but not particularly smooth. I would have it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2012 22:00:22 | More by oline73
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SpeedwayJim

New York

4.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to JAXSON for this one. Poured from a 375ml corked and caged bottle into a Cantillon tulip. Shared with schen9303.

Corked explodes out. Super carbonated 4 finger head that collapses slowly. Slightly cloudy orange goldenrod. Lacing is patchy and spotty with excellent stick. Nice.

Nose is spritzy. Lemon tartness, woody, with some mild cheesiness stuffed in the back. Sharp sourness as it warms. Solid.

Opens super sour. Lemon, hay, cobwebs, and oak. Funky and spritzy throughout with a nice cleanliness. Finishes dry and puckering with some more lemon and oak. Good complexity with a nice clean development of flavors.

Light bodied with strong carbonation. Bubbly and effervescent in the mouth and clean and dry going down. Finishes dry with a lingering, sticky aftertaste. As with almost all their geuze, near perfection!

A really solid beer that suffers a bit from its pedigree. Great flavor and complexity with an excellent mouthfeel but this one doesn't really stand out from other Drie Fonteinen offerings. Still, its excellent and very much worth aging.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 00:57:04 | More by SpeedwayJim
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle split three ways on 7.24.12 between myself, Greg and Jake.

A - Pours a dark, cloudy orange with a fluffy white head. Good retention of the head.

S - Some funk, but pretty mild.

T - Tart and funky, mostly lemony.

D - Tons of carbonation with a light body.

O - A pretty funky little treat. Reminds me of the Armand'4 series.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 04:19:10 | More by HuskyinPDX
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DarthKostrizer

California

4.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to JealousChalice for this one

Look. Pours a golden yellowish orange color with a 1/2 inch fluffy head and exceptional retention. The beers is highly carbonated and the cork actual hit my ceiling when opened

Smell. Upfront is a lactic sourness followed up by some lemon, hay, and oak

Taste: upfront is some lemon tartness backed up by some toasted oak wet grass and some more sour citrus

Mouthfeel. Light in body and ample carbonation and a puckering sourness

Overall. I enjoyed with one quite a bit and actually purchased a few for myself. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 20:31:52 | More by DarthKostrizer
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lunarbrew

Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served into HF stemware. Pours light amber with a redish hue. Tons of carbonation and very strong head retention. Foamy sticky lacing.

Pungent and tart. Lots of vinegar, green apple, currant-esque acidity, and lemon. There is a sweetness hidden that is almost almost honey-like. Very complex.

Wow. This is beautiful, round, and balanced. Soft flavors of lemon, dry white grape, and green apple skin. There is a bit of grainy finish. The finish is super-dry, all-in-all. The sourness is in check, but still obvious. Not as sour as is smells. Highly drinkable.

Mouthfeel is medium weight. I get some tanniny resin on my tongue, almost like I just finished a sip of white wine. Highly complex. Awesome foamy carbonation. Extremely drinkable and balanced.

This is an awesome beer--pure and simple. An exemplar of a balanced and classic gueuze. I don't know if I'm thankful or frustrated I can buy more easily. 3F knocks it out of the ballpark, but damn if they're not expensive.

Re-reviewed on 12/8/13:
Doing brief reviews of a few beers today. This was opened along side Oude Gueuze, 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.

Generally, I want to say that this tasting really wrecked my impression of GB. I loved this beer before. In fact, it may have been my favorite gueuze. However, the complexity, intensity, and depth of the other beers really painted this in a new light. It's far more simple, light bodied, and unbalanced than the seasons. Even Oude Gueuze was a more balanced and cohesive beer. Everything about GB seemed a tad watered down. The nose on GB seemed especially disappointing. It was a tad funky, not in the right way, and muted. I'm glad I was able to try in a side by side. It really helped open my mind to the world of gueuze.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 02:51:58 | More by lunarbrew
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.09/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle served in my Allagash chalice. 17/02/2011 indicated on the back label. Pours a dull, semi-hazy orange hue with a rocky, two-inch, bright white head that dissipates into a frothy band around the shoulders and a dollop across the center. Copious tiny bubbles are present effervescing in solution to the underside of the cap and adhere to the walls of the glass. Nose is bright and tart with a hint of sour pit fruit, a trace of candied fruit sweetness, cork and notes of cider vinegar. Taste is not as bright as the nose and less fruit comes across. There's definitely a citric acid presence as well as cork and a salty character; however, it's not overly tart. Mouthfeel is light and lively with a bright carbonation and some astringency that lightly stimulates the salivary glands along the sides of the cheeks. Overall, a very good Gueuze. Not my favorite, but quite respectable and approachable. I'm glad I have an extra bottle in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 02:14:14 | More by Jwale73
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DannyS

New York

4.09/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Beverage warehouse in Winooski, VT. Bottle is dated Feb. 17th, 2011.

Step 1: start twisting open the metal cage.
Step 2: Recoil in shock as the loud BOOM of the cork shooting out of the bottle makes your life flash before your eyes.
Step 3: rush to the sink to contain the foam overflow. Clean up and pour into a wine goblet. Have your Magic hat keg glass on hand as backup.

A - overflowing with head so much I needed two glasses to hold it. Eventually fell to a thin collar. Color is opaquely hazy orange.

S - Smells like sharp citrus and dry white wine swirled around an oak barrel and thrown into a farmhouse. Unmistakably a Geuze.

T - Viciously tart, slightly tannic, and a bit oakey right up front, finishing dry and musty. Complex and challenging, leaving a somewhat pithy bitter yet satisfying aftertaste.

M - The carbonation is so active that even after its little tantrum upon opening, half of my sips felt like I was swallowing straight up foam. Such characteristics are more forgivable in a style like this, but I'd rather not feel like i'm close to choking half the time.

overall - It's rustic, sour, wild, and definitely not for everyone. Exactly what a Geuze should be, I'd say. The only big disadvantage is the price.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2014 19:28:09 | More by DannyS
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PeterIngemi

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a 375 ml poured into a duvel glass date says 2011/02/17

A: pours a nice slightly hazy golden orange with two finger of white head that dissapates slowly , no lacing to speak of. A nice film stays through out.

S: nice blend of sour funk and oak, light straw, green apple and lemon, nice aroma, smells well balanced. Doesn't smell quite as sour as I had hoped. The big difference I notice between this and the regular blend is that it smells a little more oaky and rounded, the sourness seems a tad more subtle

T: yum, nice balance of sour tartness ad oak, lemon tartness with a touch of straw/grass, some light green apple notes come through. Very well balanced between the oak and the sourness.

M: refreshing and nicley drinkable, with a light medium body and creamy effervescent carbonation, a touch dry with a hint of bitter oak on the finish, finishes mostly clean and dry though. The biggest difference here is there seems to be a good bit more effervescent carbonation then the regular blend. To the point where the cork literally blew off the bottle as soon as I took the cage off and scared the shit out of my cat

O: a very nice gueze, displaying a very nice blend that balances notes of oak and sour funk beautifully, really enjoy this one. Not overly sour, kinda just right, maybe a touch more tartness and I'd be in love. Overall not much different them the original
Blend, minus the effervescence and slightly more rounded oak notes, considering the price difference I'm glad to have tried it but I'm just as pleased with the original.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 01:06:44 | More by PeterIngemi
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.11/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark straw color, two fingers of head, rapid dissipation. Mild apple skin aroma, some funk and hay, some tart fruit notes, some acidic sourness. Tastes a bit more sour than the aroma, with a tart fruit note, slight funkiness, Granny Smith apple skins, and a bit of a woody oakiness. Taste is light bodied, lightly crisp, dry.

One of the better Gueuze I've had.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 00:29:06 | More by EgadBananas
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seeswo

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour is a challenge into my 3F Gueuze glass, taking several pours to empty the bottle. Pretty standard whitish gueuze head with big bubbles and an orangey-golden color. The nose is relatively funky and a bit fruity, like a hint of sour apple. A bit reserved. Taste is very similar to Oude Gueuze but with a bit more earthiness and age wrapped in. There is a bit of mineral that is slightly off, but otherwise it is a mildly funky brew. Carbonation is high with a medium body. Goes down really easily. Overall, I was really excited to try this beer. I would take Cantillon Classic/Bio over this, but it is still really good.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 23:37:40 | More by seeswo
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emerge077

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Explosive bang upon untwisting the cage, and a second later, the chilled bottle began gushing. Luckily a glass was nearby and the loss was negligible.

Deep saturated orange color, slight haze, steady trails of champagne carbonation. Initial head of billowing foam that threatened to overflow, but eventually subsides to a gentle skim across the surface. Not much lacing, odd as it was poured into a clean dry glass.

Complex aroma of oak and citrus, hints at tropical fruitiness. The older lambic lends a pleasant rounded mellowness to the nose.

Extremely dry with a clean sourness, plenty of oak and more fruit in the bitter citrus peel vein. Very balanced with a rounded feel on the palate. Flavors are very much standard issue Drie Fonteinen, signature minerality and firm dry oak in addition to light citrus. This blend is a fun novelty to try, albeit a pricey one. At least it's going towards brewing on-site again, so it's easier on the conscience when dropping the coin to try it.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 23:27:31 | More by emerge077
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claspada

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, dark yellow with a large white head, decent retention, leaving some minimal lacing. Overall nice steady carbonation, maybe slightly over-carbonated.

Aromas begin with some funky minerality and an earthy mushroom-like character. Then you get some musty wood, very tart lemons. As it warms you get some nice wheat and yeast notes, as well as quite a some more emerging barnyard funk.

First impression in the flavor is super strong earthiness and musty oak. Straight from the barnyard here. There's some light acidity and a bit of leather and very light lemon. The acidity and funk flow right into one another.

The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. Finish is dry quite heavy on the funk and earth.

Overall this was a nice treat sampled amongst the other sour beers of the evening. Although the aroma delivered slightly more than the flavor, it was still quite above average. Everything about the aromas and flavors helps to deliver the maxim amount of funk.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 20:16:20 | More by claspada
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ADZA

Australia

4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its a delight to finally see this brewery here and with a mighty pop of the caged cork it gushes out to leave a bubbly three finger head and a rim of lacing,the smell is sweaty socks,lemon sherbet,weeds,bubblegum and freshly cut grass,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy which coats the whole mouth with tastes of granny smith apples,lemon zest,sherbet,barnhouse funk and finished with a green apple grassy zestiness and overall what a drop and i really like this one something id buy again,perfect for a summers day cheers.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 12:38:47 | More by ADZA
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Mora2000

Texas

4.23/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at bu11zeye's 10,000th rating tasting.

The beer pours a yellow color with a large white head. The aroma is full of very tart lemons, with some nice wheat and yeast notes, as well as quite a bit of barnyard funk. The flavor is also quite funky, with some nice lemon and wheat notes. There is a medium amount of tartness and some nice yeast notes. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very interesting, funky and tart beer that I am glad I got to try.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 04:51:46 | More by Mora2000
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Mikeypnh

New Hampshire

4.24/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled February 2011, picked up at hill farmstead around thanksgiving 2013. Poured into a Worthy Burger tulip glass. In person traded to me from ScotNH after we decided it wasn't up his alley after an experience with grassroots brother soigné.

The cork couldn't wait to bust out of this bottle! Started unscrewing the cage and once it got loose it went flying across the room, cage still on it. You have been warned. Little bit of foam came up but no other problems.

Appearance: Big ol' bubbly two finger head, dissipating rather quickly. Looks awesome.

Smell: Very sour. Hints of citrus and pepper. Maybe some bitter fruit rind.This is gonna taste great, huh?

Taste: Oh yeah. Tart citrus, a little funk. Also getting some oak and grassy flavors upfront. Can't quite place the aftertaste. Peppery/hoppy/apple, whatever it is, I like it.

Mouthfeel: Very we'll carbonated. Coats your whole mouth with fizzy bubbles.

Overall: Really enjoyed this. Everything was working for me, except the price tag, but I'm very glad I had it. Not too much experience with lambic or gueze but I'm hoping for some more.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 04:02:33 | More by Mikeypnh
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trxxpaxxs

New York

4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle date: 2011/02/17

A: Pours an apricot color with one full finger of puffy white head. The foam takes a bit to settle, leaving some really nice lacing along the edges of the glass as it drinks.

S: The nose is lemon, salt, vinegar, grass, and other funks. It's sour, and it smells like a geuze. Who would have thought.

T: It starts off light and smooth on the palate, but less than a second later it's a big burst of sour lemon, salt, and bitters. It's drying and even a bit spicy in the middle. The finish is mild sweetness mixed with huge bitters.

M: Light bodied beer. It's not a hefty beer, but it is a definite palate wrecker. Dry in the middle, and super dry in the finish.

O: Really nice geuze, but I don't know if it's worth the extra money over the classic. I'm happy to have tried it, and I'd only really buy another bottle to throw in the cellar for awhile.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 19:55:45 | More by trxxpaxxs
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DovaliHops

California

4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, golden orange color with a medium white head that goes down slowly. Scent is oh so funky...which is expected from a 3F beer. Not nearly as funky as some of the Krieks I've had from them, but more of a pleasant, non-stinky sock type funk. More barnyard and hay than anything. Great funky with some acidic aromas. Also get some peach and apricot in the nose, maybe a bit of grass as well. What a great-smelling beer. Taste is just as good. Great funky/sour flavors with some grass and hay. Some stone fruit flavors, but very subdued. This beer is sour, but not as sour as I was expecting. Maybe even a little less sour than the regular Gueuze from 3F. Not too acidic, and quite dry on the finish. A very well-crafted gueuze IMO. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, puckering, and dry. Drinkability is VERY high...could sip on this all day. Overall, this is a fantastic beer, but not sure if it's worth the price tag. It needs to make the normal offering from 3F feel shameful in order to charge double for this one, and it does not. I am just as happy with the Kriek and Gueuze. Glad I got to try it though.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 07:59:02 | More by DovaliHops
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.26/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml caged and corked bottle. Another weird opener for this brewery - after the final twist was applied to the cage's wire, the cork just plum popped off itself, this time deftly into my waiting hand, as opposed to ricocheting off the ceiling.

This beer pours a hazy, medium golden amber hue, with three fingers of very loosely bubbly, fizzy, foamy dirty white head, which leaves a low sudsy wall of cushion lace around the glass as it evenly sinks away.

It smells rather pungently of sour lemon, over-aged white wine, under-ripe green apples, a growing musty funk, a weak bready maltiness, and a soft kiss of astringent, grainy wood. The taste is sharply acidic apple, white grape, and lemon, with an actually perceptible, combined fruity sweetness, some bomb shelter pale grain, with a certainly laid-back funk, what with it being only a tad musty and cheesy. A lingering oaky woodiness seems incapable of letting go.

The carbonation is light, and fairly frothy, the body medium-light in weight, the airy bubbles providing a bit too much distraction for straight-ahead smoothness to take hold, which is strange, given the initial edgy acidic notes. It finishes off-dry, incredibly, the tartness abating for the most part, the fruit on the rise, in a complex interplay with the grain, tame funk, and neutered wood.

Wow, what a show - almost unpalatable acetic acid to start off, and then a slow, easy conversion to a balanced fruity, zingy oak-touched pale ale, Belgian-style, that is. Very drinkable, robust, and enjoyable well beyond expectations. However, since those expectations came from the 'regular' Oude Gueuze , and the price comparison between them is double, at least, that puts me in a quandary as to recommendations - try this, I guess, at least once, for an occasion. Mine appears to be a Monday night.

Serving type: bottle

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