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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden BlendDrie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend

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Ratings: 543
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 6.44%


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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Roguer

Connecticut

4.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tons of carbonation; cork flew off like a rocket, cage actually broke. Enormous fluffy white head. Brew is a beautiful hazy copper-orange-gold, translucent. Great head retention, and fluffy chunks of lacing.

Sharp, sweet, and musty yeast aroma, tart and funky. Fairly neutral, with a hint of citrus and wheat.

Extremely tart and crisp, funky shifting to a flat, musty funk at the end. Slight BPA or Saison sweetness and straw flavor behind. Citrus, and very obvious oak notes. Delicious!

Lively and tart mouthfeel, very drinkable but medium overall. Long semi-dry finish.

This is fantastic, probably the best geuze I've had yet.

3 year old bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 21:52:01 | More by Roguer
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tmzl

Slovenia

4.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Look: Pours with huge, fizzy, big bubbles, off-white (orange hue) head. Fast retention, not the most beautiful, but hey, that's what you get with forced, fizzy carbonation. Leaves a relatively nice layer on top, fair amount of sticky lacing. Cloudy, dirty orange. Not the most impressive, but the looks aren't why this beer is superb.

Smell: Sour strawberry notes are the strongest, fresh figs second, but a lot more going on here. The smell is fresh, different notes from apples to dry white wine, oak, lactic acid, cider like. Then the funk part - must say the most pleasant funk I've ever smelled. Smooth, hypnotizing, musty, leathery, barnyard - all perfectly balanced with fruity sour notes. Complex mixture, but works so well together.

Taste: Light sweet pale, grainy malt at start, then the sour comes over it and kicks your senses. Sour transitions from fruity berries (a little less obvious than in the smell), lactic, even some acetic acid tart, then the enhanced citrus (lemon) zest close to the end. Funk tuned down a bit, still smooth musty, leathery notes. Sour intensity from medium to high, a little less when the beer warms up. Aftertaste consists mostly from zesty sour with some brilliant strawberry and oak notes at the far end.

Mouthfeel: Fresh, crisp, fizzy carbonation, medium body. Very dry and coats your mouth with time. Classic geuze.

Overall: The smell is mind-blowing. Complex, balanced, smooth, the most impressive funk witnessed. And the taste that follows does it's job (maybe a bit high on sour for my taste, but hell, can't complain about that). Superb and well worth your time and money.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 13:41:17 | More by tmzl
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mlhyatt

Georgia

4.86/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 375 ml bottle into a tulip glass. It has been aged since 2011.

A- a hazy golden amber with a lot of head. I actually had to stop pouring this on several occassions to let the head settle. After sitting for a little while, the head turns into a nice lace.

S- like apple cider. A very sour apple cider. Cinnamon spice and apples all over the place. Also very subtle hints of maybe some lemon and figs. Very nice smell. Although it reminds me of angry orchard a little too much.

T- very sweet and sour. Has a huge blast of apple cider with the most of the cinnamon taste on the back end and lots of light fruits up front. Apples, figs and lemons. Such a beautiful taste.

M- this is probably my favorite part. Its so sour. The acidity melts your teeth enamel (just kidding) and the carbonation swells in your mouth. The sourness of it forces your cheeks to pucker and smack your lips. God its so good.

O- a very well crafted beer. It makes you sip it though which i love. Very unfortunate that this beer is not made anymore. Fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 00:20:34 | More by mlhyatt
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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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AgentMunky

California

4.29/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375mL bottle into a wine glass. Bottled on 17 February 2011.

A: Everything exploded the second I got the cage untwisted -- cork, cage, and all. Currently happy to have both eyes. That said, the beer did not overflow the bottle and produces a thick (two fingers or more) frothy head. Rich, clear, and golden.

S: Hrmmm. I like this less than the standard Oude Geuze. It's both fruitier and more unpleasantly funky. The Brett taint is harsh and bitter. Once you get past that though, like the raw alcohol in a cask strength whisky, it is gentle and full. Red fruit.

T: Initial carbonic and sharp, but this very quickly fades into brilliant fruit, the red fruit I smelled distantly, apples, raspberries, strawberries. Hard mineral. Clean finish with lingering acetic acid.

M: Sparkling, funky, and clean.

O: Excellent! Highly recommended. Would love to have again. Perhaps my favorite lambic.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 06:02:17 | More by AgentMunky
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BierJager89

California

4.43/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours opaque orange/amber with lots of carbonation coming up from the bottom and a white fully head.

S: Smell is lacking in funk (to which I may be desensitized from smelling the previous Geuze in the vertical), and somewhat tropical. Papaya? Passionfruit? I'm not sure.

T: Lemon, orange zest. Lemon zest, orange, grapefruit rind, apple ,raspberry, a bit of black peppercorn.

M: Medium-light bodied with lots of carbonation, not harsh, though.

O: Akin to the regular Oude Geuze, but more drinkable. Carbonation settles down a bit and it's not so tart.

Note: Bottled 17 February 2011, imbibed 21 January 2014

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 05:47:51 | More by BierJager89
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank this one with thanksgiving dinner.

A - Pours was honestly a pain. Huge amounts of foam made it take forever but once it settled it left slightly hazy amber orange liquid. It eventually dissipated down to a sticky white film leaving small webs of lace down the side of the glass.

S - Smells of strong drie fonteinen barnyard funk, light basement must, bit of lemon tartness and some earthen mineral. The funk is pretty strong throughout, just as I prefer it to be.

T - Taste is a little more balanced compared to the nose. Starts off with still strong barnyard funk and light must quickly giving way to hints of oak, lactic sourness, lemon tartness and some light graininess. Finish is pretty dry, lingering long after the finish.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Some robust carbonation helps drum up the funk to match the tartness, making it really easy to consume.

O - I don't know why this stuff is still sitting on the shelves but I always buy it when I see it as it is truly a world class geuze. The price may be a little steep for the size but it is worth it to drink such an awesome geuze.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 03:47:06 | More by orangesol
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WTKeene

Texas

4.76/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked and caged bottle dated 2/17/2011 into a champagne flute. Cork was moldy on the outside around the edge.

Appearance: Translucent, golden amber with a large, loose white head that dissipates slowly. A crown persists through the end of the glass, but no lacing to speak of.

Smell: Sour blackberries, funk. I've never been so reminded of a fruit flavor in a beer that doesn't have any fruit in it than with this beer. Lots of Gueuzy funk in this beer, quite vinous and a hint of alcohol comes through in the nose as well.

Taste: The blackberry strikes again. I'm almost entirely sure this is because of that mold on the outside of the cork around the lip of the bottle, but I did clean it off before pouring. I've had blackberry fruited sours that taste less like blackberry than this beer does. Lightly bitter, and far from the most sour beer I've ever tasted. Very mild, not at all mouth puckering. That blackberry mold flavor is really delightful though. If this qualifies as infected because of that, it's delicious. Wouldn't mind having one of these every day, except that I'd go broke fast.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated, but soft in the way a fine champagne is. Not prickly at all. Really beautiful.

Overall: While I'm sure that mold affected the flavor and smell of my beer, it wasn't a bad thing. This was delicious in every way. Would love to get more of this somehow, some way.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 02:56:25 | More by WTKeene
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NuclearRich

Connecticut

4.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought this little gem this past summer. Bottling date 2/17/2011. Poured into a pair of HF oversized snifters as the champagne toast to bring in 2014 the right way.

A. Hazy golden orange with little head and a thin persistent cap of tiny white bubbles.

S. Deep oak, sulfur, pepper, lemon all pour out of the glass and are incredibly inviting. It literally takes your breath away.

T. Citric tartness comes unexpectantly first, lemony and sharp. It is followed by the same aroma quality of sulfur and deep oak. The flavor is basically perfect for a geuze.

M. Light, thin, crisp, sharp. Melting into the back of the tongue, it lightly coats the tongue once its gone, lingering on the palate for just a bit more.

O. An ideal champagne toast this new years day. Phenomenal and basically perfect. I'm not entirely sad that I dropped 25 beans on in.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 03:58:25 | More by NuclearRich
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Mikeypnh

New Hampshire

4.29/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4.39/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

37.5cl bottle bottled 2/17/2011, poured into a Cantillon stemmed glass today 8/2/2013.

Cork comes out with a resounding pop. This geuze pours a clear golden copper body with a white, billowy foaminess verging on overcarbonated.. fluffy as hell. Took a minute or so to pour a full glass. Stays a thick white foam on the surface. Leaves lots of lacing all over the place. Absolutely beautiful looking geuze!

Smells like grape skin, a bit of sweet barnyard funk and a strong lemon zest.. it smells rather vinegary and acidic, as opposed to lactic which I don't get much of. As it gets warmer, the barnyard funkiness gets stronger and even better. It's a smooth smelling, balanced geuze that hits the spot.

I'm really enjoying this one. I get a tart lemony sweetness with some grape skin plus a nice mustiness and a bit of smooth funk on the back end. There is a sourness throughout that I would call acidic, vinegary rather than lactic. It's not as heavily funky as Cantillon's 100% Geuze can get, though. But the lemon zest flavour is classic Drie Fonteinen and I really enjoy that particular aspect.

The mouthfeel is a very nice aspect of this geuze. It's medium thinner bodied with a ton of carbonation that is somehow just right. It literally fizzles on the tongue.. very complex with everything coming together very well. It is easy to drink (fortunately or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it) and even easier to enjoy. The aftertaste is a sour funk that stings the heck out of my palate. It is a rather sour geuze; probably one of the most sour I've had.. and it gets even more sour as it warms up!

Overall I really enjoyed this one. It's got a ridiculously sour aspect that I really enjoy, plus 3F's classic lemony mustiness. It was worth trying at least once, even at the hefty $26 price tag. Compared to the Oude Geuze which I had a few weeks ago, this is even more sour and a bit more complex on the palate. I think this is worth picking up 1-2 bottles of if you are a sour head with some money to burn.

Re-review notes: Shawn generously cracked open a Golden Blend at our non-Lente Seasons tasting today, 12/8/2013. Poured into a Vintage taster glass, split 4 ways.

Basically, it looks and smells like it has always smelled. Its cheesier and more funky than the Seasons were, but it just seems so one-trick compared to the more complex, intense Seasons; although the carbonation is better and it retains its flavour profile much better than Winter. It's a fantastic geuze to drink on its own, but we probably did it a disservice by drinking this with the Seasons. Easily worth trying once for anybody who considers himself a sour head, and perhaps another bottle or two to age for a while, but the price tag to quantity ratio is just incredibly high.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 04:51:04 | More by Stevedore
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-Pours far more orange than most Gueuzes I have seen. The cork legit nearly blew the orbital bone off my face when I opened it. When it poured, the head was 90% of the yield. It died down but still was quite thick. Very clingy lacing.

S-Firstly, the aroma just wafts out of the glass like a low but determined fog. It's has its tartness but it's much different than most of the style I have tried. The sourness mixes with this huge, grassy, herbal, earthen aroma. Funky earthy-sweet somehow. Soggy, woody oak and light honey sweetness. Mushrooms. Crazy nose. Probably the most memorable aroma I have ever experienced.

T-The flavor is quite like the nose. The tartness is pleasingly ramped up. The tartness also lingers like no other beer I've tasted. Vinegar, unripe apples, hay, grass, flower stems. Pleasant oaky notes and also a bit vinous. It's a potent brew; breathing in the fumes makes you nearly cough like when breathing in spicy buffalo wings. The flavor is savory and seemingly straight from the earth.

M-Surprisingly soft carbonation. Has more body to it than most. Tartness sticks to the lips and tongue. Very dry.

I/D-Super, super, super pricey but for a special occasion why not? Easily the most complex Gueuze I have had and clearly the best, too. It's stunningly complex yet all the flavors are perfectly integrated. Like a giant, choreographed flavor parade. You pay for the quality here.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 02:56:21 | More by VelvetExtract
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JasonLovesBeer

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes (bottled in 2011, drank Sep 1st, 2013):

A: Bright orange-straw, with huge, puffy and fluffy white head.

S: Typical for the style - tart, some must, oak, citrus, and vague malt sweetness

T: A step above most gueuzes here! Lemon citrus, oak, very dry. A distinctly dust-like finish, quite sharp.

M: Spot-on.

O: Really enjoyed, definitely a step up from most gueuzes I try. Big price tag but for once in a while, very worthwhile

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 04:58:37 | More by JasonLovesBeer
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CooperEllis

New York

4.44/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

375ml ($29.19 - but wanted to try it) into a tulip'd wine glass.

This pours flat, with a white grape juice aroma mixed with that pungent sulfur flavor I don't particularly care for. Hazy except for the very edges of the bulb where this is nearly clear. Plenty of carbonation that keeps a thin ring of bubbles present.

Aroma improves immensely with warmth while there is still a touch of sock or wet dog, there is also a good bit of sour apple and white wine.

Strong fresh wood in leads the flavor with the rest of the aroma all present. Rather complex with a light flavor overall.

Mouthfeel is spot on. Light, carbed, refreshingly crisp quite enjoyable.

Perhaps this style isn't still my cup of tea as I take more displeasure from the parts that rub me the wrong way and not enough pleasure from the overwhelmingly positive aspects. Still, was certainly enjoyable.

(219th)

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 01:30:46 | More by CooperEllis
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4.44/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottle from a friend in Calgary. Fuzz around the cork which was underneath black foil. Assuming it's mold, but should be fine. Bottled February 2011 so about two and a half years old.

A - Pours golden and cloudy with a one finger white head and strong carbonation. Fizzy head goes quick and there's not much lace. Fairly typical Gueuze lookin'.

S - Super lemony. Lotsa tartness. Light wheaty character, nice hay/barnyard sorta thing going on. Very inviting tart/lemon candy character. Nice.

T - Holy tart. Nice sourness, sweet lemon candy, dusty, typical Gueuze qualities. Tongue scraping and stingy sourness. Acidic. Granny smiths. Delicious.

M - Nice sour finish. Nice fairly strong carbonation, medium body. Aggressive sour feeling.

O/D - This is a boss Gueuze. Pretty aggressive stuff and doesn't hold back. Lot's of sour stuff and good flavour. Nice stuff. Really drinkable and keeps you coming back.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 23:07:53 | More by tbeckett
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TychoNDC

New York

4.38/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 9/26/2013 and reviewed from notes.

375 ml bottle poured into a HF stemmed tulip.

A. Deep orange with a lovely Golden hue. Reminds me of Fall. Vigorous carbonation reduces to a nearly non-existent head. Lacing quickly recedes. Some sediment, but I balanced it between 2 glasses.

S. Tart, acidic and sour. A nice lemon quality. The aroma is surprisingly mild, giving off only minimal funk. I might have expected more of a buttery, cheese quality to it.

T. Oh, here's the funk. Dry wood, earthy tannins, and tartness all the way through. Finishes with a musty bitter quality (cheese rind?) that might not be desirable in most things, but is wonderfully present here. Truly delicious. Not overly sweet, nor overly sour. I would actually have welcomed a sharper sourness.

M. Medium bodied. Minimal effervescence; enough to mingle with the buds but not quite enough to blow my mind. The dryness at the finish of the beer could be a bit more punctuated as well. Alcohol is extremely well hidden.

O. Incredibly drinkable. Almost too much so, considering the price tag! I wish it was a tiny bit sharper, as all of the components are there, but a mid milder than I had hoped. But do not disparage; this beer is fantastic!

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 04:55:06 | More by TychoNDC
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vonnegut21

New York

4.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

375ml bottle poured into a Night Shift mini teku.

A: Pours a crisp, autumn orange-gold color. Billowing carbonation lingers leaving a generous head.

S: Earthy, funky and grassy. Lemon zest and grape skins are prevalent. Oak tannin lingers with a hint more funk. Lovely.

T: Spectacular acidity. More than expected. Cantillon level of sourness, but with this beautiful musty, cheesy funk. Bready and creamy. Oaky and vinuous on the back palate. Lots of grassy citrusness. Floral and puckering. Wow.

M: Effervescent and fizzy. Hugely carbonated. It really works to clean the palate and leave each sip fresh and new. Refreshing.

O: Just a spectacular gueuze. Instantly one of my favorite beers of all time. Quite possibly the best gueuze I've ever had. If it were cheaper, I'd have cases of it in my cellar.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 01:20:54 | More by vonnegut21
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MattSweatshirt

Texas

4.56/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy darker golden orange with a big white head that settled quickly and eventually disappearing while drinking.

The aroma is heavy with oak and fruit character. Funk. Apple cider. Very complex and inviting.

Very oaky with fruit and musty funk underlying. Aftertaste gets funky and old cheesy.

Sharp, light bodied, effervescent, mild tartness, and dry.

A stellar geuze. The price tag hurts, but that is the only bad thing about this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 02:44:59 | More by MattSweatshirt
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GJ40

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Splurged on a bottle at Spuyten Duyvil in Brooklyn.

Golden with great clarity and a nice durable head. Beautiful tart, fruity and funky aroma. A firm sour bite with an underlying oak foundation. I really got spoiled in Belgium. When is Cantillon going to join everyone else with a NC brewery?

A definite treat!

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 22:50:10 | More by GJ40
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harrymel

Washington

4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Been looking to try this one.

Golden and slightly hazed with a near full sheet of whites. Smells good and funky with a solid punch of acidic tones offering a precursor to the oral experience. This one falls through good and tart, then some lemons, some slight bitterness (which I quite enjoy), some soily wet hamper funk. I like the flavor of this one for certain. Nice juicy mouthfeel with soft carb and a watering finish. I like this beer very much.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 19:41:52 | More by harrymel
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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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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Poured a burnt orangish color with good carbonation leaving fizzy white cap, some good head retention and light lacing to follow.

S: A big whiff gives me lactic acid which stings, some hay, light funkiness and lemon zest

T: Initial vinegar meets lemon drop blended with hay. Its not overly potent but very mellow, balanced if you can say that about this style. A light horseblanket underneath helps give it some depth. The finish is tart, dry and Earthy

M: Light bodied, high on the carbonation spectrum, tartness on the palate and tongue is persistent

O: Damn right delicous!

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 19:23:39 | More by barleywinefiend
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cosmicevan

New York

4.79/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

enjoyed from a 3F wine glass. bottle dated 2011/02/17.

a - beer opened with nary a pop (had me concerned), but a slightly aggressive pour yielded ample carbonation with a generous frothy head that hung out a bit but dissolved to leaving a thick skin of froth. great visible carbonation could be seen through the transparent orange elixir.

s - a tasting buddy of mine, i believe it was pete27lax got me into smelling the bottle and the cork right after opening and damn if this one doesn't smell fantastic. great grassy earth, but not over done or dirt like...like wheat grass. hints of lemon zest and very subtle rubber with a nice glazing of lambic soaked oak. i can smell it for days. it really just smells out of this world.

t - opens with a musty tart. my mouth is forced to adjust to the unexpected sourness. then there it is...that wonderful nose, in full force on my palate. bigger notes of lemon zest than the nose suggested and the pucker is strong. oak and green grape vinous notes tickle my tongue. a mouthful of spring time grass glazed in sweetened lemon juice.

m - great sourness. very digestible but on the sour side for a gueuze. very much like a soured version of the fantastic oude geuze from 3F.

o - overall, a winner. very much worth the money. if you are fortunate enough to still see this one lingering around, grab it while you can as you will be kicking yourself in a few years if you don't and thanking yourself if you do.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 21:47:55 | More by cosmicevan
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dirtylou

Washington

4.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

375ml bottle, 2011 vintage

Excited to finally try this at De Heeren - the price point in shops in Canada/Belgium is so steep so to find this at a reasonable price that I could comfortably consume at a world class beer destination was a thrill.

Served in a sweet miniature gueuze basket - bright golden orange body with a healthy white foam. Musty and funky - bright citrus, farm-y, wild yeast, complex and funky. A real treat

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 20:35:09 | More by dirtylou
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boilermakerbrew

Missouri

4.96/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Corked and caged on 2-17-11.

A- Pours a medium to deeper gold with a 2-3 finger head on the top. Retention is very good, and so is the lacing. The body is rather clear because I left the yeast undisturbed for the first pour.

S- Starts off with a hint of tart, but rather sweet on the front end. Moves toward a more typical, tart, somewhat citrus-like sour smell. Light notes of oak and a definite feel to the smell of effervescent.

T- Starts with a slightly dry, moderately tart taste. Moves quickly toward a stronger, more sour flavor that puckers the tongue. Acidic tart notes intermingle with light, oak barrel flavors to heighten the dry taste. Towards the end of the drink, the beer starts to display some of the more musty, biscuity yeast flavors, as well as a light bitterness on the back of the tongue.

M- This beer is the most carbonated beer I've ever drank. Rather sour, keeping you from drinking quickly, but not so sour to give you a heavy feeling in your stomach. Quite a good balance between sour and a little bit bitter make this one easier to drink that other Belgian sours.

Overall, this beer is terribly impressive. Although it is expensive, I think it is well worth the price tag; at least once. This may have convinced me to grab another bottle if I see it again, and lay it down for as long as I can leave it alone.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 02:35:16 | More by boilermakerbrew
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