Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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4.61/5 rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
375 mL bottle poured into a flute at cellar temperature. I’ve been looking forward to this one for a while.
L – Deep gold color with an enormous, champagne-like 10-finger thick, mousse-like, white head initially. It eventually settles into a 6-finger bubbly, rocky, white head. Awesome retention and some great patchy lacing. The beer is very clear with a good amount of bubbles.
S – Definitely lots of musty, funky Brett with a touch of acidic sour apples, lemons, grapes. There are some dry, slightly earthy oak notes, as well. It doesn’t smell as sour as I thought it would, but let’s wait for the taste.
T – Well, I definitely spoke too soon. This beer is amazingly sour with apple, cherry, grape, lemon, and lime flavors. The barnyard, horse-blanket funk is still very apparent, particularly at the finish. Some woody oak and earthy, almost leathery flavors come through at the finish, too. The taste is very interesting because, while it is very sour, it is also very smooth and balanced at the same time. All I can really say is that it is extraordinarily well-blended.
F – Medium-bodied with great carbonation, a prickly and puckering mouthfeel, and a sour, funky, and dry finish. While the finish is dry, the beer has a wet feel throughout from all the saliva that my mouth is producing from the acidity. After the finish, some sour fruity flavors and some earthy, musty, and funky flavors linger nicely on the tongue and palate.
O – This is a great gueuze. Between the aroma and the flavor, the sour and funky notes are perfectly balanced. The funky notes are more prevalent in the aroma, while the vinegary, acidic, and sour notes are stronger in the taste. In my opinion, this is perfect. The wide range of complex products that are created by Brettanomyces are better suited for the aroma, while the sheer acidity and sourness of the beer can really only be appreciated in the taste. I would really like to try some more beers from Drie Fonteinen. I hear that their sours are out of control. If this one is any indication of how they are, then sign me up.
Serving type: bottle
02-13-2013 04:15:37 | More by BlackBelt5112203
4.26/5 rDev -5.1%
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
02-05-2013 02:17:13 | More by biboergosum
Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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