Geuze Cuvée J&J (Joost En Jessie) Blauw (Blue)
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

Geuze Cuvée J&J (Joost En Jessie) Blauw (Blue)Geuze Cuvée J&J (Joost En Jessie) Blauw (Blue)
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Belgian Gueuze
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
96
Avg:
4.72 | pDev: 6.36%
Reviews:
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Geuze Cuvée J&J (Joost En Jessie) Blauw (Blue)Geuze Cuvée J&J (Joost En Jessie) Blauw (Blue)
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4.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to Craytonic at our local tasting. Popped next to Roos. Thanks Matt.

Explosive gusher pour. Came out golden yellow with a largy frothy white head.

Nose is sharper than roos. Full of pepper, full body sharpness of funky, blanket, bandaid, lemon rind, with an acetic finish.

Slightly messy acetic and peppery mouthfeel. Very spritsy/carbonated. Excellent lambic.

I enjoyed the Roos better, but if we had only opened this one, I still would have thought it was exceptional.

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4.62/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: The afternoon of Saturday 26th March 2005 was spent at the excellent De Heeren van Liederkercke. Whenever I get the chance to visit this most excellent of establishments, I drink only one style……traditional lambics.

So imagine my surprise when I managed to get a bottle of each of the Wedding Geuze that was produced for the marriage of the owners. A “His” and “Hers” Geuze so to speak, but better known as the Roos (Rose) and Blauw (Blue). As far as I know this is only available at De Heeren van Liederkercke and it is a Limited Edition, at least whilst stocks last.


The second of the bottles, which arrived at my table in one of the traditional whicker baskets along with a Drie Fonteinen Tumbler, was the “His”, listed on the bottle as the Blauw, or Blue, but moreover the label has a light Blue background with a painting of a naked Man’s groin on it, with nothing left to the imagination!

The Blauw is properly labeled “Geuze Cuvée Joost en Jessie” [the names being rotated in order on the Blauw from the Roos]. It is dated 6-9-2003, which is September 2003 as this is a Euro-style date. The Blauw is blended with older lambics; 1 year old Lambiek Lindemans and 4 year old Lambiek Girardin, which is then aged & matured in Oak Barrels. Unfiltered and Refermented in 750ml bottles, Cork and Caged. The label, apart from the striking nature of the naked Penis, also refers to “Brouwerij Ambachtelijke Gueuzestekerij”, not sure to what this pertains but I do know that this was blended by Drie Fonteinen, which is I guess why it was served with a 3-F Gueuze Tumbler!


Appearance: Dark amber-orange body with some copper bronze hints. Large dirty white head quickly fills the 3-F Tumbler. It settles with an appearance of bone sans marrow, complex chambers interconnect as the frothy head rescinds. Thicker and deeper than the Roos, the head remains ½” thick at all times in the 3-F Tumbler. Moderately carbonated, yet a gentle swirl captures the thick smattered lacing and reabsorbs it into the body of the brew. Looks better than the Roos, which was surprising as I expected the older lambics in this Gueuze to detract from the head, guess I was wrong. Smoother presentation than the Roos, the Blauw looks fantastic in the Tumbler.

Nose: As with the Roos, yet again, the nose impresses immensely, another treat. The oak is still prevalent but the overwhelming charge is of old musty barns. Some horse blanket funk but it is in the background. The foreground has some grapefruit, pineapple and a light lemon zest. A light cold tea hint finishes with some yeasty sourness. Minimal tartness, the damp wood sourness lingers heavy above the Blauw in the end.

Taste: Damp, dank woody grain splices the fruity pineapple chunks, sour grapefruit and sharp lemon zing, the latter citric character fades quickly. Musty wet horse blanket occupies the middle, citric lemon fades, as does the minimal tartness that briefly appeared. The sourness rules in the Blauw. Tannin fills the finish along with a soaking wet vinegary oak wood. Complex, it tells a story, but I feel the tastes are dominated by the 4 year old Girardin, which is not exactly a bad thing, but it lends a heavier feel to this Gueuze.

Mouthfeel: I suspect the 1 year Lindemans Lambiek ably supports both the appearance with the smooth head and the mouthfeel with its young zesty character. The young conditioning of the Lindemans Lambiek is nicely balanced against the older feel of the tannin and dry vinegary wood from 4 year old Girardin Lambiek. Solid.

Drinkability: Unquestionably a great Gueuze for sure, if I had the opportunity to drink this one all day, I would, but if it was a choice between the Roos and Blauw, I think I would opt for the Roos, for the Blauw lacks a little vivaciousness that the Roos has.

Overall: I noted that it was a rather steep €11 for the 750ml Bottle…..but you know what, this was worth every single Euro-Cent. Sadly, I could only get the one bottle of each (Blauw & Roos) of these, and I shared them both with friends at the Pub.

I shouldn’t really compare the Blauw to the Roos, but it is hard not to do so, given that they are a “pair of Gueuze’s” of sorts. The Blauw is undoubtedly superb and well worth the coin, but I’m not sure that this will age as well as the Roos will, but what I wouldn’t give for the chance to find out!!!

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4.6/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sweet Jesus! There are gushers and then there was this beer - as soon as the cage came off the cork flew out and hit d0b in the face. We also managed to get gueuze on two computers, the cat, my DVD cabinet, and the cheese tray. Thankfully no one was permanently blinded and we didn't lose a ton of brew.

A - Once the beer makes it into the glass it looks awesome. Huge billowy foam that eventually dissipates and leaves total glass-coating lacing. Opaque dark apricot color. This is about as good as it gets!

S - OK - there's funky, and then there is this beer. I feel like I'm sniffing a horse in the middle of a musty barn filled with must, dirt, and god knows what else. There's also some lemon sourness, leather, and super tart granny smith apples but after six years this is funk city. I'm not sure where else gueuze can go from this point.

T - The taste is excellent, but not as mind-blowing as the ridiculous smell. There's tons of barnyard funk, must, leather, tart unripened apples, and a crazy persistent dry and tart finish.

M - This is also a "wee" bit overcarbonated - there's some tingly burn on the upper lip and top palate. The texture is surprisingly softer than I tought it would be, and the finish is crazy dry with some light stickiness.

D - While I'd drink one of these on my own I think I might end up with a tummy-ache considering the funkiness. Still, I'd love to do this one again along with the Roos.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.1/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Generously shared by rvdoorn and papaeugene at my place a while back. Thanks for coming and hanging out for the day gents!

From a 750 into a small wine glass
Bottled 6 September 2003
A blend of one year old Lindeman and 4 year old Girardin.

APPEARANCE: The cork shot out upon opening, so be careful if you're in a room of valuable things (or people). Pours a huge, foamy, white head with half decent retention. Gamboge orange, cloudy, with a bit of carbonation evident. A foamy head remains until the end leaving lots of foamy lacing down the glass. Lots of head, but it makes for a good looking glass of lambic.

SMELL: Lemon, hay and barnyard aromas with a bit of acidity as well. Very funky with lots of barn and a hint of peach as well. Very nice.

TASTE: Follows suit. Lemon sourness, barnyard and hay up front with a touch of peachy sweetness in there as well. A mild but lingering finish of tart lemon sourness, acidity, hay and leather works really well. Flavors are really soft, complex and well meshed at this point. Acidity is well measured as well.

PALATE: Lighter body and higher levels of carbonation. Light and prickly, goes down okay and finishes quite dry and puckering.

OVERALL: Really nice stuff. The flavors have meshed really well and the balance between tart, lemon sourness, funk and acidity is excellent. A little too carbonated and prickly even for a geuze, but that's a minor issue for sure. Definitely worth the effort. Thanks again for bringing this one over guys.

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4.93/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Reviewing the infamous Geuze Cuvée J&J Blauw from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen out of Belgium.

Score: 99

2003 vintage bottle served in a Drie Fonteinen fountain logo gueuze glass and enjoyed on 02/11/14. Huge thank you and shout out to Paul for graciously sharing this whale! Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Pours a murky, unfiltered honey color with a nice fade to yellow at the bottom of the glass with three fingers of head that slowly recedes to a thick half finger layer. Poor lacing and retention, but what else would you expect for an 11 year old gueuze? 5/5

Smell: What is striking about this beer is how complex and balanced it is. The big unique character here is a distinct cedar wood aroma, which I absolutely adore. Cedar wood, hay/straw, lemon rind, and a very light/subtle barnyard funk. There’s also a little bit of “raisin” that comes through around room temperature. At first, there’s a touch of pool water/chlorine in the nose, but that breathes out and disappears after 15 or so minutes. Very subtle barnyard character and a hint of resinousness. Has a nice residual citrus/fruity brightness, which grows as the beer warms up. 5/5

Taste: Straw-forward upfront, with a little more barnyard funk than nose but still pretty mellow and surprisingly subtle overall for an 11 year old gueuze. Growing bitter lemon rind flavor and tartness and a little orange too as it warms up. At first, at fridge temp, there is minimal sourness. However,t by the time this beer reaches room temperature it gains a nice tartness and bright citrus character that reminds me of the 2007 OGV we drank the other night. Mineral water, straw and faint cedar round out the taste. The cedar is not nearly as pronounced in the taste as it is in the nose, but it is still there. Everything is nicely mixed here. I am shocked by how relatively not unpleasantly funky this beer is. 5/5

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, low carbonation. Nice light, but growing tartness with a very dry finish. Acidity level is perfect. 4.75/5

Overall: The cigar lover’s sour! This one largely lived up to the hype for me. The cedar-forward nose was absolutely incredible, and the taste, while different (in that it had less citrus and cedar and more straw/must/funk and mineral character) was just as good. My only knock on this brew is that I would have liked a little more carbonation or tartness to give the taste a bit more liveliness on the palate. Cheers!

Cost: $250 for a 750 ml bottle.

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4.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

What the hell Steven? Thanks a ton for giving me a nice-sized pour of this yesterday, 4/26/2014.

A- Hazy, darker yellow body. Clearly lower in carbonation; but it does come with a half finger white head that retains surprisingly well for such an old lambic.

S- Bold and assertive is what I'd describe the nose and flavour profile of this lambic. Pungent wood, lemon zest and musty barnyard funk are the big players here. Citrus rind, peppercorns, Senne valley funk. The woody, moldy citrus zest is the strongest player in the nose and it is excellent.

F- Again, bold and assertive lambic. I haven't had a ton of these before, but the citrus rind character comes through in a strong way as the barnyard, mustiness isn't as strong as you'd figure. Complex in character since the lemon zest, white vinous character, rind, wood, Senne funk all conspire to bring an unique (thus far) geuze character. Again, the flavour profile is so bold that it made a major impression after drinking full pours of fresh Cantillon Fou' Foune and Cuvée-St-Gilloise; which you'd think would make a 11-year old lambic seem less flavourful.

M- Medium bodied, dry and refreshing. Carbonation is quite low, as expected. Finish is dry with a good bit of funk and old lemon skins.

O- This is great. Part of the excitement may be that this is a 11-year old lambic and these don't come around every day, but even when I correct for that bias, there is no way I can deny that this geuze is very complex and flavourful despite its age. This was definitely a highlight of a very excellent day. Thanks Steven!

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4.96/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle shared on 7/20/15 in a blind tasting

The bottle gushed immediately after opening, and carb was initially very high before it settled. A fantastic gueuze as well. At this point in time with how good it still is, I can only imagine this beer at it's peak. So lucky and grateful to have been able to try this.

Thanks Glen!

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Photo of stcules
4.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Side by side tasting with the Roos.
Bronze color, a bit darker than the Roos. A lot of foam, maybe even too much, but beautiful.
The smell is a bit lighter than the Roos, but more murky.
Then at the taste, definitely intense. Leather. Definitely more prickly, more raw, but absolutely interesting.
The Roos is delicate, tart, but very smooth. This one is more male, intense, prickly.
Great couple.
Full mouthfeel. Less Spicy than the Roos.
Anyway, great beer.
And great drinkability.

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Photo of weeare138
4.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks to hopdog for sharing this. We had side by side next to the Pink bottle...
Appears a hazy, light orange with streams of carbon dioxide quickly rising to the top of the white cap. Scattered streaks are left around the glass.
Smell is of tart lemon, punchy, ripe, tropical fruit, along with grapes fill out the flavors.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas, along with vanilla, citrus, pumelo, and caramel.
Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated with balanced feel(though somewhat acidic) all in a solid, medium body.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.53/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a dirty cloudy beige color lambic with a huge foamy head with great retention and some really good lacing. Aroma of oak with funky notes of wet leather and barnyard notes is quite sublime. Taste is a very nice complex mix between some acidity similar to what can be found in green apples as well as some oak and barn yard notes. Flavors are very well balanced with good carbonation even though bottle is 7 years old. Even though this is great it still feels to be slightly inferior to the regular Oude Gueuze from 1999 which in my book is still one of the best beer around the world.

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4.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Quite a gusher, half a second after popping the cork it starts to gush up and out. Luckily my glass was nearby so I didn't really lose any beer. I wasn't even able to get three fingers of beer into my tulip glass before it was full of foam though. The head is a light tan color and it sits on top of a lightly hazy, orangish tinged, light amber colored brew. As the head slowly subsides it produces spotty lacing patterns on the sides of my glass. The aroma is sharp and acidic with a substantial funkiness to it. The tart aromatics are certainly not one dimensional either, it is a mix of lactic, acetic and other funky acids. This smells of ripe cheese (more emmental than cheddar), plus it has a backdrop of funky, more farmhouse cheese notes. This has a substantial barnyard Brettanomyces influence here; goaty, sweaty, with lots of fungal woody notes. Speaking of wood, this seems to be much more wood influenced than your typical Lambic, it is spicy and almost has a cedar like note to it. If you really dig for them, there are still some noticeable grain notes here; these notes are in the finish and are dry, with a distinct character of fresh crushed wheat berries.

The beer is quite well carbonated, which adds a wonderful texture to this brew. It dances across the tongue in a light, airy manner, yet still has a fullness to it that keeps it from being anything near watery. Sharp and acidic, yet not over the top in it tartness; lactic acid notes form the larges component of the sourness, but there is flavors of lemons, sour grapefruit and a hint of acetic acid notes that help to round things out. In the finish there is a woody component that seems to provide some tannic structure as well as some light oaky spiciness. I like that body that this brew has, overall it is light and drinkable, but there is some influence here (tannins from the barrel seem the likely source) that provides this with a certain viscosity and heft that allows for a greater palate presence. The texture actually provides a really nice balance to the tartness, it almost mimics a sweetness in some ways, but most definitely keeps the sourness in check. The wild barnyard funkiness is not as noticeable as it was in the aroma, but still does contribute with notes of woody mushroom, lightly phenolic soaked cotton balls, some fermented bread like yeast character. Funky, phenolics & esters provide a sharpness to the middle of this brew all the while coupling with a substantive astringency. A flavor that is reminiscent of tart grapefruit becomes more noticeable as the beer warms up and overall the beer becomes much rounder and balanced.

This is eminently drinkable, the extra carbonation and slightly greater complexity (especially in the aroma), make me understand why this is better rated than its partner. I am especially relieved to get a Gueuze with actual Gueuze like carbonation levels, though this one might have been a wee bit overdone. The carbonation really is such a defining characteristic of a good Gueuze as it helps to bring to life so much of the aromas and flavors of the brew.

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4.48/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy golden color with a large white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of brett, leather, funky cheese, horsey, and green apple. Taste was bretty, with green apple, and lemon peel, and a sharp, sour finish which didn't seem to come together as nicely as the Roze. Thanks to Steve for sharing these!

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4.75/5  rDev +0.6%

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4.17/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served at a tasting, side by side, with the J&J Roos. First thing is first. The labels of these beers are great. Oil paintings of a silhouette of a nude female torso profile, its just such a pretty painting. I understand that these beers were originally brewed for the brewer's wedding and the roos was for the wife (naked woman on the label) and the Blau was for the husband (naked man on the label). Great concept.

Beer is yellow and hazy, just like the other one. Head is small bubbles, white to off white.

Aroma is a strong funk and completely sour. More funky than the Roos but still amazing smelling.

There is a lot of citric based sour in this beer. This reminds me a lot of a Cantillon Helena but totally different. Beer is tart and there is a slight sulfur taste really late. Overall this beer is very similar to the Roos, slightly less sour, slightly more funk, and there's some sulfur in the palate. I understand that most people like the Blau over the Roos but I'm the opposite. Both are great but the Roos is slightly better.

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5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Goldorak
4.59/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big big thanks to my friend Olivier, who happened to stop by at De Heeren Van Liederkercke and picked up a pair of the His and Her lambics. A rare treat indeed!

Appearance: Soft, peachy tone of caramel, and whole heck of a lot of fluffy bubbles. A few flakes twirled and danced to the bottom of my glass, but they didn't bother me much.

Smell: A great symphony of barnyard funk, smooth tobacco, musty old basement and a startling freshness that reminded me of lime juice or crabapples.

Taste: Big time carbonation and macho acidity burns the tongue with the first sip or two, but once your palate gets used to the sudden drop in pH the subtle flavors of freshly cut hay and a carnal, dirt-like flavor that reminded me of Pu Erh tea aged in clay pots. Aftertaste was sharp and metallic and of course dried off my salivary glands. It's weird and funky and I'm in love!

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Photo of hopdog
4.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle acquired in a couple trades. Tasted side x side with the Roze.

Major gusher alert! This guy prematurely spewed everywhere. Poured a medium and cloudy orangish color with a large sized off white head.

Aromas of funk, musty, tart, and sour.

Tastes of tart green apples, sour, lemons, and just all around tart.

My description really doesn't do this one justice This one was very nice and puckering.

Notes from and tasted on 6/27/08.

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4.75/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of ggaughan
4.75/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Updated 25.12.08
I originally had a nice big sample of this at De Heeren back on September, 5 years from the date this beer was bottled. I was lucky enough to share a full bottle of this with my cousin (krkearney), my brother and other family on Christmas Day. In addition to what I note below, I think the taste of the blauw is a bit more tart than the roze but it works very well in this fantastic beer.

I was hoping to find a bottle of this on a recent trip to De Heeren but was suprised to find it available there for sample at a beer fest they were having behind the restaurant. Wow! For the price of about $3 a got a nice sample of about 6 oz or so.

The beer poured a slightly hazy golden color with a nice thick bubbly head. The nose was a bit sour and citrus, funk. The taste was tart and funky with some definite yeast notes. There was also a nice wood character to the beer and overall this was one refreshing and beer worth savoring.

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Photo of fisherman34
4.92/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled sample, consumed at De Heeren van Liedekercke. Tarnished gold in colour with very strong carbonation. Loads of leathery barnyard funk, sharp fragrant lemon, and earthy old wood on the nose. The funk and citrus dominate the palate with a spicy exotic wood note coming through on the finish. Delicate body, but full of flavour and acidic zip. A very special beer.

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4.52/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I bought a few of these after dinner at De Heeren Van Liedekerke last month, now breaking out the first one. After popping the cork I'm surprised and relieved that it made it home in my luggage without exploding. Huge appreciation for Alex's suggestion to open it outside. While unscrewing the cage the cork started hissing, like a ticking clock in a bomb. A few more turns and it shot like a gun, it may well have flown 20-25 ft to the street, I never heard it land. No lost beer though, glasses at the ready to catch the foam that started pushing through.

This is a classic gueuze, pale golden color with an orange hue, first pours were the clearest while later pours had more haze. Huge foam on top, dissipation leading to some nice lacing.

It smells tart with all kinds of funk. Maybe a little more refined than the 2007 Oude Gueuze Vintage we had afterwards, but it's not far from splitting hairs. A little more integrated, maybe a tad metallic in the nose but whatever, I could not stop inhaling this. Looking for barrel notes I came up with light cedar, probably I'm wrong and that's from some other thing in the beer.

Nice sour bite, some musk and dank basement, all kinds of descriptors that don't sound positive but are. Less wood than in the aroma, less metallic notes, more barnyard funk and dirt. My notes from the Roos I had in October mentioned more citric character than I'm getting from the Blauw. Too bad I didn't try them back to back. A little spicy, but it might be the more than adequate carbonation bubbling on my tongue.

What more to add, if you get a chance to try this I recommend it. If the supplies diminish to the point that it becomes too difficult to land I recommend slightly aged 3F gueuze, both are world class with only small nuances between them.

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Photo of grub
4.53/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

lantern corps beer summit 2010 - day 2, oct 9/2010. xmarcnolanx contributed this one. thanks marc!

750ml corked and caged bottle.

pours slightly hazy pale orange with a huge white head. the head drops fast and leaves lots of lace.

aroma is great. soft and mellow sourness. vanilla and raw oak. white bread and cracker. earthy and slightly herbal. light alcohol. cider vinegar. tobacco and leather. light horse blanket. lemon.

taste is great. much like the aroma with that same great mellow sour character. great depth. medium-low bitterness level.

mouthfeel is great. medium-light body wiht a super dry finish. medium light carbonation level.

drinkability is great. great balance and depth. nice soft sourness that doesn't sacrifice any complexity in its mellowness. an excellent sour.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.52/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ditmier opened this whale a while back... Eric... Thanks, but my appreciation knows no bounds on this one.

Pours hazy yellow... big eggshell head dies back leaving traces of lace.

Nose is lemony and chock full of dank brett aromas... much more lactic than acetic... honestly, no vinegar is noticeable... dusty funk... My nose is not ready/trained enough for this one.

Flavor is like a punch in the palate... tons of sour and funky stuff going on, yet is very elegant throughout... the barnyard plays a bigger role than on the nose.. dirty earthy funk sorta move quickly into a lemony blast... vinous... hints of other fruit (skins) ... tannic apricot and green apple skins.. tart and musty all at the same time on the long lingering finish...

Good carbonation on the tongue but looks sorta flat in the glass... drys out the mouth with every sip... yet every sip makes me want more... Wonderful.

I am amazed that I had the rare opportunity to try this one.... and try and enjoy it numerous times.... Thanks again to one of the best BA's out there.

4/4.5/4.5/4/5

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Photo of Deuane
4.59/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Second installment of an awesome one-two punch provided by Kramer at Ffej of July IX.

A-Turbid reddish copper with a towering birght white head that quickly disappated to a wispy veil of retention.

S-Massively complex with so much going on. A swirl of wet hay, humid basement, lemon zest, green apple and musty wool blanket. There is sharp acidity in the back adding to the complexity.

T-Muting mustiness up front overlying biting tart berries, lemon zest and Granny Smith apple. Drying oak, fresh cut hay and general musty notes add to the interesting flvour profile.

M-Medium-light bodied, quite sharp and biting with a bone dry finish and long lingering flavours.

O-While I enjoyed the sharp, sweet-tartness of the Roos more this one is hard to beat as well. Just about everything you can expect out of a Gueuze. A true benchmark of the style.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.36/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Never thought I'd get a chance to try this one...xpimptastikx is a hero amongst men for sharing this bottle with me, himself, and two others at a recent tasting.

Blauw sports a creamy, light custard head that is superbly retained atop a hazy caramel-colored body. Aromas of wet Earth and wild berry vines. This gueuze embodies the definition of barnyard funk. Soily, hippy funk. And it is so good.

Vinous greenery bites into the palate, with a soft undertone of fruit and fresh-cut grass. A bit of funk, but Blauw has more of that lactic bite I've come to expect from a good Belgian gueuze. Mouthfeel is uber-carbonated and light on the palate with a nice drying, tannic finish that doesn't wear down the tongue. Paired well with blue cheese and aged cheddar. Such a great beer, and worthy of the hype. Thanks Mike!!

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Geuze Cuvée J&J (Joost En Jessie) Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 221 ratings