Geuze Cuvée J&J (Jessie En Joost) Roze (Rose)
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

Geuze Cuvée J&J (Jessie En Joost) Roze (Rose)Geuze Cuvée J&J (Jessie En Joost) Roze (Rose)
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Style:
Belgian Gueuze
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
93
Avg:
4.44 | pDev: 7.66%
Reviews:
46
Ratings:
103
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Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
 
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Retired (no longer brewed)
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SCORE
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Geuze Cuvée J&J (Jessie En Joost) Roze (Rose)Geuze Cuvée J&J (Jessie En Joost) Roze (Rose)
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Reviews by SpencerDB:
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5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Popped next to Blauw thanks to Craytonic. You’re the man Matt. Poured into a snifter a pretty clear orange. Clean orange pour. Thin white head, no lacing. Almost still. This is a real delicacy.

Peppery aroma. White and black pepper. Funky. Pie crust. Sweaty socks. bready. Best nose of any beer I’ve ever had. If I could have rated the aroma 11 I would have.

The taste is full on funky awesomeness. White pepper and sharp funk. Smooth, perfect mouthfeel. Added the yeast and it was spectacular.

This is by far the best lambic, beer, consumable I’ve ever had. An absolutely incredible nose of pungent funk and pepper. I would bathe in this beer. Cheers to everyone that had a part in making/blending. Superb. Crushed Blauw in every way. Giving it a 5 is an understatement.

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4.94/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 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 first of the bottles, which arrived at my table in one of the traditional whicker baskets along with a Drie Fonteinen Tumbler, was the “Hers”, listed on the bottle as the Roos, or Rose, but moreover the label has a Pink background with a painting of a naked Woman’s body on it.

The Roos is properly labeled “Geuze Cuvée Jessie en Joost”. It is dated 6-9-2003, which is September 2003 as this is a Euro-style date. The Roos is blended with younger lambics; 1 year old Lambiek Boon and 3 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 Breasts, 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: Lovely glowing sunset orange body, fizzy off-white head that raced on the pour but soon disappeared to form a ¼” thick bubbly off-white head in the 3-F Tumbler. The head eventually settles down to a mere sliver. Carbonation is good, so a quick swirl will initiate a reinstatement of the head, along with an audible fizz. Looks good but when the head disappears, the brilliant orange color shines through when held to the light.

Nose: Oooooh, I paused when I first inhaled the aromas from this. *This* is why I come to Belgium, I know for sure that this special Oude Gueuze will never make it to the USA, the label alone would gt it banned. This was a treat. Lots of damp oak wood, funky barnyard odors, horse blanket, Turbo-charged Brett, citric infested mold like that smelled straight from a frothing bung at Cantillon. The end of the experience has a lemony twist. Stunning complex nose that my limited English is incapable of fully explaining.

Taste: Incredibly dry, this one is TART!!! I suspect the 3 year old Girardin Lambiek is responsible for this characteristic. The nose runs right through into the tastes. Lots of dry acetic anhydrous forces pull the water off your tongue first time around; the second and third mouthfuls strip you naked of any moisture, lemon and screeching grapefruit bolster the ending. Super long, desert dry, lingering Cheek-Pulling finish. A 'Special' Gueuze in every sense.

Mouthfeel: This one is exceptionally dry, full-on wet oak grain with a barnyard woody feel. Lots of Brett, yet shockingly acerbic. Decidedly marvelous in it’s utterly brutal assault on the senses. Perfect.

Drinkability: Get the Settlers Tums out…..I could drink this one all day, simple as that.

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 (Roos & Blauw) of these, and I shared them both with friends at the Pub. But if you can, and I say *if* you can, get one of these to take away, I think that this one will age rather well.

Absolutely Superb!!!

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you Shane. Unas may slay gods, but you slay wants, which counts for more in my book.

Brilliantly clear amber with a dense white head, excellent clarity and retention. The lacing is pretty solid too.

What an exceptional nose! Fruity and sour with a delicate fruit character, a blend of tropical fruit (papaya and passion fruit), lemons and melons. Sourness is mild and delicate, mainly lemony with a low acetic/lactic character. Mildly grape-like, the passion fruit character grows with temperature. Mildly minty as well, as well as a touch grassy. Not as woody on the nose as the Blauw was. Excellent stuff

The palate is a lot more delicate than the Blauw, opening mildly sour with a combination of lemons and mint before a mid palate that's dominated by the tropical fruit character takes over. While not as fruity as the nose, this is still plenty fruity. Passion fruit and mint are prominent before a long, drying finish with a mildly herbal character takes over. Funk is low on both the nose and the palate, with only a delicate grassy, barnyardy character, and not much wet wood or wet dog. Astringency and oak character are faily low and the low levels of tannins are awesome. Mildly fruity on the finish, along with a touch of grass, this is exceptional stuff. Light in body, medium-high carbonation and an exceptional finish make for a great beer, and the relatively low levels of tannins make this very drinkable to me.

I guess I'm in the minority, but I preferred the Roos over the Blauw.

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Photo of gford217
4.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another rarity from fonefan. I was ready for a gusher like the Blauw, but this cork popped with only moderate velocity and the contents stayed in the bottle this time.

The pour is a hazy orange with a decent fluffy white head that recedes to a cap and leaves spotty lacing. The body cleared up almost completely as it warmed. The carbonation is not nearly as visible and active as in the Blauw.

The aroma is a great mix of the tart, funk and fruity sweetness. There are some pears and apples in the nose as well as some tart lemon notes. The funk is not nearly as prevalent as in the Blauw, though it's definitely in there. This aroma may actually be a tad more balanced than the Blauw, but they're both great.

The taste is where I think the Blauw differentiates itself vs. this one. There is an massive acidic bitterness with lots of lemon and other fruity tartness on top. There is a bit of bready malt but the sweetness of the aroma is not evident in the taste. It's got a dry, funky finish that lingers on the palate and leaves me puckering a bit.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and bone dry in the finish. There is noticeably less carbonation in the Roze vs. the Blauw.

This is another wonderful sour from Drie Fonteinen, but I wouldn't put it in the truly world class category like the Blauw. It's got lots of acidity and funk but there isn't as much other components to match the complexity and balance of the Blauw.

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Photo of mothman
4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ahhh the now bigger wale of the two.

Pours a white head. Great retention and lacing. Color is a hazed golden bronze.

Aroma: Cognac and oak. Big funk. Lemon acidic flavors. Vanilla and brown sugar spice. Musky. Killer aroma.

Taste: Lemon acidicness, fruity, melons, nice spices, vanilla, brown sugar, oak, and basement funk and musk.

Mouthfeel: Light fizzyness,dry, sour, and tart. Lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, a really good gueuze. Blauw is better, but this is still solid. Solid -bals. Great drinkability. Another solid gueuze from 3F.

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4/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of Overlord
4.59/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Jerz for hosting an awesome tasting, and for so many generous beer connoisseurs who made the event possible.

Pours ... not red or pink! But, rather an orange gold. Half an inch to an inch of white crust with bubbling.

Smells like spiced pepper zest with unripe apples and lemons. Raw bracing lemons. This is a great funky, unripe fruit, cheesy/moldy/barnyard-y/musty and not overly spiced aroma. Really superb.

Taste is brings with it some wood notes, along with peppery yeast, spicey crazy piercing funk that shoots to the brain (whoa, a moldy haystack just lanced my frontal lobe), and some melding unripe fruite notes that unfortunately aren't quite as strong in the flavor as they were in the nose. The flavor might have gone a little to spiced funk for me, but still excellent. Maybe even a bit of a random old cognac/old port/old dark wine barrel aftertaste.

Very nicely carbonated.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared with the wife on August 12 2010 at De Heeren van Liedekerke.

A: Medium wheat colored body. Moderate sized white cap. Quickly receded and left spotty lacing.

S: Passionfruit, papaya and lemon make the nose quite enticing and inviting. Solid oaky must. Healthy dose of barnyard funk and wet wheat.

T: Taste is similar to the nose, but not quite as impressive. The fruity and citric notes are a bit muddled and muted. Perhaps age hasn't been as kind to Roos as it was to Blauw? Light oakyness, barnyard funk and prevailing sourness/tartness. (more of a 4.25 than a 4.5)

M: Moderate carbonation. Strong acidity manifesting in tartness and sourness. A bit muddled finish. Dry.

D: A very good beer, that was well worth trying. If I had any bottles I'd probably drink them sooner rather than later.

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Photo of Brew33
3.75/5  rDev -15.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Brad!

Tasted along with the J&J Blauw

A: cloudy, light orange hue. Moderate lace and plenty of carbonation.

S: hay, straw, barnyard funk, pepper. The aroma is mouth watering.

T: Wonderful. A myriad of flavors including, oak, pepper, subtle tart fruits, perhaps lemon. As the taste develops I get a tannic, acidic spiciness that is very intriguing. The sourness is remarkably well done. This was a treat.

M: Perfect carbonation and smooth all the way.

D: Like the Blauw, this is very drinkable, if you enjoy gueuze.

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5/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of JDV
3.34/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by miketd. Thanks, man.
Pours a nice golden color with a light head. Smell is sour, tart, funky, and bright. Flavor is tart, with mild flavor otherwise. Very sour, but very neutral otherwise. Pretty good, but didn't blow me away with the lack of pop in the flavor.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.64/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, big thanks to Chris over at Lion's Pride for busting out this bottle for the Vagabond Release Party and giving away free samples!

Pours mostly golden with a slight orange tint, lots of carbonation that gives a good head and fades slower than I thought it would, some patchy lacing.

Smell is divine and easily the best characteristic of this beer, the nose is a delicate balance between sweetness and tartness with a good fruit appeal.

Taste is sour but not overpowering, I'm really surprised at how soft it is and is very pleasant, carbonation is not as assertive as I thought it would be, a slight dry finish.

A real surprise, from the looks of it he might have opened a couple bottles of Blauw before I got there too, darned errands!

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Photo of gn0sis
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of spycow
4.42/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Post Christmas tasting. 750ml bottle poured in a Bruery Tulip.

Opens with a nice pop of the cork but thankfully no gushing at all. Pours a golden yellow with nice lacing and carbonation. With a swirl of the glass you get that musty, barnyard funk, and some grassiness in the aroma. Taste is mildly sweet and sour, tart lemon, some exotic fruitiness that lingers pleasantly on your taste buds. The mouthfeel was light bodied and a little dry with feel of the right amount of carbonation. This is a really a good gueuze that is definitely worth seeking out albeit the rarity makes it tough on the pocketbook or your cellar to obtain these days unless you can savor it at De Heeren.

Glad I had an opportunity to try this. Now for a Blauw....

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Photo of DaveJanssen
4.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

1/3 750 poured into red wine glasses.

Ar: Horsey, dirty, barn, super funky, slightly composty, olives, tropical fruit and citrus, strong hay, chalky

Ap: Brilliantly clear dark gold, white head, great retention, very pretty

T: Dirty, olive, citrus tartness, sour fruit and vegetable, olive pit bitterness, wood, oak, citrus/pineapple tang, vanilla, mild berries/cherry, strong lingering olive bitterness, great restrained balance, mild cheese, amazing complexity, the strongest character to me in this beer is fresh picked green olives with a quick soak in seawater

M: Med/high fine carbonation, light body, fink, bitterness

O: strong unique olive, good fruit, acid and wood before ending with funk and bitterness, pleasant balance and subtlety, fruit character increases with warmth, much funkier than blauw.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you for breaking open yet another great bottle, Jer.

A: The pour is a clear orange-amber color with a finger or so of white head.

S: Very grassy on the nose, like a lot of Drie Fonteinen beers. Quite funky, too. I seem to smell some blue cheese, which is interesting. A lot of lemon and lemon zest, in particular. Hay, wet oak, and must are there as well.

T: Again, there seems to be an emphasis on the grass and hay aspect of the funk. Plenty of oak and a slight must to go with lemon peel and lactic acidity. There's the typical dirty/sweaty sock thing going no here, too.

M: The body is medium with a moderate to high level carbonation and a dry finish.

D: Not as good as Blauw, but still a pretty decent gueuze. I wish I could have tried this when it was younger.

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5/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of MrFootstones
4.21/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a white head that settles into a thin film atop the brilliant, clear, bright orangy golden geuze.

Delicious 3F funk hits the nose first. Lemon zest and bitter pith, general sourness, and slight citric sweetness round out the aroma.

Sourness is first up, lemon juice and straight up lactic. Very restrained funk for a 3F beer of this age. Mild earthiness and damp oak and cellar. Slight cheesiness and earthy mushroom come out as it warms. Distinct, perhaps uncured olive, bitterness hangs around for quite a while. Grassy herbal notes also arise.

Wonderful mouthfeel. Full but not spritzy carbonation. Damp, drying, oaky tannins linge long after the sip.

A very restrained geuze from 3 Fonteinen. While it doesn't beat you over the head with brash or complex funk and sourness, it achieves a beautiful balance that makes it a real pleasure to drink.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared very graciously by spycow at the post-Christmas tasting--thanks Chris! Served in my Cantillon tulip.

Luckily, this one didn't quite explode the cork like the bottle of Blauw Eric generously shared a month or so back. The appearance was a slightly-hazed golden color with a thin white head but not much in the way of retention. The nose was pretty powerful with a good deal of funk and a touch of sourness carrying through in the background. Also there was a bit of hay, random fruit, and a nice amount of lemon rind. Very interesting and complex.

The taste followed in the same direction and really hits the style on tue head. Great funky presence along with mild acidic character. Nice lemony pucker plus some other mild fruits. Each sip reveals something else. Feel is fantastic with a great complexity of funk and a nice finishing light sourness. Huge thanks again to Chris as this had been a longtime want for me and I'm thrilled to finally have gotten a taste.

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Photo of craytonic
4.84/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Shared with dirty south tasting krewe of kkipple, habmike and SpencerDB to celebrate Spencer's new job.

Appearance: very small mother-of-pour head, does not stick around or leave any lacing. Pour istself is a light straw-golden-yellow Visually, this one is a bit lighter but does not have the head retention or lacing of Blauw.

Smell: I knew instantly this was going to be an amazing gueuze. Very soft and mellow with a light pleasant funk, oak and a faint honey sweetness. Perhaps some pear and peach.

Taste: Amazing mellow funkiness of leather, horse blanket and soft cheese, followed by oak with fresh lemon juice on the finish. Sour but not bracing.

Mouthfeel: Amazingly light and crisp; very enjoyable. Very light carbonation but it does not detract

Drinkability: Wish I had a gallon of this. I wanted to steal someone else's glass. I was wishing I had kept this one for myself. That good. Reminds me of my favorite red label vintage 2002 bottles. I found blauw much more sharp and less enjoyable.

Note: I have been told by multiple people that they have seen great bottle variation in both blauw and roos and like each differently each time they taste them.

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Photo of sisuspeed
4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to an awesome BA for the bottle!

Nice clean pop, no gushing, straight into a Drie Fonteinen tumbler. Light amber-brown body with a thin white head. Slightly hazy body.

Cedar, lemon zest and brett rise up from the glass. Musty aroma with earthy pepper notes. Lots of wood, oak and cedar, but not overdone. Beautiful spice aroma.

The taste is light, earthy, leather with dry brett and lemon zest. Earthy floral qualities mixed with oak and cedar. Dry, grassy, bitterness on the finish. Lemon grass citrus. Great flavorful balance.

Mouthfeel is dry brett with soft citrus. Light carbonation and slightly slick.

Overall, this beer has excellence balance and feel. Beautiful flavor and aroma. I really like the cedar spice notes that come through. Roos seems to be drinking really well, but I haven't had it fresh, so I can't say how it's changed. Definitely right up there with the best Drie Fonteinen blends. I'd love to have another bottle or two, but considering how hard this is to come by, your time and money is much better spent acquiring the new Armand'4 blends that don't cost an arm and a leg, yet taste as good or better than this. Still, Roos is an excellent beer and worth trying if you can.

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Photo of pperez38
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Geuze Cuvée J&J (Jessie En Joost) Roze (Rose) from Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 103 ratings