Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Lambic - Gueuze
4.09 | pDev: 11%
Apr 22, 2022
Oct 26, 2007
Notes: None
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4.39 by SadMachine from New Jersey on Apr 22, 2022
4.13 by hopley from Massachusetts on Dec 24, 2019
4.5 by blisscent from Rhode Island on Nov 17, 2019
4.04 by desint from Belgium on Sep 01, 2019
4.39 by Eziel from Ohio on May 25, 2019
3.96 by wordemupg from Canada (AB) on Jan 26, 2019
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4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by KooVee from Finland

4yo, 2015, 37.5 cl bottle

Hazy orange-amber, barely existential foam.

Nose is classic gueuze, barnyard, some citric notes, a hint of stone fruits.

Taste is smoother than average.. soft lactic acid, yet dry. I think it is pointless to lavish standard Gueuze markers here such as hay etc as if they would differentiate... This is not *that* unique, merely a very well executed softer version of a classic gueuze. Very low carbonation.

Jan 25, 2019
4.11 by pagriley from Illinois on Dec 04, 2018
4.03 by mltobin from Connecticut on Oct 07, 2018
4.04 by h_lupulus from Spain on Aug 03, 2018
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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by pat61 from Minnesota

This is a 12 year old bottle I just found in the basement.
L: copper amber beer has a slight haze and a very slight fizz - looking more petillant than sparkling

S: balsamic, fruit, a bit of wet horse blanket, faint barnyard, a hint of tobacco, traces of vanilla and nuts, over ripe fruit and a pinch of mint

T: tart, slightly bitter, Granny Smith apples, balsamic, lemon, lime, nuts, oaky, with a slight diacetyl slickness and a tannic, oaky slightly astringent finish

F: medium light body and very low carbonation.

O: My only regret is that I had but one bottle

Jun 24, 2018
3.92 by vfgccp from New York on Mar 31, 2018
4.25 by steverx8 from England on Nov 23, 2017
4.28 by Spoda1983 from Pennsylvania on Oct 25, 2017
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4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Beersnake1 from California

Poured from fridge temp. Pours a golden orange with fairly limited head. Aroma is huge citrus - lemon and orange. Sweet candy, and a bit of horse saddle. Taste is really nice and smooth. Not too bitter and not too sweet. The notes combat each other in a nice way. Definitely has some barnyard funk. Overall really nice, with a medium and somewhat dry mouthfeel.

Oct 14, 2017
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4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by StJamesGate from New York

Deep rose gold with touch of white film. 4
Apple orchard flowers and floral honey, plus a touch of rindy cheese. 4.25
Thread of honey, loam, some chalk, big bunch of pears, pineapple juice, grass, wood. 4
Almost medium, round, smooth. 4.25

Orchard redux. Brett still quiet; but beautifully rounded and nuanced. Nectar, just a bit young. 4.25

Oct 10, 2017
4 by kylehay2004 from Illinois on Aug 04, 2017
4.5 by jkrug5 from Maryland on Aug 03, 2017
4.12 by mush from Illinois on Jul 15, 2017
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1.06/5  rDev -74.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
by tylerstravis from Colorado

Bad bottle of '09. Will get a new bottle and review.

Jun 29, 2017
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3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Stevedore from Oregon

375ml cork and caged bottle, dated 5 March 2015. Served in a tumbler glass. Pours a clear, darker copper body, like a clear dry cider; not a single bubble comes up for air, as expected. So obviously there is nothing to retain or create any lacing. Smell is mildly muted, slight cidery sweetness, touch of cobweb. I think the carbonation needs to be there to bring out the aroma. That being said, the flavour is pretty nice. Light cidery sweetness, light funk, touch of green apple, pear, oak and moderate acidity. Easy drinking. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, not much carbonation. Slight oaky bitter finish. An interesting take on the regular Oude Gueuze, and it gives me an appreciation for the beer itself without the carbonation.

Apr 23, 2017
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4.93/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Ristaccia from Nebraska

'06 vintage

Mar 26, 2017
3.97 by MI_beerdrinker from Texas on Mar 20, 2017
4.5 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands on Feb 27, 2017
4.35 by GreatStoutman from Texas on Feb 22, 2017
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4.46/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by breadwinner from California

I always thought of this and Cantillon GCB as the same, though I realize this is, in fact, geuze, a blend of different year lambics, rather than the 3-year which comprises GCB. That said, tasted side by side, there's definitely similarities, not only in the stillness (though Doesjel does display the lightest touch of carbonation), but also in the ability to pick out all the distinctive elements of lambic. This is a touch richer and sweeter than GCB, with more funk in the nose and perhaps less acidity on the palate. It feels a bit decadent to me, whereas GCB felt delicate. And yet, they strike so many similar notes. Both are a refreshing change of pace from the more overt and forward (though equally delicious) notes of geuze. A real treat.

Feb 02, 2017
4.14 by Brewski from Pennsylvania on Jan 20, 2017
4.23 by xtonytx from Connecticut on Dec 27, 2016
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4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by jrenihan from Canada (ON)

The cork comes out without a pop, and no head results from the pour. The nose is very nice. A mix of funky yeasts, berries, lemon and other citrus. Lovely- you can just keep smelling this beer.

The flavour is very good, but not nearly as remarkable as the smell. Fairly sour, with a lemon flavour, along with wheat, light fruits, oak and a slightly dry, funky finish. There is a fair bit of sweetness here that offsets the dry funk.

While obviously not unusual for this style, the lack of carbonation does result in a body that feels rather thin. I think it would benefit from a bit more activity. That said, it goes down smoothly and is very inviting to drink.

Overall, a really good beer, which is no surprise given its origin. Very complex. You have to allow the beer to sit in your mouth for awhile and explore what is going on. Lovely.

Nov 04, 2016
4.27 by epyon396 from Pennsylvania on Oct 09, 2016
4.5 by ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts on Sep 04, 2016
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4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by mothman from Minnesota

2015 bottle. Obviously still. Golden color.

Lots of funk. Lemon acidity. Sour. Cobweb and basement musk. Very classic 3F flavor.

No carbobation. Light bodied.

Very enjoyable. Easy to drink. Unique.

Aug 31, 2016
4.24 by bobv from Vermont on Aug 30, 2016
3.44 by xdtfx from Illinois on Jul 31, 2016
4.25 by AlexAfonin from Russian Federation on Jul 25, 2016
4 by BartS from California on Jun 27, 2016
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3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Ciocanelu from Romania

Clear golden color with no head. Aroma has sweet malt and honey, some farmhouse funk and lemon notes. Taste starts malty but you also get immediately hit with lambic sourness. Finish is quite bitter and dry. Light, dry body with low carbonation. Quite good but not one of the best from 3 Fonteinen.

Jun 14, 2016
4.37 by anteater from Oregon on Jun 10, 2016
4.19 by loganburgh from Michigan on Jun 06, 2016
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4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by stakem from Pennsylvania

375ml bottle poured into a matching 3F geuze tumbler. The brew appears copper in color with a thin white head that fades slowly leaving stringy lace.

It displays a wonderful citrus zestiness overtop classic 3f funk, slight oak and plenty of earthen brett. The taste has almost a mandarine rindy bitterness, more citrus, earth, oak and lasting fruity qualities with a slight alcohol tingle. Long into the aftertaste is a flavor reminescent of sweetened grapefruit juice.

This is medium in body with low carbonation. This is classic, timeless and so easy drinking/enjoyable. A mistake/lazy bottling or not, i wish i could get this by the case and cheap. I really prefer the low/lack of carbonation as it really lets the beer character shine and has a much more approachable level of tartness without any carbonic bite.

Jun 06, 2016
Doesjel from Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 415 ratings