Oude Geuze
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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Style:
Lambic - Gueuze
Ranked #6
ABV:
6%
Score:
97
Ranked #315
Avg:
4.42 | pDev: 7.92%
Reviews:
803
Ratings:
3,042
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Notes: This listing is for all vintages of the Oude Geuze, but not for bottles specifically labelled "Oude Geuze Vintage".
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misteil from Ireland

4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16/17 vintage. this beer is bloody sensational. the balance between sweetness, sourness and wild funky flavours is perfect, it’s musty and funky and leathery and goaty, really oaky, pepper, walnuts, quite sour indeed, tart, acidic, vinegar, lightly bitter, sweet fruits, lemon, lime, lot of pear, some berry notes, slight white wine character, hint of caramel, lovely medium body, highly carbonated, super smooth, just a special beer, bursting with complexity and character while still being totally delicious, class.

May 23, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

4.03/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Rerate, 375 ml "champagne" bottle, from Vinmonopolet. ABV is 6%. Unfiltered, bottled 10/03/2008. Pours very fizzy. Cloudy yellow colour, big white head. Lovely farmhouse aroma, notes of fermenting fruits and spices. The flavour is very sour and tart with notes of lemons and Bramley apples, hints of spices, some hops in the aftertaste. Original rating: Sampled bottle, RBNAG 2007 in Grimstad, as 3 Fonteinen Beersel Oude Geuze 1999. Golden colour, large head. Funky aroma / mold, horseblanket. Nice sour flavour with oaky and farmhouse notes.

Mar 18, 2021
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KeithHartwig from Pennsylvania

4.99/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Opened on 3-1-21. Bottling date 11-21-18. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: The first pour was crystal clear and gold in color, but by the end of the bottle, was pouring hazy as the carbonation roused the sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Thick pillowy and everlasting head.

S: Leads with lemon zest and a candy-like pithiness reminiscent of kumquat or candied orange peel. Some rose-like perfuminess through the middle. Cedar and a general woodsiness in the background.

T: Lemon, candied orange peel, and kumquat - all very pithy. The acidity is sharp at first, especially at the front of the tongue, but quickly mellows out into a tart/sweet apple and apricot flavor. There's an overripe melon funk that lingers. No barnyard, urine, or mousy character that I can detect.

M: Very lively and invigorating - the carbonation dances on the tongue and into the nostrils. Champagne levels of carbonation that carry the enticing aromas out of the glass.

O: This beer is complex, and hard to nail down. With each sip you are invited on a sensory journey, during which you try (and sometimes succeed, but mostly fail) to associate the flavors and aromas you are experiencing with past food memories.

Mar 01, 2021
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DrBeergood from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Reddish golden in color, like an apple cider. The cork had a good pop, middle carbonation, yet the nucleation is intense, similar to a nitro brew. Unfiltered.

S: Sour apples. Powerful and unique.

T: Sour, tart, astringent. It's complex--Many different flavors wash over the palate, at different times, throughout the glass... It is unfiltered and has the classic unfiltered Belgian flavor, it tastes organic like leather or hay... It's not exactly an intended flavor... What you're supposed to do is after you pour, let it settle for roughly 7 minutes, it will dramatically improve the flavor.

F: Like warheads candy, it begins extremely sour and ends sweetly and smoothly as your palate adjusts.

O: The schtick here is the long fermentation process, with bottle conditioning as a bonus. The longer the process continues, the more residual sugars are converted to alcohol, increasing tartness and dryness. The addition of unmalted wheat slows the enzymatic process, meaning despite it's long fermentation time, it retains a token amount of residual sugar. I would bring a bottle of this stuff in any situation where I would normally have champagne.

Jan 15, 2021
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dcotom from Iowa

5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am unapologetically all in on this one. Poured cold from a 12.7-ounce bottle into a crystal goblet, since it seemed appropriate. Clear, pale golden color, with a couple of fingers of thick white head. Good retention, great carbonation with a steady stream clouds of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Wonderful aromas of fresh-mown grass, clover, tart apple, and a hint of wild yeast funk. These are present on the palate as well, along with some pleasant bitterness lingering on the crisp finish. This instantly brought back memories of the Zwanze Day festivals I attended pre-COVID, where I was able to sample offerings from several world-class lambic/geuze breweries. This was the 2017-18 blend. A little spendy, but well worth the splurge. I hope to be cellaring a few of these if I can still find them.

Dec 24, 2020
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ChristopherCurtis from New York

2.71/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Cloudy light orange with golden hues, champagne-like carbonation. No head or lacing.
Smell: Sour, wet hay, granny smith apples, lemon zest.
Taste: Caustic. Sour crab apples, white wine vinegar, almost medicinal.
Feel: Flat. Thin, puckery, sharp, acidic.
Overall: Just not a fan.

Dec 14, 2020
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officerbill from New York

4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blend nº 52, Season 18/19, bottled 03/13/19, poured 11/01/20, BB 10/26/2039

L: Lovely amber/gold/orange color with thin light tan head that quickly dissolves into a film
S: Just going to give it a 4 for smell since my nose is stuffed up from working in the basement
T: Dried apple, lemon meringue pie, hay, a little bitter orange, wet leather, damp oak leaves, a bit of kiwi, and something like pear vinegar
F: Almost no carbonation with a dry, tart puckery fell across the tongue with a lemon/pepper, straw, and oak twig dryness
O: Everything about this beer just clicks. 3F's blenders are masters of their trade, creating a blend of beers that os greater than the individual parts (10 different barrels from 8 different brews). This type of beer is not for everyone, but if you are interested in wild fermented beers you won't find a better example.

Nov 01, 2020
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FBarber from Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark burnt orange color. Initially pretty cloudy (even with only pouring about 90% of the bottle in the glass), but that clears up a decent amount eventually settling on a slightly cloudy appearance. Thick two finger white head dissipates steadily leaving behind just a thin film on top of the beer with a thicker ring of foam along the outside of the top of the beer.

The aroma is somewhat muted - but there are notes of fresh sweet apples, a bit of lemon-y tartness, a mild earthy funkiness.

The aroma does not prepare you for the level of tartness on the flavor. Immediately there is a sour tartness that has notes of dried lemons, apples, with an underlying earthy dried hops. Definitely produces a palpable puckering sensation. The back end, once the tartness has passed a bit, has some malty notes with an extremely dry finish.

Feel is light, with an airy mouth presence. Vibrant, vivid carbonation tingles the palate throughout. Again, very dry finish.

Absolutely lovely geuze from 3 Fonteinen - I have some fresher bottles and I think I'm going to drink sooner rather than later to compare to this aged bottle.

Oct 31, 2020
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plutonash from Latvia

3.89/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Produced: 10/12/18
L: I guess the bottle got some rough time on the way home, because the cork flew staright to the ceiling. Beer itself is murky orange/yellow, with 2 finger head at first pour, that later dissipates. Holds good lacing.
S: Leather, redcurrant, barnyard, gooseberry, slight hint of cherries.
T: Red/blackcurrant, not as much funk/brett in the taste as in the smell, some rhubarb.
F: Sour, dry, high carbonation, light bodied, close to no bitterness. Forgot that this drink was 7%..damn.
O: Although I'm not a sour-head, I'm glad this beer found its way to me.

Oct 17, 2020
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elNopalero from California

5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oude geuze

Blend 14, 2016-2017 season. Bottles 1/16/2017

Enjoyed at the stroke of midnight, New Years 2020.

From the bottle the cork and cage opens with a resounding pop. Fortunately, no geyser rushes forth. Instead, the geuze pours an almost rose tinged tan with tight tiny bubbles lacing the glass.

There’s a nuanced funk to this, with a light bloomy cheese and a wet hay character, perhaps some sour cherry droplets. Incredibly drying, wonderfully effervescent, deliciously tart and oh so tasty.

Jun 28, 2020
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arizcards from North Carolina

4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 12.7 oz bottle from Small Batch Liquors 6-12-20 for $14.99. Bottled 12 NOV 2018; best by 26 OCT 2038; consumed 6-18-20.

Beer poured a hazy golden orange with a nice white head with the original pour.

Nose is musty and barnyard with a touch of Sweet Tart.

Taste follows the nose where i pick up musty barnyard, a touch of lemon, a touch of acidic vinegar, and pear- this is quite nice!

Mouthfeel is near perfection light bodied and of so effervescent and champagne like.

Overall an awesome beer! I am not much of a sour head but this is very good! I could get used to this style!!

Jun 18, 2020
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden pour, more clear than cloudy (partly sunny?), a heady, fruity blend of one, two and three year old lambics. A light to moderate lacing head. There is notable funky earthiness in the mix, but a champagne-like fruit flavor attack rises above it all. Citrus fruit, kiwi, tart apple all present and accounted for. Classic geuze!

Jun 08, 2020
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Gajo74 from New York

4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle it pours a cloudy golden color with a lovely sunset orange. There is some clarity, however, as the carbonation is visible. A modest head soon dissipates, however, there is a thin Saturn ring of lacing throughout.

The nose opens with funky and rustic notes of wood, oak and barnyard. Yet, there are sweet aromas of bread and wheat that form the background to a nose that dominates with bright fruit. These include notes of kiwi, lemon, lime, green apples and peach. Furthermore, the tartness really comes through in the nose; vinous, vinegar and dry cider like.

Very tart and acidic with a lip puckering feel, yet balanced by a nice complexity of flavors. Fruity notes of lemon, lime, kiwi and peach interplay with the acidic twang of white wine vinegar, dry cider and green grape. Rustic notes of oak, wood and earth combine with a bone dry palate and even drier acidic finish. The malt backbone has a wheat fullness that supports the funky and tart flavors with the subtlest sweetness. Medium bodied with a lively carbonation and zesty acidity that stings the mouth. Intense, yet as mentioned before, it feels so accessible I truly feel like I can drink more.

This is a fantastic Gueuze! I had it while grilling for a party of people on a hot spring day and it was so refreshing. Excellent example of the style.

May 23, 2020
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just1cho from California

4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

*Drank from a Teku glass from a 375mL bottle*

*Bottled on: 12/6/17*

*Drank on: 05/10/20*

Admittedly, I never drank this fresh. So with three years on this, it tasted really sour than I thought it would with not a whole lot of funk.

This beer poured a clear golden to light amber color with a brilliant/clear look. Noticed that there were a lot of fast rising bubbles contributing to a good finger thick head, but this had absolutely no retention.

The aroma smelled of slight burnt rubber with a large amount of yeast aroma. Very yeast forward as I got a ton of fruity esters such as peaches, banana, pineapple, mangoes, and apples.

The taste didn't really match the nose as I got an overwhelming amount of acetic acid rather than any sort of fruity taste. There was a prominent citrusy note to this geuze, making it seem like I was drinking lemonade with no sugar in it. There was a bit of a funk in there, but it wasn't really noticeable. This might be good for some people but maybe not for others. The acetic acid mellowed slightly towards the middle, making the banana flavor shine through. This eventually evolved to a grapefruit type bitterness in the end.

The feel of this was very soft and light bodied. There was a high amount of carbonation in this, reminiscent of sparkling wine. There was a slight aftertaste to this but it didn't last very long at all. I thought this was overall really drinkable in terms of the feel. Although the alcohol was very well hidden in this, I thought it was a bit too sour to be really quaff-able.

May 12, 2020
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unlikelyspiderperson from California

4.12/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A lovely golden beer with a surprisingly smokey aroma. Like applewood smoke in a fresh cut hayfield. Mild dusty barn/horse blanket hanging in there too.
Taste is much less funky with apple notes as well as some mineral/ sulfur notes
Crisp fizzy body.
Really nice beer, smooth and complex
and crisp. Lovely geuze

May 06, 2020
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

4.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy, deep golden amber coloration with a small, fizzy head that soon fades to a ring of foam around the glass. Smell is dominated by blue cheese funk and tart, fruity esters of green apple and white grape as well as lighter accents of oak and sulphur. Taste is an excellent and quite subtle balance of distinct blue cheese funk, vibrant tart and fruity esters of green apple, white grape and apricot, a light lactic acidity, which lends a certain citrus quality to this, as well as a lighter oak presence and accents of hay and sulphur. Finishes somewhat dry, with a medium acidity and some funk, fruity esters and a hint of sulphur lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

An excellent Geuze that really impresses with its quite subtle and complex balance, with nothing really standing out too much here, while all the different facets leave a rather distinct impression. The funk and acidity are subtle yet expressive, the fruity esters are quite vibrant, while the oak gives this some more depth and its dry character, combined with the accents of hay and sulphur lend a certain refreshing quality to this. While this may lack the quite funky and acidic boldness of the Cantillon Geuze, it's a lot more dry and subtely balanced, while still retaining quite an expressive character, which makes it the superior Geuze in my humble opinion. While I do realize that sulphuric notes are often dismissed as a light-struck off-flavor, these are rather soft and mineralic here and very much a part of 3F' yeast profile, as they can be found throughout all of their Gueuzes.

Apr 26, 2020
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brother_rebus from Maine

4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

4/22/20 opened a 11/12/18 blend n°92 (375ml).

Golden clear- middle stream of bubbles and a thin sparse soft head.

Real good. Smells some oaky what and gets the nose hairs at attention.

Tastes tart, not wicked sour, but most importantly not acetic. Oak is huge. Mild toast of malted grain. Hops actually come through surpisingly noticeable. EVERSO slightest tinge of amonia/urea on the back end. Manageable though.

Feels nice and soft- it’s got some fizz on the tongue up front, then flat which lets savor, then latent carb on the back. Nice feel and balance.

Hoping they start to slightly drop their pricing on the next year or so. Will still buy again, but $17 for a 375ml is steep.

Apr 23, 2020
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CraigDeMoss from Kansas

4.39/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

17/18 batch, blend no. 39. Bottled 3/21/18

Poured into a tulip

Beautiful beer, poured a hazy amber-gold with a 1 inch fluffy cloud of a head. Continuos Carbonation bubbles stream to take there place in said head. Abnormal Lacing that sticks and slides back seemingly on its own whim

Nose of a surprisingly basic seemingly simple saison or Belgian wild ale style. I can’t think of many beers in my few years that have been this sour to the scent sense. I didn’t think it was possible to smell this sour

Complex six dimensional flavor profile of yeasty funk, dirt, oak, a little hint of lemon citrus, sour apple too

A bit of a gritty nip on the way down balanced by a billowy pillow of fuzzy fizz

Overall a terrific sour, very interesting in tradition. Would love to try one cellared for about 12-15 years. And that’s exactly what I intend to do. Will be enjoying many more for years to come

Apr 12, 2020
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.27/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 3/22/18; Blend no. 41 - season 17/18

Pours a translucent, dirty bronzed gold body topped with a rocky multiple fingers of chunky, soapy foam; highly effervescent for a moderate length of time; head retention is good, and results in a chunky layering of cap along with a persistent, frothy collar dragging large, spaced-out splotches of lacing down the walls of the glass.

Aroma opens with a healthy variety of wet hay, horse blanket, musty peppercorn, and orange essential oil, as raw, fresh barnyard funk draped over a unique burnt sugar tone is keen in the background; a brightening lactic acidity reaches its peak intensity across the middle, steadily softening on the back end to notes of pear and green apple to close.

Taste offers a steady stream of dry, dirt-laden barnyard funk across the first half of the profile; big green apple notes spread across the back end of the palate, with rustic lemony-lactic funk undertones and an apple cider vinegar sharpness; the finish is rounded with dry hay and wheat tones lingering; composed and clean.

Mouthfeel has a light-medium body sporting a gritty, earthy texture just shy of bittering; a perfectly upper-moderate carbonation produces a seemingly endless spritz poking at the tongue uniformly across the palate; near perfectly attenuated acidity is cut with a touch of wetness across the mid-palate into a bone-dry finish and a smooth pucker of a swallow.

A refined acidity meets a lively profile of easygoing funk, resulting in aga highly approachable introduction to the rustic complexity, as well as inherent simplicities, that can be found in a gueuze; this is cool, consistent, and classic.

Apr 11, 2020
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eppCOS from Colorado

4.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Looks the part; golden amber non-see-through, and a proper head when poured.
S - Smells like bruises and fermentation. Everything you want. Damn. Amazing smells off this; rusty pear.
T - For 6.2%, from a bottle (Nov 2018, tasted 2.28.20), this has amazing sour density to it; off-notes of sour peach, pear, white fruit pith, and just more and more bruises. Harder to describe this than most Gueuze I've had.
F - Heavenly carbonation here; perfect balance, cleans the palate, and a nice change of pace after an IPA.
O - one of the best gueuze beers I'ever had. Just great sour juice from one of the best in Belgium.

Feb 29, 2020
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beergoot from Colorado

4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared a small bottle with two friends.

The color was light gold, clear; thick, soapy, white head. Delicate smell of lemon zest and spritely esters. Clean and delicate flavors; mild sourness and tanginess with a light sweetness; green apple. Light and crisp body.

Hopefully I'll come across another bottle so I can do a better, more in-depth review of the beer. What I can say is my impression and at least one of my friends were very favorably impressed with this beer. Simply delicious!

Jan 21, 2020
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12.7 oz bottle into a tulip.

Pours a hazy medium-gold with limited head and lacing.

The aromas of the brew are classic in every way. Green apple, cherry, raspberry, lemon, and lactic acid for miles.

The flavors follow the nose. Granny Smith apple, pear, and citrus on the tip of the tongue. Cherry and lactic sourness in midstream. The finish is highly acidic and tart with apple cider vinegar and lemon juice on the scene.

The brew is light, well carbonated, and damn.....that's all I've got.

This brew delivers every aspect of an outstanding Geuze.

Dec 22, 2019
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colts9016 from Idaho

4.84/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I am stoked to try this beer. I have wanted to try these beer from either Fonteinen or Cantillion, the price point and availability have stiffled my progress. The beer is 42 degrees and served in a tulip glass. The beer had this fancy cork top and cage. I undid the cage and carefully pried out the cork. A nice pop and hiss emitted from the bottle. I poured the beer into a tulip glass. The hard pour of the beer produce a rocky and billowy head. The beer's head retention was quick. The head is ivory in color. The color of the beer is medium amber with orange hues. The clarity of the beer is hazy from yeast. The beer look the part of a Geuze.

The aromas in the beer are hay, lemons, oranges, hint of horse blanket, leather, honey, and crackers.

The flavors in the beer are hay, lemons, oranges, leather, horse blanket, barnyard, honey, toasted crackers, and earthy.

The mouthfeel is crisp and tart.

The body of the beer is medium-low, high carbonation, and a medium finish.

This beer is lovely. The balance and the harmony is near perfect. I love the flavors in the Gueze. Sad, I do not have more of this beer. Highly recommended.

Dec 16, 2019
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Parmesan from Colorado

4.82/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L:. Pours an opaque yellow orange with a small soapy head and no lacing on the glass

S:. Lots of funk, including hay, lemon, grapefruit, some nut, everything bagel, toasted bread, earthiness, very complex but very inviting.

T:. Very funky, hay, earthiness, lemon, grapefruit, a touch of orange, everything bagel, baked bread, a touch of sour and tartness. This is one of the best tasting beers I have had.

F:. Light body, slightly prickly carbonation.

O:. This beer is world class and if you have the chance to try it do so.

Dec 01, 2019
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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle remarkably available for purchase at Trenton Road Takeout. Dated 11/12/18. Poured into Aslin Anniversay glass.

L: 2F light soapy head. Retains very little of it and leaves no lacing. Beer is a very clear gold with visible rising carbonation bubbles.

S: Grassy, earthy, yeasty, lemon-lime. Very good.

T: Very much follows nose. Lots of lemon-lime and earthy tones with the yeast and funk you would expect from this style. Nice and clean. Maybe just a tad bitter on finish.

F: Light bodied, moderate carbonation. Generally clean and refreshing and drying, but there is a bitter note that lingers. Construction and balance otherwise very strong.

O: Drink one if you can find one. It's fantastic.

Nov 23, 2019
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