Oude Geuze | Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Belgium
3fonteinen.be

Style: Belgian Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This listing is for all vintages of the Oude Geuze, but not for bottles specifically labelled "Oude Geuze Vintage".

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2,947
pDev:
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Photo of vladtheimpaler
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml, April 2001 bottle. Had the option of 1999, 2000, 2001, or 2002, and chose this one. Hazy golden, with a perfect white head. good barnyard and blue cheese thing going on in the aroma. Flavor has a slightly soured blue cheese thing going on as well. Malty smooth palate. Rich in funky flavor, man. Really cheesey. Now I get cheddar, very sharp cheddar, in the finish. I guess I can just sit here and twist all of the flavors and aromas into different things and maybe even write a book. Must get back to my source (top secret) and snag other vintages for sampling.

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Photo of paterlodie
4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a presantation for a Geuze. Great and quiet longlasting foam and a beaufull goldenbrown colour. Smell is lots of Brett and beautifully soured. Full of oak and esters make it very complex. Taste is in the beginning litle sour but as soon as my mouth was accepted to that it was a wonderfull and harmonic taste giving you lots of almost everything you want in a beer. Lots of oak and still fresh by the sour and flowery style, nothing of maltcaracter noticeble. Aftertaste is mixture of oak and sournes but fine and begging for another sip. Great beer!

Don't know if I put this revieuw right since the one I sampled had only 5% alcohol. Botlingdate 12-02-2003

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Photo of cerevisiaephilus
4.52/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

1999 vintage

Soft orange color, vigorous carbonation with a big fluffy white head. Pretty cloudy from a long car ride...but couldn't wait!

Nose was really fantastic. Super Brett! Big wet straw, soil, horsey-ness...bit of stale urine too...I know that sounds bad, but it was there and really kind of fit.

Really nice flavor...one of the smoothest Gueuze I've ever had. Really nice flavors, but none of the super rough-ness that I get in Hanssen's. Everything is there. Super tart, big Brett character and the really funky beasties in the finish...I think they are the enterics but I could be wrong...the stuff that tastes quite toxic. they were there but were not harsh. Just a nice 'snap' in the finish so to speak. Lingering intense sourness.

Mouthfeel was really right on. Very thin and efferefscent.

Most drinkable Gueuze I've ever had. The really clean sourness that lingers makes this beer quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Goldorak
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice, peachy colored, with a decent head, more than most other Gueuzes I've tried before.

Smell: You can smell the acidity on this one, like freshly cut sour apples, musty, with some tobacco. Awesome.

Taste: Obviously quite sour, but with a lingering yet mild sweetness that creates an excellent balance. A very drinkable brew that I enjoyed very much.

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Photo of crookedhalo
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 12/11/2000. Bottle lists ABV at 5.0%. Pours a slightly murky golden peach color with a pillowy, volumnous white head. Poured carefully into a traditional gueuze tumbler, Boon to be exact. The aroma is outstanding. I'm sensing a lot of depth in this beer. Lots of funkiness ranging from cheese to mushroom to mildew. Citrus rind, cilantro, earthy, like a field of grain, old gym sock, gunpowder, wet wood, a bagful of pennies, and sour all can describe nuances of this beer's aroma. Upon suggestion of the first sip, my initial assumation that the beer is complex is confirmed. It is not bone-jarringly dry, yet retains a mellow residual sweetness underneath the complex layers of tastes that assault the palate. It's rather unique in a way I'm not sure I can describe. It is sour, in a way that comes across as metallic as well as barnyardy, earthy and floral. Very, very nice beer altogether, and just about the best gueuze I've tried to date.

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Photo of marburg
4.7/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One word: dirty.

Authentic, old-school dirty blond colored brew eminates a barnyard funk that mostly reminds me of an old dish rag or a bucket of water used 2 days ago to clean the floor of a kitchen. Uniquely subtle but not subdued. Mouth-watering, to say the least.

An earthier lambic than many, this gueuze has a special apples-rotting-on-the-pavement sort of tartness. A bit bitter through the finish, lemon makes a strong appearance here in all its forms -- mild lemon acidity and flavor early on and very slight citric and plant bitterness at the end. Either I'm getting better at plucking nuance out of a potent style, or this simply has a lot of unique, subtle characteristics. I'm guessing the latter.

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

Shining amber. Thin white head. Big horseblanket nose, acidic hay, must, salt... Creamy lactic acidity. Gentle tart attack. Hints of sweet honey melon makes it a quaffer. Huge farmy character, blue cheese and horseblanket like. Terrific cleanliness and honesty. Very easy to drink gueuze, if only it were cheaper... or just available here in Canada. Awesome product of course, but as close to the top 50 as this is, I was expecting a bit more distinctive qualities. Undeniable refreshing qualities are helped by the medium-high carbonation which supports a big medium body. Once again thanks to this pleasure provider named hopsrus. This was a 99 bottle. Review of the 01 will follow.

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Photo of putnam
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a two-part review, one for each vintage. The scores entered reflect the first, younger, 2001 bottling.
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"Bottled April 2001. 5% ABV"
Opaque muddy orange colored and very fizzy, this beer starts with a big, malty, sweet nose reminiscent of pressed, over-ripe red apples, flint, and, very slight banana peel. In the mouth it is voluminous, with prickly, sharp, etchings of gas and bone-dry, stemmy tannins. Very sour with flavors of lemon jam, grape seed, black pepper, chalk and rope.

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A silkscreen label (completely different from the above) with the words "OUDE GEUZE 1999" in the middle. "6.5% ABV"
Darker orange and not as aggressively fizzy as the former. The aromas are more subtle and complex. After a tomato paste-like first impression, I find notes of fresh and dried red apples, rotting tangerines, cinnamon, buttery bread crust, green strawberries, soil and buttermilk. On the palate it is reminiscent of old Muscadet, slightly briny and packed with citrus fruits and minerals. It is much less prickly, nearly flat, but nobly structured with gentle seed tannins and ripe lemon salts.
Quite a bit better than the "April 2001"
4.5, 5.0, 5.0, 5.0, 5.0 : Total - 4.9

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Photo of ark57
4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1999 Vintage - It pours a dark gold with some orange tint, but it is a bit too hazy to look nice. Of course the look of this beer is by far the worst characteristic. The big head even seems to dissipate too fast. The aroma is musty, barnyard, apple, and lemon zest. I am salivating already. The sourness is big and up front, then the horseblanket coats my tongue before the honey and floral notes that fade to a dry yeasty finish. An excellent gueuze. I can't wait to try the other vintages that I have stashed away.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Unknown vintage. 12oz bottle poured for me at the Brugge Bear, but a week ot so ago. This was a dark golden brew, slightly cloudy with a nice top of white foam. Aromas are pure lambic funk, horse blanket, hay, old, soaked-to-the-bone farmyard animals, drunken skunks, old monks, and more. The taste was great! sour, sharp, and acidic as all hell, with a nice malty base as well. Lindemans this is not! The mouthfeel is quite sharpy and dry and the drinkability is lovely!

1999 vintage. 750ml bottle, drank in the comfort of me own home. A nice golden brew, that borders on orange. A huge white head that settles down to a skim on the perimeter of the brew. The aromas are sweet, reminiscent of gueuze, and yet also mead at the same time. Ever have mead the gueuze? Well, this smells like that should smell. Similar, yet with much more going on. The taste is awesome! A nice blend of pure lambic funk and sweet honey-like tones. The acid is ahrp and biting, but whisked away on wings of honey. The mouthfeel is sharp and acidic, but not "biting" and the drinkability is excellent!

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Photo of DrewBeechum
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2001 Vintage - Sampled at the 2004 Pizza Port 12 Hours of Belgian Beer Festival.

Beer arrives in the glass a cloudy straw yellow with a large white head that redecorates the side of your glass.

Aroma is earthy and musty with a large aroma of overripe pineapple.

Flavor is deeply acidic with a balance between the acetic and lactic. The usual barnyard suspects show up in the middle of the palate as an earthy background can be perceived against the acid.

There's just a hint of malt in the finish as the beer heads to a sweet fruit tart finish dried by the final acidic.

Very nicely done

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Photo of moulefrite
4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought the 2001 bottling based on how damn delicious the 1999 was that My Shelton rep. Ron introduced me to. The cork shot out of this bottle like a rocket and traveled a good 15 yards before settling to earth-a nice carry! The pour was more than ambitious and proffered up a very energetic, and bouncy head that lasted just long enough for the eye and subsided quickly enough for the tongue to take over. Aromas were perfectly sour with saddle leather and old wood, and a lingering twang that begged to be tasted. In the mouth this beer expanded like a rocket with each sip filling the mouth with light and vibrant foam. The flavors were deep and complex, all the while being airy, light and highly refreshing-much like a fine Champagne. Sour as hell but smooth as silk and balanced like a champ-this was a delight to taste, and I'll be tasting another as soon as I can muster up the cash. Don't miss it!

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Photo of Gusler
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 1999:
I dedicate this bottle of Oude Geuze to that "Gentleman and Scholar" , the LongBeachBum, cus its his birthday to day, "Happy Birthday" Bum, this "Beers For You"!

As the beer vacates the bottle a somewhat hazy orange color with a moderate sized head that is creamy in consistency, the color a brilliant white, the lace formed after desiccation of the head is a tight sheet to conceal the glass. Nose tart and sweet, hints of lemon lime, yeast, fruity, like and over ripe pear, quite a contrast in aromas, start is lightly sweet at the start, the malt pleasant, the top light to moderate in feel. Finish is astringent, sour, sweet, and dry as the desert, aftertaste lingers on forever, and a fantastic beer this is, and if you like the "Twang" of this style, this is your beer.

Vintage 2000:
OK, a quite interesting beer before I even start the sampling/reviewing, there’s a warning label to “Open Carefully Under Great Pressure”, and right it is, I untied the wire cage/cap, just touched the cork, it shot out of bottle top like a bullet, bounced off the ceiling, the counter, and at least one wall, then into the side pocket, “Score”!, just kidding about the side pocket!

The color before decanting a limpid golden orange and after decanting a bemused golden orange with the head a majestic crown upon that vaporous golden orange body which is spumous in texture and a somewhat off white color, and the resultant lace a silky veil to hide the glass from prying eyes. The first aroma that of peaches, sweet and sour, almost astringent, crisp and pleasing to both the ocular and olfactory senses, start is modestly sweet, dry, hints of lemon with the top light but pleasingly so. Finish is amaroidal, but once again pleasingly so, an integral part of the style, a bit of the hops I think shows through at the back of the palate, so very tart it puckers the mouth, but its just part of the majesty of the style, what a treat, and this may be sacrilegious, but I like this “Lambic” much more than any I’ve ever sampled including but not limited to Cantillon.

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Photo of marc77
4.57/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled 1999. Murky amber hue. Lean, but well retained cream white head leaves loose, meandering lace. The aroma is comprised of pungently overripe, moldy peach along with bile acid tones. Softens steadily as it breathes, with softer citric, sour lemon notes and earthy, humus tones providing delicate contrast. In flavor, Brett wastes no time, and envelops the palate with damp horseblanket and dirty hay. Barbed, acetic, sherry wine vinegar pierces through, and the stubborn wild yeast relinquishes its hold. Fruit, of an obviously tart underripe nature, ensues in the form of cranberry juice and nappy crabapple. Gentle, buttermilk like lactic notes manage to eek in as well and provide a gentle curdled skim milk impression. Very well attenuated, yet with a softly dextrinous mouthfeel. Trace, bitter lemon rind notes surface late along with simply tart, malic acid hints. Do lambics undergo malolactic conversion? If so, this fine brew should become unbelievably smooth with additional cellaring. Finishes with a snap of pear like sweetness, but otherwise with a puckering, parching kumquat like citric acidity. A dynamic, truly delicious brew of which I enjoyed every ml. Superb enough in drinkability... I could easily go for 1500 ml. My willpower caved in. I was planning on aging this. It's a tough life...

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Photo of ElGuapo
4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I noticed that my bottle from 02 Apr. 2001 has an abv listing of 5%. After the cork exploded across the room, a very tart aroma started to climb out of the bottle. I let it sit for a while. The pour produced a hazy yellow golden colored brew with millions of bubbles rushing to the top to make a massive covering of white foam that left lace trickling down the sides of the glass as I drank.
The nose is extremely tart with blasts of lemons and oranges. Sweet apples move in from the backround for a bit with a little sweetness. There is a lot of acidity. After adding a bit more to the glass, a nice balancing presence of grains added to the nose. It started to sweeten a bit with noticable berry aromas.

The flavor is initially filled with a very tart acidic citrus flavor. It then shows off a nice grainy flavor almost wheaty with some toasty notes. This was not expected, but proved to be a very nice addition. Sweeter flavors come through before the finish, and it is starting to dry out now. A viney flavor and dry grapes join me at the finish to add to the astounding complexity of this beer. Aftertaste is a bit toasty with a lot of bready flavor. A few burps come up reuniting me with the tart flavor.
The body is as big as it could be for the style. Carbonation is huge, and even a bit too much at first. My tongue is tingling for a few seconds after I am finished with a swallow. It then waters from the tartness, and the anticipation of another sip. The drinkability is also excellent. I am really taking it sip by sip to sit back and enjoy this one, and I am not looking forward to the end.

This was my first Oude Geuze, and I think I started off on the right page. This is a marvelous beer.

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Photo of Popsinc
4.62/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Goulden pour with a medium white head that fades down to a tiny ring. A very lively pour with plenty of active carbonation.

Smell: A very tart sour lemon and lime nose. Grassy and natural.

Taste: Extremely tart. Huge lemon zing up front followed by a lime sour/bitterness and grassy/earthy notes.

Mouthfell: Light and digestable. Great acidity and lively throughout.

Drinkability: World class beer. An outstanding example of a gueze. Simply one of the BEST BEERS i've EVER HAD.

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Photo of stcules
4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Re-reviewed, after a while, and after some other geuze...
Old golden colour, beautiful head, with some little holes in it...
Maybe not too persistent.
The smell is very very good, with sourness, old leather. Dry and fresh, citric.
The taste is more acid., with notes of citric.
Very drinkable. Good.

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Photo of saltydog
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1995 bottle samped at Drie Fonteinen in 2001. Probably my favorite Gueuze. Appearence: Big, rocky head, orange color, vigorous carbonation, slight cloudiness. Aroma: Balanced. Tartly refreshing, hint of nuttiness. Flavor: Subtle, exciting, sharp and nutty. Finish: Sharp, nutty, quenching finish.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brewed 1999. The exquisite nature of this beer is hard to describe, being a combination of the total sensory experience, as it is with any beer, but so heightened here. The beauty of the body can best be described as being the color of the pulp of a pink grapefruit, hazy and pulpy in its own way. The nose speaks of complexity built upon careful blending; certainly a lemony citrus sense comes to the fore, but there's also the lovely pungency of more, a kind of earthy, musky sense.

The taste - mouth puckering in its sour tartness, and yet so lovely to the palate. As the palate adjust it becomes deeper and richer than just the tart nature; there is real body and earthiness here. The feel starts as if a bit thin, but then adds in its champaign-like overtones and the feel begins to move beyond acidity to a higher level of complexity. Drinkable only in small, well-savored portions, this is not to be taken lightly nor casually.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.83/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle Date 11 December 2000. Sampled May 2004 at the Hopleaf, Chicago.

The aroma is sharp, acidic, and catpee. The taste is dry, and sour with notes of lemon, grapefruit (which is more pronounced), tannin, subtle vanilla notes, and a sharp herbal grassiness. There is a somewhat restrained Brett character, but there are notes of leather. This is a very well integrated beer, it is also quite light, as is expected. This goes quite well with the mussel apetizer that I am currently having.


1995 Bottle Vintage: Sampled 2001 at Drie Fonteinen cafe:

I decided to go for broke on the next beer that I ordered at the cafe, so I ordered the 1995 bottling of the Gueuze, which means that the majority of the beer contained therein was at least 8 years old, if not more. The waitress whisked off to the bar (after making sure that I actually wanted a beer that only came in 750 ml bottles) to request the beer from the bar tender. The bar tender promptly disappeared down into the cellar. He appeared again a few minutes later reverently holding the bottle at the proper angle (again about 15-degrees). The bottle was carefully put in a basket that maintained the angle properly and brought to me. At this point I was getting giddy with excitement, or was that full day of beer consumption. Either way I was anticipating the sampling of this one.

The bottle was completely unadorned except for a white paint mark that let one know which way was up (so as not to disturb the yeast). What surprised me was the fact that the standard Champagne bottle that it was served in was corked with a normal wine cork with no accompanying wire cage or any other restraint. Despite this the beer made an appropriate popping sound when the cork was drawn.

The beer when poured into the glass was lively with carbonation and had a dark gold to amber hue that was quite clear. It was quite evident just from the clarity
of the beer that it had been aging, as it had enough time for the characteristic haze to settle out. The nose was only slightly acidic, at least for a Gueuze. The taste was quite similar to the 2000 bottling of the Gueuze, but was quit a bit mellower and overall was perfectly balanced between the contrasting and complementary flavors that make up a Lambic. As an accompaniment to the meal that I had (a wonderful salmon filet) it was quite nice, with a hint of an alcoholic finish to it that was brought out by the fish.

2000 bottle Vintage, sampled in 2001 at Drie Fonteinen
After I had ordered the Gueuze the waitress went to the bar and requested a one. The barkeep then pulled out the traditional bottle of Lambic lying at a 15-degree angle in a wicker basket. The bottle was carefully opened and poured without disturbing the yeast. The beer when it was set down in front of me displayed a lively carbonation, a gold color, slightly hazy and a thick creamy head. Even from a distance the aroma was evident; displaying notes of fruit including citrus. When brought closer for an extended sniff it smelled quite sour with an evident Brett character. The taste was just about perfect. It was not as sour as Oud Beersel's Gueuze and was incredibly complex, with notes of wood, mustiness, a slight bitterness and almost a hint of what I can only describe as wild mushroom. This was definitely the best Gueuze I had ever had.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle is 3.5 years old (11 Dec, 2000).

This beer has a golden hue that glows orange. A very healthy and slightly bubbly white head tops it off. Retention amazing. Streams of carbonation jet to the surface. The aroma is wonderful. Musty. Lemony. Grassy. Citric. Horse Blanket. Just a little bubblegum. Damn fine. The body is light and the mouthfeel is airy. A little fizzy. This taste can be likened to the outer layer a sour gobstopper. It is acidic beyond belief. Citrus flavors and lemongrass make their presence know. Some cider. On scale of 1-10, this would get a 9 maybe 9.5 for its mouthpuckering ability. Tart as all get out. Just a little of the horseblanket on the buds. Just what you'd expect from a well made lambic (Gueuze).

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Photo of SamuraiJack
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Do you remember when you first discovered "real" beer? When you found yourself on a quest for the "Elizabethan ideal" of beer - found yourself believing there was some sort of perfect "ur-beer" that was the embodiment of all that is good about beer? As time went by you lost that dream and decided that perfection was unobtainable and that, instead, it was about the journey?

Well... shockingly it turns out that this was not an unrealistic romantic dream. There is perfection - and this beer proves the dream to be attainable.

Popping the cork results in a loud, champagne-like "pop" and whisps of smoky mist. Before you can even pour this beauty you are assaulted by the aroma. I'd say "horse blanket" but it's more like "sheep" than "horse." Pungent, ripe and astringent notes riding on a bed of fruit. Pouring the beer results in dense streamers of "tiny bubbles" (grin) rising from all sides of the glass and building a perfect, frothing white pillow of a head.

Upon pouring you discover those initial aromas were just a subtle hint of what was in store. Astonishingly powerful nose - this is not an "apologetic" Lambic. This is not a "dumbed down" Geuze.The acidic fruit tartness goes beyond merely bright and becomes almost abrasive in the nose. Pungent barnyard aromas of ripe cheese and funk swim in the astringent fruits - Wow!!

And then you sip... Lights shine from the heavens, a smile breaks out on your face, you look at the bottle, at the amount remaining, at your companions... perhaps you could kill one of them and take their share. Initial citric straw flavours with an underpinning of exotic fruit lead into an explosive middle palatte burst of unbelievably tart and strong lemony grapefruit and green apple tastes. It would be perhaps TOO astringent were it not for the solid foundation of lactic-acid like, funky cheese flavours that soften the bite and warm the tongue.The finish goes on forever with a lovely spumante acidic dry bite that makes your lips feel like they've been glued to your teeth. "Must... drink... more..." At the very very end you, again, get a hint of barnyard and some light dry toasting oak. This is a full spectrum, every tastebud on board, whole palette experience.

The ne plus ultra de Lambic indeed. Unforgiving, unapologetic, this beer is The One.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Easter 1994, a visit to Beersel for the day, and it happened. This was the first traditional Gueuze that I ever had. What an experience that was, I still remember the event as plain as day!!! I have returned many times since to re-acquaint myself with this majestic Gueuze.

Served from the bottle in the Café, it was highly carbonated. Masses of bubbles rose in streamers from the bottom and sides of the glass tumbler to the underside of the frothy pillow-like, slightly off-white, head. It looks truly superb.

The Aromas are incredible and very powerful. The nose pulls no punches nor does it make any excuses whatsoever for offending you – the sign of a great Oude Gueuze. You can smell this Gueuze from your Table whilst it is being poured at the bar. Quite something! Has an astringent acidity that stings the inside of the nose like salt on an open wound when deeply inhaled. Farmyard odors also make their way through this most pungent of odors.

It has darkened a bit over the years. The most recent bottle I had was slightly turbid orange in color with an amber character. Earlier years were slightly lighter and a little more golden in color.

A true Oude Gueuze, in every aspect of the legal definition. When it is young it is more lemony and citric in character than say a Cantillon, but it is a mighty impressive Gueuze nonetheless, and one of the very best. Lemon grass and straw in the beginning make way for a tart and very sharp citric-grapefruit middle. It has a long dry soily farmyard but spritzy acidic finish that lingers like a lonely prostitute on a cold street corner, it just never gives up. Oak and wood is sometimes discernable in the end when it ages slightly.

In fact, this Gueuze just gets better with age, it is stated that it will keep for upto 5 years – but I recently had the fortune to try some at 7 years old and it was simply awesome – how I laughed as I felt the enamel on my teeth dissolve and I struggled to pull the cheeks out of the back of my mouth.

Cellars exceptionally well, and it is **highly recommended** to age this (on its side) to get the best out of it, your patience will be greatly rewarded.

Café Visit: 24th Nov. 2002

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Photo of rastaman
4.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange appearance, you just know its going to be sour when you take your fisrt smell. Very stinky, earthy smell aswell. This had a very loooooong flavour, covered every part of your tongue, tremendoudly sour, tart acidity, one of my favourite gueuzes, lemony, grassy, earthy, dry, if your a fan of gueuze you must seek this out!!!!!!!

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