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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
Belgium
3fonteinen.be

Style: 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".

Added by rastaman on 09-27-2002

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Photo of nas5755
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dec 12, 2009 375ml

A - A very loud pop with the cork. I poured this clear straw golden gueuze into my Mystic flute, an extreme amount of carbonation was present and a large head initially settled into a constant thin head that remained present throughout my entire glass. A very beautiful beer.

S - Barnyard Funk and lactic acid are balanced gracefully and extend out into the entire room.

T - Initial sour profile begins with lactic sourness that fades into barnyard progression, with a recursive progression of sour and funk inter-playing off one another. Some of the interesting flavor profiles present are lemon, and lime(with lime being more prevalent(quite awesome as this isnt usually the case)), barnyard funk, some wet leather and wet hay.

M - Very heavily carbonated. Lots of spritz.

Overall - An amazing beer. The most balanced gueuze that I ever experienced. Barnyard and sour flavors play off each other, complementing each other throughout the entire palate. A very awesome experience.

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Photo of Fux
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in my De Dolle Oerbier tulip glass.

A: Nice light gold color. Abundant fizzy head which disappears quickly. Lacing is ok.

S: Sour nose with tart, funky and also spicy notes. Aromas of green apple are present.

T: Taste is sweeter than expected, with distinguishable honey notes. Still very sour. Very well balanced. This is a very nice one to try for someone not used to the style as it is not as astringent as others gueuzes.

M: Light bodied with high carbonation. Very refreshing and easily drinkable.

O: Very nice stuff. This one will be back in my stock soon.

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Photo of gbontrag
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Large - huge bubbles rise like clouds over a parched corn field. They evaporate quickly to a thin covering, then slowly, ones-and-twos at a time the bubbles pop. All that separates me now from this golden orange challenge is a halo of bubbles, and wary anticipation.
Smells very orange, very fresh wood, almond and coconut, canteloupe, green fruits, and damp laundry piles.
Tastes of fresh coconut shavings, dry almond macaroons, raw peanuts, crabapples, gooseberries, rhubarb. Very dry, like licking oak planks sanded smooth. So little residual sugar; just a touch of green honeydew melon, and not quite ripe at that! Kaffir lime, lemon thyme, wild oregano... Herbal aftertastes abound, and leave pebbles under my tongue. Very dry pebbles. More then puckering, I'm thirsty, but wary lest I challenge my constitution too aggressively. I feel I have to allow this beer to encounter my body like two strange dogs meeting for the first time. I may not move for an hour. As I sip this I feel as though I were passing a comfrey leaf across my tongue. The sourness builds like licking a lime, over and over. This geueze plays the trumpet!

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Photo of RoninTK3
4.69/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 11/18/10 375ml bottle into a Warsteiner flute glass.

A - Gold with quite a bit of head that settled into some lasting lacing. Nothing wrong here.

S - Sour, citrus fruits, acidic. A little bit of grape. Not overly strong.

T - Very sour with some bitter aftertastes. Hints of fruit, especially lemons and apricots. Very acidic. This is a very nice geuze.

M - Very carbonated and acidic, but the taste doesn't linger. Mild lemon rind aftertaste.

This is an excellent beer. I love sours and this is one of the better ones I've had. Thanks again to Douglasjamjak for this awesome extra!

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Photo of Lolli1315
4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy gold color with visible bubbles streaming to the one finger beautiful white head that will not disappear. A fairly decent lacing accompanies the head as well.

S- As soon as you open the bottle you are hit with the funky smell. A lot of barnyard funk with nice lemon citrus notes as well as some oak. Finishes with a noticeable yeast smell as well as what seems as a slight band aid smell.

T- The beer starts with a funky barnyard undertone and quickly moves into sharp citrus notes. The sweetness of the beer picks up to compliment the large increase in the sour nature towards the middle end of the profile. Sharp sour notes finish the beer as the funky undertones continue throughout, never quite losing steam. A little too sweet towards the middle of the beer brings this one down.

M- Medium light body with decent carbonation, but could use more as much seems to disappear quickly after it enters the mouth.

D- Sweetness makes this a little harder to put down and a little trying after some time, but still a good beer. For my first gueuze it wasn't bad, but I think I will revisit this review after trying a couple others.

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Photo of cooch69
4.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I split a 750 of this with my buddy.

This one was poured into snifters. It was a deep semi cloudy orange copper with a small white head.

Nose is full of all the greats. Funk Funk Funk and more Funk along with some vinegar and a decent amount of tartness. Also a fair bit of barn and some cheese.

Taste on this one is not as sour as some of my favorites, yet it is just as awesome. Musty attic wood, barnyard, hay, sweet and sour sauce with a little citrus fruits, mainly oranges and a little lemons.

This is one for the records. A super awesome beer. One of the most complex and balanced Gueuze I've ever had.

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Photo of Antilochus
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

VLAAMSVEST '08

Bottle at Cambrinus in Brugge. Best before 10/01/07. Apple juice yellow, clear, warm amber core, no head. A few bubbles here and there. Spicy nose, lots and lots of funk. Green apple. Palate is chalky, mature, small hop presence but noted, moderate pucker. Yeasty bitterness, alcohol very moderated. Wonderful to drink.

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Photo of Prufrock
4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12.7 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner.

slightly hazy bright orange. an aggressive pour gets about a third of an inch of white head that falls quickly but leaves some lace.

tart, lemony, sour grapefruit-y, yeasty, barny aroma with a hint of cider sweetness.

high carbonation and a light-medium, refreshing mouthfeel. initial lemony, citrusy sweetness gives way to a drying, astringent, puckering tartness that makes the mouth water. hints of dry cider, grapefruit rinds, and belgian yeast. an intense finish that takes the drinkability down and would likely make this a bad gueuze for an introduction to the style, but a very well-crafted brew.

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Photo of Jefe73
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottled poured into a Lost Abbey tulip. Big thanks to Vince (G311) for sending this my way.

A - Cork shot off with a loud pop. Pours a hazy, golden color with a finger width, bright white head.

S - Smell is slightly funk with green grapes, oak and lemongrass.

T - Taste is very similar to what is picked up in the nose. Sour apple, green grapes, a little vinegar.

M - Very champagne like. Light body and heavy carbonation...very effervescent. Smooth, dry finish.

O - Nice and refreshing. Highly drinkable. Enjoyed this one very much.

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Photo of wedgie9
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from 12.7oz bottle at Lush Roscoe, bottle date is Feb. 1, 2008. Pours cloudy golden with a thick, bubbly white head that recedes to thick lace. Nose is sour citrus and vinegar funk with some nice yeasty bread aromas as well. Flavors are sour with lemon and lime acidity and light bitterness. There are also some yeast, bread, and hay notes. The body is fairly light with sparkling carbonation and a long sour and bitter finish.

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Photo of jimilayne
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

Appearance - cloudy, mang-esque orange with a tornado-like carbonation running through. Thin head.

Smell - not much of a smell. Gave me nothing to work with. Not necessarily a bad thing.

Taste - fruity and tarty with some oak balanced in. Almost a hint of white wine. Very pleasant and drinkable, though.

Mouthfeel - smooth and easy

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Photo of ithacabaron
4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My attempt to slip the cork from the bottle fails miserably -- it explodes from the bottle like a gunshot. The pour yields a very clear, Iowa yellow body, capped with several fingers of sheer white head. A riot of bubbles runs up the glass. The beer almost leaps from the glass. Wonderful.

Aromas are classic gueuze, but more sour than most classic examples. Rusty steel, white distilled vinegar, and straw stand out. No cat urine or wet blanket, and what funk is here gets smothered. Far more acidic than other examples of the style, and the beer suffers as a result. Would have liked to see more complexity here.

Taste is more of the same; acid, acid, acid. It's not bad, but it's really one dimensional. Some gueuzes give you hours of exploration; new flavors to uncover as you travel through the bottle. Not so here -- it's one note, albeit played well.

Mouthfeel is a contradiction, with lots of foam, but a thin body. Still, not outside the realm of what's expected from the style.

All in all, this is a fine, beer, and better than many other gueuzes. The fact that it's widely available nowadays is a miracle of modern beer advocacy. That being said, is it still a mere shadow of Cantillon's wonder? Yup.

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Photo of OldSock
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Appearance – 375 ml bottle from Julio's dated 22 January 2004 (almost 2.5 years ago to the day). Poured into a champagne flute the beer appears golden yellow and slightly hazy, it grows hazier with each successive pour. The tiny white head is supported by occasional bubbles. I was expecting a more carbonated beer.

Smell – Slightly citric (lemon and lime) sourness, but thankfully no vinegar. Hints of oak, tart cherries and hay. A solid geuze aroma, but I think the low carbonation is preventing this from being as aromatic as it should be.

Taste – Acidity up front, but not in the blinding way that some geuzes are. Lots of complex flavors ranging from barnyard to winey to citrus. Finishes dry, but the sourness stays in the front of the mouth. A well balanced beer that has lots of complexity.

Mouthfeel – Medium-thin, but with low carbonation. Not sure if the cork was improperly fit, but this was almost flat.

Drinkability & Notes – Despite the fact that this bottle suffered from lack of carbonation, this is probably the best geuze that I have had. I will have to find another bottle because it doesn't seem as if other reviewers mention the lack of carbonation.

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Photo of stoutfiend27
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into a duvel tulip...

a-huge rocky off white head...mdium yellow to amber color...carbonation is all there and there are chunks of lace stuck to sides of the glass..

s-funk up front and a bit of must...the acidity does come through in the nose but not as i expected...a bit of ripe fruit and vinegar..overall sourness is nice on this one

t-vinegar acidity hits first and formost but has a weird sweet tone to it...the must and funk follow suit on this one in the middle before the sourness makes a comeback with a hint of sour cherries and more acidity....

m-very carbonated and the acidity really attacks the mouth...it is smooth and not to abrasive overall...

d-docked it a bit here due to the fact that i feel a has of acid reflux coming on later tonight....but thats not to say i wouldnt want to have more than one bottle

overall i am impressed with this...its solid from all angles and maintains the sourness without being offensive..ive had beers that were more sour but i think this is a bit of control in a bottle...

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Photo of deschutes_fan
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375ML Cage/Cork Bottle, Dated Nov 3, 2011
When I un-twisted the cage, the cork slid and shot out on its own, hitting the ceiling. Luckily no liquid was lost, but one can assume this beer is quite carbonated.

- Pours hazy golden wheat with several inches of foam.
- Smells of barnyard funk and lactic sour mixed with sweet malt and tart fruit (grapes, lemons).
- Taste is true to nose with a mouthful of lactic sour funk. Despite being quite full flavored up front, the funkiness is actually quite sublime, fading quickly. I felt like the sourness was going to be more puckering and pungent, but this beer is just too well balanced and restrained to allow that.
- The Finish is clean and dry on the palate. Combined with the high carbonation level, it's reminiscent of a quality champagne.
- Overall this beer is top notch. Lactic sour funk that is well balanced and leaves you wanting more, my glass was empty in no time.

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Photo of jokelahoma
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Being a big fan of sour beers, I felt I had to review this one.

Pours a nice, not all together clear golden/bronze, with substantial carbonation. The head was somewhat billowy, but didn't last all that long.

The nose is almost exactly what you'd expect: Namely, sour and tart fruitiness. There's apple here, as well as pear, some white grape, and lots of tannic aromas, if that makes sense. It smells even more like fruit skins than any fruit itself. All in all, it's really rather appealing.

The taste is surprisingly subdued for a sour ale. Yes, it's sour, but the tartness doesn't jump out and grab you like some other examples I've had. In a way, that's good, and yet it's also just a bit disappointing. It seems like this could be more, and at the same time, it seems quite good like it is. See the dilemma? It's good, and could be better, but not really. Anyway, the nose and the taste are quite in sync with one another. All the fruit peel smells show up in the flavor, with Granny Smith apples really coming to the fore for me. There's no hop flavor, nor should there be. It finishes remarkably dry, with almost a puckering quality to it, as though the saliva has been taken out of your mouth. Overall, a truly grand experience, and one I'd like to try again and again.

The mouthfeel is very, very light, which is exactly as is to be expected with the style. The amazing amount of dryness at the end of the drink just heightens that feeling.

This is very, very well made. Not overwhelming, and with nothing out of balance. I still have that lingering feeling there could be more, but I'm not going to complain. This might be a good entry into the world of sour beers for someone, as it isn't too sour to get one's tastebuds around, yet it's enough that they'll know they're drinking something radically different than anything they've had before. Strongly recommended.

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Photo of OnThenIn
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Two fingers of fluffy off-white head of a on top of a slightly hazy copper body.

S: Some serious bubblegum and sour apple. Funky and slightly acetic. Absolutely incredible aroma.

T: Super funky with great acidity that is not bracing, but is instead refreshing. Somewhat grassy. Lemon flavor is present and there is a hint of bitterness. Finishes with a nice sour element.

M: Great carbonation with medium to thick mouthfeel.

D: Good drinkability and just awesome beer overall.

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Photo of NoLiberty
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Taken from the refrigerator cold so the chances for exploding beer were reduced. Nice *pop* from the cork and a bubbly pour into shorts-stemmed chalices producing a thick, off-white, 3 finger head on top of a perfectly thorough golden yellow-orange (apricot?) body. Cloudy color but not thick. The head settles into an amazing 2 millimeter thick cap that remains the entire glass. There are color swirls and almost craters in the head; really incredible.

The aroma is intoxicating. Reminiscent of a cheese sellers store, countryside farmhouse cellar, mossy stone fence and dank forest glen. Seriously, this beer's smell takes you to these places. There's a mix of musty, earthy funkiness that's matched by a very present fresh tartness that's not quite citrus but has the same effect. The very prominent brett characteristics make this heavy on the "horse blanket", but certainly it's not the only aroma flavor. Very clean and little to no acidic qualities.

Taste matches the aroma very well and is also controlled by this swinging pendulum of earthiness and tartness. Really no spice, but definitely an underlying sweet apricot fruitiness that rests underneath a powerful dry tartness. Grass, hay, sweat, basement must, spiky citrus and beautiful fresh flavors.

Also an incredible body. The carbonation is superb and adds to the overall refreshingness of the beer and the smoothness somehow compliments and contrasts with tartness and subtle sweetness. A truly well-crafted guezue. I could drink this beer all day and still not completely understand it.

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Photo of matttttYCE
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this a while back at a local shop surprisingly and finally decided to drink it. Bottled Nov 18, 2010 (12.7oz bottle). 2 finger high creamy bone white head. Lace is decent. Head sticks around for a while. The beer is a hazy golden straw color. The aroma is lemony citrus, acidic, tart, green apple, oak, slight funk, hay, grass, slight vinegar, hints of pepper and spice. More funk, hay, grass, and oak come out as it warms some. Very interesting aroma that draws me in and makes my mouth water a bit. The taste doesn't let down at all. Big lemon citric taste, tart green apple, white grapes, hay, grass, oak, vinegar notes, moderately funky, slight white pepper and something else I can't quite put my finger on. The mouthfeel is light in general. Light-medium body, slippery, filmy, light consistency, round almost spritzy carbonation, with a light finish, somewhat dry and medium length.

Overall I think this was an absolute treat to have and I wish I could find it again. I'm sure this would continue to be great, if not improve, with more aging. If American Wilds, Flanders Reds, or Gueuzes have even slightly peaked your interest and you can get your hands on this, give it a try! I also have to say, damn it's nice to have a flavorful and complex beer that doesn't start to get me drunk after roughly 12oz.

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Photo of lou91
4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

April 2001 Vintage. Wow what a noisy beer. I chose a champagne flute and it was the right choice to channel the creamy and noisy head. The bubbles just kept rising so I could only pour half the flute. This is not over the top in lambic funkiness or tartness but the nose does give you fair warning that this is not cider. The taste is wonderful and close second to my favorite cantillon gueuze. There are a complex set of flavors - blue cheese, honey, apple, melon and pear cider. The one drawback is price which i think was $18.00 at Plumpjack.

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Photo of mroberts1204
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375ml bottle dated February 2012
Appearance is hazy golden orange with bright white foam that dissipates rapidly. Smell is of lemon and funk. Diaper funk. A touch metallic. Not overpowering in the aroma department. Flavor is delicious funk, a little bit of sweetness, and moderate acidity. Some lemon rind and nectarine. The sour lingers more than the Tilquin that im drinking side by side. Would like some more bubbles but the lower level of carb is probably true to style. A delicious gueuze.

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Photo of jibbyvonjibb
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

bottled Nov 18, 2010
375mL

Opened with a pop as I was unscrewing the wire. Obviously had some time to build up pressure.
A: Bright golden color. Very clear. Huge fluffy head that falls quicker than a souffle.
S: Lemongrass. Extremely citrusy. Funk all in good proportion.
T: Sprightly carbonation and acidity on front of tongue. Delicious. Very little bitterness that I can detect. Maybe a bit of vanilla from the oak, but it's more fruity than anything.
M: Well carbonated, probably because it was bottled well more than a year ago. Bright acidity. Light body but definitely not thin.
O: It just doesn't get much better than this. One of the best gueuzes in the world. Extremely drinkable.

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Photo of kmcnair
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2003 Vintage, 37.5cl bottle

Pours a perfect shade of cloudy apricot and creates a fluffy white head that disipates quickly. Aroma is full of barnyard and sharp cheese, slight vinegar sourness. Flavor is hugely complex, acidic, sharp and sour citrus fruit, funky cheese and something indescribeable that I have never experienced in any other beer. Smooth on the palate, finishes very dry. This gueuze has such a unique character, it is a real shame that I only have one bottle. Quite nice.

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Photo of Beersignal
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Gueuze is my favourite beer style because of the mystery surrounding the elaboration of the brew. Spontaneous fermentation can yield unmatched complexity in aromas and flavours, and this beer is a prime example.

Poured a lovely golden colour, slightly hazy and adorned with an uncharacteristically generous head of white foam. No retention or lace were noticed.

Aromas: HOLY SHIT!!! Full on frontal assault of the purest farmhouse funk I have ever had the chance to whiff. This stuff was pungent, organic, and of a complexity I fear I will never do justice. Through all of the country odours I managed to detect evident notes of apples, peaches, lemons, spices and damp straw, caramel, vanilla, horse hair, horse blanket.... This was the ultimate olfactory experience. Extreme.

The mouthfeel was very tart yet rounded and very firm. Flavours of fruit (mentioned above in the aromas) and caramelly sweetness dominated through a spritzy and quenching effervescence. Tart finish accented by a fresh bitterness made this beer somewhat less drinkable than a hefeweizen but still very pleasant if you are a fan of gueuze. I shall order many bottles of this brew when I have a chance. The smell was just too much.

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Photo of boss302
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A This is a beautiful beer that is orange in color, clear and has a nice head. The head lasted the entire glass and covered the beer to the end.

S Smells sour/acidic, no hops are noted. It smells clean, no off-flavors, and typical of other Geuze I've had.

T Puckering in a good way. This has a nice sour tart flavor like green apples. It is crisp, sharp and clean. There is no sweetness. Balance is on the tart side.

M Medium body, dry finish, carbonation is high.

D This is a middle of the road geuze, it will offend the the uninitiated, but is a good geuze and worth trying.

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