Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze

Oude Geuze

 

Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen in Lot, Flemish Brabant, Belgium 🇧🇪

Lambic Style - Gueuze Regular
Score
8.26
ABV: 6.0% IBU: - Ticks: 323
A true Geuze. A blend of 1, 2, and 3 year-old lambic unfiltered and unpasteurized and aged in the bottle for at least 6 months after blending. Continued fermentation in the bottle give this Geuze its famous champagne-like spritziness. The lambic that goes into it is brewed only with 60% barley malt, 40% unmalted wheat, aged hops, and water, spontaneously fermented by wild yeasts, and matured in oak casks.

3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze is a blend of one-, two-, and three-year old lambics. Spontaneous fermentation, patient maturation in oak barrels, and continued evolution of the ecosystem in the bottle result in a distinctively complex and elegant natural beer. No two bottlings are alike, as there are multiple variables in the blending process, a variety of barrel sizes and shapes, differences in aged lambic proportions in the blend, etc. When cellared properly, 3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze can be aged for several decades. The aromas and flavours will evolve from notes of vibrant fresh citrus, zesty and grassy notes to a mellow, oaky, stone fruit bouquet as the lambic continues to develop with time. Lambic and Geuze are living, cultural heritage rooted in the Zenne valley! Taste, savour, enjoy and experience this bottle fermented, unfiltered, unpasteurised and unadulterated beer with friends new and old!
 

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8.4
Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 8.5 | Flavor - 8.5 | Texture - 8 | Overall - 8.5

0,75l bottle at home. Bottled 21.03.2018. yellow hazy color, small white head. smells citric, grassy, earthy, tangerins, some oak, hay, stone fruits. lovely smell. full body, soft carbonation. tastes of cereal, hay, earthy, citric, spices, light stone fruits, subtle funk, light walnuts. finishes lightly dry and lightly sour with notes of hay, stone fruits and some cereal notes. very nice one, lovely balance.

Tried from Bottle on 20 Jul 2022 at 15:44


7.5
Appearance - 7 | Aroma - 7.5 | Flavor - 7.5 | Texture - 7 | Overall - 8

ide-by-side sample between 18/19 blends 121 and 117 .
This one pours clear, with more visible co2 (and bottle pressure) . Scent is fairly mild, compared. Funky, raw malts. Taste is indeed far more carbed, more dry. Acidity seems higher as well. Less on the aroma's, more fresh and vibrant. Easier geuze for the bigger audience, though less unique, and thus more forgeteable to me. Also too high carbed for my preference.

Tried on 14 Mar 2022 at 13:33


8
Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 8 | Flavor - 8 | Texture - 8 | Overall - 8

Side-by-side sample between 18/19 blends 121 and 117 .
This one pours clear blonde, seemingly (visually) softer carb, as well as less pressure on the bottle. Scent is very funky, expressive old oak / mushroomy, thin impressions, very aged-like , though it's still fairly young. Reminds me of an H.ertie. Taste is full, oaky, mushroom, bit bitter (more so than the average 3f) , intenser on the malts too. Nice geuze, very different to their usual offerings. Can see this being a hard one to enjoy for some.

Tried on 14 Mar 2022 at 13:31


8
Appearance - 6 | Aroma - 8 | Flavor - 9 | Texture - 6 | Overall - 9

26 December 2021. 75cl bottle, bottled 14/3/2015, shared by Pieter - many thanks!

Clear orange, thinning, white head. Aroma of ripe orange, apricot, oak, sherry, wet hay, barnyard, leather. Taste has sweetish-sour orange & plum, quite estery over funky straw & hay, bitter leather note too. 'Old' grassy hoppy finish, lingering tart, slightly bitter orange peel, funky with a dry and oaky sherry accent. Medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation. Still amazingly fruity, yet funky and tart of course.

Tried on 10 Feb 2022 at 13:55


9
Appearance - 9 | Aroma - 9 | Flavor - 9 | Texture - 9 | Overall - 9

Quite a big head. Quite subtle blend, mineral funk, soft lemon, dry cellar.... it's all there. Not too much wood or leaves. Under medium sour. Great!

Tried from Bottle on 20 Jan 2022 at 18:14


8

EB winter blind tasting.

Tried from Bottle on 26 Dec 2021 at 08:44


8

Hapu, kuiv, tsitrus, sidrun, tamm, nisu, lõpp on kuiv. Hea, pisut happelisem kui tavaliselt, aga muidu ei paista millegi erilisega silma. 3.9

Tried from Bottle on 17 Dec 2021 at 00:04


7.4
Appearance - 7 | Aroma - 8 | Flavor - 7.5 | Texture - 7 | Overall - 7

Taster at gfs, courtesy of Sander, big thanks. amber rather hazy color, small white head. smells funky, cheesy, grassy, oak, light sherry, bit citric. very nice smell. full body, soft subtle carbonation. tastes citric, grassy, funky, earthy, some oak, hints of sherry, light horse radish, some acidic notes. finishes dry and light to medium sour with notes of citrus, grass and funky notes. very nice one, almost a tad too much carbonation. taste has a bit of a weird acidic note that doesnt totally convince me, leaning towards a vinegarish edge. still very good to drink, but not the best 3f Geuze, if this mellows out with some age, this is going to be great.

Tried on 21 Nov 2021 at 15:55


8.9
Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 9 | Flavor - 9 | Texture - 9 | Overall - 9

Bottle shared. Nit much to say, this is lovely funky and fruity, not too sour. Great blend, this is a lot better then a lot of their specials.

Tried from Bottle on 05 Nov 2021 at 18:47


7.9
Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 8 | Flavor - 7.5 | Texture - 8 | Overall - 8

Pours clear , bit darker blonde. Medium sized head. Scent is expressively green apple, beautifull refined funk. Wood, but not as expressed on the amontillado as I had (un)secretly hoped. Taste is dry, tart, bit mineral. Malic acid is higher than the AVG 3F. High carbonation, this could benefit from a few years of storage, still. The amontillado barrel is a fun trivia, but doesn't show itself in any form or shape. Still, a lovely geuze - but 3F always needs a bit of time to reach the sheer beauty it often has the potential to become.

Tried on 31 Oct 2021 at 22:23