3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze

Brewery: Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Country: Belgium
ABV: 6.7%
Style: Lambic – Gueuze
Other Notes: Blend°63, Season 18/19

Brewer Description: (from bottle in Dutch) 3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze is een assemblage van één, twee, en drie-jarige traditionele lambikken, vergist op fles. Dankzij de spontane vergisting, de lange rijping op eikenhouten vaten, en de continue evolutie op fles ontstaat een uitgesproken complex en elegant natuurlijk bier. Lambik en Geuze zijn rijk levend erfgoed, eigen aan de Zennevallei! Ongefilterd en ongespasteurisserd.

Deze specifieke Oude Geuze werd geassembleerd met lambikken van 9 verschillende vaten en afkomstig van 6 verschillende brouwsels. De assemblage bestaat uit jonge lambikken en drie jaar oude lambik (33%), gebrouwen door Brouwerijen Lindemans en Boon.

(translated to English) 3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze is an assembly of one, two and three-year-old traditional lambics, fermented in the bottle. Thanks to the spontaneous fermentation, the long maturation in oak barrels, and the continuous evolution in the bottle, a distinctly complex and elegant natural beer is created. Lambik and Geuze are a rich living heritage, characteristic of the Senne valley! Unfiltered and unpasteurised.

This particular Oude Geuze was assembled with lambic from 9 different barrels originating from 6 different brews. The assembly consists of young lambic and three-year-old lambic (33%), originating from Brouwerij Lindemans and Brouwerij Boon.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.5
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.4

Intro: A 750ml corked and caged bottle, blend°63, season 18/19, bottled on 3rd April 2019. Served from a 3 Fonteinen lambic basket, and poured into a 3 Fonteinen gueuze glass.
Appearance: A nice clear golden colour with a just over one finger white head that had decent retention while leaving some nice lacing.
Aroma: Lightly tart, barnyard, funky, oak, hay, green apple, with light lemon notes.
Taste: Sour, tart, funk, oak, hay, green apple, lime, lemon, with light notes of grape skin.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with high, lively carbonation.
Overall: Surprised I didn’t review this much earlier. For an Oude Geuze in the core range, this is right up there among the best in my opinion, along with 3F A&G and Tilquin Oude Gueuze. I also specifically picked blend°63 of season 18/19, because it’s been one of my favourites lately, since the paper label blends of 2015 and earlier. It’s just super easy and enjoyable to drink, it’s basically something I could down at all hours of the day.

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