Category Archives: Belgian Lambic (Gueuze)

Lindheim x Oud Beersel FiftyFifty Spontaneous Blend (Friendship Series)

Brewery: Lindheim Ølkompani x Oud Beersel
Country: Norway
ABV: 7.6%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Gueuze)
Other Notes: Spontaneous ale

Brewer Description: (from bottle) FiftyFifty spontaneous blend. This beer is half Belgian, half Norwegian. 2015 lambic from Oud Beersel was shipped from Belgium to Gvarv and blended with our 2014 coolship beer. The fifty-fifty blend makes a 100% spontaneously fermented beer.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.88
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.8

Intro: A 375ml corked and caged bottle, production date of 2014/2015 and bottled on 11th November 2016. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A hazy golden orange colour with a two finger white head that dissipated quite quickly and left only sparse to no lacing.
Aroma: Funk, farmhouse, light tartness, apricot, peach and citrusy notes.
Taste: Funk, barnyard, oak, sour, tart, lemon with hints of stone fruit and citrus.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Aroma was quite nice, but it seemed to have lost much of the nice fruitiness from the aroma in the taste as the funk and wood were quite powerful. As I drank more and more, it did grow on me though.

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Black Project Oxcart

Brewery: Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales
Country: USA
ABV: 6.2%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Gueuze)
Other Notes: Methode Traditionnelle. Blended coolship spontaneous ale

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Oxcart is a blend of 3 years of traditional Lambic-inspired, coolship spontaneous ale that follows the Methode Traditionnelle guidelines. Oxcart is the purest expression of our goals with Black Project as spontaneous fermentation yields what we believe to be true terroir, great complexity, and depth of flavour. If you choose to cellar this beer, it will age and develop for years to come.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.06
My ratebeer.com rating: 4

Intro: A 375ml corked and capped bottle, bottled in February 2018, Blend B. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A hazy straw golden yellow colour with a one finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly and left some sparse spotty lacing.
Aroma: Tart, sour, lemon zest, lemon, light funk and oak with hints of stone fruit.
Taste: Sour, tart, lemon zest, light funk, brett and oak.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: It was nice, but it doesn’t have the complexity of the top Belgian Gueuze’s. Everything like the funkiness, brett and oak character just seemed a bit light and lacking in comparison. Having said that, if it was cheaper, I would still drink it, but at the moment for me, it is still a lot more expensive than 3F A&G for example. It would be an interesting experiment to age some bottles of this though.

Bruery Terreux Rueuze

Brewery: The Bruery (Bruery Terreux)
Country: USA
ABV: 5.8%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Gueuze)
Other Notes: 2016 vintage

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Sour Blonde Ale aged in oak barrels. Earthy – complex – blend.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.17
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.9

Intro: A 750ml bottle, 2016 vintage, bottled on 10th October 2016. Poured into a Cantillon gueuze glass.
Appearance: Very lightly cloudy, still see through, golden blonde colour with a just under two finger white head that dissipated quickly to nothing and left behind no lacing.
Aroma: Funky, tart, grape, apple and hay, with hints of oak, vanilla and lemon.
Taste: Funky, barnyard, grape, white grape, apricots, lemon and hay.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: An enjoyable Gueuze. The main thing though was that I was hoping that carbonation would have been much higher than what it was.

Tilquin Gueuze – Draft Version

Brewery: Gueuzerie Tilquin
Country: Belgium
ABV: 4.8%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Gueuze)
Other Notes: Draft version

Brewer Description: (from website) The Gueuze Tilquin – draft version (4,8% alc/vol) is a spontaneous fermentation beer obtained from the blending of a low alcohol lambic (called Meerts or March beer) with 1 and 2 years old lambics matured in oak barrels. Unfiltered and unpasteurized, it is re-fermented in stainless steel kegs or in Keykegs for a minimum period of 3 months. The lambics used were fermented and matured in our own oak barrels at the blendery. They are made from worts brewed by Boon, Lindemans, Girardin and Cantillon. The taste is tart, dry and refreshing. The nose is fresh and lemony. An ideal light gueuze for terraces in the summer and for discovering the beers of spontaneous fermentation.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.44
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.3

Intro: A 250ml draft pour into a Tilquin gueuze glass at Moeder Lambic Fontainas.
Appearance: A lightly hazy orange colour with a just over one finger creamy white head that had decent retention and left nice curtain lacing.
Aroma: Strong barnyard funk, lemon peel, light vinegar and chalk.
Taste: Lightly sour, tart, green apple, lemon peel, funk and oak.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate to low carbonation.
Overall: Very nice, complex and easy drinking.

3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze Honing

Brewery: Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Country: Belgium
ABV: Unknown (7%?)
Style: Belgian Lambic (Gueuze)
Other Notes: 2015 vintage

Brewer Description: (from lambic.info) 3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze Honing is a geuze infused with honey (local organic honey).

My rating: 5
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.67
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.5

Intro: A 750ml bottle at 3 Fonteinen lambik-O-droom, 2015 vintage, bottled on 12th January 2015. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A clear dark orange, copper colour with a three finger off white head that had great retention and thick stick lacing.
Aroma: Funk, grass, hay, lightly sweet honey, light herbs and lemon peel.
Taste: Sour, funk, lightly sweet, grass, hay, lemon peel, sherry vinegar and light berries.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with soft to moderate carbonation.
Overall: Another amazing lambic by 3 Fonteinen. Just so enjoyable and relaxing to drink.