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This listing refers ONLY to beers that explicitly say "Vintage" on the label. These currently date from 2002 onwards, and feature either the red label ("Nightlights" by Felix de Boeck) or the word Vintage printed directly below the words Oude Gueuze as in the profile picture.
This is NOT for old vintages of the standard Oude Geuze.
(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-14-2006)
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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
This beer will have you cursing in foreign tongues trying to figure out what it was that you actually just put into your mouth. Some Etheopian slang words are entering my head now just thinking about it. Ok, this is gueuze. There's no getting around it, you are either masochitistly into this, or you try to avoid it like the vile stench of the night that it is. I'm a masochist, let's dive in. This pours like a fine sparkling wine, with a fresca like effervescence. Are you allowed to compare beer to Fresca here? YOU CAN'T STOP ME! There's all sorts of crazyness going on in the nose. Sour, spicy, even bitter notes float up, like cherries and tar, but in a good way.Suck on a lemon, stick some tobacco up our nose, and cover your head with a musty old gym bag. Congrats, you just saved $10. The body is equally complex, but strangely different from the nose. Here you'll find lots of grapefruit and sour apple, cherries, and some used bandaids. It goes down slick, almost oily, but still bubbly and light, with a clean refreshing finish. The sourness lingers longest on the palate, but every sip was a mystery, building on the last. So far, this is now my favorite way to punish myself with a gueuze.
Serving type: bottle
08-05-2006 21:09:50 |
More by dherling
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Pale amber (almost dark gold) in colour with mild sparkling wine-like carbonation. Aromas of lemon, wet hay, barnkyard, paint, black pepper, and mild cherry. All sorts of crazy flavors with this one: lactic acid, horse blanket, wet cedar wood, earth, and mozarella cheese at the end. The palate is quite interesting, as it starts out with medium fullness, but dries VERY quickly. Great sourness and complexity... somewhat Cantillon-like, but a bit more woody. Wow!
Serving type: bottle
07-17-2006 21:17:29 |
More by fisherman34
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Presentation: Managed to snaffle two bottles of this; one was a present from my good friend BA RichLightWeight, but I also managed to buy a further bottle at Quinns in London NW1 (see BeerFly). 37,5cl green glass bottle with dimpled base. Sealed with a thumbed cork which is retained by a black metal cap and cage. All this is wrapped in black foil around the top 3 of the bottles neck. Light yellow colored main label with the generic 3 Fonteinen logo on it. Labeled as Oude Geuze with the word Vintage in white text set against a brown background below. Large date on the side of the label 07 / 03 / 2002. Listed at Alc. 6% Vol.
Appearance: Golden orange, slightly turbid at first but it soon clears to reveal a crystal clean body. Gueuze like frothy head races high with a gentle audible fizz as it settles down. The head has excellent retention, the carbonation is medium in strength but the long term resilience of the conditioning is very high, it pumps out a constant forceful rising set of streamers right until the last drop. Superb presentation, there is nothing wrong with this one.
Nose: Classic Drie Fonteinen nose with a simply orgasmic Gueuze nose. Dry acerbic nose has a soft farmyard heritage but this is punctuated with dry white grape skins and some cold tannin. Earthy tones with damp oak, sharp acetic tangents and a full body in the nostrils. Utterly charming stuff, has a biting nose at first but it also has a mature rounded edge to it. Perfect.
Taste: This Gueuze has a superb balance to it, this is what strikes me right from the off!! Gorgeous astringency pulls at the cheeks as the base lambics add to the experience, this is all lambic here! Soft yet sharp, dry yet wheaty, the beginning complements the finish and entices you to start all over again. High rise dryness in the finish could be too much for some, the sour grapefruit and grape skins add fruit to this anhydric experience and balance it nicely though. I find this characteristic to be a distinctive trademark finish in the older Oude Gueuze of Drie Fonteinen and very attractive. Incredible stuff, all the hard work has been done for the Imbiber, good to go right now but I bet this one will get even better with a few more years under its belt.
Mouthfeel: Bold feel with a big body. The intense carbonation feels like it shot blasts the cheeks, as this tingling rescinds the flavors fill the void, but after the swallow the finish is pure ball-clenching dryness that pulls the cheeks in, but it is not over the top as in some younger examples, this one has a defined mature dryness. Quality stuff.
Drinkability: Im a huge fan of Gueuze so it is no surprise that this small 375ml bottle was drained bone dry in no time. A very refreshing Gueuze it complemented the hot 4th July here in Long Bach with little effort. Lovers of Armand Debelders dry yet grapefruit grape skin filled creations will surely love this one.
Overall: Superb!! A terrifically balanced and weathered Oude Gueuze that shows why stashing fresh samples away can be such a reward. Guess I will not see this one again, shame, I wish I had picked up more now! Thanks to my good mate BA RichLightWeight for the gift of this, and pointing me towards picking up another.
Serving type: bottle
07-04-2006 22:37:16 |
More by TheLongBeachBum
United Kingdom (England)
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
2002 vintage, served cool in a broad-rimmed goblet, on 11/03/2006. I was very happy to bump into this bottle at the Quinn's, Camden Town, just several days after my birthday, as the bottling date and month (07/03/2002) coincides with that of my BD, and this was the last bottle in the fridge--almost like a belated birthday gift for me~~
A: pours a hazy, honeyish golden hue, coming with a big frothy beer head, with ever-lasting foam on top; moderate, constant carbonation.
S: saw-dusty woody, (unknown) spice, lots of lemon peels and cider-like sour yet savoury aroma, added force by raw-ish and musty yeastiness and smoothly sweet wheat-malts... overall the note is only medium-sour, and really is colourful and harmonious for a potentially aggressively tart geuze.
T: an incredibly dry-ish palate of sour-sweet wheats hand in hand with a lime-fruity and barrel-aged cider flavour, magnifies quickly on the palate... the wheat-ness goes deeper while the lime-zestiness is elevated to the upper level of the palate; simultaneously, woodchip-like, slightly rough edge and bitterness as of white grapefruits along with plenty of tannins dominates the mouthfeel; slowly but surely, the palate turns drier and drier, leaving a zesty-tangy and tannic, almost slightly clashing/rusty, mouthfeel deeply attached to the tongue and also b/w the teeth...
M&D: a surprisingly soft body supports the otherwise very dry palate, backed by constantly refreshing fizziness that takes some time to soften on the tongue... The overall flavour profile shows a sourness being well-tamed through four years of ageing. This is the first geuze I've had for more than a year, and I feel really satisfied with the depth and complexity this four-year old geuze has shown. I'm totally convinced that this bottle was reserved at the pub for ME!!
Serving type: bottle
05-30-2006 01:48:48 |
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