Saturday, May 5, 2012

Beer Review: Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze (2010)

Reviewing the Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen out of Belgium. This beer is off the shelf, but it's supposed to be one of the best off-the-shelf lambics out there.
Score: 95

Bottled 11/10/10. Served in a New Glarus flute and enjoyed on 05/05/12.

Appearance: Super carbonated. The cork to this beer rocketed off the top like a champagne cork when I tried to open it. Thankfully, no one was harmed in the consumption of this beer. Has a bubbly, effervescent appearance. Three to four fingers of white soapy head at pour quickly settles to a thin layer. Minimal lacing, minimal retention. 4/5

Smell: Sweet-and-sour cherry, tart lemon citrus, candied sour fruit and only the faintest hint of funk. White grape juice, granny smith apple and a hint of oak. Very pleasant sweet-and-sour aroma. 4.5/5

Taste: Sweet lemon citrus and tart granny smith apple. Sour white grape. Mild drying oak on midpalate. Simultaneously juicy and upfront and drying on the back end. A little sweet rice vinegar on the back end. Nice sweet-and-sour flavor mix here. There is a mild sour pucker, but nothing intense. Like the nose, there is a subtle musty funk, but it's well incorporated into the background of the flavor profile. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Light-medium bodied, high carbonation. Champagne-like mouthfeel. Dry lemony-tart finish. 4.5/5

Overall: Absolutely delicious gueuze here. People go nuts for the funk and pucker, but for less than $20, you can sit on this beer for 18 months and have something fantastic to drink without emptying your cellar. I do not go nuts for sours like others do, but I thoroughly enjoyed this brew.

Recommendation: Great intro sour; seek this out.

Pairings: Grilled chicken.

Cost: $9.99 for a 355 ml bottle or $16.99 for a 750 ml bottle.

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