459. Drie Fonteinen Oude Gueuze

459. Drie Fonteinen Oude Gueuze

This was purchased at Downtown Wine & Spirits last week. I chilled it and served it in my New Belgium glass. I apologize for the crappy camera phone picture. The bottle said it was bottled on 28 February 2004.

Beer Stats:
Brewery: Drie Fonteinen
Year: 2004
Alcohol: 6.00%
Serving: Bottle, 750 mL
Style: Gueuze, BJCP Style Guide

Appearance (5.0): Pours a lightly hazy, deep golden-orange. It's topped by a thick, fluffy, effervescent, beige head that thins to a persistent quarter-inch layer that's lent an orange tint from the beer below. This beer coats the glass in patchy lace.

Smell (4.5): There are fruity notes of sour apples; a dry, acidic tartness; and funky undertones that become stronger upon swirling.

Taste (4.5): Tart and acidic upfront, withe definite flavors of sour apples. The acidic tartness is maintained through to the finish, which is dryly acidic with funky and woody flavors. There's a subtle underlying sweetness throughout.

Mouthfeel (5.0): Light-bodied, with fizzy carbonation and a very nice dry finish.

Drinkability (4.5): The sourness is present, but is never overpowering. The dry finish is quite refreshing.

Overall (4.65): An excellent Gueuze. It's sour and funky but has a nice underlying sweetness.

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