Wednesday, September 7, 2011

3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze

Welcome to Season 15 - fall of 2011! This episode also marks the beginning of "All Viewer Request Month." For the next 30 days I'm only going to review beers requested by the viewers (with maybe a few exceptions). The first one up is an authentic Belgian gueuze which was requested by (he actually said "something sour" so I figured this would fit the bill).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (643) - Albany, USA - SEP 6, 2011
I poured a 12.7oz caged and corked bottle into a champagne flute.

Appearance: Bright gold hue - almost glowing with brilliance. Extremely effervescent. Even a gentle pour produces a massive, bright white, soapy head that retains and laces extremely well.

Smell: While not a very pungent nose there is "farmhouse funk" to indicate sourness. A light sour white grape or green apple scent make for a sweet, but light aroma.

Taste: Very dry and light across the first half of the palate with a mild citrus pith taste that combines earthiness with citric tartness. The flavor of Oude Geuze changes on a dime on the second half to something much more fruit - like soured white grapes and a Granny Smith apple at the peak of ripeness. It finishes with a grainy, almost corn-like flavor and leaves just a slightly dry aftertaste. It’s a very interesting palate as some components are tasty and refreshing while other components are dry and tart and even burn the tongue a bit like a sour candy. But the palate overall isn’t so much sour as it is tart and dry - in the vein of a saison, just without the overt dryness and zero peppery tastes or sensation.

Mouthfeel: Thin, bubbly, a light stinging tart sensation and matching aftertaste.

Drinkability: A sour, tart, sharp palate to be sure, but nothing even the average beer drinker couldn’t handle. It’s a little difficult to drink more than a sip at a time mostly because the intensity builds the longer it lingers on the tongue. Plus the fact it is highly carbonated so the fizz gets stuck in the throat and causes belching after every other swig.

Overall, Oude Geuze is a tasty, interesting and fun beer to drink, but I don’t think it’s anything approaching World Class territory.

Grade: 7/10

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