Vandervelden 135 Oude Geuze is a blend of 1-year-old lambic aged on foeders that were previously used for mainly red Brunello di Montalchino Tuscany wine and of 3-year-old lambic on an old Oud Beersel foeder.
Pours golden with a fading white head, huge carbonation that goes quite quickly out of the beer. Touch darker than usual lambiek orange. Nose is big on old lambiek funk, lots of old lambiek character, old barrels, musty old barrels,old raw, big hay, oak features massively. High carbonation instantly that changes really the taste, it quickly goes away, you kind of miss it when its gone, big rotting lemon taste, orange peel, lots of old lambiek taste, old lambiek funk, huge old barrel, musty barrel room, very rustic, spoiled lemon. Feels far older than it is quite interesting, bit simpler than it sounds, overal quite interesting beer with lots of musty funk, very interesting old lambiek profile. Pretty tasty, definitely better than the regular one, quite interesting good for the enthusiasts.
Strictly speaking not an Oude Gueuze, seen the addition of an extra yeast. Pours clear dark golden amber with a white head. Aroma of brett, apples, spice, barnyard and notes of sour grapes.. Body is medium, foamy, soft carbonation. Taste is lemon, champagne, musty, biscuity malt, tangy vinegar, dry, soft bitterness.
3 Fonteinen Golden Doesjel is an assembly of 1,2 and 3 year old lambic. The popular term « doesjel » means doze off and refers to the secondary fermentation in the bottle that did not happen here. Doesjel has no foam and the authentic taste of lambic beer aged in oak barrels has a strong presence.
Clear golden with a white layer of head. Aromas of dust, cheesy funk, light mint and some rubber are what I could make out. Flavor is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately to heavily acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately to heavily acidic, lightly bitter. Medium body, watery texture, no carbonation, lightly to moderately astringent. Lack of carbonation softens this considerably. Very enjoyable.
Framboise is a classic among the Belgian beers created by adding whole fresh raspberries (250 g/l)to a blend of young and old lambic. Framboise Oud Beersel is the missing link between beer and wine.
A reddish pink appearance with a moderate head. Aroma is light with raspberries and some tartness. Flavour is sour at the front and then sweetens with the raspberry flavour and then ends with a sour note. Tastes like fresh raspberries, with a lot of earthy peaty yeasty notes, and a tart, rather dense finish. Very well done.
The Toer de Geuze was organised for the first time in 1997. Boon, De Cam, De Troch, 3 Fonteinen, Lindemans and Timmermans opened their doors for the public. Since then the open brewery day of the Payottenland and the Valley of the Senne has become a biannual event. The previous edition of the Toer de Geuze took place on 19th October 1997, 3rd October 1999, 22nd April 2001, 27th April 2003, 3rd April 2005, 22nd April 2007, 26th April 2009, 1st May 2011, 21st April 2013, and 3rd May 2015. HORAL Megablend 2015
This year, HORAL had again issued a Megablend. This old gueuze was especially made at the occasion of the Toer de Geuze 2015 and is a mixture of young and old lambic of 3 Fonteinen, Boon, De Oude Cam, De Troch, Hanssens, Lindemans, Oud Beersel, Tilquin en Timmermans.