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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Vintage - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

469 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 469
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 704
Gots: 100 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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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Reviews by Jeffo:
Photo of Jeffo
4.25/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Recently shared at sour day by rvdoorn and papaeugene. Thanks again for a wonderful day guys!

From a 75cl bottle into a wine glass.
Bottled 13 April 2002

APPEARANCE: Pours a big, fluffy, white head with good retention. Gamboge orange in color, hazy, with medium levels of carbonation. A ring remains until the end but leaves no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Funky and acidic with tart lemon citrus notes, green apples, barnyard, hay, as well as some leather on the nose. Very nice.

TASTE: Funky, moldy, with lots of tart, lemon citrus flavors and sour green apples up front. Lots of smoky leather as well, with a good dose of acidic sourness and tart citrus fruits lingering on the palate. Soft and very well balanced, with lots of funk and slightly acidic sourness.

PALATE: Lighter body with higher levels of carbonation. Airy and bubbly on the palate, goes down okay and and finishes puckering. It calms and becomes creamier as it sits, turning into a smooth treat after a while.

OVERALL: This is really fantastic stuff. The feel needs a few minutes to calm a bit, but the overall quality of this aged gueuze is excellent. Well meshed and balanced flavors highlighting both the funky and acidic sourness sides of the style. A real treat and I'm happy to have had the chance to try this first vintage. Thanks again guys! Was another great sour day.

Jeffo, Jan 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled April 9, 2004; Enjoyed at 3F with BA woosterbill and others. Cheers Will!

A - Pours a clear copper with two fingers of white head. Head has nice retention before fading to a cap.

S - Rich musty aroma that seems to be a 3F signature, with hints of citrus. Also a faint musty cheese aroma. Very nice.

T - Initially tart but not bracingly so. Very earthy, with building bitterness and tartness midway through with a considerable grapefruit bite. Very tasty.

M - Medium mouthfeel that is quite up front and finishes with substantial bitterness that lingers for awhile.

O - Very enjoyable. I'm loving the 3F musty funk. Good tart/bitter character with a nice earthiness as well. After an amazing tasting day at 3F, I can't help but be a bit sad thinking about how difficult it is to find nice lambic/geuze in the U.S. But what a day it was...

warnerry, Apr 10, 2012
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4.46/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottled in 2006.

A: Murky red/brownish color, very little carbonation.
S: Very funky. Musty smells, a bit of lemon.
T: Must, lemons, apples, wheat, oak. Tastes better than the smell.
M: Medium body, I would've like more carbonation though.
O: Great gueuze, I haven't tried many but this one was almost at the top of what I've tried (probably second only to Lente).

standardcherry, Nov 29, 2012
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3.7/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml corked & caged bottle from 04/12/2005 poured into a small table glass at Delirium Cafe.

Pours a slightly hazy deep amber with a very small head that fades fast. Woah! This nose is crazy, funky tart and very old and musty smelling, like nothing else I've had.

Not for the faint of heart, this is a very hardcore sour. It tastes old and tart and it'll make your face pucker. There's a lot of that barnyard wet blanket funk to it. It's a super slow sipper but totally worth a try.

kingcrowing, Jun 17, 2010
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Photo of Metalmonk
3.98/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought this in Brugge, Belgium, September 2006...it is indeed the Oude Geuze Vintage. I could only hold out a full year before popping the cork.

A huge fluffy head that looks lighter than air sits on top of a coppery gold teaming with bubbles which are almost champagne-like in their hyperactivity. Gobs of sticky lace at first, but that falls away to minimal lacing after a bit.

Aroma reminds of good white wine, vinous and musty, dried fruits and sharp sourness...like the most decadently stinky cheese. You gotta love the funk to enjoy this.

Flavor is sour white grape, moldy cheese, leather, yogurt. Tart and puckery finish, like intensely sour apples and very young white grapes. It completely coats the mouth, and if you can feel your way through the intense puckeriness, you'll find it on the more buttery side, with modern carbonation to keep things alive and kicking. That coating had me spitting off my deck a couple times, to clear my mouth for the next sip...maybe that's not the idea. But it did, and I'm not really a spittin' kind of guy.

A love for stinky stuff (beers, cheeses...socks?) helps. As has been said a zillion times before, this style is an acquired taste, but Drie Fonteinen stuff can be counted on to see you through. Enjoyable and unique...I only wish I would've bought at least one more bottle.

Metalmonk, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of Mar02x
2.98/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

With thanks to ?, Sorry I forgot who brought this 2005 bottle. I was able to try this beer on a tasting organized by Fiona de Lange (the Dutch beer lady) at 'de Molen'.

A - An amber colored beer that is clear in appearance. There is no foam.

S - I would call this sour funk.

T - Not so sour and fresh in taste, actually it is pretty nice and soft.

M - A soft to medium carbonation and the finish is of course: sour.

O - I am not a sour beer fan. That is way the scores are this low I guess, but this sour I would love to try it again!

Mar02x, Feb 20, 2012
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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Vintage from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
100 out of 100 based on 469 ratings.