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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Vintage - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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528 Ratings
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Ratings: 528
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: 9.45%
Wants: 767
Gots: 106 | FT: 8
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-14-2006

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.
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Photo of jsm1289
4.96/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

well the gueze monster is at it again, this time with the oude gueze vintage

I am a big fan of the series, and have had oude gueze and golden blend, so we shall see what is what with it.

appearance is pretty standard, nice orange hazy color, tints of yellow floating around

smell- gosh darnit, armand has done it again ! huge funk, cheese notes and serious gueze/lambic sourness, i'm getting some light citrus acidity and vinegary type of smell. way more pungent than golden blend and regular put together

taste- does not disappoint, extremely sour, mouth feel about as full as I have ever experienced, typical belgian gueze sour notes but to the max, awesome front of the tongue singe and the sour notes ride a gnarly wave across your palate and stick around after the finish for quite some time. impressively coats the mouth with an awesome sour funk flavor

although i certainly lack the vocabulary to better describe this, one this is for certain, this is an amazing gueze. WAYYY better than regular and golden blend, and a close second for me personally ( isabelle proximus barely holding on to the number one slot).

its mean, its a vintage and it should be obtained at all costs. Hide your mothers and daughters when this bad boy comes to town, get ready to ride the sour express.

Photo of FreshHawk
4.92/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Golden, brassy orange color with an average sized, foamy, and bubbly white head with a bit below average retention and a thin bubbly lace left.

S - Well balanced hay/barnyard/funk along with some lemon citrus and apple. Has a good juicy aroma along with a touch of a tart and acidic aroma. Perfect balance between the aroma, my mouth is watering and it is very enticing.

T - Similar to the nose. Some funk and tartness with just a hint of sour taste. A lot of fruitiness with some apple and lemon being strongest. Hints of other golden and tropical fruit as well as some earthiness. Some hay and mustiness and a touch of lemongrass. Very well balanced sour.

M - Medium body with a healthy amount of carbonation. Fairly smooth with a drying finish and just the very slightest bit of puckering.

D - Well balanced and not overly sour/tart but has a nice balance.

Notes: Bottled 02/10/2005. A wonderful gueuze that is very well balanced with the tart/sour/funky flavor and a juicy fruitiness. Easy to drink and a joy to drink as well. Definitely recommend this.

Photo of SJ-IABrews
4.92/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of DefenCorps
4.92/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The more gueuzes I drink, the more I learn about structure, balance, nuance and drinkability. A wonderful beer shared generously by my friend Brian. Bottled April 13, 2002, this beer is over 8 years old at this point.

Hazy orange with a dense white head with great retention and lacing. As with almost all 3F gueuzes, carbonation is high, which coincidentally caused the cork to shoot out of the bottle the minute the cage was taken off. And surprisingly enough, the beer did not gush. Bottle conditioning is an art, and some American brewers should pay attention.

The nose is wonderful. One of the best beers I've ever smelled, it reminds me immediately of the 1999 vintage Oude Gueuze. Woody, earthy, tannic and funky with some cheese, this is beautifully balanced. Light lemon peel with some grapefruit. A little mushroom too. As it warms up, the grapefruit bitterness grows. No trace of acetic acid is present. Warmth and swirling bring out barnyard and hay aromas too. Just fantastic.

The palate opens tannic with a mild lemon peel astringency immediately noticeable. Plenty of lemon character, this beer makes me think of biting into the white part of the lemon peel with it's characteristic bitterness. It evolves to a grapefruit bitterness with time. Very very well-balanced. The case can be made for calling this beer out on the basis of the faint oxidation that manifests itself by way of slightly stale malt, that if darker, would be more leather-like. Let my score speak for on which side of the defense I rest my case. The funk isn't as prominent as on the nose, growing as it warms and with addition of the yeast, both of which bring out the wet wood, wet dog and barnyard and hay characteristics in various amounts. Woody and mushroom characters grow with temperature, making this more reminiscent of the J&J Blauw. Grapefruit peel bitterness on the finish, the palate is beautifully balanced. Medium-light in body, this is mildly cheesy and has high carbonation. Fantastic stuff, I could drink this all day.

I alluded to the Blauw in my review, and it's probably no coincidence. The Blauw, which was blended a year after this, incorporated a 4 year old Girardin lambic. This includes a 3 year old Girardin lambic, some of which was probably leftover and aged until blended into the J&J. I have a fantasy of assembling all the rare Drie Fonteinen beers (97,50th, 99, Millenium, 2002 Vintage, and both J&Js) and organize a tasting with Armand leading, talking about his inspiration and aspiration for each blend. Sadly, that will not come to be, but I'm working quite well down that list of rare beers there. Thanks again, Brian!

**Edit 27 July 2012**

I get to revisit the 2007 vintage. The nose is fruity (apricots) floral (rose and jasmine) with oak (vanilla and tannins). An aroma reminiscent of Hallertau hops is present. The palate opens sour, lactic , oaky and very tannic with mild lemon. Very oaky with low vanilla flavor. Drying, hoppy finish, solid stuff. Needs time, maybe?
S/T/M= 4/4/4

**Edit 30 Aug 2012**

I split a bottle of the 2005 vintage with Nathan. IMO, at this time, it the best beer of the bunch. Bright but mellow with fleshy, ripe and sour grapefruit, with a deep, complex funk, moderately earthy and horesey. Ripe and rotten lemons are also present. Exceptional. S/T/M = 5/5/5

Photo of controlfate
4.91/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TOnEz31
4.88/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of WantonFaun
4.87/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

It was a vintage 1999, consumed at The Festival in Portland, Maine, summer of '13.

My affected senses were overcome by varying shades of peach, apricot, and a stunning variety of stone fruit, both real and imaginary, dancing upon a canvass of tart, freshly hung on the wall of a musty barn.

I do not deceive you when I say that the finish lingered on my palate for days, even after sipping on many other formidable concoctions.

It might be the greatest beer I have ever had.

Photo of facesnorth
4.86/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of largadeer
4.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2002 vintage, 750ml bottle with a red label.

Hazy with a sunset-amber hue. High levels of carbonation feed a solid, sustaining head.

This beer reeks of damp wood and dusty basement. Very musty, the richness of the oak enhances the funk and lemon and orange-like acidity.

Oaky, earthy and tannic, a nice firm sourness is expertly balanced by the wood. Highly carbonated, almost champagne-like in mouthfeel, this is complex yet refreshing. Sourness is purely lactic, there's not a trace of vinegar. It finishes with big tannins, hay, earth and lemon rind. This is an outstanding vintage of an already great gueuze.

05 vintage: Citrusy tropical fruit backed by musty funk and oak. Moderately tannic, less so than the 02 and 07 vintages. The tropical fruit character makes this very unique. Might be my favorite of the 3 I've tried.

07 vintage: Strongly tannic with moderate sourness and funk. I was very impressed with this vintage, and it should continue to improve with age.

Photo of billab914
4.85/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of mbonugli
4.84/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of gyllstromk
4.84/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice, hazy orange with a vigorous head. Aroma is a tropical blast of pineapple with some Bretty notes; the balance is definitely toward the fruit. Flavor is an evolution across citrus flavors; starts with nice, tart lemon; transitions to orange when a hint of sweetness emerges; finishes with grapefruit as the a bitterness registers. One of the "cleanest" geuezes I've had. Crisp and refreshing. Quite nice!

Photo of shawnm213
4.82/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage 750 ml bottle shared by phaleslu. Thanks peter, really appreciate it! Notes of moderate to heavy lactic acid sourness, bright lemongrass, juicy grapefruit, some cheese and leather laden funk. Great. Excited to try other vintages. Thanks again peter!

2005 vintage 375ml bottle. bright sweaty cheesy funk with a touch of leather and old musty basement. Taste is bright lemons, grapefruit, quite citric. touch of pickle juice. really really good. super dry. awesome citrsuy fruit character. lotta old rustic funk. complex, yet clean. awesome beer :)

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.82/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle 6,0% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Bottled on: 27/12/2007
BB: 27/12/2017

This is the 4th beer in my series of sours.

Appearance: Beautiful gueuze! Bright golden-orange body (a little darker than other gueuzes I have had recently) topped by a large white head that lasts really well and leaves some patchy lace. Subsequent pours cause the beer to become significantly cloudier and deeper orange in colour.

Smell: I was expecting a good nose on this one, but damn this smells delicious! Beautiful deep funk and tart, acidic fruit dominate the nose. Notes include: Lemons, tart white grapes, rotten stone fruits, a hint of sweetness, musty basements, old books, oak, sweaty feet, old leather, a touch of ripe cheese, a light rubbery note, very earthy, hay, earthy mushroom, light lactic note, damp and every now and then a meadow like floral note.
This is certainly the best smelling gueuze I have had to date.

Taste: The flavour is just as good as the nose lead on, stunning funkiness and refined tartness. Initially tart lemon and apricot, quickly followed by must basement, old wood, cobwebs, sweaty feet, lots of wet hay, oak, sharp cheese, cider vinegar and earthy mushroom

Mouthfeel: Pretty much bang on for the style - medium body, high level of carbonation. Perfect dry finish and lasting flavour.

Overall: This is an absolutely stunning gueuze, the best I have had to date! I shudder to think how good the Lente is going to be!
I will certainly buy a lot more of this in the future.

Photo of spdyfire83
4.82/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Updated Review:

From 5 May 2012
Served in a 3F Geuze glass (as it should be)
Bottled: 15/4/2003
Best before: 15/4/2020

I don't usually re-review beers, but the 2003 vintage is absolutely amazing. Give this beer some age and you will not be disappointed.

A: Cork burst forth with happiness. Murky straw. 1+ (frothy white) fingernail head on gentle pour.

S: Barnyard funk, lemon rind, hay, cheese. So inviting and tasting. Nice!

T: Pronounced sour, funk, and earthiness. Loads of grapefruit and lemon zest with green apple.

M: Light bodied with soft carbonation.

O: Absolutely fantastic! Hands down, one of the best gueuzes I have enjoyed to-date (Blauw is slightly above). So balanced, smooth, and refreshing. If you have multiple bottles; forget about a few and drink them with 8-10 years age.

4.5, 5.0, 5.0, 4.5, 4.5

From 19 December 2011
67th Review
Bottle to tulip
Vintage 2007

Shared with farundrpar during a beautiful prepared dinner by our wives on a recent visit to Amsterdam.

A: Golden hay. 2+ (pure white) fingernail head on medium pour.

S: Lemon zest, hay, must, white pepper. Not as much “funk” as I was expecting or had hoped for, but it still smells quite good!

T: Grapefruit/zesty citrus fruit with green apple. Hint of funk/sour, but not terribly pronounced. Quite nice, but I think it will grow and develop with age.

M: Medium bodied with high carbonation.

O: Better than good, but not great YET! A very crisp and refreshing beer (especially when paired with a wonderful salmon dinner), but I think this vintage can stand to age for quite some time. I’m thinking the 2007 vintage should be enjoyed no earlier than 2014, but that’s my €0.02.

4.5, 4.5, 4.0, 4.0, 4.5

Photo of alfrantzell
4.8/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled in 2005.

Is this geuze? It pours the color of the setting sun and smells like a bowl of tropical fruit. Tangerines, grapefruit, nectarines.. this could be an IPA were it not for the acidity.

And there is plenty of that. It's dry and sour, with carbonation that is borderline effervescent. The CO2 is what I don't like about Drie Fonteinen's standard Oude Geuze, but in this case it's just right; more sparkling than spritzy.

After two 375 ml bottles I can say with confidence that yes, this is geuze alright.

Photo of magictacosinus
4.8/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Understand that I HAVE to review this at the moment. What I've gone through is too glorious for words. I had the immense opportunity to have the most generous friends possible purchase a 1999 vintage of this at Mikkeller Bar SF tonight for my birthday. What would I do without lovely people in the world? Split 4 ways into wine glasses out of a 750ml bottle.

Just like an old darker red wine, it's impressive what 14 years can do to a oude gueuze. Not nearly as clear or golden-amber tone, this vintage is a solid amber orange that I've never before seen in the style, no doubt due to the sediment settling and fading away over the long period of time that this has gone through. There's an amazingly present amount of carbonation on this, leading up to a frothy head about 2 fingers tall that recedes rather quickly, yet provides sparks in its age. Very syrupy looking at this point, but definitely ranging on wine territory. Not too viscous - only very well placed and assembled.

The aroma is fabulous, as I'd expect - notes of white grape must, apricots, light cherries, and peaches, which then meld into a woody, musty flavor that is unbelievably complex yet not grating in any manner. Notes of oak are very strong on this, almost to the point of pungent, but they meld into other woody complex aromas such as cedar and cherry. Lively, but definitely the equivalent of entering an old, stone-filled, woody building, and the finish is definitely more mineral-y than fruity overall. No severe form of lactic or acetic acidic phenolic aroma here - only beautiful, well formed balanced between the dried stone fruits and musty, yet highly aromatic woodiness.

As for the flavor? Holy shit! (Pardon the language for a moment.) This is fantastic - up there with one of the greatest I've ever had. Right at the front of the tongue, you get strong notes of sour white grapes, as well as apricot, and soured cherries. Then, as soon as the fruits fade away, there's a straw, barnyard pungent flavor, that envelops into bright, vivid woody notes of mahogany, cedar, cherry wood, and (obviously) oak. Mind you, this isn't the buttery or spicy oaky notes you'd find in wine - this is one of kind. Imagine walking into a carpentry factory or studio (much like the ones I'd frequent of my uncle during my childhood), or an old home built with various types of wood that have accumulated dust and must over time. This is EXACTLY what this tastes like to me - a blast to the past filled with complex woody flavors and fruitiness, toppled underneath well settled must, funk, and slight tartness. Extremely easy to drink. Dry, yes, but also very juicy and extremely refined with years of aging. The woodiness may seem a bit too one-dimensional at times, but it's so unique that I can't really dock it for anything. This really was an experience unlike any other.

As I found myself sipping on the dregs at the very end, I wondered if I'd ever taste something like this again. I probably won't, but it's wonderful to see what excellent wood and the ever fantastic recipe of 3F's oude gueuzes lead up to after years of aging. Unbelievably rich yet super easy to drink, and filled with aromas that take me across different palates overall, this is supremely fabulous stuff. I will hold this memory as closely to me as possible for the rest of my life.

Photo of treyrab
4.78/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drank this wonderful beer at the best beer bar in Rome, Ma Che Siete Venuti A Fa. Very pleased to find this beer bar and a big thanks to the owner for bringing this out of the cellar for me. Sir, you are a good man. Served in a traditional wooden basket and poured into two lambic style glasses.

A: Pours a nice hazy yellow with a huge spritzy and fizzy white head. The head is larger than the body upon the initial pour, but this isn't surprising. Very spritzy and zippy looking with a vibrant yellow glow.

S: Very nice. Puckers your nose with lemon and light fruit sourness with an extremely dry oak scent. Very funky and tons of Brett barnyard.

T: Pretty amazing. Right up there with the best Geuze's out there. Extremely bone dry with tart, puckering sourness and a nice lemon and light fruit. Tons of oak as well.

M/D: Very spritzy, zippy and dry. Amazing.

This is one of the best Geuze's I've had. I'm not sure how one could get much better.

Edit: This was the 2002 Red Label.

Photo of gr8zehaman
4.77/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Khazadum
4.77/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Valentine's day 07

A- buttered popcorn, toffee. Light collar, tight, whiteish...off white maybe. Low carb, appropriate.

S- light buttered popcorn. Bits of stale bread. Good tart bite that runs out quickly. Acetic. Apple sour back.

T- great sour Apple, nice citric acid bittering, acetic tartness. dry popcorn and tannic nature. Some oak woodiness lingers well.

M- good light body with full cream finish. Tight crisp carbonation. Great sticky flavors. The tannic bite lingers and extends.the bittering balancing out the initial tartness.

This is so nice and more complex than the regular. Much much.more enjoyable.

Photo of ccrida
4.77/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

33cl bottle at 't Brugs Beertje, this beer is labeled vintage, unlike their regular Oude Gueuze. Served in a Drie Fonteinen tumbler, the Oude Gueuze Vintage 2005 is a brassy dark gold with a pillowy off-white head that leaves almost no lace.

Smell is sour, lemongrass, hay, with a hint of sweet baby diaper as it warms.

Taste is fantastic, a nice tartness but relatively clean, very elegant, with some tropical fruit notes, like a very acidic white wine (sauvignon blanc), just awesome.

Mouthfeel is dry, acidic, medium-light bodied, well carbonated.

Drinkability is perhaps the highest of any gueuze I've ever had. Fantastic taste, with a satisfying but not overwhelming acidity, wow.

Photo of drabmuh
4.77/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2006 vintage.

Beer is yellow and mostly clear until the bottom. Its effervescent. White head of medium and small bubbles that doesn't leave much lacing on the glass or hang out very long. Looks good.

"This beer smells like a nun's crotch" - Lunch (he meant it as a good thing)

Aroma is nice and bright with acetic sourness, mild citrus fruit bitterness and some mild lactic notes. There isn't much oak in here, perhaps with age it would get better. I am loving the mild funk on the back end of the aroma though. Its complex, poster child for a great smelling gueuze.

Beer is light and has a lot of carbon in the mouth. Its tart and sour but leads with the sour palate and the tartness is minimal. The acetic is winning I feel in here with a healthy brettish funk on the back end. There is a strong citric character as well. Its semi-fruity if that makes sense. I love the palate connectivity of this gueuze, I wonder what this would be like in 10 years. Its complex and simple simultaneously and I love this beer. Some were underwhelmed by it but its close to perfect as a gueuze can be IMO. I love this beer.

Photo of elliott1184
4.76/5  rDev +4.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of heddar33
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Vintage from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
100 out of 100 based on 528 ratings.