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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Vintage - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Reviews: 118
Hads: 616
Avg: 4.5
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 899
Gots: 117 | FT: 8
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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 TheLongBeachBum
4.72/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Managed to snaffle two bottles of this; one was a present from my good friend BA RichLightWeight, but I also managed to buy a further bottle at Quinn’s in London NW1 (see BeerFly). 37,5cl green glass bottle with dimpled base. Sealed with a thumbed cork which is retained by a black metal cap and cage. All this is wrapped in black foil around the top 3” of the bottles neck. Light yellow colored main label with the generic 3 Fonteinen logo on it. Labeled as ‘Oude Geuze’ with the word ‘Vintage’ in white text set against a brown background below. Large date on the side of the label “07 / 03 / 2002”. Listed at Alc. 6% Vol.

Appearance: Golden orange, slightly turbid at first but it soon clears to reveal a crystal clean body. Gueuze like frothy head races high with a gentle audible fizz as it settles down. The head has excellent retention, the carbonation is medium in strength but the long term resilience of the conditioning is very high, it pumps out a constant forceful rising set of streamers right until the last drop. Superb presentation, there is nothing wrong with this one.

Nose: Classic Drie Fonteinen nose with a simply orgasmic Gueuze nose. Dry acerbic nose has a soft farmyard heritage but this is punctuated with dry white grape skins and some cold tannin. Earthy tones with damp oak, sharp acetic tangents and a full body in the nostrils. Utterly charming stuff, has a biting nose at first but it also has a mature rounded edge to it. Perfect.

Taste: This Gueuze has a superb balance to it, this is what strikes me right from the off!! Gorgeous astringency pulls at the cheeks as the base lambics add to the experience, this is all lambic here! Soft yet sharp, dry yet wheaty, the beginning complements the finish and entices you to start all over again. High rise dryness in the finish could be too much for some, the sour grapefruit and grape skins add fruit to this anhydric experience and balance it nicely though. I find this characteristic to be a distinctive trademark finish in the older Oude Gueuze of Drie Fonteinen and very attractive. Incredible stuff, all the hard work has been done for the Imbiber, good to go right now but I bet this one will get even better with a few more years under its belt.

Mouthfeel: Bold feel with a big body. The intense carbonation feels like it shot blasts the cheeks, as this tingling rescinds the flavors fill the void, but after the swallow the finish is pure ball-clenching dryness that pulls the cheeks in, but it is not over the top as in some younger examples, this one has a defined mature dryness. Quality stuff.

Drinkability: I’m a huge fan of Gueuze so it is no surprise that this “small” 375ml bottle was drained ‘bone dry’ in no time. A very refreshing Gueuze it complemented the hot 4th July here in Long Bach with little effort. Lovers of Armand Debelder’s dry yet grapefruit grape skin filled creations will surely love this one.

Overall: Superb!! A terrifically balanced and weathered Oude Gueuze that shows why stashing fresh samples away can be such a reward. Guess I will not see this one again, shame, I wish I had picked up more now! Thanks to my good mate BA RichLightWeight for the gift of this, and pointing me towards picking up another.

Highly Recommended.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.72/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle of the 2007 vintage. Bottled 12/27/2007. Poured into a Drie Fonteinen stemmed glass 9/5/2014.

A- Beautiful hazy light copper-orange body. Three finger effervescent white head with great retention time. Not much lacing. [4.25]

S- As soon as the bottle is opened, the entire room was filled up by a citrusy funk. Very potent nose. Essentially, lemon zest, white wine grape must, musty cheese, oak, leather, funk. Incredible. This may very well be the best smelling geuze I've come across. [4.75]

F- Distinctly flavourful; very potent yet subtle. Tangerines, lemon zest, musty cheese, musty hay, oak, lather. Plenty of that signature Drie Fonteinen funk. Good amount of acidity but at the same time, it leaves your mouth wanting more. This is a true pleasure to drink in its complexity and power; especially when compared other sour beers in the same sitting- it is powerful, complex yet subtle enough that it does not overpower your palate and your drinking sensibilities. [4.75]

M- Medium body, perfectly carbonated- slightly prickly yet has a soft and billowy feel. The refreshingly dry citrus and oaky finish leaves you wanting more. [4.75]

O- I've not had the others, but the 2007 vintage is a clear home-run and deserves to be in the conversation with the other top lambics such as Lente and Zomer. Geuezes don't usually have a ton of variability in what flavours and aromas you can expect from them, but Armand seems to always find these barrels/blends where the best parts of the lambics are accentuated whilst minimizing the lesser aspects that might be there. World class. [4.75]

Final score: 4.725

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Photo of mdfb79
4.72/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From 09/25/10 notes. Had at a small tasting thanks to drabmuh; thanks Matt! 2006 Vintage.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent golden color with one inch of white head and low carbonation.

s - Smells of sour fruit, spice, tart lemon, grapes, and some oak. Definitely a lot of funk in the smell; I imagine what some people call that wet horse blanket smell.

t - Tastes of sour, sour fruit, mainly lemon and citrus. Also some spice, tart apples, and a woody/oak to it. Again, lots of funk.

m - Light to medium body and low carbonation.

d - A very nice, very funky gueuze. Lots of tart fruit and funk in the smell and taste; if you like that you'll probably love this one. It seemed like a pretty hardcore sour and not my favorite, but definitely one I enjoyed a lot. Would definitely try again.

Edit on 01/24/12: I've had vintages of '06, '07, and '08 at this point, and multiple bottles of some, and this is one of my favorite sours easily available out there. Very much worth seeking out.

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Photo of Floydster
4.72/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

375 ml bottle

Appearance is a cloudy golden orange color, one inch bubbly white head, great retention, some lacing at first too

Smell is tart citrus, funkiness, sour green apples, oak, and yeast

Taste starts off with tart green apples, lemon dominates the middle, more citrus in the finish with oak rounding out the aftertaste

Mouthfeel is tart, dry, and funky, medium bodied, appropriate amount of carbonation for the style, taste lingers, thirst quenching

Overall it is not overly tart, an outstanding gueuze, very nice

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.7/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml C&C bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip glass.
Batch 27.12.2007

A - Pours a cloudy, medium orange to gold with a two finger cream-colored foamy head. Super retention and light lacing left on the glass.

S - Light lemon, wheat, and earthy funk.

T - Tart lemons, sweet wheat, woody, barnyard funk.

D - Lots of carbonation and light to medium body.

O - Light, tart, funky, refreshing. So many layers here it is mind boggling.

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Photo of kappldav123
4.7/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This rating refers to a special version of the 2002 vintage geuze, the same red label as the 50th anniversary geuze. The bottles were sold recently at the brewery. It is a special blend and not the same beer as the regular vintage geuze from 2002. The bottle looks really wonderful, handwritten date on the backside. Cork pops easily from the bottle. Looks good in the glass, very zippy, huge head. Wonderful complex sourish aroma. Starts woody-sourish, shows lemon notes, not too aggressive. Finish is getting milder, but still intense sourish, a bit woody. Prickly aftertaste, lasts long. Wonderful balanced. Extremely drinkable. I'm flashed!

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Photo of fewa
4.7/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

75 cl bottle, 2002 vintage, picked up at the brewery some years ago. The beer pours a hazy golden color with a small white head. Smell: Sour, funky with oak and hay (grass. The taste is acidic, grassy and notes of wood, tart and dry finish. I have quite regular access to this beer, and I have to say that the 2002 vintage is one on its own, fantastic!!

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2002 Vintage with the red label and handwritten bottling date. Thanks to myself for adding to my debt for this one.

Poured into a 5 oz. taster glass. Not a proper vessel for reviewing appearance, so my rating for this category is adjusted to create an accurate overall score.

Pours a murky glowing orange color. The aroma is a very balanced blend of sunflower seeds, musty attic, orange peel, and lemon zest.

The flavor is just insanely balanced and easy to drink. Sour up front with lemons, hay, and a strong tannin profile.

The body is medium and is as dry as Mars. And not the spots that might contain water.

Overall this vintage blend is definitely among the top 4 or 5 bottles of 3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze I have drank, which means it is one of the best beers on earth, period.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.67/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle poured into a tasting glass. 2002 Red label. Big thanks to the generosity of Adam for sharing this with us!

(A)- Pours a hazy goldenrod color that produced a good white head that dissipated quickly, but settled in on a nice layer for awhile.

(S)- Very dry with mild must and plenty of lemon peel. Some hay funk and earth, but actually rather clean if that makes sense.

(T)- Great tart sourness with hay earth funk. Nice fruity tang. Super dry on the finish. Ever so slightly lactic.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. Clean, crisp and inviting. Sour, but held back a bit. Super dry, but I like.

(D)- A great gueuze for sure. Dry and tart with nice fruit character. Makes me look forward to trying the regular non-vintage aged with a decade or more on it.

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Photo of tarheels86
4.67/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750mL 2002 Yellow Label thanks to OldStyleCubFan and later from EricE. Tasted both alongside the 3F "vintage special edition" with the red artwork bottled on the exact same day in 2002! Had three blind samples. One was doubled up. I was able to pair the two that were from the same bottle together. These were more watery and slightly less sour and complex (ended up being the gold foil, yellow label, normal "vintage" label shown here). The yellow label has more carbonation, white pepper, citrus fruits. The nose has amazing moldy white grapefruit and citrus rind. Mouthwatering palate.

750mL 2002 Red Label thanks to OldStyleCubFan and later from MrChopin. The red label alongside the yellow label is slightly better albeit very subtly since they are the same batch but the red label stayed in Armand’s storage for two years or something longer. Proper storage has lent the red label a brighter, fuller nose even with softer carbonation. More cedar, spice, pepper, barn. The taste is still white pepper, grapefruit, mouth watering sour with bright citrus and fruity tangerine. Still excellent and slightly better than the Yellow Label. 1/11/2011 8/4/8/5/16=4.1

750mL 2002 Yellow Label thanks to BrainLayer at Sour Epic Part 2. We had this next to some of the best sours in the world and this one I enjoyed more than J&J Rose and J&J Blauw back to back. This bottle was just on the ball. Juicy nectarine nose, big Brett C tropical notes. Taste is sharp, juicy, dry and dusty with loads of moldy grapefruit and huge citrus zest. Incredible white pepper, orange peel, grapefruit onslaught. Awesome stuff. Probably the best 3F beer I’ve had besides past tastings of J&J Rose. Hot damn. 12/11/2011 9/4/9/5/18=4.5

750mL 2002 yellow label thanks to BrainLayer. Okay. Let’s crack this bad boy once again. Is it really the best beer of all time? Cork pops off with aggression. Pours is hazy, deep orange with beige mousse. Thicker. Quickly settling. Nose is perfect. Mild celery seed gets demolished by overripe peach and red grapfruit which yield to overwhelming fresh birch and cedar with hay and horsey dry funk. Cobwebby old character is juxtaposed with fresh and fleshy overripe peach. An insane experience. Taste is ultra quenching white grapefruit peel with sharper wood shavings. So much old dried citrus peel plays with wood and hay. Palate is perfection. Effervescent and juicy with briny saltwater demanding this be drunk in large, quenching gulps. It’s disappears so quickly from the glass. What can you say? Is the best beer that which demands a slow savor, or that which demands its consumption with boundless temptation and seduction? This is probably the best beer ever made. Like the big brother to Beatification which passed on its power but will never yield the throne. 1/22/2012 10/4/9/5/19=4.7

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Photo of francisweizen
4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: golden caramel straw. Funky Caramello bar.

S: Horseblanket, spiderwebs, leather brioni shoes, and tobacco

T: Funky, bracingly tart apple, lacto, and yeast

M: spritzy and sharp. "enamel peeling"

O: This is Gueuze done right. By a master. This rivals a vintage Cantillon.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Part of another impromptu tasting last night with my brother in law while we were dying easter eggs. this was served into two tulips and enjoyed about mid way through the evening.

the pour was nicely done with a lightly hazed golden yellow color and a small puff of light head that seemed to come out of no where and settle down with medium lacing.

Aroma was so sour it tickled the nose hairs. deep horse funk, vinegar, sour fruits and a touch of lacto. really nice put together. As i take the first sip the ripe sour and rich apple vinegar dominate everything and leave no room for error subtle is not a word here as it shreds the palate. warming lets you find apricot and other light fruits buried in there and the age really starts to show as it really is just sublimely drinakble.

overall i can really tell why this is so highly praised, it deserves it. a fantastic beer!

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Photo of Sarlacc83
4.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

375mL brought back from Belgium. 15-4-2003 bottle date.

A: Cloudy orange with a thin fizz of white head. Leaves some gunk and yeast on the glass.

N: Green apple, lemon zest, barnyard hay smells, and loads of oak. Lots of funk - reminds me of being in an attic space. There's some lavender and coriander here. Incredibly nice.

T: A very balanced sournesss. Has a touch of bitterness and there's plenty of cheesy funkiness and yeast. The age has done some wonderful things to this.

M: Well carbonated with a touch of sharpenss. Lighter body - very quaffable.

O: One of the best beers I've ever had. Can't wait to see what another 5 years does to this. Get it.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.63/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2004 vintage

cork took some work, left a nice pop. nice burnt golden color. slightly hazy. big creamy puffy and slight fizzy head. amazing retention. lots of life in this.

oak up front, old musty oak. bits of sharp lemon with an old musty funk.

soft up front with a very dominant oak flavor. light hints of peach and lemon. lots of old dark earthy funk. a very complex mix of flavor.

light and lively with a nice moderate carbonation a tingle through the gums from the sourness. slight dryness.

this is just amazing, one of the best from drie fonteinen.

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Photo of Tnudish
4.63/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Opened this baby to celebrate my 28th birthday and my engagement to my beautiful girlfriend. One of the oldest gueuzes I’ve had to date, really been looking forward to popping this. This is a red label '02 poured into a Cantillon gueuze tumbler.

A-Pours a murky orangish brown in color with a half fingers worth of tight white head.

S-The nose is straight dirty funk. There is lemon, dirt, manure, wet dog, horse blanket, and must.

T-The flavor mirrors the nose, there is a bunch of lemon rind and must.

M-Light mouthfeel, almost a little watery, light carbonation, gentle acidity, and a long finish.

O-Had this side by side with Armand & Tommy and I thought it blew Armand & Tommy out of the water. The funk has taken a nice, big hold of this and isn’t letting go. Armand is a magician. One of the best gueuzes I've had to date, trailing only Loerik and Blauw in my opinion. I will actively be seeking more bottles of this.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.62/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

'05 Vintage

Small white head with tightly packed bubbles. Golden color, on the darker side. Dry 3F mushroom funk in the nose. This one is right around where I like it. Damp earth and vanilla. Lemon acidity mixed with a nice dirt like brett funk in the taste. Crisp, dry, tart finish with just a hint of malt to add a nice sweetness. Lively carbonation tickles the palate. An excellent 3F gueuze.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.62/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Troy for this

Pours a hazy orange. Nice yellow colour. Light white head. Nice appearance. Smells funky as shit. Amazing. I love the aroma. Tastes Funky. Sour and really dry. Love the flavour profile. Good mouthfeel overall a stellar brew...

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Photo of xpimptastikx
4.62/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brought a bottle back from my trip last year and finally decided the give it a go.

A - pours a hazy almost burnt orange with a full inch of fluffy off white head that recedes to an everlasting sheet with moderate lacing.

S - hay, lemon, apples, band-aids, and all the lovely smells that make a perfect gueuze.

T - the acidity has slacked off and made this perfectly balanced. a glass of funk with a touch of citric/lactic acid that doesn't fatigue the palate at all.

M/D - the carbonation and finish are spot on and have me going back for another sip before I can even sit the beer down. A standard that most gueuze should be held to.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

375 ml bottle, bottled on March, 10, 2008, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a clear bright gold color, topped with a two-inch fizzy white head, it recedes to about a finger thick and then hangs around really nicely, leaves lots of lacing.

S- Awesome aroma, lot of earthy funk, notes of mushroom and wet wood. Leather oak and vanilla are also noticable. Nice amount of tartness with lemon and fruit. The aroma is really nice and has some of the best earthy funk character that I've had in a while.

T- Very bracing acidity with lemon and sour apple, complex barnyard funk, very earthy with lots of wet wood and hints of chalk, leather, vanilla and oak. Has a bit of fruity and malty sweetness towards the finish.

M- Light-bodied, smooth crisp feel, smooth feel with a dry, tannic finish.

O- A delicious gueuze, the flavors are complex and well-blended. This is a phenomenal beer and another testament to Armand's masterful skill, this beer only falls short of Armand'4 in terms of the best gueuzes I've ever had.

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Photo of dar482
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This was a 2002 vintage.

The aroma was heavy on the funk. Almost off stinky sock and attic.

The flavor follows with that heavy stinky stock quality. There's a sour quality throughout, along with a light malt backbone. It has a good amount of carbonation despite being so old and it even has some lingering notes of mint and herbal.

This beer certainly tastes different from the original brew. Whether it is more enjoyable is up for debate.

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Photo of brystmar
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Red label 2003 bottle shared by Denise for our Memorial Day sour tasting. Thanks!

Incredible aroma: sour, funky, tart, acidic, citrusy. Each freely billowed up from the glass to massage my nasal cavities. Taste balances everything well with a crisp, clean citrusy finish. Tons of depth that I'd never really experienced in a gueuze before.

I enjoyed this more than any of the Armand'4 bottles we opened immediately prior. This one aged quite well; wish we had another bottle.

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Photo of auroracrisis
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2007 vintage 750ml poured into a Cantillon gueuze tumbler.

Hazy marmalade with a half finger off white head. Tons of tiny bubbles dance to the top. The beer gets more and more hazy as the sediment is slowly introduced into the glass.

Horse blanket and citrus. Old cheese and gym socks, with a little bit of grapefruit and lemon zest. Fills the room with it's aroma.

Opens up with tart citrus zest, then moves quickly into the funk. Horse blanket, hay stacks, moldy cheese and gym socks all come together. Awesome, lactic sourness in this blend too. Pretty balanced and enjoyable as well.

Medium bodied with a soft, fluffy mouth feel and effervescent carbonation. A tad sticky on the lips, and drying on the palate.

Great balance of funk and citrus. A stellar example of a proper blend of gueuze, in the same ballpark as Lente if you ask me. I hope to encounter this one again, but the price and way it's acquired deters me a bit.

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Photo of Damian
4.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a e37,5 cl corked and caged bottle purchased at De Bier Tempel, Brugge, Belgium
Lotnummer 10/02/2005
Ten minste houdbaar tot: 02/2015
Served in a Drie Fonteinen tumbler

Brassy amber in appearance with crimson tinges. The slightly hazed liquid was topped by a tight, creamy, one-finger crown of eggshell colored foam. Over time, the head faded to a clingy ring of lace.

The aroma had tons of funky, musty barnyard character. Lots of wet hay. Grassy and quite lemony. Tart but not too acidic. Some Brett and critters. Fairly oaky. Mild sour cherry notes. Bit of crackery malts. There was also a touch of sweetness, which complimented the tartness quite well. Overall, quite intense and complex, yet still mellow and smooth.

The flavor profile was also rather impressive. A stiff, crackery malt base came through on the front end. Lots of wet hay and damp earth. Very musty and funky. Grassy in the center. Strong lemon rind notes were also apparent. This beer was definitely more bitter than sour. The finish was surprisingly hoppy, with the hops being earthy, pithy and quite bitter. Tons of oak and slightly acidic, vinegar-like notes came through as well. Very tannic and dry on the palate with some lingering wet hay, lemon and grapefruit rind notes. Overall, very complex. I was amazed by how funky and "old" the beer drank initially, yet how how hoppy and bitter it turned on the finish.

The mouthfeel was exceptionally smooth and creamy for the style. Medium-full bodied with a super fine, zippy effervescence.

Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Vintage is a musty, funky and remarkably complex gueuze. The seven years of aging really seemed to soften any of the rough edges you might find in a younger example of the style. I paired this with some grassy, semi-soft goat cheese and would recommend others to do the same.

On a side note, I had this February 10, 2005 vintage alongside my girlfriend's April 12, 2005 bottle. I found my bottle to be slightly drier up front and much less pithy and bitter on the finish. It also had a much more plush mouthfeel. That said, I definitely preferred my bottle to hers.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The culmination of my visit to Moeder Lambic in Brussels was a 750ml bottle of this gorgeous gueuze. Costing a whopping, but understandable €35, this 9-year old vintage was served with appropriate pomp and ceremony in a classic Belgian Gueuze basket. Lot number on the bottle said 13/04/2002.

Pours a deep golden colour, orange hued in places, with a frothy head of escaping bubbles. Lace sticks statically around the glass, but is otherwise rather still. The extra depth and darkness to the colour I put down to age. It looks good.

Nose is, oh god, just phenomenal. So classic, but melded and blended. That classic rubbery gueuze funk, along with tart fruit, apple skin, latex, vanilla, oak, and even a sweeter berry-like aroma. Aged characters like wine cork come through as well. There's so much too this, and it's immensely complex, but it's all so well integrated. You just don't get a better gueuze nose.

Taste is similar. All classic flavours of course, but all with a common purpose. Sharp fruit, grapeskin, wood, sawdust, oak, tannins. All these characters and more stay and dance on the palate leaving it complex, but long. It doesn't use the full breadth of the palate, but it must explore just about every element of the "gueuze" palate.

And age? What age? Apart from the integration and the mellowness of the characters' combination, this is as clean and crisp as ever. I can see this easily lasting another 10 years.

(But it's great now, too...)

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

April 8, 2011: I shared a bottle with Mike, Paul, & Brad @ Brad's place.

2005 Vintage (red label)

Wow, this beer was unbelievable. The aroma and flavor were simply world class, and markedly improved from what I remember. Shockingly good. A must have if you are fond of the style.

*** Original review September 29, 2010 ***

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

2006 vintage

A: This beer is a yellowish color, slightly hazy, with a white fizzy head that fades rapidly, leaving no lacing,

S: I would like to quote Paul here: "This beer smells like a nun's crotch" Um...I'll take your word for it. Pleasant notes of funk, hay, wild yeast. Smells very nice.

T: A very tasty example of the style. The beer is sour, but not as much as I expected. It's quite pleasant and drinkable. There is subtle acetic or vinegar-like note in the finish. I would be more tolerant of this if the beer was more tart / sour overall. There are delicate hints of fruit in the nose and flavor that I find quite pleasant. A very piquant offering from a world class brewery.

M: Fairly low carbonation. Very smooth on the palate.

D: Quite drinkable and enjoyable. I'm happy that I had the opportunity to taste it. Recommended.

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Vintage from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
98 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.