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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Vintage - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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432 Ratings
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Ratings: 432
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 8.55%
Wants: 682
Gots: 96 | FT: 6
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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Illinois

1.5/5  rDev -67.1%

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South Carolina

2.25/5  rDev -50.7%

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California

2.75/5  rDev -39.7%

11-28-2013 05:20:41 | More by Raziel313
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Mar02x

Netherlands

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!

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 19:32:15 | More by Mar02x
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EdwardFortyHands

Iowa

3.25/5  rDev -28.7%

04-26-2013 06:30:41 | More by EdwardFortyHands
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mborge

Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -23.2%

02-12-2012 06:22:16 | More by mborge
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eawolff99

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -23.2%

05-17-2014 01:48:58 | More by eawolff99
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haz77

Australia

3.63/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Bottled on 07/03/2002. Pours a clear golden amber with a mixture of bubbles. An inch of frothy white head reduces to a finger's-worth over the course of a minute.

S - Aroma fills the room as soon as the bottle is opened. Barnyard funk, green apple, hay, sour solvents, slight (not unpleasant) mustiness. Really nicely refined.

T - Sour element is immediately present, although it takes some time to grow to its full potency mid-drink. It comes in the guise of under ripe apples, rather than perhaps lemon or vinegar. Finish is very dry and sourness lingers too. I was hoping that the subtlety of the aroma would be retained in the taste, but it just comes off as not very complex.

M - Light-to-medium body with quite a creamy feel, due in part to the soft carbonation.

D - Pretty good, although outclassed by others in the style - certainly is a bit one-dimensional when compared with the better Guezes I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 17:30:11 | More by haz77
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kingcrowing

Vermont

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.

Serving type: bottle

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MWolverines66

New York

3.75/5  rDev -17.8%

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New York

3.75/5  rDev -17.8%

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Quackus

New York

3.75/5  rDev -17.8%

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ucusty

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL thanks to Todd! Blind tasted with 3F "vintage edition" geuze bottled on the exact same day in 2002! Had three samples. One was doubled up. This was not nearly as nice as the "special" edition there are definitely some differences between the two. The "vintage" version had a smokey characteristic that kinda threw me for a loop.
Earlier Rating: 3/23/2010 Total Score: 4.2
750mL thanks to Todd! Blind tasted with 3F "vintage edition" geuze bottled on the exact same day in 2002! Had three samples. One was doubled up. Same day different blend. This version had a nice fruity and dusty characteristic not present in the "vintage" version. Hazy copper pour with light carbonation. Aroma is very nice with hints of leather, horse blanket, white grape and dank basement. Apple, lemon rind, leather, horseblanket, and liggonberries. Dry finish

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 16:19:41 | More by ucusty
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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.93/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 St. Valentin Vintage. Poured from a corked and caged bottle into a Cantillon tulip. Shared with schen9303. Reviewed from notes.

A: Standard pour yields a 2 finger fluffy, foamy white head with awesome retention. Beer is a deep, clear apricot. Lacing is patchy and spotty with great cling. Te only thing keeping this from a "5" is the overall sparse lace.

S: Nose is prominent Brett, wet hay and rotting wood. Sweet apricot and a sharp lemon tartness round out the experience. Aromatic with moderate funk. Nice.

T: Opens lemon, overripe peaches, Brett, a sharp tartness and band-aid and cobwebs. Persistant sour from beginning to end. Wet wood and straw. End is tart lemon rind. Finish is strong crisp sourness with a Brett and tart aftertaste. Pretty one dimensional but that one dimension is done very well.

M: Light to medium bodied, with moderate carbonation. Dry and puckering in the mouth. Dry and tart going down. Finish is sharp with a filmy aftertaste. This one is really bone dry. Very quenching.

O: As is, the Vintage Oude Gueuze is a very solid representation of the style. However, its brother Armand Oude Gueuze 4 Lente just makes it pale in comparison and the availability is about the same. A solid beer overall but in the end, outclassed by beers made and blended by the same brewer.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 14:24:42 | More by SpeedwayJim
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scottfrie

California

3.95/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2002 vintage generously shared by cpferris. Thanks Chad.

A: Pours a cloudy golden iced-tea color with a quarter inch of bubbly off-white head that faded into a thin film.
S: Light tartness and a decent amount of earthy funk fill my nostrils, but the nose on this one isn’t super potent. I get a bit of sweat as well.
T: The delicate flavors follows the nose. I’m getting a lot more citrus than I expected though. The finish is full of lemon and earthy funk, and the aftertaste has some citrus rind tartness and a touch of biting acid. Not super complex.
M: Bubbly carbonation that is very active on my palate. Mouthfeel is lightly acidic and very dry.
O: A very drinkable gueuze if there ever was one, I just wish it was a little more potent.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 18:05:57 | More by scottfrie
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dasenebler

Maine

3.95/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL, Vintage 2006, from notes on 3/27/11.

Pours a clear strawberry-blond, brilliant for the style. The head is small and wispy.

The nose is pungently funky in a woody, resiny way, along with some earthy and plastic-phenolic notes. Excellent.

Huge tartness is immediately revealed. Borderline harsh sourness is near Cantillon territory. The fruitiness comes mid-palate, with apple, grapefruit and sour cherry notes. Oaky barrel flavor is apparent, and the finish is acidic, dry, and bitter. The mouthfeel has surprisingly low carbonation, so this drinks almost like apple juice. Really, really sour and funky apple juice that is.

I don't know about this one. It was quite the complex sour experience, but I was expecting something smooth and refined with all the age on it. I enjoyed the standard 3 Fonteinen Gueuze more. Worth a try, it might be your thing.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2011 11:35:36 | More by dasenebler
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2007 20:26:12 | More by Metalmonk
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Colorado

4/5  rDev -12.3%

12-13-2011 19:38:29 | More by farundrpar
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Washington

4/5  rDev -12.3%

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hopsbreath

Oregon

4/5  rDev -12.3%

11-14-2011 06:42:48 | More by hopsbreath
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -12.3%

10-27-2012 03:14:49 | More by cde1218
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Florida

4/5  rDev -12.3%

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Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -12.3%

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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -12.3%

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ygtbsm94

Virginia

4/5  rDev -12.3%

11-15-2011 01:37:33 | More by ygtbsm94
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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Vintage from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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