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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Vintage - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Ratings: 432
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 8.55%
Wants: 682
Gots: 96 | FT: 6
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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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t0rin0

California

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

09-02-2012 20:00:51 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.38/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at mrbubbler's "end of the world" tasting.

Bottled 3/5/03.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with malt, yeast, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with quite an earthy flavor and an acidic finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some great aromas and flavors.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 03:55:10 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 vintage opened by drabmuh at a recent tasting.

Pours a hazy golden color with a nice white head and a fair amount of lacing on the way down. The nose smacked me right away with a really pungent horse blanket odor; loads of leather and must. A bit of hay and some slightly sour notes come through as well.

The taste brings on even more funk--it's like the sweat of wet leather that's been in a hay loft for the past four years. Just crazy funky. A bit of oak is present as well. Mouthfeel is nice and light to medium with good carbonation, really bringing the flavors through the full palate. Drinkability is pretty good, although as good as this tasted, I didn't immediately feel like I needed more after I'd finished my pour.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 02:49:14 | More by Thorpe429
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +1.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 18:34:47 | More by mikesgroove
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2002 vintage bottle drank in 2008: Poured a slightly hazy orangey color lambic with a medium white bubbly head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of green apple with some acid and sour notes and some mild barnyard notes. Taste is less acidic then the aroma was suggesting with some sour notes and a barnyard feel which is quite interesting. There was some distinctive green apple notes which are similar to the Girardin gueuze. Full body with some good carbonation but slightly lower then I was expecting. I can't say that I see a huge difference form the regular geueze but IO as impressed nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2008 18:37:04 | More by Phyl21ca
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womencantsail

California

4.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Chris for sharing this one last Saturday

A: The pour is a cloudy bright copper color with tons of white head and a nice lacing on the glass.

S: Just a ton of wonderful funk hits the nose as soon as the cork is popped. Lots of barnyard, wet hay, and a bit of sweat. There is plenty of green apple and lemon to provide tartness as well.

T: The flavor is just so typical of Drie Fonteinen lambic. Lots of pungent and intense funk flavors followed by a sharp and crisp lactic acidity. A nice green apple tartness and some lemons in there as well.

M: The body is medium with plentiful but not overwhelming carbonation.

D: This is just another exceptional gueuze from Drie Fonteinen. I'm happy to have tried this and would gladly drink this, or any of their other beers, again.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2010 18:22:35 | More by womencantsail
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acurtis

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

11-10-2013 14:26:54 | More by acurtis
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spycow

Illinois

5/5  rDev +9.6%

11-15-2011 05:23:21 | More by spycow
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

4/5  rDev -12.3%

11-15-2011 01:37:33 | More by ygtbsm94
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GRG1313

California

5/5  rDev +9.6%

11-23-2011 21:10:27 | More by GRG1313
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emerge077

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Mark for sharing, and to Dan for hosting :thumbup:
Quick review from written notes, 2008 vintage.

Bright saturated golden orange, spotty lacing around the edges, visible carb trails rising in the glass. Foam subsided rapidly.

Mineral and sulfur traces in the nose, wet hay, lightly funky.

Sour grapefruit, lemon pith, bitter woody tannins towards the end. Clean and crisp, very smooth with a bone dry finish. Body is supple and full at the same time. Overall this was nice to try, it seems like a case of emperors new clothes, but it's a classic Drie Fonteinen gueuze all the same.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 02:36:31 | More by emerge077
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +9.6%

11-14-2011 13:22:43 | More by JAHMUR
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largadeer

California

4.88/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2010 01:49:40 | More by largadeer
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

11-14-2011 18:15:12 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Full vertical provided by myself, Jason, and Sean. We even had the Cuvée Valentijn and two different bottlings from 2005. Served in various tasters.

A - Other than the flat 2006, most had voluminous off-white foam that settled to a thick collar, partial cap, and minimal lace. Hazed golden apricot body that got increasingly murky as the bottles emptied. Surprisingly there were no gushers in this collection.

S - Most of the vintages were heavy on musty barn, green funk, some feet, cheese, hay and grass, lemon, stone fruits, and hints of vanilla and oak. Unlike Cantillon, or even the 3F '03 Oude Geuze we sampled side-by-side, these are fairly restrained in acetobacter and sourness. The '02 was incredibly dusty and leathery. A few had a vaguely moldy note.

T - Taste is slightly more sour, with lemons, stone fruits, and a perceptible pale malt and wheat backdrop. There's some tart appleskins, hay, leather, and grass. Only light kiss of malt sweetness and vanilla in the periphery.

M - Spritzy and light in body, but smooth on the palate. Very dry and lightly tannic finish. Clean and refreshing.

D - I think we put down over a gallon of gueze last night. Wish we got this on draft, as it'd be a superb session brew.

Warning - the 2006 vintage was very weird. No carbonation, cloying sweetness, and not at all like the bottle mentioned in drabmuh's review. It's almost as if the yeast and bacteria went dormant. If you have a 2006 with foil overwrap and a synthetic cork, you may want to sit on it for a few more years in the hopes that it develops. The rest of these are superb and can be consumed now.

In order I liked 2002, 2007 (CV), 2005 (February), 2004, 2003, and 2005 (December), and I disliked 2006. The Oude Geuze '03 was a totally different beast, with lots of lactic sourness and less funk, even though it was bottled only a month before the Oude Geuze Vintage '03. Batch variation? Cellar conditions? Who knows?

In any case, a thoroughly enjoyable experiment that is well worth repeating in the future.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 00:45:43 | More by MasterSki
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2010 20:53:21 | More by drabmuh
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mdfb79

New York

4.7/5  rDev +3.1%
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.
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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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 16:43:03 | More by mdfb79
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oline73

Maryland

4.38/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a 2005 bottle that I had at Brugs Beertje. Poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden amber color with a half finger of white carbonation that fades to a ring around the edge of the pour.

Smell: There is a strong tartness full of citrus and funk. The funk reminds me of the chalk caves from when we went champagne tasting. I'm getting a mild vinegar note as well.

Taste: This beer is quite sour. The mineral funk shows up along with the lemon juice sourness. The finish is sour along with an aged hop bitterness. While this beer is quite sour, there isn't a lot of bite, I assume that is due to the age.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Not too biting, which was nice. I thought this was a fantastic gueuze. I haven't had this new, but the age seems to have done it well.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 21:31:06 | More by oline73
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.45/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

April 16, 2002 Vintage Bottle, Sampled October 2007
Pours with a lightly hazy, cherry tinged, light amber color (quite dark for a Gueuze / Lambic) and is crowned by an initially two-finger thick, light tan colored head that is a mix of large and tightly beaded froth that leaves some lacing patterns on the sides of the glass as it recedes. Ah yes, the aroma is just want I need; funky, woody, tart and fruity, it smells oh so good. Aromatic notes of cured leather, ripe plastic (in the process of curing), urea, dried mushrooms and a touch of farmhouse cheese are all noticeable. The aromatic tart notes run the gamut from hints of lactic, acetic, definitely citric, with notes of tart apples, sour grapes and even some touches of tart, exotic fruit. Other aromas of rotting wood, cedar, spicy oak, damp cellars made of stone and thick-amply-aged wood structure add more complexity to the aroma.

Soft and almost creamy up front before the acidity kicks in. The acidity is never hard or overbearing though (which I sometimes like and even crave in a Lambic) and in fact melds quite well with a substantial (for a Lambic) texture & body. The acid is most notably lactic in character, but has touches of citric flavors at times. Notes of crab-apple, un-ripe star-fruit, touches of grapefruit (and even more than that at times) and a green, un-ripened, sauvignon blanc grape flavor add to the fruit component of this beer. Despite the supple texture and heft of this beer it seems quite bone dry. The carbonation, though light for a Gueuze, adds a zesty textured touch of froth to each sip. The flavor is not quite as funky as the aroma was, but this is still quite funk driven. Flavors of woody mushrooms, damp leather in the finish, cherry pits, most definitely musty and even a bit moldy at times. Touches of ephemeral vanilla, butter cream flavors (or is that just evoked from the texture), uriatic acid (cat pee to the layman) and wild flower petals add to the subtle backdrop of this beer. Quite tannic at times, almost coating the mouth, though not the teeth like a very tannic green tea, in light astringency.

I could wish for a bit more carbonation here as I like my Gueuzes to be very effervescent, but this is a damn fine example of the art. Very well blended, very well integrated, there is nothing that is dominant here. I do love a good Lambic, Gueuze especially, and I wish that I had the ability to drink more of these on a regular basis. Almost a bit too refined for my tastes; still rustic though and definitely a finely crafted product, but I think I prefer the regular non-vintage, and the 1995 vintage that I had in 2001.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2007 04:32:32 | More by Gueuzedude
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +9.6%

11-25-2011 23:43:09 | More by Rochefort10nh
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

09-30-2013 13:15:53 | More by mendvicdog
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beernads

Florida

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

04-11-2013 07:09:45 | More by beernads
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.78/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

375ml, red label, 2005 vintage received as an extra from PALMEJ1! Thanks a ton Jacob! You are a madman.

Pours a cloudy, very dark golden range color golden tangerine/burnt orange hues when held to a light and a one finger frothy white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Funky, earthy aroma with a heavy barnyard/horsey presence that is countered by crisp light fruit and sweet vinegar. Subtle lactic presence. A bunch of earthy oak along with the funky bugs as well as some grassy straw, cobwebs and musty funk. Hints of apple, pear, grape and tangerine. Extremely complex nose that has my mouth watering. I literally smelled this beer for ten minutes before taking the first sip.

Medium bodied yet fuller than expected with an intensely sour, mouth-puckering flavor that lingers throughout into a sweet, slightly acidic, vinegary tart finish. Very dry and tart up front with only slight acidity in the finish. No solvent or harsh acetic character at all. Extremely funky with lots of earthy oak tannins, bugs and a touch of vinaigrette which is balanced by a slight lactic presence as well as some light fruit. Hints of apple, pear and lemon combined with the vinegar character give this beer a sweet and tart lingering finish that leaves me drooling for another sip. After the initial palate shock this beer proves to be incredibly complex, well balanced and flavorful.

Overall, I had very high expectations for this beer and they were exceeded. With all of it's complexity it is still incredibly quaffable. I absolutely loved this beer and hope to get another bottle sometime.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 06:09:57 | More by corby112
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imperialking

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

05-31-2012 03:35:45 | More by imperialking
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

05-17-2014 01:55:23 | More by MarkyMOD
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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Vintage from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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