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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Vintage - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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486 Ratings
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Ratings: 486
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 718
Gots: 103 | 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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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

aztraz, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of oldp0rt
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

oldp0rt, May 23, 2013
Photo of wagenvolks
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

wagenvolks, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of nickd717
4.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

largerdeer shared a 750ml bottle of this gem, vintage 2007.

Pours a hazy golden color with a small white head that leaves a ring.

The aroma is great - typical 3F - very funky with horseblanket and pigsheet and lots of oak -bal.

Flavor is very good. Funky horsey cowy barnyard, pale malt base, oaky musty -bals, and a great tart finish. Maybe a LITTLE blander than your typical 3F gueuze, but I'm splitting hairs here.

Medium-bodied and very smooth with lots of acidity on the finish.

Really solid brewski overall - I could have twoski.

nickd717, Oct 09, 2010
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
Photo of beerpadawan
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

beerpadawan, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

trxxpaxxs, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of rarbring
4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2004. A really clouded orange beer, an off-white small head, some lacing and some curtains.

The smell is sour, sour cream and vinegar, old closet, leather, stable, and yest. Very intriguing.

The taste has fruit aromas, sour green apples, pears, pine-apple, rhubarbs, vinegar and cherry seeds.

Medium carbonation, small bubbles, a complex body and dry finish.

An elegant and well balanced beer, sampled at an Drie Fonteinen tasting at De Klomp, Linköping, Sweden.
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Vintage 2006. A hazy dark orange beer, no head, but some curtains.

The smell is intriguing sour, vinegar almost acetic acid, old closet, some stable and yest.

The taste sour fruit aromas, sour green apples, pears, and vinegar.

No carbonation, a complex body and a clean dry finish.

An elegant and well balanced beer with a clean acidity, sampled at an Drie Fonteinen tasting at De Klomp, Linköping, Sweden.

rarbring, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of thewimperoo
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

thewimperoo, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of mrebeka
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

mrebeka, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of Sparky44
4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

Sparky44, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of dar482
4.59/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

dar482, May 19, 2014
Photo of seeswo
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 bottle (same as Cam below - thanks for sharing Cam!)

Pours a very hazy light orange color with a whitish head. The nose is really funky - get that diaper flavor. It smells really good.
The taste is dry, funky and earthy and way more so than it is sour. Light on the palette and goes down quite easy. Not all that tart or vinegary. Really tame for a guezue. Overall, I thought this was a very accessible idea of a guezue and I enjoyed it very much.

seeswo, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Smarty_Pints
4/5  rDev -12.3%

Smarty_Pints, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of hoppymcgee
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

hoppymcgee, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of Arbitrator
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Arbitrator, Jan 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

greenspointexas, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of oglmcdgl
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

oglmcdgl, Apr 21, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

baybum, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of jegross2
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Oude Geuze Vintage 2003 from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen out of Belgium.

Score: 95

Bottle is dated 03/05/03. Served in a Drie Fonteinen fountain tumbler and enjoyed on 05/28/14. Thank you Paul for sharing this treat!

Appearance: Pours a murky golden yellow color with a slight brown tinge and a thin layer of head that totally settles. Poor lacing and retention. This looks like your typical 3F Oude Geuze. 4/5

Smell: Musty lemon, cedar/wood, and a light barnyard funk. Residual "brightness" relative to the citrus character is fresher vintage OGV's. Reminisce (perhaps just because of the cedar/wood character) of Blauw, but with less complexity/zing. 4.5/5

Taste: Funkier than the nose, particularly on the finish. Tart lemon bite, must, grain, peach, and a little spice. Faint wood character on the finish. Lasting musty lemon on the finish. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied, good carbonation. Juicy mouthfeel with a nice gum-dryness to the finish. Nice tart bite with good linger. 4.5/5

Overall: The six year old bottle of 2007 and 2008 OGV that I have previously sampled still reign king among the different vintages of OGV sampled, but this still drank quite nice. Relative to the non-OGV Oude Geuze 2004 recently sampled, this vintage bottle had more zing despite being a year older. The OGV series is a testament to proper storage and the reliability of Armand's personal stash. I most recommend acquiring OGV 2008 or OGV 2007, but the OGV 2003 is also quite recommendable as well.

Cost: $40 for a 750 ml bottle.

jegross2, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of Herky21
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Herky21, Jul 01, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

HopStoopid120, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of SpdKilz
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

SpdKilz, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of FreshHawk
4.93/5  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.

FreshHawk, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of Stevedore
4.73/5  rDev +3.7%
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

Stevedore, Sep 23, 2014
Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Vintage from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
100 out of 100 based on 486 ratings.