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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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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.58/5  rDev +0.4%
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...)

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 19:23:28 | More by lacqueredmouse
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

01-18-2013 01:21:14 | More by yourefragile
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

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

2002 vintage, served cool in a broad-rimmed goblet, on 11/03/2006. I was very happy to bump into this bottle at the Quinn's, Camden Town, just several days after my birthday, as the bottling date and month (07/03/2002) coincides with that of my BD, and this was the last bottle in the fridge--almost like a belated birthday gift for me~~

A: pours a hazy, honeyish golden hue, coming with a big frothy beer head, with ever-lasting foam on top; moderate, constant carbonation.
S: saw-dusty woody, (unknown) spice, lots of lemon peels and cider-like sour yet savoury aroma, added force by raw-ish and musty yeastiness and smoothly sweet wheat-malts... overall the note is only medium-sour, and really is colourful and harmonious for a potentially aggressively tart geuze.
T: an incredibly dry-ish palate of sour-sweet wheats hand in hand with a lime-fruity and barrel-aged cider flavour, magnifies quickly on the palate... the wheat-ness goes deeper while the lime-zestiness is elevated to the upper level of the palate; simultaneously, woodchip-like, slightly rough edge and bitterness as of white grapefruits along with plenty of tannins dominates the mouthfeel; slowly but surely, the palate turns drier and drier, leaving a zesty-tangy and tannic, almost slightly clashing/rusty, mouthfeel deeply attached to the tongue and also b/w the teeth...
M&D: a surprisingly soft body supports the otherwise very dry palate, backed by constantly refreshing fizziness that takes some time to soften on the tongue... The overall flavour profile shows a sourness being well-tamed through four years of ageing. This is the first geuze I've had for more than a year, and I feel really satisfied with the depth and complexity this four-year old geuze has shown. I'm totally convinced that this bottle was reserved at the pub for ME!!

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2006 01:48:48 | More by wl0307
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage 750ml bottle shared with eagles22. This had a synthetic cork that took a bit of effort to remove and didnt have any hiss or pop behind it. Poured into a cervoise, this brew appears a caramel looking orange. Pretty much still looking except for a few large bubbles that were created during the pour. There is orange clarity and light yellow coloration around the sides when held to the light.

The smell is strikingly sweet with vanilla barrel aged inclusion and caramel malt. A little cheese and funk across the back that grows as it warms with some lemony lactic notes. Very sweet overall with barrel aged properties being right in the open instead of subtle like previous samples.

The taste is sharp and tangy with cheese, funk, sour lemony lactic notes a bit rindy with a hugely salivating factor to it. Sweet caramel backing is lightly toasted with a touch of smoke. Huge barrel aged presence with vanilla and funk intermingled. I cannot get over how much residual sugar and caramel malt/vanilla inclusion there is in this gueze.

This is a medium bodied brew. Not still but boasts a very light level of carbonation. This experience certainly differs from my previous samples. I cant say it was bad but certainly interesting. I think it might be time to finally bust out some of the older bottles I have been hanging on to.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 11:25:29 | More by stakem
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

09-30-2013 13:04:12 | More by InspectorBob
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to foofaa for opening this 2007 bottle at Imminent Liquidation II for us to try. I have been wanting to try one of these for awhile now.

A - Pours slightly hazy copper orange with a fluffy one finger tall white head leaving small streaks of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of lots of horse blanket funk, damp earth, granny smith apples, lemon, basement must and a good amount of oak. While it possesses quite a bit of funk, it never gets too overpowering.

T - Starts off with a decent sour kick initially quickly being enveloped by the strong barnyard funk, musty earth, fruit and a touch of sweetness. Finish has plenty of oak tannins, combining with a little leftover funk, to leave the pallet dried but craving more.

M - Light body with tart, crisp feel and moderate carbonation. This one has very nice balance, as most drie fonteinen's do, and it was very easy to drink.

O - I have now had nearly all of the gueuze's from drie fonteinen and I can definitely see why people go crazy over them. They are crisp and flavorful while remaining easy to drink. Not my favorite of the bunch but no slouch either.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 18:31:51 | More by orangesol
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duceswild

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

09-29-2013 16:19:18 | More by duceswild
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.4/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2002 red label wale edition

Pours a half finger of white head. Color is a cloudy golden orange with a lot of active carbonation.

Aroma: A big amount of funk to this one. Oak and sour fruits. Lemon citrus again, which I find common in the 3F gueuzes. Horseblanket and straw. Some sourness to this one.

Taste: I think I like this one better than Millennium, but it has a light medicinal flavor to it and is a bit drier. A nice dried fruit profile. Apples and pears. Lemon zest and acidity again. It is funky and has a basement musk to it.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy in a good way, sour, and tart. Light to medium bodied with a bit higher amount of carbonation. Ends really dry.

Overall, a really nice beer. Reminded me of Millennium, but it had its differences. It was fizzy and I actually didn't mind it. A very nice beer that shows age, but still is awesome. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 00:02:33 | More by mothman
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

04-25-2013 22:50:35 | More by BARFLYB
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.58/5  rDev +0.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 03:35:55 | More by Huhzubendah
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drewone

California

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

08-07-2012 23:36:00 | More by drewone
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

08-29-2013 02:41:06 | More by mdaschaf
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

5/5  rDev +9.6%

12-22-2011 05:18:29 | More by Gonzoillini
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zestar

California

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

06-11-2013 02:57:22 | More by zestar
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THECPJ

Delaware

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

02-09-2012 22:06:28 | More by THECPJ
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billab914

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

04-26-2013 02:46:40 | More by billab914
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HopHead84

California

4.13/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11/27/10

2002 with the old red label and a hand written date.

A: Beautiful vibrant dark orange with great clarity and a big frothy white head, great retention.

S: A nice balance of citrus, oak, tannins, and wet leather. Very expressive, yet exhibits excellent balance. Barnyard, hay, some light cheese notes. Really opens up after 20 minutes.

T: Light tartness and low lactic sour notes up front with moderate oak notes and some tannins. Leather, cheese, some citrus notes, and a light acidity. Finish seems to drop off quickly, with just a little lingering oak and tannins.

M: lower high level of carbonation. Dry mouthfeel with tannic notes.

Overall: A nice Gueuze, but lacks the complexity I'd hoped for, especially in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 20:16:46 | More by HopHead84
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

07-07-2012 17:39:28 | More by TurdFurgison
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afsdan

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

03-22-2014 20:52:17 | More by afsdan
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chinchill

South Carolina

2.25/5  rDev -50.7%

02-14-2014 04:02:36 | More by chinchill
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drummermattie02

Texas

5/5  rDev +9.6%

12-09-2011 20:21:40 | More by drummermattie02
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ccrida

Oregon

4.8/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2009 05:05:25 | More by ccrida
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +9.6%

02-03-2012 21:28:41 | More by BeerFMAndy
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vertical drank for Sean and Caroline's engagement party, quite a shame other Chicago Ba's couldn't make it for this one, great times. This is the type of beer that just screams to have separate vintage listings as there was such variation. Instead of reviewing each one, this will more be a guide for those interested in the different vintages.
2002 Vintage 750 ml bottle - one of the top 3 vintages of the night. Awesome aroma that was funky but not harsh, wonderful dusty farmyard notes. The taste was just special because it was biting, dusty, floral and sour, yet it wasn't Cantillon sour in that I could drink this all night long. A vintage worth trying.
2003 Vintage 375 ml bottle - This was pretty decent, in the middle of the variations. Was drank simultaneously with an 03 Drie Oude Gueuze and the Vintage destroyed it. Not even in the same galaxy.
2004 Vintage 375 ml bottle - Nothing really stood out here, still good but towards the bottom.
2005 Vintage 375 ml bottle - Somehow this vintage has two bottle dates, a shocking 10 months apart, February 2005 and December 2005. The older one was much better and was in the top 3.
2006 Vintage 750 ml bottle - Hands down the worst of the bunch, I'm almost positive this had to be a bad bottle. This was totally malty, tons of caramel and dough with hops, was like a gueuze barleywine. Terrible, I would not drink this again.
2007 Vintage 750 ml bottle - Valentines dating. To me this was the best of the bunch, a little more sour and acidic which I like in my gueuze. Very musky, just wonderful overall. I picked this up at Drie, super happy I have one left.

Thanks to Alex and Sean for contributing to this.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 15:57:22 | More by jrallen34
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

04-26-2013 02:41:58 | More by Rhettroactive
Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Vintage from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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