Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Vintage - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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4.43/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
02-27-2011 15:57:22 | More by jrallen34
4.1/5 rDev -9.9%
Big thanks goes out to funkydelic for sharing this one during a recent tasting! Another brew that has long evaded me to try at a tasting! 2007 Vintage! Served from bottle into a Boulevard tulip. Poured yellow-orange with a one finger subtle off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount very slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, lemon rine, funk, sour, tart, fruit, and citrus. The flavor was of sweet malt, lemon rine, funk, sour, tart, and citrus. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. A beer that I have been wanting to try for quite some time that has been at MANY tastings, but never gotten opened. It finally happened! I am a huge fan of the regular version, but this one takes it to a new level with a more citrus and lemon rine aspect going on than the regular. It was quite drinkable and extremely enjoyable. While being very sour and tart it didn’t make me feel like my teeth were melting which was a nice welcomed change. Definitely worth seeking out and I would love to see how this one ages over the years in a proper cellar.
07-03-2012 10:48:14 | More by thagr81us
4.33/5 rDev -4.8%
A - A clear orangish gold color, not a ton of head. No cap or ring, and left the sides of the glass clean.
S - Tannic, sour, tart. Nice and funky, but not quite as barnyard as the Blauw. It does somehow smell pretty smooth.
T - This is very good. Smooth, a bit tangy, funky but not too funky. Nice lemon peel that manages to be not too citrus. Drank Blauw right before this, it is not as good, but is not far off.
M - Smooth, finishes very dry, little bit of bite.
D - Pretty easy to do, this is a great beer, would recommend to anone.
12-05-2010 02:18:50 | More by AgentZero
4.93/5 rDev +8.4%
The more gueuzes I drink, the more I learn about structure, balance, nuance and drinkability. A wonderful beer shared generously by my friend Brian. Bottled April 13, 2002, this beer is over 8 years old at this point.
Hazy orange with a dense white head with great retention and lacing. As with almost all 3F gueuzes, carbonation is high, which coincidentally caused the cork to shoot out of the bottle the minute the cage was taken off. And surprisingly enough, the beer did not gush. Bottle conditioning is an art, and some American brewers should pay attention.
The nose is wonderful. One of the best beers I've ever smelled, it reminds me immediately of the 1999 vintage Oude Gueuze. Woody, earthy, tannic and funky with some cheese, this is beautifully balanced. Light lemon peel with some grapefruit. A little mushroom too. As it warms up, the grapefruit bitterness grows. No trace of acetic acid is present. Warmth and swirling bring out barnyard and hay aromas too. Just fantastic.
The palate opens tannic with a mild lemon peel astringency immediately noticeable. Plenty of lemon character, this beer makes me think of biting into the white part of the lemon peel with it's characteristic bitterness. It evolves to a grapefruit bitterness with time. Very very well-balanced. The case can be made for calling this beer out on the basis of the faint oxidation that manifests itself by way of slightly stale malt, that if darker, would be more leather-like. Let my score speak for on which side of the defense I rest my case. The funk isn't as prominent as on the nose, growing as it warms and with addition of the yeast, both of which bring out the wet wood, wet dog and barnyard and hay characteristics in various amounts. Woody and mushroom characters grow with temperature, making this more reminiscent of the J&J Blauw. Grapefruit peel bitterness on the finish, the palate is beautifully balanced. Medium-light in body, this is mildly cheesy and has high carbonation. Fantastic stuff, I could drink this all day.
I alluded to the Blauw in my review, and it's probably no coincidence. The Blauw, which was blended a year after this, incorporated a 4 year old Girardin lambic. This includes a 3 year old Girardin lambic, some of which was probably leftover and aged until blended into the J&J. I have a fantasy of assembling all the rare Drie Fonteinen beers (97,50th, 99, Millenium, 2002 Vintage, and both J&Js) and organize a tasting with Armand leading, talking about his inspiration and aspiration for each blend. Sadly, that will not come to be, but I'm working quite well down that list of rare beers there. Thanks again, Brian!
**Edit 27 July 2012**
I get to revisit the 2007 vintage. The nose is fruity (apricots) floral (rose and jasmine) with oak (vanilla and tannins). An aroma reminiscent of Hallertau hops is present. The palate opens sour, lactic , oaky and very tannic with mild lemon. Very oaky with low vanilla flavor. Drying, hoppy finish, solid stuff. Needs time, maybe?
**Edit 30 Aug 2012**
I split a bottle of the 2005 vintage with Nathan. IMO, at this time, it the best beer of the bunch. Bright but mellow with fleshy, ripe and sour grapefruit, with a deep, complex funk, moderately earthy and horesey. Ripe and rotten lemons are also present. Exceptional. S/T/M = 5/5/5
07-03-2010 05:04:45 | More by DefenCorps
4.45/5 rDev -2.2%
Picked up a bottle of the 2004 Vintage Gueuze during my last trip to Belgium when weissebierdrinker and I visited the brewery. Cheers man. Best before April 2014.
A - Pours a lovely dark sorta orange colour. Very cloudy with the sediment in there. Good carbonation. A nice 2 finger soapy and creamy head at the same time. Solid one finger head retains with nice staggered rings of lacing.
S - I can smell the strength of it from fairly far away. Funk and wood are there. Citrus and lemon candies. Grape skins.
T - Quite tart, lemon cady, oak/wood, funk. Grass and spiderwebs? It just aches of old creaky barnyards. Grape, lemon, and unripened plums come out. Lovely. Just sweet enough keep from being overpoweringly tart.
M - Strong carbonation and a medium-ish body with a crisp and slightly tart finish.
O/D - Good Gueuze. I can't really tell what the extra age has done but the base Gueuze is great stuff as well. Glad I got to try this rarity, it was worth it.
07-03-2011 00:37:15 | More by tbeckett
4.65/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
03-27-2011 05:38:23 | More by francisweizen
4.7/5 rDev +3.3%
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 Quinns 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: Im 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 Debelders 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.
07-04-2006 22:37:16 | More by TheLongBeachBum
4.33/5 rDev -4.8%
375ml corked and caged bottle generously shared by jedwards. 2004 vintage. Pours a translucent golden orange with a quarter inch bright white head. Nose expresses citric acid and cork. Taste is fairly clean - more acidic notes, cork and a slight peppery quality towards the back. Mouthfeel is light-medium in consistency (but closer to light) with a lively carbonation. All and all, an easy drinking and refreshing geuze that's fairly mellow, despite the the age. I definitely would like to pick up a few of these to throw in the cellar.
09-15-2011 00:27:21 | More by Jwale73
4.7/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
10-25-2010 21:23:36 | More by sweemzander
4.55/5 rDev 0%
750ml, bottled on 27/12/07, into an Unibroue tulip.
A: CLear, bright orange body under an inch of fine, frothy tan foam. Light, spotty lace. Lovely.
S: Very, very fresh, bright, adventurous aroma of citric acidity along with big floral notes. Underneath lies plenty of equally bright funk - barnyard, sharp cheese, and plenty of grass. Fantastic.
T: Sourness dominates, with zesty fruitiness, sweet-tart candy, and some cheesy, grassy, and earthy funk. The tartness is consistent throughout, and always refreshing. Amazing.
M: Smooth medium body with moderate, lively carbonation. Perfect.
O: I continue to be blown away by Armand's Geuzes. I hope I'm rich someday so I can have a cellar full of them - of course, I got this bottle at the brewery for something like 7 euro, so for once a world-class Lambic didn't cost an arm and a leg. I would drink this daily if I could (unless I had an equally unlimited supply of Armand'4 Lente, that is). I can't wait to try more vintages of this fantastic beer.
08-01-2011 21:33:58 | More by woosterbill
4.33/5 rDev -4.8%
750ml bottle dated 11/30/2006 thanks to grownfool. I've heard a couple people say this vintage is no good, don't believe them. Hazy orange like a gueuze would. Smells like citrus, hay, barn, phenols. Tastes pretty great, sour citrus with abut of plastic at the end but damn was this easy to knock back! Overall I lived it and wish I had more. It's really too bad gueuze isn't priced more like IPA because I would hawg it down.
07-02-2011 19:45:32 | More by ArrogantB
4.43/5 rDev -2.6%
677th Review on BA
Bottle to Flute
330ML Red Label 2004
App- A soft yellowish orange with a one finger head even for a soft and small pour. Little bit of bubbles and lace.
Smell- After having more of the style I have come to appreciate it a whole hell of a lot more. Funky, musty, damp and yeasty.
Taste- This bottle was like gold in a glass. It was a bit dry, a bit tart, a bit funk but all good. Balanced between damp and sour and tingly.
Mouth- Still high carbed after all these years and a bit medium bodied.
Drink- I couldve drank a whole lot more. I can't imagine what trade value is for an 04, but I sure as shit want to find out.
07-25-2011 19:10:11 | More by FosterJM
4.5/5 rDev -1.1%
Big thanks to Frank (Avalon68), Jeremy and Kevin (MrChopin) for the crazy beers we had during this tasting including this one!
2002 Vintage consumed in May 2010.
A-pours a transparent golden amber color with tons of bubbles, fluffy and bubbly white head with good retention and a spotty lace.
S-the nose has a well balanced funk to sweet ratio. mushrooms and barnyard funk, hints of lemon are faint, notes of white grapes and a touch of oak towards the back
T-this has a good funk to it, notes of mushrooms and barnyard. A nice balance of oak with faint hints of vanilla. Lightly accented lemon, acidity, and cherries in the finish.
M-very smooth with a fuller body and lots of carbonation, prickly on the back of the throat and a very dry finish.
D-very tasty with great balance and complexity. the sweetness works well to offset the funkiness and the oak has just enough of a presence.
05-21-2010 01:25:48 | More by cpetrone84
Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Vintage from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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