Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Vintage - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Reviews: 114
Hads: 586
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 3.13%
Wants: 856
Gots: 111 | FT: 8
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-14-2006

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.
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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.13/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. This is my official "end of first year of med school celebrating beer." 2007 vintage, bottled 12/27/2007 and given a 10 year lifespan.

5.0 A: Mildly hazed light orange color. Three fingers of frothy white head. Retention is very good and thick, glass covering lacing is left behind.

4.5 S: Really nice nose on this as well. The funk is amazing. This might be the most powerful and complex funk I've ever encountered. Tons of hay and horse. Decaying fruit, stinky sweaty feet, apple orchard, dry rotted sweat socks, old wood. Like most other 3F gueuzes, this is insanely complex with the funk, but not all that sour. Nearly no acetic acid and only mild amounts of lactic acid. Borderline 5.0.

4.0 T: Taste is good, but it's not as complex or as overall good as the nose. There's more sourness, but it's a strange dry sourness, which is something I've never experienced before. Other than that, the funk is still crazy strong, but not quite as complex. Lots of hay, dry earthy woodiness, dry rotted sweat socks, musty basement. Lightly horsey. Mild lemony fruitiness.

3.5 M: Lighter body. Good spritzy gueuzy carbonation. Could use more creaminess though.

4.0 D: This is good and I appreciate the funk, but it's a tad bit disappointing, especially given how impressive the nose is. Don't get me wrong, it's still a great gueuze, but I expect a lot from 3F when it comes to them. (1,403 characters)

Photo of brystmar
4.6/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Red label 2003 bottle shared by Denise for our Memorial Day sour tasting. Thanks!

Incredible aroma: sour, funky, tart, acidic, citrusy. Each freely billowed up from the glass to massage my nasal cavities. Taste balances everything well with a crisp, clean citrusy finish. Tons of depth that I'd never really experienced in a gueuze before.

I enjoyed this more than any of the Armand'4 bottles we opened immediately prior. This one aged quite well; wish we had another bottle. (477 characters)

Photo of afksports
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Memorial day weekend brought out a red label 2003 bottle generously shared by Denise. Thanks!

Balanced and delicate. Tamed by age, but even at what... 10 years?... this blend was still fantastic. It was more funk than acid, which was a bit surprising, but welcome. There was a lovely citrus sour & sweet combination going on in the middle, and the funk up front led to a clean finish. Definitely not as cloying as "fresh" Oude Geuze from Drie Fonteinen.

Probably not the most complex brew of the day, but its balance rivaled Lou Pepe Gueuze, and promised good things from aging this style of beer. Happy to try it, thanks again! (631 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (839 characters)

Photo of spdyfire83
4.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Updated Review:

From 5 May 2012
Served in a 3F Geuze glass (as it should be)
Bottled: 15/4/2003
Best before: 15/4/2020

I don't usually re-review beers, but the 2003 vintage is absolutely amazing. Give this beer some age and you will not be disappointed.

A: Cork burst forth with happiness. Murky straw. 1+ (frothy white) fingernail head on gentle pour.

S: Barnyard funk, lemon rind, hay, cheese. So inviting and tasting. Nice!

T: Pronounced sour, funk, and earthiness. Loads of grapefruit and lemon zest with green apple.

M: Light bodied with soft carbonation.

O: Absolutely fantastic! Hands down, one of the best gueuzes I have enjoyed to-date (Blauw is slightly above). So balanced, smooth, and refreshing. If you have multiple bottles; forget about a few and drink them with 8-10 years age.

4.5, 5.0, 5.0, 4.5, 4.5

From 19 December 2011
67th Review
Bottle to tulip
Vintage 2007

Shared with farundrpar during a beautiful prepared dinner by our wives on a recent visit to Amsterdam.

A: Golden hay. 2+ (pure white) fingernail head on medium pour.

S: Lemon zest, hay, must, white pepper. Not as much “funk” as I was expecting or had hoped for, but it still smells quite good!

T: Grapefruit/zesty citrus fruit with green apple. Hint of funk/sour, but not terribly pronounced. Quite nice, but I think it will grow and develop with age.

M: Medium bodied with high carbonation.

O: Better than good, but not great YET! A very crisp and refreshing beer (especially when paired with a wonderful salmon dinner), but I think this vintage can stand to age for quite some time. I’m thinking the 2007 vintage should be enjoyed no earlier than 2014, but that’s my €0.02.

4.5, 4.5, 4.0, 4.0, 4.5 (1,708 characters)

Photo of auroracrisis
4.6/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2007 vintage 750ml poured into a Cantillon gueuze tumbler.

Hazy marmalade with a half finger off white head. Tons of tiny bubbles dance to the top. The beer gets more and more hazy as the sediment is slowly introduced into the glass.

Horse blanket and citrus. Old cheese and gym socks, with a little bit of grapefruit and lemon zest. Fills the room with it's aroma.

Opens up with tart citrus zest, then moves quickly into the funk. Horse blanket, hay stacks, moldy cheese and gym socks all come together. Awesome, lactic sourness in this blend too. Pretty balanced and enjoyable as well.

Medium bodied with a soft, fluffy mouth feel and effervescent carbonation. A tad sticky on the lips, and drying on the palate.

Great balance of funk and citrus. A stellar example of a proper blend of gueuze, in the same ballpark as Lente if you ask me. I hope to encounter this one again, but the price and way it's acquired deters me a bit. (935 characters)

Photo of pokesbeerdude
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle from Belgium. 2007 Vintage. Into a Rodenbach Grand Cru Tulip. 27 Dec 2007 bottling.

A: A beautiful hazy apricot in color with a dense white head that foams up to about an inch, quickly receding to a cap of foam. Big gobs of lacing are left behind on the edge of the glass. Beautiful beer.

S: Funky and incredibly sour. I love Armand's blends, there are just so many notes in the nose. Barnyard funk, strong sour notes, lemons, cherries, and funk, but also there are these crazy notes of creosote, and aromatic heavy crude oil. It sounds like the absolute strangest mix of things, but it smells so wonderful that I want to bury my nose in it all night.

T: Follows the nose quite nicely, huge sour note with a ton of funk. Strong notes of lemons, but there are also some notes of peaches and apricots in here, quite fruity actually. Surprisingly enough there is even a touch of sweetness that finds its way into the last lingering seconds before I swallow. Absolutely incredible stuff.

M: Slightly thick with enough carbonation to break it up. Dry and puckering. Spot on.

O: Absolutely wonderful, hands down the best Gueuze that I have ever had. I really have nothing else to say about it. Simply perfect. (1,226 characters)

Photo of warnerry
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled April 9, 2004; Enjoyed at 3F with BA woosterbill and others. Cheers Will!

A - Pours a clear copper with two fingers of white head. Head has nice retention before fading to a cap.

S - Rich musty aroma that seems to be a 3F signature, with hints of citrus. Also a faint musty cheese aroma. Very nice.

T - Initially tart but not bracingly so. Very earthy, with building bitterness and tartness midway through with a considerable grapefruit bite. Very tasty.

M - Medium mouthfeel that is quite up front and finishes with substantial bitterness that lingers for awhile.

O - Very enjoyable. I'm loving the 3F musty funk. Good tart/bitter character with a nice earthiness as well. After an amazing tasting day at 3F, I can't help but be a bit sad thinking about how difficult it is to find nice lambic/geuze in the U.S. But what a day it was... (850 characters)

Photo of shawnm213
4.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage 750 ml bottle shared by phaleslu. Thanks peter, really appreciate it! Notes of moderate to heavy lactic acid sourness, bright lemongrass, juicy grapefruit, some cheese and leather laden funk. Great. Excited to try other vintages. Thanks again peter!

2005 vintage 375ml bottle. bright sweaty cheesy funk with a touch of leather and old musty basement. Taste is bright lemons, grapefruit, quite citric. touch of pickle juice. really really good. super dry. awesome citrsuy fruit character. lotta old rustic funk. complex, yet clean. awesome beer :) (561 characters)

Photo of orangesol
4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (1,123 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.59/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a e37,5 cl corked and caged bottle purchased at De Bier Tempel, Brugge, Belgium
Lotnummer 10/02/2005
Ten minste houdbaar tot: 02/2015
Served in a Drie Fonteinen tumbler

Brassy amber in appearance with crimson tinges. The slightly hazed liquid was topped by a tight, creamy, one-finger crown of eggshell colored foam. Over time, the head faded to a clingy ring of lace.

The aroma had tons of funky, musty barnyard character. Lots of wet hay. Grassy and quite lemony. Tart but not too acidic. Some Brett and critters. Fairly oaky. Mild sour cherry notes. Bit of crackery malts. There was also a touch of sweetness, which complimented the tartness quite well. Overall, quite intense and complex, yet still mellow and smooth.

The flavor profile was also rather impressive. A stiff, crackery malt base came through on the front end. Lots of wet hay and damp earth. Very musty and funky. Grassy in the center. Strong lemon rind notes were also apparent. This beer was definitely more bitter than sour. The finish was surprisingly hoppy, with the hops being earthy, pithy and quite bitter. Tons of oak and slightly acidic, vinegar-like notes came through as well. Very tannic and dry on the palate with some lingering wet hay, lemon and grapefruit rind notes. Overall, very complex. I was amazed by how funky and "old" the beer drank initially, yet how how hoppy and bitter it turned on the finish.

The mouthfeel was exceptionally smooth and creamy for the style. Medium-full bodied with a super fine, zippy effervescence.

Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Vintage is a musty, funky and remarkably complex gueuze. The seven years of aging really seemed to soften any of the rough edges you might find in a younger example of the style. I paired this with some grassy, semi-soft goat cheese and would recommend others to do the same.

On a side note, I had this February 10, 2005 vintage alongside my girlfriend's April 12, 2005 bottle. I found my bottle to be slightly drier up front and much less pithy and bitter on the finish. It also had a much more plush mouthfeel. That said, I definitely preferred my bottle to hers. (2,124 characters)

Photo of Mar02x
2.97/5  rDev -33.7%
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! (539 characters)

Photo of lanbewardin
4.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was the 2003 vintage, I did a side by side tonight with a 2010 modern drie fonteinen geuze.

It looks basically exactly the same as the modern one, actually the vintage has a better head though.

The taste & smell of the new one are both what I would describe as 'sharper', more apple tartness, the vintage has more of a sugary oaky smell profile with some subtle apple tartness.

The mouthfeel on the vintage is amazing, it makes the modern one seem like water. Its got a long lingering tartness. So funky, lots of barrel, just covers the mouth, greatness.

Overall, they are both good beers, glad I got to do a side by side, its not 'radically' different than the modern, so don't expect that, but there is a notable difference. (735 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to drabmuh for hooking this up in the growler BIF. 37.5cl...3/10/2008.

a - opened the corked n caged bottle and filled my urthel tulip. poured a hazy orange. big yeasty head that slowly bubbled away lacing was chunky and slowly slid along the side of the glass in huge chunks.

s - very even and balanced sweet and sour. lemons over limes. orange peel sweet tarts. a touch of grass.

t - whooo heee...that's pretty sour. my mouth is puckered. as i got adjusted to the flavor, a really nice grassy sweetness prevailed. quite nice. finishes a touch dry.

m - starts off with a burst of mouth puckering and then a blast of prickly fizziness finishing with a grassy dryness.

o - overall, having recently had a "fresher" one from 2010, i can begin to understand the current demand for aged sours. really easy drinker and really a wonderful interesting beer. although i doubt i'll ever dig sours more than RIS, it is a style that i am beginning to enjoy exploring. (967 characters)

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle 6,0% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Bottled on: 27/12/2007
BB: 27/12/2017

This is the 4th beer in my series of sours.

Appearance: Beautiful gueuze! Bright golden-orange body (a little darker than other gueuzes I have had recently) topped by a large white head that lasts really well and leaves some patchy lace. Subsequent pours cause the beer to become significantly cloudier and deeper orange in colour.

Smell: I was expecting a good nose on this one, but damn this smells delicious! Beautiful deep funk and tart, acidic fruit dominate the nose. Notes include: Lemons, tart white grapes, rotten stone fruits, a hint of sweetness, musty basements, old books, oak, sweaty feet, old leather, a touch of ripe cheese, a light rubbery note, very earthy, hay, earthy mushroom, light lactic note, damp and every now and then a meadow like floral note.
This is certainly the best smelling gueuze I have had to date.

Taste: The flavour is just as good as the nose lead on, stunning funkiness and refined tartness. Initially tart lemon and apricot, quickly followed by must basement, old wood, cobwebs, sweaty feet, lots of wet hay, oak, sharp cheese, cider vinegar and earthy mushroom

Mouthfeel: Pretty much bang on for the style - medium body, high level of carbonation. Perfect dry finish and lasting flavour.

Overall: This is an absolutely stunning gueuze, the best I have had to date! I shudder to think how good the Lente is going to be!
I will certainly buy a lot more of this in the future. (1,542 characters)

Photo of Khazadum
4.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Valentine's day 07

A- buttered popcorn, toffee. Light collar, tight, whiteish...off white maybe. Low carb, appropriate.

S- light buttered popcorn. Bits of stale bread. Good tart bite that runs out quickly. Acetic. Apple sour back.

T- great sour Apple, nice citric acid bittering, acetic tartness. dry popcorn and tannic nature. Some oak woodiness lingers well.

M- good light body with full cream finish. Tight crisp carbonation. Great sticky flavors. The tannic bite lingers and extends.the bittering balancing out the initial tartness.

This is so nice and more complex than the regular. Much much.more enjoyable. (619 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
3.95/5  rDev -11.8%
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. (748 characters)

Photo of flannelman808
4.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

dec 1 2011 vintage

a: burnt hay with a fairly low opacity. white froth forms and settles fairly quick leaving a bit of lacing behind.

S; sugared lemon a bit of solvent and reminds me of a foamy Mad Dog candy.

T: Green apple and anjou pear. Drying, astringent, and tart this is a good one and has just a bit of bitterness in the mix. Subtle earthy funk shows in the finish which lends some complexity to an otherwise clean finish.

M: carbonic tang

O: I like the flavors quite a bit in the way of sour candy. Not to be savored for a very long time, but worth investigating. (577 characters)

Photo of seeswo
4.42/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (454 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
4.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

this was a 2003 bottle
shared at darkness day by backfat
reviewed from notes

deep apricot color. small head. spotty lacing. looks like a nice gueuze. Huge oak notes. Some funky dank earth character. Light fresh citrusy fruit notes: lime zest, maybe some apricots or pears too.
Just tongue-scrubbingly sour. Very very nice. Really easy drinking despite being so acidic that it forces you to pull your cheeks in on the finish and do that thing where you feel the need to swallow repeatedly-- with a forced effort.

The beer is just delicious. Spectacular gueuze that I hope to acquire some bottles for myself... (610 characters)

Photo of Urbancaver
4.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Troy for this

Pours a hazy orange. Nice yellow colour. Light white head. Nice appearance. Smells funky as shit. Amazing. I love the aroma. Tastes Funky. Sour and really dry. Love the flavour profile. Good mouthfeel overall a stellar brew... (251 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.7/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml C&C bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip glass.
Batch 27.12.2007

A - Pours a cloudy, medium orange to gold with a two finger cream-colored foamy head. Super retention and light lacing left on the glass.

S - Light lemon, wheat, and earthy funk.

T - Tart lemons, sweet wheat, woody, barnyard funk.

D - Lots of carbonation and light to medium body.

O - Light, tart, funky, refreshing. So many layers here it is mind boggling. (434 characters)

Photo of kscaldef
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2003 Vintage, many thanks to hannont for sharing this.

This beer defies traditional reviewing. Yes, classic gueuze aromas of hay and barnyard and lemon and a refreshing tartness, but what I really mean to say is: this beer smells and tastes like heaven. With complete seriousness, I think this is the best beer I have ever tasted. Should you find yourself in the presence of this beer, do not pass it up under any circumstances. (429 characters)

Photo of hooliganlife
4.63/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2004 vintage

cork took some work, left a nice pop. nice burnt golden color. slightly hazy. big creamy puffy and slight fizzy head. amazing retention. lots of life in this.

oak up front, old musty oak. bits of sharp lemon with an old musty funk.

soft up front with a very dominant oak flavor. light hints of peach and lemon. lots of old dark earthy funk. a very complex mix of flavor.

light and lively with a nice moderate carbonation a tingle through the gums from the sourness. slight dryness.

this is just amazing, one of the best from drie fonteinen. (560 characters)

Photo of jethrodium
4.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml. 2005 vintage. Pours a still, clear amber with no head and no lacing on the glass. The aroma is majestic. Huge amounts of funk, mushroom, oak, sweaty socks, light lemon, apple, and grapefruit. The taste is tons of funk as well. A decent initial tartness, some oak, light lemon, grapefruit, and sweaty socks with a bretty funk finish. Very smooth for the amount of complex flavors happening. Medium body. Soft, chewy mouthfeel. Close to no carbonation. This beer was simply magnificent. All the complex flavors come together wonderfully. The only thing I could ask for is slightly more carbonation. (604 characters)

Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Vintage from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
98 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.