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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
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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jacewg

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

10-16-2012 18:06:28 | More by jacewg
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Tnudish

Wisconsin

4.64/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Opened this baby to celebrate my 28th birthday and my engagement to my beautiful girlfriend. One of the oldest gueuzes I’ve had to date, really been looking forward to popping this. This is a red label '02 poured into a Cantillon gueuze tumbler.

A-Pours a murky orangish brown in color with a half fingers worth of tight white head.

S-The nose is straight dirty funk. There is lemon, dirt, manure, wet dog, horse blanket, and must.

T-The flavor mirrors the nose, there is a bunch of lemon rind and must.

M-Light mouthfeel, almost a little watery, light carbonation, gentle acidity, and a long finish.

O-Had this side by side with Armand & Tommy and I thought it blew Armand & Tommy out of the water. The funk has taken a nice, big hold of this and isn’t letting go. Armand is a magician. One of the best gueuzes I've had to date, trailing only Loerik and Blauw in my opinion. I will actively be seeking more bottles of this.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 22:43:49 | More by Tnudish
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tarheels86

California

4.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750mL 2002 Yellow Label thanks to OldStyleCubFan and later from EricE. Tasted both alongside the 3F "vintage special edition" with the red artwork bottled on the exact same day in 2002! Had three blind samples. One was doubled up. I was able to pair the two that were from the same bottle together. These were more watery and slightly less sour and complex (ended up being the gold foil, yellow label, normal "vintage" label shown here). The yellow label has more carbonation, white pepper, citrus fruits. The nose has amazing moldy white grapefruit and citrus rind. Mouthwatering palate.

750mL 2002 Red Label thanks to OldStyleCubFan and later from MrChopin. The red label alongside the yellow label is slightly better albeit very subtly since they are the same batch but the red label stayed in Armand’s storage for two years or something longer. Proper storage has lent the red label a brighter, fuller nose even with softer carbonation. More cedar, spice, pepper, barn. The taste is still white pepper, grapefruit, mouth watering sour with bright citrus and fruity tangerine. Still excellent and slightly better than the Yellow Label. 1/11/2011 8/4/8/5/16=4.1

750mL 2002 Yellow Label thanks to BrainLayer at Sour Epic Part 2. We had this next to some of the best sours in the world and this one I enjoyed more than J&J Rose and J&J Blauw back to back. This bottle was just on the ball. Juicy nectarine nose, big Brett C tropical notes. Taste is sharp, juicy, dry and dusty with loads of moldy grapefruit and huge citrus zest. Incredible white pepper, orange peel, grapefruit onslaught. Awesome stuff. Probably the best 3F beer I’ve had besides past tastings of J&J Rose. Hot damn. 12/11/2011 9/4/9/5/18=4.5

750mL 2002 yellow label thanks to BrainLayer. Okay. Let’s crack this bad boy once again. Is it really the best beer of all time? Cork pops off with aggression. Pours is hazy, deep orange with beige mousse. Thicker. Quickly settling. Nose is perfect. Mild celery seed gets demolished by overripe peach and red grapfruit which yield to overwhelming fresh birch and cedar with hay and horsey dry funk. Cobwebby old character is juxtaposed with fresh and fleshy overripe peach. An insane experience. Taste is ultra quenching white grapefruit peel with sharper wood shavings. So much old dried citrus peel plays with wood and hay. Palate is perfection. Effervescent and juicy with briny saltwater demanding this be drunk in large, quenching gulps. It’s disappears so quickly from the glass. What can you say? Is the best beer that which demands a slow savor, or that which demands its consumption with boundless temptation and seduction? This is probably the best beer ever made. Like the big brother to Beatification which passed on its power but will never yield the throne. 1/22/2012 10/4/9/5/19=4.7

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 15:28:43 | More by tarheels86
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cancino45

California

5/5  rDev +9.6%

09-18-2012 02:50:06 | More by cancino45
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 12/27/2007. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Deep orange with a small head. Clings nicely. Maybe it's just this bottle, but it lacks a bit of the impressive stature of regular Oude Geuze.

Smell - Awesome peppery funk. Heavy hay. Tang citrus that hints towards its sourness. Pepper above all. I love the way 3F gueuzes smell.

Taste - Citrus is more prominent. Orange. Wheat graininess. Pepper in the finish with less funk and a touch of oak.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. A bit heavy for the style and lowish carbonation. Not as effervescent as I'd like.

Overall - I don't know if this is better than regular Oude Geuze. I guess I'd need to try them side by side. Armand blends the best gueuzes and this is no exception. Phenomenal.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 20:29:55 | More by Alieniloquium
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ReeseMax3

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +9.6%

09-14-2012 04:40:49 | More by ReeseMax3
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pschul4

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

09-10-2012 13:58:39 | More by pschul4
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heddar33

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

09-09-2012 21:39:04 | More by heddar33
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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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tiong

Finland

4.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle @ Pikkulintu, Helsinki. Originally rated on 14.8.2012.

2004 vintage, Bottled on 09.04.2004 - Pours cloudy orange with a tiny head. Aroma of tart fruits, peach, some earthy notes and yeast. Taste is quite tart with some fruity notes, hints of peach and some dry earthy notes. Sourness is quite soft and smooth compared to a fresh bottle. Finish is smooth and dry with a lot of tart fruity notes. Well balanced, well aged geuze. Soft and not as aggressive as a fresh bottle, still extremely tasty.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 15:56:14 | More by tiong
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beerpadawan

California

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

08-27-2012 16:19:58 | More by beerpadawan
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LaChupacabra

California

5/5  rDev +9.6%

08-08-2012 04:15:57 | More by LaChupacabra
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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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Geuzedad

Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

08-02-2012 23:21:21 | More by Geuzedad
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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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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 10:48:14 | More by thagr81us
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jsilva

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

07-01-2012 12:45:43 | More by jsilva
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jmarsh123

Indiana

4.2/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage into Russian River tulip

Pours clear deep gold with a massive creamy white head leaving good retention and lacing.

Lots of funk in the aroma. A lot of wet hay, citrus and apples with a bit of spice too.

Really deep layer of funk in the flavor as well. Very musty, sweaty gym sock funk. Also some pear, light citrus with a subtle spice.

Excellent creamy mouthfeel with medium carbonation levels.

Obviously with 3F on the label, it's going to be good, but it's not one of the best in style I've ever had. Will still have again

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 20:19:06 | More by jmarsh123
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 01:41:29 | More by DavoleBomb
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brystmar

Texas

4.58/5  rDev +0.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 17:17:04 | More by brystmar
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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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afksports

New York

4.28/5  rDev -6.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 14:16:26 | More by afksports
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Rempo

Indiana

5/5  rDev +9.6%

05-18-2012 01:16:35 | More by Rempo
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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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spdyfire83

Ireland

4.83/5  rDev +5.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 14:01:23 | More by spdyfire83
Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Vintage from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
100 out of 100 based on 432 ratings.