Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Vintage - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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4.53/5 rDev -0.7%
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...
11-05-2011 22:14:54 | More by AleWatcher
4.6/5 rDev +0.9%
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...
11-05-2011 18:34:01 | More by Urbancaver
4.72/5 rDev +3.5%
750ml C&C bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip glass.
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.
10-22-2011 03:36:28 | More by HuskyinPDX
5/5 rDev +9.6%
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.
10-08-2011 21:09:30 | More by kscaldef
4.63/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
10-06-2011 00:32:06 | More by hooliganlife
4.47/5 rDev -2%
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.
09-26-2011 06:11:08 | More by jethrodium
4.33/5 rDev -5%
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
4.15/5 rDev -9%
Vintage 2006 – split with airohead2001. Poured into a snifter
A: Dark gold in color with less head than I expected. Perhaps there’s a ¼ inch off white head that has fairly poor retention and only a faint oily layer after 3 minutes in the glass.
S: The nose is of lemon zest, earthiness and a bit of funk. Not as well integrated as others as the earthiness (dirt/barnyward) is more dominate than lemon/hay notes.
T: Nice balance of sour and fruit flavors. There’s not as much earthiness or funk as in many other geuze’s and/or sours. The main flavors I get are sour apples and strangley a little bit of butter scotch at the finish, mixed with some sour. The sour in this beer is by no means mouth-puckering.
M: A bit under-carbonated, but otherwise great aftertaste and appropriate viscosity.
O: This was a very good beer that suffered slightly from lack of carbonation and a smell that was a bit underwhelming. Still, the taste was wonderful and very balanced. Would gladly have again.
08-22-2011 01:42:07 | More by glazeman
4.45/5 rDev -2.4%
Appearance is a lovely apple cider-like orange with no head. No bubbles. Smell is perfect - best smelling sour I've ever had. Smells like horse fart, hay, and wet golden retriever. Unbelievable. Taste is also great - bitter and harsh lemons that are so strong that I think my soft palate is swelling. It's thin, light, and refreshing.
Huge thanks to TOG (the original glazeman) for far and away the best sour I've ever had. This 2006 gem was everything and more that I could have ever expected.
08-22-2011 01:39:34 | More by airohead2001
4.5/5 rDev -1.3%
Vintage 2002. Aroma: Dank funkyness, sharp funk some cheese and citrus layers. This is going to be sharp and sour! Appearance: Dark gold and long lasting white foam. Flavors: Actually, it is not that sour. It is a very balanced rounded citrus sourness. Also, earthy notes and wood brings a nice complexity. Palate: Relatively high carbonation and full bodied. Could have been more dry. Overall: This beer was top shape and very good. Tried the 2007 vintage directly after which I liked a lot. Much sharper, a little more straightforward but equally good.
08-07-2011 22:00:13 | More by Luk13
4.47/5 rDev -2%
2007 vintage. Poured from a 750 mL caged and corked bottle into a tulip. Thanks goodstrongbeer for bringing this out!
Appearance: This pours a cloudy tangerine color with a golden border and a champagne color right at the edge of the glass. A small creamy white head forms initially.
Smell: This is a tightly wound aroma of fruit and sour notes. Nice horse blanket funkiness. Tart apples, sour white grapes, and a little woodiness as well.
Taste: Up front the flavor is quite tart, with tangerine pushing its way to my palate's forefront. An aggressive barnyard flavor comes through.
Mouthfeel: This is very smooth, sour, acidic, and dry. A refreshing carbonation keeps this feeling light.
Overall: Funky, very complex, and quite enjoyable. As my lambic experience grows, this is definitely one I would like to revisit in order to appreciate more of the complexity that I may have missed. Nonetheless a fantastic beer.
08-01-2011 22:06:56 | More by KickInTheChalice
4.55/5 rDev -0.2%
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
4.43/5 rDev -2.9%
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
4.58/5 rDev +0.4%
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...)
07-18-2011 19:23:28 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.33/5 rDev -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.
07-17-2011 11:25:29 | More by stakem
4.78/5 rDev +4.8%
2002 vintage, picked up at the brewery some years ago. This is the only vintage of the “vintage” series I didn’t try yet.
Look: pours hazy amber-yellow color with a small head that disappeared fast but leaving some nice lacing.
Smell: Strong funk, horse blanked, earth, oak, wood, fresh grass, and citrus.
Taste:Wow, this one is so smooth! Oak, earth, smooth sourness (strong sourness, but smooth), grass, citrus and wood. Tart and dry finish. Fantastic.
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation and medium body
Overall: As mentioned before, I had all the available vintages until now, but the 2002 beats them all! the 2002 is a true world class beer!
07-12-2011 12:09:32 | More by rvdoorn
4.45/5 rDev -2.4%
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
4.33/5 rDev -5%
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
3.93/5 rDev -13.8%
2007 St. Valentin Vintage. Poured from a corked and caged bottle into a Cantillon tulip. Shared with schen9303. Reviewed from notes.
A: Standard pour yields a 2 finger fluffy, foamy white head with awesome retention. Beer is a deep, clear apricot. Lacing is patchy and spotty with great cling. Te only thing keeping this from a "5" is the overall sparse lace.
S: Nose is prominent Brett, wet hay and rotting wood. Sweet apricot and a sharp lemon tartness round out the experience. Aromatic with moderate funk. Nice.
T: Opens lemon, overripe peaches, Brett, a sharp tartness and band-aid and cobwebs. Persistant sour from beginning to end. Wet wood and straw. End is tart lemon rind. Finish is strong crisp sourness with a Brett and tart aftertaste. Pretty one dimensional but that one dimension is done very well.
M: Light to medium bodied, with moderate carbonation. Dry and puckering in the mouth. Dry and tart going down. Finish is sharp with a filmy aftertaste. This one is really bone dry. Very quenching.
O: As is, the Vintage Oude Gueuze is a very solid representation of the style. However, its brother Armand Oude Gueuze 4 Lente just makes it pale in comparison and the availability is about the same. A solid beer overall but in the end, outclassed by beers made and blended by the same brewer.
06-25-2011 14:24:42 | More by SpeedwayJim
4.78/5 rDev +4.8%
375ml, red label, 2005 vintage received as an extra from PALMEJ1! Thanks a ton Jacob! You are a madman.
Pours a cloudy, very dark golden range color golden tangerine/burnt orange hues when held to a light and a one finger frothy white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.
Funky, earthy aroma with a heavy barnyard/horsey presence that is countered by crisp light fruit and sweet vinegar. Subtle lactic presence. A bunch of earthy oak along with the funky bugs as well as some grassy straw, cobwebs and musty funk. Hints of apple, pear, grape and tangerine. Extremely complex nose that has my mouth watering. I literally smelled this beer for ten minutes before taking the first sip.
Medium bodied yet fuller than expected with an intensely sour, mouth-puckering flavor that lingers throughout into a sweet, slightly acidic, vinegary tart finish. Very dry and tart up front with only slight acidity in the finish. No solvent or harsh acetic character at all. Extremely funky with lots of earthy oak tannins, bugs and a touch of vinaigrette which is balanced by a slight lactic presence as well as some light fruit. Hints of apple, pear and lemon combined with the vinegar character give this beer a sweet and tart lingering finish that leaves me drooling for another sip. After the initial palate shock this beer proves to be incredibly complex, well balanced and flavorful.
Overall, I had very high expectations for this beer and they were exceeded. With all of it's complexity it is still incredibly quaffable. I absolutely loved this beer and hope to get another bottle sometime.
05-01-2011 06:09:57 | More by corby112
4.63/5 rDev +1.5%
Part of another impromptu tasting last night with my brother in law while we were dying easter eggs. this was served into two tulips and enjoyed about mid way through the evening.
the pour was nicely done with a lightly hazed golden yellow color and a small puff of light head that seemed to come out of no where and settle down with medium lacing.
Aroma was so sour it tickled the nose hairs. deep horse funk, vinegar, sour fruits and a touch of lacto. really nice put together. As i take the first sip the ripe sour and rich apple vinegar dominate everything and leave no room for error subtle is not a word here as it shreds the palate. warming lets you find apricot and other light fruits buried in there and the age really starts to show as it really is just sublimely drinakble.
overall i can really tell why this is so highly praised, it deserves it. a fantastic beer!
04-24-2011 18:34:47 | More by mikesgroove
Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Vintage from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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