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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Vintage - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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527 Ratings
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Ratings: 527
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: 9.45%
Wants: 764
Gots: 106 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen visit their website
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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4.48/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.58/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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2.98/5  rDev -34.5%
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!

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5/5  rDev +9.9%

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5/5  rDev +9.9%

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5/5  rDev +9.9%

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4.53/5  rDev -0.4%
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.

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4.45/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Vintage from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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