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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Vintage - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Ratings: 437
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 8.55%
Wants: 687
Gots: 96 | FT: 6
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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.

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airohead2001

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 01:39:34 | More by airohead2001
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Luk13

Quebec (Canada)

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 22:00:13 | More by Luk13
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 22:06:56 | More by KickInTheChalice
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.55/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 21:33:58 | More by woosterbill
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FosterJM

California

4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 19:10:11 | More by FosterJM
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.58/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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...)

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 19:23:28 | More by lacqueredmouse
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 11:25:29 | More by stakem
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rvdoorn

Netherlands

4.78/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 12:09:32 | More by rvdoorn
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 00:37:15 | More by tbeckett
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ArrogantB

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 19:45:32 | More by ArrogantB
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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.93/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 14:24:42 | More by SpeedwayJim
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.78/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 06:09:57 | More by corby112
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 18:34:47 | More by mikesgroove
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.58/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

April 8, 2011: I shared a bottle with Mike, Paul, & Brad @ Brad's place.

2005 Vintage (red label)

Wow, this beer was unbelievable. The aroma and flavor were simply world class, and markedly improved from what I remember. Shockingly good. A must have if you are fond of the style.

*** Original review September 29, 2010 ***

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

2006 vintage

A: This beer is a yellowish color, slightly hazy, with a white fizzy head that fades rapidly, leaving no lacing,

S: I would like to quote Paul here: "This beer smells like a nun's crotch" Um...I'll take your word for it. Pleasant notes of funk, hay, wild yeast. Smells very nice.

T: A very tasty example of the style. The beer is sour, but not as much as I expected. It's quite pleasant and drinkable. There is subtle acetic or vinegar-like note in the finish. I would be more tolerant of this if the beer was more tart / sour overall. There are delicate hints of fruit in the nose and flavor that I find quite pleasant. A very piquant offering from a world class brewery.

M: Fairly low carbonation. Very smooth on the palate.

D: Quite drinkable and enjoyable. I'm happy that I had the opportunity to taste it. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 03:35:55 | More by Huhzubendah
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fewa

Belgium

4.72/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

75 cl bottle, 2002 vintage, picked up at the brewery some years ago. The beer pours a hazy golden color with a small white head. Smell: Sour, funky with oak and hay (grass. The taste is acidic, grassy and notes of wood, tart and dry finish. I have quite regular access to this beer, and I have to say that the 2002 vintage is one on its own, fantastic!!

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 18:37:35 | More by fewa
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NittanyBeerFan

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Dyan for supplying this 2002 bottle to go along with the 2001 De Cam and the Blauw. Consumed side-by-side with the Blauw, and I think this one just beat out the other 3F geuze. What an awesome experience. Beer number 9 of the tasting, and number 3 on day 2.

Pours mostly clear with a slight haze, deep rich amber in color. The head is amply and sticky, providing a smattering of bubbles on the side of my tumbler, but nothing that is easily described. The cork blasted right out of the bottle as soon as we undid the cage, but there was no gush as all. The streamers in the beer look majestic. This is flawless.

The aroma is funky, dry, tannic, full of citrus rinds and a briny character, though not nearly as much so as the 2001 De Cam Oude Lambiek. Light and bright, their is a soily earthiness that makes me feel like I just buried my nose in a compost heap. The flavor is phenomenal as well, as dry and oaky tannins combine with an earthiness that can only be described as dank and musty forest floor combined with mushrbooms, and sour to the point where I can feel it in my enamel. There is not even a touch of acetic sourness. The acidity that wilts my teeth does not translate any farther into the digestive tract, as my esophagus and stomach are unaffected. The finish is full of lemon and grapefruit zest with more lactic sourness.

The overall feel is a bone dry sensation. Sprity but not overly so, the earthiness, funk, and briney salt water sensation make this an absolute standout among geuze offerings. This is absolutely phenomenal. Armand is a true craftsman.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 23:50:46 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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dasenebler

Maine

3.95/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL, Vintage 2006, from notes on 3/27/11.

Pours a clear strawberry-blond, brilliant for the style. The head is small and wispy.

The nose is pungently funky in a woody, resiny way, along with some earthy and plastic-phenolic notes. Excellent.

Huge tartness is immediately revealed. Borderline harsh sourness is near Cantillon territory. The fruitiness comes mid-palate, with apple, grapefruit and sour cherry notes. Oaky barrel flavor is apparent, and the finish is acidic, dry, and bitter. The mouthfeel has surprisingly low carbonation, so this drinks almost like apple juice. Really, really sour and funky apple juice that is.

I don't know about this one. It was quite the complex sour experience, but I was expecting something smooth and refined with all the age on it. I enjoyed the standard 3 Fonteinen Gueuze more. Worth a try, it might be your thing.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2011 11:35:36 | More by dasenebler
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francisweizen

Alaska

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 05:38:23 | More by francisweizen
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2002-2007 Vertical, split amongst good friends at our engagement part. Bottles provided by Alex, Jason, and myself. 375ml and 750ml bottles for the various years.

I would rank them in the following order: 2003, 2002, 2005 (Feb), 2007, 2005 (Dec), 2004, and 2006 (bad bottle, I think).

*I am going to rate into one but not going to include the 2006, because it was so damn bad, and would really hurt the overall score.

A - All pour a very similar mirky/hazy golden yellow, fizzy white head, some spotty lacing, bubbles here and there on top. Some had more carbonation then others, but overall, all very similar (and no gushers).

S - Funk, sour/tart notes, lactic notes, lemon peels, barnyard. Most of the vintages were restrained in lip-puckering funk/sour/tart, don't get me wrong, it was there, but not as evident as other 3F sours. I enjoyed this characteristic, truthfully.

T - More sour/tart notes then funk, but a good balance of everything. Nice barnyard, sour funky acidic notes, lemon peel citrus, orange peel, slight touch of oak. Some years were more funky then others, but this is what I tasted overall.

M - Light, crisp, fizzy champagne-esk carbonation, dry finish.

D - It was wonderful to drink 2002-2007 at one time and really makes you appreciate all the various years and maturity/aging. The winner for me was 2003 but it would be near impossible to pick any year (besides 2006) blind.

Thanks to Jason and Alex for helping make this happen. I really appreciate it and it was a fun part of the celebration (although those non-BA's thought we were crazy...haha).

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 15:47:20 | More by Sean9689
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Full vertical provided by myself, Jason, and Sean. We even had the Cuvée Valentijn and two different bottlings from 2005. Served in various tasters.

A - Other than the flat 2006, most had voluminous off-white foam that settled to a thick collar, partial cap, and minimal lace. Hazed golden apricot body that got increasingly murky as the bottles emptied. Surprisingly there were no gushers in this collection.

S - Most of the vintages were heavy on musty barn, green funk, some feet, cheese, hay and grass, lemon, stone fruits, and hints of vanilla and oak. Unlike Cantillon, or even the 3F '03 Oude Geuze we sampled side-by-side, these are fairly restrained in acetobacter and sourness. The '02 was incredibly dusty and leathery. A few had a vaguely moldy note.

T - Taste is slightly more sour, with lemons, stone fruits, and a perceptible pale malt and wheat backdrop. There's some tart appleskins, hay, leather, and grass. Only light kiss of malt sweetness and vanilla in the periphery.

M - Spritzy and light in body, but smooth on the palate. Very dry and lightly tannic finish. Clean and refreshing.

D - I think we put down over a gallon of gueze last night. Wish we got this on draft, as it'd be a superb session brew.

Warning - the 2006 vintage was very weird. No carbonation, cloying sweetness, and not at all like the bottle mentioned in drabmuh's review. It's almost as if the yeast and bacteria went dormant. If you have a 2006 with foil overwrap and a synthetic cork, you may want to sit on it for a few more years in the hopes that it develops. The rest of these are superb and can be consumed now.

In order I liked 2002, 2007 (CV), 2005 (February), 2004, 2003, and 2005 (December), and I disliked 2006. The Oude Geuze '03 was a totally different beast, with lots of lactic sourness and less funk, even though it was bottled only a month before the Oude Geuze Vintage '03. Batch variation? Cellar conditions? Who knows?

In any case, a thoroughly enjoyable experiment that is well worth repeating in the future.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 00:45:43 | More by MasterSki
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 15:57:22 | More by jrallen34
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rarbring

Sweden

4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2004. A really clouded orange beer, an off-white small head, some lacing and some curtains.

The smell is sour, sour cream and vinegar, old closet, leather, stable, and yest. Very intriguing.

The taste has fruit aromas, sour green apples, pears, pine-apple, rhubarbs, vinegar and cherry seeds.

Medium carbonation, small bubbles, a complex body and dry finish.

An elegant and well balanced beer, sampled at an Drie Fonteinen tasting at De Klomp, Linköping, Sweden.
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Vintage 2006. A hazy dark orange beer, no head, but some curtains.

The smell is intriguing sour, vinegar almost acetic acid, old closet, some stable and yest.

The taste sour fruit aromas, sour green apples, pears, and vinegar.

No carbonation, a complex body and a clean dry finish.

An elegant and well balanced beer with a clean acidity, sampled at an Drie Fonteinen tasting at De Klomp, Linköping, Sweden.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 17:15:26 | More by rarbring
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Verecund

Texas

4.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on February 14, 2007. Happy Valentine's Day, Armand. Opened on January 32, 2011.

A darker, hazier pour than the regular gueuze. Pale copper meets pastel red; a creamy half-finger head leaves thick lacing.

Light acetic acid; in-your-face apricot, lemon, granny smith apple; hay; somewhat floral. I could smell this all night long. The funk develops as time goes on: e.g., cheese rind, damp wood, mushroom.

Tart expressions of citrus and apple, lactic acidity, leathery oak, and a tannic mid-palate. There's some earthy and dried mushroom funk and as this opens I pick up more funky cheese on the finish, which tickles the tongue. The tannins makes me think of cherry pits. There's a floral attribute here reminiscent of dried flowers.

Very dry and tannic. Lower carbonation.

An excellent, dirty but refined gueuze. I have to take my time here, which is more self-incrimination than anything else. Off the top of my tongue, I prefer the regular non-vintage version to this, but we'll see how this develops over time. Both are winners.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 02:50:40 | More by Verecund
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JAXSON

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2005 vintage from a 37cl bottle. Pours darker than expected, apple cider amber, with a really nice, big, fizzly head. Nose is huge and literally fills the air with green apples, hay, grass, lemon candies. A lot of things going on here. Quite dry, but blossoms with a fermented apple character that's pretty rare in even the funkiest beers. very expressive and refined. Nicely balanced but could even benefit from a bit more age. A little chalky around the edges, maybe the yeast got stirred up. This is a really full bodied gueuze, lively, bursts with an intense fermented apple quality that's really neat and reminds me of Perseguidor 3.

2002 vintage 75cl bottle. Not much detail to add here as it's all old memories. I've had the red label one and the white label one, and honestly I preferred the white label 2002. In fact, that was a freakin amazing bottle in August 2010 and was one of the top 3 beers of the Akkurat / Belgium "lambic tour", even beside some other very heavy hitters.

Another bottle, this time a 2002 white label from a 750ml bottle. Really earthy on the nose, the funk almost expresses itself as mushroom. Of course rife with lemon, orange. Tons of oak on this, so dry, oak is almost too intense. This is extraordinarily bright and pungent, and it's pretty lovely. I need to drink this next to a Blauw.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 00:17:20 | More by JAXSON
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sisuspeed

New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2002 red label with the hand written dates. Thanks Dave!

Pours a slightly cloudy orange with a big foamy white head. The foam eventually reduces to a thin white film. Light patchy lacing. Looks great.

Earthy, floral, orange citrus and oak on the nose, accompanied by a large amount of barnyard funk and wet hay. Vanilla and a hint of lemon zest in the background. This is exceptional. An amazing nose. So much funk and complexity.

Orange citrus, earthy hay and lots of dry brett on the tongue. Grassy with a touch of oak. Orange peel and faint lemon. This is well done, but doesn't quite live up to the nose. I think the brett has become a little too dominant at this point. Earthy malt and funky sourness throughout.

The mouthfeel is clean, dry and crisp with light carbonation. The brett leaves a strong impression on the mouthfeel at this age. Quite dry, but good.

Drinkability is quite good. I love the 3F funk in this bottle and the citrus compliments it well. However, I'm left wondering what a more recent vintage series tastes like. I think if the brett were a little less dominating, then this would be almost perfect. Overall, this is a great offering from 3F and the nose is unreal. Definitely worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 21:11:20 | More by sisuspeed
Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Vintage from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
100 out of 100 based on 437 ratings.