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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Vintage - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Ratings: 510
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: 9.45%
Wants: 736
Gots: 105 | FT: 7
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Sparky44, Mar 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

UcDru, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of emerge077
4.28/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Mark for sharing, and to Dan for hosting :thumbup:
Quick review from written notes, 2008 vintage.

Bright saturated golden orange, spotty lacing around the edges, visible carb trails rising in the glass. Foam subsided rapidly.

Mineral and sulfur traces in the nose, wet hay, lightly funky.

Sour grapefruit, lemon pith, bitter woody tannins towards the end. Clean and crisp, very smooth with a bone dry finish. Body is supple and full at the same time. Overall this was nice to try, it seems like a case of emperors new clothes, but it's a classic Drie Fonteinen gueuze all the same.

emerge077, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of afksports
4.28/5  rDev -5.9%
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!

afksports, May 30, 2012
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4.3/5  rDev -5.5%

halo3one, Yesterday at 11:34 PM
Photo of rarbring
4.33/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

rarbring, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of AgentZero
4.33/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A clear orangish gold color, not a ton of head. No cap or ring, and left the sides of the glass clean.

S - Tannic, sour, tart. Nice and funky, but not quite as barnyard as the Blauw. It does somehow smell pretty smooth.

T - This is very good. Smooth, a bit tangy, funky but not too funky. Nice lemon peel that manages to be not too citrus. Drank Blauw right before this, it is not as good, but is not far off.

M - Smooth, finishes very dry, little bit of bite.

D - Pretty easy to do, this is a great beer, would recommend to anone.

AgentZero, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of stakem
4.33/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

stakem, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of Jwale73
4.33/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Jwale73, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of sisuspeed
4.33/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

sisuspeed, Dec 08, 2010
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4.33/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

ArrogantB, Jul 02, 2011
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4.35/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle. 2002 vinatage with the red label. Pours a slightly hazed straw color with a nice white head thy is quick to settle. Nice aroma although a little subtle and clean with hints of barnyard and earth. Citrus type aromas like grapefruit. Sour and tart smelling. Very clean tasting with a slight touch of medicinal undertones. Amazing stuff. Grapefruit with touches of tartness. Dry overall. Lemon zest with a slight touch of bitterness like tannins in wine. Light mouthfeel with good carbonation.

kbutler1, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of Verecund
4.35/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Verecund, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of CharlesDarwin
4.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

April 12, 2002 Vintage. Poured from a 750ml Thanks to Jason. Aroma wicks forth with a flicking tongue of spring essence in a cherry orchard. Blossoms all around. Cottony wafts, sugars flaunt and a wheat essence plays with persimmon seeds and Passionfruit juice in a soft balance. Fleeting ginger. Pours that clear even gold, headed with mountains of residing billowy foam, lubricious in its delivery. Bubbly and alive. Flavor arrives in resplendent glory, with gentle tannins, refined sweetness and lots of elegant cotton. Pear juice and lemon oils. Tart, puckering and full of the necessary farm yard. This was tasted side by side with the standard Oude Geuze and this was hands down the winner. This maintains complex acidity and brightness, yet holds such refined softness and gentle, pleasing flavors. The young has cheese, wildness, wood and acid, this restrains those a little bit and yields soft spice, grassy fields and sunlight. Awesome stuff.

CharlesDarwin, Aug 07, 2008
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4.38/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

oline73, May 13, 2012
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4.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 vintage opened by drabmuh at a recent tasting.

Pours a hazy golden color with a nice white head and a fair amount of lacing on the way down. The nose smacked me right away with a really pungent horse blanket odor; loads of leather and must. A bit of hay and some slightly sour notes come through as well.

The taste brings on even more funk--it's like the sweat of wet leather that's been in a hay loft for the past four years. Just crazy funky. A bit of oak is present as well. Mouthfeel is nice and light to medium with good carbonation, really bringing the flavors through the full palate. Drinkability is pretty good, although as good as this tasted, I didn't immediately feel like I needed more after I'd finished my pour.

Thorpe429, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at mrbubbler's "end of the world" tasting.

Bottled 3/5/03.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with malt, yeast, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with quite an earthy flavor and an acidic finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some great aromas and flavors.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of Sean9689
4.38/5  rDev -3.7%
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).

Sean9689, Feb 28, 2011
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4.4/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2002 red label wale edition

Pours a half finger of white head. Color is a cloudy golden orange with a lot of active carbonation.

Aroma: A big amount of funk to this one. Oak and sour fruits. Lemon citrus again, which I find common in the 3F gueuzes. Horseblanket and straw. Some sourness to this one.

Taste: I think I like this one better than Millennium, but it has a light medicinal flavor to it and is a bit drier. A nice dried fruit profile. Apples and pears. Lemon zest and acidity again. It is funky and has a basement musk to it.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy in a good way, sour, and tart. Light to medium bodied with a bit higher amount of carbonation. Ends really dry.

Overall, a really nice beer. Reminded me of Millennium, but it had its differences. It was fizzy and I actually didn't mind it. A very nice beer that shows age, but still is awesome. Very drinkable.

mothman, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of Etan
4.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375ml into a 3F taster glass. 2008 bottle. This is review #500 for me!

A: Pours a clear straw-gold color with a spongy white head. Lacing is all over the place.

S: Pretty intense aroma. Citrus rind, muskiness, soft cheese, overripe raspberry, clean lactic acidity, a bit of wheat and malt sweetness underneath.

T: Moderately strong acidity comes through first, followed by faint oak and mineral, lemon, subtle vanilla, some gamey hay. The taste is cleaner than the aroma.

M: Light-bodied, very light carbonation, soft feel.

O: Although this isn't the best geuze from Armand, it certainly has an intensity (especially in the aroma) that not many other blends can match. Very nice.

Etan, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of FosterJM
4.43/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

FosterJM, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of seeswo
4.43/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

seeswo, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of JAXSON
4.43/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

JAXSON, Dec 13, 2010
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4.43/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

jrallen34, Feb 27, 2011
Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Vintage from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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