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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Vintage - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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440 Ratings
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Ratings: 440
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 8.55%
Wants: 689
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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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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aztraz

Sweden

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

09-28-2013 15:55:14 | More by aztraz
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threedaggers

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

01-30-2014 04:46:39 | More by threedaggers
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Jeffo

Netherlands

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Recently shared at sour day by rvdoorn and papaeugene. Thanks again for a wonderful day guys!

From a 75cl bottle into a wine glass.
Bottled 13 April 2002

APPEARANCE: Pours a big, fluffy, white head with good retention. Gamboge orange in color, hazy, with medium levels of carbonation. A ring remains until the end but leaves no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Funky and acidic with tart lemon citrus notes, green apples, barnyard, hay, as well as some leather on the nose. Very nice.

TASTE: Funky, moldy, with lots of tart, lemon citrus flavors and sour green apples up front. Lots of smoky leather as well, with a good dose of acidic sourness and tart citrus fruits lingering on the palate. Soft and very well balanced, with lots of funk and slightly acidic sourness.

PALATE: Lighter body with higher levels of carbonation. Airy and bubbly on the palate, goes down okay and and finishes puckering. It calms and becomes creamier as it sits, turning into a smooth treat after a while.

OVERALL: This is really fantastic stuff. The feel needs a few minutes to calm a bit, but the overall quality of this aged gueuze is excellent. Well meshed and balanced flavors highlighting both the funky and acidic sourness sides of the style. A real treat and I'm happy to have had the chance to try this first vintage. Thanks again guys! Was another great sour day.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 14:56:06 | More by Jeffo
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seeswo

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 04:05:48 | More by seeswo
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Smarty_Pints

California

4/5  rDev -12.3%

03-06-2014 05:19:41 | More by Smarty_Pints
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IrishColonial

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

04-26-2013 02:56:16 | More by IrishColonial
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Arbitrator

California

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

01-20-2013 01:34:18 | More by Arbitrator
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thewimperoo

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

03-16-2014 20:14:57 | More by thewimperoo
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Sparky44

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

03-24-2013 01:32:09 | More by Sparky44
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jegross2

Illinois

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

Reviewing the Oude Geuze Vintage 2003 from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen out of Belgium.

Score: 95

Bottle is dated 03/05/03. Served in a Drie Fonteinen fountain tumbler and enjoyed on 05/28/14. Thank you Paul for sharing this treat!

Appearance: Pours a murky golden yellow color with a slight brown tinge and a thin layer of head that totally settles. Poor lacing and retention. This looks like your typical 3F Oude Geuze. 4/5

Smell: Musty lemon, cedar/wood, and a light barnyard funk. Residual "brightness" relative to the citrus character is fresher vintage OGV's. Reminisce (perhaps just because of the cedar/wood character) of Blauw, but with less complexity/zing. 4.5/5

Taste: Funkier than the nose, particularly on the finish. Tart lemon bite, must, grain, peach, and a little spice. Faint wood character on the finish. Lasting musty lemon on the finish. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied, good carbonation. Juicy mouthfeel with a nice gum-dryness to the finish. Nice tart bite with good linger. 4.5/5

Overall: The six year old bottle of 2007 and 2008 OGV that I have previously sampled still reign king among the different vintages of OGV sampled, but this still drank quite nice. Relative to the non-OGV Oude Geuze 2004 recently sampled, this vintage bottle had more zing despite being a year older. The OGV series is a testament to proper storage and the reliability of Armand's personal stash. I most recommend acquiring OGV 2008 or OGV 2007, but the OGV 2003 is also quite recommendable as well.

Cost: $40 for a 750 ml bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 05:46:57 | More by jegross2
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

04-06-2012 02:36:04 | More by hoppymcgee
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

04-21-2013 01:43:28 | More by oglmcdgl
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mrebeka

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

03-30-2013 15:43:20 | More by mrebeka
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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +9.6%

11-15-2011 04:10:52 | More by HopStoopid120
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SpdKilz

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

01-12-2013 02:23:57 | More by SpdKilz
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dar482

New York

4.59/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This was a 2002 vintage.

The aroma was heavy on the funk. Almost off stinky sock and attic.

The flavor follows with that heavy stinky stock quality. There's a sour quality throughout, along with a light malt backbone. It has a good amount of carbonation despite being so old and it even has some lingering notes of mint and herbal.

This beer certainly tastes different from the original brew. Whether it is more enjoyable is up for debate.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2014 05:29:35 | More by dar482
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Herky21

Iowa

5/5  rDev +9.6%

06-30-2014 23:30:18 | More by Herky21
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AleWatcher

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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...

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 22:14:54 | More by AleWatcher
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FreshHawk

Illinois

4.93/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Golden, brassy orange color with an average sized, foamy, and bubbly white head with a bit below average retention and a thin bubbly lace left.

S - Well balanced hay/barnyard/funk along with some lemon citrus and apple. Has a good juicy aroma along with a touch of a tart and acidic aroma. Perfect balance between the aroma, my mouth is watering and it is very enticing.

T - Similar to the nose. Some funk and tartness with just a hint of sour taste. A lot of fruitiness with some apple and lemon being strongest. Hints of other golden and tropical fruit as well as some earthiness. Some hay and mustiness and a touch of lemongrass. Very well balanced sour.

M - Medium body with a healthy amount of carbonation. Fairly smooth with a drying finish and just the very slightest bit of puckering.

D - Well balanced and not overly sour/tart but has a nice balance.

Notes: Bottled 02/10/2005. A wonderful gueuze that is very well balanced with the tart/sour/funky flavor and a juicy fruitiness. Easy to drink and a joy to drink as well. Definitely recommend this.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2010 22:52:35 | More by FreshHawk
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Photekut

Tennessee

5/5  rDev +9.6%

11-19-2011 21:05:33 | More by Photekut
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trxxpaxxs

New York

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

08-20-2013 14:25:38 | More by trxxpaxxs
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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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CelticAleMan

California

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

03-11-2012 09:14:25 | More by CelticAleMan
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WeisGuy

New York

5/5  rDev +9.6%

11-16-2011 01:37:24 | More by WeisGuy
Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Vintage from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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