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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Vintage - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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487 Ratings
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Ratings: 487
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 720
Gots: 104 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-14-2006)
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

InspectorBob, Sep 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

drewone, Aug 08, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

yourefragile, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of corby112
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.

corby112, May 01, 2011
Photo of orangesol
4.48/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

orangesol, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of stakem
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.

stakem, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of lacqueredmouse
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...)

lacqueredmouse, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of wl0307
4.45/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2002 vintage, served cool in a broad-rimmed goblet, on 11/03/2006. I was very happy to bump into this bottle at the Quinn's, Camden Town, just several days after my birthday, as the bottling date and month (07/03/2002) coincides with that of my BD, and this was the last bottle in the fridge--almost like a belated birthday gift for me~~

A: pours a hazy, honeyish golden hue, coming with a big frothy beer head, with ever-lasting foam on top; moderate, constant carbonation.
S: saw-dusty woody, (unknown) spice, lots of lemon peels and cider-like sour yet savoury aroma, added force by raw-ish and musty yeastiness and smoothly sweet wheat-malts... overall the note is only medium-sour, and really is colourful and harmonious for a potentially aggressively tart geuze.
T: an incredibly dry-ish palate of sour-sweet wheats hand in hand with a lime-fruity and barrel-aged cider flavour, magnifies quickly on the palate... the wheat-ness goes deeper while the lime-zestiness is elevated to the upper level of the palate; simultaneously, woodchip-like, slightly rough edge and bitterness as of white grapefruits along with plenty of tannins dominates the mouthfeel; slowly but surely, the palate turns drier and drier, leaving a zesty-tangy and tannic, almost slightly clashing/rusty, mouthfeel deeply attached to the tongue and also b/w the teeth...
M&D: a surprisingly soft body supports the otherwise very dry palate, backed by constantly refreshing fizziness that takes some time to soften on the tongue... The overall flavour profile shows a sourness being well-tamed through four years of ageing. This is the first geuze I've had for more than a year, and I feel really satisfied with the depth and complexity this four-year old geuze has shown. I'm totally convinced that this bottle was reserved at the pub for ME!!

wl0307, May 30, 2006
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

duceswild, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of mothman
4.4/5  rDev -3.5%
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 Huhzubendah
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.

Huhzubendah, Apr 22, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

BARFLYB, Apr 25, 2013
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

Gonzoillini, Dec 22, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

afsdan, Mar 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

mdaschaf, Aug 29, 2013
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4.85/5  rDev +6.4%

billab914, Apr 26, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -50.7%

chinchill, Feb 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

KAF, Jan 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

ShanePB, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of HopHead84
4.13/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11/27/10

2002 with the old red label and a hand written date.

A: Beautiful vibrant dark orange with great clarity and a big frothy white head, great retention.

S: A nice balance of citrus, oak, tannins, and wet leather. Very expressive, yet exhibits excellent balance. Barnyard, hay, some light cheese notes. Really opens up after 20 minutes.

T: Light tartness and low lactic sour notes up front with moderate oak notes and some tannins. Leather, cheese, some citrus notes, and a light acidity. Finish seems to drop off quickly, with just a little lingering oak and tannins.

M: lower high level of carbonation. Dry mouthfeel with tannic notes.

Overall: A nice Gueuze, but lacks the complexity I'd hoped for, especially in the finish.

HopHead84, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.72/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml C&C bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip glass.
Batch 27.12.2007

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.

HuskyinPDX, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of Alieniloquium
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 12/27/2007. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Deep orange with a small head. Clings nicely. Maybe it's just this bottle, but it lacks a bit of the impressive stature of regular Oude Geuze.

Smell - Awesome peppery funk. Heavy hay. Tang citrus that hints towards its sourness. Pepper above all. I love the way 3F gueuzes smell.

Taste - Citrus is more prominent. Orange. Wheat graininess. Pepper in the finish with less funk and a touch of oak.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. A bit heavy for the style and lowish carbonation. Not as effervescent as I'd like.

Overall - I don't know if this is better than regular Oude Geuze. I guess I'd need to try them side by side. Armand blends the best gueuzes and this is no exception. Phenomenal.

Alieniloquium, Sep 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Rhettroactive, Apr 26, 2013
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

atrocity, Apr 17, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

TurdFurgison, Jul 07, 2012
Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Vintage from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
100 out of 100 based on 487 ratings.