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Drie Fonteinen Doesjel - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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91
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360 Ratings
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Ratings: 360
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 97
Gots: 73 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: weeare138 on 10-26-2007

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Ratings: 360 | Reviews: 156
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Photo of ricke
3.62/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Orange color, slightly hazy, with a very small head.

S: Fruity with lots of funky notes and some acidity.

T: Quite a mild taste. The flavor is tart with some added sweetness. Mild fruit notes of lemon and green apples. Hints of wood. Rather clean character. The finish also clean with a very gentle bitterness and mild tartness.

M: Medium body, basically no carbonation.

D: Good, but slightly uninteresting.

Photo of weatherdog
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

375mL bottle split with my wife before the Super Bowl

It pours a very still looking apple juice/cider looking beer, no head which conforms to the still nature of the beer.

A huge dose of funk with lingering acid apple. Not a burning acidity but firm nonetheless. a little bit of sulfur on the backend.

The beginning of the taste is surprisingly watery and mellow, after an initial wateriness and nice mellow acid character comes through with some green apple at the backend. It's really not terribly puckering or offensive and much more mellow a beer than I would have thought from a 5-6 year unblended lambic.

Mouthfeel is smooth and perfectly in line where I expect a still beer to be. Because of the reduced perception of sourness it it very drinkable and actually approachable to many beer fans regardless of carbonation level. I'm just starting to get into still lambic and have a handful. I really love the style and this one stands out as one of my favorites.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled Feb 23, 2006

Pours into my glass a deep harvest orange with good clarity and as per the style no discernible head at all. Cork was quite a workout to get out. Aroma is big on the funk with barnyard and old oak all over the place. Mellow sweet crisp malt with sharp acidic tones. Vinegar mingles with light fruit scents. Bright and wild.

First sip brings big wood / oak tannins upfront. Hay and barnyard funk flowing around with lemon juice and puckering citric accents. Mild malt sweetness midway through with an acidic finish and lingering oak. Tartness wins in the end and develops more so as it warms.

Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp with just a mellow tingle of carbonation as it flows down. This "sleepy" lambic is pretty tasty and the only other beer I have to compare this to is the Cantillon Loerik I drank a few years ago. Overall, it's fun to drink a beer like this that shows off another aspect of brewing and the variations that can occur. I wonder what 10 or 20 years in the cellar might do to this!

Photo of kingcrowing
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Corked and caged 37.5cl bottle from 23/01/2006 poured into an oud beersel glass.

Pours a very clear light amber wutg a very small head that fades. Nose is all wet horse blanket, funk and sweet malt.

Taste is VERY tart, over the top almost - it's mouth puckering the whole way down but every sip makes you want more. It's a very slow drinker but every drop is awesome and it gets better as it warms.

Photo of ehammond1
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle

Zwanze Day 2011
Bottle Share
Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

Clear gold and light amber body. Thin sheets and spots of lacing mess the glass.

Bright, explosive tart and sour aroma: tart citrus (lemon), pear, grass, earth, and strong sourness throughout.

Taste follows the aroma very similarly: huge sour and tart character, lots of lemon, earth, rock, grass, and lots of funk. A pleasure, though not quite as good as the classic.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

A delicious gueuze, though not quite as good as the classic.

Photo of mondegreen
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12.7oz bottle into a stemmed Cantillon glass. Bottled on 2/23/2006.

Pours a hazy orange with no head at all. Very attractive hazy color.

Smells funky. Barnyard aromas waft up from the glass. I can tell this will be a wild one.

Taste is pretty funky, too. Pretty sour with funky grape flavors. Hard to describe unless you are familiar with the style.

Mouth is flat, but it says it will be on the bottle. No carbonation at all none. Fits the flavor just fine, though.

Drinks great. More like a funky white grape juice than a beer. I really like it, even sans carbonation.

Photo of glid02
3.62/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Tower on Piedmont in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy orange juice color with a thin head that dissipates almost immediately into nothing, leaving no lacing.

Smells of tart citrus fruits with good amounts of funk. The funky aromas overtake everything else as the beer warms.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though the funkiness overpowers everything else from the beginning. The ending is very dry.

Mouthfeel is what it is - it's slick with very slight carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. The mouthfeel, even though it's made this way, detracts from the drinkability, as it's just too tart and the carbonation doesn't mitigate anything.

Overall this is a decent beer, but I just can't get past the carbonation. Still, it's worth a try to see for yourself.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

(served in a chalice) bottled on Feb 23, 2006
A- This beer has a clean orange body with a faint density. Not a bubble or head in sight.
S- The slight musty horse hint is all that comes through in the smell.
T- The tart pucker start gives way to a dry grapefruit note with a slight woody note and a grapefruit zest finish. There is a light tartness that lingers and the acid note hangs on the tongue. There is a light iced tea note that comes through as it warms.
M- This beer has a watery texture that is pretty flat with no alcohol heat and no real astringency.
D- This beer has no carbonation at all, a little would help a lot. The astringency is soft and the tartness is pretty mild but not much supporting flavors.

Photo of ggaughan
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle samnpled sitting at the bar at Delirium in Brussels. I had previously purchased a bottle of this in Antwerp but have had it cellaring. The beer poured a clear golden body with a medium white head. The nose was a bit funky, earthy and had hits of wood. The taste was more of the same from the nose. The beer was tart, dry and had definite notes of oak and maybe even some smoke. Very interesting beer and another hit from Drie Fonteinen.

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

apple juice cloudy appearance, no head whatsoever.A very mild geuze vinegar aroma. A malted masked taste that fills the mouth over time, with mild fruit and vinegar. Very easy drinking, controlled tartness and refreshing. Lemon and apricot, and no carbonation. Stomach warming.

Photo of Brandt
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer poured a straw yellow with some turbidity and a huge rocky white head

the smell is a tart acidic hit with wheat malt and and earthy moss along with sour straw and green apple

the taste is a pungent sourness with a tart acidic bite, hints of wheat malts. the sourness reminds me of an atomic warhead sour candy.

the finish is a med light body and a strong lingering sourness. this is a nice geueze and definetly worth a go

Photo of hooliganlife
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled feb 23 2006

pours a light copper with basically no carbonation.

dominating oak and old musty lemon really come out. old wood furniture if that makes sense.

deep lemon through out. very dominating oak and wood. slightly old musty basement. through the finish this becomes increasingly sour and lip puckering with an intense old sour grape. finishes bone dry.

dead flat, not much else to say. very dry in the finish.

very complex and delicious. has lots of unblended lambic to it, more so than gueuze.

Photo of nickd717
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle from K&L in Redwood City, dated Feb. 23, 2006.

Pours a crystal clear copper color with a small white head after an aggressive pour despite the "no head" beer description. Head fades to a ring before long.

Aroma is funky barnyard, pretty typical of the style. White wine, oak, and a little bit of cheesiness, along with llama (mmm, llama).

Flavor is also very funky with barnyard, horseblanket, and llamablanket. Fruity flavors also in there, mostly white wine and sour green apple. A little cheese on the finish and a substantial oak presence. Sourness is not over the top, and the beer is nicely balanced and complex.

The palate is mildly acidic, and there is pretty much no carbonation, as expected.

Solid drinkability. Overall this is a very good gueuze.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 12/7/2006.

Appearance - Hazy orange. Clear without much head. Thin collar.

Smell - Standard Drie Fonteinen funk. Bright lemon acidity. Barnyard funk. Nice.

Taste - Bright lemony sour flavor. Funky, but not as much as standard 3F. Lots of pale malt and wheat.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation, slick and not overly sour. Slightly sweet.

Overall - Nothing compared to Oude Geuze, but a great lambic.

Photo of HalfFull
2.8/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Corked 375 ml. bottle into a wine glass. A triple gueuze tasting unfolds. This one opens with a light pop and pours rather flat. Apricot imbued orange on the pour, clear and boring.

Aroma offers a light tart sourness though not much else. Touch of cheesy funk at times though minimal.

Flavor is thin and juice like. Bottled on 2/23/06 this vintage appears to have some issues. Offers a light fruity tartness but the delivery is substandard. Overall a bit thin and subtle.

Rather interesting what a side by side tasting will tell you...

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was a part of cmrillo’s 40 Beers* @ 40 Birthday Bash! Shared by BRoss242! 2006 Vintage! Served from bottle into a Drie Fonteinen ‘3 Fountains’ gueuze glass. Poured a hazy yellow-orange with a minimal white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sour, wood, tart, and subtle funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, sour, wood, fruit, and lemon rine. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. I really like how this one is doing with this much age on it. There is still a ton of nice things going on here and it appears that the funk aspect is developing. I could honestly see this one developing for quite some time. Glad I have quite a few of these stockpiled in my personal cellar to try out their aging potential.

Photo of volanova
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The aroma in the glass reminded me of a flowery home perfume, something like you might find at grandma's house. On hitting the tongue you immediately feel the tart/sour flavor biting in, yet it is not unpleasant in the least. The mid palate brings to mind a very self preserved flavor, reminiscent of slightly pickled vegetables, citruses, and, strangely enough, sea water. As opposed to other reviewers, this is not a beer that I personally would find to be well suited to having multiple servings, it is one better appreciated over a while, and I couldn't drink it too fast. To each his own though, I suppose. The tart/bitter flavor became a bit overwhelming if I tried to consume too much in one drink, or multiple drinks in a row.

Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Lambic tumbler glass. A few larger bubbles form and fade, leaving a still surface, as the bottle describes. This looks more like an unblended Lambic.

Some hay and stable aroma, fairly mellow and understated. A light citric note.

Flavors of pink grapefruit, cider tartness, tannic oak and a spritz of lemon. Nearly no carbonation, mildly acidic and reminds me of grapefruit juice due to the slight pucker and slippery feel. Overall pretty drinkable, and not intensely sour.

Thanks to xnoxhatex for introducing me to this one...

Photo of bluejacket74
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml caged and corked bottle, 2010 vintage bottled 1 December 2010. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a clear gold color with an inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice and sour, it smells like funk, lemon, tart apples, wood and some earthy/mustiness. The taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some hay/grass. The tartness isn't quite as strong in the flavor as compared to the aroma. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick with moderate carbonation. I liked this, but maybe I should have aged it longer before drinking it.

Photo of Rutager
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

So Boozecamel just casually dropped this '06 bottle on us during our little tasting last weekend. He picked it up from the brewery a while back, no biggie. Huge thanks for bringing this one along, Really stood out among some stiff competition that night.

Appearance. Pours a rich honey-gold with a light haze , no head to speak of and fairly still.

Smell. Nice big 3F funk, hay and minerals, honey and lightly floral.

Taste. Hay, minerals and dank barrel, soft marigolds and wildflowers. Amazing stuff.

Mouthfeel. Light+ body and very light carbonation. Suits the beer well so no complaints about the near lack of bubbles.

Overall. Phenomenal. Unique among gueuzes and very delicious. Thanks again Phil!!

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured hazy amber/orange color lambic with a medium foamy head with some retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of funk and barnyard note are right on but I would still have appreciated some more granny smith notes. Taste is surprisingly quite watery with a thin body but there are sufficient funky and barnyard notes to keep things interesting. I am a big fan of this brewery but I must admit that I was slightly disappointed with the results of this one.

Photo of abfraser
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 oz bottle dated 2/23/2006

A: Light orange yellow show some fizz at first but no real head

S: Funky and musty gueuze-like aromas. Sour lemon

T/M: Nice tart lemony flavor. Muskiness and earthiness. Very dry, light-bodied, and extremely refreshing. Not too tart, well balanced

D: This is a very good gueuze, which in my mind is drinkable in every way except the cost.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12.7 oz cork and caged green bottle split in a Duvel tulip.
Bottled Feb 23, 2006, "Good for at least 10 years."

Thanks to bnieman and his padre for sharing this gueuze with me. They know the way to my heart; SOURS!

A - Lightly golden yellow and slightly hazy with next to no carbonation.

S - Stinky old feet and musty old basement yeastiness with goaty undertones. Very acidic smelling.

T - Acidic and funky tasting with a biting, old basement flavor.

M - The striking acidity paired with low carbonation and a smooth, dry finish is winning. To make it even better, the feel reminds of an oak paneled basement.

O - Great balance and funkiness with a smooth, delicious backing. Typing my reviews like this always makes me think of you're average Joe reading them thinking the description sounds disgusting. Dear average Joe, this beer is awesome!

Photo of smakawhat
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Lot 07/12/2006. Thanks to Jeffo there for the hop across the pond! Large 750ml bottle.

Off the pop, nothing much, next to nothing.

However slow pour and head goes real nicely. Almost creamy head off white and slow decant provides a gorgeous crystal clear body color. Honey bronze, and golden dark bronze orb glowing. You can see nice rising carbonation, even some nice lacing while the drink settles. Lacing doesn't stick around much. Beautiful looking beer.

Nose is bretty hot forward, tolerable, crackery pepper, dry with that fireplace ashes quality, slightly smokey. Great.

Warming apple slightly, more vinous quality and chew. Simply tart and playful palate. Very dry finish, rooftop and tongue just dries out like a serious tannic wine. Love the ashes and embers finish on this. Some solid basic lemon tartness in the palate also.

Overall just another classic beer from this brewery. Love the fireplace ash angle.

Photo of peabody
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a golden amber cloudy with very little suds. Some lacing occurs.
Smell is weak but has lots of lemon zest and sour apple aromas. I think I smell the oak in the background.
Taste is sweet at first, then dry then black bitter then sweet again then a dry dark oak flavor.
The blackness is wonderful here.
Mouthfeel is a bit dirty and watery but it mellows out into a sweet fruitiness.
Drinkability would be high if I could acquire this all the time.

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Drie Fonteinen Doesjel from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
91 out of 100 based on 360 ratings.