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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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2,297 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,297
Reviews: 697
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 408
Gots: 636 | FT: 71
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rastaman on 09-27-2002

This listing is for all vintages of the Oude Geuze, but not for bottles specifically labelled "Oude Geuze Vintage".
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Ratings: 2,297 | Reviews: 697
Photo of KnowYourCraft
4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours primarily clear in a golden orangish color, in the class it is hazy and for the most part orange with a slight goldish hue. Very effervescent head that dissipates quickly, but has nice nucleation. Stunning appearance for a beer.

Aroma: Cannabis is pretty dominant to me with this one, however it still works well with the other aromas. Lots of funk, little amount of straw, some lemon zest, and a very slight amount of Brett.

Taste: Cannabis is immediate but is lost quickly with the subtle tartness, straw, lemon zest, slight orange peel and very light Brett. No earthiness present which is a bit surprising but with this beer it is actually pleasant. This beer is actually quite simple in flavor profile, but it’s simplicity is executed perfectly. It is still complex and has multiple levels of flavors to be discovered. Very well balanced and very tasty.

Mouthfeel: This is one of the best mouthfeels for a sour I’ve ever had. It is not super resinous or acidic. Very light with the perfect carbonation, and the best part is the tartness dissipates quickly and actual flavors are the only thing that lingers.

Overall: I think Cantillon makes a better Geuze, but when there is no Cantillon to be found, this will go beyond sufficing. Couldn’t pass this up in a bottle shop even if they have Cantillon!

Photo of BogBoyJD
4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Looks great, huge head that lasts. Taste is tart lemon. Extremely enjoyable. Nothing negative to say.

Photo of babaracas
4.14/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy yellow-orange, fizzy one finger white head, very thin ring retained, no lacing.. about right for the style. Smell: peach, honey, lemon tea; mild barnyard and vanilla notes. Taste: snappy grain, nectarine, lemon-lime, tiny goat cheese character, oaky vibe. Light-medium bodied, plentiful carbonation, tart and semi-dry peach skin. Lemonade burps. Yes, very good.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle into a snifter.

A- Bright orange body, cloudy in a juicy way, heavy lacing and a pale white head. 4.25

S- Tart and salty like a gose, acidic. Lemony with faint fruit. A touch of malt aroma. 4

T- Peachy, apricot, earthy fruit, some funky flavor. 4.5

M- Tart, earthy, vinous. A touch of acidity. Drinks smooth and easy. 4.5

Love the peachiness and how easy it drinks.

Photo of Jmamay22
4.36/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a brilliantly clear amber (with careful decanting) and the off white head holds up wonderfully. Nice scent of lemon and restrained funk. Maybe a touch of strawberry in the nose as well. Mostly lactic acid scent.

There is even greater depth in the flavor. Bright lemon mixes with a mineral background. Again restrained funk, but full flavored tart acidity. Lactic acid mostly, with a very mild and restrained hint of acetic. Light effervescent mouthfeel. Very well done.

Photo of intovert2438
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Date : June 2013 on bottle

Photo of SierraFlight
3.99/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle poured into tulip during #bottlecherwednesday at Beachwood Seal Beach. Yellow-orange hazy body with tall fizzy white head that settles to a film. Aroma is tart grapes, sour apple, wet grass, barnyard, wood, and a touch of tropical/citrus sweetness. Taste is moderately tart with the green apple and sour grapes carrying the way. There is a good level of funky yeast and a touch of both woody bitterness and powdered sugar sweetness. Light body, thin texture, high carbonation, tart dry finish.

Photo of eddiechilton
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Slightly hazy yellow, head quickly fades
S: Sour, apple, oak, funky
T: Tart, less apple than I expected, with some interesting fruits in the finish (I get apricot and white grape), low on the oak but really balanced. Seriously, this is a perfectly balanced beer.
F: Small bubbles, light body

Overall: For a special occasion, this beer is very rewarding. I'd drink this every day with lunch if I were a rich man!

Photo of Tilly
4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Golden, orangy, hazy colour.
Very little head. What's there is white.
Crazy soury malt aroma with fruits.
Wow! What a taste! Definite sour! Cider like apple.
Clean thin mouth feel.
My first Geuze (never mind the fake one Samuel Adams I had previously).
Gotta try a different kind. Definetly!

Photo of ac22rush
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A little to tart for my liking but a wonderful gueze

Photo of GOBLIN
3.9/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Most have rated this a world class geuze. I'm not ready to go on in on that one. Now, it is true that I have not drank many in this style. And it may have something to do with the fact that my bottle was 5 years aged (maybe they age well maybe they don't). So . . . I will revisit it again someday and hopefully give a better review.

Photo of GlassOfHops
4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Second to Cantillon by a hair!

Photo of KillerJigger
3.86/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

New to this so i'll keep trying more. Crazy oak tastes then sour. Over my head complex.

Photo of SteveB3014
4.84/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving type: 12.7 oz bottle poured into a teku. Bottled: 2012, dec 5th.
A: first pour is yelow-orange, bright and clear with a nice big light head. Second pour is more orange and hazy as some yeast comes out in the pour. Same big head.
S: the best part of this beer. A wonderful refreshing sniff reveals a big nose of grassy funk, oak, and tart green apples with some nuances of wild berry and strawberry. Fantastic.
T: not overly sour with a good amount of carbonation. The oak really smooths this beer out. The green apples and grassy funk keep staying strong with a pleasantly dry finish.
M: refreshing, bubbly and dry.
O: I really enjoyed this beer. I would put this in my top 5 ever. Refreshing, complex and balanced. Worth the high price-tag

Photo of Nichols33
3.32/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From a bottle, date of April 2010. Enjoyable beer, just not my style. One of the better sours I've had.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

10+ year old bottle.

This is what gueuze is at its finest. Blended to perfection and still kickin' after all this time. More earthy than I would have expected, but a very pleasant drinker. Here's to 2015!

Photo of mn_nuge
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A really good expression of the style. Excellent.

Photo of Jakep2021
2.78/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Just not my kind of beer. Way too sour for my taste.

Photo of Devman171
4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from 2012, pours clear yellow with white head. aroma is funky hay and grass with a light sharpness. Taste is mineral funky and sharp tart finish, excellent

Photo of drwatson32
3.3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Outlier huh? I rate without ready by everyone else's first

Photo of SebD
4.56/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled October 2013

Appearance: It has a beautiful hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice thick white head that dies down moderately slow and leaves light lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of green apples, tart citrus/lemon, barnyard funk and some oak.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has sour green apples, tart lemon, some citrus notes, nice barnyard funk and some woody oak.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas. This is one of my favorites in the Geuze style. Not overly tart, flavorful and well balanced. A must try for anyone who loves Sours.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of Tele
4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: Bottle
Consumed 11.29.14

A: 4.5 Opened carefully without much drama. Pours reddish-gold and slightly hazy with a large white head.

S: 4.5 Lots of pepper on the nose. Wheat, funk, lemon, and oak come through next. The lemon and peppery aromas go really well together; their brightness is also balanced out by some mineral characteristics and richness from the oak.

T: 4.5 Like the nose, there is a lot of lemon, but orange and even some grapefruit flavors come through on the palate. The pepper is a bit more subdued while adding a different kind of brightness to this already bright (i.e., sour) beer. A touch of sweetness and oak sneak in under the sour flavors.

M: 4.25 Carbonation is great and the dry finish is also excellent. There’s a bit of a watery characteristic to this beer; a slightly more substantial feel would help in this regard.

O: 4.5 This is such a bright, flavorful beer with a lot going on. It’s actually quite exciting drinking this as it seems like each sip brings a new flavor. The age from the older beer in the blend also really comes through, tasting old and funky in the best possible way.

Photo of KVNBGRY
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%

December 2012 bottle.

Ap - Cloudy and lively light amber. Fluffy off white head that hangs around for a while and leaves behind steady lacing.

Ar - Sharp lemons and apples, with bretty horseblanket. There is also some must, and dusty grains.

T - Much more dry than sour. This is probably the closest thing to classic Cantillon I've had. It's similar to the aroma. Sweet and dry apples seem to be the forefront. Followed by a grainy lemon tartness.

Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

2011 Vintage

Photo of Franck
3.5/5  rDev -20.3%

2013 Vintage. Drink after a year.
Strong lemon taste. Green apple. Huge tartness and bitterness

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
97 out of 100 based on 2,297 ratings.