Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Ratings: 2,365
Reviews: 701
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.43%
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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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Photo of WeedKing4
4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to a buddy for picking this up for me. 12 oz bottle pours a hazy golden orange with lots of head. Taste isn't overpowering sour, but just the right amount. Some lemon and apple go with the tart finish. Every mouthful, my tongue screams for me. So easy to drink. A delicious beer. Wish I had more access to these style of beers.

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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 Popsinc
4.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Goulden pour with a medium white head that fades down to a tiny ring. A very lively pour with plenty of active carbonation.

Smell: A very tart sour lemon and lime nose. Grassy and natural.

Taste: Extremely tart. Huge lemon zing up front followed by a lime sour/bitterness and grassy/earthy notes.

Mouthfell: Light and digestable. Great acidity and lively throughout.

Drinkability: World class beer. An outstanding example of a gueze. Simply one of the BEST BEERS i've EVER HAD.

Photo of RoyalT
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one came out of the giant champagne bottle a pristine orange in color with a slight darkish-brown hue. The head was huge and fluffy. These bubble are very tight, clinging together as they slowly dissipated from the top of the liquid.

Smell – I know it’s an often overused phrase, but I could LITERALLY smell this from across the kitchen. I don’t know the vintage, but this one has aged past the light, purely lemony nose that divulges the youth of a less-mature Gueuze. The malt base is significant, the farm light but noticeable, and the spices very musty.

Taste – This sour ball really puckers things up at the taste. The tartness is monstrous at the taste but mated well with the gigantic malt base. There are some good farmy notes in here as well, but not overly so. The sweets are more like powdered sugar than anything else. Together this Gueuze is extremely complex and rich and not for the novice drinker.

Mouthfeel – Here’s where I just couldn’t get enough. The carbonation is sooo tight and so tingly on the tongue. I don’t know how they pack so many bubbles in here. They are not what I call “cheap” like in champagne. The mouthfeel is collected on this medium to full-bodied ale with some sharp, powdery spicing and even some dryness to keep things interesting.

Drinkability – This is a real sipper and only for the experienced Gueuze drinker. It’s a real heavy-hitter and I wouldn’t recommend it as a “first try” for the style. If you like big, explosive farmy sour Belgian Ales though you have to give this baby a whirl.

Update – I popped an ’04 vintage in 2006 and it is right on track with my initial review of this gem. The carbonation is huge and tight, the stank blooming from the get go, and the farmy flavors are not to be messed with.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2002 vintage consumed in March 06.

Beginning with a rather burning odor of gasoline or wood alcohol, I was rather worried about my expensive purchase. I decided to give the beer some time, as I would a glass of fine wine. It worked. Whether it was the time, the air, or the warmth of the bar, ten minutes of resting in my glass turned this brew from ethanol to exquisite...that or my nose learned to enjoy the smell of gasoline, which could also be the case.

The aromas are completely overpowering. This beer is highly acidic, very citrusy (limes and lemons mostly), and smells strongly of a pig farm. Mango and pear might be in there too but who really cares. This is more about "nose feel" than odor and this beer brings my nose to life, dresses it in a tux, and tangos it onto stage for a performance of Stomp.

Appearance is yellow-peach, very flakey, with a thick foamy off white head. The carbonation is insane but declines to tolerable levels after a few minutes.

Taste is as wild as an Irish brannigan, sour as the sour candy craze of 1991, bitter like an old English librarian drinking quinine, and as pissed as that old monk on the St. Bernie Bottle.

Mouthfeel can be extrapolated from the rest of this review.

Drinkability goes without saying.

Update: 1997 vintage consumed at the brewery on 8-18-08. The bottle quite literally had a spider on the webbed cork when it came to the table. :) It was every bit as good as the newer vintages and then some. This one CAN handle age very well. Buttery with full lemon notes.

Photo of tectactoe
4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Opened as part of a mini sour tasting, one of the most classic gueuzes out there - very excited to finally try this one after the bottle had been teasing me for so long. Pours a slightly hazy copper color with little bits of gold that streamline the edges. A soapy and bubbly white head grows and recedes in one fluid motion, leaving only a small bit of lacing at the very top of the glass.

Quite a bit of fruit skin sourness hits me on the initial whiff - very tart in character and lightly acidic, with a small amount of lacto behind it all. Some very mild hops show up, grassy and herbal, and add a very slight bitterness that extends the tartness into the realm of astringency, just for a brief moment. Tartly bitter. Is that a real thing?

Lots of funky yeast in this one, too - it's got that characteristic smell of Belgian gueuze to it. The sweaty sock funk it strong in the start and comes out even more as the beer rises in temp. A touch of finishing oak and wet hay, jammin' on the barnyard walls. Funky, funky, funky, reaching for damp and dirty blankets in the middle of a barnyard floor.

The taste starts off with a nice tartness, but it's definitely not as sour as I thought it would be, especially after smelling it. For a gauge, it's slightly less tart than Cantillon's Gueuze, for those who may have had that before this. After the initial sour apple and stone fruit skins, a mild astringency bites the tip of the tongue and quickly gives way to the funkadelic flavors. You can taste Belgium in this beer.

Drub, musky and funk yeast plagues the aftertaste, spread across a canvas of burnt oak - the barrel comes out hard in the end. Really dry overall, especially in the finish, with an easily discernible, funky bitterness upon fading out. By the final sip, oak seems to be one of the heaviest flavors of the aftertaste, and that's what I'm left with after the beer is gone. Not bad. Pretty thin bodied, crisp, wet, and sharp mouth feel, lots of carbonation.

Definitely a great gueuze, and it was interesting to see the differences in the style between this and the Cantillon gueuze (they were enjoyed back-to-back). This one was not quite as sour/tart and the oak/funk was a bit more forward. Both good in their own ways, no doubt about that. If you're on the fence about sours, try this one along with the Cantillon gueuze (if you can get/find them). If those don't convert you, then you'll probably never like sours.

EDIT: 9/4/2013

After having many, many more bottles of this, the variation is lovely. Sometimes it's much funkier, sometimes it's much more tart, but it's always delicious. I still think I prefer Cantillon's original gueuze to this one, but hey - I can still find this stuff on the shelves occasionally... win!

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 3rd of November 2011. Opened November 25 2012.

APP- Cork shoots off the bottles as soon as the cage is loosened. Some gushing. Crystal clear gold with large sudsy head that fades fast.

Aroma - fresh crisp apples, candied pear, only the slightest whisp of acetic twang. floral lilac notes, very soft and restrained. Not super complex but seriously enticing.

Flavor- The first thing that strikes me is the lovely fresh grain flavors that so rarely pop out in these beers. Brisk cracked wheat, doughy, tart, with a nice bright but lightly toasty barley husk note. Possibly this is a character helped along by the oak. Honey suckle and white tea notes just rarely break through a refreshing tartness. Again, not complex, but very nice. Suggestion of nutmeg, again, probably oak-derived.

Mouthfeel- Not searingly acidic nor bone dry. Medium-light body with lively carbonation. Sweet and sour finish. medium-low tannin plays a big role in this beer. Long funky aftertaste.

Photo of blitz134
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear honey color with lots of bubbles that form a dense just off-white head in my tulip glass. Head reduces to a thin layer but leaves some nice sheet lacing behind.

Sour, funky aroma (who would have thought) with some dry grape undertones. Not overly complex.

I took a sip of this and I was immediately reminded of this wild, deep purple-skinned grape that grows in the Southeast, a muscadine. My great-granddad had a vine trained in his backyard, and I'd eat a ton of them whenever I was over in early fall. My granddad made wine out of these, too, like many other southern homemade wine makers. I can't get past how much this beer tastes like these slightly sour, tart wild grapes. The dryness and slight acid from the (probably bacteria, wild yeast coated) skin that makes you pucker, followed by a hint of sweetness, and then a lingering clean grape-like fruitness with a bit of earthy, astringency left over on the teeth. Just like eating muscadines; I dont know how else to describe it.

Overall, not super sour or tart. Thin to medium-thin mouthfeel with a bit of effervesence. A solid gueze in any book. Good stuff, and quite the surprise in the flavor for me.

Photo of warnerry
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Dec 12, 2009

A - After a nice pop as the cork comes out, pours a clear light copper with almost three fingers of dense white head. Head has excellent retention. Some lacing is left behind.

S - Aromas of oak, a bit of green apple and nice lemon presence, and a bit musty.

T - Nice tart beginning to the taste, with a good lemon and lemon zest presence. Musty, but in a relatively subdued way. Finish is very dry with a big tannin presence. Excellent.

M - Mouthfeel is light and crisp, and quite dry. Very refreshing.

O - Excellent geuze. Must/funk presence is nice, and much more subtle than something like Hanssenns Oude Geuze (which I also really enjoy), leading to a more refreshing drinking experience than some other geuzes.

Photo of SamuraiJack
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Do you remember when you first discovered "real" beer? When you found yourself on a quest for the "Elizabethan ideal" of beer - found yourself believing there was some sort of perfect "ur-beer" that was the embodiment of all that is good about beer? As time went by you lost that dream and decided that perfection was unobtainable and that, instead, it was about the journey?

Well... shockingly it turns out that this was not an unrealistic romantic dream. There is perfection - and this beer proves the dream to be attainable.

Popping the cork results in a loud, champagne-like "pop" and whisps of smoky mist. Before you can even pour this beauty you are assaulted by the aroma. I'd say "horse blanket" but it's more like "sheep" than "horse." Pungent, ripe and astringent notes riding on a bed of fruit. Pouring the beer results in dense streamers of "tiny bubbles" (grin) rising from all sides of the glass and building a perfect, frothing white pillow of a head.

Upon pouring you discover those initial aromas were just a subtle hint of what was in store. Astonishingly powerful nose - this is not an "apologetic" Lambic. This is not a "dumbed down" Geuze.The acidic fruit tartness goes beyond merely bright and becomes almost abrasive in the nose. Pungent barnyard aromas of ripe cheese and funk swim in the astringent fruits - Wow!!

And then you sip... Lights shine from the heavens, a smile breaks out on your face, you look at the bottle, at the amount remaining, at your companions... perhaps you could kill one of them and take their share. Initial citric straw flavours with an underpinning of exotic fruit lead into an explosive middle palatte burst of unbelievably tart and strong lemony grapefruit and green apple tastes. It would be perhaps TOO astringent were it not for the solid foundation of lactic-acid like, funky cheese flavours that soften the bite and warm the tongue.The finish goes on forever with a lovely spumante acidic dry bite that makes your lips feel like they've been glued to your teeth. "Must... drink... more..." At the very very end you, again, get a hint of barnyard and some light dry toasting oak. This is a full spectrum, every tastebud on board, whole palette experience.

The ne plus ultra de Lambic indeed. Unforgiving, unapologetic, this beer is The One.

Photo of mverity
4.06/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy grapefruit orange color with a fair amount of egg shell head that faded fairly quickly. No legs and light lacing. Good thin collar. Aroma is very much like when I would march in my highschool homecoming parade and the floats were all covered in straw. I also pick up some lemon and grapefruit. The flavor provile is very citrusy tart up front, then some dry grass. Nice silty mouthfeel, very dry, and that tartness stings the tongue. Very glad I got to try this, but I wouldn't put it in my top 5, maybe not in the top 10.

Photo of tjthresh
3.76/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 28 Feb 2004. The cork got away from me. Damn near put a hole in my buddy’s ceiling. And a gusher to boot. But all was well. Hazy straw gold color pourd into an Orval glass. Lush white head. The aroma is full of horse blanket, sweat socks and oak. Nice. Very tart, and I thought it developed some sweetness as it warmed. Not as dry as the other one I tried. I think I’ll buy another bottle and sit on it for a bit.

Photo of Mora2000
4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy thirdeye11.

2003 vintage. Pours a dirty brownish yellow with a small white head. The aroma is funky, with lots of brett resulting in a horse blanket aroma. Flavor is tart and funky. Lots of lemons and some wood aging characteristics. Extremely drinkable, light body and medium-high carbonation. A complex, tasty guezue. 3 Fonteinen didn't disappoint.

Photo of deebo
4.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A bottle at a small watering hole in Bruges. This beer is dark yellow in color with lots of lively carbonation. Aroma and taste is similar. Typical Belgian geuze. Funky, leathery, tobacco leaf with a very dry finish. Easy to drink. Sour. Just a notch below Cantillon's version for overall funk and sour complexity.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.12/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked & caged bottle from April 26, 2010 poured into a sniffer.

Pours a hazy orange with a small almost yellow head. Nose is crazy! It's funky, tart, barnyard and just face puckering goodness!

Taste is just as crazy, lots of super tart funkiness. There's some dandilion and citrus as well. Mouthfeel is light, super dry and well carbonated. Awesome beer.

Photo of ahslowhand
3.79/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Wonderful Aroma coming off the top. Let the beer do its thing and then shortly after poured into a snifter. Tart cherries, barnyard, hay, and spicy yeast on the nose. Taste of spicy yeast and horse blanket. Nice dry finish that really leaves your palate unscathed.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml cork and caged green bottle at cellar temp poured into a snifter shared with my girlfriend and her friend. bottle april 26,2010 (about a year in the bottle)

pours out a fairly clear golden color with a fizzy white head that faded completely within a minute or so. nothing too special to look at. the second glass was much more cloudy and held a slightly better head.

mostly lots of barnyard, musty funk. some fruits as well, mostly citrus.

big crisp, sharp carbonation, a little fizzy. again, musty barnyard funk is the main player. lots of good acidity and sourness. some tart lemony citrus as well. lighter bodied. coats the palate with tart sour, sugary acids.

overall, a stand up gueze, very well made and good tasting. i maybe was expecting more than just the funk, but still an exceptional lambic.

i drink this bottle as i bottled my very own homebrewed saison with which a gallon of it will sit on the dregs of the oude gueze for a few months. this beer has a very nice, solid funk to it and i only can hope mine turns out even somewhat close.

Photo of ehammond1
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2010)

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Clear gold and light amber body. Quickly forming, tall, and persistent white head. Thin sheets and spots of lacing mess the glass.

Bright, explosive tart and sour aroma: tart citrus (lemon), pear, grass, earth and rock, body funk, and of course stinging, explosive sourness throughout.

Taste follows the aroma very similarly: huge sour and tart character, lots of lemon, earth and rock, grass, musty body and funk. A complete, sipping delight.

Light to medium bodied, though incredibly well carbonated. Spritzy and light with a very dry finish.

A wonderful gueuze.

Photo of boatshoes
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Making my way gradually through the highly regarded gueuze lineup. Just picked up a 375ml bottle of the Drie Fonteinen, and I have to say that it may be my favorite thus far.

Appearance- Pours a hazy straw color out of the bottle with about three fingers of very puffy white head and lots of active carbonation in the body. Amazing head retention, with it very slowly dying back to about a half finger sheet across the top of the beer. Lots of thick lacing left as I drank as well. Very nice looking and active for a gueuze.

Smell- Smells of tart citrus lemon zest up front. This lactic tartness is the first and most noticeable of the smells, but mixed in is a mild dose of funk. Some barnyard and acrid leather as well. Some mild cereal graininess coming through as well.

Taste- Again, starts off with a nice, crisp citric tartness. However, unlike in the smell, the palate is not dominated by the tartness but is much more subtle. The tart lemon flavors are balanced perfectly with mild and well integrated funky barnyard character. Finishes long and dry with a touch of grain. The finish in fact is stellar and really complements the thirst quenching quality of this gueuze. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is great for a gueuze with excellent carbonation and in no way too thin for the style. Drinkability is outstanding given the exceptional finish of the beer and subtle, complex, and well integrated flavors.

Overall, a truly great example of the style. This beer has all the elements of a true gueuze and is exceptional for its subtle complexity. I loved this beer and will certainly be picking up more of it.

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 Beerandraiderfan
4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank a bottle of this at Craft the other day. Bright yellow, great 2.5" head that specializes in retention and lace. Epic. Good sour aroma, didn't really have a fruitiness to it, other than the generic and oft cited lemon, maybe some green apple to it.

Taste, a tad sweet, a good amount sour. Clearly not up to the sour level of Cantillon 100% Gueuze, but what is? Very similar, but this one has more sweetness, although far from a balance of sweet/sour, which is a good thing in my book. Pretty dry despite the sweetness, no real barrel qualities of it evident. I believe it was $16 for a 750ml at Craft, which appears to be a decent deal. Shit, that bottle split 4 ways. . . exactly.

Seems to be available pretty regularly at a decent, not great price, I think it deserves a little bump in the overall.

Photo of mondegreen
4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into an Allagah Tulip. Bottled on January 17, 2006.

Pours a hazy dark golden with a huge off white head. The head fades to an ever present quarter inch white cap.

Nose is quite funky. Musty, like wet hay and mushrooms. Smells o funky green apples intertwined.

Tastes moderately sour and plenty funky. Pretty restrained for the style, but still quite complex.

Dry and crisp. Lovely.

This is a really nice Gueuze. Brings all the right elements together into a well made package.

Photo of mahak213
4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle

Appearance- Golden orange, pretty clear with a thin cap of white head

Smell- Lots of funk, lemony acidity is there, along with an earthiness. Definitely dominated by the funk

Taste- Lemon and green apple skin sourness, a bit of a grassy herbalness, which develops into a musty, dry funk. Aftertaste brings more of the green apple flavors

Mouthfeel- Light mouthfeel with lots of prickly carbonation. Finishes dry and crisp, very nice

Overall- Top notch stuff, nothing really else to say. Consistently good and easy enough to get a hold of, I always keep a few bottles around!

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 jeonseh
4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml Bottle poured into a Mikkeller tulip

A - Hazy, burnt orange with golden accents. Tons of carbonation in this one which is seen trailing upwards. Huge rocky head that settles down to a layer of foam. This sucker was also under a lot of pressure as the cork blew out the second I removed the cage.

S - Grassy, barnyard funkiness and slight blue cheese are the main components. There is slight lemon, light acidic sweettart, and white vinegar as well

T - Up front the beer is tart with lemon and white vinegar. Then, you get a strong funkiness that is grassy, and earthy blue cheese funk. The light tart lemon carries on through the funk. The finish is big funk still and slight oak

MF - Lots of carbonation and almost makes you want to pucker from the tartness. Dry finish from the oak and lemon

O - Really a great Gueuze that is tart yet has a lot amount of earthy funk.it reminds me of a tarter and funkier version of Orval, which is a good thing. Lots of carbonation as well. Curious to see what aging does to this.

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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