Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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Reviews by nhindian:
4.58/5 rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
375ml bottle poured into a Cantillon wine glass (and a small Cantillon glass).
Bottled on March 10, 2008.
A - Poured in the traditional method, where the beginning and end of the pour is in a separate vessel (apparently it isn't seen as 'real' gueuze by Armand...) It is a bold, vibrant orange color with it running between light brown and dark yellow as well. Hazy throughout. Because it was a continuous pour, I am left staring at over 3-fingers worth of foamy, off-white head. It recedes fairly quickly, however, leaving big flakes of foam behind.
S - To be honest the nose is slightly less sour and funky than I was expecting. It shades being more toward the funk than the sour, which is always nice. Getting a nice amount of the oak in here. It has a certain wet freshness to it which is surprising given the age, but lends itself nicely to the citrus and tart apples in it.
T - This is one of the most pleasing and inoffensive gueuzes I've had (which isn't drawing from a huge sample, but still!) Not overpowering in terms of funk or acidity or sourness at all, just enough to get the tastebuds tingling and flesh out the flavors. Very reminiscent of a dry white wine in terms of the fruit flavors coming through and the finish. This is like a nice drive through the country rather than having to plow the fields each and every morning type of funk. Enough to give a distinct flavor but not one that overpowers. Very wet and juicy, with the dampness lending itself to some dankness. Finishes with a nice combination of tart apples, grapes, lemons, and a bit of malt.
M - Mouthfeel is relatively light-bodied with high carbonation. Still lively and zesty despite the three plus years of this being in the bottle (not counting the aged lambics within the blend!). Finishes quite dry which accentuates the bite of some of the flavors.
D/O - Drinkability is high. Probably the most 'quaffable' gueuze I've had by far. Each and every sip of this was a joy and the funk definitely did not overshadow any of the subtle complexities of the aged lambic. After sipping from the glass that had the beginning and end of the bottle, it's easily much different than what I had in my drinking glass, which I guess does lend itself to the belief that it should be consumed separately (or not at all according to some brewers, but I won't go that far.) This separate glass was a bit more bitter, didn't have as much fruit zest in it, and was a bit more heavier.
Serving type: bottle
08-27-2011 01:05:19 | More by nhindian
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4.46/5 rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Must confess, I am finding guezes a tad difficult to review, in that they do mostly seem to exhibit the same flavours, well at least the good ones do.
This one.... Looks the biz, lovely gold straw initial pour, with pillowy white head, aromas of cooking apples, lemons, semillon, wood... Taste to follow is nice and sour, in vein of aromas, more lemons, but not quite puckering. Dances on tongue with light, but definite carbonation.
All in all top stuff, top gueze.... Maybe I just need to do a massive a - b taste comparison to start understanding the subtleties that set this apart from, say, Cantillon. Maybe less sour? Hmmm
Serving type: bottle
03-09-2014 07:46:17 | More by heygeebee
4.48/5 rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75
Bought in march 2014 at Systembolaget, Sweden. Bottled nov 15 - 2012. Best before nov 15 2022.
Pours a little hazy, light-yellow with a fizzy, white head. Almoust like champagne.
Nose: Sour, green apples, hay, spices, oak, green grapes and citrus.
Taste: Sour up front. Apples, grapes, citrus, pears, oak and some vanilla.
Dry and clean!
Medium body with a great texture. Moderate carbonation.
Serving type: bottle
03-05-2014 19:37:58 | More by craftbeersweden
Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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