Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Ratings: 2,363
Reviews: 701
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.43%
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Gots: 648 | FT: 77
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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 sk8man121
4.77/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml poured into tumbler.

A: Pours a hazy, semi-opaque apricot with light-orange highlights. 2-finger head dies quickly and leaves no lacing.

S: Lactobacillus, lemon and apple cider vinegar in the nose. Also quite a bit of barnyard funk; tart & sour for sure.

T: Holy shit. Acidic lemon/vinegary tartness quickly fades into a mellow barnyard flavor. Grassy center follows through into a beautifully soft and dry finish of green apple. Indescribable.

M: Spritzy and crisp, very much like a decent champagne. This geuze is creamier than most offerings, although very nice for the style. The lack of vinegar in the finish (common in lesser geuzes) makes this the most drinkable geuze i've ever had.

O: So beautiful and so complex, I can't think of anywhere near a better geuze. Beats Cantillon by far in my mind.

The best geuze I've ever had.

Photo of Whiskeydeez
4.77/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

375 bottle poured into tulip glass, Bottle reads 2012, dec 5th.

This is my first 3 Fontienen and Gueze, it was excellent.

A: Pours a really nice deep golden coler with a bit of haze. There is a big white head that recedes quickly to a small lingering ring.

S: The Aroma of this beer is just awesome. Really big funkiness front and center. I'm not too refined to pick it apart too much but a tart funk that has a lot of citrus/fruity sweetness. I could smell this all day.

T: The flavor follows the aroma and expands on it. There is a great big tartness with the funk. The citrus type fruit flavors are more apparent, lemon and grapefruit, green apple flavor and tartness is there in the back of the drink. Some of the oak comes through.

M: This is a very dry, champagne like beer. Big carbonation and dryness really add to and intensify the tartness.

O: As my first true lambic/Gueuze this is incredible. The smells and flavors of this beer are big and tart but at the same time have a wonderful drinkability. There is a lot of flavors that round out the tartness and really make this a wonderful beer.

Photo of khiasmus
4.77/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

02 February, 2007.

Darkness swept the earth as the angels began to cry, their golden tears flowing through the dark sky like so many golden necklaces sliding down a silken backdrop... The sky acquired a burnt sienna hue, the clouds all disappearing in moments, leaving a thick orange haze...
I can smell the end of the world, the clash of steel on bronze, angst and sour oak, citrus peel on tarnished copper, a bottomless sea of layer upon layer of cold, metallic darkness... and warm, earthy coze, now only a memory, a tantalizing reality that will never return...
The taste of blood, the metallic, then a richness of meaning behind the songs running through the head, and bitter, I'm so bitter, beyond the barnyards of my childhood, beyond the grapefruits they made me eat'itwillmakeyoustrong' beyond the distant sour of black bread and the cheese that was always-so-old, the granny smith apple cores, the muscadine vines by the barn, the snake that tried to eat me... it goes farther still, this vision as I can taste the metallic of my blood, looking to the orange sky, seeing only a haze...
Dry and intensely sour, bitter, harsh and caressing, thin and full, lightly fluffy, lingering in my head, in my dreams, as a fierce screech rends the sky, the black wings are seen wheeling high above the haze, they swoop down again, they can smell the blood, I shudder as I hear the winds tearing through their thin flaps of flesh, swooping ever closer...

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.76/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ive only tried Drie Foneinen Gueuze once before, 3 years ago. I thought it was incredible, it was probably my first good Lambic experience.

Pours from the 375 ml bottle (2004 vintage) a bright bronze color with great clarity. A fizzy and big head leaves intricate lace strings behind. The nose is funky and very delicate with citrusy, floral, woody and good old barnyard aromas. The taste is uber sour but not as brash as Cantillon Gueuze. Sour citrus mingles with moist hay, fresh packed earth, fruit flavors (mangos? berries?) and musty, horsey, brett flavors. The flavor grows in funkyness and sourness as it warms. The mouthfeel is slightly viscous but not full bodied. Carbonation is active and smooth.

This is an infinitely complex Gueuze. This is a beer to slip slowly to savour the developing nuances. Incredible stuff.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a clear orangey color lambic with a huge slightly off-white head with excellent retention. Aroma of barnyard and sourness is quite evident. Taste is so well balance between sourness, tart, little bit of acidity, green apple with some nice funky yeast also thrown in. Probably one of the finest Lambic that I had the chance to try and the fact that the acidity is lower then Cantillon makes it easier to drink larger quantity.

Photo of DaveHS
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage dated Dec. 12, 2009

A-Pours golden apple juice color with about an inch of fizzy eggshell white head. It reduces almost instantly, and leaves no lacing.

S- The nose is everything I expect from an expertly crafted gueuze. Dry, oaky and vinous, with notes of musty wood, and barnyard funk.

T/M-Earthy flavors of old leather and wet leaves are the backbone for a sharp, drawn out vinous acidity reminiscent of a well blended vinaigrette, or a nice Pinot Blanc. The delicate, prickly carbonation provides the perfect conduit between the layered flavor profiles. They come together beautifully in the finish; a marriage of fresh, juicy acidity and musty barnyard funk that seems so incongruous at first, but makes perfect sense by the last sip.

O-Great stuff. A close second to Cantillon gueuze.

Photo of stewart124
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

375ml bottle from Dutches in Hyde park

Pours slightly hazy with lots of carbonation visible.

Plenty of funk in the nose. Some notes of a hard cheese, barnyard, and hay.

Spritzy on the tongue. Fantastic! This is everything I expected and more. Just so easy to drink. Some vinegar notes but more then anything you just get a lovely lambic blnd with depth from wood and the medium mouthfeel that adds a fluffy character all the way through.

I had no idea this was so readily available. Beautiful.

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the 3F restaurant in Beersel. What a steal at 15 euros. Bottled 6 December 1997. No label and poured by Guido Debelder (Armand's brother).

A: incredible head, orangeish with slight cloudiness
S: earthy, sour
T: incredibly well-balanced, sour but not overpowering, simply outstanding
M: great, very drinkable, easy on the tongue but has subdued gueuze finish, very mellow all-around

Photo of rtepiak
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

as i smell this beer i think how i would kill a baby for a sharp spanish truffle cheese. There is no information on anything about vintage.

The pour is golden with a very mild cloudy and a white head of about a finger. Nose is out of this world as for a quality of sour. There is tart. A leathery sour that is on the brink of unnatural in the beer world. Smoke of burnt coriander, rosemary, and burnt rubber. Wild ash to the point that it smelled like an ashtray. Palate was astringent like grass tart but woody oak and leathery. Astringent like blue cheese. And malt character of mild sweet pollen. Lily floral and a bitter that is ash and turbid sesame oil. A new look at lambics after this one. A most.

Photo of julian
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: EXPLOSIVE de-corkage. As soon as I untwisted the cage, the cork took off like a rocket and took the cage with it into the stratosphere. But no beer was lost, surprisingly. Le win! Color is a golden straw color with a slight copper hue and very clear. Massive effervescence and incredible head. Beautiful lasting 1 finger pillowy white head. 4.5

S: Mmmmm FUNK! Lots of earthy funk, some ripe apple tartness. Mild acidity and some oak must. 4.5

T&M: Taste is in line with the aroma, absolutely wonderful. Funky, faint oak, and the Belgian funky earthy gueze quality you love! This is a smooth, creamy drink but also crisp and refreshing. Despite the explosive de-corkage this still has some body and isn’t too dry. Excellent. 5 / 5

O: One of the premier Belgian guezes and an excellent example of the fine art of blending aged lambics. So good. 4.5

Photo of BostonBrewins
4.74/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a deep orange, a bit hazy. Head is big, fizzy and white. Fizzes out quickly, retains the last remnants for a few minutes, before disappearing completely.

S - A beautifully funky aroma. A wonderful bouquet of barn funk, farmhouse funk, old musty funk, and woody funk. Funkaliascious.

T - Some nice complex character. Funk from the yeast and the bacteria go nicely with some sour, lactic acid flavor. But not as acidic as I expected, very smooth. A bit of grapefruit as well. The woodiness from the oak comes through near the very dry finish.

M - The high carbonation level keeps the energy up. Medium bodied, not light but not heavy either.

O - So much funk even George Clinton would be jealous, but the balance makes this exceptional. A great introductory geuze and it's easy to see why it's a favorite among lambic connoisseurs as well.

Photo of doughanson78
4.74/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My 250th review. 375ml bottle poured into a tulip. Purchased at Local Option in Chicago.

A: Golden yellow in color. Super clear. One finger white head with good retention and OK lacing.

S: Beautiful funk without being overly funky. Sour apples. Light wet grass notes. An amazing geuze aroma.

T: Awesome sour apple flavor without being overly sour. The wet grass and barnyard funk blend beautifully with the sourness.

M: Light bodied but far from watery. High carbonation lends a nice crispness. Super dry finish.

O: Easily the best Geuze that I've had. Everything blends nicely and nothing takes from the other. Truly amazing.

Photo of ManforallSaisons
4.73/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Uncorked a bottle labeled April 2003, cellared since it came into my hands as a gift ~3-4 years ago, and portioned into water tumblers (a decent approximation of a standard lambic glass, actually). Tight-bubbled head abounded, a bit less frothy than memories of younger bottles. Less lees than expected. The color gave another hint of its age, with a touch more dark copper glinting through the hay hue of a younger version. The nose was surprisingly less lambic-funky, with a cleaner citrus zest and grass aroma. The taste and mouthfeel remain, foremost, highly acidic. The tang is turned down slightly from a fresher version. The flavors jumping out at me were of peach and other yellow fruits, with a cleansing herb-y note that felt more than tasted of coriander. I'm surprised to say that I wish (almost) that I'd given it a couple more years to see if it would mellow out further. You can see the theme all through this that it didn't evolve as much as I expected, and had further to go. With Drie Fonteinen switching from blender to brewer, it's all the more important to maintain and preserve those old bottles (and yes to drink them, not archive them).

Photo of alcstradamus
4.73/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Murky orange pour with a tower of head. Aroma is straight up funky cheese while I'm pouring. Once in the glass, a lot more citrus peeks out and the funkiness subsides but still leaves some dust and cobweb behind. Some tart grape present as well

The taste is tart apple up front, with a nice level of mouth pucker that quenches my thirst for the sour but doesn't leave my mouth so dry that I can't take another sip. Some band aid and dusty funk in the finish, but not as much as I expected based on the smell while I was pouring. Very nicely balanced and flavorful.

The body here is medium full and the carbonation is at lower levels. Fairly dry finish, but not completely bone sucking.

This is a fantastic beer. Very deep and layered yet well balanced and drinkable, definitely a blueprint for how the style should be done.

Photo of DmanGTR
4.73/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes on 3/27/10
Bottled on May 5, 2008

A - Slightly hazy, honey colored with lots of bubbles rising from all over the bottom of the glass. Short lived white bubbly head. Left a ring around the glass, no lacing. Quite lovely. 5.0

S - Lots of funky earthiness, touch of wheat and lemon, very light woodiness. Quite the complex nose, words do not do it justice. 4.5

T - Very funky and sour, earthy (but not the stinky cheese kind) and lemony. Touch of lemon zest and bittersweet. Finishes dry with a lingering bittersweetness. Love and awesomeness. 5.0

M - Dry, light, bubbly. Nearly champagne like but more body. 4.5

D - Extremely. I would gladly get this again even though it was $20/750mL. 4.5

Notes - goes well with chocolate covered strawberries, German tilsit cheese, and guacamole.

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.73/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

375 ml bottle dated 23 Feb. 2012. Poured into a Founders snifter.

A- Pours a dull, hazy gold. Deep, wheat-like color in the glass. A medium, 2 finger head forms and stick around for a little bit before being reduced to a thin film on the top. Constant carbonation rising to the top. Lacing is very good.

S- Acidic and pungent on the nose. Slightly musty with hints of grain underneath. Not overpowering as far as gueuzes go. Hints of fruit flavors, most notably lemon and citrus.

T- Starts with a sour bang. Bigger than every other gueuze I've had, the sour flavors is big in this one. Very prominent lemon-like flavor in this one. After the main sour note, wheat is detectable for a short bit before a second round of sour flavor. This sour flavor is more lactic. The brew ends with a slight hops bite. Not bitter by any means, but sort of a dulled bitterness that is present but not strong.

M- Light and very carbonated on the palate. Drinks more like a champagne because of the carbonation. Fair level of sour acidity makes this more of a sipper, but still won't last long in my glass.

Overall, it is clear why 3F and Cantillon are the heavyweights of the Belgian sour category. This is a terrific example of the style. I had this one fairly fresh and have another in the cellar. I'm very interested to see how this develops over the next decade or so.

Photo of GClarkage
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

01/24/06- Purchased at Plumpjack's in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle. Bottled in 2001. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Peach-orange in color. Clouded with light murky sediment at the bottom. Full inch plus foamy white head. Small portions of clingy and sticky lace inside.

Smell- Truly barnyard. Smells like a barn...after I took a pee in the hay. So raunchy, yet so nice? Pretty tart scent. Lemon as well.

Taste- Was set up for pucker time, but was really suprised how mellow this one was. It was tart, but on the low end. Kind of like a lemonaid with only half the alotted sugar added. Has even some of the horse blanket taste as well. Good amount of citrus also.

Mouthfeel- Starts out well carbonated, maybe even champagne style, but after it warms and mellows it becomes less carbonated. Mouthfeel is dry as the desert.

Drinkability- With the lower tartness, the great flavor and the drying mouthfeel leaving you wanting more, this beer becomes one of the most drinkable I have had. Terrific brew!

Photo of Gyle41386
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2007 bottle.

Peach colored pour. White foam retains pretty well. Not much lacing on the glass.

Sour. Funk. Period. That's what this beer is about. Great nose of lemon and funk. Same for the flavor. Some nice funk, an absolutely perfect tartness, and a great barrel character.

Light body, very tingly feel. Dry finish. Supremely easy drinker. Outstanding gueuze. With a lot of sour beers I've had in the past, I thought that a 375mL bottle would be a chore to finish alone, but a 750mL of Drie Fonteinen Oude Gueuze would be an absolute joy.

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

375ml bottle into a tulip glass
November 2010 bottling

A: Pours a crystal clear golden color with three fingers of dense white foam. Retention is very, very good for a gueuze.

S: Very balanced aromas - musty, wet hay funk, quite a bit of oak, and mild lactic sourness in the way of granny smith apples. Clean, balanced, and complex. Not over the top, but basically flawless.

T: Equally as impressive as the aroma, I first notice a musty funk that is quickly overtaken by lemons and spices. A bit of puckering sourness, but certainly restrained. I get a distinct ginger flavor similar to drinking a ginger ale which lingers on my palate with the lemon and oak.

M: Medium body with strong almost creamy carbonation. The mouthfeel is quite soft next to many gueuzes.

O: This beer is really incredible. I have had it a few times before, but sitting down and reviewing it has really made me appreciate it much more. Essentially flawless, subtle, and complex. Not overly sour, not overly anything really. I need to pick up some more.

Photo of jjanega08
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage

A= Pours a great looking golden yellow color thats nice and hazy looking with a nice big thick white head on it that holds great retention and lacing on the glass.

S= Hay and peppery and funky. Nice and tart smelling. Oaky and woody with a little oak tannin.

T= The taste is a great mix of funk and sour. One of the funkiest Gueze I've ever had actually. An awesome mixture here of everything that makes gueze what it is. This is puckeringly sour and delicious.

M= Perfect champagne like carbonation with a super dry finish. Delicious.

D= A great brew. I could drink this forever. This is the best gueze I've ever had by are and worth any hype it receives. A tasty brew.

Photo of Martin2D
4.71/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle from 2008

A - Straw yellow that pours with a huge head with rushes of carbonation coming from the bottom of the glass.

S - Subdued nose, but there is hints of citrus, aged hops, and funk.

T - Wow, unbelievable balance. It is funky with the perfect hint of sourness. The citrus is not overwhelming but jumps off your tongue. Not overly funky, but aged hops can definitely be tasted.

M - Light in body with maybe the heaviest carbonation of any beer I've had. The cork popped off of this and probably would've flown off had I not help it.

D - I could drink sours all night long, unlike most, but this might be the most balanced sour I've ever had. I've never had a beer that has all elements of sours: funky, sour, with a slight hint of aged hops. Perfect Champagne for NYE.

Photo of yamar68
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage - poured from 12.7oz bottle to tulip glass:

Cork bursts from the bottle... Pours a bright honey/school bus gold - lively, noisy carbonation produces a full two fingers of fizzy, starch white head. Abundant needle point beading with mild lacing.

The nose is both soft and complex. Subtle white grapes, raspberry, spicy yeast, quite fruity, inviting sourness... a blanket of tart aggressiveness fills the nostrils.

The taste - beautifully dry, rhubarb, lemon, sour lime, grassy hops, such lively carbonation. Bits of white wine begin to surface as the beer warms. There is a world of complexity here that can't be understated. It's the sort of beer that encourages the quest for better beer.

It's hard to explain in words how perfectly executed this is. A perfect balance of everything that I typically look for in a geuze. I'm not sure what else to say... this beer is nearly perfect.

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

750 ml bottled on march 2008..corked,caged and foiled..it poured a hazy glowing amber/peach color with a small head ..its a beautiful looking and unique color ...smell was sour .tart with nice fruit and lemon tartness some wheat and barley nothing overwhelmed...taste was outstanding with a stellar sour and slight vinegar taste mixed with fruit tartness some hops and malt and wheat profile all with some oak and wood flavors ..very well blended..mouth feel is tart with a great balance of b4 mentioned tastes..such a beautiful blended gueuze..so drinkable... the taste is exceptional

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

** Feb 2008 bottled on date, 375ml **

It's Christmas Eve in these parts, and so I naturally reached for two of my favorite edibles for a festive lunch alone: clam chowder (Whole Foods), a crusty grain baguette, and a geuze that has been patiently sitting in my cellar (read: garage) for a while.

Poured all at once into my Tripel Karmeliet big glass. A huge 4 finger head erupts, sporting large, rocky bubbles and sticks around for a long while, leaving lace. The geuze is an effervescent old gold and clear (having left the sediment in the bottle).

Heavens. This smells gobsmackingly, achingly tremendous. Armand has got inside my head and pulled out what I think is the most perfect, balanced geuze smell possible. Massive apple-cider sharpness, wonderful, disgustingly juicy funk, lemon-tart, hearty oak, pungent, hints of must and dust, acidic, warning, cleansing, vinegar, the famed "horse blanket" nose... it's all here, and it's all balanced. There are sharper, more pungent and more strident geuze noses out there. There are none that work so well.

Flavor is again a masterwork of complimentary classic flavors that are actually blended. The art of geuze is really the art of blending, and this Drie Fonteinen is supremely balanced. Dancing flavors of lemon and tart Brett-funk skip across the palate, hand in hand. Wild yeast funk and a grin-tugging, moderately aggressive acidity dash at you and then peel off to the side, giggling. The oak dryness just stands there, stalwart. Nothing is out of place. This is a fun, joyful beer that never gets too bracing or tiresome.

The carbonation here is again, expert. Fizzy and full bubbles deliver the goods straight to your senses and the finish is clean and long, letting you down gently through fields of lemon trees and filthy horses. The acidity is perfect, by gum. This is why we drink wild ales.

I love this beer. I love how classy it all is, how well crafted it is put together. Moreover, I love that I can buy it 5 minutes away from my house. God bless Drie Fonteinen! May your funk live forever!

I am in funky bliss. Gueze and chowder may well turn into a minor tradition around my home. Merry Christmas.

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

One word: dirty.

Authentic, old-school dirty blond colored brew eminates a barnyard funk that mostly reminds me of an old dish rag or a bucket of water used 2 days ago to clean the floor of a kitchen. Uniquely subtle but not subdued. Mouth-watering, to say the least.

An earthier lambic than many, this gueuze has a special apples-rotting-on-the-pavement sort of tartness. A bit bitter through the finish, lemon makes a strong appearance here in all its forms -- mild lemon acidity and flavor early on and very slight citric and plant bitterness at the end. Either I'm getting better at plucking nuance out of a potent style, or this simply has a lot of unique, subtle characteristics. I'm guessing the latter.

Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
97 out of 100 based on 2,363 ratings.