Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Reviews: 688
Hads: 2,384
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 8.8%
Wants: 420
Gots: 660 | FT: 80
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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 Neorebel
4.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I found that this Geuze compares very favorably to the other top-notch examples of the style I have experienced thus far. Appearance is typical for a lambic blend, with an earthy, yet at the same time floral aroma. The flavor is alive with dizzying complexity- Lactic acid, tart apple, herbal spices and a oaky aspect. Drie Fonteinen is surely a producer I am going to seek to try many more products from in the near future! (424 characters)

Photo of antott0523
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a murky amber color with a frothy bone white head. Nice lacing and appears to be well carbonated. Significantly less attractive than Tilquin if I'm going to create a comparison. Nothing here gets my motor running. Dirty pond water thing going on.

S: Then I smell the beer. Big oak nose with bright accents of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice. Motza bread. Musty. Floral notes of C Howard's violet chewing gum. Powdery and floral. The amount of oak and freshly ground black pepper that emerges as this beer warms is amazing. I've never smelled anything quite like it. I can't keep my nose out of the glass.

T: Broad flavor profile ranging from moderately acidic vinegar, to citrus notes of sweet grapefruit and tart lemon juice, followed by earthy notes of walnut and woody oak noted. By far the most complex geueze I've had as it ranges across so many different flavors. Absolutely delightful.

F: Well carbonated and relatively thin.

O: What can I say? I wish this bottle never ended. So much depth of flavor and nose going on. (1,054 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a hazy amber orange color with a large bubbled large white head.

The aroma immediately has this aggressive funky character of farmyard, some slight stinky sock, with lots of fruit character in dried apricot, lemon peel, white grape peel with a substantial white breadiness in there. Some sesame seed.

The flavor follows with that dried fruit apricot and peach. Tons of juicy white grape character. A lemon tartness throughout with some funky quality of farmyard and hay. Tons of champagne like carbonation that goes throughout. There is also a lingering sesame seed flavor.

In my experience, it goes Cantillon, Hanssens, this, and then Tilquin. (666 characters)

Photo of dmitrosan
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I liked very much the flowery nose with sesame and flex seeds aroma.
A balanced rich taste of green apples, lime skin, wild berries, bread kvass and fermented birch juice. (172 characters)

Photo of KnowYourCraft
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
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! (1,332 characters)

Photo of babaracas
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (376 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (384 characters)

Photo of Jmamay22
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (486 characters)

Photo of SierraFlight
3.99/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (506 characters)

Photo of eddiechilton
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
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! (415 characters)

Photo of Tilly
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
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! (293 characters)

Photo of GOBLIN
3.9/5  rDev -9.7%
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. (333 characters)

Photo of breadwinner
4.61/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Best gueuze I've had, with just a prepostersouly awesome nose, evoking tropical fruit, earthy, dusty funk, and a whole host of other aromas I can't even put my finger on. Good and tart but never so much as to stop you from picking up interesting nuances of flavor as you go. This is one for the ages. (300 characters)

Photo of SteveB3014
4.84/5  rDev +12%
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 (753 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
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! (206 characters)

Photo of Devman171
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
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 (163 characters)

Photo of SebD
4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
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 (733 characters)

Photo of Tele
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (1,143 characters)

Photo of KVNBGRY
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%

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. (452 characters)

Photo of barczar
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%

Slightly funky aroma, apple, tart, with a bit of funk. Flavor is acetic at the base, with good citric notes and lactic finish. Excellent, complex beer. (152 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%

Bottle part of a private import

Appearance - Gold colour with an average size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Breads/grains, lemons, apples, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains, a dry yeasty flavour, tart lemons, and grapefruit zest. It ends with sort of stale barnyard type of dryness/flavour.

Overall - Super refreshing and a lot of citrus sourness going on. Not as much lactic flavour as some of the other in the style and there is a lot of vibrant citric acid. A beer worthy of its acclaim. (708 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Corked and caged 375mL bottle from Khourey's (Las Vegas, NV). 16.99. Bottled 12/05/12. Served in a Barrel and Barley teku.

Pours a murky gold with almost four fingers of bubbly white head. The foam fades rather quickly without leaving any lace.

Smells of apple cider vinegar, tart fruits, a vague hint of sugar and a good bit of funk.

Tastes of hay, vinegar, near puckering lemon, granny smith apple skins, wine, old sugar, oak and earthy funk. Plenty sour but with a nice depth of flavor.

Light body with crisp carbonation. Dry, musty, tangy finish with tart citrus, herbal grassyness, mild toasted oak.

A dry, crisp, complex, easy drinking beer for sure. A tad pricey but still a worthy purchase. (709 characters)

Photo of CowsandBeer
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Bruery tulip. Bottled on 12/05/2012.

A: Produces a huge rocky white head. Thin and sudsy with a pale gold body. Very thing lacing but a good thick cap of head hangs about.

S: Lots of bright citrus fruit up front, white wine and a juicy lactic tang in the middle. Toasted oak with a musty, dirty brett hanging around.

T: An acidic, citric sourness with lots of white whine tartness leading into some apple vinegar and stinky cheese. Rounded out with oak barrel and lots of old wood and musty hay. Lingering acidity with a dough maltyness.

Mf: Crisp, drying and effervescent. Great drinkability. Despite the sharp flavors you keep going back for more.

O: One of the better geuze I've had. Lots of those really bizarre funky and sour flavors that only come from a lambic. Very easy drinking and enjoyable. Worth the cost. (839 characters)

Photo of More_betterness
4.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated Dec 5th 2012. Always a favorite of mine.

A: Hazy and glowing burnt orange body topped with a massive pillowy head that occupies about 2/3 of the glass on a gentle pour. Highly effervescent.

S: Bright, acidic lemon and green apple, rounded out with white wine skins. Musty cheese and barnyard notes emerge further as it warms. Wonderful aroma.

T: Complex mix of tart lemon juice and white wine followed by a sweeter note of fruit and a touch of floral honey. Notes of musty oak and pleasant minerality close out the flavor. Not overpowering in any regard but has remarkable depth of flavor. Ridiculously succulent and drinkable.

M: Light bodied and highly carbonated. Very fine bubbles reminiscent of champagne pair well with a very dry finish.

O: Just a fantastic Gueuze. Literally a benchmark of the style and it shows. Beautifully complex aroma and flavor, and each sip literally leaves your mouth watering and craving more. Could drink this every single day without any issue. (1,001 characters)

Photo of peensteen
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden blonde colour, 1.5 fingers of white head, little in the way of lace. Smell is funky, acidic fruits, lemon and green apple, musty citrus underlying, oaky barnyard closer. Taste is sour upfront with a bit of lactic-cheese flavour like in the girardin white label though not as strong, funky musty fruits, lemony with a dry oak finish. Medium carbonation, dry, medium feel. Solid stuff, tasty and worthy of being a top tier offering of the style. (450 characters)

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