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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Ratings: 2,193
Reviews: 686
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.68%
Wants: 386
Gots: 586 | FT: 65
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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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3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

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

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3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.51/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber with a quickly fading head.
Big funky aroma, some old cheese, lots of goat, along with some elderflower and lime.
More elderflower as a flavour, also some light sweet malt, lemon and a fair whack of acidity. Finishes a bit astringent, with a bitterness reminiscent of lemon pith.
Carbonation seems a bit high.

Photo of wagenvolks
3.53/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ml foiled, corked, & caged; bottled on 02/Feb./07 and shared with trep and friends during a Thanksgiving holiday beer tasting.

Pours a brassy, golden body with a beautiful, bone-white head that leaves behind some nice smatterings of lacing. Exceptional carbonation level on this Gueuze, wafting aromatic notes of chardonney grapes, tart wild yeast, and a bit of oak.

I've come to the sad realization that I'm just not a fan of sour beers. I really want to like them, but I found this beer to be too sour/dry/tart/vinegary. White grape rinds and acetic acid lended the flavor a good deal of pungency, and the light body was exceedingly dry, well-carbonated, crisp, and mouth-puckeringly tart. The 4 oz. I had of this shared bottle were almost more than I could handle. Although sour beers aren't for me, I did enjoy Cantillon's Lou Pepe significantly more than this Gueuze.

Photo of themind
3.55/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.25

This beer style is not really my cup of tea. The beer pours a great generous head. The smell is like sour fruit. The taste is a fruit sour beer concoction that is not what I really like. The mouthfeel was awesome with this beer but the sourness kinda ruins it for me. Sorry, I am sure sour beer guys love this stuff....and they can have it. Now throw me a Pliny.

Bottom Line: Pucker up! this one is sour.

Photo of Gobzilla
3.55/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

350ml bottle caged and corked

A: looked like a typical yellowish gueuze with almost no head and very little lacing.

S: lemons, funk, and vinegar aromas dominate the nose on this beer with a slight oaky note.

T: could defenitely taste some lemon flavor with a little oaknees to it and it wasn't as sour as I was anticipating.

M: the beer was meduim bodied with a decent amount of bubbly carbonation.

D: Love gueuzes but again wasn't as good I thought it would be. Decent gueuze though.

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.58/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a pretty good gueuze, although I found it very acetic, and although the sourness was nice I would've enjoyed a bit more sourness and champagne character. Nonetheless, still pretty good. Thanks to SurlySober for sharing this bottle with me.

Appearance was an attractive hazy straw color with two fingers of fluffy white head. Aroma was a mix of light champagne character, acetic vinegar-ness, and a bit of fresh-cut apple fruitiness. This beer also seemed a bit light-struck. Flavor was rather sour, but didn't totally make me pucker. There was also some light apple and champagne notes. Mouthfeel was fairly light and bubble-y and appropriate. I did enjoy this beer and would recommend it.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.65/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A blend of 1,2,and 3 old lambic. Bottled 28 February 2004, Sampled 8 July 2008.

A: Poured a hazy, bright orange wit a monstrous 3 finger styro-foam head that displayed great retention clinging to the sides of the glass for dear life as it slowly receded leaving a huge clumpy lacing on the way down. Visible carbonation was moderately strong.

S: The nose was strong with tart lemon juice and some funky barnyard aromas.

T: The flavor had a strong and dominant tart lemon juice flavor that just assaults the taste buds from the get go. A sharp acidity and carbonation fizzle soon follows. Puckering fresh lemons yield to a yeasty tart citric finish that is sure to roll your eyes back. Overall, very tart and acidic, was hard to pick up on any of the oaky character.

M: light, oily slick with a spritzy carbonation bite that is detected long after the swallow in the pit of the stomach.

D: Pucker up, a real eye squinter here. A bomber may be a struggle for the novice or even intermediate lambic drinker, so beware. Best shared with a friend. After the first couple of sips the beer does become moderately easier to handle but does pack a punch to it.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.67/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very slightly hazed pale golden colour with a filmy and quite fizzy head. Looks surprisingly still in the glass, but the head dissipates so quickly. It's rather surprising. Very thin body. Overall, sure, it's fair enough for a Gueuze, but it's overall a little meek.

Nose is redolent with sharp and slightly citric acidity. Quite tart with a touch of oak, but only a light brushing. Lighter, and more sharp characters of grapeskin and rubbed lemon are the dominant characters. Slight wine-like character, but even that is probably giving a bit too much body. It's extremely light, but fragrant and pleasant.

Taste is also very dry and tart, with a strong single point of acidity running through the palate for the duration. Hints of underripe peach and crushed kaffir lime come through, with a flavour that doesn't scream acidity, but which brings an astringency to the palate as a whole. It's quite refined, but I can't get over the fact that it feels a little one-dimensional. Still, that one dimension is plenty tasty.

I don't know. I've had some tasty gueuzes, and some ones that had such a mellow and refined complexity to them. To be honest, I feel this missed the mark a little bit. There's no doubting the skill that went into it, but I've certainly had better.

Photo of jackofclubs
3.68/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

had this one at the trappist in oakland

A- a yellowish copper with a thin off white head, low carbonation.

S- a funky smell sour, almost ammonia but a little different.

T- clean sour apple at first quickly becoming a heavy sour with a lot of complexity on the finish

M- medium body the sour makes it seam more carbonated than it is

Photo of mikedotnet
3.7/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Orange-to-yellow translucent body with no murkiness. Absolutely huge head- this one will take a while to pour. There are a decent amount of tiny champagne-like bubbles, but not as much as I would expect for this style.

S - The aroma is a combination of sour apples and wet hay- a bit funkier than the more tart geuzes.

T - Tart, but not overpoweringly so. No funk or earthiness, either (which is a plus for me; I'm not a fan of the funky/rotten taste that some others have). The aroma is a bit misleading in this regard, but I would call the lack of a funky/rotten taste a positive attribute. Not very complex, but that's fine by me.

M - A bit heavier than I would like for a geuze and lacking the crisp, prickly carbonation that other oude geuzes have. I've noticed an ever-so-slight oiliness as well (which is consistent throughout this case of the '09 batch).

O - To be honest, I was a bit disappointed by this given all the hype around this brewer. It's good- don't get me wrong- but just nowhere near as refreshing as others (namely Boon's two Oude Geuze varieties). At this price point, I would much rather have the Boon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait.

Photo of rarbring
3.7/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vinatage 2010. The beer is dark golden with amber traits, slightly hazy, a rather frothy head leaving good lacing.

The smell is musky and earthy, stable, wet dirt and concrete.

The taste has rather much initial sweetness, fruity and fresh, then sour rhubarb and vinegar - but rather modest, some concluding grape peel bitterness.

Medium carbonation, small bubbles, rather thin but refreshing body with a slightly dry finish.

Refreshing, and good with mature cheddar, a rather small body, maybe sampled too young.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.7/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled Dec 19th, 2009

Appearance -- Pours a light amber hue with a slim frothy white head.

Smell -- Bright acetic tartness, citric (lemon) and musty brett character, mushroom, and faint malt sweetness. Earthy and vibrant, but still has room for improvement.

Taste -- Very dry, nearly no malt sweetness. Oaky, lemon and mild horsey brett, wild mushroom earthiness. Acetic is moderate but still bright. Lactic sourness is very laid-back. These two things lead me to believe that this bottle was a perhaps a little too young to open. Finish is oaky and drying. Very balanced indeed.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light body with sprizy carbonation. On point.

Overall -- Undoubtedly well-crafted, but somehow this one didn't thrill me like many other Gueuzes. Perhaps it was the milder lactic sourness and the overtly dry malt character. Somehow this didn't hit my gueuze 'sweet spot.' Nonetheless, this is an incredibly well-made beer and I look forward to revisiting this in the future.

Photo of Chico1985
3.7/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

3rd beer in a gueuze tasting, shared by cbutova. Been wanting to try this for a while. Bottle date is 12/12/09.

Pours hazy orange. Huge white head dissipates quickly to a half-finger soapy bubbly head. Turns to a ring, not much lacing left.

Super sour scent. Brett, barnyard, sweat, lemons.

Super sour taste. Brett, barnyard, lemon, oak. Just very very sour, not sure how else to describe it.

Out of the gueuze's we tried this was easily the palate killer. I enjoyed the abrasiveness but it seemed a little one-note for me, no specific flavors stood out except for pure sour funk.

Photo of Hautacam
3.71/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb. 2004 bottle...drinking Apr. 2007.
What a great looking brew. Slightly hazy orange-gold with a big bubbly off-white, almost yellow head.
The smell is lemon and a decent dose of earthy barnyard.
As soon as it hits your tongue , it's puckering...extremely tart , lemon rind , sour, winey and very dry...astringent. The funky wild flavors are there , but kind of in the background....not as up-front with the horse as some others. I'm missing that a bit. Bitter clean aftertaste.
The mouthfeel is light and very effervescent...refreshing. The sour just doesn't quit.
A very nice Oude Gueze.

Photo of bruindre
3.72/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nick3
3.73/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Let me preface this review by stating that this was my first Gueuze . . . I've had some flemish reds/sours before though.

Bottled on date of Feb. 1, 2008. Beer poured into a Duvel tulip quickly forms a four finger head. Bubbles vibrantly race to feed the head. Beer is a honey colored haze and it looks great. Smell is musty hay and lemons. Wow, this beer is sour. . .lemons come through in the taste as well. No hops, no sweetness. Beer is very lively on toungue. A refreshing beer but quite different than anything I've had before and you'll need to like a sour taste. It grew on me as I drank it though.

Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
97 out of 100 based on 2,193 ratings.