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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Ratings: 1671
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.9%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This listing is for all vintages of the Oude Geuze, but not for bottles specifically labelled "Oude Geuze Vintage".

(Beer added by: rastaman on 09-27-2002)
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texashammer

Texas

4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

sampled on cask at the brewery's restaurant. a nice orange color with the most impressive head I've ever seen: absolutely solid. formed a hole to drink through, like ice fishing, but the rest stayed throughout; when the beer was gone the head sat on the bottom of the glass. smells of funky complexities -- I finally know what people mean by "barnyard" in a beer; also slightly sweet and yeasty. taste is everything it should be. dry mouthfeel. refreshing and so easy to drink that we couldn't believe how quickly a liter disappeared.

Serving type: cask

02-10-2006 14:25:55 | More by texashammer
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dar482

New York

4.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a hazy reddish 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. With some salinity as well.

The flavor follows with that dried fruit apricot and peach. Tons of white wine character. A lemon tartness throughout with some funky quality of farmyard and hay. Tons of champagne like carbonation that goes throughout.

I had this blind against Tilquin and this clearly won for its zesty fruit qualities and complexity with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 04:31:37 | More by dar482
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ahslowhand

Florida

3.78/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 15:24:32 | More by ahslowhand
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KornWallace

New York

4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Date: 4/4/14
Location: Dicicco's Harrison
Glassware: Tulip
Appearance: Pours with a very fluffy white head that stays and stays with an 1/8th inch top. Orange to yellow in color with a very thick haze.
Aromatics: The first aromas come from the wild yeasts, totally mouthwatering sour. There is must, earth, and wood all together.
Flavor: The beer moves from sour to vinegary very quickly. The finish has several flavors from leather, to earth, to oak and forest from the wood.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is very smooth with very little viscosity. The beer moves from puckering to mouthwatering to tart very smoothly.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 02:01:55 | More by KornWallace
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ACarp

New York

5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From a bottle in a Drie Fonteinen Geuze glass at Monks Cafe, Dec. 2012 Vintage

Appearance: has vigorous carbonation but a rapidly dying head

Smell: Funk upfront with hints of apple.

Taste: refreshing sourness, more tart than the Petrus Aged Pale I just had and with a more pleasing, complex funk. less green apple than Boon Oude Geuze.

Mouthfeel: high carbonation gives the beer sufficient body

Overall: AMAZING beer. far better than Tilquin and Boon's Geuzes.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 03:21:24 | More by ACarp
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Treyliff

West Virginia

4.61/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 12/5/12
Consumed @ Monks Cafe

A- pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with a big foamy white head that retains nicely long after the pour, leaving some bubbles around the rim

S- nice barnyard funk with notes of wet hay, Lemon peel, basement must, toasted oak

T- sharp and tart notes of lemon peel, peach mix with a funky musty yeasty goodness, earthy tones mix with wet hay and lead to a dry puckering finish, packed with flavor

M- medium body with light carbonation lead to a big foamy mouthfeel with a dry puckering finish

O- one of the best Gueuze that I've had, it's packed with puckering flavor and keeps you wanting more

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 17:57:36 | More by Treyliff
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pknyc

New York

4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottling date 03 Nov 2011, opened 23 Mar 2014.

A: The cork popped off after just a couple of turns on the wire cage. The geuze pours a nice clear orange/amber color with a large white head, which dissipates to about 1/4 finger head with a little bit of lacing.

S: The second the cork came out the funk encompassed the room. Smells like a barn, rich and complex with some sourness. I'm finding it almost overwhelmingly complicated. White grapes? Leather? There are many smells going on and all intertwined. Very balanced.

T: Prickly from the carbonation. Funky with an earthy feel to it. Sour, but not vinegary with a slight puckering. Refreshing and tart like blackberries.

M: Coating and slightly thicker than I had expected. Medium

O: Very enjoyable, and lament that I only had a 375ml as there are so many layers to this brew. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 00:51:16 | More by pknyc
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Roguer

Connecticut

3.85/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, opaque golden-orange-copper brew. Beautiful. Big, fluffy snow white head, with good retention and minimal lacing.

Sharp, tart aroma from the moment the pour begins. Light funk, as expected; straw; some citrus; sour, white wine-like vinegar. Earthy.

Flavor follows the aroma, with an added, noticeable earthy, dirt-like flavor. Funk in three directions (earthy, musty, and sharp), light citrus, wheat. Reasonably sour. I don't know if the burnt dirt flavor (smokey?) is a function of bottle, palate, or environment; it's not entirely unpleasing, but it's unexpected.

Nice puckering sour mouthfeel; medium overall. Certainly a sipper. Nice astringency.

This is far more funky and earthy than the Golden Blend I tried the other day, and it hurts the brew. It's a very good Lambic overall, but simply not as special, and not as good. Off of one bottle, I have to say this rates with a typical Geuze or Gose, instead of standing out as something particularly special.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 22:34:13 | More by Roguer
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heygeebee

Australia

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
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craftbeersweden

Sweden

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.

GREAT!

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 19:37:58 | More by craftbeersweden
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JasonLovesBeer

British Columbia (Canada)

4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Full gold, clear, with a loud and fizzy white head. The cork shot off this bottle as soon as I was removing the cage! Almost dropped the bottle as a result!

S: Rotten wood and nectarines. In a good way of course.

T: Gentle, fresh acidity - like tart, underripe fruit. I'm particularly thinking tart blackberries here, you know, the ones that aren't totally black yet. There is a good oak presence and dry, woody finish.

M: Fizzy and drying, very agile.

O: Gosh, do I enjoy this more than Cantillon gueuze? I think I might.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 01:59:15 | More by JasonLovesBeer
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brewtus

Ohio

4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pounded light orange with a big bubbly white three finger head that lingers for quite a while. Smell is funky, barnyard, some lemon, earthy. Taste starts with a nice citrus note, sour up front that fades to some slight sweetness, dry, dirty, some apple, some vedgtable notes, oak. This is fantastic, lot of carbonation but still great texture, just the right amount of funk and sourness. I can see why this is a gold standard.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 01:20:40 | More by brewtus
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.06/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Servied out of 375 ml bottle brought back by a friend from Belgium.

The beer pours a golden amber color with pretty good head retention and decent lacing. The nose was about what I was expecting, as I pick considerably barnyard and wet horseblanket, all the usual hallmarks of brett induced funk. Given the nose, I was really expecting this to be hugely sour, but in fact it really wasn't. The sour component was actually fairly light, and the was some noticeable pear, lime and vaniall on the palate otherwise. This style of beer is never going to be my cup of tea, but regardless, I thought this beer was surprisingly tasty. Mouthfeel was light, but with decent carbonation I thought. The finish was on the dry side, and drinkability was quite good.

Again, just not my cup of tea (generally), but even so, this was pretty tasty and impressive. Thanks Brendan!

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 16:47:55 | More by johnmichaelsen
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cxr1037

California

4.83/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From notes taken about a week ago. Poured into a wine glass. I was super excited about this beer as I'd heard great things.

APPEARANCE: Pale gold. Effervescent. Lots of bubbles. Strong, foamy head that recedes to a solid couple centimeters.

AROMA: Just what I expected from the style - immediate funk, yeast, and a little bit of cheese. I also detect some citrus zest and an earthy, grassiness. Lovely.

TASTE: Tart and funky! Slight lemon-lime citrus. There's also some tart green apple in there. Little hints of straw and earth and sharp cheese from the yeast. This is one of the best tasting beers I've had recently.

MOUTHFEEL: Effervescent and crisp. It's refreshing. Somewhat dry finish, though there is a lingering bitterness towards the back of the tongue.

OVERALL: Though I've only had one other gueuze before this, I think this is the best I've had. One of the best beers I've had outright. It's perfectly refreshing, and the tart funkiness is reminiscent of a good wine.

95/100

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 23:45:27 | More by cxr1037
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Furlinator

California

3.79/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on Dec.5, 2012

Pours hazy honey gold with a huge 2 inch white head that settles to a thick cap on top and leaves streaks of spotty lace.

Smell is of funky yeast, grainy malt, hay and faint citrus.

Taste is of sour apple, tart peach and yeasty bread.

Mouthfeel is lighter bodied with high carbonation. Streaming champagne-like bubbles rise throughout the drink down.

Tart, fruity, light and refreshing but, the flavor seems rather one dimensional and I cannot get past the overwhelming barnyard aromas. Somewhat disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 06:13:42 | More by Furlinator
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stewart124

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 01:10:51 | More by stewart124
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anteater

Oregon

4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 375ml bottle

A: Light golden and slightly hazy, thin head with big bubbles

S: Hay, lemons, tartness, wheat

T: Lots of citrus, mostly lemon upfront. A really nice well rounded tartness comes in and lingers on the tongue until the very end where the funk comes out the most

M: Super fine carbonation and dry mouthfeel. Impressive how very quenching it is for such a dry beer

O: Really delicious stuf. Not among my all time favorite sours, but perhaps my favorite gueuze.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 06:05:22 | More by anteater
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happilyhopped

Oregon

4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7oz bottle, bottled on dec. 5, 2012, opened on jan. 23, 2014. Poured into a large New Belgium glass.

A - Popped the cork and it instantly started bubbling and foaming like champagne, except with much larger bubbles. Pours with a beautiful honey, or unfiltered apple juice color and forms a solid head with nice retention. A very cloudy unfiltered beer. Bubbles emanating from center of the bottom of the glass, just like champagne, but then they stop after a minute or so. Beautiful looking beer.

S - Right away i get a lot of powerful funk and oak (my girlfriend describes it as musty). Underneath there are some hints of banana, coriander spices, white pepper and grapefruit citrus.

T - "A very happy tasting beer" according to the girlfriend. Some orange and lemon with a ton of pineapple, passionfruit, grapefruit and other tart tropical fruit flavors. Minimal hop presence, just a slight bitterness in the middle of the beer. Also get a good amount of the yeast in the flavor as well. Very good.

M - A very dry beer that isn't as carbonated as the head from pouring suggests. My gums definitely dry after a few seconds of swallowing. Has a nice viscosity for a beer this light in color. Obviously not thick like an RIS, but a bit more chewy than most beers with similar colors.

O - Overall, a very tasty beer. Love the funk on the nose and all the tartness on the palate. The dryness reminds me of big cabs and i love it. Would recommend more years in the cellar though. The store i got it from has a bunch more so i think i am going to get four or five and age them for a while. But good now too if you're wondering.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 05:17:04 | More by happilyhopped
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BierJager89

California

4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Glowy orange, lots of bubbles rising from the bottle, with a short white head.

S: Nose starts off with some belgian funkiness, behind which is a beautiful bouquet of orange zest, mango, lemon, and a touch of grape and tropical fruit. Very pleasant nose.

T: Tart lemon, orange zest, black pepper (especially toward the back of the tongue).

M: Very carbonated, not harshly, medium-light bodied.

O: Not the harsh Geuze I was expecting. Definitely a drinkable beer.

Note: Bottled 5 March 2012, imbibed 21 January 2014.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 05:50:34 | More by BierJager89
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Bowdoinbeerboy

Maine

4.83/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

When I opened the bottle it was a huge foam bomb, not sure if this bottle was over-carbed or what, but I did lose some to the sink (sadness).

The beer pours with a huge head (due to the carbonation problem?) and the foam never really completely goes away, it just fades to a thin white coating. The beer itself is nearly entirely opaque (all the yeast was stirred up from the bottom of the bottle) and the beer is a very dark hazy yellow straw color.

The nose is serious lemon and citrus, I mean honestly, this smells almost like lemon juice, it does this without being terribly acidic or tart smelling. There is also a definite whiff of funk and brett in there.

The beer is sweet up front, this quicky fades to a 4/10 of sourness bit, which then gradually and very slowly fades to a very pleasant and mild musty dankness. There are multiple stages of flavor here, each subtle yet quite satisfying.

This beer is MUCH less acidic than the Cantillon gueuze that I have had, it is also quite a bit more complex than the Lindeman's Gueuze.

Overrall this beer is wonderfully complex and totally delightful.

Buy again easy if I ever see it in stores here in Portland again.
*Greg at the Bier Cellar told me they only got this beer as a "I'm sorry" gift from the distributor for something that had gone wrong but were told not to advertise it; glad I stopped by to grab one!

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 23:04:56 | More by Bowdoinbeerboy
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admiral

Australia

3.94/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice beer with a refreshing and interesting bitterness - chinotti like

aroma: quite dry, barnyard funk and Belgian citrus

taste: dry with a tartness/sourness that is enjoyable and refreshing to drink. Has barnyard funk, chinotti, citrus like bitterness and apple skin with funky lemon and some Belgian spice. Thirst quenching.

Not that easy to find in Australia, especially in regional areas, so a rare treat.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 11:01:35 | More by admiral
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lordofstarside

Nevada

3.38/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12.7oz to a snifter, bottled 12/5/12

Pours a very cloudy pale amber gold with two fingers of foam. Heavy carbonation stemming from the center and sides, very strong retention and lacing. Kinda of hard to drink because the foam won't die down. Edit- it looks really good now that it finally has

Smells of tart cherries, oak, vinegar, sour apple, white wine, leather, strong Belgian funk and just a little bit of alcohol

Taste is initial upfront tart cherry, followed bland sour baking apple. Oak and wine notes are present on the after taste. The start and finish are good, but that middle part breaks it for me, almost like tasting the inside of a pill

Feel is medium sour with high bitterness. Sort of fizzy

Overall either this bottle is bad or these things taste like shit fresh. I'll try and get another to lie down for a few years to find out, but this experience wasn't worth anything near the $13 I paid for it

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 10:26:46 | More by lordofstarside
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Cresant

Kentucky

4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Bottled on Jan. 5, 2012. Poured into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. The body was brassy gold and the head was white, leaving no lacing. The beer was pretty clear.

The smell was earthy and sweet with hints of pear. Bell pepper faintly and lots of Pixie Stix candy. Bright pleasant aroma.

The taste was very tart! Lemons and limes. Dry but not chalky. Light peppercorn flavor. Very interesting and delicious.

The mouthfeel was medium to light bodied with a fine carbonation. This one exceeded my expectations!

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 13:42:35 | More by Cresant
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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

4.76/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 22:38:16 | More by Whiskeydeez
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into a geuze glass.

A: Tawny in color though it shifts more to the golden side of things. Hazy, though some yeast may have accidentally been poured. No head at all and no lacing.

S: Tart lemon, sour green apple and green apple skin, lemongrass. Lightly funky and rustic with the traditional horse blanket smell. Undertones of caramel and dark honey. Mild dusty oak scent.

T: Cider vinegar. Puckering lemony acidity, tannic, green apple skin. Whispers of oak. Barnyard and horse blanket are more apparent than they were on the nose. Caramel and walnuts, dark honey. Well balanced. Sour finish of lemon juice, apple skin, and funk.

M: Medium to medium-light body. Full in the mouth and slick. Puckering, acidic, and tannic. Curiously flat though.

O: For whatever reason, this bottle was flat. I've had this beer many times and never found it to be like this. My score reflects the undesirable quality in this sample, but I'll say that this is easily one of my favorite sours under normal circumstances. Some of the other more highly rated geuzes out there are far more sharp and sour. This one showcases a perfect balance between funk, sour, and malt sweetness, with a touch of oak thrown in for good measure. Tannins are there, but play more softly on the palate than most do. A must-try beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 03:35:57 | More by ryan1788a5
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