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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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2,088 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,088
Reviews: 675
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.68%
Wants: 383
Gots: 531 | FT: 51
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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Photo of Sammy
4.03/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2000 I had later and it is a night and day better difference. Creamy and much more drinkable, I think the best I have had of this style. Big head and peach body. Ageing has made it beautiful in all ways.


2003.Malt and vinegar. Very smooth. Enormous head. Creamy in mouth. Great for its style, which I am trying the highest rated for the experience. Vinegar in aroma. Tough to finish a bottle, mostly by myself, as my mates, though beer drinkers, were not keen on it.

Sammy, Oct 20, 2005
Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev -3%

t0rin0, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +14.2%

spycow, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer shows bottling date of December 12, 2009.

Pours a hazy honey color with a very bubbly 2 inch white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Small particles of lace after each sip that sink down into the remainder of the beer. Smell is very mouth watering. Notes of vinegar, funk, and must blast the nose. Slight scent of an earthy wood smell is present too. Taste follows the smell with sour vinegar, funk, must, and some wood notes. Very, very tasty but not as sour as I would have imagined. This beer is very carbonated but it works very well in making for a crisp and clean mouthfeel. I haven't had too many beers of the gueuze style, but this is a great beer for anyone interested in sour beers.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of djrn2
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

djrn2, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of zestar
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

zestar, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -8.7%

acurtis, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
4.85/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly-hazed gold with a large head and a good deal of lacing. Smell is lots and lots of funk along with a good amount of lemon. Good horse blanket. Taste is similar, but with a tiny bit of sourness added in. Mouthfeel is light to medium with fairly high carbonation. Good funk throughout. Nice funk and just a bit of sourness makes this very drinkable.

UPDATE: 10.05.2011. Will leave the original review but must say that over the years this has become one of my absolute favorite beers and it's a huge bonus that it's fairly readily available. The funk with slight sourness comes from what is, as far as I'm concerned, the best blending out there.

Thorpe429, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of nmann08
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

March 2012 Bottle

Pours a dark golden clear color. Active head coming out of the bottle and into the glass that disappears almost as it formed. Very active carbonation in the glass.

Smells of lemon, funk, very dry, faint oak.

Taste is acidic, tart, sour apples, but not overwhelming. Very balanced with some sweetness.

Mouthfeel is crisp, refreshing, not too intense of a sour.

Overall, a very enjoyable sour.

nmann08, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Texasfan549, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of metter98
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer poured slightly cloudy golden yellow in color into a snifter glass with a finger sized head that has good retention properties and left a thin layer of bubbles consistently covering the surface. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are strong aromas of sourness in the nose along with barnyard funkiness from the yeast.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by sourness, but this is not that overpowering. There are also some notes of tart citrus fruits.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish that makes you want to try another sip.
D: This beer is extremely easy to drink for the style and doesn't have any funky smells or sour tastes that overpower the senses.

metter98, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of GRG1313
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

GRG1313, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -8.7%

kjkinsey, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of brentk56
4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 17 January 2006

Appearance: Pours a cloudy peach with a frothy heads that coats, and I mean coats, the chalice with lace

Smell: Of course there is the sour cat pee, funk, leather and all that, but there are also a sweet/tart and powdered sugar aroma underneath if you sniff around for it

Taste: Despite the immediate sour apple and grapefruit flavors that jump out in front, there is an underlying sweetness that joins through mid-palate; after the swallow, the leathery and oak flavors come to the fore, but there is also a lush lemon and apricot fruit presence that counterbalances the sour funk; the aftertaste is lengthy, with the addition of more oak

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied and creamy, with moderate to low carbonation (despite the initial burst when the bottle was opened); a lingering sourness at the back of the throat is felt as well as tasted

Drinkability: Not for everybody, obviously, and like many a lambic, something to be savored in the right setting, but a real achievement in the class

brentk56, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A true treat for all the senses. Promises greatness straight from the pour. An intense mixture of tart fruits and clean sourness emits from the glass and fills the air. Astringent and mouth-puckering even before I take my first sip. Upon a closer study of the appearance, the color is a murky, canary-yellow hue with a viscocity that seems heavier than the feel later reveals. A lightly knitted foamstand accompanies me to the bottom of the glass. The first sip reveals juicy flavors of young fruits and come in the examples of granny-smith apples, lemons, limes, pears, and mangos. A timid sweetness (sweetheart candies) bring a welcome balance to the acidity, vineous qualities. The feel is a juicy, mouthwatering lightness and drinkability; while finishing with a powdery dry champaign flavor. Very clean and inviting in the end. Simply a tremendous beer without the sharp astringency expected. Thanks Tony.

Revisited on June 27, 2009. Thanks Khaismus!

BEERchitect, Feb 06, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.78/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Phyl21ca, Jul 29, 2005
Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -8.7%

ygtbsm94, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.83/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2006 vintage bottle that I was able to pick up in a trade along with a 2004 that I will hold out on for a little bit. I was most excited to get the two vintages to compare, and that this beer has elluded me for quite some time, but anyway I decided to pop this one on a fine, semi spring like day. Popped with a loud bang and was very active from the onset, that much was for sure. Tons of carbonation rippling through both the bottle and the glass throughout the sesssion, a huge carbonation explosion. Very nice bright amber color with a huge amount of white fizzy head on top. At least four inches of white foam topping off this one made it look wonderful, with a deep cloudy and hazy look to it, I knew it was aged well.

The aroma was so sour and bitter, I had a cheek to cheek grin immediatly. Simply a wonderful aroma here, tons of yeast coming through, lots of light sour grapes and tartness. The flavor was superb, really one of the best I have ever had. The first light notes of sour yeast roll across the tongue and just explode in your mouth, rippling and shredding taste buds all the way. Nice white grapes, light grains, and fresh grass all coming through. As it warmed some more subtle pear and apple characters were coming through now, this was astoundingly complex, so much so I did not really even know where to begin with this. I was floored by the flavor here. The carbonation was huge, keeping it light and airy and really letting every get to a depth that was confoundingly complex. Simply great. I easily threw done the whole bottle, as at only 6% this was simply outstanding. If I had more then one other bottle I would have reached for it immediatly. Long lingering dried out bitter finish had so much complex flavor that I was just letting linger on and on as I did not want to let it stop.

Overall easily one of the best beers, regardless of style that i have ever had the pleasure of drinking. There isn ot a bad word that could be said about this, it was literally the epitome of the style for me and I would love to get another of these. Amazingly complex beer, and something I think everyone should get to try at some point.

mikesgroove, Mar 17, 2008
Photo of womencantsail
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle from 2008

A: The cork almost popped out of the bottle as soon as I loosened the cage. The pour is a light orange color with a massive, pillowy white head that sticks around forever.

S: Tons of bright acidity and a wonderful "greenness" to the beer. Lots of lemon, green apple, grapes, grass, and wet hay.

T: This one picks up where the nose leaves off. Lemon and green apple sourness are intense up front and an earthy funk and oak tannin quality on the back end.

M: The body is medium with a lot of carbonation. A nice dry and crisp finish.

D: It's too bad these guys won't be brewing anymore, but I'm glad they'll still be blending and giving us some great gueuzes.

womencantsail, May 27, 2010
Photo of Knapp85
3.78/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Holy crap, I'm amazed at how many people dig these types of beers. I give this beer props though, I understand what they are going for here and I understand why people seek these out. I'm not really a fan of these Gueuze Lambics but I'm trying to be fair here. This puppy was poured out by a guy sitting next to me at the Bethlehem Speakeasy who was loving every bit of it. I asked what he was having so he gave me a taste. It was unbelievable the sour aroma spewing out of the glass. It almost smelled unhealthy to even consume this thing. I drank my sample and I was blown away by how sour and acidic this beer was. This straight up reminded me of tasting stomach acid after a bad night of drinking. For anyone who enjoys these I praise you, I just couldn't ever drink a whole bottle of this one.

Knapp85, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12.7 ounce bottle from Charlie's Beer and Wine in Marietta, Georgia. Bottling Date: 18 NOV 2010.

Appearance: Delivers a hazy, golden body with a layer of short-lived foam just shy of an inch.

Smell: Citrusy, champagne vinegar-scented nose with notes of fetid oak, hewn straw and grains, green apple, and spiced ground minerals with some nostril cleaning phenols giving roundabout hints of licorice-menthol.

Taste: Crunchy hay drenched in lemon and white grapefruit juices for an acidic, tart, citrusy kick. Nibble of Granny Smith and white grape as the citrus settles down a bit. Subdued leather, barnyard qualities. Splash of mineral water. Long, dry, acetic finish. Very muted hint of spice remains on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-low level carbonation.

Overall: It's a winner.

ChainGangGuy, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of SocalKicks
4.25/5  rDev -3%

SocalKicks, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of largadeer
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a nearly opaque dirty golden color, somewhat more orange at the core. A big fluffy white 2 inch head rises almost immediately and lasts for the entire glass.

Smell - Intensely funky and musty. Barnyard, old leather, lemons, goat cheese and a hint of spoiled milk. More pleasant than it sounds.

Taste - Wonderfully funky and sour, but not over the top in either character. Tart, unripe fruit is at the forefront here, with earthy undertones of oak and hay. A touch of vanilla is present in the background, leaving the faintest hint of sweetness on the tongue. Fairly low acidity makes this a very drinkable gueuze. My only gripe is that the finish could use a bit more oak; otherwise, this is top notch.

largadeer, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of TMoney2591
4.19/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tumbler.

It's taken me way the hell too long to finally get a crack at this stuff. Just sayin'. It pours a slightly murky gold topped by a finger or so of lightly off-white froth. The nose comprises lemon zest, lime zest, apricot, light sour pineapple, very light cracked wheat, and a more-than-healthy helping of Brett-like funk. The taste brings in more of the same, with the tarter fruit notes covered o'er by a thick pall of musty funk (or is it funky must?), creating a deeply-layered liquid cake of complexity. At any given moment, you can get some sour lemon, some Swiss-esque cheese, some straight cobweb funky magic, or grass-flowers. Sometimes, all of it will come at you at once; those are the great times. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a damn fine gueuze, one that deserves the reputation it commands.

TMoney2591, Sep 17, 2013
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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
98 out of 100 based on 2,088 ratings.