Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Ratings: 2,364
Reviews: 701
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 418
Gots: 650 | 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 Sammy
4.01/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of nmann08
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of metter98
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.82/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of brentk56
4.78/5  rDev +8.9%
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

Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
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!

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

everything a gueuze should be. it pours a pale pale straw color, hazy, with an average white head with decent retention. the nose is stright lemon juice from concentrate, like the little green bottle in the fridge that i sometimes put on steamed spinach. it is acidic and tart, and light in both malt and hops. it taste equally fruity as the nose, with lemon being the predominant flavor. lots of acid, this is pretty puckery. no sweetness at all, like a raw lemonade or something. the feel is great, dry in the mouth, effervescent carbonation, and a lighter body. this is a sharing bottle though because of the acid content. its through the roof. still, a brilliant example of the style.

Photo of Knapp85
3.8/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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 largadeer
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml corked and caged bottle. The most unexpected thing happened when I was opening this - it pretty much opened itself. That is to say, once I made the last counter-twist to release the pressure of the wire cage, the cork just went and flew off, bouncing off the ceiling, with not even a single precious drop of overflow. And I was expecting to have to fight with getting the cork out!

This beer pours a hazy pale golden amber colour, with two fingers of thinly foamy, somewhat fizzy off-white head, which leaves some sudsy limestone cliff lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of tartly sour orchard fruit - green apple and under ripe cherry, mostly - grainy pale malt, prominent lactic acid notes, a middling yeasty funkiness, and herbal, leafy hops. The taste is a leavened tart fruitiness - still apple and cherry fronted - a relatively sweeter grainy bready maltiness, a much reduced funkitude, some static acidic milkiness, and more leafy, earthy hops.

The carbonation is unabashedly frothy and fizzy, the body medium-light in weight, and kind of airy in its otherwise approachable smoothness. It finishes actually on the sweet side, the malt making that extra push, as the other elements stand still or diminish.

A rather drinkable instance of the style, with a still healthy nod to the sassy elements that define the style - acid, funk, and um, jazz? Anyways, complex, sure, as the individual, often suspect flavours do well to come together and please a doubting palate. However, if you're looking for a wallop of that ol' acid and/or funk, maybe head on over to the Cantillon section, eh?

Photo of emerge077
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled Feb. 28 2004.

Cork pops, and streams of champagne bubbles are visible in the glass during the pour. Orangey body, with about 3 fingers of very fine foam.

Smells of damp soil, hay, and assorted farmy odors. This seems very earthy and natural, not unpleasant. Sharp wood and citrus note. The yeast becomes identifiable as it sits for awhile, it smells like old bread or even play-doh. The sediment is swirled and poured into separate glass, which releases an even more pronounced "stable funk" aroma.

Taste has an upfront citric sharpness, mainly grapefruit and crabapple. It's tart and mildly astringent in the mouth. A dry oak taste in the middle with a rounder, earthy grain that comes out as it warms. Citric notes, Iron, grape, phenols, and mild honey in the aftertaste. Clean, dry finish.

The initial tartness isn't off putting, it gives way to mellow complexity after the mouth acclimates to it. A residual sweet tartness remains on the lips.

This is a benchmark of the style to me, even though currently my favorite Gueuze is Girardin Black Label 1882.

Photo of womencantsail
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.13/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.17/5  rDev -5%
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.

Photo of oline73
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a clear yellow/gold with a finger of fluffy white head that goes away quickly.

Smell: Sour vinegar and lemon. Funky with some hay notes.

Taste: Quite tart with a strong lemon presence. Funky but not overly so. Crisp and a bit bitter with a sour finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with prickly carbonation and a super dry finish.

Overall: I thought this beer was very refreshing. A good amount of sourness. The lemon notes were very welcome. I would have this one again.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle marked "1999". Poured a hazy golden-marmalade beneath a creamy white head. Aromas of mineral, granite, wet leather, basement mustiness, citrus, and tropical fruit. The flavor is brash and tart, displaying notes of wood, cheese, fruit, leather, straw, ripped tin, and suggestions of blood, citrus and shit. Quite the stunner!!! For fans of geuze this one should not be missed. For the uninitiated, please stay away (leaving more for us!)... try something with a bit of fruit first.

Photo of jlindros
4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

05 vintage.
Pours a nice fizzy head, hazy apricot colored.

Nose nice blended sour juice, light funk aged tart fruit like, little grassy light lemony tartness, nice funk and just a touch of oak.

Taste same, tart fruit funk, dry bready malt, little cork, great balance of sour fruit, with a bit of a sharp acidity and some lemony tartness, light wet hey and a grassy funk, very light vinous quality and a good juicy sourness with faint oak. Finish is semi flemmy and acidic, nice lingering sour fruit and light lemony flavor.

Mouth is med to light bodied, decent carb for how old it is.

Overall fantastic beer, on par with or maybe even setting the standard for an oude gueuze. Great structure, acid levels, sour flavors, long finish, just tasty.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.39/5  rDev 0%
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!

Photo of russpowell
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 30 Nov 2005

Pour an effervescent & semi-hazed (clears pretty quick) peach with 2 fingers of sand colored head. Above average lacing & head retention

S: Sourness, horse blanket & apple cider in abundance

T: Much tartness, lemons, dryness. barnyard dirt, & mustyness up front. More tartness & loads of green apples as this warms. Finishes dry with much cider

MF: Light spritzy & sticky

Drinks really easy but the tartness would get to me after a while. Great example of the style & a nice change of pace

Photo of kojevergas
3.45/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a Geuze boon glass in Ghent, Belgium during my visit there. Reviewed from notes. 6% confirmed.

A: Three finger head of good thickness and slight cream. Clear hazy gold colour. Appealing.

Sm: Souring hops and bacteria. A moderate strength scent. My body tells me maybe this should be avoided.

T: ...But me mind tells me to drink! Sour body, aiding the hops. Very well balanced. Full barley lends it body. Complex and unique with its soured esters and dying bacterial notes. The depth of the sourness is hard to describe, but delightful. Some floral hops occupy the background. For the style, its a par build.

Mf: Smooth and wet for the style, though complementary of the flavours in the body.

Dr: It's difficult to down - especially if you're not accustomed to the style - but just one might be a welcome introduction for newcomers, as it's a bit less sour than others I've had. Fairly priced, at least in Belgium, all things considered. Very drinkable for the style once you acclimate. The fairly high ABV is well hidden. High quality.

My review of this one was rushed; I'll need to re-review at some point.

B-

Photo of mdfb79
4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 01/16/11 notes. 12.7 oz. bottle that was bottled on 12/12/09.

a - Pours a clear yellow color with two fingers of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of funk, sour fruit, cheese, barnyard funk, oak, and wine.

t - Taste follows the nose. Sour fruits, oak, funk, light wine, and fruity malts.

m - Light body and moderate carbonation.

d - A very nice gueuze, with a great tart/sour smell to it. Would love to have again.

Photo of drabmuh
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Beer is yellow to orange and hazy. Forms a two fingered white head that falls away leaving lacing behind. Head breaks up and becomes diffuse. Carbonation is tiny bubbles that rise quickly through the beer and its steady and moderate.

Aroma is bright and sour. Lactic mostly with a hint of acetic. There is a funky woodsey smell to it and perhaps some lemon. Smells good.

Beer is sour up front with a slight sulfur that shows up in the back of the mouth. There is a tartness, slight, in the corners. More acetic in the mouth with some citric, less lactic now. Beer is thin and finishes pretty cleanly. I think drinkability is high and mouthfeel is good.

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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