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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Reviews: 695
Hads: 2,465
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 16.17%
Wants: 431
Gots: 701 | FT: 82
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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 HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1999 Vintage:

Pours a nebulous golden with a tremendous white head that is cavernous as it recedes. Retention is good.

To demystify the aroma, one must unveil layer after layer of complex Brett characteristics. To describe this beer as funky would be an understatement. The funky horse blanket is very strong, as is the lesbian bull terrier piss aroma. Some herbal and grassy hop undertones are present with a nice level of tartness and musty barnyard. The flavor has a medium-high level of tartness with a medium sour level. The Brett is strong in the flavor, with some light citrus and some grassiness. Very musty, with strong notes of horse blanket and vinegar.

Light bodied with medium carbonation and a dry mouthfeel.

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Photo of weeare138
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to hopdog for opening this '99 vintage bottle...
Appears a hazy, light gold with a small white head that fades into a mild collar. Tiny speckles of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of tart apple, grapes, rubber, vanilla, oak, melon, obvious brett.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with notes of vinegar that has been strained through a dusty horseblanket.
Mouthfeel is zingy with a light body. Notes of tart apple, star fruit, & persimmons are lively along the palate. Not bad.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle with bottled on date of 03/11/2011.

A - Cloudy golden orange with lots of thick white head that slowly receded.

S - Sour notes are present with some bready notes and hints of lemon and flowers.

T - Crisp tartness up front. Lemon, apple, bread and hay. More tart than sour.

M - Medium body. Dry. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to JoeCeez for this brew.

Gold Tin
Bottled: 2 Feb 07

Poured into my Gouden Carolus chalice a very nice hazy golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, nice one-finger fizzy white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, funky, very slight licorice, spicy. The taste is malty, yeasty/funky, with some sourness, some licorice notes, and spice. Medium body, the finish is dry. Very drinkable, this is a tasty brew, thanks Joe.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.67/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

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Photo of John_M
4.07/5  rDev -6%
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!

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a clear yellow with a huge white cap, nice lacing and bubbles

S: The barnyard funk, tart, acidity, and sweetness from the lemons and cherries are all very balanced on the aroma.

T: Slight vinegar and deceiving from the nose, not as tart as you might think. Slight barnyard funk, lemon, grass, hints of cherries. The tartness, funk and acidity kicked up as the beer warmed.

M: Light to medium body, good on carbonation. Light and tart.

O: Very good

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Photo of wl0307
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Having tried Drie Fonteinen's "2002 Vintage Oude Geuze" for three-four times now, I guess it's about time to pay a visit to the "ordinary" Oude Geuze. To be frank I don't understand what drives the 2002 Vintage apart from the ordinary version. For, both versions are blends of 1, 2, 3-year old lambiks, and each bottle of the "ordinary" version also has a different bottling date anyway, that surely makes it a "Vintage Geuze" as far as the bottling date/year is concerned?... Is it to do with the fact that the Vintage one is released after further two-year bottle-conditioning (like Bordeaux red wines) while the ordinary is available as soon as it's bottled? If not, I won't be able to understand the whole at all...

This bottle was bottled on 20/01/2004, consumed 2.5 years later on 13/08/2006--so I presume it should taste like a "freshly-released" "2004 Vintage"?? Served cool in a large tulip-shaped wine glass.

A: coming surprisingly quiet and calm, without any beer head formed... deep, pale copperish hue, slightly murky, and fizziness is kept to the minimum. Looking very differently from the lively and foamy Vintage 2002.
S: ...perfumy and fruity notes expand right from the time of pouring... sour but aromatic apple-ish in a distance, while a closer sniff tells a totally different story: tart and damp woody, mineral edge of white wines, lime-zest's tangy yet aromatic bitter-sourness, as well as a faintly cider-ish sour and woody apple aroma, while a softly perfumy+vanilla(?) edge of wheat-ish malts serve as the solid bedrock. All elements are blended very subtly and skilfully, making a harmonious nose. Interestingly, compared with the 2002 Vintage I've tasted, the smell here (a younger bottle) is milder, less sharp and dry?!
T: a profound flow of tart fruitiness and sour-bitterness from lemon juice+grapefruit peels manifests itself in no time on the palate, but not in a harsh manner, while the dryish-woody edge of the light-bodied wheat-ish flavour and sour-yeastiness make an impressively tangy and vertical palate, turning semi-rusty and tannic in texture as the flavour gradually settles... The whole palate concludes slightly prematurely, settling a bit too fast against my expectation. But, wait, an intriguing touch of "mouldy" aftertaste of ripe Brie or young Blue Cheese is detected in a remote corner of the palate--a subtle, welcomed Plus to the overall flavour I'd say.
M&D: very smoothly-carbonated and light-bodied, ideal for an Oude Geuze and outperforms quite a few competitors. This "2004 Vintage" doesn't disappoint at all, yet it shows a slightly different profile than the four-year-old 2002 Vintage I've tasted for more than four times this year. Memories are hazy, I guess I must seize the moment to open another bottle of 2002 tomorrow to compare!! A fine Geuze anyway!

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
bottled on Jan 17 2006
A- This beer pours a glowing orange hazy body with a huge champagne carbonation of micro bubbles that sent the cork flying. There was a thick creamy head that last a good bit fading to a film.

S- The bright smell of white wine vinegar has some light fruit notes to it with a soft cola smell and some wet hay and white pepper notes to it.

T- This beer has a big bright tartness with a soft brie rind flavor followed by a soft bread dough note. The finish has a soft spice to it. As the beer warms there are some softer horsey and acidic notes that increase.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a tart astringency that lingers for a good bit. The astringency is strong but no jaw locking as other wild ales.

D- This beer has a nice full pucker and tartness but it as some good subtle qualities that keep developing with each sip. The smell and flavors were big and bold but I didn't feel like they were punishingly large.

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Photo of kscaldef
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nov 18, 2010 Bottling

A: Cork flies out of this one. Huge fluffy white head over a straw body with lots of trains of bubbles

S: Hay, lemon peel, hint of spice (coriander?). A little more restrained in this aspect than I'd ideally like.

T: Lovely lemony tartness, with some restrained earthy notes to round it out.

M: Really lively mouthfeel, like a good champagne. Crisp, clean finish

O: Refreshing. Tart but highly drinkable. Definitely a little too pricy to drink casually, but worth trying.

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Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750 mL corked and caged bottle purchased at State Line a few months back. The ale is dated 28-Feb-2004.

A: The ale is a darker orange, full of brown notes that results in a applesauce color. The haze is appreciable, a result of the last pour of the bottle. The head is quite large, almost overflowing my Chimay glass on at least two occasions.

S: The nose is dominated by the barnyard aromas, thick and tart. The tartness does not include the sour vinegar angle that I find unpleasant.

T: The tartness is apparent from the first sip. Tart green grapes lead off, sour with hints of sugary sweetness. Barnyard flavors intermingle with and fuel the tartness, ramping up the flavor seemingly with every sip. Further investigation reveals more fruit flavors, some citrus to rival the grapes. The tartness remains biting throughout.

M: The mouthfeel is tough, thick with bitter funkiness. The grassy citrus notes make this a good beer to sit and slowly sip.

D: The moderate abv is great, allowing for a full-bodied and flavorful ale with a 10% abv pricetag. I am not a 100% convert to this style but I'm working on it

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Photo of corby112
4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

'99 vintage sampled alongside a '98(50th Anniversary) and a Millennium at a recent tasting with sideshowe, callmemickey and his wife Marie.

Pours a dark golden yellowish-orange color with hazy golden straw colored hues when held to a light and a one finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty chunks of soapy lacing.

Funky, earthy aroma with more of a lactic presence than expected. Musty barnyard presence with hints of horsey, cobweb, earth/soil, cheese and sweat. Vinegary acids with light fruit notes, mostly apple and lemon.

Fuller bodied than the '98 and a bit more funky with an earthy, musty character and subtle acidity that lingers into a sweet, puckering vinegary finish. Well balanced and complex, remaining mouth-puckering and sour without and harshness or acidic burn. Soft and clean with a chewier mouthfeel. Lots of citrus flavor, especially lemon peel. Excellent!

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer is golden with hints of red. The compact creamy white head fills the glass at first, then slowly sinks into decent lacings.

S: Black powder galore - brettanomyces! Very dry smell. Green apples.

T: Dry! just like a nice Geueze shold be. Green apples. Gundpowder from the brett. Acidic and citric.

M: Long dry aftertaste, bitter. Body is medium and carbonation is non-excistant.

O: A Geueze is Geueze - I still havn't had a bad one. This one is no exception.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.65/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

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Photo of Derek
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Nov. 30, 2005.

A: Hazy orange-brown with an off-white head, some retention & leg/lace.

S: Lactic sourness, cider, leather and a bit of horse. Very nice.

T: Very nice brett. presence (horsey, earthy minerals, leather & a little barnyard), reasonable lactic sourness, slightly woody, slight hints of cider vinegar. Nicely blended.

M: Light to moderate body has a slight acidity, dry finish (not very puckering).

D: Very drinkable for the style.

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Photo of DrJay
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2000 Vintage:
Hazy caramel yellow with a rocky, off-white head. Plenty of lacing. The aroma was fruity and acidic with white wine grape character. Dry, acidic flavour. Lots of puckering sourness, but this was balanced masterfully with fruit. Full of flavour. Light body with some tingling on the palate in the finish. A great beer! Thanks northyorksammy.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought this from South Bay Drugs & Liquors.

It pours from caged & corked and then gold foiled 750ml bottle( bottled 17 Jan 2006) a cloudy and very bubbly orange with a 2 finger head of foam(it started to semi gush about 5 seconds after opening) and some nice sticky lacing. The foam shrinks to a solide layer after a while but stays for the entire session.

The smell I noticed as soon as I popped the cork. Very sour with notes of lemon, and some minor spice in there as well but *that* was hard to pick out.

The taste on first sip is also very sour but I almost immediately notice some peppery notes and a good flavour of funk that work together to cut some of the sourness. Ah, this is a fine sipping brew..I guess I'm a fan of the style because I certainly do favour sour ales of similar ilk.

The mouthfeel is on the thin side(that's ok) and the carbonation isn't as high as I would have thought judging from the pour. The finish is has a citrusy dryness to it along with another dash of pepper and funk. I'm finding that the contents of the bottle are dimishing way to quickly...always a good sign when I'm having a brew. ;^)

Bottom line: A very tasty and enjoyable sipping example of the style that I can only recommend but I'd also recommend trying before buying(if at all possible) because sour ales aren't everyone's cup of tea. ;^)

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Photo of wordemupg
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 15/10/12

A lucky I didn't take my eye out as this one didn't even wait for the cage to come off, hazy peachy orange with lots of bubbles going up the side, massive soapy head slowly falls to a thick film leaving a patch of lace

S the funks hard to miss but allows other aspects of the beer to come out, I get the wet horse blanket and attic but also pick up on pear and lemon with a little dry cereal and extremely faint burnt hair but it somehow works with the funk, some earthy oak comes out as it warms along with a hint of vinegar

T a little sour compared to the nose with more earthy woody notes, tastes as great as it smells thankfully, dry beer with nice sour notes with enough funk to please but doesn't take over all aspects of the beer

M has a pucker to it with lots of bubbles, a shitload if you will, leaves a slickness in the mouth and a funky green apple, lemon finish lingers for ages

O I don't have a wealth of experience with this style but I do know what I like, pretty complex stuff with lots going on, funky but not overpowering

I'm pretty stoked I still have a Golden Blend in the fridge, I want to learn more about funky brews and 3F is a great place to start

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear light gold color. Poured a 3 finger active white head with excellent retention. Vigorously decanted. Patches of sticky lace.

S: Intensely sour. Earth and grass - very barnyard. Lemony zest. Little malt character. No hop character.

T: Just like the nose; lots of sour lactic funk. Very earthy , lactic sourness. Earth and wet oak hang toward the finish which is pretty much a non-event.

M: Light body. Very active carbonation. Sour and dry in the finish.

O: Very funky and earthy. Crisp and dry. Manageable ABV for drinkability.

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Photo of rudzud
3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at the Hill Farmstead brewery. Bottled November 2010

A - Poured a cystal clear golden hue with a half a finger whtie foamy head that faded to leave a nice thin blanket atop the pour.

S - Not as prominant fruits as I drink this compared to the other gueuzes I had this night. Good oak, little sweet, light fruits. This has a bit of an alcohol finish on the nose.

T - Taste isnt too too bad. Nicely sour with very good oak notes on the end. Dont really get a particular fruit type though, just very pleasantly sour. I do get good funky belgian notes, but then I get a rather yeasty aspect that I dont particular care for on the finish. I left the yeast in the bottle so not sure why its this prominant. As some say, this is typical for the brewery, but I just dont dig it.

M - Wow, super dry on the mouth. Really good gueuze dryness. Good balanced sourness but the lips do pucker a bit.

O - Overall, this is a good gueuze. I felt the nose was a bit lacking and could do without the strong yeast finish, but that crisp dry finish is a great quality. Stuff is really enjoyable, but, not my favourite.

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Photo of Viggo
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled February 28, 2004. Poured into my Orval chalice. Immediately the smell of gueuze fills the room.

Pours a clear amber/orange, huge thick white head forms, looks awesome and refuses to go away, one of the most solid heads I've ever seen. Smell is wicked, orange peels, spice, tart/sour, hay, barnyard, lemons. Wow, tart citrus, spices, and funk smack me in the face, acidity through middle, vanilla/toffee, more funk, more citrus, this is big. Real nice oakiness to it. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, super smooth, really goes down nice. Fantastic gueuze, looks amazing, perfect carbonation, superfunk, I wish I had more.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle is 3.5 years old (11 Dec, 2000).

This beer has a golden hue that glows orange. A very healthy and slightly bubbly white head tops it off. Retention amazing. Streams of carbonation jet to the surface. The aroma is wonderful. Musty. Lemony. Grassy. Citric. Horse Blanket. Just a little bubblegum. Damn fine. The body is light and the mouthfeel is airy. A little fizzy. This taste can be likened to the outer layer a sour gobstopper. It is acidic beyond belief. Citrus flavors and lemongrass make their presence know. Some cider. On scale of 1-10, this would get a 9 maybe 9.5 for its mouthpuckering ability. Tart as all get out. Just a little of the horseblanket on the buds. Just what you'd expect from a well made lambic (Gueuze).

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 10.9.12
Green Label
05. Jan 2012

A - Pours a hazy medium orange with a fluffy two inch cream-colored head, fizzy and fades fast.

S - Funky farmhouse, tart and citrus fruit.

T - Tart lemon, hay, funk horseblanket, pretty mellow.

D - Good carbonation with a light body. Crisp citrus finish.

O - Wonderfully crisp and tart.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank a bottle of this at Craft the other day. Bright yellow, great 2.5" head that specializes in retention and lace. Epic. Good sour aroma, didn't really have a fruitiness to it, other than the generic and oft cited lemon, maybe some green apple to it.

Taste, a tad sweet, a good amount sour. Clearly not up to the sour level of Cantillon 100% Gueuze, but what is? Very similar, but this one has more sweetness, although far from a balance of sweet/sour, which is a good thing in my book. Pretty dry despite the sweetness, no real barrel qualities of it evident. I believe it was $16 for a 750ml at Craft, which appears to be a decent deal. Shit, that bottle split 4 ways. . . exactly.

Seems to be available pretty regularly at a decent, not great price, I think it deserves a little bump in the overall.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
96 out of 100 based on 695 ratings.