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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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1,931 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,931
Reviews: 673
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.9%
Wants: 365
Gots: 500 | FT: 50
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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Bendurgin

Maine

4.93/5  rDev +12.6%

Got this one from Andy for Christmas. 12.7 ounce bottle bottled on December 10th, 2009 and poured into a tulip. The body is a hazy straw color with surprisingly big white fluffy head. Not the most complex aroma in the world on this one but it's exactly what it needs to be; simply sour with woody notes. Fantastic. The taste follows the aroma nicely. Tart and sour through and through with a woody finish and sour white grape taste. Near perfect mouthfeel. I think with the style I'd like a bit less carbonation but otherwise wonderful.

12-28-2010 02:41:25 | More by Bendurgin
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cfrances33

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Bottle dated 2/1/08 served at Monk's Cafe in Philly in a Drie Fonteinen gueuze glass.

Pour: Pretty clear orange with no head and no carbonation. Body is nice and radient.

Smell: Immediate barnyard funk from two feet away as Jody, the bartender, pours. Up close I get more of it with some tart apple and lemon.

Taste: Tart granny smith apples, lemon zest, hay must, and barnyard funk. Some funky sour orange peel mixes in towards the end. The granny smith and lemon become more apparent through the rest of the bottle.

Mouthfeel: Tart but incredibly refreshing and drinkable.

Overall: Really fantastic and I enjoy it more then the Cantillon Oude Gueuze.

08-03-2012 21:14:26 | More by cfrances33
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doughanson78

Washington

4.72/5  rDev +7.8%

My 250th review. 375ml bottle poured into a tulip. Purchased at Local Option in Chicago.

A: Golden yellow in color. Super clear. One finger white head with good retention and OK lacing.

S: Beautiful funk without being overly funky. Sour apples. Light wet grass notes. An amazing geuze aroma.

T: Awesome sour apple flavor without being overly sour. The wet grass and barnyard funk blend beautifully with the sourness.

M: Light bodied but far from watery. High carbonation lends a nice crispness. Super dry finish.

O: Easily the best Geuze that I've had. Everything blends nicely and nothing takes from the other. Truly amazing.

11-10-2011 05:10:30 | More by doughanson78
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Chingringo

Florida

5/5  rDev +14.2%

10-16-2013 05:43:20 | More by Chingringo
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ThreeWiseMen

California

4.05/5  rDev -7.5%

JustinA1 purchased this at K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA. Thanks for sharing with me roomie.

Bottle dated December 1, 2009. Poured into a Cigar City snifter.

Appearance: Hazy, dull gold body with a tight, white halo. Looks soapy when swished. No lacing.

Smell: Barnyard funk, hay, and sea salt come through right away. I also get lemon rind, dirt, and a hefty amount of yeast sourness. Very interesting and complex; much like an intense saison.

Taste: Strong funky sourness, lemon, juniper, and ... funk. It's hard to put into words. Very barnyard-like, and very tart. Nice.

Mouthfeel: Actively carbonated, dry, and somewhat thin/vinegary. Aggressively sour and funky. Not nearly as smooth as the Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek that we split right before this.

Drinkability: I'm not too familiar with gueuzes, so my review might not be that helpful. This resembled a spiked, imperial saison in my opinion though. Very complex, funky, and interesting. Not that smooth, but enjoyable. Worth a try.

11-14-2010 02:23:01 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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Massbmx

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -3%

05-31-2013 01:03:39 | More by Massbmx
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aforbes10

Iowa

4.33/5  rDev -1.1%

bottle picked up at City Wide Liquors in South Bend, although the bottle was smaller and looked like the "vintage 2002" version. This one was bottles Nov. 30, 2005. Poured bubbly and red to orange brown on the pour with a puffy white head. The head disappeared almost immediately and the beer really calmed down a lot. Odor is extremely tart smelling...cherries, strawberries, dank-ness. Hugely sour at first gulp...lemon juice sour. whoo! Then some bretty-barnyard-ness on the finish. Second sip is much more subdued once all my tastebuds have been smached to bits. Dry, tart cherries in vanilla and oak flavor. Rich and effervescent. Towards the end of the glass, the horsey flavor and fruits meld nicely and its a real pleasure. Medium bodied and well balanced. Very nice. Im not too experienced with the style, but i enjoyed it and would have it again.

12-05-2007 13:32:52 | More by aforbes10
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Ajlvt

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

11-17-2013 23:25:42 | More by Ajlvt
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oso

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8.7%

03-18-2014 04:07:02 | More by oso
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Treyliff

West Virginia

4.61/5  rDev +5.3%

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

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

Texas

4.85/5  rDev +10.7%

Bottled on February 28, 2004

Pours out a hazy apricot with flecks of peach and pink hues when brought up to the light. The head blossomed directly from the pour but eventually settled down to a clinging foam. Some shapely lacing present. The nose here is huge. I can just smell the acidity. Underlying aromas of musty old house, broom bristles, and wheat become more pronounced as this warms. The most prominent flavor is the almost bitter sourness. As the tongue becomes more acustomed to the high acid levels, I pick up more of the old house funk. Lemon pith finishes it all off as I'm lead into the bone dry finish. I pick up some slight oaky notes as well. Mouthfeel is, at first, like bubbly champagne, but then mellows out a bit as time passes. Leans toward a light body. This beer has the perfect combination of body, character, and intrigue that makes drinkability optimal.

Worth the $13 I dropped on this.

05-24-2006 04:21:33 | More by goochpunch
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antoines15

California

4/5  rDev -8.7%

05-06-2012 18:52:52 | More by antoines15
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TXhomebrewer

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

02-14-2014 22:38:39 | More by TXhomebrewer
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GreenCard

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

A re-review of another bottle from a case purchased at the brewery a little over a year ago. Bottling date: 21-12-2002...

Appearance: golden orangey straw color, slightly hazy, medium layer of spongey white foam with a creamy top, good head retention, bits of lace

Aroma: crushed unripe white grapes, hints of chamomile, a yoghurty sourness, faint whisp of wheat, delicate horsey and buttery notes

Flavor: quite tart and dry, big hit of that lambic-y sulphury/horsey stuff, then a quick stab of enteric bitterness before fading to a mellow aftertaste with hints of butter, malt, lime, and cork

Mouthfeel: light body, lively but fine carbonation, crisp, not too acidic

Other comments: It has really mellowed out. This bottle is much smoother and much more balanced than the one I tried a year ago (same bottling date). Fantastic!

October 2007 update: After drinking another one of these 2002 bottles, I can confirm that this gueuze still does not disappoint and is still one of my most favorite. It is even more mellow now, but retaining a most delicious gueuziness. And now there's even a peachy undertone to it. Brilliant!

April 2009 update: Popped open another of the 2002 bottles. Mellowed out even more. The acidity is VERY subdued. Clarity is really good. I don't detect the peachy notes anymore, but it is still a bit fruity with cork, sourdough, and buttery notes. The distinct flavors described in the original review have mellowed to the point that you can't really discern them anymore. Still a brilliant geuze! And I am sad to say that this is one of only 4 remaining in my "cellar".

06-11-2005 17:02:53 | More by GreenCard
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sbricker

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8.7%

12-27-2011 00:37:35 | More by sbricker
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magictacosinus

California

4.47/5  rDev +2.1%

Poured out of a 375ml bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled on "01/12/2010" and the freshness date is listed as "12/2020." Awesome.

Pours a cloudy, orange amber haze. There's a lot more carbonation than I expected, with a head that contains the texture of soda. A small head remains throughout. Quite presentable, nevertheless.

Tarty as hell – apricot and lemon rinds notes are instantly obvious, but there are some great subtleties beneath the sourness. Caramel, sweetened fruits, as well as an extremely inviting bitter, hoppy end. There may be a lot of funkiness at first, but after a few large whiffs, the smell of sweet tarts, candied canned fruit, and other wonderful varieties start to come in. This would be really good with some *actual* tarts accompanied with it, as it contains a zesty smell that would easily serve the sweetness of pastries.

Not nearly as sour as I expected it to be, and in fact, far sweeter and bitter overall. However, while the sweet/sour mix can often be an unpleasant mix with these types of beers, it works really well here. The yeastiness provides a fruity, bready flavor. There's enough creaminess and carbonation that render it nearly chewable and keep it from being watery at all. There's a somewhat strong presence of alcohol that balances out these factors, as well providing sweetness to serve the dry bitterness really well. The predominant funkiness is of top gueuze quality. This is truly is a fascinating beer: hard to describe flavor-wise (although most beer geeks will agree that it contains a similar flavor to fruit tarts) but it's a truly unique and perfect drinking experience when it comes to the mouthfeel.

To me, this contains similar yeasty and bitter texture to Orval but has a lambic recipe that makes it far more different. It's not as sour as other gueuzes (see: Cantillon) but it is definitely a standout in sours in terms of balance and quality. This manages to have different shades of sourness, sweetness, bitterness and spiciness all at the same time! A wonderful beer – I will seek out more from this brewery in the future.

12-11-2011 22:52:35 | More by magictacosinus
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

4.78/5  rDev +9.1%

Sampled at the 3F restaurant in Beersel. What a steal at 15 euros. Bottled 6 December 1997. No label and poured by Guido Debelder (Armand's brother).

A: incredible head, orangeish with slight cloudiness
S: earthy, sour
T: incredibly well-balanced, sour but not overpowering, simply outstanding
M: great, very drinkable, easy on the tongue but has subdued gueuze finish, very mellow all-around

09-29-2011 02:25:34 | More by wisrarebeer
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leinie13

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -3%

08-05-2012 00:48:09 | More by leinie13
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kbuzz

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

01-02-2012 04:16:35 | More by kbuzz
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meatyard

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3%

06-14-2014 23:42:19 | More by meatyard
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev -3.7%

Feb 1, 2008 born on date

Pours a hazy straw yellow with a very strong head and a pungent aroma of battery acid, horsefunk, and pale malts.

Taste as with the aroma is very acidic and sour in a good way as this is obviously the intention of this gueuze. There was a massive head on the pour, almost three fingers in height, even after I poured the second time, the same massive head poured into my tulip. Delicious flavors come together, with what an inexperience or unexpecting tongue would probably goff at and surrender to the brutality that this gueuze will wreak on your mouth. Apple cider, mixed wiht a vinegar, some funk and oak, and yes, good old acid. Heavy carbonation and a medium / light mouthfeel for the style.

Recommended as a sipper and a very nice gueze.

12-28-2010 02:18:43 | More by alpinebryant
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Magery

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev -3%

11-16-2011 02:14:51 | More by Magery
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neonbrown82

Nebraska

4.28/5  rDev -2.3%

This beer hurts so good. The first Gueuze I've had that wasn't totally off-putting, so I figured I would give it a review. The beer pours to a cloudy golden orange color with a constant effervescent carbonation. The head, subsequently, never dissipates, and leaves a nice lacing.

The smell is good. A light lactic sourness blends with a nice oakiness and smooth malt aromas. The taste is incredible. Has a nice sour apple lactic flavor along with some complex woodiness. Not too acidic. One of the few really sour beers that doesn't seem to give me heartburn (even though I never get it from food). I can't begin to explain the complexities, or even why I like it as much as I do when I don't like other Gueuzes I've had. I can only suggest that you try it for yourself.

08-07-2006 04:35:41 | More by neonbrown82
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coz

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -3%

04-27-2014 13:29:12 | More by coz
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BradLikesBrew

Missouri

4.38/5  rDev 0%

Bottled in 2008, reviewed in 2010.

Clear golden caranel body.

Intense aromas jump from the glass. Lemon, vinegar, green apples, and yeast. Sourness siezes the palate in a glorious flourish. Powerful acidity, but surprisingly little barnyard. Think lemon shocktarts, but in a good way. Has the citric acid you find in sour candy.

The body is medium to full, with the carbonation of spritzy champagne.

Bright citrus, intense sour, balancedin its own way. Gueuze isn't for everyone, but for those twho enjoy it, this is top shelf stuff.

08-03-2010 03:24:26 | More by BradLikesBrew
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