Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Reviews: 688
Hads: 2,389
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 8.8%
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Style | ABV
Gueuze |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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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 mahak213
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle

Appearance- Golden orange, pretty clear with a thin cap of white head

Smell- Lots of funk, lemony acidity is there, along with an earthiness. Definitely dominated by the funk

Taste- Lemon and green apple skin sourness, a bit of a grassy herbalness, which develops into a musty, dry funk. Aftertaste brings more of the green apple flavors

Mouthfeel- Light mouthfeel with lots of prickly carbonation. Finishes dry and crisp, very nice

Overall- Top notch stuff, nothing really else to say. Consistently good and easy enough to get a hold of, I always keep a few bottles around! (591 characters)

Photo of thebigredone
4.11/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looking forward to trying this beer, after having tried the Golden Blend previously which was fantastic.

Average appearance, golden body with thin white head.

Smell is not particularly attractive, a very funky oak smell with a hint of rotten sweetness.

Taste is better, funky, oaky, and slightly tart. Slightly vinous on the back end. Makes me think of licking a forest floor followed by sucking on an old lemon. Doesn't sound good, but somehow it works.

Overall, a tasty brew. Surprised by the lack of tartness in this, expected more sour. Still, I enjoy it. (563 characters)

Photo of deebo
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A bottle at a small watering hole in Bruges. This beer is dark yellow in color with lots of lively carbonation. Aroma and taste is similar. Typical Belgian geuze. Funky, leathery, tobacco leaf with a very dry finish. Easy to drink. Sour. Just a notch below Cantillon's version for overall funk and sour complexity. (314 characters)

Photo of SHODriver
4.94/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

bottled on 5 Jan 2012

A: pours a clear and bright gold with a half finger head that is dense and retains well into a duvel snifter
S: smells of bretty barnyard with some clean sourness and oak
T: starts off quite tart and sour apple but fades to some funk and oak. brett is somewhat prominent but not overbearing. aftertaste is kind of medicinal and band aidy with a bit of lingering sourness
M: lighter side of medium in the mouth with soft but prominent carb and a drying finish
O: an absolutely fantastic Geuze. good sourness, decent complexity and the wild fermentation has done a number on this beer. (606 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375ml.. Teku glass.

A: Pours a deep golden color with a ring of pure white, persistent head--medium to large sized bubbles. Champagne-like effervescence. Good clarity.

S: Acidic sour, some sort of sweet fruity candy, grapefruit, wheat, earth and funk and grass, mineral notes. Vanilla and oak come out in droves as it warms.

T: Sour apple, citrus, oak as it warms, finishing dry and puckering. Sour is light to moderate.

M: Light and fizzy. Medium body and light carbonation.

O: An excellent, readily available gueuze. The level of sourness really hits the spot, but the barrel character is very light. (608 characters)

Photo of Jonada
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottled on April 27 2010. Served in a Russian River stemmed glass

Appearance: Golden yellow color with less than a finger of soapy white head, which dissipated quickly to a thin collar. Slightly hazy in the glass with quite a bit of visible carbonation

Smell: Lemon, vinegar, oak, musty basement, barnyard, grass, green apple.

Taste: Acidic lemon juice, lemon rind, quite a bit of barnyard funk, white wine grape, a bit of lactic sourness in the finish/aftertaste. Overall sourness is medium.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and crisp mouthfeel. Carbonation is bordering on high, but works well for the style. Finishes dry.

Overall: Really good gueuze. This is one of the classics for a reason. (698 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Opened as part of a mini sour tasting, one of the most classic gueuzes out there - very excited to finally try this one after the bottle had been teasing me for so long. Pours a slightly hazy copper color with little bits of gold that streamline the edges. A soapy and bubbly white head grows and recedes in one fluid motion, leaving only a small bit of lacing at the very top of the glass.

Quite a bit of fruit skin sourness hits me on the initial whiff - very tart in character and lightly acidic, with a small amount of lacto behind it all. Some very mild hops show up, grassy and herbal, and add a very slight bitterness that extends the tartness into the realm of astringency, just for a brief moment. Tartly bitter. Is that a real thing?

Lots of funky yeast in this one, too - it's got that characteristic smell of Belgian gueuze to it. The sweaty sock funk it strong in the start and comes out even more as the beer rises in temp. A touch of finishing oak and wet hay, jammin' on the barnyard walls. Funky, funky, funky, reaching for damp and dirty blankets in the middle of a barnyard floor.

The taste starts off with a nice tartness, but it's definitely not as sour as I thought it would be, especially after smelling it. For a gauge, it's slightly less tart than Cantillon's Gueuze, for those who may have had that before this. After the initial sour apple and stone fruit skins, a mild astringency bites the tip of the tongue and quickly gives way to the funkadelic flavors. You can taste Belgium in this beer.

Drub, musky and funk yeast plagues the aftertaste, spread across a canvas of burnt oak - the barrel comes out hard in the end. Really dry overall, especially in the finish, with an easily discernible, funky bitterness upon fading out. By the final sip, oak seems to be one of the heaviest flavors of the aftertaste, and that's what I'm left with after the beer is gone. Not bad. Pretty thin bodied, crisp, wet, and sharp mouth feel, lots of carbonation.

Definitely a great gueuze, and it was interesting to see the differences in the style between this and the Cantillon gueuze (they were enjoyed back-to-back). This one was not quite as sour/tart and the oak/funk was a bit more forward. Both good in their own ways, no doubt about that. If you're on the fence about sours, try this one along with the Cantillon gueuze (if you can get/find them). If those don't convert you, then you'll probably never like sours.

EDIT: 9/4/2013

After having many, many more bottles of this, the variation is lovely. Sometimes it's much funkier, sometimes it's much more tart, but it's always delicious. I still think I prefer Cantillon's original gueuze to this one, but hey - I can still find this stuff on the shelves occasionally... win! (2,756 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: into a flute, hazy gold-colored body with visible effervescence and an off-white three-finger head that slimmed but persisted; patches of lace

S: lemon zest and fresh barnyard hay

T: lotsa of citrus (lemon) and yeasty flavors that are reminiscent of barnyards, hay, mustiness, and "funk" - pale, delicate malts run under the predominant flavors

M: crisp, sparkly, tart, refreshing, fuzzy

O: my first gueuze, so I'm trying to play it cool here, but based on what I've heard and read, this is a pretty damn good example of the style - I have been leery of the sour beer for quite some time now, but this was delightful. (624 characters)

Photo of fdig23
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle.

Appearance: classic hazy yellow with a decent finely bubbled white head.

Nose: Tons of lemon zest, fresh lime, sour cherry, grass and hay, and an herbal lemon verbena note. Bright, fresh, and inviting.

Taste: A lot of zesty citrus dominates the initial taste. There's a bit of smooth, oaky sour cherry in the middle, and a nice toasted biscuit malt finish. Has a fresher, greener taste than other gueuzes I've had and the funk definite comes second to the citrus. Rich, complex, nice.

Mouthfeel: typically tingly and a bit mouth-drying. Definitely refreshing.

Overall: A top-notch gueuze. Much more of a refined citrus and balanced malt profile than some of the funkier lambics. Something you could drink for hours and keep discovering something new about it. (781 characters)

Photo of TallSaint
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

March 25th, 2013

Poured into a tulip glass

It pours a gorgeous pear color with a lively two fingers of head.

In the nose, barnyard funk, leather and dirty horse blanket come through - the usual suspects. But along with this is tart apple, lemon rind, yeast, oak, and the slightest touch of vanilla.

It assaults the mouth with flavor. Sour white grapes and lemon upfront. It progresses into a barnyard funky-ness with notes of hay and grass as well as a touch of oak and then a gentle but big, refreshing sourness in the back. This sour finish is long and it coats the back of the mouth. Underneath this all is a subtle sweetness which helps, in conjunction with the effervescence, to balance some of the sourness.

The mouthfeel is incredible. It's highly carbonated (but not overly so) and this creates a very airy mouthfeel which enlivens the whole beer. The sour grapes, hay and grass come to life through this bright, light mouthfeel. It's airy-ness also means it's very drinkable, although you need to drink this slowly because there is so much going on.

Overall this is an incredibly complex beer and I personally think it takes a whole 330ml bottle to fully process its complexity. A fantastic guezue. (1,216 characters)

Photo of macher0
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served in a tulip glass. Poured a little faster than I should have. Relatively fresh.

A: Opaque light copper, almost peach color. About a finger of head that very quickly retreats to no film on top, a bit around the rim.

S: Strong sour smell right up front. This is the smell I expect from a top-notch sour/lambic. Yeasty and musty.

T: Sour and tart. No sweetness at all. Medium oak presence. Yeast is present as tartness fades. A little bitter on end.

M: Not jaw-clenching, but getting close. Thin with medium carbonation.

O: THE classic sour beer. This is definately a starting off point for someone who wants to try what a sour should be. I enjoy this beer frequently. (676 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.51/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber with a quickly fading head.
Big funky aroma, some old cheese, lots of goat, along with some elderflower and lime.
More elderflower as a flavour, also some light sweet malt, lemon and a fair whack of acidity. Finishes a bit astringent, with a bitterness reminiscent of lemon pith.
Carbonation seems a bit high. (321 characters)

Photo of Vonerichs
4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear light golden body with a 1/4" of white head and an abundance of active carbonation.

The aroma is green apple, vinegar, grass clippings, and butter.

It's tart, acidic, and fruity. The same apple and vinegar is in the forefront with the grass to a lesser extent.

Mouthfeel is dry, prickly, and tart. It's really clean and crisp.

This is one fantastic beer. The taste and mouthfeel really come together and make it fun to quaff. (447 characters)

Photo of RashyGrillCook
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A 375ml bottle dated 03 NOV 2011. Got the wire cage about half way undone when the cork went off like a fucking rocket(did not foam over however). Left a dent in the ceiling. Don't look down the barrel when opening this one.

A: Amber, orange, golden would all fit. Large rocky, white head and easily the most vigorous bubbling I've seen in a glass.

S: Sour, sweaty, and earthy(like dirt/earthworms). Some sweetness is also detectable.

T&M: Very earthy, and tart. Makes my mouth water like crazy. Incredible effervescence and dances on the tongue like its fighting to not go down. Geuze guts anyone? An after taste of salty sweat.

O: Enjoyable and refreshing but hard to find at a decent price. I'm glad I tryed it but no where near as complex as I was hoping. It was nice to have a Geuze that was devoid of the dreaded acetone/nail polish remover flavor(I'm looking at you Experimental Cassis). (898 characters)

Photo of jvillefan
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: It had a pale golden yellow body with a minimal white head.

S: Estery sour aroma. The aroma is very mild compared to many other geuzes I've had. There is a subtle sour apple present.

T: Harsh edges around the ester sour flavors. Despite the harshness, still a good flavor.

M: Very thin with very sharp carbonation.

O: Good beer. Worth trying at least once. (363 characters)

Photo of jeonseh
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml Bottle poured into a Mikkeller tulip

A - Hazy, burnt orange with golden accents. Tons of carbonation in this one which is seen trailing upwards. Huge rocky head that settles down to a layer of foam. This sucker was also under a lot of pressure as the cork blew out the second I removed the cage.

S - Grassy, barnyard funkiness and slight blue cheese are the main components. There is slight lemon, light acidic sweettart, and white vinegar as well

T - Up front the beer is tart with lemon and white vinegar. Then, you get a strong funkiness that is grassy, and earthy blue cheese funk. The light tart lemon carries on through the funk. The finish is big funk still and slight oak

MF - Lots of carbonation and almost makes you want to pucker from the tartness. Dry finish from the oak and lemon

O - Really a great Gueuze that is tart yet has a lot amount of earthy funk.it reminds me of a tarter and funkier version of Orval, which is a good thing. Lots of carbonation as well. Curious to see what aging does to this. (1,027 characters)

Photo of r0nburgundy69
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

375ml C&C bottle into champagne flute.

A - Pours a hazy golden orange, with a medium white head.

S - Smells funky, barnyard, tart fruits, earth

T - Bitter mineral taste, tart lemon, green apple, a little sweetness sneaking in with the funk. Excellent.

O - An excellent geuze, although i prefer Cantillon classic. (320 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
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? (1,622 characters)

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dated 05/03/2012

Head fizzled off pretty fast. The beer is a hazy golden orange. Enough carb to swirl up a head.

More tart fruits than anything. Lots of green apple. Then a couple minutes later it got much more funky with grass, hay, and some cheese. Light oak.

Green apple, lemon, grass, and a lingering cheesy aftertaste and some oak.

Dry with high energy carbonation.

Solid geuze. (388 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml C&C bottle.

poured into tulip glass.

bottled on date of March 5, 2012.

moderate pop when the cork is removed from the bottle.

Appearance: Glowing golden bodied beer with huge almost 3 fingers of head that drops quickly to a thin cap.

Smell: Sweaty, dusty, musty, yeasty, funky smelling beer. Touch of vinegar and lemon / citrus tartness.

Taste: very lemony and sour with a touch of bright orangish citrus notes and wheat notes. Hint of musty and sweaty funk. Oaky and earthy. Little bit of yeasty notes in there for good measure too. Really pleasant Gueuze!

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Crisp, clean, bright, acidic, tart, refreshing. Semi-dry finish. Very lively carbonation that isnt to prickly or ticklish; its just well done.

Overall: Probably my favorite gueuze that I have tried recently. Havent drank too many beers from this style, but I have been drinking my fair share of this beer style lately and this beer is the most memorable so far! I am becoming more of a fan of this style with every beer that I try. (1,060 characters)

Photo of RoninTK3
4.69/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 11/18/10 375ml bottle into a Warsteiner flute glass.

A - Gold with quite a bit of head that settled into some lasting lacing. Nothing wrong here.

S - Sour, citrus fruits, acidic. A little bit of grape. Not overly strong.

T - Very sour with some bitter aftertastes. Hints of fruit, especially lemons and apricots. Very acidic. This is a very nice geuze.

M - Very carbonated and acidic, but the taste doesn't linger. Mild lemon rind aftertaste.

This is an excellent beer. I love sours and this is one of the better ones I've had. Thanks again to Douglasjamjak for this awesome extra! (600 characters)

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.73/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

375 ml bottle dated 23 Feb. 2012. Poured into a Founders snifter.

A- Pours a dull, hazy gold. Deep, wheat-like color in the glass. A medium, 2 finger head forms and stick around for a little bit before being reduced to a thin film on the top. Constant carbonation rising to the top. Lacing is very good.

S- Acidic and pungent on the nose. Slightly musty with hints of grain underneath. Not overpowering as far as gueuzes go. Hints of fruit flavors, most notably lemon and citrus.

T- Starts with a sour bang. Bigger than every other gueuze I've had, the sour flavors is big in this one. Very prominent lemon-like flavor in this one. After the main sour note, wheat is detectable for a short bit before a second round of sour flavor. This sour flavor is more lactic. The brew ends with a slight hops bite. Not bitter by any means, but sort of a dulled bitterness that is present but not strong.

M- Light and very carbonated on the palate. Drinks more like a champagne because of the carbonation. Fair level of sour acidity makes this more of a sipper, but still won't last long in my glass.

Overall, it is clear why 3F and Cantillon are the heavyweights of the Belgian sour category. This is a terrific example of the style. I had this one fairly fresh and have another in the cellar. I'm very interested to see how this develops over the next decade or so. (1,360 characters)

Photo of WeedKing4
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to a buddy for picking this up for me. 12 oz bottle pours a hazy golden orange with lots of head. Taste isn't overpowering sour, but just the right amount. Some lemon and apple go with the tart finish. Every mouthful, my tongue screams for me. So easy to drink. A delicious beer. Wish I had more access to these style of beers. (334 characters)

Photo of Seanniek91
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Kriek Belle-Vue tulip.

Appearance- Slightly hazy copper/orange color with a nice fluffy white head that dissipated quickly leaving a nice ring around the glass.

Smell- Lemon and lemon rind, young sour grape, vinegar, funky yeast, earth.

Taste- Nicely bitter and sour with lemon rind flavors. Yeasty. Bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- A lot of small bubbles explode in my mouth. Lighter bodied carbonation. Very smooth on the way down.

Overall- Damn good gueze, but I like Tilquin better. (521 characters)

Photo of CwrwAmByth
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a Fullers snifter glass.

Pours a pale orange colour, slightly cloudy with a thick head.

Smells musky and yeasty.

Tastes very sour, more like lemon than vinegar, like apple juice with the sweetness removed, quite yeasty and dry. Quite fizzy yet reasonably thick.

Overall a nice beer, better as it warms up. (342 characters)

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