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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Ratings: 1,881
Reviews: 669
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.9%
Wants: 364
Gots: 503 | FT: 54
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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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4.25/5  rDev -3%

05-09-2012 06:11:53 | More by mantissa
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

05-06-2012 18:52:52 | More by antoines15
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4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen out of Belgium. This beer is off the shelf, but it's supposed to be one of the best off-the-shelf lambics out there.

Score: 95

Bottled 11/10/10. Served in a New Glarus flute and enjoyed on 05/05/12.

Appearance: Super carbonated. The cork to this beer rocketed off the top like a champagne cork when I tried to open it. Thankfully, no one was harmed in the consumption of this beer. Has a bubbly, effervescent appearance. Three to four fingers of white soapy head at pour quickly settles to a thin layer. Minimal lacing, minimal retention. 4/5

Smell: Sweet-and-sour cherry, tart lemon citrus, candied sour fruit and only the faintest hint of funk. White grape juice, granny smith apple and a hint of oak. Very pleasant sweet-and-sour aroma. 4.5/5

Taste: Sweet lemon citrus and tart granny smith apple. Sour white grape. Mild drying oak on mid-palate. Simultaneously juicy and upfront and drying on the back end. A little sweet rice vinegar on the back end. Nice sweet-and-sour flavor mix here. There is a mild sour pucker, but nothing intense. Like the nose, there is a subtle musty funk, but it's well incorporated into the background of the flavor profile. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Light-medium bodied, high carbonation. Champagne-like mouthfeel. Dry lemony-tart finish. 4.5/5

Overall: Absolutely delicious gueuze here. People go nuts for the funk and pucker, but for less than $20, you can sit on this beer for 18 months and have something fantastic to drink without emptying your cellar. I do not go nuts for sours like others do, but I thoroughly enjoyed this brew.

Recommendation: Great intro sour; seek this out.

Pairings: Grilled chicken.

Cost: $9.99 for a 355 ml bottle or $16.99 for a 750 ml bottle.


Reviewing a 2004 vintage bottle Oude Geuze from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen out of Belgium.

Score: 94

Bottled on 02/28/2004, which makes this bottle a few weeks over 10 years old at this point. Served in a Dark Lord snifter and enjoyed on 03/12/14.

Appearance: Pours a brownish color with a slight yellow hue and two fingers of soapy off-white head that quickly settles to a ring around the glass. Murky in appearance, getting cloudier as more yeast gets into the pour further down into the bottle. Poor lacing and retention. 4/5

Smell: Cedar wood and lemon dominate the nose, with notes of must, straw, black pepper and a surprisingly minimal barnyard funk. The cedar character reminds me a lot of Blauw. Quick the enticing aroma. 4.75/5

Taste: Tastes a lot like it smells, but with a lot less tartness than expected. Presumably, this has faded off over time given how tart the four to six year old bottles are currently drinking. Cedar, must, black pepper and a light mix of barnyard and lacto funk that is done just right. A little lemon flavor and tartness upfront too. The cedar character lingers nicely, particularly if you let this brew sit on the tongue for a bit before consuming. Notes of apples and grape too, but subtly. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, minimal carbonation -- perhaps a bit undercarbonated. The bottle was pressurized when it popped, but the cork did not rocket off the bottle with vigor like the 2010 vintage bottle I opened a month ago. Very dry finish. Less tart than hoped/expected, but also much less funky than anticipated, which, for me, is a good thing. 4/5

Overall: Loved the cedar character here, but the lack of tartness/carbonation relative to other (fresher) vintages was definitely a minus on an otherwise excellent brew with great complexity. It is well rumored that Drie Fonteinen gueuze tends to fall off by the ten year mark, but this and the Blauw I drank recently were both holding up quite nicely. The 2004 magnum consumed on my birthday (July 2013) on the other hand was awful -- lots of feet-like funk, substantially less carbonation than this, and no tartness whatsoever. Maybe it is a synthetic cork issue with the magnums? Regardless, if you have a 750 ml bottle of this vintage and stored it right, drink with confidence now. My preference is for how the 2007's and 2008's are drinking at this moment.

Cost: $20 for a 750 ml bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 01:05:30 | More by jegross2
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

05-04-2012 17:12:02 | More by huskermike12
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

05-02-2012 23:55:52 | More by CADMixes
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North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

05-02-2012 07:21:15 | More by PuFtonLyfe
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

05-01-2012 04:38:31 | More by DrWalterWhite
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

04-30-2012 02:10:21 | More by rjacobs6
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4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage into a wine glass

Pours a clear golden color with spotty white lacing

Huge aroma, complex. Green apple, lemon, and musty funk.

Tart lemon, sour apple, and bitter. Not overly abrasive or acidic. Hints of a wooden funkiness towards the end.

Smooth carbonation, a bit fizzy, with a crispy dry finish.

I am just starting to get into the gueuze style, and this is one of the best I've had yet.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 21:28:43 | More by fatmcb1
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4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Had as part of a blind gueuze tasting.

A: Pours a clear golden yellow/orange color with a nice white head on top, great retention, with some thin lacing.

S: Extremely funky aroma, by far the funkiest of the group. Some faint fruit and tart notes.

T: Dry and funky, with some some hay and must. The tart/acidity takes a slight back seat with this gueuze. There is some light lemon flavor and a little bit of oak.

M: Medium bodied with faint tartness.

O: Another great gueuze, but I like it with a more more acidity to it. Would never pass it up though.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 02:26:14 | More by mdaschaf
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4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle, bottled December 2010, poured into a tulip. Drank this alongside a bottle of 2011 Oude Gueuze Golden Blend.

A- Pours a bright golden color, slightly lighter in color than the Golden Blend, produces a finger of fluffy white head.

S- Very citric, yeast funk, hay.

T- Very citric, has a sharp citric acid bite, lots of lemon and rind, light notes of apple and oak at the back, solid yeast funk as well. Overall, tastes more citric and cleaner than the Golden Blend, it's very refreshing but less complex.

M- Light-bodied, smooth, crisp feel, well-carbonated, puckering sourness, spot-on for a gueuze.

O- A very nice gueuze, probably one of the best you can get in the US, this beer is very approachable and would make a nice intro the the style for anyone interested in sours. I might have scored this slightly higher, but drinking it alongside the Golden Blend really highlighted how much more complex the Golden Blend is. This is an excellent gueuze, but if you try this one and like it you really need to try the Golden Blend as well.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 23:50:18 | More by WillCarrera
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

04-21-2012 16:12:01 | More by jongullotti
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

04-21-2012 13:04:50 | More by kspongeworthy
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4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from 375mL into a tulip. Pours a hazy gold/orange color with a good foamy head

Very complex aromas with loads of depth. Great aromas of funk, bruised oranges, citrus, and meyer lemons

Great depth of flavors with a very nice bitter dryness at the end of it. Sharp with a precision to it as well, but a little rough around the edges on the feel. Really good flavors, of funk, sourness, meyer lemons and oranges

A great geuze. I've yet to have one of the vintage or season geuzes, but this is always a winner.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 04:30:33 | More by KDawg
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5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

bottled Nov 18, 2010

Opened with a pop as I was unscrewing the wire. Obviously had some time to build up pressure.
A: Bright golden color. Very clear. Huge fluffy head that falls quicker than a souffle.
S: Lemongrass. Extremely citrusy. Funk all in good proportion.
T: Sprightly carbonation and acidity on front of tongue. Delicious. Very little bitterness that I can detect. Maybe a bit of vanilla from the oak, but it's more fruity than anything.
M: Well carbonated, probably because it was bottled well more than a year ago. Bright acidity. Light body but definitely not thin.
O: It just doesn't get much better than this. One of the best gueuzes in the world. Extremely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 19:32:56 | More by jibbyvonjibb
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

04-19-2012 03:38:26 | More by ejw127
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North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy gold with two fingers of white head that fades into a thin layer with a little lacing.

S: Lots of sour and tart aromas here. Lemony citrus and tart cherries come to mind. There is some underlying Belgian candy sweetness.

T: Again, the tartness and sourness dominate. Dry and sour lemony citrus flavors along with some tart fruit notes. There is a faint underlying sweetness and the finish is funky and slightly bitter, though it still finishes clean.

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation, I could use a little more carbonation, but it still goes well with the tart notes.

O: A very good gueuze overall. It has just the right amount of tart and sour characters--very present, but in small enough amounts that it's very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 00:23:51 | More by n2185
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

04-13-2012 19:31:07 | More by TheRuss9585
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

04-13-2012 01:26:42 | More by polishkaz
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

04-11-2012 21:32:58 | More by thewimperoo
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

04-09-2012 22:18:52 | More by fehrminator
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4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

375ml poured into a Duvel tulip.

Poured murky orange with a nice 2 finger sticky head.

Aroma is definitely funky. Loads of lemon and a bleu cheese funkiness.

Taste similar to the aroma. Not quite as sour as some other gueuzes I've had. Lots of lemon funk up front with some green apple and bleu cheese notes. The sourness kicks up on the finish and it lingers on the tongue.

Good creamy mouthfeel with medium high carb level.

Of course one of the true standards is a great beer. 3F mouthfeel is always spot on. I generally prefer a little more sour and less bleu cheese, but this one is still great and glad I can occasionally find it on the shelves.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 19:07:20 | More by jmarsh123
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

04-06-2012 02:35:18 | More by hoppymcgee
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4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first beer shared by Ron and Jeroen at our sour tasting a few weeks back. Thanks for such a fun afternoon guys. I really appreciate all the thought and effort you guys put into this day. I hope to return the favor someday.

From a 375ml into mini flute

Note: This was the first sour poured that day. As such, this is the first sour I've seriously tried to review. Will re-review once my palate develops more, so for now, take this review with a grain of salt.

APPEARANCE: Pours a big white head that quickly fades to a foam cap. Clear golden yellow in color with high levels of vibrant carbonation. A bubbly ring remains until the end and leaves some foamy lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Bold nose of hay and funky aromas. Floral notes come through as well with a slight touch of acidity.

TASTE: Some funk in this one at the top, but lemon and green apple sourness soon take over the show and some floral bitterness rounds out and provides balance at the back end. Bold but dry aftertaste of sour apples, lemon, oak flavors from the barrel and a touch of acidity.

PALATE: Light on the palate and medium-high levels of carbonation. Creamy and vibrant on the palate, goes down fine and finishes quite dry.

OVERALL: As a sour newbie, I was surprised how much I enjoyed this beer. Not overly sour by any means, so it is still very approachable for someone like myself. Beyond that, there is plenty of character and complexity here for any beer fan to appreciate. This was probably my favorite gueuze of the day. Thanks again for the christening gents. Good times!

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 21:09:11 | More by Jeffo
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a clouded and hazy pale orange-gold. The pure white head that forms is fluffy and large, sitting thick and pillowy on top and depositing thick patches of lacing on its way down.
This beer is all about the funk. Along with a bit of sourness and lots of other elements in a complex aroma and flavor, the horseblanket-like funk is the foundation on which it all rests. It really takes some sifting through, but I even find a hint of ripe sweet fruits beneath the sourness and funk. Otherwise, there's a mix of green apple skin, citrus rind, and a touch of raw, almost bitter wood unlike a full-grown tree and much more like a sapling. A bit of something like apple cider vinegar is there but well balanced.
The body is about medium with heft and depth, fluffy almost and creamy with a nice nip to it. It flows very well and remains active and interesting the whole way through.
I've had Guezes before this one and was aware what to look for, and thus far this beer is the best as far as getting the funkiness down. Good focus here.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 15:36:05 | More by Brenden
Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
97 out of 100 based on 1,881 ratings.