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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Ratings: 1,928
Reviews: 672
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.9%
Wants: 366
Gots: 499 | FT: 50
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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".

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FosterJM

California

4.25/5  rDev -3%

235th review on BA
bottle to pint
375 ML C/C Bottle date of 12/10/09

1st Gueze so bear with me.

App- A soft orange with 2 fingers of head after the other foam had run out of the glass coating my sink. A very nice fun beer to pour after seeing the Youtube.com videos.

Smell- All I got was yeast, funk and some tart.

Taste- It's super wet on the taste but dry on the finish. It's very tart. This is an amazing thing to taste. So different. So unique. So gentle and assertive at the same time. I can see why so many people chant Belgium as #1.

Mouth- It's got my lips tingling. My tounge is dry and my mouth says WTF did I just drink. A nice low/medium body with a high carb level.

Drink- I think one is enough for me. Working my way to appreciating the outer styles is hard on the palate.

02-06-2011 22:21:10 | More by FosterJM
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DovaliHops

California

4.33/5  rDev -1.1%

Pours a very murky golden (little bit of orange) color with a medium white head. Scent is EXTREMELY funky with a lot of barnyard and some horse blanket. I also get a lot of lemon and funky cheese. I now truly know what it's like to have cheese as a descriptive term for beer. Taste is exactly like it smells, and very delicious. You get the funky cheese flavors blended well with the lemon/vinegar flavors and subtle horse blanket. The lemony and barnyard notes make this one unforgettable gueuze! Mouthfeel is very full-bodied with a mouth-puckering dry finish. Drinkability is very high. This is one amazing beer!

02-04-2011 07:44:51 | More by DovaliHops
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Bubba83

California

4.18/5  rDev -4.6%

12.7oz bottle filled on Mar 10, 2008. So it has almost three years on it post-blending.

Poured into an Allagash Cervoise at around 45-50 degrees. Lots of pillowy airy head despite a careful pour. The color is an egg-shell white with medium-small bubbles. Retention is very high and lacing is patchy and clings to the glass well. The body is a beautiful shade of tangerine orange, with an abundance of quick rising bubbles supporting the head.

Huge lemony component dominates most of the aroma along with some vinegar, but there are subtleties to consider as well. These include sour green apple, horse blanket, hay, and a nice leathery/musty quality that ties it all in. Smells divine.

A quick hit of sweet green apple and pear are followed by a lot of lemony sweet-tart sourness. The mid-range makes me pucker, and the finish has a considerable apple cider vinegar quality to it. The vinegar plays a large role in the overall flavor profile, especially on the tail end. Funk is present on the swallow, and leaves a nice bretty aftertaste that lingers for quite a while.

It's a bit overcarbonated I'd say, but I think it works out better than I expected. A medium body helps even out the carbonation. Finishes bone dry.

Overall a very enjoyable Geuze. I love Drie Fonteinen's beers. I think the vinegary-ness was a little more than I like in a geuze taste-wise, but otherwise it was very well made and super complex. I feel like I am finally beginning to be able to appreciate sours a little more and taste what's underneath all that - well - sourness...

02-03-2011 08:37:49 | More by Bubba83
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PeprSprYoFace

California

4.58/5  rDev +4.6%

Pours a golden hay color. Ok head. Not alot of lacing.

Very funky aroma. Tons of horse blanket and barn yard smells. Little bit of lager type aroma. Smells awesome.

Taste is great. What a Geuze should taste like. Lots of funk. Tons of lemony tartness. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is super dry like the style calls for. Nice high thin bubble carb.

Overall one of the best Geuze's out there. Get it if you want a perfect example of what it is suppose to be like.

02-02-2011 03:47:19 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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Verecund

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

750ml bottled on 04.26.2010. Consumed on 01.30.2011.

A full two to three inch cap settles into a loosely packed full finger head. It's a see-through honey with lots of bubbles ascending to the surface.

Citrus and sharply acidic, a nice oakiness, hay, some pear and apple. Very little funkiness at this young age. Lovely nose.

Poignant sourness (esp. citrus, tart apple) is met by just a hint of oakiness. There's a nice hay/grassy quality and soft must and leather lent from the brett. Not a lot to say here; a quintessential gueuze.

Medium to medium-light bodied, creamy in the mouth at first, but with a good bit of carbonation mid-palate. Dry and lightly tannic finish implores you on. Honestly, if I lived in Belgium, this would be my daily drink after a long day.

01-31-2011 02:35:45 | More by Verecund
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thecarster1

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +10.3%

vintage 2009, corked and caged 375ml bottle.

a- bottle poured into pretty things stemmed balloon glass. tis a thing of beauty, full finger creamy bright white head that fades slow to a near covering layer of lace, slightly hazy golden honey.

s- really nice, tart vinegar off the bat, some earthy oaky notes underneath, not a ton of horsey funk - just a touch, unripe berries, apple, pear.

t- first sip jolts the palate and kicks my mouth into sour mode - not overly sour though, just enough for a near-pucker. i get lots of unripe, fruit notes in the front - berries, lemons, pear, apple, they lead the way for woody, leather, earthy, funk - more horse here than in the nose. finishes is bone dry and tart, lingering long - making me really want each next sip. just plain delicious.

m- medium, coating, light and active carbonation.

d- i've been waiting a long while to try this, and finally opened my bottle, and it lived up to every hype i've heard about it. i have one more on hand, and am planning on running to the store after i dig out of this snowstorm to pick up whatever else they have on the shelf. delicious, really really drinkable, i'm loving this. i can't wait to try this with some age on it..

01-27-2011 00:19:18 | More by thecarster1
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JAXSON

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +1.1%

2007 rate, from a 2006 bottle.

Pours a dark, hazy orange. Swamp-foam head, nice lacing down the side. Aroma is sour orange, lemon, grass, must, white grapes. Flavor is kind of consumed by a full sourness, it's kind of hard to pick out more subtle flavors. Leather, lemon, soap. bitter grass. Not at all bad though. I don't think it's exceptional, but it's certainly enjoyable.

2009 rate, from a 1999 bottle.

From a 10-year old 75cl bottle, big thanks to Ryan. Pours darker than the younger blend with a thin head. Musty, dank aroma with a twinge of metal. This has evolved nicely, really mellow after 10 years. Very pleasant lemony, grassy flavors, so smooth and drinkable. Anyone with a bottle of this should let it sit awhile and try it alongside a fresh one.

Final thoughts.

Once again, my old reviews blow. Not that the newer ones are much better. Basically the 1999 vintage was a special year for this geuze, I've had it since and it's very good though possibly a tad overrated by some. Even at a couple years this geuze is wondrous. It destroyed a bunch of really highly regarded American sours at a small tasting recently, just such full, expressive funk, always that great lemon, hay bit.

01-25-2011 03:40:29 | More by JAXSON
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mmmbeer

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -9.1%

375 mL green champagne bottle with cork, cage and foil presentation; bottled February 1, 2008. Brewed with 60% barley and 40% unmalted wheat. Pours a clear toasted amber hue, quite effervescent, with a huge, crackly head that nearly escapes the glass. It settles to a clingy half inch that doesn't quite grab on to the glass strongly enough to deposit any lace. Its surprisingly mild aroma contributes lemons, malt and a dash of funk. Prominent acids and esters on the palate, with a lactic acid twang, cherry, lemons, earth and an oak presence. The body is nearly full at times, with loads of carbonation, an oaky dryness and a sour finish. This one seems to focus more on the sourness than the funk, but it is well-balanced and very easy to drink.

01-23-2011 21:10:59 | More by mmmbeer
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -13.7%

Bottled in December 2009. Sampled after Duck Duck Gooze and Boon Mariage Parfait Gueuze 2004. Notes from Friday.

A- Dark caramel orange with yeast floating around causing a hazy looking beer. Massive frothy head with huge bubbles and great retention builds and retains well. Tons of lace.

S- Hugely funky, more in the must basement/rotten way, but nice (lol). Vinegar/acetic notes in here with lemon, peach and floral notes amongst even more funk.

T- Sour funk bomb. Citrus fruit, lemon and straw really dominate this one to me. Very sour. Oak.

MF- Creamy light body that is very sour.

DB- Cheek puckering sour gueuze with a lot of funk. More straight forward than the other two. Will probably have it again in the future or try vintages.

01-23-2011 19:26:41 | More by cbutova
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Chincino

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev -0.7%

I shared this beer with a friend this weekend at Lord Hobo in Cambridge, MA. It was poured into two balloon style glasses. I recently became a fan of geuzes so I was very excited to try this beer.

It was a golden yellow color with moderate level of carbonation.

The aroma was a well-balanced mix of fruit, earthiness, and sourness.

The taste was initially very sour, but as you drink this beer there is a balance of sour/sweetness.

I really enjoyed this beer, but probably could not have more than one in a sitting. I hope to try more geuzes in the near future to see how they compare to this one.

01-23-2011 17:47:08 | More by Chincino
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -16%

3rd beer in a gueuze tasting, shared by cbutova. Been wanting to try this for a while. Bottle date is 12/12/09.

Pours hazy orange. Huge white head dissipates quickly to a half-finger soapy bubbly head. Turns to a ring, not much lacing left.

Super sour scent. Brett, barnyard, sweat, lemons.

Super sour taste. Brett, barnyard, lemon, oak. Just very very sour, not sure how else to describe it.

Out of the gueuze's we tried this was easily the palate killer. I enjoyed the abrasiveness but it seemed a little one-note for me, no specific flavors stood out except for pure sour funk.

01-22-2011 15:18:21 | More by Chico1985
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nataku00

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Poured from a bottle (375 ml, bottled Dec 12, 2009) into a tulip glass. Initial two fingers of foamy snow white head dissipates almost immediately to a slight collar and a thin layer of small bubble foam on the surface. Hazy golden colored beer that you can barely see through, with tons of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is sour green apple, pear, lemon, grass, and wet hay funkiness. Well balanced sweetness and tartness aroma.

Very sour upfront, but mellows quickly into sweet and sour fruits from the nose and funk. A light sweet and sour finish, though the finish is very short.

Light highly carbonated beer sweeps the palate clean with each sip and probably contributes to the short finish.

Not as sour as some of the other gueuzes that I've tried, but better balance of flavors that may have been the brewer's goal with the blend. A nice gueuze to introduce to someone new to the style as the tartness is brief and not lingering.

01-22-2011 03:31:58 | More by nataku00
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mdfb79

New York

4.25/5  rDev -3%

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.

01-21-2011 01:55:20 | More by mdfb79
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +1.1%

12.7 ounce bottle, bottled on March 10th, 2008. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with a couple inch frothy off-white head. Head retention is pretty good, with a decent amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is tart apples, barnyard funk, and some oak and lemon peel. Wow, this beer is even more tart and funky tasting than I expected it to be. The taste is just like the aroma, it's tart, musty and earthy. Mouthfeel/body is medium, and has a lot of soft carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it's very enjoyable! I think this is a good overall brew, I'd definitely buy this again in the future.

01-17-2011 00:20:02 | More by bluejacket74
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megahurts4

Louisiana

4/5  rDev -8.7%

3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze

Appearance: honey-grapefruit color, large head, and some good lacing.

Smell: sourness and farm-like aroma.

Taste: sour grapes, faint wheat, and distant hops and oak.

Mouthfeel: medium and a bitterness.

Overall:
Geuze's are unique. This one is a tad bitter for a geuze. The oak and bitterness finish last with the sourness up front.

01-14-2011 06:44:24 | More by megahurts4
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pmlondrigan

New York

4.08/5  rDev -6.8%

Gueuzes don't get much more pretty than this in my experiance. Straw golden and effervecent, rocky white head. Lots of lemon, barnyard, straw, funk and a small amount of sour on the nose. This gueuze has a great flavor of lemon, straw, wheat, barnyard funk these are predominanat than a wave of sour acidicness. More of the funk than sour. Mouthfeel is as it should be. The only thing is I detect a faint acrid flavor on the finish. The caveat is that I am congested, so I'll re-review when feeling better.

01-12-2011 03:15:12 | More by pmlondrigan
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nniicckkww

Florida

4.22/5  rDev -3.7%

Poured from a 375ml bottle. Fluffy white head that dissipated quickly. Hazy golden color. Aroma of barnyard and tartness. Lively carbonation. Sour apple taste with slight hay/barnhard finishing with mouth puckering acidity. Very clean finish. I enjoyed this beer. The perceived sourness fades as you take more sips. There is a lot going on here.

01-10-2011 14:45:14 | More by nniicckkww
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jjanega08

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

2008 Vintage

A= Pours a great looking golden yellow color thats nice and hazy looking with a nice big thick white head on it that holds great retention and lacing on the glass.

S= Hay and peppery and funky. Nice and tart smelling. Oaky and woody with a little oak tannin.

T= The taste is a great mix of funk and sour. One of the funkiest Gueze I've ever had actually. An awesome mixture here of everything that makes gueze what it is. This is puckeringly sour and delicious.

M= Perfect champagne like carbonation with a super dry finish. Delicious.

D= A great brew. I could drink this forever. This is the best gueze I've ever had by are and worth any hype it receives. A tasty brew.

01-10-2011 05:03:28 | More by jjanega08
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bs870621345

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev -0.7%

A truly exceptional beer, nice gueuze to get introduced to the style.

Pours a light honey color with an inch of head. Leaves no lacing down the glass.

Smells tart; apples and lacto. Has a definite barnyard scent in there too. Very nice smell.

Taste is a bit of a letdown compared to smell. Not very sour as I would have hoped but still has a lot going on in there. The apple tartness (like a granny smith) is mixed in with the funk of hay and earthiness. Its just not puckering like i love about gueuzes.

Mouthfeel is light and prickly. Not a wintertime beer, but I'd still take it any day of the week.

Drinkability is great because of the subdued sourness. Its really got a lot going on and I could easily do one of the bigger bottles on my own.

Poured like Armand Debelder shows you how to on youtube search "How to pour a Gueze lambic"
Makes a difference

01-09-2011 03:32:39 | More by bs870621345
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eric5bellies

Australia

3.95/5  rDev -9.8%

Drank at De Garre in Brugge

A - Pours a hazy golden colour with a White head that is foamy and retains well.

S - Smells classic acidic lambic that has plenty of salty citrus about it.

T - Nicely balanced with acidity and citrus has a nice bitter finish that will leave you wanting more.

M - A little light on the body and decent carbonation.

D - One of the better Gueuzes that you'll find

01-06-2011 08:19:39 | More by eric5bellies
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +2.1%

Graciously split by a college friend of mine on New Years Eve. Bottled April 26, 2010. Served from bottle into a goblet. Poured a hazy yellow orange with a half finger pure white head that subsided to none very quickly. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tart, slight sour, and decent funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, tart, sour, and funk. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice brew. Definitely a lot of funk going on in this one. It actually overpowered my buddy's palate some with all of the funk, but I found it to be balanced with a slight edge given to the funk. Definitely a good aroma going on here. Wish this one had a little more age on it so allow it to develop. This is a must try for any fan of the style without a doubt though.

01-03-2011 15:08:21 | More by thagr81us
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beerhan

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -3%

A pleasant treat to find a bottle of this at a bar considering I have never seen one in person before.

Bottle December 10, 2009

I poured my bottle into a snifter that was too small. There was incredible carbonation with a huge head. Smelled very delicious, rotting wood, musty attics, sour infections. This tastes delicious as with all gueuze but is a little sweet. I was expecting a greater sour punch from this but I feel like it would need a little more time to balance out. Would I seek this out again? Definitely!

12-31-2010 17:33:54 | More by beerhan
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hwwty4

Missouri

4.22/5  rDev -3.7%

2009 vintage

Corked and caged 375ml poured into my Boulevard Smokestack goblet. This beer pours a hazy bruised orange with a massive 3 inch cap that leaves sticky lacing down the sides of the glass. A good 1/2 inch head sticks around the the entirety of the pour. The aroma is fantastic. At first whiff fresh oak comes through with citric fruit tanginess and just a bit of barnyard funk. Surprisingly just a hint of vanilla comes through at the very tail of the nose. I can only imagine it comes from the oak. The flavor is very balanced. Citric tartness hits the back of the jaw, reminding me of fresh grapefruit mixed with pineapple sweetness. Musty barnyard combined with fresh oak. The mouthfeel is much creamier then most gueuzes but it finishes dryly like any good gueuze. Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze is quite a bit different then most gueuzes I've had. While different, its still extremely tasty.

12-30-2010 03:06:24 | More by hwwty4
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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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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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