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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Ratings: 1,877
Reviews: 668
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.9%
Wants: 362
Gots: 501 | FT: 53
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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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Photo of BetterDarker


4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. corked and caged bottle poured into chalice. Feb 2008 on the label, drank it last night.

So this is my first gueuze, both drinking and reviewing, so I have nothing to base this on other than taste and reading about the style, as I've decided to take the sour plunge.

(A)- Bright orange with bone white head with great retention. Some lacing.

(S)- As stated before, this is my first go, and I've heard/read about this barnyard funk aroma. I do not pick this up, but rather a bright, acidic fruity aroma. Smells great!

(T)- Very tart right up front, obviously no malt or hops, so text book to style (at least from what I've read). I'm surprised at myself how much I like this beer, I'm a hop head, but this is totally different in a great way. Very refreshing. Since I'm not accustomed to the style, I pretty much taste sour, and it is good.

(M)- Great mouth feel, light, well carbonated.

(D)- Highly drinkable, it is a shame that Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen is now defunct due to their catastrophe. I do not use that word lightly, but it is, since this will no longer be available. Need to stock up ASAP!

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 14:45:24 | More by BetterDarker
Photo of billab914


4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375ml bottle into my Lost Abbey stemware. It poured a hazy amber color with a large fluffy and bubbly white head filling half of the glass at first. The head faded a bit but had some good retention overall and some nice lacing was left on the glass.

The aroma is tart and funky with a pretty strong acidic sharpness to it. It has a damp, musty, basement like quality to it as well. A little bit of a sour, tart, fruity, apple like quality comes through with just a bit of citrus.

The taste also has the tartness to it with a very moderate acidic bite. Like the aroma suggested it's sour, funky and has some very tart and dry fruit flavors to it. A little bit of a musty wood like quality is present as well. Excellent Geuze flavors overall

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is very good, it has some great sour and funky flavors. The acidicness was kept in moderation which really helped the drinkability for me. Overall an excellent beer and an excellent version of the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 00:35:29 | More by billab914
Photo of djmichaelk


4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle into a snifter.

A - Straw colored, with a huge three fingers of pillowy head that recedes quickly to a spotty cap. No lacing to speak of. Great looking but fades too quickly.

S - Bright citrus notes right off the bat, backed by some musty funkiness. Less grassy and more lemony. The funkiness is very forward.

T - The citrus note is very prominent, like someone just squeezed lemon in my glass. There's a bit of leather, plus some hay and some just-took-your-shoe-off funkiness. No alcohol, just plain sunniness in a glass. Everything works perfectly here.

M - Tale of two beers -- for the first few minutes, it's outstanding, effervescent and light, almost champagne-like. After 15 minutes or so, for some reason the carbonation seems to fade and it gives the impression of very light carbonation.

D - The citrusy flavors, the effervescence, and the general lightness of the beer all contribute to a very high drinkability. I could sit and drink this for days.

O - The only thing standing in the way of this being an every day beer for me is the price. $10 for a 375ml is a bit high, although it is an import. I wish they'd make something like this in the US.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2010 16:17:42 | More by djmichaelk
Photo of Halcyondays


4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz. bottle, bottled 12/10/09,

A: Pours an opaque burnt orange with a solid though hissing fizzy head.

S: Classic gueuze smell. Lots of horse blanket/funky Brett, fermented lemon juice and orange peel.

T: Lactic acidity dominates, great flavour with a lot of funky, post-ripe lemons and oranges. Interesting copper/penny note at the finish. Very tasty.

M: Above average acidity in the style, light-bodied, soft carbonation, acidic aftertaste.

D: A very good lambic beer, well made. At $11 a bottle, I'd rather have Boon or Cantillon at a lesser price point, nevertheless, great beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 03:59:50 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of DoubleJ


4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle consumed at Congregation Ale House in Long Beach, on to the beer:

Traditional lemongrass color, the head rises with ease on top, leaves a little bit of lacing and retention. The nose is intense. Very sour aromas with cherry and lots of lemon. The taste, you guessed it, is very sour. One drink, POW! Very intense sour lemon flavor, a little funk riding around on the outside. Hints of assorted fruit skin, cherry, it's all good. It's highly bubbly in the mouth, and in this case it works really well.

An excellent gueuze. Puckering and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 17:57:54 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of rtepiak


4.78/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

as i smell this beer i think how i would kill a baby for a sharp spanish truffle cheese. There is no information on anything about vintage.

The pour is golden with a very mild cloudy and a white head of about a finger. Nose is out of this world as for a quality of sour. There is tart. A leathery sour that is on the brink of unnatural in the beer world. Smoke of burnt coriander, rosemary, and burnt rubber. Wild ash to the point that it smelled like an ashtray. Palate was astringent like grass tart but woody oak and leathery. Astringent like blue cheese. And malt character of mild sweet pollen. Lily floral and a bitter that is ash and turbid sesame oil. A new look at lambics after this one. A most.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 05:28:47 | More by rtepiak
Photo of billshmeinke


4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Delirium Tremens tulip.

2 fingers of frothy white head sits on a fairly murky body the seems to oscillate between gold and amber in color depending on the angle light shines through it.

Smells of horse blanket, sourness, hay and a light fruity note. The hay note is quite pronounced and interesting. At least I think it's hay? There is something in there that almost reminds me a touch of popcorn. Anyway, it smell like a fruity barnyard.

The taste is strongly tart up front, so tart it is somewhat bitter. There is horse blanket and hay. Also, faint fruit notes of peaches and white grapes. A bit tannic. Then some faintly spice oak on the back end. A semi-bitter note of horse blanket and oak linger.

The mouthfeel is bright and extremely well carbonated. Like a really fizzy champagne.

Overall, a really good example of the style. Nothing jumped out at me as particularly exciting, but everything about it was solid.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2010 02:27:16 | More by billshmeinke
Photo of Thorpe429


4.85/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly-hazed gold with a large head and a good deal of lacing. Smell is lots and lots of funk along with a good amount of lemon. Good horse blanket. Taste is similar, but with a tiny bit of sourness added in. Mouthfeel is light to medium with fairly high carbonation. Good funk throughout. Nice funk and just a bit of sourness makes this very drinkable.

UPDATE: 10.05.2011. Will leave the original review but must say that over the years this has become one of my absolute favorite beers and it's a huge bonus that it's fairly readily available. The funk with slight sourness comes from what is, as far as I'm concerned, the best blending out there.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 20:40:53 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of Stigs


4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7oz bottle, dated March 2008...served in a small chalice

A - pours with an inch of big and fluffy white and lightly yellow colored foam. eventually settles to a quarter inch of creamy film with spotty lacing around the glass. the beer is hazy, solid gold in color. beautiful.

S - bright and lively sour lemon, grapes, and apples...nice kick of yeasty barnyard & field funk, finishes with some oaky sweetness and field grains.

T - sour and funk immediately take to battle in all corners of the mouth - tart lemon, grapes, green apples joined by a subtle and pleasant horseblanket and green fields. finishes a bit sweeter than most gueuzes i am familiar with, bringing oak and more juicy lemon. potent acidic, bordering metallic finish - really growing on me.

M - incredible amount of crispy and prickly carbonation, barely holds back a smooth and creamy yet light bodied nectar. finishes incredibly dry, very clean. party in my mouth, indeed.

D - incredibly sour, funky, pretty, lively, and refreshing. one of the better beers i have been blessed to try, and possibly my favorite of the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 02:26:36 | More by Stigs
Photo of ptykozoon


4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ghosts flutter when the cork is removed. Pours a dark orange with a powerful overflowing head.

Funky! Pungent musk, mold, sour lemon, unripe apple, oak and a touch of sweets. The hair raising smell let's me know I'm in store for a wild one.

None of the off-putting smells reach the taste? Maybe a bit of funk but mostly getting nothing but pleasing floral notes and sweet sugary treats all wrapped up in delicate oak. Wonderful beer.

This beer tastes light and airy. Carbonated nicely, the pungent flavors match the spritzy bubbles.

A very solid drink, my first gueuzer actually. I love sours so I knew I'd be a fan of this style.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 04:21:22 | More by ptykozoon
Photo of UncleJimbo


4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle on 07/03/2003, consumed Nov 16 2007.

Poured a slightly hazy light amber color with tall, white foam that persisted. A very nice, geuze aroma with mild acid and wild, woody notes. The taste was sharp and mildly acidic, lactic and acetic, with woody notes and faint herbal notes. Very nice. The mouthfeel was dry and crisp but "soft" for a geuze. Medium light body and modest carbonation feel. The flavors linger lightly on the palate. This was an excellent bottle of geuze.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 23:58:24 | More by UncleJimbo
Photo of srandycarter


3.9/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice audible pop, slightly murky honey, near white head, leaves slow. Some cling lace.

S - Sour tart, barn yard.

T - Very very tart. Some of the barn is evident too. Mineral aspects evident too.

M - Medium to light body, lots of carb, balance is to the tart, of course.

D - Nice, refreshing, fun to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2010 04:10:45 | More by srandycarter
Photo of jthor018


4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a wine glass. Looks like apple juice with a head that dissipated quickly.
S: Can't pull a real smell out of it but smells like sourness.
T & M: Sour that fades into grapes. But not sweet grapes. Kind of tart wild grapes that a grocery store wouldn't sell. Reminds me of my great grandma's homemade white wine in taste and feel.
D: As said above, it reminds me of the homemade wine I grew up sneaking. I could drink this forever.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 03:39:35 | More by jthor018
Photo of Xul


4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very slightly hazy, deep golden with nearly volcanic effervescence , capped by two fingers of frothy, egg-shell colored head. Retention is amazing as the head barely recedes at all.

S: Moderately strong funk up front with a blend of musty and barnyardy character, followed by moderate tartness with a big lemon zest character. Light fruits swirl around with green apple and pear. Light oak in the background.

T: Strong sour character comes in right away with a big lemon juice component, followed immediately by tart apples and green grapes. Funk comes in on the mid-palate with musty pears and more green apple, followed by some oak and light vanilla character. Finish is of lightly tart fruits with just a hint of funk.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation, feels just a touch heavy on the tongue near the backend.

D: Incredibly drinkable for a gueuze, the tartness is strong but well-controlled.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 00:50:23 | More by Xul
Photo of KickbacksSteve


4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, May 5, 2008 vintage. Poured into a small snifter. Hazy golden body. Aroma of sour apple and straight up funk intensity. Taste is somewhat dry and funkadelic. Soured granny smith apple dominates. Wispy and quite delicious. Paired beautifully with a horshradish white cheddar cheese.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2010 19:34:37 | More by KickbacksSteve
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Splitting a 750mL bottle with my wife in our NYC highrise hotel room. Isn't it romantic that I am reviewing on my cell phone? I have a great wife.

Vintage: May 5, 2008

This gueuze has a very hazy, yellow appearance. There is a small, white, fizzy head that gradually fades, leaving no lacing. Aromas consist of funky straw or hay, lemons (subtle), wild yeast. This smells like a traditional gueuze - heavenly. The flavor is wonderful. The beer has a healthy amount of tartness, with no astringency. The finish is acetic, but not so much so that I wouldn't consume a bottle of this nectar by myself. It's always a treat to drink this great beer. I will revisit this delicacy as long as Armand continues brewing it.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2010 03:14:06 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of metter98

New York

4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer poured slightly cloudy golden yellow in color into a snifter glass with a finger sized head that has good retention properties and left a thin layer of bubbles consistently covering the surface. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are strong aromas of sourness in the nose along with barnyard funkiness from the yeast.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by sourness, but this is not that overpowering. There are also some notes of tart citrus fruits.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish that makes you want to try another sip.
D: This beer is extremely easy to drink for the style and doesn't have any funky smells or sour tastes that overpower the senses.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2010 22:33:51 | More by metter98
Photo of MbpBugeye


4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Half bottle, 12.7oz. Poured into my Ommegang flute. bottling date: 10 Mar 2008. The cork came out very easily with some force behind it. It popped out of my hand. Luckily I got no gushing or anything.

A- Crazy head that fills nearly the whole glass but it concedes quickly allowing me to fill the rest of my glass. It leaves lots of cobweb, spotting lacing. The beer is a thoroughly hazed old gold color, very similar to the colors on the label, only darker.

S- Oh yes, Drie Fonteinen. Classic old funky smells matched up against bright lemony citrus. Tart lemon, pears, cider, vinegar and lots of funk. Moldy feed, horse blanket, cheese and damp, weathered wood. The smell makes my glands nervous.

T- Not insanely sour. Its very manageable and thus highly drinkable. The funk is great. Its stuff that a beginner might have trouble conquering but this is a really good beer to learn about funky beers with. Biting sourness with lots and lots of very old oak. Sawdust from decades old wood, dust off of old bibles, cobwebs, the air out of an old monastery's pipe organ, and lemon.

M- Fluffy carbonation, dry, lighter body. The drawback is that this beer really thickens you mucus like a sour lemon hard candy.

D- Very crisp, not too sour and a low ABV. If you like funk (3 Fonteinen does it very well) then this beer is a must have.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 22:12:09 | More by MbpBugeye
Photo of boss302


4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A This is a beautiful beer that is orange in color, clear and has a nice head. The head lasted the entire glass and covered the beer to the end.

S Smells sour/acidic, no hops are noted. It smells clean, no off-flavors, and typical of other Geuze I've had.

T Puckering in a good way. This has a nice sour tart flavor like green apples. It is crisp, sharp and clean. There is no sweetness. Balance is on the tart side.

M Medium body, dry finish, carbonation is high.

D This is a middle of the road geuze, it will offend the the uninitiated, but is a good geuze and worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 01:36:16 | More by boss302
Photo of Spider889


3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on March 10, 2008.

This was my first serious sour/real lambic so I was a little unsure of what to expect. I don't think this is the normal "beginner" sour. However I was pleasantly surprised and liked it a lot. I will have to try this again down the road once I've tasted some more of the style and revisit this one.

Color is a semi-hazy orange straw color with a little head that receded quickly. Nicely carbonated.

Smelled of sour pear and cider with a damp mustiness to it. I detected a sour astringency that reminded me of a strong Gorgonzola (my wife thought it smelled like feet).

The taste was definitely sour, but not puckering at first. There were ripe black cherries in there along with an unbaked bready dough smell. Definitely grew on the funk scale (and sourness) as it warmed.

Bubbly on the tongue with a prickly sour finish, this is a dry beer that truly reminded me of champagne. I finished most of the bottle (my wife didn't care for it as much as I) but our 450ml? bottle was enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 06:30:53 | More by Spider889
Photo of CPeterson


4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -- A hazy, golden apricot color with vigorous but broken head that dissipates into a nice lacing.

S -- Funk and citrus, you can smell the acid on this one. Oak and earth follow with a whisper of sweetness.

T -- Explosive acid and bitter citrus that fades into a smooth oaked tart. Apricot and peach biittersweetness with a finish of straw hay would be how I would describe the lingering flavor.

M -- Tart, almost puckering, dry and crisp. The dryness stays on the palate a while.

D -- Definitely a solid representation of the style, approachable for those a bit more bold than your typical light lager drinker, yet complex enough to interest any seasoned beer geek.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 02:32:16 | More by CPeterson
Photo of ThaCreep


4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bronze color and a nose that exudes good lambic invigorating. On the palate, the beer is quite vinous and more or less acidic. The fruit is suggested by the tannins like apricot and a good dose of oak without being intrusive gives strength and sturdiness to the body. We taste here and there touches of white wine. Hints bitter (perhaps tannins individuals), not so acid, are felt in the finish and endure a great length of palate that allows the lambic to unfold in its full flavor.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 19:41:57 | More by ThaCreep
Photo of Lolli1315


4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy gold color with visible bubbles streaming to the one finger beautiful white head that will not disappear. A fairly decent lacing accompanies the head as well.

S- As soon as you open the bottle you are hit with the funky smell. A lot of barnyard funk with nice lemon citrus notes as well as some oak. Finishes with a noticeable yeast smell as well as what seems as a slight band aid smell.

T- The beer starts with a funky barnyard undertone and quickly moves into sharp citrus notes. The sweetness of the beer picks up to compliment the large increase in the sour nature towards the middle end of the profile. Sharp sour notes finish the beer as the funky undertones continue throughout, never quite losing steam. A little too sweet towards the middle of the beer brings this one down.

M- Medium light body with decent carbonation, but could use more as much seems to disappear quickly after it enters the mouth.

D- Sweetness makes this a little harder to put down and a little trying after some time, but still a good beer. For my first gueuze it wasn't bad, but I think I will revisit this review after trying a couple others.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 04:42:51 | More by Lolli1315
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4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12.7fl oz. bottle dated March 10, 2008 into a Lindeman's flute glass...

A - Pours a hazy golden color with some great peach highlights. A huge eggshell white head forms and bubbles and sticks around for quite awhile. The bubbles are skyrocketing to the top of the glass while the beer sits there staring at me.

S - Funky, sour, lemony, woody, earthy notes come screaming out of the glass. Really gotta mention how great the earthy, grassy notes are on this.

T - Bold earthy, grass flavors hit the palate first with some delicious oak and vanilla flavors coming after. Lemon and orange zest with just a bit of peach like taste also comes out.

M - Extremely carbonated; a little more than I like in a beer like this. Very smooth after the carbonation subsides in the mouth.

D - Extremely well balanced. Great beer and one that I could easily drink several bottles of in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 03:51:46 | More by KAP1356
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4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For my introduction to the gueuze style, I thought I'd go with a classic. Bottled Jan. 22, 2004 and poured into a perfect pint glass.

Looks: the cork slides out with a soft pop, and I'm immediately hit with a skunky, funky aroma. The color is a lovely light tangerine that melds with notes of pale sunlight and reddish clay. The head is white, fizzy and audible, snapping and crackling as it quickly recedes, though a tiny ring and a stubborn film linger. The lack of a head is disappointing, though watching these effervescent bubbles struggle slowly to the surface makes up for it somewhat.

Smells: acidic, funky and skunky. How interesting. White grapes, granny smith apples, a prominent oakiness. Only lightly sour, with subtle undertones of barnyard funk, hay and moldy crackers -- but in a good way. I'm really digging this.

Tastes: holy sour, batman! From the get-go, my tongue is enveloped in puckering, tangy tartness. However, it doesn't linger too much after the finish, and there's an apple juice sweetness there that balances it out somewhat. The horsey funk is more prominent here, pairing with flavors of white wine, wet wheat and lime. It almost reminds of dry gin. A teeny bit of oak is perceptible in the back.

Feels: medium-light body, smooth. Light carbonation. The tartness builds upon itself after a while, but never becomes cloying.

Drinks: I may not know from gueuze, but I know what I like. Oude Gueuze has a lot of flavor packed into that little 375ml bottle, and you can taste the effort and time that went into crafting it. This six-year-old bottle was an unexpected surprise and a rare treat.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2010 15:20:51 | More by Phelps
Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
97 out of 100 based on 1,877 ratings.