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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Ratings: 2,189
Reviews: 686
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.68%
Wants: 386
Gots: 584 | FT: 65
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Style | ABV
Gueuze |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
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 kevanb
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This delightful geuze finally made it’s way to my glass and I couldn’t be happier. It pours a really nice golden straw color, murky and heavily carbonated like champagne with a nice big thick bubbly head that has amazing retention with about a half finger of head present at all times. Nice fruit flavors in the nose, buttery apples like champagne come forward first, apricots, a hint of citrus with some vinegar at the finish, very clean and crisp. Flavors are great, crisp apples and tart apricots are very prominent, hints of butter from the nose filter in as well. The most surprising element is a faint citrus hop flavor, some oak flavors come through as well at the end, a very clean experience. Nice tart feel, lots of bubbles, more carbonated than I expected and very dry, crisp and lovely.

Verdict: Outstanding geuze. Wonderfully tart without being overly vinegary, bubbly like champagne and nice complex fruit and wood flavors. A must try.

Photo of Mag00n
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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

A: Surprisingly clear pale gold, with a billowing white head that takes its time coming back down and settles as a decent layer of foam on top of the liquid. No lacing.

S: Characteristic lambic tartness makes my mouth water, while more mellow floral notes provide depth and soften the aroma a tad. The oak is also very present, being almost as strong the funkiness.

T/M: The initial tartness is just as surprising as it is expected. Combined with the champagne-esque carbonation, it commands your attention right away, before gently loosening its grip and ceding to a light sweetness that tantalizes the tongue for a second, only to be swept away in a bitter and almost harshly dry finish that ends very clean, with just the slightest hint of tannins. Wow that was a long sentence... *Ahem* Light-bodied and delicate, yet naturally very flavorful.

O: Though I miss the palate-gripping tartness of the Hanssens, and could definitely do with a little less dryness, this gueuze is a keeper. Good variety of classic flavors and aromas, as well as a nearly perfect body excluding the aforementioned dryness. Well worth seeking out.

Photo of DeutschesBier
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of CelticAleMan
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of EnkiduBrew
5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of tbeq00
5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of magictacosinus
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of ChrisPro
4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of jh1982
4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of whartontallboy
5/5  rDev +14.2%

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5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of pluppykatie
4.19/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinking in a mini Duvel glass. It is a 2010 batch.

Appearance - pretty regular looking but I know it's deceiving me.
Smell - haven't been able to determine the familiar scent, but it's strong.
Taste - mmm mmm classic and satisfying sour taste. A little flat on the end note.
Mouthfeel - bit creamy, little carbonation.
overall - satisfactory.

Photo of EagleRare
5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Amdy
5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of MarkBlackout
3.97/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle marked December 1, 2010.. just a few days over a year old. Purchased with pleasure at Stoney's in Indianapolis. I forget what I paid but it wasn't particularly cheap (by my standards, not the proprietor's). 12.7 fl oz. bottle.

A: Fizzy. Little of the voluminous head reported by BAs drinking other vintages.. this looked like ginger ale with some fizzy froth on top. Didn't offend, didn't impress.

S: Pretty mellow, but enjoyable. Funky, yeasty, oaky. Parmesan cheese hints.

T: Fairly similar to the smell. I drank most of this beer, then unfortunately poured the dregs from the bottom of the bottle into the glass. This rendered the otherwise light, citrusy, funky taste too dense with yeast and oak. Sorta gross! Before I did that I was really enjoying it -- that said, I'm glad I did so for the sake of exploring some strange brew (indeed).

M: Again, fizzy, but pleasant for the style. No complaints. Refreshing.

O: I was more excited and pleased by this beer at the outset than I was toward the end, especially considering my ill-advised final pour from the bottom of the bottle. Still, having had fruit lambics but never a gueuze, this was a cool experience. Whoever drank such a beer for the first time (long ago no doubt!) really wanted to cop a buzz. That could be taken wrong, but I just appreciate the wild, untamed, spoiled nature of this beer. Glad i got it. This is apparently about as young as you can get this stuff, so I inevitably will consider this sort of a baseline re: future lambic and gueuze explorations.

Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Jparkanzky
4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of jayhawk73
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared by Huhzubendah, thanks Matt!

Pours a honey color with a one finger white head. Very cloudy in appearance, with minimal lacing and carbonation. The smell is pretty amazing! Barnyard funk, spices, citrus, hay. Very complex, and very aromatic. Taste has the same profile as the nose, and is equally amazing. Amazing funk taste! Feel is tart, with great carbonation. Overall, an amazing beer!

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5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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5/5  rDev +14.2%

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5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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