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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Ratings: 2,085
Reviews: 675
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.68%
Wants: 382
Gots: 531 | FT: 51
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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".

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

Sampled at the 3F restaurant in Beersel. What a steal at 15 euros. Bottled 6 December 1997. No label and poured by Guido Debelder (Armand's brother).

A: incredible head, orangeish with slight cloudiness
S: earthy, sour
T: incredibly well-balanced, sour but not overpowering, simply outstanding
M: great, very drinkable, easy on the tongue but has subdued gueuze finish, very mellow all-around

wisrarebeer, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of FUNKPhD
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375mL Nov.18/2010

Every well carbonated. The cork popped as soon as I opened the cage. Pours a see through, bubbly, creamy gold. Nice head, with equally pleasant lacing. Lots of tartness and apples to the aroma and flavor. Nice crisp mouthfeel ending dry.

About like sipping a champagne, with the flavor of a white wine, and the body of a beer. Just good all-round.

FUNKPhD, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze

Pours a pale golden color with a decent size foam that dies down quickly but does provide some Belgian lace. Aroma is openly sour, white wine vinegar and pleasant barnyard funkyness. In the taste, sour, very nice lactic brett notes playing out well into the aftertaste. Nice sour character and a small presence of oak. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied and effervescent. Overall, a fine Geueze and worth seeking out.

Stinkypuss, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of cavedave
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010, 12.7 oz. bottle

Pop goes the cork and cage after unfurling the wire. Not a gusher, thankfully, but the pour puts piles of perfect white lather to the brim of the glass. Beneath this snowdrift is a cloudy dark straw colored beer.

Smell full of funk and tart, lemon, old leather, decaying grass, hints of herb and sweet, many undertones beyond my ability to identify. Complex and sharp.

Woweewowwow! This is a blast of tart, vinous delight, dry funky goodness, lemon and unripe apple, crsip mineral, barnyard essences, even some hormonal kick to it, and this is still young. As it warms a bit of tannic oakiness manages to fight to the surface, turning this baby into a sensuous seduction of strong flavors. Dry and sharp as a tack in the end of sip and finish.

Staggering flavors endure a bit too much carbonation, less would let them shine more, medium body, but a clean cling and excellent finish make the mouth very fine.

I would say this is up there with the best I've tried, I am looking to revisit this baby with some time in my cellar.

cavedave, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of wadecats
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well, we finally opened the 2004 Oude Geuze; opened along side it a 2009, a greatly different beer. The carbonation with the 2004 was slightly higher but not overwhelming so, and as you can see in the photos below the blend of three lambics in 2004 produced a very different looking beer from the 2009 blend. Clear and light head on the 2009 and a slightly dirty and light one on the 2004. Taste differed wildly between the two.
Farmy-fruity sour smells were noticed first with these beers. Immediately after came the heavy, odd, woody and goaty-blanket smell from the 2004 - the 2009 had mild pleasant hay notes.

For taste, Immediately an astringent yet smoothly lingering ( hot oak, an almost smoked flavor) quickly mellowed out with temperature increase and aeration in the 2004. Sourness and fruitiness (apricot for the 2009) increased as well for both blends as they warmed with the 2004 holding the best dry sourness I've had yet.

As expected, the 2009 started with a young and crisp taste with pleasant vinegary sharpness, a taste that also dissipated over the course of an hour - and with a mixed sour palate.

Minimal sediment in the 2009 was staying at one corner of the bottom of the bottle. The 2004 had a significant amount of loose sediment that made it into the glass - didn't have a proper pitcher to filter it out - but I did end up drinking the warm dregs like a hounding hobo kitten lickin' at an empty-stinky cream dish acrosst' kitchen floor.

wadecats, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of dragonWhale
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle..just for fun.
The cork pops out with vengeance and violence, flying across the room. I run for a glass, but only a slight pop of liquid comes out. What just happened? Oh, Geuze, you!
Pours with a prodigious and luminous head, hazy goldenrod. The bubbles dance and delight.
Earthy and leathery, sour, some lemongrass and hay. Pretty damn cool aroma.
The sour is evident but not overwhelming. A bit of citrus, lemongrass, barnyard come together.
Overall, an indulgent experience, the airy and prickly bubbles make for an excellent rooftop drink on a cool summer night.

dragonWhale, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2010)

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Clear gold and light amber body. Quickly forming, tall, and persistent white head. Thin sheets and spots of lacing mess the glass.

Bright, explosive tart and sour aroma: tart citrus (lemon), pear, grass, earth and rock, body funk, and of course stinging, explosive sourness throughout.

Taste follows the aroma very similarly: huge sour and tart character, lots of lemon, earth and rock, grass, musty body and funk. A complete, sipping delight.

Light to medium bodied, though incredibly well carbonated. Spritzy and light with a very dry finish.

A wonderful gueuze.

ehammond1, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of davey101
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

April 27, 2010. 750ml corked and caged bottle into a tulip glass. No foil, which is odd because I thought all '10's had the black foil.

A - Great cloudy apple juice colored body with a light creamy head. Loads of carbonation and bubbling.

S - Sour apples and tart lemon rind. Loads of funk, oak and earthy goodness. Really well balanced and inviting aroma.

T - Very tart and mouth puckering fruit. Decent amount of funk and oak. Very strong and delicious. The mouth feel is a bit lighter than I would have wanted, but its still bubbly and smooth.

O - One of my favorite guezes. I'm reviewing a fairly fresh bottle here, and I know that every batch is unique in some ways; but I've vintages going back to 2004 that were just phenomenal.

davey101, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of cooch69
4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I split a 750 of this with my buddy.

This one was poured into snifters. It was a deep semi cloudy orange copper with a small white head.

Nose is full of all the greats. Funk Funk Funk and more Funk along with some vinegar and a decent amount of tartness. Also a fair bit of barn and some cheese.

Taste on this one is not as sour as some of my favorites, yet it is just as awesome. Musty attic wood, barnyard, hay, sweet and sour sauce with a little citrus fruits, mainly oranges and a little lemons.

This is one for the records. A super awesome beer. One of the most complex and balanced Gueuze I've ever had.

cooch69, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of nas5755
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dec 12, 2009 375ml

A - A very loud pop with the cork. I poured this clear straw golden gueuze into my Mystic flute, an extreme amount of carbonation was present and a large head initially settled into a constant thin head that remained present throughout my entire glass. A very beautiful beer.

S - Barnyard Funk and lactic acid are balanced gracefully and extend out into the entire room.

T - Initial sour profile begins with lactic sourness that fades into barnyard progression, with a recursive progression of sour and funk inter-playing off one another. Some of the interesting flavor profiles present are lemon, and lime(with lime being more prevalent(quite awesome as this isnt usually the case)), barnyard funk, some wet leather and wet hay.

M - Very heavily carbonated. Lots of spritz.

Overall - An amazing beer. The most balanced gueuze that I ever experienced. Barnyard and sour flavors play off each other, complementing each other throughout the entire palate. A very awesome experience.

nas5755, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of Alieniloquium
4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

375 mL bottle poured into a goblet. As soon as the cage was untwisted, the cork shot out of the top and hit the ceiling. Nice.

Appearance - Golden straw body with lively bubbles. Huge head that almost overflows my glass. The head is also lively and eventually dies down to a nice pillow of foam. Perfect look for a beer.

Smell - Tons of funk. Definitely more prevalent than the sour smells, which are hardly present. The tartness is more of an acidity that pierces through the funky hay smells.

Taste - Much like the aroma, the tartness is not on display. It's the funk. Great grassy and woody flavors intermingled with acidic sourness. The finish has a peppery oak finish that comes off as the slightest bit bitter.

Mouthfeel - A little heavy fresh, considering how effervescent the flavors are. Not really dry at all, which is what I expected. Strong carbonation, which does help alleviate the weight of the beer. With some age, this beer dries out, cutting much of the sweetness.

Overall - Complex and playful. I would drink this over nearly any gueuze out there. The more I drink it, the more I appreciate its quality.

Alieniloquium, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of Chaney
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on November 18, 2010; Good for up to ten years after bottling.

Amazingly, I've never actually tried this one until now.

Literally, I took the cage off and the cork popped without any effort whatsoever.

A: Fairly clear orange, with a slight haze and thick bubbles for a head.... basically a bubble formation as opposed to a head. I got some carbonation visably.

S: VERY potent wild yeast and oak.... Jeez this bastard was funky! Quite a bit of pepper and balsamic vinegar on the nose as well, all rolled up into a nice ensemble.

T: A bit of smoky dryness on the front end gave this one a very distinct character, making it very memorable. The kerosene won out over the wild yeast by a hair. Once again, bone-suckingly dry!

M: Spritzy carbonation and then some. Not sweet in the slightest, not much on the lacing front, and oaky.

O: I think this would be a great "early stage" brew when turning newbie craft beer peeps onto sours. Not too sour, just delicious.

Chaney, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of julian
4.78/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: EXPLOSIVE de-corkage. As soon as I untwisted the cage, the cork took off like a rocket and took the cage with it into the stratosphere. But no beer was lost, surprisingly. Le win! Color is a golden straw color with a slight copper hue and very clear. Massive effervescence and incredible head. Beautiful lasting 1 finger pillowy white head. 4.5

S: Mmmmm FUNK! Lots of earthy funk, some ripe apple tartness. Mild acidity and some oak must. 4.5

T&M: Taste is in line with the aroma, absolutely wonderful. Funky, faint oak, and the Belgian funky earthy gueze quality you love! This is a smooth, creamy drink but also crisp and refreshing. Despite the explosive de-corkage this still has some body and isn’t too dry. Excellent. 5 / 5

O: One of the premier Belgian guezes and an excellent example of the fine art of blending aged lambics. So good. 4.5

julian, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of metal850
4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 11/18/2010 and poured into a wine glass.

A: Cork pops before removing the cage (and almost hit me in the face), champagne like carbonation leads to a thick two fingers off white head that lingers as a thick film. Color yellow orange with a nice haze.

S: Smells of oak, champagne-like, funky and sour.

T: Astringent, band-aid, nice sourness that balances the funk nicely, more oak and a wine like sweetness.

M: Medium body and has lost some carbonation but is still prickly.

O: Quite a delicious geuze, one of the best I have had.

metal850, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of nhindian
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

375ml bottle poured into a Cantillon wine glass (and a small Cantillon glass).

Bottled on March 10, 2008.

A - Poured in the traditional method, where the beginning and end of the pour is in a separate vessel (apparently it isn't seen as 'real' gueuze by Armand...) It is a bold, vibrant orange color with it running between light brown and dark yellow as well. Hazy throughout. Because it was a continuous pour, I am left staring at over 3-fingers worth of foamy, off-white head. It recedes fairly quickly, however, leaving big flakes of foam behind.

S - To be honest the nose is slightly less sour and funky than I was expecting. It shades being more toward the funk than the sour, which is always nice. Getting a nice amount of the oak in here. It has a certain wet freshness to it which is surprising given the age, but lends itself nicely to the citrus and tart apples in it.

T - This is one of the most pleasing and inoffensive gueuzes I've had (which isn't drawing from a huge sample, but still!) Not overpowering in terms of funk or acidity or sourness at all, just enough to get the tastebuds tingling and flesh out the flavors. Very reminiscent of a dry white wine in terms of the fruit flavors coming through and the finish. This is like a nice drive through the country rather than having to plow the fields each and every morning type of funk. Enough to give a distinct flavor but not one that overpowers. Very wet and juicy, with the dampness lending itself to some dankness. Finishes with a nice combination of tart apples, grapes, lemons, and a bit of malt.

M - Mouthfeel is relatively light-bodied with high carbonation. Still lively and zesty despite the three plus years of this being in the bottle (not counting the aged lambics within the blend!). Finishes quite dry which accentuates the bite of some of the flavors.

D/O - Drinkability is high. Probably the most 'quaffable' gueuze I've had by far. Each and every sip of this was a joy and the funk definitely did not overshadow any of the subtle complexities of the aged lambic. After sipping from the glass that had the beginning and end of the bottle, it's easily much different than what I had in my drinking glass, which I guess does lend itself to the belief that it should be consumed separately (or not at all according to some brewers, but I won't go that far.) This separate glass was a bit more bitter, didn't have as much fruit zest in it, and was a bit more heavier.

nhindian, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of portia99
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle (bottled Dec 12th, 2009) poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a quite clear (90%-ish) pale golden color with a thick couple of fingers of foamy white head that has excellent staying power. A geyser of bubbles rises rapidly out of the bottom of the glass constantly. Low amount of lacing left on the glass.

S - Total gueuzy goodness. Tons of funk hit you immediately upon putting your nose up to the glass. Earthy, barnyardy, horsey are all good descriptors. Lots of fruitines too...tons of lemon, sour apples, limes, grass/hay. This is right up there with Girardin 1882 for me - which says a lot.

T - Excellent blend of flavors...sharp and bright with citrus...fresh lemon and lime juice. Some bitter, earthy funk plays off this perfectly...Balance is exceptional here. Medium level sourness that is crisp and satisfying and gives just the right amount of bite. This is really good!

M - Thinnish body and well carbonated. Lightly puckering from the tartness/sourness in the flavor profile. Well developed funk that fits perfectly without overpowering the fruity aspects within.

O - Really great example of the style...fairly available as well - great combo! I've resisted buying most 3F beers due to price, but bit the bullet on this small 375ml bottle. Definitely glad I did - no disappointment at all - I'd put this in my top 3 gueuzes overall. Love great beer that is pretty easily obtainable!

portia99, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of nickd717
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rating from 12/5/2010.

Can’t believe I ain’t ticked this yet. Oh well, looks like I’ll be filling a big hole here (that’s what she said). 375ml bottle vintage 2009 from K&L Redwood City. The beer pours hazy golden color with a one-finger white head and good lacing. The aroma is very funky. More funky than sour, which I like. Barnyard and sweet maltiness. The flavor has a very slight sweetness to it as well as a medium level of sourness. Pale malt and funk, oak and earth. I’m not going to go into the delicious yet disgusting farm descriptors, but they worked well. Nice palate, lively yet not overly acidic, with medium body. Rather refreshing when cold. A damn solid gueuze overall.

nickd717, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of wifehatesthebike
3.85/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated from late 2010. Relatively fresh!

A: golden and slighly fizzy. Champagne like.
S: I didn't get much from the smell. Some green grape as mentioned below but not too complex.
T: Moderately sour on the front end but quickly dries and disappears on the palate at the end. Very drinkable, taste wise.
M: I rated this a bit lower due to the huge carbonation in the mouth, I feel this took away from the taste with a tonic like quality which seems to wash away the flavor profile a bit too much for my liking. The carbonation actually slowed my consumption of the beer more than the taste.
O: A very good, lighter/drier sour. Not a beer to power through due to the explosion of fizz with each sip. Good but not the best sour I've ever had.

wifehatesthebike, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of VncentLIFE
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter from a 375 mL bottle.

Pours a hazy straw reminiscent of a good IPA. Full inch head that dissipates. No lacing.

Smell is funky funky funky. Sour green grapes hit you up front.

Taste was something of beauty. Theres a lot of things going on here and its a good thing. Alot of green grapes, funk, and sour. The sour overpowers the aftertaste, but in a good way.

The best sour I've had.

VncentLIFE, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of TheHoppiest
4.03/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml magnum into two tall red wine glasses, sharing this ale with my wife. The bottle bears a bottling date of March 15, 2008. Though over three years old, the bottle's label further assures that it is good for "at least" ten years after the bottling date.

Pours a transluscent coppery rouge, with an abundant three finger off-white head that dissipates rather quickly.

Smell is quite pungent, with tart green apples mixing with plenty of yeasty funk, woody oak, and lemongrass. Smelling more like a cider than a beer, this puts a crisp, sharp feeling in your nasal passages.

Hmm. Sour indeed! This has an initial taste of apple cider vinegar, but with plenty of sweeter green apple up front, an herbaceous leafiness toward the middle, and a mild bitterness to finish. A bit of peppery-spice dances across the back of the tongue and down the throat. More cider than beer, this is nonetheless the best tasting sour beer I've ever had.

Thin to medium bodied, with a tongue-curling sourness that reflexively causes one to make the "pucker" face. While there's plenty of carbonation, it is not overpowering.

We've been putting this one off for a while after our first attempt at drinking a geuze a year ago or so. While my taste buds have clearly matured to the point that I can appreciate this more than my last taste of this style, I still find it to be a little too funky and sour for my tastes. My wife, however, has absolutely no use for this beer; give her a sweet lambic, and she's fine, but forget this sour stuff! Still, it seems to be a well-brewed beer, one which withstood a couple years in our cellar just fine. Maybe I'll give this style another year or so, and try again!

TheHoppiest, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of notchucknorris
3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy golden color with a light tan head.

S: Overpowering aroma. I could smell this from a few feet away. Heavily fermented apple, a bit of white wine, musty barnyard funk and something that smelled a bit like parmesan cheese.

T: I was a little spooked by the smell, but the taste isn't bad. Lots of tartness with some apple cider vinegar, a good dose of funk and a bit of musty wood.

notchucknorris, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of jm1229
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

375 mL bottle poured into a Stone tulip.

Bottle details: bottled on December 12, 2009.

A- Pours a hazy yellow with lots of active carbonation. I'd say it was probably close to a 1:1 ratio at the carbonation's peak, but after it settled down, no lacing was left behind. Still, something extremely tasty looms in its appearance.

S- Consists of mild citrus and very little sourness. Not over powerful by any means.

T- Wow this is really nice. Mild sourness, but it's definitely inviting and oh so juicy. Delicious.

M- Perfect medium bodied carbonation for the style. Extremely drinkable.

O- What a great beer. Perfect for a summer night and paired wonderfully with my leftover hummus from the Stone brewery trip only a few hours before. The beer is worth every penny.

jm1229, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of rvdoorn
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: the beer pours a straw-yellow color with a nice frothy head.
Smell: Funk, tar, leather, citrus and musty wood.
Taste: Sour apple, straw, citrus, vinegar earthy funk and yeast. Dry but smooth in finish
Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium-high carbonation
Overall: refreshing

rvdoorn, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of Pencible
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated Nov 18, 2010
A: This poured a cloudy light gold with some white head.
S: It smelled like lots of oak and funk and vinegar, with some dry white grape and clove and earthy lemon zest.
T: It tasted like dry white grapes and tart earthy lemon zest and very funk oak and clove. It had a clean and tart aftertaste.
M: It was thin and very bubbly. Like champagne.
D: This was a very nice gueuze. The scent and body were spot on, and the taste was very nice too. It wasn't overpowering, but there was still lots of wild funk and tartness. So it was easy to drink, but worth sipping. Age forever for enjoy fresh. Definitely recommended.

Pencible, Aug 13, 2011
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4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on December 12, 2009

Appearance - Large white frothy head over a bright, slightly hazy orange-amber beer. Plentiful carbonation is visible.

Smell - A woodsy, sour smell is detectable a foot from the glass. The aroma is very complex with a sweaty, dank cellar funk; wood; and a bitter-sour, almost grapefruit smell.

Mouthfeel and Taste: Tingley, ample carbonation and a medium body highlight the musty sourness. It is tart, but not sharp. The sourness is smooth with lemon rind flavours, chalk, and overripe fruit. It is quite vinous with a tannic, bitter sour grapefruit finish.

, Aug 11, 2011
Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
98 out of 100 based on 2,085 ratings.