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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Ratings: 2,126
Reviews: 677
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.68%
Wants: 378
Gots: 550 | FT: 55
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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 JAHMUR
5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of lpotter
5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of doughanson78
4.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My 250th review. 375ml bottle poured into a tulip. Purchased at Local Option in Chicago.

A: Golden yellow in color. Super clear. One finger white head with good retention and OK lacing.

S: Beautiful funk without being overly funky. Sour apples. Light wet grass notes. An amazing geuze aroma.

T: Awesome sour apple flavor without being overly sour. The wet grass and barnyard funk blend beautifully with the sourness.

M: Light bodied but far from watery. High carbonation lends a nice crispness. Super dry finish.

O: Easily the best Geuze that I've had. Everything blends nicely and nothing takes from the other. Truly amazing.

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

Bottled December 10, 2009.

Golden orange, opaque with a tight, fizzy head that retains well.

Smell is musky and fruity. Smoke and lemons. Wonderfully interesting and complex.

Taste is a sour musk with a long finish that sweetens as it goes. Lemons, peaches, bit of butter. There's an oaty flavor deep in there surrounded by tart sweetness. The taste is hard to pin down, and it's very compelling. It makes me want more after each sip.


Photo of Treebs
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz. C&C bottle served Founders snifter. Bottled November 18, 2010.

A: Opened up the cage and the cork popped itself. Luckily it didn't gush at all which was surprising. Pours an apricot color with a very lively and frothy pure white head. Ton and tons of bubbles pushing the head up. Some splotchy lace down the glass with excellent ring retention.

S: Smells of dry oak and some slight sour citrus rinds. Mild funk thrown in for kicks as well.

T: Very tart orange rind with a light drying oak. Some mild fruity sweetness in there as well. Some sour young green apples with a little funk mixed in.

M: Light bodied, lively with a very carbonated body, but not overly done. Very dry finish and sour fruit finish.

O: Delicious gueuze. I'm glad I was able to find this at a local store and pick it up. Great combination of tart, sour and funk with just a hint of sweetness. Would like to have again.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, sour, yeasty, and somewhat fruity. In the taste, sour and tart, with a small sweet fruitiness that lingers all the way through. A sour bite and lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry sweet tart like aftertaste. Sweet and sour, light body, quite fantastic.

Photo of WestValleyIPA
4.83/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 375 ml bottle dated Nov. 18, 2010 into my Stone IRS tulip. Got about of finger and a half of Champagne-esque head that dies quickly, but the ever-present bubbles remain. Golden hued body. Tart fruit on the nose, especially apple. Granny Smith in the house. Funky, but not full on barnyard. Probably drinking it a little young. Maybe some sour feet on the nose too. The hairs in my nose prickle. I'm in love. More of that tart unripe Granny Smith apple stuff going on on the palate. A funky bitter hop finish, along with some citrus peel bitterness. Very dry and Champagne-like as far the the mouthfeel goes. Little bubbles. Very little bubbles. Fan-effing-tastic. Love love love.

Photo of zhanson88
4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage, poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a fairly hazy, pale straw color with moderate carbonation. About 3" of white head forms on the pour, which has excellent retention and decent lacing.

Smell: Smells of sour green apples, followed by a ton of grassiness, hay, lactic sourness and barnyard funk. Quite aromatic.

Taste: In line with the smell. Light green apple notes, as well as some pear, followed by intense lactic sourness and funk. Very puckering and drying on the finish. About what one would expect from a classic gueuze such as this.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light bodied with prickly carbonation. Pretty good here. Overall, a great gueuze. Very sour, puckering and refreshing. Had this directly following a '04 Lou Pepe Gueuze, and definitely preferred this beer.

Photo of Casey10
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow a excreptional beer would drink a lot more if it were not so damn expensive :)

A - Carbination yellow lots of fizz nice and carbinated.

S - light smelling notes of grassines in the background.

T - Starts to get sour as it warms up some lemon.

M- not bad tangy definately get that puckering feel as you sip more.

O- really nice worth it if you are looking for the reald deal and style not many can do it better than this.

Photo of russwbeck
3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Extremely bubbly clear yellow pour with a huge white head. The cork literally almost shot out of the bottle when I touched it. The retention and lacing of the head is great.

S: The funk, acidity, and sweetness from the fruits (lemons, cherries) are all very balanced on the aroma. Smells tart, and a bit sweet.

T: The taste is no where near as acidic as I was expecting. Slight vinegar, slight barnyard funk, lemon, grass, hints of cherries. Muted, but good. The tartness and acidity kicked up as the beer warmed, and the funk took a backseat.

MF: Extreme carbonation, a bit too much. Light and tart.

O: This was good, but not as good as the Gueuze Tilquin. Balanced, but not as tasty. I was very surprised by the carbonation thing, and wanted a bit bigger flavor.

Photo of Jefe73
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottled poured into a Lost Abbey tulip. Big thanks to Vince (G311) for sending this my way.

A - Cork shot off with a loud pop. Pours a hazy, golden color with a finger width, bright white head.

S - Smell is slightly funk with green grapes, oak and lemongrass.

T - Taste is very similar to what is picked up in the nose. Sour apple, green grapes, a little vinegar.

M - Very champagne like. Light body and heavy carbonation...very effervescent. Smooth, dry finish.

O - Nice and refreshing. Highly drinkable. Enjoyed this one very much.

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

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Drie Fonteinen Gueuze glass. Thanks to goodstrongbeer for bringing this over.

Appearance: The color is a medium hazy golden color with a tint of tangerine. A small refined head fades to a collar, demonstrating proper carbonation for the style.

Smell: The aroma is fairly strong and complex. A lemon and citrus tartness wafts up my nose first, with a musty, grassy barnyard aroma containing mushrooms and hay toward the end.

Taste: The flavor starts with some light grains and a pungent, acidic sourness. Lemon zest and some grapefruit contribute to the illusion of fruit. Some minerals and oak begin to contribute toward a more champagne dry tartness toward the end. An undertone of grass and hay come in with a light stinky cheese and mushroom funk toward the end.

Mouthfeel: This is definitely sour and puckering, with an acidity that is common in the style. The acidity up front creates some salivation, while it dries out a bit toward the end. The body is a little bit fuller than medium and properly carbonated.

Overall: This is just a splendid gueuze. With the flashes of flavor and elegant complexity, this is a beer I could enjoy over and over.

Photo of MCDuhamel
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged bottle into a large tulip. Pours a clear dark straw with an enormous white meringue-like head. Lots of bubbles. Not a lot of lacing. The nose is green apple, hay, and vinegar. The flavor is of tart green apple, citrus, and the slightest hint of barnyard funk, and perhaps white wine grapes. The finish is very dry but not astringent. The whole beer is supported by tingly carbonation. Very drinkable, and quite refreshing.

This is an excellent geuze.

Photo of mikedotnet
3.73/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Orange-to-yellow translucent body with no murkiness. Absolutely huge head- this one will take a while to pour. There are a decent amount of tiny champagne-like bubbles, but not as much as I would expect for this style.

S - The aroma is a combination of sour apples and wet hay- a bit funkier than the more tart geuzes.

T - Tart, but not overpoweringly so. No funk or earthiness, either (which is a plus for me; I'm not a fan of the funky/rotten taste that some others have). The aroma is a bit misleading in this regard, but I would call the lack of a funky/rotten taste a positive attribute. Not very complex, but that's fine by me.

M - A bit heavier than I would like for a geuze and lacking the crisp, prickly carbonation that other oude geuzes have. I've noticed an ever-so-slight oiliness as well (which is consistent throughout this case of the '09 batch).

O - To be honest, I was a bit disappointed by this given all the hype around this brewer. It's good- don't get me wrong- but just nowhere near as refreshing as others (namely Boon's two Oude Geuze varieties). At this price point, I would much rather have the Boon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait.

Photo of inlimbo77
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7oz C&C'ed bottle. Bottle date 11/16/10. Poured into Russian River goblet.

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow color. Looks light champagne. One finger bright white head. Tight tiny bubbles. Head fades quickly. Lacing and alcohol feet for sure.

S: It smells like funky white wine or champagne. Tart apples and white grapes maybe.

T: Very tart and sour beer, but not as much as the Kriek. You get a nice sharp tart bite on tip of the tongue. Then the middle of the mouth is blasted with sour tart grape flavor. Then a really crisp dry finish, much like white wine and champagne.

M: Light to medium bodied.

O: A-. I really like this one, but maybe I just like a little more fruit backing to the tartness. Delicious work though.

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

Thanks to claaark13 for this one. 2008 vintage. 750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a Cantillon tulip. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 2 finger creamy white head with great retention. Beer is a slightly cloudy deep orange. Lacing is spotty with moderate cling. Decent. Great head retention here.

Nose is outstandingly funky. Rancid wet hay, salty cheese, lemon rind, cobweb, and wet, soggy band-aid. Like a dank public bathroom. Everything you could ever want from a gueuze. Aromatic too. Near perfection.

Opens citrus, lemon, and hay. Some cheesiness at the start. Sour cobweb and lemon rind upfront. More cobweb and straw with some tart yeastiness. Rotting wood and plasticy at the end. Finishes yeasty, tart, and puckering. Aftertaste is tart and dry lemon. The gold standard.

Light to medium bodied with ample carbonation. Spritzy, lite, and lively in the mouth and goes down oily and filmy. Finish is accented with a lingering, dry aftertaste. Very solid.

This is the gueuze that every other offering in the style should be measured against. Very complex, funky, and amply tart in the taste and smell with a classic gueuze mouthfeel. Incredibly ageable. Lacks a touch in the appearance though.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
98 out of 100 based on 2,126 ratings.