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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Ratings: 2,021
Reviews: 672
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.9%
Wants: 379
Gots: 519 | 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 MrDanno96
4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice golden/orange color with several fingers of fluffy white head and fluffy lacing.

S: A good dose of sour funkiness, vinegar, and sour grapes. Perhaps a little leather too.

T: Really great. Light fruit flavors of apple, white grapes and lemon up front, with some notes of white wine to boot. This transitions into some much more earthy flavors, leather, funk. Only a mild sourness in the finish. Mouth puckering by no means, but very refreshing and drinkable.

M: Medium bodied with subtle carbonation and a dry finish.

O: I'm relatively new to drinking Gueuzes, but I enjoyed this immensely. Plenty of sourness in the flavor, but not overly so. Lots of good balance and surprisingly refreshing. Definitely lives up to the hype.

MrDanno96, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Bottling date is Dec 12th 2009.

Out of the bottle sits a cloudy lemon body that glows like an orb. Head is white rock hard and tight with some good staying power. Visible tiny carbonation comes up from the bottom. Minimal spotty lacing, but it's the pour and noise out of the bottle and what hits the glass that seems most impressive in appearance.

First nose of the bouquet is a dry extremely dry apple cider, burnt yeast and dry air. Feels also a kind of burnt ash and wooded fireplace ashes. REALLY arid. This is probably very jarring if you're not expecting it but I really enjoy it and was really surprised and like it.

Taste is a tight crisp burnt apple mixing with ashes and cider feel. Champagne and sparkling wine brut-ness. Extremely dry finish and refreshing. Incredibly tight sensation in the mouth as if eating crabapples over an outdoor wooded fire.

Overall this is pretty exciting but I have to be in the right mood for it. Boy this would really pair well with grilled fish on the bbq, or even just simple grilled shellfish. I am not so sure I would want to dive into this just to drink on its own, but I really dig this.

smakawhat, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of HitokiriNate85
4.95/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled on 3/10/2008 - Three years and one day ago. Cork is in good shape, which is a plus since I've had fresher bottles of lambic with crumbling corks. Pops open with fierce, but no bubbling over.

A - Pours a hazy gold - surprising since I figured the yeast would have formed a nice cake in the meantime. I left some yeast behind, but I guess it must have kicked up some when I moved the beer to the freezer tonight. Very nice off-white head that poured up out of the glass in a nice pillowy fluff. After at least five minutes it has settled into a thick, dense cap. Very nice for a lambic.

S - Damp hay, earthy, musky brett notes with the typical nostril-filling acidity. The ample carbonation really helps display the aroma - really nice to find it this way after a few years. There's some light oakiness, but I didn't notice it for the first couple minutes.

T - Plenty of acidity upfront that really hits with a big lemon and bit of wood. It's on the cooler side still, so I think that's really reinforcing the acidity. As it warms it opens up a bit, layering in some of the damp hay and general earthiness mentioned above. I thought this much time would muddle the flavors some(not in a bad way), but instead the flavors seem very defined without being overwhelming at all.

MF - Lots of carbonation that seems to accentuate the dryness of the beer.

D - The best gueuze I've ever had. For me, the acidity is really spot on and doesn't completely blow you away, while still being very sharp. The time in the bottle actually seems to have mellowed out a lot of the funk, resulting in an incredibly drinkable gueuze.

I've had this before, so I knew what to expect, but it has been a while, so either experience or the bottles age has changed things. I expected good, but this is one of the best beers I've ever had. It's sad to know it'll never be brewed in this fashion again(though I hope it remains exactly the same). Cheers.

HitokiriNate85, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of Urbancaver
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly murky yellowish orange. A bit of white head. Smells funky and tart. There is a nice fruitiness. Some yeasty hints and very well balanced. Tastes very tart with some nice light fruits. A few floral citrusy tastes. Vry nicely balanced and well carbonated. Drinks very cleanly

Urbancaver, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of brew3crew
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-hazy yellow with a nice white head
S-funky sour taste. Not bad at all
T-just like it smells. very funky but not overly sour. Fruiy with a clean and smooth taste.
M-light bodied and very crisp and nice sour aftertaste
D-decent with a good sour aftertaste

brew3crew, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of jrallen34
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle, from 12/12/2009, drank from my Rodenbach tulip... Pours a very clear dark gold, more clarity than the Vintages. An off white head, lasting but thin cap, no lacing... On the nose I can tell this is a newer batch, aroma is weak. Sweet oak, must, a hint of horse blanket, good but too light... The taste is much stronger, tons of oak and must, the aroma on steroids but lacks depth. Its a touch to alcoholic and acidic... The feel is tart and dry, a little to wet on the finish though.

This is good, but not great. Probably a touch to young, and didn't come close to the Vintage series. Still worth trying.

jrallen34, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of BEERMILER12
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled April 26, 2010, so this is a fairly young bottle

A: Pours a nice straw yellow with a finger of yellowish head that fizzles within a minute of pouring

S: Funky sour tart smell with some yeast and sour apples in the back

T: Initially a large wave of sour/tart followed by the yeast and sour fruit, which is mostly apples. No noticeable alcohol at all. Pretty much exactly what I expect from a gueuze

M: Light body with fairly high carbonation

D: Extremely high drinkability, especially at 6%. The only thing keeping this from getting a 5 is the price (which is actually reasonable considering how much time it takes to make and the availability here in the states) and the sourness, which would probably get to me eventually

BEERMILER12, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of samie85
3.88/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottled 12/12/09.

A-Pours a very goldenrod color with a quarter of finger of white head and fine champagne-like bubbles.

S-Smells of lemon zest and a bit of mustiness.

T-Bitter, acidic lemon zest upfront with some dry and slightly sour lemon finish.

M-Very well carbonated and prickly in the mouth with a light body.

D-Very nice and not as funky or sour as some other Gueuze I've had, but a very nice example.

samie85, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of Brad007
4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale blonde color with a one finger head into my lambic glass. Looks like a lot of carbonation is present.

Aroma is a mix of apricot, apple and cherry in the nose. It's mildly funky.

The aromas are deceptive as the tongue is greeted by lots of funk, with old moldy shoe coming to my mind. Only a small amount of the other "flavors" remain.

Finishes somewhat dry with lingering funk. If you're thinking "dessert beer" think again.

Except for that last sentence, there is no reason why you should not partake in the experience that this beer provides. Just be prepared to feel like you just ate a moldy shoe after drinking this!

Brad007, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of Kinsman
4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A late 2009 bottling, making this a rather young vintage with a little over a year on it.

Hazy light amber hue with a loud and lively carbonation provided a thick white head that leave behind a semi sticky lace residue.

Aroma is fully of tarty sweetness with some cider and vinegar-like sour aspects mixed in. Apples and white grapes seem to be the strongest fruit aromas.

Taste is wonderfully sour with lots of fruity sweetness to go with it. Apples give a cider like quality while the lemony sourness gives your mouth a nice pucker. Finishes with just a bit of a funky bretty character. Notably absent in this beer seems to be the leathery/barnyard character that a lot of people associate with sours but thats fine by me. This beer has struck the perfect balance of fruity sweetness, sourness, and yeasty funk for my liking.

Mouthfeel is bubbly and crisp with a dry finish. Overall, a great geuze that I'm glad I had the chance to try.

Kinsman, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of eagles22
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beautiful clear pale yellow with a nice 2 finger white head that dimishes rather quickly.

Smell: Very strong citrus notes more lemons than anything with some apple cider vinegar and barnyard funk.

Taste: Its perfect. Sour at the first with a strong lemons and a tad bit of vinegar. Nice balance of sweetness and barnyard funk at the end.

Mouthfeel: Just enough carbonation to balance out the sourness of this brew.

Drinkability: very high, but I really want to enjoy every sip of the beer.

eagles22, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of Gtreid
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes, 1/1/11. Cracked this just after the clock struck 12. Bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Hazy straw yellow color. The pour dropped an aggresive three finger head that left nice lace.

A: Sour and funk. Big notes of white grape and lemon. Some grass and biscuit malt also make and apperance. But right from the get go, you know this one is gonna be sour.

T: Very nice blend of sweet and sour. Not too overpowering. Horseblanket funk gives way to a citrusy sourness. Lemon and again the white grape are prominent. Finishes sour and dry.

M: Light to medium body with agressive carbonation. A bit sharp, but expected.

D and overall impression: Drinkability, as with all sours for me is somewhat limited, just do to the palate wrecking nature of the beers. Overall, I thought this was one heck of a good brew. Not too sweet, not too sour. Just a great blend of the two. Would definiatly have again. Skal.

Gtreid, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of SummitVA
4.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful, crystal clear pale straw. Half an inch of head dissipates quickly with little lacing on the glass. Medium carbonation maintained throughout the pour.

S - Citrus (esp. lemon), soft leather, barn-yard funk, and just a bit of sulfur behind.

T - Sourness first, followed by large citrus component with lemon foremost. Gorgeous funk rounded out with leathery and slightly tannic finish.

M - Light, crisp.

D - Absolutely flawless.

Overall - No better gueuze available in the US, IMHO. This is my birthday bottle, so I'm happy to say that I don't need to finish this by writing "I could drink a 750," as in fact I will drink a 750. Cheers!

SummitVA, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of kingcrowing
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked & caged bottle from April 26, 2010 poured into a sniffer.

Pours a hazy orange with a small almost yellow head. Nose is crazy! It's funky, tart, barnyard and just face puckering goodness!

Taste is just as crazy, lots of super tart funkiness. There's some dandilion and citrus as well. Mouthfeel is light, super dry and well carbonated. Awesome beer.

kingcrowing, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of SFLpunk
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL green glass cork and caged bottle. Bottled April 26, 2010.

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber orange color, like hay under a setting sun. 1/2 inch of bone-white head settles down but never quite leaves.

Nose: Smells like lemon zest and flowers; leather and honey; barn boards and hay.

Palate: Gripping acidity, right off the bat. As it subsides the pleasant flowery flavors come wafting forward: orange blossom, lime oil, hibiscus, guava, and papaya. Carbonation is creamy and seems somewhat misplaced next to the bright juicy flavors. Finish is long and tropical in an earthy way if that makes sense (think guava and papaya again), fairly dry and leaving a nice mouth-puckering sensation.

Notes: Really impressed with this brew. Would love to see it with a few years on it, but it's wonderfully refreshing right now!

SFLpunk, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of rarbring
3.68/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vinatage 2010. The beer is dark golden with amber traits, slightly hazy, a rather frothy head leaving good lacing.

The smell is musky and earthy, stable, wet dirt and concrete.

The taste has rather much initial sweetness, fruity and fresh, then sour rhubarb and vinegar - but rather modest, some concluding grape peel bitterness.

Medium carbonation, small bubbles, rather thin but refreshing body with a slightly dry finish.

Refreshing, and good with mature cheddar, a rather small body, maybe sampled too young.

rarbring, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of hardy008
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy pale gold with a large, bright white head with very good retention and lacing. The aroma is dominated by barnyard funk. There is also leather, green apple, yeast, lemons, and mild sulfur. The sulfur smell subsides a little as it warms.

The taste of the beer has barnyard funk, green apple, yeast, lemons, leather, and mild sulfur. Very tart, with a little green apple sweetness. This is a nice sipper. Not because of the alcohol, which is only 6%, but because of the complexity of this beer.

Light to medium bodied, well carbonated, finishes dry and tart. A very nice Gueuze, which is a style I am liking more and more all the time.

hardy008, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of sweemzander
4.9/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12.7oz. corked and caged bottle poured into a stemmed glass. March 10,2008 on the label.

(A)- Pours a clear orange golden hue with yellow-ish highlights. Produced a huge bubbly effervescent pure white head with some great retention on it; surprising for the style. Left some suds-like lacing behind.

(S)- Wow, a dense hay field-full of straw and hay dryness up front that turns into a literal funk of sour lactic-acid and a moldy cheese of some sort. A touch of a tart yet grassy lemon zest at the end.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. A rather potent grassy lemon zest with a very dry hay/straw moldy funk. Finishes as it started. Man, is the tart/sourness potent in this one!

(M)- A great lively carbonation level and balance. A big sour/acidic profile with a dry funk to rival it. Crisp, and a literal party on the tongue.

(D)- An obvious world class Gueuze. Nothing can I find to complain about. A joy to smell and drink. Paired it with some aged sharp white cheddar later on; yum!

**Update. After having this numerous times now, I am bumping its score up from what I originally had. Overall, I think this absolutely top notch and could see myself drinking it everyday if I could.

sweemzander, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

FosterJM, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of DovaliHops
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

DovaliHops, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of Bubba83
4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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...

Bubba83, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

PeprSprYoFace, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of Verecund
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Verecund, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of thecarster1
4.83/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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..

thecarster1, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of JAXSON
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

JAXSON, Jan 25, 2011
Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
97 out of 100 based on 2,021 ratings.