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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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2,189 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,189
Reviews: 686
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.68%
Wants: 386
Gots: 584 | FT: 65
Brewed by:
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Belgium

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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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Feb 1 2008, making this 375 mL bottle just over 3 1/2 years old. The bottle was allowed to stand upright for a week and then poured into snifter.

Pours with a surprising two fingers of white head over a slightly cloudy flamed yellow body full of bubbles rising to the head. After 5 minutes the head is actually thicker and more compact in composition then when this was poured.

As always words fail me with the description of a well crafted traditional Belgian lambic. Musty, something like aged cheese, something like a misty meadow after nighttime rainfall, slight notes of oak, a touch of brett funkiness, and a plentiful dose of the pedo/lacto wine-like acidity. All of these aromas are intertwined and nearly impossible to tease apart. Outstanding.

On the palate the acidity is moderate, but there is no sweetness to be found (a good thing for this traditional style). Dry, tart, and substantially sour (but by no means near the limits). The flavor is even more integrated than the aromas, and shows depth and complexity in the midst of forming an overall singular "blended lambic" flavor.

The mouthfeel is highly carbonated and light, with dry tart and sour feel filling the mouth and begging to be drank faster than my budget should allow.

Conclusion: As expected, this is an outstanding gueuze. I still favor Girardin 1884 Black label over this, and want to try them side by side at some point. I doubt I will ever be able to fully appreciate the complexity of this style, but I hope to deepen my understanding by drinking a lot more of it throughout my life!

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Golden in color with a finger of bright white head.
Oak, some berry tartness and mild vinegar acidity.
A wonderful blend of dry oak flavor mixed with berry sweetness followed by a sour green apple finish.
Dry mouthfeel with prickly carbonation.
A very tasty but not overwhelming Gueuze. Great for people who are trying to get into this style.

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
97 out of 100 based on 2,189 ratings.