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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Ratings: 1,965
Reviews: 674
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.68%
Wants: 371
Gots: 511 | 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".

(Beer added by: rastaman on 09-27-2002)
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Photo of Xul
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very slightly hazy, deep golden with nearly volcanic effervescence , capped by two fingers of frothy, egg-shell colored head. Retention is amazing as the head barely recedes at all.

S: Moderately strong funk up front with a blend of musty and barnyardy character, followed by moderate tartness with a big lemon zest character. Light fruits swirl around with green apple and pear. Light oak in the background.

T: Strong sour character comes in right away with a big lemon juice component, followed immediately by tart apples and green grapes. Funk comes in on the mid-palate with musty pears and more green apple, followed by some oak and light vanilla character. Finish is of lightly tart fruits with just a hint of funk.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation, feels just a touch heavy on the tongue near the backend.

D: Incredibly drinkable for a gueuze, the tartness is strong but well-controlled.

Xul, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, May 5, 2008 vintage. Poured into a small snifter. Hazy golden body. Aroma of sour apple and straight up funk intensity. Taste is somewhat dry and funkadelic. Soured granny smith apple dominates. Wispy and quite delicious. Paired beautifully with a horshradish white cheddar cheese.

KickbacksSteve, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Splitting a 750mL bottle with my wife in our NYC highrise hotel room. Isn't it romantic that I am reviewing on my cell phone? I have a great wife.

Vintage: May 5, 2008

This gueuze has a very hazy, yellow appearance. There is a small, white, fizzy head that gradually fades, leaving no lacing. Aromas consist of funky straw or hay, lemons (subtle), wild yeast. This smells like a traditional gueuze - heavenly. The flavor is wonderful. The beer has a healthy amount of tartness, with no astringency. The finish is acetic, but not so much so that I wouldn't consume a bottle of this nectar by myself. It's always a treat to drink this great beer. I will revisit this delicacy as long as Armand continues brewing it.

Huhzubendah, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of metter98
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer poured slightly cloudy golden yellow in color into a snifter glass with a finger sized head that has good retention properties and left a thin layer of bubbles consistently covering the surface. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are strong aromas of sourness in the nose along with barnyard funkiness from the yeast.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by sourness, but this is not that overpowering. There are also some notes of tart citrus fruits.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish that makes you want to try another sip.
D: This beer is extremely easy to drink for the style and doesn't have any funky smells or sour tastes that overpower the senses.

metter98, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of MbpBugeye
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Half bottle, 12.7oz. Poured into my Ommegang flute. bottling date: 10 Mar 2008. The cork came out very easily with some force behind it. It popped out of my hand. Luckily I got no gushing or anything.

A- Crazy head that fills nearly the whole glass but it concedes quickly allowing me to fill the rest of my glass. It leaves lots of cobweb, spotting lacing. The beer is a thoroughly hazed old gold color, very similar to the colors on the label, only darker.

S- Oh yes, Drie Fonteinen. Classic old funky smells matched up against bright lemony citrus. Tart lemon, pears, cider, vinegar and lots of funk. Moldy feed, horse blanket, cheese and damp, weathered wood. The smell makes my glands nervous.

T- Not insanely sour. Its very manageable and thus highly drinkable. The funk is great. Its stuff that a beginner might have trouble conquering but this is a really good beer to learn about funky beers with. Biting sourness with lots and lots of very old oak. Sawdust from decades old wood, dust off of old bibles, cobwebs, the air out of an old monastery's pipe organ, and lemon.

M- Fluffy carbonation, dry, lighter body. The drawback is that this beer really thickens you mucus like a sour lemon hard candy.

D- Very crisp, not too sour and a low ABV. If you like funk (3 Fonteinen does it very well) then this beer is a must have.

MbpBugeye, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of boss302
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A This is a beautiful beer that is orange in color, clear and has a nice head. The head lasted the entire glass and covered the beer to the end.

S Smells sour/acidic, no hops are noted. It smells clean, no off-flavors, and typical of other Geuze I've had.

T Puckering in a good way. This has a nice sour tart flavor like green apples. It is crisp, sharp and clean. There is no sweetness. Balance is on the tart side.

M Medium body, dry finish, carbonation is high.

D This is a middle of the road geuze, it will offend the the uninitiated, but is a good geuze and worth trying.

boss302, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of Spider889
3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on March 10, 2008.

This was my first serious sour/real lambic so I was a little unsure of what to expect. I don't think this is the normal "beginner" sour. However I was pleasantly surprised and liked it a lot. I will have to try this again down the road once I've tasted some more of the style and revisit this one.

Color is a semi-hazy orange straw color with a little head that receded quickly. Nicely carbonated.

Smelled of sour pear and cider with a damp mustiness to it. I detected a sour astringency that reminded me of a strong Gorgonzola (my wife thought it smelled like feet).

The taste was definitely sour, but not puckering at first. There were ripe black cherries in there along with an unbaked bready dough smell. Definitely grew on the funk scale (and sourness) as it warmed.

Bubbly on the tongue with a prickly sour finish, this is a dry beer that truly reminded me of champagne. I finished most of the bottle (my wife didn't care for it as much as I) but our 450ml? bottle was enough for me.

Spider889, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of CPeterson
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -- A hazy, golden apricot color with vigorous but broken head that dissipates into a nice lacing.

S -- Funk and citrus, you can smell the acid on this one. Oak and earth follow with a whisper of sweetness.

T -- Explosive acid and bitter citrus that fades into a smooth oaked tart. Apricot and peach biittersweetness with a finish of straw hay would be how I would describe the lingering flavor.

M -- Tart, almost puckering, dry and crisp. The dryness stays on the palate a while.

D -- Definitely a solid representation of the style, approachable for those a bit more bold than your typical light lager drinker, yet complex enough to interest any seasoned beer geek.

CPeterson, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of ThaCreep
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bronze color and a nose that exudes good lambic invigorating. On the palate, the beer is quite vinous and more or less acidic. The fruit is suggested by the tannins like apricot and a good dose of oak without being intrusive gives strength and sturdiness to the body. We taste here and there touches of white wine. Hints bitter (perhaps tannins individuals), not so acid, are felt in the finish and endure a great length of palate that allows the lambic to unfold in its full flavor.

ThaCreep, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of Lolli1315
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy gold color with visible bubbles streaming to the one finger beautiful white head that will not disappear. A fairly decent lacing accompanies the head as well.

S- As soon as you open the bottle you are hit with the funky smell. A lot of barnyard funk with nice lemon citrus notes as well as some oak. Finishes with a noticeable yeast smell as well as what seems as a slight band aid smell.

T- The beer starts with a funky barnyard undertone and quickly moves into sharp citrus notes. The sweetness of the beer picks up to compliment the large increase in the sour nature towards the middle end of the profile. Sharp sour notes finish the beer as the funky undertones continue throughout, never quite losing steam. A little too sweet towards the middle of the beer brings this one down.

M- Medium light body with decent carbonation, but could use more as much seems to disappear quickly after it enters the mouth.

D- Sweetness makes this a little harder to put down and a little trying after some time, but still a good beer. For my first gueuze it wasn't bad, but I think I will revisit this review after trying a couple others.

Lolli1315, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of KAP1356
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12.7fl oz. bottle dated March 10, 2008 into a Lindeman's flute glass...

A - Pours a hazy golden color with some great peach highlights. A huge eggshell white head forms and bubbles and sticks around for quite awhile. The bubbles are skyrocketing to the top of the glass while the beer sits there staring at me.

S - Funky, sour, lemony, woody, earthy notes come screaming out of the glass. Really gotta mention how great the earthy, grassy notes are on this.

T - Bold earthy, grass flavors hit the palate first with some delicious oak and vanilla flavors coming after. Lemon and orange zest with just a bit of peach like taste also comes out.

M - Extremely carbonated; a little more than I like in a beer like this. Very smooth after the carbonation subsides in the mouth.

D - Extremely well balanced. Great beer and one that I could easily drink several bottles of in one sitting.

KAP1356, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of Phelps
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For my introduction to the gueuze style, I thought I'd go with a classic. Bottled Jan. 22, 2004 and poured into a perfect pint glass.

Looks: the cork slides out with a soft pop, and I'm immediately hit with a skunky, funky aroma. The color is a lovely light tangerine that melds with notes of pale sunlight and reddish clay. The head is white, fizzy and audible, snapping and crackling as it quickly recedes, though a tiny ring and a stubborn film linger. The lack of a head is disappointing, though watching these effervescent bubbles struggle slowly to the surface makes up for it somewhat.

Smells: acidic, funky and skunky. How interesting. White grapes, granny smith apples, a prominent oakiness. Only lightly sour, with subtle undertones of barnyard funk, hay and moldy crackers -- but in a good way. I'm really digging this.

Tastes: holy sour, batman! From the get-go, my tongue is enveloped in puckering, tangy tartness. However, it doesn't linger too much after the finish, and there's an apple juice sweetness there that balances it out somewhat. The horsey funk is more prominent here, pairing with flavors of white wine, wet wheat and lime. It almost reminds of dry gin. A teeny bit of oak is perceptible in the back.

Feels: medium-light body, smooth. Light carbonation. The tartness builds upon itself after a while, but never becomes cloying.

Drinks: I may not know from gueuze, but I know what I like. Oude Gueuze has a lot of flavor packed into that little 375ml bottle, and you can taste the effort and time that went into crafting it. This six-year-old bottle was an unexpected surprise and a rare treat.

Phelps, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.03/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 12.7 oz bottle into a tulip.

Vibrant golden color with large white head. Good retention, ok lacing, a nice looking geueze. Smell has the normal lemon and oaky notes to it, a bit tart, but also has a bit of banana to it which surprised me.

Tastes pretty similar to a few geuezes I've had, though potentially a bit dialed back on the funk. The tart is there, the flavor is clean and drinkable, but the funk might be a bit lacking. Nice beer overall though.

Clean in the mouth, a bit drying on the finish, light and refreshing. Great drinkability, I love this style, but I think the Lindemans Cuvee Rene might be of similar quality for less money.

LordAdmNelson, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2008, reviewed in 2010.

Clear golden caranel body.

Intense aromas jump from the glass. Lemon, vinegar, green apples, and yeast. Sourness siezes the palate in a glorious flourish. Powerful acidity, but surprisingly little barnyard. Think lemon shocktarts, but in a good way. Has the citric acid you find in sour candy.

The body is medium to full, with the carbonation of spritzy champagne.

Bright citrus, intense sour, balancedin its own way. Gueuze isn't for everyone, but for those twho enjoy it, this is top shelf stuff.

BradLikesBrew, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of wedge
3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10 MAR 2008

The cork popped off of this one with no effort at all. Hazy gold hue with a very foamy head that eventually settles down to a small, tight head on the surface. Farm-y/funky acidic notes hit the nose...vinegar, wood, must, tart apple...generally funky with a subtle powdery sweetness. Juicy, tart flavors of apple and lemon. Sour and earthy, some sweetness attempting to counter the sour. Gentle despite the overall sourness. Very smooth and "floaty" with moderate carbonation. Somewhat puckering, leaving the inside of my mouth dry. I like it...

wedge, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.97/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

1999 vintage shared with many at the CL release this past weekend. I made sure to get a large pour for myself though.

A dense white head floats on top of this slightly hazy, golden colored gueuze. Taste and aroma achieves perfection. Never had I had a more balanced experience with this style. Especially with a vintage this old. The Brett never overpowers the acidity and there's no evidence of acetic acid. There are bold gueuze characteristics attacking your taste buds in perfect unity. It finishes clean and refreshingly dry. Age has been very kind to this beer. It's truly sublime at this point.

BearsOnAcid, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of wedgie9
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from 12.7oz bottle at Lush Roscoe, bottle date is Feb. 1, 2008. Pours cloudy golden with a thick, bubbly white head that recedes to thick lace. Nose is sour citrus and vinegar funk with some nice yeasty bread aromas as well. Flavors are sour with lemon and lime acidity and light bitterness. There are also some yeast, bread, and hay notes. The body is fairly light with sparkling carbonation and a long sour and bitter finish.

wedgie9, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of muttyd
4.83/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Amber/golden yellow body with a huge fizzy white head. Loads of carbonation make this one a bit of a gusher, but I salvaged every drop.

S - Musty, barnyard funky, lemony and woody. This is the single best smelling gueuze I have ever come across.

T - Sweet lemon acidy up front balanced off by an oaky vanilla smoothness like no other. Very sour, mouthwatering and champagne-like.

M - Bubbly and dances around on the tongue.

D - Love this beer. Can't seem to put it down. Glad I have a few more of these in my cellar.

muttyd, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of UnDeadly
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

375mL, bottled 10 December 2010. White wine glass.

Appearance - Very nice golden-hay color. Medium haze, as is typical of the style. Surprisingly carbonated, it generated a 1-1.5 finger head when I poured that was slow to dissipate. Still, there was a minimal head that stayed mostly around the perimeter. No real lacing to speak of.

Smell - I don't care for this much carbonation in a gueze, but boy does it bring out those aromas. Big floral and lemon zest scents, with earthy notes of grass and wood.

Taste - Classic gueze taste. Earthen and grass notes hit first, and for me at least the flavors seem to mellow in the middle, with an easy crispness. Then it finishes strong with the citrus notes, which linger into the aftertaste. Overall sourness is moderate to heavy, but not as insane as some of the other reviews I saw on here made it out to be. Certainly nothing to scoff at either though; in fact, I think it's very well balanced.

Mouth Feel - Light and crisp, but here is my main complaint with this beer: too much carbonation for a gueze. It's not horrible or unbearable, but it is distracting. Sips result in an initial foam that I generally associate with dubbels and trippels, not a gueze lambic.

Drinkability - With the exception of the carbonation, this beer is overall very balanced and I could have had several more. Wish I had a 750 instead of the 375!

Other than the minor issue of the carbonation, a great beer that I would have again in a second. Worth noting that I drank this over about 90 minutes...from cold straight from the fridge to nearly room temperature. The flavor profile seemed to begin to shade more earthy/grassy as it warmed, and was very pleasant. I've heard this before with guezes, but this is the first one that I took my time with. Well worth it :D

UnDeadly, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of timtim
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottled may 2008. Awesome. Pours burnt gold with some peachy hues and a white head that pops and crackles while it does it's thing. Nose is living wood, earth, mushroom, barn, wet barn, lemon, preserved lemon (sweet lemon) and some peppery spice... like I said, awesome. everything a gueze should be without being off or overwhelming or out of whack. very nice balance here. in the taste, the sour funky seems to be rounded out and contained by the flavors of the wood. pure art. it really paints a picture in my mind of fuzzy, dank cellars and cool belgian countrysides. soft as velvet and spritzed up by the living yeast, this beer not only speaks to me, it makes me want more. thank you drie fontienen. sorry to hear about you recent problems with the brewery. no matter what happens, keep 'em coming and I'll keep supporting!! cheers.

timtim, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of jpmclaug
3.93/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375mL bottle into my New Holland Tulip. Date on bottle is March 10, 2008

A - Hazy yellow with a bit fizzy white head. Lots of bubbles running up the side of this thing.

S - Funky smell with a nice dose of grape skins. Reminds me of a sour muscadine grape. I think this one will be sour.

T - Tart grapes, a lemony yeast flavor and a bit of funk. Some spicy pepper flavor but the tart flavor really is strong in this one.

M - light body with a ton of carbonation. I know it is supposed to be well carbonated but this is a bit too much.

D - This would destroy a sour noob. I've enjoyed it though and would pick this one up again... however I prefer fruit lambics. And this certainly isn't as sour as Cantillon Kriek or La Folie. Really a solid brew however, my only problem is the boatloads of carbonation.

jpmclaug, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of crossovert
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750ml synthetic corked and caged green bottle. Bottled on 02 February 2007.

Pours a nice orange/old peach color that is murky and hazy. The head is small and white.

The smell is potent here. Tons of acidic sourness, lots of fruit peel, lemon, fruit, and some barnyard funk. The oak adds a nice wood tone that cloaks it all. It is very woody, not as much vanilla or tannin.

The taste is sour to the max almost. Biting lemon rind is the most prominent flavor. There is a bit more tannic flavor in the taste with the wood. There is a funky stickiness that coats your mouth with each sip. It is a true gueuze experience. There is a subtle spice in the background as well. This isn't quite the most complex gueuze I've had but it is definitely smooth, and the quintessential sour flavor.

This is one of the better gueuzes out there it is a shock at first but mellows.

crossovert, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of Ryan011235
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip on 6/22/10

Bottled March 10th, 2008

Hazy apricot colored; appears nearly florescent in the light. It is something of a feat getting this in the glass, as rushing billows of foam quickly take up most of the space; easily three fingers. Porous & thin, the head quickly recedes in what you might call a spiderweb-like fashion. Good retention, though little lace.

The Oude Geuze aroma is initially that of barnyard grass, funky mustiness, wheat & wood; it's kind of antiquated in that sense. Interestingly, it opens up to pleasant floral overtones. Hints of lemon zest, tart apple, pear & maybe a touch of white grape. Mildly spicy yeast notes as well.

Opening with intensely tart flavors of light fruits, it is quickly apparent there are a lot of compelling things going on here. Right after the tartness subsides, spicy yeast kicks in for a moment & it becomes clear that this is a very dry beer. The mid section is where things really get interesting; lots of grimy, decrepit, wooden-shack funk. The finish is full of dank oak; seemingly there are charred flavors. Dry bitterness is also apparent. Toastiness is noticeable with warmth. At times it seems to have something going on that I imagine is similar to old leather shoes.

Medium-light bodied; sharp & crisp. Carbonation is ample & quite vigorous, almost to the point of distraction. Still, it seems to fit the style so I can't knock it strictly on personal preference. The tartness certainly benefits from the biting carbonation. Musty, charred oak of the old variety, funk & sour apple remain on the finish.

Oude Geuze is unlike anything I've tried thus far, especially in terms of how the flavors progressed. I'm still acclimating myself to sours but I really like how the dryness works in conjunction with the prominent oak characteristics. I'm looking forward to more forays into the style.

Ryan011235, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of gyllstromk
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light copper with a vigorous head. Tropical aromas of pineapple, kiwi, and strawberry, with hints grassiness, and a slight maltiness. Flavor has a clean, bright sourness, with some astringency. Well carbonated with a wet feel. Very tasty, indeed.

gyllstromk, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of darklordlager
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pops open with some power...

A: Poured into a tulip a mysterious, opaque tangerine colour with an enormous 2.5" butter-coloured head. Recedes slowly.

S: Acidic, earthy smells waft out to greet the nose. Earthy barnyard funk, oak, fruit. Musty basement, grape-like.

T: Starts with a very light, peppery note. Moving quickly into a tartness that throws its weight on the tongue. Very tart, apple vinegar, lightly earthy. Nice dry, puckery finish. Almost a Flanders-like vinegar note. Starts to open up nicely after some warming, allowing a greater funky depth to emerge. While cold it possessed a clean tart character, it becomes a bit more earthy, fruity, and chalky as it warms.

M: Lively carbonation keeps things interesting. Buttery/oaky finish. Dry.

D: Smooth, refined yet exhibiting a breadth of flavours.

darklordlager, Jun 25, 2010
Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
97 out of 100 based on 1,965 ratings.