Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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4.08/5 rDev -6.8%
A bottle from January 2004
A: Pours a bright and slightly cloudy burnt orange color. A two finger creamy looking white head forms with good retention. The foam gently recedes to a cap with rings of sticky lace left behind. Really attractive.
S: A fruity sourness up front. Lemon, apples, and oranges. Some funky yeast and musky wheat.
T: A simple acidic, fruity sourness is dominate. Lemon and ripe apples, and pink grapefruit. Grassy and funky with some wheat again. There is an apple cider like dryness. Simple, but I like it.
M/D: A medium body that is perfectly crisp and dry. Very refreshing. Easy to drink. The sourness is not over barring, and makes for a very pleasant drinking Gueuze.
I am really enjoying this on a hot Texas evening. The perfect amount of acidic sourness, dryness, and refreshment. Fairly simple, but highly recommended.
05-31-2010 00:32:28 | More by champ103
4.6/5 rDev +5%
Bottle from 2008
A: The cork almost popped out of the bottle as soon as I loosened the cage. The pour is a light orange color with a massive, pillowy white head that sticks around forever.
S: Tons of bright acidity and a wonderful "greenness" to the beer. Lots of lemon, green apple, grapes, grass, and wet hay.
T: This one picks up where the nose leaves off. Lemon and green apple sourness are intense up front and an earthy funk and oak tannin quality on the back end.
M: The body is medium with a lot of carbonation. A nice dry and crisp finish.
D: It's too bad these guys won't be brewing anymore, but I'm glad they'll still be blending and giving us some great gueuzes.
05-26-2010 23:40:53 | More by womencantsail
4.18/5 rDev -4.6%
Great Beer. Wonderful hazy appearance. The funk goes straight through the nostrils to my heart, a deep breathe of heaven. Great tasting, a little weak in the funk for my flavor, but was still good. Felt great simmering on my tongue for a second before the gulp. Wish I could throw back a half-dozen, but I could probably only handle 2-3 and definitely couldnt afford too many more than that.
05-21-2010 02:45:30 | More by bryanmetzger
5/5 rDev +14.2%
Bottled 2008, good for ten years. I can't wait that long.
A: hazy and orange with generous doses of froth topping off the brew. Lacing is vigorous, with bubbles quickly shooting for base to head.
S: quite possibly one of the most floral brews I've come across. The bouquet hits the nose immediately upon popping the cork. Farmhouse funk melds with spicy hay. Complex, pungent, and delightful.
T: extremely dry and puckering sour. Lemon lime citrus are complement funk, herbs, and grass.
M: light body with heavy carbonation. It reminds me of a good champagne.
D: a must have for any lambic lover. This is one of the best examples I have come across. Unfortunately, a limited number of bottles remain. Hurry up and snag one before they're gone.
05-20-2010 13:14:03 | More by Avagadro
4.6/5 rDev +5%
Drie Fonteinen: Oude Gueuze (Bottled: 2008) (Tasted 05/10/10)
12 oz. cork & cage bottle, poured into a flute.
Appearance: I must admit, I had to play a game while pouring this beer, a game called "how long will it take for the gigantic mushroom shaped head on this beer to burst." It was a fun game, it didn't burst, bottle poured, hazy golden amber beer with aforementioned puff, off-white head rising up and out of the glass, like a monument to the beer gods. Retention and formation puts many heavily hopped beers to shame.
Odor: As soon as the bottle popped open, the tart aroma of granny smith apple, sharp creamy cheese, waxy rind and phenols filled the area around my desk. Tremendous.
Consistency: Light body, intensely sour palate, literally teetering on the brink of being offensive. Intense carbonation scrubs the palate clean and lends a very lively feel to the beer.
Flavor: Apple cider & lemon juice, hints of fermented honey, subtle phenols, tangy overripe red fruit rolls into a dry, clean finish.
Of the gueuze I've tried, this is one of my favorites. Something about the intensity of the aroma and the distinct cheese-like notes sets this one apart for me.
05-10-2010 22:10:02 | More by Walken
4.47/5 rDev +2.1%
March 2008 bottle. Served into a Maudite glass. Enjoyed while brewing a Cranberry Quad.
The appearance is a hazy golden color with a head that is as white as fresh snowfall. It is a fluffy head that grows rapidly with a vigorous pour. There is some lacing, but the leg is mostly oil and slathers the glass.
This beer owns a lot of barnyard and lemon rind in the smell. Some must and grass are also present, with a sweet pineapple in the end.
The taste is fantastic. Lemon rind, barnyard funk, white grape, sour apple, tart sugar candy, pineapple, soft carbonation with a partridge in a pear tree. Delicious.
The carbonation is perfect, making the palate attentive. The oily character is great, soft body that sits gently on the palate and coats the mouth. Could drink this one all day long.
05-09-2010 00:53:33 | More by Jmoore50
4.4/5 rDev +0.5%
A - Hazy golden-orange honey color with a large, foamy, rocky white head with pretty good retention leaving a thin, patchy layer of lacing and some sticking to the glass.
S - Tart and sour lemon, apple and grape along with a touch of acidic vinegar aroma. No too heavy on the vinegar aroma for the style though. Also a strong yeast and barnyard funk present. A touch of grassy and mineral aroma in the background.
T - Starts with a tart and sour lemon and apple flavor. Just the slightest acidic taste comes out. Mid sip has a strong sour lemon come out with hints of yeast and a little funk. This then gives way to a more sweet and sour fruit taste. Strong grapefruit along with some apple and pear and hints of apricot and peach. Obviously lemon and some lime are still quite strong. The are sour and mouthwatering and a little puckering, but the also have a fairly strong sweet kick. The sweet sour mix is somewhat like a very sour candy as the sweetness isn't dominant, more of a background taste.
M - Medium to full body with moderate carbonation. Very juicy and mouthwatering feel. A little puckering as well and a touch creamy.
D - Pretty drinkable beer. With the almost absent acidic flavor and the slight sweetness, the drinkability is pretty good. The juicy, sour, mouthwatering taste keeps me reaching for some more to drink.
Notes: Best before 03/03/18. Nice fruity and lightly sweet Gueuze. Mix of sour and sweet, but the sweet is subdued. A lot of lemon, apple, grapefruit, and other fruit. Well balanced, and complex. Really enjoyable sour that is worth trying. Right on the border of world class.
05-09-2010 00:29:42 | More by FreshHawk
4.25/5 rDev -3%
375ml served in a tulip. bottled in 2008.
pour was semi bright hay yellow and bright orange. massive white head on this that moved ever so slow.
lots of lemon zest. hints of funk and a nice solid sourness to it.
again, lots of lemon zest dominates. light sour grapes and apple. light funk through out. oak was mellow and really blended well with the funk and other subtle fruit flavors. not much vinegar at all, but a nice lactic kick.
lots of moderate carbonation, body did feel a tad thin but not in a bad way. a bit dry and crisp.
this was a good gueuze. the lemon notes really made this enjoyable. i plan on buying more.
05-04-2010 13:00:00 | More by hooliganlife
3.53/5 rDev -19.4%
350ml bottle caged and corked
A: looked like a typical yellowish gueuze with almost no head and very little lacing.
S: lemons, funk, and vinegar aromas dominate the nose on this beer with a slight oaky note.
T: could defenitely taste some lemon flavor with a little oaknees to it and it wasn't as sour as I was anticipating.
M: the beer was meduim bodied with a decent amount of bubbly carbonation.
D: Love gueuzes but again wasn't as good I thought it would be. Decent gueuze though.
04-29-2010 19:51:57 | More by Gobzilla
3.93/5 rDev -10.3%
Thick head, lots of bubbles. Nice gold color, somewhat opaque.
The smell contained sharp, stinging lemon and grape with sour undertones.
Of all the Gueuzes I've had, the acidity in this one hit me the hardest. For the first few steps, the acidity overwhelmed everything else. As my tastebuds adjusted, the beer seemed settle into a more laid-back drink.
The flavor didn't settle out into a strong apple or lemon taste like many of the other beers in this category. The taste had small hints of cheese and sweet onion.
The beer didn't feel heavy at all and the sharp acid taste lifted fairly quickly. The beer had a somewhat warming feeling, almost as if it could take the place of a dark winter beer.
I couldn't get really excited about the taste, although I still enjoyed drinking it.
04-20-2010 18:25:49 | More by Fladder
4.6/5 rDev +5%
Making my way gradually through the highly regarded gueuze lineup. Just picked up a 375ml bottle of the Drie Fonteinen, and I have to say that it may be my favorite thus far.
Appearance- Pours a hazy straw color out of the bottle with about three fingers of very puffy white head and lots of active carbonation in the body. Amazing head retention, with it very slowly dying back to about a half finger sheet across the top of the beer. Lots of thick lacing left as I drank as well. Very nice looking and active for a gueuze.
Smell- Smells of tart citrus lemon zest up front. This lactic tartness is the first and most noticeable of the smells, but mixed in is a mild dose of funk. Some barnyard and acrid leather as well. Some mild cereal graininess coming through as well.
Taste- Again, starts off with a nice, crisp citric tartness. However, unlike in the smell, the palate is not dominated by the tartness but is much more subtle. The tart lemon flavors are balanced perfectly with mild and well integrated funky barnyard character. Finishes long and dry with a touch of grain. The finish in fact is stellar and really complements the thirst quenching quality of this gueuze. Very refreshing.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is great for a gueuze with excellent carbonation and in no way too thin for the style. Drinkability is outstanding given the exceptional finish of the beer and subtle, complex, and well integrated flavors.
Overall, a truly great example of the style. This beer has all the elements of a true gueuze and is exceptional for its subtle complexity. I loved this beer and will certainly be picking up more of it.
04-14-2010 16:19:32 | More by boatshoes
4.75/5 rDev +8.4%
Review from notes on 3/27/10
Bottled on May 5, 2008
A - Slightly hazy, honey colored with lots of bubbles rising from all over the bottom of the glass. Short lived white bubbly head. Left a ring around the glass, no lacing. Quite lovely. 5.0
S - Lots of funky earthiness, touch of wheat and lemon, very light woodiness. Quite the complex nose, words do not do it justice. 4.5
T - Very funky and sour, earthy (but not the stinky cheese kind) and lemony. Touch of lemon zest and bittersweet. Finishes dry with a lingering bittersweetness. Love and awesomeness. 5.0
M - Dry, light, bubbly. Nearly champagne like but more body. 4.5
D - Extremely. I would gladly get this again even though it was $20/750mL. 4.5
Notes - goes well with chocolate covered strawberries, German tilsit cheese, and guacamole.
04-09-2010 19:40:56 | More by DmanGTR
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
4.13/5 rDev -5.7%
375ml corked and capped bottle bought from belgianshop.com...
Poured a dark hazy coppery orange colour... Head started foaming out of the top of the bottle and poured pretty big and foamy but disappeared very quickly... some light lacing...
Aroma - Very strong lambic brett yeastiness, sharp spicy fruits (light grapefruits, lemons, sour apples), musty barnyard / wet hay aromas, light vinegary notes, freshly cut wood, very light pale malts, some basil notes...
Taste - Sharp sour lemons and grapefruits, some peach, apple, salty, light vinegar hints, yeasty, grapes, floral, grassy, some oaky wood notes, champagne like hints...
Feel - Very dry... light body... pretty drinkable considering the tartness although more than one in a row might be a bit much
Overall - An outstanding gueuze... definitely recommended...
04-03-2010 16:30:55 | More by mdagnew
4.5/5 rDev +2.7%
Pours a light golden copper color, almost like a Texas Longhorn burnt orange.
Lots of funk, barnyard aromas come through up front. Some phenol alcohols and vinegar come through as well. Very pleasant smelling gueze. I am a fan.
Taste is like the smell, funky. Barnyard funk, horse blanket, vinegar; very acidic. The taste here is just straight up awesome. Great level of funk which interacts nicely with the high level of carbonation.
Mouthfeel is very carbonated due to the champagne yeast. A dry finish, very nice mouthfeel.
Very drinkable, I could drink this all day long. Terrific example of the style.
04-02-2010 03:36:04 | More by pmccallum86
4.18/5 rDev -4.6%
Presentation: 12.7 oz. corked bottle poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Pale orange in color. Very hazy, almost no light penetrates the glass. Three finger, fizzy white head with good retention that settles into a nice white lacing.
Aroma: Lots of pronouced barnyard funk and lemon sourness upfront. Grapes and oak round out the very strong aroma and offer good balance.
Taste: Lemon and grape sourness are the first notes to hit the tongue. Almost an earthy, medicinal flavor is also present. The funk and oak notes also provide some nice balance.
Mouthfeel: Light and fizzy, has very much a champagne quality to it. Bubbly and a bit dry toward the finish.
Drinkability: Flavors are certainly strong, bu they develop well over the course of the bottle and don't wear thin. Low to moderate ABV also helps the drinability.
Overall, an enjoyable and complex beer. Lots of sour notes and funk here that add a nice richness while the mouthfeel keeps it light and refreshing. Definitely a unique, refreshing beer.
03-30-2010 01:47:02 | More by Gosox8787
4.03/5 rDev -8%
Bottled on 15 May 2008
Aroma - Grape juice and a slight funk. No really that's pretty much how I would describe it.
Appearance - Golden yellow with a ton of carbonation.
Taste - A wall of sour flavor at first gives way to a light sweetness along with characteristics of funk, wood, and a dry fruitiness on the finish.
Notes - Truly a palate expanding experience.
03-27-2010 14:41:26 | More by jwhawkins81
4.18/5 rDev -4.6%
bottle, split during march madnesss
appearance: cloudy orange body, big frothy white cap with strong retention
smell: oak ,hay, barnyard funk, sour apple, sour lemon
taste: nice gueze - oak presence dominant, sour apple and sour lemon, nice sourness, sharp sugar, barnyard hay, grass
mouthfeel: tongue twisting, moderate sourness
drinkability: high for the style
03-18-2010 23:30:09 | More by dirtylou
3.83/5 rDev -12.6%
Poured a cloudy goldish color.
Aroma was mostly lemony and funky with some grape and barnyard notes.
Taste was also a little funky, but not as much as the aroma. A little sour and tart, but not as much as I had expected. I'm getting dark grape, and this lemon honey cough drop type flavor going on. This beer seems pretty complex. Wish I knew the ingredients to help decipher.
Mouthfeel is champagne like. Nicely carbonated and a little dry.
03-16-2010 12:21:42 | More by pwoody11
4.75/5 rDev +8.4%
Murky orange pour with a tower of head. Aroma is straight up funky cheese while I'm pouring. Once in the glass, a lot more citrus peeks out and the funkiness subsides but still leaves some dust and cobweb behind. Some tart grape present as well
The taste is tart apple up front, with a nice level of mouth pucker that quenches my thirst for the sour but doesn't leave my mouth so dry that I can't take another sip. Some band aid and dusty funk in the finish, but not as much as I expected based on the smell while I was pouring. Very nicely balanced and flavorful.
The body here is medium full and the carbonation is at lower levels. Fairly dry finish, but not completely bone sucking.
This is a fantastic beer. Very deep and layered yet well balanced and drinkable, definitely a blueprint for how the style should be done.
03-16-2010 02:10:23 | More by alcstradamus
4.33/5 rDev -1.1%
Pours a cloudy orangish yellow, nice bubbly head. Smells predominantely of peaches, oak, apricot, touch of barnyard funk, nice tartness. Tastes of tart peaches with just some residual sugar. Some lemon, barnyard. Slight bitterness leads to some lemon sourness with just a touch of oak. Good carbonation with tannic like mouthfeel.
This is a great gueuze, not as tart and sour as Cantillon, but still very complex. Would definitely have again.
03-15-2010 03:06:32 | More by bum732
4.53/5 rDev +3.4%
Bottle purchsed from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.
Pours a hazy lemon-yellow color with a one-finger bright white head. The large-bubbled head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.
Smells of general funk - leather and wet hay are the most predominant - with hints of lemon peel. As it warms the aromas become fruitier with mild amounts of tropical fruit aromas.
Tastes similar to how it smells. The tartness is surprisingly subdued and takes equal billing with funk. Funkiness takes the reins up front and as it warms more and more tart fruit flavors come into play. The ending is very crisp.
Mouthfeel is good. It's got a slick thickness with active carbonation.
Drinkability is great. I finished my glass very quickly and had absolutely no problem finishing the bottle.
Overall this didn't disappoinnt. It wasn't overpoweringly tart like some others I've had yet managed to be absurdly complex. Well worth a shot while it's still available.
03-11-2010 21:58:23 | More by glid02
4.75/5 rDev +8.4%
Peach colored pour. White foam retains pretty well. Not much lacing on the glass.
Sour. Funk. Period. That's what this beer is about. Great nose of lemon and funk. Same for the flavor. Some nice funk, an absolutely perfect tartness, and a great barrel character.
Light body, very tingly feel. Dry finish. Supremely easy drinker. Outstanding gueuze. With a lot of sour beers I've had in the past, I thought that a 375mL bottle would be a chore to finish alone, but a 750mL of Drie Fonteinen Oude Gueuze would be an absolute joy.
03-04-2010 22:57:19 | More by Gyle41386
District of Columbia
4.43/5 rDev +1.1%
Appearance: Pour is a cloudy peach with a nice frothy head, lots of lacing
Smell: Incredibly sour with some funk, leather, and oak.
Taste: Sour with funk/must, leather, and light french oak. A bit of apricot as well. Some sour apple and white grapes behind it.
Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, but nice lingering sour finish. Very dry.
Drinkability: Very drinkable; this is good but not a standout.
03-04-2010 04:22:16 | More by craytonic
4.33/5 rDev -1.1%
I've never had a gueuze before, as far as I can remember...so, I was very very impressed by this one.
A: A deep golden color. Reminds me of fall leaves. Fizzie goodness as it was pouring, settling to a mild carbonation that was just right.
S: Sour fruit, a bit of yeast, apricots -- reminds me a bit of champagne in smell.
T: Sour at first taste, but not overpowering. The apricot flavor the I smelled in the aroma was very present in the aftertaste. Tingly with a bit of spice.
M: Very light, but the sourness left it heavy on my tongue at the same time. Pleasant, something I could want to drink in the summer, in the evening.
D: Would definitely have this again, no question.
02-19-2010 20:34:30 | More by ipaequalslove
3.95/5 rDev -9.8%
Thanks to sleepydave for bringing over this classic. Poured into a snifter. The body is a hazy, orange, pumpkin hue with a nice fluffy white head on top. Some lacing on the glass.
Lots of sourness up front in the aroma, followed by orange citrus and some well done barnyard funk. A little malty and earthy as well. Not noticing much of the barrel aging in the aroma, but everything that I do pick up is well done.
The flavor of this gueuze is nice and sour. Picking up some apples, grapes and citrus. Sweet, with a touch of cherry on the finish. Malts make their way into the mix as well, playing a role in the sweeter aspects of the beer. Unlike the aroma, I am pulling out some subtle oak notes in the taste. Slight warming alcohol in the background. This offering has a nice level of complexity.
Mouthfeel is prickly, yet still light on the carbonation. Sourness adds some puckering to the mouth, but is not too intense. Medium body.
Drinkability is quite good. Oude Gueuze packs a good sour punch, but doesn't go over the top, making this very drinkable for style. Subtle complexities in the taste keeps your hand reaching back for more.
Overall, this is a very well done gueuze and one that will unfortunately become harder to come by (brewery is shifting to a full time distillery). I hope to try it again in the future and would recommend it to anyone interested in the style.
02-12-2010 04:08:33 | More by sisuspeed
Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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