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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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1,962 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,962
Reviews: 674
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.68%
Wants: 370
Gots: 509 | FT: 51
Brewed by:
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Belgium

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 ktrillionaire
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%

2008 vintage

A - Golden-orange and hazy with a nice persistent white cap.

S - It has a good, albeit mild nose; lightly tart, lemony.

T - The taste is moderately tart, with Champagne-white grape-y flavors and some wood, mild char. Good, but not astounding or fantastic by any means.

M - Holds carbonation very well, and consistently; a trait that seems to be infrequent in the style.

D - Though it is tasty and not particularly flawed, I think this is not as good as many of the widely available Gueuzes like Cantillon Classic, Girardin, Boon, Hanssen's or Oud Beersel.

ktrillionaire, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of TommyW
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%

A- Hazy, gold body with a pillowy white head.

S- Lots of fruit (sour apple, pear, apricot) dominate the nose, there's a touch of woodiness as well.

T- Again lots of fruit going on (rippened apples leaning toward cider, green apples, grapes, apricots). The taste overall though is sour and not at all sweet. There's a lingering tartness reminiscent of cider vinegar but less pungent.

M- Medium body with an aggressive carbonation.

D- Haven't tried many beers of this style, so I have little to compare to, but I really enjoyed this beer. The tart/sour component make it a sipper.

TommyW, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of callmemickey
4.97/5  rDev +13.5%

Dec 1997 vintage shared with my wife at the Drie Fonteinen restaurant in Beersel on Aug. 12 2010. The score reflects this vintage.

A truly remarkable beer. In fact it was the highlight of the entire trip to Belgium which include treats like Blauw, Roos and Crianza Helena amongst others.

A: Light golden-straw colored body. The initial pour yield a large fizzy head which slowly settled as it left behind some spotty lace residue.

S: Sublime notes of lemon citrus, wheat, musty oak, and lactic funk. The nose was defined by its remarkable integration and balance without short-changing the pungency of a great gueuze.

T: Like the nose, the age of this beer has done wonders. The sharpness of a younger oude gueuze has long been replaced with a refined delicacy that is not muddled or muted. A little less lemon in the flavor than in the nose, but still a healthy dose of funk, must, wheat and wood.

M: Gentle effervescence. Nice coating feel with each sip. Remarkable length of presence on the tongue. Nice dry finish.

D: Simply Epic.

Past review of a representative younger vintage:
2008 vintage opened courtesy of Brendan at Memphis Taproom. Finally got around to reviewing one of many bottles I've had.

A: Light golden-wheat colored body. Two fingered fluffy white head. Good retention and nice sheet-like lacing.

S: Fairly straight forward, classic gueuze aromas. Sour lemons, a bit of wheat, and musty lactic acid.

T: An improvement on the nose is evident with a nice sour lemon blast, a nice general lactic tartness, wheat, funky yeast, some oak and other citric notes. In the end I think the lactic tartness starts to separate itself from the other flavor notes.

M: Smooth, medium bodied brew. Lingering tartness. Really dry, but damn refreshing.

D: A special beer for sure. I'd probably take the classic Cantillon gueuze over this by hair and its a toss up with the Girardin Gueuze. If you haven't had this yet do yourself a favor and pick up a bottle.
4.5/4.5/4.5/4.5/4.5

callmemickey, Jun 11, 2010
Photo of rfgetz
4.88/5  rDev +11.4%

The Great Lambic Summit

'99 vintage...Pours a lovely dulled gold color, very clean with moderate head of little white bubbles, nice sheets of lacing. Scent is a tremendously big yet unaggreassive whiff of musty wood, leaves and damp earth (like a walk outside after a day of rain) backed by nice big tart and sour notes that awaken the senses after the comforting mustyness. Taste follws scent almost to the t - dont ask me how i know what earthy, wood and leaves taste like, but this is it. The tart and sourness is also present in a big bold way, but somehow compliments the earthyness rather than covering it up. Medium in body, perfect carbonation, bone dry - gone before it hits the tongue at times. A wonderful beer that was quite the experience.

rfgetz, Jun 10, 2010
Photo of cpetrone84
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Big thanks to Kevin for sharing this one!

A-pours a hazy golden orange color with lighter edges and a tight slightly off white bubbly head.

S-light acidity up front, a good bit of earthy barnyard funkiness to it with a touch of cellar muskiness, lemon behind with a nice sweetness.

T-lemon up front, lots of acidity, barnyarnd and musk, nice note of vinegar, a storng sour tartness, apple and pear in the back with a bit more of acidity.

M-smooth feel, lighter medium body, lots of carbonation giving a good crisp dry feel in the back.

D-this has some nice things going on and goes down very easily. the funkiness is nice and this has a ton of acidity to it but enough sweetness to balance and the complexity you want to see in a gueuze (and expect to see from 3F).
***
Had the 99 Vintage to compare with the 50th Anniversary and the blauw. Flavors were slightly muted, especially compared to the two others mentioned. Much less funky than a typically Oude geuze, minerally and earthy with lighter fruit aspects of pear, peach, and citrus and notes of dry barrel.

cpetrone84, May 31, 2010
Photo of champ103
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.

champ103, May 31, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
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.

womencantsail, May 26, 2010
Photo of bryanmetzger
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.

bryanmetzger, May 21, 2010
Photo of Avagadro
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.

Avagadro, May 20, 2010
Photo of Walken
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.

Walken, May 10, 2010
Photo of Jmoore50
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.
J

Jmoore50, May 09, 2010
Photo of FreshHawk
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.

FreshHawk, May 09, 2010
Photo of hooliganlife
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.

hooliganlife, May 04, 2010
Photo of Gobzilla
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.

Gobzilla, Apr 29, 2010
Photo of Fladder
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.

Fladder, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of boatshoes
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.

boatshoes, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of DmanGTR
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.

DmanGTR, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of mdagnew
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...

mdagnew, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of pmccallum86
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.

pmccallum86, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of Gosox8787
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.

Gosox8787, Mar 30, 2010
Photo of jwhawkins81
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.

jwhawkins81, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of dirtylou
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

dirtylou, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of pwoody11
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.

pwoody11, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of alcstradamus
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.

alcstradamus, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of bum732
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.

bum732, Mar 15, 2010
Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
97 out of 100 based on 1,962 ratings.