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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Ratings: 2,274
Reviews: 692
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 399
Gots: 619 | FT: 71
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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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Ratings: 2,274 | Reviews: 692
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5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. A 375 ml bottle filled on 10 Dec., 09 with a 10 year best by period.

Appearance: As poured the beer is an actively carbonated almost clear golden color with a ¾” white head that slowly recedes to 1/8” layer of foam but leaving no lacing. Sipping leaves scattered legs and small patches of lacing clinging to the glass. The layer of foam continues to thin but a ring and island of foam persist throughout the entire beer.

Smell: The bottle opens with a satisfying “pop” and the aroma is detectable even before starting the pour. There is lots of damp leather here woven in with strands of tart lemon and a pleasant musty aroma that almost seems to have some traces of green apple but which clearly reveals some time in the oak.

Taste: The flavor includes some tart lemon along with leather and oak, all of which ride along on top of sour green apple blended with some mustiness and slight bitterness. A complex set of flavors here.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is on the full bodied side of medium and quite smooth, almost creamy, with the gentle and quite persistent carbonation. The finish is long and ends with some dry oak

Drinkability and Overall Impression: This is a pleasure to drink and one sip follows another quite easily as one tries to sort out the complex components of the flavor. Its also quite nice to just pick up the glass and take a sniff or two of the aroma to try and sort it out as well. An appropriate combination of two words to describe this beer is “complex subtlety.” My overall impression of this beer is that this is clearly among the best. I’m certainly glad I’ve already had several other first rate guezes as I don’t think what I have learned from them helps me better appreciate the outstanding qualities of this beer.

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5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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5/5  rDev +14.2%

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5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This delightful geuze finally made it’s way to my glass and I couldn’t be happier. It pours a really nice golden straw color, murky and heavily carbonated like champagne with a nice big thick bubbly head that has amazing retention with about a half finger of head present at all times. Nice fruit flavors in the nose, buttery apples like champagne come forward first, apricots, a hint of citrus with some vinegar at the finish, very clean and crisp. Flavors are great, crisp apples and tart apricots are very prominent, hints of butter from the nose filter in as well. The most surprising element is a faint citrus hop flavor, some oak flavors come through as well at the end, a very clean experience. Nice tart feel, lots of bubbles, more carbonated than I expected and very dry, crisp and lovely.

Verdict: Outstanding geuze. Wonderfully tart without being overly vinegary, bubbly like champagne and nice complex fruit and wood flavors. A must try.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Surprisingly clear pale gold, with a billowing white head that takes its time coming back down and settles as a decent layer of foam on top of the liquid. No lacing.

S: Characteristic lambic tartness makes my mouth water, while more mellow floral notes provide depth and soften the aroma a tad. The oak is also very present, being almost as strong the funkiness.

T/M: The initial tartness is just as surprising as it is expected. Combined with the champagne-esque carbonation, it commands your attention right away, before gently loosening its grip and ceding to a light sweetness that tantalizes the tongue for a second, only to be swept away in a bitter and almost harshly dry finish that ends very clean, with just the slightest hint of tannins. Wow that was a long sentence... *Ahem* Light-bodied and delicate, yet naturally very flavorful.

O: Though I miss the palate-gripping tartness of the Hanssens, and could definitely do with a little less dryness, this gueuze is a keeper. Good variety of classic flavors and aromas, as well as a nearly perfect body excluding the aforementioned dryness. Well worth seeking out.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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5/5  rDev +14.2%

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5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 375ml bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled on "01/12/2010" and the freshness date is listed as "12/2020." Awesome.

Pours a cloudy, orange amber haze. There's a lot more carbonation than I expected, with a head that contains the texture of soda. A small head remains throughout. Quite presentable, nevertheless.

Tarty as hell – apricot and lemon rinds notes are instantly obvious, but there are some great subtleties beneath the sourness. Caramel, sweetened fruits, as well as an extremely inviting bitter, hoppy end. There may be a lot of funkiness at first, but after a few large whiffs, the smell of sweet tarts, candied canned fruit, and other wonderful varieties start to come in. This would be really good with some *actual* tarts accompanied with it, as it contains a zesty smell that would easily serve the sweetness of pastries.

Not nearly as sour as I expected it to be, and in fact, far sweeter and bitter overall. However, while the sweet/sour mix can often be an unpleasant mix with these types of beers, it works really well here. The yeastiness provides a fruity, bready flavor. There's enough creaminess and carbonation that render it nearly chewable and keep it from being watery at all. There's a somewhat strong presence of alcohol that balances out these factors, as well providing sweetness to serve the dry bitterness really well. The predominant funkiness is of top gueuze quality. This is truly is a fascinating beer: hard to describe flavor-wise (although most beer geeks will agree that it contains a similar flavor to fruit tarts) but it's a truly unique and perfect drinking experience when it comes to the mouthfeel.

To me, this contains similar yeasty and bitter texture to Orval but has a lambic recipe that makes it far more different. It's not as sour as other gueuzes (see: Cantillon) but it is definitely a standout in sours in terms of balance and quality. This manages to have different shades of sourness, sweetness, bitterness and spiciness all at the same time! A wonderful beer – I will seek out more from this brewery in the future.

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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5/5  rDev +14.2%

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5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.19/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinking in a mini Duvel glass. It is a 2010 batch.

Appearance - pretty regular looking but I know it's deceiving me.
Smell - haven't been able to determine the familiar scent, but it's strong.
Taste - mmm mmm classic and satisfying sour taste. A little flat on the end note.
Mouthfeel - bit creamy, little carbonation.
overall - satisfactory.

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5/5  rDev +14.2%

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
97 out of 100 based on 2,274 ratings.