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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Ratings: 1,937
Reviews: 673
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.68%
Wants: 366
Gots: 504 | FT: 50
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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 glid02


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
Photo of Gyle41386

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

2007 bottle.

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
Photo of craytonic

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
Photo of ipaequalslove

New York

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
Photo of sisuspeed

New Hampshire

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
Photo of goldbot

District of Columbia

3.98/5  rDev -9.1%

750 mL, bottled on Feb. 2 2007. Blend of 1, 2, and 3 year old lambics.

Pours golden yellow and translucent with good carbonation. A medium white head thats quite bubbly. A touch of lacing left on the glass.

Smells really funky right up front. Strong and musty aromas, with a touch of tart apple and some ammonia/cat urine as well.

Tart, musty and funky right away. It puckers the lips a bit and is just about completely dry. A touch of sour apple again but this is subdued compared to the substantial brett flavor. Also a bit of oak flavor in there. Leaves a tart, slightly funky aftertaste and finishes dry.

A puckering mouthfeel with medium body. While funky and odd, this beer was not overly so. Rather it was pretty complex and an interesting experience. I'm rather new to lambics and brett beers but this was a good primer on the gueuze style for me. I'd like to pick up a couple more of these to put in the cellar and see what happens to this in a few more years.

02-10-2010 23:47:07 | More by goldbot
Photo of cvaypai


4.53/5  rDev +3.4%

Poured form 12.7 oz bottle to small pilsner-like glass.

Appearance - Pours a hazy yellow orange with bits of sediment floating around. Extremely pale otherwise. Pours with a super white, super bubbly almost effervescent like head that stays forever and leaves a nice lacing down the glass.

Smell - Smells of tart lemon, sour cherries and apples. Very acidic and tart in the nose, maybe a bit of barnyard funk, mostly dominated by fruit and a bit of oak on the end.

Taste - Very acidic and sour right up front. Mouth puckeringly tart. Tons of fruit flavors in here, I can mostly catch the tart lemon and sour apple up front. Later I can find some sour cherries and some grapes. A nice woodiness on the end and the oak is there. Absolutely amazing, my first gueuze.

Mouthfeel - Extremely effervescent and bubbly on the tongue. Super light and thin but I am pretty sure this is how it should be. It dances on my tongue. Very enjoyable mouthfeel and it puckers my lips.

Drinkability - Despite how sour and tart it is, I was left wanting more after finishing the bottle. I could easily do a second bottle, the only thing stopping me would be the rarity, it isn't even distro'd here, and the price which was a bit high.

My first gueuze and boy was it great. First from Drie Fonteinen.

02-10-2010 22:47:03 | More by cvaypai
Photo of drabmuh


4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Beer is yellow to orange and hazy. Forms a two fingered white head that falls away leaving lacing behind. Head breaks up and becomes diffuse. Carbonation is tiny bubbles that rise quickly through the beer and its steady and moderate.

Aroma is bright and sour. Lactic mostly with a hint of acetic. There is a funky woodsey smell to it and perhaps some lemon. Smells good.

Beer is sour up front with a slight sulfur that shows up in the back of the mouth. There is a tartness, slight, in the corners. More acetic in the mouth with some citric, less lactic now. Beer is thin and finishes pretty cleanly. I think drinkability is high and mouthfeel is good.

02-06-2010 22:32:24 | More by drabmuh
Photo of Ineedabeerhere

Rhode Island

4.47/5  rDev +2.1%

Shared this bottle on Friday night with a couple homies. It was bottled on Jan 17 2006.

Pours with a nice fluffy head above a semi-hazy amber-ish color. Some retention and a sprig of lace or two.

Really nice developed funk in the aroma. Cat piss and sweaty balls. Acidic, tart fruits. Musty bales of straw and granny smith apples. The flavor mirrors this with a moderately puckering bite. Some lemony tartness and fruits are present. Nice spritzery mouthfeel with a dry and somewhat chalky finish, moderate-high carbonation. Very drinkable and the perfect serving to split a 750mL with two other people. I'm glad I cracked this because now I can go back to the store and buy more for $18 a bottle. A great gueuze!!

02-01-2010 02:41:09 | More by Ineedabeerhere
Photo of jgasparine


4.18/5  rDev -4.6%

A- Poured from the bottle with a thick, well retained offwhite head, which exhibited some incredible lacing throughout the drink. The body was a well carbonated clear-filtered yellow color. Very visually appealing drink.

S- Sour and acetic notes (lacto and pedio) dominate the nose along with aromas of vinous lemon rind, oak, and funky deliciousness.

T- Tart wheat and sweet pale malt are nicely balanced with acetic and sour notes reminiscent of lemon zest. The finish is a lingering echo of the first impression on the palate.

M- A nice medium body... slightly over-attenuated in my opinion, but nicely complimented by some soft carbonation. Overall a nice mouthfeel for the style.

D- Goes down smooth. Delicious. But this style of beer in general I find challenging with overall drinkability... this is one of the better ones though...

01-31-2010 22:30:44 | More by jgasparine
Photo of NYCWheatFanSC

New York

4.4/5  rDev +0.5%

A - Pours a hazy dark gold, almost looks like a cider. Tiny off-white head that dissipates very quickly.

S - Way more sour than funk, but a good mix of both. Tart apples with hints of lemon.

T - Sour green apple and lemon, but definitely more of the former with only a dash of lemon in the aftertaste. Very dry finish, with a hint of oak. Surprisingly frothy.

M - Very light and a tad slick. A hint of creaminess from the wood.

D - Pretty drinkable, not too palette destroying like some others of the style, but definitely has a sour kick. Don't know if I'd drop 18 bucks on it regularly.

01-24-2010 04:39:56 | More by NYCWheatFanSC
Photo of stoutfiend27

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +0.5%

375ml bottle poured into a duvel tulip...

a-huge rocky off white head...mdium yellow to amber color...carbonation is all there and there are chunks of lace stuck to sides of the glass..

s-funk up front and a bit of must...the acidity does come through in the nose but not as i expected...a bit of ripe fruit and vinegar..overall sourness is nice on this one

t-vinegar acidity hits first and formost but has a weird sweet tone to it...the must and funk follow suit on this one in the middle before the sourness makes a comeback with a hint of sour cherries and more acidity....

m-very carbonated and the acidity really attacks the mouth...it is smooth and not to abrasive overall...

d-docked it a bit here due to the fact that i feel a has of acid reflux coming on later tonight....but thats not to say i wouldnt want to have more than one bottle

overall i am impressed with this...its solid from all angles and maintains the sourness without being offensive..ive had beers that were more sour but i think this is a bit of control in a bottle...

01-15-2010 00:02:47 | More by stoutfiend27
Photo of jampics2


4.33/5  rDev -1.1%

Beer #2 of my 2010 Winking Lizard Beer Tour.

A 330ml bottle poured into a goblet and hoisted to 3F the very day of "the announcement". Good luck with the new direction and thanks for all the wonderful beer over the years.

Opened with a crazy loud pop. Pours a cloudy gold.

Smells of barnyard funk and sour apple. A bit of wood and leather too.

Taste is great. A wonderful initial sour and total lacto funk. Apple skin and oak. Some lemon as well.

Super carbonated, nice body. Feels good in my mouth.

Very drinkable and enjoyable. Really great sour!

01-10-2010 16:27:51 | More by jampics2
Photo of Boto


4.7/5  rDev +7.3%

750ml bottle: I've got a real relic here. It is Oude Geuze 1999. The best by date on it is 31-12-2010, and the ABV is 6.5%. I traded for this maybe 6 years ago, and it has been hiding in the back of the fridge since then. It opened with a strong "pop". It pours an orangish-amber color. There was a small head on it, but it dropped away rather quickly. What an aroma. I really don't know where to start on this one. Bunches of sour fruits, and definitely a bit funky. There is some sourness in the aroma. The taste is superb. All kinds of sour fruits in here, that have blended together over the years. A bit of spiciness also, with some earthiness in the background. Kind of hard to explain, but there is a fullness as well as a lightness to the body at the same time. What a nice treat for the new year!

01-03-2010 20:53:04 | More by Boto
Photo of Mora2000


4.55/5  rDev +3.9%

Bottle courtesy thirdeye11.

2003 vintage. Pours a dirty brownish yellow with a small white head. The aroma is funky, with lots of brett resulting in a horse blanket aroma. Flavor is tart and funky. Lots of lemons and some wood aging characteristics. Extremely drinkable, light body and medium-high carbonation. A complex, tasty guezue. 3 Fonteinen didn't disappoint.

01-01-2010 17:38:53 | More by Mora2000
Photo of Martin2D

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Bottle from 2008

A - Straw yellow that pours with a huge head with rushes of carbonation coming from the bottom of the glass.

S - Subdued nose, but there is hints of citrus, aged hops, and funk.

T - Wow, unbelievable balance. It is funky with the perfect hint of sourness. The citrus is not overwhelming but jumps off your tongue. Not overly funky, but aged hops can definitely be tasted.

M - Light in body with maybe the heaviest carbonation of any beer I've had. The cork popped off of this and probably would've flown off had I not help it.

D - I could drink sours all night long, unlike most, but this might be the most balanced sour I've ever had. I've never had a beer that has all elements of sours: funky, sour, with a slight hint of aged hops. Perfect Champagne for NYE.

01-01-2010 00:33:04 | More by Martin2D
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District of Columbia

4.83/5  rDev +10.3%

37 5 cl bottle dated 10 04 2004. Cloudy straw colored, small white head. Aroma of barnyard animals. Big dry sour flavor with must and grapefruit. Nicely complex.
750 ml bottle dated December 1997, no label, consumed on 19 December 2009. More animals in the aroma. Much more dry and complex, longer finish. An amazing brew. Bumps taste & aroma up a notch.

12-23-2009 21:00:57 | More by Travlr
Photo of scootny

New York

4.33/5  rDev -1.1%

I got it too cold so it looked flat as I poured. It's been sitting for a while so I can see some carbonation. Still not much to look at. beautiful gold though. Wisps of carbonation on top, no lace.

Smell is great though. Horse blanket and sour apples. Phenolic medicinals. Cereal grains and white wine.

Taste is more blanket with a medicinal edge. Sour apples without the apples, sour grapes, sour dry white wine. More husky graininess. a super dry white wine like finish. A great funkiness. Introducing the yeast seems to broaden the fruitier aspects.

Feel is ever so lightly carbonated as to impart a superior feel when compared to a wine. Light and refreshing.

Quite drinkable like a white wine.

Give this one to you wine snob friends and what what happens.

12-20-2009 23:41:41 | More by scootny
Photo of Risser09


4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

750ml cork and cage bottle poured into a taster - fridge - bottled 1999

Appearance: Pours a golden straw orange with yellow tints. Barely any head, but the stuff is white. Large bubbles stick to the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Horseblanket, brett, straw and dirty socks.

Taste: Corky, Brett, wood, sugar, socks, lengthy and funky.

Mouthfeel: Funky, dry, long, pronounced finish, some alcohol.

Drinkability: Very woody for an old beer. I would have thought that this flavor would have dropped out by now. A superb beer, can't wait to see what it's like in another ten years.

12-09-2009 13:59:09 | More by Risser09
Photo of pokesbeerdude


4.58/5  rDev +4.6%

Received this in a trade from bosse. 375ml. 12-02-2003 Vintage. This one is 6 years old today!

A: Murky amber in color with a cream colored head, about half an inch that recedes to a cap with a few islands. Excellent lacing. Very nice looking beer.

S: Not for the faint of heart here, wow funk, nasty dirty horse blanket, barnyard, lemons, smells insanely sour. Has notes of hydrocarbons (think condensate of a natural gas well), quite medicinal, notes of pipe tobacco. This is what a geuze should smell like. Perfection.

T: Quite tart, but not as tart as the nose leads on, sour lemons, and funk, where the sour may lack a little, but the funkiness is right there, and I like that. Leaves a few notes of fresh bananas. Fairly bitter as well, hop profile is spicy and strong, but not overbearing. The balance here is exceptional between sour and bitter. Notes of wood and citrus fruits. Incredibly deep. My favorite geuze to date.

M: Light body, medium carbonation, and incredibly dry, tons of lactic acidity in this too, my spit is thick. Just a hint of warmth from alcohol.

D: I don't think this beer could possibly be any easier to drink, excellent flavors, dry, light bodied and incredibly complex, but not overbearing to the point of ruining the drinking experience. This is a beer that I could enjoy almost any time of year. Very special. Highly recommended!

Thanks Bo!

12-03-2009 00:46:56 | More by pokesbeerdude
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4.4/5  rDev +0.5%

The belgian classic, 2008 375.

Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a small tint of orange and a pure white head that retains unusually long for the style and leaves ok lacing.

Nose is full of standard lactic green apple gueuze funk.

Taste is very very good. Lactic awesomeness, some great green apple and lemon zest, oak, all the hitpoints of a great gueuze. Great dry finish, refreshing, awesome.

Mouthfeel is perfect for the style, carbonation is slightly high which is great, super dry.

Drinkable as hell. Could easily drink a few of these, which is a hell of an accomplishment for a gueuze.

Overall an ultra classic and fantastic gueuze. Certainly one im glad to have in the cellar, and one i'd be happy to drink any time. One of the greats.

11-13-2009 06:19:16 | More by AKBelgianBeast
Photo of cvfish


4.15/5  rDev -5.3%

A - This beer poured a lemon golden color that produced a wispy white head which had good retention and laced the side of the glass nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer were of lemony citrus, some musky funk, and Belgian yeast

T - The taste of this beer had a sweet beginning, had that funk that you would expect from the Belgian yeast strain, and finished with a lemony sourness

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body with a moderate to high amount of carbonation

D - The drinkability of this beer is subject, this is quite a beast of a beer that only experienced beer drinkers should try, but if your palate is well attuned, them it is a great drink

09-28-2009 18:09:00 | More by cvfish
Photo of botham

New York

4.2/5  rDev -4.1%

12 oz corked bottle poured into an oversized wine glass. pours a lightly hazy golden color with a fizzy two fingers of qhite head. great retention and solid lacings.

aroma is funky, with a distinct acidic sourness that plays off of a light vinous base. very active in the nose with a wonderful funk note that resembles an aged cheese.

taste is acidic and sharp up front with a wonderful base of acidic funk, along with a finish of aged cheese and a touch of funk after the fact.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a sharp presence and a vinous aura that keeps the palate honest and cleanses it out.

drinkability is great. a solid gueuze with a great sharpness and a funk that is understated but dignified. not for those getting into sours, but a very drinkable gueuze for sour beer lovers. cheers!

09-22-2009 18:32:29 | More by botham
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4.18/5  rDev -4.6%

12.7 ounce bottle purchased a year or so ago from Hi-Times in Costa Mesa, think it was around ten dollars then, drank a few nights ago from my Drie Fonteinen glass, reviewed from notes, color is a cloudy golden orange color, one inch bubbly white head, great retention, some lacing at first too, aroma consits of tart citrus, funkiness, sour green apples, oak, and yeast, flavor starts off with tart green apples, lemon dominates the middle, more citrus in the finish with oak rounding out the aftertaste, tart, dry, and funky mouthfeel, medium bodied, appropriate amount of carbonation for the style, taste lingers, thirst quenching, perfect beer for summer time, not overly tart and refreshing more than super sour, have to say that this is an outstanding gueuze and I am happy that is readily available in stores around me, will be drinking this again, recommended

09-12-2009 17:45:05 | More by Floydster
Photo of vacax


4.13/5  rDev -5.7%

750 mL green glass bottle, foil and cork setting, dated 2 February 2007.

Pours a hazy deep honey gold with a towering creamy eggshell head. Lacing is immediate and a thick carpet of foam persists for ages. The nose is sour and funky but amazingly balanced. Lemons, oak, and a perfect kind of funk that can only be done in Belgium.

Taste is sour and dry lemons with a sulphuric sort of funkiness that only a few brewers in the world can capture successfully. Funk captures the midpalate, which that resides and the sour resurges with an earthy, fruity, possibly hoppy finish. All the classic flavors of a gueuze and fairly accessible for the style. Great example of balance for the style. Light bodied with a fine carbonation that is typical for the style. Highly drinkable, no acid sourness in the stomach, somewhat earthy sour finish begs the drinker to go back for another funky puckering.

It would be a damn shame if 3F has to cease production over a faulty thermostat...

09-10-2009 05:50:53 | More by vacax
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