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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Ratings: 2,040
Reviews: 672
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.9%
Wants: 379
Gots: 521 | FT: 50
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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".

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Photo of mdfb79
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 01/16/11 notes. 12.7 oz. bottle that was bottled on 12/12/09.

a - Pours a clear yellow color with two fingers of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of funk, sour fruit, cheese, barnyard funk, oak, and wine.

t - Taste follows the nose. Sour fruits, oak, funk, light wine, and fruity malts.

m - Light body and moderate carbonation.

d - A very nice gueuze, with a great tart/sour smell to it. Would love to have again.

mdfb79, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of bluejacket74
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12.7 ounce bottle, bottled on March 10th, 2008. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with a couple inch frothy off-white head. Head retention is pretty good, with a decent amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is tart apples, barnyard funk, and some oak and lemon peel. Wow, this beer is even more tart and funky tasting than I expected it to be. The taste is just like the aroma, it's tart, musty and earthy. Mouthfeel/body is medium, and has a lot of soft carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it's very enjoyable! I think this is a good overall brew, I'd definitely buy this again in the future.

bluejacket74, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of megahurts4
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze

Appearance: honey-grapefruit color, large head, and some good lacing.

Smell: sourness and farm-like aroma.

Taste: sour grapes, faint wheat, and distant hops and oak.

Mouthfeel: medium and a bitterness.

Overall:
Geuze's are unique. This one is a tad bitter for a geuze. The oak and bitterness finish last with the sourness up front.

megahurts4, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of pmlondrigan
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gueuzes don't get much more pretty than this in my experiance. Straw golden and effervecent, rocky white head. Lots of lemon, barnyard, straw, funk and a small amount of sour on the nose. This gueuze has a great flavor of lemon, straw, wheat, barnyard funk these are predominanat than a wave of sour acidicness. More of the funk than sour. Mouthfeel is as it should be. The only thing is I detect a faint acrid flavor on the finish. The caveat is that I am congested, so I'll re-review when feeling better.

pmlondrigan, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of nniicckkww
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375ml bottle. Fluffy white head that dissipated quickly. Hazy golden color. Aroma of barnyard and tartness. Lively carbonation. Sour apple taste with slight hay/barnhard finishing with mouth puckering acidity. Very clean finish. I enjoyed this beer. The perceived sourness fades as you take more sips. There is a lot going on here.

nniicckkww, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of jjanega08
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage

A= Pours a great looking golden yellow color thats nice and hazy looking with a nice big thick white head on it that holds great retention and lacing on the glass.

S= Hay and peppery and funky. Nice and tart smelling. Oaky and woody with a little oak tannin.

T= The taste is a great mix of funk and sour. One of the funkiest Gueze I've ever had actually. An awesome mixture here of everything that makes gueze what it is. This is puckeringly sour and delicious.

M= Perfect champagne like carbonation with a super dry finish. Delicious.

D= A great brew. I could drink this forever. This is the best gueze I've ever had by are and worth any hype it receives. A tasty brew.

jjanega08, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of bs870621345
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A truly exceptional beer, nice gueuze to get introduced to the style.

Pours a light honey color with an inch of head. Leaves no lacing down the glass.

Smells tart; apples and lacto. Has a definite barnyard scent in there too. Very nice smell.

Taste is a bit of a letdown compared to smell. Not very sour as I would have hoped but still has a lot going on in there. The apple tartness (like a granny smith) is mixed in with the funk of hay and earthiness. Its just not puckering like i love about gueuzes.

Mouthfeel is light and prickly. Not a wintertime beer, but I'd still take it any day of the week.

Drinkability is great because of the subdued sourness. Its really got a lot going on and I could easily do one of the bigger bottles on my own.

Poured like Armand Debelder shows you how to on youtube search "How to pour a Gueze lambic"
Makes a difference

bs870621345, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of eric5bellies
3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank at De Garre in Brugge

A - Pours a hazy golden colour with a White head that is foamy and retains well.

S - Smells classic acidic lambic that has plenty of salty citrus about it.

T - Nicely balanced with acidity and citrus has a nice bitter finish that will leave you wanting more.

M - A little light on the body and decent carbonation.

D - One of the better Gueuzes that you'll find

eric5bellies, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of thagr81us
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Graciously split by a college friend of mine on New Years Eve. Bottled April 26, 2010. Served from bottle into a goblet. Poured a hazy yellow orange with a half finger pure white head that subsided to none very quickly. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tart, slight sour, and decent funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, tart, sour, and funk. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice brew. Definitely a lot of funk going on in this one. It actually overpowered my buddy's palate some with all of the funk, but I found it to be balanced with a slight edge given to the funk. Definitely a good aroma going on here. Wish this one had a little more age on it so allow it to develop. This is a must try for any fan of the style without a doubt though.

thagr81us, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of beerhan
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pleasant treat to find a bottle of this at a bar considering I have never seen one in person before.

Bottle December 10, 2009

I poured my bottle into a snifter that was too small. There was incredible carbonation with a huge head. Smelled very delicious, rotting wood, musty attics, sour infections. This tastes delicious as with all gueuze but is a little sweet. I was expecting a greater sour punch from this but I feel like it would need a little more time to balance out. Would I seek this out again? Definitely!

beerhan, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of hwwty4
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage

Corked and caged 375ml poured into my Boulevard Smokestack goblet. This beer pours a hazy bruised orange with a massive 3 inch cap that leaves sticky lacing down the sides of the glass. A good 1/2 inch head sticks around the the entirety of the pour. The aroma is fantastic. At first whiff fresh oak comes through with citric fruit tanginess and just a bit of barnyard funk. Surprisingly just a hint of vanilla comes through at the very tail of the nose. I can only imagine it comes from the oak. The flavor is very balanced. Citric tartness hits the back of the jaw, reminding me of fresh grapefruit mixed with pineapple sweetness. Musty barnyard combined with fresh oak. The mouthfeel is much creamier then most gueuzes but it finishes dryly like any good gueuze. Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze is quite a bit different then most gueuzes I've had. While different, its still extremely tasty.

hwwty4, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of Bendurgin
4.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this one from Andy for Christmas. 12.7 ounce bottle bottled on December 10th, 2009 and poured into a tulip. The body is a hazy straw color with surprisingly big white fluffy head. Not the most complex aroma in the world on this one but it's exactly what it needs to be; simply sour with woody notes. Fantastic. The taste follows the aroma nicely. Tart and sour through and through with a woody finish and sour white grape taste. Near perfect mouthfeel. I think with the style I'd like a bit less carbonation but otherwise wonderful.

Bendurgin, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of alpinebryant
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 1, 2008 born on date

Pours a hazy straw yellow with a very strong head and a pungent aroma of battery acid, horsefunk, and pale malts.

Taste as with the aroma is very acidic and sour in a good way as this is obviously the intention of this gueuze. There was a massive head on the pour, almost three fingers in height, even after I poured the second time, the same massive head poured into my tulip. Delicious flavors come together, with what an inexperience or unexpecting tongue would probably goff at and surrender to the brutality that this gueuze will wreak on your mouth. Apple cider, mixed wiht a vinegar, some funk and oak, and yes, good old acid. Heavy carbonation and a medium / light mouthfeel for the style.

Recommended as a sipper and a very nice gueze.

alpinebryant, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of gatornation
4.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottled on march 2008..corked,caged and foiled..it poured a hazy glowing amber/peach color with a small head ..its a beautiful looking and unique color ...smell was sour .tart with nice fruit and lemon tartness some wheat and barley nothing overwhelmed...taste was outstanding with a stellar sour and slight vinegar taste mixed with fruit tartness some hops and malt and wheat profile all with some oak and wood flavors ..very well blended..mouth feel is tart with a great balance of b4 mentioned tastes..such a beautiful blended gueuze..so drinkable... the taste is exceptional

gatornation, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of kkipple
4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

** Feb 2008 bottled on date, 375ml **

It's Christmas Eve in these parts, and so I naturally reached for two of my favorite edibles for a festive lunch alone: clam chowder (Whole Foods), a crusty grain baguette, and a geuze that has been patiently sitting in my cellar (read: garage) for a while.

Poured all at once into my Tripel Karmeliet big glass. A huge 4 finger head erupts, sporting large, rocky bubbles and sticks around for a long while, leaving lace. The geuze is an effervescent old gold and clear (having left the sediment in the bottle).

Heavens. This smells gobsmackingly, achingly tremendous. Armand has got inside my head and pulled out what I think is the most perfect, balanced geuze smell possible. Massive apple-cider sharpness, wonderful, disgustingly juicy funk, lemon-tart, hearty oak, pungent, hints of must and dust, acidic, warning, cleansing, vinegar, the famed "horse blanket" nose... it's all here, and it's all balanced. There are sharper, more pungent and more strident geuze noses out there. There are none that work so well.

Flavor is again a masterwork of complimentary classic flavors that are actually blended. The art of geuze is really the art of blending, and this Drie Fonteinen is supremely balanced. Dancing flavors of lemon and tart Brett-funk skip across the palate, hand in hand. Wild yeast funk and a grin-tugging, moderately aggressive acidity dash at you and then peel off to the side, giggling. The oak dryness just stands there, stalwart. Nothing is out of place. This is a fun, joyful beer that never gets too bracing or tiresome.

The carbonation here is again, expert. Fizzy and full bubbles deliver the goods straight to your senses and the finish is clean and long, letting you down gently through fields of lemon trees and filthy horses. The acidity is perfect, by gum. This is why we drink wild ales.

I love this beer. I love how classy it all is, how well crafted it is put together. Moreover, I love that I can buy it 5 minutes away from my house. God bless Drie Fonteinen! May your funk live forever!

I am in funky bliss. Gueze and chowder may well turn into a minor tradition around my home. Merry Christmas.

kkipple, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of laituegonflable
3.83/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale gold colour with lots of cloudy haze in the glass. Head is fairly small, sinks to a saliva-esque film. Lace is small and not very sticky. Looks good, not great.

Smells very acidic with funk as a backup. Lots of underripe berry and citrus notes, and some nice barnyard character with wet lucerne and animal/corporeal notes. Kind of salty as well, but overall quite nice.

Tastes quite similar. Noticeable acidity but not tart or puckering. Lots of funk to it, with corporeal salty characters, lemon zest and pink grapefruit and a fair amount of barnyard/horse blanket kind of flavour. Almost rubbery at times but a nice acidity carries it through with a citric edge at the back. Mostly funky, and ends bitter. Nicely constructed, just not hugely exciting.

Feels a bit lacking on the texture, nice puckering tells you it's there but otherwise there's not a huge amount of body.

Sour and refreshing, nice funky beer.

laituegonflable, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of larryi86
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12.7 oz bottle dated Dec. 12, 2009 poured into a snifter

A- A light hazy gold/orange with one finger white head.

S- Tart lemons, spices, some fuck and a nice earthy smell.

T- Lemon tartness up front, getting hints of sour apples and other sour fruits in the middle. The finish has a funky bitterness, sour apples and lemons with an earthy/grass note. Very nice complexity.

M- Crisp, refreshing, smooth, slightly creamy.

D- Like other sours I am have had I would not like to drink a lot at once, but it is easy to drink and enjoy a bottle. I really like this beer, but feel it could be a little better if it was a little more sour and a little less funky.

larryi86, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of BieresDesMoines
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2004 bottle, Pours blond with a big fat head, with big fat bubbles. The aroma is outstanding, lemony, peppery, funky with good floral and bubblegum notes that I have never seen in a Gueuze! I also love that ever-present horse blanket aroma lingering in the background. The flavor is earthy with some lemon rind, some nice but mild sourness, dry white oaky notes, plenty funky but not over the top, insanely drinkable.

BieresDesMoines, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of bobsy
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo.

Pours a hazy light gold with a huge head for the style, and some good retention and lacing. Tart green apple aroma with dry funk and lemon. In your face sour lemon and green apple flavour, with some dry white wine characteristics. Nice earthy, musty funkiness too. Refreshing and drinkable. Light body and a good carbonation.

Truly a delightful brew.

bobsy, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.65/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very slightly hazed pale golden colour with a filmy and quite fizzy head. Looks surprisingly still in the glass, but the head dissipates so quickly. It's rather surprising. Very thin body. Overall, sure, it's fair enough for a Gueuze, but it's overall a little meek.

Nose is redolent with sharp and slightly citric acidity. Quite tart with a touch of oak, but only a light brushing. Lighter, and more sharp characters of grapeskin and rubbed lemon are the dominant characters. Slight wine-like character, but even that is probably giving a bit too much body. It's extremely light, but fragrant and pleasant.

Taste is also very dry and tart, with a strong single point of acidity running through the palate for the duration. Hints of underripe peach and crushed kaffir lime come through, with a flavour that doesn't scream acidity, but which brings an astringency to the palate as a whole. It's quite refined, but I can't get over the fact that it feels a little one-dimensional. Still, that one dimension is plenty tasty.

I don't know. I've had some tasty gueuzes, and some ones that had such a mellow and refined complexity to them. To be honest, I feel this missed the mark a little bit. There's no doubting the skill that went into it, but I've certainly had better.

lacqueredmouse, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of DefenCorps
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On the 12th of December 2010, I happened to stumble upon a bottle of the 1999 Oude Gueuze, probably my top want since I got to try it at the Lambic Summit in Phily. Sharing it with a close friend, reminiscing over what we were doing when this beer was bottled and spending a couple of hours nursing my lions share, I was convinced that this was the best gueuze I'd ever had. More detailed notes from the Summit are below, but briefly, the blend of soft lemons, mellow tannins and a light floral character make this beer unique. Better than Blauw, better than the 02 Vintage Oude Gueuze, better than the 2001 bottling of the Cantillon Classic, this is exceptional.

** June 10, 2010**
Served out of a bottle at The Great Lambic Summit. Armand talked about this beer and how the plan was to make a beer distinct from the regular gueuze. A blend of Boon, Lindeman's and Girardin lambics, this beer pours a mildly hazy orange with a dense white head with decent retention and some lacing. The nose is outstanding. Beautiful citrus and oak tannin character, this is deep, rich and nuanced. Moderately cheesy, this has aged very gracefully. No acetic character. Lemons, orange and a Roquefort-like funk, along with a forest floor, woody aroma. Great balance.

The palate opens with a dank funk, forest floor, mildly reminding me of dried mushrooms. Juicy lemons with a moderate acidic character. Oak is present, mild vanilla and a beautiful tannin character providing a gentle but strong backbone. Beautiful stuff. This is an absolutely exceptional blend. The finish is rather unreal, there's a lingering lemon and tannin character. Beautifully integrated. There's a softness and suppleness that's present that I can't find in the J&J Blauw. I feel lucky to have tried this, the clean sourness lacking in acetic character is a beautiful thing.

Side by side with the Blauw, this isn't as dank and less forest floor like, less tannic and less lemony. People who loved the Blauw preferred it for exactly this reason.

**Reviewed on: 08-17-2009 04:40:52**
4.5/4.5/4.5/4.5/4.5
Having spent more than I care to admit to acquire a bottle of Hommage, I figured it would be best to get a feel for Drie Fonteinen's house character before I jump into what is one of their highest regarded beers. I grabbed this at State Line today, this batch was bottled 1st Feb 2008

A: No sooner than I pop the cage does the cork fly off, causing a minor spill. Luckily, I have my RR tulip handy, and that glass is filled with a gorgeous, golden copper-colored brew with fantastic amounts of carbonation, atop which sits a white head with good retention and attractive lacework. Good stuff

S: Plenty of sourness here. There's a lot of lemon rind character, a bracing acidity. Funk is present and prominent, with a sharpness that reminds me in ways of the 1984 Eylenbosch Gueuze I had recently, grassy and grainy with some barnyard characted I get a little white pepper and an astringency that I can't quite describe. I can only go as far as say it's neither hop nor oak. There is also a mild amount of vanilla and sweetness, citrus in character, that is apparent. There really is an awful depth to this beer. In between the citrus, oak, funk and mild lactic character, this beer is great

T: Opening up with a solid dose of lemon peel and lactic sourness, this gueuze is excellent. Big, juicy lemons, with a beautiful sweetness that's got a lot of citrus, honey and vanilla. Funk is secondary to the sourness here, with the dominating character being barnyard and some tart granny smith apples. Overall, this is one juicy, succulent gueuze, one that's a treat. In some ways, I see this as a bracing, raw fruit, one that time will mellow out and "ripen", bringing to the forefront the more fruity characteristics of the bugs. Finishes dry, sour, lemony and with a mild sweetness, this is excellent.

M: While retaining a light airy character, this beer has sufficient heft mid-palate to deserve an extra nod. High carbonation enhances just about everything good about this beer, and the finish is tremendous. The sourness is high, but biting acidity is reserved, making for a very enjoyable gueuze.

D: This was supposed to be consumed while working on an essay, but it's taken me the duration of the bottle to review. Oh well. Well done, Armand!

Notes: While this is my first exposure to this beer, the things that strike me about it are that in contrast with Cantillon, this has a lot more latent tropical fruit character, a mellower acidity, and a sharpness in flavor that reminds me of Hanssens. I look forward to drinking a bottle every few months.

**Edit: 21 April 2010
Side by side, the Doesjel is woodier, less grassy, less bright citrus, less sweet/floral character. Both are excellent beers, but I have to tip my hat to the Oude Gueuze. It's an exceptionally crafted beer.

DefenCorps, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of hawks10
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml green bottle - Corked, Caged & Foiled - Bottled February 1st, 2008 - Almost three years old as I pop the cork and pour it into a tulip...

Pours a glowing, golden orange with tons of fluffy white head which slowly recedes into a hefty cap of white haze, some lacing is left behind. A constant stream of tiny bubbles continues to rise to the surface...

As I poured, an overwhelming scent of super tart green apples and general tart cider-like aromas hit my nose authoritatively, from a few feet away...but when I actually put my nose to the glass, most of that strong, tart apple/cider smell is washed away by a big blast of funk, barnyard scents abound, earth/dirt/hay, musty and dry. Some lemon rind cuts through the funk a bit at the end. More funky and less "in-your-face" lemon sourness than most Gueuzes. Funky, complex, balanced and beautiful...

Subtly tart (compared to many other Gueuzes) with a nice green apple pucker. The dryness and funk come out early and often. Supremely musty, astringently dry, earthy with the taste of Southern Wisconsin air on a humid summer afternoon (barnyard). A dry and slightly bitter lemon rind flavor comes out again after my palette becomes accustomed to the depth of funk. Didn't smell much oak, but an oak taste definitely comes through in the finish...

Medium bodied, although fairly highly carbed, this beer is smooth, the dryness kind of sits there in your mouth, becomes more and more dry as I drink...

Fantastic Gueuze. The smell may have been the best I've experience to date, the taste is sublimely smooth, complex and balanced and it finishes nice and dry...

hawks10, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of jamie2dope
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a 375 of this tonight at Redstone. Pours out a hazy golden color, with just a small amount of white lacing. Dry champagne comes in first, followed by some sharp citrus, hay and funk. Pithy tartness hits you immediately upon tasting with the above mentioned flavors gaining even more complexity as the beer warms. Body is light, spritzy, and well carbonated. Drinkability is lovely. It is actually kind of sad when the experience ends. This paired remarkably well with a hunk of Jarlsberg cheese. Beers like this remind me why I love Gueuze so much.

jamie2dope, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of dasenebler
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml, lot 10/12/2009.

Lightly hazy, apple-juice gold with a frothy head. Lots of effervescence and decent retention.

Aroma is pungent and excellent. Cidery, funky, and fruity with notes of sour apples, strawberry and citrus rind.

Flavor is dry and very tart. Funky, musty and earthy notes are complimented by a citrusy flavor. Less fruity than the aroma. There is some bitterness both from the hops and the wild yeast funkiness. Reminiscent of acidic white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc. Mouthfeel is fluffy and soft with very high, champagne-like carbonation. For those who can handle the sourness, this is a very refreshing and drinkable beer.

I enjoyed the Drie Fonteinen Gueuze very much. I am no expert, but I found the other classic examples of the style (Girardin, Hanssens, etc.) smoother than this particular Oude Gueuze.

dasenebler, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of bringonthehops
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11/15/2009:

- popped and poured -
- tasted non-blind from 750mL -
- February 2007 bottling -

Acidic/funky nose -- kind of cider-like. Wonderful mouthwatering sourness on the medium-light bodied palate. This has classic gueze character, and is impeccably balanced between the sourness and spice. Medium-long finish of moderate intensity. Although I've had better bottles of this brew, this continues to be the best beer I've ever tasted -- when this is hitting on all cylinders it's a 99-100 pt. beer. This is the *real* "champagne of beers!"

B: 50, 5, 15, 18, 9 = 97

bringonthehops, Dec 10, 2010
Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
98 out of 100 based on 2,040 ratings.