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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Ratings: 2,193
Reviews: 686
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.68%
Wants: 386
Gots: 586 | FT: 65
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Style | ABV
Gueuze |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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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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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.

Photo of dasenebler
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of bringonthehops
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


- 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

Photo of JayQue
4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Gueuze. Poured from a 12.7 oz bottle dated Dec 2009 into a (Busch Gardens) Bud Select flute. Nice highly carbonated bubbly white head with better than average retention. No lacing.

Smell is pronounced and good. There is sourness here but pleasant, not heavy duty vinegar, some lemon tartness.

Tastes good also. The sourness is predominant but there is also an undercurrent of fruity sweetness to go along with the lemon sourness and a roasted, woody aspect as well. Nice blend of flavors...definitely a sipper but not some off-putting vinegar bomb.

Mouthfeel is rich enough, the big flavors would compensate for any weakness in mouthfeel. Nice tart and sour finish.

Drinkability is pretty good. Obviously not a "mass quantities" tyoe of beer but 1 or 2 would be quite enjoyable.

I gather most reviewers age this beer. I may get another one at some future point and cellar it for a few years.

Photo of ManforallSaisons
4.73/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Uncorked a bottle labeled April 2003, cellared since it came into my hands as a gift ~3-4 years ago, and portioned into water tumblers (a decent approximation of a standard lambic glass, actually). Tight-bubbled head abounded, a bit less frothy than memories of younger bottles. Less lees than expected. The color gave another hint of its age, with a touch more dark copper glinting through the hay hue of a younger version. The nose was surprisingly less lambic-funky, with a cleaner citrus zest and grass aroma. The taste and mouthfeel remain, foremost, highly acidic. The tang is turned down slightly from a fresher version. The flavors jumping out at me were of peach and other yellow fruits, with a cleansing herb-y note that felt more than tasted of coriander. I'm surprised to say that I wish (almost) that I'd given it a couple more years to see if it would mellow out further. You can see the theme all through this that it didn't evolve as much as I expected, and had further to go. With Drie Fonteinen switching from blender to brewer, it's all the more important to maintain and preserve those old bottles (and yes to drink them, not archive them).

Photo of andrewinski1
4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Cantillon taster glass. Nice fizz when poured, lots of effervescent bubbles race to the top of the beer much like champagne. Dark golden color clear of haze (pat on the back to me for a good yeast-free pour for once). Beautiful looking beer; it should be in a museum.

Smells sour with a hint of wood. Not as dominant in the funky area; this is a clean sour smell.

The sour taste here is nicely balanced. Flavors of apple and grapefruit peel are apparent. The finish is very dry, with a bit of mustiness (but not much).

Nice sparkling mouthfeel; great for the style. Absolutely perfect.

Love this beer. Always a treat and highly recommended.

Photo of punkrkr27
4.11/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy, golden pour with a big, frothy, white head. The aroma is oaky white grapes with notes of black pepper, bright citrus, honey, grass and brett. Sour white grape flavor with hints of lemon, pepper, wheat, and oak. Medium body with lots of effervescent carbonation and a dry tart finish.

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

Poured from a 12.7oz bottle into a snifter

Appearance - Pours with 2+ fingers of slightly rocky, frothy head. Deep golden in color, mostly opaque.

Aroma - crisp tartness reminiscent of apples, faint pils sweetness and noble hops.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, medium to medium high carbonation. Smooth overall mouthfeel.

Flavor - sharp tartness (apple) dominates the palate and is much stronger than in the nose. A bit of pils sweetness is present. No hop bitterness or flavor. There's a bit of an odd burnt cardboard sort of flavor about midway in the palate but it doesn't distract much from the overall taste off the beer.

Overall - A very drinkable Gueze with a crisp, refreshing tartness, nice carbonation and a pleasant mouthfeel.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.07/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

JustinA1 purchased this at K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA. Thanks for sharing with me roomie.

Bottle dated December 1, 2009. Poured into a Cigar City snifter.

Appearance: Hazy, dull gold body with a tight, white halo. Looks soapy when swished. No lacing.

Smell: Barnyard funk, hay, and sea salt come through right away. I also get lemon rind, dirt, and a hefty amount of yeast sourness. Very interesting and complex; much like an intense saison.

Taste: Strong funky sourness, lemon, juniper, and ... funk. It's hard to put into words. Very barnyard-like, and very tart. Nice.

Mouthfeel: Actively carbonated, dry, and somewhat thin/vinegary. Aggressively sour and funky. Not nearly as smooth as the Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek that we split right before this.

Drinkability: I'm not too familiar with gueuzes, so my review might not be that helpful. This resembled a spiked, imperial saison in my opinion though. Very complex, funky, and interesting. Not that smooth, but enjoyable. Worth a try.

Photo of SpdKilz
4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to irishgurl4 for pointing me in the right direction on where to pick this up!

Appearance - Uncorks from the bottle quite easily and with a nice solid pop sound. Pours into my Russian River tulip with at first appears a lighter yellow but as the champagne like bubbles dissipate the beer begins to turn a darker yellow to brown. The head dissipates rather quickly but leaves some on top and thin lacing.

Smell - At first a semi skunky smell which dissipates a bit as I let the beer breath for a few minutes in the glass. There is a strong aroma of barnyard funk/wet hay/moldy basement (classic funk). There is light citrus aromas such as green apples, lemon, and just a hint of orange. Once the beer is allowed to open up it smells very enticing.

Taste - Holy mother pucker. Incredible lemon (more so than the nose hinted) flavor right off the bat. Makes my mouth immediately water and pucker. Once the tartness finally goes away there is the barnyard funk mentioned in the nose, which includes wet hay, leather, and some fresh cut grass. There is just a hint of sweetness that can be found in here, though honestly the more I drink it and the more acclimated I am to the sourness, the more I find the sweetness. Slight acidic finish not unlike licking a copper penny (oh we all have done it one time or another).

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, loads of prickly carbonation with tiny bubbles not unlike champagne, finishes crisp, dry, clean, bitter.

Drinkability - I'm taking this slow, but will have not a problem finishing it up. Very enjoyable and refreshing. Would pick this up again if I had the chance.

Photo of BucBasil
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a lambic glass at Delirium Cafe in Brussels.

A: A deep orange color topped with an off white 2 finger head with low retention.

S: Tangy, fruity, yeasty. I can just tell how sour this is going to be. Sour apple, peach, and some unripe berries.

T: Like expected, very sour. Unripe apples, grape seeds, white wine, some citrus. An orange sherbet note? Insane complexity here but still very drinkable. After the initial shock it starts opening up and you get a pleasant appley finish amidst a slightly musty character. Sour sugar is in the aftertaste... like the feeling you get after eating a sour candy.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.82/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1997 vintage, 15 euros at the Drie Fonteinen restaurant, consumed on Halloween 2010.

The beer pours a deep golden color with a nice thick cap of white foam that was fairly durable. The aroma was damn good, funky fruit and vegetables, musty, dank basement, bales of straw, all of these came to mind. It tastes bright and accessible despite all these strong smells, really flavorful without being too sour. Not that I'd have minded, but honestly this was nearly perfect. A little citrus enters along with the funkiness, every sip was delicious. Carbonation was low but present, giving a somewhat silky body.

I'm not sure I can recommend this highly enough, but in any case it probably doesn't matter as 1997 is pretty old and I'm sure becoming rare. But later vintages will likely be nice too. I brought a 2002 home with me from Belgium, also a 2006 for a friend. Maybe we'll try them both side-by-side together.

Photo of bruachan
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

touch of tight cream on top of yon brew

sour aroma! that's most of what i smell, honestly. faint vanilla

sour all around with good hop bitterness to finish. oak and lemon zest. touch of estery sweetness. i'd say more complex than your average gueze. lovely!

Photo of mothman
3.8/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1999 Vintage

Color is a hazed golden yellow. Has a lot of active carbonation in the glass. A white head with good carbonation.

Aroma: Really funky with straw and lemon citrus. It is acidic, tart, and funky. Old and musky. Cobweb musk flavors. Oak notes.

Taste: Woody, oaky, and funky. It is acidic and sour. It has notes of a basement and cobweb. Just a really old beer and you can pick it out. It has a bunch of lemon citrus and it is very acidic.

Mouthfeel: Sour, tart, acidic. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation for how old it is. Ends dry, but clean.

Overall, it shows age, but it is still a decent beer. I am really glad I got to try this one.

Photo of Patrick999
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle to myself. I'd had this once before but did not get the chance to review it properly. Cork blasted out amidst aromas of sweaty funk. Poured into a Matilda goblet. Color is that gueuze-y off-gold. Fizzy foam that maintains itself well.

Varied, funky aroma that you'd expect. Soured apples, rotting oak, sweaty underarm, field of weeds in the morning, rotting forest-floor leaves. You don't even have to taste it to know there are no compromises here.

First sip is almost shockingly sour, but as always the palate acclimates quickly. On the surface, this comes off as a particularly acidic, dry Champagne. Bubbly with tart white grape and apple flavors - but then Brettanomyces kicks in...there's a lot of cellar-y Brett character here to go along with the high acidity.

Mouthfeel is lively and active.

This is a very potent gueuze with a lot of flavor, and so acidic that it's burning a little as it goes down, so it's slowing me down more than with some other gueuzes. I could down a whole 750ml myself with some effort, but the 375ml is perfect for one.

Among the cream of the crop when talking gueuze, this deserves its high rating.

Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 oz. corked and caged bottle served in my Allagash chalice. Bottled on 10 March 2008 indicated on the label. Bottle opens with a pop and beer effervesced out of the neck. Pours a translucent golden orange with a loose, off-white head the consumed half the glass, reducing it's size by three quarters within less than a minute before settling into a solid, fluffy quarter inch cap. Thick clouds of lacing are present during the tasting and exhibit excellent retention. Nose is tart, acidic and expresses a hint of cork and wood. Taste consistent with nose - lots of citric acid from the start to middle, with the earthy/cork quality coming out towards the back. Mouthfeel is light and extremely lively, almost prickly - acidity stimulates the salivary glands and finish is extremely dry and palate-cleansing. A solid Gueuze, but perhaps still a little young. The correct elements are there, but not much complexity at this point.

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drie Fonteinen Oude Gueuze pours a hazy golden-colored body that has a healthy white head on top of it. The head hangs around for a bit, and even leaves a spot or two of lacing on my glass.

The aroma is complex and very sour. The sourness itself even seems varied, with obvious brett, fruit, mustiness and other components. The oak aromas are also rather pronounced, adding a mellow, woody character to the aroma.

Drie Fonteinen Oude Gueuze is not as sour as the aroma suggests, and not nearly as sour as other geuze examples, but it has a good bit of sourness to it. The brett characteristics are once again complex and interesting. A nice Sourness, a hint of apple and citrus, and white-grape skin pair with a very musty, funky flavor. Next the strongest flavor in the beer shines through, and that is oak. The prominent oak characteristics really take the edge off of the sourness. The flavor is spicy, woody and a bit leathery all at the same time. These flavors are especially strong in the finish of the beer.

Delicately carbonated with a good body.

Drie Fonteinen Oude Gueuze is subtle, complex, and a hell of a beer. The price tag is high, but the quality is also pretty excellent. Definitely a sipper.

Photo of BetterDarker
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. corked and caged bottle poured into chalice. Feb 2008 on the label, drank it last night.

So this is my first gueuze, both drinking and reviewing, so I have nothing to base this on other than taste and reading about the style, as I've decided to take the sour plunge.

(A)- Bright orange with bone white head with great retention. Some lacing.

(S)- As stated before, this is my first go, and I've heard/read about this barnyard funk aroma. I do not pick this up, but rather a bright, acidic fruity aroma. Smells great!

(T)- Very tart right up front, obviously no malt or hops, so text book to style (at least from what I've read). I'm surprised at myself how much I like this beer, I'm a hop head, but this is totally different in a great way. Very refreshing. Since I'm not accustomed to the style, I pretty much taste sour, and it is good.

(M)- Great mouth feel, light, well carbonated.

(D)- Highly drinkable, it is a shame that Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen is now defunct due to their catastrophe. I do not use that word lightly, but it is, since this will no longer be available. Need to stock up ASAP!

Photo of billab914
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375ml bottle into my Lost Abbey stemware. It poured a hazy amber color with a large fluffy and bubbly white head filling half of the glass at first. The head faded a bit but had some good retention overall and some nice lacing was left on the glass.

The aroma is tart and funky with a pretty strong acidic sharpness to it. It has a damp, musty, basement like quality to it as well. A little bit of a sour, tart, fruity, apple like quality comes through with just a bit of citrus.

The taste also has the tartness to it with a very moderate acidic bite. Like the aroma suggested it's sour, funky and has some very tart and dry fruit flavors to it. A little bit of a musty wood like quality is present as well. Excellent Geuze flavors overall

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is very good, it has some great sour and funky flavors. The acidicness was kept in moderation which really helped the drinkability for me. Overall an excellent beer and an excellent version of the style.

Photo of djmichaelk
4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle into a snifter.

A - Straw colored, with a huge three fingers of pillowy head that recedes quickly to a spotty cap. No lacing to speak of. Great looking but fades too quickly.

S - Bright citrus notes right off the bat, backed by some musty funkiness. Less grassy and more lemony. The funkiness is very forward.

T - The citrus note is very prominent, like someone just squeezed lemon in my glass. There's a bit of leather, plus some hay and some just-took-your-shoe-off funkiness. No alcohol, just plain sunniness in a glass. Everything works perfectly here.

M - Tale of two beers -- for the first few minutes, it's outstanding, effervescent and light, almost champagne-like. After 15 minutes or so, for some reason the carbonation seems to fade and it gives the impression of very light carbonation.

D - The citrusy flavors, the effervescence, and the general lightness of the beer all contribute to a very high drinkability. I could sit and drink this for days.

O - The only thing standing in the way of this being an every day beer for me is the price. $10 for a 375ml is a bit high, although it is an import. I wish they'd make something like this in the US.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz. bottle, bottled 12/10/09,

A: Pours an opaque burnt orange with a solid though hissing fizzy head.

S: Classic gueuze smell. Lots of horse blanket/funky Brett, fermented lemon juice and orange peel.

T: Lactic acidity dominates, great flavour with a lot of funky, post-ripe lemons and oranges. Interesting copper/penny note at the finish. Very tasty.

M: Above average acidity in the style, light-bodied, soft carbonation, acidic aftertaste.

D: A very good lambic beer, well made. At $11 a bottle, I'd rather have Boon or Cantillon at a lesser price point, nevertheless, great beer.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle consumed at Congregation Ale House in Long Beach, on to the beer:

Traditional lemongrass color, the head rises with ease on top, leaves a little bit of lacing and retention. The nose is intense. Very sour aromas with cherry and lots of lemon. The taste, you guessed it, is very sour. One drink, POW! Very intense sour lemon flavor, a little funk riding around on the outside. Hints of assorted fruit skin, cherry, it's all good. It's highly bubbly in the mouth, and in this case it works really well.

An excellent gueuze. Puckering and tasty.

Photo of rtepiak
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

as i smell this beer i think how i would kill a baby for a sharp spanish truffle cheese. There is no information on anything about vintage.

The pour is golden with a very mild cloudy and a white head of about a finger. Nose is out of this world as for a quality of sour. There is tart. A leathery sour that is on the brink of unnatural in the beer world. Smoke of burnt coriander, rosemary, and burnt rubber. Wild ash to the point that it smelled like an ashtray. Palate was astringent like grass tart but woody oak and leathery. Astringent like blue cheese. And malt character of mild sweet pollen. Lily floral and a bitter that is ash and turbid sesame oil. A new look at lambics after this one. A most.

Photo of billshmeinke
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Delirium Tremens tulip.

2 fingers of frothy white head sits on a fairly murky body the seems to oscillate between gold and amber in color depending on the angle light shines through it.

Smells of horse blanket, sourness, hay and a light fruity note. The hay note is quite pronounced and interesting. At least I think it's hay? There is something in there that almost reminds me a touch of popcorn. Anyway, it smell like a fruity barnyard.

The taste is strongly tart up front, so tart it is somewhat bitter. There is horse blanket and hay. Also, faint fruit notes of peaches and white grapes. A bit tannic. Then some faintly spice oak on the back end. A semi-bitter note of horse blanket and oak linger.

The mouthfeel is bright and extremely well carbonated. Like a really fizzy champagne.

Overall, a really good example of the style. Nothing jumped out at me as particularly exciting, but everything about it was solid.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.82/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly-hazed gold with a large head and a good deal of lacing. Smell is lots and lots of funk along with a good amount of lemon. Good horse blanket. Taste is similar, but with a tiny bit of sourness added in. Mouthfeel is light to medium with fairly high carbonation. Good funk throughout. Nice funk and just a bit of sourness makes this very drinkable.

UPDATE: 10.05.2011. Will leave the original review but must say that over the years this has become one of my absolute favorite beers and it's a huge bonus that it's fairly readily available. The funk with slight sourness comes from what is, as far as I'm concerned, the best blending out there.

Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
97 out of 100 based on 2,193 ratings.