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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Ratings: 2,081
Reviews: 675
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.68%
Wants: 382
Gots: 530 | FT: 51
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen visit their website
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 Proteus93
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another one shared by Bob Sweeney... an exercise of the palate.

A: Honey gold, with a little sheet of lace left behind on top.... it isn't particularly heady, but it retains quite nicely.

S: A smooth hay aroma, earthy, with a slight bit of vinegar

T: Pungent, but somewhere between tart and bitter, which is interesting. An herbal quality that is interesting, especially with the hay-like funkiness along with it. The great dryness complements all the flavours very nicely, and just a touch of slight musty sourness lingers behind

D: This is quite a nice brew. Even though it is only 6% ABV , there is a peppery warmth that makes it a easy going sipper more than anything. Good stuff, and recommended.

Proteus93, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of organicbrewer
4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Full on gold. Brilliantly clear. Very few bubbles and just a little ring around the top.

S-Funk. A bit of oak, but the rest if funk.

T-Full on funk. Sour but not overly sour. Some old oak. No hops.

M-Fairly dry. Not puckering. Nearly perfect

D-I love this beer. Could drink this everyday.

organicbrewer, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of frothyhead
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle marked February 1, 2008.

Pours a clear orange/amber into a tulip, producing a two finger off-white head.

Nose is sour and predominately lemon with just a tad bit of barnyard funk coming through with some grass and dry wood. Very clean.

Mouth is light to medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Prickly and lively, but not overly so, with a nice dry finish that tends to linger more and more with each sip.

Taste is sour and much like the nose, with lemon, grass and dry wood.

Drinkability is high - even though it's quite puckeringly sour, this is a clean, crisp beer that goes down easy.

Overall this is a great gueuze. It's not overly complex, but is solidly drinkable and refreshing, while deliving some awesome sourness. No off-flavors present whatsoever, making this a very clean and enjoyable sour brew.

frothyhead, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of jackofclubs
3.7/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

had this one at the trappist in oakland

A- a yellowish copper with a thin off white head, low carbonation.

S- a funky smell sour, almost ammonia but a little different.

T- clean sour apple at first quickly becoming a heavy sour with a lot of complexity on the finish

M- medium body the sour makes it seam more carbonated than it is

jackofclubs, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of DrDogbeer
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Bryanbrick for sending this as an extra!!

Poured from the bottle into a tulip. Pours a fairly bright orange with an active white head. This puppy is carbonated. Wonderful musty, funky aroma (if musty can be wonderful). Very strong aroma at first, it mellows as the beer sits. Flavors of sour apple skins, sour citrus fruits, some vinegar, but it ends up a bit sweet and dry on the palate. Tons of carbonation makes for a lively mouthfeel. Flavor is a bit cloying, staying sharp and bitter on the roof of my mouth. Wonderful geuze.

DrDogbeer, Jul 10, 2009
Photo of stumac
3.83/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This particular bottle is five years aged....I never thought I'd get a chance to try this brew.

it pours up a murky rust color with a big frothy off white head. the nose is funky, musty, light fruits, and good diarrhea (when you smell it, you'll see what I'm talking about). the taste is the same as the nose, super sour, oaky, smooth, medium bodied, medium carbo, delicious

stumac, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of WeisGuy
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on Feb. 1, 2008.

a - pours a very clear deep amber color, large ivory head with decent retention and great lacing

s - very tart and sour on the nose, you can tell this one is going to assault your palate, very complex funky aromas, musty with bright lemon and grapefruit notes, granny smith apple, some wheat

t - powerful punch of tart citrus mixed with wheat up front, sour apple and lemon sourness engulfs the mid-palate, finish has some barnyard funk notes and a lingering tartness that just sits on the palate for quite awhile, very dry finish

m - medium-bodied, lots of carbonation, very active in the mouth, quite dry

d - intense beer that's not easy on the palate, but so well-crafted and complex that you have to keep on drinking

Awesome gueuze that's a must-try for anyone who likes sour ales. Crazy complexity that my description just can't do justice.

WeisGuy, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of blitz134
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear honey color with lots of bubbles that form a dense just off-white head in my tulip glass. Head reduces to a thin layer but leaves some nice sheet lacing behind.

Sour, funky aroma (who would have thought) with some dry grape undertones. Not overly complex.

I took a sip of this and I was immediately reminded of this wild, deep purple-skinned grape that grows in the Southeast, a muscadine. My great-granddad had a vine trained in his backyard, and I'd eat a ton of them whenever I was over in early fall. My granddad made wine out of these, too, like many other southern homemade wine makers. I can't get past how much this beer tastes like these slightly sour, tart wild grapes. The dryness and slight acid from the (probably bacteria, wild yeast coated) skin that makes you pucker, followed by a hint of sweetness, and then a lingering clean grape-like fruitness with a bit of earthy, astringency left over on the teeth. Just like eating muscadines; I dont know how else to describe it.

Overall, not super sour or tart. Thin to medium-thin mouthfeel with a bit of effervesence. A solid gueze in any book. Good stuff, and quite the surprise in the flavor for me.

blitz134, May 25, 2009
Photo of sonicdescent
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I wish I had kept better track of my trades and extras, and some generous trader sent this one from my wants as an extra, much appreciated and cheers to you sir! This bottle has a date of February 2, 2007.

Appears a pretty beautiful and honey colored liquid with some very active carbonation. The medium head dissolves off into a tin layer of cloudy goodness. A good looking Gueuze. Had the head hung around a little longer, this would be a five.

Smells of funky lemons, cherries, maybe a hint of apples. No booze or hops present. Fairly good and funktastic.

Taste is similarily funky, lemon zest way in the back end. Extremely thin and dry on the mouth, and bubbly. Some puckering way in the back end. Acidic sourness is present. A very good drink and a nearly perfect mouthfeel.

I curve this one high, shame about that huge take being damaged at their brewery by a faulty thermometer. Great Gueuze.

sonicdescent, May 24, 2009
Photo of LoveInTheDream
4.9/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glasses.
had it w 21mmer whose review proceeds me and who jointly produced these reviews.

Appearance: opaque, golden colored, white head appeared only after a vigorous pour, went away after a couple minutes. no lacing, few bubbles sticking to the side

Smell: sharp iron, metallic thingy goin on. earthy, organic bouquet, young pears, green apples

Taste: its the iron ey metallic tang that keeps coming back and makes me a slave to this beer. very complex. behind the iron is a very crisp, clean yet very funky beer. nice acidic backbone with delicious sourness and delivering on the green apple and young pears towards the back. to me it tastes like it is very fully fermented, with very low residual sugars. amen and hallelujah.

Mouthfeel: champagne mouthfeel. not oily or coating at all

drinkability: i could see where the second one would almost seem unnecessary or wasteful. but i love i would love to sit around all night and drink yours with you.

LoveInTheDream, May 23, 2009
Photo of 21mmer
4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked/caged bottle dated 02 february 2007

appearance: hazy, honey colored. medium head faded away after a minute or two minimal lacing.

smell: irony, metallic, earthy, organic, woody, crisp, acidic, green apples and pears

taste: beautifully tart but not overpowering. very complex. funky, earthy notes, sour, dry, crisp.

mouthfeel: champagnesque carbonation, crisp, leaves your mouth cleansed and refreshed

drinkability: if u love this style, u can drink this beer all night.

21mmer, May 23, 2009
Photo of Suds
3.83/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very little carbonation in this one. The beer is a rich copper color with a very faint, wispy head. The aroma has a horse and barnyard funk, mixed with some sweet apple scents. Not a sour-bomb, but a slightly sweetened moderately sour funk. (Sweeted after the fermentation?) There is certainly a little sweetness in the front of the brew. It also has a firm bitterness that runs throughout. Refreshing, although I would have preferred it a little less sweet.

Suds, May 17, 2009
Photo of thirdeye11
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks so much to bobby91w at the Crown Liquors in Carmel for popping this one open for us to share.

Presentation: Poured from 750ml bottle into wine glass.

A: Pours an extremely pale color that reminds me of champagne. The head is very thick (as thick as the beer itself) and also reminds me of champagne. Sticks around for a bit, but does go away and there is minimal lacing on the glass.

S: Smell is very sour like a lemon, sour pear, and maybe some sour apple. Some funk but very reserved.

T: Taste is extremely sour, but since I like sour things I really enjoyed it. Lots of lemon, vinegar, some funk but again very reserved, and a highly sour pear is how I would describe it. Makes my mouth water and cheeks pucker even thinking about it now a day later.

M: Nicely carbonated, the right weight. No complaints here. Very much like champagne again.

D: I don't think I could drink the entire bomber by myself, but it was great to share. Very sour. Maybe with age it would mellow out and be more drinkable. I was hoping for slightly more funk but Bobby said this would increase with time. Would love to sample it again.

Since we have almost no sours in the Dallas market Bobby was more than obliged to pop this one open and one of my first experiences drinking a true sour beer was a great one. I loved this and recommend it to anyone who hasn't had a sour as it will defy conventions as to what you know as beer.

thirdeye11, May 12, 2009
Photo of gford217
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cork pops explosively on the 375mL bottle and pours a hazy yellowish orange with a massive white head that sticks to the sides and stays on as a cap.

The aroma is seriously funky in addition to the tart vinegar aroma with some definite lemony tartness as well. There are hints of light fruit sweetness, especially peaches and apples, in the nose, but it's definitely second fiddle behind the sourness and funk.

The taste is extremely acidic up front which really puckers the lips. After a couple of sips and as it warms, there is more complexity that comes out with the sweetness of the peaches and apples. The finish is a combination of lemony tartness, vinegar burn and straight-up barnyard funk.

The mouthfeel is light to medium and highly carbonated. It's extremely and dry and very wine-like in the finish.

As with most of the Belgian sours I've had, I'm still working to get my taste buds prepped for the acidic onslaught that inevitably ensues when I try them. That said, I enjoyed this beer and it is very good for the style.

gford217, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of Bcaulin
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled February '07, so just over two years in the bottle at this point.

Surprisingly little carbonation when uncorking the bottle. Other reviews suggest an almost explosive uncorking -- this was rather anti-climactic in comparison. Just a faint sound of air escaping, carrying a whiff of funk and sourness that had my taste buds watering right away.

Definitely pick up some apple in the nose in addition to the "funk". I'm hesitant to use the barnyard or horse blanket description because in addition to not being very familiar with those smells, I have definitely had more funky geuze. Still a very crisp and well balanced smell that lives up to the hype.

Nice tart taste that is as balanced as it smells. Nice and sour, although not overly so. Very drinkable and refreshing. Would love to enjoy on a nice warm day. An excellent example of the style, and I would love to try an older vintage to see if the brett can get to work a little more.

Bcaulin, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1999 Vintage:

Pours a nebulous golden with a tremendous white head that is cavernous as it recedes. Retention is good.

To demystify the aroma, one must unveil layer after layer of complex Brett characteristics. To describe this beer as funky would be an understatement. The funky horse blanket is very strong, as is the lesbian bull terrier piss aroma. Some herbal and grassy hop undertones are present with a nice level of tartness and musty barnyard. The flavor has a medium-high level of tartness with a medium sour level. The Brett is strong in the flavor, with some light citrus and some grassiness. Very musty, with strong notes of horse blanket and vinegar.

Light bodied with medium carbonation and a dry mouthfeel.

HopHead84, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of Nick3
3.7/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Let me preface this review by stating that this was my first Gueuze . . . I've had some flemish reds/sours before though.

Bottled on date of Feb. 1, 2008. Beer poured into a Duvel tulip quickly forms a four finger head. Bubbles vibrantly race to feed the head. Beer is a honey colored haze and it looks great. Smell is musty hay and lemons. Wow, this beer is sour. . .lemons come through in the taste as well. No hops, no sweetness. Beer is very lively on toungue. A refreshing beer but quite different than anything I've had before and you'll need to like a sour taste. It grew on me as I drank it though.

Nick3, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of Traquairlover
4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into tulips.

A = Dark honey colored liquid with large foam and small bubble bone white head, small champagne ntype carbonation bubbles.

S = Dried cherries, apples and pears, cinnamon and other spices, roots vegetables with slight amount of fresh dirt still clinging to them. Very complex and interesting.

T = Sharp sour flavors of fresh lemon juice, with a good spiciness in the back of the mouth almost that of white pepper. Taste doesn't linger quite as long as I would like though.

M = Medium bodied, smooth texture, decent mouthcoating.

D = Easy drinking for a sour, goes down very well and makes me keep wanting more.

Traquairlover, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of aerozeppl
4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

January 17th 2006 bottling.

A: A slightly hazy golden color with a ton of bubbles leading to a half finger of white head.

S: A nice sour/tart nose. Tons of lacto. Some overripe fruit thrown in there for good measure.

T: While not as tart as other examples of the style I have had I must say this is probably the best balanced example of the style I have had. The tartness was there but it was not overwhelming. I honestly wanted quite a bit more.

M: Just a joy in the mouth. Tons of carbonation.

D: Why can't I drink this every day? This is a jewel. I love the style and they are experts. I wanted to savor this but my glass just kept getting empty. I know it is a low ABV beer but god damn. I would kill you for a never ending keg of this at my house.

aerozeppl, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of tconboy
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed a bottle of this at the Kulminator in Antwerp. Pours a light glowing orange apple juice color. Very lively. Smells sour and of apples. Incredibly complex fruit and citrus flavors, with a beautiful balance. Mouthfeel is pretty similar to champagne, lively carbonation and nice dry finish. For how sour this beer is, because of its flavor and complexity it is much easier to drink. My introduction into the lambic world and I will definitely try another.

tconboy, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of MilanoItaly
1.23/5  rDev -71.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Produced 8/12/2004, quite old.
Snifter 500cc, temp 10 C° , served with cheese "Fourme d'Ambert" (similar to Gorgonzola but less creamy).

60% barley malt 40% wheat, mélange of lambics from 1,2,3 years.

Nice creamy foam with tiny bubbles and retention.
The colour can be described as green-tea hue.Cloudy.

About smell :acetic acid amongst all, also smell of tart apple,better,tart cider,cheese.Cellar.

Taste confirms the smell impression.I can add I would have liked more body.And the taste lasts too less.
No trace of hop.
Stinging effect of acetic acid on your tongue.

Better way to describe my sensation : stinging water with acetic acid smell.

Paid 6,4 € x 37,4cc , too much I'm afraid for the curiosity.

MilanoItaly, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 8/2/08. Bottle, bottled 1/2006. Pours a cloudy orange with a thick white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is quite funky (barnhouse, sour cheese). Flavor is super tart, of nice tart candies, oakiness. Just like other 3 Fonteinen beers, this is nice and tart and sour but not too acidic on the palate. For a lambic, it is extremely drinkable. Awesome beer!
8/4/8/4/16 (4.0/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of 0110x011
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled February 2007

A - Apple cider orange, with a thick, frothy 2-finger head. Sticky lacing left everywhere. So cloudy you'd think it was a Hefe.

S - Lemon, green grape, and major musty funk. Horsey. Anise & coriander. An interesting combination - a spicy funk as opposed to Girardin's sweet funk.

T - Expected sour bang doesn't really come. Tart for sure, but not as puckering as, say, anything Cantillon. Spice and funk are on the forefront, with a gentle sweetness coming through for balance. Surprisingly bitter at the end (which, for a gueuze, means you notice some bitterness behind the sour).

M - Very light and dry. Lively carbonation adds to the crispness.

D - If you dig the funk, it's incredibly drinkable. Unfortunately the price tag ($18.99) brings the score down a bit.

Not as sour as I normally like, but well balanced and refreshing. Also may be the funkiest beer I've really enjoyed. Not my favorite Gueuze, but quite tasty. Worth a shot if you can fit it in the budget.

0110x011, Dec 22, 2008
Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle dated 2005.

A: Nice initial head, quickly fades. Great lacing. Opaque medium honey color in the body.

S: Acidity up front, fruitiness behind it. Also a little musk.

T: Sourness up front, muskyness I often associate with raw milk cheese. There is some fruitiness, but I find it hard to place.

M: Good for the style, high carbonation, really dry.

D: Honestly its very refreshing

This is my first beer of this style, and my first 'sour' beer. Something unusual to have

51mmz0rz, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle marked "1999". Poured a hazy golden-marmalade beneath a creamy white head. Aromas of mineral, granite, wet leather, basement mustiness, citrus, and tropical fruit. The flavor is brash and tart, displaying notes of wood, cheese, fruit, leather, straw, ripped tin, and suggestions of blood, citrus and shit. Quite the stunner!!! For fans of geuze this one should not be missed. For the uninitiated, please stay away (leaving more for us!)... try something with a bit of fruit first.

NeroFiddled, Dec 14, 2008
Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
98 out of 100 based on 2,081 ratings.