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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Ratings: 2,238
Reviews: 690
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 398
Gots: 608 | FT: 67
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Style | ABV
Gueuze |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rastaman on 09-27-2002

This listing is for all vintages of the Oude Geuze, but not for bottles specifically labelled "Oude Geuze Vintage".
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Photo of samie85
3.88/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottled 12/12/09.

A-Pours a very goldenrod color with a quarter of finger of white head and fine champagne-like bubbles.

S-Smells of lemon zest and a bit of mustiness.

T-Bitter, acidic lemon zest upfront with some dry and slightly sour lemon finish.

M-Very well carbonated and prickly in the mouth with a light body.

D-Very nice and not as funky or sour as some other Gueuze I've had, but a very nice example.

Photo of Brad007
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale blonde color with a one finger head into my lambic glass. Looks like a lot of carbonation is present.

Aroma is a mix of apricot, apple and cherry in the nose. It's mildly funky.

The aromas are deceptive as the tongue is greeted by lots of funk, with old moldy shoe coming to my mind. Only a small amount of the other "flavors" remain.

Finishes somewhat dry with lingering funk. If you're thinking "dessert beer" think again.

Except for that last sentence, there is no reason why you should not partake in the experience that this beer provides. Just be prepared to feel like you just ate a moldy shoe after drinking this!

Photo of Kinsman
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A late 2009 bottling, making this a rather young vintage with a little over a year on it.

Hazy light amber hue with a loud and lively carbonation provided a thick white head that leave behind a semi sticky lace residue.

Aroma is fully of tarty sweetness with some cider and vinegar-like sour aspects mixed in. Apples and white grapes seem to be the strongest fruit aromas.

Taste is wonderfully sour with lots of fruity sweetness to go with it. Apples give a cider like quality while the lemony sourness gives your mouth a nice pucker. Finishes with just a bit of a funky bretty character. Notably absent in this beer seems to be the leathery/barnyard character that a lot of people associate with sours but thats fine by me. This beer has struck the perfect balance of fruity sweetness, sourness, and yeasty funk for my liking.

Mouthfeel is bubbly and crisp with a dry finish. Overall, a great geuze that I'm glad I had the chance to try.

Photo of eagles22
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beautiful clear pale yellow with a nice 2 finger white head that dimishes rather quickly.

Smell: Very strong citrus notes more lemons than anything with some apple cider vinegar and barnyard funk.

Taste: Its perfect. Sour at the first with a strong lemons and a tad bit of vinegar. Nice balance of sweetness and barnyard funk at the end.

Mouthfeel: Just enough carbonation to balance out the sourness of this brew.

Drinkability: very high, but I really want to enjoy every sip of the beer.

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

Review from notes, 1/1/11. Cracked this just after the clock struck 12. Bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Hazy straw yellow color. The pour dropped an aggresive three finger head that left nice lace.

A: Sour and funk. Big notes of white grape and lemon. Some grass and biscuit malt also make and apperance. But right from the get go, you know this one is gonna be sour.

T: Very nice blend of sweet and sour. Not too overpowering. Horseblanket funk gives way to a citrusy sourness. Lemon and again the white grape are prominent. Finishes sour and dry.

M: Light to medium body with agressive carbonation. A bit sharp, but expected.

D and overall impression: Drinkability, as with all sours for me is somewhat limited, just do to the palate wrecking nature of the beers. Overall, I thought this was one heck of a good brew. Not too sweet, not too sour. Just a great blend of the two. Would definiatly have again. Skal.

Photo of SummitVA
4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful, crystal clear pale straw. Half an inch of head dissipates quickly with little lacing on the glass. Medium carbonation maintained throughout the pour.

S - Citrus (esp. lemon), soft leather, barn-yard funk, and just a bit of sulfur behind.

T - Sourness first, followed by large citrus component with lemon foremost. Gorgeous funk rounded out with leathery and slightly tannic finish.

M - Light, crisp.

D - Absolutely flawless.

Overall - No better gueuze available in the US, IMHO. This is my birthday bottle, so I'm happy to say that I don't need to finish this by writing "I could drink a 750," as in fact I will drink a 750. Cheers!

Photo of kingcrowing
4.12/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked & caged bottle from April 26, 2010 poured into a sniffer.

Pours a hazy orange with a small almost yellow head. Nose is crazy! It's funky, tart, barnyard and just face puckering goodness!

Taste is just as crazy, lots of super tart funkiness. There's some dandilion and citrus as well. Mouthfeel is light, super dry and well carbonated. Awesome beer.

Photo of SFLpunk
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL green glass cork and caged bottle. Bottled April 26, 2010.

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber orange color, like hay under a setting sun. 1/2 inch of bone-white head settles down but never quite leaves.

Nose: Smells like lemon zest and flowers; leather and honey; barn boards and hay.

Palate: Gripping acidity, right off the bat. As it subsides the pleasant flowery flavors come wafting forward: orange blossom, lime oil, hibiscus, guava, and papaya. Carbonation is creamy and seems somewhat misplaced next to the bright juicy flavors. Finish is long and tropical in an earthy way if that makes sense (think guava and papaya again), fairly dry and leaving a nice mouth-puckering sensation.

Notes: Really impressed with this brew. Would love to see it with a few years on it, but it's wonderfully refreshing right now!

Photo of rarbring
3.7/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vinatage 2010. The beer is dark golden with amber traits, slightly hazy, a rather frothy head leaving good lacing.

The smell is musky and earthy, stable, wet dirt and concrete.

The taste has rather much initial sweetness, fruity and fresh, then sour rhubarb and vinegar - but rather modest, some concluding grape peel bitterness.

Medium carbonation, small bubbles, rather thin but refreshing body with a slightly dry finish.

Refreshing, and good with mature cheddar, a rather small body, maybe sampled too young.

Photo of hardy008
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy pale gold with a large, bright white head with very good retention and lacing. The aroma is dominated by barnyard funk. There is also leather, green apple, yeast, lemons, and mild sulfur. The sulfur smell subsides a little as it warms.

The taste of the beer has barnyard funk, green apple, yeast, lemons, leather, and mild sulfur. Very tart, with a little green apple sweetness. This is a nice sipper. Not because of the alcohol, which is only 6%, but because of the complexity of this beer.

Light to medium bodied, well carbonated, finishes dry and tart. A very nice Gueuze, which is a style I am liking more and more all the time.

Photo of sweemzander
4.9/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12.7oz. corked and caged bottle poured into a stemmed glass. March 10,2008 on the label.

(A)- Pours a clear orange golden hue with yellow-ish highlights. Produced a huge bubbly effervescent pure white head with some great retention on it; surprising for the style. Left some suds-like lacing behind.

(S)- Wow, a dense hay field-full of straw and hay dryness up front that turns into a literal funk of sour lactic-acid and a moldy cheese of some sort. A touch of a tart yet grassy lemon zest at the end.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. A rather potent grassy lemon zest with a very dry hay/straw moldy funk. Finishes as it started. Man, is the tart/sourness potent in this one!

(M)- A great lively carbonation level and balance. A big sour/acidic profile with a dry funk to rival it. Crisp, and a literal party on the tongue.

(D)- An obvious world class Gueuze. Nothing can I find to complain about. A joy to smell and drink. Paired it with some aged sharp white cheddar later on; yum!

**Update. After having this numerous times now, I am bumping its score up from what I originally had. Overall, I think this absolutely top notch and could see myself drinking it everyday if I could.

Photo of FosterJM
4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

235th review on BA
bottle to pint
375 ML C/C Bottle date of 12/10/09

1st Gueze so bear with me.

App- A soft orange with 2 fingers of head after the other foam had run out of the glass coating my sink. A very nice fun beer to pour after seeing the Youtube.com videos.

Smell- All I got was yeast, funk and some tart.

Taste- It's super wet on the taste but dry on the finish. It's very tart. This is an amazing thing to taste. So different. So unique. So gentle and assertive at the same time. I can see why so many people chant Belgium as #1.

Mouth- It's got my lips tingling. My tounge is dry and my mouth says WTF did I just drink. A nice low/medium body with a high carb level.

Drink- I think one is enough for me. Working my way to appreciating the outer styles is hard on the palate.

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

Pours a very murky golden (little bit of orange) color with a medium white head. Scent is EXTREMELY funky with a lot of barnyard and some horse blanket. I also get a lot of lemon and funky cheese. I now truly know what it's like to have cheese as a descriptive term for beer. Taste is exactly like it smells, and very delicious. You get the funky cheese flavors blended well with the lemon/vinegar flavors and subtle horse blanket. The lemony and barnyard notes make this one unforgettable gueuze! Mouthfeel is very full-bodied with a mouth-puckering dry finish. Drinkability is very high. This is one amazing beer!

Photo of Bubba83
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12.7oz bottle filled on Mar 10, 2008. So it has almost three years on it post-blending.

Poured into an Allagash Cervoise at around 45-50 degrees. Lots of pillowy airy head despite a careful pour. The color is an egg-shell white with medium-small bubbles. Retention is very high and lacing is patchy and clings to the glass well. The body is a beautiful shade of tangerine orange, with an abundance of quick rising bubbles supporting the head.

Huge lemony component dominates most of the aroma along with some vinegar, but there are subtleties to consider as well. These include sour green apple, horse blanket, hay, and a nice leathery/musty quality that ties it all in. Smells divine.

A quick hit of sweet green apple and pear are followed by a lot of lemony sweet-tart sourness. The mid-range makes me pucker, and the finish has a considerable apple cider vinegar quality to it. The vinegar plays a large role in the overall flavor profile, especially on the tail end. Funk is present on the swallow, and leaves a nice bretty aftertaste that lingers for quite a while.

It's a bit overcarbonated I'd say, but I think it works out better than I expected. A medium body helps even out the carbonation. Finishes bone dry.

Overall a very enjoyable Geuze. I love Drie Fonteinen's beers. I think the vinegary-ness was a little more than I like in a geuze taste-wise, but otherwise it was very well made and super complex. I feel like I am finally beginning to be able to appreciate sours a little more and taste what's underneath all that - well - sourness...

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden hay color. Ok head. Not alot of lacing.

Very funky aroma. Tons of horse blanket and barn yard smells. Little bit of lager type aroma. Smells awesome.

Taste is great. What a Geuze should taste like. Lots of funk. Tons of lemony tartness. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is super dry like the style calls for. Nice high thin bubble carb.

Overall one of the best Geuze's out there. Get it if you want a perfect example of what it is suppose to be like.

Photo of Verecund
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottled on 04.26.2010. Consumed on 01.30.2011.

A full two to three inch cap settles into a loosely packed full finger head. It's a see-through honey with lots of bubbles ascending to the surface.

Citrus and sharply acidic, a nice oakiness, hay, some pear and apple. Very little funkiness at this young age. Lovely nose.

Poignant sourness (esp. citrus, tart apple) is met by just a hint of oakiness. There's a nice hay/grassy quality and soft must and leather lent from the brett. Not a lot to say here; a quintessential gueuze.

Medium to medium-light bodied, creamy in the mouth at first, but with a good bit of carbonation mid-palate. Dry and lightly tannic finish implores you on. Honestly, if I lived in Belgium, this would be my daily drink after a long day.

Photo of thecarster1
4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

vintage 2009, corked and caged 375ml bottle.

a- bottle poured into pretty things stemmed balloon glass. tis a thing of beauty, full finger creamy bright white head that fades slow to a near covering layer of lace, slightly hazy golden honey.

s- really nice, tart vinegar off the bat, some earthy oaky notes underneath, not a ton of horsey funk - just a touch, unripe berries, apple, pear.

t- first sip jolts the palate and kicks my mouth into sour mode - not overly sour though, just enough for a near-pucker. i get lots of unripe, fruit notes in the front - berries, lemons, pear, apple, they lead the way for woody, leather, earthy, funk - more horse here than in the nose. finishes is bone dry and tart, lingering long - making me really want each next sip. just plain delicious.

m- medium, coating, light and active carbonation.

d- i've been waiting a long while to try this, and finally opened my bottle, and it lived up to every hype i've heard about it. i have one more on hand, and am planning on running to the store after i dig out of this snowstorm to pick up whatever else they have on the shelf. delicious, really really drinkable, i'm loving this. i can't wait to try this with some age on it..

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

2007 rate, from a 2006 bottle.

Pours a dark, hazy orange. Swamp-foam head, nice lacing down the side. Aroma is sour orange, lemon, grass, must, white grapes. Flavor is kind of consumed by a full sourness, it's kind of hard to pick out more subtle flavors. Leather, lemon, soap. bitter grass. Not at all bad though. I don't think it's exceptional, but it's certainly enjoyable.

2009 rate, from a 1999 bottle.

From a 10-year old 75cl bottle, big thanks to Ryan. Pours darker than the younger blend with a thin head. Musty, dank aroma with a twinge of metal. This has evolved nicely, really mellow after 10 years. Very pleasant lemony, grassy flavors, so smooth and drinkable. Anyone with a bottle of this should let it sit awhile and try it alongside a fresh one.

Final thoughts.

Once again, my old reviews blow. Not that the newer ones are much better. Basically the 1999 vintage was a special year for this geuze, I've had it since and it's very good though possibly a tad overrated by some. Even at a couple years this geuze is wondrous. It destroyed a bunch of really highly regarded American sours at a small tasting recently, just such full, expressive funk, always that great lemon, hay bit.

Photo of mmmbeer
3.94/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 mL green champagne bottle with cork, cage and foil presentation; bottled February 1, 2008. Brewed with 60% barley and 40% unmalted wheat. Pours a clear toasted amber hue, quite effervescent, with a huge, crackly head that nearly escapes the glass. It settles to a clingy half inch that doesn't quite grab on to the glass strongly enough to deposit any lace. Its surprisingly mild aroma contributes lemons, malt and a dash of funk. Prominent acids and esters on the palate, with a lactic acid twang, cherry, lemons, earth and an oak presence. The body is nearly full at times, with loads of carbonation, an oaky dryness and a sour finish. This one seems to focus more on the sourness than the funk, but it is well-balanced and very easy to drink.

Photo of cbutova
3.81/5  rDev -13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in December 2009. Sampled after Duck Duck Gooze and Boon Mariage Parfait Gueuze 2004. Notes from Friday.

A- Dark caramel orange with yeast floating around causing a hazy looking beer. Massive frothy head with huge bubbles and great retention builds and retains well. Tons of lace.

S- Hugely funky, more in the must basement/rotten way, but nice (lol). Vinegar/acetic notes in here with lemon, peach and floral notes amongst even more funk.

T- Sour funk bomb. Citrus fruit, lemon and straw really dominate this one to me. Very sour. Oak.

MF- Creamy light body that is very sour.

DB- Cheek puckering sour gueuze with a lot of funk. More straight forward than the other two. Will probably have it again in the future or try vintages.

Photo of Chincino
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I shared this beer with a friend this weekend at Lord Hobo in Cambridge, MA. It was poured into two balloon style glasses. I recently became a fan of geuzes so I was very excited to try this beer.

It was a golden yellow color with moderate level of carbonation.

The aroma was a well-balanced mix of fruit, earthiness, and sourness.

The taste was initially very sour, but as you drink this beer there is a balance of sour/sweetness.

I really enjoyed this beer, but probably could not have more than one in a sitting. I hope to try more geuzes in the near future to see how they compare to this one.

Photo of Chico1985
3.7/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

3rd beer in a gueuze tasting, shared by cbutova. Been wanting to try this for a while. Bottle date is 12/12/09.

Pours hazy orange. Huge white head dissipates quickly to a half-finger soapy bubbly head. Turns to a ring, not much lacing left.

Super sour scent. Brett, barnyard, sweat, lemons.

Super sour taste. Brett, barnyard, lemon, oak. Just very very sour, not sure how else to describe it.

Out of the gueuze's we tried this was easily the palate killer. I enjoyed the abrasiveness but it seemed a little one-note for me, no specific flavors stood out except for pure sour funk.

Photo of nataku00
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle (375 ml, bottled Dec 12, 2009) into a tulip glass. Initial two fingers of foamy snow white head dissipates almost immediately to a slight collar and a thin layer of small bubble foam on the surface. Hazy golden colored beer that you can barely see through, with tons of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is sour green apple, pear, lemon, grass, and wet hay funkiness. Well balanced sweetness and tartness aroma.

Very sour upfront, but mellows quickly into sweet and sour fruits from the nose and funk. A light sweet and sour finish, though the finish is very short.

Light highly carbonated beer sweeps the palate clean with each sip and probably contributes to the short finish.

Not as sour as some of the other gueuzes that I've tried, but better balance of flavors that may have been the brewer's goal with the blend. A nice gueuze to introduce to someone new to the style as the tartness is brief and not lingering.

Photo of mdfb79
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
97 out of 100 based on 2,238 ratings.