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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Ratings: 2,122
Reviews: 677
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.68%
Wants: 379
Gots: 545 | FT: 54
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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".

(Beer added by: rastaman on 09-27-2002)
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Photo of Gobzilla
3.53/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

350ml bottle caged and corked

A: looked like a typical yellowish gueuze with almost no head and very little lacing.

S: lemons, funk, and vinegar aromas dominate the nose on this beer with a slight oaky note.

T: could defenitely taste some lemon flavor with a little oaknees to it and it wasn't as sour as I was anticipating.

M: the beer was meduim bodied with a decent amount of bubbly carbonation.

D: Love gueuzes but again wasn't as good I thought it would be. Decent gueuze though.

Photo of Fladder
3.93/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thick head, lots of bubbles. Nice gold color, somewhat opaque.

The smell contained sharp, stinging lemon and grape with sour undertones.

Of all the Gueuzes I've had, the acidity in this one hit me the hardest. For the first few steps, the acidity overwhelmed everything else. As my tastebuds adjusted, the beer seemed settle into a more laid-back drink.
The flavor didn't settle out into a strong apple or lemon taste like many of the other beers in this category. The taste had small hints of cheese and sweet onion.

The beer didn't feel heavy at all and the sharp acid taste lifted fairly quickly. The beer had a somewhat warming feeling, almost as if it could take the place of a dark winter beer.

I couldn't get really excited about the taste, although I still enjoyed drinking it.

Photo of boatshoes
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Making my way gradually through the highly regarded gueuze lineup. Just picked up a 375ml bottle of the Drie Fonteinen, and I have to say that it may be my favorite thus far.

Appearance- Pours a hazy straw color out of the bottle with about three fingers of very puffy white head and lots of active carbonation in the body. Amazing head retention, with it very slowly dying back to about a half finger sheet across the top of the beer. Lots of thick lacing left as I drank as well. Very nice looking and active for a gueuze.

Smell- Smells of tart citrus lemon zest up front. This lactic tartness is the first and most noticeable of the smells, but mixed in is a mild dose of funk. Some barnyard and acrid leather as well. Some mild cereal graininess coming through as well.

Taste- Again, starts off with a nice, crisp citric tartness. However, unlike in the smell, the palate is not dominated by the tartness but is much more subtle. The tart lemon flavors are balanced perfectly with mild and well integrated funky barnyard character. Finishes long and dry with a touch of grain. The finish in fact is stellar and really complements the thirst quenching quality of this gueuze. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is great for a gueuze with excellent carbonation and in no way too thin for the style. Drinkability is outstanding given the exceptional finish of the beer and subtle, complex, and well integrated flavors.

Overall, a truly great example of the style. This beer has all the elements of a true gueuze and is exceptional for its subtle complexity. I loved this beer and will certainly be picking up more of it.

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

Review from notes on 3/27/10
Bottled on May 5, 2008

A - Slightly hazy, honey colored with lots of bubbles rising from all over the bottom of the glass. Short lived white bubbly head. Left a ring around the glass, no lacing. Quite lovely. 5.0

S - Lots of funky earthiness, touch of wheat and lemon, very light woodiness. Quite the complex nose, words do not do it justice. 4.5

T - Very funky and sour, earthy (but not the stinky cheese kind) and lemony. Touch of lemon zest and bittersweet. Finishes dry with a lingering bittersweetness. Love and awesomeness. 5.0

M - Dry, light, bubbly. Nearly champagne like but more body. 4.5

D - Extremely. I would gladly get this again even though it was $20/750mL. 4.5

Notes - goes well with chocolate covered strawberries, German tilsit cheese, and guacamole.

Photo of mdagnew
4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375ml corked and capped bottle bought from belgianshop.com...

Poured a dark hazy coppery orange colour... Head started foaming out of the top of the bottle and poured pretty big and foamy but disappeared very quickly... some light lacing...

Aroma - Very strong lambic brett yeastiness, sharp spicy fruits (light grapefruits, lemons, sour apples), musty barnyard / wet hay aromas, light vinegary notes, freshly cut wood, very light pale malts, some basil notes...

Taste - Sharp sour lemons and grapefruits, some peach, apple, salty, light vinegar hints, yeasty, grapes, floral, grassy, some oaky wood notes, champagne like hints...

Feel - Very dry... light body... pretty drinkable considering the tartness although more than one in a row might be a bit much

Overall - An outstanding gueuze... definitely recommended...

Photo of pmccallum86
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden copper color, almost like a Texas Longhorn burnt orange.

Lots of funk, barnyard aromas come through up front. Some phenol alcohols and vinegar come through as well. Very pleasant smelling gueze. I am a fan.

Taste is like the smell, funky. Barnyard funk, horse blanket, vinegar; very acidic. The taste here is just straight up awesome. Great level of funk which interacts nicely with the high level of carbonation.

Mouthfeel is very carbonated due to the champagne yeast. A dry finish, very nice mouthfeel.

Very drinkable, I could drink this all day long. Terrific example of the style.

Photo of Gosox8787
4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12.7 oz. corked bottle poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Pale orange in color. Very hazy, almost no light penetrates the glass. Three finger, fizzy white head with good retention that settles into a nice white lacing.

Aroma: Lots of pronouced barnyard funk and lemon sourness upfront. Grapes and oak round out the very strong aroma and offer good balance.

Taste: Lemon and grape sourness are the first notes to hit the tongue. Almost an earthy, medicinal flavor is also present. The funk and oak notes also provide some nice balance.

Mouthfeel: Light and fizzy, has very much a champagne quality to it. Bubbly and a bit dry toward the finish.

Drinkability: Flavors are certainly strong, bu they develop well over the course of the bottle and don't wear thin. Low to moderate ABV also helps the drinability.

Overall, an enjoyable and complex beer. Lots of sour notes and funk here that add a nice richness while the mouthfeel keeps it light and refreshing. Definitely a unique, refreshing beer.

Photo of jwhawkins81
4.03/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 15 May 2008

Aroma - Grape juice and a slight funk. No really that's pretty much how I would describe it.

Appearance - Golden yellow with a ton of carbonation.

Taste - A wall of sour flavor at first gives way to a light sweetness along with characteristics of funk, wood, and a dry fruitiness on the finish.

Notes - Truly a palate expanding experience.

Photo of dirtylou
4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle, split during march madnesss

appearance: cloudy orange body, big frothy white cap with strong retention

smell: oak ,hay, barnyard funk, sour apple, sour lemon

taste: nice gueze - oak presence dominant, sour apple and sour lemon, nice sourness, sharp sugar, barnyard hay, grass

mouthfeel: tongue twisting, moderate sourness

drinkability: high for the style

Photo of pwoody11
3.83/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy goldish color.

Aroma was mostly lemony and funky with some grape and barnyard notes.

Taste was also a little funky, but not as much as the aroma. A little sour and tart, but not as much as I had expected. I'm getting dark grape, and this lemon honey cough drop type flavor going on. This beer seems pretty complex. Wish I knew the ingredients to help decipher.

Mouthfeel is champagne like. Nicely carbonated and a little dry.

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

Murky orange pour with a tower of head. Aroma is straight up funky cheese while I'm pouring. Once in the glass, a lot more citrus peeks out and the funkiness subsides but still leaves some dust and cobweb behind. Some tart grape present as well

The taste is tart apple up front, with a nice level of mouth pucker that quenches my thirst for the sour but doesn't leave my mouth so dry that I can't take another sip. Some band aid and dusty funk in the finish, but not as much as I expected based on the smell while I was pouring. Very nicely balanced and flavorful.

The body here is medium full and the carbonation is at lower levels. Fairly dry finish, but not completely bone sucking.

This is a fantastic beer. Very deep and layered yet well balanced and drinkable, definitely a blueprint for how the style should be done.

Photo of bum732
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orangish yellow, nice bubbly head. Smells predominantely of peaches, oak, apricot, touch of barnyard funk, nice tartness. Tastes of tart peaches with just some residual sugar. Some lemon, barnyard. Slight bitterness leads to some lemon sourness with just a touch of oak. Good carbonation with tannic like mouthfeel.

This is a great gueuze, not as tart and sour as Cantillon, but still very complex. Would definitely have again.

Photo of glid02
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle purchsed from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy lemon-yellow color with a one-finger bright white head. The large-bubbled head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of general funk - leather and wet hay are the most predominant - with hints of lemon peel. As it warms the aromas become fruitier with mild amounts of tropical fruit aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The tartness is surprisingly subdued and takes equal billing with funk. Funkiness takes the reins up front and as it warms more and more tart fruit flavors come into play. The ending is very crisp.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a slick thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is great. I finished my glass very quickly and had absolutely no problem finishing the bottle.

Overall this didn't disappoinnt. It wasn't overpoweringly tart like some others I've had yet managed to be absurdly complex. Well worth a shot while it's still available.

Photo of Gyle41386
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2007 bottle.

Peach colored pour. White foam retains pretty well. Not much lacing on the glass.

Sour. Funk. Period. That's what this beer is about. Great nose of lemon and funk. Same for the flavor. Some nice funk, an absolutely perfect tartness, and a great barrel character.

Light body, very tingly feel. Dry finish. Supremely easy drinker. Outstanding gueuze. With a lot of sour beers I've had in the past, I thought that a 375mL bottle would be a chore to finish alone, but a 750mL of Drie Fonteinen Oude Gueuze would be an absolute joy.

Photo of craytonic
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pour is a cloudy peach with a nice frothy head, lots of lacing

Smell: Incredibly sour with some funk, leather, and oak.

Taste: Sour with funk/must, leather, and light french oak. A bit of apricot as well. Some sour apple and white grapes behind it.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, but nice lingering sour finish. Very dry.

Drinkability: Very drinkable; this is good but not a standout.

Photo of ipaequalslove
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've never had a gueuze before, as far as I can remember...so, I was very very impressed by this one.

A: A deep golden color. Reminds me of fall leaves. Fizzie goodness as it was pouring, settling to a mild carbonation that was just right.

S: Sour fruit, a bit of yeast, apricots -- reminds me a bit of champagne in smell.

T: Sour at first taste, but not overpowering. The apricot flavor the I smelled in the aroma was very present in the aftertaste. Tingly with a bit of spice.

M: Very light, but the sourness left it heavy on my tongue at the same time. Pleasant, something I could want to drink in the summer, in the evening.

D: Would definitely have this again, no question.

Photo of sisuspeed
3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to sleepydave for bringing over this classic. Poured into a snifter. The body is a hazy, orange, pumpkin hue with a nice fluffy white head on top. Some lacing on the glass.

Lots of sourness up front in the aroma, followed by orange citrus and some well done barnyard funk. A little malty and earthy as well. Not noticing much of the barrel aging in the aroma, but everything that I do pick up is well done.

The flavor of this gueuze is nice and sour. Picking up some apples, grapes and citrus. Sweet, with a touch of cherry on the finish. Malts make their way into the mix as well, playing a role in the sweeter aspects of the beer. Unlike the aroma, I am pulling out some subtle oak notes in the taste. Slight warming alcohol in the background. This offering has a nice level of complexity.

Mouthfeel is prickly, yet still light on the carbonation. Sourness adds some puckering to the mouth, but is not too intense. Medium body.

Drinkability is quite good. Oude Gueuze packs a good sour punch, but doesn't go over the top, making this very drinkable for style. Subtle complexities in the taste keeps your hand reaching back for more.

Overall, this is a very well done gueuze and one that will unfortunately become harder to come by (brewery is shifting to a full time distillery). I hope to try it again in the future and would recommend it to anyone interested in the style.

Photo of goldbot
3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of cvaypai
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of Ineedabeerhere
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

Photo of jgasparine
4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of NYCWheatFanSC
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of stoutfiend27
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into a duvel tulip...

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of jampics2
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer #2 of my 2010 Winking Lizard Beer Tour.

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

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

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

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

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

Very drinkable and enjoyable. Really great sour!

Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
98 out of 100 based on 2,122 ratings.