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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Reviews: 689
Hads: 2,409
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 8.8%
Wants: 424
Gots: 664 | FT: 79
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Belgium

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 peensteen
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden blonde colour, 1.5 fingers of white head, little in the way of lace. Smell is funky, acidic fruits, lemon and green apple, musty citrus underlying, oaky barnyard closer. Taste is sour upfront with a bit of lactic-cheese flavour like in the girardin white label though not as strong, funky musty fruits, lemony with a dry oak finish. Medium carbonation, dry, medium feel. Solid stuff, tasty and worthy of being a top tier offering of the style. (450 characters)

Photo of MNishCT77
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle purchased at Sunset Corners in Miami, FL, 2012 vintage (dated "2012, dec 7th), drank over an hour out of a hotel-style glass

A: 3/3 - golden-orange coloration, little clarity (cannot see or read through), initial frothy off-white rocky head settles into a 1/2 finger lacing with high retention, moderate legs

S: 10/12 - barnyard aroma predominates - wet hay, horsey and borderline enteric; some tart fruit notes too - acidic/sour lemon and lime; no malts, hops or alcohol on the nose for me

T: 16/20 - matches the nose nicely with lots of barnyard funk complexity throughout the taste profile; some gentle wheat and alcohol notes provide balance

M: 5/5 - moderate body, spritzy/champagne-like carbonation and some surprising creaminess provided by the high retention; one of the real highlights of this beer for me

O: 9/10 - expected this to be an excellent Gueze and Armand didn't disappoint with this blend; definitely worth the $22.99 price point and eager to try some homebrewed sours with 3F dregs

TOTAL - 43/50 (1,036 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
4.51/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

big bottle into a tulip just for me. cork pops with a bang and it starts as a bit of a gusher. bottled on Jan 18, 2013. purchased about a year later and kept at cellar conditions.

A: pours a hazed orange hue. not cloudy, just some haze. head is fizzy and bright white. big. good retention and lacing. thick tufts.

S: a very horse-blanket filled aroma. really musty. such an inviting aroma. I can hear the micro organisms beckoning me to take a sip. its a little one dimensional in the sense that

T: earthy, musty, tart. acidic, but really not too intense. just enough to remain very drinkable and pleasant. there is a touch of sweetness right in the middle. honey like almost. however it is fleeting as the acidity takes back over again. no hop flavor or bitterness that I can detect. I am starting to get more oaky wood flavors as I continue to drink.

M: a vivacious carbonization. light to medium bodied brew.

D: overall a really fantastic gueuze. I can see why this is considered a benchmark for the style. that very classic, big barn yard aroma and flavor is all over this one and I like it. (1,104 characters)

Photo of papat444
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 375ml bottle, bottled 15/11/2012, best before 15/11/2022.

Glass fills with foam, loads of beads of carbonation stuck in a nice gold body, very effervescent. Smell is tannic, apples and herbs. Nice mix of sweet and tart in the flavor, apple peelings and sour apples also. Very much enjoyed this treat. (315 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Note: 23 Feb 2012 bottling date

A: Pours a very lightly hazy deep golden yellow in color with heavy amounts of active visible carbonation quickly rising from the bottom of the glass and a faint lemon yellow highlight. The beer has a finger tall fizzy white head that reduces to a medium to large patch of thick film and a medium thick ring a the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of sourness, tart citrus/lemon rind, and lighter aromas of oak + barnyard funkiness.

T: Upfront there is a moderate amount of tart citrus/lemon rind and hay-like barnyard funkiness from the yeast. Moderate amounts of sourness are present that fade through the drinking of the beer. Moderate to heavy amounts of tart sourness but it is not overpowering.

M: Just heavier than light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of acidic prickliness and light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This is one of the easiest to drink beers in the style and is extremely enjoyable - probably one of the best ones I have had the opportunity to experience. Good flavors/aromas and sourness/tartness without being overpowering. (1,183 characters)

Photo of Kirk_Grant
4.93/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Color: Light amber with a thin white head
Smell: Intoxicating scents of flint, slate, lemon, quince,
Taste: honey, lime, green apple, with a hint of sea salt and ocean spray
Overall: This is one of the BEST Geuze's for consistancy and quality. Year in, year out...it's at the top. People chase Cantillon...but to me this is the beer to chase. Thank god I can still get 2-3 bottles each relaease for this. DATED: 22 March 2012 (426 characters)

Photo of JulioH
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

MEDIUM SOUR.

Crazy beer with tons of flavor. Claims to be made with lambics from three different years.

I was able to taste such depth in this beer. It is a bit sour but the sourness is stopped by a little bit of hops and by being aged in oak barrels. Very nice, very flavorful.

This Oude Geuze is fermented in the bottle, it creates beautiful tiny bubbles that are champagne like. Awesome. (394 characters)

Photo of PPOmaha
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled: Dec 12, 2012.
Aroma: Tartness (citric acid), old apples and pear, earth, and a definite funk. No DMS, No diacetly, clean funk.

Appearance: Golden with amber highlights. White head that lingers for several minutes. Slightly hazy, translucent.

Taste: Sour with bready malt flavor. Hard to place the fruit. Very enjoyable, the pH isnt so low that it burns your throat but it is pretty sour, just short of puckering. No DMS, No diacetyl. Wheat malt sticks out.

Mouthfeel: Tartness into the finish, Very high carbonation that adds a lot to this beer. Light body but some slickness into the finish (not diacetyl).

Overall: This is a really great beer that I am glad I gave a 1.5 years in the bottle. It is right up there in the top two or three guezes I have tasted. Very complex and makes it very difficult pick out individual flavors. (848 characters)

Photo of jhawth
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into Duvel tulip from 750ml bottle. Pours a murky amber with a two-finger head of very fine foam.

Aroma: Pronounced sharp wood character, serious funky notes, sweet wheat-y, cereal-y character towards the back.

Taste: Follows nose with lots of funkiness, nicely balanced sourness, wood character is slightly less noticeable than in nose, nice cereal-y character to back everything up.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, very lively carbonation.

Overall: Really excellent. Spectacular, very funky and woody gueuze. (527 characters)

Photo of ahslowhand
3.79/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Wonderful Aroma coming off the top. Let the beer do its thing and then shortly after poured into a snifter. Tart cherries, barnyard, hay, and spicy yeast on the nose. Taste of spicy yeast and horse blanket. Nice dry finish that really leaves your palate unscathed. (264 characters)

Photo of KornWallace
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Date: 4/4/14
Location: Dicicco's Harrison
Glassware: Tulip
Appearance: Pours with a very fluffy white head that stays and stays with an 1/8th inch top. Orange to yellow in color with a very thick haze.
Aromatics: The first aromas come from the wild yeasts, totally mouthwatering sour. There is must, earth, and wood all together.
Flavor: The beer moves from sour to vinegary very quickly. The finish has several flavors from leather, to earth, to oak and forest from the wood.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is very smooth with very little viscosity. The beer moves from puckering to mouthwatering to tart very smoothly. (615 characters)

Photo of ACarp
5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From a bottle in a Drie Fonteinen Geuze glass at Monks Cafe, Dec. 2012 Vintage

Appearance: has vigorous carbonation but a rapidly dying head

Smell: Funk upfront with hints of apple.

Taste: refreshing sourness, more tart than the Petrus Aged Pale I just had and with a more pleasing, complex funk. less green apple than Boon Oude Geuze.

Mouthfeel: high carbonation gives the beer sufficient body

Overall: AMAZING beer. far better than Tilquin and Boon's Geuzes. (466 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 12/5/12
Consumed @ Monks Cafe

A- pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with a big foamy white head that retains nicely long after the pour, leaving some bubbles around the rim

S- nice barnyard funk with notes of wet hay, Lemon peel, basement must, toasted oak

T- sharp and tart notes of lemon peel, peach mix with a funky musty yeasty goodness, earthy tones mix with wet hay and lead to a dry puckering finish, packed with flavor

M- medium body with light carbonation lead to a big foamy mouthfeel with a dry puckering finish

O- one of the best Gueuze that I've had, it's packed with puckering flavor and keeps you wanting more (650 characters)

Photo of pknyc
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottling date 03 Nov 2011, opened 23 Mar 2014.

A: The cork popped off after just a couple of turns on the wire cage. The geuze pours a nice clear orange/amber color with a large white head, which dissipates to about 1/4 finger head with a little bit of lacing.

S: The second the cork came out the funk encompassed the room. Smells like a barn, rich and complex with some sourness. I'm finding it almost overwhelmingly complicated. White grapes? Leather? There are many smells going on and all intertwined. Very balanced.

T: Prickly from the carbonation. Funky with an earthy feel to it. Sour, but not vinegary with a slight puckering. Refreshing and tart like blackberries.

M: Coating and slightly thicker than I had expected. Medium

O: Very enjoyable, and lament that I only had a 375ml as there are so many layers to this brew. Very enjoyable. (850 characters)

Photo of Roguer
3.86/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, opaque golden-orange-copper brew. Beautiful. Big, fluffy snow white head, with good retention and minimal lacing.

Sharp, tart aroma from the moment the pour begins. Light funk, as expected; straw; some citrus; sour, white wine-like vinegar. Earthy.

Flavor follows the aroma, with an added, noticeable earthy, dirt-like flavor. Funk in three directions (earthy, musty, and sharp), light citrus, wheat. Reasonably sour. I don't know if the burnt dirt flavor (smokey?) is a function of bottle, palate, or environment; it's not entirely unpleasing, but it's unexpected.

Nice puckering sour mouthfeel; medium overall. Certainly a sipper. Nice astringency.

This is far more funky and earthy than the Golden Blend I tried the other day, and it hurts the brew. It's a very good Lambic overall, but simply not as special, and not as good. Off of one bottle, I have to say this rates with a typical Geuze or Gose, instead of standing out as something particularly special. (972 characters)

Photo of heygeebee
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Must confess, I am finding guezes a tad difficult to review, in that they do mostly seem to exhibit the same flavours, well at least the good ones do.

This one.... Looks the biz, lovely gold straw initial pour, with pillowy white head, aromas of cooking apples, lemons, semillon, wood... Taste to follow is nice and sour, in vein of aromas, more lemons, but not quite puckering. Dances on tongue with light, but definite carbonation.

All in all top stuff, top gueze.... Maybe I just need to do a massive a - b taste comparison to start understanding the subtleties that set this apart from, say, Cantillon. Maybe less sour? Hmmm (630 characters)

Photo of craftbeersweden
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Bought in march 2014 at Systembolaget, Sweden. Bottled nov 15 - 2012. Best before nov 15 2022.

Pours a little hazy, light-yellow with a fizzy, white head. Almoust like champagne.

Nose: Sour, green apples, hay, spices, oak, green grapes and citrus.

Taste: Sour up front. Apples, grapes, citrus, pears, oak and some vanilla.
Dry and clean!

Medium body with a great texture. Moderate carbonation.

GREAT! (409 characters)

Photo of JasonLovesBeer
4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Full gold, clear, with a loud and fizzy white head. The cork shot off this bottle as soon as I was removing the cage! Almost dropped the bottle as a result!

S: Rotten wood and nectarines. In a good way of course.

T: Gentle, fresh acidity - like tart, underripe fruit. I'm particularly thinking tart blackberries here, you know, the ones that aren't totally black yet. There is a good oak presence and dry, woody finish.

M: Fizzy and drying, very agile.

O: Gosh, do I enjoy this more than Cantillon gueuze? I think I might. (531 characters)

Photo of brewtus
4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pounded light orange with a big bubbly white three finger head that lingers for quite a while. Smell is funky, barnyard, some lemon, earthy. Taste starts with a nice citrus note, sour up front that fades to some slight sweetness, dry, dirty, some apple, some vedgtable notes, oak. This is fantastic, lot of carbonation but still great texture, just the right amount of funk and sourness. I can see why this is a gold standard. (426 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.07/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Servied out of 375 ml bottle brought back by a friend from Belgium.

The beer pours a golden amber color with pretty good head retention and decent lacing. The nose was about what I was expecting, as I pick considerably barnyard and wet horseblanket, all the usual hallmarks of brett induced funk. Given the nose, I was really expecting this to be hugely sour, but in fact it really wasn't. The sour component was actually fairly light, and the was some noticeable pear, lime and vaniall on the palate otherwise. This style of beer is never going to be my cup of tea, but regardless, I thought this beer was surprisingly tasty. Mouthfeel was light, but with decent carbonation I thought. The finish was on the dry side, and drinkability was quite good.

Again, just not my cup of tea (generally), but even so, this was pretty tasty and impressive. Thanks Brendan! (864 characters)

Photo of cxr1037
4.81/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From notes taken about a week ago. Poured into a wine glass. I was super excited about this beer as I'd heard great things.

APPEARANCE: Pale gold. Effervescent. Lots of bubbles. Strong, foamy head that recedes to a solid couple centimeters.

AROMA: Just what I expected from the style - immediate funk, yeast, and a little bit of cheese. I also detect some citrus zest and an earthy, grassiness. Lovely.

TASTE: Tart and funky! Slight lemon-lime citrus. There's also some tart green apple in there. Little hints of straw and earth and sharp cheese from the yeast. This is one of the best tasting beers I've had recently.

MOUTHFEEL: Effervescent and crisp. It's refreshing. Somewhat dry finish, though there is a lingering bitterness towards the back of the tongue.

OVERALL: Though I've only had one other gueuze before this, I think this is the best I've had. One of the best beers I've had outright. It's perfectly refreshing, and the tart funkiness is reminiscent of a good wine.

95/100 (997 characters)

Photo of Furlinator
3.78/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on Dec.5, 2012

Pours hazy honey gold with a huge 2 inch white head that settles to a thick cap on top and leaves streaks of spotty lace.

Smell is of funky yeast, grainy malt, hay and faint citrus.

Taste is of sour apple, tart peach and yeasty bread.

Mouthfeel is lighter bodied with high carbonation. Streaming champagne-like bubbles rise throughout the drink down.

Tart, fruity, light and refreshing but, the flavor seems rather one dimensional and I cannot get past the overwhelming barnyard aromas. Somewhat disappointing. (541 characters)

Photo of stewart124
4.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

375ml bottle from Dutches in Hyde park

Pours slightly hazy with lots of carbonation visible.

Plenty of funk in the nose. Some notes of a hard cheese, barnyard, and hay.

Spritzy on the tongue. Fantastic! This is everything I expected and more. Just so easy to drink. Some vinegar notes but more then anything you just get a lovely lambic blnd with depth from wood and the medium mouthfeel that adds a fluffy character all the way through.

I had no idea this was so readily available. Beautiful. (499 characters)

Photo of anteater
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 375ml bottle

A: Light golden and slightly hazy, thin head with big bubbles

S: Hay, lemons, tartness, wheat

T: Lots of citrus, mostly lemon upfront. A really nice well rounded tartness comes in and lingers on the tongue until the very end where the funk comes out the most

M: Super fine carbonation and dry mouthfeel. Impressive how very quenching it is for such a dry beer

O: Really delicious stuf. Not among my all time favorite sours, but perhaps my favorite gueuze. (487 characters)

Photo of happilyhopped
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7oz bottle, bottled on dec. 5, 2012, opened on jan. 23, 2014. Poured into a large New Belgium glass.

A - Popped the cork and it instantly started bubbling and foaming like champagne, except with much larger bubbles. Pours with a beautiful honey, or unfiltered apple juice color and forms a solid head with nice retention. A very cloudy unfiltered beer. Bubbles emanating from center of the bottom of the glass, just like champagne, but then they stop after a minute or so. Beautiful looking beer.

S - Right away i get a lot of powerful funk and oak (my girlfriend describes it as musty). Underneath there are some hints of banana, coriander spices, white pepper and grapefruit citrus.

T - "A very happy tasting beer" according to the girlfriend. Some orange and lemon with a ton of pineapple, passionfruit, grapefruit and other tart tropical fruit flavors. Minimal hop presence, just a slight bitterness in the middle of the beer. Also get a good amount of the yeast in the flavor as well. Very good.

M - A very dry beer that isn't as carbonated as the head from pouring suggests. My gums definitely dry after a few seconds of swallowing. Has a nice viscosity for a beer this light in color. Obviously not thick like an RIS, but a bit more chewy than most beers with similar colors.

O - Overall, a very tasty beer. Love the funk on the nose and all the tartness on the palate. The dryness reminds me of big cabs and i love it. Would recommend more years in the cellar though. The store i got it from has a bunch more so i think i am going to get four or five and age them for a while. But good now too if you're wondering. (1,630 characters)

Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
96 out of 100 based on 689 ratings.