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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze | Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
Belgium | website

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

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".

Added by rastaman on 09-27-2002

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Reviews: 707 | Ratings: 2,586
Photo of Jmamay22
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a brilliantly clear amber (with careful decanting) and the off white head holds up wonderfully. Nice scent of lemon and restrained funk. Maybe a touch of strawberry in the nose as well. Mostly lactic acid scent.

There is even greater depth in the flavor. Bright lemon mixes with a mineral background. Again restrained funk, but full flavored tart acidity. Lactic acid mostly, with a very mild and restrained hint of acetic. Light effervescent mouthfeel. Very well done.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.99/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle poured into tulip during #bottlecherwednesday at Beachwood Seal Beach. Yellow-orange hazy body with tall fizzy white head that settles to a film. Aroma is tart grapes, sour apple, wet grass, barnyard, wood, and a touch of tropical/citrus sweetness. Taste is moderately tart with the green apple and sour grapes carrying the way. There is a good level of funky yeast and a touch of both woody bitterness and powdered sugar sweetness. Light body, thin texture, high carbonation, tart dry finish.

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Photo of eddiechilton
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Slightly hazy yellow, head quickly fades
S: Sour, apple, oak, funky
T: Tart, less apple than I expected, with some interesting fruits in the finish (I get apricot and white grape), low on the oak but really balanced. Seriously, this is a perfectly balanced beer.
F: Small bubbles, light body

Overall: For a special occasion, this beer is very rewarding. I'd drink this every day with lunch if I were a rich man!

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Photo of Tilly
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Golden, orangy, hazy colour.
Very little head. What's there is white.
Crazy soury malt aroma with fruits.
Wow! What a taste! Definite sour! Cider like apple.
Clean thin mouth feel.
My first Geuze (never mind the fake one Samuel Adams I had previously).
Gotta try a different kind. Definetly!

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Most have rated this a world class geuze. I'm not ready to go on in on that one. Now, it is true that I have not drank many in this style. And it may have something to do with the fact that my bottle was 5 years aged (maybe they age well maybe they don't). So . . . I will revisit it again someday and hopefully give a better review.

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Photo of breadwinner
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best gueuze I've had, with just a prepostersouly awesome nose, evoking tropical fruit, earthy, dusty funk, and a whole host of other aromas I can't even put my finger on. Good and tart but never so much as to stop you from picking up interesting nuances of flavor as you go. This is one for the ages.

(Edit: after another couple bottles, this is clearly in my 5* category -- those rare beers that transcend the style, that ARE the style. I could wax rapturous on the virtues of this beer, but it's not necessary, really. Simply put, it's the embodiment of geuze and something every last beer drinker needs to experience.)

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Photo of KillerJigger
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

New to this so i'll keep trying more. Crazy oak tastes then sour. Over my head complex. Revisited this beer. What a difference a year makes. Great beer!!

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Photo of SteveB3014
4.84/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving type: 12.7 oz bottle poured into a teku. Bottled: 2012, dec 5th.
A: first pour is yelow-orange, bright and clear with a nice big light head. Second pour is more orange and hazy as some yeast comes out in the pour. Same big head.
S: the best part of this beer. A wonderful refreshing sniff reveals a big nose of grassy funk, oak, and tart green apples with some nuances of wild berry and strawberry. Fantastic.
T: not overly sour with a good amount of carbonation. The oak really smooths this beer out. The green apples and grassy funk keep staying strong with a pleasantly dry finish.
M: refreshing, bubbly and dry.
O: I really enjoyed this beer. I would put this in my top 5 ever. Refreshing, complex and balanced. Worth the high price-tag

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

10+ year old bottle.

This is what gueuze is at its finest. Blended to perfection and still kickin' after all this time. More earthy than I would have expected, but a very pleasant drinker. Here's to 2015!

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Photo of Devman171
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from 2012, pours clear yellow with white head. aroma is funky hay and grass with a light sharpness. Taste is mineral funky and sharp tart finish, excellent

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Photo of SebD
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled October 2013

Appearance: It has a beautiful hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice thick white head that dies down moderately slow and leaves light lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of green apples, tart citrus/lemon, barnyard funk and some oak.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has sour green apples, tart lemon, some citrus notes, nice barnyard funk and some woody oak.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas. This is one of my favorites in the Geuze style. Not overly tart, flavorful and well balanced. A must try for anyone who loves Sours.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Tele
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: Bottle
Consumed 11.29.14

A: 4.5 Opened carefully without much drama. Pours reddish-gold and slightly hazy with a large white head.

S: 4.5 Lots of pepper on the nose. Wheat, funk, lemon, and oak come through next. The lemon and peppery aromas go really well together; their brightness is also balanced out by some mineral characteristics and richness from the oak.

T: 4.5 Like the nose, there is a lot of lemon, but orange and even some grapefruit flavors come through on the palate. The pepper is a bit more subdued while adding a different kind of brightness to this already bright (i.e., sour) beer. A touch of sweetness and oak sneak in under the sour flavors.

M: 4.25 Carbonation is great and the dry finish is also excellent. There’s a bit of a watery characteristic to this beer; a slightly more substantial feel would help in this regard.

O: 4.5 This is such a bright, flavorful beer with a lot going on. It’s actually quite exciting drinking this as it seems like each sip brings a new flavor. The age from the older beer in the blend also really comes through, tasting old and funky in the best possible way.

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%

December 2012 bottle.

Ap - Cloudy and lively light amber. Fluffy off white head that hangs around for a while and leaves behind steady lacing.

Ar - Sharp lemons and apples, with bretty horseblanket. There is also some must, and dusty grains.

T - Much more dry than sour. This is probably the closest thing to classic Cantillon I've had. It's similar to the aroma. Sweet and dry apples seem to be the forefront. Followed by a grainy lemon tartness.

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Photo of barczar
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%

Slightly funky aroma, apple, tart, with a bit of funk. Flavor is acetic at the base, with good citric notes and lactic finish. Excellent, complex beer.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%

Bottle part of a private import

Appearance - Gold colour with an average size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Breads/grains, lemons, apples, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains, a dry yeasty flavour, tart lemons, and grapefruit zest. It ends with sort of stale barnyard type of dryness/flavour.

Overall - Super refreshing and a lot of citrus sourness going on. Not as much lactic flavour as some of the other in the style and there is a lot of vibrant citric acid. A beer worthy of its acclaim.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Corked and caged 375mL bottle from Khourey's (Las Vegas, NV). 16.99. Bottled 12/05/12. Served in a Barrel and Barley teku.

Pours a murky gold with almost four fingers of bubbly white head. The foam fades rather quickly without leaving any lace.

Smells of apple cider vinegar, tart fruits, a vague hint of sugar and a good bit of funk.

Tastes of hay, vinegar, near puckering lemon, granny smith apple skins, wine, old sugar, oak and earthy funk. Plenty sour but with a nice depth of flavor.

Light body with crisp carbonation. Dry, musty, tangy finish with tart citrus, herbal grassyness, mild toasted oak.

A dry, crisp, complex, easy drinking beer for sure. A tad pricey but still a worthy purchase.

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Photo of CowsandBeer
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Bruery tulip. Bottled on 12/05/2012.

A: Produces a huge rocky white head. Thin and sudsy with a pale gold body. Very thing lacing but a good thick cap of head hangs about.

S: Lots of bright citrus fruit up front, white wine and a juicy lactic tang in the middle. Toasted oak with a musty, dirty brett hanging around.

T: An acidic, citric sourness with lots of white whine tartness leading into some apple vinegar and stinky cheese. Rounded out with oak barrel and lots of old wood and musty hay. Lingering acidity with a dough maltyness.

Mf: Crisp, drying and effervescent. Great drinkability. Despite the sharp flavors you keep going back for more.

O: One of the better geuze I've had. Lots of those really bizarre funky and sour flavors that only come from a lambic. Very easy drinking and enjoyable. Worth the cost.

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Photo of More_betterness
4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated Dec 5th 2012. Always a favorite of mine.

A: Hazy and glowing burnt orange body topped with a massive pillowy head that occupies about 2/3 of the glass on a gentle pour. Highly effervescent.

S: Bright, acidic lemon and green apple, rounded out with white wine skins. Musty cheese and barnyard notes emerge further as it warms. Wonderful aroma.

T: Complex mix of tart lemon juice and white wine followed by a sweeter note of fruit and a touch of floral honey. Notes of musty oak and pleasant minerality close out the flavor. Not overpowering in any regard but has remarkable depth of flavor. Ridiculously succulent and drinkable.

M: Light bodied and highly carbonated. Very fine bubbles reminiscent of champagne pair well with a very dry finish.

O: Just a fantastic Gueuze. Literally a benchmark of the style and it shows. Beautifully complex aroma and flavor, and each sip literally leaves your mouth watering and craving more. Could drink this every single day without any issue.

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Photo of peensteen
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.34/5  rDev 0%
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

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Photo of Jimmys
4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of papat444
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of Kirk_Grant
4.93/5  rDev +13.6%
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

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Photo of cultclassic89
4.95/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Have had numerous times, finally bumping this up to straight 5's. Just the pinnacle of what fresh gueuze should be. Beautiful hue and head retention, incredible depth of funk, lemon and malt on the nose, same on the taste. Incredibly dry with the perfect amount of tartness.

A&T, Seasons, etc. are all incredible things, but OG is just as good to me and is always available.

Edit: Dropping Overall to a 4.75 as there are some better offerings out there (A&T).

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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