Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Ratings: 2,364
Reviews: 701
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.43%
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Gots: 649 | FT: 77
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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 pknyc
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of Roguer
3.86/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Photo of heygeebee
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
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

Photo of craftbeersweden
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
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!

Photo of JasonLovesBeer
4.57/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of brewtus
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of John_M
4.07/5  rDev -7.3%
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!

Photo of cxr1037
4.81/5  rDev +9.6%
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

Photo of Furlinator
3.78/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Photo of stewart124
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of anteater
4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of happilyhopped
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of BierJager89
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Glowy orange, lots of bubbles rising from the bottle, with a short white head.

S: Nose starts off with some belgian funkiness, behind which is a beautiful bouquet of orange zest, mango, lemon, and a touch of grape and tropical fruit. Very pleasant nose.

T: Tart lemon, orange zest, black pepper (especially toward the back of the tongue).

M: Very carbonated, not harshly, medium-light bodied.

O: Not the harsh Geuze I was expecting. Definitely a drinkable beer.

Note: Bottled 5 March 2012, imbibed 21 January 2014.

Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.81/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

When I opened the bottle it was a huge foam bomb, not sure if this bottle was over-carbed or what, but I did lose some to the sink (sadness).

The beer pours with a huge head (due to the carbonation problem?) and the foam never really completely goes away, it just fades to a thin white coating. The beer itself is nearly entirely opaque (all the yeast was stirred up from the bottom of the bottle) and the beer is a very dark hazy yellow straw color.

The nose is serious lemon and citrus, I mean honestly, this smells almost like lemon juice, it does this without being terribly acidic or tart smelling. There is also a definite whiff of funk and brett in there.

The beer is sweet up front, this quicky fades to a 4/10 of sourness bit, which then gradually and very slowly fades to a very pleasant and mild musty dankness. There are multiple stages of flavor here, each subtle yet quite satisfying.

This beer is MUCH less acidic than the Cantillon gueuze that I have had, it is also quite a bit more complex than the Lindeman's Gueuze.

Overrall this beer is wonderfully complex and totally delightful.

Buy again easy if I ever see it in stores here in Portland again.
*Greg at the Bier Cellar told me they only got this beer as a "I'm sorry" gift from the distributor for something that had gone wrong but were told not to advertise it; glad I stopped by to grab one!

Photo of admiral
3.93/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice beer with a refreshing and interesting bitterness - chinotti like

aroma: quite dry, barnyard funk and Belgian citrus

taste: dry with a tartness/sourness that is enjoyable and refreshing to drink. Has barnyard funk, chinotti, citrus like bitterness and apple skin with funky lemon and some Belgian spice. Thirst quenching.

Not that easy to find in Australia, especially in regional areas, so a rare treat.

Photo of lordofstarside
3.43/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12.7oz to a snifter, bottled 12/5/12

Pours a very cloudy pale amber gold with two fingers of foam. Heavy carbonation stemming from the center and sides, very strong retention and lacing. Kinda of hard to drink because the foam won't die down. Edit- it looks really good now that it finally has

Smells of tart cherries, oak, vinegar, sour apple, white wine, leather, strong Belgian funk and just a little bit of alcohol

Taste is initial upfront tart cherry, followed bland sour baking apple. Oak and wine notes are present on the after taste. The start and finish are good, but that middle part breaks it for me, almost like tasting the inside of a pill

Feel is medium sour with high bitterness. Sort of fizzy

Overall either this bottle is bad or these things taste like shit fresh. I'll try and get another to lie down for a few years to find out, but this experience wasn't worth anything near the $13 I paid for it

Photo of Cresant
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Bottled on Jan. 5, 2012. Poured into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. The body was brassy gold and the head was white, leaving no lacing. The beer was pretty clear.

The smell was earthy and sweet with hints of pear. Bell pepper faintly and lots of Pixie Stix candy. Bright pleasant aroma.

The taste was very tart! Lemons and limes. Dry but not chalky. Light peppercorn flavor. Very interesting and delicious.

The mouthfeel was medium to light bodied with a fine carbonation. This one exceeded my expectations!

Photo of Whiskeydeez
4.77/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

375 bottle poured into tulip glass, Bottle reads 2012, dec 5th.

This is my first 3 Fontienen and Gueze, it was excellent.

A: Pours a really nice deep golden coler with a bit of haze. There is a big white head that recedes quickly to a small lingering ring.

S: The Aroma of this beer is just awesome. Really big funkiness front and center. I'm not too refined to pick it apart too much but a tart funk that has a lot of citrus/fruity sweetness. I could smell this all day.

T: The flavor follows the aroma and expands on it. There is a great big tartness with the funk. The citrus type fruit flavors are more apparent, lemon and grapefruit, green apple flavor and tartness is there in the back of the drink. Some of the oak comes through.

M: This is a very dry, champagne like beer. Big carbonation and dryness really add to and intensify the tartness.

O: As my first true lambic/Gueuze this is incredible. The smells and flavors of this beer are big and tart but at the same time have a wonderful drinkability. There is a lot of flavors that round out the tartness and really make this a wonderful beer.

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.13/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into a geuze glass.

A: Tawny in color though it shifts more to the golden side of things. Hazy, though some yeast may have accidentally been poured. No head at all and no lacing.

S: Tart lemon, sour green apple and green apple skin, lemongrass. Lightly funky and rustic with the traditional horse blanket smell. Undertones of caramel and dark honey. Mild dusty oak scent.

T: Cider vinegar. Puckering lemony acidity, tannic, green apple skin. Whispers of oak. Barnyard and horse blanket are more apparent than they were on the nose. Caramel and walnuts, dark honey. Well balanced. Sour finish of lemon juice, apple skin, and funk.

M: Medium to medium-light body. Full in the mouth and slick. Puckering, acidic, and tannic. Curiously flat though.

O: For whatever reason, this bottle was flat. I've had this beer many times and never found it to be like this. My score reflects the undesirable quality in this sample, but I'll say that this is easily one of my favorite sours under normal circumstances. Some of the other more highly rated geuzes out there are far more sharp and sour. This one showcases a perfect balance between funk, sour, and malt sweetness, with a touch of oak thrown in for good measure. Tannins are there, but play more softly on the palate than most do. A must-try beer.

Photo of mverity
4.06/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy grapefruit orange color with a fair amount of egg shell head that faded fairly quickly. No legs and light lacing. Good thin collar. Aroma is very much like when I would march in my highschool homecoming parade and the floats were all covered in straw. I also pick up some lemon and grapefruit. The flavor provile is very citrusy tart up front, then some dry grass. Nice silty mouthfeel, very dry, and that tartness stings the tongue. Very glad I got to try this, but I wouldn't put it in my top 5, maybe not in the top 10.

Photo of Stevedore
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

75cl bottle, bottling date 17 December 2012, poured into Cantillon taster glasses today on 11 July 2013, with Benish.

Aroma: Funky. Everything you could use to describe funkiness including horse blanket, earthiness, old leather, etc. dominates this aroma. There is a little bit of oak as well. It's very pungent, sour and definitely dry. Reminds me of a funky champagne.

Colour: Hazy golden-blonde colour with a massive foamy white head. In fact, the bottle foamed over as soon as I opened it! It was definitely waiting to get out. In any case, the lacing is sporadic and the head definitely persists the entire time its in the glass. It looks great and refreshing.

Flavour: Somehow it comes out totally different than the aroma, which I think is very interesting, adding another dimension to this beer. It's got an earthy funkiness that is combined with lemon zest. It's extremely sour for sure! It's pretty acidic as well, kind of reminds me of sour apple, but I am not confident in this regard. Definitely a great combination of aroma and flavour here.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, it looks thin but definitely holds its own in terms of body. It finishes quite a bit dry and is rather mouthpuckering, which I am really enjoying. The aftertaste is mostly a combination of earthy lemon and oak, which sticks around a while- its worth enjoying slowly as the aftertaste lingers for quite a while. And it is of course very well carbonated!

Overall: It's awesomely sour with a great lemony complementary flavour profile. If you're a sour head and haven't tried this one, I have no idea why you haven't and would highly recommend you go out and get some of this one.

Re-review: Its only been a half a year since I had this, but I really want to impress in my review that this is a much better geuze than Cantillon Classic. Poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass today, 12/4/2013. Bottle date Dec 7, 2012.

Appearance is the same, the nose is simply an amazing funky lemon zest with the taste following. It's got a nice funkiness to it but the citrus really sets it apart from Cantillon Classic which seems to rely more on the funk. Mouthfeel is as good as it was before. Simply put, this is a better geuze than Cantillon's and I would recommend it over the Classic.

Re-re-review: This is the last time I'll review this again, but I bought another 750ml of this to our non-Lente Seasons tasting to compare with these and Golden Blend. Bottle date is also Dec 7, 2012- almost a year old to the day; today being 12/8/2013.

Basically, this held up quite well against the Seasons, although this is obviously not on the same level as Zomer. I might actually enjoy this more than Winter, though. It's crisp, refreshing, lemony with some funk but not so much that it dominates the beer. For the price-quantity-rarity triangle, I can agree that this is the best value although its worth going after the Seasons to try at least once. Stock up on this, drink some and age some- it's probably the best shelf geuze out there.

Photo of lunarbrew
4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Doing brief reviews of a few beers today. This was opened along side Golden Blend, Hefst, Zomer, and Winter. My reviews will be comparative. This was clearly an amazing tasting. Thanks to Dactrius and Stevedore for contributing and participating. I'm only reviewing for smell, taste, and overall here. Other reviews will be general to save time. Honestly, each beer was quite similar in these general categories.

The beer smelled great, but it was not nearly as potent as the seasons. Nose and flavor was a tad funky and had the nice Drie Fonteinen citrus notes that I love. A lot of fun to drink, and exponentially improved as it warmed. To be sure, this is an affordable and relatively accessible beer, making it a contender for the "everyday gueuze" category. However, when it was compared with the big boys, this really fell short. Although I would have never realized this if I were not doing a side by side, this beer is better than Golden Blend IMO. An excellent all around beer, and a notch above the Cantillon Classic.

Photo of joeseppy
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Champagnesque response to pour. Cloudy golden honey with a crisp white head.

Sour/funk aroma. Freshly sanded oak flooring. Briny ocean and a musty attic scents.

Sour and tangy like Sweetart candy with low sugar. Has a bit of medicinal aftertaste.

Prickly carbonation keeps every sip as if it were your first. Really enjoyed this chilled and up in temperature. Crisp and dry feeling.

Sour Sunday here we go. Have been enjoying, lately, big sours watching Sunday football games on TV. This Oude Geuze does not disappoint. Not as sour as I was thinking it might have been. Extremely drinkable and a pleasure to sip on. Class act!

Photo of WTKeene
4.56/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a Corked and Caged 375ml bottle dated March 5 2012 into a Prairie Teku glass.

Appearance: A deep amber, cloudy, with clear wisps of yeasty sediment flowing throughout. Sizable off-white head, which dissipates moderately quickly but persists with a thin layer that isn't going anywhere any time soon.

Smell: That classic vinous gueuze smell is coming through here. Tart, fruity, funky. I'm excited to take a sip. This is clearly a top notch beer.

Taste: Funky, vaguely vinegar character to the tartness. A faint bitterness toward the end, some grainy maltiness balances this all out. The vinous fruity character I smelled is coming through nicely too. A slight grassy quality too. A good gueuze is really something.

Mouthfeel: As expected, quite carbonated. Creamy though, after the initial rush.

Overall: This is really good. Well worth the trade, I'm glad I could get some of this. I'd love to compare it to the other world class Gueuzes, I still haven't had Cantillon's for example.

Photo of facundoCNB
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a 375ml bottle (green label)

poured a honey golden color with a finger of white head which dissipated pretty quickly into a thin foamy ring. a very nice funky brett aroma with some smokiness, barrels, chalk.. definitely a very unique scent. the flavor boasts a funky awesomeness that i'll try my best to describe.. mushrooms, dirt, hay, sour milk, smoked gouda.. lemons. this is just a fantastic example of the style.. the high carbonation only compliments the flavor profile for a style like this, and this beer has just that with a light to medium body, makes it very refreshing.

definitely worth checking out, and definitely going to remember to order more next time!

Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
97 out of 100 based on 2,364 ratings.