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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Reviews: 690
Hads: 2,432
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 8.55%
Wants: 429
Gots: 680 | FT: 80
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Style | ABV
Gueuze |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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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 errantnight
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Ever have a beer where the whole was greater than the sum of the parts? Meet Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze.

Picked up at random from my local go-to-for-all-beers-sour liquor store...

Pours from a 12.7oz bottle, dated January 22, 2004.

Opens with nary a pop.... I'm worried it's going to be completely flat... but it turns out my fears are overrated. There is indeed some carbonation... but not enough to warrant this champagne cap.

Pours a hazy straw with minimal carbonation and lacing into a champagne glass.

Smells heavenly... a musty malt smell, sour and sharp.

Taste is mouth-puckeringly sour... to the point of overwhelming the palate. This subsides, particularly as it warms, but this sits on your tongue too much... which is the lack of carbonation's fault. What should be light and crisp sticks around syrupy-like, without ever being terribly sweet.

I'd rate the mouthfeel lower, but it doesn't ruin the experience, it just hinders it a little.

For my complaints (lack of carbonation, initial sour burst being a bit much), this beer is immensely drinkable. Tart with notes of sour cherry, a bit of oak tannin... I'd love to retry closer to the source, and would gladly join anyone in a glass... on their dime. At this price, to be holding up this poorly, sucks.

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Photo of BigJTrucker
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this 12.7oz corked and caged bottle @ Bier Stien, Eugene, OR . Bottled 22 January 2004.

Pours a hazy orange color, head settled fairly quickly. Smell is huge, the expected sour aroma is prevalent, along with some faint malty aroma. Taste is sour citrus, particularly lemon. Some wheat flavor as well. Mouthfeel is effervescent and smooth. Drinkability is quite good, especially for fans of the style. Some may be put off by the sour taste and aroma, but it's surprisingly good.

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Photo of roblowther
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750ml caged & corked dated 18/2/05. Pours a clear, effervescent amber with a very thick, rocky head that undulates and heaves like I'm writting a letter to an entirely different kind of web site. The smell is musty, sour, sharp and sweet. Yes, all of those. Medicinal esters add their note as well. The taste is dry and crisp, then decidedly sour. Very delicate and champagne-like up front with a sour lambic wallop that hits you hard. The mouthfeel is really light and airy, but surprisingly substantial. Does not come off as watery at all, which is remarkable given its light body and crisp, bubbly texture. The drinkability is very good, although the sour finish will put some off. Of course, it will probably put off those who wouldn't be interested in a geuze to begin with and that's not me so I'm not worried.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle dated 1/17/06

A - Hazy straw yellowish orange with a thin white bubbly head that disappears to a ring of lace.

S - Hay, earth, tart lemons, some farm characteristics mixed in.

T - Tart with a slight sugary lemonade touch. Some grain and hay in the background with a grape taste present throughout. More complex than I am doing it justice in this review.

M - Medium body with bubbly carbonation that is crisp on the tongue with a dry tart finish.

D - Highly drinkable for all the tartness going on. I will need to try an older vintage and see what time does to it.

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Photo of jakon
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7oz bottle purchased for $7.49 on 7-20-7 at Belmont Station.

Bottled on date of January 22nd, 2004.

A faint pop of the cork reveals that there isn't much carbonation with this one. Pours a glowing gold with a thin layer of foam that coats the surface and slowly disappears over the next 5-10 minutes. The aroma is awesome. Mister Ed meets Parliament. I'm in for a treat. The initial taste puckers my mouth like no other. I can feel it all the way back at the top of my jaw. Yum. There is a slight bitterness buried underneath all the sharp acidity, but this is all about the sour funk. Great beer, but it could use a little more carbonation.

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Photo of peabody
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a really cloudy light amber with yellow hints. Lots of whits suds here.
Smell is that wonderful lambic smell Sour grapes/ soured apple peels and sweet tarts poured into vinegar..
Taste is sour but it is mellowed out by a sweetness and this darkness. Full bodied and it fills up the mouth with every
sour flavor imaginable.
Mouthfeel is a little dirty with just a hint of oily residue. This is where the sour turns to sweet.
I could drink this on occasion but not every occasion. Still a great sour beer. I think I like the Kriek De Ranke better.

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Photo of dmbfrat420beers
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: hazy, light copper orange, big white head of small bubbles with very nice retention and some lacing down the side of the glass.

Smell: Whoa!! One of the strongest smelling beers I’ve ever had. Very sour and musty as I would expect from a Gueze, but very pungent.

Taste: Sour, as the one could expect from the aroma, but surprisingly refreshing flavor nonetheless. Light, crisp notes of citrus and melon with a touch of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth, very crisp.

Drinkability: The sourness took me longer to get over in comparison with out Gueze I have had, but afterwards was very easy to drink.

Overall, a very pungent but surprisingly refreshing beer that I wish I had some more of!

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Photo of Erdinger2003
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out like a white wine all fizzy yet holds a head. Color is brownish gold and crystal clear. Smell is sour with some clear notes of horse blanket and citrus fruit. Taste is sour and there's a lot of sour lemon flavor. This doesn't give me a sour face. Mouthfeel is really great the carbonation is smooth and soft on the palate. Overall I think this is my best geuze ever. I would like to get lots more of this.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a washed-out gold and brown with a sustained frothy head.

Smells of sour funk, green apples, lemon rind and a dry oaky cork.

Tastes of a sharply tart cherry and a sweet wheat that fades to a pungently dry sourness that reminds me of sappy oak and a dry cork.

Feels light and clean with a slight, large-bubbled carbonation that adds a pleasant texture.

This is a tasty sipper with a great woody character.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.76/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ive only tried Drie Foneinen Gueuze once before, 3 years ago. I thought it was incredible, it was probably my first good Lambic experience.

Pours from the 375 ml bottle (2004 vintage) a bright bronze color with great clarity. A fizzy and big head leaves intricate lace strings behind. The nose is funky and very delicate with citrusy, floral, woody and good old barnyard aromas. The taste is uber sour but not as brash as Cantillon Gueuze. Sour citrus mingles with moist hay, fresh packed earth, fruit flavors (mangos? berries?) and musty, horsey, brett flavors. The flavor grows in funkyness and sourness as it warms. The mouthfeel is slightly viscous but not full bodied. Carbonation is active and smooth.

This is an infinitely complex Gueuze. This is a beer to slip slowly to savour the developing nuances. Incredible stuff.

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Photo of Hautacam
3.71/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb. 2004 bottle...drinking Apr. 2007.
What a great looking brew. Slightly hazy orange-gold with a big bubbly off-white, almost yellow head.
The smell is lemon and a decent dose of earthy barnyard.
As soon as it hits your tongue , it's puckering...extremely tart , lemon rind , sour, winey and very dry...astringent. The funky wild flavors are there , but kind of in the background....not as up-front with the horse as some others. I'm missing that a bit. Bitter clean aftertaste.
The mouthfeel is light and very effervescent...refreshing. The sour just doesn't quit.
A very nice Oude Gueze.

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Photo of BretSikkink
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled January 2004. Bottles states that it's good for ten years.

Light pop uncorks a chill-hazed orange with less than a finger of off white, quickly reducing head. Great color, looks like a beautiful gueuze (although I notice that Drie Fontenein uses the alternative spelling 'geuze'.) I shook loose the sediment for the second pour, which added further haze and induced a one finger head of some staying power. Lacing is spotty, increases after second pour.

This bottle displayed some straight lemon zest in the nose, some malt and horse blanket notes, and a little spicing. The flavor is a real blast, seriously tart, but with a strong enough malt backing to come through beautifully. Not as earthy as some lambics, there is definitely a hint at champagne. Just a hint of sugary sweetness.

Serious carbonation, a really impressively light and springy beer. Mouthfeel is just about right for the style, very good in fact. Sharpness on the tongue, some spicing, finishes quite dry. Drinkability hurts just because of the extreme sourness in the flavor. For fans of sour Belgians.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled February 28, 2004

A: Huge head comes forth made up of large sized light tan bubbles, dominating the top of the glass. This large head isn’t destined long for this world as it appears to be falling quick…I expect the head to remain but not with the vigor that it started with. Body is vibrant carrot gold with a hazy personality and lots of swirling bubbles at the bottom of the glass.

S: Oak, acetic acid, vinous lemons and sour wine.

T: Begins with dull melon in the center of the tongue witch quickly gets enveloped by the trademark vitamin C sourness of the gueze. Serious oakey nature blends in well with tart green apple, under ripe pears and sour grapes. Really earthy nature reminiscent of an old, dank house. Finishes mineraly with gently sweetness and lingering lemon zest.

M: Medium body, fizzy yet full.

D: This was good but wasn’t my favorite gueze. Highly recommended to sour lovers though.

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Photo of clabaugh
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A huge, meringue-like head erupts from a pale saffron colored body upon pouring. Retention is exemplary.

Smell: Raw yeastiness that allows me to finally comprehend what other BAs have meant when they've used the term "barnyard" to describe a beer's nose. Penetrating through the intense, wild yeast aroma are hints of citrus and other fruits.

Taste: Bitingly tart at once, accompanied with an unmistakable yeasty flavor. Grapefruit and herb, accented with traces of the oak barrels in which the beer was fermented. Finishes with some rich maltiness, backed up with the ever-present sourness.

Mouthfeel: Rather light-bodied, with some dynamic carbonation. Warming on the tongue, with the tartness supplying some numbing sensations.

Drinkability: Unique flavor that continues to go down pleasantly. Becomes very tasty by mid-bottle once one's palate adjusts to the pungent tartness. Very nice.

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Photo of BillyB
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very interesting and complex beer.

Sharp, vinegary, citrusy aroma with tart/sourness, barnyard, goatey, earthiness. The aroma is overwhelming. So many different smells!

Taste is sharp and slightly tannic. Sour, tart, acetic. Cherry, rasberry, apricot, rhubarb.

Mouthfeel is sharp, sour and tart but very refreshing.

Depending on your individual tastes, this is a drinkable gueze. It is certainly an acquired taste but if you're looking for something different, this is it.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A true treat for all the senses. Promises greatness straight from the pour. An intense mixture of tart fruits and clean sourness emits from the glass and fills the air. Astringent and mouth-puckering even before I take my first sip. Upon a closer study of the appearance, the color is a murky, canary-yellow hue with a viscocity that seems heavier than the feel later reveals. A lightly knitted foamstand accompanies me to the bottom of the glass. The first sip reveals juicy flavors of young fruits and come in the examples of granny-smith apples, lemons, limes, pears, and mangos. A timid sweetness (sweetheart candies) bring a welcome balance to the acidity, vineous qualities. The feel is a juicy, mouthwatering lightness and drinkability; while finishing with a powdery dry champaign flavor. Very clean and inviting in the end. Simply a tremendous beer without the sharp astringency expected. Thanks Tony.

Revisited on June 27, 2009. Thanks Khaismus!

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Photo of shbobdb
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The date today: Monday, January 29th, 2007.

The bottling date of this bottle: Monday, December 11th, 2000.

This is the old, 5% recipe for 3 Fonteinen.

Well, I came upon this beer accidentally. A beer-store had just moved and were clearing out some old inventory. How could I not grab a seven (well, six really) year old bottle of Gueueze!

It is pretty freakin' crazy. I've gotta say.

It looks pretty hazy. It was initially pouring clear and delicate (hence the 4.5, it was stunning) but the car-ride home shook it up a little, so the sediment quickly hazed it up. But that didn't stop the typically billowing Gueuze-head from forming, and then delicately collapsing into a faint (but solid) hat for the rest of my beer drinking experience.

The smell is fairly muted. It reminds me a little of some aged La Folie I recently was able to enjoy. Faint acidity, a whiff of horse-saddle. But, all-in-all, fairly muted. And this is at room temperature. I mean, it has the usual melange in the backgrounf of light fruits, some waxes, as well as corpse and embalming agents, but they are much more muted than they are in other Gueuzes.

The taste is quite good. Very nice. It kicks off tasting like an American wheat. This is quickly replaced by a strong blast of WOW brett. It is subtle, to be sure, but it there is so much in that moment. Apple, black currant, butterscothc, pineapple, brandy, and green banana (a lot of green banana, actually). It is an explosion of taste! Then there is a strong balsamic cut-off. It isn't overly acidic like a Cantillon product, but the acid makes its presence known as it cuts the other flavours off leaving an echo of stewed cherries and tobacco.

It is a romantic experience. I am moved by this beer in ways which few beers have moved me. It is delicate, suprisingly sweet in its finish, and oh so tender. A once-in-a-lifetime-experience to be savoured.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled February 28, 2004. Pours an orange tinged cloudy golden color with a healthy tight bubbled pure white head that diminishes but never really dissipates. The smell is acetic and lightly bitter, but not from hops.A little funkiness, but very little barnyard aromas. I think more time in the bottle might develop those smells. The taste is fairly complex. The flavor starts out with balanced sour and bitter flavors and then slowly develops some more funkiness. Not too barnyardy, but definitely some ripe cheese flavors.There is a lactic sharpness at the end that is pretty refreshing. A fairly light body and pretty crisp as well. Very drinkable stuff and interesting enough to hold your interest.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.78/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one of my first Guezes and I am amazed by the balance and taste of this one.

Appearance is near perfect, a big rocky head and a lot of carbonation reaching for the surface in a very fast pace. Color is orange brown and a little murky.

Smell is mildly tart, with some lactic acid notes. There is a little basement smell in there which is somewhat fungal (is that a word?). It also reminds me of flowers like chrysanteneums.

Taste is moderate acidic with flowery notes (same as above) and a little cork-like taste. My mouth really has to get used to the dryness and sourness, it makes my saliva glands work. Slowly but surely I am getting used to it. The dry, tangy taste is lingering.

Not as acidic as I expected, and for sure a good beer, but not something I will buy frequently in the future.

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Photo of weeare138
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to hopdog for opening this '99 vintage bottle...
Appears a hazy, light gold with a small white head that fades into a mild collar. Tiny speckles of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of tart apple, grapes, rubber, vanilla, oak, melon, obvious brett.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with notes of vinegar that has been strained through a dusty horseblanket.
Mouthfeel is zingy with a light body. Notes of tart apple, star fruit, & persimmons are lively along the palate. Not bad.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.97/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed on November 29, 2006. 22 January 2004. Bright freshly ground white pepper and plenty of bold oaky phenols and lots of funky cheese, mostly blue. Faint hexanes. Strong golden-orange pour, with a slick of whitish and extremely perfusive and thin carbonation. Flavor is composed of a strong, sharp, piquant sourneess, with dishes of reduced apple juice and a fine sherry vinegar. Lots of horses, and dry, oaky cherry pits. A smidge of oak creeps up in the background. Leather smack! Long tart balsamic tartness in the smack. Palate has a twinge of carbonative percolating, bristling the tounge and lighting up all the characters. Well dried.

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Photo of emerge077
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled Feb. 28 2004.

Cork pops, and streams of champagne bubbles are visible in the glass during the pour. Orangey body, with about 3 fingers of very fine foam.

Smells of damp soil, hay, and assorted farmy odors. This seems very earthy and natural, not unpleasant. Sharp wood and citrus note. The yeast becomes identifiable as it sits for awhile, it smells like old bread or even play-doh. The sediment is swirled and poured into separate glass, which releases an even more pronounced "stable funk" aroma.

Taste has an upfront citric sharpness, mainly grapefruit and crabapple. It's tart and mildly astringent in the mouth. A dry oak taste in the middle with a rounder, earthy grain that comes out as it warms. Citric notes, Iron, grape, phenols, and mild honey in the aftertaste. Clean, dry finish.

The initial tartness isn't off putting, it gives way to mellow complexity after the mouth acclimates to it. A residual sweet tartness remains on the lips.

This is a benchmark of the style to me, even though currently my favorite Gueuze is Girardin Black Label 1882.

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml, bottled 22 January 2004.

Hazy orange color, some off-white head, beautiful lace.

Great smell. Bacterial smell is very pleasant, not too sharp. Raspberry, lemon, strawberry rhubarb pie, vinegar, capers, vanilla, damp earth, musty leaves. Complex.

Bracing acidity, with impressions of lemon, raspberry, ruby grapefruit, rhubarb, vinegar. Seems almost totally dry, but not quite - the acidity is very well balanced. Oak, flowers, capers, musty old leaves, damp earth. Long finish, acidic and slightly astringent.

Great mouthfeel from very soft carbonation - these may be the smallest bubbles I've ever seen - and the acidity. Prickly, at a microscopic level, and slightly mouth-numbing.


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Photo of tjthresh
3.76/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 28 Feb 2004. The cork got away from me. Damn near put a hole in my buddy’s ceiling. And a gusher to boot. But all was well. Hazy straw gold color pourd into an Orval glass. Lush white head. The aroma is full of horse blanket, sweat socks and oak. Nice. Very tart, and I thought it developed some sweetness as it warmed. Not as dry as the other one I tried. I think I’ll buy another bottle and sit on it for a bit.

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Photo of naderator55
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Gueze.
Pours with a small head retention. The color is a hazy oarnge. Very hazy. This beer has the earthiest smell Ive ever experienced. The Oak comes through the nose.
Starts off with a sour citrus and floral taste. The aftertaste is very earthy. The aftertaste has a very basic grainy taste. The mouthfeel is very dry. I could drink about one of these, and quite slowly but I dont think it is meant to be pounded.
Overall this beer is an experience, I look forward to sampling more.

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