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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Reviews: 689
Hads: 2,407
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 8.8%
Wants: 424
Gots: 664 | 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 DrJay
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2000 Vintage:
Hazy caramel yellow with a rocky, off-white head. Plenty of lacing. The aroma was fruity and acidic with white wine grape character. Dry, acidic flavour. Lots of puckering sourness, but this was balanced masterfully with fruit. Full of flavour. Light body with some tingling on the palate in the finish. A great beer! Thanks northyorksammy. (355 characters)

Photo of kennyo
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2004 bottle date, different label, no Drie

Darker than most gueze's with big soap, white head. Very thick soapy belgian lace. Aroma is pure funkiness, horse crap, lemon, a little cinnamon. This is a verey drinkable lambic, not over the top. Sour/lemon with a light body (272 characters)

Photo of Sammy
4.01/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2000 I had later and it is a night and day better difference. Creamy and much more drinkable, I think the best I have had of this style. Big head and peach body. Ageing has made it beautiful in all ways.

2003.Malt and vinegar. Very smooth. Enormous head. Creamy in mouth. Great for its style, which I am trying the highest rated for the experience. Vinegar in aroma. Tough to finish a bottle, mostly by myself, as my mates, though beer drinkers, were not keen on it. (471 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a solid hazy dark orange with tan highlites. A billowing head kept it from being poured in one nice motion, but it recedes rather quickly. Nose is very sour and tart, almost burning my nostrils. Seems to be a bit of harsh grape rind in the background along with lemon and solid wheaty notes. Very nice. Flavor is much more subdued than the nose. It initially gives the impression that its going to kick my ass with sour and tart, but it starts to pucker my mouth and then pulls back. Nice zesty lemon sourness and acidity hangs on a little into the finish and then it finishes very wheaty and grainey. Tasty brew. Feel is moderate with a moderate carbonation. Overall, and incredibly drinkable brew. The nose is so powerful, that the flavor almost seems to be a touch light, but it really isn't. I'll definately drink this one again. (839 characters)

Photo of clvand0
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2001 Vintage. Pours a cloudy orange color with a tall head that has nice retention and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. The aroma is extremely sour. There is definately a fruity character, but I can't tell what it is behind the sourness. Hoo-Ha. The flavor doesn't have the sour kick that the nose foretold. The flavor is blended excessively well, but it still has the sourness and the strong fruity character - just not at a shocking level. Very smooth. The body is moderate and the drinkability is very good compared to other Gueuze beers that I've had. (559 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375 ml bright green caged and corked bottle, bottled at the beginning of 2003.

A vibrant cloudy peach hue for the body, aggressive carbonation, and a large billowing frothy off-white head, with chunky retention.

Tart white grapes, green apple skins, lemon rinds and horse blankets on the nose, that mystery smell reminds me of my grandfather's workshed out on the farm, the combination of rusting iron and old leather harnesses from beasts of burden.

Immediate tartness in the flavour, dry white sour grapes, lime, fresh apricots, with some mineral sediment. Grassy pasture, horsehair, and more citrus, like under-ripe tangerines can be detected. The mouthfeel is light and effervescent, with some mild carbonation to add a backbone.

I'm not the biggest fan of this style, the overall acidity doesn't really blow my skirt up, but I find this a truly enjoyable and drinkable example of what can be done when it's done properly, given that all the elements going into the making of it cooperate. And things most certainly seemed to have fallen into place this time around. Thanks to Phyl21ca for the trade. (1,133 characters)

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

2003 Vintage, 37.5cl bottle

Pours a perfect shade of cloudy apricot and creates a fluffy white head that disipates quickly. Aroma is full of barnyard and sharp cheese, slight vinegar sourness. Flavor is hugely complex, acidic, sharp and sour citrus fruit, funky cheese and something indescribeable that I have never experienced in any other beer. Smooth on the palate, finishes very dry. This gueuze has such a unique character, it is a real shame that I only have one bottle. Quite nice. (491 characters)

Photo of bark
4.97/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Vintage 2004.

The colour is gold with a tint of orange; the liquid is almost clear. The two finger thick white head is airy and quite firm. Looks nice to me.

The smell is strong, sour, dry and earthy. I noticed notes of vinegar, fruits, minerals, earth and some roasted flavours (rubber?). It is complex and not as chemical as other gauzes that I have reviewed.

The taste is … Wahoo! It is very complex, but at the same time very pleasant and balanced. It is, of course, sour with notes of white wine vinegar, lime and minerals (iron, rust). There are also notes of heather, wormwood and bitter oranges. The aftertaste is surprisingly creamy with flavours of “Herbs de Provance” spice mix and bitter citric fruits. The bitterness disappears slowly into a flavour loaded with mineral and earthy notes. It is balanced all the way through.

The carbonation is very fresh with lots of small bubbles.

This is a truly outstanding beer and I am really impressed! (973 characters)

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

1999... Upon removing the cork, I got a very small pop, and I was even able to put the cork back into the bottle! Poured a slightly hazy golden color with a medium sized white creamy head with nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of herbs, brett, vinegar, stinky socks and wood. The taste was very sour, but also included lots of oak, cinnamon, some apple, watermelon, grapefruit, and lemon peel. While it was very sour, it seemed to lack the depth I like to find in a world class gueuze. (483 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer opened with a loud pop as the cork erupted from the bottle once loosened. The beer poured into a chalice clear medium orange/amber with a tall and white frothy and spirited head that fell slowly and then lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity with cherries and peaches while the head was spirited and then transformed into the more familiar grapeskin and acidid sour aroma that many lambic posses. In the back of the aroma was a plastic phenolic and the aroma was oaky and slightly sweaty.

The flavor was interesting with an effervescent grapeskin flavor and grapeseed on the palate and a fruity yet sour acidity. The flavor was frutiy with a strawberry impression and some oak flavoring in the background. As the beer warmed a lemon citric flavor emerged and the grapeskin/seed flavors diminished making a much more drinkable product.

The finish was dry with a lasting fruit, grapeskin/seed and acidic tart sourness long into the aftertaste. The body was medium light due to the very high level of carbonation.

750 ml bottle. 02 April 2001 on label. Purchased at Green's in Atlanta, GA for $17. (1,124 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a clear orangey color lambic with a huge slightly off-white head with excellent retention. Aroma of barnyard and sourness is quite evident. Taste is so well balance between sourness, tart, little bit of acidity, green apple with some nice funky yeast also thrown in. Probably one of the finest Lambic that I had the chance to try and the fact that the acidity is lower then Cantillon makes it easier to drink larger quantity. (440 characters)

Photo of Beersignal
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Gueuze is my favourite beer style because of the mystery surrounding the elaboration of the brew. Spontaneous fermentation can yield unmatched complexity in aromas and flavours, and this beer is a prime example.

Poured a lovely golden colour, slightly hazy and adorned with an uncharacteristically generous head of white foam. No retention or lace were noticed.

Aromas: HOLY SHIT!!! Full on frontal assault of the purest farmhouse funk I have ever had the chance to whiff. This stuff was pungent, organic, and of a complexity I fear I will never do justice. Through all of the country odours I managed to detect evident notes of apples, peaches, lemons, spices and damp straw, caramel, vanilla, horse hair, horse blanket.... This was the ultimate olfactory experience. Extreme.

The mouthfeel was very tart yet rounded and very firm. Flavours of fruit (mentioned above in the aromas) and caramelly sweetness dominated through a spritzy and quenching effervescence. Tart finish accented by a fresh bitterness made this beer somewhat less drinkable than a hefeweizen but still very pleasant if you are a fan of gueuze. I shall order many bottles of this brew when I have a chance. The smell was just too much. (1,215 characters)

Photo of GreenCard
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A re-review of another bottle from a case purchased at the brewery a little over a year ago. Bottling date: 21-12-2002...

Appearance: golden orangey straw color, slightly hazy, medium layer of spongey white foam with a creamy top, good head retention, bits of lace

Aroma: crushed unripe white grapes, hints of chamomile, a yoghurty sourness, faint whisp of wheat, delicate horsey and buttery notes

Flavor: quite tart and dry, big hit of that lambic-y sulphury/horsey stuff, then a quick stab of enteric bitterness before fading to a mellow aftertaste with hints of butter, malt, lime, and cork

Mouthfeel: light body, lively but fine carbonation, crisp, not too acidic

Other comments: It has really mellowed out. This bottle is much smoother and much more balanced than the one I tried a year ago (same bottling date). Fantastic!

October 2007 update: After drinking another one of these 2002 bottles, I can confirm that this gueuze still does not disappoint and is still one of my most favorite. It is even more mellow now, but retaining a most delicious gueuziness. And now there's even a peachy undertone to it. Brilliant!

April 2009 update: Popped open another of the 2002 bottles. Mellowed out even more. The acidity is VERY subdued. Clarity is really good. I don't detect the peachy notes anymore, but it is still a bit fruity with cork, sourdough, and buttery notes. The distinct flavors described in the original review have mellowed to the point that you can't really discern them anymore. Still a brilliant geuze! And I am sad to say that this is one of only 4 remaining in my "cellar". (1,601 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one came out of the giant champagne bottle a pristine orange in color with a slight darkish-brown hue. The head was huge and fluffy. These bubble are very tight, clinging together as they slowly dissipated from the top of the liquid.

Smell – I know it’s an often overused phrase, but I could LITERALLY smell this from across the kitchen. I don’t know the vintage, but this one has aged past the light, purely lemony nose that divulges the youth of a less-mature Gueuze. The malt base is significant, the farm light but noticeable, and the spices very musty.

Taste – This sour ball really puckers things up at the taste. The tartness is monstrous at the taste but mated well with the gigantic malt base. There are some good farmy notes in here as well, but not overly so. The sweets are more like powdered sugar than anything else. Together this Gueuze is extremely complex and rich and not for the novice drinker.

Mouthfeel – Here’s where I just couldn’t get enough. The carbonation is sooo tight and so tingly on the tongue. I don’t know how they pack so many bubbles in here. They are not what I call “cheap” like in champagne. The mouthfeel is collected on this medium to full-bodied ale with some sharp, powdery spicing and even some dryness to keep things interesting.

Drinkability – This is a real sipper and only for the experienced Gueuze drinker. It’s a real heavy-hitter and I wouldn’t recommend it as a “first try” for the style. If you like big, explosive farmy sour Belgian Ales though you have to give this baby a whirl.

Update – I popped an ’04 vintage in 2006 and it is right on track with my initial review of this gem. The carbonation is huge and tight, the stank blooming from the get go, and the farmy flavors are not to be messed with. (1,807 characters)

Photo of lou91
4.83/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

April 2001 Vintage. Wow what a noisy beer. I chose a champagne flute and it was the right choice to channel the creamy and noisy head. The bubbles just kept rising so I could only pour half the flute. This is not over the top in lambic funkiness or tartness but the nose does give you fair warning that this is not cider. The taste is wonderful and close second to my favorite cantillon gueuze. There are a complex set of flavors - blue cheese, honey, apple, melon and pear cider. The one drawback is price which i think was $18.00 at Plumpjack. (545 characters)

Photo of vladtheimpaler
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml, April 2001 bottle. Had the option of 1999, 2000, 2001, or 2002, and chose this one. Hazy golden, with a perfect white head. good barnyard and blue cheese thing going on in the aroma. Flavor has a slightly soured blue cheese thing going on as well. Malty smooth palate. Rich in funky flavor, man. Really cheesey. Now I get cheddar, very sharp cheddar, in the finish. I guess I can just sit here and twist all of the flavors and aromas into different things and maybe even write a book. Must get back to my source (top secret) and snag other vintages for sampling. (570 characters)

Photo of paterlodie
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a presantation for a Geuze. Great and quiet longlasting foam and a beaufull goldenbrown colour. Smell is lots of Brett and beautifully soured. Full of oak and esters make it very complex. Taste is in the beginning litle sour but as soon as my mouth was accepted to that it was a wonderfull and harmonic taste giving you lots of almost everything you want in a beer. Lots of oak and still fresh by the sour and flowery style, nothing of maltcaracter noticeble. Aftertaste is mixture of oak and sournes but fine and begging for another sip. Great beer!

Don't know if I put this revieuw right since the one I sampled had only 5% alcohol. Botlingdate 12-02-2003 (665 characters)

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

1999 vintage

Soft orange color, vigorous carbonation with a big fluffy white head. Pretty cloudy from a long car ride...but couldn't wait!

Nose was really fantastic. Super Brett! Big wet straw, soil, horsey-ness...bit of stale urine too...I know that sounds bad, but it was there and really kind of fit.

Really nice flavor...one of the smoothest Gueuze I've ever had. Really nice flavors, but none of the super rough-ness that I get in Hanssen's. Everything is there. Super tart, big Brett character and the really funky beasties in the finish...I think they are the enterics but I could be wrong...the stuff that tastes quite toxic. they were there but were not harsh. Just a nice 'snap' in the finish so to speak. Lingering intense sourness.

Mouthfeel was really right on. Very thin and efferefscent.

Most drinkable Gueuze I've ever had. The really clean sourness that lingers makes this beer quite enjoyable. (927 characters)

Photo of Goldorak
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice, peachy colored, with a decent head, more than most other Gueuzes I've tried before.

Smell: You can smell the acidity on this one, like freshly cut sour apples, musty, with some tobacco. Awesome.

Taste: Obviously quite sour, but with a lingering yet mild sweetness that creates an excellent balance. A very drinkable brew that I enjoyed very much. (371 characters)

Photo of crookedhalo
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 12/11/2000. Bottle lists ABV at 5.0%. Pours a slightly murky golden peach color with a pillowy, volumnous white head. Poured carefully into a traditional gueuze tumbler, Boon to be exact. The aroma is outstanding. I'm sensing a lot of depth in this beer. Lots of funkiness ranging from cheese to mushroom to mildew. Citrus rind, cilantro, earthy, like a field of grain, old gym sock, gunpowder, wet wood, a bagful of pennies, and sour all can describe nuances of this beer's aroma. Upon suggestion of the first sip, my initial assumation that the beer is complex is confirmed. It is not bone-jarringly dry, yet retains a mellow residual sweetness underneath the complex layers of tastes that assault the palate. It's rather unique in a way I'm not sure I can describe. It is sour, in a way that comes across as metallic as well as barnyardy, earthy and floral. Very, very nice beer altogether, and just about the best gueuze I've tried to date. (952 characters)

Photo of marburg
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One word: dirty.

Authentic, old-school dirty blond colored brew eminates a barnyard funk that mostly reminds me of an old dish rag or a bucket of water used 2 days ago to clean the floor of a kitchen. Uniquely subtle but not subdued. Mouth-watering, to say the least.

An earthier lambic than many, this gueuze has a special apples-rotting-on-the-pavement sort of tartness. A bit bitter through the finish, lemon makes a strong appearance here in all its forms -- mild lemon acidity and flavor early on and very slight citric and plant bitterness at the end. Either I'm getting better at plucking nuance out of a potent style, or this simply has a lot of unique, subtle characteristics. I'm guessing the latter. (716 characters)

Photo of Rastacouere
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shining amber. Thin white head. Big horseblanket nose, acidic hay, must, salt... Creamy lactic acidity. Gentle tart attack. Hints of sweet honey melon makes it a quaffer. Huge farmy character, blue cheese and horseblanket like. Terrific cleanliness and honesty. Very easy to drink gueuze, if only it were cheaper... or just available here in Canada. Awesome product of course, but as close to the top 50 as this is, I was expecting a bit more distinctive qualities. Undeniable refreshing qualities are helped by the medium-high carbonation which supports a big medium body. Once again thanks to this pleasure provider named hopsrus. This was a 99 bottle. Review of the 01 will follow. (684 characters)

Photo of putnam
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a two-part review, one for each vintage. The scores entered reflect the first, younger, 2001 bottling.

"Bottled April 2001. 5% ABV"
Opaque muddy orange colored and very fizzy, this beer starts with a big, malty, sweet nose reminiscent of pressed, over-ripe red apples, flint, and, very slight banana peel. In the mouth it is voluminous, with prickly, sharp, etchings of gas and bone-dry, stemmy tannins. Very sour with flavors of lemon jam, grape seed, black pepper, chalk and rope.


A silkscreen label (completely different from the above) with the words "OUDE GEUZE 1999" in the middle. "6.5% ABV"
Darker orange and not as aggressively fizzy as the former. The aromas are more subtle and complex. After a tomato paste-like first impression, I find notes of fresh and dried red apples, rotting tangerines, cinnamon, buttery bread crust, green strawberries, soil and buttermilk. On the palate it is reminiscent of old Muscadet, slightly briny and packed with citrus fruits and minerals. It is much less prickly, nearly flat, but nobly structured with gentle seed tannins and ripe lemon salts.
Quite a bit better than the "April 2001"
4.5, 5.0, 5.0, 5.0, 5.0 : Total - 4.9 (1,200 characters)

Photo of ark57
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1999 Vintage - It pours a dark gold with some orange tint, but it is a bit too hazy to look nice. Of course the look of this beer is by far the worst characteristic. The big head even seems to dissipate too fast. The aroma is musty, barnyard, apple, and lemon zest. I am salivating already. The sourness is big and up front, then the horseblanket coats my tongue before the honey and floral notes that fade to a dry yeasty finish. An excellent gueuze. I can't wait to try the other vintages that I have stashed away. (516 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Unknown vintage. 12oz bottle poured for me at the Brugge Bear, but a week ot so ago. This was a dark golden brew, slightly cloudy with a nice top of white foam. Aromas are pure lambic funk, horse blanket, hay, old, soaked-to-the-bone farmyard animals, drunken skunks, old monks, and more. The taste was great! sour, sharp, and acidic as all hell, with a nice malty base as well. Lindemans this is not! The mouthfeel is quite sharpy and dry and the drinkability is lovely!

1999 vintage. 750ml bottle, drank in the comfort of me own home. A nice golden brew, that borders on orange. A huge white head that settles down to a skim on the perimeter of the brew. The aromas are sweet, reminiscent of gueuze, and yet also mead at the same time. Ever have mead the gueuze? Well, this smells like that should smell. Similar, yet with much more going on. The taste is awesome! A nice blend of pure lambic funk and sweet honey-like tones. The acid is ahrp and biting, but whisked away on wings of honey. The mouthfeel is sharp and acidic, but not "biting" and the drinkability is excellent! (1,082 characters)

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