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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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Photo of wl0307
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Having tried Drie Fonteinen's "2002 Vintage Oude Geuze" for three-four times now, I guess it's about time to pay a visit to the "ordinary" Oude Geuze. To be frank I don't understand what drives the 2002 Vintage apart from the ordinary version. For, both versions are blends of 1, 2, 3-year old lambiks, and each bottle of the "ordinary" version also has a different bottling date anyway, that surely makes it a "Vintage Geuze" as far as the bottling date/year is concerned?... Is it to do with the fact that the Vintage one is released after further two-year bottle-conditioning (like Bordeaux red wines) while the ordinary is available as soon as it's bottled? If not, I won't be able to understand the whole at all...

This bottle was bottled on 20/01/2004, consumed 2.5 years later on 13/08/2006--so I presume it should taste like a "freshly-released" "2004 Vintage"?? Served cool in a large tulip-shaped wine glass.

A: coming surprisingly quiet and calm, without any beer head formed... deep, pale copperish hue, slightly murky, and fizziness is kept to the minimum. Looking very differently from the lively and foamy Vintage 2002.
S: ...perfumy and fruity notes expand right from the time of pouring... sour but aromatic apple-ish in a distance, while a closer sniff tells a totally different story: tart and damp woody, mineral edge of white wines, lime-zest's tangy yet aromatic bitter-sourness, as well as a faintly cider-ish sour and woody apple aroma, while a softly perfumy+vanilla(?) edge of wheat-ish malts serve as the solid bedrock. All elements are blended very subtly and skilfully, making a harmonious nose. Interestingly, compared with the 2002 Vintage I've tasted, the smell here (a younger bottle) is milder, less sharp and dry?!
T: a profound flow of tart fruitiness and sour-bitterness from lemon juice+grapefruit peels manifests itself in no time on the palate, but not in a harsh manner, while the dryish-woody edge of the light-bodied wheat-ish flavour and sour-yeastiness make an impressively tangy and vertical palate, turning semi-rusty and tannic in texture as the flavour gradually settles... The whole palate concludes slightly prematurely, settling a bit too fast against my expectation. But, wait, an intriguing touch of "mouldy" aftertaste of ripe Brie or young Blue Cheese is detected in a remote corner of the palate--a subtle, welcomed Plus to the overall flavour I'd say.
M&D: very smoothly-carbonated and light-bodied, ideal for an Oude Geuze and outperforms quite a few competitors. This "2004 Vintage" doesn't disappoint at all, yet it shows a slightly different profile than the four-year-old 2002 Vintage I've tasted for more than four times this year. Memories are hazy, I guess I must seize the moment to open another bottle of 2002 tomorrow to compare!! A fine Geuze anyway!

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Photo of DogFood11
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First time I've seen this around. Bottle looks a bit more modern than the one pictured on the site with a big 3 on the side of the label and yellow fonts proclaiming Oude Geuze, blended lambic aged in oak.

Poured into a snifter it formes a fast rising eggshell head that eventually settles to a solid finger of creamy lathered goodness and never fades. A dull orange in color and fine carbonation. Really a treat to look at and very inviting.

Plenty of funky brett type qualities to this. How tart is too tart? well this pushes the limits of tartness but reaches what I think to be the perfect amount. This is in your face up front and gentle on the backside, finishe crisp and dry begging for another pull. Soft, aged dry wood in the smell and overshadowed a bit in the taste and ends up a nice compliment to the overall profile.

Notes: 2 years old and still has some time to go as it comes across a bit on the raw side. Not a knock at all as it was magnificent I just think it needs a few more years. Wish I could find this more often and lay a few down but I couldn't wait to try this.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Green glass 750 ml bottle opens with a nice pop, beer pours with much head, then settles down with the dound of sizzling bacon. The body is clear gold, streams of thick carbonation rush to the top of the beer. A little lacing left behind.

Smell: Funky and sour, malty and very different. Somewhat earthy and grain.

Taste: I have never had a smoother or easier to drink gueuze, not saying this beer isn't sour, it is. The sourness and tartness are there, but blended very well, and by the end of the aftertaste you almost forget they were even there. Wow, easy to drink and very good

Drinkability: I would definitely pair this with some stilton, and I think it would be superb, this beer is excellent on it's own, however. I have not had better in the style.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer hurts so good. The first Gueuze I've had that wasn't totally off-putting, so I figured I would give it a review. The beer pours to a cloudy golden orange color with a constant effervescent carbonation. The head, subsequently, never dissipates, and leaves a nice lacing.

The smell is good. A light lactic sourness blends with a nice oakiness and smooth malt aromas. The taste is incredible. Has a nice sour apple lactic flavor along with some complex woodiness. Not too acidic. One of the few really sour beers that doesn't seem to give me heartburn (even though I never get it from food). I can't begin to explain the complexities, or even why I like it as much as I do when I don't like other Gueuzes I've had. I can only suggest that you try it for yourself.

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Photo of haz77
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy golden amber with a half-inch of head, which quickly falls away.

S - The smell fills the room. Sour/tart/acidic citrus, earth, farmyard, a little solvent, wood.

T - Immediate citric tartness that then mellows and become almost creamy. The farmyard notes come through, along with bitterness, which last into a long aftertaste.

M - Light body and medium carbonation.

D - Refined and well balanced, although somehow I was expecting more. Nevertheless, definitely worth trying.

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Photo of cypressbob
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle

Pours with a cloudy lemony body with amber hints. Off white fluffy head with good retention, fizzy body

Smell, strong citrus, grapefruit, whiff of yeast. Few slight esters far in the background, acid farmyard funk also

Taste, strong grapefruit flavour, lasting mixed citrus twang, little bit of malt floating around too. Lasting citrus and old blankets

An amazing gueuze, probably the best i've had to date. A truly epic mother of a beer

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Photo of OldSock
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Appearance – 375 ml bottle from Julio's dated 22 January 2004 (almost 2.5 years ago to the day). Poured into a champagne flute the beer appears golden yellow and slightly hazy, it grows hazier with each successive pour. The tiny white head is supported by occasional bubbles. I was expecting a more carbonated beer.

Smell – Slightly citric (lemon and lime) sourness, but thankfully no vinegar. Hints of oak, tart cherries and hay. A solid geuze aroma, but I think the low carbonation is preventing this from being as aromatic as it should be.

Taste – Acidity up front, but not in the blinding way that some geuzes are. Lots of complex flavors ranging from barnyard to winey to citrus. Finishes dry, but the sourness stays in the front of the mouth. A well balanced beer that has lots of complexity.

Mouthfeel – Medium-thin, but with low carbonation. Not sure if the cork was improperly fit, but this was almost flat.

Drinkability & Notes – Despite the fact that this bottle suffered from lack of carbonation, this is probably the best geuze that I have had. I will have to find another bottle because it doesn't seem as if other reviewers mention the lack of carbonation.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle given as a gift by fellow BA GreenCard during our England holiday last fall, when we had the pleasure of meeting him and a few other London BAs. Drank in May 2006, the bottle is dated 11 December 2000.

Pours a bright golden with lots and lots of carbonation in my Cantillon gueuze glass, making a solid bubbly head. It doesn't get any better.

Aroma is dry, yeasty organic, sour apples, dry white wine, and grapefruit juice. The aroma is fairly soft, and yet all this is still evident- wow. The flavor, however, is quite the opposite- powerful indeed. All the best parts of gueuze is here- sour musty barnyard, tart dry apples, but once the sour face pucker goes away, it is just enjoyable- no other way to explain it.

A real winner.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled on February 28, 2004

Pours out a hazy apricot with flecks of peach and pink hues when brought up to the light. The head blossomed directly from the pour but eventually settled down to a clinging foam. Some shapely lacing present. The nose here is huge. I can just smell the acidity. Underlying aromas of musty old house, broom bristles, and wheat become more pronounced as this warms. The most prominent flavor is the almost bitter sourness. As the tongue becomes more acustomed to the high acid levels, I pick up more of the old house funk. Lemon pith finishes it all off as I'm lead into the bone dry finish. I pick up some slight oaky notes as well. Mouthfeel is, at first, like bubbly champagne, but then mellows out a bit as time passes. Leans toward a light body. This beer has the perfect combination of body, character, and intrigue that makes drinkability optimal.

Worth the $13 I dropped on this.

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Photo of Jredner
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sharp funky/sour aroma smells of tart Chinese baby corn. Orange body holds a lazy dime thin white head that diminishes slowly. Tart and acidic with lots of funk laden fruit flavors in the fore. Some overripe citrus and pear in the middle and a mouth puckering sourness in the finish. This has to be the most uncomerical style of beer in the world. There is a very nice balance of sour, fruit sweetness, tart and bitter with none truly dominating and all getting a little stage time.

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Photo of Prufrock
4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12.7 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner.

slightly hazy bright orange. an aggressive pour gets about a third of an inch of white head that falls quickly but leaves some lace.

tart, lemony, sour grapefruit-y, yeasty, barny aroma with a hint of cider sweetness.

high carbonation and a light-medium, refreshing mouthfeel. initial lemony, citrusy sweetness gives way to a drying, astringent, puckering tartness that makes the mouth water. hints of dry cider, grapefruit rinds, and belgian yeast. an intense finish that takes the drinkability down and would likely make this a bad gueuze for an introduction to the style, but a very well-crafted brew.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A good friend of mine went on vacation in Belgium, and had this one shipped back for us to try together. I was really fortunate to get to try this one...thanks, Robb!

Appearance: Pours with a huge 3" head of pillowy fluffy bubbles. There is lots of action with bubbles rising galore. The beer itself is an orangish golden color that is clear, but really active and almost makes it look cloudy.

Aroma: How do I describe this? It has a really dry and earthy aroma with some noticeable tartness to it. There is a little bit of wheat noticeable in this beer as you can pick up a real dry and bready aroma. There is also a host of fruit flavors in here also, and it is hard to pick them out individually. I can get Lemons, Oranges, Peaches, Pears, and Red Apples in particular. The aroma gets more citrusy as it warms up some. As it warms even further, there is a noticeable woody character coming out.

Taste: The flavor is just as complex as the aroma. It is really dry and clean overall. It is well attenuated and has a noticeable wheaty presence. There is a whole bunch of fruit flavors in this beer that definitely goes along with the aroma. I can really pick out the Red Apples as it warms. As it warms even further to room temperature, the acidity of the beer becomes noticeable and it leaves a dry and squeaky clean impression on you.

Opinion: I am really enjoying this beer. It is really clean and absolutely refreshing. There is an amazing depth of flavor to this beer, and it just gets deeper as the beer warms up. As I was drinking it, I was comparing it to Cuvee Renee in my mind, but this isn't a good comparison. The Lindemans is quite a bit sweeter like most of their beers, and this one has a bit drier and refreshing palate. You could drink this beer like a lawnmower beer if it weren't for the high carbonation. I would definitely drink this beer again any chance I got!

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2002 vintage consumed in March 06.

Beginning with a rather burning odor of gasoline or wood alcohol, I was rather worried about my expensive purchase. I decided to give the beer some time, as I would a glass of fine wine. It worked. Whether it was the time, the air, or the warmth of the bar, ten minutes of resting in my glass turned this brew from ethanol to exquisite...that or my nose learned to enjoy the smell of gasoline, which could also be the case.

The aromas are completely overpowering. This beer is highly acidic, very citrusy (limes and lemons mostly), and smells strongly of a pig farm. Mango and pear might be in there too but who really cares. This is more about "nose feel" than odor and this beer brings my nose to life, dresses it in a tux, and tangos it onto stage for a performance of Stomp.

Appearance is yellow-peach, very flakey, with a thick foamy off white head. The carbonation is insane but declines to tolerable levels after a few minutes.

Taste is as wild as an Irish brannigan, sour as the sour candy craze of 1991, bitter like an old English librarian drinking quinine, and as pissed as that old monk on the St. Bernie Bottle.

Mouthfeel can be extrapolated from the rest of this review.

Drinkability goes without saying.

Update: 1997 vintage consumed at the brewery on 8-18-08. The bottle quite literally had a spider on the webbed cork when it came to the table. :) It was every bit as good as the newer vintages and then some. This one CAN handle age very well. Buttery with full lemon notes.

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Photo of gdogalishus
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from the bottle into a wine glass. Hazy yellowish gold color with laces of tiny bubbles erupted into a massive head. The aroma was fantastic...tart jumped off the surface of this gueze and landed on my tongue. I could almost taste it without taking a sip.
The flavor was NOT what I expected. The tartness was apparent, but by no means as dominant as in the nose. This beer is dry dry dry. I was more thirsty after finishing than when I started. A sweet and sour flavor, hints of apples maybe. A hop bitterness seemed to appear in the swallow. Very good.

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Photo of Crosling
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rustic peach skin in color, with a signature, gigantic 3F froth. The nose is at its best when you let the enormous head fall, to about 2 inches (and what a falling, I might add.) It’s very expressive at that point, compared to a full huge froth, which doesn’t reveal much, or a small, filmy head, which is still pretty vibrant, but not quite as expressive. It releases a very fruit filled aroma with hints of apples, orange and grapefruit along with an unbelievably woody scent which hints of freshly cut, burnt and white wine stained wood and a touch of leather. The flavor is so fruit filled, almost like a platter of full, gummy fruits or a packet of fruit snacks, with easily detectable notes of peach, nectarine, and grapefruit and perhaps a light hint of apple. All supported by a very firm maltiness, a clean, yet approachable tartness and an extraordinary wood barrel character. Wow, what artful balance. Armand is the man. It’s amazing he can choose a blend between Girardin, Oud Beersel, Hanssens...etc...and come up with a blend like this. While I find some gueuze unexciting (Frank Boon’s Oud Beersel and Franks Boon’s lambics in general), some a bit harsh (A few of Cantillon’s offerings; Fou Foune, Gueuze, although I do love some) and some a bit plain (Hanssens), I find Drie Fonteinen unbelievable almost each time. It’s all about his balance. This lambic reminded me of how much I love Gueuze.

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

Bottle dated 1999: Purchased from Rich O's in New Albany, bottle stored on its side. Reviewed at home. Pours with good carbonation and lacing such as I have never seen from this style. Smells sour, slightly musty and yeasty. Malty, even.

Taste is huge! Extreme barnyard at first, quickly followed by intense sourness, and a sweet finish. Malt is observed as well. I'm going to pair this with rare filet mignon, hold on a minute... Fu#k yeah! The tastes of the meat and the beer are both big, and both stand up to the other quite nicely. Mouthfeel is still bubbly after the years, drinkability is outstanding.

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Photo of texashammer
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

sampled on cask at the brewery's restaurant. a nice orange color with the most impressive head I've ever seen: absolutely solid. formed a hole to drink through, like ice fishing, but the rest stayed throughout; when the beer was gone the head sat on the bottom of the glass. smells of funky complexities -- I finally know what people mean by "barnyard" in a beer; also slightly sweet and yeasty. taste is everything it should be. dry mouthfeel. refreshing and so easy to drink that we couldn't believe how quickly a liter disappeared.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

01/24/06- Purchased at Plumpjack's in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle. Bottled in 2001. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Peach-orange in color. Clouded with light murky sediment at the bottom. Full inch plus foamy white head. Small portions of clingy and sticky lace inside.

Smell- Truly barnyard. Smells like a barn...after I took a pee in the hay. So raunchy, yet so nice? Pretty tart scent. Lemon as well.

Taste- Was set up for pucker time, but was really suprised how mellow this one was. It was tart, but on the low end. Kind of like a lemonaid with only half the alotted sugar added. Has even some of the horse blanket taste as well. Good amount of citrus also.

Mouthfeel- Starts out well carbonated, maybe even champagne style, but after it warms and mellows it becomes less carbonated. Mouthfeel is dry as the desert.

Drinkability- With the lower tartness, the great flavor and the drying mouthfeel leaving you wanting more, this beer becomes one of the most drinkable I have had. Terrific brew!

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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.

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Photo of kennyo
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
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

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Photo of Sammy
4.01/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of clvand0
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of kmcnair
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
96 out of 100 based on 707 ratings.