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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Reviews: 689
Hads: 2,408
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 8.8%
Wants: 424
Gots: 664 | FT: 80
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Belgium

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 DrewskiWhit
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 12/12

A looks like an IPA. Cloudy dark orange almost bronze. Nice head retention lots of tiny bubbles. Looks pretty good.

S fragrant. Smells like funky champagne. White grapes maybe with some sweetness in the way back

T tart dry champagne type flavor right at the front followed by more very tart lemon juice flavors in the middle then some mellow soft sweetness on the back end

M A touch fizzy for me, but very nice. Definitely complements the flavors and improved the already enjoyable experience

O this is a tart beer. The sweetness on the back really made this beer for me. The tart flavors were enjoyable but the sweet finish helped to balance it out nicely. (676 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-The projectile cork nearly killed my dog. A bit of a gusher. Big, yeast stained head. Modest lacing.

S-Tart, nearly vegetal aroma.Wet, soggy wood. Sour apple cider. Lemon zest. Very aromatic and intense.

T-Suck my lemons! That is sour. Subtle woodiness. Grassy, too. There is some semblance of a malt here. The tartness is bright and lingering.

M-Lively carbonation. Tartness sticks to my lips. Has some body to it.

O/D-Worth the $20 750ml. I drank this beer very young. I may need to grab another and throw her in the cellar. Just a very earthy, natural medley of flavors. (580 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

375 ml Bottle from Tipples. Pours a light orange yellow, slightly hazy, with a big fluffy bubbly white head. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom like champagne. Aroma is a very dry sour, green apple, vinegar, oak, earthy grass. Big sour up front with lots of dry oak and champagne like flavor, some green apple, lemon, maybe even a hint of super tart cherry. Then a second wave of pucker. Definite dry lingering must on the back end. Light and bubbly dancing in your mouth. (479 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear light gold color. Poured a 3 finger active white head with excellent retention. Vigorously decanted. Patches of sticky lace.

S: Intensely sour. Earth and grass - very barnyard. Lemony zest. Little malt character. No hop character.

T: Just like the nose; lots of sour lactic funk. Very earthy , lactic sourness. Earth and wet oak hang toward the finish which is pretty much a non-event.

M: Light body. Very active carbonation. Sour and dry in the finish.

O: Very funky and earthy. Crisp and dry. Manageable ABV for drinkability. (541 characters)

Photo of illidurit
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not much carbonation after an aggressive pour into a tulip glass. Head seems composed of air bubbles instead of CO2 bubbles. I'm worried this might be oxidized. Smell is of sour citrus, musty yeast, and hay. Taste is of lemon, apple skin, a faint sugary sweetness, a hint of champagney grape. Very sour and a little dirty on the mouthfeel. Quite drinkable for the amount of sourness however. (391 characters)

Photo of Tribes
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Really carbonated. Even after sitting for a few weeks. Light in color and slight haze

S-Sour as expected with solid funk

T-Pucker up friends, this was sour. But finished as expected with a champagne like quality

I have a couple of cases of this and look forward to trying another next year. (295 characters)

Photo of rhinos00
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12.7 oz. bottle dated November 30, 2005, a little over 3 years aged.

A- One of the most unique color appearances I have seen on a beer. As it lays in snifter, its body gives off an apple juice colored hue. It doesn't end there. Surrounding the edges and from underneath the body, there seems to be bright orange glow that just radiates throughout the beer. Almost seems magical.

S- Very interesting aroma. Smells of wood and sour acidic tones are the first to hit the nose. Given a few swirls, there is a subtle hint of sweetness.

T- Originally I was going to rate this a "4." However, as the beer warmed up the sour tones tapered off and became a lot milder. The most important part for me was that once the temperature rose, the sweetness of fruits (grapes?) became more prevalent. To me it became a completely different beer, a more enjoyable one.

M- In between medium and light bodied. The wonderful carbonation gives a champagne like feel. Also leaves a refreshing dry finish.

D- Drinkability is very good. I think I had the perfect amount. Having more than one glass would probably more sour than I could take in a single setting.

Overall, I opened this beer after reading that this was a good beer to act as a gateway into sours and lambics because it wasn't extremely sour. I definitely have to agree. This was a very refreshing and pleasant experience that makes me want to experiment more with this style of beer. (1,445 characters)

Photo of babaracas
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy yellow-orange, fizzy one finger white head, very thin ring retained, no lacing.. about right for the style. Smell: peach, honey, lemon tea; mild barnyard and vanilla notes. Taste: snappy grain, nectarine, lemon-lime, tiny goat cheese character, oaky vibe. Light-medium bodied, plentiful carbonation, tart and semi-dry peach skin. Lemonade burps. Yes, very good. (376 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

375ml poured into a Duvel tulip.

Poured murky orange with a nice 2 finger sticky head.

Aroma is definitely funky. Loads of lemon and a bleu cheese funkiness.

Taste similar to the aroma. Not quite as sour as some other gueuzes I've had. Lots of lemon funk up front with some green apple and bleu cheese notes. The sourness kicks up on the finish and it lingers on the tongue.

Good creamy mouthfeel with medium high carb level.

Of course one of the true standards is a great beer. 3F mouthfeel is always spot on. I generally prefer a little more sour and less bleu cheese, but this one is still great and glad I can occasionally find it on the shelves. (655 characters)

Photo of vacax
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL green glass bottle, foil and cork setting, dated 2 February 2007.

Pours a hazy deep honey gold with a towering creamy eggshell head. Lacing is immediate and a thick carpet of foam persists for ages. The nose is sour and funky but amazingly balanced. Lemons, oak, and a perfect kind of funk that can only be done in Belgium.

Taste is sour and dry lemons with a sulphuric sort of funkiness that only a few brewers in the world can capture successfully. Funk captures the midpalate, which that resides and the sour resurges with an earthy, fruity, possibly hoppy finish. All the classic flavors of a gueuze and fairly accessible for the style. Great example of balance for the style. Light bodied with a fine carbonation that is typical for the style. Highly drinkable, no acid sourness in the stomach, somewhat earthy sour finish begs the drinker to go back for another funky puckering.

It would be a damn shame if 3F has to cease production over a faulty thermostat... (977 characters)

Photo of rootbeerman
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours clear golden with a good finger of white head. The head falls but to a thin layer.
S: not as funky as others but it is still there, mostly barnyard. Some fruity notes and a touch of malt hidden in as well.
T: fruity funky and dry. Very refreshing. Funk is more plastic in flavor than barn.
M: very crisp and dry. Carbonation is high but with small bubbles.
O: gueuzes are ever growing on me, this is a little bit less funky than the others I've had and think it be a good starter.- (493 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (1,318 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12.7 ounce bottle from Charlie's Beer and Wine in Marietta, Georgia. Bottling Date: 18 NOV 2010.

Appearance: Delivers a hazy, golden body with a layer of short-lived foam just shy of an inch.

Smell: Citrusy, champagne vinegar-scented nose with notes of fetid oak, hewn straw and grains, green apple, and spiced ground minerals with some nostril cleaning phenols giving roundabout hints of licorice-menthol.

Taste: Crunchy hay drenched in lemon and white grapefruit juices for an acidic, tart, citrusy kick. Nibble of Granny Smith and white grape as the citrus settles down a bit. Subdued leather, barnyard qualities. Splash of mineral water. Long, dry, acetic finish. Very muted hint of spice remains on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-low level carbonation.

Overall: It's a winner. (803 characters)

Photo of kingcrowing
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked & caged bottle from April 26, 2010 poured into a sniffer.

Pours a hazy orange with a small almost yellow head. Nose is crazy! It's funky, tart, barnyard and just face puckering goodness!

Taste is just as crazy, lots of super tart funkiness. There's some dandilion and citrus as well. Mouthfeel is light, super dry and well carbonated. Awesome beer. (363 characters)

Photo of BillyB
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (488 characters)

Photo of gdogalishus
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (561 characters)

Photo of Tdizzle
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa. Bottled on November 30th, 2005 and consumed on April 15th, 2008.

A- Poured into a Duvel tulip glass, this beer pours a cloudy, deep gold color with a large white head that settles to a thin layer, leaving minimal lacing on the glass.

S- An extremely musty, tart, and acidic aroma with strong notes of vinegar and pure lemon juice. There are some grassy and floral notes as well with the slightest hint of malt sweetness in the background.

T- Yikes. The sourness is intense, but it quickly fades, leaving a very dry finish and almost no lingering flavors on the palate. There are all the same characteristics of the aroma here: vinegar, lemon and grass.

M- A medium-bodied feel with lively carbonation.

D- Although the sourness is very intense, I found that I had no problem drinking the entire 12.7 ounce bottle. The ABV is only 6%, so the alcohol isn't a factor.

I'm new to this style, but I like it. (959 characters)

Photo of rodkin
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled February 28 2012

Cork comes out with a satisfying pop; I love that sound. Pours a hazy amber, kind of orangish copper color. Small head, dissipates really quickly. I personally think they're a lot prettier when they're not quite so hazy, or when the color is a bit more vibrant, but who really cares about the appearance anyway?

Smell is some funk, some mustiness, cheese, a little bit of green apple, maybe a hint of lemon. Pretty interesting. Doesn't smell too sour.

Tastes a lot more sour than it smells. Some old musty cobweb kind of taste comes through pretty strong, with a mineral aftertaste. Kind of earthy, some apple, and a little bit of something sweeter... apricot, maybe? A bit of lemon, too. Pretty interesting, very tasty.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Medium thickness, maybe slightly on the thinner side, with great carbonation that fills your mouth as you swish it around.

The drinkability on this is crazy. It's very tasty, and not so sour that it becomes painful to drink. A great summer beer. On the whole I prefer the cantillon gueuze, but this is still excellent. (1,094 characters)

Photo of BostonHops
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7oz bottle served in a tulip.
bottled date: Dec. 12th, 2009

pours a hazy, dull golden yellow while yielding a huge, billowing 3"+ foamy white head that quickly dissipates into a collar around the glass; a bit of patchy lacing is evident. nose is pungent, offering tart, aromatic notes of barnyard funk and earthiness with a background citric/white grape quality.

lots of sour funkiness come through in the flavor. very tart, dry... although it doesn't have that overly sour, mouth-puckering quality you find in many gueuzes... secondary notes of vinegar, white grape, and lemon. the style is one i don't typically go crazy for but i'm appreciating this. crisp, light-bodied mouthfeel with above average carbonation.

overall this is an enjoyable, well made gueuze and more approachable than many, definitely worth a try particularly if you're into sours.

(originally reviewed: 04-26-2011) (894 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle in the cellar at Eb's
Slightly hazy golden color with a huge fluffy bubbly white head that takes a while to fall. Huge lemon and tart fruit nose with lots of funk to fill in the ends. Bubbly tart fruity flavor with lemons and sour cherries coming to mind. Phenolic and funk in spades counter the sweet and tart fruit form every sip. Medium to light body with a spirited level of carbonation and a sour tart bubbly mouthfeel. Very nice gueze with light tart fruit and lots of funk. (487 characters)

Photo of b3shine
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to oversized snifter. Looks good; orange and opaque. Smells great; Very fruity with oak notes present. Tastes good too; a lighter, dry gueuze that is quite unique. Mouthfeel is good as well. Overall, a tasty gueuze - but pricy (as they generally are). (258 characters)

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 375ml bottle.

A - Bottle opens with a nice loud pop. Pours a hazy and cloudy yet strong golden color with some slight orange hints. There is a nice 1 inch white head that has some medium-small size bubbles. There is some nice active carbonation rising up from the glass.

S - Super funky nose. Starts off with some horse blanket, corn husk and some nice barn aroma. There is some nice grain notes and fresh earthy malt components as well as some mild tartness to the nose. Not too intense with the sour notes. There are some granny smith apple notes as well as some white wine.

T & M - Starts off with some grain notes and some nice earthy malt. Funky, funky beer. Some nice husk is followed by some nice fruity tartness, mild vinegar as well as some white grape notes. The funk on this beer is intense it almost makes the flavor a bit burnt in some aspects. There is some nice champagne notes an some extremely woody oak notes that give the beer a nice dry and interesting flavor on the back end.

O - Very good brew. I still find Gueuze's a bit on the intense side but I have been moving close to enjoying them more. The beer does have a nice sweet sugary middle to it almost like a green apple. (1,233 characters)

Photo of RashyGrillCook
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A 375ml bottle dated 03 NOV 2011. Got the wire cage about half way undone when the cork went off like a fucking rocket(did not foam over however). Left a dent in the ceiling. Don't look down the barrel when opening this one.

A: Amber, orange, golden would all fit. Large rocky, white head and easily the most vigorous bubbling I've seen in a glass.

S: Sour, sweaty, and earthy(like dirt/earthworms). Some sweetness is also detectable.

T&M: Very earthy, and tart. Makes my mouth water like crazy. Incredible effervescence and dances on the tongue like its fighting to not go down. Geuze guts anyone? An after taste of salty sweat.

O: Enjoyable and refreshing but hard to find at a decent price. I'm glad I tryed it but no where near as complex as I was hoping. It was nice to have a Geuze that was devoid of the dreaded acetone/nail polish remover flavor(I'm looking at you Experimental Cassis). (898 characters)

Photo of thebigredone
4.11/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looking forward to trying this beer, after having tried the Golden Blend previously which was fantastic.

Average appearance, golden body with thin white head.

Smell is not particularly attractive, a very funky oak smell with a hint of rotten sweetness.

Taste is better, funky, oaky, and slightly tart. Slightly vinous on the back end. Makes me think of licking a forest floor followed by sucking on an old lemon. Doesn't sound good, but somehow it works.

Overall, a tasty brew. Surprised by the lack of tartness in this, expected more sour. Still, I enjoy it. (563 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.11/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 bottle at cellar temperature poured into a cervoise. This brew appears a perfectly clear golden copper color with very faint particulate stuck in suspension. A finger of white creamy forms across the top of the brew and recedes back to a more than a thin film across the top and lasts throughout the entire duration. The cap is supported by a constant stream of bubbles. Some small patches and fingers of lace cling to the glass. A light swirl revives the cap back to nearly a finger's strength.

The smell of this brew is funky with brett. Lots of horseblanket notes sit atop some faint fruity notes of apple and pear skins. A light amount of floral aspect is evident before going back to the funk that is lightly cardboard-like mixed with a scent of raw oak. The warmer the brew gets and as it opens up, the oak becomes increasingly powerful as well as the funky brett notes. A light note of sulfur is mixed in with the other characteristics and is not distracting at all.

The taste is pleasantly acidic with a lemony flavor initially that immediately turns funky with brett imparting tastes lightly of plastic, cardboard and wood. There is a faint floral taste and fruity undertones minorly reminescent of pear or apple skin that get crushed by the brett characteristics that now come off more like horseblanket and leather. This brew finishes pleasantly funky and clean nearly crisp but with a nice tang about it.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate level of carbonation. Very pleasing brew that boasts quite a bit of salivation factor to it. As more sips are taken it gets increasingly drying on the tongue which makes this brew nearly poundable. The 6% alcohol hits home with a warmth that is expected and well integrated. Every once in awhile I get a thrist that only a geuze can quence and this was a plesant treat. (1,839 characters)

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