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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Reviews: 695
Hads: 2,466
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 8.55%
Wants: 430
Gots: 701 | FT: 84
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Style | ABV
Gueuze |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rastaman on 09-27-2002

This listing is for all vintages of the Oude Geuze, but not for bottles specifically labelled "Oude Geuze Vintage".
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Photo of Kinsman
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A late 2009 bottling, making this a rather young vintage with a little over a year on it.

Hazy light amber hue with a loud and lively carbonation provided a thick white head that leave behind a semi sticky lace residue.

Aroma is fully of tarty sweetness with some cider and vinegar-like sour aspects mixed in. Apples and white grapes seem to be the strongest fruit aromas.

Taste is wonderfully sour with lots of fruity sweetness to go with it. Apples give a cider like quality while the lemony sourness gives your mouth a nice pucker. Finishes with just a bit of a funky bretty character. Notably absent in this beer seems to be the leathery/barnyard character that a lot of people associate with sours but thats fine by me. This beer has struck the perfect balance of fruity sweetness, sourness, and yeasty funk for my liking.

Mouthfeel is bubbly and crisp with a dry finish. Overall, a great geuze that I'm glad I had the chance to try.

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

Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze is a strong but pleasant geuze. Probably my favourite geuze I've tried.

A: Orange colour and a good 15 mm head that lasts pretty well. 4.5

S: The smell is strong but kinda difficult to describe. There are some fruit esters and an intense tartness that reminds me of unripe fruit. 4.5

T: Sour unripe fruit and some harsher mineral flavours. It reminds me of white wine in some ways. There is one more flavour there that I can't quite put my finger on. A very unusual and somewhat "off" flavour. It's quite nice overall though.

M: Foamy. 4

O: 4.

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

750ml bottle poured into tulips.

A = Dark honey colored liquid with large foam and small bubble bone white head, small champagne ntype carbonation bubbles.

S = Dried cherries, apples and pears, cinnamon and other spices, roots vegetables with slight amount of fresh dirt still clinging to them. Very complex and interesting.

T = Sharp sour flavors of fresh lemon juice, with a good spiciness in the back of the mouth almost that of white pepper. Taste doesn't linger quite as long as I would like though.

M = Medium bodied, smooth texture, decent mouthcoating.

D = Easy drinking for a sour, goes down very well and makes me keep wanting more.

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Photo of JamesShoemaker
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a stemless wine glass. 2012 vintage, slightly over a year old at this point. I got this puppy in a box from Belgiuminanbox.com. If you can scrape the scratch for the shipping, it's definitely worth it.

A - excellent. Dark orange and yellow, much darker than Cantillon and other various gueuzes I've had. Cloudy and carbonated. Big head on the forced pour, but it recedes very quickly.

S - meh, a little sour and skunky for me. There's something strange here. I don't get a lot of fruit on the nose, just a champagne-like acridness.

T - the taste is better. A nice sourness at first leads into some fruity residue. Lots of lime, but there's nothing really sweet about it.

M - the bitterness sticks around pleasantly, and the carbonation is definitely present throughout.

O - I don't know how much bottles of this go for in the States, but I'd pick it up again for sure.

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

My very first in this style, interested to see what all the praise is about. 375ml bottle poured into my Weyerbacher tulip. Bottled on Dec 12th, 2009.

A- Brew pours out to a beautiful golden and orange color. Good amount of bubbily white head and settles down to about 1/2 finger. This is probably the most carbonated beer I've ever seen in terms of bubbles. Almost looks like a science experiment.

S- Definitely a distinctive Belgian yeast strain with some cotton candilike sugar notes. Then it makes way to a funky, funky odor. Must be some brett, there's also lactic notes suggesting a sour drink is at hand. That funk translates mostly to wet hay and leather in my opinion. You'd think not to drink something with this smell but I enjoy it.

T- Sweet and tingly sour. Fairly vinous and tart. Heavy acidity that gathers in my stomach. Flavor includes lemon, green sour apples, a little vinegar and some of the hay felt from the nose.

M- The high amount of carbonation is tamed in the mouth and actually is pretty smooth. Carbonation is felt, and combines with the puckering effect. Medium bodied.

O- This is good, not overly sour and interesting aromas. I'm glad I finally tried this style. A little on the pricey end for this, but you do get quality. I would've liked to have some wood in the taste but the tartness dominated my taste buds.

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Photo of DrewskiWhit
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of illidurit
4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of Tribes
4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of rhinos00
4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of babaracas
4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of vacax
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
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...

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Photo of rootbeerman
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
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.-

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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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 gdogalishus
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
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 Tdizzle
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of rodkin
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of BostonHops
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
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)

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
96 out of 100 based on 695 ratings.