Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Ratings: 2,133
Reviews: 677
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.68%
Wants: 380
Gots: 556 | FT: 55
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  6.00% ABV

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".

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Photo of cvaypai
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured form 12.7 oz bottle to small pilsner-like glass.

Appearance - Pours a hazy yellow orange with bits of sediment floating around. Extremely pale otherwise. Pours with a super white, super bubbly almost effervescent like head that stays forever and leaves a nice lacing down the glass.

Smell - Smells of tart lemon, sour cherries and apples. Very acidic and tart in the nose, maybe a bit of barnyard funk, mostly dominated by fruit and a bit of oak on the end.

Taste - Very acidic and sour right up front. Mouth puckeringly tart. Tons of fruit flavors in here, I can mostly catch the tart lemon and sour apple up front. Later I can find some sour cherries and some grapes. A nice woodiness on the end and the oak is there. Absolutely amazing, my first gueuze.

Mouthfeel - Extremely effervescent and bubbly on the tongue. Super light and thin but I am pretty sure this is how it should be. It dances on my tongue. Very enjoyable mouthfeel and it puckers my lips.

Drinkability - Despite how sour and tart it is, I was left wanting more after finishing the bottle. I could easily do a second bottle, the only thing stopping me would be the rarity, it isn't even distro'd here, and the price which was a bit high.

My first gueuze and boy was it great. First from Drie Fonteinen.

Photo of Reaper16
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7oz. bottle -- dated December 10th, 2009 -- into a tulip glass

Pours a wheaty yellow-orange color. It's hazy, but not so much that you can't make out the carbonation streaming up to the head. And boy oh boy is there a lot of carbonation streaming here: it's like a swirling vortex. Greater than one finger of white foam -- on a very gentle pour -- with excellent retention. This is about as good-looking a gueuze as there can be.

The aroma is pretty complex, with its waves of varying fruit. Fresh-squeezed lemon is dominant here, of course. And not lemon juice, but lemon pulp. Tart but also fresh. There's some tart pear here too, and maybe a touch of pineapple. Banana was honestly the first fruit that I smelled when I reflexively smelled the cork, and that banana-flavored Runts aroma comes across in the nose in a minor way. Of course there's an astringent oak quality here. There's not as much funk as I was hoping for, but this gueuze certainly has its horseblanket going on. It's like smelling a lemon grove next to a used saddle and some old, decaying grass.

The taste follows the nose, but with more plasticky phenolic flavor. Like PVC and chlorine, this flavor. It subtracts from the intensity of the funk (which is lightly horseblankety on the palate). It plays nicely with the abundance of lemon and pear tart fruit flavors here, though. A touch of oak on the finish, along with a mineral/flint component not unlike that of many French white wines. It's complex yet light. And while I want it to be funkier, this is undeniably well-blended.

The mouthfeel is pretty soft, even with all of that visible carbonation. It smoothly delivers the waves of flavor here. Overall, this is a masterfully-blended bottle of gueuze. I still very much prefer Cantillon Classic Gueuze, but this is excellent.

Photo of portia99
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle (bottled Dec 12th, 2009) poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a quite clear (90%-ish) pale golden color with a thick couple of fingers of foamy white head that has excellent staying power. A geyser of bubbles rises rapidly out of the bottom of the glass constantly. Low amount of lacing left on the glass.

S - Total gueuzy goodness. Tons of funk hit you immediately upon putting your nose up to the glass. Earthy, barnyardy, horsey are all good descriptors. Lots of fruitines too...tons of lemon, sour apples, limes, grass/hay. This is right up there with Girardin 1882 for me - which says a lot.

T - Excellent blend of flavors...sharp and bright with citrus...fresh lemon and lime juice. Some bitter, earthy funk plays off this perfectly...Balance is exceptional here. Medium level sourness that is crisp and satisfying and gives just the right amount of bite. This is really good!

M - Thinnish body and well carbonated. Lightly puckering from the tartness/sourness in the flavor profile. Well developed funk that fits perfectly without overpowering the fruity aspects within.

O - Really great example of the style...fairly available as well - great combo! I've resisted buying most 3F beers due to price, but bit the bullet on this small 375ml bottle. Definitely glad I did - no disappointment at all - I'd put this in my top 3 gueuzes overall. Love great beer that is pretty easily obtainable!

Photo of modernartblues
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2010, Poured into a COAST Tulip on April 1, 2012

A: clear light golden body with a 1" white head, a bit of retention and occasional streaks of lace, bubbles

S: funk, lemon, green apple, definitely a sour, but not too in your face, lovely

T: effervescence reminiscent of champagne, funk, lemon, apple, tartness, a touch of oak, finishes dry and smooth, a surprisingly quaffable sour

M: medium to light with good carbonation, this one is beautifully smooth

O: happy, but a bit surprised by this beer as it was more subtle than I would have imagined (for whatever reason), delicious, but I think I'll let my second bottle age a bit more, would definitely purchase again

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 10.9.12
Green Label
05. Jan 2012

A - Pours a hazy medium orange with a fluffy two inch cream-colored head, fizzy and fades fast.

S - Funky farmhouse, tart and citrus fruit.

T - Tart lemon, hay, funk horseblanket, pretty mellow.

D - Good carbonation with a light body. Crisp citrus finish.

O - Wonderfully crisp and tart.

Photo of superspak
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

1000th review! 375 ml bottle with black foil into tulip glass, bottled 12/12/2009. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a nice 2-3 finger fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing on the glass, with plenty of carbonation streaming up retaining the head. Aromas of huge tart apple, lemon, pear, grass, hay, leather, pepper, earth, oak, funk, and yeast spices. Amazing aromas with huge complexity and balance. Taste of big tart lemon, apple, grass, hay, pear, pepper, earth, oak, funk, and yeast spices. Fair amount of tartness and sourness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, grass, hay, pepper, earth, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity of flavors, with an excellent balance of sourness and sweetness. Fairly dry on the finish as expected. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a lightly acidic, and very crisp and prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding gueuze! Awesome flavor complexity and balance; and nicely smooth to sip on with the moderate acidity. Fantastic stuff.

Photo of cerevisiaephilus
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of Viggo
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled February 28, 2004. Poured into my Orval chalice. Immediately the smell of gueuze fills the room.

Pours a clear amber/orange, huge thick white head forms, looks awesome and refuses to go away, one of the most solid heads I've ever seen. Smell is wicked, orange peels, spice, tart/sour, hay, barnyard, lemons. Wow, tart citrus, spices, and funk smack me in the face, acidity through middle, vanilla/toffee, more funk, more citrus, this is big. Real nice oakiness to it. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, super smooth, really goes down nice. Fantastic gueuze, looks amazing, perfect carbonation, superfunk, I wish I had more.

Photo of kmpitz2
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of Gatch
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Didn't record the "bottled on" date. Darn.

A: Super clear, bright golden-yellow. Fizzy, off-white head.

S: Dry, peppery, smoky, funky, barny, tart, seriously sour.

T: One of the most sour, funky, delicious, carbonated, refreshing beers I've had to date. Still a novice to the style but I can imagine this is a benchmark. Super dry and carbonated. Drying pepper.

M: Dry, bubbly, effervescent, refreshing. Just awesome.

O: Easily the best I've had of the style. Nearly perfect.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a clear yellow with a huge white cap, nice lacing and bubbles

S: The barnyard funk, tart, acidity, and sweetness from the lemons and cherries are all very balanced on the aroma.

T: Slight vinegar and deceiving from the nose, not as tart as you might think. Slight barnyard funk, lemon, grass, hints of cherries. The tartness, funk and acidity kicked up as the beer warmed.

M: Light to medium body, good on carbonation. Light and tart.

O: Very good

Photo of Justin-m
4.52/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Flip4beers
4.52/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of PPOmaha
4.51/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled: Dec 12, 2012.
Aroma: Tartness (citric acid), old apples and pear, earth, and a definite funk. No DMS, No diacetly, clean funk.

Appearance: Golden with amber highlights. White head that lingers for several minutes. Slightly hazy, translucent.

Taste: Sour with bready malt flavor. Hard to place the fruit. Very enjoyable, the pH isnt so low that it burns your throat but it is pretty sour, just short of puckering. No DMS, No diacetyl. Wheat malt sticks out.

Mouthfeel: Tartness into the finish, Very high carbonation that adds a lot to this beer. Light body but some slickness into the finish (not diacetyl).

Overall: This is a really great beer that I am glad I gave a 1.5 years in the bottle. It is right up there in the top two or three guezes I have tasted. Very complex and makes it very difficult pick out individual flavors.

Photo of Callmecoon
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Prospero
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of innominat
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of jaminjohnson
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of ehammond1
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2010)

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Clear gold and light amber body. Quickly forming, tall, and persistent white head. Thin sheets and spots of lacing mess the glass.

Bright, explosive tart and sour aroma: tart citrus (lemon), pear, grass, earth and rock, body funk, and of course stinging, explosive sourness throughout.

Taste follows the aroma very similarly: huge sour and tart character, lots of lemon, earth and rock, grass, musty body and funk. A complete, sipping delight.

Light to medium bodied, though incredibly well carbonated. Spritzy and light with a very dry finish.

A wonderful gueuze.

Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
97 out of 100 based on 2,133 ratings.