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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Ratings: 2,273
Reviews: 692
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 397
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Belgium

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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Ratings: 2,273 | Reviews: 692
Photo of andrewinski1
4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Cantillon taster glass. Nice fizz when poured, lots of effervescent bubbles race to the top of the beer much like champagne. Dark golden color clear of haze (pat on the back to me for a good yeast-free pour for once). Beautiful looking beer; it should be in a museum.

Smells sour with a hint of wood. Not as dominant in the funky area; this is a clean sour smell.

The sour taste here is nicely balanced. Flavors of apple and grapefruit peel are apparent. The finish is very dry, with a bit of mustiness (but not much).

Nice sparkling mouthfeel; great for the style. Absolutely perfect.

Love this beer. Always a treat and highly recommended.

Photo of berkshire413
4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RoyalT
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of doremite
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of largadeer
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a nearly opaque dirty golden color, somewhat more orange at the core. A big fluffy white 2 inch head rises almost immediately and lasts for the entire glass.

Smell - Intensely funky and musty. Barnyard, old leather, lemons, goat cheese and a hint of spoiled milk. More pleasant than it sounds.

Taste - Wonderfully funky and sour, but not over the top in either character. Tart, unripe fruit is at the forefront here, with earthy undertones of oak and hay. A touch of vanilla is present in the background, leaving the faintest hint of sweetness on the tongue. Fairly low acidity makes this a very drinkable gueuze. My only gripe is that the finish could use a bit more oak; otherwise, this is top notch.

Photo of Erdinger2003
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out like a white wine all fizzy yet holds a head. Color is brownish gold and crystal clear. Smell is sour with some clear notes of horse blanket and citrus fruit. Taste is sour and there's a lot of sour lemon flavor. This doesn't give me a sour face. Mouthfeel is really great the carbonation is smooth and soft on the palate. Overall I think this is my best geuze ever. I would like to get lots more of this.

Photo of TripperDaniel
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Notes: Blend of 1, 2 and 3 year old lambics, fermented and matured in oak vats. Not filtered. Spontaneous refermentation in bottle. Bottled April 8, 2005. Label notes that the beer keeps at least 10 years after bottling. 6% alcohol/volume. Ingredients: 60% barley malt, 40% wheat malt, hops, water (no yeast). 37.5 cL bottle. Tasted Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2007, in Paris, France.

Tasting notes:

Appearance: Pours a completely clear tawny golden apple cider colour with a frothy head that quickly subsides to a thin pool of foam in the middle of the glass and a thin rim, though bubbles continue to rise. Honey and amber tones when held up to the light. Lace appears after refilling the glass, alongside an archipelago of bubbles on the surface. I decided not to add the yeast, which had formed a tight ring at the bottom of the bottle, fearing it would only add chalkiness. However, after the second refill, the beer has taken on a yeasty haze and is no longer clear.
Nose: Pear and lemon drops immediately. Slight vanilla and oak, with some musty leather. Then the brettanomyces notes kick in - sour, lactic, but not overpoweringly so. Field berry notes follow, with a pleasant, grassy hoppiness. Maybe even some banana and spice. Refilling the tasting glass from the bottle offers a distinctly herbal note of rosemary.
Taste: In the mouth I note vanilla and fruit, followed by an acute tartness which fades very quickly, revealing oaky vanilla and a slight tobacco finish. The tartness is reminiscent of tart plum skin, and the vanilla flavour is accompanied by a sweetness that counters the tartness. Again there is a grassy, hay-like note of aged hops, and a slight metallic bitterness. I also detect elements of choke cherry and something refreshing that I can't pinpoint (aside from the tartness) - maybe a very faint menthol note. The carbonation is prickly and a bit shocking, although not surprising for the style. There is some spice on the finish, including nutmeg.

Overall: One of the best, if not the best, gueuze I've ever had. The acidity is calmer than most and the tartness doesn't linger. The vanilla and oak are more prominent than in other lambics I've tried, which is very pleasant. The fruit, grass and spice notes combine very nicely. I find it interesting that they use a 60:40 ratio of barley to wheat as opposed to the usual 65:35, and that the alcohol is high for the style. I'd love to try an older example.

Photo of freshflesh
4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bcp5296d
4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LanePerson
4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of portia99
4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
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 whitenads
4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
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 shbobdb
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The date today: Monday, January 29th, 2007.

The bottling date of this bottle: Monday, December 11th, 2000.

This is the old, 5% recipe for 3 Fonteinen.

Well, I came upon this beer accidentally. A beer-store had just moved and were clearing out some old inventory. How could I not grab a seven (well, six really) year old bottle of Gueueze!

It is pretty freakin' crazy. I've gotta say.

It looks pretty hazy. It was initially pouring clear and delicate (hence the 4.5, it was stunning) but the car-ride home shook it up a little, so the sediment quickly hazed it up. But that didn't stop the typically billowing Gueuze-head from forming, and then delicately collapsing into a faint (but solid) hat for the rest of my beer drinking experience.

The smell is fairly muted. It reminds me a little of some aged La Folie I recently was able to enjoy. Faint acidity, a whiff of horse-saddle. But, all-in-all, fairly muted. And this is at room temperature. I mean, it has the usual melange in the backgrounf of light fruits, some waxes, as well as corpse and embalming agents, but they are much more muted than they are in other Gueuzes.

The taste is quite good. Very nice. It kicks off tasting like an American wheat. This is quickly replaced by a strong blast of WOW brett. It is subtle, to be sure, but it there is so much in that moment. Apple, black currant, butterscothc, pineapple, brandy, and green banana (a lot of green banana, actually). It is an explosion of taste! Then there is a strong balsamic cut-off. It isn't overly acidic like a Cantillon product, but the acid makes its presence known as it cuts the other flavours off leaving an echo of stewed cherries and tobacco.

It is a romantic experience. I am moved by this beer in ways which few beers have moved me. It is delicate, suprisingly sweet in its finish, and oh so tender. A once-in-a-lifetime-experience to be savoured.

Photo of D_Min
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 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 facundoCNB
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a 375ml bottle (green label)

poured a honey golden color with a finger of white head which dissipated pretty quickly into a thin foamy ring. a very nice funky brett aroma with some smokiness, barrels, chalk.. definitely a very unique scent. the flavor boasts a funky awesomeness that i'll try my best to describe.. mushrooms, dirt, hay, sour milk, smoked gouda.. lemons. this is just a fantastic example of the style.. the high carbonation only compliments the flavor profile for a style like this, and this beer has just that with a light to medium body, makes it very refreshing.

definitely worth checking out, and definitely going to remember to order more next time!

Photo of psweendogg
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

I noticed that my bottle from 02 Apr. 2001 has an abv listing of 5%. After the cork exploded across the room, a very tart aroma started to climb out of the bottle. I let it sit for a while. The pour produced a hazy yellow golden colored brew with millions of bubbles rushing to the top to make a massive covering of white foam that left lace trickling down the sides of the glass as I drank.
The nose is extremely tart with blasts of lemons and oranges. Sweet apples move in from the backround for a bit with a little sweetness. There is a lot of acidity. After adding a bit more to the glass, a nice balancing presence of grains added to the nose. It started to sweeten a bit with noticable berry aromas.

The flavor is initially filled with a very tart acidic citrus flavor. It then shows off a nice grainy flavor almost wheaty with some toasty notes. This was not expected, but proved to be a very nice addition. Sweeter flavors come through before the finish, and it is starting to dry out now. A viney flavor and dry grapes join me at the finish to add to the astounding complexity of this beer. Aftertaste is a bit toasty with a lot of bready flavor. A few burps come up reuniting me with the tart flavor.
The body is as big as it could be for the style. Carbonation is huge, and even a bit too much at first. My tongue is tingling for a few seconds after I am finished with a swallow. It then waters from the tartness, and the anticipation of another sip. The drinkability is also excellent. I am really taking it sip by sip to sit back and enjoy this one, and I am not looking forward to the end.

This was my first Oude Geuze, and I think I started off on the right page. This is a marvelous beer.

Photo of boudeysbigbrew
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mora2000
4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy thirdeye11.

2003 vintage. Pours a dirty brownish yellow with a small white head. The aroma is funky, with lots of brett resulting in a horse blanket aroma. Flavor is tart and funky. Lots of lemons and some wood aging characteristics. Extremely drinkable, light body and medium-high carbonation. A complex, tasty guezue. 3 Fonteinen didn't disappoint.

Photo of glid02
4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle purchsed from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy lemon-yellow color with a one-finger bright white head. The large-bubbled head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of general funk - leather and wet hay are the most predominant - with hints of lemon peel. As it warms the aromas become fruitier with mild amounts of tropical fruit aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The tartness is surprisingly subdued and takes equal billing with funk. Funkiness takes the reins up front and as it warms more and more tart fruit flavors come into play. The ending is very crisp.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a slick thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is great. I finished my glass very quickly and had absolutely no problem finishing the bottle.

Overall this didn't disappoinnt. It wasn't overpoweringly tart like some others I've had yet managed to be absurdly complex. Well worth a shot while it's still available.

Photo of JulioH
4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

MEDIUM SOUR.

Crazy beer with tons of flavor. Claims to be made with lambics from three different years.

I was able to taste such depth in this beer. It is a bit sour but the sourness is stopped by a little bit of hops and by being aged in oak barrels. Very nice, very flavorful.

This Oude Geuze is fermented in the bottle, it creates beautiful tiny bubbles that are champagne like. Awesome.

Photo of WeisGuy
4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on Feb. 1, 2008.

a - pours a very clear deep amber color, large ivory head with decent retention and great lacing

s - very tart and sour on the nose, you can tell this one is going to assault your palate, very complex funky aromas, musty with bright lemon and grapefruit notes, granny smith apple, some wheat

t - powerful punch of tart citrus mixed with wheat up front, sour apple and lemon sourness engulfs the mid-palate, finish has some barnyard funk notes and a lingering tartness that just sits on the palate for quite awhile, very dry finish

m - medium-bodied, lots of carbonation, very active in the mouth, quite dry

d - intense beer that's not easy on the palate, but so well-crafted and complex that you have to keep on drinking

Awesome gueuze that's a must-try for anyone who likes sour ales. Crazy complexity that my description just can't do justice.

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