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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Reviews: 689
Hads: 2,407
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 8.8%
Wants: 425
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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Reviews: 689 | Hads: 2,407
Photo of punkrkr27
4.11/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy, golden pour with a big, frothy, white head. The aroma is oaky white grapes with notes of black pepper, bright citrus, honey, grass and brett. Sour white grape flavor with hints of lemon, pepper, wheat, and oak. Medium body with lots of effervescent carbonation and a dry tart finish. (298 characters)

Photo of deebo
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A bottle at a small watering hole in Bruges. This beer is dark yellow in color with lots of lively carbonation. Aroma and taste is similar. Typical Belgian geuze. Funky, leathery, tobacco leaf with a very dry finish. Easy to drink. Sour. Just a notch below Cantillon's version for overall funk and sour complexity. (314 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into two tulip glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a hazy golden/light-orange color. Creamy off-white head with sticky lace coating the glass. Perfect lazy effervescence.

S: Sour fruit, funky cellar, oak, moist dirt, green apple, tart berries, and tangy cherries.

T: The taste pretty much follows the smell with an even bigger helping of funk, sour cherry, wet oak, and earthy berry flavors. Seems like a near perfect balance funky, earthy flavors and sour fruityness.

M: Sour and puckery at first. As this warms up it becomes smoother and drier. Sour, fruity finish lasts forever.

T: Very refreshing and pleasurable to drink. Excellent. (688 characters)

Photo of mdagnew
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375ml corked and capped bottle bought from belgianshop.com...

Poured a dark hazy coppery orange colour... Head started foaming out of the top of the bottle and poured pretty big and foamy but disappeared very quickly... some light lacing...

Aroma - Very strong lambic brett yeastiness, sharp spicy fruits (light grapefruits, lemons, sour apples), musty barnyard / wet hay aromas, light vinegary notes, freshly cut wood, very light pale malts, some basil notes...

Taste - Sharp sour lemons and grapefruits, some peach, apple, salty, light vinegar hints, yeasty, grapes, floral, grassy, some oaky wood notes, champagne like hints...

Feel - Very dry... light body... pretty drinkable considering the tartness although more than one in a row might be a bit much

Overall - An outstanding gueuze... definitely recommended... (826 characters)

Photo of PeterIngemi
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a 375 ml poured into a duvel glass date says 23 fev 2012

A: pours a nice slightly hazy golden orange with about half a finger of white head that dissapates quickly, no lacing to speak of. A light film stays through out.

S: nice blend of sour funk and oak, light straw, green apple and lemon, nice aroma, smells well balanced. Doesn't smell quite as sour as I had hoped.

T: yum, nice balance of sour tartness ad oak, lemon tartness with a touch of straw/grass, some light green apple notes come through. Very well balanced between the oak and the sourness.

M: refreshing and nicley drinkable, with a light medium body and creamy carbonation, a touch dry with a hint of bitter oak on the finish, finishes mostly clean and dry though.

O: a very nice gueze, displaying a very nice blend that balances notes of oak and sour funk beautifully, really enjoy this one. Not overly sour, kinda just right, maybe a touch more tartness and I'd be in love. (953 characters)

Photo of brew3crew
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-hazy yellow with a nice white head
S-funky sour taste. Not bad at all
T-just like it smells. very funky but not overly sour. Fruiy with a clean and smooth taste.
M-light bodied and very crisp and nice sour aftertaste
D-decent with a good sour aftertaste (256 characters)

Photo of seand
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy light amber with a small amount of clumpy but fizzy white head. Some clumps retain for a while, especially around the edge of the glass, leaving good walls of lacing while they last.

S: Funky, earthy, and musty with a clean, sweet, fruity top end.

T: Dense sweet and tart fruit, with the sweet fading towards the finish, leaving a grapefruit-like citrus note for the aftertaste.

M: Medium body, medium to high prickly carbonation.

Overall pretty enjoyable, and certainly not over the top. Nice for something different. (538 characters)

Photo of mroberts1204
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375ml bottle dated February 2012
Appearance is hazy golden orange with bright white foam that dissipates rapidly. Smell is of lemon and funk. Diaper funk. A touch metallic. Not overpowering in the aroma department. Flavor is delicious funk, a little bit of sweetness, and moderate acidity. Some lemon rind and nectarine. The sour lingers more than the Tilquin that im drinking side by side. Would like some more bubbles but the lower level of carb is probably true to style. A delicious gueuze. (494 characters)

Photo of tmoneyba
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle corked on 02/18/2007.

Poured hazy copper color with an large frothy white head that was lasting with good lacing.

Moderate sour yeasty wood aroma.

Medium body with a dry texture.

Medium sour citrus flavor with a medium sour finish of moderated duration.

This is a standout for style beer. (300 characters)

Photo of oakbluff
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2000- bottle shared courtesy of fisherman34- nice looking stuff- golden hay colour and good carbonation. Nose- wood, citrus, leather. Taste- nice citrus zing, some green apple, very dry and woody. Goes down easy.. Finish and mouthfeel is more dry than puckering. Very solid (281 characters)

Photo of errantnight
4.09/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Ever have a beer where the whole was greater than the sum of the parts? Meet Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze.

Picked up at random from my local go-to-for-all-beers-sour liquor store...

Pours from a 12.7oz bottle, dated January 22, 2004.

Opens with nary a pop.... I'm worried it's going to be completely flat... but it turns out my fears are overrated. There is indeed some carbonation... but not enough to warrant this champagne cap.

Pours a hazy straw with minimal carbonation and lacing into a champagne glass.

Smells heavenly... a musty malt smell, sour and sharp.

Taste is mouth-puckeringly sour... to the point of overwhelming the palate. This subsides, particularly as it warms, but this sits on your tongue too much... which is the lack of carbonation's fault. What should be light and crisp sticks around syrupy-like, without ever being terribly sweet.

I'd rate the mouthfeel lower, but it doesn't ruin the experience, it just hinders it a little.

For my complaints (lack of carbonation, initial sour burst being a bit much), this beer is immensely drinkable. Tart with notes of sour cherry, a bit of oak tannin... I'd love to retry closer to the source, and would gladly join anyone in a glass... on their dime. At this price, to be holding up this poorly, sucks. (1,275 characters)

Photo of Phelps
4.09/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For my introduction to the gueuze style, I thought I'd go with a classic. Bottled Jan. 22, 2004 and poured into a perfect pint glass.

Looks: the cork slides out with a soft pop, and I'm immediately hit with a skunky, funky aroma. The color is a lovely light tangerine that melds with notes of pale sunlight and reddish clay. The head is white, fizzy and audible, snapping and crackling as it quickly recedes, though a tiny ring and a stubborn film linger. The lack of a head is disappointing, though watching these effervescent bubbles struggle slowly to the surface makes up for it somewhat.

Smells: acidic, funky and skunky. How interesting. White grapes, granny smith apples, a prominent oakiness. Only lightly sour, with subtle undertones of barnyard funk, hay and moldy crackers -- but in a good way. I'm really digging this.

Tastes: holy sour, batman! From the get-go, my tongue is enveloped in puckering, tangy tartness. However, it doesn't linger too much after the finish, and there's an apple juice sweetness there that balances it out somewhat. The horsey funk is more prominent here, pairing with flavors of white wine, wet wheat and lime. It almost reminds of dry gin. A teeny bit of oak is perceptible in the back.

Feels: medium-light body, smooth. Light carbonation. The tartness builds upon itself after a while, but never becomes cloying.

Drinks: I may not know from gueuze, but I know what I like. Oude Gueuze has a lot of flavor packed into that little 375ml bottle, and you can taste the effort and time that went into crafting it. This six-year-old bottle was an unexpected surprise and a rare treat. (1,631 characters)

Photo of 0110x011
4.09/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled February 2007

A - Apple cider orange, with a thick, frothy 2-finger head. Sticky lacing left everywhere. So cloudy you'd think it was a Hefe.

S - Lemon, green grape, and major musty funk. Horsey. Anise & coriander. An interesting combination - a spicy funk as opposed to Girardin's sweet funk.

T - Expected sour bang doesn't really come. Tart for sure, but not as puckering as, say, anything Cantillon. Spice and funk are on the forefront, with a gentle sweetness coming through for balance. Surprisingly bitter at the end (which, for a gueuze, means you notice some bitterness behind the sour).

M - Very light and dry. Lively carbonation adds to the crispness.

D - If you dig the funk, it's incredibly drinkable. Unfortunately the price tag ($18.99) brings the score down a bit.

Not as sour as I normally like, but well balanced and refreshing. Also may be the funkiest beer I've really enjoyed. Not my favorite Gueuze, but quite tasty. Worth a shot if you can fit it in the budget. (997 characters)

Photo of frothyhead
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle marked February 1, 2008.

Pours a clear orange/amber into a tulip, producing a two finger off-white head.

Nose is sour and predominately lemon with just a tad bit of barnyard funk coming through with some grass and dry wood. Very clean.

Mouth is light to medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Prickly and lively, but not overly so, with a nice dry finish that tends to linger more and more with each sip.

Taste is sour and much like the nose, with lemon, grass and dry wood.

Drinkability is high - even though it's quite puckeringly sour, this is a clean, crisp beer that goes down easy.

Overall this is a great gueuze. It's not overly complex, but is solidly drinkable and refreshing, while deliving some awesome sourness. No off-flavors present whatsoever, making this a very clean and enjoyable sour brew. (829 characters)

Photo of champ103
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A bottle from January 2004

A: Pours a bright and slightly cloudy burnt orange color. A two finger creamy looking white head forms with good retention. The foam gently recedes to a cap with rings of sticky lace left behind. Really attractive.
S: A fruity sourness up front. Lemon, apples, and oranges. Some funky yeast and musky wheat.
T: A simple acidic, fruity sourness is dominate. Lemon and ripe apples, and pink grapefruit. Grassy and funky with some wheat again. There is an apple cider like dryness. Simple, but I like it.
M/D: A medium body that is perfectly crisp and dry. Very refreshing. Easy to drink. The sourness is not over barring, and makes for a very pleasant drinking Gueuze.

I am really enjoying this on a hot Texas evening. The perfect amount of acidic sourness, dryness, and refreshment. Fairly simple, but highly recommended. (849 characters)

Photo of Wildman
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2005 bottling:
This beer poured a cloudy orange color and formed a nice off white foamy head the left lattticed lace as it subsided. A medium amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of citrus, yeast and that musty aroma of gueze styles. The flavor was of citrus and bread. The body was medium light and the finish quite tart, but typical of the style. A nice beer. (367 characters)

Photo of sonicdescent
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I wish I had kept better track of my trades and extras, and some generous trader sent this one from my wants as an extra, much appreciated and cheers to you sir! This bottle has a date of February 2, 2007.

Appears a pretty beautiful and honey colored liquid with some very active carbonation. The medium head dissolves off into a tin layer of cloudy goodness. A good looking Gueuze. Had the head hung around a little longer, this would be a five.

Smells of funky lemons, cherries, maybe a hint of apples. No booze or hops present. Fairly good and funktastic.

Taste is similarily funky, lemon zest way in the back end. Extremely thin and dry on the mouth, and bubbly. Some puckering way in the back end. Acidic sourness is present. A very good drink and a nearly perfect mouthfeel.

I curve this one high, shame about that huge take being damaged at their brewery by a faulty thermometer. Great Gueuze. (905 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle, from 12/12/2009, drank from my Rodenbach tulip... Pours a very clear dark gold, more clarity than the Vintages. An off white head, lasting but thin cap, no lacing... On the nose I can tell this is a newer batch, aroma is weak. Sweet oak, must, a hint of horse blanket, good but too light... The taste is much stronger, tons of oak and must, the aroma on steroids but lacks depth. Its a touch to alcoholic and acidic... The feel is tart and dry, a little to wet on the finish though.

This is good, but not great. Probably a touch to young, and didn't come close to the Vintage series. Still worth trying. (619 characters)

Photo of pmlondrigan
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gueuzes don't get much more pretty than this in my experiance. Straw golden and effervecent, rocky white head. Lots of lemon, barnyard, straw, funk and a small amount of sour on the nose. This gueuze has a great flavor of lemon, straw, wheat, barnyard funk these are predominanat than a wave of sour acidicness. More of the funk than sour. Mouthfeel is as it should be. The only thing is I detect a faint acrid flavor on the finish. The caveat is that I am congested, so I'll re-review when feeling better. (506 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle from Binny's in Schaumburg, IL
Bottled on Nov. 18, 2010
Poured into a Drie Fonteinen gueuze glass

Ah, Drie Fonteinen gueuze, how I sometimes wish I were in Belgium everyday to sit by the brouwerij and sip this from a tap-poured glass. Arguably one of the finest readily available gueuzes, this is a component of a sour-lovers' pleasant dream. This style of beer, and particularly this brewery, is one of the few things that makes life excusable.

Cork is pushed out of bottle as soon as I open the metal cage, but there is no gushing, as I thought there would be as soon as this happened.

Pours a fairly massive, tall head with fairly good retention of a few minutes. Head is off-white, eggshell, composed of large and medium-sized bubbles. As it descends, it leaves some streaks of lacing, with larger blotches near the body. Body is a golden yellow with a subtle orange tint, transparent if you don't add the yeast (cloudy otherwise). Nice, big bubbles of carbonation stream from the bottom of the glass to support the head.

General observation: adding yeast/sediment makes this a slight bit sweeter, but all flavors are also intensified.

Aroma of oak barrels, wet leaves, lemon zest, mild musty basement, and a bit of acetone.

Taste opens on tip of tongue with some very nice wheat malt and light caramel malt flavors. Mid-palate picks up some solid sourness, bringing in lemon and white wine vinegar. Oak flavors are noticeable in the background at mid-palate, too. Back of palate notices a flash in sourness, a white burst of lemon and vinegar acidity. Definite effects from lactobacillus (yogurt-like tartness) producing lactic acid; perhaps some acetic acid is in here, too. Aftertaste lingers around back of tongue and throat primarily, and it is sour and mildly lemon-like with just a slight respite of mildly toasted malt flavor and sweetness.

Beer is medium-light in body, with very high carbonation that foams this up immediately on the palate. Resultant mouthfeel is slightly prickly at first, then very quickly smooth and creamy. Finish is dry, from residual sugars, and also a slight bit sticky. (2,130 characters)

Photo of hero27
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 oz bottle, corked & caged.
Stamped Nov 30, 2005.
6% abv

Pours a dusty apricot with smatterings of light beige foam rocking the edges of the glass.
Smell is of barnyard surrounded by lemon trees.
Heavy, acidic sourness with orange rind, lemon peel, green apple, and not-yet-ripe cherries.
Bready yeast finish with a lingering bite of puckering sourness..

There are some better gueuze's out there, but this one is narrowly behind the top of the pack.. (456 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.07/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Servied out of 375 ml bottle brought back by a friend from Belgium.

The beer pours a golden amber color with pretty good head retention and decent lacing. The nose was about what I was expecting, as I pick considerably barnyard and wet horseblanket, all the usual hallmarks of brett induced funk. Given the nose, I was really expecting this to be hugely sour, but in fact it really wasn't. The sour component was actually fairly light, and the was some noticeable pear, lime and vaniall on the palate otherwise. This style of beer is never going to be my cup of tea, but regardless, I thought this beer was surprisingly tasty. Mouthfeel was light, but with decent carbonation I thought. The finish was on the dry side, and drinkability was quite good.

Again, just not my cup of tea (generally), but even so, this was pretty tasty and impressive. Thanks Brendan! (864 characters)

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.07/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

JustinA1 purchased this at K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA. Thanks for sharing with me roomie.

Bottle dated December 1, 2009. Poured into a Cigar City snifter.

Appearance: Hazy, dull gold body with a tight, white halo. Looks soapy when swished. No lacing.

Smell: Barnyard funk, hay, and sea salt come through right away. I also get lemon rind, dirt, and a hefty amount of yeast sourness. Very interesting and complex; much like an intense saison.

Taste: Strong funky sourness, lemon, juniper, and ... funk. It's hard to put into words. Very barnyard-like, and very tart. Nice.

Mouthfeel: Actively carbonated, dry, and somewhat thin/vinegary. Aggressively sour and funky. Not nearly as smooth as the Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek that we split right before this.

Drinkability: I'm not too familiar with gueuzes, so my review might not be that helpful. This resembled a spiked, imperial saison in my opinion though. Very complex, funky, and interesting. Not that smooth, but enjoyable. Worth a try. (1,005 characters)

Photo of mverity
4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy grapefruit orange color with a fair amount of egg shell head that faded fairly quickly. No legs and light lacing. Good thin collar. Aroma is very much like when I would march in my highschool homecoming parade and the floats were all covered in straw. I also pick up some lemon and grapefruit. The flavor provile is very citrusy tart up front, then some dry grass. Nice silty mouthfeel, very dry, and that tartness stings the tongue. Very glad I got to try this, but I wouldn't put it in my top 5, maybe not in the top 10. (535 characters)

Photo of ithacabaron
4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My attempt to slip the cork from the bottle fails miserably -- it explodes from the bottle like a gunshot. The pour yields a very clear, Iowa yellow body, capped with several fingers of sheer white head. A riot of bubbles runs up the glass. The beer almost leaps from the glass. Wonderful.

Aromas are classic gueuze, but more sour than most classic examples. Rusty steel, white distilled vinegar, and straw stand out. No cat urine or wet blanket, and what funk is here gets smothered. Far more acidic than other examples of the style, and the beer suffers as a result. Would have liked to see more complexity here.

Taste is more of the same; acid, acid, acid. It's not bad, but it's really one dimensional. Some gueuzes give you hours of exploration; new flavors to uncover as you travel through the bottle. Not so here -- it's one note, albeit played well.

Mouthfeel is a contradiction, with lots of foam, but a thin body. Still, not outside the realm of what's expected from the style.

All in all, this is a fine, beer, and better than many other gueuzes. The fact that it's widely available nowadays is a miracle of modern beer advocacy. That being said, is it still a mere shadow of Cantillon's wonder? Yup. (1,215 characters)

Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
96 out of 100 based on 689 ratings.