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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Reviews: 695
Hads: 2,462
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 8.55%
Wants: 431
Gots: 700 | FT: 82
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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 johnnnniee
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of b3shine
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
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).

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of RashyGrillCook
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
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).

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Photo of thebigredone
4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of stakem
4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of punkrkr27
4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of deebo
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
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...

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of brew3crew
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
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

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Photo of seand
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of mroberts1204
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of oakbluff
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
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

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Photo of errantnight
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of Phelps
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of 0110x011
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of frothyhead
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of champ103
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of Wildman
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of sonicdescent
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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