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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Ratings: 2,241
Reviews: 690
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
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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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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 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.

Photo of Justin-m
4.52/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Flip4beers
4.52/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of modernartblues
4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
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
4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
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
4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
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
4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
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 kmpitz2
4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
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
4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
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 waitwhatamidrinking
4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

750 ml bottle. Bottled on 28 February, 2004.

Hazy orange straw with lemon yellow edges. Tall, rocky, foamy, off-white cloud of a head. Big nose of sharp citrus (lemon, grapefruit, bitter orange peel), cobwebs, musty basement, hint of vinegar, horse blanket, tart cherry, and below all of that a powdered sugar and Sweet-tart candy base. Did I mention bitter grapefruit? Impressive.

Tart, acidic citrus flavors right off the bat. Lemon and grapefruit juice (unsweetened) stay central on the palate. Earthy notes of grass, musty hay, and horse blanket on the edges. Toasted wheat as well. Melon, Granny Smith apple, and honey in the finish, with strong lingering citric tartness and acidity. Bubbly, effervescent feel in a medium body. Very refreshing and would make a great aperitif. Intense and puckering, but delicious.

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

Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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