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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Reviews: 699
Hads: 2,521
Avg: 4.34
pDev: 16.13%
Wants: 436
Gots: 720 | FT: 89
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Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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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 kingcrowing
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked & caged bottle from April 26, 2010 poured into a sniffer.

Pours a hazy orange with a small almost yellow head. Nose is crazy! It's funky, tart, barnyard and just face puckering goodness!

Taste is just as crazy, lots of super tart funkiness. There's some dandilion and citrus as well. Mouthfeel is light, super dry and well carbonated. Awesome beer.

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Photo of BillyB
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very interesting and complex beer.

Sharp, vinegary, citrusy aroma with tart/sourness, barnyard, goatey, earthiness. The aroma is overwhelming. So many different smells!

Taste is sharp and slightly tannic. Sour, tart, acetic. Cherry, rasberry, apricot, rhubarb.

Mouthfeel is sharp, sour and tart but very refreshing.

Depending on your individual tastes, this is a drinkable gueze. It is certainly an acquired taste but if you're looking for something different, this is it.

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Photo of gdogalishus
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from the bottle into a wine glass. Hazy yellowish gold color with laces of tiny bubbles erupted into a massive head. The aroma was fantastic...tart jumped off the surface of this gueze and landed on my tongue. I could almost taste it without taking a sip.
The flavor was NOT what I expected. The tartness was apparent, but by no means as dominant as in the nose. This beer is dry dry dry. I was more thirsty after finishing than when I started. A sweet and sour flavor, hints of apples maybe. A hop bitterness seemed to appear in the swallow. Very good.

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Photo of Tdizzle
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa. Bottled on November 30th, 2005 and consumed on April 15th, 2008.

A- Poured into a Duvel tulip glass, this beer pours a cloudy, deep gold color with a large white head that settles to a thin layer, leaving minimal lacing on the glass.

S- An extremely musty, tart, and acidic aroma with strong notes of vinegar and pure lemon juice. There are some grassy and floral notes as well with the slightest hint of malt sweetness in the background.

T- Yikes. The sourness is intense, but it quickly fades, leaving a very dry finish and almost no lingering flavors on the palate. There are all the same characteristics of the aroma here: vinegar, lemon and grass.

M- A medium-bodied feel with lively carbonation.

D- Although the sourness is very intense, I found that I had no problem drinking the entire 12.7 ounce bottle. The ABV is only 6%, so the alcohol isn't a factor.

I'm new to this style, but I like it.

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Photo of rodkin
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled February 28 2012

Cork comes out with a satisfying pop; I love that sound. Pours a hazy amber, kind of orangish copper color. Small head, dissipates really quickly. I personally think they're a lot prettier when they're not quite so hazy, or when the color is a bit more vibrant, but who really cares about the appearance anyway?

Smell is some funk, some mustiness, cheese, a little bit of green apple, maybe a hint of lemon. Pretty interesting. Doesn't smell too sour.

Tastes a lot more sour than it smells. Some old musty cobweb kind of taste comes through pretty strong, with a mineral aftertaste. Kind of earthy, some apple, and a little bit of something sweeter... apricot, maybe? A bit of lemon, too. Pretty interesting, very tasty.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Medium thickness, maybe slightly on the thinner side, with great carbonation that fills your mouth as you swish it around.

The drinkability on this is crazy. It's very tasty, and not so sour that it becomes painful to drink. A great summer beer. On the whole I prefer the cantillon gueuze, but this is still excellent.

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Photo of BostonHops
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7oz bottle served in a tulip.
bottled date: Dec. 12th, 2009

pours a hazy, dull golden yellow while yielding a huge, billowing 3"+ foamy white head that quickly dissipates into a collar around the glass; a bit of patchy lacing is evident. nose is pungent, offering tart, aromatic notes of barnyard funk and earthiness with a background citric/white grape quality.

lots of sour funkiness come through in the flavor. very tart, dry... although it doesn't have that overly sour, mouth-puckering quality you find in many gueuzes... secondary notes of vinegar, white grape, and lemon. the style is one i don't typically go crazy for but i'm appreciating this. crisp, light-bodied mouthfeel with above average carbonation.

overall this is an enjoyable, well made gueuze and more approachable than many, definitely worth a try particularly if you're into sours.

(originally reviewed: 04-26-2011)

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
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 -5.1%
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 -5.1%
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 -5.1%
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 -5.3%
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 -5.3%
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 -5.3%
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 -5.5%
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 -5.5%
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 -5.5%
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 -5.5%
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 -5.5%
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 -5.5%
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 -5.5%
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 -5.5%
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 -5.5%
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 -5.8%
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 -5.8%
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 -5.8%
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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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
96 out of 100 based on 699 ratings.