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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 falloutsnow
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of hero27
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
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..

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Photo of John_M
4.07/5  rDev -6%
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!

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.07/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of mverity
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of ithacabaron
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer opened with a loud pop as the cork erupted from the bottle once loosened. The beer poured into a chalice clear medium orange/amber with a tall and white frothy and spirited head that fell slowly and then lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity with cherries and peaches while the head was spirited and then transformed into the more familiar grapeskin and acidid sour aroma that many lambic posses. In the back of the aroma was a plastic phenolic and the aroma was oaky and slightly sweaty.

The flavor was interesting with an effervescent grapeskin flavor and grapeseed on the palate and a fruity yet sour acidity. The flavor was frutiy with a strawberry impression and some oak flavoring in the background. As the beer warmed a lemon citric flavor emerged and the grapeskin/seed flavors diminished making a much more drinkable product.

The finish was dry with a lasting fruit, grapeskin/seed and acidic tart sourness long into the aftertaste. The body was medium light due to the very high level of carbonation.

750 ml bottle. 02 April 2001 on label. Purchased at Green's in Atlanta, GA for $17.

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Photo of SiphonKing
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A delicious, but pricey, offering of a belgian gueuze with the sour/puckering of Lacto followed with the barnyard aromas and horse-blanket Brett character. A nice blend of old and new gueuze to create a drinkable product. I could see cellaring this beer to meld the flavors even more. Can't wait to try the kriek version.

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Photo of unclejazz
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my first chance to enjoy a real Belgain Geuze. It is pretty much what I wxpwcted and hope for. Funk and vinegar light fruit in the nose, like apricot and grapefruit. The brut style carbonation was spot on, like a good dry champange. Taste was solid, but not mind blowing. Russian River sours carry more complexity, which is really what we are looking for right? Great mouthfeel, it help counteract any distaste for the vinegar taste. Overall I would like top climb up the ladder of this brewery and try some Armand and the Kreik.

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Photo of gford217
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cork pops explosively on the 375mL bottle and pours a hazy yellowish orange with a massive white head that sticks to the sides and stays on as a cap.

The aroma is seriously funky in addition to the tart vinegar aroma with some definite lemony tartness as well. There are hints of light fruit sweetness, especially peaches and apples, in the nose, but it's definitely second fiddle behind the sourness and funk.

The taste is extremely acidic up front which really puckers the lips. After a couple of sips and as it warms, there is more complexity that comes out with the sweetness of the peaches and apples. The finish is a combination of lemony tartness, vinegar burn and straight-up barnyard funk.

The mouthfeel is light to medium and highly carbonated. It's extremely and dry and very wine-like in the finish.

As with most of the Belgian sours I've had, I'm still working to get my taste buds prepped for the acidic onslaught that inevitably ensues when I try them. That said, I enjoyed this beer and it is very good for the style.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer is golden with hints of red. The compact creamy white head fills the glass at first, then slowly sinks into decent lacings.

S: Black powder galore - brettanomyces! Very dry smell. Green apples.

T: Dry! just like a nice Geueze shold be. Green apples. Gundpowder from the brett. Acidic and citric.

M: Long dry aftertaste, bitter. Body is medium and carbonation is non-excistant.

O: A Geueze is Geueze - I still havn't had a bad one. This one is no exception.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

everything a gueuze should be. it pours a pale pale straw color, hazy, with an average white head with decent retention. the nose is stright lemon juice from concentrate, like the little green bottle in the fridge that i sometimes put on steamed spinach. it is acidic and tart, and light in both malt and hops. it taste equally fruity as the nose, with lemon being the predominant flavor. lots of acid, this is pretty puckery. no sweetness at all, like a raw lemonade or something. the feel is great, dry in the mouth, effervescent carbonation, and a lighter body. this is a sharing bottle though because of the acid content. its through the roof. still, a brilliant example of the style.

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Photo of hardy008
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy pale gold with a large, bright white head with very good retention and lacing. The aroma is dominated by barnyard funk. There is also leather, green apple, yeast, lemons, and mild sulfur. The sulfur smell subsides a little as it warms.

The taste of the beer has barnyard funk, green apple, yeast, lemons, leather, and mild sulfur. Very tart, with a little green apple sweetness. This is a nice sipper. Not because of the alcohol, which is only 6%, but because of the complexity of this beer.

Light to medium bodied, well carbonated, finishes dry and tart. A very nice Gueuze, which is a style I am liking more and more all the time.

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Photo of zac16125
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375mL bottle into a tulip
bottled on: 23 FEV. 2012

A: Pours a mildly hazy golden orange with 1.5 fingers width of slightly off white colored head, which dissipates down fairly quickly to a whispy center and bubbly outer ring. Some carbonation bubbles can be seen rising to the top of the glass, but they are generally masked by the haziness. Leaves no lacing.

S: Tart lemon, sour apple and white pepper are the first aromas noted. Accompanied by a fair degree of sweetness, reminiscent of peaches. There is a mineral-type aroma that I cant quite place. A swirl of the glass brings out the oak characters. Very nice.

T: Quite tart with sour apple and lemon, along with a good degree of sweetness. Sweet white grapes, reminiscent of sparkling grape juice, like the fake champagne I used to drink as a kid on NYE. I also get oak, rock salt, and belgium yeast banana on the back end.

M/D: Carbonation is low for the style. Medium bodied, wet finish as I salivate after each sip. Drinkability is good.

O: Overall, good but not great. Its not as sour as some other gueuze's I have had, it also didn't have the degree of flavor complexity that others do. I think the lack of carbonation hurt this one. That being said, I still really enjoyed it. I just wouldnt rush to purchase it again. One more thing, I really didnt get any of the funk/barnyard characters that others have said were so prominent in this beer. I am not docking it points on that though, as I tend to prefer the sour notes to the funk ones, just thought Id mention it though.

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Photo of musicforairports
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from 2010 shared with the lady, poured into a 12oz snifter.

Cork pops out and into the air. Pouts with a 1.5-finger head that's the most impressive I've seen on a lambic, but it's gone quick.

Smell is full of must and overly tart citrus and grape notes. Light vinegar.

Taste is smooth, complex and not overly sour. Lacks the mouth-puckering vinegar quality that smacks you with some gueuzes. Tart, funky, and dry, with white grape and citrus peel notes.

Mouthfeel is a bit more than usual for the style, and it's less carbonated than I expected. Not fizzy in the mouth at all, but not thick either.

This is a very smooth gueuze that doesn't smack you with sourness. I don't know if that's good or bad, but it makes this one very easy to drink.

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375 ml bright green caged and corked bottle, bottled at the beginning of 2003.

A vibrant cloudy peach hue for the body, aggressive carbonation, and a large billowing frothy off-white head, with chunky retention.

Tart white grapes, green apple skins, lemon rinds and horse blankets on the nose, that mystery smell reminds me of my grandfather's workshed out on the farm, the combination of rusting iron and old leather harnesses from beasts of burden.

Immediate tartness in the flavour, dry white sour grapes, lime, fresh apricots, with some mineral sediment. Grassy pasture, horsehair, and more citrus, like under-ripe tangerines can be detected. The mouthfeel is light and effervescent, with some mild carbonation to add a backbone.

I'm not the biggest fan of this style, the overall acidity doesn't really blow my skirt up, but I find this a truly enjoyable and drinkable example of what can be done when it's done properly, given that all the elements going into the making of it cooperate. And things most certainly seemed to have fallen into place this time around. Thanks to Phyl21ca for the trade.

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Photo of jwhawkins81
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 15 May 2008

Aroma - Grape juice and a slight funk. No really that's pretty much how I would describe it.

Appearance - Golden yellow with a ton of carbonation.

Taste - A wall of sour flavor at first gives way to a light sweetness along with characteristics of funk, wood, and a dry fruitiness on the finish.

Notes - Truly a palate expanding experience.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml magnum into two tall red wine glasses, sharing this ale with my wife. The bottle bears a bottling date of March 15, 2008. Though over three years old, the bottle's label further assures that it is good for "at least" ten years after the bottling date.

Pours a transluscent coppery rouge, with an abundant three finger off-white head that dissipates rather quickly.

Smell is quite pungent, with tart green apples mixing with plenty of yeasty funk, woody oak, and lemongrass. Smelling more like a cider than a beer, this puts a crisp, sharp feeling in your nasal passages.

Hmm. Sour indeed! This has an initial taste of apple cider vinegar, but with plenty of sweeter green apple up front, an herbaceous leafiness toward the middle, and a mild bitterness to finish. A bit of peppery-spice dances across the back of the tongue and down the throat. More cider than beer, this is nonetheless the best tasting sour beer I've ever had.

Thin to medium bodied, with a tongue-curling sourness that reflexively causes one to make the "pucker" face. While there's plenty of carbonation, it is not overpowering.

We've been putting this one off for a while after our first attempt at drinking a geuze a year ago or so. While my taste buds have clearly matured to the point that I can appreciate this more than my last taste of this style, I still find it to be a little too funky and sour for my tastes. My wife, however, has absolutely no use for this beer; give her a sweet lambic, and she's fine, but forget this sour stuff! Still, it seems to be a well-brewed beer, one which withstood a couple years in our cellar just fine. Maybe I'll give this style another year or so, and try again!

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Photo of jokelahoma
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Being a big fan of sour beers, I felt I had to review this one.

Pours a nice, not all together clear golden/bronze, with substantial carbonation. The head was somewhat billowy, but didn't last all that long.

The nose is almost exactly what you'd expect: Namely, sour and tart fruitiness. There's apple here, as well as pear, some white grape, and lots of tannic aromas, if that makes sense. It smells even more like fruit skins than any fruit itself. All in all, it's really rather appealing.

The taste is surprisingly subdued for a sour ale. Yes, it's sour, but the tartness doesn't jump out and grab you like some other examples I've had. In a way, that's good, and yet it's also just a bit disappointing. It seems like this could be more, and at the same time, it seems quite good like it is. See the dilemma? It's good, and could be better, but not really. Anyway, the nose and the taste are quite in sync with one another. All the fruit peel smells show up in the flavor, with Granny Smith apples really coming to the fore for me. There's no hop flavor, nor should there be. It finishes remarkably dry, with almost a puckering quality to it, as though the saliva has been taken out of your mouth. Overall, a truly grand experience, and one I'd like to try again and again.

The mouthfeel is very, very light, which is exactly as is to be expected with the style. The amazing amount of dryness at the end of the drink just heightens that feeling.

This is very, very well made. Not overwhelming, and with nothing out of balance. I still have that lingering feeling there could be more, but I'm not going to complain. This might be a good entry into the world of sour beers for someone, as it isn't too sour to get one's tastebuds around, yet it's enough that they'll know they're drinking something radically different than anything they've had before. Strongly recommended.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage

A - Golden-orange and hazy with a nice persistent white cap.

S - It has a good, albeit mild nose; lightly tart, lemony.

T - The taste is moderately tart, with Champagne-white grape-y flavors and some wood, mild char. Good, but not astounding or fantastic by any means.

M - Holds carbonation very well, and consistently; a trait that seems to be infrequent in the style.

D - Though it is tasty and not particularly flawed, I think this is not as good as many of the widely available Gueuzes like Cantillon Classic, Girardin, Boon, Hanssen's or Oud Beersel.

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Photo of DrunkenMaster
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden orange color with a quick fading head. Gueuze aromas of lemon, grapefruit and a small amount of funk. Dry and sour with some sweetness. I'm drinking pink grapefruit juice. This is seriously good stuff, very addicting. My new favorite gueuze?

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Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 oz. corked and caged bottle served in my Allagash chalice. Bottled on 10 March 2008 indicated on the label. Bottle opens with a pop and beer effervesced out of the neck. Pours a translucent golden orange with a loose, off-white head the consumed half the glass, reducing it's size by three quarters within less than a minute before settling into a solid, fluffy quarter inch cap. Thick clouds of lacing are present during the tasting and exhibit excellent retention. Nose is tart, acidic and expresses a hint of cork and wood. Taste consistent with nose - lots of citric acid from the start to middle, with the earthy/cork quality coming out towards the back. Mouthfeel is light and extremely lively, almost prickly - acidity stimulates the salivary glands and finish is extremely dry and palate-cleansing. A solid Gueuze, but perhaps still a little young. The correct elements are there, but not much complexity at this point.

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 12.7 oz bottle into a tulip.

Vibrant golden color with large white head. Good retention, ok lacing, a nice looking geueze. Smell has the normal lemon and oaky notes to it, a bit tart, but also has a bit of banana to it which surprised me.

Tastes pretty similar to a few geuezes I've had, though potentially a bit dialed back on the funk. The tart is there, the flavor is clean and drinkable, but the funk might be a bit lacking. Nice beer overall though.

Clean in the mouth, a bit drying on the finish, light and refreshing. Great drinkability, I love this style, but I think the Lindemans Cuvee Rene might be of similar quality for less money.

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Photo of SacoDeToro
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2005

Opened a well settled bottle and got a bright and clear yellow pour with a rocky white head.

The aroma was full of brettanomyces barnyard funk, lactic acid, some acetic note, and mild cheesiness. There was also a burst of chlorine that I've found in many DF beers when first poured. That seemed to dissipate within a few minutes.

The flavor was pretty tart and acidic. The beer had a clean biscuity backbone (very subtle, but nice). Slightly wheaty.

The carbonation was spritzy the mouthfeel was reasonably crisp. Slightly fuller bodied and sweeter than Cantillon gueuzes, which took away from the drinkability IMO.

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Photo of WankelEngine
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12.7 ounce bottle into a wine glass

A: Pours a hazy golden color with an off-white head of about one finger with moderate retention.

S: Very tart and crisp with a lemony citrus flavor. There is also some barnyard funk.

T: The taste is very sour, funky and causes my mouth to water. There is a little bit of vinegar which fades quickly to a pleasant tartness. In the background I can make out some Belgian yeast and mild caramel malts.

M: Light to medium bodied with a nice effervescence from the carbonation.

O: A solid offering, although it is less funky than I would have imagined.

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