Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Reviews: 688
Hads: 2,382
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 8.8%
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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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Photo of jpmclaug
3.93/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375mL bottle into my New Holland Tulip. Date on bottle is March 10, 2008

A - Hazy yellow with a bit fizzy white head. Lots of bubbles running up the side of this thing.

S - Funky smell with a nice dose of grape skins. Reminds me of a sour muscadine grape. I think this one will be sour.

T - Tart grapes, a lemony yeast flavor and a bit of funk. Some spicy pepper flavor but the tart flavor really is strong in this one.

M - light body with a ton of carbonation. I know it is supposed to be well carbonated but this is a bit too much.

D - This would destroy a sour noob. I've enjoyed it though and would pick this one up again... however I prefer fruit lambics. And this certainly isn't as sour as Cantillon Kriek or La Folie. Really a solid brew however, my only problem is the boatloads of carbonation. (822 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
3.93/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy golden color with a light tan head.

S: Overpowering aroma. I could smell this from a few feet away. Heavily fermented apple, a bit of white wine, musty barnyard funk and something that smelled a bit like parmesan cheese.

T: I was a little spooked by the smell, but the taste isn't bad. Lots of tartness with some apple cider vinegar, a good dose of funk and a bit of musty wood. (388 characters)

Photo of rudzud
3.93/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at the Hill Farmstead brewery. Bottled November 2010

A - Poured a cystal clear golden hue with a half a finger whtie foamy head that faded to leave a nice thin blanket atop the pour.

S - Not as prominant fruits as I drink this compared to the other gueuzes I had this night. Good oak, little sweet, light fruits. This has a bit of an alcohol finish on the nose.

T - Taste isnt too too bad. Nicely sour with very good oak notes on the end. Dont really get a particular fruit type though, just very pleasantly sour. I do get good funky belgian notes, but then I get a rather yeasty aspect that I dont particular care for on the finish. I left the yeast in the bottle so not sure why its this prominant. As some say, this is typical for the brewery, but I just dont dig it.

M - Wow, super dry on the mouth. Really good gueuze dryness. Good balanced sourness but the lips do pucker a bit.

O - Overall, this is a good gueuze. I felt the nose was a bit lacking and could do without the strong yeast finish, but that crisp dry finish is a great quality. Stuff is really enjoyable, but, not my favourite. (1,128 characters)

Photo of admiral
3.93/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice beer with a refreshing and interesting bitterness - chinotti like

aroma: quite dry, barnyard funk and Belgian citrus

taste: dry with a tartness/sourness that is enjoyable and refreshing to drink. Has barnyard funk, chinotti, citrus like bitterness and apple skin with funky lemon and some Belgian spice. Thirst quenching.

Not that easy to find in Australia, especially in regional areas, so a rare treat. (419 characters)

Photo of Chizoad
3.93/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from March 2010. First gueuze ever, so I had little idea what to expect.

Poured a hazy copper with a frothy head that settled into a thin cap for the duration. Fairly pretty looking beer.

Very subtle aroma of tartness, some apple perhaps. As it warmed the sour aromas became more pronounced, and some funk crept in.

Weird balance of flavors here. Nearly no funk in the taste. Crisp sourness up front, bittering hops to finish. Warming the beer caused both the sourness and bitterness to explode, and it became a little tough to drink towards the end.

Body on the light side of medium with excellent carbonation. They advertised carbonation reminiscent of champagne but I would say that's not accurate at all. No insane effervescence and relatively small bubbles. Much more like beer, and very well done.

I wonder if I had this one when it was too young. I liked how different it was from what I usually drink, but I wouldn't seek this out again. (957 characters)

Photo of GOBLIN
3.9/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Most have rated this a world class geuze. I'm not ready to go on in on that one. Now, it is true that I have not drank many in this style. And it may have something to do with the fact that my bottle was 5 years aged (maybe they age well maybe they don't). So . . . I will revisit it again someday and hopefully give a better review. (333 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
3.9/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice audible pop, slightly murky honey, near white head, leaves slow. Some cling lace.

S - Sour tart, barn yard.

T - Very very tart. Some of the barn is evident too. Mineral aspects evident too.

M - Medium to light body, lots of carb, balance is to the tart, of course.

D - Nice, refreshing, fun to drink. (313 characters)

Photo of ferrari29
3.9/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into Snifter shaped glass

A - Beer poured with an orange opaque colored body; some lacing form on the side of the glass, but the beer remained thin in appearance; one finger size white head formed

S - Sour, white grapes; traditional lambic/sour nose, very thick and prevalent; champagne nose with a subtle touch of oak

T - Sour grapefruit taste; tart; hints of fruit, like pineapple; the sour taste lingers for quite a while; woody oak and cork follows up the sourness and finishes with a light white vinegar and lime taste

M - Thin and bubbly feel; could have had more body, watery; bitter aftertaste leaves very quickly

D - Good drink, easy sour flavor really feels and taste great on the tongue; probably one of the better Gueuze drinks out there; fantastic after-meal drink (806 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750 mL corked and caged bottle purchased at State Line a few months back. The ale is dated 28-Feb-2004.

A: The ale is a darker orange, full of brown notes that results in a applesauce color. The haze is appreciable, a result of the last pour of the bottle. The head is quite large, almost overflowing my Chimay glass on at least two occasions.

S: The nose is dominated by the barnyard aromas, thick and tart. The tartness does not include the sour vinegar angle that I find unpleasant.

T: The tartness is apparent from the first sip. Tart green grapes lead off, sour with hints of sugary sweetness. Barnyard flavors intermingle with and fuel the tartness, ramping up the flavor seemingly with every sip. Further investigation reveals more fruit flavors, some citrus to rival the grapes. The tartness remains biting throughout.

M: The mouthfeel is tough, thick with bitter funkiness. The grassy citrus notes make this a good beer to sit and slowly sip.

D: The moderate abv is great, allowing for a full-bodied and flavorful ale with a 10% abv pricetag. I am not a 100% convert to this style but I'm working on it (1,118 characters)

Photo of samie85
3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottled 12/12/09.

A-Pours a very goldenrod color with a quarter of finger of white head and fine champagne-like bubbles.

S-Smells of lemon zest and a bit of mustiness.

T-Bitter, acidic lemon zest upfront with some dry and slightly sour lemon finish.

M-Very well carbonated and prickly in the mouth with a light body.

D-Very nice and not as funky or sour as some other Gueuze I've had, but a very nice example. (414 characters)

Photo of AwYeh
3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, dated December 10th, 2009, poured into snifter.

A: Pours a cloudy orange-golden color, with 2 fingers of towering, fizzy, bubbly head. Not much lacing, but decent head retention considering how fragile it looked.

S: Tangy typical lambic/gueuze aroma, with some citrus fruits and white grape making their presence known, along with a big rush of oak.

T: Very tart and lemony to start things off, but more so in the flavors- this isn't a super sour beer; rather well-balanced. White grape in a big way, with oak coming through once again. Ethanol is noticeable as the beer warms, but just to add a hint of spice- not unwelcome at all.

M: Thin/medium body with moderate carbonation, even if it was lower than I expected for the style. Acidic mouth and teeth coating on the finish.

D: This went down pretty easily, but I wasn't stoked to take my next sip like I am with my favorite beers. Quite enjoyable nonetheless, I'll try to pick it up again even with the high price point in place. (1,001 characters)

Photo of Klym
3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Lost Abbey tulip on 6/15/2011

A- Pours a very attractive tan leather gold with a very pretty transition of light orange into a warmer brown from variance in light penetration. Head is generous but gives away quickly.

S- Wow. Very rich and cleansing barnyard smell with strong lemon, grass, and a little appleskin upfront. I found the smell invigorating.

T- Kind of a big let down. I was expecting something powerful from the smell and the complex appearance, but taste is very faint. Yeast seems to be quite prominent in the taste with the nose ingredients mostly finding their place in the aftertaste. While very mild, it also avoids being offensive whatsoever.

M: The carbonation and overall mouthfeel is very nice and revitalizing. The mouthfeel is for me the primary experience in the drink, and a good one at that.

O: A refreshing drink with some great characteristics and some unusual notes. Sadly, the taste fails to deliver in a way that could keep me interested and intrigue me into picking this up again. Should the flavor move out from its shy hiding one day I'd love to have this again. (1,118 characters)

Photo of ADZA
3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As soon as i pulled back the cage around the cork without even touching the cork this pops like no other just like a champagne botle and it gushes out everywhere and when poured its a hazed golden hue which leaves a creamy three finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is sweaty socks,wet soil,lemon zest and freshly cut grass,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and rather creamy and on taste it tastes just abit young for a Gueuze so be good to age and i get hints of lemon zest,sunrise limes,mandarin,barnyard funk and finished with a herbal apple candy sourness and overall its nice but like i stated previously this is one to age cheers. (641 characters)

Photo of PatronWizard
3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled Nov 30, 2005. In the continuing effort to broaden my beer horizons, gueuze represents the final frontier. To infinity and beyond...

Perfect copper color. Like a dissolved penny. A shiny new one. The tiniest of bubbles. Smallish white head. Fairly clear.

Smell is sow-wah! Actually made my mouth water though. Pungent! The last gueuze I had smelled like dirty feet and turned me off. No foot fetish here. This one is much better. Still funky, just not foot funky.

The taste is one thing, the sensation is another. It more or less explodes flavor throughout your whole pie-hole. It's a rush. Sow-wah!

Light, dry finish.

Overall: makin my way, the only way I know how, but that's just a little bit more than the law will allow (736 characters)

Photo of Roguer
3.86/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, opaque golden-orange-copper brew. Beautiful. Big, fluffy snow white head, with good retention and minimal lacing.

Sharp, tart aroma from the moment the pour begins. Light funk, as expected; straw; some citrus; sour, white wine-like vinegar. Earthy.

Flavor follows the aroma, with an added, noticeable earthy, dirt-like flavor. Funk in three directions (earthy, musty, and sharp), light citrus, wheat. Reasonably sour. I don't know if the burnt dirt flavor (smokey?) is a function of bottle, palate, or environment; it's not entirely unpleasing, but it's unexpected.

Nice puckering sour mouthfeel; medium overall. Certainly a sipper. Nice astringency.

This is far more funky and earthy than the Golden Blend I tried the other day, and it hurts the brew. It's a very good Lambic overall, but simply not as special, and not as good. Off of one bottle, I have to say this rates with a typical Geuze or Gose, instead of standing out as something particularly special. (972 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.85/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amber golden color with a fluffy head with short retention.
Aroma is even stronger than Cantillon Lambic, with horse blanket much more present and quite funky. It sticks to your nostrils for a while.
Same happens to its flavor, strong tartness with notes of lime, funky pineapples, lactic acid, hard green apples, vinegar and non sweet champagne. Very dry and acid aftertaste. I feel like my tongue was glued to my mouth.
Medium to full body with good carbonation that is effervescent at a second stage.
A funky party. This one is bolder than Cantillon, while the latter is more elegant. So depends on what mood you are on, but it may be a notch above the other. (662 characters)

Photo of cnbrown313
3.83/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml cork and cage bottle, 2012 vintage

A - Pours a golden straw color with very little head.

S - Not as strong of a smell as I expected. But, I do smell some apple, a little bit of lemon, and a touch of funkiness.

T - As you take a sip, you get a bit of tartness up front, like a sour apple or lemon, but the sourness is much more subdued than many other geuzes. It finishes with a little bit of a wheaty barnyard taste. Overall, this is a very refreshing and well balanced geuze, but it kind of lacked that "wow" factor that I was looking for in a Wold Class beer. Nonetheless, it was quite tasty.

M - The carbonation is nice and this beer has a good mouth feel, but I enjoy the finer, more champagne-like carbonation that other geuzes offer.

O - I had a Cantillon Geuze side-by-side with this beer, and in my opinion, the Cantillion blew it away. I wish this beer was a bit more sour, funky, and carbonated. But, I would certainly like to get another to cellar. (985 characters)

Photo of Domingo
3.83/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BankerJoe for this bottle. It's a 12oz Belgian bottle that he brought back rather than the imported 22oz bottle.
Pours a light straw color. Forms a moderate head, but nothing too rocky. Pretty typical for the style.
Smell's sour and citrus. Picking up a little grassy hops and some barnyard-esque yeast, but the sourness dominates.
Spicy! Yes, the flavor starts sour, but there's a strong peppery bite to the finish. Very citric, but the finish is peppery (maybe some sea salt) and dry. There's minimal aftertaste, so it's really easy to drink a few sips to take everything in.
Body's somewhat thin, but it holds the flavor very well.
It's obviously really sour, but the spiciness is unique enough to make you come back. I'm not a huge fan of the style, but I do like this item and might revisit it if the price is right. (831 characters)

Photo of wifehatesthebike
3.83/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated from late 2010. Relatively fresh!

A: golden and slighly fizzy. Champagne like.
S: I didn't get much from the smell. Some green grape as mentioned below but not too complex.
T: Moderately sour on the front end but quickly dries and disappears on the palate at the end. Very drinkable, taste wise.
M: I rated this a bit lower due to the huge carbonation in the mouth, I feel this took away from the taste with a tonic like quality which seems to wash away the flavor profile a bit too much for my liking. The carbonation actually slowed my consumption of the beer more than the taste.
O: A very good, lighter/drier sour. Not a beer to power through due to the explosion of fizz with each sip. Good but not the best sour I've ever had. (746 characters)

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.83/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled February 28, 2004

A: Huge head comes forth made up of large sized light tan bubbles, dominating the top of the glass. This large head isn’t destined long for this world as it appears to be falling quick…I expect the head to remain but not with the vigor that it started with. Body is vibrant carrot gold with a hazy personality and lots of swirling bubbles at the bottom of the glass.

S: Oak, acetic acid, vinous lemons and sour wine.

T: Begins with dull melon in the center of the tongue witch quickly gets enveloped by the trademark vitamin C sourness of the gueze. Serious oakey nature blends in well with tart green apple, under ripe pears and sour grapes. Really earthy nature reminiscent of an old, dank house. Finishes mineraly with gently sweetness and lingering lemon zest.

M: Medium body, fizzy yet full.

D: This was good but wasn’t my favorite gueze. Highly recommended to sour lovers though. (929 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.82/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very little carbonation in this one. The beer is a rich copper color with a very faint, wispy head. The aroma has a horse and barnyard funk, mixed with some sweet apple scents. Not a sour-bomb, but a slightly sweetened moderately sour funk. (Sweeted after the fermentation?) There is certainly a little sweetness in the front of the brew. It also has a firm bitterness that runs throughout. Refreshing, although I would have preferred it a little less sweet. (458 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
3.82/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale gold colour with lots of cloudy haze in the glass. Head is fairly small, sinks to a saliva-esque film. Lace is small and not very sticky. Looks good, not great.

Smells very acidic with funk as a backup. Lots of underripe berry and citrus notes, and some nice barnyard character with wet lucerne and animal/corporeal notes. Kind of salty as well, but overall quite nice.

Tastes quite similar. Noticeable acidity but not tart or puckering. Lots of funk to it, with corporeal salty characters, lemon zest and pink grapefruit and a fair amount of barnyard/horse blanket kind of flavour. Almost rubbery at times but a nice acidity carries it through with a citric edge at the back. Mostly funky, and ends bitter. Nicely constructed, just not hugely exciting.

Feels a bit lacking on the texture, nice puckering tells you it's there but otherwise there's not a huge amount of body.

Sour and refreshing, nice funky beer. (929 characters)

Photo of pwoody11
3.82/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy goldish color.

Aroma was mostly lemony and funky with some grape and barnyard notes.

Taste was also a little funky, but not as much as the aroma. A little sour and tart, but not as much as I had expected. I'm getting dark grape, and this lemon honey cough drop type flavor going on. This beer seems pretty complex. Wish I knew the ingredients to help decipher.

Mouthfeel is champagne like. Nicely carbonated and a little dry. (444 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.81/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in December 2009. Sampled after Duck Duck Gooze and Boon Mariage Parfait Gueuze 2004. Notes from Friday.

A- Dark caramel orange with yeast floating around causing a hazy looking beer. Massive frothy head with huge bubbles and great retention builds and retains well. Tons of lace.

S- Hugely funky, more in the must basement/rotten way, but nice (lol). Vinegar/acetic notes in here with lemon, peach and floral notes amongst even more funk.

T- Sour funk bomb. Citrus fruit, lemon and straw really dominate this one to me. Very sour. Oak.

MF- Creamy light body that is very sour.

DB- Cheek puckering sour gueuze with a lot of funk. More straight forward than the other two. Will probably have it again in the future or try vintages. (743 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.8/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 oz corked and caged bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
6% ABV, Bottled on Dec 12th, 2009, "Good for at least 10 years from bottled date."

A - Effervescent with a tall white head, Oude Gueuze is barely cloudy with a vibrant golden yellow. Despite heavy carbonation the acidity drops the head like a bad habit. Spotty lace adorns the glass.

S - Heavy on the lactic acid, it smells almost barf-like. Strong, complex yeast interaction with the barnyard qualities hinted at and the sour, sweaty gym sock aroma pulling forward from a vigorous swirl. Malty balance in the background.

T - The acid level is almost overwhelming in flavor and feel, pushing it past the great nuances the yeast has to offer in the aroma. Medicinal notes on the back end pop through the moderately malt-balanced mid section.

M - Biting acidity is sharp as is the overly strong carbonation. Burp-central here. A nice combination of dryness and sourness finishes this medium-bodied Gueuze out.

O - A good one overall, this has been a more pleasant experience than my first try of it. Still though, the extreme carbonation and acidity don't lend well to drinkability. (1,145 characters)

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