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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Ratings: 1666
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.9%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This listing is for all vintages of the Oude Geuze, but not for bottles specifically labelled "Oude Geuze Vintage".

(Beer added by: rastaman on 09-27-2002)
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samie85

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 02:27:36 | More by samie85
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AwYeh

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 21:08:42 | More by AwYeh
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -11%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2007 00:54:27 | More by akorsak
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srandycarter

California

3.9/5  rDev -11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2010 04:10:45 | More by srandycarter
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ferrari29

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -11%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 00:28:08 | More by ferrari29
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ADZA

Australia

3.9/5  rDev -11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 05:41:01 | More by ADZA
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FLima

Brazil

3.91/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 17:45:19 | More by FLima
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Fladder

Texas

3.93/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thick head, lots of bubbles. Nice gold color, somewhat opaque.

The smell contained sharp, stinging lemon and grape with sour undertones.

Of all the Gueuzes I've had, the acidity in this one hit me the hardest. For the first few steps, the acidity overwhelmed everything else. As my tastebuds adjusted, the beer seemed settle into a more laid-back drink.
The flavor didn't settle out into a strong apple or lemon taste like many of the other beers in this category. The taste had small hints of cheese and sweet onion.

The beer didn't feel heavy at all and the sharp acid taste lifted fairly quickly. The beer had a somewhat warming feeling, almost as if it could take the place of a dark winter beer.

I couldn't get really excited about the taste, although I still enjoyed drinking it.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2010 18:25:49 | More by Fladder
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jpmclaug

South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2010 01:21:57 | More by jpmclaug
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admiral

Australia

3.94/5  rDev -10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 11:01:35 | More by admiral
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BeerZack

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Geuzelover for this aged sample, bottle reads- 1/22/2004

Cloudy orange color with very little head (maybe to due age of this sample).

Smells tart with some spice and horseblanket.

Leathery spicy horseblanket, sour lemon, lactic acid taste/feel.

One of the more complex geuzes I've sampled, but not sure how much is due to age as I've yet to try a fresh sample.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2008 08:13:04 | More by BeerZack
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sisuspeed

New Hampshire

3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to sleepydave for bringing over this classic. Poured into a snifter. The body is a hazy, orange, pumpkin hue with a nice fluffy white head on top. Some lacing on the glass.

Lots of sourness up front in the aroma, followed by orange citrus and some well done barnyard funk. A little malty and earthy as well. Not noticing much of the barrel aging in the aroma, but everything that I do pick up is well done.

The flavor of this gueuze is nice and sour. Picking up some apples, grapes and citrus. Sweet, with a touch of cherry on the finish. Malts make their way into the mix as well, playing a role in the sweeter aspects of the beer. Unlike the aroma, I am pulling out some subtle oak notes in the taste. Slight warming alcohol in the background. This offering has a nice level of complexity.

Mouthfeel is prickly, yet still light on the carbonation. Sourness adds some puckering to the mouth, but is not too intense. Medium body.

Drinkability is quite good. Oude Gueuze packs a good sour punch, but doesn't go over the top, making this very drinkable for style. Subtle complexities in the taste keeps your hand reaching back for more.

Overall, this is a very well done gueuze and one that will unfortunately become harder to come by (brewery is shifting to a full time distillery). I hope to try it again in the future and would recommend it to anyone interested in the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 04:08:33 | More by sisuspeed
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Spider889

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on March 10, 2008.

This was my first serious sour/real lambic so I was a little unsure of what to expect. I don't think this is the normal "beginner" sour. However I was pleasantly surprised and liked it a lot. I will have to try this again down the road once I've tasted some more of the style and revisit this one.

Color is a semi-hazy orange straw color with a little head that receded quickly. Nicely carbonated.

Smelled of sour pear and cider with a damp mustiness to it. I detected a sour astringency that reminded me of a strong Gorgonzola (my wife thought it smelled like feet).

The taste was definitely sour, but not puckering at first. There were ripe black cherries in there along with an unbaked bready dough smell. Definitely grew on the funk scale (and sourness) as it warmed.

Bubbly on the tongue with a prickly sour finish, this is a dry beer that truly reminded me of champagne. I finished most of the bottle (my wife didn't care for it as much as I) but our 450ml? bottle was enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 06:30:53 | More by Spider889
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eric5bellies

Australia

3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank at De Garre in Brugge

A - Pours a hazy golden colour with a White head that is foamy and retains well.

S - Smells classic acidic lambic that has plenty of salty citrus about it.

T - Nicely balanced with acidity and citrus has a nice bitter finish that will leave you wanting more.

M - A little light on the body and decent carbonation.

D - One of the better Gueuzes that you'll find

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2011 08:19:39 | More by eric5bellies
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Chizoad

California

3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 04:39:47 | More by Chizoad
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notchucknorris

California

3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 22:19:03 | More by notchucknorris
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy copper/gold. Head is minimal, bright-white and bubbly. Ruddy. So very hazed. Pours almost flat with a more viscous body than expected.

Smell: Apricots, apples, slight funk. Very fruity and floral. Bread, musty, and oak. Smells very much of oak. A slight citric bite. Sesame seeds and a little bit of sweetness. Almost toasted at times.

Taste: Sweet and slightly funky. Citric bite. Toasted notes. Floral and subtle fruit. Oak is prevalent. Apricot and snappy apple. Mildly funky with an undercurrent of wood. So much oak it's silly. Touches of straw. Very delicate overall.

Mouthfeel: Full, but just barely. Smooth. Feels undercarbonated. So very smooth. Touch dry from the oak.

Overall: Solid overall, with a great depth. Looking for a little more tartness. Oak is a bit overpowering in the long run. Still, it's damn tasty.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 19:22:54 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 02:36:01 | More by rudzud
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CharlesDarwin

Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed on November 29, 2006. 22 January 2004. Bright freshly ground white pepper and plenty of bold oaky phenols and lots of funky cheese, mostly blue. Faint hexanes. Strong golden-orange pour, with a slick of whitish and extremely perfusive and thin carbonation. Flavor is composed of a strong, sharp, piquant sourneess, with dishes of reduced apple juice and a fine sherry vinegar. Lots of horses, and dry, oaky cherry pits. A smidge of oak creeps up in the background. Leather smack! Long tart balsamic tartness in the smack. Palate has a twinge of carbonative percolating, bristling the tounge and lighting up all the characters. Well dried.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2006 14:53:27 | More by CharlesDarwin
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chadspivey

Texas

3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'04 Vintage

A: Murky orange with low carbonation.

S: Musty funk. Slight horseblanket.

T: Vinegar, horseblanket, very light tart.

M: Average, actually slightly less carbonated. To be fair, this is about 4 years old.

D: Slightly more drinkable than most guezes.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2008 10:21:15 | More by chadspivey
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goldbot

District of Columbia

3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL, bottled on Feb. 2 2007. Blend of 1, 2, and 3 year old lambics.

Pours golden yellow and translucent with good carbonation. A medium white head thats quite bubbly. A touch of lacing left on the glass.

Smells really funky right up front. Strong and musty aromas, with a touch of tart apple and some ammonia/cat urine as well.

Tart, musty and funky right away. It puckers the lips a bit and is just about completely dry. A touch of sour apple again but this is subdued compared to the substantial brett flavor. Also a bit of oak flavor in there. Leaves a tart, slightly funky aftertaste and finishes dry.

A puckering mouthfeel with medium body. While funky and odd, this beer was not overly so. Rather it was pretty complex and an interesting experience. I'm rather new to lambics and brett beers but this was a good primer on the gueuze style for me. I'd like to pick up a couple more of these to put in the cellar and see what happens to this in a few more years.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2010 23:47:07 | More by goldbot
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wedge

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10 MAR 2008

The cork popped off of this one with no effort at all. Hazy gold hue with a very foamy head that eventually settles down to a small, tight head on the surface. Farm-y/funky acidic notes hit the nose...vinegar, wood, must, tart apple...generally funky with a subtle powdery sweetness. Juicy, tart flavors of apple and lemon. Sour and earthy, some sweetness attempting to counter the sour. Gentle despite the overall sourness. Very smooth and "floaty" with moderate carbonation. Somewhat puckering, leaving the inside of my mouth dry. I like it...

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 00:50:54 | More by wedge
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mmmbeer

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 mL green champagne bottle with cork, cage and foil presentation; bottled February 1, 2008. Brewed with 60% barley and 40% unmalted wheat. Pours a clear toasted amber hue, quite effervescent, with a huge, crackly head that nearly escapes the glass. It settles to a clingy half inch that doesn't quite grab on to the glass strongly enough to deposit any lace. Its surprisingly mild aroma contributes lemons, malt and a dash of funk. Prominent acids and esters on the palate, with a lactic acid twang, cherry, lemons, earth and an oak presence. The body is nearly full at times, with loads of carbonation, an oaky dryness and a sour finish. This one seems to focus more on the sourness than the funk, but it is well-balanced and very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 21:10:59 | More by mmmbeer
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ColdPoncho

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

December 2009
Thanks much to plenum for this bottle

from notes

A - cloudy amber, white film and ring of head

S - a bit funky, sourness, tart.

T - tart sourness well balanced with some woody notes. actually quite enjoyable, and I don't particularly like sour styles

M - it's dry and biting, which is not something i particularly like, but it's just what I'd expect from this style

O (D) - better than most sours I've had

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 16:37:15 | More by ColdPoncho
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russwbeck

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Extremely bubbly clear yellow pour with a huge white head. The cork literally almost shot out of the bottle when I touched it. The retention and lacing of the head is great.

S: The funk, acidity, and sweetness from the fruits (lemons, cherries) are all very balanced on the aroma. Smells tart, and a bit sweet.

T: The taste is no where near as acidic as I was expecting. Slight vinegar, slight barnyard funk, lemon, grass, hints of cherries. Muted, but good. The tartness and acidity kicked up as the beer warmed, and the funk took a backseat.

MF: Extreme carbonation, a bit too much. Light and tart.

O: This was good, but not as good as the Gueuze Tilquin. Balanced, but not as tasty. I was very surprised by the carbonation thing, and wanted a bit bigger flavor.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 23:06:40 | More by russwbeck
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