Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Ratings: 2,362
Reviews: 700
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 419
Gots: 647 | FT: 76
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rastaman on 09-27-2002

This listing is for all vintages of the Oude Geuze, but not for bottles specifically labelled "Oude Geuze Vintage".
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Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.37/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The cork came out of the bottle without any pressure. It poured a clear orange color with no head at all. The aroma is dry and sour with hints of sour apples and some barnyard character. The flavor isn't overly sour it is flat though and it makes it very boring to drink. Thin mouthfeel, I would like to try an older version.

Photo of GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.58/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a pretty good gueuze, although I found it very acetic, and although the sourness was nice I would've enjoyed a bit more sourness and champagne character. Nonetheless, still pretty good. Thanks to SurlySober for sharing this bottle with me.

Appearance was an attractive hazy straw color with two fingers of fluffy white head. Aroma was a mix of light champagne character, acetic vinegar-ness, and a bit of fresh-cut apple fruitiness. This beer also seemed a bit light-struck. Flavor was rather sour, but didn't totally make me pucker. There was also some light apple and champagne notes. Mouthfeel was fairly light and bubble-y and appropriate. I did enjoy this beer and would recommend it.

Photo of klewis
4.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled 1/17/06

A: Pours a hazy golden with a big fluffy head. Spotty lacing with a frothy ring around the surface of the beer.

S: Heavy brett smell with a lemon zest aroma.

T: Brett, citrus, and an interesting minty character. Refreshingly tart.

M: Medium body. There is a lot of carbonation, but it is quite fine and does not interfere with the taste.

D: A funky-beer lover's wet dream. Absolutely wonderful and worth whatever it takes to get some.

Photo of aforbes10
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle picked up at City Wide Liquors in South Bend, although the bottle was smaller and looked like the "vintage 2002" version. This one was bottles Nov. 30, 2005. Poured bubbly and red to orange brown on the pour with a puffy white head. The head disappeared almost immediately and the beer really calmed down a lot. Odor is extremely tart smelling...cherries, strawberries, dank-ness. Hugely sour at first gulp...lemon juice sour. whoo! Then some bretty-barnyard-ness on the finish. Second sip is much more subdued once all my tastebuds have been smached to bits. Dry, tart cherries in vanilla and oak flavor. Rich and effervescent. Towards the end of the glass, the horsey flavor and fruits meld nicely and its a real pleasure. Medium bodied and well balanced. Very nice. Im not too experienced with the style, but i enjoyed it and would have it again.

Photo of Domingo
3.83/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev -11.6%
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

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
bottled on Jan 17 2006
A- This beer pours a glowing orange hazy body with a huge champagne carbonation of micro bubbles that sent the cork flying. There was a thick creamy head that last a good bit fading to a film.

S- The bright smell of white wine vinegar has some light fruit notes to it with a soft cola smell and some wet hay and white pepper notes to it.

T- This beer has a big bright tartness with a soft brie rind flavor followed by a soft bread dough note. The finish has a soft spice to it. As the beer warms there are some softer horsey and acidic notes that increase.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a tart astringency that lingers for a good bit. The astringency is strong but no jaw locking as other wild ales.

D- This beer has a nice full pucker and tartness but it as some good subtle qualities that keep developing with each sip. The smell and flavors were big and bold but I didn't feel like they were punishingly large.

Photo of k75
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

yes, a perfect beer.
I tried. I find no flaws. Could a sour beer be better? no. different? yes, but not better. equal? possibly. currently my favorite sour.

dense layers of delicate sour , tart, a passing nod to funk - all balanced in a robustly refreshing gueuze.
amazing

a beer worthy of a quest.

k75

Photo of illidurit
4.14/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not much carbonation after an aggressive pour into a tulip glass. Head seems composed of air bubbles instead of CO2 bubbles. I'm worried this might be oxidized. Smell is of sour citrus, musty yeast, and hay. Taste is of lemon, apple skin, a faint sugary sweetness, a hint of champagney grape. Very sour and a little dirty on the mouthfeel. Quite drinkable for the amount of sourness however.

Photo of errantnight
4.09/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of BigJTrucker
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this 12.7oz corked and caged bottle @ Bier Stien, Eugene, OR . Bottled 22 January 2004.

Pours a hazy orange color, head settled fairly quickly. Smell is huge, the expected sour aroma is prevalent, along with some faint malty aroma. Taste is sour citrus, particularly lemon. Some wheat flavor as well. Mouthfeel is effervescent and smooth. Drinkability is quite good, especially for fans of the style. Some may be put off by the sour taste and aroma, but it's surprisingly good.

Photo of roblowther
4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750ml caged & corked dated 18/2/05. Pours a clear, effervescent amber with a very thick, rocky head that undulates and heaves like I'm writting a letter to an entirely different kind of web site. The smell is musty, sour, sharp and sweet. Yes, all of those. Medicinal esters add their note as well. The taste is dry and crisp, then decidedly sour. Very delicate and champagne-like up front with a sour lambic wallop that hits you hard. The mouthfeel is really light and airy, but surprisingly substantial. Does not come off as watery at all, which is remarkable given its light body and crisp, bubbly texture. The drinkability is very good, although the sour finish will put some off. Of course, it will probably put off those who wouldn't be interested in a geuze to begin with and that's not me so I'm not worried.

Photo of brewcrew76
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle dated 1/17/06

A - Hazy straw yellowish orange with a thin white bubbly head that disappears to a ring of lace.

S - Hay, earth, tart lemons, some farm characteristics mixed in.

T - Tart with a slight sugary lemonade touch. Some grain and hay in the background with a grape taste present throughout. More complex than I am doing it justice in this review.

M - Medium body with bubbly carbonation that is crisp on the tongue with a dry tart finish.

D - Highly drinkable for all the tartness going on. I will need to try an older vintage and see what time does to it.

Photo of jakon
4.17/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7oz bottle purchased for $7.49 on 7-20-7 at Belmont Station.

Bottled on date of January 22nd, 2004.

A faint pop of the cork reveals that there isn't much carbonation with this one. Pours a glowing gold with a thin layer of foam that coats the surface and slowly disappears over the next 5-10 minutes. The aroma is awesome. Mister Ed meets Parliament. I'm in for a treat. The initial taste puckers my mouth like no other. I can feel it all the way back at the top of my jaw. Yum. There is a slight bitterness buried underneath all the sharp acidity, but this is all about the sour funk. Great beer, but it could use a little more carbonation.

Photo of peabody
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a really cloudy light amber with yellow hints. Lots of whits suds here.
Smell is that wonderful lambic smell Sour grapes/ soured apple peels and sweet tarts poured into vinegar..
Taste is sour but it is mellowed out by a sweetness and this darkness. Full bodied and it fills up the mouth with every
sour flavor imaginable.
Mouthfeel is a little dirty with just a hint of oily residue. This is where the sour turns to sweet.
I could drink this on occasion but not every occasion. Still a great sour beer. I think I like the Kriek De Ranke better.

Photo of dmbfrat420beers
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: hazy, light copper orange, big white head of small bubbles with very nice retention and some lacing down the side of the glass.

Smell: Whoa!! One of the strongest smelling beers I’ve ever had. Very sour and musty as I would expect from a Gueze, but very pungent.

Taste: Sour, as the one could expect from the aroma, but surprisingly refreshing flavor nonetheless. Light, crisp notes of citrus and melon with a touch of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth, very crisp.

Drinkability: The sourness took me longer to get over in comparison with out Gueze I have had, but afterwards was very easy to drink.

Overall, a very pungent but surprisingly refreshing beer that I wish I had some more of!

Photo of Erdinger2003
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out like a white wine all fizzy yet holds a head. Color is brownish gold and crystal clear. Smell is sour with some clear notes of horse blanket and citrus fruit. Taste is sour and there's a lot of sour lemon flavor. This doesn't give me a sour face. Mouthfeel is really great the carbonation is smooth and soft on the palate. Overall I think this is my best geuze ever. I would like to get lots more of this.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a washed-out gold and brown with a sustained frothy head.

Smells of sour funk, green apples, lemon rind and a dry oaky cork.

Tastes of a sharply tart cherry and a sweet wheat that fades to a pungently dry sourness that reminds me of sappy oak and a dry cork.

Feels light and clean with a slight, large-bubbled carbonation that adds a pleasant texture.

This is a tasty sipper with a great woody character.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.76/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ive only tried Drie Foneinen Gueuze once before, 3 years ago. I thought it was incredible, it was probably my first good Lambic experience.

Pours from the 375 ml bottle (2004 vintage) a bright bronze color with great clarity. A fizzy and big head leaves intricate lace strings behind. The nose is funky and very delicate with citrusy, floral, woody and good old barnyard aromas. The taste is uber sour but not as brash as Cantillon Gueuze. Sour citrus mingles with moist hay, fresh packed earth, fruit flavors (mangos? berries?) and musty, horsey, brett flavors. The flavor grows in funkyness and sourness as it warms. The mouthfeel is slightly viscous but not full bodied. Carbonation is active and smooth.

This is an infinitely complex Gueuze. This is a beer to slip slowly to savour the developing nuances. Incredible stuff.

Photo of Hautacam
3.71/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb. 2004 bottle...drinking Apr. 2007.
What a great looking brew. Slightly hazy orange-gold with a big bubbly off-white, almost yellow head.
The smell is lemon and a decent dose of earthy barnyard.
As soon as it hits your tongue , it's puckering...extremely tart , lemon rind , sour, winey and very dry...astringent. The funky wild flavors are there , but kind of in the background....not as up-front with the horse as some others. I'm missing that a bit. Bitter clean aftertaste.
The mouthfeel is light and very effervescent...refreshing. The sour just doesn't quit.
A very nice Oude Gueze.

Photo of BretSikkink
4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled January 2004. Bottles states that it's good for ten years.

Light pop uncorks a chill-hazed orange with less than a finger of off white, quickly reducing head. Great color, looks like a beautiful gueuze (although I notice that Drie Fontenein uses the alternative spelling 'geuze'.) I shook loose the sediment for the second pour, which added further haze and induced a one finger head of some staying power. Lacing is spotty, increases after second pour.

This bottle displayed some straight lemon zest in the nose, some malt and horse blanket notes, and a little spicing. The flavor is a real blast, seriously tart, but with a strong enough malt backing to come through beautifully. Not as earthy as some lambics, there is definitely a hint at champagne. Just a hint of sugary sweetness.

Serious carbonation, a really impressively light and springy beer. Mouthfeel is just about right for the style, very good in fact. Sharpness on the tongue, some spicing, finishes quite dry. Drinkability hurts just because of the extreme sourness in the flavor. For fans of sour Belgians.

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.83/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Photo of clabaugh
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A huge, meringue-like head erupts from a pale saffron colored body upon pouring. Retention is exemplary.

Smell: Raw yeastiness that allows me to finally comprehend what other BAs have meant when they've used the term "barnyard" to describe a beer's nose. Penetrating through the intense, wild yeast aroma are hints of citrus and other fruits.

Taste: Bitingly tart at once, accompanied with an unmistakable yeasty flavor. Grapefruit and herb, accented with traces of the oak barrels in which the beer was fermented. Finishes with some rich maltiness, backed up with the ever-present sourness.

Mouthfeel: Rather light-bodied, with some dynamic carbonation. Warming on the tongue, with the tartness supplying some numbing sensations.

Drinkability: Unique flavor that continues to go down pleasantly. Becomes very tasty by mid-bottle once one's palate adjusts to the pungent tartness. Very nice.

Photo of BillyB
4.12/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
97 out of 100 based on 2,362 ratings.