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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Reviews: 695
Hads: 2,465
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 16.17%
Wants: 431
Gots: 701 | 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 nmann08
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

March 2012 Bottle

Pours a dark golden clear color. Active head coming out of the bottle and into the glass that disappears almost as it formed. Very active carbonation in the glass.

Smells of lemon, funk, very dry, faint oak.

Taste is acidic, tart, sour apples, but not overwhelming. Very balanced with some sweetness.

Mouthfeel is crisp, refreshing, not too intense of a sour.

Overall, a very enjoyable sour.

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Photo of mroberts1204
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375ml bottle dated February 2012
Appearance is hazy golden orange with bright white foam that dissipates rapidly. Smell is of lemon and funk. Diaper funk. A touch metallic. Not overpowering in the aroma department. Flavor is delicious funk, a little bit of sweetness, and moderate acidity. Some lemon rind and nectarine. The sour lingers more than the Tilquin that im drinking side by side. Would like some more bubbles but the lower level of carb is probably true to style. A delicious gueuze.

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Photo of safaricook
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one was bottled 18 months ago. Cork comes easy with a huge plop! Lots of carbonation creates a unstable white foam and a clear orange body. Smells is funk and horse blanket, citric, apricot. Taste is sourness, funk, leathery, some fruitiness. Very spritzy and light on the tongue. Nice and refreshing. I had this before and liked it, but this time it really knocked it out of the ballpark. The age has done it really well. Really not too sour and this great carbonation. I consider myself lucky to pick up something like this any time I want.

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Photo of JamesShoemaker
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a stemless wine glass. 2012 vintage, slightly over a year old at this point. I got this puppy in a box from Belgiuminanbox.com. If you can scrape the scratch for the shipping, it's definitely worth it.

A - excellent. Dark orange and yellow, much darker than Cantillon and other various gueuzes I've had. Cloudy and carbonated. Big head on the forced pour, but it recedes very quickly.

S - meh, a little sour and skunky for me. There's something strange here. I don't get a lot of fruit on the nose, just a champagne-like acridness.

T - the taste is better. A nice sourness at first leads into some fruity residue. Lots of lime, but there's nothing really sweet about it.

M - the bitterness sticks around pleasantly, and the carbonation is definitely present throughout.

O - I don't know how much bottles of this go for in the States, but I'd pick it up again for sure.

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Photo of jlindros
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

05 vintage.
Pours a nice fizzy head, hazy apricot colored.

Nose nice blended sour juice, light funk aged tart fruit like, little grassy light lemony tartness, nice funk and just a touch of oak.

Taste same, tart fruit funk, dry bready malt, little cork, great balance of sour fruit, with a bit of a sharp acidity and some lemony tartness, light wet hey and a grassy funk, very light vinous quality and a good juicy sourness with faint oak. Finish is semi flemmy and acidic, nice lingering sour fruit and light lemony flavor.

Mouth is med to light bodied, decent carb for how old it is.

Overall fantastic beer, on par with or maybe even setting the standard for an oude gueuze. Great structure, acid levels, sour flavors, long finish, just tasty.

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Photo of Igotmypistola
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lovely Cali afternoon, 90 and breezy. Needed a beer for the occasion. thinking this one may just fit the bill...

Pours a picture perfect deep gold. swirling it around with nice lacing and carbonation. i can smell it instantly. Imagining my backyard is fill with lemon zest fields and straw haystacks.

Taste is nicely acidic. mellow and understated. peppery and slight spice. nice orange(y) flavor going on. so well balanced. The 'drinkabilty' factor is HIGH on this brew. i could have a few of these and not have the life sucked out of my mouth like those delicious RR sours.

Im diggin it. if im being picky, id love this brew to throw a 'juicy' bag around its neck, and take strut around if you know whata mean

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Photo of draheim
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375mL (bottled 11/18/2010) into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazy golden color w/ a 1-finger white head, vigorous carbonation.

Aroma is tart, very dry and oaky, funky, a little vinous.

Taste is lemony, grassy, sour, oaky, mildly acidic.

Mouthfeel is clean, refreshing, w/ a crisp dry finish. Carbonation tickles the palate.

Overall a solid, straightforward rendition of the style.

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Photo of mahak213
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle

Appearance- Golden orange, pretty clear with a thin cap of white head

Smell- Lots of funk, lemony acidity is there, along with an earthiness. Definitely dominated by the funk

Taste- Lemon and green apple skin sourness, a bit of a grassy herbalness, which develops into a musty, dry funk. Aftertaste brings more of the green apple flavors

Mouthfeel- Light mouthfeel with lots of prickly carbonation. Finishes dry and crisp, very nice

Overall- Top notch stuff, nothing really else to say. Consistently good and easy enough to get a hold of, I always keep a few bottles around!

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Photo of thebigredone
4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looking forward to trying this beer, after having tried the Golden Blend previously which was fantastic.

Average appearance, golden body with thin white head.

Smell is not particularly attractive, a very funky oak smell with a hint of rotten sweetness.

Taste is better, funky, oaky, and slightly tart. Slightly vinous on the back end. Makes me think of licking a forest floor followed by sucking on an old lemon. Doesn't sound good, but somehow it works.

Overall, a tasty brew. Surprised by the lack of tartness in this, expected more sour. Still, I enjoy it.

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Photo of deebo
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A bottle at a small watering hole in Bruges. This beer is dark yellow in color with lots of lively carbonation. Aroma and taste is similar. Typical Belgian geuze. Funky, leathery, tobacco leaf with a very dry finish. Easy to drink. Sour. Just a notch below Cantillon's version for overall funk and sour complexity.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.94/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

bottled on 5 Jan 2012

A: pours a clear and bright gold with a half finger head that is dense and retains well into a duvel snifter
S: smells of bretty barnyard with some clean sourness and oak
T: starts off quite tart and sour apple but fades to some funk and oak. brett is somewhat prominent but not overbearing. aftertaste is kind of medicinal and band aidy with a bit of lingering sourness
M: lighter side of medium in the mouth with soft but prominent carb and a drying finish
O: an absolutely fantastic Geuze. good sourness, decent complexity and the wild fermentation has done a number on this beer.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375ml.. Teku glass.

A: Pours a deep golden color with a ring of pure white, persistent head--medium to large sized bubbles. Champagne-like effervescence. Good clarity.

S: Acidic sour, some sort of sweet fruity candy, grapefruit, wheat, earth and funk and grass, mineral notes. Vanilla and oak come out in droves as it warms.

T: Sour apple, citrus, oak as it warms, finishing dry and puckering. Sour is light to moderate.

M: Light and fizzy. Medium body and light carbonation.

O: An excellent, readily available gueuze. The level of sourness really hits the spot, but the barrel character is very light.

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Photo of Jonada
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottled on April 27 2010. Served in a Russian River stemmed glass

Appearance: Golden yellow color with less than a finger of soapy white head, which dissipated quickly to a thin collar. Slightly hazy in the glass with quite a bit of visible carbonation

Smell: Lemon, vinegar, oak, musty basement, barnyard, grass, green apple.

Taste: Acidic lemon juice, lemon rind, quite a bit of barnyard funk, white wine grape, a bit of lactic sourness in the finish/aftertaste. Overall sourness is medium.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and crisp mouthfeel. Carbonation is bordering on high, but works well for the style. Finishes dry.

Overall: Really good gueuze. This is one of the classics for a reason.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Opened as part of a mini sour tasting, one of the most classic gueuzes out there - very excited to finally try this one after the bottle had been teasing me for so long. Pours a slightly hazy copper color with little bits of gold that streamline the edges. A soapy and bubbly white head grows and recedes in one fluid motion, leaving only a small bit of lacing at the very top of the glass.

Quite a bit of fruit skin sourness hits me on the initial whiff - very tart in character and lightly acidic, with a small amount of lacto behind it all. Some very mild hops show up, grassy and herbal, and add a very slight bitterness that extends the tartness into the realm of astringency, just for a brief moment. Tartly bitter. Is that a real thing?

Lots of funky yeast in this one, too - it's got that characteristic smell of Belgian gueuze to it. The sweaty sock funk it strong in the start and comes out even more as the beer rises in temp. A touch of finishing oak and wet hay, jammin' on the barnyard walls. Funky, funky, funky, reaching for damp and dirty blankets in the middle of a barnyard floor.

The taste starts off with a nice tartness, but it's definitely not as sour as I thought it would be, especially after smelling it. For a gauge, it's slightly less tart than Cantillon's Gueuze, for those who may have had that before this. After the initial sour apple and stone fruit skins, a mild astringency bites the tip of the tongue and quickly gives way to the funkadelic flavors. You can taste Belgium in this beer.

Drub, musky and funk yeast plagues the aftertaste, spread across a canvas of burnt oak - the barrel comes out hard in the end. Really dry overall, especially in the finish, with an easily discernible, funky bitterness upon fading out. By the final sip, oak seems to be one of the heaviest flavors of the aftertaste, and that's what I'm left with after the beer is gone. Not bad. Pretty thin bodied, crisp, wet, and sharp mouth feel, lots of carbonation.

Definitely a great gueuze, and it was interesting to see the differences in the style between this and the Cantillon gueuze (they were enjoyed back-to-back). This one was not quite as sour/tart and the oak/funk was a bit more forward. Both good in their own ways, no doubt about that. If you're on the fence about sours, try this one along with the Cantillon gueuze (if you can get/find them). If those don't convert you, then you'll probably never like sours.

EDIT: 9/4/2013

After having many, many more bottles of this, the variation is lovely. Sometimes it's much funkier, sometimes it's much more tart, but it's always delicious. I still think I prefer Cantillon's original gueuze to this one, but hey - I can still find this stuff on the shelves occasionally... win!

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: into a flute, hazy gold-colored body with visible effervescence and an off-white three-finger head that slimmed but persisted; patches of lace

S: lemon zest and fresh barnyard hay

T: lotsa of citrus (lemon) and yeasty flavors that are reminiscent of barnyards, hay, mustiness, and "funk" - pale, delicate malts run under the predominant flavors

M: crisp, sparkly, tart, refreshing, fuzzy

O: my first gueuze, so I'm trying to play it cool here, but based on what I've heard and read, this is a pretty damn good example of the style - I have been leery of the sour beer for quite some time now, but this was delightful.

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Photo of fdig23
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle.

Appearance: classic hazy yellow with a decent finely bubbled white head.

Nose: Tons of lemon zest, fresh lime, sour cherry, grass and hay, and an herbal lemon verbena note. Bright, fresh, and inviting.

Taste: A lot of zesty citrus dominates the initial taste. There's a bit of smooth, oaky sour cherry in the middle, and a nice toasted biscuit malt finish. Has a fresher, greener taste than other gueuzes I've had and the funk definite comes second to the citrus. Rich, complex, nice.

Mouthfeel: typically tingly and a bit mouth-drying. Definitely refreshing.

Overall: A top-notch gueuze. Much more of a refined citrus and balanced malt profile than some of the funkier lambics. Something you could drink for hours and keep discovering something new about it.

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Photo of TallSaint
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

March 25th, 2013

Poured into a tulip glass

It pours a gorgeous pear color with a lively two fingers of head.

In the nose, barnyard funk, leather and dirty horse blanket come through - the usual suspects. But along with this is tart apple, lemon rind, yeast, oak, and the slightest touch of vanilla.

It assaults the mouth with flavor. Sour white grapes and lemon upfront. It progresses into a barnyard funky-ness with notes of hay and grass as well as a touch of oak and then a gentle but big, refreshing sourness in the back. This sour finish is long and it coats the back of the mouth. Underneath this all is a subtle sweetness which helps, in conjunction with the effervescence, to balance some of the sourness.

The mouthfeel is incredible. It's highly carbonated (but not overly so) and this creates a very airy mouthfeel which enlivens the whole beer. The sour grapes, hay and grass come to life through this bright, light mouthfeel. It's airy-ness also means it's very drinkable, although you need to drink this slowly because there is so much going on.

Overall this is an incredibly complex beer and I personally think it takes a whole 330ml bottle to fully process its complexity. A fantastic guezue.

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Photo of macher0
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served in a tulip glass. Poured a little faster than I should have. Relatively fresh.

A: Opaque light copper, almost peach color. About a finger of head that very quickly retreats to no film on top, a bit around the rim.

S: Strong sour smell right up front. This is the smell I expect from a top-notch sour/lambic. Yeasty and musty.

T: Sour and tart. No sweetness at all. Medium oak presence. Yeast is present as tartness fades. A little bitter on end.

M: Not jaw-clenching, but getting close. Thin with medium carbonation.

O: THE classic sour beer. This is definately a starting off point for someone who wants to try what a sour should be. I enjoy this beer frequently.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.51/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber with a quickly fading head.
Big funky aroma, some old cheese, lots of goat, along with some elderflower and lime.
More elderflower as a flavour, also some light sweet malt, lemon and a fair whack of acidity. Finishes a bit astringent, with a bitterness reminiscent of lemon pith.
Carbonation seems a bit high.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear light golden body with a 1/4" of white head and an abundance of active carbonation.

The aroma is green apple, vinegar, grass clippings, and butter.

It's tart, acidic, and fruity. The same apple and vinegar is in the forefront with the grass to a lesser extent.

Mouthfeel is dry, prickly, and tart. It's really clean and crisp.

This is one fantastic beer. The taste and mouthfeel really come together and make it fun to quaff.

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Photo of RashyGrillCook
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A 375ml bottle dated 03 NOV 2011. Got the wire cage about half way undone when the cork went off like a fucking rocket(did not foam over however). Left a dent in the ceiling. Don't look down the barrel when opening this one.

A: Amber, orange, golden would all fit. Large rocky, white head and easily the most vigorous bubbling I've seen in a glass.

S: Sour, sweaty, and earthy(like dirt/earthworms). Some sweetness is also detectable.

T&M: Very earthy, and tart. Makes my mouth water like crazy. Incredible effervescence and dances on the tongue like its fighting to not go down. Geuze guts anyone? An after taste of salty sweat.

O: Enjoyable and refreshing but hard to find at a decent price. I'm glad I tryed it but no where near as complex as I was hoping. It was nice to have a Geuze that was devoid of the dreaded acetone/nail polish remover flavor(I'm looking at you Experimental Cassis).

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Photo of jvillefan
4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: It had a pale golden yellow body with a minimal white head.

S: Estery sour aroma. The aroma is very mild compared to many other geuzes I've had. There is a subtle sour apple present.

T: Harsh edges around the ester sour flavors. Despite the harshness, still a good flavor.

M: Very thin with very sharp carbonation.

O: Good beer. Worth trying at least once.

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Photo of jeonseh
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml Bottle poured into a Mikkeller tulip

A - Hazy, burnt orange with golden accents. Tons of carbonation in this one which is seen trailing upwards. Huge rocky head that settles down to a layer of foam. This sucker was also under a lot of pressure as the cork blew out the second I removed the cage.

S - Grassy, barnyard funkiness and slight blue cheese are the main components. There is slight lemon, light acidic sweettart, and white vinegar as well

T - Up front the beer is tart with lemon and white vinegar. Then, you get a strong funkiness that is grassy, and earthy blue cheese funk. The light tart lemon carries on through the funk. The finish is big funk still and slight oak

MF - Lots of carbonation and almost makes you want to pucker from the tartness. Dry finish from the oak and lemon

O - Really a great Gueuze that is tart yet has a lot amount of earthy funk.it reminds me of a tarter and funkier version of Orval, which is a good thing. Lots of carbonation as well. Curious to see what aging does to this.

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Photo of r0nburgundy69
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

375ml C&C bottle into champagne flute.

A - Pours a hazy golden orange, with a medium white head.

S - Smells funky, barnyard, tart fruits, earth

T - Bitter mineral taste, tart lemon, green apple, a little sweetness sneaking in with the funk. Excellent.

O - An excellent geuze, although i prefer Cantillon classic.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml corked and caged bottle. The most unexpected thing happened when I was opening this - it pretty much opened itself. That is to say, once I made the last counter-twist to release the pressure of the wire cage, the cork just went and flew off, bouncing off the ceiling, with not even a single precious drop of overflow. And I was expecting to have to fight with getting the cork out!

This beer pours a hazy pale golden amber colour, with two fingers of thinly foamy, somewhat fizzy off-white head, which leaves some sudsy limestone cliff lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of tartly sour orchard fruit - green apple and under ripe cherry, mostly - grainy pale malt, prominent lactic acid notes, a middling yeasty funkiness, and herbal, leafy hops. The taste is a leavened tart fruitiness - still apple and cherry fronted - a relatively sweeter grainy bready maltiness, a much reduced funkitude, some static acidic milkiness, and more leafy, earthy hops.

The carbonation is unabashedly frothy and fizzy, the body medium-light in weight, and kind of airy in its otherwise approachable smoothness. It finishes actually on the sweet side, the malt making that extra push, as the other elements stand still or diminish.

A rather drinkable instance of the style, with a still healthy nod to the sassy elements that define the style - acid, funk, and um, jazz? Anyways, complex, sure, as the individual, often suspect flavours do well to come together and please a doubting palate. However, if you're looking for a wallop of that ol' acid and/or funk, maybe head on over to the Cantillon section, eh?

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