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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
Belgium | website

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

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".

Added by rastaman on 09-27-2002

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

Bottle marked "1999". Poured a hazy golden-marmalade beneath a creamy white head. Aromas of mineral, granite, wet leather, basement mustiness, citrus, and tropical fruit. The flavor is brash and tart, displaying notes of wood, cheese, fruit, leather, straw, ripped tin, and suggestions of blood, citrus and shit. Quite the stunner!!! For fans of geuze this one should not be missed. For the uninitiated, please stay away (leaving more for us!)... try something with a bit of fruit first.

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Photo of rhinos00
4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12.7 oz. bottle dated November 30, 2005, a little over 3 years aged.

A- One of the most unique color appearances I have seen on a beer. As it lays in snifter, its body gives off an apple juice colored hue. It doesn't end there. Surrounding the edges and from underneath the body, there seems to be bright orange glow that just radiates throughout the beer. Almost seems magical.

S- Very interesting aroma. Smells of wood and sour acidic tones are the first to hit the nose. Given a few swirls, there is a subtle hint of sweetness.

T- Originally I was going to rate this a "4." However, as the beer warmed up the sour tones tapered off and became a lot milder. The most important part for me was that once the temperature rose, the sweetness of fruits (grapes?) became more prevalent. To me it became a completely different beer, a more enjoyable one.

M- In between medium and light bodied. The wonderful carbonation gives a champagne like feel. Also leaves a refreshing dry finish.

D- Drinkability is very good. I think I had the perfect amount. Having more than one glass would probably more sour than I could take in a single setting.

Overall, I opened this beer after reading that this was a good beer to act as a gateway into sours and lambics because it wasn't extremely sour. I definitely have to agree. This was a very refreshing and pleasant experience that makes me want to experiment more with this style of beer.

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

Nice looking green bottle, cork, muselet, golden foil, bottled date January 16, 2006. Sampled same date as the review.

Poured into both a Cantillon snifter-like glass and a small champagne flute (looks better in the flute), it produces a somewhat hazy bright orange, reddish hues, nice looking white fluffy head, lively bubbles coming to the top. After a long time, as the head finally dissipates, a lighter yellow hue is clearly separated at the top of the beer.
Great aroma, musty, leathery, fruity with citric notes, woody, earthy and even some vanilla; acidity keeps coming to the top.
It has a nice body, yet is refreshing, likely due to its acidity and lively carbonation.
The complex flavor is just as layed out by the enticing aroma; musty, fruity, woody, acid. Layers and layers of flavor, and every sip gives you something different.
Very impressive; now I need a few bottles to age.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.53/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ml foiled, corked, & caged; bottled on 02/Feb./07 and shared with trep and friends during a Thanksgiving holiday beer tasting.

Pours a brassy, golden body with a beautiful, bone-white head that leaves behind some nice smatterings of lacing. Exceptional carbonation level on this Gueuze, wafting aromatic notes of chardonney grapes, tart wild yeast, and a bit of oak.

I've come to the sad realization that I'm just not a fan of sour beers. I really want to like them, but I found this beer to be too sour/dry/tart/vinegary. White grape rinds and acetic acid lended the flavor a good deal of pungency, and the light body was exceedingly dry, well-carbonated, crisp, and mouth-puckeringly tart. The 4 oz. I had of this shared bottle were almost more than I could handle. Although sour beers aren't for me, I did enjoy Cantillon's Lou Pepe significantly more than this Gueuze.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle corked on 02/18/2007.

Poured hazy copper color with an large frothy white head that was lasting with good lacing.

Moderate sour yeasty wood aroma.

Medium body with a dry texture.

Medium sour citrus flavor with a medium sour finish of moderated duration.

This is a standout for style beer.

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Photo of nick76
1.92/5  rDev -55.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

The aroma is sour with tart fruit, lactic bacteria, yeast, urine, wood, and sugar. The appearance is cloudy and copper with a small head. The flavor is tangy is like the aroma. The palate is average. Overall not something I want again despite being complex and highly ranked here.

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Photo of hopdog
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12.7oz bottle, bottled on 22 January 2004. Poured a deeper and cloudy golden color with a fizzy off white head. Aromas of green apples with a light oakiness and lemons. Tastes follow suit with the same green apples, woody, and citrus. Nice, but not overpowering, pucker at the finish.

Re-rated with a 1999 vintage tasted in January '07 and the second time around with the older vintage, I enjoy quite a bit more.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to JoeCeez for this brew.

750ml
Gold Tin
Caged/Corked
Bottled: 2 Feb 07

Poured into my Gouden Carolus chalice a very nice hazy golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, nice one-finger fizzy white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, funky, very slight licorice, spicy. The taste is malty, yeasty/funky, with some sourness, some licorice notes, and spice. Medium body, the finish is dry. Very drinkable, this is a tasty brew, thanks Joe.

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Photo of Damian
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 1 pt 9.4 fl oz bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA
Served in a flute

The beer poured a hazy, honey-ish amber color with a fluffy, bubbly, off white, one-finger head that faded to a clingy ring of lace. Small drops of lacing trickled down the glass. As the beer warmed, the chill hazed cleared to reveal a nearly transparent body.

The aroma was ultra musty and complex. Tart and funky with a hay/barnyard-like character. On the second glass, a powdery, dry, yeast quality became apparent.

The taste was sour and funky yet not over the top for the style. Wheaty, crisp and light. Semi-fruity. A touch sweet in the center with notes of apple skin. The finish was intensely sour and acidic. Oaky, dry and slightly tannic with sharp lemon notes. As the beer warmed, an earthy mustiness became apparent.

The mouthfeel was super bubbly, light and creamy on the palate. Sprightly and fluffy with a champagne-like effervescence.

Drinkability was quite good for the style. The beer was tasty, complex and appetite whetting. Definitely worth trying if you are into lambics.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle dated 02/2007. I've been waiting to give this one a shot, hope its funky. beautiful orange color with a good head at first, then scarce bubbles. The smell is real nice, candy, fruit, peaches, a little basement. Nice and sour, juicy like apples and pears. It feels like very tiny bubbles as far as mouthfeel goes.

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Photo of jokelahoma
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
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 PatronWizard
3.88/5  rDev -10.6%
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

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Photo of yourefragile
4.69/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12.7 oz bottle, bottling date of 30 nov 2006.

A: Mildly cloudy amber-orange color, with a frothy whitish head that leaves a nice thin layer of bubbles and some splotchy lace.
S: Obviously has a strong sour, funky, dirty smell but also has a very potent slightly sweet, tart grapefruit like smell that provides nice balance to the funkiness.
T: I was just eating some nice, tart winesap apples this afternoon so my first drink of course reminds me of them. Immediately there is a sour apple/grapefruit flavor, but then in the body some more sweetness comes through before finishing very funky and earthy. Nice complex range of flavors and interesting balance of tart, sour and sweet flavors throughout.
M: Amazingly crisp and light in the mouth, with a very high level of carbonation. Despite sour and tartness this very smooth and refreshing.
D: Amazing gueze, I love drinking this, however, there is so much sourness and tart that lingers in the finish and complexity in the body that this is something best enjoyed slowly and on special occasions.

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Photo of Derek
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Nov. 30, 2005.

A: Hazy orange-brown with an off-white head, some retention & leg/lace.

S: Lactic sourness, cider, leather and a bit of horse. Very nice.

T: Very nice brett. presence (horsey, earthy minerals, leather & a little barnyard), reasonable lactic sourness, slightly woody, slight hints of cider vinegar. Nicely blended.

M: Light to moderate body has a slight acidity, dry finish (not very puckering).

D: Very drinkable for the style.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thin wispy yeasty top over honey-colored, slightly effervescent body. A little carbonation.

Very potent aroma of sour citrus with that nice horse-blanket tone of brett with a fair amount of electric yeast, malt and wheat. Powerful yet bright.

Clean and crisp up front with loads of sour citrus with horsehide notes and a good oak bakckbone. Wheat, malt and electric yeast are solid supporting cast.

The very strong sour citrus and brett pucker really gets balanced with the oak aging of this effort as well as the strong grain presence, providing an outstanding feel and finish on the palate.

A stellar offering for a style that's a challenge for drinkability. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of trill
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2004 Vintage

Pours very still, with the tiniest skim of carbonation gracing the surface. Nose is a ton of tropical fruit - pineapple, passion fruit, plum, almost like red Kool-Aid. Verrry mild barnyard aroma, considering the age of this one. Taste is sweet, then sour, then a surprisingly dry, minty finish. Not much "funk" to be found in the taste either. Lots of lemon and other sweet/sour citrus flavors, though. These combine with a very moderate level of tannins (from the oak, I'm assuming) to dry out the palate in preparation for the next sip. Carbonation level is a bit higher than the appearance reveals; very Champagne-like, and quite refreshing.

I'm enjoying my second glass of this with Cypress Grove Pepper Chevre, which is a very nice pairing if you're so inclined.

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Photo of brentk56
4.78/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 17 January 2006

Appearance: Pours a cloudy peach with a frothy heads that coats, and I mean coats, the chalice with lace

Smell: Of course there is the sour cat pee, funk, leather and all that, but there are also a sweet/tart and powdered sugar aroma underneath if you sniff around for it

Taste: Despite the immediate sour apple and grapefruit flavors that jump out in front, there is an underlying sweetness that joins through mid-palate; after the swallow, the leathery and oak flavors come to the fore, but there is also a lush lemon and apricot fruit presence that counterbalances the sour funk; the aftertaste is lengthy, with the addition of more oak

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied and creamy, with moderate to low carbonation (despite the initial burst when the bottle was opened); a lingering sourness at the back of the throat is felt as well as tasted

Drinkability: Not for everybody, obviously, and like many a lambic, something to be savored in the right setting, but a real achievement in the class

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Photo of Antilochus
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

VLAAMSVEST '08

Bottle at Cambrinus in Brugge. Best before 10/01/07. Apple juice yellow, clear, warm amber core, no head. A few bubbles here and there. Spicy nose, lots and lots of funk. Green apple. Palate is chalky, mature, small hop presence but noted, moderate pucker. Yeasty bitterness, alcohol very moderated. Wonderful to drink.

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Photo of alexgash
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Bottled on 28 February, 2004.

Hazy orange straw with lemon yellow edges. Tall, rocky, foamy, off-white cloud of a head. Big nose of sharp citrus (lemon, grapefruit, bitter orange peel), cobwebs, musty basement, hint of vinegar, horse blanket, tart cherry, and below all of that a powdered sugar and Sweet-tart candy base. Did I mention bitter grapefruit? Impressive.

Tart, acidic citrus flavors right off the bat. Lemon and grapefruit juice (unsweetened) stay central on the palate. Earthy notes of grass, musty hay, and horse blanket on the edges. Toasted wheat as well. Melon, Granny Smith apple, and honey in the finish, with strong lingering citric tartness and acidity. Bubbly, effervescent feel in a medium body. Very refreshing and would make a great aperitif. Intense and puckering, but delicious.

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Photo of oakbluff
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2000- bottle shared courtesy of fisherman34- nice looking stuff- golden hay colour and good carbonation. Nose- wood, citrus, leather. Taste- nice citrus zing, some green apple, very dry and woody. Goes down easy.. Finish and mouthfeel is more dry than puckering. Very solid

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Photo of Jerico
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - has that gorgeous, cloudy but slightly velvety hay-colored look that many a good gueuze does.

S - tart, funky, a bit of citrus in there.

T/M/D - this is a deliciously dry, sour gueuze with a bit of a grapefruit/orange taste hiding in its depths. The citrusy taste is apparent in the aftertaste too, and it sticks to the roof of the mouth a bit. Very well done!

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Photo of NoLiberty
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Taken from the refrigerator cold so the chances for exploding beer were reduced. Nice *pop* from the cork and a bubbly pour into shorts-stemmed chalices producing a thick, off-white, 3 finger head on top of a perfectly thorough golden yellow-orange (apricot?) body. Cloudy color but not thick. The head settles into an amazing 2 millimeter thick cap that remains the entire glass. There are color swirls and almost craters in the head; really incredible.

The aroma is intoxicating. Reminiscent of a cheese sellers store, countryside farmhouse cellar, mossy stone fence and dank forest glen. Seriously, this beer's smell takes you to these places. There's a mix of musty, earthy funkiness that's matched by a very present fresh tartness that's not quite citrus but has the same effect. The very prominent brett characteristics make this heavy on the "horse blanket", but certainly it's not the only aroma flavor. Very clean and little to no acidic qualities.

Taste matches the aroma very well and is also controlled by this swinging pendulum of earthiness and tartness. Really no spice, but definitely an underlying sweet apricot fruitiness that rests underneath a powerful dry tartness. Grass, hay, sweat, basement must, spiky citrus and beautiful fresh flavors.

Also an incredible body. The carbonation is superb and adds to the overall refreshingness of the beer and the smoothness somehow compliments and contrasts with tartness and subtle sweetness. A truly well-crafted guezue. I could drink this beer all day and still not completely understand it.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.65/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A blend of 1,2,and 3 old lambic. Bottled 28 February 2004, Sampled 8 July 2008.

A: Poured a hazy, bright orange wit a monstrous 3 finger styro-foam head that displayed great retention clinging to the sides of the glass for dear life as it slowly receded leaving a huge clumpy lacing on the way down. Visible carbonation was moderately strong.

S: The nose was strong with tart lemon juice and some funky barnyard aromas.

T: The flavor had a strong and dominant tart lemon juice flavor that just assaults the taste buds from the get go. A sharp acidity and carbonation fizzle soon follows. Puckering fresh lemons yield to a yeasty tart citric finish that is sure to roll your eyes back. Overall, very tart and acidic, was hard to pick up on any of the oaky character.

M: light, oily slick with a spritzy carbonation bite that is detected long after the swallow in the pit of the stomach.

D: Pucker up, a real eye squinter here. A bomber may be a struggle for the novice or even intermediate lambic drinker, so beware. Best shared with a friend. After the first couple of sips the beer does become moderately easier to handle but does pack a punch to it.

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Photo of prototypic
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on Nov. 30, 2005

Appearance: It's slightly hazy and golden in color. Looks like a few bits of sediment escaped the bottle and are swimming about. Perched atop is a very active one finger, white head. It was very quick to dissipate and left little lacing to speak of.

Smell: It certainly has a very sour smell to it. Fits the bill perfectly. There's some fruity elements (grapefruit, apple, and lemon) that give a bit of a sweet smell. There's a bit of a Brett funkiness to it (Doh! Did I say "funk" in a review?). Actually has a distinct musky smell. Very earthy smelling. Did I mention it's acidic? This is a really complex and fine smelling beer.

Taste: Man, that's a tart flavor. No question this is extremely sour. It's intense. It's sweet and fruity. Lemon and grapefruit predominantly attribute to that and it's very sugary. It's earthy and a little grainy. Again, it has that distinct Brett flavor. It's extremely well done here and results in a fine flavor. Musky comes to mind. It is very acidic and sour. The tart, sour flavor really permeates throughout. It finishes sweet and, um, well....sour.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied and very smooth. Carbonation is high and very active, but doesn't detract from it's smooth feel at all. Drinkability is very good, but personally, I couldn't drink more than one bottle. One sour a night is enough for me.

This is a very impressive beer and worthy of the many accolades it receives. It's packed full of flavor and is very complex. Easily one of the best gueuzes out there. Highly recommended.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.62/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed 3/26/2007 (Bottle @ 't Brugs Beertje, bottled 11/30/2005):

Pours a fizzy clear brownish color, good head, white, foamy, good lacing. Dark fruity bitter smell. Maybe a moldy cheese aroma? Sharp taste, same cheesy taste. A sour soda taste. Effervescent. Not for the weak. A sour rotten taste. As it warms, and as the alcohol kicks in, it's more palatable.

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
96 out of 100 based on 707 ratings.