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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Reviews: 699
Hads: 2,518
Avg: 4.34
pDev: 16.13%
Wants: 436
Gots: 720 | FT: 89
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Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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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 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


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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Photo of tai4ji2x
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml, bottled on 2 Feb 2007. poured into tulip.

golden straw, honey color with slight orange tint. decent head fades to wispy layer. nice webby lacing.

surprisingly clean and unfunky nose. only traces of of funk and whiffs of yeast. cider vinegar and apple w champagne note and wood aging, along with some grassiness.

smooth, moderate tartness and relative dry palate. slight fruitiness from the champagne note. acidity melds with the gentle bitterness and flows int a semi-dry, faintly oaky aftertaste. some occasional phenols in the backend.

smooth, not thin, w some astringent and acidic texture. moderate and refreshing carbonation.

a great gueuze. some more funk in the nose, and this would rank amongst my top 10 or so favorite beers.

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Photo of DrunkenMaster
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden orange color with a quick fading head. Gueuze aromas of lemon, grapefruit and a small amount of funk. Dry and sour with some sweetness. I'm drinking pink grapefruit juice. This is seriously good stuff, very addicting. My new favorite gueuze?

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Photo of russpowell
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 30 Nov 2005

Pour an effervescent & semi-hazed (clears pretty quick) peach with 2 fingers of sand colored head. Above average lacing & head retention

S: Sourness, horse blanket & apple cider in abundance

T: Much tartness, lemons, dryness. barnyard dirt, & mustyness up front. More tartness & loads of green apples as this warms. Finishes dry with much cider

MF: Light spritzy & sticky

Drinks really easy but the tartness would get to me after a while. Great example of the style & a nice change of pace

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Photo of MSchae1017
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Vintage 2004:

My last Gueuze was the Cantillon which nearly puckered my mouth beyond recognition, so I was rather apprehensive when I decided to tackle an entire bottle of this by myself. I poured it into a Dogfish Head oversized wine goblet from the 750mL corked and caged bottle. The color emerges as a hazy orange with a foamy off white head. The foam fizzles down to a ring and wisps across the top leaving some lace down the sides. The aroma is dominated by pears and tart apples but has hints of spicy farmhouse ale characteristics. The taste is where this beer truly shines. Certainly tart pear and apples up front, but for all of the tartness that exists here, there is an equal amount of sweetness in balance. There is a bit of hay/barnyard type of flavors in the finish as well. The body is light-medium with full effervescent carbonation that adds to the body. It is amazing how drinkable this beer is. You really get a nice tartness but it is wonderfully refreshing and not overpowering. Instead of fearing the tartness of the next drink, your palate feels refreshed and eager for another taste. This has to be my favorite Gueuze at the moment (I think my count is 4) and I would readily pay the money for this one again.

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Photo of dancinwillie
3.32/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

served in a chalice, poured from a bottle. reads: nov. 30, 2005, good for at least ten years from bottling date.

Appearance: poured well, with no head to speak of, just some large bubbles that didn't stick around too long. Color of apple cider. I must say at this point, I'm a little dissapointed, as reviews I've read mention a 1 to 2 finger white head. No head for me, story of my life.

Smell: a sour funkiness that I have come to associate with duchesse de bourgogne. A slight malty sweetness as well. I have a feeling this is going to be good.

Taste: Definately sour. A funky mustiness? A musty funkiness? Either way, tart, and pretty refreshing after the initial shock to my uninitiated taste buds. Almost winelike, or vinous, if you will. There is almost a hint of a apple cider quality as well. A long, dry, tart finish leaves me wanting that next drink, but I must wait a little longer between, to see how it warms up to me. Picking up some floral flavors as it warms up. I have to say at this point, that the taste doesn't really live up to the aroma. It's good, but the smell made me think it would be great.

Mouthfeel: As this is my first foray into this style, I've nothing to compare it to (stylewise), nevertheless, the lack of carbonation makes it seem very, drinkable. Although a bit more may have heightened the taste experience. Almost soft in a way that again reminds me of wine.

drinkability: again, as my first in this style, this is tough. I don't see myself drinking this again in the near future. It isn't that it's bad, only foreign to me in so many ways. I will probably seek out others in the same style, revisiting this one once I have a better handle on the style.

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Photo of kmo1030
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

oude geuze vintage bottled 4/9/04.
pours a bright orangey lightly hazed gold with a fomay white head that fades to a film quickly. geuze-y looking.
perfumey floral citrusy aroma, mostly grapefruit, but also includes a distinctive musty hay quality. a bit earthy (like soil) on further inspection. slightly fruity in the way that cheese can be fruity. wet rotted tree bark.
the taste is tart with the same grapefruit as the aroma. other flavors include vanilla, strawberry, watermelon rind, apple skin, oak, caramel, mustiness. i've had this beer fairly new and the sourness is rounded out and the flavors have melded a bit from the fresh version. the is a subtle sweetness that keeps the acidity in check.
the mouthfeel is lighter side of medium with fairly active carbonation. bone dry. soft and falvorful beneath the sour.
the drinkability is pretty good. it's powerfully sour, but retains a degree of refreshing palate cleansing, and puckering good flavor.

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

got this one in a trade with Phyl12ca. thanks phil!

750ml bottle, corked and caged. bottled 03/02/2006. sampled may 23/08.

pours crystal clear dark yellow with just a wisp of white head. a little surprised by the lack of carbonation/head.

aroma is great. touch of caramel. lemon. hint of malt vinegar. leather. horse blanket. touch of alcohol. orange. wet earth.

taste is great. low bitterness level. lemon. orange. malt vinegar. leather. hint of vanilla. raw oak. touch of alcohol. earthy. crackers. grain. there's more depth to the funk and sourness than i'm really capturing here. the acidity is fairly restrained and nice.

mouthfeel is good. even with the almost complete lack of carbonation, i'm still really enjoying this. fairly light body with a nice dry finish.

drinkability is great. nice balance. the lack of carbonation might even improve the drinkability, since it helps ease the acidic feel. love the depth of the funk.

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Photo of willjansen
4.92/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a reivew of a 1997 vintage Oude Geuze from the cellar of the Drie Fonteinen brewpub in Beersel, Belgium sampled on May 6, 2008. Side-by-side comparison notes are for a 2007 vintage Oude Geuze.

Bottled arrived dusty and old looking with no label served in the appropriate lambic serving basket. When skillfully poured by our waitress, we were faced with a perfectly golden beer, slightly hazy, with a lot of carbonation and an agressive head. Similar appearance with newer vintage.

Smell had a restrained funkiness compared to the new vintage and much mellower and less agressive. Barnyard smells, with sharp aged cheese hints mixed around in there.

The 10.5 years in the cellar has certainly done a job mellowing this beer out, but it is hard to say since I didn't have the 97 shortly after bottling. But there is almost a sweetness that age has imparted to it, not a sugary sweetness, but one of maturity which is reflective more of the transformation of a strong sourness into a more subdued, rounder easier-drinking flavor.

The newer vintage has the sharp sourness that flares the nostrils, where as this one went down in easier gulps with a much deeper and balanced complexity. Simply delicious and one of the, if not the, best guezes I've ever had the pleasure to drink... Very dry, refreshing finish... the perfect geuze at its prime.

Mouthfeel has a heavy spritziness that delivers the flavor very efficiently. Light and foamy... spot-on for the style.

Amazing example of a vintage gueze - Guido (the brother who is in charge of the kitchen at Drie Fonteinen) says that 1997 is their best vintage. I believe that a comparison to a newer vintage may be unfair, since back then I think they were blending guezes from other lambic brewers before they more recently began brewing their own lambics for blending. Magnificent, and only 11 Euros (I think) at the brewpub!

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
96 out of 100 based on 699 ratings.