Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Ratings: 2,362
Reviews: 700
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.43%
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Belgium

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 JohnnyHopps
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured into a snifter, the beer was a beautiful golden color. I high intensity level of carbonation was present. The way the cork popped, I was glad I was not under a light fixture.

Smell - The aroma was most reflective of over-ripe fruit. One might also notice the level of sourness and well as an oakiness in the background.

Taste - My initial impression of the taste was the dry sour oakiness. In the midst of these elements, one might also recognize elements of lime, citrus that goes from sweet to sour in the back, and a measure of oakiness. The aftertaste is quite dry, with notes of lime sticking to the roof of the mouth with the wood lingering.

Mouthfeel - This beer is well carbonated. The sour fruits stick to the roof of the mouth. This one lingers.

Overall - I am not really a geuze kind of guy, but I can recognize a beer that is well done. This is well done.

Photo of FLima
3.85/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amber golden color with a fluffy head with short retention.
Aroma is even stronger than Cantillon Lambic, with horse blanket much more present and quite funky. It sticks to your nostrils for a while.
Same happens to its flavor, strong tartness with notes of lime, funky pineapples, lactic acid, hard green apples, vinegar and non sweet champagne. Very dry and acid aftertaste. I feel like my tongue was glued to my mouth.
Medium to full body with good carbonation that is effervescent at a second stage.
A funky party. This one is bolder than Cantillon, while the latter is more elegant. So depends on what mood you are on, but it may be a notch above the other.

Photo of zeledonia
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle with yellow label; says "2012, dec 5th". Tasted 1 October 2013.

Pours clear golden yellow, a touch of orange to it. Two fingers of white head, more than I find typical for a sour. Better retention, too. And there's a broad column of bubbles rising up through the glass.

Smell is incredible. Funky and sour, with so much depth and complexity, yet surprisingly clean. How all those characteristics can be found together I find hard to understand, but there they are, and they fit together like perfectly cut puzzle pieces. Wow. I'm just going to drink this in with my nose for a while...

Taste is, frankly, a bit too sour for me. It's potent, but a so strong that I literally feel like the enamel is being dissolved off my teeth. Is this beer, or an acid bath? I suppose it is what it's supposed to be, and there's a lot there behind that first powerful wave of sour. Funk, earth, and a fruity dance number. I dig this, but I could dig it a whole lot more if I didn't have to close my eyes and fight through the acid to find the other flavors.

Feel is delicate and delightful. Light-bodied, medium-high carbonation, and an acidic streak that really dominates the feel. Wow again.

An outstanding gueuze. I just wish it were a bit gentler.

Photo of DrewskiWhit
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 12/12

A looks like an IPA. Cloudy dark orange almost bronze. Nice head retention lots of tiny bubbles. Looks pretty good.

S fragrant. Smells like funky champagne. White grapes maybe with some sweetness in the way back

T tart dry champagne type flavor right at the front followed by more very tart lemon juice flavors in the middle then some mellow soft sweetness on the back end

M A touch fizzy for me, but very nice. Definitely complements the flavors and improved the already enjoyable experience

O this is a tart beer. The sweetness on the back really made this beer for me. The tart flavors were enjoyable but the sweet finish helped to balance it out nicely.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle with bottled on date of 03/11/2011.

A - Cloudy golden orange with lots of thick white head that slowly receded.

S - Sour notes are present with some bready notes and hints of lemon and flowers.

T - Crisp tartness up front. Lemon, apple, bread and hay. More tart than sour.

M - Medium body. Dry. Moderate carbonation.

Photo of fourstringer
4.89/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Been searching for this for some time since my first taste some 6 months ago. Very fond memories. The cork popped assertively with a little bit of a gush, but I got most of it! Poured from 750 mL bottle with a moderate hand into 10 oz snifter. Date on bottle reads 2012 dec 7th.

A: Dark golden yellow with light orange tint. Cloudy. 1.5 finger width white head. Moderate lacing. Very inviting.

S: Tart lemons. Citrus sourness. Some lime even, which is a scent I don't often pick up in non-augmented beers. The most pleasant of funk. No vinegar. No feet. Just Brett as I imagine it in an ideal world. Now this is a Gueuze.

F: Sour citric acid burst with gradual, steady fade to clean, bone-dry finish. Lemon. Sour apple. Slight bitterness on the end. Minimal aftertaste. Just some lingering sourness and increased salivation. Begs for another sip. Superb.

M: High carbonation but drinks smoothly. Bursts in the mouth. Settles down nicely in the glass as it goes.

O: This is it for me. The deepest, best drinking gueuze I've had to date. I can't bring myself to score it a "perfect" 5, but I haven't had one better! Amazing, amazing brew.

Prost!

Photo of Auraan
4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured a gorgeous cloudy gold with three fingers of fluffy white head that grew higher as it sat. Quite nice. Scents of sour green apple, lemon juice, barnyard funk, white wine, lactic sour, hints of pear, very faint hints of bubblegum, touches of oak, slight yeasty funk, funk-notes become more assertive as the beer warms, and as it warms further a bit of honey comes through. Very nice, deep, complex, sour and appetizing with a range of scents. Flavor begins with a massive hit of sour, lemon juice, crab apple, a bit of funky musty flavors, some vinegar notes, some slight hits of lemon rind, quite acidic, a tiny hit of herbal bitterness and oak as the sip finishes, extremely dry finish. The beer showcases sourness over all else, the fruit on the nose is not all that present in the taste. It's certainly a very, very sour beer, well blended with an excellent character for those who love sours. Mouthfeel is light bodied with a moderate level of carbonation, a very drying finish and a puckering sourness. Refreshing, tart, and drying, making you want to take sip after sip. Overall this is an excellent geuze. It's a bit single note, not incredibly complex in it's flavor, but the flavor is good. A nice lively sour that puckers the mouth and works with the mouthfeel to make a wonderfully refreshing beer. Highly recommended.

Photo of Brokejaw
4.66/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First review!

A) Poured into a snifter. Poured an excellent hazy, golden straw. Provided a very fizzy head that disipated rather quickly.

S) Very pugnacious with slight funkiness to it. Smelled heavily of sharp fruits, very strongly of apple and lemon.

T) Deeply sour, and rather funky. Funkiness becomes balanced in with the fruit. Tastes strongly of apple, lemon, cherries, strawberry. Extraordinarily balanced and very delicious.

M) Incredibly dry. Finishes clean and leaves the palatte almost imediately.

O) One hell of a beer. Very enjoyable and tart, and ultimately a highly recommended beer for anyone a fan of sours.

Photo of rlee1390
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy bright yellow, well carbonated, one finger head.

S- Funk, horse blanket, oak, grass and yeast.

T-Semi-funky, not as sour as I was hoping, slight oak, green apples. As it warms it gets funkier.

M-Medium bodied, lightly carbonated.

O-Definitely need to let this beer warm up to room temperature. Maybe age will move more of the funk from the nose to the taste.

Photo of deschutes_fan
4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375ML Cage/Cork Bottle, Dated Nov 3, 2011
When I un-twisted the cage, the cork slid and shot out on its own, hitting the ceiling. Luckily no liquid was lost, but one can assume this beer is quite carbonated.

- Pours hazy golden wheat with several inches of foam.
- Smells of barnyard funk and lactic sour mixed with sweet malt and tart fruit (grapes, lemons).
- Taste is true to nose with a mouthful of lactic sour funk. Despite being quite full flavored up front, the funkiness is actually quite sublime, fading quickly. I felt like the sourness was going to be more puckering and pungent, but this beer is just too well balanced and restrained to allow that.
- The Finish is clean and dry on the palate. Combined with the high carbonation level, it's reminiscent of a quality champagne.
- Overall this beer is top notch. Lactic sour funk that is well balanced and leaves you wanting more, my glass was empty in no time.

Photo of BMMillsy
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

375 ml Bottle from Tipples. Pours a light orange yellow, slightly hazy, with a big fluffy bubbly white head. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom like champagne. Aroma is a very dry sour, green apple, vinegar, oak, earthy grass. Big sour up front with lots of dry oak and champagne like flavor, some green apple, lemon, maybe even a hint of super tart cherry. Then a second wave of pucker. Definite dry lingering must on the back end. Light and bubbly dancing in your mouth.

Photo of AgentMunky
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 375mL bottle into a wine glass. Stamped 5 MRT 2012.

A: Pale clear yellow with light head that produces incredibly fine bubbles. Under tight carbonation; the cork postively erupts. Heavy lacing.

S: Light, tart, and funky. Very pleasantly fruity. Lemon zest, apples, and grape. Sharp, complex, and engaging.

T: Very, very good. Fruity-funky-tart. Intense. Lightly spicy on the endtaste. Lemon peel. Black pepper. Distant sugar. Berries? Aftertaste is barnyard-y and lingering.

M: Sharp, tart. Mineral-clean.

O: It lives up to the hype. Great geuze. Recommended!

Photo of tarheels86
4.96/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750mL 1999 ed courtesy of Travlr and again courtesy of Armand. This is so insanely good. Note that this is the 1999- which many consider the best geuze ever made. Armand I think would agree. From talking to him directly, this one is made with Boon, Girardin, and Lindemann’s lambik. This, as Armand said, can never be replicated and is really just a product of pure luck and circumstance.

The 1999 geuze I have had twice and love it to death. First, it pours like an unblended. It is super deep, cloudy orange with no head. Aroma is incredible. You can smell it from 20 feet away: huge leather, tannins, citrus, blood orange, mango yogurt, feet, sweat. Taste is beautiful soft yogurt/lactic, bright citrus, curacao, grapefruit, just mouth-watering all the way around without being too sour or acetic. The Girardin being blended in here is just so awesome as a base lambic. Very quick, zippy palate. I can’t find anything wrong this this geuze and see no reason to put it up with J&J Blauw.

I am rating the 1999 ed mainly because I like to score a beer the highest mark that I have ever given it, even if I have had multiple samples that are inferior. I feel it is unfair to average out all of my scores for special lambics like this. I've had dozens of normal 3F Geuze bottles, but the 1999 is by far the best.

Photo of snaotheus
4.19/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7oz corked/caged bottled split between two pint glasses (limited glassware availability). Bottling date on the label is 2011/02/17.

Pours with a massive off-white head (like a problematically large head), cloudy golden. Smell is tart, unripe green grapes, lemon.

Taste is super tart, more of the lemony characteristic, actually quite lemony.

Mouthfeel is dry but thick. Overall, quite good, but probably won't spend the money again.

Photo of boogercrack
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

23 Fev 2012 bottling, 37.5 cL bottle, yellow label. poured into lost abbey teku. chilled to refrigerator temps for over a week, should have settled down. minimal pop when cork pulled.

A: cotton white head pushed up to about an inch, noisily receded to a small ring, to nothing at all. no lacing noticed at colder temps; scant, quickly falling lace as i continue to sample. clear orange, almost radiant. pretty beer.

S: gets more funky as it warms, to be expected, i think. lime, lemon, some peach, touch of pineapple, tart. wood?

T: big taste follows a big nose. just the perfect level of funk for what i want, with big sourness without being too acidic. granny smith apple flesh, lemon/lime zest, woody. finishes clean, tart, and with a dry peach like linger.

M: refreshing. clean and crisp. the delicate carbonation cleans the palate on the finish, and is nearly effervescent with the dry finish.

O: Pretty much everything I'd want from the style. terrific beer. consumed the glass over the course of an hour or so, and have enjoyed it changing with the temperature. will be buying again.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.17/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tumbler.

It's taken me way the hell too long to finally get a crack at this stuff. Just sayin'. It pours a slightly murky gold topped by a finger or so of lightly off-white froth. The nose comprises lemon zest, lime zest, apricot, light sour pineapple, very light cracked wheat, and a more-than-healthy helping of Brett-like funk. The taste brings in more of the same, with the tarter fruit notes covered o'er by a thick pall of musty funk (or is it funky must?), creating a deeply-layered liquid cake of complexity. At any given moment, you can get some sour lemon, some Swiss-esque cheese, some straight cobweb funky magic, or grass-flowers. Sometimes, all of it will come at you at once; those are the great times. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a damn fine gueuze, one that deserves the reputation it commands.

Photo of artoolemomo
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours up a lot of head but there's very little retention. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a pale to medium amber that turns to a mix of pale amber and vibrant lemon. No lacing is left behind.

Nose- Assertive as a gueuze should be. Starts off with tart apple and then romps through the orchards and more- cherry, strawberry, lemon, and peach. Big notes of acetic acid. A little whiff of caramel and honey. Some orange and pineapple as well. Faint notes of Belgian yeast. Some white grape. Quite vinous.

Taste- Even more demonstrative than the nose. Of course all the fruits of the nose (apple, cherry, and strawberry being the strongest) but ripe and green stone fruits take over the middle while a faint must hangs in the background. Lemon and orange seem to appear after this middle while ending in slight peach and apricot notes with a dry and neat finish. It doesn't seem to have the complexity of Cantillon or even Tilquin but does seem to have a neater finish. It is, perhaps, less tart than the others and has more of a champagne quality. Still very good. Notes of funk hang mostly in the background with some hints of straw, a little earth, a bit of stinky cheese. A much easier drink for me than the other two but this seems to indicate a lack of intensity. Pretty much in the same class as the other two, just a notch lower. Some notes of cinnamon on the linger. Some grapefruit in the background as well. The linger is so dry it tastes like ginger.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with tons of carbonation and lots of tingle on the tongue. Very dry finish that seems to erase the palate in seconds. Could be a good refresher beer- which is fortunate because this is how I'm using it right now.

Drinkability- Very approachable for a gueuze. Perhaps my palate has acclimated itself to sours (which be good as tomorrow is Zwanze Day) but this is a very easy drink. It isn't easy on the wallet. 11 bucks for a 375 mL bottle. Standard for this quality of gueuze.

Overall- Very good to great beer but I think I'd have to go with Tilquin or Cantillon overall. I might, however, choose this one for the ease of drink. It is certainly worth a try.

Photo of Sarlacc83
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL

A: Semi translucent orange. 1/2" white head. Some nice lacing.

N: Intense grapefruit, lemon, and green apple. Lots of acidity is prevalent .Black pepper and lots of oak, pine, cedar. Smells tremendous.

T: Very sour with a moderate woodiness and some balancing bitterness. Not overly flunk behind the wood, but still delicious.

M: Light and quaffable. Dries out the tongue. Pretty good.

O: A classic in every sense. Hard to find any faults, and I’m going to enjoy the development of this particular vintage.

Photo of Tribes
4.14/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Really carbonated. Even after sitting for a few weeks. Light in color and slight haze

S-Sour as expected with solid funk

T-Pucker up friends, this was sour. But finished as expected with a champagne like quality

I have a couple of cases of this and look forward to trying another next year.

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-The projectile cork nearly killed my dog. A bit of a gusher. Big, yeast stained head. Modest lacing.

S-Tart, nearly vegetal aroma.Wet, soggy wood. Sour apple cider. Lemon zest. Very aromatic and intense.

T-Suck my lemons! That is sour. Subtle woodiness. Grassy, too. There is some semblance of a malt here. The tartness is bright and lingering.

M-Lively carbonation. Tartness sticks to my lips. Has some body to it.

O/D-Worth the $20 750ml. I drank this beer very young. I may need to grab another and throw her in the cellar. Just a very earthy, natural medley of flavors.

Photo of themind
3.55/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.25

This beer style is not really my cup of tea. The beer pours a great generous head. The smell is like sour fruit. The taste is a fruit sour beer concoction that is not what I really like. The mouthfeel was awesome with this beer but the sourness kinda ruins it for me. Sorry, I am sure sour beer guys love this stuff....and they can have it. Now throw me a Pliny.

Bottom Line: Pucker up! this one is sour.

Photo of MarioM
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml poured into a Russian River stemmed glass.

A: a nice cloudy yellow almost orange like color with a quick dissipating head made of larger bubbles from the high carbonation.

S: Light sourness but dominated by good Brett funk. A little bit of tropical fruit character, pineapple and citrus. Also a good earthy but not exactly barnyard funk, but none the less, a good earthy farm funk. As it warms I get a strange almost nutty popcorn like aroma but not buttery, hard to explain but only something you would find in Lambic. Very interesting and complex.

T: Funky tropical fruit and mild Brett. Sour but not totally mouth puckering, refreshing and crisp. Complex and drinkable bit hard to pinpoint exactly what I'm tasting.

M: Crisp from the high carbonation and dry. Funk lingers with the light tropical fruit.

O: Refreshing, sour and honestly a good example, if not one of the top Geuzes readily available in my area. Will buy again an recommend to any one who is curious.

Photo of GJ40
4.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 750ml bottle I picked up in Belgium.

A - Golden with a strong haze and a dusting of head.

S - Fantastic funk and tart! A nice contrast between the two. Hints of orange and lemon.

T - Wonderfully tart but balanced well by a complex funk. Great depth to this beer yet everything comes together nicely. The tartness seems to grow as the beer warms.

M - A somewhat fine consistency with a low carbonation.

O - Wow! A nice bite yet very refined. Can wait to get more of this.

Photo of MarcWP
4.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2012 Vintage (bottled March 2012) poured into 3F tumbler. Part of my cellaring experiment, held this at room temperature for a year and a half vs keeping it in one of my wine fridges.

Pours a strong golden orange with smaller off white head that settles to a pretty 2mm layer atop the beer. Pretty clear with just light haze.

Aroma is cheesy as heck. The cheesiest Oude Gueuze I've had and I'm wondering if it's due to the warmer cellaring. Plenty of barnyard musk, white grape, overripe lemon, and a touch buttery.

The palate showcases stronger lemon flavors, apple peel, wet hay, horse blanket, creamy young goat cheese, Chablis wine, tangy herbs, and a slight butterscotch. So unique, the last bottle I had of the same vintage was definitely more sour and astringent. That bottle I had purchased a year after at a bigger wine and liquor chain store.

Mouthfeel is light with ample carbonation but not quite as pushy as say a Goose Island sour (thank goodness). Always a gorgeous mouthfeel in Armand's beers.

Once again I'm extremely joyous to be drinking a Drie Fonteinen. And though this may have developed some off flavors due to the room temp aging, surprisingly they don't take away from the beer but add more cheesy funk which is quite welcome. It's the beauty of lambics, enjoying their longevity and the transformations that occur in it's duration.

Photo of mjm47
4.64/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On an unusually cool July day, this is perfect. The scent is barnyard funky. Taste is tart and bright with an incredibly dry finish. I know that most think of this as an ideal summer beer, but for me it's the perfect Autumn drink. Highly recommended for a lazy Sunday wishing that football had already started.

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