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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Ratings: 1,870
Reviews: 668
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.9%
Wants: 362
Gots: 501 | FT: 53
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Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  6.00% ABV

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".

(Beer added by: rastaman on 09-27-2002)
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 15:07:02 | More by NeroFiddled
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

11-14-2011 18:15:22 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2008 15:43:49 | More by russpowell
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Beer is yellow to orange and hazy. Forms a two fingered white head that falls away leaving lacing behind. Head breaks up and becomes diffuse. Carbonation is tiny bubbles that rise quickly through the beer and its steady and moderate.

Aroma is bright and sour. Lactic mostly with a hint of acetic. There is a funky woodsey smell to it and perhaps some lemon. Smells good.

Beer is sour up front with a slight sulfur that shows up in the back of the mouth. There is a tartness, slight, in the corners. More acetic in the mouth with some citric, less lactic now. Beer is thin and finishes pretty cleanly. I think drinkability is high and mouthfeel is good.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 22:32:24 | More by drabmuh
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -8.7%

05-18-2013 13:09:10 | More by Slatetank
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 07:19:18 | More by jlindros
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Mora2000

Texas

4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy thirdeye11.

2003 vintage. Pours a dirty brownish yellow with a small white head. The aroma is funky, with lots of brett resulting in a horse blanket aroma. Flavor is tart and funky. Lots of lemons and some wood aging characteristics. Extremely drinkable, light body and medium-high carbonation. A complex, tasty guezue. 3 Fonteinen didn't disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 17:38:53 | More by Mora2000
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3%

07-13-2014 21:21:41 | More by Rifugium
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SocalKicks

California

4.25/5  rDev -3%

03-17-2014 05:57:46 | More by SocalKicks
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

everything a gueuze should be. it pours a pale pale straw color, hazy, with an average white head with decent retention. the nose is stright lemon juice from concentrate, like the little green bottle in the fridge that i sometimes put on steamed spinach. it is acidic and tart, and light in both malt and hops. it taste equally fruity as the nose, with lemon being the predominant flavor. lots of acid, this is pretty puckery. no sweetness at all, like a raw lemonade or something. the feel is great, dry in the mouth, effervescent carbonation, and a lighter body. this is a sharing bottle though because of the acid content. its through the roof. still, a brilliant example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 20:56:04 | More by StonedTrippin
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oline73

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a clear yellow/gold with a finger of fluffy white head that goes away quickly.

Smell: Sour vinegar and lemon. Funky with some hay notes.

Taste: Quite tart with a strong lemon presence. Funky but not overly so. Crisp and a bit bitter with a sour finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with prickly carbonation and a super dry finish.

Overall: I thought this beer was very refreshing. A good amount of sourness. The lemon notes were very welcome. I would have this one again.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 22:09:03 | More by oline73
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mdfb79

New York

4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 01/16/11 notes. 12.7 oz. bottle that was bottled on 12/12/09.

a - Pours a clear yellow color with two fingers of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of funk, sour fruit, cheese, barnyard funk, oak, and wine.

t - Taste follows the nose. Sour fruits, oak, funk, light wine, and fruity malts.

m - Light body and moderate carbonation.

d - A very nice gueuze, with a great tart/sour smell to it. Would love to have again.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 01:55:20 | More by mdfb79
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.85/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle Date 11 December 2000. Sampled May 2004 at the Hopleaf, Chicago.

The aroma is sharp, acidic, and catpee. The taste is dry, and sour with notes of lemon, grapefruit (which is more pronounced), tannin, subtle vanilla notes, and a sharp herbal grassiness. There is a somewhat restrained Brett character, but there are notes of leather. This is a very well integrated beer, it is also quite light, as is expected. This goes quite well with the mussel apetizer that I am currently having.


1995 Bottle Vintage: Sampled 2001 at Drie Fonteinen cafe:

I decided to go for broke on the next beer that I ordered at the cafe, so I ordered the 1995 bottling of the Gueuze, which means that the majority of the beer contained therein was at least 8 years old, if not more. The waitress whisked off to the bar (after making sure that I actually wanted a beer that only came in 750 ml bottles) to request the beer from the bar tender. The bar tender promptly disappeared down into the cellar. He appeared again a few minutes later reverently holding the bottle at the proper angle (again about 15-degrees). The bottle was carefully put in a basket that maintained the angle properly and brought to me. At this point I was getting giddy with excitement, or was that full day of beer consumption. Either way I was anticipating the sampling of this one.

The bottle was completely unadorned except for a white paint mark that let one know which way was up (so as not to disturb the yeast). What surprised me was the fact that the standard Champagne bottle that it was served in was corked with a normal wine cork with no accompanying wire cage or any other restraint. Despite this the beer made an appropriate popping sound when the cork was drawn.

The beer when poured into the glass was lively with carbonation and had a dark gold to amber hue that was quite clear. It was quite evident just from the clarity
of the beer that it had been aging, as it had enough time for the characteristic haze to settle out. The nose was only slightly acidic, at least for a Gueuze. The taste was quite similar to the 2000 bottling of the Gueuze, but was quit a bit mellower and overall was perfectly balanced between the contrasting and complementary flavors that make up a Lambic. As an accompaniment to the meal that I had (a wonderful salmon filet) it was quite nice, with a hint of an alcoholic finish to it that was brought out by the fish.

2000 bottle Vintage, sampled in 2001 at Drie Fonteinen
After I had ordered the Gueuze the waitress went to the bar and requested a one. The barkeep then pulled out the traditional bottle of Lambic lying at a 15-degree angle in a wicker basket. The bottle was carefully opened and poured without disturbing the yeast. The beer when it was set down in front of me displayed a lively carbonation, a gold color, slightly hazy and a thick creamy head. Even from a distance the aroma was evident; displaying notes of fruit including citrus. When brought closer for an extended sniff it smelled quite sour with an evident Brett character. The taste was just about perfect. It was not as sour as Oud Beersel's Gueuze and was incredibly complex, with notes of wood, mustiness, a slight bitterness and almost a hint of what I can only describe as wild mushroom. This was definitely the best Gueuze I had ever had.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2003 15:50:10 | More by Gueuzedude
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +14.2%

11-25-2011 23:39:52 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Halcyondays

California

4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz. bottle, bottled 12/10/09,

A: Pours an opaque burnt orange with a solid though hissing fizzy head.

S: Classic gueuze smell. Lots of horse blanket/funky Brett, fermented lemon juice and orange peel.

T: Lactic acidity dominates, great flavour with a lot of funky, post-ripe lemons and oranges. Interesting copper/penny note at the finish. Very tasty.

M: Above average acidity in the style, light-bodied, soft carbonation, acidic aftertaste.

D: A very good lambic beer, well made. At $11 a bottle, I'd rather have Boon or Cantillon at a lesser price point, nevertheless, great beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 03:59:50 | More by Halcyondays
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.48/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Green 37.5cl bottle: best before 9th Dec 2019. Poured carefully into two old 'Home Ales' half-pint countryman tankards on 3rd Nov 2012.

Almost clear old gold to new golden in colour, no real head to talk about.

The smell and taste reminded me of good quality scrumpy, cooking apples, baking powder and Bicarbonate of Soda: very acidic. I actually thought this was OK and drinkable compared to others in this style.

Try as I might, this style of brewing/bottling and blending still leaves me unimpressed somewhat. I want to embrace the idea of Lambic beers and Geuze but struggle to feel the wonderous excitment other 'beer geeks' get from having beers from this stable or other Lambic breweries.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 10:54:23 | More by BlackHaddock
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

03-03-2013 16:49:54 | More by mendvicdog
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beernads

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -3%

04-05-2013 09:18:16 | More by beernads
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kojevergas

Texas

3.45/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a Geuze boon glass in Ghent, Belgium during my visit there. Reviewed from notes. 6% confirmed.

A: Three finger head of good thickness and slight cream. Clear hazy gold colour. Appealing.

Sm: Souring hops and bacteria. A moderate strength scent. My body tells me maybe this should be avoided.

T: ...But me mind tells me to drink! Sour body, aiding the hops. Very well balanced. Full barley lends it body. Complex and unique with its soured esters and dying bacterial notes. The depth of the sourness is hard to describe, but delightful. Some floral hops occupy the background. For the style, its a par build.

Mf: Smooth and wet for the style, though complementary of the flavours in the body.

Dr: It's difficult to down - especially if you're not accustomed to the style - but just one might be a welcome introduction for newcomers, as it's a bit less sour than others I've had. Fairly priced, at least in Belgium, all things considered. Very drinkable for the style once you acclimate. The fairly high ABV is well hidden. High quality.

My review of this one was rushed; I'll need to re-review at some point.

B-

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 22:00:03 | More by kojevergas
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GClarkage

California

4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

01/24/06- Purchased at Plumpjack's in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle. Bottled in 2001. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Peach-orange in color. Clouded with light murky sediment at the bottom. Full inch plus foamy white head. Small portions of clingy and sticky lace inside.

Smell- Truly barnyard. Smells like a barn...after I took a pee in the hay. So raunchy, yet so nice? Pretty tart scent. Lemon as well.

Taste- Was set up for pucker time, but was really suprised how mellow this one was. It was tart, but on the low end. Kind of like a lemonaid with only half the alotted sugar added. Has even some of the horse blanket taste as well. Good amount of citrus also.

Mouthfeel- Starts out well carbonated, maybe even champagne style, but after it warms and mellows it becomes less carbonated. Mouthfeel is dry as the desert.

Drinkability- With the lower tartness, the great flavor and the drying mouthfeel leaving you wanting more, this beer becomes one of the most drinkable I have had. Terrific brew!

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2006 18:10:14 | More by GClarkage
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

11-22-2013 01:08:29 | More by XmnwildX12
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imperialking

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

03-04-2012 22:58:25 | More by imperialking
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.85/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

'99 vintage sampled alongside a '98(50th Anniversary) and a Millennium at a recent tasting with sideshowe, callmemickey and his wife Marie.

Pours a dark golden yellowish-orange color with hazy golden straw colored hues when held to a light and a one finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty chunks of soapy lacing.

Funky, earthy aroma with more of a lactic presence than expected. Musty barnyard presence with hints of horsey, cobweb, earth/soil, cheese and sweat. Vinegary acids with light fruit notes, mostly apple and lemon.

Fuller bodied than the '98 and a bit more funky with an earthy, musty character and subtle acidity that lingers into a sweet, puckering vinegary finish. Well balanced and complex, remaining mouth-puckering and sour without and harshness or acidic burn. Soft and clean with a chewier mouthfeel. Lots of citrus flavor, especially lemon peel. Excellent!

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 05:52:01 | More by corby112
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

02-01-2014 00:47:36 | More by MarkyMOD
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to hopdog for opening this '99 vintage bottle...
Appears a hazy, light gold with a small white head that fades into a mild collar. Tiny speckles of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of tart apple, grapes, rubber, vanilla, oak, melon, obvious brett.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with notes of vinegar that has been strained through a dusty horseblanket.
Mouthfeel is zingy with a light body. Notes of tart apple, star fruit, & persimmons are lively along the palate. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2007 17:33:24 | More by weeare138
Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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