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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Ratings: 2,268
Reviews: 692
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 398
Gots: 619 | FT: 71
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rastaman on 09-27-2002

This listing is for all vintages of the Oude Geuze, but not for bottles specifically labelled "Oude Geuze Vintage".
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5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Mora2000
4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of orangesol
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle from late 2010.

A - Pours murky straw yellow with a huge three finger tall fizzy white head leaving small streaks of lace down the glass. The bubbles are just racing up the glass.

S - This one is pretty pungent. The funk is pretty light initially but it gets stronger as it warms up. It has lots of fruit, mostly lemon and green apple, mixed with hints of fresh cut grass and damp earth.

T - The flavors are nearly identical to the nose. Lots of fruity sourness up front with the green apple sticking around until the end. Barn yard funk and some light dryness linger on the pallet after each sip. Not too bad but I would have preferred a bit more funk.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderately high carbonation. Once the initial fizzy feel dies down it leaves a crisp, funky, feel behind. Very nice.

O - I really like this one, I just think it was still a bit too young. I enjoyed how fruity it tasted but I prefer my gueuze to be a bit funkier. Still a great beer none the less.

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4.72/5  rDev +7.8%
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!

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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.83/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

1000th review! 375 ml bottle with black foil into tulip glass, bottled 12/12/2009. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a nice 2-3 finger fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing on the glass, with plenty of carbonation streaming up retaining the head. Aromas of huge tart apple, lemon, pear, grass, hay, leather, pepper, earth, oak, funk, and yeast spices. Amazing aromas with huge complexity and balance. Taste of big tart lemon, apple, grass, hay, pear, pepper, earth, oak, funk, and yeast spices. Fair amount of tartness and sourness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, grass, hay, pepper, earth, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity of flavors, with an excellent balance of sourness and sweetness. Fairly dry on the finish as expected. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a lightly acidic, and very crisp and prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding gueuze! Awesome flavor complexity and balance; and nicely smooth to sip on with the moderate acidity. Fantastic stuff.

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4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Note: 23 Feb 2012 bottling date

A: Pours a very lightly hazy deep golden yellow in color with heavy amounts of active visible carbonation quickly rising from the bottom of the glass and a faint lemon yellow highlight. The beer has a finger tall fizzy white head that reduces to a medium to large patch of thick film and a medium thick ring a the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of sourness, tart citrus/lemon rind, and lighter aromas of oak + barnyard funkiness.

T: Upfront there is a moderate amount of tart citrus/lemon rind and hay-like barnyard funkiness from the yeast. Moderate amounts of sourness are present that fade through the drinking of the beer. Moderate to heavy amounts of tart sourness but it is not overpowering.

M: Just heavier than light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of acidic prickliness and light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This is one of the easiest to drink beers in the style and is extremely enjoyable - probably one of the best ones I have had the opportunity to experience. Good flavors/aromas and sourness/tartness without being overpowering.

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4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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4.11/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 bottle at cellar temperature poured into a cervoise. This brew appears a perfectly clear golden copper color with very faint particulate stuck in suspension. A finger of white creamy forms across the top of the brew and recedes back to a more than a thin film across the top and lasts throughout the entire duration. The cap is supported by a constant stream of bubbles. Some small patches and fingers of lace cling to the glass. A light swirl revives the cap back to nearly a finger's strength.

The smell of this brew is funky with brett. Lots of horseblanket notes sit atop some faint fruity notes of apple and pear skins. A light amount of floral aspect is evident before going back to the funk that is lightly cardboard-like mixed with a scent of raw oak. The warmer the brew gets and as it opens up, the oak becomes increasingly powerful as well as the funky brett notes. A light note of sulfur is mixed in with the other characteristics and is not distracting at all.

The taste is pleasantly acidic with a lemony flavor initially that immediately turns funky with brett imparting tastes lightly of plastic, cardboard and wood. There is a faint floral taste and fruity undertones minorly reminescent of pear or apple skin that get crushed by the brett characteristics that now come off more like horseblanket and leather. This brew finishes pleasantly funky and clean nearly crisp but with a nice tang about it.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate level of carbonation. Very pleasing brew that boasts quite a bit of salivation factor to it. As more sips are taken it gets increasingly drying on the tongue which makes this brew nearly poundable. The 6% alcohol hits home with a warmth that is expected and well integrated. Every once in awhile I get a thrist that only a geuze can quence and this was a plesant treat.

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3.47/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

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3.8/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1999 Vintage

Color is a hazed golden yellow. Has a lot of active carbonation in the glass. A white head with good carbonation.

Aroma: Really funky with straw and lemon citrus. It is acidic, tart, and funky. Old and musky. Cobweb musk flavors. Oak notes.

Taste: Woody, oaky, and funky. It is acidic and sour. It has notes of a basement and cobweb. Just a really old beer and you can pick it out. It has a bunch of lemon citrus and it is very acidic.

Mouthfeel: Sour, tart, acidic. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation for how old it is. Ends dry, but clean.

Overall, it shows age, but it is still a decent beer. I am really glad I got to try this one.

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4.69/5  rDev +7.1%
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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5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of mdaschaf
4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Had as part of a blind gueuze tasting.

A: Pours a clear golden yellow/orange color with a nice white head on top, great retention, with some thin lacing.

S: Extremely funky aroma, by far the funkiest of the group. Some faint fruit and tart notes.

T: Dry and funky, with some some hay and must. The tart/acidity takes a slight back seat with this gueuze. There is some light lemon flavor and a little bit of oak.

M: Medium bodied with faint tartness.

O: Another great gueuze, but I like it with a more more acidity to it. Would never pass it up though.

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4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Splitting a 750mL bottle with my wife in our NYC highrise hotel room. Isn't it romantic that I am reviewing on my cell phone? I have a great wife.

Vintage: May 5, 2008

This gueuze has a very hazy, yellow appearance. There is a small, white, fizzy head that gradually fades, leaving no lacing. Aromas consist of funky straw or hay, lemons (subtle), wild yeast. This smells like a traditional gueuze - heavenly. The flavor is wonderful. The beer has a healthy amount of tartness, with no astringency. The finish is acetic, but not so much so that I wouldn't consume a bottle of this nectar by myself. It's always a treat to drink this great beer. I will revisit this delicacy as long as Armand continues brewing it.

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

Picked up a green 375 ml bottle from Abe's Six-pack shop.

Bottled: Nov. 30 2005

Wow, funky yet refined. The oak gives off an odd aroma, its more like plywood, but weird is good here. There's also acidic wheat and barley, which is pretty normal. The flavor is a sharp, citrus-like sour grains flavor with toasted wood flavors. This drinks a bit like homemade lemonade that's low on sugar, especially since there are subtle fruit flavors.

Bottom line: If you like weird beer, this one is great. It's a perfect example of the Oude Gueze style and will give you plenty to think about.

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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2007 bottle poured into a wine glass with some friends.

A- Oude Gueuze pours out a light yellow hazy color with tan highlights. Only about a 1/2 inch of loose white foam rose up before whimpering out. Hardly any lace.

S- A nice dose of citrus with lemon and light apples. Not really picking up any malt or hops just a nice burst of sour tartness, nothing extraordinary.

T- Tastes like a really nice gueuze but it's much less tart and exciting as i was hoping. Some lemon zest with a slight tart/sour thing going on. Basically a slighty sour lemon drop with some yeast and other bugs coming into play.

M&D- The feel on this gueuze is extremely thin with not a lot of puckering capability, some carb is present though helping things out. The drinkability is high as the abv is low as is the sourness of this beer. Im thinking I drank this to young, it can easily go for about another 25 years in the bottle, so hopefully it will funk up in the future.

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4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze

Pours a pale golden color with a decent size foam that dies down quickly but does provide some Belgian lace. Aroma is openly sour, white wine vinegar and pleasant barnyard funkyness. In the taste, sour, very nice lactic brett notes playing out well into the aftertaste. Nice sour character and a small presence of oak. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied and effervescent. Overall, a fine Geueze and worth seeking out.

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4.83/5  rDev +10.3%
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!

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5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle consumed at Congregation Ale House in Long Beach, on to the beer:

Traditional lemongrass color, the head rises with ease on top, leaves a little bit of lacing and retention. The nose is intense. Very sour aromas with cherry and lots of lemon. The taste, you guessed it, is very sour. One drink, POW! Very intense sour lemon flavor, a little funk riding around on the outside. Hints of assorted fruit skin, cherry, it's all good. It's highly bubbly in the mouth, and in this case it works really well.

An excellent gueuze. Puckering and tasty.

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4.17/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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