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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 0110x011
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled February 2007

A - Apple cider orange, with a thick, frothy 2-finger head. Sticky lacing left everywhere. So cloudy you'd think it was a Hefe.

S - Lemon, green grape, and major musty funk. Horsey. Anise & coriander. An interesting combination - a spicy funk as opposed to Girardin's sweet funk.

T - Expected sour bang doesn't really come. Tart for sure, but not as puckering as, say, anything Cantillon. Spice and funk are on the forefront, with a gentle sweetness coming through for balance. Surprisingly bitter at the end (which, for a gueuze, means you notice some bitterness behind the sour).

M - Very light and dry. Lively carbonation adds to the crispness.

D - If you dig the funk, it's incredibly drinkable. Unfortunately the price tag ($18.99) brings the score down a bit.

Not as sour as I normally like, but well balanced and refreshing. Also may be the funkiest beer I've really enjoyed. Not my favorite Gueuze, but quite tasty. Worth a shot if you can fit it in the budget.

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Photo of tarheels86
4.96/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

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Photo of BieresDesMoines
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2004 bottle, Pours blond with a big fat head, with big fat bubbles. The aroma is outstanding, lemony, peppery, funky with good floral and bubblegum notes that I have never seen in a Gueuze! I also love that ever-present horse blanket aroma lingering in the background. The flavor is earthy with some lemon rind, some nice but mild sourness, dry white oaky notes, plenty funky but not over the top, insanely drinkable.

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Photo of DrewskiWhit
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of CPeterson
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -- A hazy, golden apricot color with vigorous but broken head that dissipates into a nice lacing.

S -- Funk and citrus, you can smell the acid on this one. Oak and earth follow with a whisper of sweetness.

T -- Explosive acid and bitter citrus that fades into a smooth oaked tart. Apricot and peach biittersweetness with a finish of straw hay would be how I would describe the lingering flavor.

M -- Tart, almost puckering, dry and crisp. The dryness stays on the palate a while.

D -- Definitely a solid representation of the style, approachable for those a bit more bold than your typical light lager drinker, yet complex enough to interest any seasoned beer geek.

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

Pours light copper with a vigorous head. Tropical aromas of pineapple, kiwi, and strawberry, with hints grassiness, and a slight maltiness. Flavor has a clean, bright sourness, with some astringency. Well carbonated with a wet feel. Very tasty, indeed.

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Photo of JasonLovesBeer
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Full gold, clear, with a loud and fizzy white head. The cork shot off this bottle as soon as I was removing the cage! Almost dropped the bottle as a result!

S: Rotten wood and nectarines. In a good way of course.

T: Gentle, fresh acidity - like tart, underripe fruit. I'm particularly thinking tart blackberries here, you know, the ones that aren't totally black yet. There is a good oak presence and dry, woody finish.

M: Fizzy and drying, very agile.

O: Gosh, do I enjoy this more than Cantillon gueuze? I think I might.

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Photo of sk8man121
4.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml poured into tumbler.

A: Pours a hazy, semi-opaque apricot with light-orange highlights. 2-finger head dies quickly and leaves no lacing.

S: Lactobacillus, lemon and apple cider vinegar in the nose. Also quite a bit of barnyard funk; tart & sour for sure.

T: Holy shit. Acidic lemon/vinegary tartness quickly fades into a mellow barnyard flavor. Grassy center follows through into a beautifully soft and dry finish of green apple. Indescribable.

M: Spritzy and crisp, very much like a decent champagne. This geuze is creamier than most offerings, although very nice for the style. The lack of vinegar in the finish (common in lesser geuzes) makes this the most drinkable geuze i've ever had.

O: So beautiful and so complex, I can't think of anywhere near a better geuze. Beats Cantillon by far in my mind.

The best geuze I've ever had.

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Photo of BMoldy
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Surprisingly clear pale gold, with a billowing white head that takes its time coming back down and settles as a decent layer of foam on top of the liquid. No lacing.

S: Characteristic lambic tartness makes my mouth water, while more mellow floral notes provide depth and soften the aroma a tad. The oak is also very present, being almost as strong the funkiness.

T/M: The initial tartness is just as surprising as it is expected. Combined with the champagne-esque carbonation, it commands your attention right away, before gently loosening its grip and ceding to a light sweetness that tantalizes the tongue for a second, only to be swept away in a bitter and almost harshly dry finish that ends very clean, with just the slightest hint of tannins. Wow that was a long sentence... *Ahem* Light-bodied and delicate, yet naturally very flavorful.

O: Though I miss the palate-gripping tartness of the Hanssens, and could definitely do with a little less dryness, this gueuze is a keeper. Good variety of classic flavors and aromas, as well as a nearly perfect body excluding the aforementioned dryness. Well worth seeking out.

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Photo of JulioH
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

MEDIUM SOUR.

Crazy beer with tons of flavor. Claims to be made with lambics from three different years.

I was able to taste such depth in this beer. It is a bit sour but the sourness is stopped by a little bit of hops and by being aged in oak barrels. Very nice, very flavorful.

This Oude Geuze is fermented in the bottle, it creates beautiful tiny bubbles that are champagne like. Awesome.

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Photo of b3shine
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to oversized snifter. Looks good; orange and opaque. Smells great; Very fruity with oak notes present. Tastes good too; a lighter, dry gueuze that is quite unique. Mouthfeel is good as well. Overall, a tasty gueuze - but pricy (as they generally are).

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Photo of BostonBrewins
4.74/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a deep orange, a bit hazy. Head is big, fizzy and white. Fizzes out quickly, retains the last remnants for a few minutes, before disappearing completely.

S - A beautifully funky aroma. A wonderful bouquet of barn funk, farmhouse funk, old musty funk, and woody funk. Funkaliascious.

T - Some nice complex character. Funk from the yeast and the bacteria go nicely with some sour, lactic acid flavor. But not as acidic as I expected, very smooth. A bit of grapefruit as well. The woodiness from the oak comes through near the very dry finish.

M - The high carbonation level keeps the energy up. Medium bodied, not light but not heavy either.

O - So much funk even George Clinton would be jealous, but the balance makes this exceptional. A great introductory geuze and it's easy to see why it's a favorite among lambic connoisseurs as well.

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

a most barnyardy beer indeed. surprisingly high level of champagne-like carbonation on this straw colored gueuze. a little tingly as it goes down. my buddy david nailed it when he said horse blanket on the nose. funky, wild yeasty scents mingle with a bit of breadiness. tart and dry on the finish. goes great with epoisses.

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Photo of 7ways
3.27/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have never, ever, heard a cork pop as loud as this one did. It actually hurt my ears. Opaque burnt orange body with a striking white head.

So much dirty funk on the nose that it's hard to concentrate on anything else. Overripe and astringent lemon. I'd normally say musty basement, but here it's more like a dungeon. There is something evil here. In a nice way.

The intensity of flavor matches or exceeds Cantillon, though I still prefer the latter, because I very much prefer sour to funk.

Horse blanket and acetic acid are massive here. Very yeasty, with lemon and pineapple floating around. The astringency seems to completely cover and linger on the roof of my mouth... it's not so bad, but the problem is I can imagine it being better integrated. There is a very sharp, and more importantly, pure, vinegar note on the finish that dominates the experience.

The texture of this beer feels nice, but something about it makes it difficult to swallow.

There is too little going on here besides the powerful vinegar taste to really be impressive. There are plenty of Flemish red ales that have an even bigger vinegar burn, but they are balanced by other flavors or sugar. This lambic is naked. What is impressive is that it does manage to be drinkable and interesting.

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Photo of Igotmypistola
4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lovely Cali afternoon, 90 and breezy. Needed a beer for the occasion. thinking this one may just fit the bill...

Pours a picture perfect deep gold. swirling it around with nice lacing and carbonation. i can smell it instantly. Imagining my backyard is fill with lemon zest fields and straw haystacks.

Taste is nicely acidic. mellow and understated. peppery and slight spice. nice orange(y) flavor going on. so well balanced. The 'drinkabilty' factor is HIGH on this brew. i could have a few of these and not have the life sucked out of my mouth like those delicious RR sours.

Im diggin it. if im being picky, id love this brew to throw a 'juicy' bag around its neck, and take strut around if you know whata mean

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Photo of fatmcb1
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage into a wine glass

Pours a clear golden color with spotty white lacing

Huge aroma, complex. Green apple, lemon, and musty funk.

Tart lemon, sour apple, and bitter. Not overly abrasive or acidic. Hints of a wooden funkiness towards the end.

Smooth carbonation, a bit fizzy, with a crispy dry finish.

I am just starting to get into the gueuze style, and this is one of the best I've had yet.

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Photo of henskejk
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes

A - dark golden orange color with white head, a lot initially, but quickly dissipated.

S - tart and funky smell, with some traces of apple and woody aromas

T - large amount of tartness initially, which fades into a bit of an apple-esque flavor, and then in an oak/wood flavor.

M - light and crisp, a little bit of puckering effect. champagne-like carbonation

O - very interesting, tart and tasty

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Photo of jakon
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7oz bottle purchased for $7.49 on 7-20-7 at Belmont Station.

Bottled on date of January 22nd, 2004.

A faint pop of the cork reveals that there isn't much carbonation with this one. Pours a glowing gold with a thin layer of foam that coats the surface and slowly disappears over the next 5-10 minutes. The aroma is awesome. Mister Ed meets Parliament. I'm in for a treat. The initial taste puckers my mouth like no other. I can feel it all the way back at the top of my jaw. Yum. There is a slight bitterness buried underneath all the sharp acidity, but this is all about the sour funk. Great beer, but it could use a little more carbonation.

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

Poured form 12.7 oz bottle to small pilsner-like glass.

Appearance - Pours a hazy yellow orange with bits of sediment floating around. Extremely pale otherwise. Pours with a super white, super bubbly almost effervescent like head that stays forever and leaves a nice lacing down the glass.

Smell - Smells of tart lemon, sour cherries and apples. Very acidic and tart in the nose, maybe a bit of barnyard funk, mostly dominated by fruit and a bit of oak on the end.

Taste - Very acidic and sour right up front. Mouth puckeringly tart. Tons of fruit flavors in here, I can mostly catch the tart lemon and sour apple up front. Later I can find some sour cherries and some grapes. A nice woodiness on the end and the oak is there. Absolutely amazing, my first gueuze.

Mouthfeel - Extremely effervescent and bubbly on the tongue. Super light and thin but I am pretty sure this is how it should be. It dances on my tongue. Very enjoyable mouthfeel and it puckers my lips.

Drinkability - Despite how sour and tart it is, I was left wanting more after finishing the bottle. I could easily do a second bottle, the only thing stopping me would be the rarity, it isn't even distro'd here, and the price which was a bit high.

My first gueuze and boy was it great. First from Drie Fonteinen.

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Photo of Nick3
3.73/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Let me preface this review by stating that this was my first Gueuze . . . I've had some flemish reds/sours before though.

Bottled on date of Feb. 1, 2008. Beer poured into a Duvel tulip quickly forms a four finger head. Bubbles vibrantly race to feed the head. Beer is a honey colored haze and it looks great. Smell is musty hay and lemons. Wow, this beer is sour. . .lemons come through in the taste as well. No hops, no sweetness. Beer is very lively on toungue. A refreshing beer but quite different than anything I've had before and you'll need to like a sour taste. It grew on me as I drank it though.

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Photo of texashammer
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

sampled on cask at the brewery's restaurant. a nice orange color with the most impressive head I've ever seen: absolutely solid. formed a hole to drink through, like ice fishing, but the rest stayed throughout; when the beer was gone the head sat on the bottom of the glass. smells of funky complexities -- I finally know what people mean by "barnyard" in a beer; also slightly sweet and yeasty. taste is everything it should be. dry mouthfeel. refreshing and so easy to drink that we couldn't believe how quickly a liter disappeared.

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Photo of organicbrewer
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Full on gold. Brilliantly clear. Very few bubbles and just a little ring around the top.

S-Funk. A bit of oak, but the rest if funk.

T-Full on funk. Sour but not overly sour. Some old oak. No hops.

M-Fairly dry. Not puckering. Nearly perfect

D-I love this beer. Could drink this everyday.

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Photo of MCDuhamel
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged bottle into a large tulip. Pours a clear dark straw with an enormous white meringue-like head. Lots of bubbles. Not a lot of lacing. The nose is green apple, hay, and vinegar. The flavor is of tart green apple, citrus, and the slightest hint of barnyard funk, and perhaps white wine grapes. The finish is very dry but not astringent. The whole beer is supported by tingly carbonation. Very drinkable, and quite refreshing.

This is an excellent geuze.

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Photo of mjm47
4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of clabaugh
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A huge, meringue-like head erupts from a pale saffron colored body upon pouring. Retention is exemplary.

Smell: Raw yeastiness that allows me to finally comprehend what other BAs have meant when they've used the term "barnyard" to describe a beer's nose. Penetrating through the intense, wild yeast aroma are hints of citrus and other fruits.

Taste: Bitingly tart at once, accompanied with an unmistakable yeasty flavor. Grapefruit and herb, accented with traces of the oak barrels in which the beer was fermented. Finishes with some rich maltiness, backed up with the ever-present sourness.

Mouthfeel: Rather light-bodied, with some dynamic carbonation. Warming on the tongue, with the tartness supplying some numbing sensations.

Drinkability: Unique flavor that continues to go down pleasantly. Becomes very tasty by mid-bottle once one's palate adjusts to the pungent tartness. Very nice.

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