Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze | Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

YOUR RATING = None |
BA SCORE
96
world-class
707 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
BEER STATS
Reviews:
707
Ratings:
2,587
Avg:
4.34
pDev:
16.13%
 
 
Wants:
436
Gots:
750
For Trade:
91
Drie Fonteinen Oude GeuzeDrie Fonteinen Oude Geuze
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
Belgium | website

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

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".

Added by rastaman on 09-27-2002

User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 707 | Ratings: 2,587
Photo of Azurescens
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375mL corked and caged bottle with bottled on date November 30 2005, poured into snifter at Brouwer's, reviewed on 5/15/11

A: Pours a clear golden color with orange hues and a whitish head that leaves some lacing around glass.

S: Lots of barnyaardy funk with tons of earthy aromas, grass and some lemon peel.

T: Similar to the aroma, lots of funk, lactic sourness, really earthy with citrus notes and oak. Many layers of intriguing earthy complexities.

M: lighter bodied sour with moderate carbonation, finishes dry.

O: Very funky and earthy gueuze, nice and crisp with good drinkability.

 593 characters

Photo of DearthVader
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

375 C&C Bottle (Nov 18, 2010) courtesy of LSUPT*

*seems like all my reviews are thanks to this guy

Poured cautiously into my Fantome tulip after the frightening burst when popping the top.

Pours a very inviting straw-like yellow that has a very nice glow with or without the light near it. A huge head forms at first, but fades fairly quickly to nothing but a very thin crown. No lacing to be seen. I typically wouldn't be impressed at all by the appearance of this, but I feel like it's very standard for the style.

From the second the cork is popped lemon zest rushes to my nose. Not an extremely sour smell, just a slight tartness, but it's filled with very fresh lemons. Earthy tones like grass, bark, and hay peak through. From the aroma you'd think Belgian Saison, but that's just the aroma.

The taste is outstanding. I didn't read any reviews up to this point of this beer and I was really in the mood for a citrusy zest in my beer and this has tons of it. Very juicy lemon pulp which fades into that earthiness I was getting in the nose. Slight soil-like taste which I liked quite a bit.

The mouthfeel is spot on. The body was quite clear so I felt like I'd have a nice light, Chardonnay-like mouthfeel to it. And it didn't disappoint. Beyond easy to drink and very enjoyable on this warm summer night.

I really liked this beer. I paired it with some habanero pepperjack cheese and it was outstanding. I think I have enjoyed this more than I enjoyed the two Cantillon offerings I've had to this point (Iris & Classic Geuze). Very glad I'm finding a liking to this style.

 1,587 characters

Photo of Filosoof
4.87/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

What a great Oude Geuze. Such a harmony. After finishing the bottle I turned my glass four times to catch the very last drip, wishing this sensation wasn't over.

L: Nice top for a geuze. Golden, bright look.
S: Almost undescribable; earthy yeast, bit mushroom, every further description (a little bit of this and a little bit of that -citrus for example-)doesn't come near the unique round Geuze-smell;
T: In great harmony with the smell. Some geuzes taste like unripe, green apples. In this one the apple is crispy/fresh/ripe for the first day. Also cream and oak.
M: there's a little too much CO2, but further: excellent. The mouthfeel is like a beautiful accord. Sour, but not too sour. Alcohol of 6% is perfect chosen. Dry aftertaste ofcourse, but not too dry. It's an invitation to take another sip.

Sometimes the aftertaste is so dry (f.e. Boon Oude Geuze), it feels like a roadblock - and you have to start over again. This one is more like a stick for an endless relay-run.

Green label; 37,5 cl. bottle

Warning: I almost died when I unfastened the metal. The cork shoot to the ceiling and ,when returning, just missed me. Many Champagne wines would be jalous about this force!

 1,189 characters

Photo of Chizoad
3.93/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from March 2010. First gueuze ever, so I had little idea what to expect.

Poured a hazy copper with a frothy head that settled into a thin cap for the duration. Fairly pretty looking beer.

Very subtle aroma of tartness, some apple perhaps. As it warmed the sour aromas became more pronounced, and some funk crept in.

Weird balance of flavors here. Nearly no funk in the taste. Crisp sourness up front, bittering hops to finish. Warming the beer caused both the sourness and bitterness to explode, and it became a little tough to drink towards the end.

Body on the light side of medium with excellent carbonation. They advertised carbonation reminiscent of champagne but I would say that's not accurate at all. No insane effervescence and relatively small bubbles. Much more like beer, and very well done.

I wonder if I had this one when it was too young. I liked how different it was from what I usually drink, but I wouldn't seek this out again.

 957 characters

Photo of kennyo
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2004 bottle date, different label, no Drie

Darker than most gueze's with big soap, white head. Very thick soapy belgian lace. Aroma is pure funkiness, horse crap, lemon, a little cinnamon. This is a verey drinkable lambic, not over the top. Sour/lemon with a light body

 272 characters

Photo of sfoley333
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into a Drie Fonteinen gueuze glass. Poured a hazy orange color with a slight dirty blonde hue. Nice champagne like head that left little after a minute. The smell was a mixture of sour fresh musty citrus, a bit of brett and barnyard funk finish. Taste is pleasantly sour kind of like a lemon teaish flavor with a slight acidic vingear present and the drynish that on the finish mixed with the champagne like carbonation makes this a great example of gueuze.

 482 characters

Photo of CuttDeez
4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As I got to the last turn of the cork cage the cork just popped off straight up into my hand - I knew I had something good going. Poured into a snifter.

A - Only slightly cloudy golden yellow color with some depth. The head was large white and produce tons of lace.

S - Incredible smell. Awesome funky barnyard sents that make the back of your mouth pucker a little. The fruits in the air were clear and smooth with some acitic notes. I could smell it all day.

T & M & D - Super funky sour awesome right off the bat. That is when it becomes amazing is the sweet fruits and sugars that come in and smooth out the sour and make the middle of the palate incredibly enjoyable and complex. Then on the back end instread of going dry and stale and sour the cool oakiness comes in and sooths the aftertaste - thus making it a great experience the entire way through. I have trouble with some guezes when they finish too dry and make you want to drink some water but this one just makes you want to take another sip. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbination and very easy on the palate considering the style, making it drinkable as well.

O - One of the best Geuzes I have had hands down, I don't think much more needs to be said. Get one.

-Cheers

 1,253 characters

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.

 997 characters

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.

 1,316 characters

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.

 417 characters

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.

 676 characters

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.

 671 characters

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.

 252 characters

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.

 531 characters

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.

 847 characters

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.

 1,129 characters

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.

 394 characters

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.

 324 characters

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).

 258 characters

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.

 851 characters

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.

 1,275 characters

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

 715 characters

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.

 409 characters

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

 421 characters

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.

 651 characters

Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
96 out of 100 based on 707 ratings.