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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Ratings: 1,868
Reviews: 668
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.9%
Wants: 360
Gots: 500 | FT: 53
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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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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

11-30-2011 18:49:23 | More by brandoman63
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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

06-16-2012 22:10:36 | More by drewone
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A blend of 1,2,and 3 old lambic. Bottled 28 February 2004, Sampled 8 July 2008.

A: Poured a hazy, bright orange wit a monstrous 3 finger styro-foam head that displayed great retention clinging to the sides of the glass for dear life as it slowly receded leaving a huge clumpy lacing on the way down. Visible carbonation was moderately strong.

S: The nose was strong with tart lemon juice and some funky barnyard aromas.

T: The flavor had a strong and dominant tart lemon juice flavor that just assaults the taste buds from the get go. A sharp acidity and carbonation fizzle soon follows. Puckering fresh lemons yield to a yeasty tart citric finish that is sure to roll your eyes back. Overall, very tart and acidic, was hard to pick up on any of the oaky character.

M: light, oily slick with a spritzy carbonation bite that is detected long after the swallow in the pit of the stomach.

D: Pucker up, a real eye squinter here. A bomber may be a struggle for the novice or even intermediate lambic drinker, so beware. Best shared with a friend. After the first couple of sips the beer does become moderately easier to handle but does pack a punch to it.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2008 22:59:49 | More by beerthulhu
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5/5  rDev +14.2%

12-22-2011 02:54:27 | More by Gonzoillini
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled February 28, 2004. Poured into my Orval chalice. Immediately the smell of gueuze fills the room.

Pours a clear amber/orange, huge thick white head forms, looks awesome and refuses to go away, one of the most solid heads I've ever seen. Smell is wicked, orange peels, spice, tart/sour, hay, barnyard, lemons. Wow, tart citrus, spices, and funk smack me in the face, acidity through middle, vanilla/toffee, more funk, more citrus, this is big. Real nice oakiness to it. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, super smooth, really goes down nice. Fantastic gueuze, looks amazing, perfect carbonation, superfunk, I wish I had more.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2006 01:40:48 | More by Viggo
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4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Bottling date is Dec 12th 2009.

Out of the bottle sits a cloudy lemon body that glows like an orb. Head is white rock hard and tight with some good staying power. Visible tiny carbonation comes up from the bottom. Minimal spotty lacing, but it's the pour and noise out of the bottle and what hits the glass that seems most impressive in appearance.

First nose of the bouquet is a dry extremely dry apple cider, burnt yeast and dry air. Feels also a kind of burnt ash and wooded fireplace ashes. REALLY arid. This is probably very jarring if you're not expecting it but I really enjoy it and was really surprised and like it.

Taste is a tight crisp burnt apple mixing with ashes and cider feel. Champagne and sparkling wine brut-ness. Extremely dry finish and refreshing. Incredibly tight sensation in the mouth as if eating crabapples over an outdoor wooded fire.

Overall this is pretty exciting but I have to be in the right mood for it. Boy this would really pair well with grilled fish on the bbq, or even just simple grilled shellfish. I am not so sure I would want to dive into this just to drink on its own, but I really dig this.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 02:23:33 | More by smakawhat
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4.25/5  rDev -3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 02:26:14 | More by mdaschaf
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4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle is 3.5 years old (11 Dec, 2000).

This beer has a golden hue that glows orange. A very healthy and slightly bubbly white head tops it off. Retention amazing. Streams of carbonation jet to the surface. The aroma is wonderful. Musty. Lemony. Grassy. Citric. Horse Blanket. Just a little bubblegum. Damn fine. The body is light and the mouthfeel is airy. A little fizzy. This taste can be likened to the outer layer a sour gobstopper. It is acidic beyond belief. Citrus flavors and lemongrass make their presence know. Some cider. On scale of 1-10, this would get a 9 maybe 9.5 for its mouthpuckering ability. Tart as all get out. Just a little of the horseblanket on the buds. Just what you'd expect from a well made lambic (Gueuze).

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2003 20:53:18 | More by Bighuge
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4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank a bottle of this at Craft the other day. Bright yellow, great 2.5" head that specializes in retention and lace. Epic. Good sour aroma, didn't really have a fruitiness to it, other than the generic and oft cited lemon, maybe some green apple to it.

Taste, a tad sweet, a good amount sour. Clearly not up to the sour level of Cantillon 100% Gueuze, but what is? Very similar, but this one has more sweetness, although far from a balance of sweet/sour, which is a good thing in my book. Pretty dry despite the sweetness, no real barrel qualities of it evident. I believe it was $16 for a 750ml at Craft, which appears to be a decent deal. Shit, that bottle split 4 ways. . . exactly.

Seems to be available pretty regularly at a decent, not great price, I think it deserves a little bump in the overall.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 23:02:22 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2000 Vintage:
Hazy caramel yellow with a rocky, off-white head. Plenty of lacing. The aroma was fruity and acidic with white wine grape character. Dry, acidic flavour. Lots of puckering sourness, but this was balanced masterfully with fruit. Full of flavour. Light body with some tingling on the palate in the finish. A great beer! Thanks northyorksammy.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2006 01:39:28 | More by DrJay
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4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle purchsed from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy lemon-yellow color with a one-finger bright white head. The large-bubbled head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of general funk - leather and wet hay are the most predominant - with hints of lemon peel. As it warms the aromas become fruitier with mild amounts of tropical fruit aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The tartness is surprisingly subdued and takes equal billing with funk. Funkiness takes the reins up front and as it warms more and more tart fruit flavors come into play. The ending is very crisp.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a slick thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is great. I finished my glass very quickly and had absolutely no problem finishing the bottle.

Overall this didn't disappoinnt. It wasn't overpoweringly tart like some others I've had yet managed to be absurdly complex. Well worth a shot while it's still available.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2010 21:58:23 | More by glid02
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

07-06-2013 04:18:29 | More by sendbeer
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5/5  rDev +14.2%

11-24-2011 02:02:14 | More by PEIhop
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4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 1999:
I dedicate this bottle of Oude Geuze to that "Gentleman and Scholar" , the LongBeachBum, cus its his birthday to day, "Happy Birthday" Bum, this "Beers For You"!

As the beer vacates the bottle a somewhat hazy orange color with a moderate sized head that is creamy in consistency, the color a brilliant white, the lace formed after desiccation of the head is a tight sheet to conceal the glass. Nose tart and sweet, hints of lemon lime, yeast, fruity, like and over ripe pear, quite a contrast in aromas, start is lightly sweet at the start, the malt pleasant, the top light to moderate in feel. Finish is astringent, sour, sweet, and dry as the desert, aftertaste lingers on forever, and a fantastic beer this is, and if you like the "Twang" of this style, this is your beer.

Vintage 2000:
OK, a quite interesting beer before I even start the sampling/reviewing, there’s a warning label to “Open Carefully Under Great Pressure”, and right it is, I untied the wire cage/cap, just touched the cork, it shot out of bottle top like a bullet, bounced off the ceiling, the counter, and at least one wall, then into the side pocket, “Score”!, just kidding about the side pocket!

The color before decanting a limpid golden orange and after decanting a bemused golden orange with the head a majestic crown upon that vaporous golden orange body which is spumous in texture and a somewhat off white color, and the resultant lace a silky veil to hide the glass from prying eyes. The first aroma that of peaches, sweet and sour, almost astringent, crisp and pleasing to both the ocular and olfactory senses, start is modestly sweet, dry, hints of lemon with the top light but pleasingly so. Finish is amaroidal, but once again pleasingly so, an integral part of the style, a bit of the hops I think shows through at the back of the palate, so very tart it puckers the mouth, but its just part of the majesty of the style, what a treat, and this may be sacrilegious, but I like this “Lambic” much more than any I’ve ever sampled including but not limited to Cantillon.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2004 00:09:59 | More by Gusler
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5/5  rDev +14.2%

03-22-2014 20:57:50 | More by afsdan
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4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375ml bottle into my Lost Abbey stemware. It poured a hazy amber color with a large fluffy and bubbly white head filling half of the glass at first. The head faded a bit but had some good retention overall and some nice lacing was left on the glass.

The aroma is tart and funky with a pretty strong acidic sharpness to it. It has a damp, musty, basement like quality to it as well. A little bit of a sour, tart, fruity, apple like quality comes through with just a bit of citrus.

The taste also has the tartness to it with a very moderate acidic bite. Like the aroma suggested it's sour, funky and has some very tart and dry fruit flavors to it. A little bit of a musty wood like quality is present as well. Excellent Geuze flavors overall

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is very good, it has some great sour and funky flavors. The acidicness was kept in moderation which really helped the drinkability for me. Overall an excellent beer and an excellent version of the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 00:35:29 | More by billab914
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4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale blonde color with a one finger head into my lambic glass. Looks like a lot of carbonation is present.

Aroma is a mix of apricot, apple and cherry in the nose. It's mildly funky.

The aromas are deceptive as the tongue is greeted by lots of funk, with old moldy shoe coming to my mind. Only a small amount of the other "flavors" remain.

Finishes somewhat dry with lingering funk. If you're thinking "dessert beer" think again.

Except for that last sentence, there is no reason why you should not partake in the experience that this beer provides. Just be prepared to feel like you just ate a moldy shoe after drinking this!

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 03:58:40 | More by Brad007
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1999 Vintage:

Pours a nebulous golden with a tremendous white head that is cavernous as it recedes. Retention is good.

To demystify the aroma, one must unveil layer after layer of complex Brett characteristics. To describe this beer as funky would be an understatement. The funky horse blanket is very strong, as is the lesbian bull terrier piss aroma. Some herbal and grassy hop undertones are present with a nice level of tartness and musty barnyard. The flavor has a medium-high level of tartness with a medium sour level. The Brett is strong in the flavor, with some light citrus and some grassiness. Very musty, with strong notes of horse blanket and vinegar.

Light bodied with medium carbonation and a dry mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2009 21:35:47 | More by HopHead84
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

01-21-2013 18:23:54 | More by THECPJ
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Nov. 30, 2005.

A: Hazy orange-brown with an off-white head, some retention & leg/lace.

S: Lactic sourness, cider, leather and a bit of horse. Very nice.

T: Very nice brett. presence (horsey, earthy minerals, leather & a little barnyard), reasonable lactic sourness, slightly woody, slight hints of cider vinegar. Nicely blended.

M: Light to moderate body has a slight acidity, dry finish (not very puckering).

D: Very drinkable for the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2008 21:57:41 | More by Derek
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4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle, split during march madnesss

appearance: cloudy orange body, big frothy white cap with strong retention

smell: oak ,hay, barnyard funk, sour apple, sour lemon

taste: nice gueze - oak presence dominant, sour apple and sour lemon, nice sourness, sharp sugar, barnyard hay, grass

mouthfeel: tongue twisting, moderate sourness

drinkability: high for the style

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2010 23:30:09 | More by dirtylou
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4.83/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1997 vintage, 15 euros at the Drie Fonteinen restaurant, consumed on Halloween 2010.

The beer pours a deep golden color with a nice thick cap of white foam that was fairly durable. The aroma was damn good, funky fruit and vegetables, musty, dank basement, bales of straw, all of these came to mind. It tastes bright and accessible despite all these strong smells, really flavorful without being too sour. Not that I'd have minded, but honestly this was nearly perfect. A little citrus enters along with the funkiness, every sip was delicious. Carbonation was low but present, giving a somewhat silky body.

I'm not sure I can recommend this highly enough, but in any case it probably doesn't matter as 1997 is pretty old and I'm sure becoming rare. But later vintages will likely be nice too. I brought a 2002 home with me from Belgium, also a 2006 for a friend. Maybe we'll try them both side-by-side together.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 09:51:07 | More by TurdFurgison
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

12-21-2011 15:59:32 | More by drummermattie02
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4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330mL bottle poured into tulip - thanks to rob for sharing

Pours a hazed straw yellow with some brighter tones. A fluffy white head rests on top for a bit, leaving some layers of film and lacing.

Notes of spritzy tartness, funk and lemon peel in the nose. Faint earthiness and citrus, definitely sour but not overwhelming.

Spike of sourness on the tongue up front, highlighted by lemon peel and citrus flavors. Straw and biscuit tones with hints of earthiness. Smooth, balanced, and pleasant drinking, even with the welcomed notes of funk and hay. Not overly lactic, but still decently sour throughout. Finishes a bit dry while lingering on the palate.

Medium body, nice carbonation level, dry and lasting on the tongue, wraps around and holds tight. Pretty much an ideal, relatively easy to find gueuze, although I'll give the edge to Cantillon classic.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 02:35:12 | More by xnicknj
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

09-17-2012 01:30:57 | More by rolltide8425
Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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