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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Reviews: 695
Hads: 2,462
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 8.55%
Wants: 431
Gots: 700 | FT: 82
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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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Photo of spinrsx
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%

Bottle part of a private import

Appearance - Gold colour with an average size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Breads/grains, lemons, apples, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains, a dry yeasty flavour, tart lemons, and grapefruit zest. It ends with sort of stale barnyard type of dryness/flavour.

Overall - Super refreshing and a lot of citrus sourness going on. Not as much lactic flavour as some of the other in the style and there is a lot of vibrant citric acid. A beer worthy of its acclaim.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12.7 ounce bottle, bottled on March 10th, 2008. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with a couple inch frothy off-white head. Head retention is pretty good, with a decent amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is tart apples, barnyard funk, and some oak and lemon peel. Wow, this beer is even more tart and funky tasting than I expected it to be. The taste is just like the aroma, it's tart, musty and earthy. Mouthfeel/body is medium, and has a lot of soft carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it's very enjoyable! I think this is a good overall brew, I'd definitely buy this again in the future.

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Photo of dgilks
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden colour with a small white head. Fair head retention given the style.

Wonderful citrus aroma with the lemon notes being vibrant but some stonefruit and lime leaf coming out as well. Nice funk which is in balance with the acid.

Moderately tart with a nice lemon-lime sourness. Good funk note which is earthy, barnyardy and well balanced. Nice bitterness too.

Moderate body with high carbonation. A crisp, refreshing gueuze.

3F is at the top of the game. I know some prefer the intense sourness of Cantillon but this stuff is really, really good and nicely balanced on the palate.

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Photo of Brad007
4.2/5  rDev -3%
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!

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Photo of sweemzander
4.9/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12.7oz. corked and caged bottle poured into a stemmed glass. March 10,2008 on the label.

(A)- Pours a clear orange golden hue with yellow-ish highlights. Produced a huge bubbly effervescent pure white head with some great retention on it; surprising for the style. Left some suds-like lacing behind.

(S)- Wow, a dense hay field-full of straw and hay dryness up front that turns into a literal funk of sour lactic-acid and a moldy cheese of some sort. A touch of a tart yet grassy lemon zest at the end.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. A rather potent grassy lemon zest with a very dry hay/straw moldy funk. Finishes as it started. Man, is the tart/sourness potent in this one!

(M)- A great lively carbonation level and balance. A big sour/acidic profile with a dry funk to rival it. Crisp, and a literal party on the tongue.

(D)- An obvious world class Gueuze. Nothing can I find to complain about. A joy to smell and drink. Paired it with some aged sharp white cheddar later on; yum!

**Update. After having this numerous times now, I am bumping its score up from what I originally had. Overall, I think this absolutely top notch and could see myself drinking it everyday if I could.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.82/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of claspada
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle was from 2007 if my memory serves me.

Pours a hazy, golden color with a layer of short-lived white foam that recedes to nothing. Kinda looks like a lighter apple juice.

Aromas begin with lots and lots of funk along with a good amount of lemon juice and rind. Funkiness continues to emerge with those fun horse blanket, green apple and emerging oakiness.

The tastes begin with tart lemon and white grapefruit juices. Nibble of Granny Smith and white vinous grape notes as the citrus settles down a bit. Emerging flavors as it warms include oak, subdued leather and barnyard notes. Splash of mineral water.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with light-medium carbonation. Long, dry, acetic finish. Very muted hint of spice remains on the palate.

Overall this is the definition of Gueuze. Better and better with each year of age. As with many I prefer the aroma to the overall flavor profile, but that is not saying it wasn't fantastic. Definitely worth seeking out and hiding from yourself for as long as humanly possible.

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Photo of glid02
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of Whiskeydeez
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

375 bottle poured into tulip glass, Bottle reads 2012, dec 5th.

This is my first 3 Fontienen and Gueze, it was excellent.

A: Pours a really nice deep golden coler with a bit of haze. There is a big white head that recedes quickly to a small lingering ring.

S: The Aroma of this beer is just awesome. Really big funkiness front and center. I'm not too refined to pick it apart too much but a tart funk that has a lot of citrus/fruity sweetness. I could smell this all day.

T: The flavor follows the aroma and expands on it. There is a great big tartness with the funk. The citrus type fruit flavors are more apparent, lemon and grapefruit, green apple flavor and tartness is there in the back of the drink. Some of the oak comes through.

M: This is a very dry, champagne like beer. Big carbonation and dryness really add to and intensify the tartness.

O: As my first true lambic/Gueuze this is incredible. The smells and flavors of this beer are big and tart but at the same time have a wonderful drinkability. There is a lot of flavors that round out the tartness and really make this a wonderful beer.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle, from 12/12/2009, drank from my Rodenbach tulip... Pours a very clear dark gold, more clarity than the Vintages. An off white head, lasting but thin cap, no lacing... On the nose I can tell this is a newer batch, aroma is weak. Sweet oak, must, a hint of horse blanket, good but too light... The taste is much stronger, tons of oak and must, the aroma on steroids but lacks depth. Its a touch to alcoholic and acidic... The feel is tart and dry, a little to wet on the finish though.

This is good, but not great. Probably a touch to young, and didn't come close to the Vintage series. Still worth trying.

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Photo of Gusler
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of barczar
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%

Slightly funky aroma, apple, tart, with a bit of funk. Flavor is acetic at the base, with good citric notes and lactic finish. Excellent, complex beer.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-The projectile cork nearly killed my dog. A bit of a gusher. Big, yeast stained head. Modest lacing.

S-Tart, nearly vegetal aroma.Wet, soggy wood. Sour apple cider. Lemon zest. Very aromatic and intense.

T-Suck my lemons! That is sour. Subtle woodiness. Grassy, too. There is some semblance of a malt here. The tartness is bright and lingering.

M-Lively carbonation. Tartness sticks to my lips. Has some body to it.

O/D-Worth the $20 750ml. I drank this beer very young. I may need to grab another and throw her in the cellar. Just a very earthy, natural medley of flavors.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
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

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Photo of DefenCorps
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On the 12th of December 2010, I happened to stumble upon a bottle of the 1999 Oude Gueuze, probably my top want since I got to try it at the Lambic Summit in Phily. Sharing it with a close friend, reminiscing over what we were doing when this beer was bottled and spending a couple of hours nursing my lions share, I was convinced that this was the best gueuze I'd ever had. More detailed notes from the Summit are below, but briefly, the blend of soft lemons, mellow tannins and a light floral character make this beer unique. Better than Blauw, better than the 02 Vintage Oude Gueuze, better than the 2001 bottling of the Cantillon Classic, this is exceptional.

** June 10, 2010**
Served out of a bottle at The Great Lambic Summit. Armand talked about this beer and how the plan was to make a beer distinct from the regular gueuze. A blend of Boon, Lindeman's and Girardin lambics, this beer pours a mildly hazy orange with a dense white head with decent retention and some lacing. The nose is outstanding. Beautiful citrus and oak tannin character, this is deep, rich and nuanced. Moderately cheesy, this has aged very gracefully. No acetic character. Lemons, orange and a Roquefort-like funk, along with a forest floor, woody aroma. Great balance.

The palate opens with a dank funk, forest floor, mildly reminding me of dried mushrooms. Juicy lemons with a moderate acidic character. Oak is present, mild vanilla and a beautiful tannin character providing a gentle but strong backbone. Beautiful stuff. This is an absolutely exceptional blend. The finish is rather unreal, there's a lingering lemon and tannin character. Beautifully integrated. There's a softness and suppleness that's present that I can't find in the J&J Blauw. I feel lucky to have tried this, the clean sourness lacking in acetic character is a beautiful thing.

Side by side with the Blauw, this isn't as dank and less forest floor like, less tannic and less lemony. People who loved the Blauw preferred it for exactly this reason.
**Reviewed on: 08-17-2009 04:40:52**
Having spent more than I care to admit to acquire a bottle of Hommage, I figured it would be best to get a feel for Drie Fonteinen's house character before I jump into what is one of their highest regarded beers. I grabbed this at State Line today, this batch was bottled 1st Feb 2008

A: No sooner than I pop the cage does the cork fly off, causing a minor spill. Luckily, I have my RR tulip handy, and that glass is filled with a gorgeous, golden copper-colored brew with fantastic amounts of carbonation, atop which sits a white head with good retention and attractive lacework. Good stuff

S: Plenty of sourness here. There's a lot of lemon rind character, a bracing acidity. Funk is present and prominent, with a sharpness that reminds me in ways of the 1984 Eylenbosch Gueuze I had recently, grassy and grainy with some barnyard characted I get a little white pepper and an astringency that I can't quite describe. I can only go as far as say it's neither hop nor oak. There is also a mild amount of vanilla and sweetness, citrus in character, that is apparent. There really is an awful depth to this beer. In between the citrus, oak, funk and mild lactic character, this beer is great

T: Opening up with a solid dose of lemon peel and lactic sourness, this gueuze is excellent. Big, juicy lemons, with a beautiful sweetness that's got a lot of citrus, honey and vanilla. Funk is secondary to the sourness here, with the dominating character being barnyard and some tart granny smith apples. Overall, this is one juicy, succulent gueuze, one that's a treat. In some ways, I see this as a bracing, raw fruit, one that time will mellow out and "ripen", bringing to the forefront the more fruity characteristics of the bugs. Finishes dry, sour, lemony and with a mild sweetness, this is excellent.

M: While retaining a light airy character, this beer has sufficient heft mid-palate to deserve an extra nod. High carbonation enhances just about everything good about this beer, and the finish is tremendous. The sourness is high, but biting acidity is reserved, making for a very enjoyable gueuze.

D: This was supposed to be consumed while working on an essay, but it's taken me the duration of the bottle to review. Oh well. Well done, Armand!

Notes: While this is my first exposure to this beer, the things that strike me about it are that in contrast with Cantillon, this has a lot more latent tropical fruit character, a mellower acidity, and a sharpness in flavor that reminds me of Hanssens.
**Edit: 21 April 2010
Side by side, the Doesjel is woodier, less grassy, less bright citrus, less sweet/floral character. Both are excellent beers, but I have to tip my hat to the Oude Gueuze.
** edit 19 July 2015**
Bottled Nov 2005.
Gaining a juicy, oxidized honey like fruitiness, citrus rinds, earth, mushroom, damp basement, gorgeous funk, melons. Juicy, funky palate with preserved lemons, honey, floral funk, soft palate.

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Photo of tbeckett
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at a pub in Antwerp. From notes.

A - Poured light gold with intense carbonation and a 2 finger fluffy white head. Bright. Amazing retention.

S - Tons of grape. Quite sour smelling, dusty, musty, and very rich and complex.

T - Lot's of grape, sourness, dustiness, and mustiness. Lot's of lemon comes out. More sour towards the end. Very nice stuff.

M - Strong carbonation and a medium body. Great dry/sour finish.

O/D - A great Gueuze. No complaints at all. Very tasty and complex. I enjoyed this alot and found it to be a better example of the style.

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Photo of ccrida
3.4/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is dull gold with a small white collar that leaves almost no lace. Bottle date 11/18/2010.

Smell is sweet, funky, phenolic.

Taste is pretty funky, there's some iron notes as well as iced tea like sweetness. A little fruity. This tea notes remind me of an ale that was heavy on the crystal malt, which I know was not in the mash bill here, but nevertheless is an unloved attribute.

Mouthfeel is slick, medium light bodied, lacking the spritz I look for in gueuze, more lambic like.

Drinkability is pretty good, the sweetness makes it more approachable than others, but I prefer much more pucker. I gotta say, regardless of how heralded a blender they are, it's not the most impressive geuze.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 oz corked and caged bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
6% ABV, Bottled on Dec 12th, 2009, "Good for at least 10 years from bottled date."

A - Effervescent with a tall white head, Oude Gueuze is barely cloudy with a vibrant golden yellow. Despite heavy carbonation the acidity drops the head like a bad habit. Spotty lace adorns the glass.

S - Heavy on the lactic acid, it smells almost barf-like. Strong, complex yeast interaction with the barnyard qualities hinted at and the sour, sweaty gym sock aroma pulling forward from a vigorous swirl. Malty balance in the background.

T - The acid level is almost overwhelming in flavor and feel, pushing it past the great nuances the yeast has to offer in the aroma. Medicinal notes on the back end pop through the moderately malt-balanced mid section.

M - Biting acidity is sharp as is the overly strong carbonation. Burp-central here. A nice combination of dryness and sourness finishes this medium-bodied Gueuze out.

O - A good one overall, this has been a more pleasant experience than my first try of it. Still though, the extreme carbonation and acidity don't lend well to drinkability.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 oz. corked and caged bottle served in my Allagash chalice. Bottled on 10 March 2008 indicated on the label. Bottle opens with a pop and beer effervesced out of the neck. Pours a translucent golden orange with a loose, off-white head the consumed half the glass, reducing it's size by three quarters within less than a minute before settling into a solid, fluffy quarter inch cap. Thick clouds of lacing are present during the tasting and exhibit excellent retention. Nose is tart, acidic and expresses a hint of cork and wood. Taste consistent with nose - lots of citric acid from the start to middle, with the earthy/cork quality coming out towards the back. Mouthfeel is light and extremely lively, almost prickly - acidity stimulates the salivary glands and finish is extremely dry and palate-cleansing. A solid Gueuze, but perhaps still a little young. The correct elements are there, but not much complexity at this point.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The Great Lambic Summit

'99 vintage...Pours a lovely dulled gold color, very clean with moderate head of little white bubbles, nice sheets of lacing. Scent is a tremendously big yet unaggreassive whiff of musty wood, leaves and damp earth (like a walk outside after a day of rain) backed by nice big tart and sour notes that awaken the senses after the comforting mustyness. Taste follws scent almost to the t - dont ask me how i know what earthy, wood and leaves taste like, but this is it. The tart and sourness is also present in a big bold way, but somehow compliments the earthyness rather than covering it up. Medium in body, perfect carbonation, bone dry - gone before it hits the tongue at times. A wonderful beer that was quite the experience.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Opened as part of a mini sour tasting, one of the most classic gueuzes out there - very excited to finally try this one after the bottle had been teasing me for so long. Pours a slightly hazy copper color with little bits of gold that streamline the edges. A soapy and bubbly white head grows and recedes in one fluid motion, leaving only a small bit of lacing at the very top of the glass.

Quite a bit of fruit skin sourness hits me on the initial whiff - very tart in character and lightly acidic, with a small amount of lacto behind it all. Some very mild hops show up, grassy and herbal, and add a very slight bitterness that extends the tartness into the realm of astringency, just for a brief moment. Tartly bitter. Is that a real thing?

Lots of funky yeast in this one, too - it's got that characteristic smell of Belgian gueuze to it. The sweaty sock funk it strong in the start and comes out even more as the beer rises in temp. A touch of finishing oak and wet hay, jammin' on the barnyard walls. Funky, funky, funky, reaching for damp and dirty blankets in the middle of a barnyard floor.

The taste starts off with a nice tartness, but it's definitely not as sour as I thought it would be, especially after smelling it. For a gauge, it's slightly less tart than Cantillon's Gueuze, for those who may have had that before this. After the initial sour apple and stone fruit skins, a mild astringency bites the tip of the tongue and quickly gives way to the funkadelic flavors. You can taste Belgium in this beer.

Drub, musky and funk yeast plagues the aftertaste, spread across a canvas of burnt oak - the barrel comes out hard in the end. Really dry overall, especially in the finish, with an easily discernible, funky bitterness upon fading out. By the final sip, oak seems to be one of the heaviest flavors of the aftertaste, and that's what I'm left with after the beer is gone. Not bad. Pretty thin bodied, crisp, wet, and sharp mouth feel, lots of carbonation.

Definitely a great gueuze, and it was interesting to see the differences in the style between this and the Cantillon gueuze (they were enjoyed back-to-back). This one was not quite as sour/tart and the oak/funk was a bit more forward. Both good in their own ways, no doubt about that. If you're on the fence about sours, try this one along with the Cantillon gueuze (if you can get/find them). If those don't convert you, then you'll probably never like sours.

EDIT: 9/4/2013

After having many, many more bottles of this, the variation is lovely. Sometimes it's much funkier, sometimes it's much more tart, but it's always delicious. I still think I prefer Cantillon's original gueuze to this one, but hey - I can still find this stuff on the shelves occasionally... win!

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4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle dated Nov 18, 2010, poured into a flute

An aggressive pour yields a less than a finger bone white bubbly foam. Little to no staying power as it dissipates into a couple small patches. The body sits a light orange with no visible carbonation.

The aroma is classic gueuze. Light fruit, vinegar, tart, spicy coriander, and oak. This just smells dry.

Lemons seize control up front with malt vinegar and fruit through the middle. Some boozey spiciness and tart funk in the finish before a sweeping dryness.

Very low carbonation, don't think it is supposed to be like this. Light body, but a little dull due to the carbonation issue. The lingering dryness is incredible. Far and away the driest beer I have ever had.

I wish the carbonation issues weren't present, I feel like this beer is only lacking in that one area. I will seek this out again for a new take.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Kevin for sharing this one!

A-pours a hazy golden orange color with lighter edges and a tight slightly off white bubbly head.

S-light acidity up front, a good bit of earthy barnyard funkiness to it with a touch of cellar muskiness, lemon behind with a nice sweetness.

T-lemon up front, lots of acidity, barnyarnd and musk, nice note of vinegar, a storng sour tartness, apple and pear in the back with a bit more of acidity.

M-smooth feel, lighter medium body, lots of carbonation giving a good crisp dry feel in the back.

D-this has some nice things going on and goes down very easily. the funkiness is nice and this has a ton of acidity to it but enough sweetness to balance and the complexity you want to see in a gueuze (and expect to see from 3F).
Had the 99 Vintage to compare with the 50th Anniversary and the blauw. Flavors were slightly muted, especially compared to the two others mentioned. Much less funky than a typically Oude geuze, minerally and earthy with lighter fruit aspects of pear, peach, and citrus and notes of dry barrel.

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4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a hazy amber orange color with a large bubbled large white head.

The aroma immediately has this aggressive funky character of farmyard, some slight stinky sock, with lots of fruit character in dried apricot, lemon peel, white grape peel with a substantial white breadiness in there. Some sesame seed.

The flavor follows with that dried fruit apricot and peach. Tons of juicy white grape character. A lemon tartness throughout with some funky quality of farmyard and hay. Tons of champagne like carbonation that goes throughout. There is also a lingering sesame seed flavor.

In my experience, it goes Cantillon, Hanssens, this, and then Tilquin.

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
96 out of 100 based on 695 ratings.