Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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Reviews by biboergosum:
4.26/5 rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
375ml caged and corked bottle. Another weird opener for this brewery - after the final twist was applied to the cage's wire, the cork just plum popped off itself, this time deftly into my waiting hand, as opposed to ricocheting off the ceiling.
This beer pours a hazy, medium golden amber hue, with three fingers of very loosely bubbly, fizzy, foamy dirty white head, which leaves a low sudsy wall of cushion lace around the glass as it evenly sinks away.
It smells rather pungently of sour lemon, over-aged white wine, under-ripe green apples, a growing musty funk, a weak bready maltiness, and a soft kiss of astringent, grainy wood. The taste is sharply acidic apple, white grape, and lemon, with an actually perceptible, combined fruity sweetness, some bomb shelter pale grain, with a certainly laid-back funk, what with it being only a tad musty and cheesy. A lingering oaky woodiness seems incapable of letting go.
The carbonation is light, and fairly frothy, the body medium-light in weight, the airy bubbles providing a bit too much distraction for straight-ahead smoothness to take hold, which is strange, given the initial edgy acidic notes. It finishes off-dry, incredibly, the tartness abating for the most part, the fruit on the rise, in a complex interplay with the grain, tame funk, and neutered wood.
Wow, what a show - almost unpalatable acetic acid to start off, and then a slow, easy conversion to a balanced fruity, zingy oak-touched pale ale, Belgian-style, that is. Very drinkable, robust, and enjoyable well beyond expectations. However, since those expectations came from the 'regular' Oude Gueuze , and the price comparison between them is double, at least, that puts me in a quandary as to recommendations - try this, I guess, at least once, for an occasion. Mine appears to be a Monday night.
Serving type: bottle
02-05-2013 02:17:13 | More by biboergosum
More User Reviews:
4.55/5 rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Tons of carbonation; cork flew off like a rocket, cage actually broke. Enormous fluffy white head. Brew is a beautiful hazy copper-orange-gold, translucent. Great head retention, and fluffy chunks of lacing.
Sharp, sweet, and musty yeast aroma, tart and funky. Fairly neutral, with a hint of citrus and wheat.
Extremely tart and crisp, funky shifting to a flat, musty funk at the end. Slight BPA or Saison sweetness and straw flavor behind. Citrus, and very obvious oak notes. Delicious!
Lively and tart mouthfeel, very drinkable but medium overall. Long semi-dry finish.
This is fantastic, probably the best geuze I've had yet.
3 year old bottle.
Serving type: bottle
03-14-2014 21:52:01 | More by Roguer
4.64/5 rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75
Look: Pours with huge, fizzy, big bubbles, off-white (orange hue) head. Fast retention, not the most beautiful, but hey, that's what you get with forced, fizzy carbonation. Leaves a relatively nice layer on top, fair amount of sticky lacing. Cloudy, dirty orange. Not the most impressive, but the looks aren't why this beer is superb.
Smell: Sour strawberry notes are the strongest, fresh figs second, but a lot more going on here. The smell is fresh, different notes from apples to dry white wine, oak, lactic acid, cider like. Then the funk part - must say the most pleasant funk I've ever smelled. Smooth, hypnotizing, musty, leathery, barnyard - all perfectly balanced with fruity sour notes. Complex mixture, but works so well together.
Taste: Light sweet pale, grainy malt at start, then the sour comes over it and kicks your senses. Sour transitions from fruity berries (a little less obvious than in the smell), lactic, even some acetic acid tart, then the enhanced citrus (lemon) zest close to the end. Funk tuned down a bit, still smooth musty, leathery notes. Sour intensity from medium to high, a little less when the beer warms up. Aftertaste consists mostly from zesty sour with some brilliant strawberry and oak notes at the far end.
Mouthfeel: Fresh, crisp, fizzy carbonation, medium body. Very dry and coats your mouth with time. Classic geuze.
Overall: The smell is mind-blowing. Complex, balanced, smooth, the most impressive funk witnessed. And the taste that follows does it's job (maybe a bit high on sour for my taste, but hell, can't complain about that). Superb and well worth your time and money.
Serving type: bottle
03-01-2014 13:41:17 | More by tmzl
Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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