Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze - Armand & Tommy - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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Reviews by biboergosum:
4.1/5 rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
750ml black foiled, caged and corked bottle. Not quite sure if this is actually discontinued - this was bottled Feb 17, 2011, and is apparently good for 10 years hence. I'm assuming the label notes were written by the Belgian half here, but I'm not so sure.
This beer pours a quite hazy, dark apricot amber hue, with three or four fingers of climbing, puffy, thinly foamy off-white head, which leaves some rather thick fuzzy webbed lace around the glass as it very slowly abdicates.
It smells of sour, tart, almost meat-like citrus (mostly lemon) rind, pith, and flesh, a dry cheesiness that I now see as culpable for the meatiness, dried-out late summer hay, a subtle dose of funky yeast, and a touch of stoney minerality. The taste is quite bitter and tart, without any direction or reason at first, before a hollowed-out cherry, lemon, and raspberry 'fruitiness' emerges, to deliver us from reason, into a subtle melange of softly astringent wooden barrel notes, the sharpest of northern Italian cheese, a tame yeasty funk, and some mild earthy, straw-like hops.
The carbonation is frothy, and only slightly barbed, the body a somewhat surprising medium weight, and as smooth as the tiny effervescent bubbles will allow. It finishes still quite dry, the tartness of the emasculated fruit, yeast, and barrel woodiness not really entertaining any other nuances.
The best Cantillon-esque experience I've had since, well, my last iteration of (central) Brussels's finest sour ales. Tart, fruity, yeasty, and sure, ethereally malty, all under a tightly-reined umbrella of due balance, the niceties of which are better left to better investigators than I. Well worthy of the hefty price tag, to try something that may never again arise in nature.
Serving type: bottle
05-04-2013 05:54:38 | More by biboergosum
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4.46/5 rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Pour is dark amber with strong haze, lots of tight bubbly off white head. Nose is huge, so funky, tons of Cobb web and dusty notes with a bit of mineral and some juicy tangerine in the back. Taste isn't quite as funky but still quite so. Dusty funk, lots of cob web, notes of mushroom. Light mineral notes with the juicy tangerine through the finish with a light sourness, strong carbonation and a moderately dry finish.
Serving type: nitro-tap
07-15-2014 15:56:06 | More by cpetrone84
4.5/5 rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Big thanks to FooFaa for opening this one for us to try. I have wanted to try this one for quite awhile now.
A - Pours clear golden orange with a small half finger tall white head, quickly dissipating down to a light film, leaving small streaks of lace on the sides of the glass.
S - Smells of strong barnyard funk, lots of minerals, damp basement, mild lemon zest and lightly toasted grain. I love that it still smells like the normal oude gueuze but turned up a notch or two.
T - Pretty much more of the same. Starts off with the intense barnyard funkiness and plenty of earthy minerals slowly being joined by the damp basement, fruit zest and light grains. Finish is spritzy funk, lingering long after the finish.
M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. The funky feel is quite nice really, it is noticeable but it doesn't overpower. I could have easily polished off the whole bottle.
O - Probably the best gueuze I have had in recent memory. All of the typical Drie Fonteinen flavors are there in spades yet it is super easy to drink. Glad I could finally try this one, thanks Dan!
Serving type: bottle
05-07-2014 04:25:38 | More by orangesol
Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze - Armand & Tommy from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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