Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze - Armand & Tommy - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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4.1/5 rDev -8.9%
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.
05-04-2013 05:54:38 | More by biboergosum
3.94/5 rDev -12.4%
750ml corked and caged bottle into a Cantillon tulip. Shared with schen9303.
Cork ejects with a loud, crisp pop. Beer pours a massive, as expected 3.5 finger foamy white cream head with great retention. Beer is a clear copper. Lacing is stringy and thick with good stick. Couldn't ask for more here.
Nose is citrus, lemon, hay and sharp cheesy tartness. Nice, crisp and aromatic.
Opens sharp citrussy tartness. Lemon peel, hay, sharp cheese and a funky tartness at the middle. Some cobwebs and more hay at the end with dashes of wet and rotting wood here and there. Finishes with a filmy lemon zest tart/bitterness. Same in the aftertaste. Definitely above average but the funkiness is a bit underwhelming here and its pretty simple overall.
Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down accented, bubbly and slightly oily. Messy finish with a long, lingering aftertaste. Real drinkable. Good for the style.
A very solid beer overall. Like a well aged Oude Gueuze. However, this is nothing to write home about though I'm more than happy to age a few bottles to see what happens with time.
02-25-2013 02:07:40 | More by SpeedwayJim
4.91/5 rDev +9.1%
review #900 dedicated to LIVERPOOL FC for defeating man city in the race to the title
poured into fonteinen stemmed glass
pour started out a bit clear but glass fogged over from chill. head was light but fluffy however this is one lively gueuze. head just kept creating for some time after pour.
heavy oak up front with a sour lemon and apple. some fresh funky cheese lingering behind.
very unlike most typical fonteinen gueuzes. much more sharp and vibrant. very funky with a solid oak presence. heavy sour lemon compliments the bright oak. this is very bright, very sharp, very fresh. has some older musty flavors in the back that are pretty character fonteinen.
very carbonated, very lively. tingles the mouth all over.
pretty spectacular. its like the regular ouse gueuze turned up to 11. it is everything a gueuze could be and then some. this should age so well.
04-13-2014 18:14:07 | More by hooliganlife
4.6/5 rDev +2.2%
750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.
Appearance - Deep golden body Big white head that doesn't last long. Medium collar with big bubbles.
Smell - Hay, lemon, oak. Nice and funky. Some maltiness. Smells just like Oude Geuze.
Taste - Orange citrus. Oaky. Some grain. Peppery flavor characteristic of Drie Fonteinen. Pleasant sourness.
Mouthfeel - Well carbonated. Woody. Medium body.
Overall - Fantastic. Really just like regular Oude Geuze, but that's a very good thing.
08-26-2014 02:49:14 | More by Alieniloquium
4.44/5 rDev -1.3%
750ml bottle into a few glasses. Another rare 3F selection so generously shared by Stakem. Pours a hazed peach with a head of slightly off-white foam. This soaps the sides with rich sudsy lace. Smells fresh with a bright tartness in the nose. Light cheese and doughy sugars mix in as well. The taste is more tart fruit, with an almost grape skin or green apple flavor. This is complimented by a light sugary and bready backing, zesty, rind-like bitterness and a gentle funk on the edges. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a soft lively crispness in the mouth. It perfectly matches the flavors. While slightly funky and earthy, it’s that bright fresh crispness here that really drew me in. I think I enjoyed this even more than the Framboos. Thanks for sharing Adam!
01-23-2013 19:55:29 | More by Kegatron
Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze - Armand & Tommy from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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