Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze - Armand & Tommy - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Reviews: 45
Hads: 269
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 7.05%
Wants: 277
Gots: 65 | FT: 7
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: MasterSki on 05-10-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of omegagogetass4
3.05/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've had this beer on several occasions and it was fairly bitter and boring. It didn't have a lot of the funk I was expecting and there was not enough tartness to balance out the bitterness. (190 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
3.87/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I first had this at Sour & Bitter in May 2012 and scored it a 2.93 overall. I found it somewhat too acidic for my tastes, and the feel was too bubbly and champagne like. We had another bottle in March 2013 and I enjoyed it much more, so I've edited my score. Either the beer has improved in the bottle already, or my tastes have changed.

From a 75cl bottle into a beer glass.
Bottled 17 February 2011

APPEARANCE: Pours a large, fluffy white head with good retention. Cloudy gamboge orange in color. Head eventually fades to a wisp that remains until the end and leaves some nice lacing down the sides of the glass.

SMELL Very funky for sure, with some sour vinegar notes as well. Light lemon citrus qualities show through as well and soome sour green apples, but these are somewhat outplayed. Bold and definitely piercing. Enticing for sure.

TASTE: Lemon, citrus and funky barnyard flavors up front. Lots of sourness at the swallow with a bold but relatively dry finish of sour lemon and a light, floral hop bitterness. Not nearly as acidic as I remember it fresh off the press, but an acidic bite is still there at the swallow. Plenty of complexity here, with lots of sourness and citrus lemon flavors lingering nicely. Enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium body and higher levels of carbonation. Not as champagne-like as when fresh, but still lighter with more than enough carbonation for the style. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down fine, much smoother than before, and finishes slightly dry.

OVERALL: While I found this one to be the most difficult and displeasing of the night at S&B, a year later, I enjoyed this much more. The flavor seems more complex and the acidity has died down some. Either that, or my palate has changed enough that I interpret it differently. The feel has also mellowed out a touch, making it easier and more enjoyable to drink. I enjoyed this one much more than I thought I would, and I'd be glad to see what some more time in the bottle does here. Recommended. (1,997 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.96/5  rDev -10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. (1,133 characters)

Photo of tiong
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, originally rated on 18.8.2012.

Bottling date: 2011/02/17 - Pours orange with a large foamy white head. Aroma of tart fruits and berries, some earthy notes and spices. Taste is crisp and sour with some tart fruits, hints of berries and spices. Finish is tart and slightly sour with some berries. Quite carbonated, but still very tasty, balanced, sour and tart geuze. (380 characters)

Photo of ADZA
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another offering from these guys and i love Port brewing too,it pours a golden orange hue with a huge fluffy four finger head and sudsy clingy lacing everywhere,the smell is green apples,white grapes,vineger,a touch of caramel and a slight mustiness,the mouthfeel is just under medium bodied and tart with tastes of white grape vinegar,granny smith apples,herbal hops,a touch of funk with the finish being sour,dry and tart,overall its nice but still abit young and be even nicer with some age on it cheers. (507 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.04/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at Woodshop 7 held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some grain and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same along with a slightly cheesy flavor that I don’t get any indication of in the smell. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is easy to drink but I think this one smells better than it tastes. (602 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.11/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yet another awesome beer at Sour and Bitter. Poured into my stemless wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden amber color with two fingers of thick white head and good retention. As the head fades it leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Funk with some sweet malt. No real citrus tartness. Mild alcohol in there as well.

Taste: Some tartness here unlike the smell. Funk with an aged hop bitterness. The finish is rather funky and tart. Quite nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: A bit more tartness would have been ok, but that's just nitpicking. I would love to have more in the future. (647 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.12/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (1,747 characters)

Photo of illidurit
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at RBSG 2012 Grand Tasting. Pours yellow with ample carbonation -- too much actually, needing some vigorous swirling to bring it back down. The lambic used is old but this tastes young somehow, very bright and sour, funky lemonade, acidic lemon zest, palate zapping with even some bitterness in the finish. (320 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this in my fridge since a short time after the sour and bitter fest where it was acquired and sent to me by a very generous trader. Poured from a 750ml into a matching 3F geuze tumbler. The brew appears a hazy golden cooper color with some green looking tint around the edges. An effervescent amount of carbonation rushes the surface and produces 3+ fingers of fluffy white head. It leaves some patches of lace sticking to the wall of the glass.

The smell includes a solid bouquet of citrus and rindy elements mixed with earth and a hint of something along the lines of moist cork. A tropical aspect runs throughout with more focus on fruity rinds, zest and pulp somewhat like lemon and orange. This is a bright smelling geuze with subtle hints of funky earthen character.

The taste is more earthy than the aroma would lead you to believe. A solid rind to pulp flavor of lemon and oranges is present just like the aroma suggested. Mid palate is a flavor of earth, cork, and a mild hint of wet cardboard. This brew has a percieved bitterness of rindy fruit thatbis bright and citrusy leanin toward lemon. Overall a solid blend of flavors that is quite approachable without the acidity being too intense.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest to effervescent amount of lively carbonation that is uplifting and tingly to the palate. A solid amount of complexity with a bit more perceived botterness than one might expect. Very drinkable with seemingly no alcohol impact. I dont know what the story is with this beer. Perhaps it just wasnt a widely talked about brew or was lost behind the magic re-release of framboos? I cant believe more people arnt talking about this, its fantastic and id love to have more. (1,721 characters)

Photo of tewaris
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks Ryan for sharing this major "want". Split between 4 people. Peachy hued, pours somewhat hazy with a very good effervescent head and good retention as well. Signature 3F aroma with a dominant peppery note (compared to Oude Gueuze and Golden Blend anyway). Very sour and very lactic with tons of warehouse funk. Bursting with carbonation... always fruity somewhat floral at times. Only thing I can say against it is that it lacks the drinkability/approachability of the Oude Gueuze.

Glad to have had it and thanks again! (526 characters)

Photo of dgilks
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy dark amber colour with a small white head. Fair head retention given the style.

Very funky. Earthy and slightly goaty. Nice bitter lemon aroma and some almost husky notes. Good.

Well hello there. Very fruity with a big citrus hit. There is a real bitter lemon note here along with some grapefruit. The bitterness is quite high and the tartness is crisp and really good. Medium funk.

Moderate body with moderately-high carbonation. Solid.

A really nice Gueuze. Well blended with a nice balance of tartness, funk and bitterness. Excellent. (555 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes taken from 9/29 from the craziest bottle share that i have ever been a part of. Thanks so much to the NYC and Hoboken crew for letting me participate in this incredible day of drinking long time wants and insanity.

Thanks kindly to Dan for sharing.

a - gorgeous yellow orange. thin foamy head.
s - really nice. grassiness. very fruity.
t - grassiness. earthiness. nice balance although a bit on the earthier side, but good sourness and some subtle fruit.
m - smooth. easy drinker.
o - overall, really nice. great blend. (527 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Chicago Burbs Thursday Mega Tasting.

A - Pours a hazy golden yellow color, white head, spotty lace.

S - Lots of funk, must, hay, barnyard, citrus sweetness, oak. The tart notes are really nice and there's a light acidity as well. The blend is really spot-on...yum.

T - Funky citrus sweetness, oak, hay, must, and barnyard. The citrus and funk work perfectly together, and everything is just so smoothed out. Finish is tart citrus and funk.

M - Light body, good carbonation, dry tart finish.

O - An excellent blend and this really tastes like a 3F Oude Gueuze Vintage from 2002 or 2003. Just superb. I want more of these immediately...in fact, I demand it! Get this now!

Side note: We had this after Loerik, which was a mistake, because it wasn't nearly that good. However, this is an really excellent Gueuze and I would suggest stocking up. (857 characters)

Photo of uno99
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pretty surprised to see this hit the government run Ontario liq-store shelves. I understand we got 600 for the province and I certainly did my share in making sure they sold out quick.

Appearance is very close to style, and exactly what you'd expect any upper tier Geuze to look like. quite cloudy, but not opaque, lots of head settles into a thin film of bright white bubbles. oh... and the bottle was a gusher too. (I know - You're all shocked).

Smell: Quite funky up front. Not quite a 'nostril stinger' though - mild to average acidity detectible in the scent. suggestions of orange zest, apple seed, apricot, and pear are preset. Very inviting and complex.

Taste: Taste is very well balanced and complex. Funk and sour flavours battle it out all over your mouth. Pretty intense Geuze, probably more so than a Cantillon Bio.

Mouthfeel is very lively, thin to medium bodied and of course very dry and puckering all over the palate.

Overall a very good Geuze to share with friends. (988 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pretty, murky apricot, stark huge white head. Lots of bubby cling.

S - Tart, band aids, astringent.

T - All of the smell, plus nice malt center.

M - Medium body, huge carbonation, nice balance, nice creaminess.

D - I could have this one all night. (255 characters)

Photo of aasher
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of claaark13, thanks Sean!

This one pours a dark copper in color, very cloudy, with a two finger off white head. The nose is very fresh with a ton of wild yeasts. It's very sharp and dry. The funk is both young and very sharp. I would say its closest to Tilquin on the nose. The flavors are smooth and very well integrated. Instead of being dry it actually makes my palate water. It has nice funk but stimulates your taste buds ina ridiculously approachable manner.It drinks light and off dry. This is incredibly sessionable for a Gueuze. Overall this beer is pretty stellar. It is light, has great flavor, and is a beer to drink by yourself. Hoard away! (I wish I had a bottle) (688 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled February 17, 2011.

Bottle is a gusher. A bunch of foam comes jumping up right after opening. Lost a bit I am afraid to say. The beer is vary cloudy, coppery in colour. A very large and frothy white head on top, good retention.

Smell is funky. Yeast is there and contains notes of light fruit. Lemon and citrus are strong. Quite balanced in terms of funk and other flavours. A bit of cherry.

Taste is very good. Nice dose of funk, balanced with lemon, grass, cherry, apple. Quite sour and acidic. Dry. Like the nose, very well balanced. All flavours blended well together in a harmonious whole.

Medium bodied, very tart, dries the mouth quite significantly. Moderate to low carbonation. '

Overall, very good. Having tried the Lente last week, it is hard to avoid comparing the two. I certainly preferred the Lente, which was a bit more complex and exciting, but this is also a terrific gueuze. Like the Lente, it is very well balanced which seems to be a hallmark of the Drie Fonteinen gueuzes. Yum! (1,014 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange color with a tall white head. Very funky on the nose, musty, sweaty, and barnyardy. Lemon zest and a pleasant lactic acidity. The flavor is quite dry with good lactic tartness, citrus zest, and plenty of must, barnyard, and sweat funk aromas. As always with Drie Fonteinen, an excellent gueuze. (314 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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! (765 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #2450. Thanks to Jason for sharing this on a random Thursday night. Served in tulip.

A - Big white foam that has nice retention and settles to a solid cap, leaving behind spotty lace. Murky orange body.

S - A mix of horsey funk, green apples, stone fruit sweetness, light grain, some dusty basement, as well as some pungent, earthy, musky notes. Lots of green barnyard funk, and some mild lemon sourness.

T - Taste has more lemony sourness, stone and tropical fruit sweetness, lots of dirty socks and earthy barnyard, kiss of oak. You can perceive the relationship to the Armand'4 series, but this seems significantly more sour - guessing that was due to Tomme's input? He certainly loves acidity.

M - Medium body, lively carbonation, dry and tannic texture, and no obvious alcohol.

D - A superior gueuze, with a more sourness than you'd expect from a young Drie Fonteinen offering. I greatly enjoyed my multiple pours of this one and may need to track down a bottle for myself. Thanks a bunch Jason! (1,012 characters)

Photo of peensteen
4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served in a wine glass at Zwanze day

Hazed orange colour, one finger of white head with a bit of lace. Smell is tart with some lemony acidic notes, cheesy with a bit of petrol/gasoline at first, barnyard-hay notes, seriously funky. Taste is seriously tart, big sourness up front, fruity, lemon and acidic, really quite dry, nice mix of sour and tart fruit in the finish. Dry, medium high carbonation, good feel. Really fantastic stuff, nose is a bit odd at first but the taste really steps it up, dry, refreshing and incredibly drinkable. (539 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (420 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Duffman929 for sharing this. A bit of a gusher upon popping the cork, but once the glass was poured, all was good. Appearance is a slightly hazy orange with generous fizzy head. Nose is very complex with strong notes of orange flesh, pineapple and peach paired with heavy funk, notes of white wine, spicy notes of black pepper, and a hint of caraway seed. The taste is moderately tart with nice waves of bright citric fruit paired with layers of funk. The funk is very nice and isn't in anyway off putting. Notes of oak, white grapes, and some vinous notes all come together and have a nice clean finish. Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated. Delicious blend here and definitely worth seeking out. (713 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drie Fonteinen Armand & Tommy has a blurred but fiery golden complexion and a head so rocky and durable that it could seemingly last forever. Future civilizations will dig it up and not be able to make sense of the iceberg-like white mouse. They'll figure anything so majestic must had been a religious artifact or some kind of monument to fertility.

Like so many Gueuze, this one has the dubious distinction of smelling like a barnyard in the middle of July. It is stinky and will inevitably be repulsive to some. But to those who've acquired the taste for lambics, it smells absolutely divine; for these people (myself included), this very well is considered a religious heirloom, one passed down from brewers of centuries past.

Indeed, few beers (or beverages for that matter) are made like this one anymore. The beer is left to sit in big open vats in dusty, cobweb attics to be inoculated by wild yeasts and then aged in old wooden barrels where bacteria is sure to consume any and all remaining sugars. This process is repeated for several years, and the results are blended together.

All this amounts to a beer that has notes of cider vinegar, barnyard hay, and crab apple with a sharp citrus acidity and plenty of musty, woody oak notes. Marked by a lactic, puckering sourness, this thing makes Sour Patch Kids look like, well, candy. Far more refined and complex, this mouthfeel also has a hint of vanillin and tremendously refreshing effervescence.

No one would scoff at spending 20 some odd dollars a bottle if one of Bordeaux's or Burgundy's finest vintners collaborated with one of California's best. In fact, you'd never find anything of the sort even close to that price! And it's no different with brewers; indeed, for what it offers, this bottle was a steal. IF - I repeat, if! - you see it, be sure to buy it. (1,833 characters)

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