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

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Reviews: 47
Hads: 275
Avg: 4.47
pDev: 6.71%
Wants: 284
Gots: 64 | FT: 6
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Style | ABV
Gueuze |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 05-10-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.04/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.77/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge, huge thanks to GT2 for opening a bottle of this at a recent tasting. Served in a mini snifters. Pours a clear golden color with a nice, fluffy white head and good sticky lacing on the way down. Thin collar. The nose carries plenty of funk, including some damp hay, earth, lemon rind, bits of other citrus, and hints of strawberry. The flavor was similarly complex, with great acidic balance against a fairly-heavy funk. Heavy barnyard and hay alongside lemon, additional citrus, and mild strawberry seed. Body was light and crisp with a beautiful lactic and citric acidity. Extremely drinkable and enjoyable. Armand strikes again.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.12/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of oline73
4.11/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
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!

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

Hazy orange-yellow pour with a healthy cap of foamy white head that receded to a more manageable level, but never sank to less than a ringlet; moderate lacing on the glass. Aroma of musty citrus and earthy funk, somehow dirty and clean at the same time, cobwebs and wet grass. This was all reflected in the taste, musty, grassy, earthy, nice notes of lemon zest, 7Up, cobwebs and wet cardboard, with a perky acidity/sourness that was not too intense, and a slight bittering finish and earthy reprise. Complex and well-balanced, one of the better gueuzes I've had. Medium body, medium carbonation appropriate for the style, crisp, prickly mouthfeel. Great gueuze overall. Need more somehow.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
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!

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Photo of orangesol
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
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!

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Photo of stakem
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks so much to Steve for sharing this gem with us. Tasting a new 3 Fonteinen beer is a rare occurence, and I appreciate it very much.

Served alongside Armand '4 Lente.

The beer is golden hued, lightly hazy, with an inch or so of white head. The aroma is funky, grassy, herbal, citrus, classic 3F gueze scents, mineral water. But amid all that lingers a wild yeast funk that is noticeably different from the norm. This is certainly Tomme's contribution. Just kidding, I can't pick out any of those nuances. Not as delicious as Lente, but seriously tasty nonetheless. Tangy citrus and a hint of wheat perhaps. Great beer.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.6/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Bottle shared by Jason. Thanks!

A: Slightly hazy yellow orange with an enormous white head.

S: Musty, woody, and slightly horsey. Lots of earth and mineral with some mushroom character. Pleasant fruity notes are evident, reminiscent of apricot and lemon. Really funky.

T: Woody and tart with some leather. Moderate citric acidity with pervasive lemon and apricot. Light lactic character and some brackish notes. Very earthy and funky. Dry and tannic finish.

M: Very high carbonation. Light in body. Tannic and dry.

Overall: A really nice Gueuze. Surprisingly complex for one so young.

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Photo of biegaman
4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of aasher
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
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)

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4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 12/5/13

A hazed orange copper with enough clarity to see a tornado of bubbles, massive eggshell colored foam slowly falls to a finger deep and leaves lots of random lace, I'm impressed by the retention as there's still foam at the bottom of my glass

S funky as all hell, moldy cheese, damp basement, wet wood and some citrus peel, grassy with dried hay, somehow gym socks smell good, tart apple and more funk, leather boot and some faint electrical tape somehow works even though its slightly burnt. Every time you put I put my nose to it I get something different, complex to say the least

T citrus is focused towards lemon, and I'm not getting as much leather or funk but its still very funky, not quite the complexity of the nose but most of what I smells in the mouth in one form or another with a little dry cereal

M very carbonated, not overly sour and quite dry, stops short of being foamy but not by much, cheesy funk and citrus lingers for ages

O one of the more interesting beer I've had recently, lots going on and even though I'm still relatively new to the style I know what I like and I like this, a lot

something I could smell all day and I can see why its so sought after, I think I'll hang on to the few I have left for a long while and see what happens. Well worth seeking, good luck to ya

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Photo of dgilks
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.47/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of illidurit
4.15/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of Rutager
4.74/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Cracking this in celebration of selling our place. A HUGE thank you to both wordemupg and alpineclimber for hooking a brother up. Cheers guys!

Appearance. Pours a very hazy orange-gold with over 3 fingers of frothy off-white head.

Smell. Just a ton of nice sweet funk, lemons and a little grapefruit with the rind, and fresh hay. My description can't do this justice but man, it smells heavenly.

Taste. Lemons and the zest, hay, leather and old wood, maybe even a hint of coconut. Just some amazing dank funk going on here, that's for sure.

Mouthfeel. Lighter body, medium+ soft and fine carbonation.

Overall. Lived up to the expectation, and that's saying a hell of a lot with a beer like this. Thanks again for the opportunity to try this one guys!

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Photo of woosterbill
4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, ordered (very luckily) by my tasting group from Etregourmet. Poured into a 3F wine-style glass alongside all four Armand'4s as part of a ridiculous Lambic tasting.

A: Mainly clear medium-amber body under a thick, glass-filling tower of off-white foam. Great retention and lace, especially for the style.

S: Interesting balance of classic 3F funk - earthiness, minerality, cheesiness - with heavy ripe fruitiness. Plum, apricot, and orange, as well as some bell pepper. Excellent.

T: Sharply acidic, with huge lemony sourness up front. Grape skin and earthy funk behind. Clean, sour, medium-dry finish. Really great, but very different from the nose.

M: Lively, spritzy-at-first-creamy-thereafter, medium body. Perfect.

O: Yet another beautiful Geuze from my favorite Lambic producer. While I wasn't quite as blown away by it as I was by all four seasons, it certainly held its own in the line-up. The aroma in particular contained some distinctive fruity notes that came as a surprise. It's well-worth trying if you get the chance, but unless you're an obsessive completist (yes, I'm guilty as charged) you'd be better served going after something like 3F Oude Geuze Vintage or any of the Armand'4s.


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4.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle from the 2011 release. Served in a snifter glass. Pours a lighter orange, copper hued body with an effervescent two finger white head that lingers quite a while, leaving small patches of lacing, thick film and collar. Excellent retention. Smells of intense oak, lemon, blue cheese, peppercorn, loads of classic funk. The nose is probably the most impressive aspect of the beer, given the intensity and complexity. Flavour brings oak, blue cheese, funk, cobwebs, lemon, sweet malt. The ground peppercorns and more minerals come out more as it warms, adding more complexity. This bottle was served chilled (oops), so I would recommend serving at cellar temperature to maximize the amount of complexity you get as you drink your pour. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, effervescent, good carbonation, crisp and very drinkable. Nice oak, peppercorn and mineral-forward finish. Overall, this is one of these beers that gets hyped a lot, and for good reason. It's an excellent gueuze and different enough from the base Oude Geueze that it's worth going after. It's closer to the Seasons in character than anything else, but it's different in its own way.

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Photo of ADZA
4/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
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!

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