Oude Geuze Vintage
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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Belgian Gueuze
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4.62 | pDev: 8.01%
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
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Notes: This listing refers ONLY to beers that explicitly say "Vintage" on the label. These currently date from 2002 onwards, and feature either the red label ("Nightlights" by Felix de Boeck) or the word Vintage printed directly below the words Oude Gueuze as in the profile picture.

This is NOT for old vintages of the standard Oude Geuze.
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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

To celebrate our big dog Bronco's return to health from a severe illness, I am drinking this very special Belgian Gueuze, Oude Geueze Vintage 2016 from Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen, ABV 7.30%. This is a top notch Gueuze and I think it is even more delicious than the regular Oude Geueze from 3 Fonteinen. It is heavenly.

Look: Golden with a finger thick white head

Aroma: sweet and tart fruit, wine and oak

Taste: The flavor is sweet pears, green apple, lemon, wet oak, white grape, white wine, some delicious funk. It is tart and dry and complex but it is not too tart and dry.

Body/Overall: light to medium body.

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Photo of jheimbigner
4.6/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

OGV 2016

Poured from fridge. Straw color (orange wine) with a white head that leaves slight lacing around the circumference. Nose is strong mineral with white wine and oak, barnyard, lemon, pepper, some funky cheese. Taste is mineral vinous and oak up front, barnyard funk, lemon peel, orange, slightly peppery. Dry on the palate, slightly over carbed - gin fizz like. Overall, very complex and substantially better than the 17/18 A&G I had less than 24 hours before. Excited to see how this cellars

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.74/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2016 vintage.

This one pours a slightly hazy dark orange color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells like funky pear, orange rind, citrus, white wine, barnyard funk, oak, lemon peel, funky hay, and a slight acidic bite.

As expected, this is pretty much awesome. It's deeply funky, with citrus, lemon, lime, white wine, dry spice, oak, and pear skin. It's not necessarily better than the regular Oude Gueuze, but it's certainly excellent.

This is light bodied, clean, and not super sour, with a good drinkability. This is so deeply funky and complex, but it also somehow remains fairly approachable.

This is really quite excellent, and basically a pinnacle of lambic beer.

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Photo of Zach_Attack
4.73/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

09/2015 - So minerally, oaky, lightly floral, and full of funk on the nose; more minerality, funk, and barnyard on the palate; the body is pillowy, effervescent, flavorful, and clean; wow!

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Photo of kitch
4.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A 375ml corked and caged but unlabelled bottle at 3 Fonteinen lambik-O-droom. 2010 vintage, bottled on 8th March 2010. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.

Appearance: A hazy dark orange colour with a just under two finger puffy white head that had good retention and left some nice sticky lacing.

Aroma: Funk, barnyard, hay, earthy, citrusy lemon, oak with hints of herbal and green apple.

Taste: Tart, funky, hay, lemon, grapefruit rind, wet oak and hints of green apple.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light to medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall: Just wonderful, with great aromas and taste continuing after 8 years in the bottle.

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Photo of jvillefan
4.93/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2010 vintage from 3 Fonteinen cellar on 3/30/2018. One of if not the best Gueuze I've ever had. Incredibly smooth, perfect blend of funk, sour, biscuit. The oak shines through on the back end. One of the best beers out there Gueuze or otherwise.

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Photo of REVZEB
4.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Finally got to try this classic and it did not disappoint. Has everything you are looking for in an authentic Geuze, distinctively bold yet smooth, fantastic! Oak really tempers and enriches the gueuze bite on the finish

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Photo of dleiner
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had '14 and '03 750ml, '08 and ' 12 375ml and '04 Magnum on 10/7/2017 at Drie. '08 was the best, followed by '04, then '03, '14 and '12 was last although it was a great beer

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Photo of fireazzi
4.8/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Was a 2005 bottle

Look was a nice hazy typical geuze color.

Smell was funky and sour

Taste was very low carb, very sour, nice mouth feel very smooth funky notes in beginning to end. Little flat on the taste but was a good flat taste with oak and age coming through.

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Photo of Shogun250
4.16/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375 ml 2005. Maybe it was a little long in the tooth. Funk and apple juciy on the nose, not that sour but smooth. Still terrific mouthfeel. Had side by side with Whalezblood by Crooked stave and I thought that had more sourness and complexity. This was like an old funky cider that was just a little tart.

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Photo of Leftofthedial
4.9/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Side-by-side at Lambik O Droom. All of them had that signature green apple and barnyard funk but I'm gonna focus more on what distinguishes them from each other/from typical bottles of Oude Geuze.
2003 OGV: orange-gold color, full and thicker body, plenty of carb, old and musty, huge brett pineapple, shellfish notes, super unique and absolutely delicious: 4.9
2004 OGV Magnum: bright and well-balanced. Apparently the bottles had a lot of off flavors originally and they were thinking they would have to dump these bottles. They held onto them, and I'm so glad they did. Totally turned the corner: 4.8
2008 OGV: tons of funk yet relatively mellow compared to the rest, smooth and absurdly balanced: 4.9
2010 OGV: super balanced but the least interesting of the five: 4.75
2012 OGV: Paint and drywall, smells and tastes like a new townhome, incredibly cheesy. In-your-face flavor: 4.8

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Photo of Marius
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle at the brewery, 2012 vintage. Hazy bright orange with a thin white head and visible carbonation. Notes of peaches, apricots, barnyard funk, lactic acid, mineral components, salt, macerated apples, grape vinegar, light apple cider. Medium body with high carbonation and a sour and refreshing aftertaste. Delicious.

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Photo of kevanb
4.58/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, 2008 vintage, poured into a Drie Fonteinen fountains tumbler glass. Enjoyed on 1.28.17, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a hazy and cloudy copper color, big foamy white head, good retention, great lace clings to the glass. The aroma is super frunky, excellent expression of that distinct Drie funk that is so earthy yet citrusy and complex, lightly floral and herbal notes come forward with oak, green aged hops with some soft wheaty grain. The aroma is super bright and delicate, a really excellent display of what Drie is capable of. The flavors are excellent as well, great funk, dry dirty leaves, musty oak, bright citrus and an excellent floral character lingers well with some soft grain. The mouthfeel is great, very lively and crisp that coats very well with a tart and dry finish.

Verdict: A stunning gueuze from Drie Fonteinen. Excellent complexity, beautiful expression of funk with tons of depth bringing out nuances of fruit, oak, spice and grassiness, really delicious and special stuff.

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Photo of aleigator
3.67/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ogv 12 375ml on 172207

Pours a clouded amber color with a small, soon disappearing head, which is unusual for 3F's Geuze, which normally stays coated by a fluffy lacing the whole time.

Smells of oak, sweeter blue cheese, stale malts, earthen mushrooms and a wet cellar quality. The typical 3F funk settles also in, together with a nice lemon zest sourness, softer than on their regular Geuze. Leans heavily on the oaken barrel with an intriguing sweet and sour interplay on top.

Has a soft mouthfeel with a pleasant complexity to it, amped up by an effervescent finish, holding the sourness in balance.

Tastes aqueous, almost flat, with some wood bark and muted toffee malts. Turns more wooden during midpalate with an uncompromising lemon tartness during the finish. The beer ends utmost dry, with a lingering lemon zest tartness, revealing mushrooms, mold and cream cheese.

Actually, this appears less balanced than the regular Geuze, especially next to A&G the OGV is just not as complex. Its late sourness is almost too much to take, overpowering everything else, with just a crisp lemon appearance cutting noteably through.

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Photo of WI-Beer-Man
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The regular Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze is rock solid. This is definitely a notch above when trying them side by side.

2012 375 ml bottle.

Everything is heightened with this vs the regular Oude Geuze. Brighter smell and flavor. Awesome Geuze.

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Photo of rabbott2
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 batch drank on 5/13/2017

golden yellow with limited carbonation. smell and taste are funky, hay, barnyard funk, pretty tart, lemony, and some tart apples. great feel, easy to drink and pretty tart.

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Photo of Nicolaiw
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage.
Pours amber with small white head.
Aroma has funk, hay, green apples, wet cellar, lemon.
Taste is lemon tart, green apples, dusty, moderate funk.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.74/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2012 vintage poured into a snifter. Pours a deep orange body with a pretty frothy off white head that reduces fairly quickly to leave a small ring of lacing.

Aromas are potent and forward, apparent the second it's opened. Heavy funk and wood, ripe cheese, cedar, musty basement, citrus and orange zest, tangerine.

On the tongue it's super tart with lots of lemon and barnyard, hay, yeasty funk, citrus and orange rind, finishing crisp and dry, leaving a woody, oaky, barrel flavor on the tongue. Mouthfeel is easy, crisp, medium-light.

What can I say, this was one of the best Gueuze's I've ever tasted. I would drink this every day if I could.

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Photo of PDXAmbassador
4.74/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love 3F, and feel no other lambic producer comes close to their quality and complexity of gueuze.

The OGVs I have had fall short of A&T, but are decidedly more interesting than regular Oude gueuze (even older vintages of regular Oude gueuze).

I have had OGV '07 (oxidized and flat due to artificial cork), '08 (huge funk and fruit), '12 (brisk acidity and wonderful mouthfeel - may become the best of the bunch with time).

All are world class with significant funk and complexity. Wish they weren't so hard to obtain!

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Photo of rudzud
4.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review number 2900. Big thanks to JLindros for sharing this with me in honor of his 5000th review. 2004 Vintage.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice hazy golden copper hue with a good one finger white head that fades to leave good wisps and lacing.

S - Aromas of huge acid notes, excellent cheesy barnyard funk. Excellent almost grapefruit like aroma, hay, very fruity. The beer just pops with Drie Fontain.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, really good acidity with excellent funk. Really good barnyard funk nice cheesy funk. The fruity notes are excellent with good grapefruit citrus notes.

M - Mouthfeel is lowly carbonated, a bit slick.

O - Overall this was a very good Belgium beer, excellent funk. Really glad I got to try this beer!

Serving Type: Bottle

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Photo of jlindros
4.64/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Review 5000, holy Shit, never expected to get here, a huge number, incredible.

Bottled 8/04/2004, don't remember how I got this

Pours light fizzy head that fades fairly quickly, hazy orange slight amber color, and even has good lacing.

Nose is incredible, basically the epitome of everything good about gueuze, some horse blanket funk, cheesy funk, big tart fruit, sour acidic funk, aged lactic acetic acid, an acidic citrus grapefruit, kiwi berry fruit, aged funk, just yes!

Taste is very tart, tons of grapefruit rind, super bitter funky fruit, big farmhouse funk, horse blanket, cheesy funk, big vinous grape skin, tons of funk, great gueuze typical Drie Fonteinen at its best. Finish is dry big funk, little flemmy and acidic, fruit, grapefruit.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, lighter carb though, typical acidity flemmy

Overall just ridiculous, I'm so glad I got to drink this. Wish I could make this into a candle and candy to smell and suck on all the time.

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.17/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed much more than I expected to. I'm one of those rare people who's not in love with the standard Oude Geuze, but found this to be much more approachable. That being said, I'd take the Golden Blend over this in a heartbeat.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 version, at Lambik-o-droom. Slightly hazy dark golden color with creamy beige head. Aroma starts with hay, dry meadow flowers, unripe stonefruits and some lemon. Taste starts tart upfront with unripe fruits, but also with a fruit pits, seeds and skin bitterness. Hay and farmhouse notes throughout, funky but not too extreme. Light to medium body, dry, light to medium carbonation. A really well rounded gueuze, sour but quite easy to drink, funky but not cloying.

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Photo of bcp5296d
5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Replaced my 05 review with a 2012 review, because 2012 was better. It is what I imagined the perfect gueze would taste like. Seriously. Perfection of beer. 5s across the board, for my 1st time ever.

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Photo of dddddddd
4.9/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

From a 2012 bottle - A little bit of tart and bitter lemon rind, mineral qualities, and heavy funk that comes across like raw leather. Oak barrel brings a bit of sweetness, balancing the other flavors. The combination of tart, bitter, funk, and oak for this particular beer was great; one of the best beers I've had yet.

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