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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Vintage | Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Belgium
3fonteinen.be

Style: Belgian Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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#82
Reviews:
142
Ratings:
797
pDev:
8.32%
 
 
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Ratings: 797 |  Reviews: 142
Reviews by Canada_Dan:
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4.66/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

More User Reviews:
Photo of Stevedore
4.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle of the 2007 vintage. Bottled 12/27/2007. Poured into a Drie Fonteinen stemmed glass 9/5/2014.

A- Beautiful hazy light copper-orange body. Three finger effervescent white head with great retention time. Not much lacing. [4.25]

S- As soon as the bottle is opened, the entire room was filled up by a citrusy funk. Very potent nose. Essentially, lemon zest, white wine grape must, musty cheese, oak, leather, funk. Incredible. This may very well be the best smelling geuze I've come across. [4.75]

F- Distinctly flavourful; very potent yet subtle. Tangerines, lemon zest, musty cheese, musty hay, oak, lather. Plenty of that signature Drie Fonteinen funk. Good amount of acidity but at the same time, it leaves your mouth wanting more. This is a true pleasure to drink in its complexity and power; especially when compared other sour beers in the same sitting- it is powerful, complex yet subtle enough that it does not overpower your palate and your drinking sensibilities. [4.75]

M- Medium body, perfectly carbonated- slightly prickly yet has a soft and billowy feel. The refreshingly dry citrus and oaky finish leaves you wanting more. [4.75]

O- I've not had the others, but the 2007 vintage is a clear home-run and deserves to be in the conversation with the other top lambics such as Lente and Zomer. Geuezes don't usually have a ton of variability in what flavours and aromas you can expect from them, but Armand seems to always find these barrels/blends where the best parts of the lambics are accentuated whilst minimizing the lesser aspects that might be there. World class. [4.75]

Final score: 4.725


Additional review: Oude Geuze Vintage 2012, 75cl cork and caged bottle, served in a 3F stemmed glass. Pours a medium orange-yellow body, one finger white head, excellent retention and lots of lacing. Picture perfect. Smell is sharp lemon, citrus, medium cheesy funk, moderate acetic acidity, oak, light mushroom, earth, touch of citrus rind. All kinds of things are going on here, and it's really something to behold. Flavour is phenomenal and just as complex as it smells; it softens slightly over time as it warms; a lot of lemon, citrus, and more damp oak and cheesy funk is apparent as the beer decants itself in the glass. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp and moderately dry, yet very refreshing. It's intense but not to the point of mouthpuckering, but it has a ton of complexity and depth to it.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Understand that I HAVE to review this at the moment. What I've gone through is too glorious for words. I had the immense opportunity to have the most generous friends possible purchase a 1999 vintage of this at Mikkeller Bar SF tonight for my birthday. What would I do without lovely people in the world? Split 4 ways into wine glasses out of a 750ml bottle.

Just like an old darker red wine, it's impressive what 14 years can do to a oude gueuze. Not nearly as clear or golden-amber tone, this vintage is a solid amber orange that I've never before seen in the style, no doubt due to the sediment settling and fading away over the long period of time that this has gone through. There's an amazingly present amount of carbonation on this, leading up to a frothy head about 2 fingers tall that recedes rather quickly, yet provides sparks in its age. Very syrupy looking at this point, but definitely ranging on wine territory. Not too viscous - only very well placed and assembled.

The aroma is fabulous, as I'd expect - notes of white grape must, apricots, light cherries, and peaches, which then meld into a woody, musty flavor that is unbelievably complex yet not grating in any manner. Notes of oak are very strong on this, almost to the point of pungent, but they meld into other woody complex aromas such as cedar and cherry. Lively, but definitely the equivalent of entering an old, stone-filled, woody building, and the finish is definitely more mineral-y than fruity overall. No severe form of lactic or acetic acidic phenolic aroma here - only beautiful, well formed balanced between the dried stone fruits and musty, yet highly aromatic woodiness.

As for the flavor? Holy shit! (Pardon the language for a moment.) This is fantastic - up there with one of the greatest I've ever had. Right at the front of the tongue, you get strong notes of sour white grapes, as well as apricot, and soured cherries. Then, as soon as the fruits fade away, there's a straw, barnyard pungent flavor, that envelops into bright, vivid woody notes of mahogany, cedar, cherry wood, and (obviously) oak. Mind you, this isn't the buttery or spicy oaky notes you'd find in wine - this is one of kind. Imagine walking into a carpentry factory or studio (much like the ones I'd frequent of my uncle during my childhood), or an old home built with various types of wood that have accumulated dust and must over time. This is EXACTLY what this tastes like to me - a blast to the past filled with complex woody flavors and fruitiness, toppled underneath well settled must, funk, and slight tartness. Extremely easy to drink. Dry, yes, but also very juicy and extremely refined with years of aging. The woodiness may seem a bit too one-dimensional at times, but it's so unique that I can't really dock it for anything. This really was an experience unlike any other.

As I found myself sipping on the dregs at the very end, I wondered if I'd ever taste something like this again. I probably won't, but it's wonderful to see what excellent wood and the ever fantastic recipe of 3F's oude gueuzes lead up to after years of aging. Unbelievably rich yet super easy to drink, and filled with aromas that take me across different palates overall, this is supremely fabulous stuff. I will hold this memory as closely to me as possible for the rest of my life.

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Photo of WantonFaun
4.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

It was a vintage 1999, consumed at The Festival in Portland, Maine, summer of '13.

My affected senses were overcome by varying shades of peach, apricot, and a stunning variety of stone fruit, both real and imaginary, dancing upon a canvass of tart, freshly hung on the wall of a musty barn.

I do not deceive you when I say that the finish lingered on my palate for days, even after sipping on many other formidable concoctions.

It might be the greatest beer I have ever had.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
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 rudzud
4.59/5  rDev +0.4%
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 +1.5%
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 standardcherry
4.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottled in 2006.

A: Murky red/brownish color, very little carbonation.
S: Very funky. Musty smells, a bit of lemon.
T: Must, lemons, apples, wheat, oak. Tastes better than the smell.
M: Medium body, I would've like more carbonation though.
O: Great gueuze, I haven't tried many but this one was almost at the top of what I've tried (probably second only to Lente).

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Photo of jjdc
5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a pinnacle of gooziness. Extremely complex and sophisticated. The funk and sour components are well balanced. The funkiness is especially rich and wonderful compared to many other lesser gueuzes -- hay, barnyard and cheese but no off notes. Seek this out. Excellent.

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Photo of Marius
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%
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 haz77
3.65/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Bottled on 07/03/2002. Pours a clear golden amber with a mixture of bubbles. An inch of frothy white head reduces to a finger's-worth over the course of a minute.

S - Aroma fills the room as soon as the bottle is opened. Barnyard funk, green apple, hay, sour solvents, slight (not unpleasant) mustiness. Really nicely refined.

T - Sour element is immediately present, although it takes some time to grow to its full potency mid-drink. It comes in the guise of under ripe apples, rather than perhaps lemon or vinegar. Finish is very dry and sourness lingers too. I was hoping that the subtlety of the aroma would be retained in the taste, but it just comes off as not very complex.

M - Light-to-medium body with quite a creamy feel, due in part to the soft carbonation.

D - Pretty good, although outclassed by others in the style - certainly is a bit one-dimensional when compared with the better Guezes I've tried.

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Photo of CTJman
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wagenvolks
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of falc0n2600
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of PHBoiler
4.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 bottle opened in August 2015. Deep yellow body with minimal head retention. Musty, funky, and full of hay notes. Really smooth and balanced. Rich mouthfeel. Minimal carb. Lemon peel. Dandelions. Such reserved tartness. Funk is the star.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to funkydelic for sharing this one during a recent tasting! Another brew that has long evaded me to try at a tasting! 2007 Vintage! Served from bottle into a Boulevard tulip. Poured yellow-orange with a one finger subtle off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount very slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, lemon rine, funk, sour, tart, fruit, and citrus. The flavor was of sweet malt, lemon rine, funk, sour, tart, and citrus. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. A beer that I have been wanting to try for quite some time that has been at MANY tastings, but never gotten opened. It finally happened! I am a huge fan of the regular version, but this one takes it to a new level with a more citrus and lemon rine aspect going on than the regular. It was quite drinkable and extremely enjoyable. While being very sour and tart it didn’t make me feel like my teeth were melting which was a nice welcomed change. Definitely worth seeking out and I would love to see how this one ages over the years in a proper cellar.

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Photo of Beergelden
5/5  rDev +9.4%

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4/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of Khazadum
4.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Valentine's day 07

A- buttered popcorn, toffee. Light collar, tight, whiteish...off white maybe. Low carb, appropriate.

S- light buttered popcorn. Bits of stale bread. Good tart bite that runs out quickly. Acetic. Apple sour back.

T- great sour Apple, nice citric acid bittering, acetic tartness. dry popcorn and tannic nature. Some oak woodiness lingers well.

M- good light body with full cream finish. Tight crisp carbonation. Great sticky flavors. The tannic bite lingers and extends.the bittering balancing out the initial tartness.

This is so nice and more complex than the regular. Much much.more enjoyable.

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Photo of sfr26
4.56/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JAXSON
4.42/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2005 vintage from a 37cl bottle. Pours darker than expected, apple cider amber, with a really nice, big, fizzly head. Nose is huge and literally fills the air with green apples, hay, grass, lemon candies. A lot of things going on here. Quite dry, but blossoms with a fermented apple character that's pretty rare in even the funkiest beers. very expressive and refined. Nicely balanced but could even benefit from a bit more age. A little chalky around the edges, maybe the yeast got stirred up. This is a really full bodied gueuze, lively, bursts with an intense fermented apple quality that's really neat and reminds me of Perseguidor 3.

2002 vintage 75cl bottle. Not much detail to add here as it's all old memories. I've had the red label one and the white label one, and honestly I preferred the white label 2002. In fact, that was a freakin amazing bottle in August 2010 and was one of the top 3 beers of the Akkurat / Belgium "lambic tour", even beside some other very heavy hitters.

Another bottle, this time a 2002 white label from a 750ml bottle. Really earthy on the nose, the funk almost expresses itself as mushroom. Of course rife with lemon, orange. Tons of oak on this, so dry, oak is almost too intense. This is extraordinarily bright and pungent, and it's pretty lovely. I need to drink this next to a Blauw.

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Photo of beerpirates
4.32/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of jaxon53
4.25/5  rDev -7%

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