Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Vintage | Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Belgium
3fonteinen.be

Style: 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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-14-2006

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131
Avg:
4.52
pDev:
8.63%
 
 
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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nickd717
4.09/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

largerdeer shared a 750ml bottle of this gem, vintage 2007.

Pours a hazy golden color with a small white head that leaves a ring.

The aroma is great - typical 3F - very funky with horseblanket and pigsheet and lots of oak -bal.

Flavor is very good. Funky horsey cowy barnyard, pale malt base, oaky musty -bals, and a great tart finish. Maybe a LITTLE blander than your typical 3F gueuze, but I'm splitting hairs here.

Medium-bodied and very smooth with lots of acidity on the finish.

Really solid brewski overall - I could have twoski.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev -8.8%
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 glazeman
4.12/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2006 – split with airohead2001. Poured into a snifter

A: Dark gold in color with less head than I expected. Perhaps there’s a ¼ inch off white head that has fairly poor retention and only a faint oily layer after 3 minutes in the glass.

S: The nose is of lemon zest, earthiness and a bit of funk. Not as well integrated as others as the earthiness (dirt/barnyward) is more dominate than lemon/hay notes.

T: Nice balance of sour and fruit flavors. There’s not as much earthiness or funk as in many other geuze’s and/or sours. The main flavors I get are sour apples and strangley a little bit of butter scotch at the finish, mixed with some sour. The sour in this beer is by no means mouth-puckering.

M: A bit under-carbonated, but otherwise great aftertaste and appropriate viscosity.

O: This was a very good beer that suffered slightly from lack of carbonation and a smell that was a bit underwhelming. Still, the taste was wonderful and very balanced. Would gladly have again.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.13/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. This is my official "end of first year of med school celebrating beer." 2007 vintage, bottled 12/27/2007 and given a 10 year lifespan.

5.0 A: Mildly hazed light orange color. Three fingers of frothy white head. Retention is very good and thick, glass covering lacing is left behind.

4.5 S: Really nice nose on this as well. The funk is amazing. This might be the most powerful and complex funk I've ever encountered. Tons of hay and horse. Decaying fruit, stinky sweaty feet, apple orchard, dry rotted sweat socks, old wood. Like most other 3F gueuzes, this is insanely complex with the funk, but not all that sour. Nearly no acetic acid and only mild amounts of lactic acid. Borderline 5.0.

4.0 T: Taste is good, but it's not as complex or as overall good as the nose. There's more sourness, but it's a strange dry sourness, which is something I've never experienced before. Other than that, the funk is still crazy strong, but not quite as complex. Lots of hay, dry earthy woodiness, dry rotted sweat socks, musty basement. Lightly horsey. Mild lemony fruitiness.

3.5 M: Lighter body. Good spritzy gueuzy carbonation. Could use more creaminess though.

4.0 D: This is good and I appreciate the funk, but it's a tad bit disappointing, especially given how impressive the nose is. Don't get me wrong, it's still a great gueuze, but I expect a lot from 3F when it comes to them.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11/27/10

2002 with the old red label and a hand written date.

A: Beautiful vibrant dark orange with great clarity and a big frothy white head, great retention.

S: A nice balance of citrus, oak, tannins, and wet leather. Very expressive, yet exhibits excellent balance. Barnyard, hay, some light cheese notes. Really opens up after 20 minutes.

T: Light tartness and low lactic sour notes up front with moderate oak notes and some tannins. Leather, cheese, some citrus notes, and a light acidity. Finish seems to drop off quickly, with just a little lingering oak and tannins.

M: lower high level of carbonation. Dry mouthfeel with tannic notes.

Overall: A nice Gueuze, but lacks the complexity I'd hoped for, especially in the finish.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2002 yellow label 375ml served at Bier Circus in Bruxelles on August 13 2010.

A: Bright straw colored body with a large white cap. Spotty lacing after a few minutes of slow destruction of the head.

S: Nice lactic tartness. Bright lemon citric notes. Musty oak and a nice wet horse blanket funk.

T: While the nose was quite inviting, the flavor profile just didn't match up. The flavors were a bit muddled and muted. The beer tartness was soft and the flavors never really popped. Age might of been a factor here.

M: Moderate carbonation. Medium body. Nice dry finish. A bit muddled throughout.

D: A good lambic, but not quite deserving of the special labeling. As noted above, age might of been a factor. Looking forward to opening a 2005 yellow label 375ml soon.

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4.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

dec 1 2011 vintage

a: burnt hay with a fairly low opacity. white froth forms and settles fairly quick leaving a bit of lacing behind.

S; sugared lemon a bit of solvent and reminds me of a foamy Mad Dog candy.

T: Green apple and anjou pear. Drying, astringent, and tart this is a good one and has just a bit of bitterness in the mix. Subtle earthy funk shows in the finish which lends some complexity to an otherwise clean finish.

M: carbonic tang

O: I like the flavors quite a bit in the way of sour candy. Not to be savored for a very long time, but worth investigating.

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4.16/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.17/5  rDev -7.7%
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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4.19/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.2/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle @ Pikkulintu, Helsinki. Originally rated on 14.8.2012.

2004 vintage, Bottled on 09.04.2004 - Pours cloudy orange with a tiny head. Aroma of tart fruits, peach, some earthy notes and yeast. Taste is quite tart with some fruity notes, hints of peach and some dry earthy notes. Sourness is quite soft and smooth compared to a fresh bottle. Finish is smooth and dry with a lot of tart fruity notes. Well balanced, well aged geuze. Soft and not as aggressive as a fresh bottle, still extremely tasty.

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Photo of Lasherh
4.2/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Vintage from Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
4.52 out of 5 based on 736 ratings.
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