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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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Photo of Thorpe429
4.37/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 vintage opened by drabmuh at a recent tasting.

Pours a hazy golden color with a nice white head and a fair amount of lacing on the way down. The nose smacked me right away with a really pungent horse blanket odor; loads of leather and must. A bit of hay and some slightly sour notes come through as well.

The taste brings on even more funk--it's like the sweat of wet leather that's been in a hay loft for the past four years. Just crazy funky. A bit of oak is present as well. Mouthfeel is nice and light to medium with good carbonation, really bringing the flavors through the full palate. Drinkability is pretty good, although as good as this tasted, I didn't immediately feel like I needed more after I'd finished my pour.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.77/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2006 vintage.

Beer is yellow and mostly clear until the bottom. Its effervescent. White head of medium and small bubbles that doesn't leave much lacing on the glass or hang out very long. Looks good.

"This beer smells like a nun's crotch" - Lunch (he meant it as a good thing)

Aroma is nice and bright with acetic sourness, mild citrus fruit bitterness and some mild lactic notes. There isn't much oak in here, perhaps with age it would get better. I am loving the mild funk on the back end of the aroma though. Its complex, poster child for a great smelling gueuze.

Beer is light and has a lot of carbon in the mouth. Its tart and sour but leads with the sour palate and the tartness is minimal. The acetic is winning I feel in here with a healthy brettish funk on the back end. There is a strong citric character as well. Its semi-fruity if that makes sense. I love the palate connectivity of this gueuze, I wonder what this would be like in 10 years. Its complex and simple simultaneously and I love this beer. Some were underwhelmed by it but its close to perfect as a gueuze can be IMO. I love this beer.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.72/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From 09/25/10 notes. Had at a small tasting thanks to drabmuh; thanks Matt! 2006 Vintage.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent golden color with one inch of white head and low carbonation.

s - Smells of sour fruit, spice, tart lemon, grapes, and some oak. Definitely a lot of funk in the smell; I imagine what some people call that wet horse blanket smell.

t - Tastes of sour, sour fruit, mainly lemon and citrus. Also some spice, tart apples, and a woody/oak to it. Again, lots of funk.

m - Light to medium body and low carbonation.

d - A very nice, very funky gueuze. Lots of tart fruit and funk in the smell and taste; if you like that you'll probably love this one. It seemed like a pretty hardcore sour and not my favorite, but definitely one I enjoyed a lot. Would definitely try again.
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Edit on 01/24/12: I've had vintages of '06, '07, and '08 at this point, and multiple bottles of some, and this is one of my favorite sours easily available out there. Very much worth seeking out.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.15/5  rDev -8%
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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Photo of craytonic
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2002 Vintage (red label), sampled July 2010

Pours with an enormous white head, looks great for being 8 years old, a lightly hazed orange-amber-peach, a bit darker than I expected.

Smell: Perfect, tart and funky, tart and sour apples and grapes, elements of oak, sweat, damp stone, leather, and farmhouse / horse blanket.

Taste: Nice mild acidity, a perfect complement to the funk. Tart and funky as I said above, sour apples and grape with hints of oak, sweat, damp stone, leather and farmhouse / horse blanket. Also a white wine / sauvignon blanc element. Perhaps the most refined tasting Gueuze I have encountered. The taste is much less funky than the nose.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with a nice prickly mouthfeel; impressive for the age; very dry

Drinkability: Amazing, this is one of the best Gueuzes I have ever tasted.

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Photo of largadeer
4.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2002 vintage, 750ml bottle with a red label.

Hazy with a sunset-amber hue. High levels of carbonation feed a solid, sustaining head.

This beer reeks of damp wood and dusty basement. Very musty, the richness of the oak enhances the funk and lemon and orange-like acidity.

Oaky, earthy and tannic, a nice firm sourness is expertly balanced by the wood. Highly carbonated, almost champagne-like in mouthfeel, this is complex yet refreshing. Sourness is purely lactic, there's not a trace of vinegar. It finishes with big tannins, hay, earth and lemon rind. This is an outstanding vintage of an already great gueuze.

05 vintage: Citrusy tropical fruit backed by musty funk and oak. Moderately tannic, less so than the 02 and 07 vintages. The tropical fruit character makes this very unique. Might be my favorite of the 3 I've tried.

07 vintage: Strongly tannic with moderate sourness and funk. I was very impressed with this vintage, and it should continue to improve with age.

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Photo of gyllstromk
4.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice, hazy orange with a vigorous head. Aroma is a tropical blast of pineapple with some Bretty notes; the balance is definitely toward the fruit. Flavor is an evolution across citrus flavors; starts with nice, tart lemon; transitions to orange when a hint of sweetness emerges; finishes with grapefruit as the a bitterness registers. One of the "cleanest" geuezes I've had. Crisp and refreshing. Quite nice!

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.92/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The more gueuzes I drink, the more I learn about structure, balance, nuance and drinkability. A wonderful beer shared generously by my friend Brian. Bottled April 13, 2002, this beer is over 8 years old at this point.

Hazy orange with a dense white head with great retention and lacing. As with almost all 3F gueuzes, carbonation is high, which coincidentally caused the cork to shoot out of the bottle the minute the cage was taken off. And surprisingly enough, the beer did not gush. Bottle conditioning is an art, and some American brewers should pay attention.

The nose is wonderful. One of the best beers I've ever smelled, it reminds me immediately of the 1999 vintage Oude Gueuze. Woody, earthy, tannic and funky with some cheese, this is beautifully balanced. Light lemon peel with some grapefruit. A little mushroom too. As it warms up, the grapefruit bitterness grows. No trace of acetic acid is present. Warmth and swirling bring out barnyard and hay aromas too. Just fantastic.

The palate opens tannic with a mild lemon peel astringency immediately noticeable. Plenty of lemon character, this beer makes me think of biting into the white part of the lemon peel with it's characteristic bitterness. It evolves to a grapefruit bitterness with time. Very very well-balanced. The case can be made for calling this beer out on the basis of the faint oxidation that manifests itself by way of slightly stale malt, that if darker, would be more leather-like. Let my score speak for on which side of the defense I rest my case. The funk isn't as prominent as on the nose, growing as it warms and with addition of the yeast, both of which bring out the wet wood, wet dog and barnyard and hay characteristics in various amounts. Woody and mushroom characters grow with temperature, making this more reminiscent of the J&J Blauw. Grapefruit peel bitterness on the finish, the palate is beautifully balanced. Medium-light in body, this is mildly cheesy and has high carbonation. Fantastic stuff, I could drink this all day.

I alluded to the Blauw in my review, and it's probably no coincidence. The Blauw, which was blended a year after this, incorporated a 4 year old Girardin lambic. This includes a 3 year old Girardin lambic, some of which was probably leftover and aged until blended into the J&J. I have a fantasy of assembling all the rare Drie Fonteinen beers (97,50th, 99, Millenium, 2002 Vintage, and both J&Js) and organize a tasting with Armand leading, talking about his inspiration and aspiration for each blend. Sadly, that will not come to be, but I'm working quite well down that list of rare beers there. Thanks again, Brian!

**Edit 27 July 2012**

I get to revisit the 2007 vintage. The nose is fruity (apricots) floral (rose and jasmine) with oak (vanilla and tannins). An aroma reminiscent of Hallertau hops is present. The palate opens sour, lactic , oaky and very tannic with mild lemon. Very oaky with low vanilla flavor. Drying, hoppy finish, solid stuff. Needs time, maybe?
S/T/M= 4/4/4

**Edit 30 Aug 2012**

I split a bottle of the 2005 vintage with Nathan. IMO, at this time, it the best beer of the bunch. Bright but mellow with fleshy, ripe and sour grapefruit, with a deep, complex funk, moderately earthy and horesey. Ripe and rotten lemons are also present. Exceptional. S/T/M = 5/5/5
**Edit 24 July 2015**
Almost side by side with the regular 2005 Oude Gueuze, this beer shows its magnificence. Bright, sharp, lemon rind, grapefruit, melons, mushroomy funk, earth, hay, barnyard, endlessly funky, deep, woodsy. Brilliant on the palate, clean, funky citrus, light, airy on the palate, lactic, lemon sorbet. Stunning. 5/5/5

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.72/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml corked & caged bottle from 04/12/2005 poured into a small table glass at Delirium Cafe.

Pours a slightly hazy deep amber with a very small head that fades fast. Woah! This nose is crazy, funky tart and very old and musty smelling, like nothing else I've had.

Not for the faint of heart, this is a very hardcore sour. It tastes old and tart and it'll make your face pucker. There's a lot of that barnyard wet blanket funk to it. It's a super slow sipper but totally worth a try.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.72/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Chris for sharing this one last Saturday

A: The pour is a cloudy bright copper color with tons of white head and a nice lacing on the glass.

S: Just a ton of wonderful funk hits the nose as soon as the cork is popped. Lots of barnyard, wet hay, and a bit of sweat. There is plenty of green apple and lemon to provide tartness as well.

T: The flavor is just so typical of Drie Fonteinen lambic. Lots of pungent and intense funk flavors followed by a sharp and crisp lactic acidity. A nice green apple tartness and some lemons in there as well.

M: The body is medium with plentiful but not overwhelming carbonation.

D: This is just another exceptional gueuze from Drie Fonteinen. I'm happy to have tried this and would gladly drink this, or any of their other beers, again.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.92/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Golden, brassy orange color with an average sized, foamy, and bubbly white head with a bit below average retention and a thin bubbly lace left.

S - Well balanced hay/barnyard/funk along with some lemon citrus and apple. Has a good juicy aroma along with a touch of a tart and acidic aroma. Perfect balance between the aroma, my mouth is watering and it is very enticing.

T - Similar to the nose. Some funk and tartness with just a hint of sour taste. A lot of fruitiness with some apple and lemon being strongest. Hints of other golden and tropical fruit as well as some earthiness. Some hay and mustiness and a touch of lemongrass. Very well balanced sour.

M - Medium body with a healthy amount of carbonation. Fairly smooth with a drying finish and just the very slightest bit of puckering.

D - Well balanced and not overly sour/tart but has a nice balance.

Notes: Bottled 02/10/2005. A wonderful gueuze that is very well balanced with the tart/sour/funky flavor and a juicy fruitiness. Easy to drink and a joy to drink as well. Definitely recommend this.

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Photo of ucusty
3.8/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL thanks to Todd! Blind tasted with 3F "vintage edition" geuze bottled on the exact same day in 2002! Had three samples. One was doubled up. This was not nearly as nice as the "special" edition there are definitely some differences between the two. The "vintage" version had a smokey characteristic that kinda threw me for a loop.
Earlier Rating: 3/23/2010 Total Score: 4.2
750mL thanks to Todd! Blind tasted with 3F "vintage edition" geuze bottled on the exact same day in 2002! Had three samples. One was doubled up. Same day different blend. This version had a nice fruity and dusty characteristic not present in the "vintage" version. Hazy copper pour with light carbonation. Aroma is very nice with hints of leather, horse blanket, white grape and dank basement. Apple, lemon rind, leather, horseblanket, and liggonberries. Dry finish

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Frank (Avalon68), Jeremy and Kevin (MrChopin) for the crazy beers we had during this tasting including this one!

2002 Vintage consumed in May 2010.

A-pours a transparent golden amber color with tons of bubbles, fluffy and bubbly white head with good retention and a spotty lace.

S-the nose has a well balanced funk to sweet ratio. mushrooms and barnyard funk, hints of lemon are faint, notes of white grapes and a touch of oak towards the back

T-this has a good funk to it, notes of mushrooms and barnyard. A nice balance of oak with faint hints of vanilla. Lightly accented lemon, acidity, and cherries in the finish.

M-very smooth with a fuller body and lots of carbonation, prickly on the back of the throat and a very dry finish.

D-very tasty with great balance and complexity. the sweetness works well to offset the funkiness and the oak has just enough of a presence.

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Photo of treyrab
4.78/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drank this wonderful beer at the best beer bar in Rome, Ma Che Siete Venuti A Fa. Very pleased to find this beer bar and a big thanks to the owner for bringing this out of the cellar for me. Sir, you are a good man. Served in a traditional wooden basket and poured into two lambic style glasses.

A: Pours a nice hazy yellow with a huge spritzy and fizzy white head. The head is larger than the body upon the initial pour, but this isn't surprising. Very spritzy and zippy looking with a vibrant yellow glow.

S: Very nice. Puckers your nose with lemon and light fruit sourness with an extremely dry oak scent. Very funky and tons of Brett barnyard.

T: Pretty amazing. Right up there with the best Geuze's out there. Extremely bone dry with tart, puckering sourness and a nice lemon and light fruit. Tons of oak as well.

M/D: Very spritzy, zippy and dry. Amazing.

This is one of the best Geuze's I've had. I'm not sure how one could get much better.

Edit: This was the 2002 Red Label.

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Photo of xpimptastikx
4.62/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brought a bottle back from my trip last year and finally decided the give it a go.

A - pours a hazy almost burnt orange with a full inch of fluffy off white head that recedes to an everlasting sheet with moderate lacing.

S - hay, lemon, apples, band-aids, and all the lovely smells that make a perfect gueuze.

T - the acidity has slacked off and made this perfectly balanced. a glass of funk with a touch of citric/lactic acid that doesn't fatigue the palate at all.

M/D - the carbonation and finish are spot on and have me going back for another sip before I can even sit the beer down. A standard that most gueuze should be held to.

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Photo of koopa
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle consumed at the Bruges Beertje on 4/23/10.

From Notes....

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazed orange to almost red with a 1 finger white crown that displays moderate retention and lace.

Smell: Moderate urine soaked hay note.

Taste: Same as nose but a little more straight forward.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with good carbonation.

Drinkability: Makes you want more with each sip due to the slighty dryness.

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Photo of alfrantzell
4.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled in 2005.

Is this geuze? It pours the color of the setting sun and smells like a bowl of tropical fruit. Tangerines, grapefruit, nectarines.. this could be an IPA were it not for the acidity.

And there is plenty of that. It's dry and sour, with carbonation that is borderline effervescent. The CO2 is what I don't like about Drie Fonteinen's standard Oude Geuze, but in this case it's just right; more sparkling than spritzy.

After two 375 ml bottles I can say with confidence that yes, this is geuze alright.

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Photo of kappldav123
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This rating refers to a special version of the 2002 vintage geuze, the same red label as the 50th anniversary geuze. The bottles were sold recently at the brewery. It is a special blend and not the same beer as the regular vintage geuze from 2002. The bottle looks really wonderful, handwritten date on the backside. Cork pops easily from the bottle. Looks good in the glass, very zippy, huge head. Wonderful complex sourish aroma. Starts woody-sourish, shows lemon notes, not too aggressive. Finish is getting milder, but still intense sourish, a bit woody. Prickly aftertaste, lasts long. Wonderful balanced. Extremely drinkable. I'm flashed!

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Photo of DaveJanssen
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled 4/12/2005, reviewed 7/14/2009. 375 in 3 fonteinen glass at brugse beertje.

Ar: Sour funk, barnyard, cirtic and lactic acid, stronger barnyard than fresh 3 fonteinen but good and well balanced with acid, acid not too strong, complex

Ap: very fine haze straw with orange highlights, thick light tan/off white head, medium rough, great retention

F: Sour and smooth, very nutty and dark, amazingly smooth, starts with fruit, subdued sour develops to leather, complex dark funk with earthy notes, clean barn, wood, leather, woody oxidized quality, beautiful, an unbelievable balance, ends with mild acid

M: medium carbonation, very smooth, clean acidic end, not too acidic

O: The best sour I've ever had. smooth and very complex

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Photo of ccrida
4.77/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

33cl bottle at 't Brugs Beertje, this beer is labeled vintage, unlike their regular Oude Gueuze. Served in a Drie Fonteinen tumbler, the Oude Gueuze Vintage 2005 is a brassy dark gold with a pillowy off-white head that leaves almost no lace.

Smell is sour, lemongrass, hay, with a hint of sweet baby diaper as it warms.

Taste is fantastic, a nice tartness but relatively clean, very elegant, with some tropical fruit notes, like a very acidic white wine (sauvignon blanc), just awesome.

Mouthfeel is dry, acidic, medium-light bodied, well carbonated.

Drinkability is perhaps the highest of any gueuze I've ever had. Fantastic taste, with a satisfying but not overwhelming acidity, wow.

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Photo of haz77
3.65/5  rDev -19.1%
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 CharlesDarwin
4.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

April 12, 2002 Vintage. Poured from a 750ml Thanks to Jason. Aroma wicks forth with a flicking tongue of spring essence in a cherry orchard. Blossoms all around. Cottony wafts, sugars flaunt and a wheat essence plays with persimmon seeds and Passionfruit juice in a soft balance. Fleeting ginger. Pours that clear even gold, headed with mountains of residing billowy foam, lubricious in its delivery. Bubbly and alive. Flavor arrives in resplendent glory, with gentle tannins, refined sweetness and lots of elegant cotton. Pear juice and lemon oils. Tart, puckering and full of the necessary farm yard. This was tasted side by side with the standard Oude Geuze and this was hands down the winner. This maintains complex acidity and brightness, yet holds such refined softness and gentle, pleasing flavors. The young has cheese, wildness, wood and acid, this restrains those a little bit and yields soft spice, grassy fields and sunlight. Awesome stuff.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2002 vintage bottle drank in 2008: Poured a slightly hazy orangey color lambic with a medium white bubbly head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of green apple with some acid and sour notes and some mild barnyard notes. Taste is less acidic then the aroma was suggesting with some sour notes and a barnyard feel which is quite interesting. There was some distinctive green apple notes which are similar to the Girardin gueuze. Full body with some good carbonation but slightly lower then I was expecting. I can't say that I see a huge difference form the regular geueze but IO as impressed nonetheless.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.45/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

April 16, 2002 Vintage Bottle, Sampled October 2007
Pours with a lightly hazy, cherry tinged, light amber color (quite dark for a Gueuze / Lambic) and is crowned by an initially two-finger thick, light tan colored head that is a mix of large and tightly beaded froth that leaves some lacing patterns on the sides of the glass as it recedes. Ah yes, the aroma is just want I need; funky, woody, tart and fruity, it smells oh so good. Aromatic notes of cured leather, ripe plastic (in the process of curing), urea, dried mushrooms and a touch of farmhouse cheese are all noticeable. The aromatic tart notes run the gamut from hints of lactic, acetic, definitely citric, with notes of tart apples, sour grapes and even some touches of tart, exotic fruit. Other aromas of rotting wood, cedar, spicy oak, damp cellars made of stone and thick-amply-aged wood structure add more complexity to the aroma.

Soft and almost creamy up front before the acidity kicks in. The acidity is never hard or overbearing though (which I sometimes like and even crave in a Lambic) and in fact melds quite well with a substantial (for a Lambic) texture & body. The acid is most notably lactic in character, but has touches of citric flavors at times. Notes of crab-apple, un-ripe star-fruit, touches of grapefruit (and even more than that at times) and a green, un-ripened, sauvignon blanc grape flavor add to the fruit component of this beer. Despite the supple texture and heft of this beer it seems quite bone dry. The carbonation, though light for a Gueuze, adds a zesty textured touch of froth to each sip. The flavor is not quite as funky as the aroma was, but this is still quite funk driven. Flavors of woody mushrooms, damp leather in the finish, cherry pits, most definitely musty and even a bit moldy at times. Touches of ephemeral vanilla, butter cream flavors (or is that just evoked from the texture), uriatic acid (cat pee to the layman) and wild flower petals add to the subtle backdrop of this beer. Quite tannic at times, almost coating the mouth, though not the teeth like a very tannic green tea, in light astringency.

I could wish for a bit more carbonation here as I like my Gueuzes to be very effervescent, but this is a damn fine example of the art. Very well blended, very well integrated, there is nothing that is dominant here. I do love a good Lambic, Gueuze especially, and I wish that I had the ability to drink more of these on a regular basis. Almost a bit too refined for my tastes; still rustic though and definitely a finely crafted product, but I think I prefer the regular non-vintage, and the 1995 vintage that I had in 2001.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought this in Brugge, Belgium, September 2006...it is indeed the Oude Geuze Vintage. I could only hold out a full year before popping the cork.

A huge fluffy head that looks lighter than air sits on top of a coppery gold teaming with bubbles which are almost champagne-like in their hyperactivity. Gobs of sticky lace at first, but that falls away to minimal lacing after a bit.

Aroma reminds of good white wine, vinous and musty, dried fruits and sharp sourness...like the most decadently stinky cheese. You gotta love the funk to enjoy this.

Flavor is sour white grape, moldy cheese, leather, yogurt. Tart and puckery finish, like intensely sour apples and very young white grapes. It completely coats the mouth, and if you can feel your way through the intense puckeriness, you'll find it on the more buttery side, with modern carbonation to keep things alive and kicking. That coating had me spitting off my deck a couple times, to clear my mouth for the next sip...maybe that's not the idea. But it did, and I'm not really a spittin' kind of guy.

A love for stinky stuff (beers, cheeses...socks?) helps. As has been said a zillion times before, this style is an acquired taste, but Drie Fonteinen stuff can be counted on to see you through. Enjoyable and unique...I only wish I would've bought at least one more bottle.

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Vintage from Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
4.51 out of 5 based on 725 ratings.
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