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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Vintage | Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#74
Reviews:
138
Ratings:
763
pDev:
8.53%
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Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of DefenCorps
4.92/5  rDev +7.7%
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 aaronyoung01
4.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Jwale73
4.3/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml corked and caged bottle generously shared by jedwards. 2004 vintage. Pours a translucent golden orange with a quarter inch bright white head. Nose expresses citric acid and cork. Taste is fairly clean - more acidic notes, cork and a slight peppery quality towards the back. Mouthfeel is light-medium in consistency (but closer to light) with a lively carbonation. All and all, an easy drinking and refreshing geuze that's fairly mellow, despite the the age. I definitely would like to pick up a few of these to throw in the cellar.

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Photo of BGsWo22
4.03/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Dactrius
4.69/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2010

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Photo of mattreitz49
4.42/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cosmicevan
4.45/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to drabmuh for hooking this up in the growler BIF. 37.5cl...3/10/2008.

a - opened the corked n caged bottle and filled my urthel tulip. poured a hazy orange. big yeasty head that slowly bubbled away lacing was chunky and slowly slid along the side of the glass in huge chunks.

s - very even and balanced sweet and sour. lemons over limes. orange peel sweet tarts. a touch of grass.

t - whooo heee...that's pretty sour. my mouth is puckered. as i got adjusted to the flavor, a really nice grassy sweetness prevailed. quite nice. finishes a touch dry.

m - starts off with a burst of mouth puckering and then a blast of prickly fizziness finishing with a grassy dryness.

o - overall, having recently had a "fresher" one from 2010, i can begin to understand the current demand for aged sours. really easy drinker and really a wonderful interesting beer. although i doubt i'll ever dig sours more than RIS, it is a style that i am beginning to enjoy exploring.

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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Sparky44
4.25/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Gotti311
4.6/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml C&C bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip glass.
Batch 27.12.2007

A - Pours a cloudy, medium orange to gold with a two finger cream-colored foamy head. Super retention and light lacing left on the glass.

S - Light lemon, wheat, and earthy funk.

T - Tart lemons, sweet wheat, woody, barnyard funk.

D - Lots of carbonation and light to medium body.

O - Light, tart, funky, refreshing. So many layers here it is mind boggling.

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Photo of drummermattie02
5/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of Resuin
4.74/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ArrogantB
4.3/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle dated 11/30/2006 thanks to grownfool. I've heard a couple people say this vintage is no good, don't believe them. Hazy orange like a gueuze would. Smells like citrus, hay, barn, phenols. Tastes pretty great, sour citrus with abut of plastic at the end but damn was this easy to knock back! Overall I lived it and wish I had more. It's really too bad gueuze isn't priced more like IPA because I would hawg it down.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.42/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vertical drank for Sean and Caroline's engagement party, quite a shame other Chicago Ba's couldn't make it for this one, great times. This is the type of beer that just screams to have separate vintage listings as there was such variation. Instead of reviewing each one, this will more be a guide for those interested in the different vintages.
2002 Vintage 750 ml bottle - one of the top 3 vintages of the night. Awesome aroma that was funky but not harsh, wonderful dusty farmyard notes. The taste was just special because it was biting, dusty, floral and sour, yet it wasn't Cantillon sour in that I could drink this all night long. A vintage worth trying.
2003 Vintage 375 ml bottle - This was pretty decent, in the middle of the variations. Was drank simultaneously with an 03 Drie Oude Gueuze and the Vintage destroyed it. Not even in the same galaxy.
2004 Vintage 375 ml bottle - Nothing really stood out here, still good but towards the bottom.
2005 Vintage 375 ml bottle - Somehow this vintage has two bottle dates, a shocking 10 months apart, February 2005 and December 2005. The older one was much better and was in the top 3.
2006 Vintage 750 ml bottle - Hands down the worst of the bunch, I'm almost positive this had to be a bad bottle. This was totally malty, tons of caramel and dough with hops, was like a gueuze barleywine. Terrible, I would not drink this again.
2007 Vintage 750 ml bottle - Valentines dating. To me this was the best of the bunch, a little more sour and acidic which I like in my gueuze. Very musky, just wonderful overall. I picked this up at Drie, super happy I have one left.

Thanks to Alex and Sean for contributing to this.

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Photo of Rutager
4.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

'08 vintage. What a huge tick this was, thanks so much, Tom! Did not disappoint.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of BAsbill
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of threedaggers
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of akang
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of aztraz
4.25/5  rDev -7%

Photo of ccrida
4.77/5  rDev +4.4%
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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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Vintage from Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Beer rating: 4.57 out of 5 with 763 ratings
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