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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
Belgium | website

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 flannelman808
4.15/5  rDev -8%
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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Photo of spdyfire83
4.82/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Updated Review:

From 5 May 2012
Served in a 3F Geuze glass (as it should be)
Bottled: 15/4/2003
Best before: 15/4/2020

I don't usually re-review beers, but the 2003 vintage is absolutely amazing. Give this beer some age and you will not be disappointed.

A: Cork burst forth with happiness. Murky straw. 1+ (frothy white) fingernail head on gentle pour.

S: Barnyard funk, lemon rind, hay, cheese. So inviting and tasting. Nice!

T: Pronounced sour, funk, and earthiness. Loads of grapefruit and lemon zest with green apple.

M: Light bodied with soft carbonation.

O: Absolutely fantastic! Hands down, one of the best gueuzes I have enjoyed to-date (Blauw is slightly above). So balanced, smooth, and refreshing. If you have multiple bottles; forget about a few and drink them with 8-10 years age.

4.5, 5.0, 5.0, 4.5, 4.5

From 19 December 2011
67th Review
Bottle to tulip
Vintage 2007

Shared with farundrpar during a beautiful prepared dinner by our wives on a recent visit to Amsterdam.

A: Golden hay. 2+ (pure white) fingernail head on medium pour.

S: Lemon zest, hay, must, white pepper. Not as much “funk” as I was expecting or had hoped for, but it still smells quite good!

T: Grapefruit/zesty citrus fruit with green apple. Hint of funk/sour, but not terribly pronounced. Quite nice, but I think it will grow and develop with age.

M: Medium bodied with high carbonation.

O: Better than good, but not great YET! A very crisp and refreshing beer (especially when paired with a wonderful salmon dinner), but I think this vintage can stand to age for quite some time. I’m thinking the 2007 vintage should be enjoyed no earlier than 2014, but that’s my €0.02.

4.5, 4.5, 4.0, 4.0, 4.5

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Photo of glazeman
4.12/5  rDev -8.6%
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 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 jethrodium
4.48/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml. 2005 vintage. Pours a still, clear amber with no head and no lacing on the glass. The aroma is majestic. Huge amounts of funk, mushroom, oak, sweaty socks, light lemon, apple, and grapefruit. The taste is tons of funk as well. A decent initial tartness, some oak, light lemon, grapefruit, and sweaty socks with a bretty funk finish. Very smooth for the amount of complex flavors happening. Medium body. Soft, chewy mouthfeel. Close to no carbonation. This beer was simply magnificent. All the complex flavors come together wonderfully. The only thing I could ask for is slightly more carbonation.

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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 Verecund
4.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on February 14, 2007. Happy Valentine's Day, Armand. Opened on January 32, 2011.

A darker, hazier pour than the regular gueuze. Pale copper meets pastel red; a creamy half-finger head leaves thick lacing.

Light acetic acid; in-your-face apricot, lemon, granny smith apple; hay; somewhat floral. I could smell this all night long. The funk develops as time goes on: e.g., cheese rind, damp wood, mushroom.

Tart expressions of citrus and apple, lactic acidity, leathery oak, and a tannic mid-palate. There's some earthy and dried mushroom funk and as this opens I pick up more funky cheese on the finish, which tickles the tongue. The tannins makes me think of cherry pits. There's a floral attribute here reminiscent of dried flowers.

Very dry and tannic. Lower carbonation.

An excellent, dirty but refined gueuze. I have to take my time here, which is more self-incrimination than anything else. Off the top of my tongue, I prefer the regular non-vintage version to this, but we'll see how this develops over time. Both are winners.

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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 tarheels86
4.67/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750mL 2002 Yellow Label thanks to OldStyleCubFan and later from EricE. Tasted both alongside the 3F "vintage special edition" with the red artwork bottled on the exact same day in 2002! Had three blind samples. One was doubled up. I was able to pair the two that were from the same bottle together. These were more watery and slightly less sour and complex (ended up being the gold foil, yellow label, normal "vintage" label shown here). The yellow label has more carbonation, white pepper, citrus fruits. The nose has amazing moldy white grapefruit and citrus rind. Mouthwatering palate.

750mL 2002 Red Label thanks to OldStyleCubFan and later from MrChopin. The red label alongside the yellow label is slightly better albeit very subtly since they are the same batch but the red label stayed in Armand’s storage for two years or something longer. Proper storage has lent the red label a brighter, fuller nose even with softer carbonation. More cedar, spice, pepper, barn. The taste is still white pepper, grapefruit, mouth watering sour with bright citrus and fruity tangerine. Still excellent and slightly better than the Yellow Label. 1/11/2011 8/4/8/5/16=4.1

750mL 2002 Yellow Label thanks to BrainLayer at Sour Epic Part 2. We had this next to some of the best sours in the world and this one I enjoyed more than J&J Rose and J&J Blauw back to back. This bottle was just on the ball. Juicy nectarine nose, big Brett C tropical notes. Taste is sharp, juicy, dry and dusty with loads of moldy grapefruit and huge citrus zest. Incredible white pepper, orange peel, grapefruit onslaught. Awesome stuff. Probably the best 3F beer I’ve had besides past tastings of J&J Rose. Hot damn. 12/11/2011 9/4/9/5/18=4.5

750mL 2002 yellow label thanks to BrainLayer. Okay. Let’s crack this bad boy once again. Is it really the best beer of all time? Cork pops off with aggression. Pours is hazy, deep orange with beige mousse. Thicker. Quickly settling. Nose is perfect. Mild celery seed gets demolished by overripe peach and red grapfruit which yield to overwhelming fresh birch and cedar with hay and horsey dry funk. Cobwebby old character is juxtaposed with fresh and fleshy overripe peach. An insane experience. Taste is ultra quenching white grapefruit peel with sharper wood shavings. So much old dried citrus peel plays with wood and hay. Palate is perfection. Effervescent and juicy with briny saltwater demanding this be drunk in large, quenching gulps. It’s disappears so quickly from the glass. What can you say? Is the best beer that which demands a slow savor, or that which demands its consumption with boundless temptation and seduction? This is probably the best beer ever made. Like the big brother to Beatification which passed on its power but will never yield the throne. 1/22/2012 10/4/9/5/19=4.7

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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 WantonFaun
4.87/5  rDev +8%
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 airohead2001
4.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a lovely apple cider-like orange with no head. No bubbles. Smell is perfect - best smelling sour I've ever had. Smells like horse fart, hay, and wet golden retriever. Unbelievable. Taste is also great - bitter and harsh lemons that are so strong that I think my soft palate is swelling. It's thin, light, and refreshing.

Huge thanks to TOG (the original glazeman) for far and away the best sour I've ever had. This 2006 gem was everything and more that I could have ever expected.

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Photo of lanbewardin
4.52/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was the 2003 vintage, I did a side by side tonight with a 2010 modern drie fonteinen geuze.

It looks basically exactly the same as the modern one, actually the vintage has a better head though.

The taste & smell of the new one are both what I would describe as 'sharper', more apple tartness, the vintage has more of a sugary oaky smell profile with some subtle apple tartness.

The mouthfeel on the vintage is amazing, it makes the modern one seem like water. Its got a long lingering tartness. So funky, lots of barrel, just covers the mouth, greatness.

Overall, they are both good beers, glad I got to do a side by side, its not 'radically' different than the modern, so don't expect that, but there is a notable difference.

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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 Tnudish
4.63/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Opened this baby to celebrate my 28th birthday and my engagement to my beautiful girlfriend. One of the oldest gueuzes I’ve had to date, really been looking forward to popping this. This is a red label '02 poured into a Cantillon gueuze tumbler.

A-Pours a murky orangish brown in color with a half fingers worth of tight white head.

S-The nose is straight dirty funk. There is lemon, dirt, manure, wet dog, horse blanket, and must.

T-The flavor mirrors the nose, there is a bunch of lemon rind and must.

M-Light mouthfeel, almost a little watery, light carbonation, gentle acidity, and a long finish.

O-Had this side by side with Armand & Tommy and I thought it blew Armand & Tommy out of the water. The funk has taken a nice, big hold of this and isn’t letting go. Armand is a magician. One of the best gueuzes I've had to date, trailing only Loerik and Blauw in my opinion. I will actively be seeking more bottles of this.

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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 fewa
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

75 cl bottle, 2002 vintage, picked up at the brewery some years ago. The beer pours a hazy golden color with a small white head. Smell: Sour, funky with oak and hay (grass. The taste is acidic, grassy and notes of wood, tart and dry finish. I have quite regular access to this beer, and I have to say that the 2002 vintage is one on its own, fantastic!!

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Photo of Kevin-1989
4.95/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

375ml bottle from 2010 vintage drank in Nov 2015. Drank at room temperature and poured into a 3F stemmed glass. Hard to imagine an improvement on the regular Oude Geuze from 3F, but this one delivers. Everything is more subtle and complex than the regular and there is a much deeper golden color. I'm really glad I was able to pick this one up from 3F. Could easily drink only this beer for the rest of my life.

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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 jsm1289
4.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

well the gueze monster is at it again, this time with the oude gueze vintage

I am a big fan of the series, and have had oude gueze and golden blend, so we shall see what is what with it.

appearance is pretty standard, nice orange hazy color, tints of yellow floating around

smell- gosh darnit, armand has done it again ! huge funk, cheese notes and serious gueze/lambic sourness, i'm getting some light citrus acidity and vinegary type of smell. way more pungent than golden blend and regular put together

taste- does not disappoint, extremely sour, mouth feel about as full as I have ever experienced, typical belgian gueze sour notes but to the max, awesome front of the tongue singe and the sour notes ride a gnarly wave across your palate and stick around after the finish for quite some time. impressively coats the mouth with an awesome sour funk flavor

although i certainly lack the vocabulary to better describe this, one this is for certain, this is an amazing gueze. WAYYY better than regular and golden blend, and a close second for me personally ( isabelle proximus barely holding on to the number one slot).

its mean, its a vintage and it should be obtained at all costs. Hide your mothers and daughters when this bad boy comes to town, get ready to ride the sour express.

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Photo of tiong
4.2/5  rDev -6.9%
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 shawnm213
4.82/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage 750 ml bottle shared by phaleslu. Thanks peter, really appreciate it! Notes of moderate to heavy lactic acid sourness, bright lemongrass, juicy grapefruit, some cheese and leather laden funk. Great. Excited to try other vintages. Thanks again peter!

2005 vintage 375ml bottle. bright sweaty cheesy funk with a touch of leather and old musty basement. Taste is bright lemons, grapefruit, quite citric. touch of pickle juice. really really good. super dry. awesome citrsuy fruit character. lotta old rustic funk. complex, yet clean. awesome beer :)

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