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:
#72
Reviews:
138
Ratings:
764
pDev:
8.53%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.25/5  rDev -7%

Photo of MasterSki
4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Full vertical provided by myself, Jason, and Sean. We even had the Cuvée Valentijn and two different bottlings from 2005. Served in various tasters.

A - Other than the flat 2006, most had voluminous off-white foam that settled to a thick collar, partial cap, and minimal lace. Hazed golden apricot body that got increasingly murky as the bottles emptied. Surprisingly there were no gushers in this collection.

S - Most of the vintages were heavy on musty barn, green funk, some feet, cheese, hay and grass, lemon, stone fruits, and hints of vanilla and oak. Unlike Cantillon, or even the 3F '03 Oude Geuze we sampled side-by-side, these are fairly restrained in acetobacter and sourness. The '02 was incredibly dusty and leathery. A few had a vaguely moldy note.

T - Taste is slightly more sour, with lemons, stone fruits, and a perceptible pale malt and wheat backdrop. There's some tart appleskins, hay, leather, and grass. Only light kiss of malt sweetness and vanilla in the periphery.

M - Spritzy and light in body, but smooth on the palate. Very dry and lightly tannic finish. Clean and refreshing.

D - I think we put down over a gallon of gueze last night. Wish we got this on draft, as it'd be a superb session brew.

Warning - the 2006 vintage was very weird. No carbonation, cloying sweetness, and not at all like the bottle mentioned in drabmuh's review. It's almost as if the yeast and bacteria went dormant. If you have a 2006 with foil overwrap and a synthetic cork, you may want to sit on it for a few more years in the hopes that it develops. The rest of these are superb and can be consumed now.

In order I liked 2002, 2007 (CV), 2005 (February), 2004, 2003, and 2005 (December), and I disliked 2006. The Oude Geuze '03 was a totally different beast, with lots of lactic sourness and less funk, even though it was bottled only a month before the Oude Geuze Vintage '03. Batch variation? Cellar conditions? Who knows?

In any case, a thoroughly enjoyable experiment that is well worth repeating in the future.

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4.49/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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5/5  rDev +9.4%

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

Photo of drabmuh
4.77/5  rDev +4.4%
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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5/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

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

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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.63/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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5/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.63/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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3.5/5  rDev -23.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -7%

Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.51/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bottle from 2007. Slightly orange tint. The smell is very sour, makes you expect a huge bite because of the age. Taste was more mellow, had a good hearty/sour taste but not a lot bite. Not very smooth, but that could be age. Amazing and a great experience.

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Photo of dar482
4.6/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This was a 2002 vintage.

The aroma was heavy on the funk. Almost off stinky sock and attic.

The flavor follows with that heavy stinky stock quality. There's a sour quality throughout, along with a light malt backbone. It has a good amount of carbonation despite being so old and it even has some lingering notes of mint and herbal.

This beer certainly tastes different from the original brew. Whether it is more enjoyable is up for debate.

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Vintage from Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Beer rating: 4.57 out of 5 with 764 ratings
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