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Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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.

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Photo of standardcherry
4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottled in 2006.

A: Murky red/brownish color, very little carbonation.
S: Very funky. Musty smells, a bit of lemon.
T: Must, lemons, apples, wheat, oak. Tastes better than the smell.
M: Medium body, I would've like more carbonation though.
O: Great gueuze, I haven't tried many but this one was almost at the top of what I've tried (probably second only to Lente).

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.69/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2002 Vintage with the red label and handwritten bottling date. Thanks to myself for adding to my debt for this one.

Poured into a 5 oz. taster glass. Not a proper vessel for reviewing appearance, so my rating for this category is adjusted to create an accurate overall score.

Pours a murky glowing orange color. The aroma is a very balanced blend of sunflower seeds, musty attic, orange peel, and lemon zest.

The flavor is just insanely balanced and easy to drink. Sour up front with lemons, hay, and a strong tannin profile.

The body is medium and is as dry as Mars. And not the spots that might contain water.

Overall this vintage blend is definitely among the top 4 or 5 bottles of 3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze I have drank, which means it is one of the best beers on earth, period.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was lucky enough to stumble upon this one at a recent share in San Francisco for the Super Bowl! Tough to track down but worth the wait! Nice and tart yet very drinkable!

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

Memorial day weekend brought out a red label 2003 bottle generously shared by Denise. Thanks!

Balanced and delicate. Tamed by age, but even at what... 10 years?... this blend was still fantastic. It was more funk than acid, which was a bit surprising, but welcome. There was a lovely citrus sour & sweet combination going on in the middle, and the funk up front led to a clean finish. Definitely not as cloying as "fresh" Oude Geuze from Drie Fonteinen.

Probably not the most complex brew of the day, but its balance rivaled Lou Pepe Gueuze, and promised good things from aging this style of beer. Happy to try it, thanks again!

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Photo of amano_h
4.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2005 vintage, 37.5cl bottle from In de Verzekering tegen de Grote Dorst (Lennik, Belgium)

Damp, musty basement, mushroom-y, cheesy funk, but with more intensity than the regular Oude Gueuze upon first whiff. An unexpected wave of honey is also mixed into the initial gueuze-y funk, with some tart lemon nearby the end as expected.

A lot more acidic than I expected, and more notes of vinegar than the regular Oude Gueuze. Here's the kicker -- it's surprisingly sweet. The tried and true oak, funky cheese, and leather flavors follow. Wow I must be a goddamn masochist to enjoy these kind of flavors in a beer.

Medium body, well-carbonated, and dry to the bone on the finish; my lips did pucker quite a bit toward the end, but not as much as it would with American Wilds.

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Photo of rvdoorn
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2002 vintage, picked up at the brewery some years ago. This is the only vintage of the “vintage” series I didn’t try yet.
Look: pours hazy amber-yellow color with a small head that disappeared fast but leaving some nice lacing.
Smell: Strong funk, horse blanked, earth, oak, wood, fresh grass, and citrus.
Taste:Wow, this one is so smooth! Oak, earth, smooth sourness (strong sourness, but smooth), grass, citrus and wood. Tart and dry finish. Fantastic.
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation and medium body
Overall: As mentioned before, I had all the available vintages until now, but the 2002 beats them all! the 2002 is a true world class beer!

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

Valentine's day 07

A- buttered popcorn, toffee. Light collar, tight, whiteish...off white maybe. Low carb, appropriate.

S- light buttered popcorn. Bits of stale bread. Good tart bite that runs out quickly. Acetic. Apple sour back.

T- great sour Apple, nice citric acid bittering, acetic tartness. dry popcorn and tannic nature. Some oak woodiness lingers well.

M- good light body with full cream finish. Tight crisp carbonation. Great sticky flavors. The tannic bite lingers and extends.the bittering balancing out the initial tartness.

This is so nice and more complex than the regular. Much much.more enjoyable.

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Photo of zhanson88
3.96/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Lot 11/30/2006, 750ml bottle.

Not the slightest bit of pop when removing the cork. Pours a flat, super clear golden color on first pour. Nice color and clarity, but a somewhat alarming lack of carbonation. Smell is of tart lemons, hay, grass, and lactic sourness. Very complex smell overall, seems "mature" to me. The taste is quite sour with tart lemons being most prevalent, followed by fresh cut grass and dried hay notes. The mouthfeel is almost totally flat, as expected, and light bodied. Overall, a very nice sour that did not disappoint. Had it retained any carbonation, it might have been truly exceptional. All the same, really glad to have tried it.

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Photo of JAXSON
4.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2005 vintage from a 37cl bottle. Pours darker than expected, apple cider amber, with a really nice, big, fizzly head. Nose is huge and literally fills the air with green apples, hay, grass, lemon candies. A lot of things going on here. Quite dry, but blossoms with a fermented apple character that's pretty rare in even the funkiest beers. very expressive and refined. Nicely balanced but could even benefit from a bit more age. A little chalky around the edges, maybe the yeast got stirred up. This is a really full bodied gueuze, lively, bursts with an intense fermented apple quality that's really neat and reminds me of Perseguidor 3.

2002 vintage 75cl bottle. Not much detail to add here as it's all old memories. I've had the red label one and the white label one, and honestly I preferred the white label 2002. In fact, that was a freakin amazing bottle in August 2010 and was one of the top 3 beers of the Akkurat / Belgium "lambic tour", even beside some other very heavy hitters.

Another bottle, this time a 2002 white label from a 750ml bottle. Really earthy on the nose, the funk almost expresses itself as mushroom. Of course rife with lemon, orange. Tons of oak on this, so dry, oak is almost too intense. This is extraordinarily bright and pungent, and it's pretty lovely. I need to drink this next to a Blauw.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.82/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle 6,0% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Bottled on: 27/12/2007
BB: 27/12/2017

This is the 4th beer in my series of sours.

Appearance: Beautiful gueuze! Bright golden-orange body (a little darker than other gueuzes I have had recently) topped by a large white head that lasts really well and leaves some patchy lace. Subsequent pours cause the beer to become significantly cloudier and deeper orange in colour.

Smell: I was expecting a good nose on this one, but damn this smells delicious! Beautiful deep funk and tart, acidic fruit dominate the nose. Notes include: Lemons, tart white grapes, rotten stone fruits, a hint of sweetness, musty basements, old books, oak, sweaty feet, old leather, a touch of ripe cheese, a light rubbery note, very earthy, hay, earthy mushroom, light lactic note, damp and every now and then a meadow like floral note.
This is certainly the best smelling gueuze I have had to date.

Taste: The flavour is just as good as the nose lead on, stunning funkiness and refined tartness. Initially tart lemon and apricot, quickly followed by must basement, old wood, cobwebs, sweaty feet, lots of wet hay, oak, sharp cheese, cider vinegar and earthy mushroom

Mouthfeel: Pretty much bang on for the style - medium body, high level of carbonation. Perfect dry finish and lasting flavour.

Overall: This is an absolutely stunning gueuze, the best I have had to date! I shudder to think how good the Lente is going to be!
I will certainly buy a lot more of this in the future.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.53/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Dyan for supplying this 2002 bottle to go along with the 2001 De Cam and the Blauw. Consumed side-by-side with the Blauw, and I think this one just beat out the other 3F geuze. What an awesome experience. Beer number 9 of the tasting, and number 3 on day 2.

Pours mostly clear with a slight haze, deep rich amber in color. The head is amply and sticky, providing a smattering of bubbles on the side of my tumbler, but nothing that is easily described. The cork blasted right out of the bottle as soon as we undid the cage, but there was no gush as all. The streamers in the beer look majestic. This is flawless.

The aroma is funky, dry, tannic, full of citrus rinds and a briny character, though not nearly as much so as the 2001 De Cam Oude Lambiek. Light and bright, their is a soily earthiness that makes me feel like I just buried my nose in a compost heap. The flavor is phenomenal as well, as dry and oaky tannins combine with an earthiness that can only be described as dank and musty forest floor combined with mushrbooms, and sour to the point where I can feel it in my enamel. There is not even a touch of acetic sourness. The acidity that wilts my teeth does not translate any farther into the digestive tract, as my esophagus and stomach are unaffected. The finish is full of lemon and grapefruit zest with more lactic sourness.

The overall feel is a bone dry sensation. Sprity but not overly so, the earthiness, funk, and briney salt water sensation make this an absolute standout among geuze offerings. This is absolutely phenomenal. Armand is a true craftsman.

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Photo of Mar02x
2.97/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

With thanks to ?, Sorry I forgot who brought this 2005 bottle. I was able to try this beer on a tasting organized by Fiona de Lange (the Dutch beer lady) at 'de Molen'.

A - An amber colored beer that is clear in appearance. There is no foam.

S - I would call this sour funk.

T - Not so sour and fresh in taste, actually it is pretty nice and soft.

M - A soft to medium carbonation and the finish is of course: sour.

O - I am not a sour beer fan. That is way the scores are this low I guess, but this sour I would love to try it again!

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

2002 red label with the hand written dates. Thanks Dave!

Pours a slightly cloudy orange with a big foamy white head. The foam eventually reduces to a thin white film. Light patchy lacing. Looks great.

Earthy, floral, orange citrus and oak on the nose, accompanied by a large amount of barnyard funk and wet hay. Vanilla and a hint of lemon zest in the background. This is exceptional. An amazing nose. So much funk and complexity.

Orange citrus, earthy hay and lots of dry brett on the tongue. Grassy with a touch of oak. Orange peel and faint lemon. This is well done, but doesn't quite live up to the nose. I think the brett has become a little too dominant at this point. Earthy malt and funky sourness throughout.

The mouthfeel is clean, dry and crisp with light carbonation. The brett leaves a strong impression on the mouthfeel at this age. Quite dry, but good.

Drinkability is quite good. I love the 3F funk in this bottle and the citrus compliments it well. However, I'm left wondering what a more recent vintage series tastes like. I think if the brett were a little less dominating, then this would be almost perfect. Overall, this is a great offering from 3F and the nose is unreal. Definitely worth seeking out.

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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 auroracrisis
4.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2007 vintage 750ml poured into a Cantillon gueuze tumbler.

Hazy marmalade with a half finger off white head. Tons of tiny bubbles dance to the top. The beer gets more and more hazy as the sediment is slowly introduced into the glass.

Horse blanket and citrus. Old cheese and gym socks, with a little bit of grapefruit and lemon zest. Fills the room with it's aroma.

Opens up with tart citrus zest, then moves quickly into the funk. Horse blanket, hay stacks, moldy cheese and gym socks all come together. Awesome, lactic sourness in this blend too. Pretty balanced and enjoyable as well.

Medium bodied with a soft, fluffy mouth feel and effervescent carbonation. A tad sticky on the lips, and drying on the palate.

Great balance of funk and citrus. A stellar example of a proper blend of gueuze, in the same ballpark as Lente if you ask me. I hope to encounter this one again, but the price and way it's acquired deters me a bit.

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

This beer will have you cursing in foreign tongues trying to figure out what it was that you actually just put into your mouth. Some Etheopian slang words are entering my head now just thinking about it. Ok, this is gueuze. There's no getting around it, you are either masochitistly into this, or you try to avoid it like the vile stench of the night that it is. I'm a masochist, let's dive in. This pours like a fine sparkling wine, with a fresca like effervescence. Are you allowed to compare beer to Fresca here? YOU CAN'T STOP ME! There's all sorts of crazyness going on in the nose. Sour, spicy, even bitter notes float up, like cherries and tar, but in a good way.Suck on a lemon, stick some tobacco up our nose, and cover your head with a musty old gym bag. Congrats, you just saved $10. The body is equally complex, but strangely different from the nose. Here you'll find lots of grapefruit and sour apple, cherries, and some used bandaids. It goes down slick, almost oily, but still bubbly and light, with a clean refreshing finish. The sourness lingers longest on the palate, but every sip was a mystery, building on the last. So far, this is now my favorite way to punish myself with a gueuze.

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Photo of spicelab
4.26/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375mL bottle, 2008 vintage. Shared 3 ways and reviewed from notes.

Vigorous pop with corkage. Pours a heavily clouded apricot with a respectable white head that falls at a moderate pace to a collar.

Thick and meaty aromas of grapefruit pith and sour pineapple shaken up by a wild floral, herbal streak contributing big heather and dandelion notes. Hefty blue cheese contingent. Stonking nose.

Beefy green capsicum, brutally tart lemon and grapefruit pith, blue cheese, ground coriander and sage.

Thick, chewy, almost chalky texture with tingly carbonation doing little to mitigate the heft. Finishes with a very earthy tartness.

Aggressive and formidable gueuze. Not for the faint-hearted and very impressive.

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Photo of Luk13
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2002. Aroma: Dank funkyness, sharp funk some cheese and citrus layers. This is going to be sharp and sour! Appearance: Dark gold and long lasting white foam. Flavors: Actually, it is not that sour. It is a very balanced rounded citrus sourness. Also, earthy notes and wood brings a nice complexity. Palate: Relatively high carbonation and full bodied. Could have been more dry. Overall: This beer was top shape and very good. Tried the 2007 vintage directly after which I liked a lot. Much sharper, a little more straightforward but equally good.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
4.57/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

2003 Vintage - thanks for sharing Eugene! Pours cloudy, bright orange with a nice off white head. The smell twists my nose with funk, sourness and tartness. Taste is Wow! The taste is so well integrated and wonderful - tart, sour and funky. Light bodied with active carbonation. Overall a really great beer.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
4.64/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

375mL brought back from Belgium. 15-4-2003 bottle date.

A: Cloudy orange with a thin fizz of white head. Leaves some gunk and yeast on the glass.

N: Green apple, lemon zest, barnyard hay smells, and loads of oak. Lots of funk - reminds me of being in an attic space. There's some lavender and coriander here. Incredibly nice.

T: A very balanced sournesss. Has a touch of bitterness and there's plenty of cheesy funkiness and yeast. The age has done some wonderful things to this.

M: Well carbonated with a touch of sharpenss. Lighter body - very quaffable.

O: One of the best beers I've ever had. Can't wait to see what another 5 years does to this. Get it.

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Photo of fisherman34
4.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale amber (almost dark gold) in colour with mild sparkling wine-like carbonation. Aromas of lemon, wet hay, barnkyard, paint, black pepper, and mild cherry. All sorts of crazy flavors with this one: lactic acid, horse blanket, wet cedar wood, earth, and mozarella cheese at the end. The palate is quite interesting, as it starts out with medium fullness, but dries VERY quickly. Great sourness and complexity... somewhat Cantillon-like, but a bit more woody. Wow!

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

This is a pinnacle of gooziness. Extremely complex and sophisticated. The funk and sour components are well balanced. The funkiness is especially rich and wonderful compared to many other lesser gueuzes -- hay, barnyard and cheese but no off notes. Seek this out. Excellent.

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Photo of bcp5296d
4.67/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2005 375 ml bottle, red label.
I agree with the other reviewer that there is a mushroom-type funk going on that is slightly sweet on the front end. Minerals, oak, and damp leather follow with just a slight citrus note as it warms. Slightly darker than regular fresh og in appearance, this is the mature older brother that you desperately wanted to be like as a kid. A fantastic experience, and you can tell this beer has only gotten better with age. One of the best lambics I've ever tried, and right up there for one of the oldest I've had.

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

'05 Vintage

Small white head with tightly packed bubbles. Golden color, on the darker side. Dry 3F mushroom funk in the nose. This one is right around where I like it. Damp earth and vanilla. Lemon acidity mixed with a nice dirt like brett funk in the taste. Crisp, dry, tart finish with just a hint of malt to add a nice sweetness. Lively carbonation tickles the palate. An excellent 3F gueuze.

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