Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Vintage | Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze VintageDrie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Vintage
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98.1%
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4.57 w/ 746 Ratings
Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze VintageDrie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Vintage
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:
134
Ratings:
746
Liked:
732
Avg:
4.57/5
pDev:
8.53%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
924
Gots:
135
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Photo of fthegiants
4.25/5  rDev -7%

Photo of yourefragile
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of KAF
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Raziel313
3.99/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Stevedore
4.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle of the 2007 vintage. Bottled 12/27/2007. Poured into a Drie Fonteinen stemmed glass 9/5/2014.

A- Beautiful hazy light copper-orange body. Three finger effervescent white head with great retention time. Not much lacing. [4.25]

S- As soon as the bottle is opened, the entire room was filled up by a citrusy funk. Very potent nose. Essentially, lemon zest, white wine grape must, musty cheese, oak, leather, funk. Incredible. This may very well be the best smelling geuze I've come across. [4.75]

F- Distinctly flavourful; very potent yet subtle. Tangerines, lemon zest, musty cheese, musty hay, oak, lather. Plenty of that signature Drie Fonteinen funk. Good amount of acidity but at the same time, it leaves your mouth wanting more. This is a true pleasure to drink in its complexity and power; especially when compared other sour beers in the same sitting- it is powerful, complex yet subtle enough that it does not overpower your palate and your drinking sensibilities. [4.75]

M- Medium body, perfectly carbonated- slightly prickly yet has a soft and billowy feel. The refreshingly dry citrus and oaky finish leaves you wanting more. [4.75]

O- I've not had the others, but the 2007 vintage is a clear home-run and deserves to be in the conversation with the other top lambics such as Lente and Zomer. Geuezes don't usually have a ton of variability in what flavours and aromas you can expect from them, but Armand seems to always find these barrels/blends where the best parts of the lambics are accentuated whilst minimizing the lesser aspects that might be there. World class. [4.75]

Final score: 4.725


Additional review: Oude Geuze Vintage 2012, 75cl cork and caged bottle, served in a 3F stemmed glass. Pours a medium orange-yellow body, one finger white head, excellent retention and lots of lacing. Picture perfect. Smell is sharp lemon, citrus, medium cheesy funk, moderate acetic acidity, oak, light mushroom, earth, touch of citrus rind. All kinds of things are going on here, and it's really something to behold. Flavour is phenomenal and just as complex as it smells; it softens slightly over time as it warms; a lot of lemon, citrus, and more damp oak and cheesy funk is apparent as the beer decants itself in the glass. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp and moderately dry, yet very refreshing. It's intense but not to the point of mouthpuckering, but it has a ton of complexity and depth to it.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle poured into a tasting glass. 2002 Red label. Big thanks to the generosity of Adam for sharing this with us!

(A)- Pours a hazy goldenrod color that produced a good white head that dissipated quickly, but settled in on a nice layer for awhile.

(S)- Very dry with mild must and plenty of lemon peel. Some hay funk and earth, but actually rather clean if that makes sense.

(T)- Great tart sourness with hay earth funk. Nice fruity tang. Super dry on the finish. Ever so slightly lactic.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. Clean, crisp and inviting. Sour, but held back a bit. Super dry, but I like.

(D)- A great gueuze for sure. Dry and tart with nice fruit character. Makes me look forward to trying the regular non-vintage aged with a decade or more on it.

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Photo of rudzud
4.59/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review number 2900. Big thanks to JLindros for sharing this with me in honor of his 5000th review. 2004 Vintage.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice hazy golden copper hue with a good one finger white head that fades to leave good wisps and lacing.

S - Aromas of huge acid notes, excellent cheesy barnyard funk. Excellent almost grapefruit like aroma, hay, very fruity. The beer just pops with Drie Fontain.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, really good acidity with excellent funk. Really good barnyard funk nice cheesy funk. The fruity notes are excellent with good grapefruit citrus notes.

M - Mouthfeel is lowly carbonated, a bit slick.

O - Overall this was a very good Belgium beer, excellent funk. Really glad I got to try this beer!

Serving Type: Bottle

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Photo of epyon396
4.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.25/5  rDev -7%

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

Photo of HopHead84
4.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11/27/10

2002 with the old red label and a hand written date.

A: Beautiful vibrant dark orange with great clarity and a big frothy white head, great retention.

S: A nice balance of citrus, oak, tannins, and wet leather. Very expressive, yet exhibits excellent balance. Barnyard, hay, some light cheese notes. Really opens up after 20 minutes.

T: Light tartness and low lactic sour notes up front with moderate oak notes and some tannins. Leather, cheese, some citrus notes, and a light acidity. Finish seems to drop off quickly, with just a little lingering oak and tannins.

M: lower high level of carbonation. Dry mouthfeel with tannic notes.

Overall: A nice Gueuze, but lacks the complexity I'd hoped for, especially in the finish.

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

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.59/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The culmination of my visit to Moeder Lambic in Brussels was a 750ml bottle of this gorgeous gueuze. Costing a whopping, but understandable €35, this 9-year old vintage was served with appropriate pomp and ceremony in a classic Belgian Gueuze basket. Lot number on the bottle said 13/04/2002.

Pours a deep golden colour, orange hued in places, with a frothy head of escaping bubbles. Lace sticks statically around the glass, but is otherwise rather still. The extra depth and darkness to the colour I put down to age. It looks good.

Nose is, oh god, just phenomenal. So classic, but melded and blended. That classic rubbery gueuze funk, along with tart fruit, apple skin, latex, vanilla, oak, and even a sweeter berry-like aroma. Aged characters like wine cork come through as well. There's so much too this, and it's immensely complex, but it's all so well integrated. You just don't get a better gueuze nose.

Taste is similar. All classic flavours of course, but all with a common purpose. Sharp fruit, grapeskin, wood, sawdust, oak, tannins. All these characters and more stay and dance on the palate leaving it complex, but long. It doesn't use the full breadth of the palate, but it must explore just about every element of the "gueuze" palate.

And age? What age? Apart from the integration and the mellowness of the characters' combination, this is as clean and crisp as ever. I can see this easily lasting another 10 years.

(But it's great now, too...)

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Photo of corby112
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

375ml, red label, 2005 vintage received as an extra from PALMEJ1! Thanks a ton Jacob! You are a madman.

Pours a cloudy, very dark golden range color golden tangerine/burnt orange hues when held to a light and a one finger frothy white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Funky, earthy aroma with a heavy barnyard/horsey presence that is countered by crisp light fruit and sweet vinegar. Subtle lactic presence. A bunch of earthy oak along with the funky bugs as well as some grassy straw, cobwebs and musty funk. Hints of apple, pear, grape and tangerine. Extremely complex nose that has my mouth watering. I literally smelled this beer for ten minutes before taking the first sip.

Medium bodied yet fuller than expected with an intensely sour, mouth-puckering flavor that lingers throughout into a sweet, slightly acidic, vinegary tart finish. Very dry and tart up front with only slight acidity in the finish. No solvent or harsh acetic character at all. Extremely funky with lots of earthy oak tannins, bugs and a touch of vinaigrette which is balanced by a slight lactic presence as well as some light fruit. Hints of apple, pear and lemon combined with the vinegar character give this beer a sweet and tart lingering finish that leaves me drooling for another sip. After the initial palate shock this beer proves to be incredibly complex, well balanced and flavorful.

Overall, I had very high expectations for this beer and they were exceeded. With all of it's complexity it is still incredibly quaffable. I absolutely loved this beer and hope to get another bottle sometime.

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Photo of JohnParadee
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%

Photo of wl0307
4.45/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2002 vintage, served cool in a broad-rimmed goblet, on 11/03/2006. I was very happy to bump into this bottle at the Quinn's, Camden Town, just several days after my birthday, as the bottling date and month (07/03/2002) coincides with that of my BD, and this was the last bottle in the fridge--almost like a belated birthday gift for me~~

A: pours a hazy, honeyish golden hue, coming with a big frothy beer head, with ever-lasting foam on top; moderate, constant carbonation.
S: saw-dusty woody, (unknown) spice, lots of lemon peels and cider-like sour yet savoury aroma, added force by raw-ish and musty yeastiness and smoothly sweet wheat-malts... overall the note is only medium-sour, and really is colourful and harmonious for a potentially aggressively tart geuze.
T: an incredibly dry-ish palate of sour-sweet wheats hand in hand with a lime-fruity and barrel-aged cider flavour, magnifies quickly on the palate... the wheat-ness goes deeper while the lime-zestiness is elevated to the upper level of the palate; simultaneously, woodchip-like, slightly rough edge and bitterness as of white grapefruits along with plenty of tannins dominates the mouthfeel; slowly but surely, the palate turns drier and drier, leaving a zesty-tangy and tannic, almost slightly clashing/rusty, mouthfeel deeply attached to the tongue and also b/w the teeth...
M&D: a surprisingly soft body supports the otherwise very dry palate, backed by constantly refreshing fizziness that takes some time to soften on the tongue... The overall flavour profile shows a sourness being well-tamed through four years of ageing. This is the first geuze I've had for more than a year, and I feel really satisfied with the depth and complexity this four-year old geuze has shown. I'm totally convinced that this bottle was reserved at the pub for ME!!

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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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

2003 Vintage, many thanks to hannont for sharing this.

This beer defies traditional reviewing. Yes, classic gueuze aromas of hay and barnyard and lemon and a refreshing tartness, but what I really mean to say is: this beer smells and tastes like heaven. With complete seriousness, I think this is the best beer I have ever tasted. Should you find yourself in the presence of this beer, do not pass it up under any circumstances.

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Photo of Canada_Dan
4.66/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Picked up a bottle of the 2004 Vintage Gueuze during my last trip to Belgium when weissebierdrinker and I visited the brewery. Cheers man. Best before April 2014.

A - Pours a lovely dark sorta orange colour. Very cloudy with the sediment in there. Good carbonation. A nice 2 finger soapy and creamy head at the same time. Solid one finger head retains with nice staggered rings of lacing.

S - I can smell the strength of it from fairly far away. Funk and wood are there. Citrus and lemon candies. Grape skins.

T - Quite tart, lemon cady, oak/wood, funk. Grass and spiderwebs? It just aches of old creaky barnyards. Grape, lemon, and unripened plums come out. Lovely. Just sweet enough keep from being overpoweringly tart.

M - Strong carbonation and a medium-ish body with a crisp and slightly tart finish.

O/D - Good Gueuze. I can't really tell what the extra age has done but the base Gueuze is great stuff as well. Glad I got to try this rarity, it was worth it.

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Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Vintage from Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Beer rating: 98.1% out of 100 with 746 ratings
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