Drie Fonteinen Doesjel | Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of breadwinner
4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I always thought of this and Cantillon GCB as the same, though I realize this is, in fact, geuze, a blend of different year lambics, rather than the 3-year which comprises GCB. That said, tasted side by side, there's definitely similarities, not only in the stillness (though Doesjel does display the lightest touch of carbonation), but also in the ability to pick out all the distinctive elements of lambic. This is a touch richer and sweeter than GCB, with more funk in the nose and perhaps less acidity on the palate. It feels a bit decadent to me, whereas GCB felt delicate. And yet, they strike so many similar notes. Both are a refreshing change of pace from the more overt and forward (though equally delicious) notes of geuze. A real treat.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The cork comes out without a pop, and no head results from the pour. The nose is very nice. A mix of funky yeasts, berries, lemon and other citrus. Lovely- you can just keep smelling this beer.

The flavour is very good, but not nearly as remarkable as the smell. Fairly sour, with a lemon flavour, along with wheat, light fruits, oak and a slightly dry, funky finish. There is a fair bit of sweetness here that offsets the dry funk.

While obviously not unusual for this style, the lack of carbonation does result in a body that feels rather thin. I think it would benefit from a bit more activity. That said, it goes down smoothly and is very inviting to drink.

Overall, a really good beer, which is no surprise given its origin. Very complex. You have to allow the beer to sit in your mouth for awhile and explore what is going on. Lovely.

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Photo of mothman
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 bottle. Obviously still. Golden color.

Lots of funk. Lemon acidity. Sour. Cobweb and basement musk. Very classic 3F flavor.

No carbobation. Light bodied.

Very enjoyable. Easy to drink. Unique.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear golden color with no head. Aroma has sweet malt and honey, some farmhouse funk and lemon notes. Taste starts malty but you also get immediately hit with lambic sourness. Finish is quite bitter and dry. Light, dry body with low carbonation. Quite good but not one of the best from 3 Fonteinen.

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Photo of stakem
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle poured into a matching 3F geuze tumbler. The brew appears copper in color with a thin white head that fades slowly leaving stringy lace.

It displays a wonderful citrus zestiness overtop classic 3f funk, slight oak and plenty of earthen brett. The taste has almost a mandarine rindy bitterness, more citrus, earth, oak and lasting fruity qualities with a slight alcohol tingle. Long into the aftertaste is a flavor reminescent of sweetened grapefruit juice.

This is medium in body with low carbonation. This is classic, timeless and so easy drinking/enjoyable. A mistake/lazy bottling or not, i wish i could get this by the case and cheap. I really prefer the low/lack of carbonation as it really lets the beer character shine and has a much more approachable level of tartness without any carbonic bite.

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Photo of LehighAce06
4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 1 from 2006. Completely uncarbonated but complex as hell. Tons of oak, very funky. A good amount of sour lemon, a tiny sour milk note. Toasty finish.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

older than the golden doesjel, this is a different brew, our bottle has a 2006 date on it, how fun! still flat, golden and thin looking with just a few splotchy bubbles around the edges of my wine glass. the nose is cool, very old, moderately oxidized, but with a cool fleshy sourness and a green pepper kick to it. the flavor is much of the same with the green pepper coming more up front and it easing into intensely acidic sour lambic type beer. i think age has done this well, its thinness in body makes me miss the carbonation less, and i like that better than the other one, but its still weird to have flat lambic. oaky and funky too, its got an almost marker taste to it in the finish, oxidation with lacto i assume, but i still like the flavor on the whole. this may have been aged a little past its prime, but the beer is also a weird one, somewhat accidental from the brewery if i remember right. fun bottle to share if there are still some around...

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Photo of TubaManJack
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Amazing and dare I say taste bud altering at least for me...

Still appearance, just only a few bubbles, to break up the goldenrod straw body. No real foam or head last more than 5 seconds after the glass is set on the table. It isn't as impressive as other guezes, but it is exactly what it should be.

The nose was the most complex as anything that I have enjoyed. It smells like my grandma's old attic at the family farm. The aroma of must, slight mildew, old varnish, and leather. There is a bit of acidity like a classic aged vinegar. It is amazing and it is like a fine red wine - something you want to savor and stick your nose deep into it. I can't wait to enjoy it.

I love the taste and how complex it is. I don't know if I could be as bold to tell you I can taste the individual lambics, but I love the layering. The taste keeps evolving over nearly the two hours I have enjoyed it. I get the classic flavors with various alterations. The classic mild tartness and deep funk is amazing. I get malted wheat and various earthiness. I get a lot of mushroom essence and cheese rinds. At one point I could swear I could get taste blue cheese and then the rind of a triple cream brie. This is the most complex and shapeshifting brew ever. I love the delicate mouthfeel with the smallest carbonation. This isn't a daily/weekly drinker, but its a special occasion beer.

Don't jump on this bandwagon and stockpile, please I can't find this brew already.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep orange with no head, slightly hazy. Smells tartly acetic with some notes of the forest floor and some light wheat aromas. The beer is almost completely still- just the barest wisp of carbonation. For a style like this, that doesn't bother me. Complex flavors here. Tart, bitter, lots of umami notes that go one and on- mushrooms, loam, pine needles. Slightly metallic and woody at the finish. Very smooth, no slickness at all, which is nice because of the low carbonation. Delicious and complex- a cerebral sipper.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle 6,0% Abv.
Served chilled in a wine glass.
Bottled 30 Nov 2006
Best Before: 30 Nov 2016

Appearance: It would seem that Doesjel is still feeling somewhat lazy and hasn’t fully carbonated, as a rough pour only yields a thin layer of bubbles atop a beautiful golden-orange body. Thankfully I prefer my beers with a lower level of carbonation, so it shouldn’t be a problem.

Smell: Oh wow, this smells fantastic! The nose is chock full of characteristic 3F funk and easily one of the best smelling lambics I have had recently. There is a fair amount of acidity alongside notes of cider vinegar, peach, overripe orange, oak, old wood, musty mildew, dry leaves, earthy, wet hay and a touch of cheese.

Taste: As the nose suggested, this is a fantastically delicious lambic. Notes include: Tons of funk, dry dusty leaves, musty, undergrowth, dry grass, old wood, oak, cider vinegar, lemon peel, and a touch of peach. The beer is fairly dry and offers a very slight bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: As I expected, Doesjel is very close to being flat with only a few small bubbles floating around. The body feels a little fuller than other lambics, however that may just be due to the lack of carbonation.

Overall: Another superb lambic from 3F and one of my new favourites. I am going to have to track down quite a few more bottles!

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Photo of Zach136
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Found this old review in my notes.

Bottled 1/12/10 -- Reviewed 3/1/14

A - Deep orange to dark brown, no head, no carb.

S - Sour candy powder, green apple and hay in the background.

T - Very little acidity, one of the sweeter guezes I've had. Borderline caramel. Slight touch of oxidation.

M - Completely dissipating and airy.

O - Mild, interesting variation to a more typical gueze style.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aptly named, this "snoozer" of a beer awakens from its oaken slumber to delight the senses with the mature and earhten character of oude unblended lambic with peps of younger and untamed acidity peaking through here and there.

With its dainty and sleepy foam that casually greets the rim, its muddled goldenrod color is tarnish and rusty with haze as the ale glows dimly from behind. With great impressions from the more mature lambic, its foam-stance and lace isn't all that to be expected.

Deep, earthy and musty, its leathery perfume takes the senses to notions of tangy limes, dried lemon, wafts of sea air, cellar-like must, cork, attic wood, weathered oak, horse hair and dry chardonnay. Its aromas alone are mouthwatering and jaw-tightening in anticipation of that first sip.

Its dry and tangy taste is mellow, smooth and elegantly malty with mild wheat with straw and stewn hay. While the acidic taste of citrus, vinous wine, cider and light vinegar are all met with oak, soil, brine, tobacco and leather; its sourness is subdued and feathery. With the blend of four vintages at work, the taste of the mature lambic takes precedence over that of the youthful.

Its dry and piquant texture is softened lightly with the wheaty foundation, Snoozer is mild, powdery and delicately tannic, as if fine sawdust. It crisp and clean finish begs for a quick return to the glass as there's ample acidity to strip the palate and refresh the taste buds with ease. Its mild alcohol warmth weaves into the tartness seamlessly.

Completely out of dormancy, this aged ale is alive once again with all the whimsical and elder characteristics from extensive aging; but sparing on the tongue-gripping sourness that often proves too much for the uninitiated. Its simply a gem of an oude lambic as much as it is a gueuze and should be seen as such.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours cloudy orange with a small white head which fizzes down to a small white ring leaving zero lacing

S: Big and musty, just the way I like it. Earthy, woody, green apples, hay, lemon zest and a little sting on the nostrils

T: Initial big musty barnyard with lots of green and red apples and lemon zest. The finish is a dry lingering sting with lots of horseblanket and more fruits

M: Light-medium body with medium carbonation evidenced by only a meager pop on the cork.

O: I apparently felt this beer was much better than many. I really thought this beer was more than a one trick pony which had a great base flavor of apples and lemon zest.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Boozecamel for bringing this to a tasting event.

A: Pours an apricot colour with a slight haze with no head or lacing.

S: Crisp, tart apple together with wet hay, barnyard funkiness and minerals.

T: Tart apples and wet hay together with notes of honey, floralness and plenty of minerals.

M: Light bodied with no carbonation.

O: While this is not my favourite style, it was quite clean, dry and refreshing.

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Photo of Rutager
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

So Boozecamel just casually dropped this '06 bottle on us during our little tasting last weekend. He picked it up from the brewery a while back, no biggie. Huge thanks for bringing this one along, Really stood out among some stiff competition that night.

Appearance. Pours a rich honey-gold with a light haze , no head to speak of and fairly still.

Smell. Nice big 3F funk, hay and minerals, honey and lightly floral.

Taste. Hay, minerals and dank barrel, soft marigolds and wildflowers. Amazing stuff.

Mouthfeel. Light+ body and very light carbonation. Suits the beer well so no complaints about the near lack of bubbles.

Overall. Phenomenal. Unique among gueuzes and very delicious. Thanks again Phil!!

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Photo of beerpirates
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

37.5 cl bottle poured into a 3 F glass

Vintage 2006.
Slightly hazy golden with little to no head (white) and little lacing.
Aroma is cheesy with barnyard, hay, funk and fruits (lemon, peaches). Taste is slightly sweet with cheesy notes, barnyard, hay, funk, wood, hints of dust and light fruity notes.
Medium body. Low carbonation. Slightly dry. This beer was really complex, but the low carbonation didn’t help.
Easily drinkable and quite enjoyable. Another really good beer from 3F.

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Photo of CowsandBeer
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12.7 oz bottle with a moldy label into a tulip. Bottled on 02/23/2006. Picked up off the shelf a couple weeks ago. Really excited to try my first 3 Fonteinen lambic.

Appearance: Completely still reddish brown body. Pretty clear.

Smell: Musty apple vinegar. Dirty hay. Bit of a lactic tang. Damp earth.

Taste: Tart apples. Lemon juice. Some lactic tanginess. Dirty hay and farmhouse. Small oak on the finish. Not overly sour. Medium tartness.

Mouthfeel: Completely flat, almost watery mouthfeel. The bottle explains there will be no head like (unblended lambic) so at least it's intentional.

Overall: While I was excited to try this, I figured it might not be in the best shape after sitting on the shelf for so long. Surprisingly it was a pleasantly sour, complex beer. A great nose that smelled like an old barn. The complete lack of carbonation took some getting used to as I'm not very familiar with this style but overall worth the $8.

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Photo of jlindros
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Cellar aged bottle from Heeren Beer Liedekerke. Bottled 2/17/06.

Pours a light fizzy head, mostly clear orange tan colored.

Nose is pure gueuze awesomeness, soured malts, fruity like but not really fruit, nice funk, little vinous , very faint citrus lemongrass, nice wild lacto like funk, I could smell this forever!

Taste is heavenly too, very sour, little acidic, great tart funk, lemongrass, faint rind, little sweet malt, faint bready malt, fruity but again no specific fruit character, tart and light vinous, a hint of rind but no citrus, flemmy acidic but not overly, very good balance and blend between aged and young lambics. Finish is tart and long, little bready, flemmy, acidic, vinous, light lemongrass, etc.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, light carb, flemmy and acidic.

Overall exactly what I want in an oude gueuze, almost perfected, amazing blend of the old and young lambics with great balance, great sourness and acidic tartness, good overall funk.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to VoodooImpStout for sharing this one at Wowcoolman's tasting.

Bottled 12/1/10.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with malt, acidic, and lemon-like aromas. Taste is much the same with fruity and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some great aromas and flavors.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 12/7/2006.

Appearance - Hazy orange. Clear without much head. Thin collar.

Smell - Standard Drie Fonteinen funk. Bright lemon acidity. Barnyard funk. Nice.

Taste - Bright lemony sour flavor. Funky, but not as much as standard 3F. Lots of pale malt and wheat.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation, slick and not overly sour. Slightly sweet.

Overall - Nothing compared to Oude Geuze, but a great lambic.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml caged and corked bottle, 2010 vintage bottled 1 December 2010. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a clear gold color with an inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice and sour, it smells like funk, lemon, tart apples, wood and some earthy/mustiness. The taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some hay/grass. The tartness isn't quite as strong in the flavor as compared to the aroma. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick with moderate carbonation. I liked this, but maybe I should have aged it longer before drinking it.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: poured a golden yellowish orange in color with pale orange highlights and a very thin head that barely left any lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lots of musty funky bafrnyard bretty character upfront on the nose with good citrusy notes, oaky wood wass noticeable, slight grain and plenty of acidic sour notes as well.

T: like the nose suggested, the funky barnyard brett notes were just as potent on the palate alongside nice oaky barrel accents, citrusy twang, acidic notes, mild cork flavor and a touch of underlying vanilla.

M: the brew was medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which has a funky, bretty, citrusy, oaky woody, acidic sour and dry finish.

O: pretty solid all around and was a good interpretation of a geuze.

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Photo of Etan
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle into a wine glass. 2010 vintage.

A: Pours out brass-colored with a brownish tint. Small white head, coarse bubbles.

S: Rindish citrus, blackberry-like tartness, rotting wood and wet earth, light acetic and lactic notes.

T: On the milder side, acidity-wise. Slightly sweet wheat, vinous tannins, light lactic tartness, leather, dryish oak character, vanilla bean.

M: Light-bodied, very light carbonation - almost flat.

O: An interesting blend - only mildly sour with a nicely funky nose. Not exactly sure how the lack of bottle re-fermentation affects it, but oh well.

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Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 vintage.

Cloudy copper pour, with a small ringlet of bubbles for a head, and even this petered out fairly quickly. Lots of funk in the aroma, wet grass and hay, woody, with citric/acidic notes. The acidic bite came through in the taste, though not too strongly, flavors of a classic, fairly intense gueuze--funk, horse, slightly "cheesy"--notes of lemon and wood that's been sitting outside for a while. About medium in body, with very low carbonation, a nice drinker, and pretty good for the style, if on the more mellow side overall.

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Photo of oline73
3.54/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 375ml bottle dated February 2006 into a wine glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a clear amber color with a nice orangish hue. There is no carbonation to speak of, I mean none.

Smell: Definitely a traditional lambic. I'm getting strong but light tart notes. Some farm like funk along with some lemon juice. Just a touch of sweetness in the background.

Taste: Follows closely from the smell. I'm getting a light but assertive tartness that is made up of some barnyard funk along with lemon juice. A bunch of oak here along with a hint of bitterness that joins the sour notes in the finish. Some carbonation would have gone a long way here.

Mouthfeel:The body is medium with a very dry finish, but the story here is that the beer is flat.

Overall: I still enjoyed this beer enough, but I think I would have preferred some carbonation. I don't know that I need more in the future.

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