Oude Geuze Vintage Honing (2015)
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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4.4 | pDev: 2.27%
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4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle of Oude Geuze Vintage Honing 2015. Deep orange body. Smells of hefty oak and funk. The oak is spicy. Dried grass. Orange citrus. Tastes of strong oak and dried grass. Hefty funk. Bright citrusy acidity. Lingering oak. Wonderful.

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4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, Felix de Boeck label, comes with the box, wrapper and pin, all the bells and whistles. Fancy stuff, been stored in a cold basement since release. Looking forward to trying this one for the first time on my birthday. Cork comes off with a resounding pop. Bottle served in a lambic cradle at cellar temperature, of course.

Appearance is medium copper body. Certainly darker than the standard 3F OG, probably from the extended aging time. Plenty of carbonation, big two finger white head that is on the verge of being annoyingly overcarbonated but is reasonable without having to put down the cradle to let things settle down.

Smell is damp oak. Lots of damp oak and a bit of sherry. Mild-moderate lemony acetic acidity, a bit less bright and expressive than some of the other OGV's I've had. However, the barrel contributes a fair bit of vanillin and damp oak character to the beer. Signature leathery funk and citrus. But ultimately, this was a bit surprising in terms of its relatively mute mineral funk- I am usually used to a big lemony funk from Drie Fonteinen's other offerings.

Flavour does make up some ground here- big lemony acetic acidity, leathery funk, damp oak, vanillin, touch of sharp sherry (but not dark fruit), bit of cobweb, mild-moderate acidity, even a dab of barrel-forward acetone. Really nice complexity to it with the presumed mild oxidation (I'm guessing that's what the sherry-like flavours are from). A good amount to unpack here. I'm not really getting any distinct honeyed sweetness here.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, fairly dry- in fact, I found this to be drier than the standard 3F OG- this could be because of the honey which perhaps fermented out completely- not sure. Either way, good carbonation, mildly prickly and dry but settles down as it warms up. Good complexity, fairly dry as stated previously.

Overall, an interesting treat. I think the honey ultimately adds a fair bit of dryness and the extended aging time on this beer gave this a bit more of a minimally oxidized sherry character. The citrus brightness that I have come to love from Drie Fonteinen was pushed to the background here, presumably for both of these reasons. It's different, not in a bad way- don't get me wrong- it just doesn't get to the signature Drie Fonteinen bar that the Oude Geuze Vintage label has long established for me here.

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Oude Geuze Vintage Honing (2015) from Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Beer rating: 4.4 out of 5 with 6 ratings