Oude Geuze
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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4.42 | pDev: 7.92%
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elNopalero from Texas

5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oude geuze

Blend 14, 2016-2017 season. Bottles 1/16/2017

Enjoyed at the stroke of midnight, New Years 2020.

From the bottle the cork and cage opens with a resounding pop. Fortunately, no geyser rushes forth. Instead, the geuze pours an almost rose tinged tan with tight tiny bubbles lacing the glass.

There’s a nuanced funk to this, with a light bloomy cheese and a wet hay character, perhaps some sour cherry droplets. Incredibly drying, wonderfully effervescent, deliciously tart and oh so tasty.

Jun 28, 2020
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arizcards from Arizona

4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 12.7 oz bottle from Small Batch Liquors 6-12-20 for $14.99. Bottled 12 NOV 2018; best by 26 OCT 2038; consumed 6-18-20.

Beer poured a hazy golden orange with a nice white head with the original pour.

Nose is musty and barnyard with a touch of Sweet Tart.

Taste follows the nose where i pick up musty barnyard, a touch of lemon, a touch of acidic vinegar, and pear- this is quite nice!

Mouthfeel is near perfection light bodied and of so effervescent and champagne like.

Overall an awesome beer! I am not much of a sour head but this is very good! I could get used to this style!!

Jun 18, 2020
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden pour, more clear than cloudy (partly sunny?), a heady, fruity blend of one, two and three year old lambics. A light to moderate lacing head. There is notable funky earthiness in the mix, but a champagne-like fruit flavor attack rises above it all. Citrus fruit, kiwi, tart apple all present and accounted for. Classic geuze!

Jun 08, 2020
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Gajo74 from New York

4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle it pours a cloudy golden color with a lovely sunset orange. There is some clarity, however, as the carbonation is visible. A modest head soon dissipates, however, there is a thin Saturn ring of lacing throughout.

The nose opens with funky and rustic notes of wood, oak and barnyard. Yet, there are sweet aromas of bread and wheat that form the background to a nose that dominates with bright fruit. These include notes of kiwi, lemon, lime, green apples and peach. Furthermore, the tartness really comes through in the nose; vinous, vinegar and dry cider like.

Very tart and acidic with a lip puckering feel, yet balanced by a nice complexity of flavors. Fruity notes of lemon, lime, kiwi and peach interplay with the acidic twang of white wine vinegar, dry cider and green grape. Rustic notes of oak, wood and earth combine with a bone dry palate and even drier acidic finish. The malt backbone has a wheat fullness that supports the funky and tart flavors with the subtlest sweetness. Medium bodied with a lively carbonation and zesty acidity that stings the mouth. Intense, yet as mentioned before, it feels so accessible I truly feel like I can drink more.

This is a fantastic Gueuze! I had it while grilling for a party of people on a hot spring day and it was so refreshing. Excellent example of the style.

May 23, 2020
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just1cho from California

4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

*Drank from a Teku glass from a 375mL bottle*

*Bottled on: 12/6/17*

*Drank on: 05/10/20*

Admittedly, I never drank this fresh. So with three years on this, it tasted really sour than I thought it would with not a whole lot of funk.

This beer poured a clear golden to light amber color with a brilliant/clear look. Noticed that there were a lot of fast rising bubbles contributing to a good finger thick head, but this had absolutely no retention.

The aroma smelled of slight burnt rubber with a large amount of yeast aroma. Very yeast forward as I got a ton of fruity esters such as peaches, banana, pineapple, mangoes, and apples.

The taste didn't really match the nose as I got an overwhelming amount of acetic acid rather than any sort of fruity taste. There was a prominent citrusy note to this geuze, making it seem like I was drinking lemonade with no sugar in it. There was a bit of a funk in there, but it wasn't really noticeable. This might be good for some people but maybe not for others. The acetic acid mellowed slightly towards the middle, making the banana flavor shine through. This eventually evolved to a grapefruit type bitterness in the end.

The feel of this was very soft and light bodied. There was a high amount of carbonation in this, reminiscent of sparkling wine. There was a slight aftertaste to this but it didn't last very long at all. I thought this was overall really drinkable in terms of the feel. Although the alcohol was very well hidden in this, I thought it was a bit too sour to be really quaff-able.

May 12, 2020
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unlikelyspiderperson from California

4.12/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A lovely golden beer with a surprisingly smokey aroma. Like applewood smoke in a fresh cut hayfield. Mild dusty barn/horse blanket hanging in there too.
Taste is much less funky with apple notes as well as some mineral/ sulfur notes
Crisp fizzy body.
Really nice beer, smooth and complex
and crisp. Lovely geuze

May 06, 2020
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

4.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy, deep golden amber coloration with a small, fizzy head that soon fades to a ring of foam around the glass. Smell is dominated by blue cheese funk and tart, fruity esters of green apple and white grape as well as lighter accents of oak and sulphur. Taste is an excellent and quite subtle balance of distinct blue cheese funk, vibrant tart and fruity esters of green apple, white grape and apricot, a light lactic acidity, which lends a certain citrus quality to this, as well as a lighter oak presence and accents of hay and sulphur. Finishes somewhat dry, with a medium acidity and some funk, fruity esters and a hint of sulphur lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

An excellent Geuze that really impresses with its quite subtle and complex balance, with nothing really standing out too much here, while all the different facets leave a rather distinct impression. The funk and acidity are subtle yet expressive, the fruity esters are quite vibrant, while the oak gives this some more depth and its dry character, combined with the accents of hay and sulphur lend a certain refreshing quality to this. While this may lack the quite funky and acidic boldness of the Cantillon Geuze, it's a lot more dry and subtely balanced, while still retaining quite an expressive character, which makes it the superior Geuze in my humble opinion. While I do realize that sulphuric notes are often dismissed as a light-struck off-flavor, these are rather soft and mineralic here and very much a part of 3F' yeast profile, as they can be found throughout all of their Gueuzes.

Apr 26, 2020
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brother_rebus from Maine

4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

4/22/20 opened a 11/12/18 blend n°92 (375ml).

Golden clear- middle stream of bubbles and a thin sparse soft head.

Real good. Smells some oaky what and gets the nose hairs at attention.

Tastes tart, not wicked sour, but most importantly not acetic. Oak is huge. Mild toast of malted grain. Hops actually come through surpisingly noticeable. EVERSO slightest tinge of amonia/urea on the back end. Manageable though.

Feels nice and soft- it’s got some fizz on the tongue up front, then flat which lets savor, then latent carb on the back. Nice feel and balance.

Hoping they start to slightly drop their pricing on the next year or so. Will still buy again, but $17 for a 375ml is steep.

Apr 23, 2020
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CraigDeMoss from Kansas

4.39/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

17/18 batch, blend no. 39. Bottled 3/21/18

Poured into a tulip

Beautiful beer, poured a hazy amber-gold with a 1 inch fluffy cloud of a head. Continuos Carbonation bubbles stream to take there place in said head. Abnormal Lacing that sticks and slides back seemingly on its own whim

Nose of a surprisingly basic seemingly simple saison or Belgian wild ale style. I can’t think of many beers in my few years that have been this sour to the scent sense. I didn’t think it was possible to smell this sour

Complex six dimensional flavor profile of yeasty funk, dirt, oak, a little hint of lemon citrus, sour apple too

A bit of a gritty nip on the way down balanced by a billowy pillow of fuzzy fizz

Overall a terrific sour, very interesting in tradition. Would love to try one cellared for about 12-15 years. And that’s exactly what I intend to do. Will be enjoying many more for years to come

Apr 12, 2020
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.27/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 3/22/18; Blend no. 41 - season 17/18

Pours a translucent, dirty bronzed gold body topped with a rocky multiple fingers of chunky, soapy foam; highly effervescent for a moderate length of time; head retention is good, and results in a chunky layering of cap along with a persistent, frothy collar dragging large, spaced-out splotches of lacing down the walls of the glass.

Aroma opens with a healthy variety of wet hay, horse blanket, musty peppercorn, and orange essential oil, as raw, fresh barnyard funk draped over a unique burnt sugar tone is keen in the background; a brightening lactic acidity reaches its peak intensity across the middle, steadily softening on the back end to notes of pear and green apple to close.

Taste offers a steady stream of dry, dirt-laden barnyard funk across the first half of the profile; big green apple notes spread across the back end of the palate, with rustic lemony-lactic funk undertones and an apple cider vinegar sharpness; the finish is rounded with dry hay and wheat tones lingering; composed and clean.

Mouthfeel has a light-medium body sporting a gritty, earthy texture just shy of bittering; a perfectly upper-moderate carbonation produces a seemingly endless spritz poking at the tongue uniformly across the palate; near perfectly attenuated acidity is cut with a touch of wetness across the mid-palate into a bone-dry finish and a smooth pucker of a swallow.

A refined acidity meets a lively profile of easygoing funk, resulting in aga highly approachable introduction to the rustic complexity, as well as inherent simplicities, that can be found in a gueuze; this is cool, consistent, and classic.

Apr 11, 2020
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eppCOS from Colorado

4.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Looks the part; golden amber non-see-through, and a proper head when poured.
S - Smells like bruises and fermentation. Everything you want. Damn. Amazing smells off this; rusty pear.
T - For 6.2%, from a bottle (Nov 2018, tasted 2.28.20), this has amazing sour density to it; off-notes of sour peach, pear, white fruit pith, and just more and more bruises. Harder to describe this than most Gueuze I've had.
F - Heavenly carbonation here; perfect balance, cleans the palate, and a nice change of pace after an IPA.
O - one of the best gueuze beers I'ever had. Just great sour juice from one of the best in Belgium.

Feb 29, 2020
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beergoot from Colorado

4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared a small bottle with two friends.

The color was light gold, clear; thick, soapy, white head. Delicate smell of lemon zest and spritely esters. Clean and delicate flavors; mild sourness and tanginess with a light sweetness; green apple. Light and crisp body.

Hopefully I'll come across another bottle so I can do a better, more in-depth review of the beer. What I can say is my impression and at least one of my friends were very favorably impressed with this beer. Simply delicious!

Jan 21, 2020
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12.7 oz bottle into a tulip.

Pours a hazy medium-gold with limited head and lacing.

The aromas of the brew are classic in every way. Green apple, cherry, raspberry, lemon, and lactic acid for miles.

The flavors follow the nose. Granny Smith apple, pear, and citrus on the tip of the tongue. Cherry and lactic sourness in midstream. The finish is highly acidic and tart with apple cider vinegar and lemon juice on the scene.

The brew is light, well carbonated, and damn.....that's all I've got.

This brew delivers every aspect of an outstanding Geuze.

Dec 22, 2019
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colts9016 from Idaho

4.84/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I am stoked to try this beer. I have wanted to try these beer from either Fonteinen or Cantillion, the price point and availability have stiffled my progress. The beer is 42 degrees and served in a tulip glass. The beer had this fancy cork top and cage. I undid the cage and carefully pried out the cork. A nice pop and hiss emitted from the bottle. I poured the beer into a tulip glass. The hard pour of the beer produce a rocky and billowy head. The beer's head retention was quick. The head is ivory in color. The color of the beer is medium amber with orange hues. The clarity of the beer is hazy from yeast. The beer look the part of a Geuze.

The aromas in the beer are hay, lemons, oranges, hint of horse blanket, leather, honey, and crackers.

The flavors in the beer are hay, lemons, oranges, leather, horse blanket, barnyard, honey, toasted crackers, and earthy.

The mouthfeel is crisp and tart.

The body of the beer is medium-low, high carbonation, and a medium finish.

This beer is lovely. The balance and the harmony is near perfect. I love the flavors in the Gueze. Sad, I do not have more of this beer. Highly recommended.

Dec 16, 2019
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Parmesan from Colorado

4.82/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L:. Pours an opaque yellow orange with a small soapy head and no lacing on the glass

S:. Lots of funk, including hay, lemon, grapefruit, some nut, everything bagel, toasted bread, earthiness, very complex but very inviting.

T:. Very funky, hay, earthiness, lemon, grapefruit, a touch of orange, everything bagel, baked bread, a touch of sour and tartness. This is one of the best tasting beers I have had.

F:. Light body, slightly prickly carbonation.

O:. This beer is world class and if you have the chance to try it do so.

Dec 01, 2019
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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle remarkably available for purchase at Trenton Road Takeout. Dated 11/12/18. Poured into Aslin Anniversay glass.

L: 2F light soapy head. Retains very little of it and leaves no lacing. Beer is a very clear gold with visible rising carbonation bubbles.

S: Grassy, earthy, yeasty, lemon-lime. Very good.

T: Very much follows nose. Lots of lemon-lime and earthy tones with the yeast and funk you would expect from this style. Nice and clean. Maybe just a tad bitter on finish.

F: Light bodied, moderate carbonation. Generally clean and refreshing and drying, but there is a bitter note that lingers. Construction and balance otherwise very strong.

O: Drink one if you can find one. It's fantastic.

Nov 23, 2019
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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2019-09-29 near Pittsburgh, PA from a 375ml bottled on 2018-11-12.

A - Almost-opaque amber-orange with just a slight white head that disappears right away

S - Wonderful funk from the Brettanomyces yeast and Lactobacillus bacteria, lightly sour, grass/hay, lime, guava. Inviting

T - Lemon-lime, bread crust, tart and nicely-sour, grass/hay, light pepper,oak tannin and floral/herbal tea. Finishes bone dry with some lingering citrus.

M - Light body and carbonation.

O - A delicious, well-balanced Oude Geuze that is a delight to sip

Sep 29, 2019
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5toutman75 from Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Although I'm not an geuze expert by any measure, this beer simply rocks. My favorite of the style I think. Everything is perfect for me with just the right amount of funk and huge complexity in the nose and on the tongue. I buy as much of this beer as I can afford when I see it. I'm really curious to see how it will age as well. The bottle I drank was bottled Apr '17 and consumed Sept '19.

Sep 21, 2019
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M_C_Hampton from Georgia

4.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: poured from a 750 ml bottle into a taster glass, golden colored with a small white head that dissipates leaving little lacing, hazy

S: definite earthy funk, sour vinegar, notes of sour fruits

T: sour up front, tangy, lots of lambic funk, lemon, acidic

M: light and crisp

O: bought this in Belgium 4 years ago, excellent oude geuze

Jun 23, 2019
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Teku glass.

Look is a golden orange with a frothy white head.

Aroma is musty and dank and slightly sour.

Taste is a little more malty than I expected with a nice musty slightly lemon sour end.

May 17, 2019
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TheDoctor from Canada

4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Bottle
Bottled: Mar-22-2018 (Consumed Apr-27-2019)

It pours semi-cloudy orange with a billowing white head.  Very good retention; lots of lacing. (4.5)

Spicy, funky eggnog, lime juice, barn slop, vinegar. (4.5)

A flavor rollercoaster. Earthy funk to begin, but descends into fruitiness and finally an acetic twang (or two) and a funky/tart/workbench finish. (4.5)

Sharp and dry, bright carbonation, tickles your sinuses. (4.25)

An excellent beer.
I often have been heard to say that sours weren't my favorites, and in the past I've even said I didn't like them. I'm not good at describing them, and I don't seek them out. That said, this is a spectacular beer. It is a rollercoaster that features just about everything that a good beer has.
It pours absolutely beautifully. Big pillowy cap on a glowing but cloudy body. Aromas of clove, leather, pepper, and general tartness. The flavor follows with lots of citric sourness and earthy, funky, rotten barnwood flavors. It is a sensory experience to drink and really ensures something is always going on in your mouth as you drink it. Very nice. (4.5)

Apr 28, 2019
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a somewhat murky gold, soapy head of about a half inch, light carbonation. Aroma is pretty musty - saddle blanket, earthy yeast, loam, slight trace of lemon / citrus funk, missing the oak. Could have been a bit brighter on the nose.

Palate is sharp & tart upfront, big wave of lemon seed vinaigrette supported by poppy, oak tanins, lactic yeast funk. It is a bit more lactic / vinegar sour than tart - which is my personal preference - but still hits all the classic gueuze marks. Finish is also a tad heavy & oily.

Apr 21, 2019
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amesetz from California

4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bought this one from City Beer SF in a green 12.7 fl oz bottle and promised a coworker I would use self control and only pop it once I found out the results of an exam I recently took. I just found out I passed and am very excited to finally pop this one open! Incredibly complex, highly carbonated, a bit earthy and a very mild acidity. Definitely a great beer to mark a special occasion or accomplishment. Use in the place of champagne for bachelor parties, birthdays, new year's eve, flag day, the works...
Go make shit happen y'all, then celebrate with one of these!

Apr 16, 2019
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UrbanBeerNerd from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Never disappoints. Fragrant and funky, green apple sweetness. Great head retention, still a good amount of fine foam after nearly an hour in the glass.

Apr 01, 2019
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siskiyoucellar from Oregon

4.41/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Yep, this is the real thing: an Oude Gueze from an undisputed master of the style. Bright hazy gold with plenty of very fine carbonation. The somewhat subtle aroma allows hidden fine points to surface: black pepper, umami and musty yeast layering in on top of the citrus tang. That delicious tang is a key element of the flavor but this is much too complex a brew to be defined so narrowly. Every time I take a sip I find new delights like apples, Chardonnay, sharp cheese... it goes on and on. The feel is also world class, a model of restrained exuberance. Glad I finally got to try this little masterpiece.

Apr 01, 2019
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