Oude Geuze | Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Belgium
3fonteinen.be

Style: Belgian Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This listing is for all vintages of the Oude Geuze, but not for bottles specifically labelled "Oude Geuze Vintage".

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
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)


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

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

T:
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)

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

O:
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)

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Photo of ajm5108
3.77/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

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Photo of amesetz
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
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!

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Photo of UrbanBeerNerd
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of siskiyoucellar
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.

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Photo of avalon07
4.29/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a snifter glass. Had a yellow / orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was an absolutely massive, foamy, very long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: An enticing (if a little pungent) aroma of funky Belgian yeast, fruit, spices, vinegar, citrus fruit.

T: Tasted of a moderate amount of apples (not overly prominent, though), some spices (black pepper, in particular), a good amount of the vinegary quality, light citrus fruit (lemon), and a whole lot of Belgian yeast. This is a dynamic, focused, and well-balanced flavor. It's pretty sour, but not mind-meltingly so. Quite delicious.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a lively finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A well done, vibrant beer. Drinkable.

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Photo of CHickman
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottling Date of 30 MAR 18, the label states 6.3% ABV and that "This particular Oude Geuze has been blended with lambics from 6 different barrels and originating from 6 different brews. The oldest portion in this blend is a 4-year old lambic brewed end of March 2014."

Poured into a tulip glass, it's cloudy gold orange color with a huge 3 finger cloudy white head that was packed with bubbles of all sizes, dissipating very slowly and leaving minimal spotty lacing. Smell is barnyard funk, fresh cut grass, cedar chips, wet cardboard, earthy notes like wet leaves and/or an old musty basement, peppercorns, plywood, orange peel and floral spices that are similar to tea leaf or fresh ground pepper. Not nearly the level of fruit I expected, it was mostly barrels and funky, earthy notes.

Flavor is very much like the nose but the fruity elements come out more with lemon zest, red grapefruit and green apple showing up before more barnyard funk and wet animal hair/musty notes sweep in. Taste is better balanced with the acidity of the fruits keeping the spices and earthy notes under control. Some toasted grains and oaky notes seem to dry out the feel before the tartness sweeps in. No sign of of the ABV, the overall complexities keep the spices, earthy and fruity notes fighting for attention. I need to drink and try more Belgian Gueuze beers to increase my appreciation of the style.

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Photo of zeff80
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle. Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of lemon, stone fruit and floral notes. Very tart with a fruity touch and hints of sweetness.

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Photo of radmoc
4.77/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Blend #51 Season 17/18
Bottled April 16th 2018
Best Before October 26th 2038
From the bottle " This particular Oude Geuze has been blended with lambics from 8 different barrels and originating from 11 different brews. The oldest portion in this blend is a 3.5 year old 3 Fonteinen lambic brewed on the 22nd of October 2014"
6.2% ABV

Aroma - awesome, I mean come on, this is what you want in a classic lambic. Vinegar, sulfur, citric acid, musty wood, funk. It's so complex and in your face, it commands your attention instantly. Just in case you weren't paying attention.

Taste - lemon, tart, dry, acidic, yet somehow finishes with a touch of sweetness that makes this very drinkable. The malt plays a big role here. Very balanced flavors.

Feel - creamy and well carbonated. Coats the palate.

Overall - just terrific. Came into it with high expectations and they were met. I bought two bottles, one 375ml and one 750ml. Drank the 375ml tonight and am going to lay down the 750 ml for as long as I can stand it. But it's so good, it will be hard to wait. For lovers of sour and funk, this is your beer.

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Photo of KooVee
4.57/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 20/17, 6.3%. From a Cantillon glass.

Standard Gueuze look and foam. Nose has green apple, some stoned fruits, pleasant funk, pleasant in the sense of being balanced. Taste follows the aroma with smooth tartness that has muscles but does not overpower. Dryness cut by perfect carbonation that generates champagne like notes on the tongue. Very pleasing sour fruit aftertaste mixes with the champagne and lasts very long. Appetizing. Overall a complex and balanced gueuze that one does not tire of drinking.

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Photo of Frudel
4.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge tasting yesterday where we cracked open a vertical of Oude Geuze from 2010 to 2017.

First part was blindly and we had to guess which vintage was in which glass, which was a fun game!

My favorite were:
2010 (Big time dusty and layers of complexity that reminded me the series "Oude Gueuze Vintage")
2014 (Reminded me Golden Blend 2014 that I completely love)
2013 and 2015 (Vigourous and bright, lovely years)
2011 (Did very well too, easy drinking)

2016 and 2017 weren't that bad but didn't shine (need more time aging?)

2012 was the less appreciated, was it because of a bad bottle? Might be? (I got wet wood notes in there)

A very nice experience, doing it blindly is the best too!

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received from @Bum4ever in NBS BIF #8. Cork & cage 12.7 oz bottle. Blend # 55, season 16/17, bottled 30 Oct 17, BB 26 Oct 37. Opens with a resounding “POP” and an initial burst of thiols. Reviewed 11/4/18. Thanks Josh!
Stored at 42 degrees and served at 45 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 50 degrees.
Appearance – 4.25.
Body – Light amber, slight (non-chill) haze.
Head – Large (Maximum 4.3 cm, controlled center pour), off-white, medium density, fizzy, rapidly gone leaving a two mm ring and no layer.
Lacing – None.
First pour – Light yellow, clear.
Aroma – 4 – After the initial burst of what smelled suspiciously like butanethiol, the nose shifts to more gentle aromas of organic acids and vague fruity esters.
Flavor – 4.5 – Begins very dry with organic acids, predominantly acetic but there seems to be a hint of tannic as well. Unfortunately, this is over quickly, leaving only faint stomach burn, ambiguous in source since the alcohol level is too low to cause it and the pH of the stomach is too low to be affected by the pH of the brew. No alcohol (6.5% ABV), no malt, no hops, no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 4 – Light, watery, lively carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 4.5 – An excellent lambic, a real treat for my taste buds.

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.72/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2014 vintage.

Look : One finger white head, hazy orange body.

Smell : Sharp lemon, orange, mild funk, burnt rubber.

Taste : Same as above, but with wheat, tangerine, very mild stone fruit, a note of apple. Very complex for a gueuze.

Feel : Medium body and carbonation, tart but not sour, balanced finish, medium acidity.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.69/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Season16/17 bottle dated 05 April 17. Blend #28. Blended with lambics aged on 6 different barrels, originating from wort of 9 different brews. Wow. Pouring from a 12.7 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. This beer pours out an amazing shade of medium orange while being bright around the edges. It formed a thin white crown that disippated quickly. As soon as the cork popped, I smelled the beautiful funk, a dank and musty smell. My wife asked if there was a skunk hit outside, then looked at me with a beer in my hand with a devil look. If that gives you any idea. Putting my nose into it, it adds a fruity tartness. The taste comes in with an almost burnt and funky fruit element. It's almost like burnt resin/piney mixing with fruit like tart peach. I love that burnt aspect and it makes you think for a second of smokiness. The mouthfeel is tart and dry. This is an amazing treat. Such a complex brew. My favorite I've had in quite a while.

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Photo of silverblaze540
4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Hazy amber, 2 inch white head that dissipates quickly; active bubbling.

S - Sour cherries; citrus; wheat.

T - Sour grapefruit and wood.

M - Medium body without much burn.

O - Really good sour.

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Photo of gcasher
4.77/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I picked up this bottle while camping in Stowe, VT at Hill Farmstead. It was delicious. I couldn't see it since my wife and I were drinking out of tin coffee cups. It was your typical funky yeasty Belgian lambic, but the flavor profile was incredibly complex. I have no idea how to describe it other than the flavors changed over time like waves passing over the tongue, each as enjoyable as the last. We both loved it and highly recommend it.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter glass from the bottle.

Appearance: Semi cloudy amber with medium bubbles and white head rising thin roughly quarter of an inch.

Smell: Yeasty scent with deep lemon feel hitting the nostrils.

Taste: Sour brew, might be the only sour tasting brew I love. Palate cleansing lemon and grapefruit and deep notes of yeast.

Mouth: Medium body. Sticky brew with medium to heavy body.

Overall: Good brew, took me by surprise and nice to have a balanced beer in between tastings. Strong taste without hitting you in the head. Salud!

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Photo of Holderness
3.59/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly skunked bottle bought in Glasgow. Reminds me a lot of gueuze tilquin -- a bit too hoppy for my tastes, especially after two years in the bottle. Nice level of tartness. Very pricey

72/100

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Photo of drmeto
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

L:
-pours a cloudy golden with a big,foamy,white head
-high carbonation visible
S:
-peach,mint,lemon,green apple,wheaty,hay
T:
-spicy,grassy,lemon,green apple,wheat,herbal tea
-medium to high bitterniss for the style
-medium acidity for the style
F:
-medium to high carbonation
-light to medium body
O:
A great Geuze.Hoppier than other Belgian counterparts with more accented herbal & grassy notes.
I might prefer this over Cantillon's Geuze.

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Photo of MFMB
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Popped the cork on a 2016. 2 years on it. Pours a copper to orange, hazy with a thin bright white soapy head. Nose of floral, wood, peaches and grass. Taste is a whirlwind of flavor. Fruits like apricots, peaches, melon on lemons mingle with a damp funky earthiness. Notes of wet grass, hay and moss. Huge oak character that adds to the beers dryness. Funk and yogurt play well and the acidity level is perfect. Super dry, crisp and tart finish. It’s delicious.

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Photo of BenHoppy
4.41/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Still roughly new to geuzes but found this to be quite enjoyable at a year past bottling with funky flavors of oak, sourness, lemon, apricots, pears, floral hops, earthy, and wood.

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Photo of Rockthedashboard
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

January 10th, 2014 Bottling. Yellow US label.

Aromas of mushroom, Camembert, gasoline, mild acidity.

Taste of musty funk, raisin, fuel-like funkiness, dried fruits, elderflower, barnyard-y flavors and mild acidity.

A really interesting year for this beer. A lot of different levels of funk going on with maybe some slight oxidation lending to the raisin and dried fruit flavor. Fantastic beer.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16/17 Bottling date: 4/5/17 a blend of one, two & three year old lambics. Lambics aged on 6 different barrels's, originating from wort of 9 different brews. 5.3 % abv.

12.7 oz. Bottle cage & cork.

A lively golden and amber hued liquid. A bushy white foam sits up tall, fizzles slowly and leaves only a thin patchwork of foam, scattered about.

A sweet, wild and funky nose! Sweet and sour candies with sour cabbage and earthy herbs. Dried golden wheat and wet grasses permeate straight out of my limited edition "water.org" Stella Artois glass.

The sourness is medium level for this wildly fermented wonder. Sweet tart candies, green earthy tones of grass and golden wheat, veggies, peppery middle, soo light feeling and the texture is very jazzy, except for the more relaxed finish which is a result from the extensive blending and barrel aging process. Complex, yet soo damn easy to drink. A true marvel of brewing alchemy.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber-orange with a finger of head. Aroma is orange, lemongrass, herbal, and grass. There is a touch of oak at the back. Flavor profile is orange, lemongrass, herbal, and lemon. The final note there turns it slightly sour, but only enough to cause a little pucker. Mouth feel is champagne like, with an effervescent and dry feel. It's bubbly, but allows the flavor profile to shine rather than distract from the flavor profile. Overall, a bubbly, favorably-simple Oude Geuze.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 375mL bottle.

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