Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze | Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

Style: 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 TastyTaste
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Green glass 750 ml bottle opens with a nice pop, beer pours with much head, then settles down with the dound of sizzling bacon. The body is clear gold, streams of thick carbonation rush to the top of the beer. A little lacing left behind.

Smell: Funky and sour, malty and very different. Somewhat earthy and grain.

Taste: I have never had a smoother or easier to drink gueuze, not saying this beer isn't sour, it is. The sourness and tartness are there, but blended very well, and by the end of the aftertaste you almost forget they were even there. Wow, easy to drink and very good

Drinkability: I would definitely pair this with some stilton, and I think it would be superb, this beer is excellent on it's own, however. I have not had better in the style.

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Photo of moulefrite
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought the 2001 bottling based on how damn delicious the 1999 was that My Shelton rep. Ron introduced me to. The cork shot out of this bottle like a rocket and traveled a good 15 yards before settling to earth-a nice carry! The pour was more than ambitious and proffered up a very energetic, and bouncy head that lasted just long enough for the eye and subsided quickly enough for the tongue to take over. Aromas were perfectly sour with saddle leather and old wood, and a lingering twang that begged to be tasted. In the mouth this beer expanded like a rocket with each sip filling the mouth with light and vibrant foam. The flavors were deep and complex, all the while being airy, light and highly refreshing-much like a fine Champagne. Sour as hell but smooth as silk and balanced like a champ-this was a delight to taste, and I'll be tasting another as soon as I can muster up the cash. Don't miss it!

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Photo of thecarster1
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

vintage 2009, corked and caged 375ml bottle.

a- bottle poured into pretty things stemmed balloon glass. tis a thing of beauty, full finger creamy bright white head that fades slow to a near covering layer of lace, slightly hazy golden honey.

s- really nice, tart vinegar off the bat, some earthy oaky notes underneath, not a ton of horsey funk - just a touch, unripe berries, apple, pear.

t- first sip jolts the palate and kicks my mouth into sour mode - not overly sour though, just enough for a near-pucker. i get lots of unripe, fruit notes in the front - berries, lemons, pear, apple, they lead the way for woody, leather, earthy, funk - more horse here than in the nose. finishes is bone dry and tart, lingering long - making me really want each next sip. just plain delicious.

m- medium, coating, light and active carbonation.

d- i've been waiting a long while to try this, and finally opened my bottle, and it lived up to every hype i've heard about it. i have one more on hand, and am planning on running to the store after i dig out of this snowstorm to pick up whatever else they have on the shelf. delicious, really really drinkable, i'm loving this. i can't wait to try this with some age on it..

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Photo of PDXAmbassador
4.79/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love 3F Oude Gueuze. Would be happy drinking this every day.

There is an underlying funk that reminds me of sesame crackers, that's key to the 3F "house character." But apart from that sesame aspect and strong citrus flavor's, there is significant variation between batches, and I've found some more dark and earthy, and some just that clean and bright lemongrass.

Mouthfeel is a bit more spritzy than Cantillon or Tilquin, and the bitterness level is lower.

Highly recommended. My favorite shelf gueuze.

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Photo of brentk56
4.78/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 17 January 2006

Appearance: Pours a cloudy peach with a frothy heads that coats, and I mean coats, the chalice with lace

Smell: Of course there is the sour cat pee, funk, leather and all that, but there are also a sweet/tart and powdered sugar aroma underneath if you sniff around for it

Taste: Despite the immediate sour apple and grapefruit flavors that jump out in front, there is an underlying sweetness that joins through mid-palate; after the swallow, the leathery and oak flavors come to the fore, but there is also a lush lemon and apricot fruit presence that counterbalances the sour funk; the aftertaste is lengthy, with the addition of more oak

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied and creamy, with moderate to low carbonation (despite the initial burst when the bottle was opened); a lingering sourness at the back of the throat is felt as well as tasted

Drinkability: Not for everybody, obviously, and like many a lambic, something to be savored in the right setting, but a real achievement in the class

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Photo of JakeScully
4.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Purchased this online and this is an exceptional gueuze. Surely a tad pricey but totally worth it! It's far better than cheap champagne. Will definitely buy again, well done 3F.

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Photo of sk8man121
4.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml poured into tumbler.

A: Pours a hazy, semi-opaque apricot with light-orange highlights. 2-finger head dies quickly and leaves no lacing.

S: Lactobacillus, lemon and apple cider vinegar in the nose. Also quite a bit of barnyard funk; tart & sour for sure.

T: Holy shit. Acidic lemon/vinegary tartness quickly fades into a mellow barnyard flavor. Grassy center follows through into a beautifully soft and dry finish of green apple. Indescribable.

M: Spritzy and crisp, very much like a decent champagne. This geuze is creamier than most offerings, although very nice for the style. The lack of vinegar in the finish (common in lesser geuzes) makes this the most drinkable geuze i've ever had.

O: So beautiful and so complex, I can't think of anywhere near a better geuze. Beats Cantillon by far in my mind.

The best geuze I've ever had.

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Photo of Whiskeydeez
4.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

375 bottle poured into tulip glass, Bottle reads 2012, dec 5th.

This is my first 3 Fontienen and Gueze, it was excellent.

A: Pours a really nice deep golden coler with a bit of haze. There is a big white head that recedes quickly to a small lingering ring.

S: The Aroma of this beer is just awesome. Really big funkiness front and center. I'm not too refined to pick it apart too much but a tart funk that has a lot of citrus/fruity sweetness. I could smell this all day.

T: The flavor follows the aroma and expands on it. There is a great big tartness with the funk. The citrus type fruit flavors are more apparent, lemon and grapefruit, green apple flavor and tartness is there in the back of the drink. Some of the oak comes through.

M: This is a very dry, champagne like beer. Big carbonation and dryness really add to and intensify the tartness.

O: As my first true lambic/Gueuze this is incredible. The smells and flavors of this beer are big and tart but at the same time have a wonderful drinkability. There is a lot of flavors that round out the tartness and really make this a wonderful beer.

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Photo of khiasmus
4.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

02 February, 2007.

Darkness swept the earth as the angels began to cry, their golden tears flowing through the dark sky like so many golden necklaces sliding down a silken backdrop... The sky acquired a burnt sienna hue, the clouds all disappearing in moments, leaving a thick orange haze...
I can smell the end of the world, the clash of steel on bronze, angst and sour oak, citrus peel on tarnished copper, a bottomless sea of layer upon layer of cold, metallic darkness... and warm, earthy coze, now only a memory, a tantalizing reality that will never return...
The taste of blood, the metallic, then a richness of meaning behind the songs running through the head, and bitter, I'm so bitter, beyond the barnyards of my childhood, beyond the grapefruits they made me eat'itwillmakeyoustrong' beyond the distant sour of black bread and the cheese that was always-so-old, the granny smith apple cores, the muscadine vines by the barn, the snake that tried to eat me... it goes farther still, this vision as I can taste the metallic of my blood, looking to the orange sky, seeing only a haze...
Dry and intensely sour, bitter, harsh and caressing, thin and full, lightly fluffy, lingering in my head, in my dreams, as a fierce screech rends the sky, the black wings are seen wheeling high above the haze, they swoop down again, they can smell the blood, I shudder as I hear the winds tearing through their thin flaps of flesh, swooping ever closer...

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.76/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ive only tried Drie Foneinen Gueuze once before, 3 years ago. I thought it was incredible, it was probably my first good Lambic experience.

Pours from the 375 ml bottle (2004 vintage) a bright bronze color with great clarity. A fizzy and big head leaves intricate lace strings behind. The nose is funky and very delicate with citrusy, floral, woody and good old barnyard aromas. The taste is uber sour but not as brash as Cantillon Gueuze. Sour citrus mingles with moist hay, fresh packed earth, fruit flavors (mangos? berries?) and musty, horsey, brett flavors. The flavor grows in funkyness and sourness as it warms. The mouthfeel is slightly viscous but not full bodied. Carbonation is active and smooth.

This is an infinitely complex Gueuze. This is a beer to slip slowly to savour the developing nuances. Incredible stuff.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a clear orangey color lambic with a huge slightly off-white head with excellent retention. Aroma of barnyard and sourness is quite evident. Taste is so well balance between sourness, tart, little bit of acidity, green apple with some nice funky yeast also thrown in. Probably one of the finest Lambic that I had the chance to try and the fact that the acidity is lower then Cantillon makes it easier to drink larger quantity.

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Photo of DaveHS
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage dated Dec. 12, 2009

A-Pours golden apple juice color with about an inch of fizzy eggshell white head. It reduces almost instantly, and leaves no lacing.

S- The nose is everything I expect from an expertly crafted gueuze. Dry, oaky and vinous, with notes of musty wood, and barnyard funk.

T/M-Earthy flavors of old leather and wet leaves are the backbone for a sharp, drawn out vinous acidity reminiscent of a well blended vinaigrette, or a nice Pinot Blanc. The delicate, prickly carbonation provides the perfect conduit between the layered flavor profiles. They come together beautifully in the finish; a marriage of fresh, juicy acidity and musty barnyard funk that seems so incongruous at first, but makes perfect sense by the last sip.

O-Great stuff. A close second to Cantillon gueuze.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I found that this Geuze compares very favorably to the other top-notch examples of the style I have experienced thus far. Appearance is typical for a lambic blend, with an earthy, yet at the same time floral aroma. The flavor is alive with dizzying complexity- Lactic acid, tart apple, herbal spices and a oaky aspect. Drie Fonteinen is surely a producer I am going to seek to try many more products from in the near future!

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Photo of stewart124
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

375ml bottle from Dutches in Hyde park

Pours slightly hazy with lots of carbonation visible.

Plenty of funk in the nose. Some notes of a hard cheese, barnyard, and hay.

Spritzy on the tongue. Fantastic! This is everything I expected and more. Just so easy to drink. Some vinegar notes but more then anything you just get a lovely lambic blnd with depth from wood and the medium mouthfeel that adds a fluffy character all the way through.

I had no idea this was so readily available. Beautiful.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the 3F restaurant in Beersel. What a steal at 15 euros. Bottled 6 December 1997. No label and poured by Guido Debelder (Armand's brother).

A: incredible head, orangeish with slight cloudiness
S: earthy, sour
T: incredibly well-balanced, sour but not overpowering, simply outstanding
M: great, very drinkable, easy on the tongue but has subdued gueuze finish, very mellow all-around

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Photo of mothman
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

1999 Vintage - Sampled Oct 2010. Score: 4.5

Color is a hazed golden yellow. Has a lot of active carbonation in the glass. A white head with good carbonation.

Aroma: Really funky with straw and lemon citrus. It is acidic, tart, and funky. Old and musky. Cobweb musk flavors. Oak notes.

Taste: Woody, oaky, and funky. It is acidic and sour. It has notes of a basement and cobweb. Just a really old beer and you can pick it out. It has a bunch of lemon citrus and it is very acidic.

Mouthfeel: Sour, tart, acidic. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation for how old it is. Ends dry, but clean.

Overall, it shows age, but it is still a decent beer. I am really glad I got to try this one.

Vintage Feb 18, 2000. Sample December 2016.

Lively white fluffy head. Golden orange color.

All the 3F funk you could ask for. Earthy, herbal, and basement must. Some fruity notes with a touch of melon showing up. Light lemon. Cobweb and oak. Very faint mineral finish.

Light bodied with a nice lively carbonation.

Incredibly drinkable. 4.75

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Photo of rtepiak
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

as i smell this beer i think how i would kill a baby for a sharp spanish truffle cheese. There is no information on anything about vintage.

The pour is golden with a very mild cloudy and a white head of about a finger. Nose is out of this world as for a quality of sour. There is tart. A leathery sour that is on the brink of unnatural in the beer world. Smoke of burnt coriander, rosemary, and burnt rubber. Wild ash to the point that it smelled like an ashtray. Palate was astringent like grass tart but woody oak and leathery. Astringent like blue cheese. And malt character of mild sweet pollen. Lily floral and a bitter that is ash and turbid sesame oil. A new look at lambics after this one. A most.

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Photo of julian
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: EXPLOSIVE de-corkage. As soon as I untwisted the cage, the cork took off like a rocket and took the cage with it into the stratosphere. But no beer was lost, surprisingly. Le win! Color is a golden straw color with a slight copper hue and very clear. Massive effervescence and incredible head. Beautiful lasting 1 finger pillowy white head. 4.5

S: Mmmmm FUNK! Lots of earthy funk, some ripe apple tartness. Mild acidity and some oak must. 4.5

T&M: Taste is in line with the aroma, absolutely wonderful. Funky, faint oak, and the Belgian funky earthy gueze quality you love! This is a smooth, creamy drink but also crisp and refreshing. Despite the explosive de-corkage this still has some body and isn’t too dry. Excellent. 5 / 5

O: One of the premier Belgian guezes and an excellent example of the fine art of blending aged lambics. So good. 4.5

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Photo of BostonBrewins
4.74/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a deep orange, a bit hazy. Head is big, fizzy and white. Fizzes out quickly, retains the last remnants for a few minutes, before disappearing completely.

S - A beautifully funky aroma. A wonderful bouquet of barn funk, farmhouse funk, old musty funk, and woody funk. Funkaliascious.

T - Some nice complex character. Funk from the yeast and the bacteria go nicely with some sour, lactic acid flavor. But not as acidic as I expected, very smooth. A bit of grapefruit as well. The woodiness from the oak comes through near the very dry finish.

M - The high carbonation level keeps the energy up. Medium bodied, not light but not heavy either.

O - So much funk even George Clinton would be jealous, but the balance makes this exceptional. A great introductory geuze and it's easy to see why it's a favorite among lambic connoisseurs as well.

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Photo of doughanson78
4.74/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My 250th review. 375ml bottle poured into a tulip. Purchased at Local Option in Chicago.

A: Golden yellow in color. Super clear. One finger white head with good retention and OK lacing.

S: Beautiful funk without being overly funky. Sour apples. Light wet grass notes. An amazing geuze aroma.

T: Awesome sour apple flavor without being overly sour. The wet grass and barnyard funk blend beautifully with the sourness.

M: Light bodied but far from watery. High carbonation lends a nice crispness. Super dry finish.

O: Easily the best Geuze that I've had. Everything blends nicely and nothing takes from the other. Truly amazing.

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Photo of ManforallSaisons
4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Uncorked a bottle labeled April 2003, cellared since it came into my hands as a gift ~3-4 years ago, and portioned into water tumblers (a decent approximation of a standard lambic glass, actually). Tight-bubbled head abounded, a bit less frothy than memories of younger bottles. Less lees than expected. The color gave another hint of its age, with a touch more dark copper glinting through the hay hue of a younger version. The nose was surprisingly less lambic-funky, with a cleaner citrus zest and grass aroma. The taste and mouthfeel remain, foremost, highly acidic. The tang is turned down slightly from a fresher version. The flavors jumping out at me were of peach and other yellow fruits, with a cleansing herb-y note that felt more than tasted of coriander. I'm surprised to say that I wish (almost) that I'd given it a couple more years to see if it would mellow out further. You can see the theme all through this that it didn't evolve as much as I expected, and had further to go. With Drie Fonteinen switching from blender to brewer, it's all the more important to maintain and preserve those old bottles (and yes to drink them, not archive them).

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Murky orange pour with a tower of head. Aroma is straight up funky cheese while I'm pouring. Once in the glass, a lot more citrus peeks out and the funkiness subsides but still leaves some dust and cobweb behind. Some tart grape present as well

The taste is tart apple up front, with a nice level of mouth pucker that quenches my thirst for the sour but doesn't leave my mouth so dry that I can't take another sip. Some band aid and dusty funk in the finish, but not as much as I expected based on the smell while I was pouring. Very nicely balanced and flavorful.

The body here is medium full and the carbonation is at lower levels. Fairly dry finish, but not completely bone sucking.

This is a fantastic beer. Very deep and layered yet well balanced and drinkable, definitely a blueprint for how the style should be done.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes on 3/27/10
Bottled on May 5, 2008

A - Slightly hazy, honey colored with lots of bubbles rising from all over the bottom of the glass. Short lived white bubbly head. Left a ring around the glass, no lacing. Quite lovely. 5.0

S - Lots of funky earthiness, touch of wheat and lemon, very light woodiness. Quite the complex nose, words do not do it justice. 4.5

T - Very funky and sour, earthy (but not the stinky cheese kind) and lemony. Touch of lemon zest and bittersweet. Finishes dry with a lingering bittersweetness. Love and awesomeness. 5.0

M - Dry, light, bubbly. Nearly champagne like but more body. 4.5

D - Extremely. I would gladly get this again even though it was $20/750mL. 4.5

Notes - goes well with chocolate covered strawberries, German tilsit cheese, and guacamole.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

375 ml bottle dated 23 Feb. 2012. Poured into a Founders snifter.

A- Pours a dull, hazy gold. Deep, wheat-like color in the glass. A medium, 2 finger head forms and stick around for a little bit before being reduced to a thin film on the top. Constant carbonation rising to the top. Lacing is very good.

S- Acidic and pungent on the nose. Slightly musty with hints of grain underneath. Not overpowering as far as gueuzes go. Hints of fruit flavors, most notably lemon and citrus.

T- Starts with a sour bang. Bigger than every other gueuze I've had, the sour flavors is big in this one. Very prominent lemon-like flavor in this one. After the main sour note, wheat is detectable for a short bit before a second round of sour flavor. This sour flavor is more lactic. The brew ends with a slight hops bite. Not bitter by any means, but sort of a dulled bitterness that is present but not strong.

M- Light and very carbonated on the palate. Drinks more like a champagne because of the carbonation. Fair level of sour acidity makes this more of a sipper, but still won't last long in my glass.

Overall, it is clear why 3F and Cantillon are the heavyweights of the Belgian sour category. This is a terrific example of the style. I had this one fairly fresh and have another in the cellar. I'm very interested to see how this develops over the next decade or so.

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2015 vintage
~ 1 year and 2 months from bottling date

Appearance- Pours a golden color, bright glistening hues, transparent. Fast rising carbonation bubbles lead to a two finger thick bubbly white head, effervescent. Not much head lacing on glass.

Aroma- Dry oak, spicy earthiness. Musty, chalky, funky dryness, wet hay, grassy notes. Touch of tart lemon and mild sweet fruitiness.

Taste- Tart lemon, green apple, sweet pineapple, citrus zest, bursts with tart fruity sweetness. Dry oak, spice, earthy minerality, dried leaves, herbal tea. Slight funkiness, creamy cheese, chalky dry finish.

Feel- Medium bodied, mild tartness throughout, finishes with an earthy dry bitterness. Moderate to higher carbonation, effervescent and fluffy, accentuates the flavors well.

Overall- Bursting zesty, tart fruitiness leads to wonderfully complex earthy notes. Each flavor seems layered and nuanced, and at the same time comes together in such a beautiful way. The mouthfeel and body fits everything together perfectly. Its crisp and refreshing, juicy and flavorful.

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze from Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
4.34 out of 5 based on 2,710 ratings.
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