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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
Belgium
3fonteinen.be

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".

Added by rastaman on 09-27-2002

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4.34
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Photo of billab914
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375ml bottle into my Lost Abbey stemware. It poured a hazy amber color with a large fluffy and bubbly white head filling half of the glass at first. The head faded a bit but had some good retention overall and some nice lacing was left on the glass.

The aroma is tart and funky with a pretty strong acidic sharpness to it. It has a damp, musty, basement like quality to it as well. A little bit of a sour, tart, fruity, apple like quality comes through with just a bit of citrus.

The taste also has the tartness to it with a very moderate acidic bite. Like the aroma suggested it's sour, funky and has some very tart and dry fruit flavors to it. A little bit of a musty wood like quality is present as well. Excellent Geuze flavors overall

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is very good, it has some great sour and funky flavors. The acidicness was kept in moderation which really helped the drinkability for me. Overall an excellent beer and an excellent version of the style.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle from 2008

A: The cork almost popped out of the bottle as soon as I loosened the cage. The pour is a light orange color with a massive, pillowy white head that sticks around forever.

S: Tons of bright acidity and a wonderful "greenness" to the beer. Lots of lemon, green apple, grapes, grass, and wet hay.

T: This one picks up where the nose leaves off. Lemon and green apple sourness are intense up front and an earthy funk and oak tannin quality on the back end.

M: The body is medium with a lot of carbonation. A nice dry and crisp finish.

D: It's too bad these guys won't be brewing anymore, but I'm glad they'll still be blending and giving us some great gueuzes.

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Photo of orangesol
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle from late 2010.

A - Pours murky straw yellow with a huge three finger tall fizzy white head leaving small streaks of lace down the glass. The bubbles are just racing up the glass.

S - This one is pretty pungent. The funk is pretty light initially but it gets stronger as it warms up. It has lots of fruit, mostly lemon and green apple, mixed with hints of fresh cut grass and damp earth.

T - The flavors are nearly identical to the nose. Lots of fruity sourness up front with the green apple sticking around until the end. Barn yard funk and some light dryness linger on the pallet after each sip. Not too bad but I would have preferred a bit more funk.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderately high carbonation. Once the initial fizzy feel dies down it leaves a crisp, funky, feel behind. Very nice.

O - I really like this one, I just think it was still a bit too young. I enjoyed how fruity it tasted but I prefer my gueuze to be a bit funkier. Still a great beer none the less.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tumbler.

It's taken me way the hell too long to finally get a crack at this stuff. Just sayin'. It pours a slightly murky gold topped by a finger or so of lightly off-white froth. The nose comprises lemon zest, lime zest, apricot, light sour pineapple, very light cracked wheat, and a more-than-healthy helping of Brett-like funk. The taste brings in more of the same, with the tarter fruit notes covered o'er by a thick pall of musty funk (or is it funky must?), creating a deeply-layered liquid cake of complexity. At any given moment, you can get some sour lemon, some Swiss-esque cheese, some straight cobweb funky magic, or grass-flowers. Sometimes, all of it will come at you at once; those are the great times. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a damn fine gueuze, one that deserves the reputation it commands.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 01/16/11 notes. 12.7 oz. bottle that was bottled on 12/12/09.

a - Pours a clear yellow color with two fingers of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of funk, sour fruit, cheese, barnyard funk, oak, and wine.

t - Taste follows the nose. Sour fruits, oak, funk, light wine, and fruity malts.

m - Light body and moderate carbonation.

d - A very nice gueuze, with a great tart/sour smell to it. Would love to have again.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy golden color with no head, just a few big bubbles of foam when you swirl it. Aroma is really funky with nice hay and and other farmhouse notes. It's quite clean and lemony, not overly funky on the aroma. Taste starts sour up-front with lemon and other fermented fruits, nice farmhouse funk but not cloying at all, actually it's quite refreshing. Light body, really dry with good carbonation. A really well made, true to style gueuze. Nice farmhouse funk but also easy to drink.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Splitting a 750mL bottle with my wife in our NYC highrise hotel room. Isn't it romantic that I am reviewing on my cell phone? I have a great wife.

Vintage: May 5, 2008

This gueuze has a very hazy, yellow appearance. There is a small, white, fizzy head that gradually fades, leaving no lacing. Aromas consist of funky straw or hay, lemons (subtle), wild yeast. This smells like a traditional gueuze - heavenly. The flavor is wonderful. The beer has a healthy amount of tartness, with no astringency. The finish is acetic, but not so much so that I wouldn't consume a bottle of this nectar by myself. It's always a treat to drink this great beer. I will revisit this delicacy as long as Armand continues brewing it.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

375 mL bottle poured into a goblet. As soon as the cage was untwisted, the cork shot out of the top and hit the ceiling. Nice.

Appearance - Golden straw body with lively bubbles. Huge head that almost overflows my glass. The head is also lively and eventually dies down to a nice pillow of foam. Perfect look for a beer.

Smell - Tons of funk. Definitely more prevalent than the sour smells, which are hardly present. The tartness is more of an acidity that pierces through the funky hay smells.

Taste - Much like the aroma, the tartness is not on display. It's the funk. Great grassy and woody flavors intermingled with acidic sourness. The finish has a peppery oak finish that comes off as the slightest bit bitter.

Mouthfeel - A little heavy fresh, considering how effervescent the flavors are. Not really dry at all, which is what I expected. Strong carbonation, which does help alleviate the weight of the beer. With some age, this beer dries out, cutting much of the sweetness.

Overall - Complex and playful. I would drink this over nearly any gueuze out there. The more I drink it, the more I appreciate its quality.

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Photo of stakem
4.11/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 bottle at cellar temperature poured into a cervoise. This brew appears a perfectly clear golden copper color with very faint particulate stuck in suspension. A finger of white creamy forms across the top of the brew and recedes back to a more than a thin film across the top and lasts throughout the entire duration. The cap is supported by a constant stream of bubbles. Some small patches and fingers of lace cling to the glass. A light swirl revives the cap back to nearly a finger's strength.

The smell of this brew is funky with brett. Lots of horseblanket notes sit atop some faint fruity notes of apple and pear skins. A light amount of floral aspect is evident before going back to the funk that is lightly cardboard-like mixed with a scent of raw oak. The warmer the brew gets and as it opens up, the oak becomes increasingly powerful as well as the funky brett notes. A light note of sulfur is mixed in with the other characteristics and is not distracting at all.

The taste is pleasantly acidic with a lemony flavor initially that immediately turns funky with brett imparting tastes lightly of plastic, cardboard and wood. There is a faint floral taste and fruity undertones minorly reminescent of pear or apple skin that get crushed by the brett characteristics that now come off more like horseblanket and leather. This brew finishes pleasantly funky and clean nearly crisp but with a nice tang about it.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate level of carbonation. Very pleasing brew that boasts quite a bit of salivation factor to it. As more sips are taken it gets increasingly drying on the tongue which makes this brew nearly poundable. The 6% alcohol hits home with a warmth that is expected and well integrated. Every once in awhile I get a thrist that only a geuze can quence and this was a plesant treat.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle in the cellar at Eb's
Slightly hazy golden color with a huge fluffy bubbly white head that takes a while to fall. Huge lemon and tart fruit nose with lots of funk to fill in the ends. Bubbly tart fruity flavor with lemons and sour cherries coming to mind. Phenolic and funk in spades counter the sweet and tart fruit form every sip. Medium to light body with a spirited level of carbonation and a sour tart bubbly mouthfeel. Very nice gueze with light tart fruit and lots of funk.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

10+ year old bottle.

This is what gueuze is at its finest. Blended to perfection and still kickin' after all this time. More earthy than I would have expected, but a very pleasant drinker. Here's to 2015!

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Photo of smakawhat
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Bottling date is Dec 12th 2009.

Out of the bottle sits a cloudy lemon body that glows like an orb. Head is white rock hard and tight with some good staying power. Visible tiny carbonation comes up from the bottom. Minimal spotty lacing, but it's the pour and noise out of the bottle and what hits the glass that seems most impressive in appearance.

First nose of the bouquet is a dry extremely dry apple cider, burnt yeast and dry air. Feels also a kind of burnt ash and wooded fireplace ashes. REALLY arid. This is probably very jarring if you're not expecting it but I really enjoy it and was really surprised and like it.

Taste is a tight crisp burnt apple mixing with ashes and cider feel. Champagne and sparkling wine brut-ness. Extremely dry finish and refreshing. Incredibly tight sensation in the mouth as if eating crabapples over an outdoor wooded fire.

Overall this is pretty exciting but I have to be in the right mood for it. Boy this would really pair well with grilled fish on the bbq, or even just simple grilled shellfish. I am not so sure I would want to dive into this just to drink on its own, but I really dig this.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a cork and cage 375 into a snifter, the beer is a vibrant, hazed, golden coloring with a sparse surface coating of white head. Aromas of tart and sour white grape must, subtle lemon juice, solid yeast funk and esters, and some earthy highlights. Flavors are acidic and tartly sour forward, heavy on the wine-like white grape characteristics, with a solid dose of lemon juice tart, some solid yeast funk and mustiness, and a grainy backbone. Solid sourness at the end of the palate, as well. The body is very dry and very crisp, with a puckering sourness controlling the aftertaste and drying the palate. Astringent and acidic finish, leaving the mouth watering for more. Not much truer beer to the style out there than this one!

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

01/24/06- Purchased at Plumpjack's in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle. Bottled in 2001. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Peach-orange in color. Clouded with light murky sediment at the bottom. Full inch plus foamy white head. Small portions of clingy and sticky lace inside.

Smell- Truly barnyard. Smells like a barn...after I took a pee in the hay. So raunchy, yet so nice? Pretty tart scent. Lemon as well.

Taste- Was set up for pucker time, but was really suprised how mellow this one was. It was tart, but on the low end. Kind of like a lemonaid with only half the alotted sugar added. Has even some of the horse blanket taste as well. Good amount of citrus also.

Mouthfeel- Starts out well carbonated, maybe even champagne style, but after it warms and mellows it becomes less carbonated. Mouthfeel is dry as the desert.

Drinkability- With the lower tartness, the great flavor and the drying mouthfeel leaving you wanting more, this beer becomes one of the most drinkable I have had. Terrific brew!

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Photo of drabmuh
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Beer is yellow to orange and hazy. Forms a two fingered white head that falls away leaving lacing behind. Head breaks up and becomes diffuse. Carbonation is tiny bubbles that rise quickly through the beer and its steady and moderate.

Aroma is bright and sour. Lactic mostly with a hint of acetic. There is a funky woodsey smell to it and perhaps some lemon. Smells good.

Beer is sour up front with a slight sulfur that shows up in the back of the mouth. There is a tartness, slight, in the corners. More acetic in the mouth with some citric, less lactic now. Beer is thin and finishes pretty cleanly. I think drinkability is high and mouthfeel is good.

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Photo of ShanePB
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle graciously opened for me at Craft Ale House for my birthday. As the bartender was taking off the cage, the cork started to come off, evidence of the immense pressure and carbonation inside. After a quick pop, it was poured into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy golden orange body with a quite big, fluffy white head. This quickly settled into nothing but a thin ring around the edges of the glass. No lacing, albeit pretty standard fair when it comes to the appearance of a Gueuze. Let's be honest, they're not the most gorgeous things to look at.

S: Tart fruit notes come full force from the glass. Green apple, lemon, pink grapefruit and white grapes. The funky nature of the yeast comes through with a certain dry hay-like quality and some musk. A touch of oak is trailing off into the end of the nose and not leaving much behind. If your senses are too slow, you'll miss it.

T: Puckering, tart and somewhat vinegary initially. The rush of the wild yeast byproduct quickly goes clean and brings forward some very nice fruit notes. Green apple and lemon are most evident, as well as a bit of a caramel malt sweetness. The oak seems to be missing at first, but it does make a showing in the crisp, dryness of the linger. It's not substantial but definitely noticeable if you're looking for it. For the style, this is just absolutely fantastic.

M: Light bodied, effervescent, crisp and prickly. Somewhat sticky and dry in the finish due to in part how tart this beer is, but it's ideal for the style.

I much preferred this one to Cantillon's Gueuze as I felt the flavor profile was much more diverse and intense. The traditional elements are all here and seem carefully blended. A truly outstanding Gueuze in its own right.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.55/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

350ml bottle caged and corked

A: looked like a typical yellowish gueuze with almost no head and very little lacing.

S: lemons, funk, and vinegar aromas dominate the nose on this beer with a slight oaky note.

T: could defenitely taste some lemon flavor with a little oaknees to it and it wasn't as sour as I was anticipating.

M: the beer was meduim bodied with a decent amount of bubbly carbonation.

D: Love gueuzes but again wasn't as good I thought it would be. Decent gueuze though.

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Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a green 375 ml bottle from Abe's Six-pack shop.

Bottled: Nov. 30 2005

Wow, funky yet refined. The oak gives off an odd aroma, its more like plywood, but weird is good here. There's also acidic wheat and barley, which is pretty normal. The flavor is a sharp, citrus-like sour grains flavor with toasted wood flavors. This drinks a bit like homemade lemonade that's low on sugar, especially since there are subtle fruit flavors.

Bottom line: If you like weird beer, this one is great. It's a perfect example of the Oude Gueze style and will give you plenty to think about.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle with bottled on date of 03/11/2011.

A - Cloudy golden orange with lots of thick white head that slowly receded.

S - Sour notes are present with some bready notes and hints of lemon and flowers.

T - Crisp tartness up front. Lemon, apple, bread and hay. More tart than sour.

M - Medium body. Dry. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to JoeCeez for this brew.

750ml
Gold Tin
Caged/Corked
Bottled: 2 Feb 07

Poured into my Gouden Carolus chalice a very nice hazy golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, nice one-finger fizzy white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, funky, very slight licorice, spicy. The taste is malty, yeasty/funky, with some sourness, some licorice notes, and spice. Medium body, the finish is dry. Very drinkable, this is a tasty brew, thanks Joe.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle consumed at Congregation Ale House in Long Beach, on to the beer:

Traditional lemongrass color, the head rises with ease on top, leaves a little bit of lacing and retention. The nose is intense. Very sour aromas with cherry and lots of lemon. The taste, you guessed it, is very sour. One drink, POW! Very intense sour lemon flavor, a little funk riding around on the outside. Hints of assorted fruit skin, cherry, it's all good. It's highly bubbly in the mouth, and in this case it works really well.

An excellent gueuze. Puckering and tasty.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.94/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle purchased at AJ's Beer Warehouse in Henrietta, NY.

This one pours a straw yellow with orangish tinges, a small head, and just a little bit of lacing.

Smells like lemon, orange, minerals, light country funk, and some mild lactic acid.

The taste is phenomenal and shows one of the best sours I've ever had. Just wow. It's only mildly tart, with tons of other complexities as well- lemon chalky candy flavor, hard minerals, orange citrus, grassy bitterness, and pungent lactic acid. This is unbelievable.

This is medium bodied, crisp and juicy in the mouthfeel, with a huge drink ability.

This is an absolute delight. I am better for having drunk it.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy thirdeye11.

2003 vintage. Pours a dirty brownish yellow with a small white head. The aroma is funky, with lots of brett resulting in a horse blanket aroma. Flavor is tart and funky. Lots of lemons and some wood aging characteristics. Extremely drinkable, light body and medium-high carbonation. A complex, tasty guezue. 3 Fonteinen didn't disappoint.

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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 Stinkypuss
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze

Pours a pale golden color with a decent size foam that dies down quickly but does provide some Belgian lace. Aroma is openly sour, white wine vinegar and pleasant barnyard funkyness. In the taste, sour, very nice lactic brett notes playing out well into the aftertaste. Nice sour character and a small presence of oak. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied and effervescent. Overall, a fine Geueze and worth seeking out.

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