Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze | Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij 3 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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Avg:
4.34
pDev:
8.29%
 
 
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours honeyed cloudy orange with a white head. No true lace.

Big funk in the nose. Yeast, musty grain, some tart notes, apple skin.

Big sour up front. Leads to grainy bitterness and some sour fruit. Finishes bitter and oddly clean. Nice beer with multiple transitions as the palate clears.

Lighter bodied, but mostly because of the carbonation, which is abundant. Easy to drink

Overall, wonderful beer. Nice qualities all around and a good example of the style. Enjoyed this immensely.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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

Bottled January 2004. Bottles states that it's good for ten years.

Light pop uncorks a chill-hazed orange with less than a finger of off white, quickly reducing head. Great color, looks like a beautiful gueuze (although I notice that Drie Fontenein uses the alternative spelling 'geuze'.) I shook loose the sediment for the second pour, which added further haze and induced a one finger head of some staying power. Lacing is spotty, increases after second pour.

This bottle displayed some straight lemon zest in the nose, some malt and horse blanket notes, and a little spicing. The flavor is a real blast, seriously tart, but with a strong enough malt backing to come through beautifully. Not as earthy as some lambics, there is definitely a hint at champagne. Just a hint of sugary sweetness.

Serious carbonation, a really impressively light and springy beer. Mouthfeel is just about right for the style, very good in fact. Sharpness on the tongue, some spicing, finishes quite dry. Drinkability hurts just because of the extreme sourness in the flavor. For fans of sour Belgians.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of portia99
4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle (bottled Dec 12th, 2009) poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a quite clear (90%-ish) pale golden color with a thick couple of fingers of foamy white head that has excellent staying power. A geyser of bubbles rises rapidly out of the bottom of the glass constantly. Low amount of lacing left on the glass.

S - Total gueuzy goodness. Tons of funk hit you immediately upon putting your nose up to the glass. Earthy, barnyardy, horsey are all good descriptors. Lots of fruitines too...tons of lemon, sour apples, limes, grass/hay. This is right up there with Girardin 1882 for me - which says a lot.

T - Excellent blend of flavors...sharp and bright with citrus...fresh lemon and lime juice. Some bitter, earthy funk plays off this perfectly...Balance is exceptional here. Medium level sourness that is crisp and satisfying and gives just the right amount of bite. This is really good!

M - Thinnish body and well carbonated. Lightly puckering from the tartness/sourness in the flavor profile. Well developed funk that fits perfectly without overpowering the fruity aspects within.

O - Really great example of the style...fairly available as well - great combo! I've resisted buying most 3F beers due to price, but bit the bullet on this small 375ml bottle. Definitely glad I did - no disappointment at all - I'd put this in my top 3 gueuzes overall. Love great beer that is pretty easily obtainable!

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

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4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage

A - Golden-orange and hazy with a nice persistent white cap.

S - It has a good, albeit mild nose; lightly tart, lemony.

T - The taste is moderately tart, with Champagne-white grape-y flavors and some wood, mild char. Good, but not astounding or fantastic by any means.

M - Holds carbonation very well, and consistently; a trait that seems to be infrequent in the style.

D - Though it is tasty and not particularly flawed, I think this is not as good as many of the widely available Gueuzes like Cantillon Classic, Girardin, Boon, Hanssen's or Oud Beersel.

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4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of Chico1985
3.7/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

3rd beer in a gueuze tasting, shared by cbutova. Been wanting to try this for a while. Bottle date is 12/12/09.

Pours hazy orange. Huge white head dissipates quickly to a half-finger soapy bubbly head. Turns to a ring, not much lacing left.

Super sour scent. Brett, barnyard, sweat, lemons.

Super sour taste. Brett, barnyard, lemon, oak. Just very very sour, not sure how else to describe it.

Out of the gueuze's we tried this was easily the palate killer. I enjoyed the abrasiveness but it seemed a little one-note for me, no specific flavors stood out except for pure sour funk.

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Photo of rye726
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A hazy cedar color with a silky tan head. A beautifull gueze. The nose has tart citrus fruit, musky funk, some oak and some subtle candy malts. The flavor is immensely complex yet perfectly balanced. Lots of sour fruits, earthy funk, herbs, vanilla, oak and a complex malt profile. Pefect body. Full yet crisp and delicate. Nice dry finish. I could drink this all night. Ages very well.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle with yellow label; says "2012, dec 5th". Tasted 1 October 2013.

Pours clear golden yellow, a touch of orange to it. Two fingers of white head, more than I find typical for a sour. Better retention, too. And there's a broad column of bubbles rising up through the glass.

Smell is incredible. Funky and sour, with so much depth and complexity, yet surprisingly clean. How all those characteristics can be found together I find hard to understand, but there they are, and they fit together like perfectly cut puzzle pieces. Wow. I'm just going to drink this in with my nose for a while...

Taste is, frankly, a bit too sour for me. It's potent, but a so strong that I literally feel like the enamel is being dissolved off my teeth. Is this beer, or an acid bath? I suppose it is what it's supposed to be, and there's a lot there behind that first powerful wave of sour. Funk, earth, and a fruity dance number. I dig this, but I could dig it a whole lot more if I didn't have to close my eyes and fight through the acid to find the other flavors.

Feel is delicate and delightful. Light-bodied, medium-high carbonation, and an acidic streak that really dominates the feel. Wow again.

An outstanding gueuze. I just wish it were a bit gentler.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze from Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
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