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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4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

23 Fev 2012 bottling, 37.5 cL bottle, yellow label. poured into lost abbey teku. chilled to refrigerator temps for over a week, should have settled down. minimal pop when cork pulled.

A: cotton white head pushed up to about an inch, noisily receded to a small ring, to nothing at all. no lacing noticed at colder temps; scant, quickly falling lace as i continue to sample. clear orange, almost radiant. pretty beer.

S: gets more funky as it warms, to be expected, i think. lime, lemon, some peach, touch of pineapple, tart. wood?

T: big taste follows a big nose. just the perfect level of funk for what i want, with big sourness without being too acidic. granny smith apple flesh, lemon/lime zest, woody. finishes clean, tart, and with a dry peach like linger.

M: refreshing. clean and crisp. the delicate carbonation cleans the palate on the finish, and is nearly effervescent with the dry finish.

O: Pretty much everything I'd want from the style. terrific beer. consumed the glass over the course of an hour or so, and have enjoyed it changing with the temperature. will be buying again.

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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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4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours up a lot of head but there's very little retention. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a pale to medium amber that turns to a mix of pale amber and vibrant lemon. No lacing is left behind.

Nose- Assertive as a gueuze should be. Starts off with tart apple and then romps through the orchards and more- cherry, strawberry, lemon, and peach. Big notes of acetic acid. A little whiff of caramel and honey. Some orange and pineapple as well. Faint notes of Belgian yeast. Some white grape. Quite vinous.

Taste- Even more demonstrative than the nose. Of course all the fruits of the nose (apple, cherry, and strawberry being the strongest) but ripe and green stone fruits take over the middle while a faint must hangs in the background. Lemon and orange seem to appear after this middle while ending in slight peach and apricot notes with a dry and neat finish. It doesn't seem to have the complexity of Cantillon or even Tilquin but does seem to have a neater finish. It is, perhaps, less tart than the others and has more of a champagne quality. Still very good. Notes of funk hang mostly in the background with some hints of straw, a little earth, a bit of stinky cheese. A much easier drink for me than the other two but this seems to indicate a lack of intensity. Pretty much in the same class as the other two, just a notch lower. Some notes of cinnamon on the linger. Some grapefruit in the background as well. The linger is so dry it tastes like ginger.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with tons of carbonation and lots of tingle on the tongue. Very dry finish that seems to erase the palate in seconds. Could be a good refresher beer- which is fortunate because this is how I'm using it right now.

Drinkability- Very approachable for a gueuze. Perhaps my palate has acclimated itself to sours (which be good as tomorrow is Zwanze Day) but this is a very easy drink. It isn't easy on the wallet. 11 bucks for a 375 mL bottle. Standard for this quality of gueuze.

Overall- Very good to great beer but I think I'd have to go with Tilquin or Cantillon overall. I might, however, choose this one for the ease of drink. It is certainly worth a try.

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

750mL

A: Semi translucent orange. 1/2" white head. Some nice lacing.

N: Intense grapefruit, lemon, and green apple. Lots of acidity is prevalent .Black pepper and lots of oak, pine, cedar. Smells tremendous.

T: Very sour with a moderate woodiness and some balancing bitterness. Not overly flunk behind the wood, but still delicious.

M: Light and quaffable. Dries out the tongue. Pretty good.

O: A classic in every sense. Hard to find any faults, and I’m going to enjoy the development of this particular vintage.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Really carbonated. Even after sitting for a few weeks. Light in color and slight haze

S-Sour as expected with solid funk

T-Pucker up friends, this was sour. But finished as expected with a champagne like quality

I have a couple of cases of this and look forward to trying another next year.

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze from Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
4.34 out of 5 based on 2,729 ratings.
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