Oude Geuze
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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Belgian Gueuze
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4.42 | pDev: 7.92%
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
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Notes: 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 Rockthedashboard
4.42/5  rDev 0%
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 -2.3%
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 +0.9%
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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Photo of WickedBeer
4.64/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled: 1/16/17
Best Before: 10/26/37
Blend n° 14 - Season 16-17

Pours a deep, hazy, rusty golden color, with bubbling white foam that quickly fades away. No lace retention, with champagne carb continuously bubbling up.

Awesome aromas that have a grassy, hay-like backbone, with lots of lemony citrus and oak barrel present throughout. A nice subtle tartness rounds everything out.

The yeast makes its presence known right away. A symphony of green apple, lemon, grapefruit, earth, grass, oak, and white wine. A slight funk, but nothing that puts off from the amazing flavor profile.

A light/medium champagne-like body. Effervescent, dry. High carbonation.

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Photo of Buck89
4.41/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16/17 version. Fairly hazy golden color with a frothy white head the settled quickly. Bright complex aroma with hay, grass, lemons, and wood. As expected, the complexity was there on the palate. Fairly sour lemon giving way to wine, oak, funk, and bleu cheese. High carbonation and dry on the finish. Outstanding.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Last night I had 3 fonteinen Oude Geuze a Gueuze from Brouwerij Drie (3) Fonteinen, Belgium, ABV 6.00%. Gueuze are sours but tend to be drier, more intense and tart than regular Lambiks, and it is true for this one too. However, despite its dryness this one comes out very nicely like a nice dry wine, and the tartness is not aggressive, just pleasantly pronounced. If you don't mind tartness it is really great.

Look: Hazy golden thick white head

Aroma: lemon, apple, white wine

Taste: It is quite tart and dry, green apples, lemon, grapefruit, oak barrel and white wine, just right.

Feel: light to medium body

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Photo of dertyd
4.72/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours out a dark golden color, with a fast disipating thin white head----------- the aromas are of lactic acid, lemon, vinegar, Apple, pear and that good old horse blanket funk, what a great aroma------------ the flavors are of sour lactic acid, white wine, oak, lemon, grapefruit, bandaids and floral/grass, the beer has a medium mouthfeel with a lemon lime bitterness on the finish--------------- overall this beer was amazing, so much complexity it has from the funky sour aroma to all the fruit and funk you pick up in the taste, well executed lambic one of the best

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into Sam Adams pint glass. 2014 vintage.

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with two fluffy fingers of dirty white head that leaves splotchy lace as it recedes.

Smell is mouth watering. Squeezed lemon, green apple, sour berries, white wine vinegar, sharp cheese, barrel wood, mild barnyard funk.

Tastes of sour lemonade, more tart apple and berry, vinegar, soft cheesy funk, and oak barrel.

Feels light and soft. Light bodied with fizzy carbonation. Finishes dry.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. A first rate beer, bought on sale for twelve Canadian dollars. I might as well have been wearing a ski mask.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
4.04/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: pours a pretty standard, hazy though well attenuated straw gold with a fizzy head that rumbles like a hot tub when it first goes into the glass and in that respect I've never seen anything like it, at first the head is three fingers but quickly recedes down to two where it holds steady. (also has some more prominent traces of sediment)
S: the tartness is bracing and the funk is prominent, you get some peach and to a lesser extent apple cider vinegar, sharp notes of pepper throughout. Some cheese rind but not to an overwhelming degree
T: first impression, shockingly clean, with hints of berry and lemon, I've always felt that most bottles of gueuze don't really let you taste their malt, but I definitely taste it here, pepper and sour apple, definitely sour, but not harsh, somewhere in the middle in terms of Gueuze. you of course get the tannic drying qualities of the oak, but there is a definite sweetness here that I don't get with most others in this style, though there is still some vinegar present it seems to be here in a more mild, supporting role.
M: The softness of the brewing water was the first thing I noticed in this beer actually, while this is definitely a sharp tasting beer and an effervescent one, there is a fullness and smoothness to it that reminds me of some of the Hill Farmstead beers I've had.
O: I don't remember the point in which I realized that the more intense beer isn't always the better one, it was something of a gradual revelation that I still find myself questioning from time to time as need be. There are some styles that are best served (to my palate) on the more intense side and some that depend on balance and simplicity to function. I'm sure there is a Gueuze out there that I would likely find to be too much, but for the most part, I prefer examples to be extremely tart, incredibly dry, and with a certain harsh bouquet of over ripe things, by this metric, Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze sits in the middle, and while no one should argue that it isn't well executed, I can't help but think that my $50 could have been better spent on any combination of Tilquin, Hanssens, Boon, or Lindeman's. So is it good? Unquestionably yes. Is it great? I can't say I think so.

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Photo of Taybeh
4.39/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a single picked up on a recent trip north of the border, into a Riesling wine glass. Big fizzy 2 finger white head from an easy pour with decent retention. Chilled slightly hazy peachy amber. Nose is very good...promising sweet floral funkiness, hay, delicate orchard fruits. Taste really takes it up a few notches. Lively mouthful and the finish really is a finale, with everything tied up nicely and a little tart funky kiss that puts a point on everything.

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Photo of thebeers
4.21/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy dark orange yellow, like dehydrated piss, with a frothy finger and a half of off white head. Minimal lacing.

Sour, dry, hay aroma. This follows in the taste with just the slightest apple sweetness up front, a little tartness midpalate and a very dry finish.

Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Really nice.

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Photo of josanguapo
1.54/5  rDev -65.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

From Zombier. In Teku glass. Playing Pillars of Eternity. It may fault of my palate, but although I haven't found it completely disgusting, I didn't enjoy it either. Just tartnesss with some lemon

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.93/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Drie Fontienen - Oude Gueuze 2015 – a 1, 2 and 3-year blend
375 ml bottle at The Sovereign in Washington, DC. Poured into tall rocks glass.

Are there any bad gueuzes? A nice beer. Always nice when I can stay in the states and have these beers. But, at least on this day, my palate is telling me that there are better gueuzes out there. 4

A – Pours a crystal-clear onion yellow with a frothy white head. Well carbonated, the cork was explosive but there was no gushing, 4.25

S – 3.75

T – Tart like under ripe fruit, like sour cherries with no cherry flavor. Low minerality. 4

MF - Medium light body, bone dry. 3.75

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Photo of Everydayoff
4.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375ml cork-caged bottle poured into an oversized wine glass. Bottled 17/10/2013.

Hazy copper color with some orange shade and some sediment, there is a finger of foamy white head building up and collapsing after a short while to some frothy ring and sheet on the surface, some spotty and patchy lace left on the glass-side.

Very fruity in a nose, it leans towards on more sour fruitiness rather than sharp tartness with notes of green apple, sour berries, lemon, tart cherry, raspberry, and slight acidic. Wild yeast too with its evidence of big funkiness as well as oak and wood from the time in there. There is also some earthiness and slight herbal note.

Led by the flavors of fruitiness, sourness, and some tartness, they are all harmoniously displayed through the palate sensation. From green apple, sour berries, lemon, tart cherry, raspberry, subtle acidic, funkiness, dry oak, wood, earthiness, to herbal, it is almost immaculate. There is no bitterness here to let you focus on all the greatness of Gueuze spectrum.

Medium body with smooth mouthfeel and moderate carbonation through the palate, the overall feeling is crisp, well-rounded, and very refreshing with a very pleasantly dry finish that instantly leads to the next sip.

This one is obviously a topnotch from the art of brewing. I have no word to describe. It just will never ever go wrong. To die for.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on 9/03/2016; Consumed on the last night staying at A Snug Harbor Inn.

Pours a light honey color with soda-like carbonation with a ring around the edge
of the glass.

Aroma is of green apple, lemon peel, and a solid amount of funk.

Taste is incredibly complex. Prickly carbonation. Lemony citrus, green grape,
and green apple. Brett character appears. Funky farmyard.

Overall, the beer lives up to the hype. I see it pairing well with a pan seared
halibut with Israeli cous cous. It gets a 95/100.

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 stamp on bottle. Pour is a nice semi opaque golden hue, big white head on initial pour. Lemon zest and fresh hay on initial aroma, hints of sharp cheese, nice citrus. Taste is zesty citrus upfront, and quickly turns a sharp cheddar funk especially as it warms. Nothing overly tart or sour, more funk than anything. Suprisingly creamy mouthfeel, doesn't finish too dry. Excellent Gueuze, nice complexity. Better and more funky as it warms.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Stamped on the bottle : February 6th 2014. This was poured into a stange. The appearance was a nice looking hazy golden orange to yellow color. There was no head nor lacing. The smell had a sweet to bitter blend of grapefruit, slight rind, a tad of light woodiness ever so slightly as it warmed. The taste blended all of the previously mentioned characters to a slight sour but allowed a decent tart citrus fruitiness to blend really nicely. The aftertaste was subtle and had a light citrus to it. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body. If it was Summer, I probably would have pounded the whole thing within two gulps. Holy sessionable feel. The carbonation seemed to be there but felt nicely. Overall, I say this was a wonderful gueuze I would definitely love to have again.

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

Almost blew my head off opening this thing. Crazy carbonation. Poured into my Bruery snifter.

Look: Deep gold, slightly hazy. Creamy head retained throughout drinking with lots of carbonation bubbles.

Smell: Smells like spring after it rains. Floral lemony grass notes. Musty old book that you haven't opened in a while. Green apple with over ripe lemon.

Taste: Green apple, aspirin-y lemon. Candied yet stale lemon mid palate--not overwhelmingly sour though. Almost like a stale orange juice carton from elementary school, totally in a good way, haha. Slight white pepper alcohol on the back end. So funky in a good way.

Feel: The head is very creamy and makes this a very smooth drink.

Overall: One of the funkier tasting sours I've had in my day. Not as much on the nose, but definitely on the taste. I want to find another one and age it--it is an early 2016 beer but still had ridiculous carbonation--seems that it would age well over many years. Great beer.

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Photo of Meyers1023
4.54/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a murky golden color with ample off white head. The nose had a good amount of barnyard funk to it with oak smoothing it out. The taste is slightly tart with lemon, has some grape must before smoothing out with vanilla from the oak barrels. This is one of my all time favorite beers. I could drink this everyday. Wish it was a little easier for me to find.

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Photo of spoony
3.99/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 375 ml bottle (December 5, 2012) to a geuze glass.

A-The beer poured golden clear (I did not pour the entire bottle). A fat two-finger head of white foam had great retention and left some chunks of lace on the glass as I drank it down. Carbonation was very active.

S-The aroma is tart with heavy notes of malt vinegar and a little sweet tart sweetness. Some oak creeps in with a pretty mild funk. Just a little cheese smell beneath the sour vinegar. A touch simple.

T-The taste is also heavy on the malt vinegar flavor. There is a lot of acidity going on with flavors of green apple and lemon being prominent. I also pick up some grainy malt, but this beer is on the drier side of average. The taste has less oak than the smell would suggest.

M-The body is lighter than average with a carbonation that is soft and creamy for a gueze. It is drinkable despite the high acid content.

O-This is a very good beer, but the aroma and flavor lack a little complexity compared to my favorite examples of the style, e.g., Golden Blend. The feel is really unique and helps with drinkability.

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Photo of PDXAmbassador
4.79/5  rDev +8.4%
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 joaopmgoncalves
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured to an oversized wine glass.

A: When pouring, the beer showed a beautiful body of yellow-y and orage-y colour with a very crystalline touch to it. The head is white and is one finger thick, showing lots of good retention and mild lacing.
S: The aroma is salty and barnyard-y, but not much as fresh lambic. It's more soft then expected. There's a prosciutto touch to the aroma.
T: There's a first sweet spot when the beer comes to mouth of malt and unidentified sugary sources. After that, the simple acidity lays in to finish the taste with an apple aftertaste.
M: Body is medium to medium low. Carbonation is high and bit harsh. No alcohol is noticeable. Acidity is mild.
O: My first geuze, and I like this beer very much.

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Photo of VABA
4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice golden color with a generous head and lacing. Aroma rich hints of fruits. The taste followed the nose with nice fruity hints. Light bodied with a smooth character and generous carbonation. A very nice complex character beer that exceeded my expectations!

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Photo of dro7
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date 2015 Oct 21. Drinking on 2017 Feb 2nd.
Extremely carbonated, funky, slightly tart, dry mouth feel and finish, fresh oak, and light fruits.
Half way through and the head is gone along with most of the carbonation.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.29/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Copper and golden with almost no carbonation, a slight haze and no head! No gusher whatsoever.

Smells of oak barrels, macaroni, sour and acidic, burnt rubber, and gravel.

Sour with no sweetness whatsoever. I get the barrel, burnt rubber and gravel on the tongue. Macaroni and light dried fruit like apricots.

Soft but acidic body, with little carbonation.

Got this in Santa Rosa, California a few months back. It was bottled Oct 21st, 2015, and I'm drinking it on Jan 21st, 2017. It could have lasted until Oct 2035 according to the label, but why wait? I've been wanting to try this fantastic brew for a long time! Today I'm in Chiang Mai.

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Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 2965 ratings