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".

Added by rastaman on 09-27-2002

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Photo of Antilochus
4.57/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5


Bottle at Cambrinus in Brugge. Best before 10/01/07. Apple juice yellow, clear, warm amber core, no head. A few bubbles here and there. Spicy nose, lots and lots of funk. Green apple. Palate is chalky, mature, small hop presence but noted, moderate pucker. Yeasty bitterness, alcohol very moderated. Wonderful to drink.

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Photo of alexgash
4.52/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Bottled on 28 February, 2004.

Hazy orange straw with lemon yellow edges. Tall, rocky, foamy, off-white cloud of a head. Big nose of sharp citrus (lemon, grapefruit, bitter orange peel), cobwebs, musty basement, hint of vinegar, horse blanket, tart cherry, and below all of that a powdered sugar and Sweet-tart candy base. Did I mention bitter grapefruit? Impressive.

Tart, acidic citrus flavors right off the bat. Lemon and grapefruit juice (unsweetened) stay central on the palate. Earthy notes of grass, musty hay, and horse blanket on the edges. Toasted wheat as well. Melon, Granny Smith apple, and honey in the finish, with strong lingering citric tartness and acidity. Bubbly, effervescent feel in a medium body. Very refreshing and would make a great aperitif. Intense and puckering, but delicious.

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Photo of oakbluff
4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2000- bottle shared courtesy of fisherman34- nice looking stuff- golden hay colour and good carbonation. Nose- wood, citrus, leather. Taste- nice citrus zing, some green apple, very dry and woody. Goes down easy.. Finish and mouthfeel is more dry than puckering. Very solid

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Photo of Jerico
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - has that gorgeous, cloudy but slightly velvety hay-colored look that many a good gueuze does.

S - tart, funky, a bit of citrus in there.

T/M/D - this is a deliciously dry, sour gueuze with a bit of a grapefruit/orange taste hiding in its depths. The citrusy taste is apparent in the aftertaste too, and it sticks to the roof of the mouth a bit. Very well done!

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Photo of NoLiberty
4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Taken from the refrigerator cold so the chances for exploding beer were reduced. Nice *pop* from the cork and a bubbly pour into shorts-stemmed chalices producing a thick, off-white, 3 finger head on top of a perfectly thorough golden yellow-orange (apricot?) body. Cloudy color but not thick. The head settles into an amazing 2 millimeter thick cap that remains the entire glass. There are color swirls and almost craters in the head; really incredible.

The aroma is intoxicating. Reminiscent of a cheese sellers store, countryside farmhouse cellar, mossy stone fence and dank forest glen. Seriously, this beer's smell takes you to these places. There's a mix of musty, earthy funkiness that's matched by a very present fresh tartness that's not quite citrus but has the same effect. The very prominent brett characteristics make this heavy on the "horse blanket", but certainly it's not the only aroma flavor. Very clean and little to no acidic qualities.

Taste matches the aroma very well and is also controlled by this swinging pendulum of earthiness and tartness. Really no spice, but definitely an underlying sweet apricot fruitiness that rests underneath a powerful dry tartness. Grass, hay, sweat, basement must, spiky citrus and beautiful fresh flavors.

Also an incredible body. The carbonation is superb and adds to the overall refreshingness of the beer and the smoothness somehow compliments and contrasts with tartness and subtle sweetness. A truly well-crafted guezue. I could drink this beer all day and still not completely understand it.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.65/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A blend of 1,2,and 3 old lambic. Bottled 28 February 2004, Sampled 8 July 2008.

A: Poured a hazy, bright orange wit a monstrous 3 finger styro-foam head that displayed great retention clinging to the sides of the glass for dear life as it slowly receded leaving a huge clumpy lacing on the way down. Visible carbonation was moderately strong.

S: The nose was strong with tart lemon juice and some funky barnyard aromas.

T: The flavor had a strong and dominant tart lemon juice flavor that just assaults the taste buds from the get go. A sharp acidity and carbonation fizzle soon follows. Puckering fresh lemons yield to a yeasty tart citric finish that is sure to roll your eyes back. Overall, very tart and acidic, was hard to pick up on any of the oaky character.

M: light, oily slick with a spritzy carbonation bite that is detected long after the swallow in the pit of the stomach.

D: Pucker up, a real eye squinter here. A bomber may be a struggle for the novice or even intermediate lambic drinker, so beware. Best shared with a friend. After the first couple of sips the beer does become moderately easier to handle but does pack a punch to it.

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

Bottled on Nov. 30, 2005

Appearance: It's slightly hazy and golden in color. Looks like a few bits of sediment escaped the bottle and are swimming about. Perched atop is a very active one finger, white head. It was very quick to dissipate and left little lacing to speak of.

Smell: It certainly has a very sour smell to it. Fits the bill perfectly. There's some fruity elements (grapefruit, apple, and lemon) that give a bit of a sweet smell. There's a bit of a Brett funkiness to it (Doh! Did I say "funk" in a review?). Actually has a distinct musky smell. Very earthy smelling. Did I mention it's acidic? This is a really complex and fine smelling beer.

Taste: Man, that's a tart flavor. No question this is extremely sour. It's intense. It's sweet and fruity. Lemon and grapefruit predominantly attribute to that and it's very sugary. It's earthy and a little grainy. Again, it has that distinct Brett flavor. It's extremely well done here and results in a fine flavor. Musky comes to mind. It is very acidic and sour. The tart, sour flavor really permeates throughout. It finishes sweet and, um, well....sour.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied and very smooth. Carbonation is high and very active, but doesn't detract from it's smooth feel at all. Drinkability is very good, but personally, I couldn't drink more than one bottle. One sour a night is enough for me.

This is a very impressive beer and worthy of the many accolades it receives. It's packed full of flavor and is very complex. Easily one of the best gueuzes out there. Highly recommended.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.62/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed 3/26/2007 (Bottle @ 't Brugs Beertje, bottled 11/30/2005):

Pours a fizzy clear brownish color, good head, white, foamy, good lacing. Dark fruity bitter smell. Maybe a moldy cheese aroma? Sharp taste, same cheesy taste. A sour soda taste. Effervescent. Not for the weak. A sour rotten taste. As it warms, and as the alcohol kicks in, it's more palatable.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml, bottled on 2 Feb 2007. poured into tulip.

golden straw, honey color with slight orange tint. decent head fades to wispy layer. nice webby lacing.

surprisingly clean and unfunky nose. only traces of of funk and whiffs of yeast. cider vinegar and apple w champagne note and wood aging, along with some grassiness.

smooth, moderate tartness and relative dry palate. slight fruitiness from the champagne note. acidity melds with the gentle bitterness and flows int a semi-dry, faintly oaky aftertaste. some occasional phenols in the backend.

smooth, not thin, w some astringent and acidic texture. moderate and refreshing carbonation.

a great gueuze. some more funk in the nose, and this would rank amongst my top 10 or so favorite beers.

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Photo of DrunkenMaster
4.03/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden orange color with a quick fading head. Gueuze aromas of lemon, grapefruit and a small amount of funk. Dry and sour with some sweetness. I'm drinking pink grapefruit juice. This is seriously good stuff, very addicting. My new favorite gueuze?

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Photo of russpowell
4.41/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 30 Nov 2005

Pour an effervescent & semi-hazed (clears pretty quick) peach with 2 fingers of sand colored head. Above average lacing & head retention

S: Sourness, horse blanket & apple cider in abundance

T: Much tartness, lemons, dryness. barnyard dirt, & mustyness up front. More tartness & loads of green apples as this warms. Finishes dry with much cider

MF: Light spritzy & sticky

Drinks really easy but the tartness would get to me after a while. Great example of the style & a nice change of pace

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Photo of MSchae1017
4.57/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Vintage 2004:

My last Gueuze was the Cantillon which nearly puckered my mouth beyond recognition, so I was rather apprehensive when I decided to tackle an entire bottle of this by myself. I poured it into a Dogfish Head oversized wine goblet from the 750mL corked and caged bottle. The color emerges as a hazy orange with a foamy off white head. The foam fizzles down to a ring and wisps across the top leaving some lace down the sides. The aroma is dominated by pears and tart apples but has hints of spicy farmhouse ale characteristics. The taste is where this beer truly shines. Certainly tart pear and apples up front, but for all of the tartness that exists here, there is an equal amount of sweetness in balance. There is a bit of hay/barnyard type of flavors in the finish as well. The body is light-medium with full effervescent carbonation that adds to the body. It is amazing how drinkable this beer is. You really get a nice tartness but it is wonderfully refreshing and not overpowering. Instead of fearing the tartness of the next drink, your palate feels refreshed and eager for another taste. This has to be my favorite Gueuze at the moment (I think my count is 4) and I would readily pay the money for this one again.

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Photo of dancinwillie
3.32/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

served in a chalice, poured from a bottle. reads: nov. 30, 2005, good for at least ten years from bottling date.

Appearance: poured well, with no head to speak of, just some large bubbles that didn't stick around too long. Color of apple cider. I must say at this point, I'm a little dissapointed, as reviews I've read mention a 1 to 2 finger white head. No head for me, story of my life.

Smell: a sour funkiness that I have come to associate with duchesse de bourgogne. A slight malty sweetness as well. I have a feeling this is going to be good.

Taste: Definately sour. A funky mustiness? A musty funkiness? Either way, tart, and pretty refreshing after the initial shock to my uninitiated taste buds. Almost winelike, or vinous, if you will. There is almost a hint of a apple cider quality as well. A long, dry, tart finish leaves me wanting that next drink, but I must wait a little longer between, to see how it warms up to me. Picking up some floral flavors as it warms up. I have to say at this point, that the taste doesn't really live up to the aroma. It's good, but the smell made me think it would be great.

Mouthfeel: As this is my first foray into this style, I've nothing to compare it to (stylewise), nevertheless, the lack of carbonation makes it seem very, drinkable. Although a bit more may have heightened the taste experience. Almost soft in a way that again reminds me of wine.

drinkability: again, as my first in this style, this is tough. I don't see myself drinking this again in the near future. It isn't that it's bad, only foreign to me in so many ways. I will probably seek out others in the same style, revisiting this one once I have a better handle on the style.

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Photo of kmo1030
4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

oude geuze vintage bottled 4/9/04.
pours a bright orangey lightly hazed gold with a fomay white head that fades to a film quickly. geuze-y looking.
perfumey floral citrusy aroma, mostly grapefruit, but also includes a distinctive musty hay quality. a bit earthy (like soil) on further inspection. slightly fruity in the way that cheese can be fruity. wet rotted tree bark.
the taste is tart with the same grapefruit as the aroma. other flavors include vanilla, strawberry, watermelon rind, apple skin, oak, caramel, mustiness. i've had this beer fairly new and the sourness is rounded out and the flavors have melded a bit from the fresh version. the is a subtle sweetness that keeps the acidity in check.
the mouthfeel is lighter side of medium with fairly active carbonation. bone dry. soft and falvorful beneath the sour.
the drinkability is pretty good. it's powerfully sour, but retains a degree of refreshing palate cleansing, and puckering good flavor.

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Photo of grub
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

got this one in a trade with Phyl12ca. thanks phil!

750ml bottle, corked and caged. bottled 03/02/2006. sampled may 23/08.

pours crystal clear dark yellow with just a wisp of white head. a little surprised by the lack of carbonation/head.

aroma is great. touch of caramel. lemon. hint of malt vinegar. leather. horse blanket. touch of alcohol. orange. wet earth.

taste is great. low bitterness level. lemon. orange. malt vinegar. leather. hint of vanilla. raw oak. touch of alcohol. earthy. crackers. grain. there's more depth to the funk and sourness than i'm really capturing here. the acidity is fairly restrained and nice.

mouthfeel is good. even with the almost complete lack of carbonation, i'm still really enjoying this. fairly light body with a nice dry finish.

drinkability is great. nice balance. the lack of carbonation might even improve the drinkability, since it helps ease the acidic feel. love the depth of the funk.

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Photo of willjansen
4.92/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a reivew of a 1997 vintage Oude Geuze from the cellar of the Drie Fonteinen brewpub in Beersel, Belgium sampled on May 6, 2008. Side-by-side comparison notes are for a 2007 vintage Oude Geuze.

Bottled arrived dusty and old looking with no label served in the appropriate lambic serving basket. When skillfully poured by our waitress, we were faced with a perfectly golden beer, slightly hazy, with a lot of carbonation and an agressive head. Similar appearance with newer vintage.

Smell had a restrained funkiness compared to the new vintage and much mellower and less agressive. Barnyard smells, with sharp aged cheese hints mixed around in there.

The 10.5 years in the cellar has certainly done a job mellowing this beer out, but it is hard to say since I didn't have the 97 shortly after bottling. But there is almost a sweetness that age has imparted to it, not a sugary sweetness, but one of maturity which is reflective more of the transformation of a strong sourness into a more subdued, rounder easier-drinking flavor.

The newer vintage has the sharp sourness that flares the nostrils, where as this one went down in easier gulps with a much deeper and balanced complexity. Simply delicious and one of the, if not the, best guezes I've ever had the pleasure to drink... Very dry, refreshing finish... the perfect geuze at its prime.

Mouthfeel has a heavy spritziness that delivers the flavor very efficiently. Light and foamy... spot-on for the style.

Amazing example of a vintage gueze - Guido (the brother who is in charge of the kitchen at Drie Fonteinen) says that 1997 is their best vintage. I believe that a comparison to a newer vintage may be unfair, since back then I think they were blending guezes from other lambic brewers before they more recently began brewing their own lambics for blending. Magnificent, and only 11 Euros (I think) at the brewpub!

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Photo of mdm46410
4.57/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12.7oz caged and corked bottle (dated Nov. 30, 2005) and served in a tumbler. This beer poured a hazy, glowing orange with a two-finger thick head of tight, beige fizz that slowly faded away into a thin, lasting cap. Not much lace to speak of. The aroma of the beer was made up of oak, grass, oranges, along with loads of funk. The flavor was very woody and earthy. Lots of wet wood, mildly tart acidity, sourdough, and a light citrus sweetness. Extremely funky, but not overly sour. The mouthfeel was light to medium-bodied and a bit crisp with modest carbonation. Insanely drinkable and thirst-quenching. Lovely stuff!

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Photo of rye726
4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
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 Lothore
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a sunset orange color with a 1 finger, white head.

S- Very funky, straw, orange peel, sharp end.

T- Taste definitely is sour, has a sort of smoky quality to it, oaky, lemon, spices.

M- A tad thicker than I would have expected, carbonation on the low side. Very dry.

D- Very enjoyable with a nice woody quality to it that I couldn't put my finger on.

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Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
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 SiphonKing
4.05/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A delicious, but pricey, offering of a belgian gueuze with the sour/puckering of Lacto followed with the barnyard aromas and horse-blanket Brett character. A nice blend of old and new gueuze to create a drinkable product. I could see cellaring this beer to meld the flavors even more. Can't wait to try the kriek version.

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Photo of chadspivey
3.97/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'04 Vintage

A: Murky orange with low carbonation.

S: Musty funk. Slight horseblanket.

T: Vinegar, horseblanket, very light tart.

M: Average, actually slightly less carbonated. To be fair, this is about 4 years old.

D: Slightly more drinkable than most guezes.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.16/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1-22-04 bottling date. I have decided to work through some of the amazing belgian beer choices at the beer store the next state over whenever I make a run. The latest purchase is this one.

A - brilliant orange color with a slight haze and a huge billowy off white head.

S - I was expecting sour horseblanket / funk but this one was powerful. I got odd looks from my wife as she left the couch. The smell got stronger as it warmed up to room temp.

T - tangy, funky, modestly sour tartness with a lemon and faint sweet malt note round this one out.

M - medium bodied, nicely carbonated, pucker tart but not stomach twisting acidic. Nice soft aftertaste.

D - the smell took some away from the taste but overall this drank quite nice for a 4 year oude geuze.

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Photo of Tdizzle
4.12/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa. Bottled on November 30th, 2005 and consumed on April 15th, 2008.

A- Poured into a Duvel tulip glass, this beer pours a cloudy, deep gold color with a large white head that settles to a thin layer, leaving minimal lacing on the glass.

S- An extremely musty, tart, and acidic aroma with strong notes of vinegar and pure lemon juice. There are some grassy and floral notes as well with the slightest hint of malt sweetness in the background.

T- Yikes. The sourness is intense, but it quickly fades, leaving a very dry finish and almost no lingering flavors on the palate. There are all the same characteristics of the aroma here: vinegar, lemon and grass.

M- A medium-bodied feel with lively carbonation.

D- Although the sourness is very intense, I found that I had no problem drinking the entire 12.7 ounce bottle. The ABV is only 6%, so the alcohol isn't a factor.

I'm new to this style, but I like it.

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Photo of JDV
2.36/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of geuzelover.
Pours golden with no head. Smell is musty, funky, and fairly standard, I thought. Generally unappealing to me. Taste is tart but less so than the Cantillon Classic Geuze. Somewhat musty, dirty, but with a sharp oaky sourness.

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze from Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Beer rating: 4.4 out of 5 with 2,890 ratings