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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 gford217
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cork pops explosively on the 375mL bottle and pours a hazy yellowish orange with a massive white head that sticks to the sides and stays on as a cap.

The aroma is seriously funky in addition to the tart vinegar aroma with some definite lemony tartness as well. There are hints of light fruit sweetness, especially peaches and apples, in the nose, but it's definitely second fiddle behind the sourness and funk.

The taste is extremely acidic up front which really puckers the lips. After a couple of sips and as it warms, there is more complexity that comes out with the sweetness of the peaches and apples. The finish is a combination of lemony tartness, vinegar burn and straight-up barnyard funk.

The mouthfeel is light to medium and highly carbonated. It's extremely and dry and very wine-like in the finish.

As with most of the Belgian sours I've had, I'm still working to get my taste buds prepped for the acidic onslaught that inevitably ensues when I try them. That said, I enjoyed this beer and it is very good for the style.

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Photo of Bcaulin
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled February '07, so just over two years in the bottle at this point.

Surprisingly little carbonation when uncorking the bottle. Other reviews suggest an almost explosive uncorking -- this was rather anti-climactic in comparison. Just a faint sound of air escaping, carrying a whiff of funk and sourness that had my taste buds watering right away.

Definitely pick up some apple in the nose in addition to the "funk". I'm hesitant to use the barnyard or horse blanket description because in addition to not being very familiar with those smells, I have definitely had more funky geuze. Still a very crisp and well balanced smell that lives up to the hype.

Nice tart taste that is as balanced as it smells. Nice and sour, although not overly so. Very drinkable and refreshing. Would love to enjoy on a nice warm day. An excellent example of the style, and I would love to try an older vintage to see if the brett can get to work a little more.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1999 Vintage:

Pours a nebulous golden with a tremendous white head that is cavernous as it recedes. Retention is good.

To demystify the aroma, one must unveil layer after layer of complex Brett characteristics. To describe this beer as funky would be an understatement. The funky horse blanket is very strong, as is the lesbian bull terrier piss aroma. Some herbal and grassy hop undertones are present with a nice level of tartness and musty barnyard. The flavor has a medium-high level of tartness with a medium sour level. The Brett is strong in the flavor, with some light citrus and some grassiness. Very musty, with strong notes of horse blanket and vinegar.

Light bodied with medium carbonation and a dry mouthfeel.

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Photo of Nick3
3.73/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Let me preface this review by stating that this was my first Gueuze . . . I've had some flemish reds/sours before though.

Bottled on date of Feb. 1, 2008. Beer poured into a Duvel tulip quickly forms a four finger head. Bubbles vibrantly race to feed the head. Beer is a honey colored haze and it looks great. Smell is musty hay and lemons. Wow, this beer is sour. . .lemons come through in the taste as well. No hops, no sweetness. Beer is very lively on toungue. A refreshing beer but quite different than anything I've had before and you'll need to like a sour taste. It grew on me as I drank it though.

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

750ml bottle poured into tulips.

A = Dark honey colored liquid with large foam and small bubble bone white head, small champagne ntype carbonation bubbles.

S = Dried cherries, apples and pears, cinnamon and other spices, roots vegetables with slight amount of fresh dirt still clinging to them. Very complex and interesting.

T = Sharp sour flavors of fresh lemon juice, with a good spiciness in the back of the mouth almost that of white pepper. Taste doesn't linger quite as long as I would like though.

M = Medium bodied, smooth texture, decent mouthcoating.

D = Easy drinking for a sour, goes down very well and makes me keep wanting more.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

January 17th 2006 bottling.

A: A slightly hazy golden color with a ton of bubbles leading to a half finger of white head.

S: A nice sour/tart nose. Tons of lacto. Some overripe fruit thrown in there for good measure.

T: While not as tart as other examples of the style I have had I must say this is probably the best balanced example of the style I have had. The tartness was there but it was not overwhelming. I honestly wanted quite a bit more.

M: Just a joy in the mouth. Tons of carbonation.

D: Why can't I drink this every day? This is a jewel. I love the style and they are experts. I wanted to savor this but my glass just kept getting empty. I know it is a low ABV beer but god damn. I would kill you for a never ending keg of this at my house.

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Photo of tconboy
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed a bottle of this at the Kulminator in Antwerp. Pours a light glowing orange apple juice color. Very lively. Smells sour and of apples. Incredibly complex fruit and citrus flavors, with a beautiful balance. Mouthfeel is pretty similar to champagne, lively carbonation and nice dry finish. For how sour this beer is, because of its flavor and complexity it is much easier to drink. My introduction into the lambic world and I will definitely try another.

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Photo of MilanoItaly
1.27/5  rDev -70.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Produced 8/12/2004, quite old.
Snifter 500cc, temp 10 C° , served with cheese "Fourme d'Ambert" (similar to Gorgonzola but less creamy).

60% barley malt 40% wheat, mélange of lambics from 1,2,3 years.

Nice creamy foam with tiny bubbles and retention.
The colour can be described as green-tea hue.Cloudy.

About smell :acetic acid amongst all, also smell of tart apple,better,tart cider,cheese.Cellar.

Taste confirms the smell impression.I can add I would have liked more body.And the taste lasts too less.
No trace of hop.
Stinging effect of acetic acid on your tongue.

Better way to describe my sensation : stinging water with acetic acid smell.

Paid 6,4 € x 37,4cc , too much I'm afraid for the curiosity.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 8/2/08. Bottle, bottled 1/2006. Pours a cloudy orange with a thick white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is quite funky (barnhouse, sour cheese). Flavor is super tart, of nice tart candies, oakiness. Just like other 3 Fonteinen beers, this is nice and tart and sour but not too acidic on the palate. For a lambic, it is extremely drinkable. Awesome beer!
8/4/8/4/16 (4.0/5)

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Photo of 0110x011
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled February 2007

A - Apple cider orange, with a thick, frothy 2-finger head. Sticky lacing left everywhere. So cloudy you'd think it was a Hefe.

S - Lemon, green grape, and major musty funk. Horsey. Anise & coriander. An interesting combination - a spicy funk as opposed to Girardin's sweet funk.

T - Expected sour bang doesn't really come. Tart for sure, but not as puckering as, say, anything Cantillon. Spice and funk are on the forefront, with a gentle sweetness coming through for balance. Surprisingly bitter at the end (which, for a gueuze, means you notice some bitterness behind the sour).

M - Very light and dry. Lively carbonation adds to the crispness.

D - If you dig the funk, it's incredibly drinkable. Unfortunately the price tag ($18.99) brings the score down a bit.

Not as sour as I normally like, but well balanced and refreshing. Also may be the funkiest beer I've really enjoyed. Not my favorite Gueuze, but quite tasty. Worth a shot if you can fit it in the budget.

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle dated 2005.

A: Nice initial head, quickly fades. Great lacing. Opaque medium honey color in the body.

S: Acidity up front, fruitiness behind it. Also a little musk.

T: Sourness up front, muskyness I often associate with raw milk cheese. There is some fruitiness, but I find it hard to place.

M: Good for the style, high carbonation, really dry.

D: Honestly its very refreshing

This is my first beer of this style, and my first 'sour' beer. Something unusual to have

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

Bottle marked "1999". Poured a hazy golden-marmalade beneath a creamy white head. Aromas of mineral, granite, wet leather, basement mustiness, citrus, and tropical fruit. The flavor is brash and tart, displaying notes of wood, cheese, fruit, leather, straw, ripped tin, and suggestions of blood, citrus and shit. Quite the stunner!!! For fans of geuze this one should not be missed. For the uninitiated, please stay away (leaving more for us!)... try something with a bit of fruit first.

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Photo of rhinos00
4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12.7 oz. bottle dated November 30, 2005, a little over 3 years aged.

A- One of the most unique color appearances I have seen on a beer. As it lays in snifter, its body gives off an apple juice colored hue. It doesn't end there. Surrounding the edges and from underneath the body, there seems to be bright orange glow that just radiates throughout the beer. Almost seems magical.

S- Very interesting aroma. Smells of wood and sour acidic tones are the first to hit the nose. Given a few swirls, there is a subtle hint of sweetness.

T- Originally I was going to rate this a "4." However, as the beer warmed up the sour tones tapered off and became a lot milder. The most important part for me was that once the temperature rose, the sweetness of fruits (grapes?) became more prevalent. To me it became a completely different beer, a more enjoyable one.

M- In between medium and light bodied. The wonderful carbonation gives a champagne like feel. Also leaves a refreshing dry finish.

D- Drinkability is very good. I think I had the perfect amount. Having more than one glass would probably more sour than I could take in a single setting.

Overall, I opened this beer after reading that this was a good beer to act as a gateway into sours and lambics because it wasn't extremely sour. I definitely have to agree. This was a very refreshing and pleasant experience that makes me want to experiment more with this style of beer.

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

Nice looking green bottle, cork, muselet, golden foil, bottled date January 16, 2006. Sampled same date as the review.

Poured into both a Cantillon snifter-like glass and a small champagne flute (looks better in the flute), it produces a somewhat hazy bright orange, reddish hues, nice looking white fluffy head, lively bubbles coming to the top. After a long time, as the head finally dissipates, a lighter yellow hue is clearly separated at the top of the beer.
Great aroma, musty, leathery, fruity with citric notes, woody, earthy and even some vanilla; acidity keeps coming to the top.
It has a nice body, yet is refreshing, likely due to its acidity and lively carbonation.
The complex flavor is just as layed out by the enticing aroma; musty, fruity, woody, acid. Layers and layers of flavor, and every sip gives you something different.
Very impressive; now I need a few bottles to age.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.53/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ml foiled, corked, & caged; bottled on 02/Feb./07 and shared with trep and friends during a Thanksgiving holiday beer tasting.

Pours a brassy, golden body with a beautiful, bone-white head that leaves behind some nice smatterings of lacing. Exceptional carbonation level on this Gueuze, wafting aromatic notes of chardonney grapes, tart wild yeast, and a bit of oak.

I've come to the sad realization that I'm just not a fan of sour beers. I really want to like them, but I found this beer to be too sour/dry/tart/vinegary. White grape rinds and acetic acid lended the flavor a good deal of pungency, and the light body was exceedingly dry, well-carbonated, crisp, and mouth-puckeringly tart. The 4 oz. I had of this shared bottle were almost more than I could handle. Although sour beers aren't for me, I did enjoy Cantillon's Lou Pepe significantly more than this Gueuze.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle corked on 02/18/2007.

Poured hazy copper color with an large frothy white head that was lasting with good lacing.

Moderate sour yeasty wood aroma.

Medium body with a dry texture.

Medium sour citrus flavor with a medium sour finish of moderated duration.

This is a standout for style beer.

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Photo of nick76
1.92/5  rDev -55.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

The aroma is sour with tart fruit, lactic bacteria, yeast, urine, wood, and sugar. The appearance is cloudy and copper with a small head. The flavor is tangy is like the aroma. The palate is average. Overall not something I want again despite being complex and highly ranked here.

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

12.7oz bottle, bottled on 22 January 2004. Poured a deeper and cloudy golden color with a fizzy off white head. Aromas of green apples with a light oakiness and lemons. Tastes follow suit with the same green apples, woody, and citrus. Nice, but not overpowering, pucker at the finish.

Re-rated with a 1999 vintage tasted in January '07 and the second time around with the older vintage, I enjoy quite a bit more.

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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 Damian
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 1 pt 9.4 fl oz bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA
Served in a flute

The beer poured a hazy, honey-ish amber color with a fluffy, bubbly, off white, one-finger head that faded to a clingy ring of lace. Small drops of lacing trickled down the glass. As the beer warmed, the chill hazed cleared to reveal a nearly transparent body.

The aroma was ultra musty and complex. Tart and funky with a hay/barnyard-like character. On the second glass, a powdery, dry, yeast quality became apparent.

The taste was sour and funky yet not over the top for the style. Wheaty, crisp and light. Semi-fruity. A touch sweet in the center with notes of apple skin. The finish was intensely sour and acidic. Oaky, dry and slightly tannic with sharp lemon notes. As the beer warmed, an earthy mustiness became apparent.

The mouthfeel was super bubbly, light and creamy on the palate. Sprightly and fluffy with a champagne-like effervescence.

Drinkability was quite good for the style. The beer was tasty, complex and appetite whetting. Definitely worth trying if you are into lambics.

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

750ml bottle dated 02/2007. I've been waiting to give this one a shot, hope its funky. beautiful orange color with a good head at first, then scarce bubbles. The smell is real nice, candy, fruit, peaches, a little basement. Nice and sour, juicy like apples and pears. It feels like very tiny bubbles as far as mouthfeel goes.

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

Being a big fan of sour beers, I felt I had to review this one.

Pours a nice, not all together clear golden/bronze, with substantial carbonation. The head was somewhat billowy, but didn't last all that long.

The nose is almost exactly what you'd expect: Namely, sour and tart fruitiness. There's apple here, as well as pear, some white grape, and lots of tannic aromas, if that makes sense. It smells even more like fruit skins than any fruit itself. All in all, it's really rather appealing.

The taste is surprisingly subdued for a sour ale. Yes, it's sour, but the tartness doesn't jump out and grab you like some other examples I've had. In a way, that's good, and yet it's also just a bit disappointing. It seems like this could be more, and at the same time, it seems quite good like it is. See the dilemma? It's good, and could be better, but not really. Anyway, the nose and the taste are quite in sync with one another. All the fruit peel smells show up in the flavor, with Granny Smith apples really coming to the fore for me. There's no hop flavor, nor should there be. It finishes remarkably dry, with almost a puckering quality to it, as though the saliva has been taken out of your mouth. Overall, a truly grand experience, and one I'd like to try again and again.

The mouthfeel is very, very light, which is exactly as is to be expected with the style. The amazing amount of dryness at the end of the drink just heightens that feeling.

This is very, very well made. Not overwhelming, and with nothing out of balance. I still have that lingering feeling there could be more, but I'm not going to complain. This might be a good entry into the world of sour beers for someone, as it isn't too sour to get one's tastebuds around, yet it's enough that they'll know they're drinking something radically different than anything they've had before. Strongly recommended.

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Photo of PatronWizard
3.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled Nov 30, 2005. In the continuing effort to broaden my beer horizons, gueuze represents the final frontier. To infinity and beyond...

Perfect copper color. Like a dissolved penny. A shiny new one. The tiniest of bubbles. Smallish white head. Fairly clear.

Smell is sow-wah! Actually made my mouth water though. Pungent! The last gueuze I had smelled like dirty feet and turned me off. No foot fetish here. This one is much better. Still funky, just not foot funky.

The taste is one thing, the sensation is another. It more or less explodes flavor throughout your whole pie-hole. It's a rush. Sow-wah!

Light, dry finish.

Overall: makin my way, the only way I know how, but that's just a little bit more than the law will allow

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Photo of yourefragile
4.69/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12.7 oz bottle, bottling date of 30 nov 2006.

A: Mildly cloudy amber-orange color, with a frothy whitish head that leaves a nice thin layer of bubbles and some splotchy lace.
S: Obviously has a strong sour, funky, dirty smell but also has a very potent slightly sweet, tart grapefruit like smell that provides nice balance to the funkiness.
T: I was just eating some nice, tart winesap apples this afternoon so my first drink of course reminds me of them. Immediately there is a sour apple/grapefruit flavor, but then in the body some more sweetness comes through before finishing very funky and earthy. Nice complex range of flavors and interesting balance of tart, sour and sweet flavors throughout.
M: Amazingly crisp and light in the mouth, with a very high level of carbonation. Despite sour and tartness this very smooth and refreshing.
D: Amazing gueze, I love drinking this, however, there is so much sourness and tart that lingers in the finish and complexity in the body that this is something best enjoyed slowly and on special occasions.

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

Bottled Nov. 30, 2005.

A: Hazy orange-brown with an off-white head, some retention & leg/lace.

S: Lactic sourness, cider, leather and a bit of horse. Very nice.

T: Very nice brett. presence (horsey, earthy minerals, leather & a little barnyard), reasonable lactic sourness, slightly woody, slight hints of cider vinegar. Nicely blended.

M: Light to moderate body has a slight acidity, dry finish (not very puckering).

D: Very drinkable for the style.

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