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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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Photo of infi
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 12/12/2009.

Poured into a Corsendonk tulip.

Transparent and golden-orange color with a nice fluffy, bubbly, white head atop. Slowly dissipating away when left to idle. Great stream of tiny carbonated bubbles arising from the nucleation site towards the head. The nose presents candied sour apples with skin and cherries, a touch of the musty, oak casks, slivers of barnyard funk and yeasty breadiness of the barley malt. Reminiscent of a nice champagne. The pungency of the sourness really takes over the olfactories once you stick your nose into the glass. Incredibly mouth-watering.

Taste strikes the palate with flashes of brief lemon sourness and tart, puckering effects on the tip of your tongue and hard palate. But this thin, vinegary essence fades away quickly towards the bready malts, mixed with some of the open air funk and sea salt. Considering the age, the funk isn't very prevalent as I thought it might have been. However, this is a bit more sour than the Cantillon Classic Gueuze. But very comparable nonetheless! Very tasty, especially for the sour beer amateur that I am.

Mouthfeel is perfectly crisp, leaving a nice, brisk dryness to the cheeks and tongue. Great amount of tiny bubbling overall in the mouth. Definitely champagne-esque. Incredible beer– even if it is one of the few types of gueuzes I've ever had. Armand is a genius!

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Photo of pluppykatie
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinking in a mini Duvel glass. It is a 2010 batch.

Appearance - pretty regular looking but I know it's deceiving me.
Smell - haven't been able to determine the familiar scent, but it's strong.
Taste - mmm mmm classic and satisfying sour taste. A little flat on the end note.
Mouthfeel - bit creamy, little carbonation.
overall - satisfactory.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7oz corked/caged bottled split between two pint glasses (limited glassware availability). Bottling date on the label is 2011/02/17.

Pours with a massive off-white head (like a problematically large head), cloudy golden. Smell is tart, unripe green grapes, lemon.

Taste is super tart, more of the lemony characteristic, actually quite lemony.

Mouthfeel is dry but thick. Overall, quite good, but probably won't spend the money again.

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Photo of blitz134
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear honey color with lots of bubbles that form a dense just off-white head in my tulip glass. Head reduces to a thin layer but leaves some nice sheet lacing behind.

Sour, funky aroma (who would have thought) with some dry grape undertones. Not overly complex.

I took a sip of this and I was immediately reminded of this wild, deep purple-skinned grape that grows in the Southeast, a muscadine. My great-granddad had a vine trained in his backyard, and I'd eat a ton of them whenever I was over in early fall. My granddad made wine out of these, too, like many other southern homemade wine makers. I can't get past how much this beer tastes like these slightly sour, tart wild grapes. The dryness and slight acid from the (probably bacteria, wild yeast coated) skin that makes you pucker, followed by a hint of sweetness, and then a lingering clean grape-like fruitness with a bit of earthy, astringency left over on the teeth. Just like eating muscadines; I dont know how else to describe it.

Overall, not super sour or tart. Thin to medium-thin mouthfeel with a bit of effervesence. A solid gueze in any book. Good stuff, and quite the surprise in the flavor for me.

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Photo of zaphodchak
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep straw color, clearigh. No lace or head.

Awesome rich nose. Tart, oak, some funk and wood.

Very tart, and a bit woody. Lots of funk and lemony citrus. The oak supports and balances this.

Pretty flat feeling, with a vaguely clingy aftertaste.

Managed to smell great in spite of lack of head, and definitely a well-blended geuze.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle, split during march madnesss

appearance: cloudy orange body, big frothy white cap with strong retention

smell: oak ,hay, barnyard funk, sour apple, sour lemon

taste: nice gueze - oak presence dominant, sour apple and sour lemon, nice sourness, sharp sugar, barnyard hay, grass

mouthfeel: tongue twisting, moderate sourness

drinkability: high for the style

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Photo of dmitrosan
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I liked very much the flowery nose with sesame and flex seeds aroma.
A balanced rich taste of green apples, lime skin, wild berries, bread kvass and fermented birch juice.

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Photo of Fux
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in my De Dolle Oerbier tulip glass.

A: Nice light gold color. Abundant fizzy head which disappears quickly. Lacing is ok.

S: Sour nose with tart, funky and also spicy notes. Aromas of green apple are present.

T: Taste is sweeter than expected, with distinguishable honey notes. Still very sour. Very well balanced. This is a very nice one to try for someone not used to the style as it is not as astringent as others gueuzes.

M: Light bodied with high carbonation. Very refreshing and easily drinkable.

O: Very nice stuff. This one will be back in my stock soon.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Review adapted from notes taken 1/21/12

Appearance: Dark orange, amber - not really what I expected for a gueuze - minimal carbonation, minimal lacing

Smell: At first whiff, this was intense, but after a few minutes, it's actually quite mild - toasted and pale malts - some sour, some tart - another aroma that reminds me of sesame seeds, like a toasted sesame seed bagel - hay

Taste: Moderately sour, moderately tart, excellently balanced - base of lightly toasted malts - some light fruits, some light fruit skins (grape skins, perhaps?) - not particularly funky - slightly acidic - some sweetness - some wood

Mouthfeel: Needs more carbonation - maybe there were cork problems? - smooth, very wet

Overall: A little weird, but very good

This is unlike any Gueuze that I have encountered. It's a great sour, and it's pretty unique. This particular bottle seemed to be lacking carbonation, but it was still good.

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Photo of weeare138
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to hopdog for opening this '99 vintage bottle...
Appears a hazy, light gold with a small white head that fades into a mild collar. Tiny speckles of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of tart apple, grapes, rubber, vanilla, oak, melon, obvious brett.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with notes of vinegar that has been strained through a dusty horseblanket.
Mouthfeel is zingy with a light body. Notes of tart apple, star fruit, & persimmons are lively along the palate. Not bad.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thin wispy yeasty top over honey-colored, slightly effervescent body. A little carbonation.

Very potent aroma of sour citrus with that nice horse-blanket tone of brett with a fair amount of electric yeast, malt and wheat. Powerful yet bright.

Clean and crisp up front with loads of sour citrus with horsehide notes and a good oak bakckbone. Wheat, malt and electric yeast are solid supporting cast.

The very strong sour citrus and brett pucker really gets balanced with the oak aging of this effort as well as the strong grain presence, providing an outstanding feel and finish on the palate.

A stellar offering for a style that's a challenge for drinkability. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of jakon
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7oz bottle purchased for $7.49 on 7-20-7 at Belmont Station.

Bottled on date of January 22nd, 2004.

A faint pop of the cork reveals that there isn't much carbonation with this one. Pours a glowing gold with a thin layer of foam that coats the surface and slowly disappears over the next 5-10 minutes. The aroma is awesome. Mister Ed meets Parliament. I'm in for a treat. The initial taste puckers my mouth like no other. I can feel it all the way back at the top of my jaw. Yum. There is a slight bitterness buried underneath all the sharp acidity, but this is all about the sour funk. Great beer, but it could use a little more carbonation.

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Photo of TMoney2591
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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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a hazy golden orange with a two finger foamy white head. The head recedes quickly leaving some good soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is green apple, lemon and some light funk.

T - The taste lemon, green apple, white grape, musty funk with a sharpe acidic finish.

M - Medium body with medium/high carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

O - Very good Gueuze. The flavors are crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of haz77
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy golden amber with a half-inch of head, which quickly falls away.

S - The smell fills the room. Sour/tart/acidic citrus, earth, farmyard, a little solvent, wood.

T - Immediate citric tartness that then mellows and become almost creamy. The farmyard notes come through, along with bitterness, which last into a long aftertaste.

M - Light body and medium carbonation.

D - Refined and well balanced, although somehow I was expecting more. Nevertheless, definitely worth trying.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep glowing brass with loose white froth that’s gone in a flash.
White vinegar, green apples, soap, flower nectar, washed rind cheese and a touch of horse blanket.
Cream cracker malts, a dose of cidery tartness, melon and golden raisins, a whisper of a waxy hit, some funk, a limestone tang and lemon balm hops to end.
Mellow woody Marsala-like finish and dry linger.
Medium, creamy, very little fizz, dry.

A work in progress to appreciate the incredible complexity of geuze. Not sure why it’s called the champagne of Belgians, because fizz is the one thing missing. Otherwise, there’s a cornucopia of flavors in here that recombine in surprising ways to make me want to say silly things like a lemon and wine sauce for mussels. My awe includes a bit of confusion, but there’s no denying it’s a deep beer.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful light gold color with a tad of haze. A mostly white one finger head tops the beer and very quickly dissipates. Heavenly smells of tartness, sourness, and oak comprise a great nose. First sip for a second is kind of sweet, then like an avalanche a wave of puckering sourness hits. There is a great mix of flavor with the oak adding a balancing dimension. Still some slight sweetness through out. The tart finish stands out. Mouthfeel is top notch too as it is near perfectly carbonated. Damn good. Damn good.

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Photo of cvfish
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - This beer poured a lemon golden color that produced a wispy white head which had good retention and laced the side of the glass nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer were of lemony citrus, some musky funk, and Belgian yeast

T - The taste of this beer had a sweet beginning, had that funk that you would expect from the Belgian yeast strain, and finished with a lemony sourness

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body with a moderate to high amount of carbonation

D - The drinkability of this beer is subject, this is quite a beast of a beer that only experienced beer drinkers should try, but if your palate is well attuned, them it is a great drink

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Photo of kmcnair
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2003 Vintage, 37.5cl bottle

Pours a perfect shade of cloudy apricot and creates a fluffy white head that disipates quickly. Aroma is full of barnyard and sharp cheese, slight vinegar sourness. Flavor is hugely complex, acidic, sharp and sour citrus fruit, funky cheese and something indescribeable that I have never experienced in any other beer. Smooth on the palate, finishes very dry. This gueuze has such a unique character, it is a real shame that I only have one bottle. Quite nice.

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Photo of egajdzis
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

1999... Upon removing the cork, I got a very small pop, and I was even able to put the cork back into the bottle! Poured a slightly hazy golden color with a medium sized white creamy head with nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of herbs, brett, vinegar, stinky socks and wood. The taste was very sour, but also included lots of oak, cinnamon, some apple, watermelon, grapefruit, and lemon peel. While it was very sour, it seemed to lack the depth I like to find in a world class gueuze.

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Photo of Pencible
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated Nov 18, 2010
A: This poured a cloudy light gold with some white head.
S: It smelled like lots of oak and funk and vinegar, with some dry white grape and clove and earthy lemon zest.
T: It tasted like dry white grapes and tart earthy lemon zest and very funk oak and clove. It had a clean and tart aftertaste.
M: It was thin and very bubbly. Like champagne.
D: This was a very nice gueuze. The scent and body were spot on, and the taste was very nice too. It wasn't overpowering, but there was still lots of wild funk and tartness. So it was easy to drink, but worth sipping. Age forever for enjoy fresh. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
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 crossovert
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750ml synthetic corked and caged green bottle. Bottled on 02 February 2007.

Pours a nice orange/old peach color that is murky and hazy. The head is small and white.

The smell is potent here. Tons of acidic sourness, lots of fruit peel, lemon, fruit, and some barnyard funk. The oak adds a nice wood tone that cloaks it all. It is very woody, not as much vanilla or tannin.

The taste is sour to the max almost. Biting lemon rind is the most prominent flavor. There is a bit more tannic flavor in the taste with the wood. There is a funky stickiness that coats your mouth with each sip. It is a true gueuze experience. There is a subtle spice in the background as well. This isn't quite the most complex gueuze I've had but it is definitely smooth, and the quintessential sour flavor.

This is one of the better gueuzes out there it is a shock at first but mellows.

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Photo of texashammer
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

sampled on cask at the brewery's restaurant. a nice orange color with the most impressive head I've ever seen: absolutely solid. formed a hole to drink through, like ice fishing, but the rest stayed throughout; when the beer was gone the head sat on the bottom of the glass. smells of funky complexities -- I finally know what people mean by "barnyard" in a beer; also slightly sweet and yeasty. taste is everything it should be. dry mouthfeel. refreshing and so easy to drink that we couldn't believe how quickly a liter disappeared.

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Photo of flipper2gv
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Many many thanks to rtepiak for this beer that will be my 200th review!! Never thought I'd get there that fast.

A: Little hazy yellow color. One finger worth of a pure white head, very effervescent. Retention is ok as well as lacing.

S: The aroma is beautifully tart and musky. There is absolutely nothing like a gueuze, and there is nothing like a gueuze that smell this good. Very tart with green apples and juicy-acidic with the strong lemon juice smell. It is also beautifully spicy with notes of nutmeg, cloves and ever so slight vanilla. Touch of sweetness in the form of white sugar and light honey. Nice white wine quality. What would be a gueuze without its musky character? Lots of barnyard, hay and earth.

T: Very good blend of tartness, acidity and musk. Some sours seem much too acid to me. The green apples are there and strong and show a strong tartness. Acid with the lemon juice. Not as spicy as the nose but I could detect some faint cloves. Not sweet at all (except from the fruity taste). Lots of barnyard, hay and earth. Not as complex and balanced as the smell, but still a very drinkable and pleasing gueuze. Light wood tannins.

M: Amazingly light and refreshing. Strong carbonation. Bottle fermenting does wonders.

O: This is very very good gueuze. If the taste would have followed the nose, it would have been one of the best beer I ever had. Any way, still highly enjoyable and recommended to anyone that wants to try a gueuze.

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