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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze | Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Drie Fonteinen Oude GeuzeDrie Fonteinen Oude Geuze

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
Belgium | website

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".

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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 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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Photo of jhawth
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into Duvel tulip from 750ml bottle. Pours a murky amber with a two-finger head of very fine foam.

Aroma: Pronounced sharp wood character, serious funky notes, sweet wheat-y, cereal-y character towards the back.

Taste: Follows nose with lots of funkiness, nicely balanced sourness, wood character is slightly less noticeable than in nose, nice cereal-y character to back everything up.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, very lively carbonation.

Overall: Really excellent. Spectacular, very funky and woody gueuze.

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Photo of jvillefan
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: It had a pale golden yellow body with a minimal white head.

S: Estery sour aroma. The aroma is very mild compared to many other geuzes I've had. There is a subtle sour apple present.

T: Harsh edges around the ester sour flavors. Despite the harshness, still a good flavor.

M: Very thin with very sharp carbonation.

O: Good beer. Worth trying at least once.

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Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
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 output01x
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12.7 oz. bottle (Bottled On 12/10/09) into a tulip glass.

A painstakingly slow pour yields a massive 2 1/2-finger off-white head that quickly diminishes with much energy and excitement to a thick covering within a couple minutes. The body is a hazy light honey color with streams of rising carbonation bubbles.

The aroma bursts from this beer the instant it is uncorked. Slightly sour, a little funky, and very fruity. White grape juice and green apples give this an almost wine-like nose.

After a dry, almost nonexistent start, this beer strikes the middle of your tongue out of nowhere with a great sourness. The second it is swallowed, the sour retreats leaving a sweet, fruity aftertaste. White grapes and lemon flavors really enhance the sourness. Very little lacing can be found throughout consumption.

Medium bodied with great carbonation, this beer fizzes on your tongue no matter how quickly you swallow each sip. Normally I am not a fan of this much carbonation, but I really think it gives this beer more character.

It is definitely drinkable and with only 6% you can enjoy multiples. The head retention is phenomenal and the aromas can be noticed across the room. The flavor is delicious, but not as sour, nor as dry as I would prefer from this style. The carbonation is explosive, but not necessarily in a bad way.

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Photo of Kinsman
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A late 2009 bottling, making this a rather young vintage with a little over a year on it.

Hazy light amber hue with a loud and lively carbonation provided a thick white head that leave behind a semi sticky lace residue.

Aroma is fully of tarty sweetness with some cider and vinegar-like sour aspects mixed in. Apples and white grapes seem to be the strongest fruit aromas.

Taste is wonderfully sour with lots of fruity sweetness to go with it. Apples give a cider like quality while the lemony sourness gives your mouth a nice pucker. Finishes with just a bit of a funky bretty character. Notably absent in this beer seems to be the leathery/barnyard character that a lot of people associate with sours but thats fine by me. This beer has struck the perfect balance of fruity sweetness, sourness, and yeasty funk for my liking.

Mouthfeel is bubbly and crisp with a dry finish. Overall, a great geuze that I'm glad I had the chance to try.

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

Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze is a strong but pleasant geuze. Probably my favourite geuze I've tried.

A: Orange colour and a good 15 mm head that lasts pretty well. 4.5

S: The smell is strong but kinda difficult to describe. There are some fruit esters and an intense tartness that reminds me of unripe fruit. 4.5

T: Sour unripe fruit and some harsher mineral flavours. It reminds me of white wine in some ways. There is one more flavour there that I can't quite put my finger on. A very unusual and somewhat "off" flavour. It's quite nice overall though.

M: Foamy. 4

O: 4.

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Photo of naderator55
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Gueze.
Pours with a small head retention. The color is a hazy oarnge. Very hazy. This beer has the earthiest smell Ive ever experienced. The Oak comes through the nose.
Starts off with a sour citrus and floral taste. The aftertaste is very earthy. The aftertaste has a very basic grainy taste. The mouthfeel is very dry. I could drink about one of these, and quite slowly but I dont think it is meant to be pounded.
Overall this beer is an experience, I look forward to sampling more.

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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 JamesShoemaker
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a stemless wine glass. 2012 vintage, slightly over a year old at this point. I got this puppy in a box from Belgiuminanbox.com. If you can scrape the scratch for the shipping, it's definitely worth it.

A - excellent. Dark orange and yellow, much darker than Cantillon and other various gueuzes I've had. Cloudy and carbonated. Big head on the forced pour, but it recedes very quickly.

S - meh, a little sour and skunky for me. There's something strange here. I don't get a lot of fruit on the nose, just a champagne-like acridness.

T - the taste is better. A nice sourness at first leads into some fruity residue. Lots of lime, but there's nothing really sweet about it.

M - the bitterness sticks around pleasantly, and the carbonation is definitely present throughout.

O - I don't know how much bottles of this go for in the States, but I'd pick it up again for sure.

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

My very first in this style, interested to see what all the praise is about. 375ml bottle poured into my Weyerbacher tulip. Bottled on Dec 12th, 2009.

A- Brew pours out to a beautiful golden and orange color. Good amount of bubbily white head and settles down to about 1/2 finger. This is probably the most carbonated beer I've ever seen in terms of bubbles. Almost looks like a science experiment.

S- Definitely a distinctive Belgian yeast strain with some cotton candilike sugar notes. Then it makes way to a funky, funky odor. Must be some brett, there's also lactic notes suggesting a sour drink is at hand. That funk translates mostly to wet hay and leather in my opinion. You'd think not to drink something with this smell but I enjoy it.

T- Sweet and tingly sour. Fairly vinous and tart. Heavy acidity that gathers in my stomach. Flavor includes lemon, green sour apples, a little vinegar and some of the hay felt from the nose.

M- The high amount of carbonation is tamed in the mouth and actually is pretty smooth. Carbonation is felt, and combines with the puckering effect. Medium bodied.

O- This is good, not overly sour and interesting aromas. I'm glad I finally tried this style. A little on the pricey end for this, but you do get quality. I would've liked to have some wood in the taste but the tartness dominated my taste buds.

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