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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie 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".

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Photo of mverity
4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy grapefruit orange color with a fair amount of egg shell head that faded fairly quickly. No legs and light lacing. Good thin collar. Aroma is very much like when I would march in my highschool homecoming parade and the floats were all covered in straw. I also pick up some lemon and grapefruit. The flavor provile is very citrusy tart up front, then some dry grass. Nice silty mouthfeel, very dry, and that tartness stings the tongue. Very glad I got to try this, but I wouldn't put it in my top 5, maybe not in the top 10.

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Photo of ithacabaron
4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My attempt to slip the cork from the bottle fails miserably -- it explodes from the bottle like a gunshot. The pour yields a very clear, Iowa yellow body, capped with several fingers of sheer white head. A riot of bubbles runs up the glass. The beer almost leaps from the glass. Wonderful.

Aromas are classic gueuze, but more sour than most classic examples. Rusty steel, white distilled vinegar, and straw stand out. No cat urine or wet blanket, and what funk is here gets smothered. Far more acidic than other examples of the style, and the beer suffers as a result. Would have liked to see more complexity here.

Taste is more of the same; acid, acid, acid. It's not bad, but it's really one dimensional. Some gueuzes give you hours of exploration; new flavors to uncover as you travel through the bottle. Not so here -- it's one note, albeit played well.

Mouthfeel is a contradiction, with lots of foam, but a thin body. Still, not outside the realm of what's expected from the style.

All in all, this is a fine, beer, and better than many other gueuzes. The fact that it's widely available nowadays is a miracle of modern beer advocacy. That being said, is it still a mere shadow of Cantillon's wonder? Yup.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer opened with a loud pop as the cork erupted from the bottle once loosened. The beer poured into a chalice clear medium orange/amber with a tall and white frothy and spirited head that fell slowly and then lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity with cherries and peaches while the head was spirited and then transformed into the more familiar grapeskin and acidid sour aroma that many lambic posses. In the back of the aroma was a plastic phenolic and the aroma was oaky and slightly sweaty.

The flavor was interesting with an effervescent grapeskin flavor and grapeseed on the palate and a fruity yet sour acidity. The flavor was frutiy with a strawberry impression and some oak flavoring in the background. As the beer warmed a lemon citric flavor emerged and the grapeskin/seed flavors diminished making a much more drinkable product.

The finish was dry with a lasting fruit, grapeskin/seed and acidic tart sourness long into the aftertaste. The body was medium light due to the very high level of carbonation.

750 ml bottle. 02 April 2001 on label. Purchased at Green's in Atlanta, GA for $17.

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Photo of SiphonKing
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
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 unclejazz
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my first chance to enjoy a real Belgain Geuze. It is pretty much what I wxpwcted and hope for. Funk and vinegar light fruit in the nose, like apricot and grapefruit. The brut style carbonation was spot on, like a good dry champange. Taste was solid, but not mind blowing. Russian River sours carry more complexity, which is really what we are looking for right? Great mouthfeel, it help counteract any distaste for the vinegar taste. Overall I would like top climb up the ladder of this brewery and try some Armand and the Kreik.

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

A: This beer is golden with hints of red. The compact creamy white head fills the glass at first, then slowly sinks into decent lacings.

S: Black powder galore - brettanomyces! Very dry smell. Green apples.

T: Dry! just like a nice Geueze shold be. Green apples. Gundpowder from the brett. Acidic and citric.

M: Long dry aftertaste, bitter. Body is medium and carbonation is non-excistant.

O: A Geueze is Geueze - I still havn't had a bad one. This one is no exception.

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

everything a gueuze should be. it pours a pale pale straw color, hazy, with an average white head with decent retention. the nose is stright lemon juice from concentrate, like the little green bottle in the fridge that i sometimes put on steamed spinach. it is acidic and tart, and light in both malt and hops. it taste equally fruity as the nose, with lemon being the predominant flavor. lots of acid, this is pretty puckery. no sweetness at all, like a raw lemonade or something. the feel is great, dry in the mouth, effervescent carbonation, and a lighter body. this is a sharing bottle though because of the acid content. its through the roof. still, a brilliant example of the style.

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Photo of hardy008
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy pale gold with a large, bright white head with very good retention and lacing. The aroma is dominated by barnyard funk. There is also leather, green apple, yeast, lemons, and mild sulfur. The sulfur smell subsides a little as it warms.

The taste of the beer has barnyard funk, green apple, yeast, lemons, leather, and mild sulfur. Very tart, with a little green apple sweetness. This is a nice sipper. Not because of the alcohol, which is only 6%, but because of the complexity of this beer.

Light to medium bodied, well carbonated, finishes dry and tart. A very nice Gueuze, which is a style I am liking more and more all the time.

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Photo of zac16125
4.04/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375mL bottle into a tulip
bottled on: 23 FEV. 2012

A: Pours a mildly hazy golden orange with 1.5 fingers width of slightly off white colored head, which dissipates down fairly quickly to a whispy center and bubbly outer ring. Some carbonation bubbles can be seen rising to the top of the glass, but they are generally masked by the haziness. Leaves no lacing.

S: Tart lemon, sour apple and white pepper are the first aromas noted. Accompanied by a fair degree of sweetness, reminiscent of peaches. There is a mineral-type aroma that I cant quite place. A swirl of the glass brings out the oak characters. Very nice.

T: Quite tart with sour apple and lemon, along with a good degree of sweetness. Sweet white grapes, reminiscent of sparkling grape juice, like the fake champagne I used to drink as a kid on NYE. I also get oak, rock salt, and belgium yeast banana on the back end.

M/D: Carbonation is low for the style. Medium bodied, wet finish as I salivate after each sip. Drinkability is good.

O: Overall, good but not great. Its not as sour as some other gueuze's I have had, it also didn't have the degree of flavor complexity that others do. I think the lack of carbonation hurt this one. That being said, I still really enjoyed it. I just wouldnt rush to purchase it again. One more thing, I really didnt get any of the funk/barnyard characters that others have said were so prominent in this beer. I am not docking it points on that though, as I tend to prefer the sour notes to the funk ones, just thought Id mention it though.

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

750ml bottle from 2010 shared with the lady, poured into a 12oz snifter.

Cork pops out and into the air. Pouts with a 1.5-finger head that's the most impressive I've seen on a lambic, but it's gone quick.

Smell is full of must and overly tart citrus and grape notes. Light vinegar.

Taste is smooth, complex and not overly sour. Lacks the mouth-puckering vinegar quality that smacks you with some gueuzes. Tart, funky, and dry, with white grape and citrus peel notes.

Mouthfeel is a bit more than usual for the style, and it's less carbonated than I expected. Not fizzy in the mouth at all, but not thick either.

This is a very smooth gueuze that doesn't smack you with sourness. I don't know if that's good or bad, but it makes this one very easy to drink.

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

Poured from a 375 ml bright green caged and corked bottle, bottled at the beginning of 2003.

A vibrant cloudy peach hue for the body, aggressive carbonation, and a large billowing frothy off-white head, with chunky retention.

Tart white grapes, green apple skins, lemon rinds and horse blankets on the nose, that mystery smell reminds me of my grandfather's workshed out on the farm, the combination of rusting iron and old leather harnesses from beasts of burden.

Immediate tartness in the flavour, dry white sour grapes, lime, fresh apricots, with some mineral sediment. Grassy pasture, horsehair, and more citrus, like under-ripe tangerines can be detected. The mouthfeel is light and effervescent, with some mild carbonation to add a backbone.

I'm not the biggest fan of this style, the overall acidity doesn't really blow my skirt up, but I find this a truly enjoyable and drinkable example of what can be done when it's done properly, given that all the elements going into the making of it cooperate. And things most certainly seemed to have fallen into place this time around. Thanks to Phyl21ca for the trade.

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Photo of jwhawkins81
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 15 May 2008

Aroma - Grape juice and a slight funk. No really that's pretty much how I would describe it.

Appearance - Golden yellow with a ton of carbonation.

Taste - A wall of sour flavor at first gives way to a light sweetness along with characteristics of funk, wood, and a dry fruitiness on the finish.

Notes - Truly a palate expanding experience.

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

Poured from a 750 ml magnum into two tall red wine glasses, sharing this ale with my wife. The bottle bears a bottling date of March 15, 2008. Though over three years old, the bottle's label further assures that it is good for "at least" ten years after the bottling date.

Pours a transluscent coppery rouge, with an abundant three finger off-white head that dissipates rather quickly.

Smell is quite pungent, with tart green apples mixing with plenty of yeasty funk, woody oak, and lemongrass. Smelling more like a cider than a beer, this puts a crisp, sharp feeling in your nasal passages.

Hmm. Sour indeed! This has an initial taste of apple cider vinegar, but with plenty of sweeter green apple up front, an herbaceous leafiness toward the middle, and a mild bitterness to finish. A bit of peppery-spice dances across the back of the tongue and down the throat. More cider than beer, this is nonetheless the best tasting sour beer I've ever had.

Thin to medium bodied, with a tongue-curling sourness that reflexively causes one to make the "pucker" face. While there's plenty of carbonation, it is not overpowering.

We've been putting this one off for a while after our first attempt at drinking a geuze a year ago or so. While my taste buds have clearly matured to the point that I can appreciate this more than my last taste of this style, I still find it to be a little too funky and sour for my tastes. My wife, however, has absolutely no use for this beer; give her a sweet lambic, and she's fine, but forget this sour stuff! Still, it seems to be a well-brewed beer, one which withstood a couple years in our cellar just fine. Maybe I'll give this style another year or so, and try again!

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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 ktrillionaire
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage

A - Golden-orange and hazy with a nice persistent white cap.

S - It has a good, albeit mild nose; lightly tart, lemony.

T - The taste is moderately tart, with Champagne-white grape-y flavors and some wood, mild char. Good, but not astounding or fantastic by any means.

M - Holds carbonation very well, and consistently; a trait that seems to be infrequent in the style.

D - Though it is tasty and not particularly flawed, I think this is not as good as many of the widely available Gueuzes like Cantillon Classic, Girardin, Boon, Hanssen's or Oud Beersel.

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Photo of DrunkenMaster
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
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 Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 oz. corked and caged bottle served in my Allagash chalice. Bottled on 10 March 2008 indicated on the label. Bottle opens with a pop and beer effervesced out of the neck. Pours a translucent golden orange with a loose, off-white head the consumed half the glass, reducing it's size by three quarters within less than a minute before settling into a solid, fluffy quarter inch cap. Thick clouds of lacing are present during the tasting and exhibit excellent retention. Nose is tart, acidic and expresses a hint of cork and wood. Taste consistent with nose - lots of citric acid from the start to middle, with the earthy/cork quality coming out towards the back. Mouthfeel is light and extremely lively, almost prickly - acidity stimulates the salivary glands and finish is extremely dry and palate-cleansing. A solid Gueuze, but perhaps still a little young. The correct elements are there, but not much complexity at this point.

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

2008 12.7 oz bottle into a tulip.

Vibrant golden color with large white head. Good retention, ok lacing, a nice looking geueze. Smell has the normal lemon and oaky notes to it, a bit tart, but also has a bit of banana to it which surprised me.

Tastes pretty similar to a few geuezes I've had, though potentially a bit dialed back on the funk. The tart is there, the flavor is clean and drinkable, but the funk might be a bit lacking. Nice beer overall though.

Clean in the mouth, a bit drying on the finish, light and refreshing. Great drinkability, I love this style, but I think the Lindemans Cuvee Rene might be of similar quality for less money.

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

Vintage 2005

Opened a well settled bottle and got a bright and clear yellow pour with a rocky white head.

The aroma was full of brettanomyces barnyard funk, lactic acid, some acetic note, and mild cheesiness. There was also a burst of chlorine that I've found in many DF beers when first poured. That seemed to dissipate within a few minutes.

The flavor was pretty tart and acidic. The beer had a clean biscuity backbone (very subtle, but nice). Slightly wheaty.

The carbonation was spritzy the mouthfeel was reasonably crisp. Slightly fuller bodied and sweeter than Cantillon gueuzes, which took away from the drinkability IMO.

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

Poured from a 12.7 ounce bottle into a wine glass

A: Pours a hazy golden color with an off-white head of about one finger with moderate retention.

S: Very tart and crisp with a lemony citrus flavor. There is also some barnyard funk.

T: The taste is very sour, funky and causes my mouth to water. There is a little bit of vinegar which fades quickly to a pleasant tartness. In the background I can make out some Belgian yeast and mild caramel malts.

M: Light to medium bodied with a nice effervescence from the carbonation.

O: A solid offering, although it is less funky than I would have imagined.

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Photo of Lolli1315
4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy gold color with visible bubbles streaming to the one finger beautiful white head that will not disappear. A fairly decent lacing accompanies the head as well.

S- As soon as you open the bottle you are hit with the funky smell. A lot of barnyard funk with nice lemon citrus notes as well as some oak. Finishes with a noticeable yeast smell as well as what seems as a slight band aid smell.

T- The beer starts with a funky barnyard undertone and quickly moves into sharp citrus notes. The sweetness of the beer picks up to compliment the large increase in the sour nature towards the middle end of the profile. Sharp sour notes finish the beer as the funky undertones continue throughout, never quite losing steam. A little too sweet towards the middle of the beer brings this one down.

M- Medium light body with decent carbonation, but could use more as much seems to disappear quickly after it enters the mouth.

D- Sweetness makes this a little harder to put down and a little trying after some time, but still a good beer. For my first gueuze it wasn't bad, but I think I will revisit this review after trying a couple others.

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Photo of thirdeye11
4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks so much to bobby91w at the Crown Liquors in Carmel for popping this one open for us to share.

Presentation: Poured from 750ml bottle into wine glass.

A: Pours an extremely pale color that reminds me of champagne. The head is very thick (as thick as the beer itself) and also reminds me of champagne. Sticks around for a bit, but does go away and there is minimal lacing on the glass.

S: Smell is very sour like a lemon, sour pear, and maybe some sour apple. Some funk but very reserved.

T: Taste is extremely sour, but since I like sour things I really enjoyed it. Lots of lemon, vinegar, some funk but again very reserved, and a highly sour pear is how I would describe it. Makes my mouth water and cheeks pucker even thinking about it now a day later.

M: Nicely carbonated, the right weight. No complaints here. Very much like champagne again.

D: I don't think I could drink the entire bomber by myself, but it was great to share. Very sour. Maybe with age it would mellow out and be more drinkable. I was hoping for slightly more funk but Bobby said this would increase with time. Would love to sample it again.

Since we have almost no sours in the Dallas market Bobby was more than obliged to pop this one open and one of my first experiences drinking a true sour beer was a great one. I loved this and recommend it to anyone who hasn't had a sour as it will defy conventions as to what you know as beer.

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Photo of Goliath
4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled Jan 17, 2006; Consumed February 9, 2008

This beer poured a cloudy golden color with a thing and quickly receeding white head.

Aroma is of wild yeast and oak. Tart notes make the mouth water.

Taste is exceptionally tart. Sour fruit, as well as a sort of rye feel.

Mouthfeel is thin, but carbonation brings a bite that makes it feel more full.

Drinkability is low to moderate. The sour in this beer can be overwhelming, but the flavor is quite nice. Definitely share the bottle, I drank the bulk of the bottle, but I did share a few glasses of this 750 and it was difficult at the end to finish. My taste buds were shot for the rest of the night.

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Photo of Prufrock
4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12.7 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner.

slightly hazy bright orange. an aggressive pour gets about a third of an inch of white head that falls quickly but leaves some lace.

tart, lemony, sour grapefruit-y, yeasty, barny aroma with a hint of cider sweetness.

high carbonation and a light-medium, refreshing mouthfeel. initial lemony, citrusy sweetness gives way to a drying, astringent, puckering tartness that makes the mouth water. hints of dry cider, grapefruit rinds, and belgian yeast. an intense finish that takes the drinkability down and would likely make this a bad gueuze for an introduction to the style, but a very well-crafted brew.

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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