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Brewed by:
Brouwerij 3 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 BubbleBobble
4.59/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kramerbarthomer
4.59/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rodzm14
4.59/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of RichD
4.59/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Chaney
4.59/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on November 18, 2010; Good for up to ten years after bottling.

Amazingly, I've never actually tried this one until now.

Literally, I took the cage off and the cork popped without any effort whatsoever.

A: Fairly clear orange, with a slight haze and thick bubbles for a head.... basically a bubble formation as opposed to a head. I got some carbonation visably.

S: VERY potent wild yeast and oak.... Jeez this bastard was funky! Quite a bit of pepper and balsamic vinegar on the nose as well, all rolled up into a nice ensemble.

T: A bit of smoky dryness on the front end gave this one a very distinct character, making it very memorable. The kerosene won out over the wild yeast by a hair. Once again, bone-suckingly dry!

M: Spritzy carbonation and then some. Not sweet in the slightest, not much on the lacing front, and oaky.

O: I think this would be a great "early stage" brew when turning newbie craft beer peeps onto sours. Not too sour, just delicious.

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Photo of Bradaplast
4.59/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of burns3y
4.59/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.59/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of warnerry
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Dec 12, 2009

A - After a nice pop as the cork comes out, pours a clear light copper with almost three fingers of dense white head. Head has excellent retention. Some lacing is left behind.

S - Aromas of oak, a bit of green apple and nice lemon presence, and a bit musty.

T - Nice tart beginning to the taste, with a good lemon and lemon zest presence. Musty, but in a relatively subdued way. Finish is very dry with a big tannin presence. Excellent.

M - Mouthfeel is light and crisp, and quite dry. Very refreshing.

O - Excellent geuze. Must/funk presence is nice, and much more subtle than something like Hanssenns Oude Geuze (which I also really enjoy), leading to a more refreshing drinking experience than some other geuzes.

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Photo of brewtus
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pounded light orange with a big bubbly white three finger head that lingers for quite a while. Smell is funky, barnyard, some lemon, earthy. Taste starts with a nice citrus note, sour up front that fades to some slight sweetness, dry, dirty, some apple, some vedgtable notes, oak. This is fantastic, lot of carbonation but still great texture, just the right amount of funk and sourness. I can see why this is a gold standard.

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Photo of mn_nuge
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A really good expression of the style. Excellent.

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Photo of drtth
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. A 375 ml bottle filled on 10 Dec., 09 with a 10 year best by period.

Appearance: As poured the beer is an actively carbonated almost clear golden color with a ¾” white head that slowly recedes to 1/8” layer of foam but leaving no lacing. Sipping leaves scattered legs and small patches of lacing clinging to the glass. The layer of foam continues to thin but a ring and island of foam persist throughout the entire beer.

Smell: The bottle opens with a satisfying “pop” and the aroma is detectable even before starting the pour. There is lots of damp leather here woven in with strands of tart lemon and a pleasant musty aroma that almost seems to have some traces of green apple but which clearly reveals some time in the oak.

Taste: The flavor includes some tart lemon along with leather and oak, all of which ride along on top of sour green apple blended with some mustiness and slight bitterness. A complex set of flavors here.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is on the full bodied side of medium and quite smooth, almost creamy, with the gentle and quite persistent carbonation. The finish is long and ends with some dry oak

Drinkability and Overall Impression: This is a pleasure to drink and one sip follows another quite easily as one tries to sort out the complex components of the flavor. Its also quite nice to just pick up the glass and take a sniff or two of the aroma to try and sort it out as well. An appropriate combination of two words to describe this beer is “complex subtlety.” My overall impression of this beer is that this is clearly among the best. I’m certainly glad I’ve already had several other first rate guezes as I don’t think what I have learned from them helps me better appreciate the outstanding qualities of this beer.

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Photo of dmbfrat420beers
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: hazy, light copper orange, big white head of small bubbles with very nice retention and some lacing down the side of the glass.

Smell: Whoa!! One of the strongest smelling beers I’ve ever had. Very sour and musty as I would expect from a Gueze, but very pungent.

Taste: Sour, as the one could expect from the aroma, but surprisingly refreshing flavor nonetheless. Light, crisp notes of citrus and melon with a touch of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth, very crisp.

Drinkability: The sourness took me longer to get over in comparison with out Gueze I have had, but afterwards was very easy to drink.

Overall, a very pungent but surprisingly refreshing beer that I wish I had some more of!

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Photo of Myst
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of cypressbob
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle

Pours with a cloudy lemony body with amber hints. Off white fluffy head with good retention, fizzy body

Smell, strong citrus, grapefruit, whiff of yeast. Few slight esters far in the background, acid farmyard funk also

Taste, strong grapefruit flavour, lasting mixed citrus twang, little bit of malt floating around too. Lasting citrus and old blankets

An amazing gueuze, probably the best i've had to date. A truly epic mother of a beer

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Photo of MrDanno96
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice golden/orange color with several fingers of fluffy white head and fluffy lacing.

S: A good dose of sour funkiness, vinegar, and sour grapes. Perhaps a little leather too.

T: Really great. Light fruit flavors of apple, white grapes and lemon up front, with some notes of white wine to boot. This transitions into some much more earthy flavors, leather, funk. Only a mild sourness in the finish. Mouth puckering by no means, but very refreshing and drinkable.

M: Medium bodied with subtle carbonation and a dry finish.

O: I'm relatively new to drinking Gueuzes, but I enjoyed this immensely. Plenty of sourness in the flavor, but not overly so. Lots of good balance and surprisingly refreshing. Definitely lives up to the hype.

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Photo of Colby8938
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%

Photo of cradke
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Foggy Orange and amber. Pours a 2 finger head that dissipates quickly and leaves a thin head remaining. Carbonation is present and the appearance is close to a champagne.

Smell: Tart. Apples and pears. Some oak notes work their way through the tartness. Not as balanced as could be (very tart) but still a great nose.

Taste: The first sip is much more sour than I would have thought/expected. Lots of apple notes, some pears. The carbonation is quite pleasant and moves the flavors around. With some oxidation, it really levels out and the more subtle tastes of fig, oak and grass come out.

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation. It really adds a nice touch. The beer is thin but it spreads nicely.

Overal: I really enjoyed this beer. The taste is really tart from the get go but it levels off nicely. The carbonation is spot on.

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Photo of EPICAC
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was purchased at Downtown Wine & Spirits last week. I chilled it and served it in my New Belgium glass. The bottle said it was bottled on 28 February 2004.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy, deep golden-orange. It's topped by a thick, fluffy, effervescent, beige head that thins to a persistent quarter-inch layer that's lent an orange tint from the beer below. This beer coats the glass in patchy lace.

Smell: There are fruity notes of sour apples; a dry, acidic tartness; and funky undertones that become stronger upon swirling.

Taste: Tart and acidic upfront, withe definite flavors of sour apples. The acidic tartness is maintained through to the finish, which is dryly acidic with funky and woody flavors. There's a subtle underlying sweetness throughout.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, with fizzy carbonation and a very nice dry finish.

Drinkability: The sourness is present, but is never overpowering. The dry finish is quite refreshing.

Overall: An excellent Gueuze. It's sour and funky but has a nice underlying sweetness.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml, unlabeled bottles of the 1997 and 2001 vintages, enjoyed in 3F Geuze glasses at the 3F restaurant in Beersel on 3 June 2011. When the scores of the different vintages were different, I averaged them (but rounded up when the the average wound up evenly between scores).

1997
A: Brilliant, only lightly hazed orange body under an airy inch of off-white head. Great retention for a Geuze, as it settles into a persistent cap. No lace, but that's to be expected. Stunning. I initially gave this a 5, but the 2001 that followed was distinctly prettier. 4.5

S: Funky as all hell, but also deep and somehow delicate. Profoundly earthy, with dirt and lemon being the two most prominent aromas. Lightly floral, with mushroom, barnyard, and bread round things out. Lovely. 4.5

T: Sour citrus is up front, followed by pleasant malt sweetness, and finished with a wave of intense funky earth, cheese, basement must, and moss. Smooth. 4.5

M: Soft medium body, pleasantly light carbonation. Nice, but a bit more life would have been a better complement to the acidity. 4.0

O: This was my first beer in Belgium, and it couldn't have been more amazing. I got to share it with a couple great California BA's that happened to be at the restaurant at the same time (Cheers to DaveJanssen and hobojon!), and this ridiculously old Geuze was also ridiculously delicious. I couldn't get over the depth of its earthy, cheesy, musty funk, nor the way that this funk melded perfectly with fruity acidity. This was simply a delicious beer, and one that I feel privileged to have enjoyed. 5.0

2001
A: Hazier and deeper orange than the 97. Gigantic, rocky, pillowy head. Great retention and even some chunky lace. Fantastically gorgeous Geuze. 5.0

S: A bit more acidic, with green apple and lemon on top of the same deeply earthy funk. Not quite as complex as its older sibling, since the sourness overwhelms a bit of the crazy funk. 4.0

T: Sharp acidity up front, which transitions beautifully into earthy funk. Not as much complexity, but I love the brighter fruity tartness. Long, clean, dry, almost metallic finish. Terrific. 4.5

M: Surprisingly it's a bit fuller than the 1997, despite being noticeably less sweet. Similarly light carbonation. 4.0

O: If you had described the 97 and 01 to me ahead of time, I would have expected to enjoy the more sour, aggressive 01 more. Having had them both side by side, I absolutely preferred the richly complex, richly bizarre funkiness exemplified so beautifully in the 97. Both were amazing beers, but the 01 just didn't have quite as much individuality and depth. Maybe in a few years... 4.5

I'll add reviews for any more vintages I'm lucky enough to enjoy. When it comes to straight Geuze, 3F has officially surpassed Cantillon and Girardin as my new favorite.

Cheers!

EDIT: I was lucky enough to go on a second trip to Belgium, and got to drink the 1999 vintage of this beer. While I didn't take detailed notes, I just want to point out that it was right up there with Lente for the best Geuze I've ever had in my life. It was almost tragically close to perfection, and since I drank it at Bier Circus I don't have to worry about the romance of the brewery setting having possibly clouded my judgement. I'll keep hunting down new vintages of this beer, but I really can't imagine that any of them will come close to the '99. Here's hoping my imagination is just a little bit too limited...

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

I'm finally opening this fixture of my cellar. I haven't had too much Belgian anything lately, so this will be a treat.

Bottled: November 30 2005

APPEARANCE: Pours a slightly hazy amber golden into my Hennepin goblet. A rocky, loose-bubbled, white head forms atop the beer and drops to a nearly full surface covering.

SMELL: Funkalicious! A heavy sourness is joined by a pungent wet hay. It's like a sour fruitiness combined with a funky barnyard combined with a musty basement combined with a Belgian beer. It's really awesome. The tart fruit qualities seem to outweigh the funk, but only by the slimmest of margins.

TASTE: It begins wonderfully smooth with a mild sour funk that seem like it'll be a sneak preview of things to come. And boy is it ever. The funk comes first in the form of more musty basement. As the beer finishes however, an overwhelming sour tartness comes on with lemon and apricot. By the time you've swallowed, you're left with such a puckering sourness that you can't help but take another sip. I love it.

MOUTHFEEL: The light body makes this beer seem quite dry. The carbonation is at a lower level, but still is piquant and sharp.

DRINKABILITY: The sourness might be a slight knock on the drinkability, but it still goes away way too fast. The lower ABV and light body don't hurt either.

Wow, what a treat. If I'm feeling like a gueuze, this will be the one I grab for sure. I'd love to try a fresher version of this to compare to the 2+ year old one I had tonight.

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

A: This beer pours a cloudy orange body with a super thick head that slowly fades. There is hardly any lacing either.

S: TONS of funk, and that's EXACTLY what I want. I am getting a strong bit of sour candy, a bit of grass and earthiness and some fruity yeast.

T: Very sour and tart. There is also a good amount of fruit and grass. The sour bubble gum flavor is for sure my favorite part of this beer.

M: The beer has a thick body with a strong amount of crisp on the tip of the tongue and the back of the throat.

O: This is just an amazing beer. Pretty pricey for how small the bottle is, but the flavor really makes up for that. Very delicious

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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

VLAAMSVEST '08

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 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 marc77
4.57/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled 1999. Murky amber hue. Lean, but well retained cream white head leaves loose, meandering lace. The aroma is comprised of pungently overripe, moldy peach along with bile acid tones. Softens steadily as it breathes, with softer citric, sour lemon notes and earthy, humus tones providing delicate contrast. In flavor, Brett wastes no time, and envelops the palate with damp horseblanket and dirty hay. Barbed, acetic, sherry wine vinegar pierces through, and the stubborn wild yeast relinquishes its hold. Fruit, of an obviously tart underripe nature, ensues in the form of cranberry juice and nappy crabapple. Gentle, buttermilk like lactic notes manage to eek in as well and provide a gentle curdled skim milk impression. Very well attenuated, yet with a softly dextrinous mouthfeel. Trace, bitter lemon rind notes surface late along with simply tart, malic acid hints. Do lambics undergo malolactic conversion? If so, this fine brew should become unbelievably smooth with additional cellaring. Finishes with a snap of pear like sweetness, but otherwise with a puckering, parching kumquat like citric acidity. A dynamic, truly delicious brew of which I enjoyed every ml. Superb enough in drinkability... I could easily go for 1500 ml. My willpower caved in. I was planning on aging this. It's a tough life...

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze from Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Beer rating: 4.4 out of 5 with 2,796 ratings
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