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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 mikedotnet
3.7/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Orange-to-yellow translucent body with no murkiness. Absolutely huge head- this one will take a while to pour. There are a decent amount of tiny champagne-like bubbles, but not as much as I would expect for this style.

S - The aroma is a combination of sour apples and wet hay- a bit funkier than the more tart geuzes.

T - Tart, but not overpoweringly so. No funk or earthiness, either (which is a plus for me; I'm not a fan of the funky/rotten taste that some others have). The aroma is a bit misleading in this regard, but I would call the lack of a funky/rotten taste a positive attribute. Not very complex, but that's fine by me.

M - A bit heavier than I would like for a geuze and lacking the crisp, prickly carbonation that other oude geuzes have. I've noticed an ever-so-slight oiliness as well (which is consistent throughout this case of the '09 batch).

O - To be honest, I was a bit disappointed by this given all the hype around this brewer. It's good- don't get me wrong- but just nowhere near as refreshing as others (namely Boon's two Oude Geuze varieties). At this price point, I would much rather have the Boon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait.

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Photo of rarbring
3.7/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vinatage 2010. The beer is dark golden with amber traits, slightly hazy, a rather frothy head leaving good lacing.

The smell is musky and earthy, stable, wet dirt and concrete.

The taste has rather much initial sweetness, fruity and fresh, then sour rhubarb and vinegar - but rather modest, some concluding grape peel bitterness.

Medium carbonation, small bubbles, rather thin but refreshing body with a slightly dry finish.

Refreshing, and good with mature cheddar, a rather small body, maybe sampled too young.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.7/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled Dec 19th, 2009

Appearance -- Pours a light amber hue with a slim frothy white head.

Smell -- Bright acetic tartness, citric (lemon) and musty brett character, mushroom, and faint malt sweetness. Earthy and vibrant, but still has room for improvement.

Taste -- Very dry, nearly no malt sweetness. Oaky, lemon and mild horsey brett, wild mushroom earthiness. Acetic is moderate but still bright. Lactic sourness is very laid-back. These two things lead me to believe that this bottle was a perhaps a little too young to open. Finish is oaky and drying. Very balanced indeed.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light body with sprizy carbonation. On point.

Overall -- Undoubtedly well-crafted, but somehow this one didn't thrill me like many other Gueuzes. Perhaps it was the milder lactic sourness and the overtly dry malt character. Somehow this didn't hit my gueuze 'sweet spot.' Nonetheless, this is an incredibly well-made beer and I look forward to revisiting this in the future.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.7/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

3rd beer in a gueuze tasting, shared by cbutova. Been wanting to try this for a while. Bottle date is 12/12/09.

Pours hazy orange. Huge white head dissipates quickly to a half-finger soapy bubbly head. Turns to a ring, not much lacing left.

Super sour scent. Brett, barnyard, sweat, lemons.

Super sour taste. Brett, barnyard, lemon, oak. Just very very sour, not sure how else to describe it.

Out of the gueuze's we tried this was easily the palate killer. I enjoyed the abrasiveness but it seemed a little one-note for me, no specific flavors stood out except for pure sour funk.

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Photo of Hautacam
3.71/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb. 2004 bottle...drinking Apr. 2007.
What a great looking brew. Slightly hazy orange-gold with a big bubbly off-white, almost yellow head.
The smell is lemon and a decent dose of earthy barnyard.
As soon as it hits your tongue , it's puckering...extremely tart , lemon rind , sour, winey and very dry...astringent. The funky wild flavors are there , but kind of in the background....not as up-front with the horse as some others. I'm missing that a bit. Bitter clean aftertaste.
The mouthfeel is light and very effervescent...refreshing. The sour just doesn't quit.
A very nice Oude Gueze.

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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 BARFLYB
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2007 bottle poured into a wine glass with some friends.

A- Oude Gueuze pours out a light yellow hazy color with tan highlights. Only about a 1/2 inch of loose white foam rose up before whimpering out. Hardly any lace.

S- A nice dose of citrus with lemon and light apples. Not really picking up any malt or hops just a nice burst of sour tartness, nothing extraordinary.

T- Tastes like a really nice gueuze but it's much less tart and exciting as i was hoping. Some lemon zest with a slight tart/sour thing going on. Basically a slighty sour lemon drop with some yeast and other bugs coming into play.

M&D- The feel on this gueuze is extremely thin with not a lot of puckering capability, some carb is present though helping things out. The drinkability is high as the abv is low as is the sourness of this beer. Im thinking I drank this to young, it can easily go for about another 25 years in the bottle, so hopefully it will funk up in the future.

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Photo of tjthresh
3.76/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 28 Feb 2004. The cork got away from me. Damn near put a hole in my buddy’s ceiling. And a gusher to boot. But all was well. Hazy straw gold color pourd into an Orval glass. Lush white head. The aroma is full of horse blanket, sweat socks and oak. Nice. Very tart, and I thought it developed some sweetness as it warmed. Not as dry as the other one I tried. I think I’ll buy another bottle and sit on it for a bit.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.78/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one of my first Guezes and I am amazed by the balance and taste of this one.

Appearance is near perfect, a big rocky head and a lot of carbonation reaching for the surface in a very fast pace. Color is orange brown and a little murky.

Smell is mildly tart, with some lactic acid notes. There is a little basement smell in there which is somewhat fungal (is that a word?). It also reminds me of flowers like chrysanteneums.

Taste is moderate acidic with flowery notes (same as above) and a little cork-like taste. My mouth really has to get used to the dryness and sourness, it makes my saliva glands work. Slowly but surely I am getting used to it. The dry, tangy taste is lingering.

Not as acidic as I expected, and for sure a good beer, but not something I will buy frequently in the future.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.78/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on Dec.5, 2012

Pours hazy honey gold with a huge 2 inch white head that settles to a thick cap on top and leaves streaks of spotty lace.

Smell is of funky yeast, grainy malt, hay and faint citrus.

Taste is of sour apple, tart peach and yeasty bread.

Mouthfeel is lighter bodied with high carbonation. Streaming champagne-like bubbles rise throughout the drink down.

Tart, fruity, light and refreshing but, the flavor seems rather one dimensional and I cannot get past the overwhelming barnyard aromas. Somewhat disappointing.

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Photo of ahslowhand
3.79/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Wonderful Aroma coming off the top. Let the beer do its thing and then shortly after poured into a snifter. Tart cherries, barnyard, hay, and spicy yeast on the nose. Taste of spicy yeast and horse blanket. Nice dry finish that really leaves your palate unscathed.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.8/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 oz corked and caged bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
6% ABV, Bottled on Dec 12th, 2009, "Good for at least 10 years from bottled date."

A - Effervescent with a tall white head, Oude Gueuze is barely cloudy with a vibrant golden yellow. Despite heavy carbonation the acidity drops the head like a bad habit. Spotty lace adorns the glass.

S - Heavy on the lactic acid, it smells almost barf-like. Strong, complex yeast interaction with the barnyard qualities hinted at and the sour, sweaty gym sock aroma pulling forward from a vigorous swirl. Malty balance in the background.

T - The acid level is almost overwhelming in flavor and feel, pushing it past the great nuances the yeast has to offer in the aroma. Medicinal notes on the back end pop through the moderately malt-balanced mid section.

M - Biting acidity is sharp as is the overly strong carbonation. Burp-central here. A nice combination of dryness and sourness finishes this medium-bodied Gueuze out.

O - A good one overall, this has been a more pleasant experience than my first try of it. Still though, the extreme carbonation and acidity don't lend well to drinkability.

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Photo of stumac
3.8/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This particular bottle is five years aged....I never thought I'd get a chance to try this brew.

it pours up a murky rust color with a big frothy off white head. the nose is funky, musty, light fruits, and good diarrhea (when you smell it, you'll see what I'm talking about). the taste is the same as the nose, super sour, oaky, smooth, medium bodied, medium carbo, delicious

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Photo of mothman
3.8/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1999 Vintage

Color is a hazed golden yellow. Has a lot of active carbonation in the glass. A white head with good carbonation.

Aroma: Really funky with straw and lemon citrus. It is acidic, tart, and funky. Old and musky. Cobweb musk flavors. Oak notes.

Taste: Woody, oaky, and funky. It is acidic and sour. It has notes of a basement and cobweb. Just a really old beer and you can pick it out. It has a bunch of lemon citrus and it is very acidic.

Mouthfeel: Sour, tart, acidic. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation for how old it is. Ends dry, but clean.

Overall, it shows age, but it is still a decent beer. I am really glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of cbutova
3.81/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in December 2009. Sampled after Duck Duck Gooze and Boon Mariage Parfait Gueuze 2004. Notes from Friday.

A- Dark caramel orange with yeast floating around causing a hazy looking beer. Massive frothy head with huge bubbles and great retention builds and retains well. Tons of lace.

S- Hugely funky, more in the must basement/rotten way, but nice (lol). Vinegar/acetic notes in here with lemon, peach and floral notes amongst even more funk.

T- Sour funk bomb. Citrus fruit, lemon and straw really dominate this one to me. Very sour. Oak.

MF- Creamy light body that is very sour.

DB- Cheek puckering sour gueuze with a lot of funk. More straight forward than the other two. Will probably have it again in the future or try vintages.

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Photo of Suds
3.82/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very little carbonation in this one. The beer is a rich copper color with a very faint, wispy head. The aroma has a horse and barnyard funk, mixed with some sweet apple scents. Not a sour-bomb, but a slightly sweetened moderately sour funk. (Sweeted after the fermentation?) There is certainly a little sweetness in the front of the brew. It also has a firm bitterness that runs throughout. Refreshing, although I would have preferred it a little less sweet.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.82/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale gold colour with lots of cloudy haze in the glass. Head is fairly small, sinks to a saliva-esque film. Lace is small and not very sticky. Looks good, not great.

Smells very acidic with funk as a backup. Lots of underripe berry and citrus notes, and some nice barnyard character with wet lucerne and animal/corporeal notes. Kind of salty as well, but overall quite nice.

Tastes quite similar. Noticeable acidity but not tart or puckering. Lots of funk to it, with corporeal salty characters, lemon zest and pink grapefruit and a fair amount of barnyard/horse blanket kind of flavour. Almost rubbery at times but a nice acidity carries it through with a citric edge at the back. Mostly funky, and ends bitter. Nicely constructed, just not hugely exciting.

Feels a bit lacking on the texture, nice puckering tells you it's there but otherwise there's not a huge amount of body.

Sour and refreshing, nice funky beer.

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Photo of pwoody11
3.82/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy goldish color.

Aroma was mostly lemony and funky with some grape and barnyard notes.

Taste was also a little funky, but not as much as the aroma. A little sour and tart, but not as much as I had expected. I'm getting dark grape, and this lemon honey cough drop type flavor going on. This beer seems pretty complex. Wish I knew the ingredients to help decipher.

Mouthfeel is champagne like. Nicely carbonated and a little dry.

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Photo of cnbrown313
3.83/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml cork and cage bottle, 2012 vintage

A - Pours a golden straw color with very little head.

S - Not as strong of a smell as I expected. But, I do smell some apple, a little bit of lemon, and a touch of funkiness.

T - As you take a sip, you get a bit of tartness up front, like a sour apple or lemon, but the sourness is much more subdued than many other geuzes. It finishes with a little bit of a wheaty barnyard taste. Overall, this is a very refreshing and well balanced geuze, but it kind of lacked that "wow" factor that I was looking for in a Wold Class beer. Nonetheless, it was quite tasty.

M - The carbonation is nice and this beer has a good mouth feel, but I enjoy the finer, more champagne-like carbonation that other geuzes offer.

O - I had a Cantillon Geuze side-by-side with this beer, and in my opinion, the Cantillion blew it away. I wish this beer was a bit more sour, funky, and carbonated. But, I would certainly like to get another to cellar.

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Photo of Domingo
3.83/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BankerJoe for this bottle. It's a 12oz Belgian bottle that he brought back rather than the imported 22oz bottle.
Pours a light straw color. Forms a moderate head, but nothing too rocky. Pretty typical for the style.
Smell's sour and citrus. Picking up a little grassy hops and some barnyard-esque yeast, but the sourness dominates.
Spicy! Yes, the flavor starts sour, but there's a strong peppery bite to the finish. Very citric, but the finish is peppery (maybe some sea salt) and dry. There's minimal aftertaste, so it's really easy to drink a few sips to take everything in.
Body's somewhat thin, but it holds the flavor very well.
It's obviously really sour, but the spiciness is unique enough to make you come back. I'm not a huge fan of the style, but I do like this item and might revisit it if the price is right.

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Photo of wifehatesthebike
3.83/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated from late 2010. Relatively fresh!

A: golden and slighly fizzy. Champagne like.
S: I didn't get much from the smell. Some green grape as mentioned below but not too complex.
T: Moderately sour on the front end but quickly dries and disappears on the palate at the end. Very drinkable, taste wise.
M: I rated this a bit lower due to the huge carbonation in the mouth, I feel this took away from the taste with a tonic like quality which seems to wash away the flavor profile a bit too much for my liking. The carbonation actually slowed my consumption of the beer more than the taste.
O: A very good, lighter/drier sour. Not a beer to power through due to the explosion of fizz with each sip. Good but not the best sour I've ever had.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.83/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled February 28, 2004

A: Huge head comes forth made up of large sized light tan bubbles, dominating the top of the glass. This large head isn’t destined long for this world as it appears to be falling quick…I expect the head to remain but not with the vigor that it started with. Body is vibrant carrot gold with a hazy personality and lots of swirling bubbles at the bottom of the glass.

S: Oak, acetic acid, vinous lemons and sour wine.

T: Begins with dull melon in the center of the tongue witch quickly gets enveloped by the trademark vitamin C sourness of the gueze. Serious oakey nature blends in well with tart green apple, under ripe pears and sour grapes. Really earthy nature reminiscent of an old, dank house. Finishes mineraly with gently sweetness and lingering lemon zest.

M: Medium body, fizzy yet full.

D: This was good but wasn’t my favorite gueze. Highly recommended to sour lovers though.

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Photo of FLima
3.85/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amber golden color with a fluffy head with short retention.
Aroma is even stronger than Cantillon Lambic, with horse blanket much more present and quite funky. It sticks to your nostrils for a while.
Same happens to its flavor, strong tartness with notes of lime, funky pineapples, lactic acid, hard green apples, vinegar and non sweet champagne. Very dry and acid aftertaste. I feel like my tongue was glued to my mouth.
Medium to full body with good carbonation that is effervescent at a second stage.
A funky party. This one is bolder than Cantillon, while the latter is more elegant. So depends on what mood you are on, but it may be a notch above the other.

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Photo of Roguer
3.86/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, opaque golden-orange-copper brew. Beautiful. Big, fluffy snow white head, with good retention and minimal lacing.

Sharp, tart aroma from the moment the pour begins. Light funk, as expected; straw; some citrus; sour, white wine-like vinegar. Earthy.

Flavor follows the aroma, with an added, noticeable earthy, dirt-like flavor. Funk in three directions (earthy, musty, and sharp), light citrus, wheat. Reasonably sour. I don't know if the burnt dirt flavor (smokey?) is a function of bottle, palate, or environment; it's not entirely unpleasing, but it's unexpected.

Nice puckering sour mouthfeel; medium overall. Certainly a sipper. Nice astringency.

This is far more funky and earthy than the Golden Blend I tried the other day, and it hurts the brew. It's a very good Lambic overall, but simply not as special, and not as good. Off of one bottle, I have to say this rates with a typical Geuze or Gose, instead of standing out as something particularly special.

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

A 750 mL corked and caged bottle purchased at State Line a few months back. The ale is dated 28-Feb-2004.

A: The ale is a darker orange, full of brown notes that results in a applesauce color. The haze is appreciable, a result of the last pour of the bottle. The head is quite large, almost overflowing my Chimay glass on at least two occasions.

S: The nose is dominated by the barnyard aromas, thick and tart. The tartness does not include the sour vinegar angle that I find unpleasant.

T: The tartness is apparent from the first sip. Tart green grapes lead off, sour with hints of sugary sweetness. Barnyard flavors intermingle with and fuel the tartness, ramping up the flavor seemingly with every sip. Further investigation reveals more fruit flavors, some citrus to rival the grapes. The tartness remains biting throughout.

M: The mouthfeel is tough, thick with bitter funkiness. The grassy citrus notes make this a good beer to sit and slowly sip.

D: The moderate abv is great, allowing for a full-bodied and flavorful ale with a 10% abv pricetag. I am not a 100% convert to this style but I'm working on it

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