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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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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 jimilayne
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

Appearance - cloudy, mang-esque orange with a tornado-like carbonation running through. Thin head.

Smell - not much of a smell. Gave me nothing to work with. Not necessarily a bad thing.

Taste - fruity and tarty with some oak balanced in. Almost a hint of white wine. Very pleasant and drinkable, though.

Mouthfeel - smooth and easy

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Photo of russwbeck
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Extremely bubbly clear yellow pour with a huge white head. The cork literally almost shot out of the bottle when I touched it. The retention and lacing of the head is great.

S: The funk, acidity, and sweetness from the fruits (lemons, cherries) are all very balanced on the aroma. Smells tart, and a bit sweet.

T: The taste is no where near as acidic as I was expecting. Slight vinegar, slight barnyard funk, lemon, grass, hints of cherries. Muted, but good. The tartness and acidity kicked up as the beer warmed, and the funk took a backseat.

MF: Extreme carbonation, a bit too much. Light and tart.

O: This was good, but not as good as the Gueuze Tilquin. Balanced, but not as tasty. I was very surprised by the carbonation thing, and wanted a bit bigger flavor.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.99/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle poured into tulip during #bottlecherwednesday at Beachwood Seal Beach. Yellow-orange hazy body with tall fizzy white head that settles to a film. Aroma is tart grapes, sour apple, wet grass, barnyard, wood, and a touch of tropical/citrus sweetness. Taste is moderately tart with the green apple and sour grapes carrying the way. There is a good level of funky yeast and a touch of both woody bitterness and powdered sugar sweetness. Light body, thin texture, high carbonation, tart dry finish.

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Photo of IKR
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden-yellow with a small white head.

Smell: Predominately barnyard funk with some very mild citrus fruit and acetic notes.

Taste: Lemons and grapefruit delivered with a tart note. Some mild barnyard funk also comes through in the taste. A very mild spiciness was also detected. The aftertaste finishes on a citrus note.

Mouth-feel: Medium body with a fairly low level of carbonation.

Overall: Good tasting, refreshing beer. The sour integrate well with the flavor profile. I would have preferred a bit more carbonation but I can live with it as is. I will buy this one again.

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Photo of Jredner
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sharp funky/sour aroma smells of tart Chinese baby corn. Orange body holds a lazy dime thin white head that diminishes slowly. Tart and acidic with lots of funk laden fruit flavors in the fore. Some overripe citrus and pear in the middle and a mouth puckering sourness in the finish. This has to be the most uncomerical style of beer in the world. There is a very nice balance of sour, fruit sweetness, tart and bitter with none truly dominating and all getting a little stage time.

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Photo of megahurts4
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze

Appearance: honey-grapefruit color, large head, and some good lacing.

Smell: sourness and farm-like aroma.

Taste: sour grapes, faint wheat, and distant hops and oak.

Mouthfeel: medium and a bitterness.

Overall:
Geuze's are unique. This one is a tad bitter for a geuze. The oak and bitterness finish last with the sourness up front.

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Photo of boss302
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A This is a beautiful beer that is orange in color, clear and has a nice head. The head lasted the entire glass and covered the beer to the end.

S Smells sour/acidic, no hops are noted. It smells clean, no off-flavors, and typical of other Geuze I've had.

T Puckering in a good way. This has a nice sour tart flavor like green apples. It is crisp, sharp and clean. There is no sweetness. Balance is on the tart side.

M Medium body, dry finish, carbonation is high.

D This is a middle of the road geuze, it will offend the the uninitiated, but is a good geuze and worth trying.

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Photo of Sideswipe
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle into a tulip.

The beer pours a hazy golden color with two fingers of dense white foam. Minimal lacing. Smells of barnyard funk, lemon peel and wet hay. Taste starts out tart with big lemon notes. Musty wet horse blanket and oak round out the flavor profile. The finish is dry with a lingering tartness. The beer is medium bodied leaning toward full with a prickly level of carbonation. This has become one of my absolute favorites. Great tart, funky characteristics and an exquisitely dry finish. Recommended.

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Photo of redsonja
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A; golden yellow almost no head.

S; woody,grapefruit,vinegar.

T; grapefruit,wood,bitterness

M; the grapefruit stays long in your mouth the longer its stays there it turns into a woody taste.

O; good geueze bitterness,sourness and the woodtaste stays in balance.

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Photo of OldSock
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Appearance – 375 ml bottle from Julio's dated 22 January 2004 (almost 2.5 years ago to the day). Poured into a champagne flute the beer appears golden yellow and slightly hazy, it grows hazier with each successive pour. The tiny white head is supported by occasional bubbles. I was expecting a more carbonated beer.

Smell – Slightly citric (lemon and lime) sourness, but thankfully no vinegar. Hints of oak, tart cherries and hay. A solid geuze aroma, but I think the low carbonation is preventing this from being as aromatic as it should be.

Taste – Acidity up front, but not in the blinding way that some geuzes are. Lots of complex flavors ranging from barnyard to winey to citrus. Finishes dry, but the sourness stays in the front of the mouth. A well balanced beer that has lots of complexity.

Mouthfeel – Medium-thin, but with low carbonation. Not sure if the cork was improperly fit, but this was almost flat.

Drinkability & Notes – Despite the fact that this bottle suffered from lack of carbonation, this is probably the best geuze that I have had. I will have to find another bottle because it doesn't seem as if other reviewers mention the lack of carbonation.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a Fullers snifter glass.

Pours a pale orange colour, slightly cloudy with a thick head.

Smells musky and yeasty.

Tastes very sour, more like lemon than vinegar, like apple juice with the sweetness removed, quite yeasty and dry. Quite fizzy yet reasonably thick.

Overall a nice beer, better as it warms up.

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Photo of jaasen64
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7oz bottle dated 10/18/10. Picked up in Vermont a few weeks ago. I'm not used to guezes but I let this sit in the fridge a couple days, pulled it out for a few minutes, decaged it, and a few minutes later no one had touched it and the cork exploded off and hit the ceiling and it started gushing everywhere. Quickly poured into my HF tulip and split with a buddy. Drank right after drinking a '11 Cantillon Classic Geuze.

A- Pours an orange golden with decent carbonation (much more then the Cantillon). A thin layer of white head formed that remained pretty much the entire time drinking the geuze, not too much in terms of lacing.

S- Some light funk, some tart citrus, light green apple smell, a little bit of pepper, not overly aromatic. Definitely not as appealing as the Cantillon.

T- Some light green apple citrus tartness mixed with a tiny bit of funk. Finishes with some light citrus tartness. Definitely not as flavorful as the Cantillon.

M- Light, dry, decent carbonation, easily drinkable.

O- I liked this, but it was only mediocre compared to some of the other geuzes that I've had. The Cantillon Classic Geuze I had right before this one definitely had less carbonation but a lot more flavor. I would try this again, but there are other geuzes that I'd take over this. Would love to try it with more age on it.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 8/2/08. Bottle, bottled 1/2006. Pours a cloudy orange with a thick white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is quite funky (barnhouse, sour cheese). Flavor is super tart, of nice tart candies, oakiness. Just like other 3 Fonteinen beers, this is nice and tart and sour but not too acidic on the palate. For a lambic, it is extremely drinkable. Awesome beer!
8/4/8/4/16 (4.0/5)

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Photo of JizackFH
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color. It has a bout a 3-finger white head resting on top. The head has good retention, and it leaves some specs of lace behind on the glass.

S - The nose is of green apples and oak. There is a good bit of funk and some sourness. I am getting some citrus aromas, as well as some earthy yeastiness.

T - The taste starts off with some oak and tart green apples. There is some sourness and citrus. There is some funk and dryness on the back end. The finish leaves some lingering sourness, funk, and apple flavor.

M - This has a medium body and high carbonation. There is some prickliness from the high carbonation. It has some sourness to it, as well as a good bit of funk towards the back end. There is some dryness as well.

O - This has good drinkability. It goes down easy, and has a really nice flavor to it. I could easily have a few glasses of this in a night. Overall, I thought it was a really nice beer, and a good empale of the style. I really enjoyed the funkiness and dryness that came in towards the back end of the flavor. I recommend trying this one out. I would buy it again.

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Photo of Sammy
4.01/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2000 I had later and it is a night and day better difference. Creamy and much more drinkable, I think the best I have had of this style. Big head and peach body. Ageing has made it beautiful in all ways.


2003.Malt and vinegar. Very smooth. Enormous head. Creamy in mouth. Great for its style, which I am trying the highest rated for the experience. Vinegar in aroma. Tough to finish a bottle, mostly by myself, as my mates, though beer drinkers, were not keen on it.

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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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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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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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