Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze | Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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Brouwerij 3 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 jgasparine
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured from the bottle with a thick, well retained offwhite head, which exhibited some incredible lacing throughout the drink. The body was a well carbonated clear-filtered yellow color. Very visually appealing drink.

S- Sour and acetic notes (lacto and pedio) dominate the nose along with aromas of vinous lemon rind, oak, and funky deliciousness.

T- Tart wheat and sweet pale malt are nicely balanced with acetic and sour notes reminiscent of lemon zest. The finish is a lingering echo of the first impression on the palate.

M- A nice medium body... slightly over-attenuated in my opinion, but nicely complimented by some soft carbonation. Overall a nice mouthfeel for the style.

D- Goes down smooth. Delicious. But this style of beer in general I find challenging with overall drinkability... this is one of the better ones though...

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Photo of NYCWheatFanSC
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy dark gold, almost looks like a cider. Tiny off-white head that dissipates very quickly.

S - Way more sour than funk, but a good mix of both. Tart apples with hints of lemon.

T - Sour green apple and lemon, but definitely more of the former with only a dash of lemon in the aftertaste. Very dry finish, with a hint of oak. Surprisingly frothy.

M - Very light and a tad slick. A hint of creaminess from the wood.

D - Pretty drinkable, not too palette destroying like some others of the style, but definitely has a sour kick. Don't know if I'd drop 18 bucks on it regularly.

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Photo of stoutfiend27
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into a duvel tulip...

a-huge rocky off white head...mdium yellow to amber color...carbonation is all there and there are chunks of lace stuck to sides of the glass..

s-funk up front and a bit of must...the acidity does come through in the nose but not as i expected...a bit of ripe fruit and vinegar..overall sourness is nice on this one

t-vinegar acidity hits first and formost but has a weird sweet tone to it...the must and funk follow suit on this one in the middle before the sourness makes a comeback with a hint of sour cherries and more acidity....

m-very carbonated and the acidity really attacks the mouth...it is smooth and not to abrasive overall...

d-docked it a bit here due to the fact that i feel a has of acid reflux coming on later tonight....but thats not to say i wouldnt want to have more than one bottle

overall i am impressed with this...its solid from all angles and maintains the sourness without being offensive..ive had beers that were more sour but i think this is a bit of control in a bottle...

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Photo of jampics2
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer #2 of my 2010 Winking Lizard Beer Tour.

A 330ml bottle poured into a goblet and hoisted to 3F the very day of "the announcement". Good luck with the new direction and thanks for all the wonderful beer over the years.

Opened with a crazy loud pop. Pours a cloudy gold.

Smells of barnyard funk and sour apple. A bit of wood and leather too.

Taste is great. A wonderful initial sour and total lacto funk. Apple skin and oak. Some lemon as well.

Super carbonated, nice body. Feels good in my mouth.

Very drinkable and enjoyable. Really great sour!

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Photo of Boto
4.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle: I've got a real relic here. It is Oude Geuze 1999. The best by date on it is 31-12-2010, and the ABV is 6.5%. I traded for this maybe 6 years ago, and it has been hiding in the back of the fridge since then. It opened with a strong "pop". It pours an orangish-amber color. There was a small head on it, but it dropped away rather quickly. What an aroma. I really don't know where to start on this one. Bunches of sour fruits, and definitely a bit funky. There is some sourness in the aroma. The taste is superb. All kinds of sour fruits in here, that have blended together over the years. A bit of spiciness also, with some earthiness in the background. Kind of hard to explain, but there is a fullness as well as a lightness to the body at the same time. What a nice treat for the new year!

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Photo of Mora2000
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy thirdeye11.

2003 vintage. Pours a dirty brownish yellow with a small white head. The aroma is funky, with lots of brett resulting in a horse blanket aroma. Flavor is tart and funky. Lots of lemons and some wood aging characteristics. Extremely drinkable, light body and medium-high carbonation. A complex, tasty guezue. 3 Fonteinen didn't disappoint.

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Photo of Martin2D
4.71/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle from 2008

A - Straw yellow that pours with a huge head with rushes of carbonation coming from the bottom of the glass.

S - Subdued nose, but there is hints of citrus, aged hops, and funk.

T - Wow, unbelievable balance. It is funky with the perfect hint of sourness. The citrus is not overwhelming but jumps off your tongue. Not overly funky, but aged hops can definitely be tasted.

M - Light in body with maybe the heaviest carbonation of any beer I've had. The cork popped off of this and probably would've flown off had I not help it.

D - I could drink sours all night long, unlike most, but this might be the most balanced sour I've ever had. I've never had a beer that has all elements of sours: funky, sour, with a slight hint of aged hops. Perfect Champagne for NYE.

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Photo of Travlr
4.82/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

37 5 cl bottle dated 10 04 2004. Cloudy straw colored, small white head. Aroma of barnyard animals. Big dry sour flavor with must and grapefruit. Nicely complex.
750 ml bottle dated December 1997, no label, consumed on 19 December 2009. More animals in the aroma. Much more dry and complex, longer finish. An amazing brew. Bumps taste & aroma up a notch.

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Photo of scootny
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got it too cold so it looked flat as I poured. It's been sitting for a while so I can see some carbonation. Still not much to look at. beautiful gold though. Wisps of carbonation on top, no lace.

Smell is great though. Horse blanket and sour apples. Phenolic medicinals. Cereal grains and white wine.

Taste is more blanket with a medicinal edge. Sour apples without the apples, sour grapes, sour dry white wine. More husky graininess. a super dry white wine like finish. A great funkiness. Introducing the yeast seems to broaden the fruitier aspects.

Feel is ever so lightly carbonated as to impart a superior feel when compared to a wine. Light and refreshing.

Quite drinkable like a white wine.

Give this one to you wine snob friends and what what happens.

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Photo of Risser09
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml cork and cage bottle poured into a taster - fridge - bottled 1999

Appearance: Pours a golden straw orange with yellow tints. Barely any head, but the stuff is white. Large bubbles stick to the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Horseblanket, brett, straw and dirty socks.

Taste: Corky, Brett, wood, sugar, socks, lengthy and funky.

Mouthfeel: Funky, dry, long, pronounced finish, some alcohol.

Drinkability: Very woody for an old beer. I would have thought that this flavor would have dropped out by now. A superb beer, can't wait to see what it's like in another ten years.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this in a trade from bosse. 375ml. 12-02-2003 Vintage. This one is 6 years old today!

A: Murky amber in color with a cream colored head, about half an inch that recedes to a cap with a few islands. Excellent lacing. Very nice looking beer.

S: Not for the faint of heart here, wow funk, nasty dirty horse blanket, barnyard, lemons, smells insanely sour. Has notes of hydrocarbons (think condensate of a natural gas well), quite medicinal, notes of pipe tobacco. This is what a geuze should smell like. Perfection.

T: Quite tart, but not as tart as the nose leads on, sour lemons, and funk, where the sour may lack a little, but the funkiness is right there, and I like that. Leaves a few notes of fresh bananas. Fairly bitter as well, hop profile is spicy and strong, but not overbearing. The balance here is exceptional between sour and bitter. Notes of wood and citrus fruits. Incredibly deep. My favorite geuze to date.

M: Light body, medium carbonation, and incredibly dry, tons of lactic acidity in this too, my spit is thick. Just a hint of warmth from alcohol.

D: I don't think this beer could possibly be any easier to drink, excellent flavors, dry, light bodied and incredibly complex, but not overbearing to the point of ruining the drinking experience. This is a beer that I could enjoy almost any time of year. Very special. Highly recommended!

Thanks Bo!

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The belgian classic, 2008 375.

Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a small tint of orange and a pure white head that retains unusually long for the style and leaves ok lacing.

Nose is full of standard lactic green apple gueuze funk.

Taste is very very good. Lactic awesomeness, some great green apple and lemon zest, oak, all the hitpoints of a great gueuze. Great dry finish, refreshing, awesome.

Mouthfeel is perfect for the style, carbonation is slightly high which is great, super dry.

Drinkable as hell. Could easily drink a few of these, which is a hell of an accomplishment for a gueuze.

Overall an ultra classic and fantastic gueuze. Certainly one im glad to have in the cellar, and one i'd be happy to drink any time. One of the greats.

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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 botham
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz corked bottle poured into an oversized wine glass. pours a lightly hazy golden color with a fizzy two fingers of qhite head. great retention and solid lacings.

aroma is funky, with a distinct acidic sourness that plays off of a light vinous base. very active in the nose with a wonderful funk note that resembles an aged cheese.

taste is acidic and sharp up front with a wonderful base of acidic funk, along with a finish of aged cheese and a touch of funk after the fact.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a sharp presence and a vinous aura that keeps the palate honest and cleanses it out.

drinkability is great. a solid gueuze with a great sharpness and a funk that is understated but dignified. not for those getting into sours, but a very drinkable gueuze for sour beer lovers. cheers!

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Photo of Floydster
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12.7 ounce bottle purchased a year or so ago from Hi-Times in Costa Mesa, think it was around ten dollars then, drank a few nights ago from my Drie Fonteinen glass, reviewed from notes, color is a cloudy golden orange color, one inch bubbly white head, great retention, some lacing at first too, aroma consits of tart citrus, funkiness, sour green apples, oak, and yeast, flavor starts off with tart green apples, lemon dominates the middle, more citrus in the finish with oak rounding out the aftertaste, tart, dry, and funky mouthfeel, medium bodied, appropriate amount of carbonation for the style, taste lingers, thirst quenching, perfect beer for summer time, not overly tart and refreshing more than super sour, have to say that this is an outstanding gueuze and I am happy that is readily available in stores around me, will be drinking this again, recommended

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Photo of vacax
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL green glass bottle, foil and cork setting, dated 2 February 2007.

Pours a hazy deep honey gold with a towering creamy eggshell head. Lacing is immediate and a thick carpet of foam persists for ages. The nose is sour and funky but amazingly balanced. Lemons, oak, and a perfect kind of funk that can only be done in Belgium.

Taste is sour and dry lemons with a sulphuric sort of funkiness that only a few brewers in the world can capture successfully. Funk captures the midpalate, which that resides and the sour resurges with an earthy, fruity, possibly hoppy finish. All the classic flavors of a gueuze and fairly accessible for the style. Great example of balance for the style. Light bodied with a fine carbonation that is typical for the style. Highly drinkable, no acid sourness in the stomach, somewhat earthy sour finish begs the drinker to go back for another funky puckering.

It would be a damn shame if 3F has to cease production over a faulty thermostat...

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Photo of khiasmus
4.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

02 February, 2007.

Darkness swept the earth as the angels began to cry, their golden tears flowing through the dark sky like so many golden necklaces sliding down a silken backdrop... The sky acquired a burnt sienna hue, the clouds all disappearing in moments, leaving a thick orange haze...
I can smell the end of the world, the clash of steel on bronze, angst and sour oak, citrus peel on tarnished copper, a bottomless sea of layer upon layer of cold, metallic darkness... and warm, earthy coze, now only a memory, a tantalizing reality that will never return...
The taste of blood, the metallic, then a richness of meaning behind the songs running through the head, and bitter, I'm so bitter, beyond the barnyards of my childhood, beyond the grapefruits they made me eat'itwillmakeyoustrong' beyond the distant sour of black bread and the cheese that was always-so-old, the granny smith apple cores, the muscadine vines by the barn, the snake that tried to eat me... it goes farther still, this vision as I can taste the metallic of my blood, looking to the orange sky, seeing only a haze...
Dry and intensely sour, bitter, harsh and caressing, thin and full, lightly fluffy, lingering in my head, in my dreams, as a fierce screech rends the sky, the black wings are seen wheeling high above the haze, they swoop down again, they can smell the blood, I shudder as I hear the winds tearing through their thin flaps of flesh, swooping ever closer...

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Photo of hero27
4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 oz bottle, corked & caged.
Stamped Nov 30, 2005.
6% abv

Pours a dusty apricot with smatterings of light beige foam rocking the edges of the glass.
Smell is of barnyard surrounded by lemon trees.
Heavy, acidic sourness with orange rind, lemon peel, green apple, and not-yet-ripe cherries.
Bready yeast finish with a lingering bite of puckering sourness..

There are some better gueuze's out there, but this one is narrowly behind the top of the pack..

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Photo of ibbjamin
3.38/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Paid $21.99 for a 750ml bottle from Healthy Spirits in San Francisco, CA. Bottling date of 02 February 2007, so this one has aged for about an additional two and half years once it hit the bottle. I pour into a snifter to review.

Very cloudy golden orange in color. Small, fizzy white head that dissipates quickly leaving almost no lace. Seems to be quite carbonated.

Has a bit of a funk aroma from the wild yeast and has taken on some of the oak character from the barrel it was aged in. Vinous qualities as well with hints of white grape and lemon citrus.

Taste is similar to the nose with the tartness of wild yeast / funk being pushed even more to the forefront.

Mouth is dry with a quick finish. Mildly astringent, somewhat similar to some red wines I've tasted. Not as carbonated as I originally suspected. Light to medium bodied.

A complex gueze that was a nice treat. Not sure I'd get this again as it was a bit pricey but would recommend this to anyone that enjoys beers made with wild yeast or even those interested in barrel aged beers wanting to try something new.

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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 Proteus93
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another one shared by Bob Sweeney... an exercise of the palate.

A: Honey gold, with a little sheet of lace left behind on top.... it isn't particularly heady, but it retains quite nicely.

S: A smooth hay aroma, earthy, with a slight bit of vinegar

T: Pungent, but somewhere between tart and bitter, which is interesting. An herbal quality that is interesting, especially with the hay-like funkiness along with it. The great dryness complements all the flavours very nicely, and just a touch of slight musty sourness lingers behind

D: This is quite a nice brew. Even though it is only 6% ABV , there is a peppery warmth that makes it a easy going sipper more than anything. Good stuff, and recommended.

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Photo of organicbrewer
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Full on gold. Brilliantly clear. Very few bubbles and just a little ring around the top.

S-Funk. A bit of oak, but the rest if funk.

T-Full on funk. Sour but not overly sour. Some old oak. No hops.

M-Fairly dry. Not puckering. Nearly perfect

D-I love this beer. Could drink this everyday.

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Photo of frothyhead
4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle marked February 1, 2008.

Pours a clear orange/amber into a tulip, producing a two finger off-white head.

Nose is sour and predominately lemon with just a tad bit of barnyard funk coming through with some grass and dry wood. Very clean.

Mouth is light to medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Prickly and lively, but not overly so, with a nice dry finish that tends to linger more and more with each sip.

Taste is sour and much like the nose, with lemon, grass and dry wood.

Drinkability is high - even though it's quite puckeringly sour, this is a clean, crisp beer that goes down easy.

Overall this is a great gueuze. It's not overly complex, but is solidly drinkable and refreshing, while deliving some awesome sourness. No off-flavors present whatsoever, making this a very clean and enjoyable sour brew.

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Photo of jackofclubs
3.68/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

had this one at the trappist in oakland

A- a yellowish copper with a thin off white head, low carbonation.

S- a funky smell sour, almost ammonia but a little different.

T- clean sour apple at first quickly becoming a heavy sour with a lot of complexity on the finish

M- medium body the sour makes it seam more carbonated than it is

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Photo of DrDogbeer
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Bryanbrick for sending this as an extra!!

Poured from the bottle into a tulip. Pours a fairly bright orange with an active white head. This puppy is carbonated. Wonderful musty, funky aroma (if musty can be wonderful). Very strong aroma at first, it mellows as the beer sits. Flavors of sour apple skins, sour citrus fruits, some vinegar, but it ends up a bit sweet and dry on the palate. Tons of carbonation makes for a lively mouthfeel. Flavor is a bit cloying, staying sharp and bitter on the roof of my mouth. Wonderful geuze.

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze from Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
4.34 out of 5 based on 2,712 ratings.
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