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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
Belgium | website

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

Bottled on Feb. 1, 2008.

a - pours a very clear deep amber color, large ivory head with decent retention and great lacing

s - very tart and sour on the nose, you can tell this one is going to assault your palate, very complex funky aromas, musty with bright lemon and grapefruit notes, granny smith apple, some wheat

t - powerful punch of tart citrus mixed with wheat up front, sour apple and lemon sourness engulfs the mid-palate, finish has some barnyard funk notes and a lingering tartness that just sits on the palate for quite awhile, very dry finish

m - medium-bodied, lots of carbonation, very active in the mouth, quite dry

d - intense beer that's not easy on the palate, but so well-crafted and complex that you have to keep on drinking

Awesome gueuze that's a must-try for anyone who likes sour ales. Crazy complexity that my description just can't do justice.

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Photo of blitz134
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear honey color with lots of bubbles that form a dense just off-white head in my tulip glass. Head reduces to a thin layer but leaves some nice sheet lacing behind.

Sour, funky aroma (who would have thought) with some dry grape undertones. Not overly complex.

I took a sip of this and I was immediately reminded of this wild, deep purple-skinned grape that grows in the Southeast, a muscadine. My great-granddad had a vine trained in his backyard, and I'd eat a ton of them whenever I was over in early fall. My granddad made wine out of these, too, like many other southern homemade wine makers. I can't get past how much this beer tastes like these slightly sour, tart wild grapes. The dryness and slight acid from the (probably bacteria, wild yeast coated) skin that makes you pucker, followed by a hint of sweetness, and then a lingering clean grape-like fruitness with a bit of earthy, astringency left over on the teeth. Just like eating muscadines; I dont know how else to describe it.

Overall, not super sour or tart. Thin to medium-thin mouthfeel with a bit of effervesence. A solid gueze in any book. Good stuff, and quite the surprise in the flavor for me.

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

I wish I had kept better track of my trades and extras, and some generous trader sent this one from my wants as an extra, much appreciated and cheers to you sir! This bottle has a date of February 2, 2007.

Appears a pretty beautiful and honey colored liquid with some very active carbonation. The medium head dissolves off into a tin layer of cloudy goodness. A good looking Gueuze. Had the head hung around a little longer, this would be a five.

Smells of funky lemons, cherries, maybe a hint of apples. No booze or hops present. Fairly good and funktastic.

Taste is similarily funky, lemon zest way in the back end. Extremely thin and dry on the mouth, and bubbly. Some puckering way in the back end. Acidic sourness is present. A very good drink and a nearly perfect mouthfeel.

I curve this one high, shame about that huge take being damaged at their brewery by a faulty thermometer. Great Gueuze.

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Photo of LoveInTheDream
4.9/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glasses.
had it w 21mmer whose review proceeds me and who jointly produced these reviews.

Appearance: opaque, golden colored, white head appeared only after a vigorous pour, went away after a couple minutes. no lacing, few bubbles sticking to the side

Smell: sharp iron, metallic thingy goin on. earthy, organic bouquet, young pears, green apples

Taste: its the iron ey metallic tang that keeps coming back and makes me a slave to this beer. very complex. behind the iron is a very crisp, clean yet very funky beer. nice acidic backbone with delicious sourness and delivering on the green apple and young pears towards the back. to me it tastes like it is very fully fermented, with very low residual sugars. amen and hallelujah.

Mouthfeel: champagne mouthfeel. not oily or coating at all

drinkability: i could see where the second one would almost seem unnecessary or wasteful. but i love i would love to sit around all night and drink yours with you.

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Photo of 21mmer
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked/caged bottle dated 02 february 2007

appearance: hazy, honey colored. medium head faded away after a minute or two minimal lacing.

smell: irony, metallic, earthy, organic, woody, crisp, acidic, green apples and pears

taste: beautifully tart but not overpowering. very complex. funky, earthy notes, sour, dry, crisp.

mouthfeel: champagnesque carbonation, crisp, leaves your mouth cleansed and refreshed

drinkability: if u love this style, u can drink this beer all night.

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

Bottled February '07, so just over two years in the bottle at this point.

Surprisingly little carbonation when uncorking the bottle. Other reviews suggest an almost explosive uncorking -- this was rather anti-climactic in comparison. Just a faint sound of air escaping, carrying a whiff of funk and sourness that had my taste buds watering right away.

Definitely pick up some apple in the nose in addition to the "funk". I'm hesitant to use the barnyard or horse blanket description because in addition to not being very familiar with those smells, I have definitely had more funky geuze. Still a very crisp and well balanced smell that lives up to the hype.

Nice tart taste that is as balanced as it smells. Nice and sour, although not overly so. Very drinkable and refreshing. Would love to enjoy on a nice warm day. An excellent example of the style, and I would love to try an older vintage to see if the brett can get to work a little more.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1999 Vintage:

Pours a nebulous golden with a tremendous white head that is cavernous as it recedes. Retention is good.

To demystify the aroma, one must unveil layer after layer of complex Brett characteristics. To describe this beer as funky would be an understatement. The funky horse blanket is very strong, as is the lesbian bull terrier piss aroma. Some herbal and grassy hop undertones are present with a nice level of tartness and musty barnyard. The flavor has a medium-high level of tartness with a medium sour level. The Brett is strong in the flavor, with some light citrus and some grassiness. Very musty, with strong notes of horse blanket and vinegar.

Light bodied with medium carbonation and a dry mouthfeel.

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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 Traquairlover
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into tulips.

A = Dark honey colored liquid with large foam and small bubble bone white head, small champagne ntype carbonation bubbles.

S = Dried cherries, apples and pears, cinnamon and other spices, roots vegetables with slight amount of fresh dirt still clinging to them. Very complex and interesting.

T = Sharp sour flavors of fresh lemon juice, with a good spiciness in the back of the mouth almost that of white pepper. Taste doesn't linger quite as long as I would like though.

M = Medium bodied, smooth texture, decent mouthcoating.

D = Easy drinking for a sour, goes down very well and makes me keep wanting more.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

January 17th 2006 bottling.

A: A slightly hazy golden color with a ton of bubbles leading to a half finger of white head.

S: A nice sour/tart nose. Tons of lacto. Some overripe fruit thrown in there for good measure.

T: While not as tart as other examples of the style I have had I must say this is probably the best balanced example of the style I have had. The tartness was there but it was not overwhelming. I honestly wanted quite a bit more.

M: Just a joy in the mouth. Tons of carbonation.

D: Why can't I drink this every day? This is a jewel. I love the style and they are experts. I wanted to savor this but my glass just kept getting empty. I know it is a low ABV beer but god damn. I would kill you for a never ending keg of this at my house.

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