Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze | Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

Drie Fonteinen Oude GeuzeDrie Fonteinen Oude Geuze
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Brewed by:
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".

Added by rastaman on 09-27-2002

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4.91/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of tmbgnicu
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ragnar3
4.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PJHOY
4.98/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of WolverineFan1243
4.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of byronic
4.61/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kuges
3.98/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of emincems
4.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JackRWatkins
4.04/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: pours a pretty standard, hazy though well attenuated straw gold with a fizzy head that rumbles like a hot tub when it first goes into the glass and in that respect I've never seen anything like it, at first the head is three fingers but quickly recedes down to two where it holds steady. (also has some more prominent traces of sediment)
S: the tartness is bracing and the funk is prominent, you get some peach and to a lesser extent apple cider vinegar, sharp notes of pepper throughout. Some cheese rind but not to an overwhelming degree
T: first impression, shockingly clean, with hints of berry and lemon, I've always felt that most bottles of gueuze don't really let you taste their malt, but I definitely taste it here, pepper and sour apple, definitely sour, but not harsh, somewhere in the middle in terms of Gueuze. you of course get the tannic drying qualities of the oak, but there is a definite sweetness here that I don't get with most others in this style, though there is still some vinegar present it seems to be here in a more mild, supporting role.
M: The softness of the brewing water was the first thing I noticed in this beer actually, while this is definitely a sharp tasting beer and an effervescent one, there is a fullness and smoothness to it that reminds me of some of the Hill Farmstead beers I've had.
O: I don't remember the point in which I realized that the more intense beer isn't always the better one, it was something of a gradual revelation that I still find myself questioning from time to time as need be. There are some styles that are best served (to my palate) on the more intense side and some that depend on balance and simplicity to function. I'm sure there is a Gueuze out there that I would likely find to be too much, but for the most part, I prefer examples to be extremely tart, incredibly dry, and with a certain harsh bouquet of over ripe things, by this metric, Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze sits in the middle, and while no one should argue that it isn't well executed, I can't help but think that my $50 could have been better spent on any combination of Tilquin, Hanssens, Boon, or Lindeman's. So is it good? Unquestionably yes. Is it great? I can't say I think so.

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3.6/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Taybeh
4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a single picked up on a recent trip north of the border, into a Riesling wine glass. Big fizzy 2 finger white head from an easy pour with decent retention. Chilled slightly hazy peachy amber. Nose is very good...promising sweet floral funkiness, hay, delicate orchard fruits. Taste really takes it up a few notches. Lively mouthful and the finish really is a finale, with everything tied up nicely and a little tart funky kiss that puts a point on everything.

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4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MTKATL
4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Patches826
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Budlum
4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ahacsgt
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thebeers
4.21/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy dark orange yellow, like dehydrated piss, with a frothy finger and a half of off white head. Minimal lacing.

Sour, dry, hay aroma. This follows in the taste with just the slightest apple sweetness up front, a little tartness midpalate and a very dry finish.

Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Really nice.

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Photo of josanguapo
1.54/5  rDev -65%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

From Zombier. In Teku glass. Playing Pillars of Eternity. It may fault of my palate, but although I haven't found it completely disgusting, I didn't enjoy it either. Just tartnesss with some lemon

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.93/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Drie Fontienen - Oude Gueuze 2015 – a 1, 2 and 3-year blend
375 ml bottle at The Sovereign in Washington, DC. Poured into tall rocks glass.

Are there any bad gueuzes? A nice beer. Always nice when I can stay in the states and have these beers. But, at least on this day, my palate is telling me that there are better gueuzes out there. 4

A – Pours a crystal-clear onion yellow with a frothy white head. Well carbonated, the cork was explosive but there was no gushing, 4.25

S – 3.75

T – Tart like under ripe fruit, like sour cherries with no cherry flavor. Low minerality. 4

MF - Medium light body, bone dry. 3.75

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Photo of Everydayoff
4.51/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375ml cork-caged bottle poured into an oversized wine glass. Bottled 17/10/2013.

Hazy copper color with some orange shade and some sediment, there is a finger of foamy white head building up and collapsing after a short while to some frothy ring and sheet on the surface, some spotty and patchy lace left on the glass-side.

Very fruity in a nose, it leans towards on more sour fruitiness rather than sharp tartness with notes of green apple, sour berries, lemon, tart cherry, raspberry, and slight acidic. Wild yeast too with its evidence of big funkiness as well as oak and wood from the time in there. There is also some earthiness and slight herbal note.

Led by the flavors of fruitiness, sourness, and some tartness, they are all harmoniously displayed through the palate sensation. From green apple, sour berries, lemon, tart cherry, raspberry, subtle acidic, funkiness, dry oak, wood, earthiness, to herbal, it is almost immaculate. There is no bitterness here to let you focus on all the greatness of Gueuze spectrum.

Medium body with smooth mouthfeel and moderate carbonation through the palate, the overall feeling is crisp, well-rounded, and very refreshing with a very pleasantly dry finish that instantly leads to the next sip.

This one is obviously a topnotch from the art of brewing. I have no word to describe. It just will never ever go wrong. To die for.

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Photo of Erik-P
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dr_Fox
4.05/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DaverCS
4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on 9/03/2016; Consumed on the last night staying at A Snug Harbor Inn.

Pours a light honey color with soda-like carbonation with a ring around the edge
of the glass.

Aroma is of green apple, lemon peel, and a solid amount of funk.

Taste is incredibly complex. Prickly carbonation. Lemony citrus, green grape,
and green apple. Brett character appears. Funky farmyard.

Overall, the beer lives up to the hype. I see it pairing well with a pan seared
halibut with Israeli cous cous. It gets a 95/100.

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