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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 AgentMunky
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 375mL bottle into a wine glass. Stamped 5 MRT 2012.

A: Pale clear yellow with light head that produces incredibly fine bubbles. Under tight carbonation; the cork postively erupts. Heavy lacing.

S: Light, tart, and funky. Very pleasantly fruity. Lemon zest, apples, and grape. Sharp, complex, and engaging.

T: Very, very good. Fruity-funky-tart. Intense. Lightly spicy on the endtaste. Lemon peel. Black pepper. Distant sugar. Berries? Aftertaste is barnyard-y and lingering.

M: Sharp, tart. Mineral-clean.

O: It lives up to the hype. Great geuze. Recommended!

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Photo of tarheels86
4.96/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750mL 1999 ed courtesy of Travlr and again courtesy of Armand. This is so insanely good. Note that this is the 1999- which many consider the best geuze ever made. Armand I think would agree. From talking to him directly, this one is made with Boon, Girardin, and Lindemann’s lambik. This, as Armand said, can never be replicated and is really just a product of pure luck and circumstance.

The 1999 geuze I have had twice and love it to death. First, it pours like an unblended. It is super deep, cloudy orange with no head. Aroma is incredible. You can smell it from 20 feet away: huge leather, tannins, citrus, blood orange, mango yogurt, feet, sweat. Taste is beautiful soft yogurt/lactic, bright citrus, curacao, grapefruit, just mouth-watering all the way around without being too sour or acetic. The Girardin being blended in here is just so awesome as a base lambic. Very quick, zippy palate. I can’t find anything wrong this this geuze and see no reason to put it up with J&J Blauw.

I am rating the 1999 ed mainly because I like to score a beer the highest mark that I have ever given it, even if I have had multiple samples that are inferior. I feel it is unfair to average out all of my scores for special lambics like this. I've had dozens of normal 3F Geuze bottles, but the 1999 is by far the best.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7oz corked/caged bottled split between two pint glasses (limited glassware availability). Bottling date on the label is 2011/02/17.

Pours with a massive off-white head (like a problematically large head), cloudy golden. Smell is tart, unripe green grapes, lemon.

Taste is super tart, more of the lemony characteristic, actually quite lemony.

Mouthfeel is dry but thick. Overall, quite good, but probably won't spend the money again.

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Photo of boogercrack
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

23 Fev 2012 bottling, 37.5 cL bottle, yellow label. poured into lost abbey teku. chilled to refrigerator temps for over a week, should have settled down. minimal pop when cork pulled.

A: cotton white head pushed up to about an inch, noisily receded to a small ring, to nothing at all. no lacing noticed at colder temps; scant, quickly falling lace as i continue to sample. clear orange, almost radiant. pretty beer.

S: gets more funky as it warms, to be expected, i think. lime, lemon, some peach, touch of pineapple, tart. wood?

T: big taste follows a big nose. just the perfect level of funk for what i want, with big sourness without being too acidic. granny smith apple flesh, lemon/lime zest, woody. finishes clean, tart, and with a dry peach like linger.

M: refreshing. clean and crisp. the delicate carbonation cleans the palate on the finish, and is nearly effervescent with the dry finish.

O: Pretty much everything I'd want from the style. terrific beer. consumed the glass over the course of an hour or so, and have enjoyed it changing with the temperature. will be buying again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tumbler.

It's taken me way the hell too long to finally get a crack at this stuff. Just sayin'. It pours a slightly murky gold topped by a finger or so of lightly off-white froth. The nose comprises lemon zest, lime zest, apricot, light sour pineapple, very light cracked wheat, and a more-than-healthy helping of Brett-like funk. The taste brings in more of the same, with the tarter fruit notes covered o'er by a thick pall of musty funk (or is it funky must?), creating a deeply-layered liquid cake of complexity. At any given moment, you can get some sour lemon, some Swiss-esque cheese, some straight cobweb funky magic, or grass-flowers. Sometimes, all of it will come at you at once; those are the great times. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a damn fine gueuze, one that deserves the reputation it commands.

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Photo of artoolemomo
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours up a lot of head but there's very little retention. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a pale to medium amber that turns to a mix of pale amber and vibrant lemon. No lacing is left behind.

Nose- Assertive as a gueuze should be. Starts off with tart apple and then romps through the orchards and more- cherry, strawberry, lemon, and peach. Big notes of acetic acid. A little whiff of caramel and honey. Some orange and pineapple as well. Faint notes of Belgian yeast. Some white grape. Quite vinous.

Taste- Even more demonstrative than the nose. Of course all the fruits of the nose (apple, cherry, and strawberry being the strongest) but ripe and green stone fruits take over the middle while a faint must hangs in the background. Lemon and orange seem to appear after this middle while ending in slight peach and apricot notes with a dry and neat finish. It doesn't seem to have the complexity of Cantillon or even Tilquin but does seem to have a neater finish. It is, perhaps, less tart than the others and has more of a champagne quality. Still very good. Notes of funk hang mostly in the background with some hints of straw, a little earth, a bit of stinky cheese. A much easier drink for me than the other two but this seems to indicate a lack of intensity. Pretty much in the same class as the other two, just a notch lower. Some notes of cinnamon on the linger. Some grapefruit in the background as well. The linger is so dry it tastes like ginger.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with tons of carbonation and lots of tingle on the tongue. Very dry finish that seems to erase the palate in seconds. Could be a good refresher beer- which is fortunate because this is how I'm using it right now.

Drinkability- Very approachable for a gueuze. Perhaps my palate has acclimated itself to sours (which be good as tomorrow is Zwanze Day) but this is a very easy drink. It isn't easy on the wallet. 11 bucks for a 375 mL bottle. Standard for this quality of gueuze.

Overall- Very good to great beer but I think I'd have to go with Tilquin or Cantillon overall. I might, however, choose this one for the ease of drink. It is certainly worth a try.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL

A: Semi translucent orange. 1/2" white head. Some nice lacing.

N: Intense grapefruit, lemon, and green apple. Lots of acidity is prevalent .Black pepper and lots of oak, pine, cedar. Smells tremendous.

T: Very sour with a moderate woodiness and some balancing bitterness. Not overly flunk behind the wood, but still delicious.

M: Light and quaffable. Dries out the tongue. Pretty good.

O: A classic in every sense. Hard to find any faults, and I’m going to enjoy the development of this particular vintage.

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Photo of Tribes
4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Really carbonated. Even after sitting for a few weeks. Light in color and slight haze

S-Sour as expected with solid funk

T-Pucker up friends, this was sour. But finished as expected with a champagne like quality

I have a couple of cases of this and look forward to trying another next year.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-The projectile cork nearly killed my dog. A bit of a gusher. Big, yeast stained head. Modest lacing.

S-Tart, nearly vegetal aroma.Wet, soggy wood. Sour apple cider. Lemon zest. Very aromatic and intense.

T-Suck my lemons! That is sour. Subtle woodiness. Grassy, too. There is some semblance of a malt here. The tartness is bright and lingering.

M-Lively carbonation. Tartness sticks to my lips. Has some body to it.

O/D-Worth the $20 750ml. I drank this beer very young. I may need to grab another and throw her in the cellar. Just a very earthy, natural medley of flavors.

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Photo of themind
3.55/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.25

This beer style is not really my cup of tea. The beer pours a great generous head. The smell is like sour fruit. The taste is a fruit sour beer concoction that is not what I really like. The mouthfeel was awesome with this beer but the sourness kinda ruins it for me. Sorry, I am sure sour beer guys love this stuff....and they can have it. Now throw me a Pliny.

Bottom Line: Pucker up! this one is sour.

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Photo of MarioM
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml poured into a Russian River stemmed glass.

A: a nice cloudy yellow almost orange like color with a quick dissipating head made of larger bubbles from the high carbonation.

S: Light sourness but dominated by good Brett funk. A little bit of tropical fruit character, pineapple and citrus. Also a good earthy but not exactly barnyard funk, but none the less, a good earthy farm funk. As it warms I get a strange almost nutty popcorn like aroma but not buttery, hard to explain but only something you would find in Lambic. Very interesting and complex.

T: Funky tropical fruit and mild Brett. Sour but not totally mouth puckering, refreshing and crisp. Complex and drinkable bit hard to pinpoint exactly what I'm tasting.

M: Crisp from the high carbonation and dry. Funk lingers with the light tropical fruit.

O: Refreshing, sour and honestly a good example, if not one of the top Geuzes readily available in my area. Will buy again an recommend to any one who is curious.

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Photo of GJ40
4.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 750ml bottle I picked up in Belgium.

A - Golden with a strong haze and a dusting of head.

S - Fantastic funk and tart! A nice contrast between the two. Hints of orange and lemon.

T - Wonderfully tart but balanced well by a complex funk. Great depth to this beer yet everything comes together nicely. The tartness seems to grow as the beer warms.

M - A somewhat fine consistency with a low carbonation.

O - Wow! A nice bite yet very refined. Can wait to get more of this.

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Photo of MarcWP
4.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2012 Vintage (bottled March 2012) poured into 3F tumbler. Part of my cellaring experiment, held this at room temperature for a year and a half vs keeping it in one of my wine fridges.

Pours a strong golden orange with smaller off white head that settles to a pretty 2mm layer atop the beer. Pretty clear with just light haze.

Aroma is cheesy as heck. The cheesiest Oude Gueuze I've had and I'm wondering if it's due to the warmer cellaring. Plenty of barnyard musk, white grape, overripe lemon, and a touch buttery.

The palate showcases stronger lemon flavors, apple peel, wet hay, horse blanket, creamy young goat cheese, Chablis wine, tangy herbs, and a slight butterscotch. So unique, the last bottle I had of the same vintage was definitely more sour and astringent. That bottle I had purchased a year after at a bigger wine and liquor chain store.

Mouthfeel is light with ample carbonation but not quite as pushy as say a Goose Island sour (thank goodness). Always a gorgeous mouthfeel in Armand's beers.

Once again I'm extremely joyous to be drinking a Drie Fonteinen. And though this may have developed some off flavors due to the room temp aging, surprisingly they don't take away from the beer but add more cheesy funk which is quite welcome. It's the beauty of lambics, enjoying their longevity and the transformations that occur in it's duration.

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Photo of mjm47
4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On an unusually cool July day, this is perfect. The scent is barnyard funky. Taste is tart and bright with an incredibly dry finish. I know that most think of this as an ideal summer beer, but for me it's the perfect Autumn drink. Highly recommended for a lazy Sunday wishing that football had already started.

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Photo of deereless
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Extreme head off a mild pour – looks like sea foam as it settles, no lacing, light golden in color with a hint of peach, a little hazy – 4.00, S: Extremely tart nose with signs of lemon and vinegar, I also smell what reminds me of paint thinner and grapefruit zest, dead-on for the style – 4.50, T: Sourness plus that skirts on the side of puckering, quite medicinal and with tons of vinegar, other flavor remind me of green apples and grass, quite funky all-around – 4.25, M: Light and crisp mouthfeel – 4.00, D: I can’t claim to be an expert of the style, but from what I do know about Gueze this hits the bulls eye, very drinkable – 4.25

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Photo of jrenihan
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled May 5, 2008

Beer is copper in colour, with a moderately-sized white head. Head fades quickly.

The smell is divine. Funky horse blanket scents dominate, but are enveloping rather than excessive. Lemon and other tart fruit scents. Just beautiful.

The taste is very good, but not up to the nose. Again, funky yeast, lemon, quite tart. In keeping with my experiences with 3F beers, the tartness is well balanced. Very flavourful and potent but not overdone. Very complex. Dry, with a fairly bitter finish, which was a surprise and, while not unpleasant, perhaps a slight disappointment. Great.

Light bodied, highly carbonated but with very delicate bubbles. Astringent and very tart.

Overall, terrific.

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Photo of Benish
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

stevedore gave me the opportunity to try this beer. As the cork was removed, there was a bit of an overflow. Fortunately only a tiny bit of the beer was lost, did not go out of control.

The beer had a cloudy orange appearance. It smelled funky or perhaps stinky. I can't help but think of my son's sweaty feet. Maybe some rotten fruit. It's not a bad smell though, I love it. Its unique and interesting. The aroma is definitely the first of that kind that I experience.

Taste wise this is a tart bomb, it just drilled into my cheekbones. It's also unbelievably sour. Minimal sweetness detected in this beer. At first I thought it seemed sweet but it's really the tartness that is the highlight of this beer. There are also some notable bitter lemon rind. The beer is highly acidic as I could tell at the finish. Kind of like when you eat a lemon. It's lightly carbonated and has a light bodied mouthfeel.

Overall it's a great beer! The aroma and the taste contrast each other in this beer. What I smelled didn't exactly seem to match what the beer tasted like - as opposed to for example the smell and taste of an apple coming together. They both were completely different experiences in this beer. Awesome beer, it was great to share and talk about with a friend. I recommend it and definitely share with someone. Hope to try this again someday.

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Photo of JohnG190
4.66/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter. Pours a slightly hazy, dark golden with a quickly dissipating white head. Aroma of funk and lemon zest. Very sour taste, not much sweetness. Finishes dry. Gets more complex as it warms in the glass. Light mouthfeel with effervescent carbonation. Overall, an extremely well crafted geuze.

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Photo of impending
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

375ml March 2012 into a tulip. Pours a relatively dingy dull hazed straw, minor head, ok lacing.

The aroma reaches from afar, sour. The taste perfectly portrays so you know exactly what to expect in the flavor. excellent funk but not a lot of barrel

Sour apple, unripe tart pear. Nicely balanced tiny herbal bitter to the preceding funk.
Thin astringent grapeskin mouthfeel is perfectly appropriate for the flavor. perfect

marvelous at room temp, rough and smooth all simultaneous
lip smacking
cheers
jd

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Photo of nmann08
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

March 2012 Bottle

Pours a dark golden clear color. Active head coming out of the bottle and into the glass that disappears almost as it formed. Very active carbonation in the glass.

Smells of lemon, funk, very dry, faint oak.

Taste is acidic, tart, sour apples, but not overwhelming. Very balanced with some sweetness.

Mouthfeel is crisp, refreshing, not too intense of a sour.

Overall, a very enjoyable sour.

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Photo of mroberts1204
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375ml bottle dated February 2012
Appearance is hazy golden orange with bright white foam that dissipates rapidly. Smell is of lemon and funk. Diaper funk. A touch metallic. Not overpowering in the aroma department. Flavor is delicious funk, a little bit of sweetness, and moderate acidity. Some lemon rind and nectarine. The sour lingers more than the Tilquin that im drinking side by side. Would like some more bubbles but the lower level of carb is probably true to style. A delicious gueuze.

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Photo of safaricook
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one was bottled 18 months ago. Cork comes easy with a huge plop! Lots of carbonation creates a unstable white foam and a clear orange body. Smells is funk and horse blanket, citric, apricot. Taste is sourness, funk, leathery, some fruitiness. Very spritzy and light on the tongue. Nice and refreshing. I had this before and liked it, but this time it really knocked it out of the ballpark. The age has done it really well. Really not too sour and this great carbonation. I consider myself lucky to pick up something like this any time I want.

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Photo of JamesShoemaker
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a stemless wine glass. 2012 vintage, slightly over a year old at this point. I got this puppy in a box from Belgiuminanbox.com. If you can scrape the scratch for the shipping, it's definitely worth it.

A - excellent. Dark orange and yellow, much darker than Cantillon and other various gueuzes I've had. Cloudy and carbonated. Big head on the forced pour, but it recedes very quickly.

S - meh, a little sour and skunky for me. There's something strange here. I don't get a lot of fruit on the nose, just a champagne-like acridness.

T - the taste is better. A nice sourness at first leads into some fruity residue. Lots of lime, but there's nothing really sweet about it.

M - the bitterness sticks around pleasantly, and the carbonation is definitely present throughout.

O - I don't know how much bottles of this go for in the States, but I'd pick it up again for sure.

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Photo of jlindros
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

05 vintage.
Pours a nice fizzy head, hazy apricot colored.

Nose nice blended sour juice, light funk aged tart fruit like, little grassy light lemony tartness, nice funk and just a touch of oak.

Taste same, tart fruit funk, dry bready malt, little cork, great balance of sour fruit, with a bit of a sharp acidity and some lemony tartness, light wet hey and a grassy funk, very light vinous quality and a good juicy sourness with faint oak. Finish is semi flemmy and acidic, nice lingering sour fruit and light lemony flavor.

Mouth is med to light bodied, decent carb for how old it is.

Overall fantastic beer, on par with or maybe even setting the standard for an oude gueuze. Great structure, acid levels, sour flavors, long finish, just tasty.

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Photo of Igotmypistola
4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lovely Cali afternoon, 90 and breezy. Needed a beer for the occasion. thinking this one may just fit the bill...

Pours a picture perfect deep gold. swirling it around with nice lacing and carbonation. i can smell it instantly. Imagining my backyard is fill with lemon zest fields and straw haystacks.

Taste is nicely acidic. mellow and understated. peppery and slight spice. nice orange(y) flavor going on. so well balanced. The 'drinkabilty' factor is HIGH on this brew. i could have a few of these and not have the life sucked out of my mouth like those delicious RR sours.

Im diggin it. if im being picky, id love this brew to throw a 'juicy' bag around its neck, and take strut around if you know whata mean

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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