Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze | Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Belgium
3fonteinen.be

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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2,737
Reviews:
732
Avg:
4.34
pDev:
8.29%
 
 
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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 acurtis
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GRG1313
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of jaydoc
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer shows bottling date of December 12, 2009.

Pours a hazy honey color with a very bubbly 2 inch white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Small particles of lace after each sip that sink down into the remainder of the beer. Smell is very mouth watering. Notes of vinegar, funk, and must blast the nose. Slight scent of an earthy wood smell is present too. Taste follows the smell with sour vinegar, funk, must, and some wood notes. Very, very tasty but not as sour as I would have imagined. This beer is very carbonated but it works very well in making for a crisp and clean mouthfeel. I haven't had too many beers of the gueuze style, but this is a great beer for anyone interested in sour beers.

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

everything a gueuze should be. it pours a pale pale straw color, hazy, with an average white head with decent retention. the nose is stright lemon juice from concentrate, like the little green bottle in the fridge that i sometimes put on steamed spinach. it is acidic and tart, and light in both malt and hops. it taste equally fruity as the nose, with lemon being the predominant flavor. lots of acid, this is pretty puckery. no sweetness at all, like a raw lemonade or something. the feel is great, dry in the mouth, effervescent carbonation, and a lighter body. this is a sharing bottle though because of the acid content. its through the roof. still, a brilliant example of the style.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of Knapp85
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of metter98
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer poured slightly cloudy golden yellow in color into a snifter glass with a finger sized head that has good retention properties and left a thin layer of bubbles consistently covering the surface. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are strong aromas of sourness in the nose along with barnyard funkiness from the yeast.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by sourness, but this is not that overpowering. There are also some notes of tart citrus fruits.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish that makes you want to try another sip.
D: This beer is extremely easy to drink for the style and doesn't have any funky smells or sour tastes that overpower the senses.

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

A true treat for all the senses. Promises greatness straight from the pour. An intense mixture of tart fruits and clean sourness emits from the glass and fills the air. Astringent and mouth-puckering even before I take my first sip. Upon a closer study of the appearance, the color is a murky, canary-yellow hue with a viscocity that seems heavier than the feel later reveals. A lightly knitted foamstand accompanies me to the bottom of the glass. The first sip reveals juicy flavors of young fruits and come in the examples of granny-smith apples, lemons, limes, pears, and mangos. A timid sweetness (sweetheart candies) bring a welcome balance to the acidity, vineous qualities. The feel is a juicy, mouthwatering lightness and drinkability; while finishing with a powdery dry champaign flavor. Very clean and inviting in the end. Simply a tremendous beer without the sharp astringency expected. Thanks Tony.

Revisited on June 27, 2009. Thanks Khaismus!

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Photo of biboergosum
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml corked and caged bottle. The most unexpected thing happened when I was opening this - it pretty much opened itself. That is to say, once I made the last counter-twist to release the pressure of the wire cage, the cork just went and flew off, bouncing off the ceiling, with not even a single precious drop of overflow. And I was expecting to have to fight with getting the cork out!

This beer pours a hazy pale golden amber colour, with two fingers of thinly foamy, somewhat fizzy off-white head, which leaves some sudsy limestone cliff lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of tartly sour orchard fruit - green apple and under ripe cherry, mostly - grainy pale malt, prominent lactic acid notes, a middling yeasty funkiness, and herbal, leafy hops. The taste is a leavened tart fruitiness - still apple and cherry fronted - a relatively sweeter grainy bready maltiness, a much reduced funkitude, some static acidic milkiness, and more leafy, earthy hops.

The carbonation is unabashedly frothy and fizzy, the body medium-light in weight, and kind of airy in its otherwise approachable smoothness. It finishes actually on the sweet side, the malt making that extra push, as the other elements stand still or diminish.

A rather drinkable instance of the style, with a still healthy nod to the sassy elements that define the style - acid, funk, and um, jazz? Anyways, complex, sure, as the individual, often suspect flavours do well to come together and please a doubting palate. However, if you're looking for a wallop of that ol' acid and/or funk, maybe head on over to the Cantillon section, eh?

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3.45/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a Geuze boon glass in Ghent, Belgium during my visit there. Reviewed from notes. 6% confirmed.

A: Three finger head of good thickness and slight cream. Clear hazy gold colour. Appealing.

Sm: Souring hops and bacteria. A moderate strength scent. My body tells me maybe this should be avoided.

T: ...But me mind tells me to drink! Sour body, aiding the hops. Very well balanced. Full barley lends it body. Complex and unique with its soured esters and dying bacterial notes. The depth of the sourness is hard to describe, but delightful. Some floral hops occupy the background. For the style, its a par build.

Mf: Smooth and wet for the style, though complementary of the flavours in the body.

Dr: It's difficult to down - especially if you're not accustomed to the style - but just one might be a welcome introduction for newcomers, as it's a bit less sour than others I've had. Fairly priced, at least in Belgium, all things considered. Very drinkable for the style once you acclimate. The fairly high ABV is well hidden. High quality.

My review of this one was rushed; I'll need to re-review at some point.

B-

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of brentk56
4.78/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 17 January 2006

Appearance: Pours a cloudy peach with a frothy heads that coats, and I mean coats, the chalice with lace

Smell: Of course there is the sour cat pee, funk, leather and all that, but there are also a sweet/tart and powdered sugar aroma underneath if you sniff around for it

Taste: Despite the immediate sour apple and grapefruit flavors that jump out in front, there is an underlying sweetness that joins through mid-palate; after the swallow, the leathery and oak flavors come to the fore, but there is also a lush lemon and apricot fruit presence that counterbalances the sour funk; the aftertaste is lengthy, with the addition of more oak

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied and creamy, with moderate to low carbonation (despite the initial burst when the bottle was opened); a lingering sourness at the back of the throat is felt as well as tasted

Drinkability: Not for everybody, obviously, and like many a lambic, something to be savored in the right setting, but a real achievement in the class

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Photo of oline73
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a clear yellow/gold with a finger of fluffy white head that goes away quickly.

Smell: Sour vinegar and lemon. Funky with some hay notes.

Taste: Quite tart with a strong lemon presence. Funky but not overly so. Crisp and a bit bitter with a sour finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with prickly carbonation and a super dry finish.

Overall: I thought this beer was very refreshing. A good amount of sourness. The lemon notes were very welcome. I would have this one again.

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Photo of emerge077
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled Feb. 28 2004.

Cork pops, and streams of champagne bubbles are visible in the glass during the pour. Orangey body, with about 3 fingers of very fine foam.

Smells of damp soil, hay, and assorted farmy odors. This seems very earthy and natural, not unpleasant. Sharp wood and citrus note. The yeast becomes identifiable as it sits for awhile, it smells like old bread or even play-doh. The sediment is swirled and poured into separate glass, which releases an even more pronounced "stable funk" aroma.

Taste has an upfront citric sharpness, mainly grapefruit and crabapple. It's tart and mildly astringent in the mouth. A dry oak taste in the middle with a rounder, earthy grain that comes out as it warms. Citric notes, Iron, grape, phenols, and mild honey in the aftertaste. Clean, dry finish.

The initial tartness isn't off putting, it gives way to mellow complexity after the mouth acclimates to it. A residual sweet tartness remains on the lips.

This is a benchmark of the style to me, even though currently my favorite Gueuze is Girardin Black Label 1882.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a clear orangey color lambic with a huge slightly off-white head with excellent retention. Aroma of barnyard and sourness is quite evident. Taste is so well balance between sourness, tart, little bit of acidity, green apple with some nice funky yeast also thrown in. Probably one of the finest Lambic that I had the chance to try and the fact that the acidity is lower then Cantillon makes it easier to drink larger quantity.

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