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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 Antilochus
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

VLAAMSVEST '08

Bottle at Cambrinus in Brugge. Best before 10/01/07. Apple juice yellow, clear, warm amber core, no head. A few bubbles here and there. Spicy nose, lots and lots of funk. Green apple. Palate is chalky, mature, small hop presence but noted, moderate pucker. Yeasty bitterness, alcohol very moderated. Wonderful to drink.

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Photo of Prufrock
4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12.7 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner.

slightly hazy bright orange. an aggressive pour gets about a third of an inch of white head that falls quickly but leaves some lace.

tart, lemony, sour grapefruit-y, yeasty, barny aroma with a hint of cider sweetness.

high carbonation and a light-medium, refreshing mouthfeel. initial lemony, citrusy sweetness gives way to a drying, astringent, puckering tartness that makes the mouth water. hints of dry cider, grapefruit rinds, and belgian yeast. an intense finish that takes the drinkability down and would likely make this a bad gueuze for an introduction to the style, but a very well-crafted brew.

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Photo of Jefe73
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottled poured into a Lost Abbey tulip. Big thanks to Vince (G311) for sending this my way.

A - Cork shot off with a loud pop. Pours a hazy, golden color with a finger width, bright white head.

S - Smell is slightly funk with green grapes, oak and lemongrass.

T - Taste is very similar to what is picked up in the nose. Sour apple, green grapes, a little vinegar.

M - Very champagne like. Light body and heavy carbonation...very effervescent. Smooth, dry finish.

O - Nice and refreshing. Highly drinkable. Enjoyed this one very much.

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Photo of wedgie9
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from 12.7oz bottle at Lush Roscoe, bottle date is Feb. 1, 2008. Pours cloudy golden with a thick, bubbly white head that recedes to thick lace. Nose is sour citrus and vinegar funk with some nice yeasty bread aromas as well. Flavors are sour with lemon and lime acidity and light bitterness. There are also some yeast, bread, and hay notes. The body is fairly light with sparkling carbonation and a long sour and bitter finish.

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Photo of jimilayne
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

Appearance - cloudy, mang-esque orange with a tornado-like carbonation running through. Thin head.

Smell - not much of a smell. Gave me nothing to work with. Not necessarily a bad thing.

Taste - fruity and tarty with some oak balanced in. Almost a hint of white wine. Very pleasant and drinkable, though.

Mouthfeel - smooth and easy

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Photo of OldSock
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Appearance – 375 ml bottle from Julio's dated 22 January 2004 (almost 2.5 years ago to the day). Poured into a champagne flute the beer appears golden yellow and slightly hazy, it grows hazier with each successive pour. The tiny white head is supported by occasional bubbles. I was expecting a more carbonated beer.

Smell – Slightly citric (lemon and lime) sourness, but thankfully no vinegar. Hints of oak, tart cherries and hay. A solid geuze aroma, but I think the low carbonation is preventing this from being as aromatic as it should be.

Taste – Acidity up front, but not in the blinding way that some geuzes are. Lots of complex flavors ranging from barnyard to winey to citrus. Finishes dry, but the sourness stays in the front of the mouth. A well balanced beer that has lots of complexity.

Mouthfeel – Medium-thin, but with low carbonation. Not sure if the cork was improperly fit, but this was almost flat.

Drinkability & Notes – Despite the fact that this bottle suffered from lack of carbonation, this is probably the best geuze that I have had. I will have to find another bottle because it doesn't seem as if other reviewers mention the lack of carbonation.

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

375ML Cage/Cork Bottle, Dated Nov 3, 2011
When I un-twisted the cage, the cork slid and shot out on its own, hitting the ceiling. Luckily no liquid was lost, but one can assume this beer is quite carbonated.

- Pours hazy golden wheat with several inches of foam.
- Smells of barnyard funk and lactic sour mixed with sweet malt and tart fruit (grapes, lemons).
- Taste is true to nose with a mouthful of lactic sour funk. Despite being quite full flavored up front, the funkiness is actually quite sublime, fading quickly. I felt like the sourness was going to be more puckering and pungent, but this beer is just too well balanced and restrained to allow that.
- The Finish is clean and dry on the palate. Combined with the high carbonation level, it's reminiscent of a quality champagne.
- Overall this beer is top notch. Lactic sour funk that is well balanced and leaves you wanting more, my glass was empty in no time.

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Photo of jokelahoma
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Being a big fan of sour beers, I felt I had to review this one.

Pours a nice, not all together clear golden/bronze, with substantial carbonation. The head was somewhat billowy, but didn't last all that long.

The nose is almost exactly what you'd expect: Namely, sour and tart fruitiness. There's apple here, as well as pear, some white grape, and lots of tannic aromas, if that makes sense. It smells even more like fruit skins than any fruit itself. All in all, it's really rather appealing.

The taste is surprisingly subdued for a sour ale. Yes, it's sour, but the tartness doesn't jump out and grab you like some other examples I've had. In a way, that's good, and yet it's also just a bit disappointing. It seems like this could be more, and at the same time, it seems quite good like it is. See the dilemma? It's good, and could be better, but not really. Anyway, the nose and the taste are quite in sync with one another. All the fruit peel smells show up in the flavor, with Granny Smith apples really coming to the fore for me. There's no hop flavor, nor should there be. It finishes remarkably dry, with almost a puckering quality to it, as though the saliva has been taken out of your mouth. Overall, a truly grand experience, and one I'd like to try again and again.

The mouthfeel is very, very light, which is exactly as is to be expected with the style. The amazing amount of dryness at the end of the drink just heightens that feeling.

This is very, very well made. Not overwhelming, and with nothing out of balance. I still have that lingering feeling there could be more, but I'm not going to complain. This might be a good entry into the world of sour beers for someone, as it isn't too sour to get one's tastebuds around, yet it's enough that they'll know they're drinking something radically different than anything they've had before. Strongly recommended.

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Photo of OnThenIn
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Two fingers of fluffy off-white head of a on top of a slightly hazy copper body.

S: Some serious bubblegum and sour apple. Funky and slightly acetic. Absolutely incredible aroma.

T: Super funky with great acidity that is not bracing, but is instead refreshing. Somewhat grassy. Lemon flavor is present and there is a hint of bitterness. Finishes with a nice sour element.

M: Great carbonation with medium to thick mouthfeel.

D: Good drinkability and just awesome beer overall.

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Photo of NoLiberty
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Taken from the refrigerator cold so the chances for exploding beer were reduced. Nice *pop* from the cork and a bubbly pour into shorts-stemmed chalices producing a thick, off-white, 3 finger head on top of a perfectly thorough golden yellow-orange (apricot?) body. Cloudy color but not thick. The head settles into an amazing 2 millimeter thick cap that remains the entire glass. There are color swirls and almost craters in the head; really incredible.

The aroma is intoxicating. Reminiscent of a cheese sellers store, countryside farmhouse cellar, mossy stone fence and dank forest glen. Seriously, this beer's smell takes you to these places. There's a mix of musty, earthy funkiness that's matched by a very present fresh tartness that's not quite citrus but has the same effect. The very prominent brett characteristics make this heavy on the "horse blanket", but certainly it's not the only aroma flavor. Very clean and little to no acidic qualities.

Taste matches the aroma very well and is also controlled by this swinging pendulum of earthiness and tartness. Really no spice, but definitely an underlying sweet apricot fruitiness that rests underneath a powerful dry tartness. Grass, hay, sweat, basement must, spiky citrus and beautiful fresh flavors.

Also an incredible body. The carbonation is superb and adds to the overall refreshingness of the beer and the smoothness somehow compliments and contrasts with tartness and subtle sweetness. A truly well-crafted guezue. I could drink this beer all day and still not completely understand it.

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

Found this a while back at a local shop surprisingly and finally decided to drink it. Bottled Nov 18, 2010 (12.7oz bottle). 2 finger high creamy bone white head. Lace is decent. Head sticks around for a while. The beer is a hazy golden straw color. The aroma is lemony citrus, acidic, tart, green apple, oak, slight funk, hay, grass, slight vinegar, hints of pepper and spice. More funk, hay, grass, and oak come out as it warms some. Very interesting aroma that draws me in and makes my mouth water a bit. The taste doesn't let down at all. Big lemon citric taste, tart green apple, white grapes, hay, grass, oak, vinegar notes, moderately funky, slight white pepper and something else I can't quite put my finger on. The mouthfeel is light in general. Light-medium body, slippery, filmy, light consistency, round almost spritzy carbonation, with a light finish, somewhat dry and medium length.

Overall I think this was an absolute treat to have and I wish I could find it again. I'm sure this would continue to be great, if not improve, with more aging. If American Wilds, Flanders Reds, or Gueuzes have even slightly peaked your interest and you can get your hands on this, give it a try! I also have to say, damn it's nice to have a flavorful and complex beer that doesn't start to get me drunk after roughly 12oz.

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Photo of ithacabaron
4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My attempt to slip the cork from the bottle fails miserably -- it explodes from the bottle like a gunshot. The pour yields a very clear, Iowa yellow body, capped with several fingers of sheer white head. A riot of bubbles runs up the glass. The beer almost leaps from the glass. Wonderful.

Aromas are classic gueuze, but more sour than most classic examples. Rusty steel, white distilled vinegar, and straw stand out. No cat urine or wet blanket, and what funk is here gets smothered. Far more acidic than other examples of the style, and the beer suffers as a result. Would have liked to see more complexity here.

Taste is more of the same; acid, acid, acid. It's not bad, but it's really one dimensional. Some gueuzes give you hours of exploration; new flavors to uncover as you travel through the bottle. Not so here -- it's one note, albeit played well.

Mouthfeel is a contradiction, with lots of foam, but a thin body. Still, not outside the realm of what's expected from the style.

All in all, this is a fine, beer, and better than many other gueuzes. The fact that it's widely available nowadays is a miracle of modern beer advocacy. That being said, is it still a mere shadow of Cantillon's wonder? Yup.

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Photo of lou91
4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

April 2001 Vintage. Wow what a noisy beer. I chose a champagne flute and it was the right choice to channel the creamy and noisy head. The bubbles just kept rising so I could only pour half the flute. This is not over the top in lambic funkiness or tartness but the nose does give you fair warning that this is not cider. The taste is wonderful and close second to my favorite cantillon gueuze. There are a complex set of flavors - blue cheese, honey, apple, melon and pear cider. The one drawback is price which i think was $18.00 at Plumpjack.

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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 Fux
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in my De Dolle Oerbier tulip glass.

A: Nice light gold color. Abundant fizzy head which disappears quickly. Lacing is ok.

S: Sour nose with tart, funky and also spicy notes. Aromas of green apple are present.

T: Taste is sweeter than expected, with distinguishable honey notes. Still very sour. Very well balanced. This is a very nice one to try for someone not used to the style as it is not as astringent as others gueuzes.

M: Light bodied with high carbonation. Very refreshing and easily drinkable.

O: Very nice stuff. This one will be back in my stock soon.

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Photo of jibbyvonjibb
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

bottled Nov 18, 2010
375mL

Opened with a pop as I was unscrewing the wire. Obviously had some time to build up pressure.
A: Bright golden color. Very clear. Huge fluffy head that falls quicker than a souffle.
S: Lemongrass. Extremely citrusy. Funk all in good proportion.
T: Sprightly carbonation and acidity on front of tongue. Delicious. Very little bitterness that I can detect. Maybe a bit of vanilla from the oak, but it's more fruity than anything.
M: Well carbonated, probably because it was bottled well more than a year ago. Bright acidity. Light body but definitely not thin.
O: It just doesn't get much better than this. One of the best gueuzes in the world. Extremely drinkable.

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

2003 Vintage, 37.5cl bottle

Pours a perfect shade of cloudy apricot and creates a fluffy white head that disipates quickly. Aroma is full of barnyard and sharp cheese, slight vinegar sourness. Flavor is hugely complex, acidic, sharp and sour citrus fruit, funky cheese and something indescribeable that I have never experienced in any other beer. Smooth on the palate, finishes very dry. This gueuze has such a unique character, it is a real shame that I only have one bottle. Quite nice.

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Photo of Beersignal
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Gueuze is my favourite beer style because of the mystery surrounding the elaboration of the brew. Spontaneous fermentation can yield unmatched complexity in aromas and flavours, and this beer is a prime example.

Poured a lovely golden colour, slightly hazy and adorned with an uncharacteristically generous head of white foam. No retention or lace were noticed.

Aromas: HOLY SHIT!!! Full on frontal assault of the purest farmhouse funk I have ever had the chance to whiff. This stuff was pungent, organic, and of a complexity I fear I will never do justice. Through all of the country odours I managed to detect evident notes of apples, peaches, lemons, spices and damp straw, caramel, vanilla, horse hair, horse blanket.... This was the ultimate olfactory experience. Extreme.

The mouthfeel was very tart yet rounded and very firm. Flavours of fruit (mentioned above in the aromas) and caramelly sweetness dominated through a spritzy and quenching effervescence. Tart finish accented by a fresh bitterness made this beer somewhat less drinkable than a hefeweizen but still very pleasant if you are a fan of gueuze. I shall order many bottles of this brew when I have a chance. The smell was just too much.

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

750ml bottled on 04.26.2010. Consumed on 01.30.2011.

A full two to three inch cap settles into a loosely packed full finger head. It's a see-through honey with lots of bubbles ascending to the surface.

Citrus and sharply acidic, a nice oakiness, hay, some pear and apple. Very little funkiness at this young age. Lovely nose.

Poignant sourness (esp. citrus, tart apple) is met by just a hint of oakiness. There's a nice hay/grassy quality and soft must and leather lent from the brett. Not a lot to say here; a quintessential gueuze.

Medium to medium-light bodied, creamy in the mouth at first, but with a good bit of carbonation mid-palate. Dry and lightly tannic finish implores you on. Honestly, if I lived in Belgium, this would be my daily drink after a long day.

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Photo of boss302
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A This is a beautiful beer that is orange in color, clear and has a nice head. The head lasted the entire glass and covered the beer to the end.

S Smells sour/acidic, no hops are noted. It smells clean, no off-flavors, and typical of other Geuze I've had.

T Puckering in a good way. This has a nice sour tart flavor like green apples. It is crisp, sharp and clean. There is no sweetness. Balance is on the tart side.

M Medium body, dry finish, carbonation is high.

D This is a middle of the road geuze, it will offend the the uninitiated, but is a good geuze and worth trying.

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Photo of dancinwillie
3.32/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

served in a chalice, poured from a bottle. reads: nov. 30, 2005, good for at least ten years from bottling date.

Appearance: poured well, with no head to speak of, just some large bubbles that didn't stick around too long. Color of apple cider. I must say at this point, I'm a little dissapointed, as reviews I've read mention a 1 to 2 finger white head. No head for me, story of my life.

Smell: a sour funkiness that I have come to associate with duchesse de bourgogne. A slight malty sweetness as well. I have a feeling this is going to be good.

Taste: Definately sour. A funky mustiness? A musty funkiness? Either way, tart, and pretty refreshing after the initial shock to my uninitiated taste buds. Almost winelike, or vinous, if you will. There is almost a hint of a apple cider quality as well. A long, dry, tart finish leaves me wanting that next drink, but I must wait a little longer between, to see how it warms up to me. Picking up some floral flavors as it warms up. I have to say at this point, that the taste doesn't really live up to the aroma. It's good, but the smell made me think it would be great.

Mouthfeel: As this is my first foray into this style, I've nothing to compare it to (stylewise), nevertheless, the lack of carbonation makes it seem very, drinkable. Although a bit more may have heightened the taste experience. Almost soft in a way that again reminds me of wine.

drinkability: again, as my first in this style, this is tough. I don't see myself drinking this again in the near future. It isn't that it's bad, only foreign to me in so many ways. I will probably seek out others in the same style, revisiting this one once I have a better handle on the style.

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

Drie Fonteinen Oude Gueuze, bottled on Feb 01, 2008 

Served in New Belgium tulip. 

A: Pours clear gold with a rocky head that shows little retention.  Some lacing is left behind initially. Good effervescence. 

S: Medium-high acidic and wood, oak, to be specific, are predominant characteristics. Below those I find musty basement and hay.  Maybe biscuity malts. The next pour produces a more pronounced barnyard-like smell. 

T: Citric and lactic acid are sharp and bright and pucker cheeks. Lemon juice and green apple skins.  A little vinegar adds to sourness.  Light oak notes and a hint of hay and biscuity malts. Funk is about as low-key as in the nose. Mild bitterness. Clean finish. 

M: Medium body and medium-heavy carbonation. Lively, prickly mouthfeel.  Drying. 

O: I'm disappointed that the brettanomyces isn't a bit more pronounced. With that said, I love this beer and knew coming in that it would rate well. Highly recommended. 

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Photo of SummitVA
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful, crystal clear pale straw. Half an inch of head dissipates quickly with little lacing on the glass. Medium carbonation maintained throughout the pour.

S - Citrus (esp. lemon), soft leather, barn-yard funk, and just a bit of sulfur behind.

T - Sourness first, followed by large citrus component with lemon foremost. Gorgeous funk rounded out with leathery and slightly tannic finish.

M - Light, crisp.

D - Absolutely flawless.

Overall - No better gueuze available in the US, IMHO. This is my birthday bottle, so I'm happy to say that I don't need to finish this by writing "I could drink a 750," as in fact I will drink a 750. Cheers!

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

Drie Fonteinen: Oude Gueuze (Bottled: 2008) (Tasted 05/10/10)
12 oz. cork & cage bottle, poured into a flute.

Appearance: I must admit, I had to play a game while pouring this beer, a game called "how long will it take for the gigantic mushroom shaped head on this beer to burst." It was a fun game, it didn't burst, bottle poured, hazy golden amber beer with aforementioned puff, off-white head rising up and out of the glass, like a monument to the beer gods. Retention and formation puts many heavily hopped beers to shame.
Odor: As soon as the bottle popped open, the tart aroma of granny smith apple, sharp creamy cheese, waxy rind and phenols filled the area around my desk. Tremendous.
Consistency: Light body, intensely sour palate, literally teetering on the brink of being offensive. Intense carbonation scrubs the palate clean and lends a very lively feel to the beer.
Flavor: Apple cider & lemon juice, hints of fermented honey, subtle phenols, tangy overripe red fruit rolls into a dry, clean finish.

Of the gueuze I've tried, this is one of my favorites. Something about the intensity of the aroma and the distinct cheese-like notes sets this one apart for me.

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
96 out of 100 based on 713 ratings.
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