Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze | Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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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".

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Green glass 750 ml bottle opens with a nice pop, beer pours with much head, then settles down with the dound of sizzling bacon. The body is clear gold, streams of thick carbonation rush to the top of the beer. A little lacing left behind.

Smell: Funky and sour, malty and very different. Somewhat earthy and grain.

Taste: I have never had a smoother or easier to drink gueuze, not saying this beer isn't sour, it is. The sourness and tartness are there, but blended very well, and by the end of the aftertaste you almost forget they were even there. Wow, easy to drink and very good

Drinkability: I would definitely pair this with some stilton, and I think it would be superb, this beer is excellent on it's own, however. I have not had better in the style.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle with yellow label; says "2012, dec 5th". Tasted 1 October 2013.

Pours clear golden yellow, a touch of orange to it. Two fingers of white head, more than I find typical for a sour. Better retention, too. And there's a broad column of bubbles rising up through the glass.

Smell is incredible. Funky and sour, with so much depth and complexity, yet surprisingly clean. How all those characteristics can be found together I find hard to understand, but there they are, and they fit together like perfectly cut puzzle pieces. Wow. I'm just going to drink this in with my nose for a while...

Taste is, frankly, a bit too sour for me. It's potent, but a so strong that I literally feel like the enamel is being dissolved off my teeth. Is this beer, or an acid bath? I suppose it is what it's supposed to be, and there's a lot there behind that first powerful wave of sour. Funk, earth, and a fruity dance number. I dig this, but I could dig it a whole lot more if I didn't have to close my eyes and fight through the acid to find the other flavors.

Feel is delicate and delightful. Light-bodied, medium-high carbonation, and an acidic streak that really dominates the feel. Wow again.

An outstanding gueuze. I just wish it were a bit gentler.

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Photo of larryi86
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12.7 oz bottle dated Dec. 12, 2009 poured into a snifter

A- A light hazy gold/orange with one finger white head.

S- Tart lemons, spices, some fuck and a nice earthy smell.

T- Lemon tartness up front, getting hints of sour apples and other sour fruits in the middle. The finish has a funky bitterness, sour apples and lemons with an earthy/grass note. Very nice complexity.

M- Crisp, refreshing, smooth, slightly creamy.

D- Like other sours I am have had I would not like to drink a lot at once, but it is easy to drink and enjoy a bottle. I really like this beer, but feel it could be a little better if it was a little more sour and a little less funky.

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Photo of rye726
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A hazy cedar color with a silky tan head. A beautifull gueze. The nose has tart citrus fruit, musky funk, some oak and some subtle candy malts. The flavor is immensely complex yet perfectly balanced. Lots of sour fruits, earthy funk, herbs, vanilla, oak and a complex malt profile. Pefect body. Full yet crisp and delicate. Nice dry finish. I could drink this all night. Ages very well.

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Photo of heerboth
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of JeffTheJuice
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of DavidHume
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of needMIbeer
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of coz
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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

Sampled at the 3F restaurant in Beersel. What a steal at 15 euros. Bottled 6 December 1997. No label and poured by Guido Debelder (Armand's brother).

A: incredible head, orangeish with slight cloudiness
S: earthy, sour
T: incredibly well-balanced, sour but not overpowering, simply outstanding
M: great, very drinkable, easy on the tongue but has subdued gueuze finish, very mellow all-around

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

Thanks to irishgurl4 for pointing me in the right direction on where to pick this up!

Appearance - Uncorks from the bottle quite easily and with a nice solid pop sound. Pours into my Russian River tulip with at first appears a lighter yellow but as the champagne like bubbles dissipate the beer begins to turn a darker yellow to brown. The head dissipates rather quickly but leaves some on top and thin lacing.

Smell - At first a semi skunky smell which dissipates a bit as I let the beer breath for a few minutes in the glass. There is a strong aroma of barnyard funk/wet hay/moldy basement (classic funk). There is light citrus aromas such as green apples, lemon, and just a hint of orange. Once the beer is allowed to open up it smells very enticing.

Taste - Holy mother pucker. Incredible lemon (more so than the nose hinted) flavor right off the bat. Makes my mouth immediately water and pucker. Once the tartness finally goes away there is the barnyard funk mentioned in the nose, which includes wet hay, leather, and some fresh cut grass. There is just a hint of sweetness that can be found in here, though honestly the more I drink it and the more acclimated I am to the sourness, the more I find the sweetness. Slight acidic finish not unlike licking a copper penny (oh we all have done it one time or another).

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, loads of prickly carbonation with tiny bubbles not unlike champagne, finishes crisp, dry, clean, bitter.

Drinkability - I'm taking this slow, but will have not a problem finishing it up. Very enjoyable and refreshing. Would pick this up again if I had the chance.

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Photo of jegross2
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen out of Belgium. This beer is off the shelf, but it's supposed to be one of the best off-the-shelf lambics out there.

Score: 95

Bottled 11/10/10. Served in a New Glarus flute and enjoyed on 05/05/12.

Appearance: Super carbonated. The cork to this beer rocketed off the top like a champagne cork when I tried to open it. Thankfully, no one was harmed in the consumption of this beer. Has a bubbly, effervescent appearance. Three to four fingers of white soapy head at pour quickly settles to a thin layer. Minimal lacing, minimal retention. 4/5

Smell: Sweet-and-sour cherry, tart lemon citrus, candied sour fruit and only the faintest hint of funk. White grape juice, granny smith apple and a hint of oak. Very pleasant sweet-and-sour aroma. 4.5/5

Taste: Sweet lemon citrus and tart granny smith apple. Sour white grape. Mild drying oak on mid-palate. Simultaneously juicy and upfront and drying on the back end. A little sweet rice vinegar on the back end. Nice sweet-and-sour flavor mix here. There is a mild sour pucker, but nothing intense. Like the nose, there is a subtle musty funk, but it's well incorporated into the background of the flavor profile. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Light-medium bodied, high carbonation. Champagne-like mouthfeel. Dry lemony-tart finish. 4.5/5

Overall: Absolutely delicious gueuze here. People go nuts for the funk and pucker, but for less than $20, you can sit on this beer for 18 months and have something fantastic to drink without emptying your cellar. I do not go nuts for sours like others do, but I thoroughly enjoyed this brew.

Recommendation: Great intro sour; seek this out.

Pairings: Grilled chicken.

Cost: $9.99 for a 355 ml bottle or $16.99 for a 750 ml bottle.


Reviewing a 2004 vintage bottle Oude Geuze from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen out of Belgium.

Score: 94

Bottled on 02/28/2004, which makes this bottle a few weeks over 10 years old at this point. Served in a Dark Lord snifter and enjoyed on 03/12/14.

Appearance: Pours a brownish color with a slight yellow hue and two fingers of soapy off-white head that quickly settles to a ring around the glass. Murky in appearance, getting cloudier as more yeast gets into the pour further down into the bottle. Poor lacing and retention. 4/5

Smell: Cedar wood and lemon dominate the nose, with notes of must, straw, black pepper and a surprisingly minimal barnyard funk. The cedar character reminds me a lot of Blauw. Quick the enticing aroma. 4.75/5

Taste: Tastes a lot like it smells, but with a lot less tartness than expected. Presumably, this has faded off over time given how tart the four to six year old bottles are currently drinking. Cedar, must, black pepper and a light mix of barnyard and lacto funk that is done just right. A little lemon flavor and tartness upfront too. The cedar character lingers nicely, particularly if you let this brew sit on the tongue for a bit before consuming. Notes of apples and grape too, but subtly. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, minimal carbonation -- perhaps a bit undercarbonated. The bottle was pressurized when it popped, but the cork did not rocket off the bottle with vigor like the 2010 vintage bottle I opened a month ago. Very dry finish. Less tart than hoped/expected, but also much less funky than anticipated, which, for me, is a good thing. 4/5

Overall: Loved the cedar character here, but the lack of tartness/carbonation relative to other (fresher) vintages was definitely a minus on an otherwise excellent brew with great complexity. It is well rumored that Drie Fonteinen gueuze tends to fall off by the ten year mark, but this and the Blauw I drank recently were both holding up quite nicely. The 2004 magnum consumed on my birthday (July 2013) on the other hand was awful -- lots of feet-like funk, substantially less carbonation than this, and no tartness whatsoever. Maybe it is a synthetic cork issue with the magnums? Regardless, if you have a 750 ml bottle of this vintage and stored it right, drink with confidence now. My preference is for how the 2007's and 2008's are drinking at this moment.

Cost: $20 for a 750 ml bottle.

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Photo of groleau
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DonFrap
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.69/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a corked & caged bottle into a Victory tulip. Bottled on December 12, 2009.

A- pours a very hazy shade of orange with a one finger white head. Looks like...a gueuze.

S- tons of barnyard funk and horse blanket. Love it.

T- the sourness is almost numbing. It's not the tartness you mainly get from wild ales, but it's totally puckering. Just a complete barnyard, musty flavor. Absolutely phenomenal.

M- medium bodied. About what I expected

O- wow, this is fantastic stuff. Aged or not, this is fantastic

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Photo of stephens101
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Oak & Ore.

Yellow-orange with a big dead meat and damp hay musty funk mixed with light fruit aroma. A strict balance between tart and fruity sweet is realized up front but the fantastic tartness wins in the end before slowly sliding into oblivion. Super dry and light in body and you better keep a glass of water handy.

A complex, somewhat punishing yet exceptionally accomplished beer that should be saved and savored for the right occasion.

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Photo of iatethecloudsfor
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of mpayne5
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of hardy008
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy pale gold with a large, bright white head with very good retention and lacing. The aroma is dominated by barnyard funk. There is also leather, green apple, yeast, lemons, and mild sulfur. The sulfur smell subsides a little as it warms.

The taste of the beer has barnyard funk, green apple, yeast, lemons, leather, and mild sulfur. Very tart, with a little green apple sweetness. This is a nice sipper. Not because of the alcohol, which is only 6%, but because of the complexity of this beer.

Light to medium bodied, well carbonated, finishes dry and tart. A very nice Gueuze, which is a style I am liking more and more all the time.

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Photo of OnryAndMean
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sourdog
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of clvand0
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2001 Vintage. Pours a cloudy orange color with a tall head that has nice retention and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. The aroma is extremely sour. There is definately a fruity character, but I can't tell what it is behind the sourness. Hoo-Ha. The flavor doesn't have the sour kick that the nose foretold. The flavor is blended excessively well, but it still has the sourness and the strong fruity character - just not at a shocking level. Very smooth. The body is moderate and the drinkability is very good compared to other Gueuze beers that I've had.

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Photo of brandon911
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of SebD
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled October 2013

Appearance: It has a beautiful hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice thick white head that dies down moderately slow and leaves light lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of green apples, tart citrus/lemon, barnyard funk and some oak.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has sour green apples, tart lemon, some citrus notes, nice barnyard funk and some woody oak.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas. This is one of my favorites in the Geuze style. Not overly tart, flavorful and well balanced. A must try for anyone who loves Sours.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of CSO
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze from Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
4.34 out of 5 based on 2,737 ratings.
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