Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze - Armand & Tommy | Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by MasterSki on 05-10-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle at Himmeriget in Copenhagen. I had several fantastic lambics and gueuze over the course of a few nights at Himmeriget while visiting Copenhagen. This one, along with Hefst, was my favorite. The flavor profile is so complex, yet so smooth. No sharpness, not excessively sour, just absolutely perfect. Best gueuze I have ever had.

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4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drie Fonteinen Armand and Tommy

A: This legendary collaborative gueuze from the era of the even more legendary Seasons pours a radiant, cloudy golden orange. A massive milk white head of four fingers cascades up from the bottom of the glass; the bubbles seem very large. Retention is good, as is lacing. It appears just a little darker than many gueuzes and lambics, which is fine, but the retention and lacing could be just a little better. 4.5/5

A: The aroma is noticeable from across the room. Oak is very prominent with big tannins, particularly musty wet oak. Wet hay and barnyard funk are also big. Mushy, overripe peaches and apricots, grapefruit, an odd fruity creaminess like kumquat, and lemon all contribute acidity and a just a hint of juicy sweetness. A little apple cider vinegar comes in the back end along with just a little cheesy funk. There is some greenery here as well, herbaceous even, but not hoppy in any way. A nice minerality is present throughout. This is very complex and especially oaky, but it does not come across as much different than the basic 3F Oude Gueuze here. 4.5/5

T: While the aroma was excellent in its own right but lacking in much uniqueness, the flavor instantly rectifies this. The oak is even more prominent here (while still remaining palatable and acceptable within the style), with heavy tannins and even a Chardonnay-esque buttery quality; also oak-derived is supporting vanilla. All that great fruitiness above remains: grapefruit, lemon, and lime especially, but there is also plenty of stonefruit, though it appears underripe and tart rather than the juiciness alluded to in the aroma, and that creaminess was likely the buttery quality, but it still gives the impression of kumquat and even fatty mango. Apple skin bitterness, oaky tannins, and wet hay funk come in toward the end, and the minerality is highlighted here. There is also a very unique raisin aspect here. A bit of bready, toasty malt flavor (but no sweetness) appears at the end, with a little white grape skin to finish alongside that oak. This turned out to be quite unique indeed, and it is much more focused on acidity, minerality, and fruitiness than the heavy funk that many 3F lambics have. 4.75/5

M: The carbonation is just prickly enough, somewhere between sparkling water and champagne, and yet it is simultaneously soft and creamy. Despite the high acidity, the pucker level is relatively low due to balancing bitterness and minerality, plus that toasty malt hint. It is on the lighter side, but it does not appear thin or watery. 4.5/5

O: This is an extremely unique offering, even if the aroma does not belie that. That malty finish contributes a really interesting dimension, and the focus on minerality and acidity over intense funk is different both for gueuzes in general and especially 3F. For me, I prefer the funk, and will rate this a little lower in this category as such. I also would not say that this is head-and-shoulders above the standard 3F Oude Gueuze, I just think that it is different. The uniqueness makes it worthwhile to seek out, and since regular OG is really great, this is hardly a knock. Pair with Kayo Dot's "Coffins on Io," or any Kayo Dot album after "Choirs of the Eye", since each is very different, but great in its own way. 4.5/5

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Photo of PDXAmbassador
4.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This was a perfect gueuze, as far as I can tell.

Had alongside the seasons and A&G (not long after enjoying Zenne and a 2008 Oude Gueuze and 2009 LPG). This was immediately distinguishable as different than the others. The most intense Gueuze of the night. More tannins and grapefruit pith. Also more buttery caramel sweetness. A deeply funky nose. Tastes like everything a Gueuze should be and more. I'll go ahead and say this is my favorite straight Gueuze I've ever had the privilege to try, and top 3 beers I've ever had.

Another member present noted that this was an exceptionally good bottle, compared to the other bottles of A&T he's had.

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Photo of KaeF
4.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Has that dry, wooden and horseblanket smell. Smooth sour taste, barrel, dry. A very smooth gueuze with nice complex flavours that have developed well over time.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.18/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

I found this slightly abrasive in feel but that was quickly fleeting as the flavors are fantastic. Citrus, oranges, grapefruit, pineapple, lemon and a nice bit of sour mineralization. Lightly sour and nicely tart.

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Photo of Abbbp
4.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I couldn't believe it. Special thanks to @wtkeene for graciously sharing this beauty. Absolutely fantastic beer that is very much like its brethren in the Seasons. I can sit here and describe the nuances, but in reality all that needs to be known is seen in my rating, and I would love several more of these. Honored to place this at #900

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Photo of Stevedore
4.62/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle from the 2011 release. Served in a snifter glass. Pours a lighter orange, copper hued body with an effervescent two finger white head that lingers quite a while, leaving small patches of lacing, thick film and collar. Excellent retention. Smells of intense oak, lemon, blue cheese, peppercorn, loads of classic funk. The nose is probably the most impressive aspect of the beer, given the intensity and complexity. Flavour brings oak, blue cheese, funk, cobwebs, lemon, sweet malt. The ground peppercorns and more minerals come out more as it warms, adding more complexity. This bottle was served chilled (oops), so I would recommend serving at cellar temperature to maximize the amount of complexity you get as you drink your pour. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, effervescent, good carbonation, crisp and very drinkable. Nice oak, peppercorn and mineral-forward finish. Overall, this is one of these beers that gets hyped a lot, and for good reason. It's an excellent gueuze and different enough from the base Oude Geueze that it's worth going after. It's closer to the Seasons in character than anything else, but it's different in its own way.

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Photo of cultclassic89
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Here it is. The best gueuze ever made. At least to me.

And yeah okay, is it really that much better than regular OG? No, at least not for what it takes to get.

With that said, this beer is perfect. It just has this brightness, even for the age.

If you want something close without the hype, get some 2014 Golden Blend. Otherwise, regular OG is where it's at. The experience was amazing though and I'm glad that Mr. Wallham shared it with me!

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Photo of omegagogetass4
3.05/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've had this beer on several occasions and it was fairly bitter and boring. It didn't have a lot of the funk I was expecting and there was not enough tartness to balance out the bitterness.

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Photo of kevanb
4.52/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, dated 2.17.11 poured into a Drie Fonteinen Fountain tumbler. Enjoyed on 3.7.2015, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a hazy copper color, orange and amber hues, huge fluffy off-white head, billowy and lively with excellent retention that yields spots of lace. The aroma is really heavy on the barnyard, super funky, dirty, musty, bitter citrus, earthy dry leaves, straw, cracked wheat, light pitted fruit, very nice balance between the bright and the earthy. The flavors are really tart yet minerally, grapefruit peel, dry fall leaves, big barnyard funk, earthy wheat, light fruitiness, really dirty and earthy. The mouthfeel is wonderful, super lively and carbonated, but soft and gentle coating texture, medium body, creamy soft finish with a light spritz.

Verdict: A very, very nice gueuze from both Armand and Tomme Arthur, really rustic and earthy but with just enough balancing brightness. It reminds me so much of Armand'4 Herfst, has a lot of that Autumn character with the dry leaves and crusty wheat. A delicious beer that any lambic lover would savor.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep golden body Big white head that doesn't last long. Medium collar with big bubbles.

Smell - Hay, lemon, oak. Nice and funky. Some maltiness. Smells just like Oude Geuze.

Taste - Orange citrus. Oaky. Some grain. Peppery flavor characteristic of Drie Fonteinen. Pleasant sourness.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated. Woody. Medium body.

Overall - Fantastic. Really just like regular Oude Geuze, but that's a very good thing.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pour is dark amber with strong haze, lots of tight bubbly off white head. Nose is huge, so funky, tons of Cobb web and dusty notes with a bit of mineral and some juicy tangerine in the back. Taste isn't quite as funky but still quite so. Dusty funk, lots of cob web, notes of mushroom. Light mineral notes with the juicy tangerine through the finish with a light sourness, strong carbonation and a moderately dry finish.

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Photo of orangesol
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to FooFaa for opening this one for us to try. I have wanted to try this one for quite awhile now.

A - Pours clear golden orange with a small half finger tall white head, quickly dissipating down to a light film, leaving small streaks of lace on the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of strong barnyard funk, lots of minerals, damp basement, mild lemon zest and lightly toasted grain. I love that it still smells like the normal oude gueuze but turned up a notch or two.

T - Pretty much more of the same. Starts off with the intense barnyard funkiness and plenty of earthy minerals slowly being joined by the damp basement, fruit zest and light grains. Finish is spritzy funk, lingering long after the finish.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. The funky feel is quite nice really, it is noticeable but it doesn't overpower. I could have easily polished off the whole bottle.

O - Probably the best gueuze I have had in recent memory. All of the typical Drie Fonteinen flavors are there in spades yet it is super easy to drink. Glad I could finally try this one, thanks Dan!

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.91/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

review #900 dedicated to LIVERPOOL FC for defeating man city in the race to the title

poured into fonteinen stemmed glass

pour started out a bit clear but glass fogged over from chill. head was light but fluffy however this is one lively gueuze. head just kept creating for some time after pour.

heavy oak up front with a sour lemon and apple. some fresh funky cheese lingering behind.

very unlike most typical fonteinen gueuzes. much more sharp and vibrant. very funky with a solid oak presence. heavy sour lemon compliments the bright oak. this is very bright, very sharp, very fresh. has some older musty flavors in the back that are pretty character fonteinen.

very carbonated, very lively. tingles the mouth all over.

pretty spectacular. its like the regular ouse gueuze turned up to 11. it is everything a gueuze could be and then some. this should age so well.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750 ml bottle. Bottled 2/17/2011. Poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden amber color, produces a nice inch of frothy head that recedes to a thin layer.

S- Funky, fruity nose. Lots of hay, damp earthiness, lemon, citrus and stone fruits.

T- So much going on. Flavors range from dry, musty and mineralic to sweet and fruity. It's already very tart, lots of lactic and citric acid, with a nice tart, lemony finish.

M- Light-bodied, with a soft feel, nice amount of carbonation. Quite dry and tart.

O- Another amazing gueuze from 3F, really enjoyable stuff with great complexity.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.48/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Duffman929 for sharing this. A bit of a gusher upon popping the cork, but once the glass was poured, all was good. Appearance is a slightly hazy orange with generous fizzy head. Nose is very complex with strong notes of orange flesh, pineapple and peach paired with heavy funk, notes of white wine, spicy notes of black pepper, and a hint of caraway seed. The taste is moderately tart with nice waves of bright citric fruit paired with layers of funk. The funk is very nice and isn't in anyway off putting. Notes of oak, white grapes, and some vinous notes all come together and have a nice clean finish. Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated. Delicious blend here and definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
4.52/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml into a CS snifter.

A- golden apple color. darker than most gueuze. This bottle poured a lot of head with medium retention. Finger width head dissipated to 1/4" within 5 minutes. Frothy head.

S- Lots of funk, barnyard, yeast, hay, some citrus in the background. Earthy grainy. This smells like a top notch gueuze. I am getting granny smith apple skin.

T- This tastes like a well crafted gueuze. Lots of barnyard funk taste going on here with a pleasant citrus note toward the back. This one was blended very well. This one almost makes you sneeze drinking it. This is behind lente, maybe tied with golden blend for me as far as how well it is crafted.

M- Very good on M. The lack of retention keeps the suds going down your throat. pretty thick for a gueuze (that does not mean a lot).

O- Very well crafted. The citrus note on the backend makes this gueuze. If this beer did not have that, it would be slightly above average. Another well crafted gueuze coming out of the 3F camp. Well done Armand!

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Photo of Rifugium
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange-yellow pour with a healthy cap of foamy white head that receded to a more manageable level, but never sank to less than a ringlet; moderate lacing on the glass. Aroma of musty citrus and earthy funk, somehow dirty and clean at the same time, cobwebs and wet grass. This was all reflected in the taste, musty, grassy, earthy, nice notes of lemon zest, 7Up, cobwebs and wet cardboard, with a perky acidity/sourness that was not too intense, and a slight bittering finish and earthy reprise. Complex and well-balanced, one of the better gueuzes I've had. Medium body, medium carbonation appropriate for the style, crisp, prickly mouthfeel. Great gueuze overall. Need more somehow.

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Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
4.71/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Again, joefuzz killed it at our tasting with this beer. The good time just kept on rolling.

Holy shit this beer is funky! From the murky appearance to the stable aromas once the cork was popped, this is a very unique beer.

Seriously, joefuzz said it best when he smelled it and proclaimed "Yeah, this smells just like a foot." It really does people. Totally different from the other geuzes that night, which had more fruit and sweetness. This has hardly any sweetness and instead is filled with a vinegary, funky, lemony tartness both in the aroma and on the palate. It even has just a little 'dankness' to it that I picked up on. Either way, this is probably the definition on what Belgian brewers can do with their yeast to create a funky-ass beer.

One of the most memorable beers so far and glad I got to try it!

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Photo of peensteen
4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served in a wine glass at Zwanze day

Hazed orange colour, one finger of white head with a bit of lace. Smell is tart with some lemony acidic notes, cheesy with a bit of petrol/gasoline at first, barnyard-hay notes, seriously funky. Taste is seriously tart, big sourness up front, fruity, lemon and acidic, really quite dry, nice mix of sour and tart fruit in the finish. Dry, medium high carbonation, good feel. Really fantastic stuff, nose is a bit odd at first but the taste really steps it up, dry, refreshing and incredibly drinkable.

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Photo of biegaman
4.48/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drie Fonteinen Armand & Tommy has a blurred but fiery golden complexion and a head so rocky and durable that it could seemingly last forever. Future civilizations will dig it up and not be able to make sense of the iceberg-like white mouse. They'll figure anything so majestic must had been a religious artifact or some kind of monument to fertility.

Like so many Gueuze, this one has the dubious distinction of smelling like a barnyard in the middle of July. It is stinky and will inevitably be repulsive to some. But to those who've acquired the taste for lambics, it smells absolutely divine; for these people (myself included), this very well is considered a religious heirloom, one passed down from brewers of centuries past.

Indeed, few beers (or beverages for that matter) are made like this one anymore. The beer is left to sit in big open vats in dusty, cobweb attics to be inoculated by wild yeasts and then aged in old wooden barrels where bacteria is sure to consume any and all remaining sugars. This process is repeated for several years, and the results are blended together.

All this amounts to a beer that has notes of cider vinegar, barnyard hay, and crab apple with a sharp citrus acidity and plenty of musty, woody oak notes. Marked by a lactic, puckering sourness, this thing makes Sour Patch Kids look like, well, candy. Far more refined and complex, this mouthfeel also has a hint of vanillin and tremendously refreshing effervescence.

No one would scoff at spending 20 some odd dollars a bottle if one of Bordeaux's or Burgundy's finest vintners collaborated with one of California's best. In fact, you'd never find anything of the sort even close to that price! And it's no different with brewers; indeed, for what it offers, this bottle was a steal. IF - I repeat, if! - you see it, be sure to buy it.

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Photo of mattsander
4.62/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Gushed a bit upon opening, poured hazy copper with titanic carbonation and a huge fluffy head.

S: This smells like the air 30 seconds before it rains.. damp foilage, lemony acidity, mineraly, wood shop. Phenolic in all the right ways, a wonderful blend.

T: Pears and lemon, wonderful brett backbone of damp birch bark & leaves. Deep, earthy, impeccably well balanced. Medium sourness.

M: Bone dry and massively carbonated, juicy, perfect.

I think this is my favorite Gueuze (so far).

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Photo of uno99
4.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pretty surprised to see this hit the government run Ontario liq-store shelves. I understand we got 600 for the province and I certainly did my share in making sure they sold out quick.

Appearance is very close to style, and exactly what you'd expect any upper tier Geuze to look like. quite cloudy, but not opaque, lots of head settles into a thin film of bright white bubbles. oh... and the bottle was a gusher too. (I know - You're all shocked).

Smell: Quite funky up front. Not quite a 'nostril stinger' though - mild to average acidity detectible in the scent. suggestions of orange zest, apple seed, apricot, and pear are preset. Very inviting and complex.

Taste: Taste is very well balanced and complex. Funk and sour flavours battle it out all over your mouth. Pretty intense Geuze, probably more so than a Cantillon Bio.

Mouthfeel is very lively, thin to medium bodied and of course very dry and puckering all over the palate.

Overall a very good Geuze to share with friends.

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Photo of Rutager
4.74/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Cracking this in celebration of selling our place. A HUGE thank you to both wordemupg and alpineclimber for hooking a brother up. Cheers guys!

Appearance. Pours a very hazy orange-gold with over 3 fingers of frothy off-white head.

Smell. Just a ton of nice sweet funk, lemons and a little grapefruit with the rind, and fresh hay. My description can't do this justice but man, it smells heavenly.

Taste. Lemons and the zest, hay, leather and old wood, maybe even a hint of coconut. Just some amazing dank funk going on here, that's for sure.

Mouthfeel. Lighter body, medium+ soft and fine carbonation.

Overall. Lived up to the expectation, and that's saying a hell of a lot with a beer like this. Thanks again for the opportunity to try this one guys!

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Photo of wordemupg
4.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 12/5/13

A hazed orange copper with enough clarity to see a tornado of bubbles, massive eggshell colored foam slowly falls to a finger deep and leaves lots of random lace, I'm impressed by the retention as there's still foam at the bottom of my glass

S funky as all hell, moldy cheese, damp basement, wet wood and some citrus peel, grassy with dried hay, somehow gym socks smell good, tart apple and more funk, leather boot and some faint electrical tape somehow works even though its slightly burnt. Every time you put I put my nose to it I get something different, complex to say the least

T citrus is focused towards lemon, and I'm not getting as much leather or funk but its still very funky, not quite the complexity of the nose but most of what I smells in the mouth in one form or another with a little dry cereal

M very carbonated, not overly sour and quite dry, stops short of being foamy but not by much, cheesy funk and citrus lingers for ages

O one of the more interesting beer I've had recently, lots going on and even though I'm still relatively new to the style I know what I like and I like this, a lot

something I could smell all day and I can see why its so sought after, I think I'll hang on to the few I have left for a long while and see what happens. Well worth seeking, good luck to ya

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