joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2003
Hazy gold. Small off-whitehead. Lovely sour aroma of horseblankets, leather, barnyard, lemon, green apple, & peach. Light, dry, acidic feel. Extremely smooth, balanced, and complex. Everything you would expect from a gueuze: horseblankets, leather, barnyard, lemon, green apple, peach. Subtle underlying sweetness. Dry, tart finish. My second 5. Boutip (6374) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 29, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2008 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.
Re-rate 2006 (bottle date 1999): Complexity in this beer is just incredible (farmhouse, horseblanket, oak, tart) and appearance is just perfect (huge foamy head with perfect retention) Can really ask more from a gueuze.
2008 re-rate: 2007 dated bottle. Not as complex as earlier vintage and definitely not as funky. I wonder if it need to age or Fonteinen own lambic is less funky their the Girardin or Lindemans they were using previously to mix?
puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 21, 2006
2000 vintage. JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 31, 2006
This is my first, and possibly my only ever 5. I drank this on the eve of my college graduation, with my closest friends and girlfriend. Having saved the (rather expensive) bottle for many months specifically for this occasion, this beer not only represented the culmination of my 20 years of education, but after slighty over a year what will probably be the climax of my beer drinking life; thus, I felt it would be sacrilage to honor this beer, or more importantly this occasion, with anything but a 5. After all, I use this site primarily for my own records, and this will surely be a memory I’ll be happy to see at the top.
Granted, this beer was also quite awesome.
450 beers later and a year of drinking, sniffing, analyzing and rating, I am quite proud of the knowledge, palate development, and respect from others I have gained in the beer world. I am able to sit down with one of the world’s great drinks and see deeply into it; to notice complexities not readily evident, and, for a beer of this intensity, be able to bear and tame the visciousness in my mouth.
Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze, 2000 vintage, pours a brilliant yellow orange with hazy highlights and a pillowy, wispy cloud white head. The head fades fast but leaves subtle, soft lacing along the slender edges of my glass. A powerful, pungent aroma leaps forth from the brew, consisting strongly of tart lemons, funky barns, and a stroll along the countryside. Once in the mouth, it is even more intense, striking at you with a brutal sourness that begs to be adored, overlaying a perfect horsiness and a touch of sweet lemon. Zesty orange and kumquats show up for the show as well. It is fizzy and biting, and leaves a warm feeling in the mouth, though different than that of strong alcohol. This is far and away the best gueuze I have had, featuring perfectly balanced and drinkable flavors, right on target, though not being the least bit tame or for the weak of heart. It was the perfect beer to celebrate the beginning of the rest of my life.
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2008 Feb 28, 2004 bottling. 750 ml corked and caged. Bright deep golden colour, thick moussey white head. Very spritzy appearance. Beautiful appearance. Aroma is soft and funky. Tart aroma of lactic and malic acids, some light apple and pear aroma, dusty and cobwebby. Complex, herbal/woody aroma. Cologne and musk combined with some interesting berry-like fruity aromas as well. Falvour is amazing, pear, cologne, strawberry, grapes wrapped in lactic sourness. Very dry tasting but the texture is creamy and perfectly balanced. Perfumey flavour, a little yeasty with a long chewy leathery finish. Doesn’t hit you with any one flavour but rather is a perfectly blended medley of very subtle ones. Warming brings out some light vanilla and oakiness. Fantastic gueuze. Funky, fruity, amazing.
seamus77 (31) - kansas city, Missouri, USA - JUN 20, 2006
Vintage 2000. Rich orange cloudy beer with a thick white head. Sweet fruity aroma over a crackery pilsner maltiness. Loads of earthy, funky, cheesy funk. Sour and peachy with soft grapefruity sourness, barnyard. Soft, leathery, bretty funk. Another incredible brew from 3 Fonteinen.
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mon dieu! i’ve died and gone to heaven and all the angels are belgian brewers! ah, geuze, either you love ’em or you’re nuts! the beauty of this golden, richly foamy-headed geuze takes my breath away. love that citrusy-hay-earthy nose and the dry, tart grapefruit tingles the tongue, tipping my tastebuds towards nirvana!
cortomaltese (13) - , ITALY - MAR 4, 2010
Probabilmente la miglior geuze esistente!!!Il suo profumo intenso associato al gusto marcato acidulo fanno di questa geuze una vera e propria delizia per gli amanti del lambic! valgalder (5) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 23, 2011 does not count
Very sour, in a good way. Citrusy zest, puckering and funky. Everything i love in a good Guezue, and one of the best i’ve had. aleigator (945) - GERMANY - JAN 2, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2016 3 fonteinen Oude Geuze, bottled 11/03/2015
Pours a vibrant straw-golden color, with an unusual huge head for a Gueuze, which even leaves back thick sheets of lacing after collapsing noisily.
This is just the best smelling Gueuze out there. This is true for its balance, its complexity and its specific house profile on the nose. Lots of apple peel and almost juicy, crisp citrus peel blend into moldy earth, cream cheese, grape skin, and a profound tartness, which provides a sweet, fruity peak. Dried, dusty wood sets the foundation for these aromas, together with a sparkly mineralic quality, creating an intriguing freshness to the otherwise outstandingly funky beer.
Tastes smooth from the beginning, while evolving a bubbly, spritzy carbonation after the swallow, which builds up an astonishing depth of flavors, with a clean, sour, refreshing finish. Drinks very easy, once accustomed to the intense sourness, with a flavor intensity I have never found in another 6 abv beer yet.
Tastes of citrus pulp, apple pith, lemon zest, wet hay and a mineralic quality. As the beer’s sourness evolves to an even more pungent state, a balancing, wood bark embraced maltiness comes up, leading the sourness gently over the palate. Herbs, blue cheese, leaves, salty, wet stones and soft wheat enrich the body of the beer, which doubtlessly remains focussed on its world class sourness. Finishes with more wood, spruce, humid earth, fermented apple and a funkiness, which tickles my tongue, leading to a pleasant, clean citrus ending.
While this is never exactly the same beer, you can always be sure to be drinking one of the best beers Belgium has to offer. No additional cellaring required, this is perfect when it gets released. Incredibly complex and well composed, the more you drink it, the more nuances you will discover. Another quality which stands out, the beer pairs really good to a lot of food: moussels, fish and pork will benefit from this big time, while it certainly produces enough taste to be enjoyed on its own. BrunoSanchez (190) - Fermo, ITALY - JUN 8, 2014
Meravigliosa lambic! Ambrata opalescente con schiuma poco persistente. Al naso sentori di legno bagnato, aceto di vino e mele. In bocca spiccata frizzantezza e bilanciata verso una decissa acidità che la rende interesantissima. Il corpo è medio ed il sapore riporta frutta gialla non matura. Nel palato rimane pulitissima ed aromaticamente persistente ma non invasiva. Questa è una birra acida consigliatissima! Bevuta in bottiglia nella birroteca Vaffalluppolo di Fermo (Italia) Hop_Hedonist (597) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 8, 2015
Bloody perfect - a lovely sour/sweet balance - can’t fault it - this is a totally new world for me and I’m lovin’ it!