Drie Fonteinen Druiven Gueuze (Malvasia Rosso) - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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4.43/5 rDev +0.2%
Bottle Date 2003; Sampled April 2011
The beer pours with a loudly crackling head (from the fizzy bubbles and ample carbonation) that starts out three-fingers in height and has a pale, just barely tan tinged, off-white colored head. The beer is a pale plum / amber color that shows a clear, copper-gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma definitely speaks of Drie Fonteinen; it is sort of flinty, definitely sour / tart, has a urea and mustiness to it, but also has a dried hay and even cracker like pale malt character to it. Digging around in the finish has me noticing a hint of plastic like phenolics & then I finally notice the grapes; the note is not as pronounced as it was in Cantillon Don Quijote, but there is a definite foxy grape like quality to the aroma. The grapes subtly perfume the nose and even add a sort of concord grape like character, but mostly this smells like a really good Gueuze.
A spritzy carbonation has this foaming up and feeling quite fizzy as it rolls across the tongue. The beer has a solid, though not overly aggressive, sourness to it that melds into a somewhat plastic like phenolic character that lingers on the palate in the finish. The long finish of my first sip has a touch of foxy / wild grape character to it as well as a touch of cracker like grain notes. The tartness in the middle of a sip really accentuates a tart grape like flavor that seems more like a flinty Chardoney, or wild Sauvignon Blanc that what I would normally associate with a red wine grape; I am sure that the base Lambic is deeply affecting this flavor though. There is a solid, musty, funkiness to this brew that is somewhat musky and barnyard like (especially in the oral nasal cavity); the lactic acidity is accentuated by a touch of urea character that is a touch catty. The beer finishes with a soft tannic note that isn’t quite astringent, but hints at toasty oak flavors that linger with a spiciness on the palate. This is light bodied and refreshing, like a good Gueuze, it has a touch of viscous heft to it, but it is not nearly as viscous as some traditional Fruit Lambics (even from this brewery). It is very refreshing and quaffable.
The tart grape flavors seem to come out a bit more as the beer warms up, and the beer gets drier and flintier. My second pour has me noticing quite a bit of woody oak and peppery character in the nose and the vivacious carbonation adds more tartness to the flavor with its ample carbonic bite. There almost seems to be a suggestion, a hint, a touch of sweetness here; this is more suggested at because of the fruitiness from the grapes as this beer Is really quite dry.
This is quite nice, I will admit though that it isn’t quite so shiny in comparison to Cantillon Don Quijote; the latter has a much more interesting, wild grape character than this beer does. This could almost pass for a Gueuze, though it really does have quite a bit of tart, white wine like, grape character to it, but you can sometimes get flavors reminiscent to this in a Gueuze Lambic. I was quite surprised by the alcohol content on this beer, it definitely drinks lighter than its strength; though at times I can see that it does have that strength as towards the finish there is a spiciness that seems derived from both alcohol and oak character.
08-04-2011 14:23:57 | More by Gueuzedude
4.48/5 rDev +1.4%
750ml bottle 8,0% Abv.
Served chilled in a wine glass.
Bottled on: 02/10/2003
Best Before: 02/10/2013 (Oops!)
A massive thanks to Futura123 for this bottle.
Appearance: The cork burst out of the bottle as soon as I loosened the cage, but thankfully the beer only manages a very slow gush and never actually makes it out of the bottle. A gentle pour does however fill the glass with a massive off white head and only a sliver of bright orange beer. Oddly the head fizzes away almost instantly and leaves nothing in the way of lacing and a swirl leaves the faintest traces of alcohol legs.
Smell: This smells delicious – there isn’t much in the way of fruit, but the nose is bursting with signature 3F funk. There is lots of must, wet hay, a little cheese, earthy old wood, oak, lactic acidity and a little cider vinegar. As the nose begins to open up the tart white grape become apparent (but still not enough that you would think it was a grape beer) alongside some tarter stone fruits and a light underlying sweetness. There is no alcohol noted, but the nose does seem somewhat fuller/heavier than a standard lambic.
Taste: As with the nose, there is not much fruit in the initial flavor but it still absolutely delicious. Initial notes include: A musty character, old wood, wet hay, tart lemony notes, tart white grape, forest floor, an earthiness, a solid tartness and a lovely acidity. As the beer warms, the nose begins to open up with slightly tannic grape skins (about the only thing that lets you know there were grapes added), some overripe fruit and a touch of oak. There is no trace of the 8% but there is something that lets you know that this is stronger than your average lambic.
Mouthfeel: Wow this is fizzy! I usually find lambics somewhat over carbonated but this one is higher than usual and somewhat harsh. The carbonation does settle down after a while but not quite as quickly as I’d like. The body is heftier than a standard lambic - medium with a touch of stickiness.
Overall: Malvasia Rosso is one fantastic lambic, sure there is virtually no fruit left, but the funk character is just superb and signature 3F. I will have to get another bottle or two of this and see what the next 10 years do to the flavor.
01-09-2014 20:15:20 | More by Thehuntmaster
4.34/5 rDev -1.8%
Review #750! Huge thanks to Kramer for sharing this one with us during his christmas party this year.
A - Pours golden yellow with a fizzy one finger tall white head, quickly dissipating down to a light film, leaving little trails of lace on the sides of the glass.
S - Smells of strong must, typical 3F horse blanket funk, earthen minerals, very light fruitiness from the grapes and some minimal sweetness. This one smells incredible, easily the best part of this beer.
T - Starts off much like the nose with the barnyard funk and grape skin must quickly being joined by some mild fruitiness, light sweetness and dry oak. Finish is pretty dry, lingering long after the finish. Very gueuze like in all honesty.
M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Spritzy feel, no overly sour, more funky making it really easy to consume.
O - Really nice lambic, just not one of the best ever. I would never turn it down again but I wouldn't trade my entire cellar for it either. I had been looking to try this one for a long time and I am incredibly grateful to Kramer for sharing it with us. Thanks buddy!
12-24-2013 23:38:34 | More by orangesol
Drie Fonteinen Druiven Gueuze (Malvasia Rosso) from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
97 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.