Drie Fonteinen Druiven Gueuze (Malvasia Rosso) - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 100 | Reviews: 40 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by siege06nd:
More User Reviews:
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
3.65/5 rDev -17.4%
New label 2003 version dubbed Malvasia Rosso but its the same beer. Thanks to Ineedabeerhere for sharing this one. 4oz. pour from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a Brandy snifter. Reviewed from notes.
A: Pours a big 2 finger foamy white head that threatens to escape the glass before quickly dissipating. Beer is a slightly cloudy white peach. No lacing. Pretty standard but rather surprising to see so much initial head in this style.
S: Nose is Brett funk. Wet straw, cobwebs, peat, and woodiness. Sharp cobweb yeast, lemon and peach tartness with just a hint of white grape. Very aromatic but the grapes that are supposedly present in this beer is almost completely missing.
T: Sharp and slightly tart opening. Big, bold Brett presence right at the beginning that lasts to the middle. White grape sweetness plays around somewhere in the back. Cobwebs and lemon rind with a slightly yeast, peat, and earthy bitterness at the end. Dry finish with near no aftertaste. Again, where are the grapes? Tastes more like a gueuze than a fruit lambic.
M: Light to medium bodied and very carbonated. Prickly and dry in the mouth and dry going down. Dry on the finish. This beers saps my palate of all moisture. Slightly yeasty and messy finish with near no aftertaste. A bit over-carbonated but the dryness makes up for it a lot. Clean and crisp and almost champagne-like.
D: Overall very dissapointed by this one. The fruit characteristic is near non-existant in this one. Complexity is there but its not the type that I expect. I've heard rumblings of a lot of bottle variation with this beer so I'm eager to try a more grape heavy iteration of this.
02-20-2011 15:21:59 | More by SpeedwayJim
4.47/5 rDev +1.1%
This is the listing for Malvasia Rosso, right? Anyway, 750ml bottle thanks to westcoastbeerlvr.
Cloudy orangish golden color with. Slight purple hues. Massive billowing white head on top.
Huge great funky aroma with barnyard, Brett, lacto, oak, and slight red wine.
The flavor is very good. Red grapes are subtle, and there is a considerable gueuze-like malt base and huge funk with moderate tartness. A little sweetness even with a bit of alcohol.
Surprisingly light mouthfeel with really high carbonation.
This is a very good lambic. Worth the hype.
08-25-2011 21:52:15 | More by nickd717
4.3/5 rDev -2.7%
Had this one during the 'We Want The Funk!' tasting that was graciously hosted by beermeX2! Big thanks goes out to BRoss242 for sharing this one with the group! Bottled 02-10-2003! Cork came out of this one violently and hit the ceiling leaving a mark on it. Also it was a slight gusher, but not bad. Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured yellow orange with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, sour, and BIG funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, sour, and funk. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I was really surprised to see this one come out at the tasting that night if I'm honest. Being that it was bottled in 2003 this one has held up quite well over the test of time. Based on the aroma alone I would have thought this one was going to be a funk bomb on my palate, but instead we ended up with a nice complex brew that was very well balanced and enjoyable. Really nice flavor going on here. Carbonation was a little lower than I would have liked, but you can't win them all. Might start searching for a bottle of this for my own cellar in the near future. Definitely worth trying if you get the opportunity!
06-16-2011 19:25:02 | More by thagr81us
4.5/5 rDev +1.8%
Appearance: Served in a champagne flute, Malvasia appears a beautiful pale amber with the effervescence of champagne. A tall head tops the body initially but quickly settles to a collar.
Smell: Rich earthy funk is the first thing to greet the senses, making me think of mushrooms and damp wood. There's a mild champagne-like grape note, but it's certainly subdued; this is more gueuze than fruit lambic. It smells moderately sour and citrusy, but earthy funk is the dominant character.
Taste & mouthfeel: The palate mirrors the aroma pretty closely, with a great damp wood/mushroom funk, followed by a gentle sourness and a very light note of champagne. Pretty light on the tongue, perhaps a touch more substantial than the average gueuze from 3F, and with a slightly noticeable alcohol presence. Very dry finish, with a great champagne note that lingers along with gentle tannins.
Excellent stuff, I really enjoyed this. Just don't go into it expecting it to taste like a fruit lambic.
07-26-2011 04:25:22 | More by largadeer
4.53/5 rDev +2.5%
I was able to try this at Sour and Bitter. Poured from the bottle into a stemless wine glass.
Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a finger of off white head that fades to a thick ring around the edge of the glass.
Smell: Abrasive tartness and funk hit you right away. Some white wine and citrus notes. Very nice smelling beer.
Taste: Lots of white wine, which makes sense. Funk and some lemon like tartness. The finish is slightly bitter. I really enjoyed the wine and the tartness together.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressive carbonation and a dry finish.
Overall: This beer is so dry and tart. It drinks like I would like white wine to drink. I was a huge fan of this beer. I'd definitely have another given the chance.
05-17-2012 21:06:46 | More by oline73
4.38/5 rDev -0.9%
This was a bit different from the '02. Much more pronounced vineyard dirt, black pepper, and pencil lead flavors/aroma from the grapes and brett. Not as vinous. This was much more complex and the stronger pepper flavor added to a drier finish. The carbonation seemed higher too. Both have been exceptional in my opinion. I liked the aroma on this a little better. I will stick with my original score.
Bottle is under a lot of pressure so it can gush out easily. A beautiful sunburst orange color with a big cloud-like white head that diminishes quickly making it look jagged and cratered. Smell has that great 3F funk and acidity I enjoy. Musty dirt basement and rotting wood with bright, sharp lemon and acidity. There's dull red grapes I'm picking up as well. Flavor is really nice. Complex musty, woody brett flavor and sharp acidity mixed with a dull vinous flavor. The addition of these malvasia grapes don't really add much complexity but it does change the beer for the better. It does not have a wine forward flavor like something you'd find in Saint Lamvinus but instead it compliments the brett and acidity in the lambic blend with some tannins and a dry finish.
09-20-2010 01:22:47 | More by BearsOnAcid
4.53/5 rDev +2.5%
A clouded red orange brew, a small off-white head with no lacing but good curtains.
The smell is funky; Stable, horse, leather, acidity and dust.
Th taste is excellent, a short initial dextrose sweetness, then the stable/leather/cat pee trinity, grapes and bitter cherry seeds.
Medium carbonation, small intense bubbles, soft and refreshing, no 8 % ABV feeling at all, a sour dry finish.
Wow, this is really rewarding, no faults in the overall experience.
12-31-2011 21:58:13 | More by rarbring
4.7/5 rDev +6.3%
The Great Lambic Summit
Hazy light coppery orange, head of prickly tiny bubbles, decent sheets of lacing. Scent is bold of sour, watery grapes, champagne comes to mind. Earthy and funk on the end. Taste brings the champagne flavors and blends with tart citrus notes. The funky is mild for a beer with this age, but delightfully plesent. Some medicinal qualities to it. Body is spritzy and dry. An excellent beverage.
06-10-2010 16:19:01 | More by rfgetz
4.38/5 rDev -0.9%
Bottle at the DC Lambic & Sour Tasting on April 14, 2012. Served in a Drie Fonteinen wine glass.
Poured a clear golden-peach color with a small white head that left some spots of lacing before falling to a thin collar.
The nose brought forward a nice, bright lactic acidity along with some white grapes and additional acid. More acidic in the nose than the typical Drie Fonteinen lambic.
The flavor continued on this trend, as the white grapes brought an additional acid component not found in most 3F beers. The underlying funk melded quite well with this, though not quite as much as most of Armand's blends. This seemed more Cantillon-esque. Of course, still quite good.
Body was light with moderate acidity and light-medium funk through the back end. Carbonation was average, and was followed by a very dry, fairly-acidic finish.
I'm quite glad to have finally tried this one. It was very different than expected, but highly-enjoyable nonetheless.
04-18-2012 12:30:07 | More by Thorpe429
Drie Fonteinen Druiven Gueuze (Malvasia Rosso) from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
97 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.