Drie Fonteinen Druiven Gueuze (Malvasia Rosso) - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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4.85/5 rDev +9.7%
Almost got a cork in the face when opening this one. A bit of a gusher, but we got most of the bottle into glasses. Pours a slightly hazy orange-tangerine with a thin ring of white bubbles. A few patches of foam drift across the top from time to time. Almost no lacing.
Dry earthy funk, light citrus (orange) with a touch of darker fruits (grapes). Definitely has the 3F funk. A very pleasant nose with a hint of vanilla. Quite refined and well balanced.
Crisp, barnyard brett with tangerine citrus, tart apple and a touch of grape. Smooth, lingering, sourness throughout. Like the nose, this is extremely well balanced. Absolutely perfect. This beer is drinking extremely well right now. It has everything you love about 3F with some fruity funk thrown on top. Not much grape, more like grape skin, but delicious none the less.
Mouthfeel is crisp and dry with perfect carbonation and sourness. Nothing is over the top. Just well balanced. Faint alcohol warmth. Love the texture.
This is probably one of the most drinkable lambics I have ever had. I could drink this all the time. Just beautiful. I really wish 3F would bottle more of this. I love the fruitiness and the brett is spot on at the moment. I'm not sure if this vintage will get much better with time, but it will probably continue to drink well for a few more years. Highly recommended.
01-08-2011 17:40:29 | More by sisuspeed
4.85/5 rDev +9.7%
750ml bottle with the new Malvasia Rosso label, bottled 2/10/03, poured into a Drie Fonteinen tumbler. Enjoyed with friends at De Heeren van Liedekerke.
A: Clear, light gold body with a thin head. Much lighter-colored than I expected. Nothing special so far.
S: Major 3F funk, with amazing earthiness, stone, moss, hay, and grass all shining. Some green apple and grape fruitiness complement the funk and add depth. Truly wonderful.
T: Mmm. Deliciousness. Tart lemony acidity up front, richly complex funk right behind. Tons of hay, earth, grass and moss. Some apple and grape toward the finish. It closes with clean, dry tartness, but a moment later an incredibly delicious wine-like aftertaste shows up. So, so, so good.
M: Creamy, well-carbonated, and soft. Great.
O: This beer was incredible, pairing my beloved Drie Fonteinen funkiness with the most amazing vinous aftertaste I've ever experienced. Even the two Lambic newbies in my group of friends agreed that this was a truly delicious beer. I feel lucky to have gotten to try it.
04-04-2012 15:38:31 | More by woosterbill
4.83/5 rDev +9.3%
Look: the beer pours an amber-straw color with a nice fluffy head
Smell: Horse blanket, grass, sour grapes, white wine, citrus and oak.
Taste: Tart-sour grapes, barnyard, grapes, citrus, grass. Medium funky with a light dry aftertaste with grapes
Mouthfeel: medium bodied with medium-high carbonation
Overall: The grapes make this beer fantastic, perfect balance.
08-12-2011 14:18:57 | More by rvdoorn
4.8/5 rDev +8.6%
Got my hands on a few bottles some months ago at Ølbutikken. This is the 2003 vintage, also called Malvasia Rosso, with a new label. Armand told me that there are only a few bottles left by now. Poured into my 3 fonteinen glass. The beer pours a nicely orange color, with a huge white head. Very funky and horseblanket nose, combined with orange zest, grapefruit, barnyard, grasses and oak. The taste is nicely sour with some bitter notes and vinous spicy oak flavors. Very minor hints of the grapes are present, more when the beer warms up. Mouthfeel is very dry, with high carbonation. Overall, this beer again demonstrates why 3 Fonteinen beers (and Cantillon beers) are worldclass, most of them are so perfectly balanced!! IMO, this beer has still great aging potential.
04-13-2011 12:26:54 | More by fewa
4.78/5 rDev +8.1%
WARNING, huge gusher, the cork almost instantly popped as I took off the cage, lots of head as your pour but fades quickly... dark straw cloudy with a light white ring... the nose is incredible, musky horse blanket with a hint of white grape wine, my only complaint is a the finish is a bit light... the taste is not as funky, but totally drinkable, a little funky on the front with a sweet finish, grapes does this wonders... this is a top notch and should be sought out
04-26-2011 03:11:34 | More by jrallen34
4.73/5 rDev +7%
75cl bottle shared at the Sour & Bitter dinner in Copenhagen
Poured in a wine tumbler
Enjoyed on 10 May 2012
Best before: 2/10/2013
A: Medium golden orange with tint of yellow. Half (off white) fingernail head on medium pour.
S: Sharp nose! Funk, must, white grapes with slight oak. Quite inviting...
T: Follows nose, but more oakiness comes through. Good balance of sweet and tart accompanied by loads of funk and earthiness. Vinous white grape is soft and rounded out by nice must character. Very easy to drink!
M: Light bodied with soft, gentle, smooth carbonation. Dry as well.
O: Age has done wonderful things to this beer! Crisp, soft, rounded, and very refreshing. Oh so nice and just another great classic from Armand.
06-22-2012 14:11:41 | More by spdyfire83
4.72/5 rDev +6.8%
Drie Fonteinen Druiven Gueuze Malvasia Rosso. I find it absurd that I'm reviewing it. According to Armand, he got about 250 liters of Malvasia Rosso juice from an Italian winemaker, and he added 60 liters per 225liter barrel to yield a few hundred bottles of this beer. The grape juice also boosted the alcohol significantly, which is why this is at about 8% rather than the more typical 6% for the DF gueuzes and lambics.
Light orange with a gentle white head, the retention and lacing are excellent. Apparently age has eaten up the color in this beer. It's also chewed through the grape character on the nose, this is more like the gueuze. Woody and tannic, this has the classic DF funk, with dank cellar, forest floor and petrichor. Light vanilla, a little alcohol and a light spice, there's an herbal character with bay leaf, mint and rotting fruit. Fantastic!
The palate is even better with the grape character quite noticeable, light and fruity with mint and lemon. Beautiful balance and structure, this is quite juicy and fruity. The way the grape, lemon and funk parry is fascinating. Drying and tart on the finish with lemon, herbal and minty character, this is moderately puckering. Fantastic stuff, thank you, Armand!
06-10-2010 15:47:17 | More by DefenCorps
Drie Fonteinen Druiven Gueuze (Malvasia Rosso) from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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