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Drie Fonteinen Druiven Gueuze (Malvasia Rosso) - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Drie Fonteinen Druiven Gueuze (Malvasia Rosso)Drie Fonteinen Druiven Gueuze (Malvasia Rosso)

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106 Ratings
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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 156
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-07-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 106 | Reviews: 42
Photo of alfrantzell
2.55/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to HonusWagner for this unbidden Belgium.

When Malvasia Rosso hits the glass a rush of CO2 tries to evict it. Beneath the prodigious head lies the liquor, variegated goldenrod. Looks more like a 3F geuze than a fruit lambic to me.

It smells and tastes like a jumble of geuze and fruit -- transient funk, fugacious oak, lactic acid, sweet, tart grape juice and ultimately booze. Yes, booze; at 8% ABV, the ethanol makes itself known. With each gulp it tries to escape via the nostrils.

The untempered sweetness and flimsy mouthfeel conspire to make this a disappointing experience. Because 3F makes otherwise excellent fruit lambic, I suspect this was better young.

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3/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of Overlord
3.11/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hope I'm adding this in the right place. If not, sorry.

Huge thanks to Jerz for hosting an awesome tasting, and for so many generous beer connoisseurs who made the event possible.

Pours a light gold. Maybe half an inch of foam.

Smells like ... flowers, some grape notes (like, fresh store bought grapes), maybe a bit of light funk. Nothing really pops out at me. Pretty muted, actually.

Tastes fairly mellow and, dare I say it, bland? Where's the sour? Maybe a light prickling, but this is strangely sweet. Some orange, flowers, perfumed soap, a bit of funk, maybe a hint of sourness. Too. Sweet. Not enough funk, nor sour.

Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A huge thanks to Alen for sharing this one. The bottle was labeled as the "newly" released Malvasia Rosso, but this is the same beer.

A: Like a lot of Drie Fonteinen beers, the cork shot out of the bottle as soon as it was opened and began to gush. The pour is amber in color with a huge white head.

S: A really interesting nose. Lots of grapefruit, surprisingly, with grapes and oak. The nose is quite spicy and intensely funky with the usual old sock and grass notes. I get maybe a bit of metal, too.

T: The flavor is quite similar to the nose, with a very strong barnyard character to it (or what I assume "barnyard" tastes like). The grape character seems to be more in terms of the skins. Quite sour, but definitely more funky than anything.

M: The body is medium with an extremely high level of carbonation and bone dry finish.

D: This was sort of weird to me. Maybe I just had overly inflated expectations, but I wasn't the hugest fan of it.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.67/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.75/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour is a hazed amber color with a tight white bubbly head. Great funky rind up front in the nose with a subtle dust to it. Lightly brett, bright white grapes with a gentle tartness. The flavors are the same but slightly muddled from the assertive carbonation. The funk is still forward but the fruits are not as bright. Light body and semi dry finish. Works well together but a touch flabby.

Photo of mothman
3.9/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

New Labeled Bottle

Bottled 02/10/2003

Pours a fizzy white head. Color is a clear gold with a bronze hue to it.

Aroma: Funky cheddar. Basement musk. Grapes and citrus. Very wine-like. Oaky.

Taste: Spritzy. Grapes and tannin. Wine-like flavors. A bit acidic with a touch of vinegar. Very medicinal. Oak, sourness, and fruits.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy and spritzy. Lighter bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. Ends dry.

Overall, this was a very old tasting limbic. Unique. Pretty good. It did get even better as it warmed. Nothing I would go out of my way for to drink again, however.

Photo of scottfrie
3.95/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2003. Opened by cpferris. Thanks, Chad!

A: Despite a very slow pour this beer was super carbonated and very foamy. After my glass of foam settled into a fizzy bright white head, the beer is clear light orange-golden color.
S: I get notes of funk, sweat, and grapes. This beer is sweet, funky and vinous smelling.
T: Follows the nose with a very vinous white grape flavor, but I also get notes of citrus rind, lemon, sweet sugar and a bit of earth. The finish has just a touch of funk to it.
M: The fizzy carbonation really bubbles up on my palate. This beer is lightly tart but I’m not getting any acetone or vinegar. Medium body, drying mouth.
O: Another great beer from 3F. This one was very light in flavor and easy to drink. Great grape flavor, but the high carb was a little distracting. Thanks again, Chad.

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4/5  rDev -9.5%

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4/5  rDev -9.5%

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4/5  rDev -9.5%

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4/5  rDev -9.5%

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4/5  rDev -9.5%

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4/5  rDev -9.5%

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4/5  rDev -9.5%

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4/5  rDev -9.5%

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4/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle date has rubbed off, but I understand this to be a 2003 bottle.

Appearance - Deep golden orange body. Mostly clear with a big white head. Thick collar as it settles.

Smell - Very faint semblance of a generic fruitiness. Nothing I would pick out as grape. Juts a bit fruitier than a 3F OG. White pepper, as is typical of 3F. Kinda funky. Quite oaky.

Taste - Fruity up front. Still, just a generic fruitiness. Oak is sharp right up front, too. Sour. An oaky, peppery sourness. A little bit of oxidation, too.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation. Medium body.

Overall - A great beer even if the fruit is almost completely gone. Oxidation is beginning to creep in, though.

Photo of HopHead84
4.17/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

7/6/2012 and 7/8/2012

Bottles shared by Jason and Matt. Thanks!

A: Pale yellow with an enormous airy head. Great color.

S: Vinegar with a touch of acetone. Horsey with a strong wet leather presence blending with mushroom and damp forest floor. Light grape notes meet oak and a little citrus.

T: Dusty grape skins with evident vinegar flavor and a lower moderate acetic acidity. Less leather than was in the nose. Earthy throughout. Tannic, leathery, tart, and woody finish.

M: High carbonation and a light body with a dry and lightly tannic finish.

Overall: Refreshing and enjoyable. The grape has mostly faded but it's still a nice beer.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.19/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip. Thanks to goodstrongbeer for bringing this to our whale tasting.

Appearance: The pour is a hazy tangerine color with a thin white film and a collar that retains fairly well.

Smell: The aroma is full and robus. A nice latic sourness and lemon zest provide the sour notes in the aroma, with some funk, must notes, and leather.

Taste: it is clear that the flavor has developed over the past few years. The funk, lemon zest sour, and musty notes are so well developed and complex.

Mouthfeel: The explosive carbonation kind of detracts from the experience for me. It feels like the bubbles grow to a large size and explode on the tongue. This also lightens the feel of the body

Overall: Even though there are some great notes in the nose and the complexity is there, the flavor really cannot kick this into another

Photo of drabmuh
4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Drie Fonteinen wine glass because I'm not a savage. Beer is yellow and hazy, aggressively carbonated, white head, no lacing, low retention, very carbonated, have I said that yet?

Aroma is grapey, sweet, citric and acetic, and lactic. Oaky and funky.

Beer pops on the palate and is clear and clean with a dry finish, pretty fruity and lactic and oaky on the end, tart. Great beer but not the best fruit / grape lambic I've had but it is solid.

Photo of mdfb79
4.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 04/14/12 notes. Had at our DC Sour Tasting.

a - Pours a somewhat clear bright yellow color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of musty notes, sour grapes, barnyard funk, oak, earthy notes, acedic. Very nice and funky and sour; like the nose a lot.

t - Tastes of sour grapes and sour fruits, oak, bready malts, funk, musty notes, eartyh notes, hay, dirt. I like it but the taste seems a bit old/past its prime; not quite as funky or sour as the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Acedic, easy to drink.

o - Overall a nice beer, though seemed a bit past its prime. The nose is still quite sour and funky, but the taste was a bit bready and musty. Really fun to try, would have it again.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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Drie Fonteinen Druiven Gueuze (Malvasia Rosso) from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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