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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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100 Ratings
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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 144
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-07-2005)
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

t0rin0, Sep 02, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.1%

spycow, Dec 07, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

zestar, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Thorpe429, Apr 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

GRG1313, Dec 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

ygtbsm94, Nov 15, 2011
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.

womencantsail, Jan 13, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +13.1%

JAHMUR, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Matt.

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.

largadeer, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Review #1100. Thanks Kan for sharing this one. Served in a small Cantillon lambic glass. This is the 2003 vintage that was recently sold at Ølbutikken.

A - The cork comes off with an explosive pop, but this only gushes slightly - don't leave unattended after opening. The initial pours features a big bone-white foam that quickly settles to a thick cap, leaving minimal lace. Subsequent refills had less head volume. The lightly pink-tinged orange body is filled with numerous streams of fast-moving tiny bubbles that give this a champagne-esque appearance.

S - Holy funk! This is big and brash, with loads of horse, soft cheeses, mushrooms, hay and barnyard, diaper, and only the softest kiss of grape skins. It definitely has that trademark Drie Fonteinen "green" funk character to it, and the nose still crackles after nearly seven years in the bottle.

T - The taste features some lemon notes and light acetic sourness, as well as some sour grapes and faint vinous oak, that all complement the intense funk character. As it warms up, a bit more sweet grape flavor emerges a long with a touch of crackery malt. To be honest, you could probably convince me this was a Gueuze in a blind tasting, as the fruit character is very muted. The 8% ABV is a surprise and nowhere to be found.

M - Extremely dry with tons of pucker, sizzling carbonation, a light refreshing champagne-like body, and mildly stomach-churning acidity. Perhaps slightly too bubbly, but otherwise just the way I like it.

D - This is extremely easy to drink, and I could imagine myself sitting in Brussels square putting this back all day long. Other than the potential for ulcers or bankruptcy of course. Highly recommended, although make sure you're not expecting a grape-forward beer like Don Quijote or Vigneronne.

MasterSki, Dec 27, 2010
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4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

drabmuh, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of oline73
4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

oline73, May 17, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev -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.

mdfb79, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

Gueuzedude, Aug 04, 2011
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5/5  rDev +13.1%

imperialking, May 31, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

drewone, Jun 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

yourefragile, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of corby112
4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2003 vintage AKA, Malvasia Rosso.

Pours a hazy, very dark golden orange color with dark golden yellowish-orange hues and a two finger frothy white head that quickly settles into a thin ring.  Spotty lace left behind.  

Sweaty, very funky aroma with lots of barnyard horsey notes.  Hints of earthy oak, straw, cobweb and wet hay along with some faint light fruit and acetic vinegar.

Very dry and funky with lots of earthy oak, wet hay and dry earthy funk.  Tart and puckering but the mouthfeel is soft without any harsh acidity.  Lots of earthy oak and funky bugs with faint acetic vinegar in the mouthwatering finish. The fruit has really faded and there is only a slight vinous presence.  It could use some sweetness for balance but it's still easy to drink once your palate adjusts to the funk/sourness.

corby112, Jul 07, 2011
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4.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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!

orangesol, Dec 24, 2013
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.

mothman, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is golden hued and mostly clear with a small white head that leaves sparse lacing on the glass. The aroma offers a healthy dose of acid with white grapes. The flavor is bright and acetic, with more oak than was present in the nose. Classic Drie Fonteinen funk is present and enjoyable, as I was hoping / expecting. Some nice grape quality still exists, similar in some regards to a fine white wine. Pretty light in body with a good amount of carbonation. Overall, this was quite good, and I am glad to have tried it.

Huhzubendah, Apr 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Gonzoillini, May 03, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

billab914, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of HopHead84
4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

HopHead84, Jul 13, 2012
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Drie Fonteinen Druiven Gueuze (Malvasia Rosso) from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
97 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.