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

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

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92 Ratings
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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.98%


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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womencantsail

California

3.58/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 19:10:01 | More by womencantsail
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 12:30:07 | More by Thorpe429
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 16:08:16 | More by MasterSki
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 16:23:19 | More by drabmuh
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 14:23:57 | More by Gueuzedude
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mdfb79

New York

4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2012 18:17:04 | More by mdfb79
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 00:59:59 | More by corby112
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 15:27:52 | More by Huhzubendah
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HopHead84

California

4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 16:39:19 | More by HopHead84
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.9/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 00:11:59 | More by mothman
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 19:25:02 | More by thagr81us
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largadeer

California

4.5/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 04:25:22 | More by largadeer
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.72/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 15:47:17 | More by DefenCorps
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.78/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 03:11:34 | More by jrallen34
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2012 15:38:31 | More by woosterbill
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 15:02:36 | More by cpetrone84
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oline73

Maryland

4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2012 21:06:46 | More by oline73
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scottfrie

California

3.95/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 01:28:38 | More by scottfrie
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Overlord

California

3.1/5  rDev -29.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 02:40:02 | More by Overlord
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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 16:19:01 | More by rfgetz
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nickd717

California

4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 21:52:15 | More by nickd717
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rarbring

Sweden

4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 21:58:13 | More by rarbring
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Kan for opening this one...very much appreciated! 750ml bottle poured into Lost Abbey Rastal Teku.

A - Shotgun pop but no gushing! Whew. Pours a yellow golden color, off-white fizzy head, a nice cap and some spotty lacing along the sides of the glass.

S - A wonderfully large amount of funk, some sour grapes, slight oak. Very well-done...the funk is so good you just keep coming back for more.

T - Loads of funk, sour/tart notes, sour grapes, oak. There's a slight sweetness on the finish, which I very much enjoy. Sip after sip, it kept improving a revealing more notes I missed previously. Doesn't drink like 8% and no sign of it at all.

M - Light, fizzy champange-esk carbonation, dry finish.

D - So so good...I liked this a lot! The funk, grape, and slight sweetness really combined for an enjoyable beer. One of my favorite lambic's of all time. Recommend!

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 16:49:17 | More by Sean9689
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popery

California

4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes, 8/12/11. Thanks to westcoastbeerlvr. Pours a beautiful gold with a fine collar of white bubbles. Directly compared to another beer, it does seem to have the faintest shade of pink mixed in, but it’s not noticeable on its own. The aroma is fantastic. It’s all sour notes and funk with a juicy fruit note. It’s almost a berry-ish grape flavor, like blackberries mixed in red wine. The taste is dry and earthy with lots of sour - ~7/10 on the pucker scale. Great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 23:21:10 | More by popery
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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.65/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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