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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze 1998 (50th Anniversary) - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze 1998 (50th Anniversary)Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze 1998 (50th Anniversary)

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

64 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 110
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: baggio on 02-12-2010)
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Reviews by craytonic:
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4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

4/14/2012 tasting, thanks Brad!

Appearance - typical for the style, golden-yellow pour with a very faint haze, small head and lacing
Smell: Delicious earth and funk, slightly sour
Taste: Earth, funk and sour, well integrated with each other. Touch of some herbal notes
Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation
Overall: Really delicious, yet another outstanding 3F

craytonic, May 17, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A huge, long time want. Thanks to Mike for this one. 750ml corked and caged bottle shared at a tasting on 12/8. Reviewed from notes. 5oz pour into a Cantillon flute.

Pours slightly cloudy goldenrod. 4 finger, foamy white head with great retention. No lace and thin legs. About what I'd expect from a 3F Gueuze. Solid. Huge carbonation.

Nose is oddly minty, hay, lemon rind, and yeast and wet wood funkiness. Mint notes throw this one off a bit but all the old, funky components make this one solid nevertheless.

Light and spritzy lemon rind, hay, wet wood. Barnyard funkiness with a light, tart finish. Overall tartness is very mellow with incredible balance. Not the most funky or cheesy but with a larger hay and straw presence. This one's aged very well.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Lively, tart, and dry in the mouth with a bone dry, puckering finish. Pretty clean aftertaste. Exactly what I want from the style.

Don't expect a beer that'll blow your mind here. Flavor profile is mellow, with decent complexity but incredible balance. Tartness is present but not overwhelming with a mouthfeel that really delivers drinkability. Very, very good. This one lived up to what I expected.

SpeedwayJim, Dec 09, 2012
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3/5  rDev -32.6%

leschkie, Aug 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

GRG1313, Jun 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

OtisCampbell, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of jegross2
2.08/5  rDev -53.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

Reviewing the 50th Anniversary Oude Gueze from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen out of Belgium.

Score: 40

1998 vintage bottle served in a Kuhnhenn snifter and enjoyed on 02/11/14. Big thank you to Paul for sharing this bottle.

Appearance: Pours a golden orange color with a finger of white head off the pour that settles to a thin layer. Good lacing, above average retention for the style. 4/5

Smell: Minty Clorox bleach, a little lemon and ample feet funk. This is not what I was expecting...not terrible, but not good. 3/5

Taste: BLEH! More lemon and less bleach than the nose, but substantially more feet funk and blue cheese, followed by a little bit of that mint. There is a very faint tartness, but this nose is mostly just lasting funkiness with a minty cleaning product twist. Quite unpleasant, and difficult to drink. I drain-poured at least half of my glass. 1.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, nice heft for a gueze. Medium carbonation. Light tartness, tons of funk that coats the palate. 2.5/5

Overall: This beer was simply terrible. All funk, no real tartness. We drain poured over half of the bottle. What a waste.

Cost: $350 for a 750 ml (aftermarket prices).

jegross2, May 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -10.1%

jamvt, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of jedwards
4.88/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle coordinated by Glouglouburp and freud at the Hill Farmstead Winter Beer Event. Thanks, guys!

We were all ready with glasses for the rush, so it was a pleasant surprise when this beer opened with a healthy pop and no explosion. Pour is a golden orangey straw with a fluffy but not quite rocky white head that fades to half a finger. Aroma is classic farmyard brett-dominated, with musty floral and vitamin notes. Taste is much more balanced than expected -- no bitterness, but incredibly dry. Tart cherry and citrus flavors initially dominate, and as it warms it becomes more floral/grassy and distinctly mineral. Carbonation is high but not overpowering, and mouthfeel is surprisingly rich. Zero astringency.

I can't get over how smooth and mild this is, especially in comparison to some of the other great 3F vintages (2002, 1999). So easy to drink, and so hard to get. A real treat.

jedwards, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.13/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cork shot out like a bullet into the ceiling like a Vintage 3F gueuze should. The head went away as quickly as it appeared. Hazy sunburst orange color.

Aroma contained hay, lemon, damp wood, earth, and mushroom. Brett dominates most vintage 3F gueuzes and this is no exception.

Taste is refined and quite lovely. Lots of earthy brett up front with a soft lactic acidity. Smooth is the only word I can use to describe it. The acidity is only there to compliment and play off the characteristics of the brett. The carbonation is very high from aging and makes this beer a slow one to drink, hurting it's drinkability. It doesn't lacerate the tongue or distract you from the beer but it's still quite noticeable. The body of it felt thinner than water.

This doesn't beat the blend from '99 but it seems unique compared to most 3F gueuzes I've had because of how subtle it was. I don't think this has much life left in it to age any longer.

BearsOnAcid, Nov 06, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

SourinQns, Dec 28, 2013
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5/5  rDev +12.4%

ThatsThatDude, Jan 06, 2014
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5/5  rDev +12.4%

pperez38, May 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -15.7%

Anonymous1, May 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

phingdong, Jun 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Luk13, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from a 75cl bottle; vintage 1998. Poured a light orangey color with a medium bubbly head. Fantastic aroma with a funky barnyard musty note. Taste was a mixed well balanced lemony, tart, and light sour note along with some medium light oak. Without a doubt drinkable with almost no acidity and some great carbonation! Mellow, soft, and a well balanced, quite refined Geuze. Without question an outstanding Geuze for the ages even after ten years.

ygtbsm94, Nov 15, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at the DC Lambic & Sour Tasting on April 14, 2012. Served in an old-school Drie Fonteinen fountains gueuze tumbler. Huge thanks to Brad for this one.

Pours a clear golden color with a bit of a tawny hue to the background. The head is white and small, falling somewhat quickly and leaving behind some sparse lacing as it lays down in a thin collar.

The nose brings some heavy earth and funk with lightly-oxidized malt. Some interesting light herbal characteristics in the background that I've never gotten from a Drie Fonteinen gueuze before.

The flavor is much more complex and integrated, with the funk, earth, and light herbal character headed to the next level. Average flavor duration with light acidity and moderate funk through the finish.

The body is medium and slightly-chewy with light carbonation. Really great feel and complexity.

We had this side-by-side with the Oude Geuze 1999 blend (supposedly one of Armand's favorites) and Millennium, and both of those quite handily beat out this bottle. With that said, this beer was still very, very good.

Thorpe429, Apr 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

BucketBoy, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of WillCarrera
4.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle at Akkurat, date hand-written on the back of 21 Nov. '98, poured into a gueuze glass.

A- Pours a cloudy apricot color, topped with a huge, billowy white head, leaves nice lacing.

S- Incredible. Has a great damp, earthy, woody funk, along with a nice amount of honey aroma (got the same thing from Lente), sweat, there's a bit of mint as well, along with a ton of hay.

T- Has a lot of the same things going on as in the aroma, nice damp, earthy funk, more noticeable mint here, as well as a chalky mineral water flavor. Lemon and pear fruitiness and lots of acidity.

M- Medium-bodied, very high, spritzy carbonation, which usually I hate, but it works reasonably well here. Finishes very dry.

O- This was a very enjoyable beer with a really outstanding aroma. This has held up really nicely over 15 years. I'll be interested to see how this compares to some of 3F's other beers from the same period.

WillCarrera, Jun 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

Ilovebrew, Aug 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

sideshowe, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of cfrances33
4.14/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a wine stem. Enjoyed 12/7/2013.

Pour is a deep orange with a billowing, 3 finger off white head. Lots of retention and lacing. Smell is a deep musty funk up front, with some lemon, and a floral touch. Taste is a bit subdued on all accounts. Nice lemony bite, cobwebs, hay, and mineral funk, but with the same floral aspect, and a touch of mint on the finish. Drinkable, and only a touch dirty on the back of the throat. Medium dryness. A privilege to try this one, but I think it falls short of other geuzes of similar age.

cfrances33, Dec 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

bird22, Sep 26, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

oldp0rt, May 23, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

sphyrn, Jun 24, 2013
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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze 1998 (50th Anniversary) from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
97 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.