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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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64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 110
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of jegross2
2.08/5  rDev -53.3%

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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3/5  rDev -32.6%

leschkie, Aug 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -15.7%

Anonymous1, May 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -15.7%

CityofBals, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of Tnudish
3.9/5  rDev -12.4%

A very big thanks to spdyfire83 for popping this bad boy, one of the last 3F I haven’t ticked. Thanks Bryan!

A-Pours a brilliant orange color with a half fingers worth of tight white head.

S-Wow, nose is kinda weird. Right off the bat, it smells minty, it overwhelms the gueuze characteristics of it honestly. Must and lemon are in the background, but very subtle.

T-Mint character is very light in the flavor, it leans more towards balanced gueuze with lemon and funk.

M-Good mouthfeel, light carbonation, gentle acidity, with a moderate finish.

O-This is a peculiar gueuze. The mintiness is kinda distracting honestly, it is way different than anything I’ve had from 3F. Thanks to Bryan for popping this guy, a real treat.

Tnudish, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.9/5  rDev -12.4%

Shared by ygtbsm94 at our insane sour and wild ales tasting on April 14, 2012. Sampled alongside 1999 Oude Geuze and Millennium Gueze.

The beer is mildly hazy and golden yellow hued with a small white head. The aroma is unlike any I have experienced from a Drie Fonteinen brew, with a huge mint and herbal character. The flavor brings abundant minty notes, followed by herbal, floral, and earth. The beer is smooth, with lingering funk and mint notes. I feel that the mint character overpowers the citrus, grass, and classic lambic character that would make this beer wonderful. I doubt I will ever try this again, but I would be curious to taste a different bottle. Millennium Gueze was the clear favorite of this trio.

Huhzubendah, Apr 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -10.1%

jamvt, Dec 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -10.1%

gn0sis, Aug 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -10.1%

Quackus, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev -9%

Bottle shared by ygtbsm at a recent tasting, served in a Drie Fonteinen tumbler. Beer is yellow and hazy with thin white cap of a head, some lacing, moderate carbonation, looks good.

Aroma is a little odd for a Drie Fonteinen, almost more malty, interesting beer though. I like the earthiness and oaky funk. A little papery.

This beer was probably the least interesting of all of them sampled that day, seemed to be a bit over the hill with a few obvious signs of oxidation but that being said it was still very good. Very oaky / tannic bitterness on the end, mild tartness and nice lactic acid presence, a pretty good beer but I don't think I'd have it again.

drabmuh, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.13/5  rDev -7.2%

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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4.14/5  rDev -7%

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
Photo of Sean9689
4.15/5  rDev -6.7%

Bottle collectively obtained by our tasting group. Poured into mini-snifter tasting glass.

A - Pours a hazy golden straw color, fizzy white head, slight spotty lacing, no retention/cap.

S - Slightly sweet, farm, floral, barn, tart, sour slight. Not near as tart/sour as I was expecting. Very delicate then anything, nice soft floral notes, light on the funk.

T - Slightly tart/sour, barn, funk, champagne. This is the closest beer to a champagne I've ever had. No real sugary sweetness, but light tart/sour and nice floral funk with a touch of oak. Like the nose, very delicate.

M - Body is light, fizzy champagne-esque head, dry oaky finish.

O - Enjoyable and as close to champagne as I've ever had. I was very surprised how delicate this beer was and glad we cracked it first-thing. You really need a super-fresh palate to enjoy this one. A very subtle gueuze. I prefer the 1999 vintage and Millennium Gueuze over this one.

Sean9689, Aug 01, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

GRG1313, Jun 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

Ilovebrew, Aug 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

eggs, Apr 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

brian4beer, Sep 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

bauermj, Jul 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

Thanks to Todd Ashman for getting this into our collective hands. Served in an Alvinne snifter.

A - Quick-dissolving white foam settles to a partial ring of bubbles. Visible streams of bubbles inhabit a hazy peach flesh body. Looks like gueuze alright.

S - Cheesy funk, big floral and grass notes, some lactic acidity, grapes and white wine vinegar, buttery oak. Very nice, with plenty of intensity for a thirteen year old gueuze. No obvious oxidation at all actually.

T - Taste is heavier on the damp, earthen basement, sweat, feet, and a slight mineral water quality. Feels a bit...empty? Some nice citrus and grape character, and the slightest oxidation creeping in.

M - Zesty carbonation that tickles the palate, super dry, with mild pucker, and a medium-light body. Quite refreshing actually.

D - This actually reminds me a little of the Malvasia Rosso, but with a more aged quality to it. It's eminently drinkable, and a fine blend of lambics, but I don't anticipate it getting any better and could see it falling off quite precipitously with further age. A very different gueuze from Millennium and definitely worth trying.

MasterSki, Jul 31, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

Wowcoolman, Aug 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

jaasen64, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4.28/5  rDev -3.8%

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
Photo of mdfb79
4.28/5  rDev -3.8%

From 04/14/12 notes. Big thanks to Brad for sharing this on at our DC Sour Tasting. Tried side by side with a 1999 Oude Geuze and 2000 Millennium Geuze.

a - Pours a hazy dark yellow-orange color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation.

s - Smells a bit minty, of bready malts, sweet fruity malts, earthy notes, and some light funk. Nice but not sour and very little funk.

t - Tastes of funk, spice, earthy notes, bready malts, light swet fruits. Taste is better then the nose and a little more funky, but is kind of old still.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this was a good beer but I preferred the '09 Geueze, then the Millennium, to this one. Nice but a little old, and not as sour of funky as others. A good beer but a bit faded at this point.

mdfb79, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of baggio
4.35/5  rDev -2.2%

Bottle@Akkurat (98 vintage)

A: Yellowish with an enormous, white, head.

Sl: Funk, Hay, Manure, Citric notes, Sweaty cheese.

T: Lemon, Grass, Funk, Herbs, Wood, Grapes.

M: Plenty of carbonation but this beer is surprisingly mild and very drinkable.

Mildest geuze i've ever tried from 3 Fonteinen. Superb!

baggio, Feb 12, 2010
Photo of craytonic
4.35/5  rDev -2.2%

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