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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
96
world-class

72 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 111
Gots: 11 | 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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4.58/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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3.9/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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4.43/5  rDev 0%
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.

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4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

10/27/2012

Thanks to Paul for opening this. Snifter. Long time want.

A: Very attractive yellow orange color. Big fizzy white head. Nice appearance.

S: Mushroom, damp forest floor, lemon. Musty barnyard with some blue cheese. Restrained lactic aroma with light horsey notes.

T: Moderate citric acidity up front with a firm tartness. Lemon blends with brackish character, earth, mustiness, a touch of peach, oak, and tannins. Finishes with a piquant citric punch.

M: Upper light body with light carbonation.

Overall: Well balanced and excellent overall. Simultaneously bright and earthy.

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4.65/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

220th Review
Unlabeled 75cl bottle shared at Akkurat with a great crew
Poured in a gueuze glass
Enjoyed on 9 May 2012

Vintage: 1998 - the one and only!

A: Straw yellow. 3+ (fluffy white) fingernail head on soft pour.

S: Wow! Must, barn yard funk, aged cheese, crisp lemon zest, matured, and so nice. Almost perfect, but not quite. Maybe with another couple of years though...

T: So complex, yet so easy to drink. Follows smell, but very dry and refreshing. My glass disappeared to quickly, but even the dregs of this were wonderful!

M: Light bodied with loads of carbonation.

O: A truly wonderful beer! Crisp, clean, and very easy to drink. The simplicity is beautiful and the pronounced zest is amazing. Well done Armand!

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze 1998 (50th Anniversary) from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
96 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.