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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Vintage St. Valentijn Cuvée - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Reviews: 6
Hads: 40
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: n/a
Wants: 19
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: brystmar on 06-02-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 6 | Hads: 40
Photo of popery
3.9/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is a deep yellow-orange amber color. Quite cloudy but it would settle out more with gentler handling. Small off white head, dissipates quickly. The aroma has wonderful funk and depth with lots of earth but the oak is fairly strong and dominates a bit compared to other vintages. Mushrooms, very light apricots, a touch of citrus. Taste has a lot of oak. Fairly bitter, really. The depth is there but there’s a funny malt flavor. Medium body. Not a great version/year of this beer. (491 characters)

Photo of WillCarrera
4.55/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle at Akkurat, bottled Feb. 14 2007, poured into a gueuze glass. Synthetic cork.

A- Pours a hazy golden orange color with a white head that recedes to a collar.

S- Loads of earthiness, very damp and musty, mushroom and honey. Moderate tartness with some lemon. Smells a lot like some of my other favorites from 3F.

T- Moderate to high acidity, nice mix of lactic with a bit of acetic. Earthy, almost bitter funkiness, some oak. As it warms some mild plastic/rubber flavors start to emerge, not enough to ruin the beer but enough to be a bit annoying, I've heard this is a product of the synthetic corks briefly used during this period.

M- Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, smooth and dry on the finish.

O- Another really awesome beer from 3F, it's too bad about the rubberiness, but this was still very enjoyable. (832 characters)

Photo of hooliganlife
4.59/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

bottled 2/14/07

poured into a fonteinen stemmed glass

pour was dark murky golden yellow. light to moderate head, maybe a 1/4 an inch. small pop from cork, was not expecting a gusher.

sour, tart, and oak. old stale sour apple, some musty basement. light funk, with maybe a hint of cheese.

what really sets me off on this is the sweetness. sweeter than most fonteinens i have had. really compliments the fairly dank oak and musty flavors. some tartness but not as sour as one a little pucker. light lemon, some faint apple. overall, stunning.

light, dry, and light puckering. moderate carbonation.

overall, near perfect (625 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.42/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jason for sharing!. Not sure if this will get merged with the standard Oude Gueuze Vintage but I'll throw down some notes all the same. The version we drank at Sean's engagement party a few back was also bottled 2007/14/02, but it had a regular label on it. Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - White foam settles to wisps, thick collar, and splotches of lace. Hazy dark orange body.

S - Mushroom funk, mild vinegar, hint of lactic lemony tartness, stone fruits, a bit of farmyard, and the signature Drie Fonteinen forest floor. This is a tad more acetic than your typical 3F, but doesn't differ substantially from the bottle with the Oude Gueuze Vintage label.

T - Taste is again more sour than I generally expect from Drie Fonteinen, with a mix of acetobacter and lactic lemony pucker. Light oak, with a nice tart fruit and underripe peach backdrop.

M - Smooth, medium body, with pleasant low-to-moderate carbonation, dry finish, and no discernible alcohol. Refreshing, although I could go for a tad more spritz.

D - It's another superior gueuze from Armand and company. Were you expecting otherwise? We crushed the bottle handily and I'd happily drink this again if I came across it. (1,201 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes taken from 9/29 from the craziest bottle share that i have ever been a part of. Thanks so much to the NYC and Hoboken crew for letting me participate in this incredible day of drinking long time wants and insanity.

Thanks kindly for sharing. Enjoyed side-by-side with a Oude Geuze Vintage 2007.

both look murky yellow, valentine was a bit richer and darker looking. Valentine is a bit more pungent and less balanced but both are great. the vintage was just less in your face and more balanced. both great carbonation and feel. finish on both is fairly dry. side-by-side with the 07 vintage, sour eggs and overall very similar in all ways. the regular 07 vintage was a bit more to my liking as it was a bit less in your face. (732 characters)

Photo of brystmar
4.35/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Marcos (mark99) for sharing this rare bottle! 2007 vintage. Pours slightly more ruby-colored than other DF gueuze with plenty of (surprisingly thick) white head.

Bold, yet balanced flavors jump out at you. Acidic and tart like any gueuze should be, but this sports unique caramel undertones that remind me of an aged barleywine. Never tasted anything like that before in a sour.

This was fantastic! Would love to find another bottle of this somewhere. (463 characters)

Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Vintage St. Valentijn Cuvée from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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