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Drie Fonteinen Millennium Geuze - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Drie Fonteinen Millennium GeuzeDrie Fonteinen Millennium Geuze

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112 Ratings
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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 7.89%
Wants: 287
Gots: 18 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: truthbrew on 08-08-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 112 | Reviews: 65
Reviews by craytonic:
Photo of craytonic
4.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tasting 4/14/2012, thanks drabmuh!

Appearance: cloudy golden pour, thin white head and lacing
Smell: Delicious funk, touches of earth and cheese.
Taste: Delicious, great funkiness that has really developed, nice acidity. Exemplary of the style and very well rounded between the earth notes, funk and sour
Mouthfeel: moderate body and carbonation, very enjoyable.
Overall: Great blend, worthy of a special occasion

More User Reviews:
Photo of ggaughan
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared with family to celebrate my brothers wedding. Beer poured a hazy deep golden color with a massive off white head, froathy. Aroma is tart, some yeast notes with a touch of a wood character. The taste is very complex. There is a strong tart and acidic character as well as wood notes and lemon running around in the mouth. Some leather notes as well. We worth the wait to try, I only wish I had more to sample.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.44/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Honored to get the opportunity to try this one. 4oz. pour into a small snifter. Shared at a tasting. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a 1 finger coarse, white head that dissipates quickly. Beer is a cloudy, orange yellow. No lacing.

S: Nose is apricot, mild citrus fruits, cane sugar, peaches, and a certain overtone of acidity. Burnt rubber aroma is conspicuously missing. Still, very pungent and enticing.

T: Opens musty and dirty. This one shows its age. Lemony and tart towards the middle with hints of peach, crushed and pureed spoiled fruit, and papaya. Finish dries out while sourness lingers. Aftertaste is tart.

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation. Surprinsly, a bit lively in the mouth. Dry and puckering from the middle to end. Finishes sticky with a sticky, lingering aftertaste.

D: Definitely one of the leaders in its style, I'd love to compare this one side-by-side with a 2000 Cantillon Classic Geuze to determine if this masterpiece was created this way or if its just a product of time. Regardless though, an amazing beer all around and worth seeking out.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.2/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a golden orange with white effervescent head. pour was fairly clear with only a slight haze.

very musty and funky, light lemon, citrus, and cheese. a bit subtle all around. some old oak and basement.

started out more on the citrus and fruity side with some cheese. through the middle and into the finish loads of funk, mustiness, and oak.

mild carbonation, light sharpness and subtle sour, dryness.

quite good. a little subtle overal. for the price it carries, so many other options.

Photo of nickd717
4.37/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Rating is from 6/17/2010, when it was my 1900th tick. Bottle shared by alfrantzell - thanks, Arne.

Pours hazy golden in color with a nice lasting white head.

Aroma is funky and mildly cheesy with some serious musty basement smells.

Flavor is pale malt and loads of funk. Some other interesting notes to it I can’t quite place. Definitely some vinegar.

Highly effervescent and lively with medium body for the style. Carbonation a little too high. Very dry mouthfeel.

This is very interesting overall, and excellent, but not quite life-changing. Pretty drinkable. Keeps you wanting more.

Photo of dsgolovin
4.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

750ml from Lambic basket into 3 Fonteinen glass at Grote Dorst

This is the empyrean, the height of my ticking career. I took 2 trains, a bus, and was given a ride the rest of the way by a local baker and his son who did me a solid. In other words, don't be a dumbass like me and rent a car. When I finally got there I was greeted by a convivial scene: a small, local, family-run pub that happens to house one of the great Lambic and Gueuze cellars. Did I mention it was hot as balls? Now that my novella is over, to the beer:

Cloudy off yellow with ample head and good lacing. This one was a bit of a gusher? The only other thing to say about this beer is how well rounded and delicious it was. Worth the hassel. And I could have drank a bucket of it, it was so goddamn hot.
Go soon as I think this was one of the last bottles at Grote Dorst.

Photo of emerge077
4.57/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into a small tulip it poured a bright gold with sharp clarity. Instantly it hissed audibly with crackling foam, which subsided slowly to a thin layer, then becoming a white ring with spotty lace. Visible trails of carbonation rising.

Aromas of wet musty wood and hay, mushrooms, damp leaves on the forest floor, some signature 3F horseblanket funk with a light zesty citrus note.

Clean and dry, zippy and tart on the tongue. It dries out almost instantaneously, with champagne-like effervescence. Ethereal with a ghostly lightness. Dry oak tannin and lemony citrus. It puckers the cheeks a little, though not extra sour. Finishes dry with oaky traces in the aftertaste. Very balanced and pleasant, champagne-like and reserved. Reminded me of 3F Oude Gueuze, mature and mellowed with age.

Thanks Charlie for busting this one out! :wub:

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy dirty yellowish color lambic with a generous foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of Brett notes with some horse blanket notes with some tart notes also discernible. Taste is a very nice mix between some tart notes with light oak undertones, some horse blanket and wet leather notes offset by light green apple notes. Body is about average for style with good carbonation. I am surprised this has hold on after so many years. I really enjoyed the mix between the complex notes of wild yeast and the perfect drinkability level.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.54/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ditmier traded heavy to score this bottle... I should have entered in my review a long while ago, but was lazy instead.... Thanks Eric... Very cool to try this rarity.. Reviewed from paper notes.

Pours a slightly hazed light orange.. beautiful meringue white head... lacing is crusty spiderweb.

The aroma is everything I was hoping for.. oaky and funky.. dusty cobwebs .. composting leaves... bright lemon zest.. a bit cheesy.. musty... wonderful... I smelled it for easy ten minutes before taking a sip.

Flavor begins fruity and funky with a lighter than expected sour note.. horsey and woolen socks.... compost.. good oak seems mildly tannic and barely discernible in the mix... light apricot and tart apples .... green grape skin... seems sweet at some points and then quickly moves to bone dry tart.... tannic dry and earthy mushroom funk on the finish... a bit lemony too... damn.

Light body with good carbonation.... effervescent ...

Toooo coool. Glad I was able to try this one at such a cool setting.... Thanks goes out to both Erics.... Ditmier and Footbalm.

4/5/4.5/4/4.5

Photo of mikesgroove
4.62/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thrilled to be able to write this review. art of the mega sour tasting i did over the course of a week, reviewed from notes.

pours out a nice and cloudy, hazy amber with nice hints of white foam that peak through on the top of the glass and settled down leaving nice lacing all along the side.

aroma is deep funk with hints of barrel. oaky and earthy with apples, and pears coming into play almost immediately. not as sour as i thought it would be i have to admit, it was extremely well balanced. tart apples, oak, grasses, hints of vinegar only slight, and a light oxidation that works with the flavor. it was simply sublime. everything i wanted and more. long dry finish left slight touches of fruit on the palate and the end result was a wonderful mix of flavors that simply could not be beat.

so happy i had gotten to try this, another off the bucket list.

Photo of largadeer
4.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Chad, Craig, and Jeff for sharing this one. Never thought I'd try this beer.

In the glass, Millennium Gueuze is a bright, glowing orange. Hazy but translucent, with a stream of carbonation that feeds a long-lasting head. This is a beautiful gueuze.

The aroma is pungent yet surprisingly delicate. Damp wood, musty basement and cigar humidor all come to mind. It's got an earthy, woodsy character that's unique and remarkable. Orange peel, stone fruit and lemony acidity are also prominent, along with something herbal - bay leaf, perhaps. The balance and complexity of the aroma is outstanding.

Grainy, woody and earthy flavors lead into sharp lactic sourness. This is bone dry and very tannic, but not overwhelmingly so - the tannins do a beautiful job of balancing the sharp lemony sourness. Flavors of mint, oak and bitter orange peel come out mid-palate. This is so perfectly balanced and effervescent, it's difficult to sip and savor. It finishes tannic, dry and bitter with a hint of acetic acid and apple cider vinegar. Remarkable how well this beer has held up; 12 years has treated it kindly and I can see it lasting another 12 easily.

Photo of WeisGuy
4.52/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

HUGE thanks to Wendy for sending this bottle my way unsolicited! Her generosity knows no bounds.

Pours a hazy, deep golden color with tons of bubbles - almost champagne-like. The white head is huge with good retention and lacing for the style. The aroma is dominated by barnyard funk with lighter notes of mineral, pepper, lemon and menthol - really great smell. The taste is not quite as awesome as the aroma, but it's very solid stuff. Leathery funk dominates the taste with lighter mineral, menthol and lemon notes. The sourness is moderate up front and becomes mild on the finish. The finish is lightly funky and mildly dry with a pronounced earthiness, almost mushroom-like. The complexity is immense, but this isn't an incredibly sour or funky gueuze (not that that's bad, just not what I expected). The drinkability is also very high in that it's easy on the palate and the sourness and acidity is somewhat restrained. The mouthfeel is light-bodied with quite high carbonation. The finish is moderately dry and the alcohol isn't noticeable. Overall, this is a really, really good beer that I'm lucky to have tried. Thanks again, Wendy!

Photo of oline73
4.45/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bottle of this at Sour and Bitter in Copenhagen. Extremely excited to get to try this beer.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden amber color with two fingers of thick off white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Lemon tartness and a very strong funk presence. Slightly sweet in the background. Very smooth and complex.

Taste: The age has smoothed things out (I assume, it's not like I've had this beer fresh). There is a mineral funkiness along with a lemon juice tartness. The finish is very sour. There may be a mild aged hop note as well. This is a complex beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This beer is extremely easy to drink. Very smooth but very tart. Not biting at all. I feel very fortunate to have been able to try this beer.

Photo of weeare138
4.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to hopdog for breaking out this expensive, much desired, bad-boy of Geuzes...
Appears a hazy, light golden with an orange hue. A small, white head fades into a mild cap. Mild spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is horsey, funky, plasticy, with notes of tangerine, apple tartness, and sweet tart candies.
Taste mimics the aromas with a standout of citrus, green apple, and funk.
Mouthfeel is medium/light bodied, tartness lingering up front with citrus lingering in the finish.
If you're a fan of Gueuze's, consider this one at the top of the list.

Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.82/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy, dark, golden color with a large head and densely packed bubbles. Much darker than I imagined it would be. The head falls down to leave a lasting white collar around the beer. Smell has a bretty must that is dominant. A sweet banana note blends into the aroma. Smells like a 3F gueuze but the brett has taken over quite a bit.

Taste has a huge rotting wood-like flavor that evolves into a metallic acidity. Vibrant carbonation helps the beer dance on the palate. This beer had a strong sweaty lactic flavor but without the sourness to go with it as it warmed up. The brett leaves a blast of funky dry bitterness after swallowing. The smells is pretty incredible but I was surprised to see how much the brett dominates this gueuze. This isn't to say it wasn't good. Just don't expect this to be the end-all of geuzes.

Photo of jcalabre
2.53/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Originally sampled on 8 March 2003. I am writing this review from my notes. I had this at Pizza Port Carlsbad's Belgian Beer party.
This brew assaults your mouth with sour and yeasty flavors. I guess it just wasn't my day to be drinking a gueuze, because I really didn't enjoy it that much. I'll have to try some other gueuzes

Photo of spinrsx
4.21/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to Phyl21ca for sharing this

Appearance - Golden colour with a small size fizzy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there isn't much lacing.

Smell - Yeast, breads/grains, lemon, funk

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste bread/grains, vinegar, lemon juice/zest and a dry yeastiness. There are also some grassy/herbal notes and a touch funk.

Overall – Incredibly drinkable and very well balanced. It's easy to see why this beer is rated as highly as it is, very well crafted.

Photo of hoser
4.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A gift from a friend name dropping is resisted here and a special occasion was reserved for this treat. This heavenly nectar dances across the palate with a 8 out of 10 for a sourness which is invigorating but not overpowering. I didn't even think of it until now this bottle was 10 years old but tasted so fresh like it was bottled yesterday. I might have to go back to Cambridge for more :)

Photo of alcstradamus
4.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the "King of Beers" Dan for sharing this one. Next time bring something more expensive please.

Poured into a 5 oz. taster glass. Not a proper vessel for reviewing appearance, so my rating for this category is adjusted to create an accurate overall score.

Pours a very murky gold color with a huge effervescent head. The aroma is potent lemon zest and earthiness. Very floral as well. Sinus invading.

The flavor starts out with mango (thanks for stealing my descriptor, Ben) and is followed by oak and lemon with a biting sourness. Notes of kohlrabi, but only because that is the first vegetable that popped into my head at the time. Very flavorful and well balanced. Divine, really...although not particularly complex for the style.

The body is medium and there is a bit of spritzy carbonation. A dry yet juicy finish.

Overall this is amazing and is easily one of the best gueuze blends I've ever had. Loved it.

Photo of qumrangeorge
4.95/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I purchased a case of this in 1999, and if you read the back of the bottle you will see that it is not to be consumed until 2010. I first tasted this brilliant geuze on New Years 2000. The cork could barely stay in the bottle after removing the wire restraint. The taste was too overwhelming in every category due to its youth, I felt like I got a tongue lashing, which made me give it an underwhelming review. I then tasted it again in 2005, and was mildly surprised at the changes it had undergone, especially the smooth, sharp flavoring t produced. In 2010 I had 4 bottles left and drank 2 on New Years. DeCam and 3 Fonteinen were right, the wait was worth it. I have yet to taste a better geuze and I have over 100 different geuzes in my cellar ranging in age from 5 - 25 years. I still have 2Millenium bottles in my cellar waiting for that special occasion. Wouldn't part with them for any money. I strongly recommend that if you get your hands on one you drink it alone and maybe have some nice steamed mussels on the side.

Photo of ygtbsm94
4.06/5  rDev -11%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 75cl bottle; vintage 1998. Pours a light hazy full gold color with a fantastic amount of lasting Champagne foaming head. Aroma is a little musty with that slight note of horseblanket bouquet. Taste was very light and refreshing, sour notes where not that present for what I like in a Gueuze, still a very satisfying brew that I could drink all day. The mouthfeel was well-balanced with medium to light acidity, and nice lemony Brett tingle. Without question is a classic!!

Photo of Thorpe429
4.62/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Pours a somewhat-cloudy golden color with a thin white head with moderate retention and a spot or two of lace. Thin collar as the head eventually falls.

The nose brings forward loads of funk with some light basement and faint cheese notes plus a hefty dose of general 3F earthiness. Light acidity lingering in the background along with a touch of oxidized malt.

The flavor is equally as impressive with a subdued acidity and plenty of up-front funkiness. Great interaction of Brett- and bacteria-derived character. This really took is up a level from the 1998 50th Anniversary.

The mouthfeel was the best aspect of the beer. No surprise for a vintage Drie Fonteinen gueuze. The body was medium in texture with light-moderate acidity on the back of moderate-to-heavy funk. Light carbonation and a dry finish. Acidity was quite smooth.

Really just an outstanding blend from Armand that has really, really stood the test of time. A fantastic experience. Thanks again, Matt.

Photo of hopdog
4.97/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle. I decided to shell out the 100 Euro or so and buy this one from Beermania. I just couldn't pass on the opportunity.

Opened to a loud pop and it was a light gusher (good thing we had our glasses ready just in case this happened!). Poured a deep and cloudy golden color with an averaged sized whte head.

Aromas of brett, funky, yeast, wood, and apples.

Tastes of green apples, yeast, citrus, brett, and fruity.

Had a very nice sweet to tart balance.

Worth every penny I had to spend to get it (this is either the most, or one of the most I ever paid for a beer).

Notes from and tasted on 7/24/07.

Photo of AgentZero
4.22/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #1350. Thanks to Jason for selling this bigtime want.

A - Orange colored beer, with a pretty hazy look. Nice white head that left some good stick on the sides.

S - There are some sweet notes with a good amount of barnyard funk. Slight bit of oak, with little tartness.

T - It's very funky. If you want a good barnyard gueuze than this is probably your thing. Lots of wet horse blanket, some slight sweetness, and a little bit of lemon zest.

M - Good carbonation, lightered bodied. Not quite effervescent, but almost there.

O - Good beer, it's a nice barnyard funk bomb. Not excactly my thing, but for those who enjoy this type of beer this is really one to seek out.

Photo of WillCarrera
4.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750 ml bottle at Grote Dorst, bottled in 1998, served in a wine glass.

A- Pours a hazy golden color, with an 1.5 inches of billowing white head, really awesome retention and lacing.

S- Just ridiculously awesome. At first it's very dominated by a soft, earthy, damp wood / forest floor funkiness, also some dry hay / sawdust funk. Some honey and a bit of mineral flavor. As it warms up a very prominent and distinct pear aroma comes out, which I don't think I've ever gotten in a gueuze before. This has got to be one of the most complex aromas I've ever found in any lambic or gueuze.

T- Soft acidity, very lactic and dry along with a bit of lemon. Way less sour than I was expecting. Much more emphasis on damp, earthy, forest floor funkiness. Mild herbal flavors. Some chalkiness / mineral flavor towards the finish. I'm a huge fan of 3F's forest floor funky flavors, so this was pretty perfect for me.

M- Medium-bodied, soft feel with moderate carbonation, very dry at the finish.

O- Just an amazing beer. Huge complexity and wonderful flavors, especially focusing on the earthy funk flavors really did it for me. Of all the old 3F beers from this period, this has held up the best and is easily my favorite. One of the best lambics I've had.

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Drie Fonteinen Millennium Geuze from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
99 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.