Drie Fonteinen Millennium Geuze - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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Reviews by fewa:
4.7/5 rDev +3.1%
Hazy yellow orange with a big fluffy, with a not too long lasting champagne-like white head. Smell: Soft sour aroma, complex with citrus fruits, funky, earthy with clear hints of grass (hay). Taste: The typical 3 fonteinen taste. Tart, but not too acidic. Earthy with notes of citrus fruits, some oak and vinegar. Dry body. Thanks for brewing this masterpiece!
04-11-2011 18:39:43 | More by fewa
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4.5/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
10-10-2009 10:57:43 | More by ggaughan
4.45/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
10-25-2010 02:50:51 | More by SpeedwayJim
4.18/5 rDev -8.3%
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.
01-08-2012 16:25:02 | More by hooliganlife
4.38/5 rDev -3.9%
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.
08-25-2011 21:54:20 | More by nickd717
4.88/5 rDev +7%
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.
07-07-2013 20:15:09 | More by dsgolovin
4.55/5 rDev -0.2%
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:
05-23-2011 21:27:42 | More by emerge077
4.5/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
02-14-2014 19:05:24 | More by Phyl21ca
4.53/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
12-28-2011 08:12:47 | More by JohnGalt1
4.65/5 rDev +2%
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.
05-14-2011 02:42:01 | More by mikesgroove
4.72/5 rDev +3.5%
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.
01-26-2010 06:17:12 | More by largadeer
4.5/5 rDev -1.3%
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!
01-15-2011 21:27:55 | More by WeisGuy
4.45/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
05-17-2012 02:53:00 | More by oline73
4.8/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
07-12-2007 20:07:54 | More by weeare138
3.8/5 rDev -16.7%
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.
07-19-2010 06:30:08 | More by BearsOnAcid
2.5/5 rDev -45.2%
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
08-08-2003 03:22:12 | More by jcalabre
4.26/5 rDev -6.6%
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.
01-08-2014 19:24:40 | More by spinrsx
4.53/5 rDev -0.7%
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 :)
06-23-2009 08:51:50 | More by hoser
Drie Fonteinen Millennium Geuze from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
99 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.