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Drie Fonteinen Millennium Geuze - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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110 Ratings
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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 275
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: truthbrew on 08-08-2003)
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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

t0rin0, Sep 02, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

spycow, Dec 07, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

zestar, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
4.63/5  rDev +2%
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.

Thorpe429, Apr 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

GRG1313, May 30, 2014
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Phyl21ca, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of ygtbsm94
4.05/5  rDev -10.8%
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!!

ygtbsm94, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
4.65/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

mikesgroove, May 14, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
4.6/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Can't say thanks enough to Jer for cracking this one open the night before Sour Fest!

A: The cork shot out of the bottle nearly as soon as the cage was loosened, but glasses were ready and no beer was lost. The pour is the typical orange-gold color with a billowing white head.

S: The nose is archetypal Drie Fonteinen funk. Lots of sweat, feet, wet hay, oak, grass, and earth. The lactic, lemony aroma is strong as well, along with some green apples and grapes.

T: The sourness and acidity are there, but not overly aggressive in any way. Lots of lemons, green apples, grapefruit, and there really is not any acetic character that I notice. Again, a solid funk of earth, grass, musty oak, and sweat.

M: The carbonation is obviously plentiful, and provides an excellent feel on the tongue. Light to medium in body with an excellent dry finish.

D: Like all Drie Fonteinen lambics, I could drink this all day. That said, I do not know that it is so much better/different than just an older Oude Gueuze at this point. But, I still enjoyed it quite a bit.

womencantsail, Jul 26, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of largadeer
4.72/5  rDev +4%
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.

largadeer, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of emerge077
4.55/5  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:

emerge077, May 23, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

JAHMUR, Jan 02, 2012
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4.6/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was the highlight of the recent tasting at foofaa's for me. Enjoyed from cervoise from the bottle.

the color is deep amber with great clarity and thin cap of white with ultra fine bead. the smell is sweet and floral with vinous odor and slightly herbal with some grapeskin-like sour notes with mild spice and slight earthy and toasted notes. The feel is super-dry with very high carbonation and mildly spritzer like with a lively acidity level and pleasing mineral note.

The flavor is lemony with herbal elements and a pineapple like bitter and acidic elment along with mild sugar balnanced by some spice in the middle. the flavor is juicy and extremely dry with mild white grape flavor with the grapeskin tannin and gentle tinge of perceived sweetness in the finish with light seltzer elemnt.

Overall this is just incredible I am so appreciative to Kramer for sharing this great Gueuze. I love how drinkable it is and it is definitely among the best in the style I have had.

Slatetank, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my contributions to the big beer throwdown at Derek's place. Served in a tasting snifter.

A - Big voluminous foam that settles to a chunky partial cap and collar, leaving behind spotty lace. Lightly hazed golden body. Just a wonderful looking beer.

S - Holy funk! This has the signature earthy, green, and horsey nose that most Drie Fonteinen beers demonstrate. There's also some light hay and a faint whiff of manure, along with some sour lemons and stone fruits.

T - The taste is more subdued and smoothed out. It's heavy on earthy flavors and also features light sourness via lemons and underripe peaches. There's some slight oxidation, but it's thankfully not the papery variety.

M - This seemed a touch thin for 7%, and had a bit of grittiness as well. No alcohol, and a very dry finish.

D - This was really easy to drink. It's not a life-changer, but it doesn't disappoint either. I'd prefer Loerik and a number of other vintage gueuzes, but I'd drink this again anytime (if I'm lucky that is).

MasterSki, Oct 10, 2010
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4.45/5  rDev -2%
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.

oline73, May 17, 2012
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4.58/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my biggest all time whale wants. Perhaps not the most difficult whale but still, amazing. Served along side a couple of other beers. This beer served in a Drie Fonteinen Gueuze tumbler.

Beer is yellow and hazy with a white head, heavily carbonated, strong aggressive pop that sent the cork flying. Head has some retention but not really. Some lacing, looks good.

Aroma is one of the best smelling beers from 3F on the night, sulfur, tart, oak, strong oak, funk, earth, dirt, brett, mild acetic bite.

Beer is light in body and really delivers, sour, strong, tart, dry finish, thinning out due to carbonation, overall a great beer. I'd definitely have this again.

drabmuh, Apr 23, 2012
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4.58/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From 04/14/12 notes. Big thanks to drabmuh for sharing this one at our DC Sour Tasting. Served side by side with the '98 50th Aniiversary Gueze and a '99 gueze. This was my favorite of the three.

a - Pours a hazy dark yellow orange color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks like the other two, pretty nice.

s - Smells of sour fruits, a ton of funk, earthy notes, hay, light floral notes, spice. Lots of funk and sourness, much better then the 50th Anniversary Gueze.

t - Tastes of funk, oak, sour fruits, fruity malts, earthy ntoes, dirt, hay, floral notes. Not quite as funky as the nose but still awesome taste to it.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and very easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this was an awesome beer; super funky and sour, especially in the nose. Easy to drink, an awesome beer that was head and soulders above the '98 50th. Would love to try again.

mdfb79, Apr 20, 2012
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4.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled August 2004
Pours a lightly hazy full gold color. Topped by a volcanic, rocky off-white head that is driven by an explosive carbonation that propelled the cork from the bottle. As I pour this brew an intoxicating aroma of fresh cut lemons and fresh earth wafts from my glass. As I smell deeper I get a full on Lambic grapefruit nose, it is joined by a fresh mushroom aroma of chanterelles as well as a certain damp-cellar smell. The aroma is just incredible and I am not doing it any justice by my description.

The beer erupts on the front of my tongue as I go in for the first taste. It has lots of grapefruit character, and is acidic, but mellowed a bit by age and destiny, though this is certainly only mellow by Lambic standards. I swirl my glass to get rid of some of the excessive carbonation. This beer is so light and spritzy, it is quite refreshing. The finish of this beer has a definite tannic note to it that gives this beer a certain teeth coating astringency that helps to balance the citric acidity. There is a nice earthy component here as well, almost a woody mushroom character. As it starts to warm up, I get aromatic hints of a strong barnyard funk.

The grapefruit character in this beer is quite unique for me, I have only tasted this in straight Lambics from the cask before. I really like that they decided to concentrate on this character for this Geuze, it makes this beer all the more refreshing. What a treat, I really love a good Lambic. I am quite disappointed that I have just started drinking my second and final cup of this. I certainly wish that I had more.

Gueuzedude, Aug 19, 2004
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

imperialking, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of yourefragile
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

yourefragile, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of orangesol
4.71/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Review #450!! Huge thanks to Kramer for bringing this long time want of mine to our recent gueuze tasting. Served right beside the four Armand'4's.

A - Pours golden orange with a beautiful one and a half finger tall white head leaving thin streaks of lace down the glass. A very nice looking beer.

S - Smells of musty basement funk, bit of funky cheese, oak, touch of herbs, vinous grape skins and a bit of citric fruit. A very intoxicating smell.

T - Starts off with a big dose of musty basement funk slowly giving way to hints of damp earth, oak, herbs and some vinous grape skin. Very little oxidation for being this old. Nice balance of funk to sour, leaving the pallet bone dry long after consumption.

M - Medium-Light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Crisp, dry feel with quite a bit of dryness clinging to the pallet long after the finish. Carb is a touch high but I prefer it that way.

O - Well this one really lived up to its billing. The balance of flavors is nearly flawless and it is exceptionally easy to drink. Easily one of the best gueuzes I have ever tried. Thanks again Kramer!

orangesol, Feb 16, 2012
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4.18/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Kramer for sharing this at a recent tasting. This was a brew I sort of wrote off as probably not getting a chance to try. Very excited to have this.

The brew pours a clear golden color with a finger of white froth. A light swirl revives a finger of off-white head that produces some spots of lace on the glass. Rising bubbles of carbonation maintain the cap right up until the last sip.

The smell is musty reminiscent of cork and old barrels. Cheesy funk is intermingled with some sulfur and a grain inclusion that is somewhat hay-like. Across the back end is a bit of herbal aspect that wraps this all up. Each whiff seemingly brings out a new level of character to take in.

The taste is dry and earthy with a bit of cork and must. There is a lot of barrel flavoring going on in this with some sulfur and herbal bitterness to break it up. There is a bit of dusty quality going on in the aftertaste which is unique. This was much more drying to the finish and more herbal, not necessarily bitter, than I was expecting.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a perfect level of carbonation. For a slightly elevated abv from the normal 3f offering, it was masterfully hidden. The dryness and ease of drinkability are to be noted. I am super thankful to Kramer for having shared this long time want. Even though it is a landmark offering from 3F, I don't think I would pay the heavy toll this brew demands when their baseline offering is so well done as well.

stakem, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of corby112
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Chad (cpferris) for the hook up at our sour tasting.

Pours a very hazy dark golden orange with slight yellow hues, kind of a ripe banana color, and a two finger frothy white head wiith excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap and ring.

Beautiful musty barnyard aroma with a berg prominent horseblanlet presence. Hints of cobwebs, foot, bandaid, earth and lactic creaminess. The aroma on this beer is incredible with lots of complex funk and sweet light fruit. Hints of crisp light fruit, maybe some apple, pear and grape with maybe some straw and grass. I've been taking in the aroma for several minutes and haven't been able to even sip it yet.

Surprisingly full chewy mouthfeel, especially for the style. Very tart and puckering yet not acidic with slight lactic creaminess, erthy funk and oaky tannis. Sweet crisp light fruit notes, mostly apple and pear. Somewhat vinous with a sweet lingering vinegar character. Subtle dry finish. Complex yet very quaffable with a slightly dry finish. Highly recommended!

corby112, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of weeare138
4.8/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

weeare138, Jul 12, 2007
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Drie Fonteinen Millennium Geuze from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
99 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.