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Drie Fonteinen Millennium Geuze - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

106 Ratings
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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 7.89%
Wants: 272
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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Photo of Slatetank
4.6/5  rDev +0.9%
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 imperialking
5/5  rDev +9.6%

imperialking, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of hooliganlife
4.18/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

hooliganlife, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of bsuedekum
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

bsuedekum, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
5/5  rDev +9.6%

JAHMUR, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.53/5  rDev -0.7%
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

JohnGalt1, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +9.6%

spycow, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of JimmyMacS
5/5  rDev +9.6%

JimmyMacS, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of jerz
5/5  rDev +9.6%

jerz, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of sideshowe
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

sideshowe, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of SourNotes
5/5  rDev +9.6%

SourNotes, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of AgentZero
4.2/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

AgentZero, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of nickd717
4.38/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

nickd717, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of scottfrie
4.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sample poured into snifter at a tasting.

A: Pours a slightly hazy dark yellow-orange with a thin white head.
S: Dry, lightly tart, with hints of musty woody, funk, and light fruits.
T: Fruity, citrus-rind sour, attic mustiness, super tart and dry. Good oak. Overall very fruit with notes of apricot, lemon and peach. I also get a hint of olive brine in the finish.
M: Extremely dry with a clean, easy to drink tartness. Tingly carbonation. Drinks very well.
O: One of the best gueuzes I’ve had, and very solid all around. I could drink anything from Drie Fonteinen all day.

scottfrie, Jun 24, 2011
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
Photo of mikesgroove
4.65/5  rDev +2%
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 Douglas88
4.88/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle thanks to Ditmier with a major assist from JohnGalt1- thanks a ton guys this was a major want of mine for so long and it exceeded my expectations. Pours a bright orange color with a large eggshell foamy white head. A wonderful soft and effervescent body. The aroma is massive earthy/dusty cobwebs, sour oak and lambic notes. The flavor was a wonderful mix of sour oaky and funky flavors with a very sweet citrus almost lemon or apricot, so dusty and funky, sourness for sure, but this is very drinkable. In fact absurdly so. It just rolls over your palate with so many different combinations and such an intense dry fruity dustiness. Just amazing.

Douglas88, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of MrFootstones
4.58/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opens with a mighty pop, and pours a slightly hazy golden color. The head billows up and recedes to a thin white cap.

The nose is just beautiful. A very restrained, yet classically funky Drie Fonteinen aroma wafts up from my wine glass. Wet hay fields, and forgotten cob webbed stables. A touch of sweet grain.

Lightly tart and tangy. Not as much funk as in the nose. Apples, lemons and bitter citrus pith. The finish is clean, dry and oaky.

Light on the tongue. Coating tannins, and a clean finish. As swiftly as the beer graced your tongue, it was gone, leaving the oak to settle gently upon the palate.

A beautiful beer. Nothing is too much, and everything I want in a geuze is there. It's an exercise in balance and restraint.

MrFootstones, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of fewa
4.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

fewa, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of callmemickey
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed January 2011.

A: Golden-straw body with a large frothy off-white head. Spotty lacing is left behind as a nice collar of tiny bubbles forms

S: First impression is bright lemon citrus with a dank, musty funk. Hearty oak and sweaty sock become more apparent with time.

T: Much like the nose but with perhaps a bit more restraint. Plenty of citric notes, nice acidity and sourness, and plenty of earthy, musty, funk.

M: Medium bodied with a nice effervescence. Tart, dry finish.

D: Quite nice. I've had better gueuze, but this certainly deserves the attention it gets.

callmemickey, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of WeisGuy
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
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!

WeisGuy, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of Overlord
4.6/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Jerz for hosting an awesome tasting, and for so many generous beer connoisseurs who made the event possible.

Pours a hazy yellow gold. Some orange notes in the interior. 1-2 inches of sudsy white foam head.

Huge funk, horse blankety zest aroma. AYIAYAYAY, such funk. Cobwebs, hay seeds, musk ox taint, all that crazy stuff. Great aroma.

Taste provides that oaky, zesty funk in abundance. The spices were a bit muted, kind of a contrast to the roos we tried earlier. Some sticky sweaty horse skin with some cat musk, along with some light pinpricks of sourness followed by a lingering unripe grape/apple burn.

Great bubbly mouthfeel.

Overlord, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of xpimptastikx
4.28/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks a ton to Sean9689 for sending me this whale!

Pours a hazy dark gold color, almost burnt orange in a wider glass. Full off white head that leaves spotty lacing. Smell is of grassy bandaids wrapped around a granny smith apple. Taste is very light sour citric acid with a funky apple cider like quality. Something is very different with this blend, and I'm not sure what the I'm quite tasting. The carbonation is bright but you hardly see a bubble after it sits for 20 minutes. You could probably take about 3 of these to the dome if it was 1998 and you were sitting with Armand.
While this was an awesome blend, I don't have many experiences with 10+yr old gueuzes... I did prefer the absolute overall funk of Blauw compared to the muted characteristics of Millennium.

xpimptastikx, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of beerwolf77
4.22/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to sweemzander fro bringing this bottle to our tasting. Dan you are the man!

Bottle poured into my tasting glass.

A: Golden yellow hue. Full white head blasts to the top of my glass. Soapy lace.

S: Funky tart blast. Solid amount of old dusty library books, earthy, tart lemons and green apples. Smells like a great gueuze to me.

T: Dusty, earthy, lemon and green apple. Mouth puckering lactic sour.

M: Medium to light body. Bone dry finish.

D: Overall very nice. So glad I had the chance to try this legend.

beerwolf77, Nov 02, 2010
Drie Fonteinen Millennium Geuze from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
99 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.