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Drie Fonteinen Millennium Geuze - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

112 Ratings
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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 279
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 mdfb79
4.58/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.63/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of russwbeck
4.3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at Monk's Cafe Beers of the Cellar event. This gueuze rests in the glass clear yellow without head. Acidic sour aroma, malty with some barnyard funk and wheat. Crazy sour taste with a nice malt backbone. Completely focused on sour: acidic and delicious. Light body, minimal carbonation. I like the drinkability because I’m in love with sours. I had heard of this beer before, and I'm pretty glad I got to try it. Never thought I would, thanks Tom!

Photo of orangesol
4.71/5  rDev +4%
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!

Photo of stakem
4.18/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.8/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, quite tart, with a note of fruitiness. In the taste, tart, and a dry mix of peach skin and white grape fruitiness. A small sour bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry, tart peach like note in the aftertaste. Dry and tart, nice fruit presence, and I LOVED IT!

Photo of Slatetank
4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of imperialking
5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of hooliganlife
4.18/5  rDev -7.7%
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 bsuedekum
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of JAHMUR
5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.53/5  rDev 0%
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 spycow
5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of JimmyMacS
5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of jerz
5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of sideshowe
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of SourNotes
5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of AgentZero
4.2/5  rDev -7.3%
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 nickd717
4.38/5  rDev -3.3%
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 scottfrie
4.47/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of emerge077
4.55/5  rDev +0.4%
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 mikesgroove
4.65/5  rDev +2.6%
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 Douglas88
4.88/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of MrFootstones
4.58/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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