Druiven Gueuze (Malvasia Rosso)
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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Belgian Fruit Lambic
4.46 | pDev: 9.19%
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.27/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased this bottle along with many others of its caliber for a small group tasting and it one I was really looking forward to as it is beyond hard to come by. It was extremely tasty but I have to say that the fruit was almost completely gone.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.36/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, dated 10 February 2003. Served in a Drie Fonteinen stemmed glass on 18 August 2015.

Pours a hazy, darker orange body, with a slight brownish hue as expected, half a finger white head materializes briefly and then passes through town quickly before disappearing. It looks like a 12 year old beer should. Smells of wonderful funk, oak, straw; a very oak-forward nose with a fair bit of lemon. The funk is very potent and remains so even after decanting the glass out for a solid hour. Very impressive funk. Flavour is quite different, however. Certainly there is a large amount of funk, but not as much on the nose. A bit on the sweeter side. Wheat, malt, mild lemon and white vinous character rather than red, which I believe is opposite from what is actually used. Very dry. It develops more of a peppercorn character as it warms. Straw. Moderate acidity, certainly not anywhere near heartburn inducing. Good complexity. Mouthfeel is standard 3F; medium-bodied, softer carbonation as expected for a 12 year old bottle. Finishes with a hefty dose of oak and straw. Overall, this bottle made it through the ages and is still smelling like a champ. I can still recall the smell vividly. Taste-wise, I think newer lambic vintages/blends have more to offer, but this was still a very interesting tasting experience.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.99/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Lot: 2/10/13.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour with grain, fruit, floral, funk, acidic, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with sour grain, fruit, floral, and funk flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice mix of sour fruit and floral qualities that are slightly better in the smell to me.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Guzzle_McBrew
4.93/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Being so old, this beer has clearly been ravaged by the yeast and bugs- it is highly carbonated and a tad thin. Absolutely amazing though. Mineral flavored bright finish, very tart and musky like many old lambic/gueuzes. A subtle wine character which almost resembles berry, albeit very light. Some cheese and mustiness on the nose. Nose also has very light oxidation which just seems to tame things a tad. A little sweet and a little darker golden color than I expected likely due to Oxidation. I wish I could drink this every day, but instead I probably will never have an opportunity again.

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Photo of biglobo8971
4.94/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - great color, nice dark read, nice head with great lacing.
n - smells of dark citrus fruit
m- nice and viscous, great carbonation
t - amazing, not one thing I would complain about
absolutely amazing beer. Thank you Mnbearsfan for this awesome birthday present.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle date has rubbed off, but I understand this to be a 2003 bottle.

Appearance - Deep golden orange body. Mostly clear with a big white head. Thick collar as it settles.

Smell - Very faint semblance of a generic fruitiness. Nothing I would pick out as grape. Juts a bit fruitier than a 3F OG. White pepper, as is typical of 3F. Kinda funky. Quite oaky.

Taste - Fruity up front. Still, just a generic fruitiness. Oak is sharp right up front, too. Sour. An oaky, peppery sourness. A little bit of oxidation, too.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation. Medium body.

Overall - A great beer even if the fruit is almost completely gone. Oxidation is beginning to creep in, though.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.48/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle 8,0% Abv.
Served chilled in a wine glass.
Bottled on: 02/10/2003
Best Before: 02/10/2013 (Oops!)

A massive thanks to Futura123 for this bottle.

Appearance: The cork burst out of the bottle as soon as I loosened the cage, but thankfully the beer only manages a very slow gush and never actually makes it out of the bottle. A gentle pour does however fill the glass with a massive off white head and only a sliver of bright orange beer. Oddly the head fizzes away almost instantly and leaves nothing in the way of lacing and a swirl leaves the faintest traces of alcohol legs.

Smell: This smells delicious – there isn’t much in the way of fruit, but the nose is bursting with signature 3F funk. There is lots of must, wet hay, a little cheese, earthy old wood, oak, lactic acidity and a little cider vinegar. As the nose begins to open up the tart white grape become apparent (but still not enough that you would think it was a grape beer) alongside some tarter stone fruits and a light underlying sweetness. There is no alcohol noted, but the nose does seem somewhat fuller/heavier than a standard lambic.

Taste: As with the nose, there is not much fruit in the initial flavor but it still absolutely delicious. Initial notes include: A musty character, old wood, wet hay, tart lemony notes, tart white grape, forest floor, an earthiness, a solid tartness and a lovely acidity. As the beer warms, the nose begins to open up with slightly tannic grape skins (about the only thing that lets you know there were grapes added), some overripe fruit and a touch of oak. There is no trace of the 8% but there is something that lets you know that this is stronger than your average lambic.

Mouthfeel: Wow this is fizzy! I usually find lambics somewhat over carbonated but this one is higher than usual and somewhat harsh. The carbonation does settle down after a while but not quite as quickly as I’d like. The body is heftier than a standard lambic - medium with a touch of stickiness.

Overall: Malvasia Rosso is one fantastic lambic, sure there is virtually no fruit left, but the funk character is just superb and signature 3F. I will have to get another bottle or two of this and see what the next 10 years do to the flavor.

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Photo of orangesol
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Review #750! Huge thanks to Kramer for sharing this one with us during his christmas party this year.

A - Pours golden yellow with a fizzy one finger tall white head, quickly dissipating down to a light film, leaving little trails of lace on the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of strong must, typical 3F horse blanket funk, earthen minerals, very light fruitiness from the grapes and some minimal sweetness. This one smells incredible, easily the best part of this beer.

T - Starts off much like the nose with the barnyard funk and grape skin must quickly being joined by some mild fruitiness, light sweetness and dry oak. Finish is pretty dry, lingering long after the finish. Very gueuze like in all honesty.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Spritzy feel, no overly sour, more funky making it really easy to consume.

O - Really nice lambic, just not one of the best ever. I would never turn it down again but I wouldn't trade my entire cellar for it either. I had been looking to try this one for a long time and I am incredibly grateful to Kramer for sharing it with us. Thanks buddy!

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Photo of popery
4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes, 8/12/11. Thanks to westcoastbeerlvr. Pours a beautiful gold with a fine collar of white bubbles. Directly compared to another beer, it does seem to have the faintest shade of pink mixed in, but it’s not noticeable on its own. The aroma is fantastic. It’s all sour notes and funk with a juicy fruit note. It’s almost a berry-ish grape flavor, like blackberries mixed in red wine. The taste is dry and earthy with lots of sour - ~7/10 on the pucker scale. Great stuff.

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Photo of Tnudish
4.44/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Old review transferred from notes. Thanks Jon for bringing this to our Halloween whale tasting.

A-Half fingers worth of white head. Murky deep orange in color.

S-Nose is typical Drie Fonteinen, lemon rind, mustiness, cob web, and some gentle grape.

T-The malvasia grapes are much more prominent in the flavor. They seem to lend a gentle sweetness to the taste of the beer. Lemon is also present with an ample amount of funk, cob web, and must.

M-The beer has a medium body with lively carbonation and a long finish. The carbonation actually caught me off guard at first. For such an old beer, it seemed overcarbonated.

O-Drie Fonteinen can do no wrong in my book, every beer I have ever had from Armand has been a treat and this was no exception. Having Lente earlier in the day, I think still think I prefer that, but this was still an incredible beer.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.17/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

7/6/2012 and 7/8/2012

Bottles shared by Jason and Matt. Thanks!

A: Pale yellow with an enormous airy head. Great color.

S: Vinegar with a touch of acetone. Horsey with a strong wet leather presence blending with mushroom and damp forest floor. Light grape notes meet oak and a little citrus.

T: Dusty grape skins with evident vinegar flavor and a lower moderate acetic acidity. Less leather than was in the nose. Earthy throughout. Tannic, leathery, tart, and woody finish.

M: High carbonation and a light body with a dry and lightly tannic finish.

Overall: Refreshing and enjoyable. The grape has mostly faded but it's still a nice beer.

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Photo of spdyfire83
4.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

223rd Review
75cl bottle shared at the Sour & Bitter dinner in Copenhagen
Poured in a wine tumbler
Enjoyed on 10 May 2012

Bottled: 2/10/2003
Best before: 2/10/2013

A: Medium golden orange with tint of yellow. Half (off white) fingernail head on medium pour.

S: Sharp nose! Funk, must, white grapes with slight oak. Quite inviting...

T: Follows nose, but more oakiness comes through. Good balance of sweet and tart accompanied by loads of funk and earthiness. Vinous white grape is soft and rounded out by nice must character. Very easy to drink!

M: Light bodied with soft, gentle, smooth carbonation. Dry as well.

O: Age has done wonderful things to this beer! Crisp, soft, rounded, and very refreshing. Oh so nice and just another great classic from Armand.

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Photo of oline73
4.52/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was able to try this at Sour and Bitter. Poured from the bottle into a stemless wine glass.

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

Smell: Abrasive tartness and funk hit you right away. Some white wine and citrus notes. Very nice smelling beer.

Taste: Lots of white wine, which makes sense. Funk and some lemon like tartness. The finish is slightly bitter. I really enjoyed the wine and the tartness together.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressive carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This beer is so dry and tart. It drinks like I would like white wine to drink. I was a huge fan of this beer. I'd definitely have another given the chance.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is golden hued and mostly clear with a small white head that leaves sparse lacing on the glass. The aroma offers a healthy dose of acid with white grapes. The flavor is bright and acetic, with more oak than was present in the nose. Classic Drie Fonteinen funk is present and enjoyable, as I was hoping / expecting. Some nice grape quality still exists, similar in some regards to a fine white wine. Pretty light in body with a good amount of carbonation. Overall, this was quite good, and I am glad to have tried it.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.22/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 04/14/12 notes. Had at our DC Sour Tasting.

a - Pours a somewhat clear bright yellow color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of musty notes, sour grapes, barnyard funk, oak, earthy notes, acedic. Very nice and funky and sour; like the nose a lot.

t - Tastes of sour grapes and sour fruits, oak, bready malts, funk, musty notes, eartyh notes, hay, dirt. I like it but the taste seems a bit old/past its prime; not quite as funky or sour as the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Acedic, easy to drink.

o - Overall a nice beer, though seemed a bit past its prime. The nose is still quite sour and funky, but the taste was a bit bready and musty. Really fun to try, would have it again.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.2/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Drie Fonteinen wine glass because I'm not a savage. Beer is yellow and hazy, aggressively carbonated, white head, no lacing, low retention, very carbonated, have I said that yet?

Aroma is grapey, sweet, citric and acetic, and lactic. Oaky and funky.

Beer pops on the palate and is clear and clean with a dry finish, pretty fruity and lactic and oaky on the end, tart. Great beer but not the best fruit / grape lambic I've had but it is solid.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at the DC Lambic & Sour Tasting on April 14, 2012. Served in a Drie Fonteinen wine glass.

Poured a clear golden-peach color with a small white head that left some spots of lacing before falling to a thin collar.

The nose brought forward a nice, bright lactic acidity along with some white grapes and additional acid. More acidic in the nose than the typical Drie Fonteinen lambic.

The flavor continued on this trend, as the white grapes brought an additional acid component not found in most 3F beers. The underlying funk melded quite well with this, though not quite as much as most of Armand's blends. This seemed more Cantillon-esque. Of course, still quite good.

Body was light with moderate acidity and light-medium funk through the back end. Carbonation was average, and was followed by a very dry, fairly-acidic finish.

I'm quite glad to have finally tried this one. It was very different than expected, but highly-enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.83/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle with the new Malvasia Rosso label, bottled 2/10/03, poured into a Drie Fonteinen tumbler. Enjoyed with friends at De Heeren van Liedekerke.

A: Clear, light gold body with a thin head. Much lighter-colored than I expected. Nothing special so far.

S: Major 3F funk, with amazing earthiness, stone, moss, hay, and grass all shining. Some green apple and grape fruitiness complement the funk and add depth. Truly wonderful.

T: Mmm. Deliciousness. Tart lemony acidity up front, richly complex funk right behind. Tons of hay, earth, grass and moss. Some apple and grape toward the finish. It closes with clean, dry tartness, but a moment later an incredibly delicious wine-like aftertaste shows up. So, so, so good.

M: Creamy, well-carbonated, and soft. Great.

O: This beer was incredible, pairing my beloved Drie Fonteinen funkiness with the most amazing vinous aftertaste I've ever experienced. Even the two Lambic newbies in my group of friends agreed that this was a truly delicious beer. I feel lucky to have gotten to try it.


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Photo of AleWatcher
4.28/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. This has been a huge want that I completely gave up on trying. Thanks Eric!
Bottled 02.10.2003.

Shared by turdferguson-- thanks a lot!

Hazy light golden with some orangey hues. Huge fluffy fizzy white head. Great retention-- and tons of streaming bubbles racing up the middle of my flute.

Smells of earthy funk, like a French wine, little manure notes, and a surprising amount of grapiness.
Initaially this was a little overcarbonated which hurt the flavor-- as it sat, it settled out a bit and and the flavor is glorious; everything from the nose and a light champagne-like grape flavor. Light sweetness up front fades to a tasty dry finish.

Overall-- such a glorious experience. Thanks again to Eric for the chance at this one!

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Photo of scottfrie
3.95/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2003. Opened by cpferris. Thanks, Chad!

A: Despite a very slow pour this beer was super carbonated and very foamy. After my glass of foam settled into a fizzy bright white head, the beer is clear light orange-golden color.
S: I get notes of funk, sweat, and grapes. This beer is sweet, funky and vinous smelling.
T: Follows the nose with a very vinous white grape flavor, but I also get notes of citrus rind, lemon, sweet sugar and a bit of earth. The finish has just a touch of funk to it.
M: The fizzy carbonation really bubbles up on my palate. This beer is lightly tart but I’m not getting any acetone or vinegar. Medium body, drying mouth.
O: Another great beer from 3F. This one was very light in flavor and easy to drink. Great grape flavor, but the high carb was a little distracting. Thanks again, Chad.

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Photo of kayalla
4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Nate for this! I expected a red color from this grape druiven lambic and was surprised to see a clear orange golden liquid in the glass, with a fizzy white head. Aroma is fairly toned down from the Drie Fonteinen Oude Gueuze though showed more sweet, fruity aromas without a lot of the citrus. Hay and farmyard still all over this. The flavor is champagne like, grape is not evident except for the apparent sugars it contributed. Lots of tight hay, oak, tart flavors going on. A bit sweet in comparison to the other lambics we were drinking but really soft and complex, balanced at the same time. I love the finish on this, super long and complex, totally champagne like, great blend. Will they make this again?

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.75/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour is a hazed amber color with a tight white bubbly head. Great funky rind up front in the nose with a subtle dust to it. Lightly brett, bright white grapes with a gentle tartness. The flavors are the same but slightly muddled from the assertive carbonation. The funk is still forward but the fruits are not as bright. Light body and semi dry finish. Works well together but a touch flabby.

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Photo of rarbring
4.52/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A clouded red orange brew, a small off-white head with no lacing but good curtains.

The smell is funky; Stable, horse, leather, acidity and dust.

Th taste is excellent, a short initial dextrose sweetness, then the stable/leather/cat pee trinity, grapes and bitter cherry seeds.

Medium carbonation, small intense bubbles, soft and refreshing, no 8 % ABV feeling at all, a sour dry finish.

Wow, this is really rewarding, no faults in the overall experience.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.19/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip. Thanks to goodstrongbeer for bringing this to our whale tasting.

Appearance: The pour is a hazy tangerine color with a thin white film and a collar that retains fairly well.

Smell: The aroma is full and robus. A nice latic sourness and lemon zest provide the sour notes in the aroma, with some funk, must notes, and leather.

Taste: it is clear that the flavor has developed over the past few years. The funk, lemon zest sour, and musty notes are so well developed and complex.

Mouthfeel: The explosive carbonation kind of detracts from the experience for me. It feels like the bubbles grow to a large size and explode on the tongue. This also lightens the feel of the body

Overall: Even though there are some great notes in the nose and the complexity is there, the flavor really cannot kick this into another

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4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml Bottle sharred with many BA's at this years Darkness Eve tasting, thanks ShadesOfGray for bringing this to share.

2003 vintage "Malvasia Rosso"

A- Pours a white bubbly head, yellow/brown hay color, really nice looking beer.
S- The aroma is really acidic, apricot, peach, citrus, notes of grape skin, the oak comes out, sour, puckering, really nice.
T- The taste is very funky and puckering, really nice, oak notes, grape skin, apricot, peach, sour and tart, vinegar, really impressive.
M- Medium mouth feel, sour, nice acidity, well carbonated, puckering, dry finish.
O- Really impressive, thanks to Ryan for busting this whale out, really funky and puckering, I was very satisfied.

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Druiven Gueuze (Malvasia Rosso) from Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 123 ratings