Drie Fonteinen Druiven Gueuze (Malvasia Rosso) | Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
Belgium | website

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-07-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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119
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4.35
pDev:
15.4%
 
 
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Photo of alfrantzell
2.55/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to HonusWagner for this unbidden Belgium.

When Malvasia Rosso hits the glass a rush of CO2 tries to evict it. Beneath the prodigious head lies the liquor, variegated goldenrod. Looks more like a 3F geuze than a fruit lambic to me.

It smells and tastes like a jumble of geuze and fruit -- transient funk, fugacious oak, lactic acid, sweet, tart grape juice and ultimately booze. Yes, booze; at 8% ABV, the ethanol makes itself known. With each gulp it tries to escape via the nostrils.

The untempered sweetness and flimsy mouthfeel conspire to make this a disappointing experience. Because 3F makes otherwise excellent fruit lambic, I suspect this was better young.

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Photo of Overlord
3.11/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hope I'm adding this in the right place. If not, sorry.

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

Pours a light gold. Maybe half an inch of foam.

Smells like ... flowers, some grape notes (like, fresh store bought grapes), maybe a bit of light funk. Nothing really pops out at me. Pretty muted, actually.

Tastes fairly mellow and, dare I say it, bland? Where's the sour? Maybe a light prickling, but this is strangely sweet. Some orange, flowers, perfumed soap, a bit of funk, maybe a hint of sourness. Too. Sweet. Not enough funk, nor sour.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A huge thanks to Alen for sharing this one. The bottle was labeled as the "newly" released Malvasia Rosso, but this is the same beer.

A: Like a lot of Drie Fonteinen beers, the cork shot out of the bottle as soon as it was opened and began to gush. The pour is amber in color with a huge white head.

S: A really interesting nose. Lots of grapefruit, surprisingly, with grapes and oak. The nose is quite spicy and intensely funky with the usual old sock and grass notes. I get maybe a bit of metal, too.

T: The flavor is quite similar to the nose, with a very strong barnyard character to it (or what I assume "barnyard" tastes like). The grape character seems to be more in terms of the skins. Quite sour, but definitely more funky than anything.

M: The body is medium with an extremely high level of carbonation and bone dry finish.

D: This was sort of weird to me. Maybe I just had overly inflated expectations, but I wasn't the hugest fan of it.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.67/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

New label 2003 version dubbed Malvasia Rosso but its the same beer. Thanks to Ineedabeerhere for sharing this one. 4oz. pour from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a Brandy snifter. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a big 2 finger foamy white head that threatens to escape the glass before quickly dissipating. Beer is a slightly cloudy white peach. No lacing. Pretty standard but rather surprising to see so much initial head in this style.

S: Nose is Brett funk. Wet straw, cobwebs, peat, and woodiness. Sharp cobweb yeast, lemon and peach tartness with just a hint of white grape. Very aromatic but the grapes that are supposedly present in this beer is almost completely missing.

T: Sharp and slightly tart opening. Big, bold Brett presence right at the beginning that lasts to the middle. White grape sweetness plays around somewhere in the back. Cobwebs and lemon rind with a slightly yeast, peat, and earthy bitterness at the end. Dry finish with near no aftertaste. Again, where are the grapes? Tastes more like a gueuze than a fruit lambic.

M: Light to medium bodied and very carbonated. Prickly and dry in the mouth and dry going down. Dry on the finish. This beers saps my palate of all moisture. Slightly yeasty and messy finish with near no aftertaste. A bit over-carbonated but the dryness makes up for it a lot. Clean and crisp and almost champagne-like.

D: Overall very dissapointed by this one. The fruit characteristic is near non-existant in this one. Complexity is there but its not the type that I expect. I've heard rumblings of a lot of bottle variation with this beer so I'm eager to try a more grape heavy iteration of this.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%
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 mothman
3.9/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

New Labeled Bottle

Bottled 02/10/2003

Pours a fizzy white head. Color is a clear gold with a bronze hue to it.

Aroma: Funky cheddar. Basement musk. Grapes and citrus. Very wine-like. Oaky.

Taste: Spritzy. Grapes and tannin. Wine-like flavors. A bit acidic with a touch of vinegar. Very medicinal. Oak, sourness, and fruits.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy and spritzy. Lighter bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. Ends dry.

Overall, this was a very old tasting limbic. Unique. Pretty good. It did get even better as it warmed. Nothing I would go out of my way for to drink again, however.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.95/5  rDev -9.2%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.99/5  rDev -8.3%
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 Alieniloquium
4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
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 HopHead84
4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
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 KickInTheChalice
4.19/5  rDev -3.7%
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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Photo of drabmuh
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
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 mdfb79
4.22/5  rDev -3%
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 YodersBeerEmporium
4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
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 thagr81us
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one during the 'We Want The Funk!' tasting that was graciously hosted by beermeX2! Big thanks goes out to BRoss242 for sharing this one with the group! Bottled 02-10-2003! Cork came out of this one violently and hit the ceiling leaving a mark on it. Also it was a slight gusher, but not bad. Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured yellow orange with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, sour, and BIG funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, sour, and funk. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I was really surprised to see this one come out at the tasting that night if I'm honest. Being that it was bottled in 2003 this one has held up quite well over the test of time. Based on the aroma alone I would have thought this one was going to be a funk bomb on my palate, but instead we ended up with a nice complex brew that was very well balanced and enjoyable. Really nice flavor going on here. Carbonation was a little lower than I would have liked, but you can't win them all. Might start searching for a bottle of this for my own cellar in the near future. Definitely worth trying if you get the opportunity!

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
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 Thorpe429
4.35/5  rDev 0%
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 orangesol
4.35/5  rDev 0%
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 BearsOnAcid
4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

'03 vintage

This was a bit different from the '02. Much more pronounced vineyard dirt, black pepper, and pencil lead flavors/aroma from the grapes and brett. Not as vinous. This was much more complex and the stronger pepper flavor added to a drier finish. The carbonation seemed higher too. Both have been exceptional in my opinion. I liked the aroma on this a little better. I will stick with my original score.

'02 vintage

Bottle is under a lot of pressure so it can gush out easily. A beautiful sunburst orange color with a big cloud-like white head that diminishes quickly making it look jagged and cratered. Smell has that great 3F funk and acidity I enjoy. Musty dirt basement and rotting wood with bright, sharp lemon and acidity. There's dull red grapes I'm picking up as well. Flavor is really nice. Complex musty, woody brett flavor and sharp acidity mixed with a dull vinous flavor. The addition of these malvasia grapes don't really add much complexity but it does change the beer for the better. It does not have a wine forward flavor like something you'd find in Saint Lamvinus but instead it compliments the brett and acidity in the lambic blend with some tannins and a dry finish.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
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 kayalla
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
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 corby112
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2003 vintage AKA, Malvasia Rosso.

Pours a hazy, very dark golden orange color with dark golden yellowish-orange hues and a two finger frothy white head that quickly settles into a thin ring.  Spotty lace left behind.  

Sweaty, very funky aroma with lots of barnyard horsey notes.  Hints of earthy oak, straw, cobweb and wet hay along with some faint light fruit and acetic vinegar.

Very dry and funky with lots of earthy oak, wet hay and dry earthy funk.  Tart and puckering but the mouthfeel is soft without any harsh acidity.  Lots of earthy oak and funky bugs with faint acetic vinegar in the mouthwatering finish. The fruit has really faded and there is only a slight vinous presence.  It could use some sweetness for balance but it's still easy to drink once your palate adjusts to the funk/sourness.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle Date 2003; Sampled April 2011
The beer pours with a loudly crackling head (from the fizzy bubbles and ample carbonation) that starts out three-fingers in height and has a pale, just barely tan tinged, off-white colored head. The beer is a pale plum / amber color that shows a clear, copper-gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma definitely speaks of Drie Fonteinen; it is sort of flinty, definitely sour / tart, has a urea and mustiness to it, but also has a dried hay and even cracker like pale malt character to it. Digging around in the finish has me noticing a hint of plastic like phenolics & then I finally notice the grapes; the note is not as pronounced as it was in Cantillon Don Quijote, but there is a definite foxy grape like quality to the aroma. The grapes subtly perfume the nose and even add a sort of concord grape like character, but mostly this smells like a really good Gueuze.

A spritzy carbonation has this foaming up and feeling quite fizzy as it rolls across the tongue. The beer has a solid, though not overly aggressive, sourness to it that melds into a somewhat plastic like phenolic character that lingers on the palate in the finish. The long finish of my first sip has a touch of foxy / wild grape character to it as well as a touch of cracker like grain notes. The tartness in the middle of a sip really accentuates a tart grape like flavor that seems more like a flinty Chardoney, or wild Sauvignon Blanc that what I would normally associate with a red wine grape; I am sure that the base Lambic is deeply affecting this flavor though. There is a solid, musty, funkiness to this brew that is somewhat musky and barnyard like (especially in the oral nasal cavity); the lactic acidity is accentuated by a touch of urea character that is a touch catty. The beer finishes with a soft tannic note that isn’t quite astringent, but hints at toasty oak flavors that linger with a spiciness on the palate. This is light bodied and refreshing, like a good Gueuze, it has a touch of viscous heft to it, but it is not nearly as viscous as some traditional Fruit Lambics (even from this brewery). It is very refreshing and quaffable.

The tart grape flavors seem to come out a bit more as the beer warms up, and the beer gets drier and flintier. My second pour has me noticing quite a bit of woody oak and peppery character in the nose and the vivacious carbonation adds more tartness to the flavor with its ample carbonic bite. There almost seems to be a suggestion, a hint, a touch of sweetness here; this is more suggested at because of the fruitiness from the grapes as this beer Is really quite dry.

This is quite nice, I will admit though that it isn’t quite so shiny in comparison to Cantillon Don Quijote; the latter has a much more interesting, wild grape character than this beer does. This could almost pass for a Gueuze, though it really does have quite a bit of tart, white wine like, grape character to it, but you can sometimes get flavors reminiscent to this in a Gueuze Lambic. I was quite surprised by the alcohol content on this beer, it definitely drinks lighter than its strength; though at times I can see that it does have that strength as towards the finish there is a spiciness that seems derived from both alcohol and oak character.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
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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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
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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Drie Fonteinen Druiven Gueuze (Malvasia Rosso) from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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