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Drie Fonteinen Druiven Gueuze (Malvasia Rosso) | Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Belgium
3fonteinen.be

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.

BEER STATS
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46
Ratings:
122
pDev:
9.03%
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.99/5  rDev -9.9%
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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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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5/5  rDev +12.9%

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4/5  rDev -9.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of oline73
4.52/5  rDev +2%
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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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Thanks, Matt.

Appearance: Served in a champagne flute, Malvasia appears a beautiful pale amber with the effervescence of champagne. A tall head tops the body initially but quickly settles to a collar.

Smell: Rich earthy funk is the first thing to greet the senses, making me think of mushrooms and damp wood. There's a mild champagne-like grape note, but it's certainly subdued; this is more gueuze than fruit lambic. It smells moderately sour and citrusy, but earthy funk is the dominant character.

Taste & mouthfeel: The palate mirrors the aroma pretty closely, with a great damp wood/mushroom funk, followed by a gentle sourness and a very light note of champagne. Pretty light on the tongue, perhaps a touch more substantial than the average gueuze from 3F, and with a slightly noticeable alcohol presence. Very dry finish, with a great champagne note that lingers along with gentle tannins.

Excellent stuff, I really enjoyed this. Just don't go into it expecting it to taste like a fruit lambic.

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of mothman
3.9/5  rDev -12%
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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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
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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4/5  rDev -9.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of mdfb79
4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
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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4.05/5  rDev -8.6%
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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4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
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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3.58/5  rDev -19.2%
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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4.42/5  rDev -0.2%
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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5/5  rDev +12.9%

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5/5  rDev +12.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of MasterSki
4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Review #1100. Thanks Kan for sharing this one. Served in a small Cantillon lambic glass. This is the 2003 vintage that was recently sold at Ølbutikken.

A - The cork comes off with an explosive pop, but this only gushes slightly - don't leave unattended after opening. The initial pours features a big bone-white foam that quickly settles to a thick cap, leaving minimal lace. Subsequent refills had less head volume. The lightly pink-tinged orange body is filled with numerous streams of fast-moving tiny bubbles that give this a champagne-esque appearance.

S - Holy funk! This is big and brash, with loads of horse, soft cheeses, mushrooms, hay and barnyard, diaper, and only the softest kiss of grape skins. It definitely has that trademark Drie Fonteinen "green" funk character to it, and the nose still crackles after nearly seven years in the bottle.

T - The taste features some lemon notes and light acetic sourness, as well as some sour grapes and faint vinous oak, that all complement the intense funk character. As it warms up, a bit more sweet grape flavor emerges a long with a touch of crackery malt. To be honest, you could probably convince me this was a Gueuze in a blind tasting, as the fruit character is very muted. The 8% ABV is a surprise and nowhere to be found.

M - Extremely dry with tons of pucker, sizzling carbonation, a light refreshing champagne-like body, and mildly stomach-churning acidity. Perhaps slightly too bubbly, but otherwise just the way I like it.

D - This is extremely easy to drink, and I could imagine myself sitting in Brussels square putting this back all day long. Other than the potential for ulcers or bankruptcy of course. Highly recommended, although make sure you're not expecting a grape-forward beer like Don Quijote or Vigneronne.

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Drie Fonteinen Druiven Gueuze (Malvasia Rosso) from Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Beer rating: 4.43 out of 5 with 122 ratings
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