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

122 Ratings

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Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-07-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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