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

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Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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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Photo of nickd717
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the listing for Malvasia Rosso, right? Anyway, 750ml bottle thanks to westcoastbeerlvr.

Cloudy orangish golden color with. Slight purple hues. Massive billowing white head on top.

Huge great funky aroma with barnyard, Brett, lacto, oak, and slight red wine.

The flavor is very good. Red grapes are subtle, and there is a considerable gueuze-like malt base and huge funk with moderate tartness. A little sweetness even with a bit of alcohol.

Surprisingly light mouthfeel with really high carbonation.

This is a very good lambic. Worth the hype.

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Photo of rvdoorn
4.82/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: the beer pours an amber-straw color with a nice fluffy head
Smell: Horse blanket, grass, sour grapes, white wine, citrus and oak.
Taste: Tart-sour grapes, barnyard, grapes, citrus, grass. Medium funky with a light dry aftertaste with grapes
Mouthfeel: medium bodied with medium-high carbonation
Overall: The grapes make this beer fantastic, perfect balance.

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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 largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
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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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 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 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 callmemickey
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2003 Vintage opened with the wife on March 4, 2011.

A: Light orange with hints of pinkish-red. Large, billowy white head. Rolling carbonation streams from the bottom of the glass.

S: Gentle musty hay dominates as oak and vinous-grape notes weave in and out. Delicate, but complex.

T: Even more than the nose, complexity is readily apparent. Light fruits like apple play off the vinous rose wine kick... all engulfed by the fresh, but musty hay and oak that is ever present.

M: Lively carbonation rolls across the tongue with a nice dry finish. The sourness is subdued, but the acidity is certainly there.

O: A real gem. Delicate and refined.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WARNING, huge gusher, the cork almost instantly popped as I took off the cage, lots of head as your pour but fades quickly... dark straw cloudy with a light white ring... the nose is incredible, musky horse blanket with a hint of white grape wine, my only complaint is a the finish is a bit light... the taste is not as funky, but totally drinkable, a little funky on the front with a sweet finish, grapes does this wonders... this is a top notch and should be sought out

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Photo of fewa
4.77/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got my hands on a few bottles some months ago at Ølbutikken. This is the 2003 vintage, also called Malvasia Rosso, with a new label. Armand told me that there are only a few bottles left by now. Poured into my 3 fonteinen glass. The beer pours a nicely orange color, with a huge white head. Very funky and horseblanket nose, combined with orange zest, grapefruit, barnyard, grasses and oak. The taste is nicely sour with some bitter notes and vinous spicy oak flavors. Very minor hints of the grapes are present, more when the beer warms up. Mouthfeel is very dry, with high carbonation. Overall, this beer again demonstrates why 3 Fonteinen beers (and Cantillon beers) are worldclass, most of them are so perfectly balanced!! IMO, this beer has still great aging potential.

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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 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 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 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 sisuspeed
4.82/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Lot: 02/10/2003

Almost got a cork in the face when opening this one. A bit of a gusher, but we got most of the bottle into glasses. Pours a slightly hazy orange-tangerine with a thin ring of white bubbles. A few patches of foam drift across the top from time to time. Almost no lacing.

Dry earthy funk, light citrus (orange) with a touch of darker fruits (grapes). Definitely has the 3F funk. A very pleasant nose with a hint of vanilla. Quite refined and well balanced.

Crisp, barnyard brett with tangerine citrus, tart apple and a touch of grape. Smooth, lingering, sourness throughout. Like the nose, this is extremely well balanced. Absolutely perfect. This beer is drinking extremely well right now. It has everything you love about 3F with some fruity funk thrown on top. Not much grape, more like grape skin, but delicious none the less.

Mouthfeel is crisp and dry with perfect carbonation and sourness. Nothing is over the top. Just well balanced. Faint alcohol warmth. Love the texture.

This is probably one of the most drinkable lambics I have ever had. I could drink this all the time. Just beautiful. I really wish 3F would bottle more of this. I love the fruitiness and the brett is spot on at the moment. I'm not sure if this vintage will get much better with time, but it will probably continue to drink well for a few more years. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Kan for opening this one...very much appreciated! 750ml bottle poured into Lost Abbey Rastal Teku.

A - Shotgun pop but no gushing! Whew. Pours a yellow golden color, off-white fizzy head, a nice cap and some spotty lacing along the sides of the glass.

S - A wonderfully large amount of funk, some sour grapes, slight oak. Very well-done...the funk is so good you just keep coming back for more.

T - Loads of funk, sour/tart notes, sour grapes, oak. There's a slight sweetness on the finish, which I very much enjoy. Sip after sip, it kept improving a revealing more notes I missed previously. Doesn't drink like 8% and no sign of it at all.

M - Light, fizzy champange-esk carbonation, dry finish.

D - So so good...I liked this a lot! The funk, grape, and slight sweetness really combined for an enjoyable beer. One of my favorite lambic's of all time. Recommend!

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Photo of MasterSki
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
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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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 JAXSON
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Small pour at lambic summit. Medium copper pour, I thought this would be reddish. Dry nose, abundant with sour fruits and light red grape skins. Tart and dry in the mouth, really funky, dank, and earthy. Some light lemon flavors play along with the mild red grape. Defining feature of this is the long, evolving finish. Complexity of finish moves from dry, sour fruits to some comparably sweet nuances, complexity of this reminds me of Cantillon Loerik a bit. One of the best of the night, definitely the best of the beers new to me.

Edit, from a newly-bottled version of this consumed April, 2011. Pours a orange gold with a huge, lively head that settles to a thin top. Tempestuous and lively body. Nose is very rustic, champagne-like, citrus, funk. Quite regal like the best 3 Fonteinen blends. Very heavy carbonation in the mouth. Dry, sharp, rustic, a touch of mineral, and some very refined lemon funk. A light vinous kiss which imparts a touch of sweetness from the red grapes, but comes across more as a very subtle, dry red grape skin quality. Certainly an awesome beer, much better if viewed as an old geuze than a fruit lambic, as the fruit aspect is minimal.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.67/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Great Lambic Summit

Hazy light coppery orange, head of prickly tiny bubbles, decent sheets of lacing. Scent is bold of sour, watery grapes, champagne comes to mind. Earthy and funk on the end. Taste brings the champagne flavors and blends with tart citrus notes. The funky is mild for a beer with this age, but delightfully plesent. Some medicinal qualities to it. Body is spritzy and dry. An excellent beverage.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drie Fonteinen Druiven Gueuze Malvasia Rosso. I find it absurd that I'm reviewing it. According to Armand, he got about 250 liters of Malvasia Rosso juice from an Italian winemaker, and he added 60 liters per 225liter barrel to yield a few hundred bottles of this beer. The grape juice also boosted the alcohol significantly, which is why this is at about 8% rather than the more typical 6% for the DF gueuzes and lambics.

Light orange with a gentle white head, the retention and lacing are excellent. Apparently age has eaten up the color in this beer. It's also chewed through the grape character on the nose, this is more like the gueuze. Woody and tannic, this has the classic DF funk, with dank cellar, forest floor and petrichor. Light vanilla, a little alcohol and a light spice, there's an herbal character with bay leaf, mint and rotting fruit. Fantastic!

The palate is even better with the grape character quite noticeable, light and fruity with mint and lemon. Beautiful balance and structure, this is quite juicy and fruity. The way the grape, lemon and funk parry is fascinating. Drying and tart on the finish with lemon, herbal and minty character, this is moderately puckering. Fantastic stuff, thank you, Armand!

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