Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze 1998 (50th Anniversary) | Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze 1998 (50th Anniversary)Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze 1998 (50th Anniversary)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Belgium
3fonteinen.be

Style: Belgian Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by baggio on 02-12-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
29
Ratings:
87
pDev:
9.89%
 
 
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127
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Ratings: 87 |  Reviews: 29
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

obviously an absurdly rare treat to get to try this beer some twenty years after it was bottled, i feel lucky and blessed to have had the opportunity. some in the group said it was past its prime, and there is a little oxidation here, but its ancient lambic at this point, and some of that can be flattering. its a neat beer, obviously something a little maltier in the blend with more of a brassy color to this and with some obvious grain decomposition in the nose and taste, i get red apple skins and dried apricots and light fruity vinegar, white wine, and still the classic oaky lambic funk, lightly medicinal here, oddly with some sweetness, subtle maple or honey even to it, minerals, hay and straw, farmy must, and a certain mature dankness, still a cool balance between the different fermenting elements, and still some body. i was surprised that this held a little head and that it stayed lively in the bottle, but there is nice carbonation to this making it feel even more fancy than its age and rarity already does. this is about as old a beer as i have had, but its still got a lot of merit in the glass, i didnt find it past its prime, even though some oxidation is setting in, it works. tart but not too sour to want to keep drinking, and with a very cool almost autumnal fruitiness with apples and sweet dessert wine and dried fruitiness. complex and intriguing, i cant believe i got to drink this. special stuff, especially at this point. what a life!

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Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was lucky enough to attend a beer dinner where this was one of the pairings. Still a nice orange color, not much head to speak of. Smelled like sweet candy with no oxidation. Flavor was also strangely sweet. I bet this was killer when it was first distributed. It held up much better than the 2001 that was served prior. This was the oldest 3F geuze I have ever had and it convinced me not to let me bottles go too long, I'll be opening some mid-2000's bottles from the basement asap.

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Photo of stevoj
4.61/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Douglas88. Light and airy, held up perfectly. Pale golden with light airy head. Mild tartness, sweet fruity. Fizzy, still...amazing

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4.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of kevanb
4.37/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, poured into a Drie Fonteinen "3" wine glass. Enjoyed on 1.28.17, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a nice copper color, light amber that's cloudy and hazy with a huge off white head, great retention with spots of lace. The aroma is super funky, a bit minty with dead dry leaves, loads of barnyard and horseblanket with light spice, wildflower that ends up being a bit herbal as it warms up with wheat and old grain and hops, exceptionally fragrant. The flavors are wonderful, super dry and funky, lots of barnyard character, stale grain, aged hops offer some green leafy character a touch of citrus. Wildflower bouquet builds as it warms, a bit herbal and minty with a nice lingering mineral water character. The mouthfeel is nice, lively and crisp with zippy carbonation, coats well that's smooth and easy with a tart finish.

Verdict: An awesome gueuze, quite lively and fragrant despite the age. Complex and refreshing, the minty character is unusual but it subsides as it warms and the balance feels more natural. Definitely a real treat of a beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.86/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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4.96/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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5/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.47/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jaken0ss
4.01/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle shared on 7/20/15 in a blind tasting

This bottle really fell short in comparison to it's counterparts. Which really isn't fair, BUT, this bottle was clearly over the hill. There was barely any odors on the nose, and the taste was muted. Sad that it was only a shell of it's former self, but happy to have drank!

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Photo of mlhyatt
4.34/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.93/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.3/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.26/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pour at Shelton Brothers The Festival 2014 held at Crafted in San Pedro, CA.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy bone head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, grain, lemon, acidic, and funk aromas. Taste is much the same with sour lemon, funk, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that still has awesome sour and funk qualities all around after 16 years in the bottle.

Serving type: bottle.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

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4.7/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze 1998 (50th Anniversary) from Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Beer rating: 4.45 out of 5 with 87 ratings