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: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by baggio on 02-12-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
82
Reviews:
25
Avg:
4.36
pDev:
10.32%
 
 
Wants:
127
Gots:
8
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1
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

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5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drank at Akkurat on the longest lambic binge I could endure. Had with many of the classics and enjoyed this beer twice. The one bottle was the best beer I have ever had and was absolutely perfect, reviewed based from that. Pour is a hazy golden amber with tight fluffy white head. The nose has a rindy cheese to it, light dusty paper quality as fruits are unfolded. Lemon rind, hint of mint, bright ripe tangerine and peach notes. The taste has slightly less chessy find and a touch more dusty paper, the fruit flavors are even more bright and take stronger hold on the presence of the beer. more peaches with a little less of the tart lemon than I anticipated as the sourness takes hold and adds to the overall awesomeness and complexity of this beer. The body is extremely light, lovely effervescent feel, high crisp carbonation and just enough driness. Mid to late bottle pour is more funky, early pour is more fruity. Absolutely perfect!

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5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A special beer for rating number 500, opened during an EPIC sour tasting with PapaEugene and others! Thank you Michel for bringing the mythical 3 Fonteinen 50th Anniversary geuze.
Look: the beer pours a golden-yellow color with a nice white head that disappeared fast.
Smell: Barnyard, leather, horseblanket, wheat, tart, apples, hints of lemon, oak and sour
Taste: Mild but nicely sour, malts and funk. Some sour fruits appear as well, funky citrus.
Mouthfeel: well bodied for a geuze. I agree with previous rater that this beer is very close to champagne.
Overall: What an experience! This beer is so smooth, mild and still so fresh. More mild than most other 3 Fonteinen geuzes, but therefore more special. Exciting and a absolute want for geuze connoisseurs. Close to perfect. Blew away, although much younger and therefore difficult to compare, the Armand'4 series in a comparative tasting. WOW

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

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5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.92/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle opened by Glouglouburp on RB at the Hill Farmstead. An awesome beer to cap an awesome day of beers.

Like most vintage Drie Fonteinen bottles, this bottle was opened with much care, and to our delighted surprise, was not a gusher. So plenty of beer to go around amongst the group.

3F's 50th Anniversary Oude Geuze pours a cloudy orange with a thick, foamy, white head. The head eventually fades to a thin film, but still leaves a few patches of light lacing on the glass.

The aroma is phenomenal. Beautiful floral, citrus, funk. Oak, hay and barnyard balanced perfectly. Lots of orange and flower petals. Quite floral. I could smell this forever.

The taste is filled with orange, floral honey, oak and a touch of vanilla. Wet hay, grass and light acidity. Lots of 3F funk throughout. Like the nose, the taste is very floral. Almost seems like a bouquet of flowers were soaked in the gueuze. Amazing.

Mouthfeel is smooth, slick and lightly carbonated. Medium body. Almost perfect. Feels like a quality gueuze.

This goes down so easily. Drinkability is exceptional. Easily the best gueuze I have ever had. Armand is a blending genius. I haven't had this beer fresh, but with 12-13 years on it, I couldn't detect any signs of it going down hill. Seems like this blend can definitely keep going for awhile. I highly recommend seeking out a bottle if you can.

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4.87/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle coordinated by Glouglouburp and freud at the Hill Farmstead Winter Beer Event. Thanks, guys!

We were all ready with glasses for the rush, so it was a pleasant surprise when this beer opened with a healthy pop and no explosion. Pour is a golden orangey straw with a fluffy but not quite rocky white head that fades to half a finger. Aroma is classic farmyard brett-dominated, with musty floral and vitamin notes. Taste is much more balanced than expected -- no bitterness, but incredibly dry. Tart cherry and citrus flavors initially dominate, and as it warms it becomes more floral/grassy and distinctly mineral. Carbonation is high but not overpowering, and mouthfeel is surprisingly rich. Zero astringency.

I can't get over how smooth and mild this is, especially in comparison to some of the other great 3F vintages (2002, 1999). So easy to drink, and so hard to get. A real treat.

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