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)

Brewed by:
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

Style: 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.

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4.26/5  rDev -4.5%
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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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at the DC Lambic & Sour Tasting on April 14, 2012. Served in an old-school Drie Fonteinen fountains gueuze tumbler. Huge thanks to Brad for this one.

Pours a clear golden color with a bit of a tawny hue to the background. The head is white and small, falling somewhat quickly and leaving behind some sparse lacing as it lays down in a thin collar.

The nose brings some heavy earth and funk with lightly-oxidized malt. Some interesting light herbal characteristics in the background that I've never gotten from a Drie Fonteinen gueuze before.

The flavor is much more complex and integrated, with the funk, earth, and light herbal character headed to the next level. Average flavor duration with light acidity and moderate funk through the finish.

The body is medium and slightly-chewy with light carbonation. Really great feel and complexity.

We had this side-by-side with the Oude Geuze 1999 blend (supposedly one of Armand's favorites) and Millennium, and both of those quite handily beat out this bottle. With that said, this beer was still very, very good.

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4.39/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from a 75cl bottle; vintage 1998. Poured a light orangey color with a medium bubbly head. Fantastic aroma with a funky barnyard musty note. Taste was a mixed well balanced lemony, tart, and light sour note along with some medium light oak. Without a doubt drinkable with almost no acidity and some great carbonation! Mellow, soft, and a well balanced, quite refined Geuze. Without question an outstanding Geuze for the ages even after ten years.

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 04/14/12 notes. Big thanks to Brad for sharing this on at our DC Sour Tasting. Tried side by side with a 1999 Oude Geuze and 2000 Millennium Geuze.

a - Pours a hazy dark yellow-orange color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation.

s - Smells a bit minty, of bready malts, sweet fruity malts, earthy notes, and some light funk. Nice but not sour and very little funk.

t - Tastes of funk, spice, earthy notes, bready malts, light swet fruits. Taste is better then the nose and a little more funky, but is kind of old still.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this was a good beer but I preferred the '09 Geueze, then the Millennium, to this one. Nice but a little old, and not as sour of funky as others. A good beer but a bit faded at this point.

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3.88/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by ygtbsm94 at our insane sour and wild ales tasting on April 14, 2012. Sampled alongside 1999 Oude Geuze and Millennium Gueze.

The beer is mildly hazy and golden yellow hued with a small white head. The aroma is unlike any I have experienced from a Drie Fonteinen brew, with a huge mint and herbal character. The flavor brings abundant minty notes, followed by herbal, floral, and earth. The beer is smooth, with lingering funk and mint notes. I feel that the mint character overpowers the citrus, grass, and classic lambic character that would make this beer wonderful. I doubt I will ever try this again, but I would be curious to taste a different bottle. Millennium Gueze was the clear favorite of this trio.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.27/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Todd Ashman for getting this into our collective hands. Served in an Alvinne snifter.

A - Quick-dissolving white foam settles to a partial ring of bubbles. Visible streams of bubbles inhabit a hazy peach flesh body. Looks like gueuze alright.

S - Cheesy funk, big floral and grass notes, some lactic acidity, grapes and white wine vinegar, buttery oak. Very nice, with plenty of intensity for a thirteen year old gueuze. No obvious oxidation at all actually.

T - Taste is heavier on the damp, earthen basement, sweat, feet, and a slight mineral water quality. Feels a bit...empty? Some nice citrus and grape character, and the slightest oxidation creeping in.

M - Zesty carbonation that tickles the palate, super dry, with mild pucker, and a medium-light body. Quite refreshing actually.

D - This actually reminds me a little of the Malvasia Rosso, but with a more aged quality to it. It's eminently drinkable, and a fine blend of lambics, but I don't anticipate it getting any better and could see it falling off quite precipitously with further age. A very different gueuze from Millennium and definitely worth trying.

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4.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by ygtbsm at a recent tasting, served in a Drie Fonteinen tumbler. Beer is yellow and hazy with thin white cap of a head, some lacing, moderate carbonation, looks good.

Aroma is a little odd for a Drie Fonteinen, almost more malty, interesting beer though. I like the earthiness and oaky funk. A little papery.

This beer was probably the least interesting of all of them sampled that day, seemed to be a bit over the hill with a few obvious signs of oxidation but that being said it was still very good. Very oaky / tannic bitterness on the end, mild tartness and nice lactic acid presence, a pretty good beer but I don't think I'd have it again.

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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4.54/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HopHead84
4.62/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Thanks to Paul for opening this. Snifter. Long time want.

A: Very attractive yellow orange color. Big fizzy white head. Nice appearance.

S: Mushroom, damp forest floor, lemon. Musty barnyard with some blue cheese. Restrained lactic aroma with light horsey notes.

T: Moderate citric acidity up front with a firm tartness. Lemon blends with brackish character, earth, mustiness, a touch of peach, oak, and tannins. Finishes with a piquant citric punch.

M: Upper light body with light carbonation.

Overall: Well balanced and excellent overall. Simultaneously bright and earthy.

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4.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled alongside a '99 and Millennium at a recent tasting with sideshowe, callmemickey and his wife Marie.

Pours a dark golden yellow color with pale golden straw colored hues and a two finger soapy white head. Good retention, slowly fading into a lasting cap that leaves sporadic spots of lace in it's wake.

Earthy, musty aroma that isn't overly funky with barrel/wood character as well as some barnyard/horsey notes, crisp light fruit and subtle citrus.

Medium bodied with a soft, earthy funkiness that isn't harsh, solvent-like or overpowering allowing the citrus notes and vinegary acetic acids to shine through. Very clean, complex and smooth with a well balanced flavor profile that makes it very easy too drink. This beer has aged very gracefully, retaining it's puckering, funky character while remaining clean and quaffable. It became more funky as it warmed and we came back to it, with hints of puckering citrus/lemon and a lingering vinegary, dry finish that left me salivating for more.

This beer is pretty amazing at this stage and is worth seeking out. Highly recommended!

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of cpetrone84
5/5  rDev +12.1%
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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4.3/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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