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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Vintage St. Valentijn Cuvée | Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Vintage St. Valentijn CuvéeDrie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Vintage St. Valentijn Cuvée

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Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by brystmar on 06-02-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.82/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Drie Fonteinen Oude Gueuze Vintage 2007 St. Valentijn Cuvée

A: This ten-year-old special edition of the legendary Oude Gueuze Vintage series pours, like most other Drie Fonteinen gueuzes, that is to say bright orange-gold and mostly clear. Due to the unfortunate nature of the synthetic corks that 3F used around this time in some bottles (this particular one included), the pour is without much head or fanfare; around half a finger shows up even on a hard pour, but on the positive side, it does settle into a dense collar that sticks around for quite some time. Carbonation appears very lazy. Lacing is nearly non-existent. With the very impressive appearance that 3F usually displays, this is a little disappointing. 3.75/5

A: The disappointment ends with the appearance, mercifully. Mushroomy, forest floor funk, damp wood, and leathery Brett are the funky highlights, differing in character than the typical 3F barnyard, basement, cheesecloth and all the pleasantness and uniqueness for it. There is a smell of sweetness here that is also unique and lends itself well to the next phase of the aroma, the fruitiness and acidity. Ripe apricots and peaches, bright Sauvignon Blanc grapes, and, seeking very closely, even some cherry skin and green strawberry. Apple cider vinegar and some oaky vanilla are on the very back end, rounding out an incredibly unique and appealing aromatic experience. 4.75/5

T: Again, this eschews the more traditional barnyardy, musty, cheesecloth funk that is essentially signature 3F in favor of an earthy, mushroomy character completed by accents of rotting wood, which leaves the overall early impression on the palate as that of a heavily-wooded old forest just after a heavy rain. Leathery Brett is again prominent and also adds bright notes of apricot skin. Here, apricot and peach, slightly sweet and brilliantly ripe, take over. Shortly after, again it deviates from the 3F script into red fruit territory with distinct cherry skin and strawberry notes as it moves towards its cider vinegar and vanilla finish, which also brings a bit of green pepper and a pleasant oaky bitterness. The aftertaste leaves woody oak and impressions of crackery malt, honey, and malt sweetness while paradoxically being very dry. This is absolutely stunning and incredibly unique. 5/5

M: Shockingly, the mouthfeel may just be the best part of this beer, despite the awful cork, ten-years of age, and questionable conditions of storage on its path to this point. Up front, it is very refreshing and soft on the palate almost like spring water (in the best possible way!, but as it develops, a creaminess and wonderfully soft carbonation sweeps each sip along. The acidity is never overwhelming, and the slightly bitter finish is easily without acceptable, even pleasant levels. It comes across as refined and well-aged rather than brash and young, and it is truly beautiful from one sip to the next. 5/5

O: This is not quite a perfect gueuze, but it is within striking distance of that elusive modifier (and its brethren in Lente and Zomer). There is so much uniqueness here that other 3F (not to mention other gueuzeries) simply do not have, and that makes this more than worthy of seeking out even if the quality was not absurdly high. As it is, this is a must-try, IF a bottle in good condition can be found. I admit, I was very worried about this beer with the synthetic cork, but as this is not flat, not corked, not oxidized, and shows no flaws whatsoever (besides its comparatively weak appearance), I count myself very lucky. This is a real treat for (nearly) every sense, and with it being this gueuze's tenth birthday, what better time than today to enjoy it? Pair with the wonderful, unique stylings of The Number 12 Looks Like You's "Worse Than Alone." 4.75/5

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange hued gold color. White head.

This is the honeycomb gueuze. It has a very nice honey flavor without being very sweet. Nice funk and light sour level. Not very acidic. Some lemon and herbal flavors.

Light bodied. Clean.

Great gueuze. This drank very well. It was unique and flavorful. One of my new favorites.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is a deep yellow-orange amber color. Quite cloudy but it would settle out more with gentler handling. Small off white head, dissipates quickly. The aroma has wonderful funk and depth with lots of earth but the oak is fairly strong and dominates a bit compared to other vintages. Mushrooms, very light apricots, a touch of citrus. Taste has a lot of oak. Fairly bitter, really. The depth is there but there’s a funny malt flavor. Medium body. Not a great version/year of this beer.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Vintage St. Valentijn Cuvée from Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 50 ratings
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