Drie Fonteinen Millennium Geuze | Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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Drie Fonteinen Millennium GeuzeDrie Fonteinen Millennium Geuze

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Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by truthbrew on 08-08-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of jcalabre
2.53/5  rDev -44%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Originally sampled on 8 March 2003. I am writing this review from my notes. I had this at Pizza Port Carlsbad's Belgian Beer party.
This brew assaults your mouth with sour and yeasty flavors. I guess it just wasn't my day to be drinking a gueuze, because I really didn't enjoy it that much. I'll have to try some other gueuzes

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Photo of tpd975
3.58/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Maltzilla. This one had leaked quite a bit on it's trip across the pond.

A: Pours a hazy shade of dark urine yellow. Small fizzy head, some carbonation does remain so I hope not all is lost.

S: Mild aromas of lemon zest, tart berry, and mild sourness.

T: I think leaking has made this one suffer a bit. Taste is a bit watery. Very light lemon water, hints of vinegar, and very mild back end tartness.

M: Light, not as zippy as it should be.

D: I think this one has suffered the loss of some of the contents in the bottle. Hope to get a chance to revisit it.

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Photo of alfrantzell
3.72/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Millennium Geuze is a bottle of foam interspersed with pockets of geuze. As a 750ml bottle of foam it's unparalleled; it fares less well as geuze --

The smell is of fallen lemons and hay that's passed through a horse. Lemon zest and bark make a brief appearance in the taste before being scrubbed away by those pesky bubbles. The mouthfeel is fluffy and dry because of them - notes of pillow sham, down comforter, and bunny rabbit.

MG is not far removed from 3F's 2002 Vintage Geuze, or even their standard Oude Geuze. At least, not enough to warrant the price tag.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.82/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy, dark, golden color with a large head and densely packed bubbles. Much darker than I imagined it would be. The head falls down to leave a lasting white collar around the beer. Smell has a bretty must that is dominant. A sweet banana note blends into the aroma. Smells like a 3F gueuze but the brett has taken over quite a bit.

Taste has a huge rotting wood-like flavor that evolves into a metallic acidity. Vibrant carbonation helps the beer dance on the palate. This beer had a strong sweaty lactic flavor but without the sourness to go with it as it warmed up. The brett leaves a blast of funky dry bitterness after swallowing. The smells is pretty incredible but I was surprised to see how much the brett dominates this gueuze. This isn't to say it wasn't good. Just don't expect this to be the end-all of geuzes.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.87/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle. Big head. Deep orange. Smells oxidized. Citrus. Deep oakiness. Oxidization kinda overpowers, though. Tastes brighter. Lemon. Some orange. Oxidation behind it. Oak. A little cardboard. High carbonation. Swirling helps. Oxidation is tough to get past, but it’s nice.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
4.06/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 75cl bottle; vintage 1998. Pours a light hazy full gold color with a fantastic amount of lasting Champagne foaming head. Aroma is a little musty with that slight note of horseblanket bouquet. Taste was very light and refreshing, sour notes where not that present for what I like in a Gueuze, still a very satisfying brew that I could drink all day. The mouthfeel was well-balanced with medium to light acidity, and nice lemony Brett tingle. Without question is a classic!!

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.12/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass. Jointly provided for the epic sour tasting by Chad, Craig, and Jeff. Thanks, guys!

A: Pours a glowing, murky (actually opaque) apricot color. A huge, foamy off-white head with great retention fills the glass, retreating into a thick collar and film on the brew. It remains lively for the duration of the drink.

S: Very nuanced and lovely. Lots of hay, must, horse, lemon rind, mild lacto, some kind of wood (but not oak, something else distinct). Earth, pear, and apricot.

T: Delicious. A melange of orchard and stone fruit in apple, apricot, and pear. Lemon rind provides a strong citrusy presence that provides a very tart, nearly puckering presence. Nicely supplemented by mild lactic sourness and grass. Light white wine is buoyed by acetic qualities. The finish brings out nuances of brett funk (hay, horse blanket, must) as well as whatever wood I picked up in the nose. Tannic but not too astringent in the finish. Call me a heretic, but I like the leather I pick up in younger gueuze -- this seems a bit simple.

M: Medium-bodied, with velvety carbonation. Semi-dry.

D: Very good. One of my favorites from the tasting. Too bad this is rare, as it is quite the enjoyable beer. One thing to temper my comments, though: I've never had a gueuze this old. Maybe they're all this good.

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Photo of stakem
4.18/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Kramer for sharing this at a recent tasting. This was a brew I sort of wrote off as probably not getting a chance to try. Very excited to have this.

The brew pours a clear golden color with a finger of white froth. A light swirl revives a finger of off-white head that produces some spots of lace on the glass. Rising bubbles of carbonation maintain the cap right up until the last sip.

The smell is musty reminiscent of cork and old barrels. Cheesy funk is intermingled with some sulfur and a grain inclusion that is somewhat hay-like. Across the back end is a bit of herbal aspect that wraps this all up. Each whiff seemingly brings out a new level of character to take in.

The taste is dry and earthy with a bit of cork and must. There is a lot of barrel flavoring going on in this with some sulfur and herbal bitterness to break it up. There is a bit of dusty quality going on in the aftertaste which is unique. This was much more drying to the finish and more herbal, not necessarily bitter, than I was expecting.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a perfect level of carbonation. For a slightly elevated abv from the normal 3f offering, it was masterfully hidden. The dryness and ease of drinkability are to be noted. I am super thankful to Kramer for having shared this long time want. Even though it is a landmark offering from 3F, I don't think I would pay the heavy toll this brew demands when their baseline offering is so well done as well.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.18/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750bl bottle into a drie glass at Akkurat.

First of all tons and tons of carbonation. At any given time I can only pour about a 2 fingers of beer for 6 fingers of head. At first its cool but totally annoying on about the 15th pour. Light peach beer, murky, light white head that is very foamy....The aroma is unreal strong. I could smell it the moment it was corked about 3 feet away from the server. Up close its very sour notes of earth, leather and mostly wet horse blanet..The taste takes on the wet horse blanket, tons of it everywhere totally dominating. Light lemon, but in general very musky...Feel is ok, nothing special, pretty easy to drink.

Overall, this is really good. A wet horse blanket gueze, it makes no bones about it. If that's the gueze you like that is for you. Had loerik yesterday and it is 100 times better, and that's saying something. Still worth checking out.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.2/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a golden orange with white effervescent head. pour was fairly clear with only a slight haze.

very musty and funky, light lemon, citrus, and cheese. a bit subtle all around. some old oak and basement.

started out more on the citrus and fruity side with some cheese. through the middle and into the finish loads of funk, mustiness, and oak.

mild carbonation, light sharpness and subtle sour, dryness.

quite good. a little subtle overal. for the price it carries, so many other options.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.21/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to Phyl21ca for sharing this

Appearance - Golden colour with a small size fizzy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there isn't much lacing.

Smell - Yeast, breads/grains, lemon, funk

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste bread/grains, vinegar, lemon juice/zest and a dry yeastiness. There are also some grassy/herbal notes and a touch funk.

Overall – Incredibly drinkable and very well balanced. It's easy to see why this beer is rated as highly as it is, very well crafted.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.22/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #1350. Thanks to Jason for selling this bigtime want.

A - Orange colored beer, with a pretty hazy look. Nice white head that left some good stick on the sides.

S - There are some sweet notes with a good amount of barnyard funk. Slight bit of oak, with little tartness.

T - It's very funky. If you want a good barnyard gueuze than this is probably your thing. Lots of wet horse blanket, some slight sweetness, and a little bit of lemon zest.

M - Good carbonation, lightered bodied. Not quite effervescent, but almost there.

O - Good beer, it's a nice barnyard funk bomb. Not excactly my thing, but for those who enjoy this type of beer this is really one to seek out.

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Photo of spdyfire83
4.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

224th Review
75cl bottle shared by forgetfu (thanks Bill!) at the Sour & Bitter dinner in Copenhagen
Poured in a wine tumbler
Enjoyed on 10 May 2012

A: Bright orangish yellow. 3+ (bright, cloud fluff white) fingernail head on gentle pour. Looks proper!

S: Barnyard funk, matured cheese, hay, must, lemon, and slight woodiness. Quite nice.

T: Taste is rounded, but very, very soft for a geuze. Notes of citrus, barnyard must, and touch of funk. Puckering tartness overshadows most of these notes though. Bummer because I had high hopes for this based on the smell. Such goes life though.

M: Light/medium body with full carbonation.

O: Unfortunately for me, I didn't enjoy this beer as much as I had hoped. It was good, but not great. The balance seemed a bit off and the dry tartness was too overpowering at times. I'd love to try it again at some point, but I prefer plenty of Armand's other geuzes more than this. Still fun to try though!

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Photo of Crosling
4.24/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Like most traditional Gueuze and like Most Drie Fonteinen, this is pretty damn good stuff but compared to Drie Fonteinen’s 50th Anniversary Gueuze, which was consumed earlier in the day, it was clearly obvious that this was the lesser of the two. Hazy Nectarine. Aroma of lambic funk, grapefruit, horseblanket, wet oak and mold. In taste, very sour, as expected, more sour than their standard Gueuze and more sour than the 50th. Notes of grapefruit, lemon, horsetail, flies, shoe polish and leather. Fizzy, bursting bubbles on the palate. A good Gueuze.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to sweemzander fro bringing this bottle to our tasting. Dan you are the man!

Bottle poured into my tasting glass.

A: Golden yellow hue. Full white head blasts to the top of my glass. Soapy lace.

S: Funky tart blast. Solid amount of old dusty library books, earthy, tart lemons and green apples. Smells like a great gueuze to me.

T: Dusty, earthy, lemon and green apple. Mouth puckering lactic sour.

M: Medium to light body. Bone dry finish.

D: Overall very nice. So glad I had the chance to try this legend.

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Photo of russwbeck
4.27/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at Monk's Cafe Beers of the Cellar event. This gueuze rests in the glass clear yellow without head. Acidic sour aroma, malty with some barnyard funk and wheat. Crazy sour taste with a nice malt backbone. Completely focused on sour: acidic and delicious. Light body, minimal carbonation. I like the drinkability because I’m in love with sours. I had heard of this beer before, and I'm pretty glad I got to try it. Never thought I would, thanks Tom!

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Photo of MasterSki
4.28/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my contributions to the big beer throwdown at Derek's place. Served in a tasting snifter.

A - Big voluminous foam that settles to a chunky partial cap and collar, leaving behind spotty lace. Lightly hazed golden body. Just a wonderful looking beer.

S - Holy funk! This has the signature earthy, green, and horsey nose that most Drie Fonteinen beers demonstrate. There's also some light hay and a faint whiff of manure, along with some sour lemons and stone fruits.

T - The taste is more subdued and smoothed out. It's heavy on earthy flavors and also features light sourness via lemons and underripe peaches. There's some slight oxidation, but it's thankfully not the papery variety.

M - This seemed a touch thin for 7%, and had a bit of grittiness as well. No alcohol, and a very dry finish.

D - This was really easy to drink. It's not a life-changer, but it doesn't disappoint either. I'd prefer Loerik and a number of other vintage gueuzes, but I'd drink this again anytime (if I'm lucky that is).

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Photo of xpimptastikx
4.28/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks a ton to Sean9689 for sending me this whale!

Pours a hazy dark gold color, almost burnt orange in a wider glass. Full off white head that leaves spotty lacing. Smell is of grassy bandaids wrapped around a granny smith apple. Taste is very light sour citric acid with a funky apple cider like quality. Something is very different with this blend, and I'm not sure what the I'm quite tasting. The carbonation is bright but you hardly see a bubble after it sits for 20 minutes. You could probably take about 3 of these to the dome if it was 1998 and you were sitting with Armand.
While this was an awesome blend, I don't have many experiences with 10+yr old gueuzes... I did prefer the absolute overall funk of Blauw compared to the muted characteristics of Millennium.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle.

A - Pours a hazy yellow, a fingers-worth of frothy white head. A thin film on top and a nice thick ring around the side of the glass. Some spotty lacing along the sides of the glass.

S - Oh wow, so funky! Lots of barnyard and horse blanket characteristics that make my nostrils turn inside out. Apples, pears, cheese, lemon zest.

T - Not near as funky as the nose. Lemon zest, sour/tart, slight funk, orange peel. It has a nice level of funk yet isn't overwhelming on the palate. This one is blended perfectly.

M - Light, funky, dry finish.

D - What can I say, it's really f'n good. It has lots of funk on those yet is more subdued on the palate. Def recommend. Yum!

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Photo of nickd717
4.37/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Rating is from 6/17/2010, when it was my 1900th tick. Bottle shared by alfrantzell - thanks, Arne.

Pours hazy golden in color with a nice lasting white head.

Aroma is funky and mildly cheesy with some serious musty basement smells.

Flavor is pale malt and loads of funk. Some other interesting notes to it I can’t quite place. Definitely some vinegar.

Highly effervescent and lively with medium body for the style. Carbonation a little too high. Very dry mouthfeel.

This is very interesting overall, and excellent, but not quite life-changing. Pretty drinkable. Keeps you wanting more.

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Photo of mothman
4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fizzy white head. Color is a hazy golden bright orange.

Aroma: Funky, musky, horseblanket, light vinegar, acidic, lemon zest. Has a touch of brett. It is much cleaner than the 1999 oude gueuze I had. It has a lot of bright tropical fruit.

Taste: This one is pretty great. A bit acidic fruit profile. Lemons is the big fruit profile here. Mango is apparent. Big barnyard funk with straw and horseblanket. It is fairly oaky as well. A bit of spice and vanilla shows.

Mouthfeel: Dry, funky, and clean. Medium bodied with a a bit higher of carbonation, but it works. Ends dry, but clean.

Overall, a very clean gueuze. It has its funk and sourness, so the the word clean is an odd word to describe this. I really enjoyed the fruits in this even though lemon shines through the most. Good drinkability on this one.

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Photo of JAXSON
4.41/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So, so stoked to have tried this. Thanks Frank. Pours a glowing mostly clear peach with a fizzy head that settles into a ring. Quite a loud, spritzy beer. Funky and pungent on the nose, with pronounced lemon and grass. Some mushrooms and more earthy notes swirl around. Flavor was stunning - dry and almost champagne like, subtle lemon, meadow, fungus. Regal and sophisticated. Such subtle and well integrated flavors, dry and wonderful. I loved this.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We got ourselves a bottle of this to share at the Sour & Bitter festival in Copenhagen last weekend. I ended up getting a second pour from someone else that evening, so cheers for sharing man. This beer was just fantastic.

From a 75cl bottle into a beer glass.

APPEARANCE: Pours a large, fluffy, medium looking white head with great retention. Cloudy gamboge orange in color. Head recedes to a nice wisp that remains all the way and leaves some light lacing down the glass. Looks great for twelve years of age.

SMELL: A milder nose on this one with funky aromas, hay, as well as lemon and citrus tones. Some white wine shows through as well as some touches of green apples. Nice, though slightly mild at this point. This is really the only thing keeping it from being other-worldly.

TASTE: This is outstanding. Much bolder and more impressive than the nose had advertised. Funky barnyard flavors, hay, and plenty of lemon and citrus flavors as an accompaniment. Some sweet melon flavors and sweet-sour green apples sets it appart from the others in this style. A sweet-sour middle leads into a very smooth, bold and lingering aftertaste that's balanced superbly between sour funk, fruity sweetness and a touch of floral bitterness as well. Melon, citrus, green apples and a plesant sourness linger nicely. A world class treat.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Very creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry. Very creamy and goes down effortlessly.

OVERALL: Absolutely outstanding. Of the gueuze I've tried so far, this one, unfortunately enough, is my definite favorite. The wonderful balance between funky sourness, fruity sweetness and a light floral bitterness very enjoyable and sets it appart from many of the others in this style. The creamy smooth palate makes it very easy to drink as well. Though I won't hold my breath, this is one I'd love to have again at some point. Very glad to have had the chance to drink this and it was every bit as good as I'd heard. Thanks for bringing this along Armand. True class.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.44/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Honored to get the opportunity to try this one. 4oz. pour into a small snifter. Shared at a tasting. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a 1 finger coarse, white head that dissipates quickly. Beer is a cloudy, orange yellow. No lacing.

S: Nose is apricot, mild citrus fruits, cane sugar, peaches, and a certain overtone of acidity. Burnt rubber aroma is conspicuously missing. Still, very pungent and enticing.

T: Opens musty and dirty. This one shows its age. Lemony and tart towards the middle with hints of peach, crushed and pureed spoiled fruit, and papaya. Finish dries out while sourness lingers. Aftertaste is tart.

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation. Surprinsly, a bit lively in the mouth. Dry and puckering from the middle to end. Finishes sticky with a sticky, lingering aftertaste.

D: Definitely one of the leaders in its style, I'd love to compare this one side-by-side with a 2000 Cantillon Classic Geuze to determine if this masterpiece was created this way or if its just a product of time. Regardless though, an amazing beer all around and worth seeking out.

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Photo of oline73
4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bottle of this at Sour and Bitter in Copenhagen. Extremely excited to get to try this beer.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden amber color with two fingers of thick off white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Lemon tartness and a very strong funk presence. Slightly sweet in the background. Very smooth and complex.

Taste: The age has smoothed things out (I assume, it's not like I've had this beer fresh). There is a mineral funkiness along with a lemon juice tartness. The finish is very sour. There may be a mild aged hop note as well. This is a complex beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This beer is extremely easy to drink. Very smooth but very tart. Not biting at all. I feel very fortunate to have been able to try this beer.

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