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 mikesgroove
4.62/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thrilled to be able to write this review. art of the mega sour tasting i did over the course of a week, reviewed from notes.

pours out a nice and cloudy, hazy amber with nice hints of white foam that peak through on the top of the glass and settled down leaving nice lacing all along the side.

aroma is deep funk with hints of barrel. oaky and earthy with apples, and pears coming into play almost immediately. not as sour as i thought it would be i have to admit, it was extremely well balanced. tart apples, oak, grasses, hints of vinegar only slight, and a light oxidation that works with the flavor. it was simply sublime. everything i wanted and more. long dry finish left slight touches of fruit on the palate and the end result was a wonderful mix of flavors that simply could not be beat.

so happy i had gotten to try this, another off the bucket list.

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Photo of Douglas88
4.85/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle thanks to Ditmier with a major assist from JohnGalt1- thanks a ton guys this was a major want of mine for so long and it exceeded my expectations. Pours a bright orange color with a large eggshell foamy white head. A wonderful soft and effervescent body. The aroma is massive earthy/dusty cobwebs, sour oak and lambic notes. The flavor was a wonderful mix of sour oaky and funky flavors with a very sweet citrus almost lemon or apricot, so dusty and funky, sourness for sure, but this is very drinkable. In fact absurdly so. It just rolls over your palate with so many different combinations and such an intense dry fruity dustiness. Just amazing.

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Photo of MrFootstones
4.59/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opens with a mighty pop, and pours a slightly hazy golden color. The head billows up and recedes to a thin white cap.

The nose is just beautiful. A very restrained, yet classically funky Drie Fonteinen aroma wafts up from my wine glass. Wet hay fields, and forgotten cob webbed stables. A touch of sweet grain.

Lightly tart and tangy. Not as much funk as in the nose. Apples, lemons and bitter citrus pith. The finish is clean, dry and oaky.

Light on the tongue. Coating tannins, and a clean finish. As swiftly as the beer graced your tongue, it was gone, leaving the oak to settle gently upon the palate.

A beautiful beer. Nothing is too much, and everything I want in a geuze is there. It's an exercise in balance and restraint.

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Photo of fewa
4.67/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy yellow orange with a big fluffy, with a not too long lasting champagne-like white head. Smell: Soft sour aroma, complex with citrus fruits, funky, earthy with clear hints of grass (hay). Taste: The typical 3 fonteinen taste. Tart, but not too acidic. Earthy with notes of citrus fruits, some oak and vinegar. Dry body. Thanks for brewing this masterpiece!

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Photo of callmemickey
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed January 2011.

A: Golden-straw body with a large frothy off-white head. Spotty lacing is left behind as a nice collar of tiny bubbles forms

S: First impression is bright lemon citrus with a dank, musty funk. Hearty oak and sweaty sock become more apparent with time.

T: Much like the nose but with perhaps a bit more restraint. Plenty of citric notes, nice acidity and sourness, and plenty of earthy, musty, funk.

M: Medium bodied with a nice effervescence. Tart, dry finish.

D: Quite nice. I've had better gueuze, but this certainly deserves the attention it gets.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

HUGE thanks to Wendy for sending this bottle my way unsolicited! Her generosity knows no bounds.

Pours a hazy, deep golden color with tons of bubbles - almost champagne-like. The white head is huge with good retention and lacing for the style. The aroma is dominated by barnyard funk with lighter notes of mineral, pepper, lemon and menthol - really great smell. The taste is not quite as awesome as the aroma, but it's very solid stuff. Leathery funk dominates the taste with lighter mineral, menthol and lemon notes. The sourness is moderate up front and becomes mild on the finish. The finish is lightly funky and mildly dry with a pronounced earthiness, almost mushroom-like. The complexity is immense, but this isn't an incredibly sour or funky gueuze (not that that's bad, just not what I expected). The drinkability is also very high in that it's easy on the palate and the sourness and acidity is somewhat restrained. The mouthfeel is light-bodied with quite high carbonation. The finish is moderately dry and the alcohol isn't noticeable. Overall, this is a really, really good beer that I'm lucky to have tried. Thanks again, Wendy!

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Photo of Overlord
4.62/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Jerz for hosting an awesome tasting, and for so many generous beer connoisseurs who made the event possible.

Pours a hazy yellow gold. Some orange notes in the interior. 1-2 inches of sudsy white foam head.

Huge funk, horse blankety zest aroma. AYIAYAYAY, such funk. Cobwebs, hay seeds, musk ox taint, all that crazy stuff. Great aroma.

Taste provides that oaky, zesty funk in abundance. The spices were a bit muted, kind of a contrast to the roos we tried earlier. Some sticky sweaty horse skin with some cat musk, along with some light pinpricks of sourness followed by a lingering unripe grape/apple burn.

Great bubbly mouthfeel.

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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 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 sweemzander
4.85/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into a tasting glass. How I acquired this bottle will always be my most amazing random beer find/discovery of all time!

(A)- Pours a hazy caramel color that produced a nice big effervescent white head that stuck around for awhile. Minimal lacing.

(S)- Funky with a nice must and lactic bits. Has some fruits that seem almost tropical to me in nature. Comes across with some earthy aspects that I like overall.

(T)- Very much like the smell. Just beautiful really. Someone mentioned mangos, which I agree with, but just overall has a tropical profile when considering the fruits. Has a fitting sourness. Lemon pokes through too.

(M)- Smooth as silk with a mellow sour funk and mild tartness. Beautiful balance that has really meshed together well with the age.

(D)- I really could have drunk this all day long if I had the opportunity again. It actually has a simpleness to it, but such an easy drinking quality to it even for the style. More please.

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Photo of kbutler1
4.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Opened up with a real nice pop with zero gush. Pours a slightly hazed orange color with a white head. The aroma is mildly funky with nice highlights of tartness, oak, and light fruit like peach or apricot. Grapefruit type sourness but not overly sour or tart. Some tropical type notes as well. Light mouthfeel with good carbonation. Slight alcohol notes by ever so slightly. Definitely an awesome beer and extremely excited to try this.

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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 alcstradamus
4.79/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the "King of Beers" Dan for sharing this one. Next time bring something more expensive please.

Poured into a 5 oz. taster glass. Not a proper vessel for reviewing appearance, so my rating for this category is adjusted to create an accurate overall score.

Pours a very murky gold color with a huge effervescent head. The aroma is potent lemon zest and earthiness. Very floral as well. Sinus invading.

The flavor starts out with mango (thanks for stealing my descriptor, Ben) and is followed by oak and lemon with a biting sourness. Notes of kohlrabi, but only because that is the first vegetable that popped into my head at the time. Very flavorful and well balanced. Divine, really...although not particularly complex for the style.

The body is medium and there is a bit of spritzy carbonation. A dry yet juicy finish.

Overall this is amazing and is easily one of the best gueuze blends I've ever had. Loved it.

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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 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 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 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 cpetrone84
4.68/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Re-Rate at Akkurat in Stockholm. Just as good, really wanted to not like it as much as I did the first time. The pour is hazy golden yellow with tons of thick white head and some large bubbles. The nose has cheesy funk, light mineral notes, lightly dusty paper, bright fruits, peaches, awesome nose. The taste has the same light funk, hints of cheese and mineral and lightly dusty. The bright peaches are powerful and really carry the weight, notes of citrus and a very pleasant sourness in the finish. The body is light, soft feel, medium carbonation and a semi dry finish. More sour than the 50th ann. but less funky. A touch more citrusy and slightly shorter finish. Still amazing!

Another HUGE thanks to Frank for sharing another gem!

A-pours a golden dark peach with plenty of fluffly head that is slightly off white in color.

S-the nose has a big funk blast, earthy and musky cellar funk with soft ripe peaches and notes of acidity. there is a pleasant citrusy aroma in the very back.

T-the taste has a nice musky funk in it, grassy earthy flavors that are slightly paper like, the acidity is moderate and the sweetness is strong with a very juicy fruit flavor of peach and light notes of lemon in the back.

M-very smooth with a medium to light body, this is perfectly carbonated giving it a good clean crisp semi dry finish.

D-this has a very good balance with plenty of earthy funks in it and a moderate amount of acidity. the grassy flavors play well with the funk as does the lemon. the juicy citrusy peach makes this insanely drinkable and I’d love more!

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Photo of womencantsail
4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Can't say thanks enough to Jer for cracking this one open the night before Sour Fest!

A: The cork shot out of the bottle nearly as soon as the cage was loosened, but glasses were ready and no beer was lost. The pour is the typical orange-gold color with a billowing white head.

S: The nose is archetypal Drie Fonteinen funk. Lots of sweat, feet, wet hay, oak, grass, and earth. The lactic, lemony aroma is strong as well, along with some green apples and grapes.

T: The sourness and acidity are there, but not overly aggressive in any way. Lots of lemons, green apples, grapefruit, and there really is not any acetic character that I notice. Again, a solid funk of earth, grass, musty oak, and sweat.

M: The carbonation is obviously plentiful, and provides an excellent feel on the tongue. Light to medium in body with an excellent dry finish.

D: Like all Drie Fonteinen lambics, I could drink this all day. That said, I do not know that it is so much better/different than just an older Oude Gueuze at this point. But, I still enjoyed it quite a bit.

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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 ktrillionaire
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Blaine of Willard's for sharing this on HIS birthday!

A - It is a fantastically attractive pour: shimmering orange with only the faintest haze, a plentiful white cap, replete with retention and lace. Looks radiant and beautiful.

S - Color me olfactorily impressed; this is a heavenly and sublime combo of sweet fruitiness, sharp-medicinal brett, and sulfur-y charred wood aromatics.

T - What can I say? It is a fantastic Gueuze, but better; it is a feeling and an experience and a sensation to drink this. I am not sure how it could be translated into words. Exceptionally pleasurable. Never has grassy, lemon-rindy, and medicinal tasted so good.

M - Winner. Again. It is well-carbonated and very bright; totally enhancing.

D - This was really perfect in every aspect. It could only be different, not better.

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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 HopHead84
4.8/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5


I'm opening this to celebrate passing the final section of the CPA exam, which I sat for on 04/08/2010 and received the results of on 5/27/2010. The exam consisted of many, many hours alone with a book and a computer, and lots of stress...but I'm finally done!

Poured carefully into a La Chouffe tulip, Millenium Gueuze is transparent golden (the sediment left on the bottom of the bottle) with a three finger frothy beige head. This appears to be well carbonated.

In the aroma I find a strong Brett presence, with notes of wet horse blanket, musty barnyard, and salty cheese. I also detect hay, mushroom, and damp earth. Citrus coexists harmoniously alongside funk, and it's redolent of zesty lemon. The citrus is soft, vibrant, and moderately acidic, playing beautifully off the wood. I perceive ripe golden delicious apples. Notes of oak and vinegar are light. This has really opened up over the last 20 minutes. Wow!

The flavor opens with notes of earth, cobwebs, musty barnyard, mild wet leather, horse blanket and damp cellar floor. Lemon rind piquancy lends a puckering sensation, an upper moderate tartness. Lactic notes are soft, accompanied by a light vinegar character, wood, straw, and tannins. The beer is dry, but there's a subtle ephemeral sweetness to it that is quickly washed away. I perceive ripe golden apples and light pear notes. The crisp and acidic finish is a beautiful combination of wood, citrus, funk, and tannins.

The beer is light bodied with a high level of carbonation and a dry, spritzy mouthfeel. This is extremely drinkable. I wish I would have opened this up during daylight hours, to quench my thirst in the sun. This is among the best Gueuzes I've had.

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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 koopa
4.95/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1998 vintage 750ml caged and corked bottle opened and placed in a serving basket by Joost himself at Cafe DHVL in Belgium on 4/25/10.

From notes....

Appearance: Outstanding orange body with honey folds. Amazing slightly buttery looking crown. Good retention and thick caked on lace.

Smell: Unabashed shameless brett funk bomb!

Taste: Salt on a sweatsock....glorious! Not overly acidic, just nice and dry.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is really smoothed out and body is nearly perfect (light but not unsatisfying).

Drinkability: Liquid Jesus and I want to take communion over and over again.

This expertly aged bottle was truly the crowning highlight of the evening!

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Drie Fonteinen Millennium Geuze from Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
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