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3 Fonteinen Druiven Geuze Malvasia Rosso

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Formerly brewed at 3 Fonteinen
Style: Lambic Style - Fruit
Beersel, Belgium

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RATINGS: 189   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Geuze made with red Malvasia grapes.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madvike (2692) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 25, 2012
Bottle at Muckfest III - Pours hazy amber with a thin white head. Nose is cheesy, with barnyard funk, earth, and a nice dry tart cherry note. Taste has a nice dry cherry fruitiness, with mellow tartness and a nice cheesy funk. Zesty carbonation with a slick body.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
spdyfire83 (32) - 5280, Colorado, USA - JUN 22, 2012
75cl bottle shared at the Sour & Bitter dinner in Copenhagen. Bottled: 2/10/2003. Medium golden orange with tint of yellow. Half (off white) fingernail head on medium pour. Sharp nose! Funk, must, white grapes with slight oak. Quite inviting. Taste follows nose, but more oakiness comes through. Good balance of sweet and tart accompanied by loads of funk and earthiness. Vinous white grape is soft and rounded out by nice must character. Very easy to drink! Age has done wonderful things to this beer! Crisp, soft, rounded, and very refreshing. Oh so nice and just another great classic from Armand.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ephemeral8 (67) - denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 30, 2012
Bottle (2003 bottling, I think) shared at Sour and Bitter. A real delight. I’m surprised at all the ratings that list things like green apples and green grape notes, as this is made with red grapes. Malvasia is most commonly a white grape, but I believe the less common Nera version is what was used for this, as it was a reddish peachy color. European grapes (vinifera species) are also usually less "grapey" in flavor than American grapes (labrusca species, like Concords). Muscat is the exception to this, as it has a very grapey flavor and aroma, part of the reason why it’s often used for dessert wines.
Nose: Rose petals and sweet tangerine oils, minerally dustiness, mashed black plums, a little musty Bretty poop smell--yum!
Mouth: Granite or marble dustiness, gorgeous interplay of different types of sourness--yogurty lactic, grape/appley malic, very mild tart bretty vitamin. Yeasty in a Champagne, biscuity, mushroomy, forest floor sort of way. Nice gentle tannins from the grape skins, but the carbonation is just a tad too fizzy. Mild caramel oakiness on the finish, with a great sort of full suppleness and beautifully balanced interwoven elements. For this wino, spot on. My favorite of the night.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackl (4559) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 24, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2013 02/05/2013: Bottle @ Mikkeller Viktoriagade. Light gold with a medium eggy white head. Much brighter nose than the bottle I had last year. Wonderful woody aromas. Mold, attic, some brett and cheese. Glorious. The taste is moderately bitter and citric. Light white grapes, pear. Lovely lemon wood and soft parmesean cheese. Very expressive. Zippy, sharp mouthfeel. Overall, I’m marking this up. Much better than I remember it being. 4.1

05/2012: Bottle @ S&B. Light amber golden color. Hazy, with a small white head. The nose is stinging acrid cheese, heavy strong funkiness. More cheese and buttery compost. Dried fruit and flowers. Sugary. The taste is spicy red grape skin, dried forest leaves. A bit of malevolent heat and general sour notes. Buttery lemon wood and drainpipe leaf. The body’s a bit agressive and full, which comes out when drunk alongside other fruit lambics. Prickly. Overall, a good lambic, but I’m glad I got to try this here instead of trading the moon for it. While decent, it felt like the junior of some others I tried on the night. 3.8

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClubGonzo (3984) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 23, 2012
Bottle, shared with Bergen Beer Geek Tasting Crew @ Sour & Bitter Dinner, Copenhagen. Another big one up for dissection, here goes: pours a hazy orange body with a small white head. Aroma is intense lemon zest, horse blanket, green apples and hints of citric peel. Tart and very, very nice. Taste is white currants, lemon, horse blanket, hints of leather and basement must. Some herbal tones in the aftertaste, but where are the grapes? Seem to have been lost in the aging. A very nice lambic indeed, but perhaps not quite living up to the hype (or the price tag).

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (14681) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2012
10th May 2012
Bottle shared at Sour & Bitter. Hazy amber beer, big fluffy pale cream coloured head. Light dry palate, a woody dryness. Maybe a whisper of grape here - pretty faint. Mild earthy sourness. As your palate adjusts the grape becomes more obvious and appreciable and elevates this one for me.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ej (695) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - MAY 14, 2012
Bottle at snb. Pours nice golden and hazy, with a small fast dissapearing white head. No lacing. Nose is very tart, with hay and wild berries. Taste is also very tart. Green grapes and citrus. Fizzy mouthfeel.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (6651) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2012
Bottle shared by madmitch76 at Sour and Bitter. It pours cloudy orange-amber, with a thick white head. The nose is funky, farmyard, hint of sulphur, floral (including rose), lime, citrus rind, undertone of spice and grape skin (but not as much grape character as expected). The taste is tart lemon, grape skin, acidic, Granny Smith apple, lip-smacking sourness, hay, straw, hint of spice and floral, with a tart finish. Tasty stuff indeed, but not quite as well balanced as the amazing Millennium Geuze I had before.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aniela (2313) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 13, 2012
Sour & Bitter 2012, Copenhagen. Golden beer with a offwhite head. Fruity, grapes, rubber/leather and sourish aroma and similar flavour. Really nice beer:-)

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
_angst_ (2685) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 13, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2012 Bottle shared @ the Sour & Bitter event in Copenhagen. Pours hazy tiny reddish golden with a huge champagnelike white head that quickly dissipates without leaving any trace. Smell is very tiny sweet and sour with ripe grapes, lemon juice, apples, lemon zest, hay, horse blanket, barnyard and hints of grapefruit juice. Taste is sour with grapes, lemon juice, grapefruit juice, grape zest, lemon zest, hay, plums, unripe currants and grass. Mouthfeel is tart, fruity, dry and medium bodied. Finish is tart and sour with grape zest, lemon zest, grass and grapes.


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