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3 Fonteinen Millennium Geuze

 (RETIRED)
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100
98
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Formerly brewed at 3 Fonteinen
Style: Lambic Style - Gueuze
Beersel, Belgium

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RATINGS: 220   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.23   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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(transl.) In big oak casks, more than 100 years of age, lambic ripens. Specially for you, the best of lambics have been selected, blended, and bottled. By refermentation in the bottle Millennium was created, the superior geuze! Geuze Millennium has been bottled in the autumn of 1998. It contains only wheat, malt and hops. Not pasteurised and spontaneously refermented in the bottle.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dunt (285) - Illinois, USA - JUL 12, 2013
Bottle received in trade and broken out for our epic tasting. Pours a hazy orange in color with very little white head. Nose is reminiscent of the 50th Anniversary. It has a light minty element that Im not that big of a fan of, but unlike the 50th, it has a good amount of backing lemon rind and funk. Flavor is very lemon forward, with only the smallest hint of the mint. There is a good amount of musty basement and cob web as well. Light mouthfeel, light carbonation, moderate to moderate heavy acidity, and a moderate finish. We sampled side by side with the 98 Oude Geuze and the Millennium blew it out of the water. Cant believe people say they dont like this.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Godofthecellar (668) - NYC, New York, USA - JUN 11, 2013
Bottle shared with a few beer buds. poured a hazy yellow with off white head. smell of cheese funk, barnyard, hay and must. flavor actually reminded me of blauw, except slightly more must. light lemon wheatiness that provides an incredibly balanced geuze. this is a superior geuze, however, for the price id rather have two blauws than one millenium

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bierkoning (10196) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JUN 3, 2013
Corked bottle. Oak, grapefruit and bubblegum in the aroma. Oak, lemon, grapefruit, pineapple, honey and bubblegum in the still quite complex flavor. Rubber and plums in the aftertaste. Millennium shows signs of old age and tiredness, but nevertheless remains a great beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcberko (6405) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 29, 2013
750mL bottle at Akkurat, pours a hazy golden orange with a small off-white head. Aroma is loaded with barnyard funk, some moderate horse blanket, and a big woody character. Flavour brings out a very woody character, with a shitload of barnyard funk, a little horse blanket, and lots of woody notes. Extremely woody and tannic -- perhaps the most woody and tannic lambic Ive tried. Very soft, almost flat carbonation, with a very nice complexity. Could use a livelier carbonation to accentuate the complexity a little more. Perhaps a slight disappointment considering the rarity, hype and price tag. Still, a wonderful gueuze.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kramer (4939) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2013
Bottle. Pours a clear dark gold body with a small fizzy white head that retained as a thin covering. The nose is quite funky with an oddball almost menthol like note. Light citrus rind, cellar funkiness, and light oak. The flavor is dry and super funky, zero acetic acid, just lots of depth and complexity. A little bit of light mineral flavor adds a bit of earthiness. Just a slight bit of cheesy funkiness to the finish. Mouthfeel is completely dry with a nice level of soft fizzy carbonation, especially given the age of this. Great long lingering dry finish. Pretty great beer, even after all this time. Drie Fonteinen never disappoints.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
teorn88 (1923) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2013
75cl bottle at the Grote Dorst. It pours a golden/light amber colour with a nice white head. Aroma is nice and complex: wet wood, strong funkyness with fruitiness and some spiciness. Nice acidic notes, recalling the classic cheesey and horseblankety notes. Taste is rich and probably as complex as it gets, every sip is a different note, stunning. Strong funkyness again and tartness sorrounded by a sort of yogurt-like sweetness. Huge citrus and lemon peel notes. Grassy notes in the background. Some wood and fruit too. Mostly dry finish. Palate is creamy, silky, with good carbonation. So easy to drink, Im glad I had a whole bottle for myself. This is now rounded, complex, tasty, perfect. The brewer itself, on opening a bottle few months ago, said he considers this and now the perfect geuze. If he says so..

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tderoeck (4671) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 24, 2012
9/XI/12 - 75cl bottle @ De Hopduvel (Gent) - brewed: 94-97, bottled: 1998 (2012-1259) Huge thanks to Bobochamp for sharing the bottle!

Little cloudy orange to pale amber beer, small aery white head, little stable, non adhesive. Aroma: some banana, lemony, bit dusty, peppery, wood tones, moulded cork. MF: soft carbon, medium body. Taste: lemony sour start, bitter undertone, grape skin, dry, bit peppery. Aftertaste: dusty, moulded cork, dry tannins, citric acidity, pretty bitter again, woody, a little off. Beer has survived well, but its not as amazing as some people claim.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BoBoChamp (5443) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 8, 2012
75cl, retired exclusive collab. brew (with De Cam), deeply thx to Secret Santa!, very complex sour brew, sour/woody and slightly fruity/floral, balanced, cloudy, small head, very good brew, yet very expensive!, the aging worked well...

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ludvig (116) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2012
WOW, menthol or mint in both aroma and flavor. i think it will be better again in a few years iteresting taste and a must have for geuze lovers but still not spot on at the moment with its 14 years

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jbeatty (1022) - New York, USA - OCT 2, 2012
Bottle, 09/29/2012. Pours golden orange, frothy head with nice lacing. Aroma is sharp, earthy funk up front, leather undertones, leading to sour, musty fruit character with citrus rinds, apricot, but maybe an off mint character. Taste is musty barnyard and citrus, slight herbal quality, spicy, with dry oaky finish. Soft, dry palate with smooth carbonation, goes down easy. Delicate, wonderful.


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