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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: 216   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kramer (4686) - 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 (1916) - 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, Iím 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 (4069) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 24, 2012
9/XI/12 - 75cl bottle @ De Hopduvel (Gent) - brewed: í94-í97, 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 itís 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 (5105) - 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 (106) - 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 itís 14 years

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jbeatty (945) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
sunevdj (3054) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - SEP 16, 2012
Rated at Sour and Bitter 2012. Pours a hazy golden. Sweet and dry with aromas of barnyard and grapes with hints of sweat and cheese. Medium bodied. Soft carbonation. Dry finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
hallinghansen (1737) - Odense S, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2012
Bottle @ Sour & Bitter. Hazy yellow body with a small white head. Aroma is dust, yeast, hay, barnyard, citrus. Flavor is sourish, citrus, yeast, hay, light hoppy notes.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Huhzubendah (2261) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 26, 2012
Shared by drabmuh at our insane sour and wild ales tasting on April 14, 2012. Thanks Matt! Served alongside Drie Fonteinen 1998 50th Anniversary and 1999 Oude Gueze. The beer is fairly hazy and rusty yellow hued with a quarter inch of white head. Pretty standard appearance for 3F. The aroma brings hay, citrus, funk, farm, a bit of age (in a positive fashion). The flavor really takes it up a notch. This was easily my favorite of this mini vertical. Outstanding balance and a long lasting, delicate, tart finish. Earth and citrus flavors are extremely well done. What a treat.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
spdyfire83 (32) - 5280, Colorado, USA - JUN 22, 2012
75cl bottle shared by forgetfu (thanks Bill!) at the Sour & Bitter dinner in Copenhagen. Bright orangish yellow. 3+ (bright, cloud fluff white) fingernail head on gentle pour. Looks proper! Smells of barnyard funk, matured cheese, hay, must, lemon, and slight woodiness. Quite nice 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. Unfortunately for me, I didnít 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. Iíd love to try it again at some point, but I prefer plenty of Armandís other geuzes more than this. Still fun to try though!


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