mcberko (9205) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 29, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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 I’ve 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.
kramer (5357) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
teorn88 (3583) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
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, I’m 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..
tderoeck (6142) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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 it’s not as amazing as some people claim.
BoBoChamp (5758) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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...
Ludvig (119) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2012
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
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 it’s 14 years
jbeatty (1196) - New York, USA - OCT 2, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
sunevdj (3461) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - SEP 16, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
hallinghansen (2353) - Odense S, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Huhzubendah (2944) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 26, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.