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3 Fonteinen Millennium Geuze

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98
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Formerly brewed at 3 Fonteinen
Style: Lambic Style - Gueuze
Beersel, Belgium

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RATINGS: 221   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.


4.3
   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.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
sunevdj (3176) - 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 (2049) - 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 (2525) - 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 (35) - 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!

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kazin (189) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2012
Tasted at Sour & Bitter in Copenhagen. Quite mild, and a mild but long-lasting taste. Very complex, slight fruityness, tartness, and very little vinegar. Smooth.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CapnJazz (52) - Binghamton, New York, USA - MAY 29, 2012
Bottle shared at Sour and Bitter. I have had this twice but havenít rated much in the last years so this trip kind of inspired me to start again. Poured into the glass a clear hay gold with with a large noisy head that settled down eventually. Aroma is soft, lemon fruit, deep farmhouse funk, mushroom, wild yeast. Nose is so layered and is wonderful, was one of the best lambics enjoyed on the trip easily. Flavor is layers of earthy, funky, citrus complexity. Very refined and champagne like. Probably better than the bottle I drank from in 2010. Lovely!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jackl (4604) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 25, 2012
Rating #700! Bottle shared @ S&B. Hazy golden yellow color with a medium, delicate white head. The nose is really funky cheddar cheese and light eggy sulphur. Heavy lemon liqueur and barnyard sock. Light acrid mold. Deep and complex aromas. The taste is lemon wood and dried cork, funky light pears and shaved parmesean cheese. Some sweet pineapple. The bodyís indescribeably soft and lush, complex on the tongue. Light, nimble, and still drinking wonderfully. I understand the bottle to bottle variation on Millenium can be pronounced, and I think we got a winner of a bottle. This beer is fantastic, the flavors are constantly changing and evolving on your tongue. A great experience.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClubGonzo (4025) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 23, 2012
Bottle @ Sour & Bitter Dinner, Copenhagen, shared with Bergen Beer Tasting Crew and the fine fellas of the Die By the Beer blog. :-) Ah, so a legend is being opened. Letís see what the myths are made of. Pours a blonde orange body with a medium off-white head, fading rapidly. Aroma is tart lemon, dense funky brett tones, aerial yeasty apple vinegar notes and hints of straw. Very mellow and finely integrated (as expected). Taste is bitter lemon zest, straw and grassy notes, barnyard funk and hints of grapefruity bitterness. Slight metallic hints in the finish, without being disturbing. Nice. Palate is still a bit fizzy after all these years, but works well in bringing out the flavors. Everything has sort of melted together, as one would think when dealing with this kind of age on a beer, but somehow the overall impression isnít quite as awesome as the ratings indicate, in my opinion. A very good geuze, but Iíve had better.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (15073) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2012
10th May 2012
Bottle shared at Sour & Bitter. Very hazy amber beer, tidy white head. Light dry palate., a little soft. Mildly woody. Mild orange citrus. Mild sourness. Pretty dry finish with mild sourness in the aftertaste. An approachable Gueuze for a non sour lover but really not getting all the stellar marks, no change there then!


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