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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.


ygtbsm94's rating

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ygtbsm94 (12) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 19, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2009 From a 75cl bottle; vintage 1998. Pours a light hazy full gold color with a fantastic amount of lasting Champagne foaming head. Aroma is a little musty with that slight note of horseblanket bouquet. Taste was very light and refreshing, sour notes where not that present for what I like in a Gueuze, still a very satisfying brew that I could drink all day. The mouthfeel was well-balanced with medium to light acidity, and nice lemony Brett tingle. Without question is a classic!! Re-rate: 25 May 09 Was lucky enough to sample this wonderful brew again; thanks to Ryan(Rciesla)! Aroma again like I remembered; musty with a slight note of horseblanket! Taste was light and refreshing with some sour notes along with a little lemon zest. A very refreshing Gueuze which will keep on getting better with time; still not quite as good as the 50th Anniversary or 1999 Gueuze!


4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
djd07 (3473) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 4, 2014
Bottle thanks to Minh. Pours a cloudy orange with small frothy white head that lasts. The aroma is strong funk, orange peel, hemp. Thick mouthfeel, nice funk, sweet orange grove, and good punch of sour, complex, amazing.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kraddel (2969) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - JUL 28, 2014
Thnx to dennoman ! Pours clear , orange to blonde . Big , fast fading white head . Smell is pure , extremely funky , woody , 3 fonteinen . Bit of dust . Taste is fleshy , sour , woody , funk , 3 fonteinen_taste in a typical , intense yet elegant way . Very full . Very damn nice !

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bov (9429) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAY 17, 2014
courtesy of Jean Moeder - cloudy orange beer with a persistent white foam; aroma of barnyard, cheese, pineapples; fizzy and fairly sour; medium-bodied, very dry and fruity, barnyard-like and cheese finish

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tom10101 (2702) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 21, 2014
Bottle (750 ml). Hazy bright golden with a foamy white head and little lacing. Aroma is so fresh after all those years, while also being dusty and musty (not in a bad way), that it is completely amazing. There’s peppermint notes that are perfectly integrated with the barnyard and the wood presence as well as hay, funk, apple and some fruitiness. Taste is also minty with lemony notes, mold, dust, barnyard, hay, wood and apples. Moderate sourness. Medium body, but also a very special mouthfeel that I can’t describe accurately... kind of velvety while being woodsy too. Medium/lively carbonation. Dry finish. This beer is just unreal. The aroma is especially divine. I kept some in my glass all night just to be able smell it again and again. The balance is perfect and this beer might as well be, at the same time, the most complex and the most refreshing beer I ever had. Without a doubt, the is the best beer I have ever drank. It was hard to only rate the taste 9 out of 10, but the aroma is just so out of this world that I wasn’t able to give the taste the same score even if it’s nearly perfect. What is so sad is the rarity of this beer as it would be my perfect "everyday" gueuze.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GRM (2961) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - APR 3, 2014
Green bottle, 75 cl, from and with Philippe Boutin (merci!), savoured on December 13 2013; eye: apple sauce, hazy, no effervescence, tiny ring of beige head, no lacing; nose: sourness, wild yeasts, green apple, light woody, refreshing, musk; mouth: sourness, wild yeasts, green apple, light woody, refreshing, musk, dry finale in musk with presence of Brettanomyces yeast, medium body, good carbonation, slick texture; overall: quite fine FRANÇAIS Bouteille verte, 75 cl, 7 %, de et avec Philippe Boutin (merci!), savourée le 13 décembre 2013; œil : compote de pomme, voilée, pas d’effervescence, petit anneau de mousse beige, pas de dentelle; nez : aigreur, levures sauvages, pomme verte, léger boisé, rafraîchissante, musc; bouche : aigreur, levures sauvages, pomme verte, léger boisé, rafraîchissante, musc, finale sèche en musc avec présence de levure Brettanomyces, corps moyen, bonne carbonatation, texture coulante; en résumé : bien bon

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Boutip (4677) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 14, 2014
Bottle: Poured a hazy dirty yellowish color lambic with a generous foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of Brett notes with some horse blanket notes with some tart notes also discernible. Taste is a very nice mix between some tart notes with light oak undertones, some horse blanket and wet leather notes offset by light green apple notes. Body is about average for style with good carbonation. I am surprised this has hold on after so many years. I really enjoyed the mix between the complex notes of wild yeast and the perfect drinkability level.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Enjoyit (3455) - Vadum, DENMARK - JAN 29, 2014
Bottle @ Too many geuze’s only one toilet, Ulfborg 2012. Hazy orange of color with an off white head. An aroma of appels, sour and weak sweets. A flavor of horseback, sour, weak sweets and dry.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 22, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2014 Bottle provided by and shared with Nelson (awful, but I don’t remember your ratebeer screenname) winter of ’08-’09. He provided this and I cracked a Stormaktsporter. It was nice to share both these beers with only one other person (I’m very greedy when it comes to sample size).
Aged gueuze appearance with tons of wild yeast and bacteria-produced, tight, natural carbonation creating a pillowy, long-lasting white head atop a pale-straw body. Tons of sediment in the bottle, of course.
Lemon rind and somewhat softened brett acids are slightly slow to build, but keep pouring forth, joined by soft lactic acid creating a strongly tart, but yet intriguingly balanced, easy-going nose. Cheesiness is there, lightly, but this is all about the elegance of the acids. Not a bunch of horse poop (not that there’s anything wrong with horse poop). Light touches of honey and vanilla indicate the age (seems to be the way these pale malts and wheat oxidize), but it’s just bursting forth with quality and in no way any let down by being 10 years old. Band-aid phenols emerge more easily with warming and plenty more lime and grapefruit rind. Sniffable to infinity, as the best lambics always are. Very high strength of aroma. No doubt has lost some of its intensity, less intense and more elegant is certainly a fine tradeoff.
Puckeringly tart in the mouth (though not bracingly sour), the acids polish the teeth as the lime and grapefruit flavors give way to bits of softer yogurt-like lactic notes, a fleeting touch of oily acetic acid or some sort of earthy/musty note, and a very soft, yet incredibly supple mouthfeel, no doubt ushered on in a big way by the now almost creamy-like carbonation. Has passed its peak in intensity, but this is nowhere near tired or declining. These lambics take on even more character with time. With extended warming and breathing, a cheesiness intertwined with lemons and light sugar cookies emerges, sitting on the palate through the finish, tending less tart as the bottle progresses. Has held up unbelievably well. Sure, I do wish I could have tried this five years ago, but it’s still a treat and an absolutely exquisite beer. It’s difficult to find fault with anything here. There are certainly personal preferences I would like differently about this beer, but nothing constructive that should be changed about the beer. Man I hate scoring these things. I suppose it’s not the most complex of the older lambics I’ve had, could use a bit more depth or pure funk. But again, that’s how I see 3Fonteinens gueuzes, more refined/elegant than Cantillon, but with, ultimately, less wild, bizarre, barnyard funk. Thanks Nelson, hope we can reconnect. Score reflects more of where I imagine this beer would have been 5-6 years ago.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrHangover (2456) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 17, 2013
Bottle @ Epic Sour Sourpuss Tasting, thnx to a non RateBeerian friend. Really looking forward to opening this bottle, cellared since ’98. Big yeast sediment cling on the side of the bottle. Carefully poured, it shows a clear blonde beer with a decent amount of off white head on top. Carbonation is amazing after all these years. Aroma is granny smith apples, tartness, oak and age. Big mellowed out fruit tones are noticeable, making this quite complex but at the same time not so complex as I’d hoped for. Flavor is light sour, almost sweet like a faro, some stringent tart notes shine trough in the body. Some touches of sugar and yeast in the background. Fizzy mouthfeel with decent carbonation, well balanced. Nice one.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deanso (5174) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 17, 2013
75cl bottle sample courtesy of a friend. Funky aroma. Good carbonation. A little tart. Very complex.


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