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3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze 1998 (50th Anniversary)

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


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RATINGS: 200   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.25   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Specially made for Drie Fonteinen's 50th anniversary in 1998.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chrisv10 (9837) - DENMARK - FEB 2, 2012
Bottle @ FOneFan. Slightly hazy golden with small off-white head. Aroma is malt, tart, fruit, little sulfur and earth. Flavour is malt, tart, fruit, little barnyard, little sweet and a little dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SirLimpsalot (1955) - SWEDEN - JAN 30, 2012
Flaska på Akkurat - Stockholm 2011. D: Fat och tydliga gula frukter. S: Mycket frisk och fruktig smak, fin syrlighet och lång god eftersmak. Rekommenderas!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
back (1220) - Holstebro, DENMARK - JAN 29, 2012
Aroma:humle citrus grape Ud.:gylden klar Skum: hvidt E.smag:sød lidt sur meget Krop:medium For.:vandede Brus: blød 27/1-12 @f1

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
saxo (13455) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 28, 2012
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Nice head with good duration. Color is golden. Aroma and taste are brett, malt, fruits, lactose acid and perfume. Nice and sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
gyllenbock (4088) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 18, 2012
Bottle at Akkurat, January 2012. Cloudy orange body topped by a small off-white head that did not last for a long time. A complex and not very sour Gueuze. Lemon, oak, dry wood, green apples, little bit of everything. Very, very drinkable and elegant. I must drink this again!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
cpetrone84 (1201) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2012
Drank at Akkurat on the longest lambic binge I could endure. Had with many of the classics and enjoyed this beer twice. The one bottle was the best beer I have ever had and was absolutely perfect, reviewed based from that. Pour is a hazy golden amber with tight fluffy white head. The nose has a rindy cheese to it, light dusty paper quality as fruits are unfolded. Lemon rind, hint of mint, bright ripe tangerine and peach notes. The taste has slightly less chessy find and a touch more dusty paper, the fruit flavors are even more bright and take stronger hold on the presence of the beer. more peaches with a little less of the tart lemon than I anticipated as the sourness takes hold and adds to the overall awesomeness and complexity of this beer. The body is extremely light, lovely effervescent feel, high crisp carbonation and just enough driness. Mid to late bottle pour is more funky, early pour is more fruity. Absolutely perfect!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (8539) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2011
Bottle… Murky golden ale with a mid-sized creamy, white head. Fantastic retention. The bouquet is funky, citric and acidic with a slight medicinal component – inoffensive, but not quite right. Medium-bodied and a touch thin with soft carbonation. Well-balanced flavor. Tart, but not sour with moderate, yeasty bitterness and a nuance of lemon peel. Tangy, mildly bitter finish that dries out nicely. Muchos kudos to Dstructo for sharing this rare old gem!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jedwards (10) - Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2011
Bottle coordinated by Glouglouburp and freud at the Hill Farmstead Winter Beer Event. Thanks, guys!

We were all ready with glasses for the rush, so it was a pleasant surprise when this beer opened with a healthy pop and no explosion. Pour is a golden orangey straw with a fluffy but not quite rocky white head that fades to half a finger. Aroma is classic farmyard brett-dominated, with musty floral and vitamin notes. Taste is much more balanced than expected -- no bitterness, but incredibly dry. Tart cherry and citrus flavors initially dominate, and as it warms it becomes more floral/grassy and distinctly mineral. Carbonation is high but not overpowering, and mouthfeel is surprisingly rich. Zero astringency.

I can’t get over how smooth and mild this is, especially in comparison to some of the other great 3F vintages (2002, 1999). So easy to drink, and so hard to get. A real treat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
50belair (1850) - Florida, USA - OCT 16, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2012 Bottle generously shared by Destructo at his 3 Fonteinen vertical dinner. After working our way backwards from the 2010 vintage, this bottle was just a little disappointing. It had many of the acidic citrusy notes that I love about 3F, but it also had a "chemical taint" or off flavor. Would like to revisit this one because it might have to do with the way it was cellared.. Re-rate I have to change my original rating of 3.9. I shared a bottle received from a friend whose cellar conditions cannot be questioned. This version was much dryer with champaign characteristics. The tartness and sourness were almost non-existent. I believe this to be closer to the Armand’s intentions.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (7502) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2011
Sample poured from a 750 at Capone’s. Poured hazy gold with fizzy white head. Nose was tart light-skinned fruit, yeasty earthy lactic notes. Tasted tart, acidic, with fruity flavor, earthy, funky, and mild lactic notes. Very complex, tart but not to the level of a Cantillon, and with a lively carbonation, this one was a true treat.

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