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3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze 1998 (50th Anniversary)

 (RETIRED)
overall
100
99
style
Formerly brewed at 3 Fonteinen
Style: Lambic Style - Gueuze
Beersel, Belgium

bottled
common

on tap
unknown

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unknown

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RATINGS: 211   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.26   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Specially made for Drie Fonteinen's 50th anniversary in 1998.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail (11600) - Orange County, California, USA - SEP 24, 2012
Hazy orange pour with a huge white head. Awesome funk on the nose. Heavy sweat, barnyard, and earthy notes with a strong musty quality. Moderate lactic acidity along with green apple and lemon zest. A touch of oak and a lot of straw. The flavor is well balanced with a nice earthy funk note of mushroom, soil, straw, and grass along with must and sweat. Lactic tartness on the finish and back end with a touch of sweetness on the middle and a dry finish.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JAXSON (530) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2012
This was easily in the top 2-3 bottles I’ve always wanted to try, and to come upon it as a surprise is really neat. Pours bright orange with a medium head. Nose is super refined cheesy funk, completely reminiscent of the best Drie Fonteinen blends from the early 2000’s. Pungent and tight. Mouth is refined to perfection, just a lovely collage of dry champagne, cheesy funk, floral and herbal qualities on the finish. A bit unique not only in its superb integration but in the herbal, minty finish that’s actually quite bright. This might be my favorite Drie Font ever, which is a huge compliment.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
PhillyCraft (3448) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2012
Bottle from Frank, with Jeremy and Bill. Huge thanks to Franks for cracking this sour gem. Poured a hazy golwing bright golden orange color with medium white head and small amount of lacing. Aromas were very floral up front, minty, vintage wet wood, earth, grapefruit citrus, lemon peel, and some leather. Taste was insanely complex with lactic funk, champagne yeast, dried fruits, oak, earthy grains, stonefruit, brett and acid. It is going to be hard to find a better geuze then this example. Outstanding.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Scopey (7446) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 21, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2012 Bottle at Akkurat. It pours hazy orange, with a medium white head. The nose is floral (particularly chamomile and daisy), fresh apple (Granny Smith and Braeburn), watermelon and some tart lemon. The taste is granny smith apple, lemon, red grapefruit, white currant, hay, floral notes, wood, farmyard, sherbet and fruit pastilles, with a juicy-tart finish. Medium body and lively, spritzy carbonation. This has a really soft mouth-feel and is perfectly balanced. Utterly drinkable. I doubt a geuze can get much better than this!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
_angst_ (3058) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 5, 2012
750 ml bottle shared @ Akkurat. Explosive gusher! Half of us got covered in gueuze when this was opened. Pours hazy pale golden with a huge fizzy golden white head that is rather slow to dissipate while leaving some trace on the glass. Smell is intense and sour with gooseberries, horse blanket, barnyard, lemon juice, dusty oxidation, old hay, resinous wood, dry soil and hints of grapefruit juice, unripe berries and grapefruit rind. Taste is sweet and tiny fruityish sweet with resinous oak, grapefruit juice, lemon zest, hay, dry dusty barnyard, leather, brett, grape zest, lemon juice, horse blanket, gooseberries and currants. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry, tart, extremely balanced and medium to full bodied. Finish is silly sour and tart with wood, dry soil, brett, leather, lemon juice, lemon zest and hay. Extremely balanced and amazing.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Huhzubendah (2668) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 25, 2012
Shared by ygtbsm94 at our insane sour and wild ales tasting on April 14, 2012. Sampled alongside 1999 Oude Geuze and Millennium Gueze. The beer is mildly hazy and golden yellow hued with a small white head. The aroma is unlike any I have experienced from a Drie Fonteinen brew, with a huge mint and herbal character. The flavor brings abundant minty notes, followed by herbal, floral, and earth. The beer is smooth, with lingering funk and mint notes. I feel that the mint character overpowers the citrus, grass, and classic lambic character that would make this beer wonderful. I doubt I will ever try this again, but I would be curious to taste a different bottle. Millennium Gueze was the clear favorite of this trio.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
spdyfire83 (35) - 5280, Colorado, USA - JUN 20, 2012
Unlabeled 75cl bottle shared at Akkurat - poured in a gueuze glass. Vintage: 1998 - the one and only! Straw yellow. 3+ (fluffy white) fingernail head on soft pour. Smells like must, barn yard funk, aged cheese, crisp lemon zest, matured, and so nice. Almost perfect, but not quite (maybe with another couple of years though). Taste is complex, yet so easy to drink. Follows smell, but very dry and refreshing. My glass disappeared to quickly, but even the dregs of this were wonderful! Just a truly wonderful beer! Crisp, clean, and very easy to drink. The simplicity is beautiful and the pronounced zest is amazing.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thorpe429 (5011) - , Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2012
Bottle at the DC Lambic & Sour Tasting on April 14, 2012. Served in an old-school Drie Fonteinen fountains gueuze tumbler. Huge thanks to Brad for this one. Pours a clear golden color with a bit of a tawny hue to the background. The head is white and small, falling somewhat quickly and leaving behind some sparse lacing as it lays down in a thin collar. The nose brings some heavy earth and funk with lightly-oxidized malt. Some interesting light herbal characteristics in the background that I’ve never gotten from a Drie Fonteinen gueuze before. The flavor is much more complex and integrated, with the funk, earth, and light herbal character headed to the next level. Average flavor duration with light acidity and moderate funk through the finish. The body is medium and slightly-chewy with light carbonation. Really great feel and complexity. We had this side-by-side with the Oude Geuze 1999 blend (supposedly one of Armand’s favorites) and Millennium, and both of those quite handily beat out this bottle. With that said, this beer was still very, very good.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Rasmus40 (11981) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 13, 2012
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Clear golden with a lasting white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, grapefruit and moderate sour - horse blanket. Flavor is medium sweet and rather acidic. Dry and moderate acidic finish. Soft. 270112

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nightfall (1307) - Hamburg, GERMANY - FEB 22, 2012
Bottle @ Too many Geuze’s - only one toilet , Ulfborg 2012 - Day 1. Bing bang and gusher :) Dark golden, with white head. Grape , lemon, cellar notes, dust, barnyard, wood, leather. So complex yet so well balanced and easy drinkable. Again I would expect it to be must more sour, but the amount is just right and perfect for the taste.


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