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3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze 1998 (50th Anniversary)

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


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RATINGS: 219   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.28   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Specially made for Drie Fonteinen's 50th anniversary in 1998.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
deekyn (1371) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 9, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2013 Mikeller SF bar opening! A - pours hazy soft golden with very low head. S - this smells amazing. Musty oaky, soft lemon and vinegar. Light honey and jasmin and lavender. Soft and sweet. Quiet pie crust notes. M - light smooth body. Soft subtle carb. So well rounded and unassuming tartness. T - sweet overripe citrus (orange and lemon juice) musty earthy tones. Barnyard, sweet tart green apple. Nice sweet mellow jasmine, honey. Nice lemon pie and crust. T - so subtle soft and delicious. astounding 9+

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
czar (5961) - Quťbec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 4, 2013
pour @ the festival, portland. so glad to have tasted this one! hazy pale yellow with a frothy white head, very good retention and lacing. dusty and musty - fully developed bretts, barnyard, citrus and apricots - dry fruitiness, very complex array of esters, herbal-grassy-floralness. excellent balance. bright carbonation, light body, bone-dry and lightly acidic finish. awesome!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tom10101 (4093) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 24, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2014 2 x 3 oz pour from a bottle @ The Festival (Portland). When I drank it, I thought it was regular 1998 Oude Gueuze, but I was confirmed after that it was the 50th anniversary. My oldest lambic so far. Hazy golden/orange with a small to medium white head and little lacing. Aroma is so enticing with barnyard, green apple, musty notes, light banana(?), funk, horse blanket and fruity notes. Taste is slightly sweet and moderately funky with barnyard, horse blanket, green apple, musty notes, fruits, earthy notes and light lemony presence. Mouthfeel is dry. Still well carbonated. Iím really impressed by how good and multi-layered this gueuze is, even after 15 years. This is amazingly complex, but what is even more impressive is how well balanced this Gueuze is. That would be a perfect everyday gueuze. Incredibly drinkable. Not far behind J&J Blauw (and on par with Lente) for my top gueuze (and top beer) ever! EDIT: Had it again, this time at Akkurat. Still a world-class beer but it was not in the same league as the Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze 1999 we head the day after and the regular Oude Geuze 2002 that I had a few hours before. It was heavier than the first time I had it.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mcberko (10034) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 29, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2013 Bottle at Akkurat. Pours a cloudy golden orange with a small white head. Nose is detectable from feet away, with shitloads of fragrant barnyard funk, some lemon zest, and a little horse blanket. Flavour is remarkably complex, bringing possibly the most amazing barnyard funk Iíve tasted, along with moderate horse blanket, some lemon zest, and maybe a little super dry dried fruits. Holy crap, this is complex as hell. The funk is more complex than any gueuze Iíve had thus far. Finished on sharp funky notes, with a very dry palate and low acidity. This is holding up extremely nicely for a 15-year beer. Amazing stuff. Best lambic Iíve had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dunt (301) - Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2012
A very big thanks to spdyfire83 for popping this bad boy, one of the last 3F I havenít ticked. Thanks Bryan! Pours a brilliant orange color with a half fingers worth of tight white head. Wow, nose is kinda weird. Right off the bat, it smells minty, it overwhelms the gueuze characteristics of it honestly. Must and lemon are in the background, but very subtle. Mint character is very light in the flavor, itís more balanced gueuze with lemon and funk. Good mouthfeel, light carbonation, gentle acidity, with a moderate finish. This is a peculiar gueuze. The mintiness is kinda distracting honestly, it is way different than anything Iíve had from 3F. Thanks to Bryan for popping this guy, a real treat.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
fredrik_ (91) - SWEDEN - NOV 4, 2012
Bottle shared with Ludvig @ Akkurat. This is another great geuze by Armand. Alot of that fantastic funk. Would not cry to have a bunch of these in my cellar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ludvig (120) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2013 good taste dry finish. lot of mint and menthol in this beer not as much as the millenium geuze tough. a bit overtime but still enjoyable!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
VsXsV (2962) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 25, 2012
Bottle at Akkurat. Hazy, light orange liquid with small to medium white head. Gusher. Aroma has notes of the traditional 3F funk (barnyard, bit hay), lemons, some leather and apples. Taste is light sweet (what?!) and light to medium sour. Very drinkable but still funky. Medium bodied with low carbonation. Balanced with a nice amount of funk.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail (13755) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JAXSON (535) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2012
This was easily in the top 2-3 bottles Iíve 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 2000ís. 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 thatís actually quite bright. This might be my favorite Drie Font ever, which is a huge compliment.

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