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3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze 1998 (50th Anniversary)

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

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RATINGS: 215   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.26   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Specially made for Drie Fonteinen's 50th anniversary in 1998.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dunt (299) - Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2012
A very big thanks to spdyfire83 for popping this bad boy, one of the last 3F I haven’t 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, it’s 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 I’ve had from 3F. Thanks to Bryan for popping this guy, a real treat.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
fredrik_ (88) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ludvig (119) - 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!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
VsXsV (2686) - Linköping, 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail (12509) - 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 (533) - 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 (3790) - 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 (8526) - 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_ (3353) - 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 (2832) - 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.


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