jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 29, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle... bright murky peach, light tan head, lots of bubbles... really nice nose, very sweet hay, malt, and flowers, pretty solid... the taste is pretty mild, its lightly tart, not sour enough for me, lots of hay, a touch too carbonated... good not great
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 26, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
bottled 1998 opened by dak on 10/16/10!
hazy honey colored body with a big íol head... beautiful aged champagne-like.
amazing aroma and flavors... peachy, malty, slate, dust, wheaty, a bit of sulfur and aged hops (even after all the time?). it kinda reminds me of very good fresh chevre and burgundy... amazingly balanced, quite feminine and very elegant. words are hard to describe...5+
MrChopin (2927) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 16, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2011 Heavy yellow gold with the standard rocky, spidery white head from aged Drie Fonteinen, reduces to a thick ring. Nose is more Drie Fonteinen than anything Iíve smelled before. It shows all the standard excellence, lactic sourness complimented perfectly by the cobweb and horse qualities, so incredibly dusty, leather, and some hay fold out in waves, lightest touches of salt and rind that remind of Blauw. Then an herbal mint emerges, almost ouzo-like, adding a lightly balanced sweetness. Yeah, thatís just the nose. The flavor is a small step down, still all the usual characteristics as mentioned above, very soft and subtle, integration sublime. Wheaty and sweet, even caramel-heavy compared to Blauw, more dusty and complex, less singularly citric than Millennium. Itís not as crazy as Blauw once was, but I prefer the complexity, refinement, and cobweb brilliance. Tried two bottles on a trip where we sampled 60+ lambics, all the classics included. This was the best of them all, and the first bottle we had is the best beer Iíve ever tasted.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sampled alongside a í99 and Millennium at a recent tasting with sideshowe, callmemickey and his wife Marie.
Pours a dark golden yellow color with pale golden straw colored hues and a two finger soapy white head. Good retention, slowly fading into a lasting cap that leaves sporadic spots of lace in itís wake.
Earthy, musty aroma that isnít overly funky with barrel/wood character as well as some barnyard/horsey notes, crisp light fruit and subtle citrus.
Medium bodied with a soft, earthy funkiness that isnít harsh, solvent-like or overpowering allowing the citrus notes and vinegary acetic acids to shine through. Very clean, complex and smooth with a well balanced flavor profile that makes it very easy too drink. This beer has aged very gracefully, retaining itís puckering, funky character while remaining clean and quaffable. It became more funky as it warmed and we came back to it, with hints of puckering citrus/lemon and a lingering vinegary, dry finish that left me salivating for more.
This beer is pretty amazing at this stage and is worth seeking out. Highly recommended!
callmemickey (2077) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2013 Shared with my wife, corby112, and sideshowe at our Drie Fonteinen tasting - May 18 2011.
A: Deep orange-wheat colored body. Large, fluffy off-white head. Stuck around for a few minutes before leaving behind a nice coating of lacing.
S: Subtle musty, earthy tones. Damp hay. Smells like the barrel room at Drie Fonteinen. Mild citrus.
T: A truly fantastic flavor profile. If you arenít going in expecting something super dank and funky, this will amaze. Delicate complexity. A refined blend bringing together a little bit of everything... lemon, orange, sweat, musty oak, barnyard notes of straw and musty air. The complexity of this really came out when we returned to this after trying the 1999 and Millennium Geuze.
M: Stellar. Medium to light bodied. Lively effervescence. Restrained sourness in the finish.
O: An exceptional blend. Lucky to have been able to get to try it with a dozen years on it.
JulienHuxley (2416) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - JUN 2, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Small pour during the night before Hill Farmstead anniversary. Pale gold pour, with strings of white foam. Aroma is more minty than the millennium and the taste isnít as tart. Palate is, as with the millennium, quite dry. Overall a very similar experience to the millennium, but less clean and harmonized. I feel blessed to have gotten to try these at least once.
Koelschtrinker (9867) - KŲln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Saurer, etwas muffiger Geruch. Prickelnder und leicht muffiger Antrunk, ab dem Mittelteil sauer werdend. Mild, im Abgang saurer, deutlich holzig und etwas bitter. Prickelnd sauer-bitter zu, Schluss, etwas fruchtig, sehr viel CO2. Vielen Dank an DerDoppelbock fŁr das Bier!
Test vom 10.8.2008, Gebinde: Glasflasche Noten: 7,11,8,12,9,11
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 7, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Akkurat, shared with tarheels86. Cloudy golden color, massive carbonation. Aroma of dusty and sweaty pony. Taste is lemon rind and black pepper, very soft carbonation. Nice.
txspartan (930) - Wilrijk, BELGIUM - APR 3, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Delicious gueuze beer. Excellent nose, excellent flavours... very good!
GT2 (7707) - Carlsbad, California, USA - APR 2, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750mL gold foil 1998 ed from Akkurat in Stockholm, Sweden. The pour is incredibly vivacious, insane carbonation, creating a towering/over the top white suddy head that explodes out of the tumbler but settles down quickly and leaves no lace. Body is hazy deeper yellow. Aroma is not impressive whatsoever: heavy orange mint, vanilla mint, sweaty, burnt plastic, moldy apple. But as it warms and I really spend time with two full pours in tumbler, the nose is TOMATO JUICE and CELERY. Not a good sign. As if the burning plastic was not an immediately ominous sign. Taste is mushroom, mint, water, lemon tea, tart lemon. Palate is minerally, tannic, lemon tart. An incredible disappointment.