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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

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RATINGS: 203   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.25   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Specially made for Drie Fonteinen's 50th anniversary in 1998.


4.8
   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 canít 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.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
50belair (2205) - 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 Armandís intentions.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (7824) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2011
Sample poured from a 750 at Caponeís. 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 29, 2011
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

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 26, 2011
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+

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
MrChopin (3258) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 16, 2011
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.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2011
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!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
callmemickey (2652) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2011
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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JulienHuxley (2988) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - JUN 2, 2011
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Koelschtrinker (10000) - KŲln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 5, 2011
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


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