3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze 1998 (50th Anniversary)

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

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RATINGS: 244   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.29/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Specially made for Drie Fonteinen's 50th anniversary in 1998.

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4.3
faroeviking (12628) - Bjór í heilum!, FAROE ISLANDS - MAR 22, 2019
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2019 Botella, 1998. Cloudy amber, small white head. Tart soil barnyard fruit aroma. Tart lovely astringent fruity flavour, so lovely sour and pleasant, very well balanced. :-)

4.4
KingCecil (2117) - DENMARK - MAR 22, 2019
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2019 Bottle @ Faroe Islands with Faroe Viking ..it pours hazy golden with large white head.. the aromas is light citrus, tart...the flavor is tart, oranges, lightly dusty, light acidity..with a smooth mouth feel... amazing for a 21 years old beer..

4.4
rouhlas (4975) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - DEC 10, 2018
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2018 750ml bottle at Akkurat, stockholm. Hazy dark orange color with white head. Malty and yeasty aroma, funky, dusty, barnyard notes, wood, citrusy fruity, light nutty. Sweet and moderate to heavy acidic taste. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.

4.9
Alengrin (7417) - BELGIUM - AUG 30, 2018
The legendary special blend made in 1998 for the fiftieth anniversary of the Drie Fonteinen blendery, released in 2000 as a one-off, and the first to bear Felix De Boeck's "Nightlights" (a Flemish 1977 painting) on its label, later reused on the Oude Geuze Vintage. Never thought I would ever get the chance to taste this legend, but Akkurat had a few bottles left apparently and I was more than happy to pay the 1295 SEK they charged per bottle - considering the skyrocketing prices whales like this generate on the black market, it seemed proportionally very reasonable. Fun to see how nervous the waiter was when he had to open the bottle, quite a solemn moment really. And after twenty years, this geuze was still very much alive: some gushing was apparently inevitable but with minimal loss (not more than, say, 5 SEK or so…). Thick and very frothy, off-white, lightly lacing and slowly opening but largely stable head on a misty straw blonde robe with warm peachy tinge and lively sparkling - looking like a bottle of no more than a year old. Ancient damp cellar and decades old wine from said cellar cover the original profile like an ornamental blanket, a profile consisting of ripe peaches, sour apple, oxidized white wine, haystack, very old dry sherry, moldy lemon peel, moist jute cloth, green plum peel, sour grapes, old artisanal cider, barnyard, faint hint of chlorine - all the fine elements I am looking for in a top quality 'oude' geuze. Softly and complexely estery onset, wryness of grape and plum peel soaked in gooseberry and crabapple sourness with a softer pear- and peach-like edge, yet nowhere descending into a harshly burning acidity and enlivened by a perfectly measured, cava-like sparkling on the tongue. A soft, bready 'soil' carries the esters onwards with pear and gooseberry remaining the most prominent impressions, towards a 'brut', highly complex, dense but still refreshing finish in which the musty cellar and very old wine notes are accompanied by hayish and leathery Brettanomyces effects on top and wet wood tannins below, the latter quite long-stretched and eventually bittered by a dim, structurally essential and perfectly positioned, very late hop bitter touch. The tartness carries on, adorned by the woody effects and the noble effects of elegant aging. I have held this producer in very high esteem ever since I first put a Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze to my lips a couple of decades ago, but this absolute masterpiece of a geuze was a real honour to taste, all the more so because age has not demolished its basic structure: on the contrary, the ancient wine and musty cellar merely oversee the funky, estery complexity with great care and nobility. Underneath these charming old age aspects still lies a perfectly refreshing, perfectly solid, complex and bright geuze, internally untouched by age, like the roguishly twinkling blue eyes of a weather-beaten old man's face still betraying his soul's eternal youth. Before I get even more lyrical: among the most masterful geuzes I ever had the pleasure to taste, one I had been dreaming of for a long time, and one to reverentially bow one's head for when it happens to cross one's path. Granting it a near perfect score is the only option I have on this site.

4.4
Svesse (10060) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JUN 23, 2018
(Bottle, purchased at Beer Mania, Brussels 10-15 years ago) Cork flies away immediately upon release, but there's no gushing. Dark golden colour with big, frothy, white head. Fruity, sourish nose with notes of barnyard, horse blanket, grapefruit, sour green grapes, funky yeast and a slight oxidation. Fruity, tart taste with tart fruit, grapefruit, sour grapes, lemon, gooseberries, barnyard, cellar notes, funky yeast and a dry and tart finish, with a light bitterness coming through. Medium body, dry. Has survived 20 years nicely and has retained lots of flavour and excellent balance. A benchmark for gueuze. Lovely beer!

4.7
Klimaet (3532) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - APR 13, 2018
Bottle shared @ Akkurat. Pours lightly hazy golden with large white head. Aromas of citrus, lemon, light dust, apricots, leather, sweet oak. Taste has lots of candied apricots, oranges, lightly dusty notes, leather, light citrussy acidity, green grapes, apples, gooseberries, lightly oaky finish. Fucking incredible bottle.

4.3
kryon (4718) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2017
On bottle at Akkurat. 1999 vintage Pours cloudy dark golden with low white head. Aromas of basement, stable, over ripe fruits, wet hay, hints of marzipan and minerals. Taste has sweet and light tart notes of earth, over ripe red apples, apple peel, light notes of marzipan, basement . Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated, medium sweetness, no bitterness , medium bodied

4.4
Ktwse (6831) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2017
Pours hazy golden amber with a finger of white head that drops quickly. Aroma of hay, basement, minerals, ripe grapes and apples, incredibly complex and nuanced, not really like anything I’ve had before. Taste is tart, minerals, bit of malt, very earthy, there is more here than I can describe, simply wonderful! Light and crisp body with soft carbonation.

4.2
douglas88 (10595) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 17, 2017
750 ml bottle thanks to Beau a long time ago. Waited to crack this and it was great. Pours a clear golden hue with a large white head. A big funky lemon barnyard nose. Very smooth, almost no oxidation, fresh lemons and citrus, funky brett, soft palate. Very easy drinking. Very smooth and surprisingly great considering the age (19 years). Amazing.

4
Sledutah (8851) - Utah, USA - DEC 15, 2017
Bottle at Doug's Christmas party, thanks to Doug, you're the man for getting this beer for us
Pours hazy orange with a small white head, light lacing. Fruity, wet blanket. Tart, sawdust, grapes and fruity
Tasty. Thanks Doug


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