lgklotet (432) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2007 Bottle at SBWF 2007. First off, huge thanx to Duvel Cafe for the opportunity to try this! The aroma on this beer is simply amazing, so complex. There’s the usual house notes of Drie Fonteinen, the funk and the Brett - but there’s more - an odd citrusy note that I’ve never sensed in a gueuze before. Of course, the taste ain’t bad either... A true once-in-a-lifetime experience.. dionysus (1486) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 22, 2010
Huge thanks to daknole!! Bottle pours hazy orange-gold with a white head. Aroma is tart and musty funk, just the way I like it. Unripe stonefruit, lemon, grapefruit, cobwebs, leather and light barnyard. Flavor shows the same with the oak becoming more present as well as a touch of white pepper. Overall body is moderate and soft with crisp acidity. This thing is holding up amazingly. I’m in love! MrChopin (4304) - 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 I’ve 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, that’s 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. It’s 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 I’ve ever tasted. hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 26, 2011
bottled 1998 opened by dak on 10/16/10!
hazy honey colored body with a big ’ol 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+
cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2012
Drank at Akkurat on the longest lambic binge I could endure. Had with many of the classics and enjoyed this beer twice. The one bottle was the best beer I have ever had and was absolutely perfect, reviewed based from that. Pour is a hazy golden amber with tight fluffy white head. The nose has a rindy cheese to it, light dusty paper quality as fruits are unfolded. Lemon rind, hint of mint, bright ripe tangerine and peach notes. The taste has slightly less chessy find and a touch more dusty paper, the fruit flavors are even more bright and take stronger hold on the presence of the beer. more peaches with a little less of the tart lemon than I anticipated as the sourness takes hold and adds to the overall awesomeness and complexity of this beer. The body is extremely light, lovely effervescent feel, high crisp carbonation and just enough driness. Mid to late bottle pour is more funky, early pour is more fruity. Absolutely perfect!
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2008 YES. This was just amazing. Opens quite highly carbonated for the age. Poured into chamgane flutes, it has a great head and straight away apples start to come off it. Aroma hits with apples, yeast, bitter orange peel to be honest in was too busy sharing this with my mum of all people to write to many notes down. Taste is similarly complex as the aroma and increadibly drinkable. Dry and a mouth feel like champagne or Deus, but not overly dry so you can taste the beer abou 15 mins after your last drop. This was the best lambic iv ever had and it’ll take quite a bit to beat it. Yes. RERATE: Bottle at the RBESG08, Thanks to the chap that brough them. sTILL GOIGN STRONG AFTER THIS AMOUNT OF TIME. gREAT STUFF, MINDBLOWING COMPLEXITY. Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 26, 2009
Bottle. I haven’t had something quite this phenomenal in some time. Pours an orange bronze body with a fluffy white head. The aroma is in such balance its mid blowing, served next to the Millennium Gueuze, i sat back and forth with the two glasses in my hand debating why one was better than the other. Very smooth citrus character with a very low acidity, funky, honey hints in perfect blend. This was truly astounding. Cheers. Fred82 (2324) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 10, 2011
750ml bottle collectively financed by 6 fine gents. Notable partricipants : glouglouburp, jedwards and sisuspeed. Thanks to glouglouburp for initiating this crazy move.Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 25, 2011
Appearance : Nice healthy pop, no gushing. Hazy pale yellow with a big head. Not much lacing.
Aroma : I start to smell it while my glass is still a foot away. Awesome brett, funk and wet barnyard. Notes of pinneaples and other exotic fruits. Nice notes of wood with a light dust. Awesome green apples tartness. WOW!
Taste : Awesome brett with notes of exotics fruits. Lively carbonation but not harsh at all. Light tannic and lactic notes on the finish. Awesome green apples tartness. Very dry and sharp. Light wood on finish. Very fruity.
Overall : Wow. I had big hopes for this and I wasn’t disapointed at all. Hugely fruity nose with awesome notes of exotic fruits. Very nice carbonation. Awesome tartness. Awesome fruity notes on finish. Very well balanced and very drinkable. Much more complex than the Millenium Geuze, same type of carbonation (that I really appreciated). I think this is aging very nicely and shows no sings of decline. I’d be surprised to know if it was that good when fresh. This was also MUCH better than the 3 Fonteinen Geuze 2000 that I had a few weeks earlier. This is my new top beer. It made Millenium down from 4.9 to 4.8.
In short: Best Gueuze ever, period. Amazingly complex and not very sour/acidic. Fantastic.mcberko (17854) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 29, 2013
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed when 10+ year of age. Split with 5 beer geeks who shall remain nameless because of the money involved in securing this bottle
The look: Cloudy orange body topped by a long-lasting small off-white head
In long: Intense nose (and I mean INTENSE) of old attic, barnyard and dusty funk. Taste is as complex as the beer is easy to drink. Very rustic, moderately funky, dry wood, some tropical fruits, barnyard, brett, dusty attic. Very dry beer. Far from the intense sourness of a Cantillon or other Gueuze sippers, this beer is actually only moderately sour and moderately acidic (relative to the style). Carbonation was very lively and the body was full, fluffy and lively. I like to say that I drank full bottles by myself of many rare lambics and concluded that they are overrated because of rarity (50N-4, Selection Lambic, Millenium, Crianza, Don Quijote, others…) and they do not measure up to a regular Cantillon Gueuze/Gambrinus or Hanssens Geuze/Kriek. I like to go against the grain, makes me feel “cool” and immune to the hype. But here I’ve got to go with the hype. 3F 50th Anniversary is simply the best Gueuze I’ve ever had. And unlike most other lambics, this is actually one that I could honestly drink in large quantities on a regular basis. Given the age of the bottle I wouldn’t bet on another bottle being as exquisite as this one I’m rating. I’m keeping the empty bottle. Until I had this beer I didn’t have a reason to sleep with an empty beer bottle and hug it and kiss it all night long. It didn’t prevent me from doing it, it’s just that now I have a reason.
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 I’ve 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 I’ve 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 I’ve had.