Posts Tagged ‘ Drie Fonteinen ’

Grote Dorst

I finally made the pilgrimage to the bar that’s only open 4 hours a week!

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Look how proud I am!!!!!

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2005 Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek: The cherries here have faded, but man, what an incredibly complex finish. Nicely carbonated after 11 years of sleep in the cellar somewhere, with some cherries in the middle, followed up buy HUGE funk on the back end. Like mushrooms and hay, it was great.

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2011 Cantillon Saint Lamvinus: This was my favorite beer of the day. I have a soft spot for Saint Lamvinus, you sue me. With that in mind, this beer is far more pale than I expected, it even became difficult to visually identify this beer from the Schaerbeekse Kriek! Grapes still in prominence, but the grape juice taste is gone, having given way to far more earthy notes. I’m a fan.

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Then there was this turd.

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Purdy.

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Day drunk.

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Moeder Lambic

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Yep, gotta get my fix of Zenne y Frontera. Fucking love this beer. Third best beer of the trip!

I FORGOT

I never posted pictures of Drie Fonteinen!!! I’m a bad man.

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Drie Fonteinen Cask Lambic: Crushable.

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I’m in my happy place. Never thought I’d be able to drink this….

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 1997 Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze: Oldest Drie Fonteinen beer I’ve ever had, and it was the second best beer of the whole trip! More tart than the 2004 magnum that I had in Rome, but supremely enjoyable nonetheless. Dusty, funky, with some citrus, it was incredible.

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That’s some sediment there.

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2001 Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze: Another incredible beer, this time with some mouse poop on it! Far softer than the 1997, but it just isn’t as interesting on the palate. Still, one of the best beers of the trip, and made 2007 Classic Gueuze look like a newb.

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My partners in crime!

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Beautiful lineup, the likes of which I’ll most likely never see again.

Cuvee Armand & Gaston

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Drie Fonteinen Armand & Gaston: This was opened to celebrate the gutting of the fish that is the Seattle Sounders last Sunday. I haven’t had this beer yet, and I should really drink a beer before deciding whether or not to age it. So this beer opens EXTREMELY energetically, the cork exploded from the bottle the moment the cage was undone. Aside from that, this beer is really damn good, and frankly tastes like an older geuze. I can’t wait to try this beer again in a few years. Until then, my other bottle is going to take a nice slumber.

Rome

Rome was the next stop in my Europe trip, and I had known beforehand that a stop at Brasserie 4:20 was a requirement. With that knowledge, my friends and I rolled into the bar with some beer from Portland to share with the staff there. It paid off. Anyways, let’s get to the photos!

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They had a magnum of Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze from 2004. Naturally that was the first thing we ordered.

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I have to admit, the more messed up the label is, the more excited I get. This bottle has seen some shit.

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Best beer of the trip, hands down. Funky, cheesy, some mushroom flavors that you only find in older beers, while still maintaining lively carbonation and a nice citrus finish. I could drink that beer for the rest of my life.

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Then the shenanigans started.

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But not before we tried to order a 2002 Oude Geuze, but they were sold out. Instead, they brought us a 2008 Oude Geuze. It was spectacular.

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Me: Dude, is that scotch?!

Matt: Yeh it is!!!!!

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These were not trivial pours, I would estimate them to be in between 3 and 4 oz….we were in trouble.

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Oh nevermind, Brian was there to save the day!

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Several of these were accomplished. Meanwhile, I drank a 2006 Oude Geuze by myself. I was very happy with how things turned out.

The following morning was not as happy.

Breaking in the new island

Got a new kitchen island to replace my shitty IKEA island. Had to christen it properly. These aren’t in any particular order, you’ll survive.

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Wicked Weed Genesis: Quite tasty, but I’m really not getting tropical fruits here….more like another version of Russian River Temptation.

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4 Hands Brewing Madagascar: I’m sorry to say this, but you were an okay beer, but too much carbonation plus many other tastier beers led you to being dumped into the sink at 3:30AM. Maybe next time we’ll budget livers accordingly. Or not.

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Central Waters Cassian Sunset: Uhhhhhhh, it had a thin mouthfeel but smelled awesome. Yes, memory is incredible.

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The Rare Barrel Becoming: I really like this beer despite being a small Rare Barrel hater. This beer reminds me of a Sante Adairius beer more than an Rare Barrel one. Praise doesn’t get much higher than that.

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Dieu du Ciel! Double Barrel Peche Mortel: HOLY GOD I LOVE THIS BEER. I find it kind of hilarious that it’s hard to find a barrel aged beer these days with only one adjunct. God have mercy on us all.

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Looks like I had this beer twice trololol.

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Hair of the Dog Matt: This 2013 bottle is absolutely singing right now. Tons of apple brandy and the slight oxidation cuts the sweet nature of the beer. I think we opened this at 2AM, so we’re all very smart.

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ALL BOW DOWN TO THE KITTEH. Seriously though, Biere Rouge is drinking fantastic right now, and is a great palate cleanser to all the dark beers we had been drinking previously.

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Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek: This 2011 (2013 cork date) bottle is picking up an enormous amount of funk. I really like it. Best beer of the night!

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Until this motherfucker came in and blew all of our collective minds. Bow down to Drie Fonteinen’s Armand ‘4 Herfst!

Canadians aren’t all bad

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I was away for the weekend for de Garde’s 3rd anniversary party, but this box from Canada was waiting for me when I got home. We have a Cantillon Saint Lamvinus, Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Vintage, and Dieu du Ciel!’s Bourbon and Brandy barrel aged Peche Mortel. SO EXCITED TO TRY THESE

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