3 Fonteinen Millennium Geuze
3 Fonteinen Millennium Geuze is a geuze bottled by Armand Debelder and Willem van Herreweghen of De Cam in the fall of 1998. It was released in 750ml bottles and is labeled as 7% ABV.
History / Other Notes
Armand describes how the idea for the Millennium Gueuze came about during the Lambic Summit, 2010.
- "The history was that in 98, everybody was talking about Millennium, Millennium, Millennium. The champagne makers, so in France, they were making Millennium Champagne. And a good friend of mine and partly owner of the brewery, Willem Van Herreweghen. He was at that moment also blender of Geuze De Cam ... And we were just talking about it, and it was like we get always millennium champagne, but we have one of the most exceptional beers in the world and sometimes they call it champagne of the beers. I don’t like this word but they use it. We are making beer, not champagne. So, the thing is that we would say, we will do that as well.
- So we went to the idea that we will make a very special bottle. There was a decoration on that bottle oude geuze millennium. So it was bottled in 98. So because there was a beautiful bottle and everybody make without one single air of publicity, we had a total of 8000 bottles. In a few weeks they were sold out. We sold them for what we thought was a good price. It’s…if you have one now, it’s very expensive. And then the idea came that was a success; it was a blend between De Cam and Drie Fonteinen. And I had the opportunity to make my blend at De Cam, and Willem Van Herreweghen at my place. So, a, we had a very beautiful geuze with that."
Released at the start of the new Millennium in 2000, Millennium Geuze arrived in a 750ml bottle with a silk-screen label. Though a paper label is seemingly documented below, there is no evidence that the beer was ever released with that specific labeling. Millennium Geuze was also served at the first Sour & Bitter Festival in Copenhagen in 2012 for a price of 600Dkr, or approximately $107USD.
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- Armand Debelder, 2010, The Lambic Summit 2010, Part 2