3 Fonteinen Druiven Geuze

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3F Druiven Geuze

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Description

3 Fonteinen Druiven Geuze is a blend of one year old 3 Fonteinen lambic with grapes and is the first recorded druivenlambiek commercially produced by the brewery. The label (pictured on the bottle to the right) was created at Akkurat with Armand's knowledge, and notes that the beer is 8% ABV.

History / Other Notes

3 Fonteinen Druivengeuze was bottled in October of 2000 and was available for on-site consumption primarily at Akkurat.

Unsubstantiated Stories

The question of exactly what grape varietal was used to make the Druiven Geuze and whether or not it is different from the grapes used to make 3 Fonteinen Malvasia Rosso is still unresolved, as no concise explanation has been given by the brewery as of 2015. The back label of the beer notes that it was made using "using 35% 'unique' grape juice", though the specific type of grape is not mentioned. However, there appears to be an attempt at naming the grape as Malsoisia di Sepia.

Interestingly, a Finnish beer forum discusses this Druiven Gueuze specifically in 2011. Two different posts cite conversations with Lydie Debelder, Armand's wife, noting that the grapes used for this beer were actually of Belgian origin and not Italian. Another poster notes that Lydie has specifically said Pinot Noir grapes we used for this first batch. This would conflict with the front label of the beer that specifically notes that Italian grapes were used.

Additionally, the European Union has recognized the Flemish-Brabant area as a protected grower of the tafeldruif, or table grape, which are grown in greenhouses. Many varietals of tafeldruif are grown in Belgium having originated from various other countries.[1] There is currently more research being done as to the origin and varietal of grape used for this beer.

Label Translation

Front Label Text:
Blend of one year old 3 Fonteinen Lambic with Italian grapes aged in oak barrels. Unfiltered. Secondary Fermentation in the bottle.

Back Label Text:
Grape Geuze Malsoisia di Sepia. Grape Geuze is a spontaneously fermented beer prepared from young lambic aged in oak barrels. Brewed traditionally in Beersel since 1882, using 35% "unique" grape juice, keep in a cool dark place, serve chilled.

Bottle Log

Bottle Date (mm/dd/yyyy) Bottle Size Label / Notes Image Link
10/18/2000 750ml - -

References

  1. http://www.tafeldruif.be/page.php?mid=30&pid=107 - Tafeldruif


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