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3 Fonteinen Armand’4 Oude Geuze Herfst

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


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RATINGS: 246   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Armand’4 Herfst Oude Geuze is a blend of 1, 2 and 3 year old Lambic, brewed, aged, blended and bottled by Armand Debelder. This one-time and possibly the last bottling comes in a fancy Asti Spumante Champagne bottle. Armand only used Challenger hops in this brew. He’s in fact the only lambic-brewer to use Challenger hops to make his Geuze. 60 % malted barley, 40 % wheat, aged hops and water. Each season’s geuze has an unique and different blend.

Dunt's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dunt (299) - Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2013
Reviewed from notes. All 4 of the Armand’4 were reviewed together in early 2012. Herfst pours a dark, hazy amber orange in color with a large, frothy, off-white head. The head lasts for awhile and leaves a fair amount of lacing. The nose is classic 3F. There is must, earth, barnyard, horse blanket, and a little sweetness you dont get in much of the other 3. The flavor mirrors the nose, there is mustiness, sharp citrusy lemon, mineral, some aged cheese, and some light sweetness in the background. The mouthfeel is light with creamy texture, lively carbonation, and an enduring finish. Herfst had a nice balance of funk and sour compared to the other blends. At the time, I noted that this was probably my third favorite blend, but having just had this again over the weekend, I am inclined to move it up a little. We had it side by side with Armand + Tommy, and it was almost unanimous that it was better than A+T (which we all previously were head over heels for).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Wombata (534) - Kobe, JAPAN - AUG 26, 2015
Bottle at Kyotolefty’s tasting. Aroma: Fragrant, petrol note, vinegar Flavor: Vinegar, white grapefruit rind, mineral, yeast. Long tart lemon finish. Comment: Highly carbonated but soft mouth feel. Brilliant balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GlasgowTAD (658) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - AUG 7, 2015
Bottle at Akkurat. Pours a nectarine orange with minimal head. Aroma is citric sour, slight barnyard but weak. Taste is citrus, hay, moderate acidity, lemons, slightly umami.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabel (7455) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 25, 2015
[7096-20150304] Bottle. Soured yeast and fruity grasses aroma. Hazy, brown orange body with a long-lasting creamy off-white head. Sour yeast and mellow tart fruit flavour. Medium body is quite tart and fluffy. Delicious, very easy to drink. (9/4/9/5/16) 4.3
(c/o Travlr, w/ him, jercraigs, solidfunk)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
maekchu (2771) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JUL 4, 2015
Bottle. Thanks, KL. Big horsey nose, petroluem, vinegar, tingly ammonia, urinal. Hazy medium copper/amber color. Massive tart fruit initial, concentrated citrus, cactus juice. Outstanding stuff, with great carbonation that trickles across the tongue. Exceptional!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
KyotoLefty (7874) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 4, 2015
Bottle from the brewery. Nose of grapefruit, leather, a bit of stone fruit, touch of vinegar. Dark orange-amber, hazy, medium head. This beer has perfect carbonation: high but soft, small bubbles. Really nice grapefruit flavor, good acidity, not startling, nicely fruity. wonderful.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mortlach (1312) - Rome, ITALY - MAY 5, 2015
750ml bottle shared with ippopotamo36 @La Tana. Unclear amber with a big off-white foam. Aroma is citric, vinous, lime, a note of wood that emerges after a while. Flavour is powerful, citric, tart, not as complex as I expected but so elegant... medium body, good carbonation. Another gem by 3Fonteinen!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ippopotamo36 (779) - Rome, ITALY - MAY 4, 2015
Bottle (retired) at La Tana pub in Rome-Italy. Private collection shared by mortlach. Grazie Mille. Pours cloudy orange skin going amber, huge orangish head! Nose: lime forward, wood, a background of bitter cacao. Mouth: lemonade, grapefruit, kind of white vinegars, extreme and elegant. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
The_Osprey (3485) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2015
Bottle share at Craft Clerkenwell, thanks to Tom! 2010 vintage. Cloudy orange, very small white head. Aroma is strong lemon and peach - potent. Body is medium, tingly carbonation, smooth. Not the over-carb I’m used to in the style. Taste is smooth lemon, earthy and twiggy, very dry. Very good, flavoursome stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (15319) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 29, 2015
Bottle at Toms 10 yr anniversary. Lovely complex lambic aroma. Touch of woody age. Proper funk. Very good. Zesty funk. Good blend.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jercraigs (8666) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 13, 2015
2015-03-04. Hazy amber body with a nice creamy head. 3++ Aroma is lightly funky and pleasantly fruity. Light straw and barnyard grows as you delve further into it. 7++ Flavour is interesting, pleasantly sour throughout but it is pleasantly rounded and not overly aggressive. Modesty earthy barnyard accents. Moderate fruit character throughout. Smooth average bodied palate, soft effervescent carbonation. More nuanced than my notes reflect, it was surprisingly subtle, shockingly quaffable, and pleasantly refreshingly sour. Too busy enjoying and not enough note taking! Bottle shared by Travlr.

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