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3 Fonteinen Armandí4 Oude Geuze Lente

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

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RATINGS: 290   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.24   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Armandí4 Oude Geuze is a blend of 1, 2 and 3 years old lambic, brewed, aged, blended and bottled by Armand Debelder. Limited blend! Ingr.: 60% malted barley, 40% wheat, aged hops and water. Limited edition! Armandí4 Oude Geuze is een mengeling van 1, 2 en 3 jaar oude lambiek, gebrouwen, gerijpt, geassembleerd en gebotteld door Armand Debelder. Eenmalige assemblage! Ingr.: 60% gerstemout, 40% tarwe, overjaarse hop en water. Beperkte oplage! Released at Toer de Geuze 2011 on May 1, 2011. 6% ABV, bottles of 75cl.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BOLTZ7555 (2799) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 20, 2011
Bottle shared at Dakís tasting. 24 karat pour with a nice 1/4 inch head that melds into just a whispy white cloud. Aroma of grape, lemonpeel, grass, earth and funk. Pretty assertive aroma, more so than the flavor. Flavor is light and refreshing. Great for a hot AZ day...a little jaw locking power with tart Jolly Rancher, citrus pith, lemon drops, maybe a little peach/tangerine and barnyard. Pretty dry and a little dusty. Really tasty!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sledutah (4684) - Utah, USA - AUG 15, 2011
Appearance: Hazy golden with a big white head and good lacing
Aroma: Barnyard and wet blanket
Taste: Mouthfeel was ílivelyí with tons of carbonation, just jumping all over the tongue. Tart fruit, grapes, spices with a dry finish
Awesome. We had Zomer a few beers after Lente, I preferred this beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gription79 (2263) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - AUG 14, 2011
This beer was an experience, we followed this with the Zomer. The beer mirrored the spring season. It had a nose of hay, crackers, earthy funk, and grapes. The taste was of hay, grape skins, earthy, and there was a dusty quality to it. The beer had lively carbonation and a nice tannin presence. Amazing beer!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
douglas88 (6021) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 13, 2011
750 ml bottle in those wonderfully crafted teardrop bottles. Opens with a slow expansion and gush, not too explosive. Pours a mostly clear apricot color with a large delicate head. A wonderful dry lively palate. It almost instantly leaves your mouth with dryness and with you wanting more. The aroma is akin to the discovery of a crypt of preserved mummified remains, with ancient grains dried and dusty; grapes, funk, massive dusty dryness, cobwebs. The flavor is top notch; fruity, very fruity with hints of apricot and lemon, certainly tartness is there but no puckering aspects, more a mellow round tannin and acidic bite, despite the intense dry and delicate flavors here this is a robust flavor bomb with tons of life exploding out- perhaps appropriate for Spring. The palate is so well crafted it makes you feel as if the experience was far shorter than it was, and you want liter been steins of this stuff. Lovely.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
KyotoLefty (6455) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 9, 2011
75 cl bottle at RBESG Grand Tasting, held at Dean Swift. Cheers to Fonefan for this one! Funky nose, paper, dust, lemon. Raw and funky as ass. Glowing orange color with lace. Nose is fragrant and original. Very acidic, funky flavor with lemon and a good amount of sweetness. Great, very approachable. Wonderful balance and very original flavors. Sweat, leather. One beer that lives up to the hype.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
cgarvieuk (14287) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 8, 2011
bottle at RBESG 2011 ... hazy amber ... soft sweet funky fruit ... lightest barnyard sour tinge in back of nose ... surprisingly unsour in nose ... big sour front ... soft fruits ... tart soft sourness... well it seems more balanced and was one of the better sour i had on the day... but i sstill dont like it :-)

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HandofMidas (12) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 5, 2011
knew this would be good coming from the master, and i was right. For being as young as this one is it is already showing strength that normally takes years. Citrus in a myriad of flavors such as lemon and grapefruit, funky, crisp and dry, amazing.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sean9689 (277) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 1, 2011
We raided Jasonís cellar and he was kind enough to break this one out. Itís very much appreciated. Poured into Darkness tulip. A - Pours a dark orange color, sticky lacing all along the sides of the glass, thick collar, nice cap. Very good-looking beer. S - Barn, sour, nice tartness, slightly musty, hay. Solid in all aspects with room to improve from excellent to perfect, IMO. T - Hay, straw, funk, tart/sour notes, citrus. Nicely balanced. Oak, apples, nice tart finish. For a new Gueuze, Iím very impressed! M - Light, good carbonation, dry finish. O - An impressive Gueuze, even for such a young beer. This one is blended wonderfully and Iím sure itís only going to improve from here on out. Def need to locate some of this stuff, as I donít have a single bottle in the cellar. Thanks Jason, for making me spend more money! Recommend!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 1, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2011 A soft, steady pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a glass filling, three-finger thick, pale, just tanned, off-white colored head. The head leaves some nice lacing patterns on the sides of my glass as I work my way through this beer. The beer is an amber color that shows a clear, light amber with gold tinges to it hue when held up to the light. The aroma is nice and funky, it smells of woody, mushrooms still damp and with forest loam still stuck to them as I pour this beer. Sharp and tart smelling, this seems to have just a touch of acetic acid, but more of a urea like tart-spiciness, as well as a full, grapefruit like lactic acidity. Musty, slightly moldy, wild yeast notes mix with a woodiness from the oak. If you spend some focused time smelling this beer an ample, but otherwise unnoticed, grain character becomes noticeable; aromas of whole wheat crackers and crushed pale malt. The phenolics here provide a sharpness, that isnít medicinal at all, but mixes in with the sharper acidic notes. Musty, woody pepper that has lost most of its spice, as well as a general funkiness that I wouldnít say is really B.O. like, but does have an animal muskiness to it (of course this is all in the absolutely best sense of the description).

Spritzy, with an ample carbonation, the beer feels lively as it rolls across the tongue. Notes of urea, backed by a solid lactic acidity combine with the carbonic acid to make this beer even more lively. My first sip of this seems quite light and refreshing, and my palate is left with a lingering sourness as well as some phenolic mustiness and muskiness. Slightly medicinal tasting, this provides a firmness to the beer; it sort of has a chalky, or maybe hint of aspirin like flavor / texture to it as well. Funky mushroom flavors, mix with a musky, barnyard character and some limestone cave like earthiness form a backdrop to the lively tartness that is the focus of this beer. Soft grain notes, arenít quite as prominent as in the nose, but form a nice base for the other notes; softly cracker like, more hay-like or dried grass like, but also with a lingering sourdough bread crumb like flavor that is just noticeable as a lingering suggestion on the palate after each sip.

As the beer warms up it becomes softer and rounder, the grain character seems to become fuller and help with this, though it is still not a major component of the flavor. While this beer is quite light and quaffable, it still has that fullness that a good Gueuze usually has. At times the hint of acetic acid seems to provide a sensation of sweetness to this beer; actually I like how light and subtle the acetic character is here, a good Gueuze really shouldnít have any noticeable acetic character, and this one really doesnít, what is here just adds to the complexity of this beer rather than intruding on the other flavors.

Mind blowingly good perhaps not, but damn I would certainly drink this every day if I could. It is really hard for this Lambic lover to not be really excited by this beer; it has likely lived up to the anticipation that I tried not to overdo as this bottle sat resting in my refrigerator. I really like how hearty the grain character is in the aroma; it is quite distinct & really just adds that extra something to the nose. While I donít mind the subtle acetic character in this beer, this would likely be a lot closer to perfection without it.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BMan1113VR (7858) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 31, 2011
Bottle shared by cquiroga (thanks!). Pours with a hazed golden-orange body with a white head. Aromas are amazing! Huge funk, white wine, lactic, peaches, stone fruit, acidic, hay, straw, grassy. Interesting esters, apple, pear, apricot. Very complex. Deep funk. Flavors show a large amount of acidity, and a very deep funk. Some white wine, stone fruit. A light, slightly contrasting malty sweetness that adds to the complexity (nearly like a light caramelization that only serves to balance). Fruity, yogurt/lactic acid. Light oak. Light, tart, complex. Lively bubbles, very dry. Amazing!


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