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3 Fonteinen Armandí4 Oude Geuze Winter

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


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RATINGS: 240   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Armandí4 Winter 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. Heís in fact the only lambic-brewer to use Challenger hops to make his Geuze. 60 % malted barley, 40 % wheat, aged hops and water. Each seasonís geuze has an unique and different blend.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dunt (301) - Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2013
Reviewed from notes. Tried side by side with the rest of the Armandí4s in early 2012. Winter pours a cloudy/hazy amber orange in color with a moderate amount of off-white head. The nose on winter differs from the other Armandí4 weíve had, it is more perfume-like in my opinion. The funkiness is still there, but this is definitely perfumey in nature. The difference from the other Armandí4s continues in the taste. This is sweeter in comparison to the other 3. It is noticeably less acidic, sour and doesnít have as much funky punch to it as the others either. Mouthfeel is light and creamy, with fizzy carbonation, light acidity, and a long finish. This is definitely the weakest of the 4 Armands. I would be hard pressed to buy this for any reason other than completing the set. In my eyes, this is a sufficient drop off in quality from the other 3.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nimbleprop (6655) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 6, 2013
750ml bottle pours a dark orange with some creamy white head. Nose is very gueze-y, lemon peel, grapefruit peel, band aid, dusty, old barn, dandelion, floral. Flavor is sweet, tart, big grapefruit, blood orange, band aid, hay, grass, very slight nuttiness. Full, tart finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pailhead (6144) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Bottle: The aroma consists of light orange, vanilla, and oak. It pours a hazy golden-orange with a large white head that quickly fades to a thin film outlined by a slightly thicker ring. The flavor starts with a quick dose of citrus. The finish has moderate sour lemon, light must, and oak. It has lively carbonation. Itís not as lively as Herfst, but it borders on prickly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrallen34 (3504) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2013
of the 4 seasons I think this is clearly one of the weakest ones, but its still better than 90% of the gueze out there, the funk doesnít come across as balanced, didnít taste immediately ready to drink like the others

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sledutah (6392) - Utah, USA - DEC 31, 2012
750ml bottle from Belgium
Appearance: Cloudy golden with a big off-white head and good lacing
Aroma: Wet blanket and spices
Taste: Barnyard, acidic and spices

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nickls (2168) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Bottle. Big foamy head that dies down but still lasts well, slightly hazy amber body. Dust, leaves, lots of green tart apple and earth. Very nicely sour, tart, leather, grass, cobweb, and just awesome. Lighter bubbly body. Dry, has finesse, and complex.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FlacoAlto (4100) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Sampled December 2012
Extremely well carbonated, a very careful pour only nets me two fingers of beer and a full 6 fingers worth of light tan tinged foam. The beer is an amber color that shows a clear, orange-gold tinged, pale amber hue when held up to the light. The nose smells sharp, acidic, and funky; just like I was hoping. Lots of woody, earthy, musty notes lay on top with layers of musty, damp oak, mushrooms, and a touch of medicinal notes. Underneath this is a bright, lactic acidity that accentuates notes of grapefruit, and, if you dig for it, even a pear like fruit aromatic. Urea like hints add some spiciness, and there is lots of musky, barnyard funkiness to the nose. At times the pear, and even perhaps apricot and apple like fruitiness can be quite pronounced in the aroma. Wrapped up in the acidity, there is almost a cinnamon / allspice like suggestion, barely there, almost imagined, but most certainly mischaracterized, but there is some reason the nose reminds me of this. As the beer warms, the malt adds touches of sun burnt straw, a nice wheat / malt wholesomeness, and a touch of pale wheat cracker aromatics.

This has a nice, prickly, effervescent carbonation which pairs well with the soft texture, which has a certain lactic and oak slickness / heft to it; light and refreshing like it should be, but with enough body to add some texture. The predominant lactic sourness has a solid bite to it; it combines with esters to accentuate flavors of grapefruit, bright lemon notes and perhaps a suggestion of ripe, green apples, the latter of which is in combination with the malt character. Touches of dried hay, a lingering, but subtle, pale malt husk character, and some cracker like notes define the soft grain character. Butyric acid adds a musky, barnyard, and sweaty dried leather like character that lingers a bit in the finish. There is a soft astringency in the finish that seems mostly oak derived, and it provides a bit of a hop-like / bitter-like character here, but it definitely coats the teeth just a bit like a green tea would.

I really like the fruity notes in this Gueuze; it is not pronounced in any way, but really boosts the complexity and adds to the overall character of the beer. This is a really, really nice Gueuze; I would certainly be quite happy if I could drink a whole lot of this beer. This is a really funky Gueuze, quite a bit more so than your usual Drie Fonteinen, but it still retains the finesse that Armand is known for. This is my best bottle of the series that I have had yet, it is really complex, while still really well integrated. One of the better Lambics I have had in a while.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mora2000 (6132) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2012
The beer pours a hazy yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is full of funk and lemons, with some tart oranges, leather and cherries also thrown in. The flavor is similar. What comes through up front is the tart lemons and cherries, as well as a good bit of barnyard funk and leather. Very dry. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mar (5098) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2012
amber pour with a cream head. nose is tart, acidic, wood, blue cheese. very smooth on the palate, acidic, cheese, tart, barnyard, excellent finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bov (11181) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - DEC 26, 2012
from Erzbierschof - hazy bronze beer under a solid foamy head; strong cheesy aroma, barnyard, old apples and a hint of vinegar; medium-bodied; very tasty, acidic and pretty dry; fizzy with a long aftertaste of cheese, apples and vinegar - superb !

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