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3 Fonteinen Armand’4 Oude Geuze Winter

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

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RATINGS: 223   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Armand’4 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. 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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
esox (1107) - Oulu, FINLAND - DEC 4, 2012
Bottled. Pale amber colour withs surprisingly frothy head. Gorgeous and complex aroma has jellied gooseberries, red currants, grainy malts, tight horse sweat and dry oak. Also some fresh tobacco and earthiness. Berryish notes seem to be sweeter than in any geuze I’ve had berfore and there´s almost caramelly notes in it. Elegantly dry, soft grapefruity sourness with horse sweaty brett and peppery notes in the finish. Maybe i oinch of hop bitterness too. Dry base malt flavor from start to finish, but there is a slight caramel/toasted sugar in it. Appeared to be slightly thin at first but after all it’s not. Surprisingly high carbonation in this style. Complex and elegant delicacy.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TickerTerryDJ (633) - Redditch, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2012
75cl bottlle from Kurt,Belgiuminabox. Poured a cloudy orange and produced a large white head. Aroma contained lots of barnyard and leather,lemon and damp cardboard and cellar smells.The flavour included all of the above with some green apple.Sour and acidic,complex and blended to perfection.Just misses out on the top spot of the four to the Lente but not by much.Awesome. This series has been so good i am strongly considering buying 4 more to cellar for 10 years or so while there are just a few left.Apart from the considerable cost there are still far too many beers for me to try to justify this and i am not a wealthy man.Also the torture of the waiting and the temptation would be too great to bear and would reduce to months rather than years,,weeks,,,days!!!Cheers

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2012
This was my second favorite of the Armand ’4 series just behind Lente. Standard gueuze appearance, maybe a little orange. Smells like citrus rind, acid, old gueuze. Flavor is delicious old gueuze with note of honey and then followed by an acidic kick. Quite the top notch gueuze and these Armand ’4 blends are a tastier selection than the standard gueuzes from 3F which are already superb. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 09-17-2012 22:00:08

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SrSilliGose (3269) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 22, 2012
cork comes off with the softest hiss in the world. it’s thanksgiving and i’m drinking this by myself on my couch. vigorous pours gives a dull copper hue with a couple sad looking air bubbles. aroma of musty old cellar, cowhide, rye bread, soft herbs, lemony lemonade. taste is moderate lemon sourness with an awesome dusty peach, apricot sweetness. also some toasted caramel, rye bread, apple. complex. awesome balance. easy-drinkin level of sourness. an awesome dry lemon, peach fuzz coats the mouth. basically no carbonation. initially i missed the carbonation, but this is just fine without. a deep rich bready, peachy version of armand’s signature dusty old rustic leather funk. easy drinkin. very good. unique.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - NOV 17, 2012
Pours a hazy and amber beer with a white head. The aroma is sour with herbs and sulfur. The flavor follows the nose. The palate is acidic. Overall a good beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mcberko (7052) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 10, 2012
750mL bottle, pours a cloudy dark golden orange with a huge slightly off-white head. Aroma is super funky with loads of barnyard funk and leather. Flavour is full of leather, loads of barnyard funk. Shitloads of depth and complexity, finishing on leather and huge dry funky notes. Phenomenal and my favourite of the Armand’4.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rodenbach99 (3255) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 7, 2012
Bouteille partagée avec Patrick, Pierre-Luc et Julien. Quel dommage d’avoir bues les 4 Armand côte à côte et en même temps quel opportunité. Dommage car il fut difficile de les départager. L’hiver est orangé tirant vers le brun avec une mousse beige. Le nez est très chocolaté avec des brett. La bouche est fortement acide, avec des bretts et autres bibittes de Bruxelles bien présents. À mon avis la seconde des quatre.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
fredrik_ (89) - SWEDEN - NOV 4, 2012
Bottle shared by Ludvig. Great taste, awesome geuze. Alot of complexity. Glad i got the rest of the series home. Cause this just make me want more.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steasy66 (995) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2012
Great gueze, thicker and maltier than the others. Lemon and funk in the aroma and flavor. Carbonation is high and body is medium.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kraddel (3615) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - NOV 2, 2012
WAAAAAAAW ! one hell of a thanx to 77 ships. i did not like geuze at all, till i drank 3 fonteinen. i even enjoyed the golden blend, but this was the first one to blow me away. pours dark ( for a geuze) smells very balanced. white steady foam, so oh so drinkable. sour, vapourizes in your mouth . this tastes so soft, is so drinkable..... also bitter some hops, dry and again , so good !


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