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3 Fonteinen Armandí4 Oude Geuze Winter

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

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RATINGS: 228   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
larsniclas (5911) - Billdal, SWEDEN - MAY 5, 2012
Sampled at 30Śravsurt Hazy golden. Large white head. Very sour aroma. More dry than the earlier ones

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cpetrone84 (1605) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2012
pour is dark golden orange with tons of bubbly white head. The nose has some dustiness to it then some of the others with a nice cheese rind and juicy peach and apricot. The taste is juicier than the nose an lighter in the brett and cheese department. Some dry dusty Brett sets in mid to back palate with the juicy apricots behind. The body is a touch syrupy with a nice carbonation and light body. Interesting fruit component, strongest of the three (had next to zomer and lente).

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrChopin (3575) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 30, 2012
Shitty day ending when I lost my notes on this one. Drank next to Lente and Zomer. Less orange than Lente or Zomer, head lasts longer than either, thicker. This is fruitiest geuze Iíve ever had, incredible passionfruit all over, kiwi, citric. Tons of sweet honey-dough bread, almost no cobweb or dankness. Carbonation keeps things light. Iíd be worried about this one in a year given that I like it so much for itís unique qualities, but as of 5/2012, Iíd rank them

1) Zomer
2) Winter
3) Lente

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - APR 18, 2012
Hazy copper pour with a mountainous rocky white froth that seems to linger endlessly. The aroma pervades the room immediately. Further whiffs into the glass itself yield a truly outstanding sensation. Massive lemon rind and whipped meringue hit the nose first, with balancing notes of hay, wet horse, bubblegum, tropical fruits, vibrantly juicy white grapes, cobwebs, and basement. The flavor is bursting, vibrant, and complex. The most dominant component for me was fresh squeezed lemon juice without the puckering acidity. Components of grapefruit flesh, mandarin, peach, and white grapes all come through as well. Hints of must and hay, but not nearly as much as in typical 3 Fonteinen blends. The balance you find in blends like Blauw and Lente arenít there in Winter- the character is more assertive, vibrant, and "loud," though not quite in the same way as the wholly assertive Zomer. The palate is very light, while the body retains excellent carbonation. Fluffy on the tongue, with ample sour character in the gullet. An amazing creation!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftycarl21 (2290) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 18, 2012
GIGANTIC thanks to oteyj for muling this back from NH! Pours a cloudy copper pour with a huuuuge frothy white head. Nose is absolutely heavenly; the first things that struck me were gigantic notes of lemon meringue and key lime pie, kiwi, mango, pineapple, fruit-forward white wine like perhaps a new world sauvignon blanc, and then finally that gorgeous depth of horseblanket, cheese rind, hay, floral notes, some light tannic wood, and acidic lemon. Really a beautiful combination of vibrant fruit and barnyard funk, with perhaps a touch of that musty basement on the outer reaches. The flavor is just marvelous as well; probably even more towards the vibrant fruit end of funk gamut. Light and crisp, with a monstrous lemon and white grapefruit profile. The darker and earthier funk tones of cheese and barnyard fade, but are still perceptible on the back of the tongue. Fairly sharp and spunky with a clean, fairly quick finish like the Zomer, but not as assertive or aggressive. The palate during the quaff is bright, effervescent, and immensely drinkable, without too much aggressive acidity. A masterful conclusion to the series.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 6, 2012
750 mL bottle. Pours a bright, hazy tarnished-orange color; huge off-white head with lively effervescence and excellent retention. Funky and salty at the front of the aroma, followed by a layer of soft wheat, then bracing lemony acidity and refreshing sourness behind. Perfectly layered nose. Vibrant carbonation, fluffy and alive on the tongue: salty, bitter citrus, grapefruit peel...when do you invoke gradations of perfection? A mouthwatering, flawless gueuze that one couldnít find fault with unless one held it up to some of the finest ones out there. And it still stands tall. Effing delicious.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - APR 3, 2012
Aroma its lemon puerto, sour lactic, yogurt, funky yeasts. Taste is yogurt, lemon juice and rind, funky yeast, and a nice, hoppy bite. Finish is acidic, lemon perl, and bright, bitter hops.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tquest (93) - BELGIUM - APR 2, 2012
After the Herfst it was time to taste the Winter. Again a darker one with a huge head that stays a long time, quite a special head for a geuze. Maybe this one needs to age a bit longer, again the citric taste, but less balanced then the Herfst. Can get as good as Herfst in my opinion, but let it stay in the cellar for a year.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DavoleBomb (1487) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2012
Poured into a tasting glass. Bottle shared among six of us, so about 4 oz. for me. Consumed last of our four seasons tasting. 3.5 A: Moderately hazed yellow orange. A little darker than Zomer, which was a little darker than Lente. Looks like Herfst. Two and a half fingers of foamy white head. Retention is better than Herfst, but worse than the other two. Least lacing of all of them 3.5 S: Almost as earthy of Zomer with the "cleanest funk." By that I liken it more to a stream running through a forest than an enclosed dank basement. Iím picking up something along the lines of mustard seed as well. Least impressive nose and the least "gueuzy." 4.0 T: Lucky for me, this has some of the bleu cheesiness that was featured in Herfst. Mustard seed component is back again. Lightest mustiness with some of the typical players - basement, hay, rotting wood. 5.0 M: Lighter body. High gueuzy carbonation that is perfectly spritzy and creamy as well. The best mouthfeel is found in Winter. 4.0 D: I know that Herfst was my favorite and Zomer was my least favorite, but I canít figure out the other two. Lente was the most complex and better tasting, but Winter has the cheesy component that I love and the best mouthfeel. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 03-23-2012 18:14:45

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
xscottypx (104) - Missouri, USA - MAR 22, 2012
pour was a hazy golden orange, lovely white head, and bright colorful body. very bright and colorful lemon and oak. vivid cheesy funk. i really tried hard to pick out what armand was going for here in his attempt to depict winter. the bright sharpness reminded me of old winter air. flavor was very similar, very bright and vivid with sharp tart and our lemon. very dry oak and old musty malt to balance it all out. mild to moderate carbonation and very dry and "cold". only had about 2-3 ounces so i have a hard time really rating this against the others. i would have to say i still rate lente and herfst the best, this is about on level with zomer. still, simply amazing. Reviewed on: 01-08-2012


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