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3 Fonteinen Armand’4 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%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tkrjukoff (4243) - SWEDEN - MAY 5, 2012
30 år surt. Pours hazy amber witha good off white head leaving some lace. Aroma is very nice mellow yet intense malty sour wet blanket and stable. Flavor is tart lemon juice in a nice way, fruity, dry and all well in balance. Finishes dry aour fruity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rlgk (15802) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 5, 2012
Bottle at "30 år av surt". Hazy dark golden/grey beer with a nice lasting head. Sourish rubber aroma, citrus, grapefruit, dry, earthy, fruity, grapes, some apples. Rubber flavor, grapefruit, fruits, earthy, dry, grapes, citrus. Long bitter sourish finish,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
larsniclas (6337) - Billdal, SWEDEN - MAY 5, 2012
Sampled at 30åravsurt Hazy golden. Large white head. Very sour aroma. More dry than the earlier ones

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cpetrone84 (1797) - 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).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrChopin (3999) - 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 I’ve ever had, incredible passionfruit all over, kiwi, citric. Tons of sweet honey-dough bread, almost no cobweb or dankness. Carbonation keeps things light. I’d be worried about this one in a year given that I like it so much for it’s unique qualities, but as of 5/2012, I’d rank them

1) Zomer
2) Winter
3) Lente

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
oteyj (2139) - 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 aren’t 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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, 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.

   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 couldn’t find fault with unless one held it up to some of the finest ones out there. And it still stands tall. Effing delicious.

   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.

   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.

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