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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: 233   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11   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 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DavoleBomb (1614) - 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. I’m 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 can’t 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

   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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
thewolf (11591) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAR 19, 2012
Bottle, bought @ Etre Gourmet.
Gusher. Pours deep orange with a big, frothy, off-white head. Good duration. Aroma has funk, lots of freshly squeezed oranges, citric, very soft lactic, roses, oak, grapes and red apple. High carbonation, lovely dry mouthfeel. Flavour is fantasticly tart, oranges, citrus, rose-tea, mild funk, almonds. Super sharp citric. Immensenly well-balnced and what I think is the best of the four.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - MAR 18, 2012
Appearance: Pours a bright amber orange with a tight white cap a top. Very tight bubbles that leave no mark behind.

Aroma: Fresh split wood, grass, honey dew rind,funky wild yeast.

Taste: Metallic yeast, tart fruit skins, barrel tannins and spicy bitterness. Finishes with a acetic twang.

Mouthfeel: Coats your mouth with intense flavor, puckering with dry lively bubbles.

Overall: A very complex, cerebral beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (2911) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - MAR 5, 2012
750mL bottle shared by Bobby_Digital. Its a gusher out the bottle, which of course leads to a thick-ass head that never ever fully fades. Seriously, my glass was out for a long time and it never faded. Aroma is subdued (for 3F) rubber and with soft barnyard (brett) touches. Flavor is sweet-tart surrounded by lambic rubber. Has a long tart finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nickd717 (3734) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 3, 2012
750ml bottle thanks to Nick3. Awesome appearance, clear amber in color with a one finger whitish head and bubbles rising from the bottom. Excellent funky aroma with great wild yeast and malt notes. The flavor is awesome and complex with great malt and yeast flavors and, mild sweetness and a deep lasting tartness. Medium-bodied, lively and effervescent. Hell of a beer, like the rest of this series.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7565) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 3, 2012
Big thanks to Dak, Dave and Norm for this one. Fancy 750mL bottle pours a murky sort of copper with light tan head. The aroma is pretty big and near bold with citrusy lemon and lime followed closely by citrus funk, tart crushed aspirin and flowery meadow. The taste is similar but seems to conjure up a tart raspberry quality that blends in with the tart lemon and lime citrus and modest citrusy sour funkiness. It seems to lean decidedly tart and sour but delivers some added depth and interest in the various light fruity notes and sense of funky basement and every so faint moldy tangerines.

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