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3 Fonteinen Armand’4 Oude Geuze Winter

 (RETIRED)
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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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JorisPPattyn (8014) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 3, 2012
Gushing to huge, near fully stable, dirty-white head over fully muddy ochre beer. (Horse)stable or barnyard odours jumping out of the glass, despite the sealant head. Lemonpeel, some exotic spice (which????), mannah, overripe exotic fruit (persimmon?) threatening to rot, nutmeg. Spicy, hearty - nearly meaty - gueuze, horseblanket (maybe filet de cheval ?) and sulphur. Retronasal again lemon and lactic acid. Finish is woody, and after (some considerable) time, fruity. Very spritzy, nearly fizzy MF, quite slick, oilyness. Ultra-dry finish, little bit of dry-out effect. Very peculiar, but absolutely great gueuze. I’ve hardly ever witnessed a traditional gueuze featuring such stable head.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (15834) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2012
24th February 2012
Bottle shared with the Kernel crew. Hazy amber beer, good pale cream - tan head. Light crisp palate. Mild sourness (this is a lot sweeter then the Herfst). Mild earthy wood. Trace of lacto. Lemon citrus with a little herby spice. This is much more like it, very drinkable.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (9415) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 24, 2012
Pours a nice golden color, big white head. Aroma is cheesy, lemon peel, hop oils, basement dank funk, barnyard, very light fruity notes. Tart and yeasty flavor, great balance of funk, sourness and good yeasty notes. Hops arent overly pronounced. This beer is going to age very well!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (7183) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2012
Bottle at home to celebrate my wedding! It pours hazy orange-amber, with a massive foamy white head. The nose is farmyard, oak, coconut, vanilla and hay. The taste is tart lemon, grapefruit, red apple, wood, grass, cider vinegar and blue cheese, with a very long, dry, lemony finish. Medium body and lively carbonation. A very interesting gueuze, but doesn’t quite stand up against the others in the series.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gEUS (1242) - Linden, BELGIUM - FEB 20, 2012
75cl bottle - pours golden with long lasting white head. Steady carbonation levels upt ill the end. Nose of hay, wood, humus. Taste is actually very soft and smooth for a geuze, with a citrussey impression. Long and bitter/sour finish, but well balanced.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
KnutAlbert (6223) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 16, 2012
Bottle. Moss and rotting leaves. Rich, a bit oily. Over-ripe fruit, loong sour tail.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
peteinSD (1393) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 15, 2012
Bottle enjoyed as a celebration for our new baby - welcome to the world Andrew! Pours a softly glowing copper/orange with a healthy froth of white foam that leaves chunks of lacing down the sides of the glass. Aroma is a heavy layer of must up front followed by soft oak, lemon, subtle cheese rind funk, a bit of a fruity note I cannot quite pin down (perhaps vinous grape), and dry, toasted malt. As compared to the Lente and Zomer I found the aroma in the Winter to be more subdued but it has its own interesting complexities if you have the luxury of working your way through an entire bottle. Taste is tart, oak, lemon, a toasted grain character, some type of white wine grape influence, and a nice combination of lemon, tart, and funk through the finish that comes across as slightly bitter. Mouthfeel is dry and tight. Exceptional gueuze. Thank you Armand!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
orangesol (896) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2012
Thanks to stakem for bringing this one to our recent gueuze tasting, providing the last of the four to complete the series. A - Pours golden amber orange with a creamy one finger tall white head leaving sticky trails of lace down the glass. S - Smells of lemons, apples, wet hay, light barnyard funk, minerals and a surprising amount of oak. A bit more funk, less sourness, than I was expecting. Very nice nose. T - Starts off with a bit of acidic fruit - mostly lemons - quickly giving way to hints of dry oak, wet earth, hay and some musty basement funk. The funk is pretty strong, not as sour as I was expecting it to be, leaving the pallet dry after the finish. M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Smooth, tart feel with quite a bit of dry oak tannin in the finish, the most of any of the beers in the series. All things considered, a very nice feel. O - My least favorite of the series yet still an enjoyable gueuze. I think this one is a little rough around the edges at this point in time. I hope to try this one again in the future.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
callmemickey (2967) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2012 Opened February 14, 012 with the wife.

A: Hazy peach colored body. Large off-white frothy head. Dense lacing.

S: Musty oak and minerals. Light underlying lemon acidity.

T: Surprisingly fruity -- lemon and grapefruit -- given the predominantly woody and musty nose. A bit of bready malt also comes through. It still has a bit of that signature Drie Fonteinen earthyness to it though.

M: Mildly tart, smooth-even carbonation, light to medium bodied.

O: The weakest of the Armand’4 series -- but that shouldn’t be taken as too much of a knock.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nightfall (1307) - Hamburg, GERMANY - FEB 14, 2012
Bottle @ Too many Geuze’s - only one toilet , Ulfborg 2012 - Day 1. Hazy golden/orange color with a huge, frothy white head. Quite carbonated. Lovely lemony sour aroma and flavor, grass,hay. Even more refreshing and crisp than the Herfst. The tasting is getting better and better !


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