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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

bottled
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RATINGS: 215   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerandBlues2 (9446) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Bottle shared by Travlr. Pours lightly hazy orange with a large, frothy off-white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is black walnut, oak, pear and apple esters, biscuit and honey malt with peppers, ginger and earthy hops. Flavor is tart, lactic grapes and pear esters with light malt, earthy and spicy wheat, barnyard yeast notes and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enjoyit (3448) - Vadum, DENMARK - JAN 29, 2014
Bottle @ Too many geuze’s only one toilet, Ulfborg 2012. Hazy orange of color withan off white head. An aroma of dust, fruit and farm. A flavor of citrus, sour and dusty.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yngwie (13191) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 31, 2013
Bottle, 75 cl corked. A big, collapsing off-white head sits on top of an unclear golden-orange body. What it lacks in looks it certainly has in aroma. It’s deliciously soft and farmyardish on the nose, lemon and leather, sweaty horse and a touch of malts. It’s very dry on the palate, quite tart, with quite a lot of carbonation. Medium to full body. Citrusy, lemony flavor with pale malts, lots of funk, some spiced hints and a little dusty touch. Lasting finish with lots of flavor. Damn, this was nice. A beer I could drink on a regular basis. 131231

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Geokkjer (5595) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 31, 2013
Bottle.Pours cloudy deep golden with a small off-white head. Aroma of funk, leather, lemon, wood and barnyard. Flavor is sour and funky with some lemon, vanilla, wood, furitiness and malt. Medium body, average carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Meilby (7273) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 31, 2013
Bottle 750ml @ Geokkjer
Pours hazy deep golden with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, barnyard, funk, horse blanket and citrus. Taste is light to medium sweet and medium sour with a long sour, slightly dry and fruity finish. Body is medium, texture is thin to oily, carbonation is soft to fizzy.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kazin (181) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 22, 2013
Notes from backlog. Highly acidic, with strong notes of citrus, funk, and sour candies

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (5646) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 13, 2013
2 bouteilles de 750 ml, avec bouchon de liège, partagées lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal. Arôme: Odeur d’agrume avec une pointe de brett. Apparence: La couleur est orangée-dorée opaque. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de citron et de pomme verte avec une pointe de fromage. Longue durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture minérale. Forte effervescence en bouche. Présence d’acidité en arrière goût. (Rating #5301)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MJGG (945) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 3, 2013
Bouteille de 750 ml, dégustée à l’aveugle avec une 3F Oude Geuze et une Armand 4 Herfst. Arômes de vieux lambic assez forts, beaucoup de brettanomyces (poussière, foin sec). Robe dorée et légèrement trouble, effervescence initialement active et mousse se dissipant rapidement. En bouche, le caractère de vieux lambic (poussière, fromage) est également dominant. Moins citronnée et légère que la Oude Geuze classique. L’acidité porte également plus sur le lactique/acétique que sur le citrique. Finale sèche présentant une acidité d’intensité moyenne. Très belle gueuze!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fred82 (2114) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 31, 2013
750ml botle from IPB. Side by side tasting of the four seasons. Pale amber, quite a lot of lacing and long lasting head. Nose nicely citrusy and sour. Palate is the most effervescent of them all. Pretty similar taste to the other 3. Nicely citrusy and sour. Quite drinkable and refreshing. Some herbal hops.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (7746) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 27, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Earthy wilderness and its piney edges lead to a citric, acidic finish in this complex, yeast-laden Oude Gueuze.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam sits atop the cloudy amber.
-Carbonation is very intense throughout, helping in toning down the intensity of the brew.
-Sourness is high, but not nearly as intense as some Cantillons or Hanssens gueuzes.
-Obviously, this is very dry as well.
-To me, this one seemed more sour than the Herfst and Lente, and perhaps more citrusy/fruity as well.

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