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3 Fonteinen Armand’4 Oude Geuze Winter

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

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RATINGS: 225   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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
czar (4931) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 25, 2013
huge thanks for sharing this one tommy! slightly hazy golden with a nice white head, good retention and lacing. barn, funk, grass and herbs, pepper, citrus, faint leafiness. prickly carbonation - never offensive, medium acidity, very nice grassy-herbal-citrusy finish... wow... again...

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
matt7215 (2255) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 24, 2013
750ml bottle shared by ontbeermaker and scottatron. glowing golden with a white head. very complex funky sour nose. very well balanced flavour, hugely complex, aged wonderfully. one of the better bottles of gueuze ive ever had.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (12650) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2013
Bottle at RBWG 2013. Big thanka to Brad. Pours cloudy gold with a fine, creamy cap. Tons of grass in thse nose, big funk. Big grassy, funky flavor, light sweetness, big tang. Medium bodied with fine, massaging carbonation. Big tart finish, lots of grass. Great stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Bottle at RBWG. Thanks Brad! Sour, tart, with a little bit of brown sugar on the back end. This is quite nice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
stoutnick (655) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 9, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2013 Looks dark for a gueze, but definitely has the classic aromas; funk, straw and some light fruits. Taste is a perfect balance of tart, sour and sweet. Extravaganza starts softly, but the zing of tartness hits the palate big time, right at the back. Ends with a beautiful sour, dry finish. Definitely the best gueze and sour I’ve had so far. Beautiful.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dunt (297) - Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2013
Reviewed from notes. Tried side by side with the rest of the Armand’4s in early 2012. Winter pours a cloudy/hazy amber orange in color with a moderate amount of off-white head. The nose on winter differs from the other Armand’4 we’ve had, it is more perfume-like in my opinion. The funkiness is still there, but this is definitely perfumey in nature. The difference from the other Armand’4s continues in the taste. This is sweeter in comparison to the other 3. It is noticeably less acidic, sour and doesn’t have as much funky punch to it as the others either. Mouthfeel is light and creamy, with fizzy carbonation, light acidity, and a long finish. This is definitely the weakest of the 4 Armands. I would be hard pressed to buy this for any reason other than completing the set. In my eyes, this is a sufficient drop off in quality from the other 3.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nimbleprop (5341) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 6, 2013
750ml bottle pours a dark orange with some creamy white head. Nose is very gueze-y, lemon peel, grapefruit peel, band aid, dusty, old barn, dandelion, floral. Flavor is sweet, tart, big grapefruit, blood orange, band aid, hay, grass, very slight nuttiness. Full, tart finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pailhead (5277) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Bottle: The aroma consists of light orange, vanilla, and oak. It pours a hazy golden-orange with a large white head that quickly fades to a thin film outlined by a slightly thicker ring. The flavor starts with a quick dose of citrus. The finish has moderate sour lemon, light must, and oak. It has lively carbonation. It’s not as lively as Herfst, but it borders on prickly.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrallen34 (3485) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2013
of the 4 seasons I think this is clearly one of the weakest ones, but its still better than 90% of the gueze out there, the funk doesn’t come across as balanced, didn’t taste immediately ready to drink like the others

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sledutah (5483) - Utah, USA - DEC 31, 2012
750ml bottle from Belgium
Appearance: Cloudy golden with a big off-white head and good lacing
Aroma: Wet blanket and spices
Taste: Barnyard, acidic and spices
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