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3 Fonteinen Armand’4 Oude Geuze Winter

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


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RATINGS: 215   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nickls (1814) - SE DC, Washington DC, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Bottle. Big foamy head that dies down but still lasts well, slightly hazy amber body. Dust, leaves, lots of green tart apple and earth. Very nicely sour, tart, leather, grass, cobweb, and just awesome. Lighter bubbly body. Dry, has finesse, and complex.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Sampled December 2012
Extremely well carbonated, a very careful pour only nets me two fingers of beer and a full 6 fingers worth of light tan tinged foam. The beer is an amber color that shows a clear, orange-gold tinged, pale amber hue when held up to the light. The nose smells sharp, acidic, and funky; just like I was hoping. Lots of woody, earthy, musty notes lay on top with layers of musty, damp oak, mushrooms, and a touch of medicinal notes. Underneath this is a bright, lactic acidity that accentuates notes of grapefruit, and, if you dig for it, even a pear like fruit aromatic. Urea like hints add some spiciness, and there is lots of musky, barnyard funkiness to the nose. At times the pear, and even perhaps apricot and apple like fruitiness can be quite pronounced in the aroma. Wrapped up in the acidity, there is almost a cinnamon / allspice like suggestion, barely there, almost imagined, but most certainly mischaracterized, but there is some reason the nose reminds me of this. As the beer warms, the malt adds touches of sun burnt straw, a nice wheat / malt wholesomeness, and a touch of pale wheat cracker aromatics.

This has a nice, prickly, effervescent carbonation which pairs well with the soft texture, which has a certain lactic and oak slickness / heft to it; light and refreshing like it should be, but with enough body to add some texture. The predominant lactic sourness has a solid bite to it; it combines with esters to accentuate flavors of grapefruit, bright lemon notes and perhaps a suggestion of ripe, green apples, the latter of which is in combination with the malt character. Touches of dried hay, a lingering, but subtle, pale malt husk character, and some cracker like notes define the soft grain character. Butyric acid adds a musky, barnyard, and sweaty dried leather like character that lingers a bit in the finish. There is a soft astringency in the finish that seems mostly oak derived, and it provides a bit of a hop-like / bitter-like character here, but it definitely coats the teeth just a bit like a green tea would.

I really like the fruity notes in this Gueuze; it is not pronounced in any way, but really boosts the complexity and adds to the overall character of the beer. This is a really, really nice Gueuze; I would certainly be quite happy if I could drink a whole lot of this beer. This is a really funky Gueuze, quite a bit more so than your usual Drie Fonteinen, but it still retains the finesse that Armand is known for. This is my best bottle of the series that I have had yet, it is really complex, while still really well integrated. One of the better Lambics I have had in a while.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mora2000 (5549) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2012
The beer pours a hazy yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is full of funk and lemons, with some tart oranges, leather and cherries also thrown in. The flavor is similar. What comes through up front is the tart lemons and cherries, as well as a good bit of barnyard funk and leather. Very dry. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mar (4786) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2012
amber pour with a cream head. nose is tart, acidic, wood, blue cheese. very smooth on the palate, acidic, cheese, tart, barnyard, excellent finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bov (9275) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - DEC 26, 2012
from Erzbierschof - hazy bronze beer under a solid foamy head; strong cheesy aroma, barnyard, old apples and a hint of vinegar; medium-bodied; very tasty, acidic and pretty dry; fizzy with a long aftertaste of cheese, apples and vinegar - superb !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gription79 (2235) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Poured from a 750ml bottle. There are citrusy notes, caramel/toffee sweetness, a spicy quality, as well as some fruitiness. Very dry. This was my least favorite in the series, still very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BartC (726) - Lichtaart, BELGIUM - DEC 23, 2012
Dark orange colored beer. Complex fruity and sourish aroma and flavor. Mild bitter flavor. Mild tartness. I expected more from a 3 Fonteinen. Sourness nicely balanced with the hoppy flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (5828) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 22, 2012
750 from Belgium. Pours a cloudy dark copper color with a large light beige head. A really funky, cheesy nose, some caramel. A initially sour flavor, woody, caramel, odd fruit, maybe kiwi, some dustiness. Pretty robust. Lingers with sweet caramel and oak. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MikeJslc (718) - USA - DEC 22, 2012
Orange, hazy, white head. Aroma of bready biscuity malt, earthy cheese, some spice, some tart earthy cherry. Flavor of dry, crackerlike malt, some grape fruitiness. melanoidins, finishes with some fairly prickly acidity. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mickmac (484) - Ngunnawal, AUSTRALIA - DEC 16, 2012
Bottle. Pours with a hazy dark amber body and an average sized off-white head. Complex and pronounced aroma and taste of stonefruit, barnyard and wood with medium sourness and acidity. Very light bodied, refreshing, highly carbonated.

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