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3 Fonteinen Armandí4 Oude Geuze Winter

 (RETIRED)
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100
95
style
Formerly brewed at 3 Fonteinen
Style: Lambic Style - Gueuze
Beersel, Belgium

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RATINGS: 220   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Armandí4 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. Heís in fact the only lambic-brewer to use Challenger hops to make his Geuze. 60 % malted barley, 40 % wheat, aged hops and water. Each seasonís geuze has an unique and different blend.


4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (3778) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 8, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2013 (08/10/2012) Split a 75 cl. Champagne bottle of this with Dylan / Kraddel - this has been sitting now since 2010 or something in the bottle, about right for my tastes now. Pours a darker shade or orange, rather dark compared with what expected into an oversized Karmeliet glass, huge creamy white head. Smell is huge, you can smell this from a distance, huge 3F funk with lots of horseblanket, musty, old, funky fruits, peach even, light mushroom, reasonable amount of leather. Taste is huge 3F funk, lots of barnyard, mushroom, it doesnít taste very sour but you can feel the citrus acidity in your throat and on your lips, lovely, musty mushrooms, plenty of leather, wild yeasts, musty earthly, hay. Lightly murky body, great body - phenomenal stuff - my favorite after Lente from all four. ///// Tried another one @ RBESG 2013. Still just as astonishing. Brilliant beer.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TickerTerryDJ (633) - Redditch, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2012
75cl bottlle from Kurt,Belgiuminabox. Poured a cloudy orange and produced a large white head. Aroma contained lots of barnyard and leather,lemon and damp cardboard and cellar smells.The flavour included all of the above with some green apple.Sour and acidic,complex and blended to perfection.Just misses out on the top spot of the four to the Lente but not by much.Awesome. This series has been so good i am strongly considering buying 4 more to cellar for 10 years or so while there are just a few left.Apart from the considerable cost there are still far too many beers for me to try to justify this and i am not a wealthy man.Also the torture of the waiting and the temptation would be too great to bear and would reduce to months rather than years,,weeks,,,days!!!Cheers

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
maneliquor (3110) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 8, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2014 Bottle bought for Bruceís birthday. Pours bright and vibrant orange with a dense white head leaving superb lacing. Nose is very lemon forward with horse blanket, huge funk and mild biscuit. Big tropical fruit influence and it gives it this appealing juiciness which goes hand in hand with the sourness. Mouth watering. Tastes of big funk and lemon tart with huge sour barnyard notes. Light musk with creamy zest. Odd and works so well. The tropical notes give it such an appealing juiciness throughout. Sour and funk is out of this world good. Age has possibly done this wonders with the extra sourness I assume it would have given. World class sour

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
EdKing (1872) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2014
Bottle shared with Josh (Maneliquor) at CBC Islington at Bruceís birthday. Nice rich looking bright amber, huge white foam head in the glass which slowly dissipates to thin. Nose is probably the most beautiful gueuze Iíve tasted. I could just sit and smell this all day. Itís big sour, acidic, lots of horse blanket and funk, caramel, green apples, very tangy. Deep rich aromas. Taste is slightly more restrained but still a complex and full flavoured limbic. Green apples, sour, acidic, lots of funk and horse blanket, yeasty, grainy malt. Balance is about as good as it gets. Phenomenal beer.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Alengrin (1719) - BELGIUM - AUG 13, 2014
The last in a series of four seasonal geuzes, hopped with Challenger and blended from only 3 Fonteinen lambic. With the gainings of this and the other seasonal geuzes, Debelder tries to fund a new lambic brewery of his own, so never mind the price. Compact, stable head, complex and refined lambic aroma, sour cream, dry sherry, hay, horseblanket, bitter honey, fruity esters; very fruity taste, lively, sparkling like champagne, dry sourness but more ímellowí lactic acid than sharp citric acid and therefore a ímalseí geuze, very well-balanced and very elegant, long complex finish. This is a truly wonderful geuze, among the best Iíve tasted so far, and I had most of them - it is just a pity I didnít get the chance to compare this with the three other versions, thŗt would have been interesting...

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
thewolf (11184) - 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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrChopin (3280) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 30, 2012
Shitty day ending when I lost my notes on this one. Drank next to Lente and Zomer. Less orange than Lente or Zomer, head lasts longer than either, thicker. This is fruitiest geuze Iíve ever had, incredible passionfruit all over, kiwi, citric. Tons of sweet honey-dough bread, almost no cobweb or dankness. Carbonation keeps things light. Iíd be worried about this one in a year given that I like it so much for itís unique qualities, but as of 5/2012, Iíd rank them

1) Zomer
2) Winter
3) Lente

4.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Ludvig (116) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2012
good geuze not the best of the series but seriously good! had a bottle shared with great friends and great food!

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
fredrik_ (87) - SWEDEN - NOV 4, 2012
Bottle shared by Ludvig. Great taste, awesome geuze. Alot of complexity. Glad i got the rest of the series home. Cause this just make me want more.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
matt7215 (2173) - 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.


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