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3 Fonteinen Armand’4 Oude Geuze Zomer

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

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RATINGS: 270   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.17   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Armand’4 Oude Geuze is a blend of 1, 2 and 3 years old lambic, brewed, aged, blended and bottled by Armand Debelder. Limited blend! Ingr.: 60% malted barley, 40% wheat, aged hops and water. Limited edition! Armand’4 Oude Geuze is een mengeling van 1, 2 en 3 jaar oude lambiek, gebrouwen, gerijpt, geassembleerd en gebotteld door Armand Debelder. Eenmalige assemblage! Ingr.: 60% gerstemout, 40% tarwe, overjaarse hop en water. Beperkte oplage!


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnar (5977) - Sandnes, NORWAY - OCT 18, 2011
Shared bottle at RBNAG-11. Pours cloudy golden with a small white head. Aroma is a bit weaker than the Lente, still enjoyable enough, with farmyard and even some manuer. Taste is dry, tart, refreshing, fizzy and funky fruity. Good drinkability.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thewolf (11314) - Kolding, DENMARK - OCT 18, 2011
Bottle, bought @ EG.
Pours almost clear pale orange with a big, lovely, staying, creamy, off-white head. Great lacings. Fantastic looks for a gueuze. Aroma is fruity, oranges, oak, lime, light lactic. Medium carbonation, dry and fairly creamy palate. Sticks a bit to my teeth. Flavour is quite tart, lime, citric, mild funkiness, dry, lactic, oak and a bit of pepper. More attacking than the Lente, yet immensely well balanced, and really good looking.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
teorn88 (3489) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2011
Pours a golden/light amber with a huge white head. Slighly hazy. Actually the bottle exploded on me, big gusher. Long lasting foam which leaves lots of lacing on the glass. Aroma is similar to Lente ("wet wood, strong funkyness with fruitiness") but with more citrus and vinous notes. Sweet/acidic nose. Taste is rich and again similar to Lente ("strong funkyness again and tartness sorrounded by a sort of yogurt-like sweetness. Huge citrus and lemon peel notes. Grassy notes in the background. Some wood and fruit too"). Differently from Lente, Zomer tastes fresher, with more citrus notes and less dust. The spiciness in the taste is more defined too, with clear notes of nutmeg. Mostly dry finish. Palate is creamy, silky, with good carbonation. Overall, this stands up there with Lente, fantastic blend. The backbone is similar but these are definitely two different beasts and I can’t choose the one I loved the most. Again, glad I had a whole bottle for myself.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (13140) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 16, 2011
Amber, cloudy. Thin, weak-looking head. Very cheesy, horsey aroma. Dusty. Smells like grandpa’s basement. Fizzy. Very tart with lactic, light brett. A breezy character, like some lambics have. Pretty assertive gueuze.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
50belair (2749) - Florida, USA - OCT 16, 2011
Bottle shared at Destructo’s. Murky burnt orange pour with a huge white head. The bottle was a gusher. Crazy funk and barnyard aromas. Tart and refreshing with citrus, lemon, orange peel, spices, and mucky barnyard notes. Very complex.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClubGonzo (4454) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 15, 2011
Sample @ RBNAG 11 (live rating). Hazy dark orange, medium white head. Mellow funky brett tones, lemon, straw, horse sweat and stale yeasty basement tones. Taste is smooth brett tones with blue cheese, lemon, horse blanket and dense barnyard funk. Denser than the lente, but complex and very, very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Geokkjer (6239) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 15, 2011
Bottle. Poura golsen with an off- white head. Aroma of funk, leather, oak and malt. Flavor is sour and sweet with some malt and funk. Medium body, average carbonation. Nice geueze.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - OCT 12, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2012 Bottle. Aroma has notes of lemon, sour fruits, leather, barnyard funk, wood and pepper. Very nice. Medium hazy orange amber hue with a large off-white head that stuck around and left good lace. Flavor is medium sweet, heavy sour and tart. Palate is medium bodied, overly acidic and lively carbonated. Overall a wonderful Gueuze. Complex nose, gorgeous appearance and uber sour. Loved it.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - OCT 10, 2011
Bottle shared generously by 3/4. A gusher. The pungent, cheesy aroma fills the air. The lively carbonation ends up working well in its favor, as the head on this baby lasts forever! The beer is hazy, dark orange. The aroma has a deep undercurrent of spice like bay leaf. Also grapefruit juice and pith. Is highly carbonated, but not in an annoying way. Is refreshing, light, and juicy. The herbal spice in the aroma does not fully carry over into the flavors, which are more along the lines of pure pith bitterness. The layers of complexity are outstanding. This is a beer that just keeps giving.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
suprchunk (2479) - Crestview, Florida, USA - OCT 8, 2011
Slightly clear, dark straw colored pour. HUGE off-white head that takes forever to fall, leaving behind a large amount of lacing when it finally does. Big aroma of typical 3F funk and peppery wood. Leather, citrus. Taste is along the same lines. Not as tart as I am used to from Armand, but great nonetheless. Sour, sweet, earthy. Great. This is fantastic.


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