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3 Fonteinen Armand’4 Oude Geuze Zomer

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


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RATINGS: 289   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
3fourths (9016) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 17, 2011
UPDATED: APR 5, 2013 comments are for first bottle opened alongside lente. second tasting alongside herfst was a rich experience, as always the case with 3 fonteinen, but it didn’t have the same burst of peach rind fuzz and all that. i’d imagine every bottles tastes different given the ester and acid release from pouring and glassware chosen. that said: glowing dense sparkling amber copper with a inexplicably supported white satin thick cream of a head. first dance with the nose is spiced cedar phenols and citrus esters, developing into the most intoxicating combinations of smells ever experienced in a beer: fuzzy, musty just-ripe peach rind fruitiness; light lactic fatty acids; a touch of butyric cognac with oak; it feels like tree bark, wildflowers and berry bushes in the wilderness. it smells like the earth, and it’s textured, alive and playful. it develops late into a more waxy and oily honey-tinged semi-sweet malt and wheat base, with doughy, full, rounded yeast. the sparkling and zesty acid and superb natural carbonation have produced playful wood / bark / berry / peach esters and acids, even some faint waxy sweet pickle notes when warmer. yeah, pickles. then throw in some some chalk / calcite / drywall rounds. Zomer is an unconventional geuze but with an ester and acid profile that may be unmatched. it’s one of the best I’ve ever had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sebletitje (8957) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUL 3, 2011
75cl bottle @ 3F with Armand. Cette bière continue dans la lignée des saisons, mais aussi, je pense, démontre et renforce avec cette deuxième obole tout le savoir d’Armand dans son art. Les saisons changent donc, et cette gueuze demeure un miroir du Pajottenland. L’été, avec une gueuze orangée-dorée, une mousse mi-blanche/beige qui reste soyeuse. Immédiatement, on est agréablement surpris de sentir la différence avec la Lente. Cette Zomer a un nez qui apparaît comme plus fruité et superbement savoureux toujours en ayant cette présence boisée/acidifié, chêne mais juste un tout petit peu plus fleuri, et cela par la présence de ce vieux houblon Challenger. Le palais est légèrement plus poussiéreux et sec, gardant néanmoins une touche d’amertume houblonné/citronné mais aussi de bois. Sec et légèrement plus épicé et ayant une touche fruitée aigre/funk sur la fin qui est plus présent que la première de la série. Cette gueuze est plus acidifiée que la Lente et garde un profile léger tel que l’on peu le goûter dans une aspirine, et qui selon Armand s’estompera avec les années. Une gueuze qui est certaine de continuer à évoluer et qui se devra d’être revisitée.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
KyotoLefty (8924) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 3, 2014
Bottle from the brewery. Brilliant gold-orange color, with a big head. Lemony nose, light leather, grapefruit zest. Huge, vibrant flavors, fresh but complex. Grapefruit and lemon zest, light funk, nice bitterness, a fresh, very summery beer. Great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olio (8881) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 31, 2014
75 cl bottle @ Kaisla
Slightly hazy orange color, small head. Very nice sourish notes, mild rowanberries and some grass. Flavor is somewhat sourish with berry notes and grass, mild gooseberries too. Palate is sour and crisp, long lingering tart finish, excellent and quite exciting. Top notch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
marcus (8809) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 5, 2012
Bottle from Beer Planet. Pours cloudy golden with a modest white head and a fruity aroma. There is a funky sour barnyard flavor that is more complex than most gueuzes due to the unusual blending. If you are a fan of lambics, this one is a pleasure to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
djd07 (8778) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2011
Bottle thanks to bleeng at August tasting. Pours a cloudy gold copper with a medium creamy off white head leaving sticky lacing. The aroma is floral and tart. Thin mouthfeel with a light sour fruit with apple and grape. Easy to drink very refeshing. Really enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mabel (8384) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2012
[4723-20120818] Bottle. Amazing sour yeast aroma has a little citrus zest throughout. Slightly hazy, light orange brown body with a quick foamy white head. Super sour yeast puckerer flavour. Medium body is all sour. It’s literally making me sneeze. (9/3/8/4/17) 4.1
(@ Campground Brewdown 2012, Millmont, PA)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deanso (8285) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 24, 2012
75cl bottle coyrtesy of kermis, thanls. Decent white head. Hazy blond pour. Nice brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (8108) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 13, 2011
750 ml bottle in those awesome bottles from 3F. Drank almost right after the Lente. Pours a much darker amber color with a similar large white head. A rich nose of massive tannins, oaky but also some huge sour acidic notes, very distinctly aggressive. There is certainly a fruity character in those nose, it’s hard to pin down close to lemon and currants. The flavor is a massive blast of sour tart lemons, dusty, herbal tea, it leaves a long lip smacking tartness, something akin to leather and grains. Very nice. It also has the lovely dry and effervescent palate that only the greatest lambics have. Much more aggressive than the Lente in some ways, refreshing and tasty. A nice, no a amazing Summer beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (7997) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 4, 2011
Pours opaque copper with gold hues and white head. The aroma smooth and subdued hay, spicy yeast, tartness and some soured and tart apricot skins. The taste has a burst of firm bold tartness with ribbons of soured fruit, soured citrus and then a strong undercurrent of lemon like acidity. Overall too tart for me where the Lente was ‘money’

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