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3 Fonteinen Armandí4 Oude Geuze Zomer

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

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RATINGS: 259   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.16   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Armandí4 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! Armandí4 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!


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrChopin (3288) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 16, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2012 Aroma dustier than Lente, more hay and cobweb but not as much grass and fruit. Some hay and cobweb, a bit of egg. Not as bright, grassy, or hoppy as the Lente tried next to it, body not as carbonated (though I prefer this), but Iím guessing it will fade less with time than the Lente will.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 29, 2011
750mL bottle, shared with Ali after finally knocking out a long draft of an article. Absolutely brilliant pour: murky, bright orange-copper color; huge small-bubbled off-white head with perfect retention and lacing; thereís long-lasting visible effervescence here, replenishing the head. Aroma shows sharp tart lemons along with a slight saltiness, definitely some modest amounts of cheese in there; hugely mouthwatering, with an undercurrent of very light notes of wood and wheat. Medium body with huge, spritzy carbonation; effervescent by all measures; medium to medium-high levels of acidity, slightly bracing; sharp lemony tartness, cheese, and (again) light saltiness; a bit oily (thereís a ropiness here that, if you wiggle your tongue through the beer, youíll catch as viscosity); slightly more pronounced oak than appears in the nose, but still light; very much a lemon-forward gueuze, but beautifully rendered and with a completely filled-out profile in the mouth; hugely citrusy, vibrant acidity, Champagne-like carbonation, and a quiet toasty undercurrent providing a place to land. Iím not sure what more I can ask for from this beer; possibly a touch more soft vanilla and oak (that tends to be my preference). Long-lasting finish of tart lemons, some lightly toasty wheat; nicely dry, soft ending.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
traPISSED (102) - S„o Paulo, BRAZIL - AUG 20, 2011
75cl bottle at home, kindly shared by oj83. This was a gusher but it covered me in the most divine smelling geuze possible. Fantastic geuze which displayed the 3F biscuit, blue cheese and bacon characteristic that I always identify with one of Arnands top blends! This gets slightly marked down from Lente due to an increasing lactic character the closet you got to the bottom of the bottle. Still superb though.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BMan1113VR (7858) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 29, 2011
Bottle thanks to someone at Woodshop 6. Pours with a hazy golden yellow hue and a small white head that does leave some great lacing. The aroma is absolutely incredible. Funk, brett, light oak notes, lactic yogurt, peaches, stone fruits and apple esters. Light woody notes, white wine. Incredibly complex! Some grapefruit like acidic notes. Flavors are also amazingly complex and amazingly balanced. White wine, restrained funk, light oak notes, tons of lactic acid sourness. Lively on the palate, dry, and puckering. Quite possibly the best Gueuze that I have ever had the opportunity of trying.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
teorn88 (1923) - 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 canít choose the one I loved the most. Again, glad I had a whole bottle for myself.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ontbeertaster (2338) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2012
Bottle at home, massive gusher warning, the cork shot off into the celling and just started gushing, pours a really nice foamy head, aroma is just sour smelling, the beer is one of the most sour beers I have had, this is massively expensive but It is worth the price, great offering. imo it is better then the lente offering

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
brystmar (1258) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2013 Initial rating (2/24/2012): Gorgeous pour, tons of white head and lace. Beautiful. Aroma is pretty subtle though, with funky yeast and a mild fruitiness. Taste is complex and balanced; sourness and acidity are perfectly balanced too. A touch spicy. Really, really good. Medium body, great carbonation. I need MOAR!

Update 11/2/2013: I mustíve been allergy-ridden during my initial rating because the aroma on this gueuze is anything but subtle. Dank, funkadelic barnyard earthiness all up in my nose. Beautifully assembled flavor profile balances the soured grains against citrus, floral earthniess, wild yeast, and a kiss of bright spiciness.

After having this and the other Armandí4s a few times, I feel comfortable saying this is my favorite of the seasons. And itís aging like a champ!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TickerTerryDJ (633) - Redditch, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2012
75cl bottle from Belgiuminabox shared with Steve. Hazy orange colour with off white head. The musty farmhouse smell is there at the fore along with lemon and straw.Leather and dust and a spicy mix is also in there. The taste is as the nose suggests only this one is more sour than the Lente.The lemon,grass,horse blanket,dust and vanilla all blend together perfectly.Another masterpiece of blending from Armand in my favourite style of beer.Maybe not as good as the Lente,but,there again what could be?!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Reynolds314 (2334) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 31, 2013
Killed it! This is probably my favorite gueuze ever. Best of the 4 in my opinion. Amazing peppery lemon flavor with a heavy tartness that is welcomed. The nose is more of the same funky musty elements with some lemon and a great black pepper quality. I could drink gallons of this nectar. LOVE IT.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
tectactoe (1896) - Michigan, USA - AUG 21, 2013
Bottle: side by side with Lente. Pour looks the same copper color as Lente, maybe a little lighter hued and more opaque. Again, the white, foamy head fizzles out quickly. Aroma is super funky; funky sweat, lemon skins, tart green apples, funky damp cellar, forest floor, horseblanket... Lots of Belgian funk and lots of fruity, acidic sourness. Possibly less funky than Lente, but with more perceivable tartness. Taste is also insanely funky and tart. Acidic, biting lemon flesh, fresh apples, white grape skins, vinous and oaky, musty wood, sweat sock funk, barnyard, horsey, vinegar-like back end with a tart, dry, woody, funky finish. Slightly less funky than Lente (slightly) and a bit more acidic, sharp, and tart. Right in my zone. Mouth feel is a little more smooth, not as carbonated. Amazing beer, so complex and awesome.


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