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3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze (Armand & Tommy)

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


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RATINGS: 311   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.19/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Armand Debelder + Tomme Arthur blend - the results of a fun day a 3 Fonteinen + 4 year old Boon Lambic and Armands own Lambic from 2008.

Note the typo on the label, stating Tommy instead of Tomme which is his real name.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
koleminer20 (2545) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 18, 2016
From notes. Enjoyed this during the 2nd Annual Kelly’s Island Bottle Share on September 18. 750 mL bottle. The pour is a darker golden orange with a thick off white head that slowly falls down, leaving a decent lace. The aroma is really acidic. There is a lot of battery acid happening. Beyond it, there is a light citrus, a decent lactic presence, a nice horse blanket, and some dusty barnyard kicking up. The flavor is much more acidic than the nose. There is a light citrus, barnyard, and horse blanket present, but the battery acid really controls it for me. The mouth feel is a little heavy for a gueuze, but the carbonation is excellent. The aftertaste is lightly acidic and funky. This is a pretty good gueuze for sure, I just wish the acidity was a little lower.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClarkVV (5853) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 16, 2016
750mL bottle drunk 9/9/16.
Healthy/strong pop of the cork, with just a touch of foam rising very slowly as it breathes. Great carbonation producing a large, white head atop a clear, brass-golden body with a deeper copper tint. Good retention for the style.
Much more subdued/reserved in the nose than the A&G preceding it, though to be expected given the 4 years it has on that one. Lots of honey, honeysuckle, and soft brett-induced lilac, cornflower and mild vegetal, almost rhubarb-like cellar mustiness. Lactic acid is soft and very cheesey, with some more acidic qualities on the very end that seem to "tone" or "shore up" the aroma, giving a little more brightness to it. Light green and red apple is fairly persistent throughout the nose, regardless of breathing time and there is no alcohol or flaw.
Very soft, even floral-like flavors show mild/easygoing lactic acid, and gentle brett, with light lime/hickory nut skin-like tartness and a very soft, malt-and-wheat-laden texture with ample, tight carbonation. Only borderline sour here, and just shockingly easygoing all-around. Similar minerality to the A&G and other 3F gueuzes, with minimal horseblanket and lots of cheesiness and apple. I have to admit to being a bit underwhelmed by this one, though I think a lot of that was how much I let the hype build up my expectations. As well, the nose on the A&G before this was absolutely stunning and a very tough act to follow. I am also very much not a fan of Boon’s lambic which I think has too much apple, rhubarb/vegetal, and malt character for my liking. It’s certainly much less problematic here than in an actual, straight Boon lambic, but it still influences it significantly. Regardless, this is still an excellent lambic with soft, rounded, gentle flavors for the style that make it much more accessible for non-diehard lambic heads.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ctipping (1411) - Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2016
750 mL bottle. Originally reviewed 8/25/2014. Deep golden body Big white head that doesn’t last long. Medium collar with big bubbles. Nose is hay, lemon, oak. Nice and funky. Some maltiness. Smells just like Oude Geuze. Tastes of orange citrus. Oaky. Some grain. Peppery flavor characteristic of Drie Fonteinen. Pleasant sourness. Well carbonated. Woody. Medium body. Fantastic. Really just like regular Oude Geuze, but that’s a very good thing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Desverger (8635) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 31, 2016
Bottle shared@Himmeriget, Copenhagen (29/07/2016) - (massive thanks to Nate) golden orange pour with white head. Aroma and taste is medium sour fruity, notes lemon, some grape, barnyard, medium acidity, hay, musty, light grassy notes into the finish, complex and highly enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rodenbach99 (4251) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 20, 2016
Style et résumé: Gueuze de grande qualité.
Comment: Dégustation à Manseau.
Portrait: Une robe dorée jaune avec une mousse blanche rocailleuse. Un nez fruité avec du bois et une certaine sécheresse. Une bouche agréable, ronde et sèche à la fois. Des saveurs intenses de gueuze, classique.
Note: 8+/10

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GregClow (3212) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 14, 2016
Bottle from the LCBO. Bottled 2011-02-17, purchased 2013-05-31, enjoyed 2016-06-14. Hazy reddish-orange with a very large and creamy just-off-white head. Aroma is dusty and musty, with notes of horse blanket, lemon, old books, sour milk, backing funk. Flavour is certainly sour - vinegar and lemon juice both prominent - but with a backing complexity, with notes of cracked wheat, yogourt, fresh mint, wet wood, tart raspberry, persimmon, peppery yeast, and more. Crisp and lively carbonation. Stellar stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
GlasgowTAD (1389) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAY 11, 2016
Bottle at Himmeriget. Pours cloudy orange with a minute head. Aroma is funky citrus, horseblanket, slight vanilla, oak, slight pepper. Taste is fluffy citrus, mild pepper, oak, lemon tart. Slightly too ’gassy’ mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Viper666 (3271) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 24, 2016
Où, Quand, Comment : Bouteille, dégustée le 9/7/2013.
Visuel : Couleur : dorée foncée. Apparence : voilée.
Arôme : Levures sauvages fruitées (agrumes, abricot) aux notes terreuses, légèrement herbeux et floral avec des notes de cuir.
Goût : Entrée de bouche : Goût de levures sauvages fruitées légèrement acides (agrumes, notes de fruits mûrs, traces d’abricots) aux faibles notes épicées. Un léger support herbeux et floral est également présent avec de faibles notes fromagées et d’humidité.
En bouche : Corps : moyen-mince. Effervescence : moyenne. Texture : très légèrement huileuse. Finale : moyenne et un peu sèche, composée d’une légère aigreur fruitée avec des notes herbeuses et quelques traces boisées.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jtclockwork (14999) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 12, 2016
Bottle - big thanks to Ferris - Pours gold white head - nose and taste of oak, cheesecloth, lemon, funk, horse blanket - med body

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ibrew2or3 (8203) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 11, 2016
RBWG16. Big thanks to Ferris for sharing. The bottle pours out with a hazy deep copper body that has golden hues and supports a near white head. The aroma offers up tartness yeastiness lemon and a bit of vinegar. The taste delivers neat yet somewhat abrasive lemon and berry like tartness. It then picks up modest vinegar notes. This is abrasive puckering and forward tartness.

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