illidurit (1999) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 24, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle shared at Sante Adairius. Opens with a substantial "pop" but no gushing as in other reviews. Pours a yellow-gold color with a nice white head. Really lovely aroma, oranges and grapefruits and light floral notes, chlorine and basement. Lactic sourness, citrus rind, dust, grass, wet wood. Really sublime in its balance. Great blend.
SirLimpsalot (1901) - SWEDEN - SEP 24, 2012
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
@ Basunen: En mycket len syrlig doft. Smaken består av tydliga vindruvor och äpplen. Trevlig syrlighet som river gott.
77ships (3247) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 22, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
375 ml. bottle split by 4. Procured @ Hopduvel. Man this baby is carbonated, luckily that I anticipated this. Once i loosened the cage a bit, the cork began moving upwards, I had to forsibly hold it down so that it wouldn’t hit the ceiling, first time that this happened to me honestly but still no gusher. I tried pouring slowly but I still got pretty much a full glass of mousse-like fluffy head and very little in the way of beer. Slowly the head began collapsing forming mountains. The beer itself is a very hazy, murky orange. Smell is huge horse-blanket funk with plenty of old 3F in there with some of that neat earthly mushroom thing going on, lots of this tad earthly citrus, some minor fruitiness and cleaner wood. Taste clearly carries quite a bit of that old 3F mushroom funk, tad lessened by the newer a bit less awesome old blend that they use, lots of horse-blanket, murky, some earthly citrus and tad earthly tangerines, as usual not much in the way of vinegar, wood and lightly burned caramel. Murky, hazy body with nice carbonation. This is more in the trend of just an older 3F geuze - like that is a bad thing. Awesome like any blend that Armand makes - he is just that good. I do prefer a bit the clearness and brett-ness of young one more for everyday drinking and its easier for the wallet as well. It is a steep price but you do get more or less what you paid for, might have been a tad cheaper but ok. Hope that he is now finally out of the 4 yr old 3F lambic because frankly the amount of beers made with it are suspicious. I do not agree with the people who told to me that this is either too young to drink or that it tastes exactly the same as a regular one but that might be just my pallet.
radarsock (751) - Vermont, USA - SEP 21, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours lighted golden with a trim thin head. Smells of tart, pineapple, asparagus, candle and brett. Tastes the same.
larsga (5890) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 20, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big white head shrinks with a fizzing sound. Slightly hazy
golden body with carbonation. Deep horsey earthy aroma with
funky strawy fruity notes. Dry-acidic earthy horsey taste with
vinegary wooden notes. Mid-to-thin body. Sharpish mouthfeel.
Dry wooden horsey aftertaste with fruity earth funky notes. It’s
a bit rough in flavour, somehow, and doesn’t have quite enough
enjoyable parts. Not their best, I think. (0.375l bottle, wine
monopoly, Vika, Oslo.)
sunevdj (3018) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - SEP 16, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Sour and Bitter 2012. Pours a hazy golden with a small white head. Sweet and tart with some bitterness and hints of vinegar. Aromas of pine and hints of grass, sweat and barnyard. Also some fruity aromas of apples. Medium bodied. Lively carbonation. Dry finish.
JulienHuxley (2408) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - SEP 13, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Gold pour, very slight haze, white head. Aroma is quite woody, green pepper, oak, smells a bit old already. Just read that it contained 4 year old lambic, probably where that aged aroma comes from. Regular 3F funk, taste is sour, woody, a tad dryer than the regular oude gueuze. Palate is effervescent with full body. Might not quite be worth it’s price but very good indeed.
AdamJackson (1986) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 13, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 30, 2013 I picked up 6 of these in Belgium in May. Have sent 2 away to friends and finally enjoying this myself and making a review. I don’t have a gueuze glass so I am enjoying this at cellar temp (55 today) in a Riedel white wine glass. Bottle date, 11/02/2011. Best by 02/2021.
A - This is a GUSHER! The cage was just barely untwisted about 2 turns when the cork shoots and makes a dent in my ceiling. WOWOWOW! Gorgeous color. Bright golden orange with an insane amount of carbonation bubbles traveling from the bottom of the glass to the top. Looks like a champagne. I poured as slow as possible and the head was still 5 fingers. Very big pillow like solid white head with tight bubbles at the bottom and big puffy bubbles at the top. After 4 minutes, head was 3 fingers. It’s dropping very slowly. Lacing is impossible to avoid. A single swirl returns me to 5 finger head.
S - The smell is almost as great as Armand’4 (Lente). Huge notes of grass, lemon juice and an incredible amount of hay. Hints of wheat as well and fresh cut grass. There is no hint at all of vinegar or cider. The very horseblanket and musty characters persist through the back of my throat via very excited nostrils. Wow!
T - Huge lemony taste up front. Like sucking on a freshly peeled lemon slice. Hint of very farmhouse style Belgian yeast. There’s absolutely no sweetness but a big oaky presence at the finish is very persistent and sticks around. It has this almost ball-park pretzel taste. Bready, chewy and hints of salt. Took me a while to pinpoint it. Utterly delicious and much softer than expected. Absolutely no harsh tastes in this gueuze.
M - Solid carbonation but nothing overpowering. Medium body which was surprising and this oak finish that I love matched so well with a tart bite.
O - I LOVE the 3 Fonteinen Lente. It was an amazing beer. I have but have not tried the other 3 Armand seasons nor have I had the coveted Millenium Geuze. However, this is by far my favorite Gueuze from the master-blender Armand. I’m very happy to have many more of these and experience how it progresses over time. I will for sure be buying more!
EdKing (1693) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle in Craft Beer Co. Colour is clear golden, small white head. Nose is lemon, farmyard, grassy, hay, yeasty, musty. Taste is soft, sour, citrous lemon, tart, grassy, grainy and bitter. nice balance between sour tartness and grassy malt character. Soft on palate.
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 9, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
In bottle at The Cambridge Blue. Pours a golden amber colour with a fair white head. Aroma of wet cardboard, lemon, horse-blanket and caramel. Similar flavours with moderate carbonation and a foamy mouth-feel. Nicely sharp and quite dry to finish.