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3 Fonteinen Armandí4 Oude Geuze Herfst

 (RETIRED)
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100
94
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Formerly brewed at 3 Fonteinen
Style: Lambic Style - Gueuze
Beersel, Belgium

bottled
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RATINGS: 228   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Armandí4 Herfst Oude Geuze is a blend of 1, 2 and 3 year old Lambic, brewed, aged, blended and bottled by Armand Debelder. This one-time and possibly the last bottling comes in a fancy Asti Spumante Champagne bottle. Armand only used Challenger hops in this brew. Heís in fact the only lambic-brewer to use Challenger hops to make his Geuze. 60 % malted barley, 40 % wheat, aged hops and water. Each seasonís geuze has an unique and different blend.


jethrodium's rating

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jethrodium (366) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 8, 2012
750 ml bottle. Pours a slightly cloudy dark golden amber with small white head that has good retention and leaves a decent amount of lacing. The aroma super musty with mushroom, lemon, light apple, apricot, a hint of grapefruit, earthy funkiness, and oak. Quite awesome. The taste has a light sweetness. There is mushroom, apricot, lemon, a funky earthiness, forest floor. Tart, but not really sour. The finish is funky with more mushroom and apricot. Relatively light bodied with a slightly fluffy mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Another amazing blend from Armand. This isnít quite as good as lente and was slightly more enjoyable than winter. It is probably between lente and winter in sweetness. The mouthfeel was good, but not quite as nice and fluffy as lente. If lente didnít exist I probably would have rated this higher. 10.4.9.4.19


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Damico (2680) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Pours unclear sunny amber with a huge creamy head and great lacing. Aroma is delicious sweet Belgian candi sugar. Sweet yeast and light tart notes are so pleasantly enjoyed and balanced on the tongue settling perfectly for a while on the palate.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JefVerstraete (1574) - Ghent, BELGIUM - DEC 9, 2014
Bottle shared with my wife. Cloudy orange colour, creamy white foam. Lively carbonation. Fruity aroma with hints of green apple and citrus. Tart with dry finish. Refreshing and very well balanced. Very good geuze!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gEUS (1262) - Linden, BELGIUM - NOV 23, 2014
Compared with the Summer - Bottles shared by Armand, Michael & Lydie. Summer pours cloudy light orange with a good steady head. Very subtle funk nose, nice oaky touches. Silky smooth body, full mouthfeel, incredible balance. Taste is fine malts, soft funk and a lot of soft oak. Herfst is a tad darker in colout and more vibrant in the nose; some more citrus and fruity esters. A bit more carbonation makes this excellent lambic more lively and fresh, but ever so marvelous.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Foffern (1294) - BodÝ, NORWAY - NOV 23, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours a hazy dark orange colour with a beige head. A bit fruity aroma of oak, forest floor, rowanberries, horse, citrus and banana. The flavour has more citrus, wood and hints of cardamom. Has a slick and dry mouth feel. A balanced and complex gueuze. Perfect sour level.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
suprchunk (2342) - Crestview, Florida, USA - NOV 14, 2014
Deep amber colored pour. Big off white head. Tons of lacing. Citrusy funky aroma. Taste is citrusy. Funky. Great.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tectactoe (2299) - Michigan, USA - NOV 11, 2014
Bottle: Thanks, Doug. Bright orange & slightly burnt amber body, cloudy with some translucency & a bubbly beige head on top that quickly sifts down into a foamy collar. Aroma of funky, sweaty lemon flesh, stone fruit skins, moderately acidic peaches, moldy cork, musty barnyard stalls, wet horse, a touch of caramel, soft grassiness, & a strong earthy presence throughout. Deliciously tart flavor, as expected, but not as sour or tart as Armandís other blends. Tons of funk (also as expected) in the form of musty cork, dirty basement floor, mild cobweb, old driftwood. Big-time earthiness is even stronger on the palate; notes of mushroom & damp forest floors. Acidity kicks up a bit towards the finish with some lemon rind, green apple skins, white grape, sharply tannic wet oak & a mineral water finish. Reminds me of a less "bright" & more earthy version of Lente. Still get some of that nice saliva enduing lemon flesh & stone fruit zest but with much deeper undertones from front to back.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brasco1973 (25) - Turin, ITALY - OCT 28, 2014
Agrumati aceto frutta. Acida quanto basta ma non persistente. Tannica. Leggermente astringente.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (6084) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
"100/100 on RB and I can kinda see why. Agressively sour but oh so tasty. All lemons and stinky cheese (no green olive - yay!) The carbonation and feel were the beerís only fault, and even that is nitpicking. Among the best in style for sure."

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
NBird (406) - Perth, West Australia, AUSTRALIA - SEP 22, 2014
Looks.. amber orange large head on first pour. Smells.. green apples, citrus, oak, sappy, dark honey Tastes.. green apples, vinegar, lemon, dried crushed leaf earthiness via the oak. So smooth.. & swearing how good it was after each sip.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (5148) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 28, 2014
8/VII/14 - 75cl bottle @ home - BB: n/a (2014-786) Thanks to PriorL for sharing the bottle!

Little cloudy dark beige to amber beer, small aery head, little stable. Aroma: very fruity, bit moldy, cellar, wood notes, little vinous, hint of banana, bit lemony, sourish. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: lemony start, bit grassy, sour green apples, wood notes, some walnuts, pretty sour and acidic. Aftertaste: dry, earthy, lemon juice, bit of alcohol, little bitter, apple skin.


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