3 Fonteinen Armand’4 Oude Geuze Lente

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

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RATINGS: 345   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.25/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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! Released at Toer de Geuze 2011 on May 1, 2011. 6% ABV, bottles of 75cl.

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4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - JAN 13, 2012
Bottle. Aroma has notes of lemon, citrus, brett funk, wheat, grass and that beautiful sour/citrus/sugar/wheat funk that is classic 3 Fonteinen. Reddish orange medium hue with a small white foamy head that diminished but left some lace. Flavor is sweet and very sour. Palate is medium bodied and oily lively. mmmmmm. Overall a lovely and complex brew. Special in every way but the fact that it is the last of it’s kind makes it even more special. One of the more special brews that I have had the honor of being part of. I really don’t know how it gets that much better than this!?

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
pushkinwow (2716) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 13, 2012
750ml bottle. Semi-opaque bright amber with an fluffy, fairly permanent off-white head that leaves great lacing down the glass. Very unique aroma that combines funk and sour into an amazing tartness with an underlying sweetness - quite dry, grass, bit old chevre rind, hint of champagne, lemon and alcohol. Initially sweet, like candied sugar at the sides of the mouth but then the sour hits along with some funk and creates a very interesting sensation on the palate, almost savory, full bodied, moderate to high carbonation, acidity is not overwhelming so quite pleasant. Leaves the palate quite clean and dry, combination of floral, funk and tartness, develops for quite a long time. Very very good - like how well everything is balanced and yet the beer keeps on developing with different nuances coming to the forefront.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wedgie9 (2663) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 7, 2012
Tasted on 8/22/11 from a corked and caged 750mL bottle purchased online through Etre Gourmet. Pours a cloudy bright orange with a very thick and pillowy white head that slowly recedes to spotty lace, leaving some spots of lace and thin spots on the inside of the glass. The nose is super funky with barnyard, mushroom earth, burnt rubber, white wine vinegar, fruity with apricot and peach, with just a hint of alcoholic heat. The flavor is tart and sour up front with the tart peach, apricot and all of the funky, earthy, burnt rubber, mushroom, and vinegar flavors underlying. The body is medium and somewhat tannic with average carbonation and a long super funky sour and tart finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Silphium (3193) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2011
Bottle shared by badnewsbeers. Medium cloudy orange-brown body with sediment, thin to medium cream head with excellent retention and lacing. Tart nose, cobwebby and dusty with horse blanket and earth, lemony, a celebration of earth and grain, simply fantastic. Herbal, grassy, funky body with fermented, sour grain; dusty, mainly dry with cobwebby earth and dry oak. Lingering sour, dry finish. Bright, complex and astounding, a fantastic beer, one of the finest I have had the pleasure to sip.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
peteinSD (1467) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 25, 2011
Christmas day seemed as good a day as any to enjoy this bottle. Pours a bright and hazy yellow/orange with a substantial white head that slowly eases its way down the glass leaving chunks of lacing. Holding the beer up to the sun the color reminds me an intense southern california sunset with smoke in the sky from a santa ana fire. Aroma is the most pure, focused cheese rind funk i’ve ever smelled with must, soft oak, lemon, tart, and a bit of grain or wheat. Very harmonious smell that presents in waves with not a single speck of aroma out of place. Wow. Taste is precise cheese rind, bit of funk, lemon, tart, oak, and what seems like a bit of brighter fruit although it’s hard for me to tell. Stunning balance between the funk and tart and the mouthfeel is perfect. The various flavors seem to pulsate as I work my way through the bottle with some components asserting more on one sip as compared to another but always in pitch perfect balance. If there is any flaw in his beer, I am not the person to say so. Thank you Armand.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
77ships (8494) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 25, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2013 75 cl. bottle @ home: pretty psyched about this beer like most, decided to get one bottle of every season – 3 of different seasons I will be keeping for myself & 1 for a tasting – Lente is the one that I will be popping first – corked odd champagne bottle with the same landscape on the label as others only this one obviously shows it during spring time, as usual label explains that is a blend of 1,2 & 3 year old lambic, etc. is there anyone out there who doesn’t know these things and is actually buying this? – Air is listed as an ingredient (or element of a geuze) :) – unfortunately no gift package but glad that I still managed to get it because I started collecting them only around November, a bit on the late side probably – upon popping the corking the beer breathed for about 30 seconds before completely exploding on me – it just started gushing with such force and vigorously that I feared that I would loose all of my beer to the sink within a matter of seconds – incredible gusher, probably cursing, extremely loudly in French, Dutch, Russian & English I tried salvaging some of it but eventually lost probably 15 % of my beer, this is indeed highly carbonated – poured in my 3 Fonteinen snifter, its settles a gorgeous bright golden sun, orange with a thick lasting foamy head, the head is firm, +1 finger thick it just stays there and never disappears, incredible, it doesn’t lace either, it just rolls off the sides of the glass when I swirl my glass, what a head – smell is unmistakably 3F, sharp lemons float into my nose, golden wheat fields, sunshine, sharp sourness, clear-cut barnyard funk, sharp, clean 3F hops, even sharper than usual, lots of white pepper rounds it off, this has none of the cobwebs, cellar, etc. that you would expect from a geuze, this smells uberfresh in a way which makes no since because I have had fresh lambic & young geuze and it is nothing like this but it is hard to describe this any other way, immortal, ageless, this is clearly a 3F geuze but with all the fat cut from the bone, shot straight to the sun, perfect, compared to this everything else shows defects, this is sharp, round & shinning – taste follows the smell, so light & fluffy at first but also sharp, tart lemons, tart fresh orange juice, young green apples, sunlight barnyards, blistering in the sun funk, it tastes so fresh, like the fountain of youth, sour? perhaps but not extremely so or rather it is very sour but it is so perfectly balanced you don’t even seem to notice, the initial taste is followed by incredibly golden wheat field hops, very bitter but the body is so sparkling & fluffy, the bitterness forms the perfect counterbalance for the sourness, finishing, in sharp, strong white pepper, crystallized, concentrated, I don’t like comparing stuff like this to Champagne, partially because I don’t like Champagne & I think this is in a class of its own but this is Champagne-like only if Champagne were perfect, as good as people like to believe it really is, maybe the greatest Champagne in the world compares to this, a comment which was half validated to me, once again, so fresh & ageless, no age on it, no cellar, cobwebs etc. not even the smallest hint of it, to be found anywhere here – extremely carbonated, most carbonated beer I have ever head, almost out carbonating Champagne, despite the fact I don’t like highly carbonated beers, it is perfect here, so refreshing, light & soft on the tongue, the carbonation is perfect to say the least, air does indeed feel like an element of this – is this new, radical or different? no, not sure whether I would call this complex either because it is so perfectly balanced, this is not Mishima, this is Beckett, this is something I always knew and loved perfected in ways I didn’t know where possibly, this is not what expected but this is glorious if rating to style is your modus operandi, there is no way really to give this anything less than a 5, it is not my way of rating but this is one hell of whatever this is – this is geuze alright

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drabmuh (194) - Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Big bottle taken out solo by myself tonight, served in a Drie Fonteinen wine glass. At the time of this review, this beer was #11 on the beeradvocate top beers "popular" list and is the #1 Gueuze on the beeradvocate best of gueuze list. Beer is orange / yellow, almost light brown with a nice white, soft head, tons of lacing, strong carbonation, looks great. no mistaking the aroma for anything other than a 3F gueuze, has that sharpness, oaky, mildly acetic, mildly rubbery, some sulfur, a complex and strong mixture that makes these gueuzes the best. Beer is light on the front and dry on the finish. There is a lemony almost sweetness to this beer, strong citric, some succinate, mild acetic, some creaminess in the palate from a lactic presence, mild tartness at the corners of my mouth on the finish. Overall a near perfect gueuze. I look forward to the zomer now and I’ll love aging this beer and having it again.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
drewbeerme (3919) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2011
bottle. Pours hazed orange foamy wh head nose big oak cobwebs vanilla, pear, white grape. Flavors are smooth white grape, chard barrel, citrus, big oak barrel character, nice spritzy character, easy drinking super clean and refreshing, awesome beer

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 14, 2011
Shared bottle @RBNAG-11. Hazy orangey gold. Brief white head. Funky smell of lemony fruitiness. Fresh wood tones. Intense lemony fruit flavor. Notes of wood, earth and grass. Fine tartness. Some sweetness is noticable. Dry and light acidic lemon-fruity ending. Utterly complex. Nice!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jethrodium (366) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 13, 2011
750 ml bottle. Pours a cloudy golden orange with a 3 finger white head that has good retention and leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is amazing. Extremely funk with some soft oak, some light lemon, mushroom, and a decent amount of earthiness. There is a bit of green apple and some apricot present as well. Probably the best smelling beer I have ever had. The taste starts with some soft funky oak with a slight hint of sweetness. Then comes some light lemon, a bit of lactic, some mushroom, and a bit of apple. The finish has a funky earthiness to it. Overall, it is not particularly dry or sweet. It has a decent tartness throughout, but is not over the top The mouthfeel is quite amazing. It has fairly light, soft, fluffy feel in on the tongue, and the medium carbonation is perfect. I would say that this is the best beer that I have had. I can’t think of anything that I would change about it.


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