3 Fonteinen Armand’4 Oude Geuze Lente

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

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RATINGS: 352   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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4.3
SarkyNorthener (4620) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2015
Bottle shared at cotteridge wine tasting. Thanks to beersiveknown, cheers steve. Slightly hazy golden beer with small head. Aroma is light barnyard, citrus and some apple. Taste is citrus, apple, barnyard, a touch of sherbet and fruity. Fizzy palate. Excellent stuff.

5
Martinus (4601) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - DEC 25, 2013
Clear amber golden colour, white head. Aroma of citrus, bread, brett, pediococcus, barnyard, hint of smoky rubber notes. Light tart, sour flavour, gooseberries, lemon zest, citrus, hint of sweet esters. Finish wood, tart, lots of citrus, lovely brett. Lingering. I’m truly impressed, it’s such an utterly brilliant beer, very flavourful while still managing to feel light. Thanks for the bottle from the contest, Armand!
(75cL bottle shared @ home, aperitif during Christmas day)

3.9
rodenbach99 (4572) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 7, 2012
Bouteille partagée avec Patrick, Pierre-Luc et Julien. Quel dommage d’avoir bues les 4 Armand côte à côte et en même temps quel opportunité. Dommage car il fut difficile de les départager. Le printemps se présente sous une robe orangée lui aussi. Sa tête est couverte de mousse beige. Le nez offre des arômes d’huile de sésame (tellseed oil) C’est bien boisé. Inutile de dire qu’il y a aussi des traces importantes de levure sauvage. La bouche est acide avec des brett. Le tout est bien constitué mais pas impressionnant.

4.7
callmemickey (4543) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2013 Shared with my wife, corby112, and sideshowe at our Drie Fonteinen tasting - May 18 2011.

A: Quite possiblly the most beautiful looking geuze. Clear golden-orange body. Capped by a massive off-white head that lasted nearly ten minutes and left chunks of lacing on the side of the glass. This would make even the most robust IPAs blush.

S: Pungent funk dominates. Imagine walking into an old cellar that hadn’t been opened for weeks. Musty with wet hay. There is also some sharp lemon notes and pepper. Something else was here and I couldn’t for the life of me identify the smell. It drove me crazy cause I couldn’t wrap my head around whether it was an off flavor or just something totally unique. Ideally, I’d give this a 4.75, so a 4.5 will have to do.

T: The funk continues but is a bit more restrained. There is a nice interplay between the citric notes and the earthy-mineral complexion. Complexity is further enhanced with the peppery notes and a healthy dose of clean oak.

M: Effervescent with a nice medium to light bodied feel on the palate. Despite the funk, the finish is quite defined and dry. The acidity is just right.

O: An exceptional blend from Armand. I originally traded for two bottles, but after sharing this with me, my wife green-lighted a purchase of two more. Lucky me!

4
Vaiz (4460) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - APR 6, 2012
Bottle at mini-dEnk tasting. Hazy orange pour, thick white head. Aroma is fruity, bretty, sharp and lively. Flavor is sour, spiced, strong and sharp while still very well balanced. Well carbonated and extremely well drinkable. Nice brew.

4.6
VsXsV (4438) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 27, 2013
Bottle. Hazy golden liquid with medium white head. Aroma of lemon, apple skin, light funk, light wood, light pepper and light red berries. Taste is dry and medium to high sour with notes of lemons, apples and light funk. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Excellent.

4.2
tkrjukoff (4335) - SWEDEN - SEP 11, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2012 Bottle. Courtesy of rlgk. Pours cloudy light amber with a small bubbly off white head leaving lace. Aroma is fresh, fruity, sour, some horse blancket and pinaple. Flavor is fresh, fruity, tart, lemon juice, bitter and dry. Finishes dry, tart and sour. It’s little too  much lemon juice sourness to my taste. Second tasting 120505, 30 år surt. Flavor of this bottle is much better than the first, not as much tartness and as such more pleasant for my taste.

4.2
johnnnniee (4312) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 2, 2012
Pours a slightly hazy orange amber color with a huge fluffy white head that persists forever. I can smell the fruity tartness as soon as I wrangle the cork off of the bottle. Smells of sweet brown sugary malt with a sharp lactic tartness that reminds me of cherries, lemons, and tangerines. A light bit of earthy funk rounds out the nose quite well. The flavor is tart and funky, but not mouth puckering in intensity. More lemons and grapefruit than cherries in the flavor along with a light sweetness and a small acid burn as each sip settles into my gullet. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet tart kind of mouthfeel going on. Very nice gueze, I’m glad I got the opportunity to try it.

4.7
MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 11, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2012 Cracker, grapefruit and lemon, heavy 3F rind funk with well balance of heavy citrus, earth, grass. Nose balance is stunning. Flavor is rindy at front, citrus, and wheat follow to mid with the 3F cobweb at back, heavy rind and citrus punching through in the finish, again showing this vibrant, incredible balance. A bit high carbonated, but amazing balance. Like Girardin, this has the Cantillon lightness with the 3F complexity, but the body is considerably more effervescent, probably to a fault. Still sublime, particularly the lively, refreshing quality Armand managed to capture while still imbuing so many elements.

3.5
Aniela (4216) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2011
Bottle at home in Skövde. Golden hazy beer with a small head. Fruity, hoppy with some pineapplearoma. Grassy, citrus, fruity flavor.


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