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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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SarkyNorthener (4223) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aniela (4215) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 13, 2011
Bottle shared at the big Hair of the Dog PreSale Tasting... A wonderful Gueuze that poured golden yellow with a white head. Tart fruit characters, oak, horse blanket, early herbs, hints of citrus, and overall quite acidic. Lots of funky sourness too.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dEnk (4200) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - APR 13, 2012
Bottle @ tasting. Aroma is huge and complex, red fruit, barn, dust, hay, brett, earth, musk and loads more. Flavour is huge red fruit, barn, grapes, spices. Big sourness, yet very easy going. Awesome.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 1, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2011 A soft, steady pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a glass filling, three-finger thick, pale, just tanned, off-white colored head. The head leaves some nice lacing patterns on the sides of my glass as I work my way through this beer. The beer is an amber color that shows a clear, light amber with gold tinges to it hue when held up to the light. The aroma is nice and funky, it smells of woody, mushrooms still damp and with forest loam still stuck to them as I pour this beer. Sharp and tart smelling, this seems to have just a touch of acetic acid, but more of a urea like tart-spiciness, as well as a full, grapefruit like lactic acidity. Musty, slightly moldy, wild yeast notes mix with a woodiness from the oak. If you spend some focused time smelling this beer an ample, but otherwise unnoticed, grain character becomes noticeable; aromas of whole wheat crackers and crushed pale malt. The phenolics here provide a sharpness, that isn’t medicinal at all, but mixes in with the sharper acidic notes. Musty, woody pepper that has lost most of its spice, as well as a general funkiness that I wouldn’t say is really B.O. like, but does have an animal muskiness to it (of course this is all in the absolutely best sense of the description).

Spritzy, with an ample carbonation, the beer feels lively as it rolls across the tongue. Notes of urea, backed by a solid lactic acidity combine with the carbonic acid to make this beer even more lively. My first sip of this seems quite light and refreshing, and my palate is left with a lingering sourness as well as some phenolic mustiness and muskiness. Slightly medicinal tasting, this provides a firmness to the beer; it sort of has a chalky, or maybe hint of aspirin like flavor / texture to it as well. Funky mushroom flavors, mix with a musky, barnyard character and some limestone cave like earthiness form a backdrop to the lively tartness that is the focus of this beer. Soft grain notes, aren’t quite as prominent as in the nose, but form a nice base for the other notes; softly cracker like, more hay-like or dried grass like, but also with a lingering sourdough bread crumb like flavor that is just noticeable as a lingering suggestion on the palate after each sip.

As the beer warms up it becomes softer and rounder, the grain character seems to become fuller and help with this, though it is still not a major component of the flavor. While this beer is quite light and quaffable, it still has that fullness that a good Gueuze usually has. At times the hint of acetic acid seems to provide a sensation of sweetness to this beer; actually I like how light and subtle the acetic character is here, a good Gueuze really shouldn’t have any noticeable acetic character, and this one really doesn’t, what is here just adds to the complexity of this beer rather than intruding on the other flavors.

Mind blowingly good perhaps not, but damn I would certainly drink this every day if I could. It is really hard for this Lambic lover to not be really excited by this beer; it has likely lived up to the anticipation that I tried not to overdo as this bottle sat resting in my refrigerator. I really like how hearty the grain character is in the aroma; it is quite distinct & really just adds that extra something to the nose. While I don’t mind the subtle acetic character in this beer, this would likely be a lot closer to perfection without it.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TURDFERGUSON (4051) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 7, 2011
Bottle at rbsg2011, Thanks GT! This was awesome. Spicy, leather, lots of oak, barnyard funk, acidic. Great lambic that I hope I get to have again in the future.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
VsXsV (4034) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
theisti (3984) - Kansas, USA - SEP 20, 2011
750 ml bottle courtesy of mreusch, tasted along with the Zomer. The pour is a haze yellow golden along with a nicely formed white head. Aroma is the house character of 3 Fonteinen, a bit of plastic, and light sour and funk in the back. It all comes to together well, and is quite soft and approachable. The taste is lemon citrus tartness right up front, followed close behind with the funk of the nose, some of the burnt plastic near the end, and the tart sour lemon carries the longish finish. The palate features spritzy champagne like effervenseance. Clean and tart finish, really drinkable stuff. Thanks for sharing these gems Matt.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
johnnnniee (3951) - 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.

4.2
   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


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