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: 349   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SinH4 (4438) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - SEP 19, 2015
With Toni from Erzbierschof and anstei. Hazy orange color with white head. Aroma is very distinct, flowery, citrusy. Taste is citrusy, perfumed. Some rubber, some old bread. Simply good. Full body. A fantastic blend, and yes, spring. I’m blown away by what Toni is offering tonight.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SarkyNorthener (4413) - 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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
VsXsV (4389) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tkrjukoff (4333) - 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.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
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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   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.

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   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.


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