3 Fonteinen Armand'4 Oude Geuze Winter

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


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RATINGS: 271   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Armand’4 Winter 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. He’s in fact the only lambic-brewer to use Challenger hops to make his Geuze. 60 % malted barley, 40 % wheat, aged hops and water. Each season’s geuze has an unique and different blend.

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jredmond (8839) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 8, 2017
Bottle courtesy of Ryan (thanks man!) at his May 2017 tasting. Pours a hazy orange body with thick white head and lacing. Nose is lemon, oak, funk and barn. Mouthfeel is sour lemon, oak, tart acidity, dusty basement and nice minerality.

maekchu (4098) - Hirakata, JAPAN - APR 9, 2017
2012 vintage bottle shared by Kyoto Lefty. Thanks! Tart, zippy nose of citrus, some light vegetable puree, rhubarb. Very hazy apple juice color. Flavors of moderately tart stone fruit, slight oxidation, then some sweeter fruitiness along with the wheaty notes.. Really a medley of tingling fruit. Thin body, mildly astringent. This one has aged very well. Full-featured stuff, but not over the top in any way. Great!

KansaiBeerLvrs (5500) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 9, 2017
At a tasting and I count myself lucky to have been able to try it. Thankfully we were wise enough to crack it before we were too deeply inebriated. Lovely clear orange copper with a funky cork aroma. It’s got a classic dry tart acidity with notes of lemon. Drinks like a dream, it is an exemplary geuze.

KyotoLefty (10808) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 9, 2017
Bottle from the brewery. Grapefruit and leather in the nose. Cloudy gold with a good head. Great flavor of leather, old books, grapefruit, low level of sourness. Lovely balance with great citrus and lots of barnyard. Silky, with great, soft carbonation. Awesome. Wish I had another chance to drink these all side by side.

BuckeyeBoy (8860) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 12, 2017
Sexy bottle thanks to Sam some years back and again to toby at ratebeer winter gathering for a refresher. Pours out a dark golden almost orange with a ring of a head. Nose is nice light funk citrus some stone fruit even and some farmhouse dust. Taste is more of the light funky fruit notes and barrel.

ClarkVV (6961) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 18, 2017
Bottle at Akkurat with Nelson on 11/29/16.
Again, a fantastic pour, this one gushing lightly again and showing forth a bronze-golden robe, clear and well-carbonated with a large, snow white head atop with very strong retention for the style.
Winter seems to be the exact antithesis of Spring, though our bottle of Summer was off, so maybe that was even brighter when not off. Not that Winter doesn’t have some bright notes; it does, full of apple, lime, kumquat, lemon and other beautiful brett qualities, but there hidden away against a very musty, almost cheesey and horsey character that ends with strong lactic notes and light hay/cheeserind/more horseblanket. Side-by-Side with the Spring, it’s difficult to choose a favorite and the Winter might just prevail due to its uniqueness. Where the Spring is explosively, brightly full of Brett tartness and poignant tropical fruits, the Winter settles in for a much more subtle but all-encompassing lactic-wood-brett-must-basement type of quality, and only slightly less intense overall than Spring.
It’s got a bit fuller of a body than the rest, with strong lactic character and tons of horseblanket. Tight carbonation, as all show, with proper attenuation, of course, and a crescendo of flavors culminating in a very funky, very flavorful finish. Must, cellar, plaster, wool, mineral all persist.....incredible stuff. One to ponder, for sure.

gephross100 (943) - Bellaire, Texas, USA - JAN 13, 2017
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2017 Bottle thanks to Craig. Pours dark orange with no head. Low carbonation, medium mouthfeel. Super fruit forward. Mild sourness. Horse, fresh cut grass, decaying leaves.

ThirstyBird (3019) - Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2016
Thanks J!! Pours a hazy tangerine color with an of-white head. The smell is mineral and some funk. The taste is tart, mineral, some apricot with a dry and crisp end. Slightly over average carbonation level. Nice.

fiulijn (21507) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 10, 2016

2016-11-01, 9-3-8-4-17=41
Cloudy dull light amber color, flat, carbonation is gone. I like the aroma, but it’s mainly cheesy. The mouthfeel is acidic and getting lightly oily; good cellar character, horseblanket, some orange peel, and astringency, but the missing carbonation plays negatively.
Still a very enjoyable beer.

2012-07-14, corked bottle from Beer Planet, Brussels, 9-4-8-4-17=42
Cloudy amber color, with good sized head, persistent. The aroma is fresh and very pungent, with dominating cellar smell, cobwebs, and lemon peel, and late manure.
The first impression of the flavor is about citrus fruits, lemon and pink grapefruit; the mouthfeel is dry and acidic, it seems very young and fresh, well carbonated; still, it’s full of Bretts, leading to an astringent and very sour final.
An aggressive and lively Gueuze.

fiery1 (1813) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 1, 2016
750ml bottle @ Alex’s. Pours a slight hazy amber with zero carbonation. Nose of barnyard funk, ripe fruits, light grape, and some sesame?. Flavour is funky, fruity, musty and cobwebs. Thank you Alex for the four seasons

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