3 Fonteinen Armand’4 Oude Geuze Winter

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

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RATINGS: 267   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pushkinwow (2730) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 30, 2012
750ml bottle shared with some boys from Hamilton. Dark amber with a huge frothy off white head that foams up and gradually settles to only a semi-giant head. Smells dry and musty, surprising amount of malt / very malt forward, lemon zest, and a very light funk. Very very dry on the palate, moderate carbonation, bit of chardonnay and candied sugar; mild sweet with vinegar, long finish. A lot of interesting things going on however for me it just didn’t all blend together well - will just have to open up another bottle in a bit and see how things develop.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hallinghansen (3025) - Odense SV, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2012
Bottle @ Sour & Bitter. Hazy yellow body with a large head. Aroma is tart, sugar, fruit. Flavor is tart, spices, yeast.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phredrik (1024) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - JUL 20, 2012
Bottle thanks to Koelschtrinker - thanks! Pours copper with a nice white head. Aroma is immensely funky - huge funk and barnyard in here. Something here reminds me of tires (yes, rubber tires). Some fruitiness, especially pineapple, grapefruit and a hint of banana sweetness. Once I got over the burnt rubber note, it was huge on brettanomyces (very complex profile) and musty old oak, and very well smelling. (15 minutes it is very well smelling, very fruity and complex, and the off rubber aroma is completely gone). The taste is completely free of off-flavours. Very tart, much like the other in the series, lots of brett, more lacto than i remember from the others. Thus, very fruity, citrus, grapefruit and pineapples, of course in a sour and unripe sense. Clear note of sour orange juice. Better tasting than smelling. I am not totally psyched, but it is smooth, balanced yet full of character in the taste - though, I have to say, the most underwhelming beer in this series.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MOLA_DK (379) - DENMARK - JUL 20, 2012
Bottle at home. Pours hazy orange with a frothy head. Sour fruity aroma. Pineapple, lemon and funk in the nose. Dry, sour taste, quite fruity. Not a geuze for the untrained pallet. Super complex. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (14748) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 16, 2012
750 c&c shared by Marcus. Cork hit the ceiling hard. Lots of creamy foam. Pours hazy copper with a 4 finger creamy yellow-white head. The aroma is citric/barnyard sour. Near med body. Flavor is intense sour barnyard. Yet it also seems mellow and smooth. Amazing.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
marcus (9826) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 16, 2012
Bottle from Beer Planet, Brussels. This is an acitve brew - the cork bounced off the ceiling when I opened it. It pours with a massive off-white head that takes a while to subside into liquid. There is an intense sour fruit aroma. The flavor is quite complex for a gueuze. Lots of citrus and barnyard elements, but is still very smooth. An excellent job of blending.

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (24516) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 14, 2012
Bottled, thanks fiulijn! Hazy golden/amber, very lively , firm head. Intense aroma of lemon and cobwebs. Very sour with lots of barnyard, old hay and lemon. Citric acid galore. Soft, spritzy mouthfeel. 3 Fonteinen is never a let down...

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bierkoning (12992) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JUL 3, 2012
Corked bottle. Pale amber color. Lemon, oak, honey and gooseberries in the aroma. Sour flavor with lemon, oak, pineapple, and gooseberries. Well rounded. Could be more complex but the bottle is still quite young.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zvikar (5697) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - JUN 23, 2012
Bottle sample at a sour tasting at Noam’s office. Many thanks DSG. Pours an hazy orange with an intense carbonation and a huge head, strong aroma of honey, flowers, brett, flavor is sour with lemon, pickles, spicy, refreshing, live carbonation, medium to full, bodied, great

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Countbeer (6398) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - JUN 16, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2012 Bottle: Thanks Milan: Medium airy sticky creamy yellow ish cheesy head, changes quick into a thin airy half open lacing on top of a hazy orange colored beer. Smell is a special mix of rubber, caramel, wild yeast, wood, cellar, old herby hops, some light sour sugary notes and a hint of sweet sour old malts. Reminds me slightly of the Zomer. Taste is nice and medium sour with sharper grainy notes, some soap and flowers, elder hops, yeast, wild yeast, older dried (yellow) notes and sharper sour light stingy older hop and malty tones. Aftertaste is a light mix of sour, grains, dry, older hops, wilder yeast and a light stingy grainy hayish touch. Low carbo, soft light watery light tingly mouthfeel, medium to full body and a well balanced medium light watery texture. Very tasty but not the best of the 4.


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