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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4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rickgordon (3870) - Göteborg, - APR 7, 2013
Bottled. Amber color with rich frothy foam. Dry woody nose with hints of oak, grapefruit and gentle phenols. Flavour is dry woody and grapefruity, with notes of goat cheese,smokey phenols, ripe green apple and oak. High acidity here. Musty mouthfeel. Almost puckering after due to the tannins and the dryness. Really complex.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BuckeyeBoy (7052) - 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.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ClarkVV (6314) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
gephross100 (735) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ThirstyBird (2844) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (20063) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiery_1 (693) - 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

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (14165) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 1, 2016
Bottle - Very light funk. Cloudy gold with a small frothy head. Light funk and very mellow and some tartness. The mildest of the three, not bad, just not as exceptional as the rest.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
lupulist (328) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 1, 2016
Pours a copper colour with barely any head. Aroma of funk and cheese. Tastes very funky, with little acidity on the balance. Bit of petrol flavour too. This bottle is almost flat, but still very good. My least favourite of the seasons, but could be due to a less than stellar bottle. Thanks for these fiulijn!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rouhlas (3312) - GREECE - JUL 11, 2016
750 ml bottle at Gueuze tasting 2016, Ulfborg. Light hazy golden orange color with off white head. Yeasty aroma, barnyard, dusty, wood, grapes, citrusy fruity, orange and lemon. Sweet and acidic taste like aroma, funky tart fruity. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vestergaard (2055) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - JUN 24, 2016
Rating #1500! From Bottle @fonefan gueuze tasting Ulfborg, thanks to fonefan - june 24th 2016. Pours a hazy, golden amber with a big, whiteish head. Aroma has leathery funk, vanilla, oak, sweet, almost caramel malt, moldy, wet leaves, blue cheese, vinegar. Taste is tart, citric sour, dry tannic, light sweetish, quite some moldy umami, and a light bitter dryness. High carbonation and a smooth, oily but light body. Really good!


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