3 Fonteinen Armand’4 Oude Geuze Zomer

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

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RATINGS: 300   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.19/5   SEASONAL: Summer   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!

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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deanso (9936) - Doncaster, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2012
75cl bottle coyrtesy of kermis, thanls. Decent white head. Hazy blond pour. Nice brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (9925) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2012 750 ml bottle sampled at STLWill’s 30th birthday tasting- thanks again! Pours a hazy golden orange color with a fairly large white head. The aroma is earthy, musty, oaky, and funky, with a lot of mixed citrus and herbs. Flavor of lemon, white grapes, lactic acid, leather, and some leafy hops. Dry finish. Sour and earthy mouthfeel, with a medium body and medium, crisp carbonation. I liked this a lot but not as much as the other three in the Armand’4 season series. Re-Rate: Will shared another. A notch better than I remembered. Really earthy and crisp.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sebletitje (9912) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUL 3, 2011
75cl bottle @ 3F with Armand. Cette bière continue dans la lignée des saisons, mais aussi, je pense, démontre et renforce avec cette deuxième obole tout le savoir d’Armand dans son art. Les saisons changent donc, et cette gueuze demeure un miroir du Pajottenland. L’été, avec une gueuze orangée-dorée, une mousse mi-blanche/beige qui reste soyeuse. Immédiatement, on est agréablement surpris de sentir la différence avec la Lente. Cette Zomer a un nez qui apparaît comme plus fruité et superbement savoureux toujours en ayant cette présence boisée/acidifié, chêne mais juste un tout petit peu plus fleuri, et cela par la présence de ce vieux houblon Challenger. Le palais est légèrement plus poussiéreux et sec, gardant néanmoins une touche d’amertume houblonné/citronné mais aussi de bois. Sec et légèrement plus épicé et ayant une touche fruitée aigre/funk sur la fin qui est plus présent que la première de la série. Cette gueuze est plus acidifiée que la Lente et garde un profile léger tel que l’on peu le goûter dans une aspirine, et qui selon Armand s’estompera avec les années. Une gueuze qui est certaine de continuer à évoluer et qui se devra d’être revisitée.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JorisPPattyn (9882) - Ursel, BELGIUM - AUG 10, 2011
Good, slightly dirty-yellow head over fully hazy amber-orange beer, very lively carbonated. Sulphurous nose, lemony and barnyard odours. Quite sour, very lemoney flavour; sulphur never far away, lactic acid, redcurrants or whitecurrants; and something vaguely reminiscent of black olives retronasal. Sometimes as sucking a lemon through a bit of sugar. Very lively, refreshing and long-lasting, lipsmacking acidity. Doubtless harsher than the Lente, with more outspoken sulphur and lemon. Result of two separate tastings (thanks to Hildegarde & Bas!).

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (9729) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 27, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Beautifully citrusy, this fluffy Oude Gueuze expresses its wilderness and potent sourness through a lovely bone-dry mouthfeel.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sizeable head of foam covers the muddy amber.
-This one felt drier and less overtly yeasty than the rest of the 4, which is probably why I felt like its flavor were expressed more clearly.
-Sourness is higher than other Armand’4 blends, I believe.
-This was not the most complex of the 4 necessarily. Its flavors simply hit the spot more than average, for me.

Bottle.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2014
750ml bottle, tasted at RBSG. Totally hazy orange amber color. Thin ring of off-white head. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, kind of soft, lighter carbonation. Light dry, light slick in the finish,. Awesome perfect amount of musty funky character, light citrus, light spice. All very subtle and well blended with a great amount of oak. Cool moderate tart taste, light spicy. Awesome geuze.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arminjewell (9574) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 5, 2012
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, hazy orange pour with white head, aroma has notes of cheese, dust, basement, hints of earth and lemon notes, nice lactic and lemon note with some slight spice notes. Taste is a nice mix of mix of nice vanilla, lots of lemon, grass, touch of earth, slight earthy bitterness. Nice, a bit yeasty but good.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
3fourths (9299) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 17, 2011
UPDATED: APR 5, 2013 comments are for first bottle opened alongside lente. second tasting alongside herfst was a rich experience, as always the case with 3 fonteinen, but it didn’t have the same burst of peach rind fuzz and all that. i’d imagine every bottles tastes different given the ester and acid release from pouring and glassware chosen. that said: glowing dense sparkling amber copper with a inexplicably supported white satin thick cream of a head. first dance with the nose is spiced cedar phenols and citrus esters, developing into the most intoxicating combinations of smells ever experienced in a beer: fuzzy, musty just-ripe peach rind fruitiness; light lactic fatty acids; a touch of butyric cognac with oak; it feels like tree bark, wildflowers and berry bushes in the wilderness. it smells like the earth, and it’s textured, alive and playful. it develops late into a more waxy and oily honey-tinged semi-sweet malt and wheat base, with doughy, full, rounded yeast. the sparkling and zesty acid and superb natural carbonation have produced playful wood / bark / berry / peach esters and acids, even some faint waxy sweet pickle notes when warmer. yeah, pickles. then throw in some some chalk / calcite / drywall rounds. Zomer is an unconventional geuze but with an ester and acid profile that may be unmatched. it’s one of the best I’ve ever had.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (9277) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 12, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 (12/02/2012) 75 cl. bottle split between me Tim and Klaas as our final beer of the RBWG 2012 gathering – I purchased this one at the Alvinne beer shop – poured into my 3F glass this beer simply looks gorgeous, a hazy golden, bright orange with the typical 3F head, very sizable and stable for a geuze – smell is very inviting, this is a very fruity one with a strong apple presence, just as with the lente, there is no cellar, mustiness here, a unique geuze in that aspect as well as others, fresh fruity lemons, lots of spices which carry on that fresh, summer / sunny feel that this beer has – taste starts out with a summery lemony bitterness, leading into the fruitiness, lots of apples, slight oranges, brett, leading into an amazing pepper laden, dry finish – spritzy carbonation making this very light and fluffy – another phenomenal geuze ////////////////////////////////////////////////// (31/12/2013) Tried another one, thx! Every bit as good still as it was, a full 4.9 at least. Thicker now, more funk, fuller, faint caramel, thick funky fruits, barnyard. Still drinking phenomenally.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tderoeck (9211) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 16, 2012
14/I/2012 75cl bottle @ RBBWG 2012 - bottled: 26/III/2010 (2012-58) Thanks to ships77 for bringing the bottle!

Little cloudy orange beer, aery unstable white head, non adhesive. Aroma: very spicy, some bretta, lemon juice, grassy. MF: too much carbon, medium to full body. Taste: lemony start, lots of bitter touches, pretty spicy, herbal, almonds. Aftertaste: lemon, some grapefruit, lemon peel, pretty bitter, pepper, dry bitter ending. 2 down, 2 to go.


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