Armand'4 Oude Geuze Winter - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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Reviews by JAXSON:
4.55/5 rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Pours a bright peach orange, very lightly hazed, with an ever rising white head. As with the other Armand'4 bottles, the nose is super juicy, bright, citric, hay, grass. Mouth is quite sour and super dry up front, more dry than I remember Lente or Zomer. Signature wet pavement and mineral in that dry part of the palate. Oak and brett swell up on the back palate, along with a distinct lime juice on the finish. Interesting, way more mineral and citrus forward than the others I've had of this series. Carbonation is very sharp, feel is not unlike a very dry champagne.
When I open a special bottle like this recently I tend to drink it alongside a more commonplace beer in the same style. I opened a 2010 Girardin Black Label tonight to drink next to the Winter. The Girardin is an older blend which is evident, the feel is much softer. Main difference on the flavor profile is the back palate on the Winter really swelling up with tons of citrus, where the Girardin is softer and more balanced throughout. The Armand'4 Winter is an aggressive blend, complex, bright, I love the feel of it. Trying to be completely objective, the Winter beats this batch of Girardin easily, mostly in being so pronounced and complex in everything in does, as opposed to balanced and soft.
Serving type: bottle
01-11-2012 01:32:05 | More by JAXSON
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4.3/5 rDev -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
First review of 2014
Presentation: 750 ml bottled 4/22/2010. Best before 4/2020. Poured into a Cantillon stemmed glass. Cork removed with relative ease, but did not shoot out, and the bottle was not a gusher as has been reported with some of these.
Appearance: Pours a dark sunset orange color with 2+ fingers of an eggshell colored head. Great retention and lots of lacing. Body is very hazy with tons of visible carbonation streaming throughout the glass.
Smell: Barnyard funk, horseblanket, rotting fruit, green apple, basement, orange, hay. Super funky and inviting.
Taste: Tart, funky and sour all the way through to the finish. Orchard fruit, lemon, earthy, herbal with a noticeable malt character that provides a slight sweetness.
Mouthfeel: Medium/light bodied, slightly creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is high but works for the style. Finishes dry.
Overall: As with the other Armand'4 beers this is a world glass gueuze. To me this is the most "different" beer in the series, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Put aside the fact that this is part of a set, and this is worth seeking out on it's own.
Serving type: bottle
01-01-2014 05:47:00 | More by Jonada
Armand'4 Oude Geuze Winter from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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