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Armand'4 Oude Geuze Winter - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Armand'4 Oude Geuze WinterArmand'4 Oude Geuze Winter

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227 Ratings
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Ratings: 227
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 7.42%
Wants: 235
Gots: 73 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 12-16-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 227 | Reviews: 59
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Photo of Stevedore
4.46/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle from the Armand'4 set; generously contributed by Doug. Poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 12/8/2013.

Review #323.

Pours a hazy light brown-orange body, very effervescent with large volumes of fluffy white head that retains quite well. Not much lacing is left on these, and this beer eventually lost carbonation over the course of a half hour becoming a quite placid beer.

Smells phenomenal. Of the 3 non-Lente Seasons we had, this smelled by far the most intense and most peppery. It makes my brain yell freshly ground peppercorns, along with a nice tannic oak and a decent bit of funk. Very complex and intense, easily the best of the night. It holds the nose very well, even after the rest of the beer goes downhill as it warms up.

This was crisp, refreshing but not particularly complex. It's especially peppery and it does start out quite funky, earthy and tannic, but as the beer warms up, it simply loses whatever oomph it had. I see why this is the lowest rated of all the 4, but I maintain it is better than 99% of the geuzes out there.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, great carbonation at first. But, as it warms up, it simply loses all the carbonation and becomes flat. I've never had a geuze do that to me before, but that's what happened to it. Still, at first it's very crisp, dry and refreshing with a nice end-palate of peppercorn and earthy funk.

Even though we can all agree this is the least of the Seasons, this is still a fantastic geuze that is worth trying at least once. At the very least, it presents a different kind of flavour and nose than the others.

Re-review: Drank alongside the other 3 Seasons on 3/30/2015. Served in a 3F stemmed glass. It still smells fantastic and rivals Lente and Zomer in terms of the nose. Quite a bit of flavour, even if a bit subtle. However, as it warms up, the flavour profile falls off quite a bit. Not disappointing at all nevertheless. Still drinking well but I don't anticipate it getting better with age.

Photo of warnerry
4.33/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle served by Armand's wife at the 3F lambikOdroom and shared during a great day of tasting with new friend BA woosterbill and others.

A - Pours clear golden deep brown with three fingers of off-white head. Head has great retention and leaves bits of lacing.

S - Heavy funk with faint citrus notes. Slight aroma of feet and nice musty cheese. Faint earthy/bitter aromas round things out.

T - Has bitter notes very reminiscent of chewing a 1000 mg vitamin C tablet. Taste is mildly acidic but mostly earthy and funky. Lots of grapefruit rind in the finish and some lemon midway through.

M - Medium light crisp mouthfeel has a lingering earthiness and slight bitterness.

O - Not the most acidic geuze, definitely more focused on earthy funk. Still, very enjoyable all around.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.65/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Dan for this one. 750ml corked and caged bottle into a Cantillon Zwanze Day stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a big, fluffy 4 finger frothy light cream colored head with great retention. Beer is a slightly cloudy dark orange/bronze. Lacing is patchy and thick with moderate cling. A great looking beer.

Nose is crazy aromatic. Rotting, acidic hay, wet wood, cheesy funk, lemon, and tart citrus fruit. Grassy. Real dank and musty. Incredible.

Opens tart. Apricot and citrus. Wet wood, cheesy funk, lemon tartness, and grass. Dried hay in the back tickles the tongue. Cobwebs and grassiness. Real carbonated and prickly. A very light peppery presence right at the end. Aftertaste of tart wet wood. Very good.

Light bodied with moderate to ample carbonation. Prickly and aggressive in the mouth and dry going down. Finishes dry with a lingering, sticky, puckering aftertaste. Nearly perfect.

Easily one of the best gueuzes I've ever come across and on par with the other Armand series beers. This will age with the best of them and I can't wait to see how it mellows out and what other flavors might evolve and develop.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pour was a hazy golden orange, lovely white head, and bright colorful body.

very bright and colorful lemon and oak. vivid cheesy funk. i really tried hard to pick out what armand was going for here in his attempt to depict winter. the bright sharpness reminded me of old winter air.

flavor was very similar, very bright and vivid with sharp tart and our lemon. very dry oak and old musty malt to balance it all out.

mild to moderate carbonation and very dry and "cold".

only had about 2-3 ounces so i have a hard time really rating this against the others. i would have to say i still rate lente and herfst the best, this is about on level with zomer. still, simply amazing.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 4/22/2010. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Big head, orange body. Hazy. A little bit of lacing and brief retention.

Smell - Mild citrus. Acidic lemon and a medium funk. Less intense than the others.

Taste - Really tart. Similar to Zomer in it's acidity. A little vinegar. This one has the herbal notes again, but less so than the Zomer. Puckering finish.

Mouthfeel - Not as dry, but still quite sour. Less complex. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Still a good gueuze, but the least impressive of the four. Feels like the flavors could go wrong at any moment, but it stays the course.

Photo of bashiba
4.64/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice hazy golden orange with a thick and rocky white head.

Great nose, big and balsamic with a nice oaky head.

The flavor has a big bready and tart flavor up front. Very woody and oaky with a very clean herbal finish.

The mouthfeel is very long and dry.

Very nicely drinkable, great gueze.

Photo of thagr81us
4.3/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one was a part of cmrillo’s 40 Beers* @ 40 Birthday Bash! Shared by cmrillo at his own party! Served from bottle into a Drie Fonteinen ‘3 Fountains’ gueuze glass. Poured a hazy yellow-orange with a three finger white head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, lemon zest, citrus, and funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, lemon zest, lemon rine, citrus, funk, and sour. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly great brew. It was very similar to the Herfst we had prior, but not as citrusy. Still a very solid brew from a well recognized brewery. Definitely an absolute must try.

Photo of jmarsh123
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours murky orange with a big slightly off-white head that fades down to less than a finger after a few minutes and spotty lacing down the glass.

Aroma: Lemons, pears, apples, oak and a ton of earthy funk. Seems like a lot more than previous seasons.

Sour apple right off the bat. There's a little creaminess and some oak shines through. Taken over by that earthy "dirt" presence before finishing with some more sour apple and pear.

Creamy mouthfeel and good carbonation. Maybe a bit higher than the others.

Definitely not as good as the Lente. I'd had to have them side by side again to find the order, but it seems like this is the weakest although it's still a tasty beer. The earthy component is just a bit too much after a while although it's still a great beer.

Photo of largadeer
4.16/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared by nick3. Thanks a ton, Nick.

Clear, bright amber body with a tall frothy head that shows great retention and lacing. Malty, grainy nose with honey, stonefruit, restrained acidity at this point. Smells completely different than the other Armand'4 beers, decidedly more malty and somewhat sweet. The palate has a big grain and barrel tannin character, very biting and pleasantly astringent. Flavors of tart green apple, grapefruit, pale malt, bitter herbs. Sourness is present but mild, though it should intensify with age. Body is pretty big for gueuze, and the finish has a surprising bitter kick along with lemon rind-like tannins. Good stuff, very different than the other beers in this series, perhaps less good but still thoroughly enjoyable.

Photo of oline73
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this at Sour and Bitter. Poured into my stemless wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber with a golden hue. There is a finger of off white head that sticks around pretty well.

Smell: Somewhat sweet right off the bat. There is a lemon juice tartness along with a mild funk to back it up.

Taste: More funk/mineral notes than I found in the smell. Some lemon juice notes as well. Light and quite tart with some hops showing up in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a finish that is a tad dry.

Overall: This beer had a lot going on and was very good. Tart and refreshing, I am glad I have a bottle of my own to open in the future.

Photo of Etan
4.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared side-by-side with Herfst by Willcarrera and Agold. Poured from a 750ml into a tulip.

A: Pours a darkish, murky gold with a nice tower of white foam. Great lacing.

S: Earthy funk and mildly fruity sourness in the nose. Gets a little more spicy and herbal as it warms.

T: Moderately sour with a good lactic base. Apricot, earthy mushroom, garlic, wet leaf. Much more funky and a little more complex than Herfst. Sweetness and a tiny bit of citric hoppiness comes out as it warms. Hay, grain, and more wet funk in the finish.

M: Perfect mouthfeel for a geuze. Sort of light with lively but not overpowering carbonation.

O: This was my favorite of the two. A bit more funky and complex. Thanks A and Will for the chance to try these fantastic blends.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.95/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tasting glass. Bottle shared among six of us, so about 4 oz. for me. Consumed last of our four seasons tasting.

3.5 A: Moderately hazed yellow orange. A little darker than Zomer, which was a little darker than Lente. Looks like Herfst. Two and a half fingers of foamy white head. Retention is better than Herfst, but worse than the other two. Least lacing of all of them

3.5 S: Almost as earthy of Zomer with the "cleanest funk." By that I liken it more to a stream running through a forest than an enclosed dank basement. I'm picking up something along the lines of mustard seed as well. Least impressive nose and the least "gueuzy."

4.0 T: Lucky for me, this has some of the bleu cheesiness that was featured in Herfst. Mustard seed component is back again. Lightest mustiness with some of the typical players - basement, hay, rotting wood.

5.0 M: Lighter body. High gueuzy carbonation that is perfectly spritzy and creamy as well. The best mouthfeel is found in Winter.

4.0 D: I know that Herfst was my favorite and Zomer was my least favorite, but I can't figure out the other two. Lente was the most complex and better tasting, but Winter has the cheesy component that I love and the best mouthfeel.

Photo of alcstradamus
4.32/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gushed a bit even when refrigerator cold. Be careful if you open it warmer.

The aroma on this one is hugely dusty and barnyardy. Acetic with some bright cheesy notes. Great.

The flavor is possibly the most oaky and tannic of the series. Very dusty with some orange peel and sunflower seed. Cheese rind and very sour front end.

Carbonation is extremely high, possibly too much but not uncommon for a gueuze.

Overall this feels like the weakest of the series, but it is still a high quality geuze which makes it a world class beverage.

Photo of islandboi8204
4.05/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opened along side Lente, Zomer, Herfst, shared 4 ways.

Pours a hazy peach colored body, large white fluffy head with dense lacing.

Smells very complex, musty oak, earthy, lemon zest, and almost some metallic. Even some pumpkin pie and smokey meat... very interesting.

Tastes like lemon and grapefruit with a heavy dose of wood and funk. This one is a lot more earthy than the other 3 seasons. I thought from the first few sips that I would like this variation the best, but as it warmed, it became my least favorite. The pumpkin sausage pie flavors were too much after a while.

Light to medium body, smooth carbonation.

Overall, my least favorite of the Armand’4 series. Way too much earthiness and off flavors for me. I thought it would be the most interesting and unique variation at the beginning, in terms of flavor and smell, but as it warmed, the others were more drinkable with their balance.

Photo of Luk13
4.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First Armand to crack. Beautiful dark amber with rocky head. Very dark for such a young lambic. Classic 3F funk with more fruits. Aroma is more tame than the regular 3F, very classy. Ireally like the taste with definite sour cherries along with the funk. Very sour but somewhat sweet reminiscent of cherries. Full bodied but a little drier. I prefer this one to the regular, I can't wait to taste the rest of the series.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.92/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served side by side with the other three Armand'4 variants on is New Year's Eve. Served in a Drie Fonteinen tumbler.

Pours a light copper color with a huge white head and loads of lacing. The nose brings a fairly heavy funk with strong earth. Almost an "imperial" version of the standard 3F geuze. Some acidity in the background. Flavor is intense as well. Really hits the funk notes. Perhaps the first of the bunch. Acidity is low. Light body and heavy carbonation. Über solid. Love this series. Thank you, Armand. Boom.

Photo of jlindros
3.85/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to either rudzud or Duffy for this one.

Pours a creamy head with hazy golden orange color.

Nose has some funk, tart malts and fruit, lighter, light tart weird musty slight sulfury funk.

Taste is fairly sour, light funk and tart like fruits, bready yeast, juicy but syrupy fruit, little think but decent funk. Hint of hay and lemongrass. Finish is dry bready funk, long fairly bitter earthy tart funk with a light rubbery-ish thing in it.

body is thinner with good carb.

Overall eh, some funky off flavors and aromas I think, but still got some decent funk and tart fruits, so probably not Armand's best.

Photo of AleWatcher
3.22/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dudeabide shared this with us at an awesome tasting.

Little hazy toasted golden color with a light tan head. Good spotty lacin left behind.

Smells of tangerine peels and toasted malt. Aaaand some sulfer notes.
The flavor is sweeter than the others in the series... More malty. Some chalky mineral water vibe reminds me of candy.

This is no where near as sour as the others and it actually finishes kinda sweet. Rather full-bodied.

Overall-- on a random Tuesday night this would score higher, by compared to Lente and Zomer (which were opened side by side).

Photo of WillCarrera
4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle, from box number 187/500, poured into a tulip. Drank this side-by-side with Herfst.

A- Pours a golden color with a few fingers of fluffy white head, leaves great lacing.

S- Very funky, has some citrus and fruit, as it warms up some herbal spiciness emerges.

T- Nice bracing tartness, some citrus, funk is earthy and as it warms up becomes herbal. Finish is bitter and tannic, with more notes of herbs and hay.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth and very creamy.

O- A really awesome gueuze. I liked this one more than Herfst, I've never had such an herbal gueuze before but it works really well and is sort of reminiscent of the idea of winter.

Photo of sweemzander
4.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bottled in 2010
(A) - Pours a lovely golden straw yellow color with a nice fluffy white head with surprising retention.
(S)- Some awesome straw and barnyard funk meets lemon peel and a light slightly cheesy lactic acid component. Very earthy and welcoming.
(T)- Deep citrus of lemon peel with a soft acidity and plenty of straw-like funk sets the stage for a surprisingly soft body that balances the funk and sourness quite well
(M)- A superb carbonation level. The soft acidity in conjunction with a balanced yet complex funky profile really makes this one and easy drinker. Slightly sharp, but never overpowering.
(O)- First time having this one and it is superb. Each and every one of these seasonal geuzes are dynamic, complex, yet perfectly balanced. Should have bought more

Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again, Richard!

Pours a cloudy orange color with a tall white head. Smells quite similar to many of the Drie Fonteinen gueuzes. It's fairly funky with a nice grass and earthy aroma. There is a bit of tartness of lemon and green apple, too. The flavor is a bit sweeter than I expected. But other than that, it's a typically good and drinkable gueuze from Armand. Nice tartness and funk all around. Medium bodied with high carbonation.

Photo of FosterJM
4.17/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1653rd Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip
75cl

2010 Bottling
Thanks Jazz for landing me a bottle

Split with GuruDel

App- A very dark orange without a lot of highlighting colors behind it. Had a very small formation of bubbles and was gone quickly. Didnt leave any stick behind. Looks almost identical to Hefst.

Smell- A great smelling beer. Not on par with Lente but quite nice. Didnt have as much of the citrus on the nose but had a touch more tart behind it witout being overly done. The flavors seemed a bit thicker on this one.

Taste- A very well done beer. I enjoyed this for the full crisp slightly sour citrus flavors. This was a bit more full than the others and am adjusting as so. More

Mouth- A small light body almost a good solid medium with a lighter medium carbonation level. Wasnt a fresh and popping. Lacking a bit of pop on residual flavors.

Drink- A very well done beer. This series is really something magical. Glad I was able to try all 4 of them.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.29/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 8.20.13

A - Pours a murky, very light brown with a huge cream-colored head that never fades.

S - Very, very funky, lots of woody, slightly citrus, and tons of horseblanket funk.

T - Funky, wood-very earthy and dirty.

D - Dry, Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Very funky and dry, but not overly complex. Still stellar, but not as good as the other seasons in my opinion.

Photo of brystmar
4.3/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed alongside the other Armand'4 seasons at our Memorial Day tasting. As with the other Armands, this pour is gorgeous.

Winter was noticeably different from the other seasons. Oddly, it gave off my favorite aroma despite placing 4th in my overall rankings. It was also the most acidic of the four -- a characteristic I typically love. Something in the mix of flavors here doesn't resonate with me like it did with Lente & Zomer. Still a fantastic gueuze, though.

In our group of 6, we had at least one person who thought each season was the best of the bunch. Goes to show how individual palates prefer different flavor profiles.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.11/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at our Drie Fonteinen tasting last night

Orange, mildly hazy with a dense white head with excellent retention and gorgeous lacing, this looks perfect, as did the rest of the Armand' 4 lineup. The nose is minty and spicy with a little alcohol, candied oranges and lemons. Nice musty and earthy funk, there's a nice balance of brightness is must.

The palate opens sour and sharp, mildly metallic and sharp with a touch of solvent. A little musty, this is not very fruity but has a pleasant lactic sourness. Drying and sour on the finish, this is mildly sweet. Nice stuff.

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Armand'4 Oude Geuze Winter from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
98 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.