Armand'4 Oude Geuze Winter - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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2.55/5 rDev -42.4%
Bottle graciously shared by dudeabide (thanks Nate!). Sampled side by side with the Lente and the Zomer. The winter suffered a bit by comparison, I'm sorry to say. I suspect this was just a bad bottle, but then again it costs a lot so it deserves whatever rating it gets.
Pours darker than its brethren, a light-medium copper with a solid several fingers of foam. It has a very OFF aroma at first, difficult to appreciate. Infection? Whatever, the aroma improves after 10 minutes of air time (while I focused on the Zomer).
Eventually drinkable, still some sweet malt flavors that don't feel right in a gueuze. Not quite sour, and while its funky its in a way I don't appreciate. Sort of some sweet tarts in the flavor. Hurts to say it, a very lackluster 3F offering.
01-21-2012 01:35:00 | More by TurdFurgison
3.28/5 rDev -26%
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).
01-21-2012 01:47:24 | More by AleWatcher
3.53/5 rDev -20.3%
Opened at normyk's
Gusher... Way over carbonated.
Pours a slightly hazy pale orange. Nice white head. But overall nothing special.
Smells off... Raisiny... Sulphur. Weird... What's going on? Smells worse than zoomed and Lente by far
Tastes pretty solid but more malty than I'd like. over carbonated as well
Overall good... But not as good as the other 3
01-21-2012 01:31:26 | More by Urbancaver
3.65/5 rDev -17.6%
Shared with JLindros and company at the last whale tasting. Reviewed from notes
A - Poured into my Kate the Great tulip a hazy orange hue with a one finger head that leaves some nice light lacing.
S - Deep forest here, earth, but then... light rubber and leather. Really not a fan of the rubber tree thing going on here.
T - Taste is same as the nose. Nice lightly sour and faint funk. Some hay and then it finishes with burnt rubber tones. Really disrupts whats going on with this beer.
M - Mouthfeel is good. Lightly tart though on the thinner side.
O - Overall, not a bad beer, but not sure if its age or handling or what but that burnt rubber really kills this. Doesnt taste like one of Armand's best.
02-28-2013 02:15:50 | More by rudzud
3.69/5 rDev -16.7%
Reviewed from notes. Tried side by side with the rest of the Armand’4s in early 2012.
A-Winter pours a cloudy/hazy amber orange in color with a moderate amount of off-white head.
S-The nose on winter differs from the other Armand’4 we’ve had, it is more perfume-like in my opinion. The funkiness is still there, but this is definitely perfumey in nature.
T-The difference from the other Armand’4s continues in the taste. This is sweeter in comparison to the other 3. It is noticeably less acidic, sour and doesn’t have as much funky punch to it as the others either.
M-Mouthfeel is light and creamy, with fizzy carbonation, light acidity, and a long finish.
O-This is definitely the weakest of the 4 Armands. I would be hard pressed to buy this for any reason other than completing the set. In my eyes, this is a sufficient drop off in quality from the other 3.
01-24-2013 22:16:24 | More by Tnudish
3.85/5 rDev -13.1%
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.
07-30-2012 01:42:39 | More by jlindros
3.93/5 rDev -11.3%
Thanks again Jared. Snifter, reviewed from notes.
A: Pours a cloudy dark golden color beneath a very fizzy short lived head that really bubbled up after the pour. Spotty lace down the glass.
S: Light funk on the nose alongside sweeter fruit notes. I get hints of straw, must, shitty funk, and lemon zest.
T: Follows the nose with gueuze flavors of hay, straw, basement must, lemon zest, citrus pith, oak and some sweet lemon candy. Tastes like a lemon drop dropped in the dirt. Good citrus tartness.
M: Frothy mouth, drying mouth but not as bad as I remember the others being, with a smooth medium body. On the sweeter side but not crazy.
O: Aside from the bubbles this is another amazing gueuze, but not my favorite of the series. Thankfully not too sweet, dominate lemon profile. Thanks Jared.
09-13-2012 17:29:57 | More by scottfrie
3.98/5 rDev -10.2%
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.
03-23-2012 18:14:45 | More by DavoleBomb
4/5 rDev -9.7%
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.
07-20-2012 00:17:53 | More by Alieniloquium
4/5 rDev -9.7%
My last Armand...
A - Murky straw, big head. Slow to leave.
S - Sharp, malt undertow, barny.
T - Very sharp. Tangy, malt not so present.
M - Med to light body, great carb, good balance.
D - A very easy to drink beer. Sad that my Armands are gone.
03-24-2012 02:26:41 | More by srandycarter
Armand'4 Oude Geuze Winter from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
97 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.