Armand'4 Oude Geuze Winter - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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4.33/5 rDev -2.3%
Bottle pour sampled at mrbubbler's tasting.
Pours a murky orange with a beige head that fades to nothing. No lacing on this one. Smell is sour/tart with funk and some citrus-like aromas. Taste is the same with a nice tart finish. This beer has a very high level of carbonation with a super crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good gueuze but I think the amount of carbonation on this one is a bit too high.
04-09-2012 03:46:55 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.93/5 rDev +11.3%
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.
12-31-2011 22:49:09 | More by Thorpe429
4.1/5 rDev -7.4%
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.
01-16-2012 20:55:36 | More by womencantsail
4.2/5 rDev -5.2%
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.
03-04-2012 05:42:01 | More by largadeer
4.33/5 rDev -2.3%
Bottle shared with Jason & Olga to celebrate Bella Canto's victory in the $500 GTT Burlesque 'Thing'. Served in plastic cups - how droll.
A - The cork rockets out, and foam quickly starts oozing out. Voluminous white foam settles to a thick cap, leaving behind splotchy lace. Murky dark amber body that is surprisingly tenebrous for a gueuze.
S - Very earthy, with hefty doses of musty basement, earthen floors, mushrooms, and old oak barrels. There's more malt character here than is found in the other Armand'4 offerings, with some light sugar mixed in with the expected under-ripe peach and apricot flavors.
T - Taste has significantly more lemon sourness than the aroma suggest, and it fills out the flavor profile a bit more. Again, quite mellow and earthy, with light oak, stone fruits, and lightly sugary malt sweetness.
M - Medium body, with pleasant carbonation. Super dry, with a hefty dose of tannic oak. The added heft supports the increased malt presence.
D - When I read the reviews I was worried this was going to be like the disgustingly sweet Oude Gueuze Vintage '06. Thankfully this was more like an 'imperial' Lente, with the same mellow and earthy flavors but even more malt presence. It's pretty amazing that Armand got such unique beers out of simply tweaking the blend ratios. That being said, I found this to be my least favorite of the series by a very small margin.
06-05-2012 14:43:23 | More by MasterSki
4.53/5 rDev +2.3%
Bottle poured into a Drie Fonteinen gueuze tumbler from the bottle on Christmas eve 2011, this is how I celebrate.
Beer is a little bit of a gusher, so beware. Beer is orangish, amber, hazy with a huge meringue head, lots of staying power, lots of lacing, high retention, stiff peaks in the head, at first the glass consisted mostly of head with little liquid but the liquid emerged slowly, revealing the high carbonated, aggressive looking beer, very awesome.
Aroma is strong, lemon, grass, lots of oak in this one, a little sulfur on the back end, the lactic seems subdued and the acetic is nearly absent, the level of "funk" / musty / mildew in this beer is higher than the other four, smells great.
The carbonic acid burns a little, as the aggressive carbonation runs over your palate, finishing quite dry with this strong basement woodiness on the end. By far the most oak in any of them so far. The forward of the beer is very earthy, a mild sulfur / rubber flavor jumps out at me early on and the finish is really nice. Overall, another huge winner in this series. One of my favorites of the group for sure. I think Zomer was the winner though. I love them all.
12-26-2011 16:31:23 | More by drabmuh
4.5/5 rDev +1.6%
thanks to whoever shared this -I am guessing stakem. enjoyed chilled in a cervoise.
The color is medium amber with a light haze and thick 2 finger cream with tight bead, lace clings in a thick film. The smell is hay-like with wheat presence and spritely funk with it's jazzy light citric quality and mild toast with a lot of herbal hop presence and notes of lemon rind. The feel has a lot of citrus too with mild acedtic tinge and bitter element which i assume is hop derived with a mild drying astringency as it finishes.
The taste is aggressive and full of juicy sourness with a semi-dry malt w/ cracker like flavor and slightly spicy quality with a light grassy element. The complexity is there with a mild woody, peppery taste and bitter tinges in the background. The light lemony flavor is a nice augmenting element and returns in the finish with a nice subtle acidic taste. This is a bigger gueuze than most but has plenty to offer, one of the best of the seasonal series and was very drinkable from first sip to last, lots of aggressive flavors Thanks again Adam for sharing!
01-15-2012 15:42:17 | More by Slatetank
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
4.28/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
05-17-2012 21:22:39 | More by oline73
4.58/5 rDev +3.4%
Sour Tasting. All 4 Armand'4 series beers were sampled side by side.
a - Pours a murky dark golden color with two inches of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks like the rest of them.
s - Smells of sour fruits, light funk, citrus, earthy notes, acidic.
t - Tastes of sour fruits, earthy notes, floral, notes, yeast, light funk, light space.
m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Very easy to drink, like the rest of them.
o - Overall another fantastic gueuze in the Armand'4 series. I would rank them Lente, Zomer, Winter, than Herfst personally, but they are all winners.
04-20-2012 18:07:19 | More by mdfb79
Armand'4 Oude Geuze Winter from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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