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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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BA SCORE
97
world-class

199 Ratings
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Ratings: 199
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 7.67%
Wants: 204
Gots: 73 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 12-16-2011)
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

kjkinsey, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of Alieniloquium
4/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Alieniloquium, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of thagr81us
4.28/5  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.

thagr81us, Jul 10, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

stevefinny, Jun 20, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

seeswo, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of Hanzo
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Hanzo, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
4.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

MasterSki, Jun 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

brystmar, Jun 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

thewimperoo, Jun 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

imperialking, May 31, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

hoppymcgee, May 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

whartontallboy, May 28, 2012
Photo of WillCarrera
4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

WillCarrera, May 28, 2012
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4.68/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Etan, May 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

'This beer has a bit of a looser head than the herfst. Some nice lacing. Aroma is Funky woody citrus mildly sweet round tart. More cobwebby and musty. Flavor has a lot of rind pretty fruity sour with a touch of lactic vinegar. Very smooth flavors and very well integrated. Noticed some light maybe tropical note. Mouthfeel is effervescent and light with nice fine carbonation. Very extraordinary beer.

Agold, May 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

pawpaw, May 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

WeisGuy, May 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Khazadum, May 19, 2012
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5/5  rDev +12.9%

Jerriko, May 19, 2012
Photo of oline73
4.28/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

oline73, May 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

beerdweeb, May 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

DP34, May 12, 2012
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4.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. Pours a clear golden copper with a small white head that has good retention and leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is funky and earthy. There is lemon, apricot, tons of earthy funkiness, and some mushroom. The initial taste has a bit of sweetness and is a bit tart. The taste has some lemon, apricot, and grapefruit, an earthy funkiness, and some mushroom. The finish is earthy with a decent tartness. Medium body. Medium carbonation. This is just another great beer. It isn't as good as lente, but is still amazing. It could use a touch less sweetness and doesn't have the amazing fluffy mouthfeel that lente does, but it is still great.

jethrodium, May 08, 2012
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4.58/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pour is dark golden orange with tons of bubbly white head. The nose has some dustiness to it then some of the others with a nice cheese rind and juicy peach and apricot. The taste is juicier than the nose an lighter in the brett and cheese department. Some dry dusty Brett sets in mid to back palate with the juicy apricots behind. The body is a touch syrupy with a nice carbonation and light body. Interesting fruit component, strongest of the three (had next to zomer and lente).

cpetrone84, May 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -21%

Bobbydigi, Apr 25, 2012
Armand'4 Oude Geuze Winter from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
97 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.