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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
98
world-class

202 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 202
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 7.67%
Wants: 207
Gots: 72 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

lunarbrew, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of Stevedore
4.43/5  rDev 0%
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.

Stevedore, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of SpdKilz
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

SpdKilz, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of montrealbcr89
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

montrealbcr89, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of Sean9689
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Sean9689, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of kscaldef
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

kscaldef, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of duceswild
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

duceswild, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev -9.7%

mendvicdog, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of BAsbill
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

BAsbill, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of ArchEnemyBrew
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

ArchEnemyBrew, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of CityofBals
4/5  rDev -9.7%

CityofBals, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of Soto
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

Soto, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of leschkie
3.5/5  rDev -21%

leschkie, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of brother_kenneth
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

brother_kenneth, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.29/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

HuskyinPDX, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of beerwolf77
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

beerwolf77, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.48/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle 6,0% Abv.
Served chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Reviewed from rather old notes.

Appearance: Winter might just be the darkest geuze I have had, appearing a moderately hazed deep orange (verging on amber) in the glass. A rough pour yields a massive off white head that lasts very well for a sour and coats the glass in thick rings of lacing as it recedes.

Smell: As with the rest of the beers in the series Winter smells fantastic, though somewhat different from from what I had expected. The nose combines a very earthy funk profile (dry corn husk, old hay, dust, old leaves, musty basement and a little mushroom), with tart fruits (lemon and apricot), a fair amount of oak and a surprising underlying sweetness.
As the beer warms, a sweeter orange note emerges as well as a musty herbal quality.

Taste: The flavour is quite a lot tarter than I expected given the nose and offers decent amounts of lemon and apricot, as well as just a hint acidic cider vinegar. Other notes include: A fair amount of oak, dry grass, old leaves, some sweeter fruit notes (orange and peach), a touch of mushroom, old wood and musty basement.

Mouthfeel: The body is light-medium, with an exceptionally high level of carbonation.

Overall: Another delicious beer in the Armand '4 series - I will have to get another bottle or two to put in the cellar.

Thehuntmaster, Jul 31, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

lucas1801, Jul 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

bauermj, Jul 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

POTABLE83, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of illidurit
4.58/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared at the RateBeer Gallery event in San Francisco. Pours orange with a light khaki head. Lovely aroma of meyer lemons, perfumey citrus, limes, chlorine, brett. Lemon and nectarine notes in flavor, sour stone fruit pits, absolutely divine all around.

illidurit, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.19/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From notes. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip. Compared with Lente, Zomer, and Herfst side by side.

Winter is a little bit lighter than the others of the series, still with a nice bubbly carbonation on the pour that rests gently as a small cap for the duration of the glass.

The aroma has a much stronger earthy and musty aroma than the other three. There are notes of mushrooms and funky cheese to go along with a tart lemon character and a bit of hay.

The flavor really follows the aroma. There is actually a bit of sweetness up front, with the tartness taking its time to come in. The flavor is more earthy and mellow, with lemon zest providing more support and balance than a true dominating flavor. Winter is definitely less fruity than the other seasons as well.

The body is slightly lighter than the other seasons, with a creamy and smooth carbonation that matches what I have seen from the other three. It is also fairly dry, with a fairly strong oak presence.

Even though I did not prefer Winter to the others of the series, this is still a strong offering.

KickInTheChalice, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of jbuddle
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

jbuddle, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of gueuzedreg
4.48/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Opened on a fridgid day.

A- Dark cider hue. Pours a very thick head, probably 4 fingers in a snifter. Retention is pretty good leaving 1/2 finger head after one minute with glue like legs to the glass.

S- Definitely more earthy malt coming out of this compared with Lente. More hay, etc. Lots of funk.

T- Going along with the S, less citrus and more of an earthy funk. Great to follow with the seasons.

M- Medium body, but lots of carb. Probably the weak point if there is one for this brew.

O- Very good gueuze. Love it.

gueuzedreg, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of Michigan
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

Michigan, Jun 03, 2013
Armand'4 Oude Geuze Winter from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
98 out of 100 based on 202 ratings.