Oude Geuze Cuvée Armand & Gaston
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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Style:
Lambic - Gueuze
Ranked #7
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
99
Ranked #184
Avg:
4.51 | pDev: 5.54%
Reviews:
137
Ratings:
707
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Notes: 3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze Cuvée Armand & Gaston is a blend of one-, two-, and three-year old traditional lambics, all brewed at Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen. Spontaneous fermentation, patient maturation in oak barrels, and continued evolution in the bottle result in a distinctively complex beer. No two bottlings are alike, as there are multiple variables in the blending process, a variety of barrel sizes and shapes, differences in aged lambic proportions, etc. This cuvée, like all of our lambic, is 100% natural, authentic, spontaneously fermented, and crafted with steadfast adherence to tradition, like Armand and Gaston Debelder have always done it. This geuze has fermented in the bottle and will continue to develop its tastes and aromas over its long life when properly cellared. Traditional Lambic is living, cultural heritage rooted in the Zenne valley! Taste, savour, enjoy, and experience this unfiltered, unpasteurised, and unadulterated beer with friends new and old!
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puck1225 from Texas

4.44/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my Thanksgiving beers!

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Beautiful clear orangish yellow color with brief head and good lasting lacing. Wonderful smell and taste of tart apples and pears. Dry white wine. Flavors open up with a bit of warmth. Orange marmalade and hint of honey. Some pepper spice and herbal notes at the end of the glass. A special beer!

Nov 25, 2021
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

4.93/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It just doesn't get any better than this. Deep-flavored lambic while also maintaining its delicate profile. Vintage was 2017-2018, consumed in late 2021. Clear gold color with a thin, yet long-lasting pure white head. Lacing doesn't quit. Very champagne-like in flavor--tastes range from white grapes to citrus to oak, with a bit of funk. Sweet up front, with a semi-dry finish. This is some special stuff, quite possibly the best geuze I've had. Save it for a special occasion, but make it an annual purchase because every year brings new qualities.

Nov 19, 2021
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.24/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12.7 oz bottle. January 2018 vintage.

Pours a hazy amber orange color with a finger of sudsy off-white head. Minimal retention. Leaves a nice ring of lacing around the top of the glass.

Tons of funk and earthy notes right off the bat. There's a good amount of white wine grapes and vinegar, grass, damp hay, oak chips, and lemon. There's a hint of sweet citrus, almost like clementines, with some very faint cracked pepper. Not overly complex, but definitely an enticing aroma.

The flavor builds on the nose, adding a sweet, almost honey like character. Lots of citrus, funk, and oak. There's a subtle nutty flavor lingering in the back. Plenty of vinegar acidity, with a touch of tart cherries and raspberries.

The feel is medium bodied with lively carbonation. Sharp, crisp bite, with a relatively dry finish. The acidity lingers a bit on the palate before the sheet gets pulled.

Overall, this is a great Lambic that's full of flavor and balance. It doesn't quite have the "Wow" factor that I expected, but it's still a well-crafted and highly drinkable beer. Complex, but not overly so. Accessible enough for people unfamiliar with the style.

Oct 07, 2021
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Rug from Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Season 17/18, blend 57, bottled 5/22/18

Time to crack open my first 3 Fonteinen! This is currently the 7th highest rated Gueuze, and the 185th highest rated beer overall. I’m making slow but steady progress on trying the top 250. Anyhow, I’m excited for this one and I’m in the mood for something funky so this is perfect. Picked this up at Julians in Providence yesterday while I was getting takeout on lunch break. Let’s pop it open

Pours a cloudy orange gold with just a finger of white head that quickly fades to a ring and leaves minimal lacing

Oh yeah, that’s super funky in the nose, a bunch of earthy notes all coming together. I’m picking up on aromas of white pepper, wet hay, white wine vinegar, apple skin, old leather, sharp oak, lemon rind, and straw

Surprisingly, there’s not too much depth to the flavor on this one, the nose was quite misleading. On the front end of the sip I’m tasting lemon rind, sharp oak, light vinegar, and straw. The swallow picks up a bit thankfully, bringing notes of apple skin, wet hay, pear, white pepper, old leather, and minerally white wine

A medium body pairs with fine tingling carbonation, resulting in a sharp tart beer. Finishes mostly dry with an intense funk

I liked this well enough, but nothing that actively amazed me. Maybe it came down to how the beer was stored so I can’t knock it too hard

Oct 01, 2021
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taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

4.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml cork and cage bottle. Served fairly cold into pint glass. 2018/19 vintage with a best before date of late 2038. Cost was $14.25 CDN. One bought to celebrate a house close, the other for some event in the future. Listed at 7.1% ABV. Super stoked to get a couple bottles from this world famous (2nd most famous?) lambic creator. Blend 13.

Appearance - Hazy rich coppery gold brew with a small half finger of white head that fizzles out in a minute or two. Even some reddish hues to this brew.

Smell - Complex! Starts with hints of balsamic vinegar, but there's a woody and smoky undercurrent. Orange marmalade fits in there. There's a mustiness and something like rich leather. Some earthy barnyard funk fits in there. Other fruits, maybe apricot or peach show vaguely for an instant. A lot going on, but it's like a pleasant journey with the senses rather than an assault. As it warms... something perfumey or floral that I can't quite put my finger on.

Taste - hints of vinegar again, orange marmalade with a light smoky flavor. Leather mixed in as well with some sweetness from apricots. A sprinkle of white pepper at the back end and all this wrapped around a slightly musty and earthy body. Kind of surreal with how much is going on. Overall, tart but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel - Medium-light bodied, bright expressive carbonation. Booze quotient is invisible until it hits the back of the throat, then you realize there's some booze here. Light tingly sensation. Initially moist but then finishes quite dry.

Overall - Wonderful brew, super duper complex. This isn't a style I have tons of experience with nor is it a favorite style, however I can certainly respect and enjoy (some of) the complexities and nuances of this brew. While Gueuzes have always been a complex style full of nuance this Cuvee blended by Armand & Gaston ramps it up to a whole new level.
Definitely worth the purchase and I very much look forward to drinking the second bottle some years into the future and providing a comparison. What a brew.

Sep 14, 2021
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imnodoctorbut from Texas

4.59/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottled Sept 27 2018; today is 6/22/21

pours a slightly hazy peach-gold body with a billowing, fluffy burnt cream colored head that has moderate retention and leaves no lacing behind as it settles to a murky cap with defined halo

aroma is funky apricot/bright stone fruit and...olive? yep. little bit in there. there's a complimentary spiciness on the wings, along with a vinegar-like tinge

taste an expansion of these aroma notes; the vinegar, olive, and bright stone fruit (along with green apple) come together with a flash of sudden extreme unity before dispersing and layering with the sweet brightness of the fruit hitting first, the robust olive splitting up the party, and the vinegar symbolically bringing it all back home.

mouthfeel is high carbonation and mid-level body, running slightly crisp yet full and nearly mellow before finishing with a lightly sweet vinegar tinged dryness.

overall:
sublime. complex. enjoyably easy. sometimes you really can have it all.
would love to cellar this thing closer to the "best by" date of 2038 haha. wild and beautiful stuff here.

Jun 23, 2021
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Apellonious from North Carolina

4.29/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12.7 fl oz poured into WW short tulip glass. Bottled in June 2018. Best by October 26, 2038!? Maybe I am 27 years early? A translucent orange with pink highlights, little to no head or lace. No sign of yeast poop or sediment. The aroma is slightly sour, cherry, pear…there’s something lurking underneath, can’t quite place it. A flavor surge commences, slightly sour, olive, pear/apple cider. The initial olive notes fade a couple sips in. Whatever was lurking in the aroma starts appearing in the finish as it warms. Some type of funk or oak? Pear orange and pepper notes strengthen while maintaining a moderate amount of sourness. The feel is medium, carbonation medium high with a sharp finish. Everything melds together as it warms. Still learning to gauge this style. Worth a go. What does this develop into after 30 years? I can’t properly cellar anything that long (a year is a success) , though I may grab another one and try.

Jun 19, 2021
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Franziskaner from Missouri

4.36/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Copper to light brown in color with a hazy complexion. There’s a fingernail of off white covering a trace of the top. The aroma is of malted barley and wheat. I’m tasting malted barley and light wheat. The mouth is very light, smooth, and inviting.

Jun 06, 2021
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a branded stemware Fonteinen glass. Bottled June 26th 2018. Season 17/18 Blend no. 66.

Deep orange bodied, opaque, but with a great tangerine glow, faint edge haze as well. Nice amounts of side carbonation, very fine almost microscopic, making the glass move when observed from a distance. Off white head, dissolves to a standard pencil thin white collar, not a very active center puck, only mildly. Still very nice looking gueuze, not the best I have seen from Drie F, but certainly fine.

What the beer doesn't excite in appearances, it so far makes up in spades in aroma. Even sitting at a distance it hits me. Big funk, sharp marmalade and white pepper notes coming off in big quantities. Flirts with tangerine like orange, hits of fireplace ash as well among the pepper like nose too. Seems to stay away from complexity and bold fruit, but it's classic profile is very nice.

Palate just provides a golden touch. Liquid soft bodied, with a hint of light bubbled carbonation that cuts a joyful rich body. Pepper ash and a big citrus funk in the mid palate, lemons, tangerine, more marmalade sprinkled with muted pepper warmth and heat. Silky finish, nearly honey like feel. Finish gets more orange centered in flavor, with a juicy quality mixed with excellent funky character.

Reading the bottle, spring honey added, woah didn't expect that! May not be the most exciting of the makers products, but is pure liquid gold in the glass.

May 17, 2021
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Hop_2_It from Spain

4.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 20/10/16, Blend No 2 of 16/17 season. Poured at refrigerator temp from 750ml bottle to tulip glass (ps, watch the cork when opening)

Look: Slightly hazy and medium golden in color, nice white head with initial pouring, but dissipates quickly to a lace.

Smell: Nice bright acidic smell up front, slight woody and hint of barnyard.

Taste: What a geuze should be, refreshing, acidic, and with a good amount of barnyard, more than the initial smell suggested. Barnyard increases as bottle warms up.

Feel: High amount of carbonation, overall a nice and light and easy to drink

Overall:. Very enjoyable, tempted to get another and age it even longer, can be up to 20 years aged in bottle.

May 04, 2021
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Parmesan from Colorado

4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L:. Pours a hazy golden orange with a really foamy white head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing on the glass.

S:. Lots of fresh oak and woody, a very strong farmhouse Brett, notes of toasted bread and a touch of citrus and pepper. I love how funky this beer is.

T:. Lots of fresh oak, a strong earthy woodiness from the Brett followed by a nice touch of strong farmhouse and farmyard funk, mixes with some toasted bread and some notes of pepper, tart and a touch sour but not overwhelming. The Brett is kong ins this beer and I love it how it has developed.

F:. Light to medium body, smooth with a touch of spritz.

O: This beer is a major showcase for the Brett and it is fantastic, if you want a Brett heavy beer this is the one for you!

Apr 11, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

4.31/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle, ABV 6.2%, assemblage No. 22 - season17/18. At Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. Deep golden to orange colour, small white head. Outstanding brettanomyces / "farmhouse" aroma, very inviting, also hints of oak, white wine vinegar and apple cider vinegar. Fairly sour flavour, complex notes of brettanomyces, oak and various noble vinegars.

Mar 22, 2021
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Kahzaar from Sweden

4.44/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Golden orange with a two finger white head.
S: Citrus and green apples.
T: Citrus, primarily lime and some minerals. Lingering.
F: Crisp. Burst of carbonation, tart finish.
O: Refreshing and complex.

Jan 10, 2021
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JohnG190 from New York

5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a light yellow gold with a large white fuzzy head that dissipates almost instantly. On the nose, funk - barnyard/hay, cheese, lemon - this is one complex nose. On the palate the lemon and green apple balances nicely with the more funky elements. It is slightly bitter and acidic on the finish. Again, it's very complex. Medium bodied and dry with nice carbonation. Overall, a stellar gueuze!

Dec 21, 2020
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q33jeff from New Jersey

4.02/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

**
12/09/20

Bottle to tumbler.

Look:
Hazy gold, medium off white crwamy head, excellent retention.

Aroma:
Grape must, grains. Yeast, funky,

Taste:
Grape, apricot, funky grains, apple.

Feel:
Light to medium body. Creamy.

Very smooth and tasty. Muted sourness and funky.

**

Dec 09, 2020
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hops_for_thought from New York

4.49/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle (14Mar2018) into an apple wine glass

L: pours a perfectly clear light yellow gold, more apple juice than champagne. Large white head at first that fades after a minute or so, leaving no lacing but there is a layer of bubbles on top of the beer. Moderate- visible carbonation

S: all those great funky/earthy/cheesy vibes you want from a geuze. That barnyard funk, wet hay, old blanket, lactic sourness, weird cheese I would avoid in the store, some sharp green apple/lemon, apricot. Overall aroma is fairly light, especially considering the incredible depth

T: more acidic than the nose, delivering a great mix of funky and earthy flavors with a great drying character. Bitterness to open, balanced well by the fruit flavors and the earthier funk notes. Get that green apple/lemon zest flavor, more of that apricot plus peach especially toward the finish. Long finish, a bit of that acidity lingers with the fruit notes sticking around

F: medium- body, high- carbonation quite effervescent dances on the tongue, drying, acidic but not overly so - gets up to that line and beautifully pulls back.

O: a stellar geuze, as expected. The flavors and depth in this beer are truly world-class, always delivers

Nov 18, 2020
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patre_tim from Thailand

4.32/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This one is hazy yellow with an orange tinge, lots of carbonation and topped with two fingers of off-white head.

The smell is a lemon and vinegar apple cider vinegar, Barrel, and macaroni, like cellar in Belgium with some yellow plum on the nose.

The taste is fantastic! Sour but it is extremely smooth and delicious. It carries the hints that were on the nose but it’s very light and dances on the pallet.

It’s got moderate carbonation, very tart, with a very light melt mouth feel.

I got this at Torinado pub in San Francisco on Aug 25th, 2020 where I’m drinking it in my hotel in San Bruno near San Francisco Airport.

Aug 26, 2020
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josanguapo from Spain

3.81/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

De 32gp. En copa Teku. Jugando a The Last of Us. Blend 54 de 2017. O estamos ante un caso excepcional o me estoy acostumbrando al estilo, pues esta no me ha desagradado nada e incluso en nariz me ha entusiasmado. La acidez me ha parecido marcada pero muy torelable y las notas a cuero interesantes

Jun 30, 2020
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CraigDeMoss from Kansas

4.4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Season 17/18

Luminescent, slight golden-orange haze. Lovely one-knuckle rocky, foam head. Spicy oak, lemon and orange rind, some faint vanilla and grass. Tart to bitter, drying and fizzy on the palate. Definitely worth a try, very refreshing

Jun 28, 2020
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npolachek from New York

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very solid gueze beer. Pours orange with a white head of foam. This is an unadulturated lambic beer and is truly a pleasure to drink this beverage. Honts of citrus as well and very crisp.

Jun 28, 2020
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champ103 from Texas

4.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a beautiful light orange, with just a touch of haze. A towering white head fills my goblet with excellent retention. That gently recedes to leave some light lace.
S: A magnificent aroma that fills the room.. Ripe grapefruit rind and orange peal. White pepper, oak, light vinegar, a touch of vanilla. Musty basement like funk makes me want to dance.
T: Acidic fruit rind, ripe grapefruit, orange and lemon. Of coarse the acidity is strong but never gets overbearing. Musty funk balances that beautifully. Like going down into a wonderful cellar. Peppery spice with light oak and vanilla. Just amazing.
M/O: A medium body that is perfectly carbonated. Effervescent and spritzy. Everything is so well balanced here, I just can't get enough. Normally, even for someone like me that loves the style, the acidic sourness can get in the way of how much I want to drink it. Though this never gets, in any way, difficult to enjoy.

Yep, this is excellent. One of the better beers I have had in recent memory. I have always been a huge fan of their Gueuze and Lambic, and this is why. I'll just say superlative, and leave it at that.

Jun 21, 2020
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.98/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Notes from Oct 2018 restaurant bottle share review: Super nice clean funky barnyard oaky corky woody spice complexity, slight tangerine apricot note

New full 750ml bottle review:

Bottling Date 16 Nov 18, Blend no 2 - season 18|19

Pours a gorgeous hazy amber gold orange with a creamy frothy white foam head. Smells oaky and funky with woody spice, toasty hay, barnyard funk, dusty horse blanket, slight acetic vinegar, caramelized malted barley, wheat, aged floral earthy herbal hops, lemon, apricot, hints of vanilla, straw, wine barrel, some spirits, and natural farmhouse essences. Tastes puckery upfront with dashes of lemon, apricot, cider, herbal earthy floral hops, woody spice, toasty hay, oak barrel, acetic vinegar, barnyard funk, horse blanket, caramelized wheaty malt, hints of vanilla, straw, wine, spirits, finishing dry with some farmhouse notes. Feels medium-fuller bodied, creamy smooth with lively moderate carbonation. Overall a really great oude geuze cuvée.

Jun 18, 2020
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Sheppard from Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottling date - September 27th, 2018

Pours a hazy beautiful golden. Funk, lemon zest, hay on the nose. Maybe some unripe peach as well. It's lightly tart with a mineral note on the finish. There's some stone fruit character as well. The minerality is kind of copper penny like which I've experienced in other beers that feature the Drie yeast culture. The minerality's prominence is not something I've experienced in other bottles. I started this review ready to declare this one of the best slept on (for Drie) lambics out there based on previous bottles I've had. I am not going to do that at this moment. I'll update this if I open other bottles that reflect the greatness I've previously uncorked.

Jun 06, 2020
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MagicJeff from Georgia

4.54/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bomber into a tulip glass.

Look: Lighter, old gold body with a beautiful off-white head that is retained throughout drinking.

Smell: Upon opening, intense smells of old, wet barnyard hay. Like crazy. Borderline off putting but as it opens it smells crisp and lemony. Fresh cut, post rain fescue grass.

Taste: Lime pith, grapefruit rind. Lemon candy, some sour funky hay on the back end. slightly herbal after taste--like chives or some kind of subtle herb.

Feel: The pronounced head gives it a smooth finish against the intense carbonation--it's almost buttery but in the most inviting way that makes you want to take another sip.

This is an amazing beer from 3F. I imagine it'd taste a lot differently sans carbonation as it ages, and I'd be very interested to try one in 5 years or so--I'm def going to buy another one of these and stash it in my cellar for the long haul. Awesome beer.

May 30, 2020
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.39/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml corked and caged bottle, Blend 57 season 17|18, bottled 22 MAY 18, best before 26 OCT 38, label says 6.8% ABV. Served in a Beer Advocate Teku, the beer pours a slightly hazy dark gold color with about a half inch white head that stuck around a while. There's also a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like funk, honey, oranges, apricot and wheat/grainy malt. For the most part I think the taste is pretty much like the aroma, but there's also some vanilla, hay, citrus zest, pear, green apple and white grape flavors noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's smooth but has low/moderate carbonation. Other than the low carbonation, I thought this was a pretty good beer. Definitely worth seeking out!

May 29, 2020
Oude Geuze Cuvée Armand & Gaston from Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 707 ratings