Oude Geuze Cuvée Armand & Gaston | Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Belgium
3fonteinen.be

Style: Belgian Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Cuvée Armand & Gaston is a geuze released in 2016 that consists only of lambic brewed by 3 Fonteinen in 2013, 2014, and 2015. The oldest lambic in the blend is some of the first lambic brewed on the new 40-hectoliter brewing system installed in the same year.

Added by cultclassic89 on 06-11-2016

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#173
Reviews:
66
Ratings:
442
pDev:
5.54%
 
 
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Photo of Damian
4.59/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pint 9 fluid ounces corked and caged bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
Bottling date 10/14/16
Best before 10/26/36
Served in a traditional gueuze tumbler

Review #1650

Really dramatic appearance. Even with a very careful pour, a gigantic, rocky, bright white crop of foam rose above the nearly crystal clear, medium amber body. A patchy wall of thick, sticky lacing coated the glass.

The nose was really crisp and bright. Uber powdery and dry yeast notes dominated. Lots of dry, oaky barrel character too. Some musty funk and barnyard character was also noticeable. As the head does down, the musty and funk intensified. The aroma eventually displayed a Brie cheese like character.

The flavor was a bit more balanced and complex. Nice Pilsner malt backbone on the front end. Super crisp, lemony and bright in the center. Tart but not excessively so. Big dry oaky barrel and woody notes appeared on the back end and crescendoed in the finish. There was a surprisingly strong, lingering earthy hop character as well.

Terrific frothy, fluffy mouthfeel. Medium-light bodied on the palate. The liquid contained a fairly spritzy, somewhat aggressive effervescence that turned creamy and slick.

While this is a terrific gueuze, it might still lack a bit of the earthy funk and depth of character I was hoping to find. Even though this bottle is well over two years old, the hops and overall brightness might allude to something fresher. If I had another bottle, I might cellar this for significantly longer. I feel like it could definitely hold up to extended aging.

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Photo of safaricook
4.09/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I got assemblage no 18. of the series with a blend from 4 different barrels. the old lambik was brewed with darker malts.
Hence it pours a sparkling clear light amber colored body with a 2 finger head that dissipates to a layer of fine bubbles.
Aroma has some woody notes, typical geuze funk, leathery, restraint not too expressive
dry, tart, woody
strong prickling carbonation that is building throughout the sip and forms a refreshing unity with the tartness towards the end then succeded by anstringency and puckering dry mouth. body is maybe a bit fuller than your usual Geuze

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

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

Photo of Cemos
4.57/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of vutoq
4/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cgwami
4.58/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of gbiello
4.39/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of johnlatona
4.23/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pavpav12
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a dirty golden color Lambic with a slightly of-white large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of oak and barnyard notes with some funky yeast notes is really interesting. Taste is a mix of tart notes with horse blanket and barnyard notes, some oak and light acidic notes are also perceptible. Body is fuller then average with good carbonation. Enjoyable but not sure this is up to the quality of the previous blends from the different Lambic producers.

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

Photo of Phurley2
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BenHoppy
4.44/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

a bit more sourness than I want from a lambic as it is no cantillon. But good nevertheless with flavors of lemon and wood.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.08/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Received from @Bum4ever in NBS BIF #8. Reviewed 11/25/18. Thanks Josh!
On back label “Bottling Date 26 Oct 17 Best Before 26 Oct 37, Blend No 54, Season 16/17”. Cork and cage bottle opens with a resounding “POP” and no overflow. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 45 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.
Body – Medium yellow, hazy, effervescent.
Head – Average (Maximum 3.5 cm, controlled center pour), off-white, dense, average retention, diminishing to a five to eight mm ring fed by unrelenting effervescence and a complete layer.
Lacing – None.
First pour –Light yellow, clear.
Aroma – 3.5 – Very weak, rotting apples.
Flavor – 4.5 – Begins with the tartness of tannic acid from the oak barrels and the fruitiness of the yeast. The acidity is perfect, stopping just short of being vinegar. No hops, no malt, no alcohol (5.5 % ABV), no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3 – Thin, watery, lively carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 4.5 – Although the palate and aroma are very average for a lambic, and the appearance isn’t superlative, the flavor is quite good and works well with the lively carbonation. The acetic acid level is perfect. Overall, a delicious example of a lambic.

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Photo of seangibbs60
4.79/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of illtexzona
4.51/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.23/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hyptochrons
4.36/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

great looking brew. nose it a little off-putting, definitely smelling lots of lavender which is reminding me of soap, not especially pleasant. on palate this is mellowed out by flavors of oak, grape skin, lemon, grapefruit, green apple, perfumey floral notes, sour cherries, hay. extremely effervescent almost to a fault. somewhat gripping on the palate but in a wonderful and robust way.

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

Photo of Lare453
4.52/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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