Oude Geuze Cuvée Armand & Gaston
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

Oude Geuze Cuvée Armand & GastonOude Geuze Cuvée Armand & Gaston
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Style:
Belgian Gueuze
Ranked #7
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
97
Ranked #170
Avg:
4.52 | pDev: 5.53%
Reviews:
111
Ratings:
626
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Oude Geuze Cuvée Armand & GastonOude Geuze Cuvée Armand & Gaston
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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Photo of Lucular
4.51/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle shared with my wife, poured into a snifter. Bottled Oct. 2018, best by 2038 (!). Pours a slightly cloudy straw yellow with a smallish head. Aroma and flavor are very funky with oak, citrus zest, and a hint of sweet buttery vanilla (in a good way). Complex and delicious.

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Photo of scootny
4.72/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A snappy cracking head that produces a good head and decent lacing. A light burnt golden amber, quite cloudy. A quick initial fade slows down to a modest

Nose is amazing malt, honey, funky brett and bits of orange. A lovely woody oak and light vanilla.

Outstanding taste. An initial sweetness is quickly enveloped by layers of mouth puckering sourness. Lots of brett funk, then mild malt notes. Oak flows into a pronounced juicy bitterness. Light fruits. Notes of vanilla and a soupy soupçon of honeydew. Dry finish

Crisp light and effervescent. Dryness give it a thirst quenching character but this is a sipper. Not one to guzzle.

Probably the best example off the style I've had. Amazing. I'll be buying several more to enjoy and cellar.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Turbid orange color with a sizzling sudsy off-white head after an aggressive pour, this gorgeous Belgian Gueuze (l love typing “Gueuze” - sue me) has the obligatory funky Brett aromas ubiquitous to the style, and I’m a bit surprised to find a citrus note, specifically, oranges.

The taste is ..... raw, if that makes sense. It has funky Brett flavors mixed with the aforementioned oranges, and there’s a saltiness which works well, but there’s also an acidity that I think would fade as this ages. It still tastes excellent, but I’ll bet in 10 years, this would be amazeballs.

The mouthfeel is amazeballs now, very sprite and dry, almost like a champagne. Truly spectacular. I only wish I had a second one to age for 5-10 years to see how this would evolve.

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Photo of thebriansmaude
4.36/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful orange opaque colour with a persistent ring of pure white foam. Aroma is funky, apricot oaky and pear. Taste hits similar with a perfect level of acidity. Thick body - detecting some
Hop character here ? Hard to say as the brett is prominent. Carb level is perfect, adding to the fullness of the body. One of the fuller examples I have of this style. Each sip finishes smooth and not too puckering, inviting another. Also - love this packaging size !

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Photo of Barettes
4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Blend No. 54, season 18/19. Pours a glowing deep orange, white head. Nose is barnyard, citrus, funk, orchard fruits.
Taste is oak, tart apricot, orange, funky yeast, a bit of grass.
On both the nose and the tongue, there's a flash of rubber or industrial flavor, sharp at first but receding into the blend as it warms in the glass.
Reminiscent of wine, but apricot and citrus instead of grapes. Dryish finish. Feel is light, moderately carbonated, and perfectly complements the flavors.

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Photo of zac16125
4.8/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

3F Armand and Gaston
750mL bottle into a snifter
Bottled on: 12 Mar 18
Reviewed written at time of drinking, approx 1 year ago.

Dark straw, nice 2 fingers width white head, pretty good retention but limited lacing. Aroma is oak, plasticy funk. Huge aroma that is very nice but not all that complex. Taste is fantastic. Huge sour tartness, some fruity notes to balance, wondeful lingering oaky notes that last forever on the finish with woody vanilla. Lactic acidity and sour citrus like lemon. Near perfect tasting gueuze. Mouthfeel is vibrant; moderate body, very drinkable, high yet appropriate carbonation. This is unquestionably a fantastic beer.

4.5/4.5/5/5/4.75

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.21/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml corked and caged bottle into 3F stemware. Blend No. 80 from the 17/18 season. Shared with schen9303.

Nice goldenrod color with excellent head retention. Nose is lemon, hay, oak and a mellow citrus acidity. There's less funk than there is just a spritzy tartness. Beer opens lemon zest, hay, straw and oak. A mellow, soft hop bitterness is present upfront but it dissipates quickly. More lemon and citrus skin in the middle. Wet wood, peat and more zesty bitterness in the end and finish. This is solid but it lacks some of the complexity and funk I'm looking for from this brand and style. Body is light with ample carbonation. Foamy in the mouth and goes down crisp, wet. Soft, mellow aftertaste.

This beer has a ton of potential but its not quite there yet. I'd love to revisit this in a couple of years.

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Photo of jhavs
4.59/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into snifter.

Pale, golden, slightest haze after careful pour and tinge of copper when light isn't shining through. Foamy off white head bubbles out quickly into thin island of small bubbled foam.

Aroma has a hint of funk, citrus, light fleshed fruit

Tart, crisp, layers of citrus, some oak, pear and white wine grape.

Moderate carbonation, active, medium body.

Excellent brew, delicate but layered with tons of flavor and complexity.

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Photo of mntlover
4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale golden color with some orange hues. Head is white small thumb sized and falls quick.

Aroma is wheat notes, light tartness, hints of vinegar, which tend to lighten as it sits. Lighter fruits lemon, pear, grapes and lime. Some horse blanket notes mingled into and through out.

Taste is lightly funky nice tart notes and lighter fruits lemon, pear and white grapes on wheat base or seems wheaty from the horse blanket notes through out. Finish is dry kind of oaky and a light lingering tartness.

Mouthfeel is light crisp looks over carbonated kind of but comes off nice and smooth.

Overall amazing what you can do with spontaneous fermentation.

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Photo of larryi86
4.49/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, Blend 2 season 18/19, poured into a flute

A- A slightly hazy copper with a two finger white head.

S- Tart, lemons, pears, touch of wheat, some peach, funky, some oak.

T- Sour, lemons, some peach and pears, touch of grapes, hints of wheat, some oak, a nice musty funk.

M- Smooth, dry, light body.

O- A very nice geuze and easy to drink. I like the nose on their regular Oude Geuze better, but the taste is more complex.

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Photo of octortus
4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL Bottle. ABV 6.2%.
Appearance: Golden/Orange, Under a finger of bright white fluffy head, good retention.
Aroma: Complex, Citrus (bright lemon, lime, white grapefruit), Floral, Vinegar, Funky, Lovely aromatics.
Mouthfeel: Under medium body, Delicate, Clean, Layered, Slightly slick, Airy, Noticeable carbonation, Dry finish.
Flavour: Lemon, Citrus, Funky minerality, Slight bitterness, Slight grass, Wood accents, Surprisingly less complex than aroma.
Overall: Fantastic complexity in the aroma. What a pleasant all-around beer. I'll sit on my other bottle for a while.

Review: 93

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Photo of Snowcrash000
4.62/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours an almost clear, golden amber coloration with a medium, frothy head that soon fades to a thin ring around the glass. Lovely smell of doughy, slightly grainy malt, intense earthy, blue cheese funk and lighter, estery fruit notes of green apple, pear, white grape and apricot, as well as just a hint of honey, sulphur and oak. Taste is quite a complex and well-balanced harmony of light, biscuity, slightly grainy malt, quite pronounced sweaty, earthy, blue cheese funk, softer, but no less profound, fruity esters of tart green apple, pear, apricot, white grape and red berries, a light citric acidity and some woody, very slightly tannic oak notes, with just a hint of sulphur. Finishes quite tart and funky, with some fruity esters, oak and sulphur lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and light/medium carbonation.

Without a doubt one of the best, perhaps the best, Geuze I've ever had. Balancing such an incredibly complex beer so perfectly is a true accomplishment and testimony to the skill of the blender. The funk is absolutely at the forefront here, with just a light tartness and acidity to not take away from that and some estery fruit and woody, tannic oak notes adding to the complexity, as well as some lighter honey and sulphur touches. Mouthfeel is just a little flat, but that's just a natural occurence due to the older lambic used in blending here, I reckon.

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Photo of beergoot
4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden orange and honey colored body topped with a decent head, thick and fluffy. Nice aroma of white grape wine and peaches; other estery qualities; horse blanket. Beautiful peach and pear flavors with a mild sour backbone; some acidic qualities. Medium-light body; a bit airy with a mild sour sting; acidic with a citrus juiciness; light dryness at the finish.

This is a beautiful and delicate beer yet with a definite character and presence. Well-crafted and well-blended, a delight to experience.

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Photo of Overlord
4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Been a while. I think I remember how these used to go .... forgive me if my palate has grown unrefined over the years.

Looks: Pours a surprisingly bubbly (white foam topping) yellow. Somewhat hazy. Carbonation dies down almost instantly.

Smell: Ah, that's the stuff. Pungent. You can almost feel the zest wafting into your nose (the smell of "zest" is similar to the smell of burning toast when you've had a stroke).

Taste: Great. Just, great. Sure, you're paying a 20-25% premium for this variation over the regular, but this tastes, at least, 27.875% better. An absolutely barbaric backbone of the familiar, bone-dry, Drie Fonteinen base of battery acid mixed with guanaco urine (alpaca or vicuna urine would be too sweet and rancid, respectively), and an almost mildly lemon-citric overtone. But, what has always set this brewery apart is the ability to blend additional flavors in to add complexity ... unlike some folks who typically produce sours that consist of one overpowering note *cough* Bruery *cough*. Some oak, a bit of ... grassy? ... aftertaste.

Feel: Light, airy. The carbonation really opens up the aroma.

Overall: The Day the Thermostat Died(tm) is one of the darkest days in modern brewing history. I couldn't believe when I started to see these bottles again and found out they were back in business. Unbeatable sours.

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Photo of BGDrock
4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Eyecatching body, like apricot jam, or a fuzzy peach candy. Opaque. Fizzes like champagne, and build light, short, egg-white head, but it's short-lived, leaving a rim within the minute.
Peach and apricot confiture, or stewed appled, with herbs like rosemary or thyme. It's like autumn, savoury sweet.
Lightly tart, a touch vinegary. Orchard fruit - sweet apples, apricot, peach - all fermented. Even orange. A sense of the farm, with a light mustiness. After initial draft review, realize that it was the oak aging I was picking up. Super dry finish, puckering and begging for another sip. Really amazing flavour, intense but sophisticated and subtle. Fine, champagne-like carbonation (though a touch too light), medium body. Feels refined and effervescent, yet soft.

Fantastic. Provided you enjoy sours, as the vinegar note might be off-putting to some. Complex, natural flavours, with pronounced but deftly managed sour & fermented orchard fruit flavour.

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Photo of Roguer
4.51/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Strong head production, with over two fingers of fluffy, gorgeous snow white head from a moderate pour. Retention is good, leaving no lacing behind. Almost a milky haze to the burnished gold body, light straw color in the sun. Some liveliness as well, but it's not a sparkling body.

Sour and funky nose, along with waves of oak, honey, and wildflowers that occasionally waft over from feet away. Vinegar, hay, flowers, honey, oak, must, very light skunk, grass, apple; it's a complex melange of potent aromas that is really difficult to describe, like the wind blowing through the trees and carrying with it all of the notes of the forest mixed together.

Tart and mildly fizzy on the palate, with a sourness that comes across almost neutral and a touch vinegary. The sourness yields to robust oaky tones, but as the finish quickly sets in with tones of apple, pear, and cider, the sour clings to the gums. Similarly musty and very slightly skunky on the palate, with tones of earth, leather, tannins, and mushrooms.

The flavor ends with a light dancing quality, but up front it's more of a soft, playful punch: gentle, but with a surprising firmness. Very lively, fairly dry, and overall a very short sip on the palate, yet with lingering sour and funk on the tongue and gums. One can very quickly be ready for the next sip, or just as easily savor the lasting funk.

Overall, one of the more difficult beers to rate and review I have encountered in ages. In terms of flavor, it is so complex and well blended that it truly is tough to describe, and yet the overall presentation is nearly flawless. I quibble a touch with the mouthfeel, although it's by no means poor; rather, it is perhaps the only part of this entire experience that I find less that world class, primarily due to the fizz up front that makes savoring the entire sip difficult, instead of focusing on the back half and aftertaste, which is about all that it allows. That lingering finish is truly the feel's saving grace, along with the dry character and lingering funk and sourness.

Without question, a superb expression of brewer's art, fully deserving of its high ratings, and worthy of carrying the burden of Drie Fonteinen's lofty reputation.

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Photo of mschrei
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Just wow. I’m guess this is what a Belgian Gueuze should be. Rich golden hues, frothy foamy head, slightly hazy. Smell is funky bret on the forefront with some wood barrel and hints of tart green apple. Taste is where this beer steps up-it’s sour and tart at the same time, but gently so. There’s oakiness, but nothing overly boozy. It’s really flavorful, but subtly so. Feel is also outstanding-crisp, clean, refreshing, dry, almost sparkling wine like. Just an amazing beer. I guess I’ve never rated this style before. Going to have to find more examples, because if they’re like this, I’m going to love them.

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Photo of FLima
3.93/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired at the brewery. Bottle made a loud stomp, but nothing spilled over.
Slightly hazy golden orange color with a thin head with decent retention.
Predominant funky aroma with notes of white pepper, a bit of wood, green apples, horse sweat, sulfur, lemon, lavender and grains.
Flavor with notes of lemon pie, horse mantle, green apples, grapefruit, aged hops, lactic acid, wheat, grains, funky earthiness and citrus, honey and cranberries. Dry and sour aftertaste.
Light body with effervescent carbonation. Alcohol of 6.3% is completely absent.
Funky and bold Gueuze with deep citrusy and spiced notes. Flavor surprised with an initial elegance that followed by a delayed puckering effect. Going towards puckering chasers rather than by the book balance that Cantillon for instance usually achieves.

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Photo of kojevergas
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Currently #184 in the Top 250 beers list and the #7 Gueuze.

Blend #29 of the 2017/2018 season. 3.5yr lambic brewed in 2014. $13 for a 6oz bottle pour during Zwanze Day at Avenue Pub in New Orleans, LA.

Pours a supple 2cm white head that reduces to .5cm within a minute and stays there another 10. Body is a vibrant orange. Translucent yet nontransparent. I see no yeast/Lee's within, but I didn't see the level of liquid in the bottle.

AROMA: Hay. Lambic funkiness. Brettanomyces bruxellensis and intricate bacterial aromatics. Lacks the cereal grain notes I tend to shy away from in Gueuze. Obvious acidity. Smacky lactic acid. Subtle blips of white oak. Apple cider vinegar. Dried lemon. A kiss of barrel vanillin. Microfloral complexity.

A lovely aroma. As close to perfect in the style as I've found (besting my memory of Cantillon).

TASTE & TEXTURE: Smacky, dry, and tart, accentuating its supple orchard fruit notes of green apple/apple skin, pear, and rustic lemon. Rife with clean funkiness that lacks any leathery or barnyard bend, clinging neatly to the understated oaky cedary wood notes.

No overt cereal grains here. 2-row/pils malt is perfectly attenuated by the complex scoby of lactobacillus, lambicus yeast, brettanomyces Bruxellensis, and wild yeasts. Yeasty complexity is ample and there's a rich abundance of microflora. Definitely a miracle of spontaneous fermentation.

Perfectly balanced yet each of its flavours is subtle, playing neatly into an impossibly gestalt whole that exceeds the sum of its parts.

Tart and acidic. Sour but not puckering...maybe a 5-6/10 in terms of sour intensity. Finishes with lingering dried lemon.

Peppercorn and spicy clove weave in and out. Dried lime.

Perfectly carbonated. As refreshing as they come. Off-flavour free.

OVERALL: Everything I want in a gueuze. I find no faults. One of the liveliest beers out there, and easily my favourite gueuze to date. The way the ideal acidity accentuates its flavour profile - elevating its microfloral spontaneous yeasty bacterial life - is truly standout.

High A / EXCELLENT

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Veil Summer Fest. How lucky we are. Light amber color with a good head. Nose is lemon and apple, with yeast funk to it. Taste generally follows. Nice and crisp, very well-carbonated, dry and refreshing. Construction of this one just off the charts, so I give that part a 5. Drink it if you can find it.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.49/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2019-09-08
750ml corked/caged bottle served in a 3 Fonteinen glass. Bottled 14 Nov 2017.

Pours clear, light amber, big head, tons of carbonation. Smell is oaky, tart, a little lemon.

Taste is oak, tart, a little funk, some lemon. Mouthfeel is dry and light. Overall, it's very good.

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Photo of chitoryu12
4.13/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Hazy dark orange with a massive FOUR fingers of foamy white head that dissipates within less than a minute. I'm sure I could have gotten it taller.

Smell: Vinegar, band-aids, citrus, yeast funk. Very typical gueuze.

Taste: Savory, almost like smoked meat. Vinegar and acidic lemon sharpness balance.

Mouthfeel: Full, chewy body with high carbonation.

Overall: A picture perfect example of the style. If anyone wants to know what a gueuze is like, give them this.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.28/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look - golden amber color with a haze and looks fairly thick with a slight head
Smell - funky vinegar slight citrus scent
taste - sweet lemon green apple tartness and a slight woodiness to it
feel - full body with a lighter crisp carbonatoin
overall - tasty tart beer

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Photo of flipper2gv
4.54/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a pale amber/golden color with a slightly off white soapy head. Lacing is pretty good considering the ABV and the retention keeps on after quickly losing 3/4 of the head.

S: Smell intensity is medium to low. You get some funk with horseblanket and wet hay. The lavender and honey they add do shine through and gives a nice pleasant balance. A little bit of lemon-y tartness comes off in the smell.

T: Where the smell doesn't indicate much tartness, the taste comes through big time. You get a lot of lemon-y tartness with lemon rind like flavors. Quite a bit of funk too with horseblanket, wet hay and musk. The lavender and honey do help with the balance as the beer would have been VERY dry without it and the honey doesn't feel "sugary" but adds to the juiciness of the beer. The lavender gives a nice pleasant twist to the beer. Some pepper and cloves from the yeast comes through. Beautiful tasting beer.

M: Very light and fluffy with no residual sugars at all. Carbonation could be a little more fluffier for perfect scores.

O: This is a really beautiful beer. Highly recommended to fans of gueuze that are interested to try a twist on a very traditional style that still is respectful of the genre.

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Photo of ZSXXII
4.84/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poor almost golden orange with a little head. Bubbly more than frothy head. Sour nose which lend well to the mouth. Almost champagne like body yet thicker feel on the tongue. The taste is intense with funky earthy tartness. Slightly acid aftertaste. Amazing geuze of the highest calibre.

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Oude Geuze Cuvée Armand & Gaston from Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 626 ratings