Oude Geuze Cuvée Armand & Gaston
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

Oude Geuze Cuvée Armand & GastonOude Geuze Cuvée Armand & Gaston
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Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
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4.5 | pDev: 5.78%
Jan 08, 2023
Jun 11, 2016
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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Reviewed by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
375 ml bottle - Season 17/18 Blend No. 80

poured a slightly cloudy orange golden in color, with off-white colored head. pretty good head retention. aroma and flavor a nice blend of sharp fruity tartness and dry oak tannins and a little funk. nice complexity. medium bodied, average carbonation.
Jan 08, 2023
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Reviewed by txaudiophile from Texas

4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Bottled in 2018, drank from a Teku glass. A most excellent Geuze. Complex flavors, with a hint of clove and some good sourness (but not too much). Very drinkable and refreshing despite its great body and complexity. I will try to find another bottle and let it age longer.
Jan 04, 2023
Rated: 4.5 by carolinabeerguy from North Carolina

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Reviewed by augustgarage from California

4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
Blend No 57 - season 16|17 - wort from 9 different brews, aged in 8 different barrels - bottled November 14th 2017 - enjoyed on December 31, 2022. Poured from a caged-and-corked 750mL bottle into my Drie de Fonteinen tumbler.

Not quite clear amber body with an active champagne fist receding to a small fine cap. Vague, sloppy lacing; no legs. Very good retention.

Subtle yet complex aroma - herbaceous and floral with a delicate funk bringing to mind superior washed rind cheese.

Palate entry brings to mind alfalfa fields, sorrel, and salty sea breezes. Tart but not bracingly so. Low earthy bitterness comes and goes. Goat milk, lanolin, crisp malt, and raw nuts. Finishes dry with earth, minerality, umami, and a hint of funk.

Medium-light bodied, well carbonated, nearly refreshing, but still soft.

Hard to find a more authentic example of the style - rich, complex, rustic yet refined. Reasonable value given the time and labor involved. A good candidate for aging indefinitely.
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Rated: 4.6 by Cwarwick812 from Massachusetts

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Reviewed by BubbleBobble from New York

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
Pours a rich, light orange with ample visible carbonation and a light collar of foam. Nose is extremely funky and expressive with elements of dried and wet hay, fresh cut crash, menthol, wood chips, pine, and sap. The aroma continually evolves and builds on itself throughout the course of the drink. Taste follows with an equal complexity and expresses many of those notes from the nose. There's a deep earthiness that underlies it as well, evocative at one moment of the smells of a forest floor or the flavor of a cave aged cheese the next. Overall, this beer does not stop working until it's gone. Remarkable and easily one of the best.
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Reviewed by Fordcoyote15 from Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
I guess i just dont like limbic. I respect them for how zippy/refreshing and vibrant they are but I can just never seem to appreciate their flavors. I suppose this is actually a good thing because it probably saves me a lot of money.
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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
750ml bottle, caged and corked. Label has bottling date as '21 SEP 18', and a best before date of '26 OCT 38'.
Clear, medium gold colored body. One finger of white head sticks around as rising bubbles replenish. Slight strings of lacing.
Aroma is a complexity of funk, fruit and oak. The funk is musty and hay-like, the fruit is remindful of green apples, and the oak adds to both the slight sweetness and the tannins.
Taste is also complex, and sour in tone. The mustiness comes through in the funk notes, and the fruit has green apples that add to the sour tone. Big oak underlay. Rather quick to disperse and dry. The fruit funk lingers.
Mouth feel is light and substantial at the same time. Bubbly, and high in carbonation.
Excellent balance in its blending, and a pleasure to sip.
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Rated: 4.34 by GeorgeAKeim from Oregon

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Reviewed by twage04 from North Carolina

4.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
Sipping through a 18/19 bottle in early 2022. Pours a murky gold with lots of carbonation. Sour funky hay and fruit on the nose. Heaven in a glass! Taste pleasantly sour, complex fruit with a bit of funk. RIP Armand
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Reviewed by AlexandraDen from Canada (ON)

4.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Frustrated. Lost my review three damn times due to page crashing. Now this will be a short review for a phenomenal tasting, which is annoying.

Pours a honeyed golden orange. No real head to speak of, but a nice white ring surrounds the glass.

Complex nose that you need to smell yourself to truly experience it. Fruit notes of green apples, pears. Funky notes of general barnyard stuff, hay, some musty notes in there as well. Somewhat of a vinous smell, generic dark wine grapes here. Some wooden and oaky aromas. The smell is not an unrestrained Brett/super barnyard funk that smells like a horses barn that hasn’t been cleaned and smells like crap, and it’s not sour vinegar-y either. It’s even mildly sweet.

Taste of apricots on the sip that morph into a green apple flavour. Some dried lemon and tangerine peel notes here, I think it’s the drying effect on your palate that give me that impression. Ever spritz a citrus peel and lick the peel itself? That kind of oily flavour is here, but it’s miles more gentle. A little bit of wheaty notes here as well, like some damp, whole wheat bread made with sprouted grains or something. Vinous character at times, like generic white wine grapes. It sort of dances between a lot of different flavours, and yet all of them meld together on each sip. It’s more like, on a particular sip a certain dancer does their solo before blending back in. It’s pretty remarkable all things considered. Some gentle leather like flavours that are sometimes accompanied by… a mild smoke flavour? I might just be shooting blanks here, but it feels like it. There is not, well… I don’t think it’s a savoury character to this. But there is this kind of umami flavour to it. Sort of like the character of blue cheese or yogurt, that sort of body. It’s not oily, particularly, because the sourness makes it more tart than anything. It’s really hard to nail down this character, especially as it warms and it comes out even more. Thankfully… I have another in the cellar!

Definitely sour, but not a puckering sour. There is even a mild sweetness. It finishes pretty dry, and surprisingly, finishes quite clean as well. No lingering sourness on the palate. Maybe some very mild fruits and the slightest hint of sweetness, which is really unique from a lot of sour beers I’ve tried. Good carbonation that creates a smooth sip, the carbonation is not particularly biting. Medium bodied.

This is my first real Geuze. I’ve had plenty of sours, but not a Geuze as of yet. And I’ve had plenty of terrible farmyard funky sour vinegar bombs that taste like they added 10 gallons of brettanomyces. This is not that. This is balanced, restrained and yet complex. For what the style is, it feels like an absolute benchmark. I am by no means an expert in this arena, but this is quite an experience for any beer drinker. My bottle was bottled early 2018. Which made this about 4 years old when I drank it. I have a second one I plan to age for another 4 years or so! Can’t wait to revisit it! To tide me over until then, I have many other 3 Fonteinen beers to try… the framboise may be next!
Mar 14, 2022
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Reviewed by Harrison8 from Missouri

4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours a foggy, hazy burnt orange with a half finger of white fizzy foam. Head bubbles away quickly. Aroma is peach and apricot for fleshy fruits, but not overly juicy. It adds just a touch of initial sweetness. Stone, grass, and oak round it out. It has a slight tart funk to it, but is not 'sour'. Acidity remains balanced, and low. Flavor profile is stone, oak, grass, herbal, peach and faint apricot. It leads with that heavy stone, grassy, yeasty character, with a little build up of fruits at the finish. Tartness remains light or faint, offering just a touch of dynamic at the end. Acidity is low. Mouth feel is still in effervescence with just a little sparse pulp for any additional texture. Thickness is medium. Overall, a sublime lambic that packs elegance into every sip. It's not big, bold, or brash, instead developing an endearing personality.

Vintage 17|18, Blend n23. Bottling date: 07FEB18, consumed and reviewed 12March22. 375mL bottle into a 15.5oz Spiegelau tulip.
Mar 12, 2022
Rated: 4.64 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Mar 11, 2022
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.42/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Season 17/18; Blend No. 81. Bottled 10/3/18; drank 3/9/22 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy orange appearance.

A slow pour yielded a small white head; no lace.

Tangerine, lemon peel, spring water & faint barnyard funk notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Orange peel & barnyard funk flavors up front; a pleasantly tart lemon note on the finish.

Elegant, balanced & tasty. I'd have another!!
Mar 10, 2022
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Reviewed by scottfrie from California

4.26/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
375ml, bottling date 1/25/17

A: pours a deep burnt orange with a couple fingers of frothy tan head that faded away into a thin bubbly collar with soapy lace.
S: musty earth/wood, bright acidity, mild citrus, wood, grain, and apple notes.
T: follows the nose with musty/damp flavors and soft citrus, with the addition of darker grain/dark bread flavors. I get a touch of dark fruit followed by a cider-like note in the finish and apple skins in the aftertaste. There’s a earthy spice throughout along with a lingering funk to the aftertaste.
M: frothy, creamy carbonation complimented by acidity that is sharp but quick. Medium body with a little chew to it. Not bone dry or thin. Acidity lingers but this drinks well. But if you want a few of the last sharp corners rounded off, give this a few more years of age. This is still pretty bright for 5 years.
O: I had to pop a bottle on the day of Armand’s passing and felt this was a good fit. A lovely beer, just like the lovely man I hear Armand was. Fuck cancer; rest in piece.
Mar 08, 2022
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Reviewed by FBarber from Illinois

4.57/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours a cloudy opaque brownish tinged orange color. Very thin, fleeting off-white head appears as the beer is poured, but dissipates almost instantly. The aroma on this is very complex - there is a moderate funkiness on the nose that is immediately noticeable. Notes of tart green apple, white grapes, oak, dirty laundry, and a zippy lemon character.

The taste leans into the funk without as much of the tartness. There are notes of green apples, apple, lemon, some bleu cheese notes, strong oak with some mellow white grapes, wet blanket funkiness and some dry tannic notes. I feel like I get something else every time I take a drink of this beer. At times its funkier, and times it more fruity and tart, then it is drier and leans into that chardonnay like character. The complexity of this is amazingly balanced by a drinkability I have rarely found in these geuzes. I could actually envision drinking this all afternoon rather than just a single glass - although my heartburn would undoubtedly make me regret that. Still, this is a beautiful beer - complex, yet approachable.

The feel is medium bodied with bright, vibrant carbonation. The tartness in this dances up to the point of being puckering without ever actually reaching that point. It is definitely a drier beer especially on the back end into the finish.

Overall its a remarkable beer - delicious, complex, challenging, yet oddly drinkable. A fitting beer to carry the name of Armand Debelder
Mar 07, 2022
Rated: 4.47 by Allurex from Kansas

Mar 07, 2022
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
375ml cork and cage bottle poured into a tulip
Bottled 10/12/2015

A- pours a clear golden amber color with a one-finger foamy white head that has good retention

S- bright and fruity nose with aromas of ripe pear, green apple, lemon peel, orange marmalade and white grapes. Plenty of funk undertones provide aromas of oak, barnyard funk, wet hay, fermented apples, leather and cracked pepper

T- fruity notes of ripe pears, green apples, lemon pith and citrus zest up front, followed by a backbone of funk, providing notes of hay, lemon tartness, yogurt and some barnyard funk. The finish is fruity and funky, with notes of more pear and lemon, funky linger

M- light-medium body with low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that finishes foamy and dry, just enough tartness lingering on the mouth

O- incredibly complex yet so drinkable, outstanding
Mar 06, 2022
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Reviewed by gatornation from Florida

4.34/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a clear orange/yellow color with a light weight head and lacing. Smell is funky i with white grapes,hay ,grass lemon and wood. taste follows nose with the addition of light vinegar ,apples ,wheat and lemon grass. Loads of flavor layers as it warms. Mouth feel is slightly tart, with some spice a pleasure to sip.
Feb 27, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by akopczyk from Ohio

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Rated: 4.27 by not2quick from Missouri

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Rated: 4.46 by HarlotBronte from District of Columbia

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Rated: 4.25 by wolfpac255 from Illinois

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Oude Geuze Cuvée Armand & Gaston from Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
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