Oude Geuze Cuvée Armand & Gaston
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

Oude Geuze Cuvée Armand & GastonOude Geuze Cuvée Armand & Gaston
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Style:
Lambic - Gueuze
Ranked #7
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
97
Ranked #164
Avg:
4.52 | pDev: 5.53%
Reviews:
124
Ratings:
677
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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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KevinL from Michigan

4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dec 24, 2020
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

You can't rush perfection and the blending team of Armand and Gaston has waited up to four years for some of these ales to round into shape. The brazen sourness of young lambic fuses with the maturity and must of older versions and a masterful taste is born.

Oude Geuze Cuvée Armand & Gaston pours with a strikingly bright character that showcases the oxidized depth of tawny bronze and goldenrod hues brilliantly. A froth, cottony head builds before collapsing like sparkling chardonnay. A verbose funk of fermentation rises from the glass with a strong suggestion of rice wine vinegar and white wine with weathered citrus, saddle leather and a faint whiff of horse blanket that leads into a fresh mustiness of sea air. A short lived sweetness scampers across the front of the tongue with a kiss of saltwater taffy, sourdough and dry hay.

The middle palate brings a shift toward sourness, highlighted by the expressive carbonation that brings a mineral brine across a sparkling wine character while highlighting the vinous fruit flavor. Lime, lemon, white grapefruit all seem branch dried and weathered while a complex yet elegant sourness comes with a piquant spice of sun kissed oak, peppercorn and white pepper.

Light in body, the beer's sourness, fully fermented character and bubbly sprite all create a bone dry texture with a quick, crisp aftertaste of hay, straw and citrus rinds. A mild salinity rounds the flavor as the after palate provides echoes of burlap, horse hair and cellar must once more.

Jun 07, 2018
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THANAT0PSIS from Wisconsin

4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Drie Fonteinen Armand and Gaston

A: The beer that may soon take over the lauded moniker of flagship Drie Fonteinen Oude Gueuze pours a slightly hazy apricot orange, golden and radiant, with a massive orange-tinted white head of three fingers and very high carbonation, even on a soft pour. Retention is masterful, and lacing is very impressive as well. This is a brilliant-looking beer that may be just a touch over-carbed. 4.75/5

A: Classic 3F notes of heavy damp basement funk, musty attic, used cheesecloth, very earthy Parmesan rind umami, forest floor and mushrooms, wet hay, and barnyard dominate. There is a hint of something meaty, almost like liver in its earthiness. 3F almost always serves up the funkiest gueuze, and this is no exception. The aromatic acidity is on the light end of moderate and is lemony with a touch of stonefruit brightness. A little vinegar sneaks in but adds only complexity, not unpleasantness. The signature kiss of malty sweetness common to 3F is very subdued, hardly present at all. It seems a little out of balance toward the intense funk, but this is still very interesting. No oak is detectable in the aroma. 4.5/5

T: Unlike the aroma (and many gueuzes...in fact, beers in general), the flavor does not come entirely in waves; certainly there are distinctive a phases that it goes through, but the funk, acidity, malt, oak, and even a little hoppiness all work brilliantly in concert with one another, creating a very complete and complex product. Simultaneously, light vinegar, tons of underripe stonefruit, lots of lemon, barnyard funk, musty basements, and a touch of very ripe cheese (less so than some other 3F products) hit the tongue. The only element that waits its turn is the oak, adding a little vanillin and a moderate tannic astringency. That livery earthiness shows up in the aftertaste along with some more damp funk and a kiss of sweet, crackery malt. Oddly, this does tend more toward the citrusy acidity, nearing a 7/10 in intensity, with the funk being much less dominant (yet still intense). This is a wonderful gueuze, but more funk presence like what the nose alluded to (and 3F is known for) would be nice. 4.5/5

M: The carbonation is actually not as intense as the appearance would have one believe. Certainly it is near champagne levels, but it feels soft and right for the beer. The texture is fluffy yet very refreshing. There is initially a moderate pucker, but a few sips and it is mostly no longer noticeable. The finish is mostly dry with obvious oaky tannins and a clean finale. The acidity could come down just a little bit and this would be perfect. 4.5/5

O: Assuming this becomes the new Oude Gueuze (based on the fact that it is likely the same recipe just brewed on the new, larger system), it might make stock of "old" Oude Gueuze rise. I personally prefer the heavy funk that regular OG has to the sharp acidity of this beer. Nonetheless, this is a wonderful example of the style, and were it not for the lack of any real minerality, it would remind me more of a Cantillon product than something from 3F. Certainly it is worth seeking out, as 3F are truly masters of Gueuze and lambic. Maybe in time it will funk up. Pair with Plini's "Handmade Cities," which, while grander in scale than previous releases, came up just a little short of the greatness he is capable of. 4.25/5

Nov 29, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

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

from the recent blend that included some darker wort, my first time with this one, and a great beer overall. judged against its peers of course, not against all beer, the latter would have this in the 99th percentile im sure. its pretty from the bottle some bronze shine to it now, clear for lambic, and going nearly still, visually at least, after just a minute or so. i immediately appreciate the maturity here, super funky woody old lambic, and then a brighter, more acidic complexion as well, some faint breadiness from the darker part of this blend but still all the usual wheatiness of the style, i like what it adds. iodine and minerals and musty basement to it, bacterial and puckery with clean lemon and faint white vinegar, but also some inanely heady funk, weird cheese and compost, its earthy and alive though in its maturity, owing to the oak and the tea-like aged hops. really compelling stuff. a little extra body and perhaps a little extra sweetness from the darker part, but its still lambic through and through, it doesnt interfere much. some cool dried fruitiness here too, mango and apricot, trail mix, more pronounced than i am used to in the style. an awesome bottle of beer, i wish this kind of thing came around a little more often...

edit: the latest version of this, in the large format, 18/19 i believe, has a strong concentrated lemon juice character to it, exceedingly acidic compared to what i remember in other bottlings, definitely a different blend here, but warms up super well, is insanely funky, and is just so distinct to this awesome brewery. im sure it will age will, but much more sourness would be too much. probably the freshest i have had this...

Mar 26, 2018
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gcamparone from Rhode Island

4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375mL bottle into a 3F Tumbler glass. Acquired in a trade.

On the uncork.. a pretty big pop but nothing like I've seen others describe. Much like champagne. It's been chilled for a few weeks which could have helped that. No gush.

Pours an orange hazy body with a big frothy white head that reduces slowly, eventually leaving a half finger layer of foam and some spotty lacing.

Aromas are super citrusy, over ripe oranges and lemon zest are the first things that come to mind. Funky 3f yeast and oak are also present.

On the tongue.. wow, the balance is unreal here.. lightly tart with a good amount of oak and old funky basement, citrus, musty barn, green apple, light grain on the finish. Finishes lightly dry and super carbonated. Easy drinking light body.

I really enjoyed this beer. Insanely drinkable and balanced. I'll be seeking out a few more bottles.

Jan 26, 2017
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.46/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

37.5cl bottle, cork and caged. Served in a wine glass.

First off, the cork pops off on its own. I knew this going in based on reports, but I was still impressed by the force by which the cork propelled itself to the ceiling. Certainly a good party topic. It starts to slowly gush afterwards, but I was prepared and able to start pouring into the glass. One finger white head, lighter orange body, good retention, clumpy rings of lacing. Smells of aged cheese, light lemon, a bit of grainy wheat, moderate lactic acidity, oak, light white vinous character, musty hay. This was a nice aroma to appreciate, with its unapologetically aggressive lemon and light cidery vinegar bite. However, on the palate, it doesn't come across as complex as it could be; straw, light hay, aged cheese, earth, oak, bright lemon. It doesn't lack for intensity, but I think this one could use time to round out the rough edges and integrate further. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a bit sharper on carbonation than I'd like, but given how the cork went off, I shouldn't be too surprised. It's clean, with a mild-moderate earthy bitterness finishing it off with a moderate lemony acidity on the finish. As stated above, I think this one needs a bit of time to grow into its own. It's certainly more in the character of OGV and the Seasons than the regular blends of Oude Geuze.

Aug 15, 2016
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.83/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle purchased at AJ's Beer Warehouse in Henrietta, NY.

This one pours a light slightly hazy orange, with a small head, and just a little bit of lacing.

Smells like minerally funk, earthy oak, orange peel, lemon rind, and stone fruit.

I'd need to have them back to back, but this doesn't feel a whole lot different than the regular Oude Gueuze. As that stands though- it means it's awesome, because the regular Oude Gueuze is amazing. There's lots of oak here, spicy and earthy, with lemon, lime, and peach, and mineral-heavy funk. It feels less purely "funky" than the regular, with much more emphasis on citrus.

This is lighter bodied, crisp and effervescent, with a good sparkling level of carbonation.

A stunning and very special beer here, from one of, if not THE, best lambic producers in the world.

Sep 04, 2016
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.76/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle at The Sovereign in DC. Served alongside Oude Gueze and Golden Blend 2014. Pale orange / copper body with a thin, off-white collar. Lovely aroma. Immediately this offers deeper complexity to the olfactory senses. Huge mineral character. Amazing palate feel. Outstanding.

Sep 28, 2016
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aleigator from Germany

5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a clouded vibrant orange pulp color, with a big, stable white head.

The funk in this is incredible. Reminds me of a fresh plowed field, elevating the term barnyard to a whole new level. This is more like visiting a rural landscape with animals and farmhouses at the side of the road after the fields got fertilized. The other thing which stands out is its huge lime crispness, which adds a baffling fruitiness to the nose. It corresponds perfectly with the funk, while opening up the aromas to hay, grass, damp old hops, terra cotta, creaky limbs and cream cheese.

Higher carbonated than your usual Gueuze, still providing a very smooth, soft mouthfeel. A vivid mineralic quality cuts through, accompanied by a unique richness of flavors.

Tastes of lemon rind, producing a pungent sourness from first glance, old Brie, wet vaults and even more lemon. This is way fruitier than the regular Gueuze with a brighter flavor profile to it. Its stony effervescence blends into moldy, soothing malts with a natural sweet note to them, complimenting to the citrus by establishing an intriguing counterpart. Finishes very soft and balanced, with a slowly developing, dryness coated sourness from the back end, which produces a lemon pulp appearance, which sticks for quite a while.

This is it. They somehow managed to improve my favourite Gueuze. It appears to be even more powerful on the nose as well as on the palate than their regular Gueuze, while exhibiting the brewery's typical world class mouthfeel. Its hard to imagine this with a few years on it.

Jul 01, 2016
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stakem from Pennsylvania

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

375ml bottle poured into a snifter has the classic look of 3F geuze. It is clear in appearance with a soft white cap that slowly dissipates.

The nose is bright with citrus zest than blue cheese funk, mineral water and slight floral/herbal hoppiness.

The taste is quite oaky than clean, tart citrus blends to bitter pith and blue cheese tang. Very familiar tasting though unique in its own right.

This is light in body and a lite more zesty and carbonated than normal batches but not distracting. This was a wonderful experience and further solidifies my love of 3F lambic.

Oct 21, 2016
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Tommo from Texas

4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Found this guy shelf turding somewhere in New Zealand

Wowwwwww. Truly meets hype. Zero off flavors, pure lambic goodness. Could be a little more tart for my taste, but im a savage. Overall, worth seeking out

Mar 10, 2018
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vfgccp from New York

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

Sep 23, 2017
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JackRWatkins from Alabama

4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours up a hazy golden orange with a frothy and soapy white head with tightly packed bubbles.
S: Strong funk and prominent vinegar are immediate on the nose, the funk is sharp and powerful. There are some subtle hints of sweetness and malt here but it is minimal. It's super strange but as the beer sits out I begin to get this aroma that is reminiscent of seriously burnt food (specifically popcorn) and sharp pepper (this is not a plus)
T: Immediate funk, pineapple and peach with a sweet aftertaste, the peachy sweetness is really prominent here, it is fairly sour, but not to a punishing degree. This is an incredibly juicy beer. Some peppery notes start to creep in as the beer settles. Some cherry manifests as well.
M: Light and dry, somewhat silky, not even a little sharp.
O: I was not impressed by the standard Drei Fonteinen but this was a different story, a very excellent bottle of Gueuze. It didn't blow me away, but it is incredibly well executed (I'd still prefer hanssens though). This is probably the juiciest bottle of Gueuze I've ever tasted. (PS: PUT THIS BEER BACK IN GREEN BOTTLES YOU ASSHOLES)

Jan 25, 2019
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Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas from Texas

4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jan 26, 2021
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DVMin98 from North Carolina

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

Aug 22, 2017
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KensWorld from Florida

4.83/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Blend #1 season 2016/2017. 750ml bottle

Sep 02, 2018
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zbelair from Pennsylvania

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

Jul 13, 2019
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XmnwildX12 from Minnesota

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

Feb 17, 2018
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KT123 from Pennsylvania

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

Sep 04, 2016
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jrenihan from Canada (ON)

4.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Yes. Wonderful. No disappointment. Just what you want in a geuze.

Jan 24, 2018
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MrDell from Switzerland

4.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jul 30, 2016
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q33jeff from New Jersey

4.02/5  rDev -11.1%
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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dmk82 from California

4.84/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Jul 20, 2019
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Old_Dead_Oak from Wisconsin

4.41/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jun 11, 2019
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loganburgh from Michigan

4.56/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Oct 08, 2018
Oude Geuze Cuvée Armand & Gaston from Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 677 ratings