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Oude Geuze Cuvée Armand & Gaston | Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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4.51/5
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207 Ratings
Oude Geuze Cuvée Armand & GastonOude Geuze Cuvée Armand & Gaston
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Belgium
3fonteinen.be

Style: 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:
#265
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
207
pDev:
5.76%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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40
Gots:
75
Trade:
19
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Reviews by tmbgnicu:
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4.52/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

More User Reviews:
Photo of THANAT0PSIS
4.47/5  rDev -0.9%
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

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Photo of gcamparone
4.63/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.76/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of aleigator
5/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an incredible gueuze from the makers of the best gueuze. It's pretty in line with their higher end stuff like golden blend and A&T but not quite Zenne level. Still great though.

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Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SkiBum22
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Marius
4.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

37cl bottle. Hazy orange pour with a tall white head. Smells like apricots, apple cider, sulphur and sodium bicarbonate, some lambic funk, wild yeast. The taste includes additional notes of white wine, vinegar, lemon juice and macerated fruit. It has a fresh feeling (bottled 8 months ago), without too much cheese and barnyard funk. Dry finish, medium body with a moderate and very pleasant amount of sourness.

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Photo of Prospero
4.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of OompaMentor
4.27/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shelton Brothers 8/19/17

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of Futbolmanby
4.53/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of schinebd
4.63/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.45/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KT123
4.51/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Hazy light amber color with frothy off-white head. Aroma has lots of lambic farmhouse funk, yeasty and earthy, hay, sun dried meadow flowers, awesome. Taste starts tart and lemony, continues with floral yeast esters, barnyard notes and finishes quite dry and lemony. Medium, soft mouthfeel but lingers really dry. Overall this is one of the best gueuzes I ever had.

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Photo of fthegiants
4.48/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ace1117
4.45/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.32/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL and 375 mL bottle side by side with a 750 mL of 2015 regular Oude Geuze. All pour a hazy orange with a small white head, the regular had a bigger head. Smells of strong oak, sweet stone fruit. Some orange. Less bright than regular with a slightly duller citrus aroma. Tastes of sharp sour orange. Strong oak with some astringency in the texture. Kinda sweet and sour like a tangerine. Less funky and cheesy than the 2015. Medium low carbonation. I think 2015 is one of the best vintages of modern Oude Geuze, maybe behind 2010, so it's a tough comparison. It is distinctly different and, it must be said, not quite as good.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Tremendous bouyant feel on this gem of a gueuze. Gorgeous nose of a musty old library, alongside apricot, citrus, and a delightful general Brett-iness. Sour and funk in excellent balance, this is just a treat. I'd argue that, per my ratings preference, both this and regular 3F Geuze should be unquestioned 5* status simply because they are the archetypes for the style. I'll leave the actual score here, but suffice it to say this offering further confirms the utter transcendence of 3F.

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Oude Geuze Cuvée Armand & Gaston from Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Beer rating: 4.51 out of 5 with 207 ratings
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