Oude Geuze Cuvée Armand & Gaston | Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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Oude Geuze Cuvée Armand & GastonOude Geuze Cuvée Armand & Gaston
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

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#164
Reviews:
61
Ratings:
408
pDev:
5.54%
 
 
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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

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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 Tommo
4.55/5  rDev +0.9%
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

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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 BEERchitect
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of stakem
4.4/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.46/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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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 johnny_chimpo
4.62/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

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

Photo of JakerLou
4.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lofreqwave
4.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | 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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4.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

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

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

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

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

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

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