Armand'4 Oude Geuze Winter | Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Armand'4 Oude Geuze WinterArmand'4 Oude Geuze Winter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
Belgium | website

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by MasterSki on 12-16-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
66
Ratings:
258
Avg:
4.35
pDev:
16.09%
 
 
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265
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74
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Photo of largadeer
4.16/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared by nick3. Thanks a ton, Nick.

Clear, bright amber body with a tall frothy head that shows great retention and lacing. Malty, grainy nose with honey, stonefruit, restrained acidity at this point. Smells completely different than the other Armand'4 beers, decidedly more malty and somewhat sweet. The palate has a big grain and barrel tannin character, very biting and pleasantly astringent. Flavors of tart green apple, grapefruit, pale malt, bitter herbs. Sourness is present but mild, though it should intensify with age. Body is pretty big for gueuze, and the finish has a surprising bitter kick along with lemon rind-like tannins. Good stuff, very different than the other beers in this series, perhaps less good but still thoroughly enjoyable.

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Photo of peensteen
4.14/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Amber orange colour, ring of white head and some lace. Smell is is oaky, lemons and vinegar, a touch malty as well. Taste starts off with tart lemon juice upfront, slight sweetness creeps in, oaky, funky with fruit in the finish. Medium/light carbonation, medium body. My least favourite of the seasons but still above average geuze, having them all side by side really highlights how different and similar they are, thanks again Liam.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.11/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at our Drie Fonteinen tasting last night

Orange, mildly hazy with a dense white head with excellent retention and gorgeous lacing, this looks perfect, as did the rest of the Armand' 4 lineup. The nose is minty and spicy with a little alcohol, candied oranges and lemons. Nice musty and earthy funk, there's a nice balance of brightness is must.

The palate opens sour and sharp, mildly metallic and sharp with a touch of solvent. A little musty, this is not very fruity but has a pleasant lactic sourness. Drying and sour on the finish, this is mildly sweet. Nice stuff.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again, Richard!

Pours a cloudy orange color with a tall white head. Smells quite similar to many of the Drie Fonteinen gueuzes. It's fairly funky with a nice grass and earthy aroma. There is a bit of tartness of lemon and green apple, too. The flavor is a bit sweeter than I expected. But other than that, it's a typically good and drinkable gueuze from Armand. Nice tartness and funk all around. Medium bodied with high carbonation.

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Photo of islandboi8204
4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opened along side Lente, Zomer, Herfst, shared 4 ways.

Pours a hazy peach colored body, large white fluffy head with dense lacing.

Smells very complex, musty oak, earthy, lemon zest, and almost some metallic. Even some pumpkin pie and smokey meat... very interesting.

Tastes like lemon and grapefruit with a heavy dose of wood and funk. This one is a lot more earthy than the other 3 seasons. I thought from the first few sips that I would like this variation the best, but as it warmed, it became my least favorite. The pumpkin sausage pie flavors were too much after a while.

Light to medium body, smooth carbonation.

Overall, my least favorite of the Armand’4 series. Way too much earthiness and off flavors for me. I thought it would be the most interesting and unique variation at the beginning, in terms of flavor and smell, but as it warmed, the others were more drinkable with their balance.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 4/22/2010. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Big head, orange body. Hazy. A little bit of lacing and brief retention.

Smell - Mild citrus. Acidic lemon and a medium funk. Less intense than the others.

Taste - Really tart. Similar to Zomer in it's acidity. A little vinegar. This one has the herbal notes again, but less so than the Zomer. Puckering finish.

Mouthfeel - Not as dry, but still quite sour. Less complex. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Still a good gueuze, but the least impressive of the four. Feels like the flavors could go wrong at any moment, but it stays the course.

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Photo of srandycarter
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My last Armand...

A - Murky straw, big head. Slow to leave.

S - Sharp, malt undertow, barny.

T - Very sharp. Tangy, malt not so present.

M - Med to light body, great carb, good balance.

D - A very easy to drink beer. Sad that my Armands are gone.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.95/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tasting glass. Bottle shared among six of us, so about 4 oz. for me. Consumed last of our four seasons tasting.

3.5 A: Moderately hazed yellow orange. A little darker than Zomer, which was a little darker than Lente. Looks like Herfst. Two and a half fingers of foamy white head. Retention is better than Herfst, but worse than the other two. Least lacing of all of them

3.5 S: Almost as earthy of Zomer with the "cleanest funk." By that I liken it more to a stream running through a forest than an enclosed dank basement. I'm picking up something along the lines of mustard seed as well. Least impressive nose and the least "gueuzy."

4.0 T: Lucky for me, this has some of the bleu cheesiness that was featured in Herfst. Mustard seed component is back again. Lightest mustiness with some of the typical players - basement, hay, rotting wood.

5.0 M: Lighter body. High gueuzy carbonation that is perfectly spritzy and creamy as well. The best mouthfeel is found in Winter.

4.0 D: I know that Herfst was my favorite and Zomer was my least favorite, but I can't figure out the other two. Lente was the most complex and better tasting, but Winter has the cheesy component that I love and the best mouthfeel.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.93/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

We lined up all four seasons at Sloshfest 2015 a little while ago. Good fun with mediocre people. Cheers gents!

From a 750 into a wine glass

APPEARANCE: Pours a big, four finger, foamy white head with excellent retention. Hazy, darker gamboge or amber orange with a touch of carbonation evident. Foamy cap remains until the end leaving lots of foamy lacing down the glass. Definitely the darkest of the set.

SMELL: Funky aromas with hay, a bit of citrus fruit notes and some acidity as well. Quite musty and dank; almost equally as musty at Herfst. Definitely one of the bolder bottlings in the series, and this one shows some more acidity as well.

TASTE: Funky with barnyard, some light citrus notes, tart lemon and sourness up front. Medium finish with hay and barnyard funk, some bolder musty and dank qualities, with hints of fruity citrus as well. A touch more acidity than the others in the series as well. Basically this is a bolder, slightly more acidic version of Herfst.

PALATE: Medium body with medium levels of carbonation. Creamy and soft on the palate, goes down fine and finishes dry. Some tart lemon lingers.

OVERALL: All of these were solid and this one is no different, but I'd put this one as last out of the four. It's bolder than Zomer and has a nice array of musty and funky stuff going on, basically being a bolder version of Herfst, but it's a little more acidic than the others, which I don't mind in general, but compared to the others, it's a bit less enjoyable. Still a wonderful gueuze and works really well in the series. It was piles of fun to put them all together and see how the four compare to each other. In the end, there are small differences and what not, but it is very obvious that they're all very, very closely related. Finding differences is rather nit-picky. In any case, this was a pile of fun and I'm very happy to have been able to try them all in a row. Cheers boys, and thanks to me for sharing =P

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Photo of scottfrie
3.92/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks again Jared. Snifter, reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a cloudy dark golden color beneath a very fizzy short lived head that really bubbled up after the pour. Spotty lace down the glass.
S: Light funk on the nose alongside sweeter fruit notes. I get hints of straw, must, shitty funk, and lemon zest.
T: Follows the nose with gueuze flavors of hay, straw, basement must, lemon zest, citrus pith, oak and some sweet lemon candy. Tastes like a lemon drop dropped in the dirt. Good citrus tartness.
M: Frothy mouth, drying mouth but not as bad as I remember the others being, with a smooth medium body. On the sweeter side but not crazy.
O: Aside from the bubbles this is another amazing gueuze, but not my favorite of the series. Thankfully not too sweet, dominate lemon profile. Thanks Jared.

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Photo of jlindros
3.85/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to either rudzud or Duffy for this one.

Pours a creamy head with hazy golden orange color.

Nose has some funk, tart malts and fruit, lighter, light tart weird musty slight sulfury funk.

Taste is fairly sour, light funk and tart like fruits, bready yeast, juicy but syrupy fruit, little think but decent funk. Hint of hay and lemongrass. Finish is dry bready funk, long fairly bitter earthy tart funk with a light rubbery-ish thing in it.

body is thinner with good carb.

Overall eh, some funky off flavors and aromas I think, but still got some decent funk and tart fruits, so probably not Armand's best.

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Photo of Tnudish
3.69/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed from notes. Tried side by side with the rest of the Armand’4s in early 2012.

A-Winter pours a cloudy/hazy amber orange in color with a moderate amount of off-white head.

S-The nose on winter differs from the other Armand’4 we’ve had, it is more perfume-like in my opinion. The funkiness is still there, but this is definitely perfumey in nature.

T-The difference from the other Armand’4s continues in the taste. This is sweeter in comparison to the other 3. It is noticeably less acidic, sour and doesn’t have as much funky punch to it as the others either.

M-Mouthfeel is light and creamy, with fizzy carbonation, light acidity, and a long finish.

O-This is definitely the weakest of the 4 Armands. I would be hard pressed to buy this for any reason other than completing the set. In my eyes, this is a sufficient drop off in quality from the other 3.

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Photo of rudzud
3.66/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Shared with JLindros and company at the last whale tasting. Reviewed from notes

A - Poured into my Kate the Great tulip a hazy orange hue with a one finger head that leaves some nice light lacing.

S - Deep forest here, earth, but then... light rubber and leather. Really not a fan of the rubber tree thing going on here.

T - Taste is same as the nose. Nice lightly sour and faint funk. Some hay and then it finishes with burnt rubber tones. Really disrupts whats going on with this beer.

M - Mouthfeel is good. Lightly tart though on the thinner side.

O - Overall, not a bad beer, but not sure if its age or handling or what but that burnt rubber really kills this. Doesnt taste like one of Armand's best.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.51/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opened at normyk's

Gusher... Way over carbonated.
Pours a slightly hazy pale orange. Nice white head. But overall nothing special.
Smells off... Raisiny... Sulphur. Weird... What's going on? Smells worse than zoomed and Lente by far
Tastes pretty solid but more malty than I'd like. over carbonated as well
Overall good... But not as good as the other 3

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.22/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dudeabide shared this with us at an awesome tasting.

Little hazy toasted golden color with a light tan head. Good spotty lacin left behind.

Smells of tangerine peels and toasted malt. Aaaand some sulfer notes.
The flavor is sweeter than the others in the series... More malty. Some chalky mineral water vibe reminds me of candy.

This is no where near as sour as the others and it actually finishes kinda sweet. Rather full-bodied.

Overall-- on a random Tuesday night this would score higher, by compared to Lente and Zomer (which were opened side by side).

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Photo of TurdFurgison
2.56/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle graciously shared by dudeabide (thanks Nate!). Sampled side by side with the Lente and the Zomer. The winter suffered a bit by comparison, I'm sorry to say. I suspect this was just a bad bottle, but then again it costs a lot so it deserves whatever rating it gets.

Pours darker than its brethren, a light-medium copper with a solid several fingers of foam. It has a very OFF aroma at first, difficult to appreciate. Infection? Whatever, the aroma improves after 10 minutes of air time (while I focused on the Zomer).

Eventually drinkable, still some sweet malt flavors that don't feel right in a gueuze. Not quite sour, and while its funky its in a way I don't appreciate. Sort of some sweet tarts in the flavor. Hurts to say it, a very lackluster 3F offering.

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