Armand'4 Oude Geuze Winter | Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

Armand'4 Oude Geuze WinterArmand'4 Oude Geuze Winter
BA SCORE
97%
Liked This Beer
4.46 w/ 266 ratings
Armand'4 Oude Geuze WinterArmand'4 Oude Geuze Winter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Belgium
3fonteinen.be

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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
67
Ratings:
266
Liked:
258
Avg:
4.46/5
pDev:
7.62%
Alströms:
0
 
 
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263
Gots:
73
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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 8.20.13

A - Pours a murky, very light brown with a huge cream-colored head that never fades.

S - Very, very funky, lots of woody, slightly citrus, and tons of horseblanket funk.

T - Funky, wood-very earthy and dirty.

D - Dry, Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Very funky and dry, but not overly complex. Still stellar, but not as good as the other seasons in my opinion.

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.48/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle 6,0% Abv.
Served chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Reviewed from rather old notes.

Appearance: Winter might just be the darkest geuze I have had, appearing a moderately hazed deep orange (verging on amber) in the glass. A rough pour yields a massive off white head that lasts very well for a sour and coats the glass in thick rings of lacing as it recedes.

Smell: As with the rest of the beers in the series Winter smells fantastic, though somewhat different from from what I had expected. The nose combines a very earthy funk profile (dry corn husk, old hay, dust, old leaves, musty basement and a little mushroom), with tart fruits (lemon and apricot), a fair amount of oak and a surprising underlying sweetness.
As the beer warms, a sweeter orange note emerges as well as a musty herbal quality.

Taste: The flavour is quite a lot tarter than I expected given the nose and offers decent amounts of lemon and apricot, as well as just a hint acidic cider vinegar. Other notes include: A fair amount of oak, dry grass, old leaves, some sweeter fruit notes (orange and peach), a touch of mushroom, old wood and musty basement.

Mouthfeel: The body is light-medium, with an exceptionally high level of carbonation.

Overall: Another delicious beer in the Armand '4 series - I will have to get another bottle or two to put in the cellar.

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of illidurit
4.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared at the RateBeer Gallery event in San Francisco. Pours orange with a light khaki head. Lovely aroma of meyer lemons, perfumey citrus, limes, chlorine, brett. Lemon and nectarine notes in flavor, sour stone fruit pits, absolutely divine all around.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.18/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From notes. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip. Compared with Lente, Zomer, and Herfst side by side.

Winter is a little bit lighter than the others of the series, still with a nice bubbly carbonation on the pour that rests gently as a small cap for the duration of the glass.

The aroma has a much stronger earthy and musty aroma than the other three. There are notes of mushrooms and funky cheese to go along with a tart lemon character and a bit of hay.

The flavor really follows the aroma. There is actually a bit of sweetness up front, with the tartness taking its time to come in. The flavor is more earthy and mellow, with lemon zest providing more support and balance than a true dominating flavor. Winter is definitely less fruity than the other seasons as well.

The body is slightly lighter than the other seasons, with a creamy and smooth carbonation that matches what I have seen from the other three. It is also fairly dry, with a fairly strong oak presence.

Even though I did not prefer Winter to the others of the series, this is still a strong offering.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.48/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Opened on a fridgid day.

A- Dark cider hue. Pours a very thick head, probably 4 fingers in a snifter. Retention is pretty good leaving 1/2 finger head after one minute with glue like legs to the glass.

S- Definitely more earthy malt coming out of this compared with Lente. More hay, etc. Lots of funk.

T- Going along with the S, less citrus and more of an earthy funk. Great to follow with the seasons.

M- Medium body, but lots of carb. Probably the weak point if there is one for this brew.

O- Very good gueuze. Love it.

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4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Dan for this one. 750ml corked and caged bottle into a Cantillon Zwanze Day stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a big, fluffy 4 finger frothy light cream colored head with great retention. Beer is a slightly cloudy dark orange/bronze. Lacing is patchy and thick with moderate cling. A great looking beer.

Nose is crazy aromatic. Rotting, acidic hay, wet wood, cheesy funk, lemon, and tart citrus fruit. Grassy. Real dank and musty. Incredible.

Opens tart. Apricot and citrus. Wet wood, cheesy funk, lemon tartness, and grass. Dried hay in the back tickles the tongue. Cobwebs and grassiness. Real carbonated and prickly. A very light peppery presence right at the end. Aftertaste of tart wet wood. Very good.

Light bodied with moderate to ample carbonation. Prickly and aggressive in the mouth and dry going down. Finishes dry with a lingering, sticky, puckering aftertaste. Nearly perfect.

Easily one of the best gueuzes I've ever come across and on par with the other Armand series beers. This will age with the best of them and I can't wait to see how it mellows out and what other flavors might evolve and develop.

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4.51/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: The body is a dark yellow almost orange color with a quickly disappearing lacing of head that was an off white color.

S: Quintessential gueuze. It has the funk that gueuzes have along with a very earthy aroma. There was subtle citrus to go along with everything else.

T: Very crisp to start out. There was a pleasent souring along with some tart. The citrus flavors in the aroma match the flavors. Earth tones come in and finish the flavor off in a very pleasant way.

M: A little thin but to be expected from a gueuze. The carbonation bit was perfect.

O: A very well done gueuze. The dry finish makes this one of the best I've had to date.

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Armand'4 Oude Geuze Winter from Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Beer rating: 97% out of 100 with 266 ratings
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