Oude Geuze - Armand & Tommy | Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Belgium
3fonteinen.be

Style: Belgian Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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pDev:
6.39%
 
 
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Reviews: 57 | Ratings: 320
Photo of mattsander
4.62/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Gushed a bit upon opening, poured hazy copper with titanic carbonation and a huge fluffy head.

S: This smells like the air 30 seconds before it rains.. damp foilage, lemony acidity, mineraly, wood shop. Phenolic in all the right ways, a wonderful blend.

T: Pears and lemon, wonderful brett backbone of damp birch bark & leaves. Deep, earthy, impeccably well balanced. Medium sourness.

M: Bone dry and massively carbonated, juicy, perfect.

I think this is my favorite Gueuze (so far).

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Photo of uno99
4.37/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pretty surprised to see this hit the government run Ontario liq-store shelves. I understand we got 600 for the province and I certainly did my share in making sure they sold out quick.

Appearance is very close to style, and exactly what you'd expect any upper tier Geuze to look like. quite cloudy, but not opaque, lots of head settles into a thin film of bright white bubbles. oh... and the bottle was a gusher too. (I know - You're all shocked).

Smell: Quite funky up front. Not quite a 'nostril stinger' though - mild to average acidity detectible in the scent. suggestions of orange zest, apple seed, apricot, and pear are preset. Very inviting and complex.

Taste: Taste is very well balanced and complex. Funk and sour flavours battle it out all over your mouth. Pretty intense Geuze, probably more so than a Cantillon Bio.

Mouthfeel is very lively, thin to medium bodied and of course very dry and puckering all over the palate.

Overall a very good Geuze to share with friends.

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Photo of Rutager
4.74/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Cracking this in celebration of selling our place. A HUGE thank you to both wordemupg and alpineclimber for hooking a brother up. Cheers guys!

Appearance. Pours a very hazy orange-gold with over 3 fingers of frothy off-white head.

Smell. Just a ton of nice sweet funk, lemons and a little grapefruit with the rind, and fresh hay. My description can't do this justice but man, it smells heavenly.

Taste. Lemons and the zest, hay, leather and old wood, maybe even a hint of coconut. Just some amazing dank funk going on here, that's for sure.

Mouthfeel. Lighter body, medium+ soft and fine carbonation.

Overall. Lived up to the expectation, and that's saying a hell of a lot with a beer like this. Thanks again for the opportunity to try this one guys!

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Photo of wordemupg
4.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 12/5/13

A hazed orange copper with enough clarity to see a tornado of bubbles, massive eggshell colored foam slowly falls to a finger deep and leaves lots of random lace, I'm impressed by the retention as there's still foam at the bottom of my glass

S funky as all hell, moldy cheese, damp basement, wet wood and some citrus peel, grassy with dried hay, somehow gym socks smell good, tart apple and more funk, leather boot and some faint electrical tape somehow works even though its slightly burnt. Every time you put I put my nose to it I get something different, complex to say the least

T citrus is focused towards lemon, and I'm not getting as much leather or funk but its still very funky, not quite the complexity of the nose but most of what I smells in the mouth in one form or another with a little dry cereal

M very carbonated, not overly sour and quite dry, stops short of being foamy but not by much, cheesy funk and citrus lingers for ages

O one of the more interesting beer I've had recently, lots going on and even though I'm still relatively new to the style I know what I like and I like this, a lot

something I could smell all day and I can see why its so sought after, I think I'll hang on to the few I have left for a long while and see what happens. Well worth seeking, good luck to ya

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Photo of biboergosum
4.12/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml black foiled, caged and corked bottle. Not quite sure if this is actually discontinued - this was bottled Feb 17, 2011, and is apparently good for 10 years hence. I'm assuming the label notes were written by the Belgian half here, but I'm not so sure.

This beer pours a quite hazy, dark apricot amber hue, with three or four fingers of climbing, puffy, thinly foamy off-white head, which leaves some rather thick fuzzy webbed lace around the glass as it very slowly abdicates.

It smells of sour, tart, almost meat-like citrus (mostly lemon) rind, pith, and flesh, a dry cheesiness that I now see as culpable for the meatiness, dried-out late summer hay, a subtle dose of funky yeast, and a touch of stoney minerality. The taste is quite bitter and tart, without any direction or reason at first, before a hollowed-out cherry, lemon, and raspberry 'fruitiness' emerges, to deliver us from reason, into a subtle melange of softly astringent wooden barrel notes, the sharpest of northern Italian cheese, a tame yeasty funk, and some mild earthy, straw-like hops.

The carbonation is frothy, and only slightly barbed, the body a somewhat surprising medium weight, and as smooth as the tiny effervescent bubbles will allow. It finishes still quite dry, the tartness of the emasculated fruit, yeast, and barrel woodiness not really entertaining any other nuances.

The best Cantillon-esque experience I've had since, well, my last iteration of (central) Brussels's finest sour ales. Tart, fruity, yeasty, and sure, ethereally malty, all under a tightly-reined umbrella of due balance, the niceties of which are better left to better investigators than I. Well worthy of the hefty price tag, to try something that may never again arise in nature.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.38/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pretty, murky apricot, stark huge white head. Lots of bubby cling.

S - Tart, band aids, astringent.

T - All of the smell, plus nice malt center.

M - Medium body, huge carbonation, nice balance, nice creaminess.

D - I could have this one all night.

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Photo of tewaris
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks Ryan for sharing this major "want". Split between 4 people. Peachy hued, pours somewhat hazy with a very good effervescent head and good retention as well. Signature 3F aroma with a dominant peppery note (compared to Oude Gueuze and Golden Blend anyway). Very sour and very lactic with tons of warehouse funk. Bursting with carbonation... always fruity somewhat floral at times. Only thing I can say against it is that it lacks the drinkability/approachability of the Oude Gueuze.

Glad to have had it and thanks again!

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.96/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle into a Cantillon tulip. Shared with schen9303.

Cork ejects with a loud, crisp pop. Beer pours a massive, as expected 3.5 finger foamy white cream head with great retention. Beer is a clear copper. Lacing is stringy and thick with good stick. Couldn't ask for more here.

Nose is citrus, lemon, hay and sharp cheesy tartness. Nice, crisp and aromatic.

Opens sharp citrussy tartness. Lemon peel, hay, sharp cheese and a funky tartness at the middle. Some cobwebs and more hay at the end with dashes of wet and rotting wood here and there. Finishes with a filmy lemon zest tart/bitterness. Same in the aftertaste. Definitely above average but the funkiness is a bit underwhelming here and its pretty simple overall.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down accented, bubbly and slightly oily. Messy finish with a long, lingering aftertaste. Real drinkable. Good for the style.

A very solid beer overall. Like a well aged Oude Gueuze. However, this is nothing to write home about though I'm more than happy to age a few bottles to see what happens with time.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled February 17, 2011.

Bottle is a gusher. A bunch of foam comes jumping up right after opening. Lost a bit I am afraid to say. The beer is vary cloudy, coppery in colour. A very large and frothy white head on top, good retention.

Smell is funky. Yeast is there and contains notes of light fruit. Lemon and citrus are strong. Quite balanced in terms of funk and other flavours. A bit of cherry.

Taste is very good. Nice dose of funk, balanced with lemon, grass, cherry, apple. Quite sour and acidic. Dry. Like the nose, very well balanced. All flavours blended well together in a harmonious whole.

Medium bodied, very tart, dries the mouth quite significantly. Moderate to low carbonation. '

Overall, very good. Having tried the Lente last week, it is hard to avoid comparing the two. I certainly preferred the Lente, which was a bit more complex and exciting, but this is also a terrific gueuze. Like the Lente, it is very well balanced which seems to be a hallmark of the Drie Fonteinen gueuzes. Yum!

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Photo of Tnudish
4.51/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle provided by Baron, thanks Baron!

A-Pours a cloudy deep orange with a finger and a halfs worth of frothy off-white head.

S-Nose is sharp, musty citrus and aged cheese. It’s quite funky and has a good amount of mineral to it.

T-Flavor has slightly less funk up to it, it’s more sharp lemon rind, aged cheese, wet hay, and damp basement.

M-Mouthfeel is light, carbonation is spritzy, moderate acidity, and a moderate finish.

O-Another great blend from Armand. Despite having this side by side with ’02 OGV in the past and thinking they were pretty different, I am inclined to pick out a lot of similarities when having this on its own. Look forward to seeing how this continues to age.

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Photo of dgilks
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy dark amber colour with a small white head. Fair head retention given the style.

Very funky. Earthy and slightly goaty. Nice bitter lemon aroma and some almost husky notes. Good.

Well hello there. Very fruity with a big citrus hit. There is a real bitter lemon note here along with some grapefruit. The bitterness is quite high and the tartness is crisp and really good. Medium funk.

Moderate body with moderately-high carbonation. Solid.

A really nice Gueuze. Well blended with a nice balance of tartness, funk and bitterness. Excellent.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.43/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a few glasses. Another rare 3F selection so generously shared by Stakem. Pours a hazed peach with a head of slightly off-white foam. This soaps the sides with rich sudsy lace. Smells fresh with a bright tartness in the nose. Light cheese and doughy sugars mix in as well. The taste is more tart fruit, with an almost grape skin or green apple flavor. This is complimented by a light sugary and bready backing, zesty, rind-like bitterness and a gentle funk on the edges. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a soft lively crispness in the mouth. It perfectly matches the flavors. While slightly funky and earthy, it’s that bright fresh crispness here that really drew me in. I think I enjoyed this even more than the Framboos. Thanks for sharing Adam!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.48/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks so much to Steve for sharing this gem with us. Tasting a new 3 Fonteinen beer is a rare occurence, and I appreciate it very much.

Served alongside Armand '4 Lente.

The beer is golden hued, lightly hazy, with an inch or so of white head. The aroma is funky, grassy, herbal, citrus, classic 3F gueze scents, mineral water. But amid all that lingers a wild yeast funk that is noticeably different from the norm. This is certainly Tomme's contribution. Just kidding, I can't pick out any of those nuances. Not as delicious as Lente, but seriously tasty nonetheless. Tangy citrus and a hint of wheat perhaps. Great beer.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.7/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Cantillon Geuze glass

A - Pours a clear Golden colour with a nice frothy White head that reduces to a solid to a solid film.

S - Big horseblanket and citrus, classic Geuze but with more intesity.

T - Big Brett flavours of sourness that is tongue tingling, followed bt grassy straw and citrus, white wine, oak. The finish slaps you with some more sourness that leaves a film on the tongue that allows you to savour the brew for minutes after you have consumed it . It has acheived the holy grail of intense sour, matched with an array of balanced flavours. It actually gets a lot better as it warms too.

M - Medium body with medium to full carbonation.

O - Classic Geuze that lifts the bar on a lot of its counterparts. The intensity is impressive and leaves you wanting more. It also manages to retain a decent head the whole way through.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.77/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Appearance: What a beautiful geuze - the body is a lightly clouded, bright golden-orange and is topped by a thick white head. The head displays good retention for a sour and leaves some thick patches of lacing.

Smell: Mmmm, this smells like a delicious geuze, offering a wonderful combination of signature 3F funk and tart fruits. Notes include: Musty basement, tart citrus (lemon and orange), orange peel, old wood, damp hay, cider vinegar, a little oak, dry grass, tart white grapes, tart stone fruit, a hint of cheese, a dusty earthy character, a light metallic note and periodically a whiff of a leafy/herbal character. The nose is also quite acidic, I think this is going to be a fairly sour geuze.

Taste: As the nose suggested, this is a delicious geuze and one of the more sour geuzes I have had. Flavour notes include: Musty basement, tart lemon, lemon peel, green apple peel, cider vinegar, old wood, some hay, tart white grapes, light apricot, a mildewy note, a very earthy character and a touch of oak.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied (high for a geuze), with a medium/high level of amazingly creamy carbonation. The mouthfeel added to the wonderful acidity make this an amazingly drinkable geuze, I am regretting sharing this with my friends, as I would have happily finished the whole bottle myself.

Overall: Armand & Tommy blend is another outstanding sour from the guys at Drie Fonteinen and is right up there with the Armand seasons series. Highly recommended for any lover of sours.

On a side note, I have heard a few people say that this is the same beer as Golden blend, but this is most certainly NOT the case. I did not taste them side by side, but even from memory the differences are clear.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.35/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes taken from 9/29 from the craziest bottle share that i have ever been a part of. Thanks so much to the NYC and Hoboken crew for letting me participate in this incredible day of drinking long time wants and insanity.

Thanks kindly to Dan for sharing.

a - gorgeous yellow orange. thin foamy head.
s - really nice. grassiness. very fruity.
t - grassiness. earthiness. nice balance although a bit on the earthier side, but good sourness and some subtle fruit.
m - smooth. easy drinker.
o - overall, really nice. great blend.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.58/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, ordered (very luckily) by my tasting group from Etregourmet. Poured into a 3F wine-style glass alongside all four Armand'4s as part of a ridiculous Lambic tasting.

A: Mainly clear medium-amber body under a thick, glass-filling tower of off-white foam. Great retention and lace, especially for the style.

S: Interesting balance of classic 3F funk - earthiness, minerality, cheesiness - with heavy ripe fruitiness. Plum, apricot, and orange, as well as some bell pepper. Excellent.

T: Sharply acidic, with huge lemony sourness up front. Grape skin and earthy funk behind. Clean, sour, medium-dry finish. Really great, but very different from the nose.

M: Lively, spritzy-at-first-creamy-thereafter, medium body. Perfect.

O: Yet another beautiful Geuze from my favorite Lambic producer. While I wasn't quite as blown away by it as I was by all four seasons, it certainly held its own in the line-up. The aroma in particular contained some distinctive fruity notes that came as a surprise. It's well-worth trying if you get the chance, but unless you're an obsessive completist (yes, I'm guilty as charged) you'd be better served going after something like 3F Oude Geuze Vintage or any of the Armand'4s.

Cheers!

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Photo of tendermorsel
4.8/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have had this a few times. Most recently with my best buddy thepeter. This was actually a morning tick!

Straw colored. Minimal head. Extremely spritzy. The carbination was long lasting as I savored my glass over about 20-30 minutes of sippin.

So well balanced. Even for an Armand beer. Funky sour earthy flavors one right after another. Quite a funky nose. Absolutely delicious. Tart and refreshing. Down and dirty.

Highly reccomended for any Gueuze hound. One of the best DF beers I have ever tried. An absolute masterpiece of Gueuze blending.

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Photo of stakem
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this in my fridge since a short time after the sour and bitter fest where it was acquired and sent to me by a very generous trader. Poured from a 750ml into a matching 3F geuze tumbler. The brew appears a hazy golden cooper color with some green looking tint around the edges. An effervescent amount of carbonation rushes the surface and produces 3+ fingers of fluffy white head. It leaves some patches of lace sticking to the wall of the glass.

The smell includes a solid bouquet of citrus and rindy elements mixed with earth and a hint of something along the lines of moist cork. A tropical aspect runs throughout with more focus on fruity rinds, zest and pulp somewhat like lemon and orange. This is a bright smelling geuze with subtle hints of funky earthen character.

The taste is more earthy than the aroma would lead you to believe. A solid rind to pulp flavor of lemon and oranges is present just like the aroma suggested. Mid palate is a flavor of earth, cork, and a mild hint of wet cardboard. This brew has a percieved bitterness of rindy fruit thatbis bright and citrusy leanin toward lemon. Overall a solid blend of flavors that is quite approachable without the acidity being too intense.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest to effervescent amount of lively carbonation that is uplifting and tingly to the palate. A solid amount of complexity with a bit more perceived botterness than one might expect. Very drinkable with seemingly no alcohol impact. I dont know what the story is with this beer. Perhaps it just wasnt a widely talked about brew or was lost behind the magic re-release of framboos? I cant believe more people arnt talking about this, its fantastic and id love to have more.

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Photo of aasher
4.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of claaark13, thanks Sean!

This one pours a dark copper in color, very cloudy, with a two finger off white head. The nose is very fresh with a ton of wild yeasts. It's very sharp and dry. The funk is both young and very sharp. I would say its closest to Tilquin on the nose. The flavors are smooth and very well integrated. Instead of being dry it actually makes my palate water. It has nice funk but stimulates your taste buds ina ridiculously approachable manner.It drinks light and off dry. This is incredibly sessionable for a Gueuze. Overall this beer is pretty stellar. It is light, has great flavor, and is a beer to drink by yourself. Hoard away! (I wish I had a bottle)

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Photo of ADZA
4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another offering from these guys and i love Port brewing too,it pours a golden orange hue with a huge fluffy four finger head and sudsy clingy lacing everywhere,the smell is green apples,white grapes,vineger,a touch of caramel and a slight mustiness,the mouthfeel is just under medium bodied and tart with tastes of white grape vinegar,granny smith apples,herbal hops,a touch of funk with the finish being sour,dry and tart,overall its nice but still abit young and be even nicer with some age on it cheers.

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Photo of tiong
4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, originally rated on 18.8.2012.

Bottling date: 2011/02/17 - Pours orange with a large foamy white head. Aroma of tart fruits and berries, some earthy notes and spices. Taste is crisp and sour with some tart fruits, hints of berries and spices. Finish is tart and slightly sour with some berries. Quite carbonated, but still very tasty, balanced, sour and tart geuze.

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Photo of illidurit
4.15/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at RBSG 2012 Grand Tasting. Pours yellow with ample carbonation -- too much actually, needing some vigorous swirling to bring it back down. The lambic used is old but this tastes young somehow, very bright and sour, funky lemonade, acidic lemon zest, palate zapping with even some bitterness in the finish.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange color with a tall white head. Very funky on the nose, musty, sweaty, and barnyardy. Lemon zest and a pleasant lactic acidity. The flavor is quite dry with good lactic tartness, citrus zest, and plenty of must, barnyard, and sweat funk aromas. As always with Drie Fonteinen, an excellent gueuze.

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Photo of ChicagoJohn
4.53/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Popped upon my 1st bottle of many with my Swedish friends. Epic tasting night and thanks for acquirng these for me.

A - Big white head with moderately good retention with trace amounts of lacing. Digging the apricot colored body it leaves behind.

S - Lemon citrus smell with a surprisingly amount of grassy funk in the nose that's surprising for such a young gueuze. I cannot wait to taste how this will develop when I age them and open years to come.

T - More sour than I expected for such a young blend and a little bit surprised about the slightly sharper acidity. Perhaps my palate's a little bit distorted as this was one of five sours opened that night but it's a little bit unruly. Lots of lemon notes with slight amounts of passionfruit in the taste. Surprised at the funky dank taste but in a good way.

M - Large amounts of carbonation, medium full body that gives it a good mouth feel.

O - Cannot wait to see how this will taste with age. Really looking forward to its maturity as this will only get better.

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Oude Geuze - Armand & Tommy from Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Beer rating: 4.54 out of 5 with 320 ratings