Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen Armand'4 Oude Geuze Zomer

Armand'4 Oude Geuze Zomer

 

Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen in Lot, Flemish Brabant, Belgium 🇧🇪

Lambic Style - Gueuze Special Out of Production
Score
8.16
ABV: 6.0% IBU: - Ticks: 41
Armand’4 Oude Geuze is a blend of 1, 2 and 3 years old lambic, brewed, aged, blended and bottled by Armand Debelder. Limited blend! Ingr.: 60% malted barley, 40% wheat, aged hops and water. Limited edition! Armand’4 Oude Geuze is een mengeling van 1, 2 en 3 jaar oude lambiek, gebrouwen, gerijpt, geassembleerd en gebotteld door Armand Debelder. Eenmalige assemblage! Ingr.: 60% gerstemout, 40% tarwe, overjaarse hop en water. Beperkte oplage!
 

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10

Nose: super funky rotten plums and raisins, very pungent, cheesy. Kind of like a port. Palate: super funky cheese forward, soft mouthfeel and taste lingers in the throat. Pretty rough to get through honestly haha

Tried from Bottle at Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen & lambik-O-droom on 10 Sep 2021 at 13:52


9.5
Appearance - 10 | Aroma - 9 | Flavor - 9 | Texture - 10 | Overall - 10

The summer version in this highly coveted series of ‘seasonal geuzes’ by 3 Fonteinen’s Armand Debelder, one of the last to contain lambic brewed by Debelder himself before the ‘thermostat incident’ that put an end to brewing. I never had this version when it was released as a one-off back in 2011 and it has become increasingly difficult (and expensive) to find them as vintage bottles, so I was ecstatic to learn that Lambik-o-Droom is now selling a remainder of these ten year old vintage bottles for on-site consumption. Dusty bottle – complete with cobwebs and even a shriveled dead spider on it – without label, but I will assume that the guy who served it, picked the right one from their stock. Thick, dense, off-white, thickly plaster-like lacing, very stable head remaining closed for a very long time, on a misty deep ‘honeyish’ orange blonde beer with amber tinge, turning darker as the bottle gets emptied – and showing a lively swirl of sparkling, so apparently carbon dioxide levels have not suffered from ten years of storage, on the contrary. Utterly refined, delicate bouquet: a lot of medium dry sherry from oxidation, but matching remarkably well with the ‘original’ lambic features which are largely intact, though in a softened way; impressions, apart from that old sherry effect, include old wet wood, dried apricot, roses, dried thyme, old straw, dusty cellar, mandarin peel, hints of grass silage, purple gooseberry, very old dry white wine. Fruity onset, very lively and convincingly so even, with a lot of old wrinkled apple, dried apricot, gooseberry and yellow-green plum, bathing in a finely tingling carbonation effect lifting up the flavours rather than interfering with them, thanks to all these minute bubbles; a sweetish peachy core is there too, but soft tartness prevails. Soft, almost velvety mouthfeel, soft bread-crusty, fluffy malt core gently dried by lactic tartness, wet-woody tannins and strong ‘old sherry’ oxidation, while all the estery complexity, refreshing apple and gooseberry sourness and, eventually, moldy orange-like Bretty funkiness add further layers of flavour. This whole flavour structure remains remarkably soft, elegant and even juicy, a bit orange-like even in the end, while a thyme- and dried lemon peel-like, earthy, ‘deep’ bitterness closes things off in a most delicate way. I unfortunately missed this one when it was young, but this bottle is clearly ‘graced with age’, having matured perfectly with a layer of old sherry that matches the rest of the flavours, which have remained lively and intricate as ever. An absolutely beautiful, very ‘malse’ geuze – compared with a strongly oxidized and therefore rather disappointing bottle of Horal Mega Blend of the same age that I got a sample from later the same day, it is clear that this Armand’4 series is a very powerful one, one which can stand the test of time like only the greatest geuzes can. Bafflingly beautiful and sophisticated.

Tried from Bottle on 13 Jul 2021 at 14:57



8.9
Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 9 | Flavor - 9 | Texture - 9 | Overall - 9

Cheesy, leathery oakiness. Very dry! Nice sourness. Great taste. Funky, tart fruitiness. Finish is inexplicably lovely. Bit of grapefruit maybe.

Tried from Bottle on 09 Dec 2020 at 12:09

gave a cheers!

8

Mocno owocowe, dosc juz czuc wiek, tak papierowo nie piwnicznie, w uscie jest nieco kwasnosci, nieco slodyczy, grzecznie dosc, te owoce takie morele jakby? Slodkie, suszone? Ocet? Moze mini w posmakach. Pyszka, unikalne, ale... za stare kapke

Tried at Artezan - craft beer pub on 19 Jun 2020 at 20:46


8.3
Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 8 | Flavor - 8 | Texture - 8 | Overall - 9

Bottle @ Pre Thermostat Incident share. Pours hazy orange with a large frothy slightly offwhite head. Aromas of soap, bubblegum, citrus, sesame seeds, oranges. Taste is more acidic than lente, stone fruits, lightly bitter, not as sweet, highly carbonated too, not as complex but quite good still.

Tried from Bottle on 06 Nov 2019 at 16:55


8.8
Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 9 | Flavor - 9 | Texture - 8 | Overall - 9

Bottle @ home. Hazy amber colour, lots of foam. Lively carbonation. Tart, lemony, notes of citrus. Some minerally notes. Very complex and well balanced gueuze. Great!

Tried from Bottle on 14 Sep 2019 at 08:23


9
Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 10 | Flavor - 9 | Texture - 8 | Overall - 9

Bottle. Amber color. Lemon, oak, honey and gooseberries in the aroma. Close to perfection. Lemon and oak in the flavor. Considerable dry out effect. Raspberry and gooseberry asters. Hint of leather. Very complex geuze with an unbeatable aroma.

Tried from Bottle on 26 Aug 2019 at 12:06


8.2
Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 8 | Flavor - 8 | Texture - 8 | Overall - 9

0,75l bottle at home. amber very hazy color, small white head. smells funky, wood, earthy, cheesy, citric, grassy, hay. very nice smell. full body, soft carbonation. tastes citric, grassy, cheesy, some funk, spices, peppery, bit herbal, earthy, some wood. finishes lightly dry and lightly sour with notes of cheese, funk and citric notes. very nice one, very mellow, very good to drink 8, 4, 8, 4, 18

Tried from Bottle on 28 Jul 2019 at 09:54


8.5
Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 9 | Flavor - 9 | Texture - 8 | Overall - 8

Bottle shared with Koelschtrinker and Beerhunter111. Great intense sourish smooth beginning. Funk, horse blanket, not too much sourness. Wood, round and refreshing with a mild sour ending. Very nice, highly drinkable, refreshing mild deep woody stuff with cellar funk.

Tried from Bottle on 08 Jun 2017 at 12:07