Beer Review: 3 FONTEINEN ARMAND’4 OUDE GEUZE WINTER

Beer Review: 3 FONTEINEN ARMAND’4 OUDE GEUZE WINTER
PublisherIndependent
GenreBeer Reviews, Lambic – Gueuze
Print Length750 ml. bottle
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Introduction

The 3 Fonteinen Armand’4 Oude Geuze Winter is a distinctive blend of 1, 2, and 3-year-old Lambic, curated, aged, blended, and bottled by the skilled hands of Armand Debelder. Encased in a stylish Asti Spumante Champagne bottle, this limited edition, and possibly farewell bottling, sets itself apart by the exclusive use of Challenger hops – a unique touch in the realm of Geuze brewing. Comprising 60% malted barley, 40% wheat, aged hops, and water, each seasonal iteration promises a one-of-a-kind blend.


Appearance

Pours a bright amber orange with a tight white cap. The effervescence showcases very tight bubbles, leaving no trace behind.


Aroma

The olfactory experience unfolds with notes of fresh split wood, grass, honeydew rind, and a distinct touch of funky wild yeast.


Taste

The flavor profile delivers a multifaceted experience with metallic yeast, tart fruit skins, barrel tannins, and a hint of spicy bitterness. Concluding with an acetic twang, it leaves a lingering impression on the palate.


Mouthfeel

The mouthfeel is robust, coating your palate with intense flavor, accompanied by a puckering sensation and the presence of dry lively bubbles.


Overall Impression

This 3 Fonteinen Armand’4 Oude Geuze Winter stands out as a complex, cerebral beer. While its rarity adds to the allure, there’s a hope for wider availability, enabling enthusiasts to explore diverse pairings and recipes. The unique use of Challenger hops sets it apart in the world of Geuze, making it a noteworthy addition to any beer aficionado’s collection.