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14. Fonteinen’s Armand’4 Oude Geuze Lente

Brewed by 3 Fonteinen
Style: Lambic - Geuze
Origin: Beersel, Belgium

The Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen uses a blend of 1-, 2- and 3-year-old lambics to make Oude Geuze. At 6 percent ABV, this unfiltered, unpasteurized ale is aged in the bottle for at least a year. Armand’4 is a limited edition beer with only 17,000 bottles made.

Refermentation takes place in the bottle, giving this ale a bubbly head. The base is 60 percent barley malt and 40 percent unmalted wheat. Wild yeast works spontaneously to ferment the bright pinkish liquid. The beer is said to have aromas of leather, grapes, berries and melon rind. One taster described his experience: “The various flavors seem to pulsate as I work my way through the bottle, with some components asserting more on one sip as compared to another, but always pitch perfect in balance. If there is any flaw in this beer, I am not the person to say so.”

Photo courtesy: Bernt Rostad