3 Fonteinen 2016 Cuvee ‘Armand Gaston’


38065458_915636255287187_776915616266190848_n“Blend of young, middle-aged, and old lambics, brewed by 3 Fonteinen. One hundred percent natural, authentic, spontaneous, and a bit stubborn, but always elegant and full of character. The Pure Passion, as Armand and Gaston have always done.”

Glassware: Stemmed tulip.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden with a burnt orange hue. The pour generates a big and fizzy three finger head which slowly deconstructs and laces well as we imbibe.

Aroma: Waves of fresh citrus, lime juice, candied lemons, green apple, apricot and musty cellared oak tantalise the olfactory’s. There’s a decent funk going on in there too starting with acetic white grape juice and then developing more barnyard hints of wet straw, horse blanket and spice. Crisp and refreshing, one of the better sour aromas.

Flavour: Sharp, sour and acetic. Lots of lemon/lime juice, green apples and white wine vinegar really cutting through. Not getting a lot of counter balance from the oak – which is quite delicate, maybe a little musty….but we’re OK with it. A slight pronunciation on candied pears leading in to an ultimately dry and musty finish with distinct citrus, pear and white wine on the rear.

Mouthfeel: Medium-high Co2 is certainly enhancing the already champagne-like texture. Sharp acidity yet light on, crisp and snappy. Probably more suited for summer.

Overall: What is really fascinating about these beers is that no two bottles are alike due to the variables in the blending process. In a way it’s kind of funny as these tasting notes could be useless when it comes to cracking one of the others we have down the track! Regardless, this is still an outstanding drop.