3 Fonteinen Cuvée Armand & Gaston

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Description

3 Fonteinen Cuvée Armand & Gaston is a geuze blend consisting of lambics brewed only at 3 Fonteinen. It has been bottled in 1,5L, 75cl, and 37,5cl bottles and is labeled as 6% ABV.

History / Other Notes

Cuvée Armand & Gaston was first released in June of 2016 after being bottled the fall and winter of 2015. Of each blend of the 2015 bottings, excluding the 1.5L bottling, approximately 10% were put away for extended aging by the brewery, another 10% were kept aside for 3 Fonteinen's new tasting room, 30% are meant for international export, and the remaining 50% were reserved for Belgian distribution including 3 Fonteinen's own shop. The 1.5L bottling is currently reserved for 100% extended aging.

The first release in 2016 consists only of lambic brewed by 3 Fonteinen in 2013, 2014, and 2015. The oldest lambic in the blend is some of the first lambic brewed on the new 40-hectoliter brewing system installed in the same year. It was bottled in 37,5cl and 75cl bottles for distribution. 1.5L bottles are currently aging with an undetermined release date. It was released with 3 Fonteinen's paper labels.

The batches bottled in the fall of 2016 were released during Toer de Geuze 2017 and were bottled in the new screen printed bottles.

Bottle Log

Bottle Date (mm/dd/yyyy) Bottle Size Label / Notes Photo
10/06/2015 750ml Approximately 5,000 bottles -
10/07/2015 375ml Approximately 8,750 bottles -
10/08/2015 1.5L Currently un-released, approximately 2,500 bottles -
10/20/2015 750ml Approximately 3,800 bottles -
12/10/2015 375ml Approximately 10,500 bottles 3F Armand Gaston 10Dec2015.jpg
10/14/2016 750ml 1st blend of the 2016-2017 season. This particular geuze is blended from lambics aged on 4 different barrels, originating from wort of 8 different brews. 5.20% ABV 3F Armand and Gaston 14 Oct 2016.jpg
10/20/2016 750ml 2nd blend of the 2016-2017 season. This particular geuze is blended from lambics aged on 7 different barrels, originating from wort of 10 different brews. 5.40% ABV -
11/16/2016 750ml 6th blend of the 2016-2017 season 3F Armand and Gaston 16 Nov 2016.jpg
11/21/2016 750ml 7th blend of the 2016-2017 season. This particular geuze is blended from lambics aged on 4 different barrels, originating from wort of 5 different brews. 5.00% ABV -
01/25/2017 375ml 17th blend of the 2016-2017 season -
01/27/2017 375ml 18th blend of the 2016-2017 season. This particular geuze is blended from lambics aged and matured on 4 different barrels, originating from wort of 7 different brews. The old lambic was brewed with slightly darker malts and was destined for another Straffe Winter (but we actually forgot about it...) 3F Armand & Gaston batch 18 2016-17 en.jpg
02/14/2017 375ml 19th blend of the 2016-2017 season -
02/27/2017 375ml 20th blend of the 2016-2017 season. This particular geuze is blended from lambics aged and matured

on 4 different barrels, originating from wort of 7 different brews. The old lambic was brewed with slightly darker malts and was destined for another Straffe Winter (but we actually forgot about it...). 5.00% ABV||-

02/28/2017 375ml 21st blend of the 2016-2017 season. This specific geuze was blended with lambics that have matured in 8 different barrels coming from 9 different brews. The old lambic contains organic honey that was added to our cooling ship during cooling. 5.5% ABV 3F Armand and Gaston 28 Feb 2017.jpg
03/07/2017 1.5L 22nd blend of the 2016-2017 season. This particular geuze is blended from lambics aged and matured on 6 different barrels, originating from wort of 9 different brews. 5.30% ABV 3F Armand & Gaston batch 22 2016-17.jpg
03/08/2017 1.5L 23rd blend of the 2016-2017 season. This particular geuze is blended with lambics aged on 4 different barrels, originating from wort of 6 different brews. 5.10% ABV -

Label

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Label Text (Dutch):
Assemblage van jonge, halfoude en oude lambieken, gebrouwen door 3 Fonteinen. Honderd ten honderd natuurlijk en authentiek, spontaan en ietwat koppig, maar steeds elegant en karaktervol. Pure Passie zoals Armand en Gaston het altijd hebben gedaan.

Label Text (French):
Assemblage de jeunes, mi-vieux et vieux lambic, brassés par 3 Fonteinen. Cent pour cent naturel, authentique, spontané et un peu têtu, mais toujours élégant et plein de caractère. La Pure Passion, comme Armand et Gaston l’ont toujours fait.

Label Text (English translation):
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.


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