Armand'4 Oude Geuze Lente (Spring) - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Armand'4 Oude Geuze Lente (Spring)Armand'4 Oude Geuze Lente (Spring)

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367 Ratings
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Ratings: 367
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 4.75
pDev: 5.47%
Wants: 649
Gots: 137 | FT: 11
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: alcstradamus on 05-01-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

"The first of four limited edition geuze blends using lambics brewed by 3 Fonteinen before the thermostat incident ceased brewing operations."
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Ratings: 367 | Reviews: 119
Reviews by badbeer:
Photo of badbeer
4.16/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a beautiful copper color with an eggshell white head that sits atop throughout the entire glass.

An aromatic blend of lemon rind, citrus, hay, and maybe a small amount of a barnyard character, but this is much more towards the citrusy end of the spectrum. I'd prefer a little more intensity, but that seems a little unfair considering the integration of aromas is excellent.

Taste starts out with a bit of a funky cheese, citric acid, lemon rind, apples, hay, and just a touch of acetic acid. The lower levels of acetic acid are very nice; makes it seem easier to drink in greater quantities and allows the citrusy characteristics to shine.

Light and dry on the tongue with about medium levels of CO2. I have to bump up the overall a touch as the beer is really very good. The intensity isn't there as it is in others, but the lighter, more delicate flavors do go together very well. Probably the most sessionable gueuze I've had.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Damian
4.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drank from a 75 cl corked and caged bottle
Lot 19/03/2010 - Best voor 03/2020
Served in a Drie Fonteinen tumbler
Acquired in a trade with mikesgroove

Review #750

Gorgeous, glowing, deep amber appearance. Much darker and more colorful than any other gueuze I have seen. A fluffy, bright white, one-finger head topped the liquid. The head quickly dissipated to a thick, clingy ring. Dots of lacing trickled down the glass.

The nose was remarkable. Incredibly complex and dynamic, and also quite intense. The first thing that struck me was the potent, oaky/barrel character. Very woodsy and earthy. Lots of barnyard and fresh hay aromas. This three-year-old bottle smelled much more aged than I was anticipating. Surprisingly, the acidic/vinegar notes were quite restrained.

The flavor profile was just as impressive as the nose. Strong lemon rind and hay-like notes led things off behind a crackery malt base. Tons of oaky, barrel flavor. Super musty and funky. Intense barnyard notes. Moderately tart. Like the nose, the flavor profile demonstrated restraint in the acidity department. Lots of lemon and lime notes on the back end and also in the crisp, bone dry finish. Woody and somewhat tannic with a fair amount of earthy hop bitterness. All in all, very balanced for the style and immensely quaffable.

Impressive mouthfeel. The liquid had a surprising amount of heft for the style but was still light and fluffy on the palate. Creamy, smooth and supple with a fine, prickly effervescence.

Armand'4 Oude Geuze Lente is far and away the best gueuze I have ever tried and is definitely in my top 5 beers of all time. For such a remarkably flavorful beer of this style, I was mesmerized by its ability to maintain such balace. All in all, a truly memorable drinking experience.

Photo of markgugs
4.86/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

What a nose, funk and plastic and yet incredible. Tart, grassy, lemon zest, perfect acidity. Glorious.

Photo of Stevedore
4.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle with foil and C&C. Poured into a Cantillon stemmed glass 5/19/2014.

Review #600.

A- hazy brown-orange body, much like a lighter apple cider. Effervescent two finger white head with great retention, nice film and some lacing.

S- Very intense, funk-forward nose. Peppercorns, lemon rind, grape skin, musty hay, leather, tangerines, lactic acid. So much going on. Impressive.

F- Bold and aggressive. Citrus, lemon zest, apple skin, musty hay, black pepper, lots and lots of funk that dominates the palate. Just enough yogurt lacto in the dregs to make me smile. A vinous finish reminds me of a nice champagne.

M- Medium bodied, perfectly carbonated and not too fizzy; nicely effervescent and drinks with a real pop! Funky, musty and lemony finish.

O- I see why many argue that this is the best of the 4. I liked Zomer's subtlety that didn't sacrifice much intensity, but this is right in your face intense and incredibly complex. A lambic for the ages.

Re-review: Drank this alongside the 3 other Seasons today 3/30/2015 in a 3F stemmed glass. Basically, this is equal to Zomer, but it is still more intense and in your face than Zomer. A bit less complexity than Zomer, but easily more interesting than Winter. That being said, Zomer is going to run the distance in a year from now. This is easily a top 3 gueuze for me.

Photo of tectactoe
4.68/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Mike for splitting this bottle and knocking off an enormous want of mine. Lente pours out bright like tempered, copper pipe, beaming in color with a foamy, fizzling white head comprised of large bubbles that pop and squander away pretty quickly. A few moments later, all that's left is a thin collar outlining this beautifully colored gueuze.

Someone sitting across the table from me was the one who opened the bottle, and moments after the cork was popped, I could already smell this wonderfully funky monster. Pouring it into my glass and bringing it a half inch from my nose was like olfactory heaven. This stuff is funky as hell, and tart like an obnoxious teenager; copious barnyard-like, sweaty funk, tart lemon skins, pears, apples, musty cellar floor, stone fruit flesh... where does it end?

Just when you think you've got everything figured out, you take another sniff and it sends you into another snarl of disbelief. More wet hay and damp cork, indisputable Belgian funk, musky forest and mushrooms and earthiness, with all those clamoring, tart fruits injecting just an edge of acidity for good measure. Probably one of the best smelling beers I've had the pleasure of sniffing to date. Hours after finishing the beer, smelling the empty bottle was like reliving a dream.

The first sip bitch slaps your taste buds pretty quickly, with a funkified lemon acidity that bites but doesn't burn. Tart, cheesy yeast clumps rock around with good introductions of musty, damp oak and straight up funk lying somewhere between a horse and sweaty feet. Stone fruits abound, lemons abound, apple and pear skins abound, white grapes abound... fruit abound, really. Sour, tart, and vinous to the core.

Each sip is so deliciously funk and sour, expanding your taste buds to new ends of the spectrum like not many other beers can do. The finish is a fading combo of the same funk and sour that rummages through the rest of the flavor profile, along with an adhering dryness that strips your palate of all moisture. The sharp and heavily carbonated body only accentuates these flavors and really leaves your palate in a constant need of repair (aka, another sip).

Wow, what a wonderfully fantastic beer, through and through. The hype on this one is fairly legit, I'd say. Not often does a beer come along that is so impressive in nearly every facet of the game, but Lente shines bright like a diamond. Good funk, good tartness, good oak, good dryness, and just a good experience all around. At around 40-45€ a bottle, Lente is not a cheap investment, but nevertheless one that any lover of gueuze (or good beer in general, really) needs to make.

Photo of warnerry
4.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle shared with BA woosterbill and others during a great day at 3F.

A - Pours a slightly turbid deep golden brown with more than two fingers of off-white head. Head has amazing retention and leaved nice lacing.

S - Bright citrus aromas with a nice earthy musty presence. Also a slight musty cheese aroma. Very inviting.

T - Very nice acidity up front, with a refreshing and big citrus character, combining lemon and grapefruit. Finish is bitter earthy hops. Very refreshing and just excellent taste.

M - Crisp mouthfeel with slight earthiness and lingering tart bitterness.

O - Excellent overall and my favorite geuze to date. Very refreshing nice a great citrus profile and nice balancing funk elements.

Photo of ehammond1
5/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle (2011)

Thanks for sharing this, Tim!

Side by side with the Zomer.

Faint haze throughout the gold and amber body. Quickly forming, tall, and persistent white head. Thin sheets and spots of lacing mess the glass.

Bright, explosive tart and sour aroma, though so rich, deep, layered, and complex: tart citrus, grass, earth and rock, body funk, and of course stinging, explosive sourness throughout. Though the Zomer smelled phenomenal, the Lente towered above it in aroma (at least, initially).

Taste follows the aroma very similarly: huge sour and tart character, lots of lemon, earth and rock, grass, musty body and funk, and the oak shines through more and more as the beer warms. A complete, sipping delight. Perfection.

Light to medium bodied, though incredibly well carbonated. Spritzy and light yet coating and full all at the same time. A joy.

A perfect gueuze. There is nothing to improve here. This beer left me speechless.

Photo of Soonami
4.47/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Rich (phillybeer7779) for opening this up, it was part of a great line-up for his birthday celebration.

Lente smells super funky; it's hazy, pale orange with great lacing. Lots of great funk with restrained acidity that plays off the barnyard very well. The finish is dry and clean with a sparkly metallic and apple peel taste. Thoroughly enjoyed this and would love the chance to try this again.

Photo of soulforpeanuts
4.88/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow!
Opening a bottle to celebrate the birth of my 3rd child last night. Had this after a 2008 Cable Car, with an all too fresh Westy 12 in between.
A: Heavy level of bubbles like 8 years worth of flotsam and jetsam all at once. Lacing hangs on the glass like the tormented grasping to slow their fall to hell.
S: The only thing stopping perfection. After some ridiculous 2x IPA, its hard to score a 5 here. Pleasently smelss like a forest floor, as if Im a truffle dog, looking for . . .
T: Wow. Did I say that yet? The first little snifter is a 4x pucker. Im drinking it right this second actually. The malt backbone is like a strong root that explodes in your mouth,with branches of awesomeness branching off. Dont let anyone who wont appreciate this drink this.
M: The most chewy gueuze/ sour ever. Its like a BA stout in gravity. Its all over my cheeks and stays there.
O: The legs leave groups of spots on the glass like spots of a monstrous snow leopard. The gueuze ate the 08 Cable Car like it was a retarded rat on 3 legs bathed in barbecue sauce. Between the 08 Cable Car and the 4, it was like a beauty contest between Miranda Kerr and Roseanne Barr. Smell? Nothing beats fresh Pliny the Younger, but as good as a gueuze will ever get!

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.35/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to me for this one. 4oz. pour from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a Hill Farmstead snifter. Had at a tasting on 6/4/11. Reviewed from notes.

A: Standard pour yields a .25 creamy white head with good retention. Beer is a slightly cloudy goldenrod. Lacing is patchy and spotty with decent stick. Points lost for clarity. Otherwise very good looking beer.

S: Nose is big straw notes, hay, barnyard cheesiness, band-aid and lemon rind. Moderately aromatic but very appropriate.

T: Straw, hay, cheese, with a lemon crispness. Slightly tart citrus in the middle with some lemon, band-aid plastic, and cheesiness in the middle. End is straw, hay, and lemon juice. Sour apple rind in the finish and aftertaste. Very nice balance here with some huge potential for development.

M: Light to medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Oily and silky in the mouth and slightly oily and smooth going down. Finish is mellow with a slightly sticky aftertaste. Spot on for the style.

O: Its not very often that such a "young" gueuze is so impressive, but this is close to the top of the heap. A lot of potential down the road, this is worth picking up and cellaring even with the high price point.

Photo of Mavajo
4.82/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark golden color with a bright white head. Lacing.

Huge burst of funk, horseblanket, tart, sour, light fruit. Slobber-knocker of an aroma. All the same on the taste -- tons of funk, sour/tart, light fruit (apple, etc.) and a nice zest. Brisk and refreshing on the palate -- dry. Absolutely delicious.

Genuinely world class gueuze.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

review #500

poured into a Drie Fonteinen stemmed glass

pours a deep yellow and orange with a hint of copper. a bit cloudy. about an inch of fluffy head holding over it. great retention and light slivers of lace all over the sides.

nice funk with a slight cheesy acidic scent. nice moderate oak through out. a fruity blend of peach and apricot with a hint of lemon and orange.

perfection. nothing too harsh or overpowering. perfect acidic level. very fruity with a blend of peach and apricot with a subtle lemon in the mix. very similar to the nose. oak arrises towards the middle and adds that oaky dryness to finish this off.

very carbonated in all the rights ways. delivers all the flavors to the correct spots. carries the funk throughout the mouth. nice and dry in the end.

this is pretty much perfect, an amazing gueuze. this was my pleasure as will the next 8 i have.

Photo of nickd717
4.77/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Craig for this amazing Belgian tick.

Hazy orangish golden color with a well formed whitish head that lasts.

Huge funky nose on this beer, as Arne and Mike said, "forest floor" which is right on. Absolutely phenomenal with mushroom and barnyard funk.

The flavor is great too; funky and tasty with just the right amount of sweet malt and phenomenal tart and funky flavor. This is incredible.

The mouthfeel kills too, medium acidity and a perfect carbonation level.

Just a ridiculous beer, really one of the best I’ve had in this style.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.34/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 3/19/2010. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Gusher. Overflowed after popping the cork. Nice white head and good retention. Hazy orange body.

Smell - Unbelievable. Lemongrass, hay, and a huge funk. Fresh and light. Immense aroma, even if it's as delicate as a gueuze aroma gets.

Taste - Mimics the smell, but more acidic than funky. Lemongrass and hay. A touch sweet in the finish. Good barnyard in the background, but it isn't the headliner.

Mouthfeel - Overly carbonated. So carbonated that the bubbles are more noticeable than the beer at points. Makes it light and effervescent, but I feel like it distracts from the flavors.

Overall - Incredible flavors, especially coming in the nose. Light and refreshing. Maybe not the intensity I expected and usually get from a 3F gueuze, but excellent nonetheless.

Photo of Kegatron
4.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle into several glasses. Tasted next to the Zomer version. Huge thanks go to Stakem for busting these out because he felt that I hadn’t reviewed enough Geuzes yet LOL! Well here ya’ go buddy and thanks again for sharing these!

Pours a deep hazed apricot color, topped with a ½ finger of smooth bright-white head. This stays rich and robust, leaving thick looking swathes of lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma has a bright and fresh feeling tartness to it up front. Going deeper reveals some sweeter fruitiness, a slightly acidic sourness, woody tannins, and a touch of cheesy smelling funk. The overall presence here in the nose is quite complex and heavy with flavor but this just has breeziness to it in the nostrils that makes it a joy to sit here and whiff. Fantastic!

The taste has a lot of woody tannic character and tart fruit notes of peach and apple. There is a bit of an acidic edge to this but there is enough sweet sugary grains buried at the bottom of the flavor profile to help balance that out. This is just so bright feeling, well balanced, and refreshing on the palate, with a finish that is dry and woody, with some lingering tartness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and quite crisp on the tongue, with a slightly slick tannic smoothness that glides underneath. The is overall extremely lively feeling and I would never have guessed that it’s sitting at 6%.

Wow, just wow. I don’t think that I ever knew or would believe that a Geuze could be as flavorful and quaffable as this one was. Tart, tangy, crisp, and delicious, I could have easily drunk the whole bottle myself. It’s that good and I’m not what you would consider to be a sour-head in any way. Thanks again Adam for sharing this rarity with us. It was a real treat!

Photo of thagr81us
4.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to cmrillo for sharing this one at the Down South Beer Tasting while aasher was in town to visit! This one was a gusher on us... Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a hazy yellow-orange with a minimal pure white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, funk, tart, sour, and tart cherry. The flavor was of sweet malt, funk, tart, sour, tart cherry, fruit, and wood. It had a a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this brew was quite good to put it lightly. I was really surprised to see this one come out compliments of Rillo (as well as Zomer right after!). This one had a very complex flavor and aroma and was only subtlely abrasive to the palate, but I can take a little abuse when it comes to good flavor profiles in a Gueuze. An absolute must try before you die if you like Gueuzes.

Photo of hobojon
4.87/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted June 3rd and 24th at 3F in an Armand Spirit glass. Poured by Armand himself on June 3rd. Shared with woosterbill and davejanssen.

Aroma- Dirty, earthy, funky but slightly different (and better) than the usual 3F funk. Cheese and green apple. Woody. Goat and caproic acid (I think... the goat cheese acid). Toasty and charred oak in the background. Very nice aroma... complex and inviting. Bright and fresh. Citrus rind.

App- Huge white foam fills the upper third of the glass. Orange amber clear beer with some haze (I think maybe yeast). Tight lacing and foam.

Taste- Refined young funk. Green apple (Armand says this comes from the 10 year old Challenger hops). Green apple sourness but smooth acidity. Some oak with vanilla and subtle coconut- I am stretching this for a geuze, not as much oak as in other -bal aged styles. Maybe a hint of acetic? Tropical fruit like pineapple and also tangerine and peach. Herbal and musty.

Mouthfeel- creamy, high fine carb. very good.

Overall- Unique and complex, and really f*cking good (to quote my hand written review). I drank almost an 11 year vertical of 3F geuze while in Belgium, and this stands out along with Millennium and others. 3F is one of my favorite breweries, and Armand did an excellent job with this blend.

Photo of jegross2
4.97/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewing the Armand'4 Oude Geuze Lente (Spring) from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen out of Belgium.

Score: 99

2011 vintage bottle served in a taster glass and enjoyed on 05/11/13 to celebrate the end of law school. Review is from notes.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange-amber color with a finger of white head. Good lacing and retention. 4.5/5

Smell: Tart lemon juice, pear and subtle musty vinegar. A little fruitiness. Residual funk. Really nice sour citrus aroma. 5/5

Taste: Sour lemonade-like with good pucker. Acidic orange, a little apple and pear. Lots of juicy sour citrus. Only a little vinegar funk. Layering sourness. Nice and subtle grassy hops too. Really excellent! 5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, perfect carbonation. Excellent layering pucker. Dry. 5/5

Overall: One of the best sours I have ever had. Shame it took me a year to type this review up. I need to get a bottle.

Cost: Depending on the exchange rate, this one is likely to run between $45 and $60 for a 750 ml bottle (if you can still find it online).

Photo of jmarsh123
5/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Shared all 3 Armand bottles with UrbanCaver, forgetfu, eyeenjoybeer and Caleb at Upland while picking up the Sour Reserve.

Pours a rich gold with copious amounts of bubbles cascading up the glass.

Wonderful funk smell. Sweaty gym sock, lots of dank earthy notes and some crisp apple/lemon flavors as well.

Wow. Oh I should write more than that. Ok. Everything in the nose comes through as well. Very dank and earthy funk throughout balanced perfectly by the crisp lemon/citrus zest. Finishes with a very clean crisp sourness.

Mouthfeel is spot on. A bit of body and heavy carbonation.

This is the most fantastic gueuze I've ever had and resisting the temptation to drink one again immediately. The best of the 3 we tried.

Photo of mikesgroove
5/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

not even sure how i lucked myself into this one, but some crazy sours have been filling up my life recently. this one was no exception

hazy golden, amber color with a wonderful two inches of white foam that coated the glass and just soaked everything around it. simply perfect look in my snifter.

Just the most grand, funkified, tart, sour, vinegar like smell you could come across, but in a good way. Rich and complex there seemed to literally be no end in sight for the depth of this one. funky sour when I noticed some light fruit maybe coming into play, this was like a fine wine almost in aroma, I mean just insanely good. I am almost speechless, but I had to eventually stop smelling it and actually try it and It was just wonderful. Started out with a full on assault of sour funk, that rolled through the mouth, sucking up and puckering anything that it came in contact with, but once it got past, it opened you up to a whole world of woody flavors that were hidden underneath. There was some light fruitiness of some sour, perhaps grapes, or green apples, that you could start to pick up as it rolled along, This was not entirely unbalanced, far from it. In fact I think if you do not let this one warm up a bit, you are really cheating yourself out of how good it could be.really starting to show hints of the barrel aging, with nice wood notes coming through and it really getting a nice earthy feel to it.

Overall I was simply blown away by this one. It was easily the top three best sour ale I have ever had, and easily one of the best beers I have ever had hands down. Cannot even imagine what the rest of this series is gonna be like

Photo of largadeer
4.88/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to westcoastbeerlvr for sharing this great beer.

Beautifully effervescent, sunset-hued with slight haziness. The lasting head leaves webbed lacing.

Herbal, grassy, earthy aroma, a lot of oak on this one. Acidic fruit and mushrooms, pine, little bit of mint. Vibrant and complex for a fresh gueuze, and I can see it improving.

Pretty spectacular palate on this one. Herbal, earthy, lemon fruitiness, grass/soil. Very earthy and oaky. Great balance of sourness and tannin. This shows a ton of depth for a young gueuze. Extremely dry, nice mushroom-y/earthy finish. Big lingering oak character. Sourness is moderate, very lactic and clean. Absolutely awesome, this rivals some of the greats.

Photo of Patrickbrusil
4.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Oh my god. Oh my god. Oh my god. Oh my god. Oh my god. Oh my god.

Creamy, sour, sweet, smooth, wild, rustic, intoxicating, epic, wonderful, and luscious.

If you can get it you should. If you can't then it's ok but life won't be as rich and wonderful as it could be.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.87/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

After enjoying Veritas 004, one of the most highly touted American takes on the wild ales of Belgium, we went for one of the most buzzed-about Belgian geuzes in recent memory. Again, thanks to Trey for this one.

Deep copper in color, this is one of the darkest...no, scratch that...THE darkest geuze I have ever seen. It is capped by a fluffy and frothy head that leaves sticky irregular lace on the glass. This looks absolutely awesome.

The aroma is astounding. Woody, bright, briney, and full of lemony, orange-zesty, citrus notes. The funky is like sweaty, moldy, funky horse blanket and forest floor. The citrus sets this apart from the other great geuzes, even from Armand, that I have tried. Obviously, there are the signature notes of a Drie Fonteinen geuze, from the funk, to the clean lactic sourness.

The flavor opens with the same citrusy orange-zest brightness that sets the experience apart from all other geuzes I have enjoyed. Funky and tannic throughout, this boasts a great briney bite along with a clean lactic sourness to round everything out. The funk is dank and musty, much like sweaty gym socks, and the sourness is clean, crisp, and lemony...perfect foils.

Light and airy on the palate, this is perfect mouthfeel, reigning supreme in the geuze style. I'm not sure if I can rave any more about this without sounding repetitive, but I will say this...This is better than the 02 Oude Geuze Vintage, which is an insanely delicious geuze. A fucking grand slam by Armand.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into HF wine glass. Awesome orange slightly hazy color with thick white head. The aromas fly out of the bottle upon opening...super funky typical barnyard...just great.
Taste of citrus, funky wheaty, bready, very complex...very awesome.
Its tart, and sour, but very refreshing. I was a tad underwhelmed by it, but not by any means disappointed. A truly world class brew. Cant wait to open the other 3 in the series!

Photo of oline73
4.35/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great gueuze consumed at sour and bitter. Poured into a stemless wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden amber color with a finger of fluffy off white head and some nice retention.

Smell: Tart lemon notes with a slight sweetness and some funk. The sour/tart notes dominate the nose.

Taste: This is a really tart, sour beer. Lemon juice and a very mild funk. There is a slight bitterness in the finish, but the sour notes win through the whole sip.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with strong, tingly carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall: I just love the tartness of this beer. It was really strong, but not too acidic. The funk level was just enough to be noticed.

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Armand'4 Oude Geuze Lente (Spring) from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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