Armand'4 Oude Geuze Lente (Spring) - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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Reviews by tectactoe:
4.68/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
Serving type: bottle
08-30-2013 11:31:27 | More by tectactoe
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4.78/5 rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
A shoutout to Miamilice for trading this beer to me! Thank you very much and cheers!
750ml C&C bottle with black foil. Cork comes out of the bottle with a loud sharp pop. Poured into a pair of tulip glasses shared with a very good friend.
Appearance: slightly hazy orangish yellow bodied beer with 2 full fingers of bone white head. Somewhere between minimal and moderate lacing left behind on the side of the glass.
Smell: Right away the barnyard funk is the very first thing that I notice. Lots of fruitiness(pears, green apple, and white grapes), a hint of "yeastiness", and wheat malts that impart some sweetness in the nose of this beer. Little bit of earthiness and oak. This has such a pleasant balance in the nose that I cant wait to take a sip!
Taste: Mild tartness that is fruity; mostly lemons, green apples, white grapes, and pear. Moderate funkiness that is a combination of banyard funk and earthy funk. Nice oak barrel presence that does not overpower the beers flavor profile. Hint of yeast, slightly sweet wheat malt and it is a little grainy. The funk lingers long after each sip with a little bit of acetic sourness; this is really nice beer. Such a well balanced gueuze!
Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with carbonation levels that are on the higher end of moderate carbonation, but the carbonation almost reaches high levels. Refreshing, crisp, spritzy, and dry without being too aggressive. Carbonation feels soft and creamy on the palate. So very drinkable, well rounded / balanced mouthfeel, and quite pleasant to drink. This has a perfect mouthfeel as far as a gueuze is concerned.
Overall: What a mind blowing beer! This has got to be in my top 5 to top 10 beers that I have had the privilage to drink to this date! It is a sophistocated, elegant, and neuanced beer. It is without a question the best Gueuze that I have ever drank and its the best sour beer that I have ever drank. I am completely blown away by this beer and I wish to drink this beer again someday!
Serving type: bottle
12-29-2013 04:03:21 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
Armand'4 Oude Geuze Lente (Spring) from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
100 out of 100 based on 302 ratings.