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

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120 Reviews
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Reviews: 120
Hads: 379
rAvg: 4.7
pDev: 4.89%
Wants: 659
Gots: 140 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of ehammond1
5/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (947 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
5/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (726 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
5/5  rDev +6.4%
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 (1,651 characters)

Photo of alcstradamus
5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11/11/11/ EDIT: Cracked a third bottle tonight and what I drank was not a perfect five. Noticed more vinegar notes this time which threw off the balance a bit. I would probably give it a 4.5 score. Not changing my review score yet though until I have a fourth bottle.

6/12/11 EDIT: Cracked a second bottle of this last night to see if I felt the same way about it the second time. Turns out I do. This is just an incredibly balanced, flavorful, and perfect gueuze. I am changing my score to a perfect 5 because it is everything I look for in a beer

5/16/11 ORIGINAL REVIEW:
Pours with a huge 3 finger head that leaves thick sheets of lacing

The aroma is powerful and starts of with a peppery biscuit note and some lemon and orange peel. Very earthy and dusty as well. Typical classic gueuze aroma.

The flavor is amazingly clean, breathtaking really. Peppery and lemon up front, followed by a clean orange peel and earthy finish. Very soft on the palate yet still lively. The finish is earthy and juicy, then a dryness sweeps over the palate leaving a mouth sucking oakiness in its wake. This reminds me of the best batches of 3 Fonteinen Geuze blended with the cleanliness of the best batches of Girardin Black Label.

The carbonation is very high but remains soft. Exactly what a gueuze should feel like as far as I'm concerned.

Overall I have nothing bad to say about this beer whatsoever, it is easily one of the top 2-3 bottles of gueuze I have ever drank, maybe even #1 (impossible to tell without a side-by-side which can never happen). I would probably score it a perfect 5 if it wasn't for the fact that I refuse to rate something a 5 without having it at least twice. (1,681 characters)

Photo of DaveJanssen
5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 slpit 3 ways with woosterbill and hobojon at 3 Fonteinen on 3 June 2011. Poured by Armand ino Armand's Spirit glasses. Also split 2 ways at 3F in comparison to Zomer on 24 June 2011.

Ar: Oak, tart, strong acidity, dirty barn funk, funky aroma, lime and lemon acidity, excellent oak

Ap: Epic off white head, head gets taller as the beer sits in the glass, very effervescent, clear beautiful bronze/orange amber, darker than zomer, epic lace

T: smooth bright citrus, floral lime/lemon, refined mild funk, chalky oak, greern apple, waxy hints, strong pleasant oak, strong apple and green fruit tartness, strong lime, barn funk, funk and oak make an excellent combo, nice lingering bitter/oak, nice acidity, clean and bright, tart lime/lemon, citrus/tropical floral fruit, strong peach

M: High fine carbonation, light body, nice smooth mild oak tannin and bitterness, nice smooth acid

O: Amazing, green, more oak and more soft that zomer, brighter/tarter than zomer, dirty aroma, zomer more fruity and earthy, very balanced and rich, unique, the whole experience of having the geuze influences the score. (1,109 characters)

Photo of glazeman
5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle split with airohead2001. This one's for old times buddy! Thanks a bunch.

A: Pours a fairly clear golden color with a 1 finger white head that lingers for quite some time and leaves a nice crown and wispy bubbles thought the drink. There's some nice lacing as well.

S: The main notes on the nose are lemon zest and orange peel. There's a nice amount of yeasty funk. The smell was robust and perfect for the style.

T: Some sweetness up front from the citrus fruit flavors. Then some funk, though not quite as much yeastiness as I would have expected, but this does not detract from the overall taste. There's the perfect amount of sourness in the finish. The flavor is pure enjoyment with many different experiences in each successive sip all integrated well.

M: Crisp and clean mouth feel with a great sour aftertaste that remains on tongue for a remarkable period of time.

O: By far the best beer of the style I've had, and a top 3 beer I've ever had. I would drink this all day any day. (999 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

1257th Review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Taster
750 ml

Poured by Jerz, shared by Jay from Naja's.

Thank you for the pour fellas.

App- A wonderful mix of oranges and sunshine yellow in the glass. A great bit of carbonation formed and left some great full open and popping bubbles. Really the 1st time I have been impressed this much with a Gueuze appearance.

Smell- What struck me the most was how much I just sat and smelled it. The aroma was so citrus and juicy that I didnt even notice for a few moments all the layers of tartness, a slight slight aciditic note and a little bit of sour.

Taste- I find no fault with this beer. I was very excited to see the bottle let alone try it. The citrus notes pop and then move into a funk with some earthy wheat notes with some deep funk and a little bit of apple.

Mouth- Light medium body with a light medium carbonation. Bright, crisp refreshing. Not a waxy or overly thick feel as some have. Just perfect.

Drink- I am sorry to my previous highest rated BCBVS that you have been demoted to #2. Couldn't ask for more in a beer. Perfection. Welp, only took 1,256 reviews before this to make me have a perfect 5. (1,157 characters)

Photo of Ready4aHeady
5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Opened 8-29-15, poured into a HF tulip glass...
striking deep peach/apricot color with thick white 2 inch head that lingers as 1/2 inch foam for several minutes...
aroma and taste are the same--huge burst of crazy uber funky-dank-dustyness with stone apricot zesty flavors--in your face concentration... only similar US beer ive ever had is le sarrasin, though this kicks it up a notch in funkiness!! Outstanding beverage! (423 characters)

Photo of Beerenauslese
5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This pours a slightly hazy golden amber body with a thick light beige head. Curtains of sticky lacing and pretty good head retention.

The nose is complex and inviting, with lemon, vanilla, grassy herbs, and a hint of toffee sugar.

This has such a delightful taste, a fresh lemon tartness balanced by toffee sugar, while the oak aging provides spice and light tannins. Aged hops provide just a small amount of bitterness in the finish. It is hard to imagine how blending young and old lambics can actually produce such a wonderful tasting beer, but thankfully here it is. It is not overpowered by funk or wildness; it is more like a wild beast that has been tamed.

This is light bodied and the carbonation is moderate, producing a mousey light and airy mouthfeel like a good champagne.

I could drink this forever it is so addictively satisfying. Each sip provokes the next. If any beer does, I think this qualifies hands down for the champagne of beers title. It is like a perfect lemon confection (reminds me of lemon tarts, lemon squares) yet more complex with a spicy lingering finish. Nothing is off in this beer, it is the evocation of spring. (1,155 characters)

Photo of jethrodium
5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle. Pours a cloudy golden orange with a 3 finger white head that has good retention and leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is amazing. Extremely funk with some soft oak, some light lemon, mushroom, and a decent amount of earthiness. There is a bit of green apple and some apricot present as well. Probably the best smelling beer I have ever had. The taste starts with some soft funky oak with a slight hint of sweetness. Then comes some light lemon, a bit of lactic, some mushroom, and a bit of apple. The finish has a funky earthiness to it. Overall, it is not particularly dry or sweet. It has a decent tartness throughout, but is not over the top The mouthfeel is quite amazing. It has fairly light, soft, fluffy feel in on the tongue, and the medium carbonation is perfect. I would say that this is the best beer that I have had. I can’t think of anything that I would change about it. (924 characters)

Photo of rvdoorn
5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked this one up at the source during the Tour de Geuze together with Channan. Finally I had time to open this one.
Looks: Poured a straw color with a big white head.
Smell: funky, yeast, lemon and hay.
Taste: typical 3 fonteinen geuze, quite sour, earthy and woody flavors but with a bit more hop influence than geuze beers from other breweries, resulting in a pleasantly dry finish. All flavors come together in this one. As mentioned before, this beer is very well balanced.
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, medium mouthfeel.
Overall: In advance, I was a bit skeptical about all the extremely positive reviews (I thought maybe the beer was hyped), but this geuze is truly the best I ever had. Fantastic! (711 characters)

Photo of corby112
5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to callmemickey for busting this out as a surprise during our 3F Oude Gueuze vertical tasting. Thanks a lot Ryan!

Pours a hazy dark golden orange color with faint pale golden straw hues when held to a light and a massive frothy, soapy white head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap. Huge chunks of soapy lace coat the glass.

Very funky, musty aroma with hints of cobweb, horsebalnket, old wood and earth/soil. Smells like an old barn, vegetal with hints of wet hay, damp basement, bugs, subtle lactic, vinegar and light/citrus fruits.

Fuller bodied than expected with a very tart, puckering mouthfeel. Acidic on the tongue yet still somehow remains soft and easy to drink. No solvent or harsh stomach burning character. Lots of earthy funk and a strong barrel presence. Musty with hints of wood, light fruit, zesty lemon citrus and a lingering acetic vinegary sweetness in the finish that leaves me drooling for more. Extremely complex, well balanced and immensely quaffable. An excellent blend, one of the best lambics I've ever had. I don't see any way in which it could be improved. This should age with the best of them. I would love to try it again in a decade or so. (1,212 characters)

Photo of patm1986
5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

ARMAND LENTE
A: golden brown. with a center of copper hues like muck. big fluffy, pillowy, cascading head. fat, huge. a head that is an insane temper for lace. not heavily clouded, but streaming at the sides with carbonated lace all around the glass bursting with bubbles. effervescent.
S: citrus pith--grapefruit--covered in pepper, pickled in vinegar and washed in sea water, then finished with honey that halts the flavor from bursting with sour madness. best guess. best glass. unreal.
T: the restraint is unreal: lente has POWER. onset of sour hits instantly, but it's halted by an unexpected sweetness. vinegar, fresh black pepper, granny smith, champagne vinegar, then a pillow of brett/sacch like a fuckin ribbon.
M: tinge. tinge. tinge. the lingering effect is OTHERWORDLY. near assault, but restrains itself and offers a slighter, more mild brett/sacc earthiness that rounds out the body like a pillow, like fat in the mouth.
O: fuck off. this is perfection, mastery.
i want to brush my teeth with this, drink this during a 10k, have this at christmas mass, and bathe myself with it. 
an unreal thing that i can't believe exists and once existed regularly.
armand. ARMAND. you goddamn genius. (1,205 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle enjoyed at the brewery, poured into a 3F wine-style glass by Armand himself.

A: Crystal clear, strikingly bright orange-amber body with a steady stream of bubbles rising up to maintain the gorgeous, fine, pillowy tan head that rises just over the rim of the glass. Armand couldn't have poured it any prettier; perfect.

S: Funkier than funk. Cheese, earth, grass, barnyard, and chalk. Some smoke and charred oak. Apple and nectarine acidity, and some gorgeously aromatic floral notes - lilac? Heavenly.

T: Bright fruit (green apple) tartness up front, quickly welcoming the funk (earthiness, hay, cheese, grass, barnyard), and oaky vanilla. Clean acidity and light funk on the dry, long finish. Everything works perfectly, with no one element outdoing the others. In a word, perfection.

M: Suple medium body - very creamy and lively. Superb.

O: I shared this bottle with a couple great California BAs (cheers to hobojon and DaveJanssen!), after we had finished drinking 1997 and 2001 bottles of 3F Oude Geuze. As great as those old vintages were, they were absolutely blown away by the incredible Armand'4 (which, according to Armand, should be pronounced in Flemish: Armand'vier, since vier sounds a lot like fier, "proud," and he is indeed proud of this beer).

I've simply never had a Geuze (or a sour beer of any kind, for that matter), that did such a breathtaking job blending funk, acidity, and oak. The complexity of this beer was absolutely off the charts, and every element was hugely enjoyable. I loved every sip, and can't wait to see how it ages. If it weren't so expensive to get to the US, I would have bought cases upon cases. This beer is truly one for the ages.

Cheers! (1,699 characters)

Photo of ADTaber
5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750mL btl poured into a Sierra Nevada Tulip, shared with KevinmusPrime and Riggsenator 

A: pours a hazy orange with a 2 finger white head that dissolves slowly and leaves some patchy lacing

S: quite funky and earthy with hints of wet hay, lemon and peppery spice

T: intense tartness upfront, somewhat mouth puckering, lactic acid with a nice fresh fruit flavor with apricot, lemon, and maybe oranges, as well as a hint of peppery spice from the yeast

MF: medium-light bodied, moderate to high carbonation, somewhat dry, leaves a tingly sensation on the palate

O: Incredible beer, definitely a top 5 beer for me, can't wait to try the rest of the series (658 characters)

Photo of tprokop7
5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I meant to hold on to this longer, but after seeing the reviews and forum posts I couldn't resist. Popped with jamie2dope, poured from the 750mL into Pretty Things wide chalices.

A - Medium amber, a little cloudy. Pours with some head that fades quickly to lace.

S - Acidic, wonderful complex funk. Slight cheese, apples, pears.

T - Slightly more sour than I expected from gueze, but the balance is amazing. Cheese from aroma is gone, apples come through with some cherries and apricot, and a little grass/earth. Complex funk in the background.

M - Bright, lively carbonation. No complaints. Dry.

O - I want more of this. There is nothing I can think of that I would consider changing. This gueze is sour, complex, and balanced. It may be the best sour beer I've ever been lucky enough to try. I can't want for the next three in the series. (845 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.99/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip. Major thanks to Kevan for sharing!

(A)- Pours a hazy golden orange color. Produced a wonderful cap of white froth. Surprising retention that still kept some froth present with the last sip.

(S)- A great combination of dry straw cheesy funk combined with an earthy lemon rind and acidic oak. Even has a subtle hint of orange citrus at the end as it opens up in the glass.

(T)- Just wonderful. Similar to the smell in alot of ways. It is funky, but restrained. Superb showing of sour oak with bits of grassy straw and subtle citrus. Extremely dynamic and my words fail to really describe this one as it is in the glass. It really starts to show some nice citrus notes at it opens up and warms with orange, lemon, and grapefruit.

(M)- A lively carbonation level that combines so well with the vibrant oak, funk, and sour fruit. The dynamic play in this is spectacular and each sip is just as rewarding as the first, if not more so.

(O)- Practically perfect in every way. Such a dynamic and vibrant play on what a Gueuze can be like. Each sip brought some new flavors to the palate in such a fantastic way that, again, my words only scratch the surface on this one. Simply fantastic! (1,235 characters)

Photo of jegross2
4.97/5  rDev +5.7%
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). (1,029 characters)

Photo of LessPlastic
4.97/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Chris for sharing this one with me. I've been waiting to try this beer for a long time. I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to post my first BA review.

Appearance is a clear, burnt orange, amber, light brown with a nice, foamy, three finger head that retains for the remainder of the drink. As I drink more and more, the chalky lacing retains on the walls of my snifter. Just beautiful.

The nose on this beer is out of this world. It is a complex funkiness that I can't even compare to other Drie Fonteinen or RR sours. I get a lot of barnyard funk with grassiness that reminds me of freshly cut lawn, as well as some oranges/tangerines and a combination of moldy bleu and soft cheeses.

The funky barnyard of the nose transcends to the taste. So complex here - I get oakiness, vanilla, tangerines, apples, and a hint of cheese and pine. The dryness causes the flavors to linger on the palate for several minutes after each sip. Outstanding.

The mouthfeel was appropriately bodied with a lot of carbonation. Perfect to allow the mix of fruits and funk to dance on my palate.

Overall, this beer was outstanding. The best sour I have ever had. Probably one of the top five beers I have ever had in general. I can't wait for the other variants to make their way out on the market. Wow. (1,312 characters)

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.97/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle 6,0% ABV
Served chilled in an over sized wine glass.

I have had this in my fridge for quite some time and just could not wait any longer and had to crack it open. Lets see if the hype is justified.

Appearance: Geuzes are generally not one of the better looking styles, but this one might just be the exception to that rule. The body is moderately hazed and a bright apricot-orange colour. A rough pour yields a massive white head that displays great retention for a sour and leaves thick chunks of lace clinging to the glass as it recedes.

Smell: And I thought other geuzes had good noses! This puts every other sour I have had to shame! The nose is massive, in power and complexity and displays a perfect balance of funk and tart fruit. Since I have absolutely no idea where to begin with a nose like this, I will simply list all the notes I found over the course of the bottle.
Tart white grapes, granny smith apples (skin and flesh), a touch of tart apricot, chardonnay, fine oak, lightly spicy tea leaf (a first from a sour), musty basement, damp moss, dry grass, a touch of cheese, overripe white grapes, a touch of vinegar and a floral/meadow note.

Taste: The flavour follows on perfectly from the nose, with notes including: white grapes, green apples, a touch of apricot, lemon peel, light oak, musty basement, an earthy character, dust, old wood, cobwebs, hay,a touch of cider vinegar and a floral note. This is not the tartest geuze out there, but still manages some mouth puckering. The finish is beautifully dry.

Mouthfeel: The body seems fuller than normal for a geuze, being a solid medium. The carbonation is just about perfect for the style - medium-high level, fine bubbles and quite crisp. The mouthfeel makes Lente fantastically drinkable and incredibly refreshing.

Overall: Is this beer worth the hype? The answer is simple - YES! This is easily the best sour I have had and is in fact well placed in my top 5 all time favorite beers. I am so glad I have a few more bottles in the cellar! (2,034 characters)

Photo of hooliganlife
4.95/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (882 characters)

Photo of Patrickbrusil
4.95/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (269 characters)

Photo of fewa
4.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to my brother for surprising me with this magnificent bottle I found on the table when I came home from my holiday. Finally I can try the last ever brewed geuze in 3 fonteinen brewery. The bottle comes in a classy bottle bag, the bottle itself art, a kind of exclusive champagne like shape.
The beer pours a golden-straw color with a beautiful white head, which was long lasting for the style leaving a nice lacing. The smell is very funky up front, some brett and hay notes, followed by an explosion of horse blanket, citrus fruits, flowers, some bitterness, leather and earthy oak.
Taste is slightly more sour than the average geuze, as can be expected from a 3 fonteinen geuze. Next to the perfectly balanced sourness, this beer is dry and tart with some spicy bitterness in the finish. When the beer warm up, nice notes of citrus, apple and other fresh fruits appear. This beer is amazing.
Overall this is a masterpiece, I cannot remember ever drinking a geuze that was just released and already is so incredibly complex and balanced. I can only imagine what can happen over time. A true classic already! (1,117 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.94/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (1,783 characters)

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4.92/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle, from box set 187/500, bottle says Lot: 19/03/2010, Best Before: 03/2020. Poured into a tulip glass. Me and agold drank this side by side with Zomer.

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color, produces about 3 fingers of creamy white head, has very good retention, leaves some lacing.

S- This is one of best-smelling beers I've ever come across. The aroma is incredible. Very complex musty funk, hay, apples, grapefruit rind, as it warms a really interesting mushroom aroma (in a good way) comes out along with wet wood and a really nice honey aroma. The overall effect reminds me of a wet, dark forest, if that can be said about a beer.

T- Sharp but not overpowering tartness up front, citric acid, lemon and apple fruitiness, some bitter grass and grapefruit rind, again a very complex earthy, woody, mushroom-like funk character, very slight honey flavor, hay and chalk.

M- For me, this is the only category where Lente definitely loses out to Zomer, although the feel on Lente is still excellent. Medium-bodied, dry and very smooth feel.

O- Easily one of the best gueuze's I've had, probably one of the best beer's I've had. The flavor and aroma are incredibly complex and keep evolving as you move through the bottle and the beer warms, the earthy mushroom funk on this beer was really amazing. I'm going to try Herfst and Winter soon, but so far I'm surprised at how well Lente and Zomer really do seem to embody their respective seasons. (1,467 characters)

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Armand'4 Oude Geuze Lente (Spring) from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
100 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.