Armand'4 Oude Geuze Lente (Spring) - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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4.15/5 rDev -12.8%
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.
05-29-2012 02:21:27 | More by badbeer
4.2/5 rDev -11.8%
Had this again in may of 12 next to zomer and winter. Bottle seems to be a slighlty muted version of winter, doesn't have the bright fruits it once had and lacks the depth of flavor that zomer offers. Weakest of the three but still extremely good.
Had at the pub while talking with Armand. The pur is a deep cloudy golden amber with a light brown head and extremely tight bubbles with huge retention. The nose is very complex, dry and earthy with cheese up front and a light dusty funk underneath. The back has a very spicy, peppery yeast note, hints of greens, tons of fruit, apricots and peaches. The taste has sweetness up front, peach and apricot, not as funky as the nose but more integrated. Notes of yeast, a touch green, sour apricots and peaches with a note of citrus and bitterness. Medium body, a touch syrupy and creamy on the palate, good carbonation and very dry finish. The nose is deeply complex but not perfectly integrated, the flavor was more integrated but a touch less bright and complex. Incredible stuff!
02-13-2012 16:53:55 | More by cpetrone84
4.25/5 rDev -10.7%
Pours a slightly hazy orange amber color with a huge fluffy white head that persists forever. I can smell the fruity tartness as soon as I wrangle the cork off of the bottle. Smells of sweet brown sugary malt with a sharp lactic tartness that reminds me of cherries, lemons, and tangerines. A light bit of earthy funk rounds out the nose quite well. The flavor is tart and funky, but not mouth puckering in intensity. More lemons and grapefruit than cherries in the flavor along with a light sweetness and a small acid burn as each sip settles into my gullet. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet tart kind of mouthfeel going on. Very nice gueze, I'm glad I got the opportunity to try it.
12-02-2012 21:54:57 | More by johnnnniee
4.28/5 rDev -10.1%
Poured into a tasting glass. Bottle shared among six of us, so about 4 oz. for me. Consumed first of our four seasons tasting.
4.0 A: Moderately hazed yellow orange. Two and a half fingers of foamy white head. Very good retention and moderate amounts of spotty lacing left behind.
4.0 S: Musty with lots of funky fruit. This one ended up being the "brightest" and fruitiest of the four seasons. Apple, hay, horse blanket, musky barnyard, and some dank basement. Good amount of tangy lactic acid with perhaps a touch of true sourness. Bright peach to round this off.
4.5 T: Peachy, apple, hay, apple orchard, musty barnyard, and horsey. Easily the most fruity and probably the most complex. A touch of lemon and wet grass.
4.5 M: Lighter body. Gueuze level carbonation that is highly spritzy with a solid creaminess. Super smooth.
4.0 D: Definitely solid, but not considerably better than other top tier gueuzes and definitely not worth the price. Still, glad to have tried it. This one was tied for second with Winter.
03-23-2012 17:34:59 | More by DavoleBomb
4.28/5 rDev -10.1%
Big thanks to Nick for sharing this one.
A: The beer pours a hazed golden amber color with a tall white head.
S: Intensely funky, maybe even a bit more than the usual Drie Fonteinen gueuze. Lots of earth and grass, definitely a bit of the old sock smell, too. Nice lemon zest, green apple, and tart citric character, too.
T: The flavor is much like the aroma indicates. Lots of lemon zest, apple, and acidic tartness to the beer. Grass, straw, earthy funk, a little bit of oak and must, too.
M: Medium in body with a high level of carbonation.
O: Really a good gueuze. I just don't know if it's worth it for most people to spend the extra money.
06-23-2011 05:36:07 | More by womencantsail
4.3/5 rDev -9.7%
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.
07-19-2012 23:54:04 | More by Alieniloquium
4.31/5 rDev -9.5%
Reviewed from notes. Sampled all 4 Armand’4 side by side at a tasting back in early 2012.
A-Lente pours a cloudy amber orange in color with a large, frothy, off-white head. The beer has excellent head retention and lacing.
S-Nose is comprised of classic 3F funk, must, barnyard, lemon, horse blanket, and earth.
T-The flavor of Lente is what really set it apart from the rest of the Armand’4 originally. It is full of bright, citric lemon like the Zomer, but it also has the layers of funk. Truth be told, it might be the funkiest of the 4.
M-The mouthfeel is light, with moderate acidity, lively carbonation, and a long finish.
O-At the time, this proved to me by favorite bottle of the bunch. I’d be interested to see how it’s developing in comparison to the others now. I’m guessing that some may have rounded out more nicely than this one, then again I have had the others since and haven’t had a drop of Lente.
01-24-2013 22:18:37 | More by Tnudish
4.35/5 rDev -8.6%
Review from notes. Can't remember who to thank for this, but thanks anyway.
Armand'4 Oude Geuze Lente
Hazy golden straw color. 3.5
Peach, straw, funk, lactic acid. Layered. 4
Taste follows smell. Peach, straw, hay, funk, horse blanket. Delicious. 4.5
Medium bodied, smooth, subtle, carbonation is spot on. 4.5
Really great, and approachable sour. 4.5
09-16-2011 22:23:11 | More by billshmeinke
4.38/5 rDev -8%
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.
06-05-2011 12:36:35 | More by SpeedwayJim
Armand'4 Oude Geuze Lente (Spring) from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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