Armand'4 Oude Geuze Lente (Spring) - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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4.43/5 rDev -6.9%
Bottle pour sampled at mrbubbler's tasting courtesy of mrbubbler himself.
Pours a murky orange with an orange-white head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is quite sour/tart with some earthy, lemon, and funk aromas. Taste is the same with an acidic finish on the palate. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good gueuze with some really nice aromas and flavors.
04-09-2012 03:41:30 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.72/5 rDev -0.8%
Thanks to quite a few friendly faces who have shared this by now. Each time has been an incredible experience. Thanks to Avalon68, recently tried this side-by-side with J&J Blauw.
Armand’4 has a beautiful sparkling appearance with a good white head. Incredible funk in the nose for the young age plus fantastic notes of citrus and light pepper. Brett character is strong. Slight lacticness. Full and rich flavor. Side-by-side, this has much more character than the Blauw, though it’s not quite as smooth. One of the best gueuzes I have ever come across. Can’t wait to see how this one ages.
09-28-2011 12:26:43 | More by Thorpe429
5/5 rDev +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
05-25-2011 03:14:18 | More by mikesgroove
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
4.43/5 rDev -6.9%
Served in a Sweetwater mini-snifter.
Big thanks to hannydawg for sharing this bottle!
Big expectations for this one, given the way it's been talked-up to me. It pours a hazy amber-gold topped by a finger of short-lived lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises a large amount of brett-y funk, light lemon rind, orange zest, cardamom, and a light swath of general Belgian yeastiness. I can say this much: the smell is quite alluring. The taste holds notes of sharp lemon and lactic sournesses, light cream, brett, and a vague sense of spiciness. All of these factors coalesce into a gaudy balance that taunts other beers as pretenders. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, this beer lives up to the hype, indeed. It is one of the best gueuzes I've yet had and is certainly one of the most balanced I've come across.
10-22-2012 02:00:51 | More by TMoney2591
4.9/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
05-16-2011 23:27:23 | More by largadeer
4.58/5 rDev -3.8%
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!
08-01-2011 17:09:52 | More by Kegatron
4.47/5 rDev -6.1%
Bottle from soulforpeanuts in the WW5 BIF. Thanks a ton! Shared to celebrate my wife's birthday. Served in a Russian River tulip.
A - A finger of bone white foam settles to a partial cap and thick collar, leaving behind minimal lacework. Hazed apricot body.
S - The first big surprise is that this is a sweeter gueuze than I was expecting. There's a surprising amount of stone fruit malt sweetness, vanilla, and fruity funk character. However, as it warms up there are ample amounts of acetic acid, cheese, oak, and grass. There's an aged quality to this beer that is surprising, and it's decidedly less aggressive than the Zomer.
T - The taste is heavier on the acidity, with lemons, moderate acetic character, light lactic notes, oaky vanilla, and a bit less of the pale malt sweetness found in the aroma. Finishes quite earthy and funky.
M - Crisp, medium-light body, with pleasant carbonation, and light tannic dryness.
D - This is a superior gueuze, and it's surprisingly different from the Zomer in character even though I'm under the impression it's blended from the same base lambics. I like a little more crackle to my gueuze, and tend to prefer things like J&J Blauw, but if you're looking for a mellow gueuze with a slightly aged quality to it this one can't be beat.
09-18-2011 22:51:00 | More by MasterSki
4.75/5 rDev -0.2%
Big bottle taken out solo by myself tonight, served in a Drie Fonteinen wine glass. At the time of this review, this beer was #11 on the beeradvocate top beers "popular" list and is the #1 Gueuze on the beeradvocate best of gueuze list.
Beer is orange / yellow, almost light brown with a nice white, soft head, tons of lacing, strong carbonation, looks great.
no mistaking the aroma for anything other than a 3F gueuze, has that sharpness, oaky, mildly acetic, mildly rubbery, some sulfur, a complex and strong mixture that makes these gueuzes the best.
Beer is light on the front and dry on the finish. There is a lemony almost sweetness to this beer, strong citric, some succinate, mild acetic, some creaminess in the palate from a lactic presence, mild tartness at the corners of my mouth on the finish. Overall a near perfect gueuze. I look forward to the zomer now and I'll love aging this beer and having it again.
10-02-2011 02:36:59 | More by drabmuh
4.55/5 rDev -4.4%
I am very appreciative to Stakem for sharing this with Kegatron and me, enjoyed this in a tulip from a 750ml chilled.
The color is golden apricot with thick white cap that settles and revives when swirled w/ spots of lace left clinging to the glass, the clarity is lightly hazed. The aroma of funk is strong with the wild yeast presence very high and it delights the senses with slightly fruity sour and horseblanket accents. There is a light tropical element with slight herbal hop tinge.
The graininess from the malt is just a backdrop to the magic the yeast brings to this aroma-wise. The feel is puckering and tangy with some sour fruit and refreshing acidity with relatively strong carbonation and drying lightly tannic and fruity edge. There is subtle woody graininess with funky elements waiting to the finish to re-emerge.
The sweet flavor of malt is quickly forced to release its grasp and become a strong lemony sour from the yeast assertiveness with light floral accents and mellow pineapple brightness with a subtle grassy and herbal quality that provides some astringent elements which are good accents to the wild yeast flavor with some tea-like and bitter flavors that join in with spice in the wood taste. The finish has a light tannic puckering quality with more citrus pith than the gueuze showed when it was cooler in temperature. Overall I loved this every drop showed a different facet of what a gueuze can be with more vinous elements and complexity than I think my palate can fathom, the beer was great simply because it broadened my awareness of the possibilities of flavor that exist within the style a true gem! Thanks again Adam!
07-25-2011 13:19:59 | More by Slatetank
4.6/5 rDev -3.4%
Thanks to either rudzud or Duffy for this one.
Pours a lighter fizzy head over a honey blond color.
Nose is funkier and bright, much more lactic, nice malty and yeasty funk, light tartness and light lemongrassy like, just a touch of the rubbery aroma.
Taste has nice tart funk, lemon, light earthy bitter grassy flavor, tart fruit like, fairly bitter and juicy, funky, little straw and grainy malt base, with decent fresh fruit too. Finish is long and acidic, dry bready malts, lots of tart fruit, little lemongrass.
Mouth is med ot lighter bodied, good carb.
Overall really nice. The best seasonal so far I think, lots of great flavors, fresh, bright, juicy, funky, acidic, an extremely well done blend and very tasty.
07-30-2012 01:47:43 | More by jlindros
4.38/5 rDev -8%
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.
05-17-2012 21:26:12 | More by oline73
Armand'4 Oude Geuze Lente (Spring) from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
100 out of 100 based on 335 ratings.