Armand'4 Oude Geuze Lente (Spring) - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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4.7/5 rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
*Update - Had this one again beside all three of its counter parts. Updating my rating / scores to reflect my second experience.*
Big thanks to foofaa for busting this one out at our recent gueuze tasting. Served beside the other three Armand'4's.
A - Pours hazy orange with a ton of little bubbles rising into a fluffy one finger tall white head leaving light lace down the glass.
S - Smells of damp earth, wet hey, fresh cut grass, grapefruit, lemon zest and granny smith apples. This one is intoxicating yet balanced. I can only imagine how this one will grow with age...
T - Starts off with a bright citric kick quickly giving way to a mix of light funk, fresh fruit, a light acidic feel. There is very little pucker in this one, it is well balanced and very easy to drink. The finish has a bit of pucker with quite of dryness. Easily one of the best gueuze's I have ever had.
M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Fizzy, funky, feel with a moderate amount of acidic pucker. The balance is nearly perfect.
O - When I first had this one I really liked it, but now that I have had a chance to sit down and actually enjoy a proper pour I am in love with it. Compared to the other three this is the best for sure. One of the best beers I have had in a long time.
Serving type: bottle
11-25-2011 23:04:22 | More by orangesol
4.6/5 rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
750mL c&c at RBSG in Philly
Ap: The pour is a cloudy peach with a generous white head. Excellent white lacing.
N: Heavy Brett in the nose like J&J Blauw with lemon, flowers, rose, hibiscus. Mild cheesy funk comes through along with moldy grapefruit rind and sweet Valencia orange. Really approaching a superlative nose. There is definitely a bread crust earthiness to the nose with sharp lemon, wheat, and lemon zest. Perhaps something like sesame breadsticks.
T: Taste is loaded with tangy red grapefruit giving more of a citrus smack akin to Cantillon geuze and dissimilar to J&J Blauw. Pretty Brett forward geuze that is quite soft and easy to savor. Fresh, floral, and much softer than the Zomer of Herfst.
P: Soft palate rather than sour and leathery. Very beautiful geuze and completely insane that it is already this good with no age on it. I can see how someone could get sesame breadsticks out of this nose.
Overall refreshing, light, Brett-forward. Much better than J&J Blauw doing a side by side as this is good to go now and J&J Blauw is on the decline.
Serving type: bottle
11-22-2011 06:20:53 | More by tarheels86
4.83/5 rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Reviewed from notes. 750ml bottle shared with some friends over the weekend. It poured a hazy orange color with a thin white head covering the top of the beer. Nice head retention as I drank it.
The aroma had a fantastic mix of funky, tart, sour and mustiness to it. I got some notes of grassy hay, sour lemon citrus and some tart, crisp grapes coming out. Very low on acidity as well. Probably the smoothest, well balanced and most complex beer of the style I've ever had.
The taste is also low on the acidity. I get some sour citrus flavors to it with notes of orange and lemon. Some earthy, straw notes mix with some musty basement qualities in the finish. Again everything feels so well balanced in it.
The mouthfeel is very fitting for the style with carbonation being high and the body not being overly big. Overall it was a fantastic beer. It was so well balanced with some great complexity to it. The low acidity really let some of the funky, sour qualities really come out in it. This easily ranks up there with the best beers I've had.
Serving type: bottle
11-16-2011 20:32:42 | More by billab914
Armand'4 Oude Geuze Lente (Spring) from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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