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

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341 Ratings
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Ratings: 341
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 4.76
pDev: 5.46%
Wants: 621
Gots: 132 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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."

(Beer added by: alcstradamus on 05-01-2011)
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4.5/5  rDev -5.5%

inflatablechair, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +5%

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5/5  rDev +5%

bsuedekum, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +5%

hopsbreath, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.65/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Probably the best Gueuze I've had, quite excellent.

A: Nice opaque orange color completely homogenous around the glass. Pinky of white foamy head and some great lacing.

S: This is phenomenal and complex. Citrus, butter, a nice tartness but not overly present. Great farmhouse yeast and straw malt but not overly funky. Very rich yet clear aroma. Has what I think of for gueuze, even with notes of whole grapes and a grassy old hop aroma.

T: Follows the smell with a hefty butter back and very fresh citrus front. I again get an aged hop grassiness that I enjoy. Tart champagne grapes, Great level of tartness, not super sour just pleasantly tart. Some bitter back.

M: Bubbly champagne feel and yet it has body and richness. Excellent.

Overall this is fantastic.

Dreadnaught33, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of AleWatcher
4.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

all three of these delicious beers were shared at darkness day by backfat and lurchingbeast-- huge sloppy fat props to both of you!

reviewed from notes

This one was shared by backfat (again! perhaps you've noticed a theme in the past several reviews-- I stood close to Dave for a good portion of the morning at Darkness Day, and it wasn't because I think he's cute. The dude brought the goods-- and I intended to tick them!)

back to the voicenotes-
Ahhhh backfat: a crazy fucking sexy bastard. Ohh he's a hairy beast alright! God I love him.
(yes, the preceding was actually part of my voicenotes... I have no excuses)

this beer is like a deep burnt orange color with some pink hues floating around in there. Bright white head is fizzy and shimmering white--- just looks gorgeous.

The nose is deep and complex- lots of bright light fruit with lots of citrus. Good deep complex oak and funk. This is certainly one of the best young gueuzes I've ever had. I can't believe how good this is for only being 4 or 5 months in the bottle.

Nice sourness-- kinda well-balanced and integrated.

Overall this is one of the best beers I've had in a long time... Wow. I want this beer. Really really fucking top-notch.

AleWatcher, Nov 05, 2011
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4.83/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Dunt for sharing this one.

Pours a bit darker than the average gueuze. Deep opaue tan with two fingers of white foam and some lacing. It's super frothy with tons of tiny bubbles.

Smells of lemon rind, sharp funk, some horseblanket and barnyard. Refreshing and crisp. A hint of cheese on the finish.

Taste is excellent – lemon rind, very tart, one of the more sour gueuzes I’ve tried. Super funky. Very sour but not acedic. Nearly lactic, but more refreshing.

Somewhat soft in the feel. Highly carbed, a bit prickley and crisp.

Overall – incredible, incredible gueuze. My favorite so far. Highly recommended. Excellently funky and sour. Crisp and refreshing. Very balanced.

readbaron, Oct 30, 2011
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4.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Drie Fonteinen Gueuze glass. Thanks to Dunt for bringing this bottle over.

Appearance: This is a bit darker than average for the style. A golden color in the edge of the glass turns more of a caramel color in the middle. A frothy white cap retains fairly well and actually leaves a bit of lace on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is smooth and subtle. Lemon zest, some musty notes, and a gentle funk presence.

Taste: The flavors really develop before I even notice how sour it is. Some light malt, hay, grass, and must and funk open up the flavor, with lemon zest and rind growing into a very tart finish. There is actually not much of a sour aftertaste, it finishes pretty clean.

Mouthfeel: This has a slightly fuller body I normally expect from a gueuze, but it does not detract from the flavor. The carbonation is tightly wound and smooth. The flavor imparts a fairly acidic feel that causes some puckering in my mouth and a dry tart residue behind my lips.

Overall: This is an extremely well-crafted gueuze. It takes a bit of time before the more complex flavor unfolds on my tongue, but with each sip more flavor comes out.

KickInTheChalice, Oct 30, 2011
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4.78/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I decided to pull the trigger and buy a bottle online. 750ml bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip glass.

A - Pours a darker than expected orange with a two finger, foamy off-white head. Good retention and layers of lacing are left on the glass.

S - Funk hits me from across the table, followed by some tart citrus tones and earhiness.

T - Tart, but not over-powering, some farmhouse funk hit you mid-drink, then some citrus and earthy flavors round it out. Very layered.

D - Lots of carbonation, lower tartness and a bit drying.

O - Wow, truly a world class beer. Amazingly complex and layered. Very easy to drink. I wish I had more.

HuskyinPDX, Oct 27, 2011
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4.55/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. One of the sexiest bottles I have seen in a long time. Poured into a DFH tulip glass a clear light copper color with a fluffy 1 finger head. Very tight, straight aroma. Funky, wheaty, grass, and just something I can’t put my finger on. Light mouthfeel with nice carbonation. Dry and zesty. Apricot, wine, white grape, minimal bitterness, and some florals. There so much going on in this it is really hard to explain what all is going on. Big, sticky lace left on the glass. Just fantastic. Very tough to beat.

kbutler1, Oct 24, 2011
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5/5  rDev +5%
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.

jmarsh123, Oct 21, 2011
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4.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Was really excited to get to try this one, pulled out at the Alewatcher/Oreo party extravaganza.
My pour color looks like a fall sunset low in the sky, a warm gold color, almost white cap that leaves the stickies about.
The aroma gets exciting and intriguing, just makes you dig deep into it and just takes you out to a wild ranch, musty and funky, like worn leather cowboy boots, rubbed against the cattle and spit on. Crazy image, but dig into it and imagine this scene, you will be taken there.
The flavors have this character but with the acidic vinegar flair added, and some brightness from some tart apples and pears.

ChadQuest, Oct 12, 2011
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4.55/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to cmrillo for sharing this one at the Down South Beer Tasting while aasher was in town to visit! This one was a gusher on us... Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a hazy yellow-orange with a minimal pure white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, funk, tart, sour, and tart cherry. The flavor was of sweet malt, funk, tart, sour, tart cherry, fruit, and wood. It had a a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this brew was quite good to put it lightly. I was really surprised to see this one come out compliments of Rillo (as well as Zomer right after!). This one had a very complex flavor and aroma and was only subtlely abrasive to the palate, but I can take a little abuse when it comes to good flavor profiles in a Gueuze. An absolute must try before you die if you like Gueuzes.

thagr81us, Oct 11, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

drabmuh, Oct 02, 2011
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4.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Thorpe429, Sep 28, 2011
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4.88/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

After enjoying Veritas 004, one of the most highly touted American takes on the wild ales of Belgium, we went for one of the most buzzed-about Belgian geuzes in recent memory. Again, thanks to Trey for this one.

Deep copper in color, this is one of the darkest...no, scratch that...THE darkest geuze I have ever seen. It is capped by a fluffy and frothy head that leaves sticky irregular lace on the glass. This looks absolutely awesome.

The aroma is astounding. Woody, bright, briney, and full of lemony, orange-zesty, citrus notes. The funky is like sweaty, moldy, funky horse blanket and forest floor. The citrus sets this apart from the other great geuzes, even from Armand, that I have tried. Obviously, there are the signature notes of a Drie Fonteinen geuze, from the funk, to the clean lactic sourness.

The flavor opens with the same citrusy orange-zest brightness that sets the experience apart from all other geuzes I have enjoyed. Funky and tannic throughout, this boasts a great briney bite along with a clean lactic sourness to round everything out. The funk is dank and musty, much like sweaty gym socks, and the sourness is clean, crisp, and lemony...perfect foils.

Light and airy on the palate, this is perfect mouthfeel, reigning supreme in the geuze style. I'm not sure if I can rave any more about this without sounding repetitive, but I will say this...This is better than the 02 Oude Geuze Vintage, which is an insanely delicious geuze. A fucking grand slam by Armand.

NittanyBeerFan, Sep 26, 2011
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4.6/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle sampled at the South Carolina tasting. I can't believe I'm getting to try this treat again. It pours a cloudy gold with a light frothy white lacing. It gives intense aromas of pear, cider, granny smith apples, brett, an entire farm and is still very sharp and crisp. It is straight sour, sour unlimited. It's pure. You get the aforementioned fruits and dry yeasts. The funk is alive. This is like Kool and the Gang doing a show in your glass. I applaud this masterpiece. Very nice drinker and prototype for the style.

aasher, Sep 25, 2011
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4.83/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle. Pale orange pour with a huge white head. A bit of a gusher. All kinds of lemon zest, mild funk, and citrus aromas. The taste pretty much follow suit. A very polished geuze with fantastic balance. To be this polished at such a young age is freakin' scary. I would very much like to revisit this is five years. It could be 3 Fonteinen's best geuze to date. Yea, I said it....

dboon, Sep 21, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

MasterSki, Sep 18, 2011
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4.35/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

billshmeinke, Sep 16, 2011
Armand'4 Oude Geuze Lente (Spring) from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
100 out of 100 based on 341 ratings.