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

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Armand'4 Oude Geuze Lente (Spring)Armand'4 Oude Geuze Lente (Spring)

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Ratings: 352
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 4.75
pDev: 5.47%
Wants: 632
Gots: 134 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen visit their website

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 kbutler1
4.55/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of jmarsh123
5/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of ChadQuest
4.75/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of thagr81us
4.57/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of drabmuh
4.77/5  rDev +0.4%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.74/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.87/5  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.

Photo of aasher
4.6/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of dboon
4.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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....

Photo of MasterSki
4.47/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of billshmeinke
4.32/5  rDev -9.1%
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

Photo of Mavajo
4.82/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark golden color with a bright white head. Lacing.

Huge burst of funk, horseblanket, tart, sour, light fruit. Slobber-knocker of an aroma. All the same on the taste -- tons of funk, sour/tart, light fruit (apple, etc.) and a nice zest. Brisk and refreshing on the palate -- dry. Absolutely delicious.

Genuinely world class gueuze.

Photo of waltonc
4.63/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cracked open my first bottle of this a couple weeks back and been meaning to put up a review. Pours a nice golden-orange with white head. Exceptionally complex aroma and flavor here that I won't do proper justice in describing. But the nose possessed, among other things, qualities of sour citrus, restrained funk, grass, earth, minerals.... Flavor is acidic, earthy, sour, funky... Lots going on here.

Overall, an excellent beverage. Very expensive, but nonetheless impressive.

Photo of dragonWhale
4.38/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

So I'm sitting in my chair in my room after a long day of work and suddenly hear the odd sounds of glass moving. Not bursting, not shattering. The glass slid apart in 3 places of my one bottle of Lente..meant for long term cellaring but I had never gotten the chance to take it to the bank, daddy.
A pair of glasses survive intact..the remainder on the floor. Sadness envelopes us, but it's now time to dance.
Hazy orangey, not sure if there was a shitload of carb or an imperfection in the bottle, but the head lasts forever.
Leather and lime, an awesome and very interesting phenom. Mellow sour, more leather in the nose, more citrus in the mouth. Incredibly limey. Weird and awesome. Very smooth and delicate. A tart delight.
The 2.0 appearance comes from my bottle being broken in 3 parts and half of the liquid empty. I think that's fair.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oddly shaped 750mL bottle, one of several I've had traded my way by solid guys (thanks Rob, Craig!). I brought this one to a tasting at Jackie O's a few weeks ago.

Slight gush when the cork was removed, nothing too extreme but definitely something to consider. This pours a hazy peach color, hazier with later pours but even the first pour could not be called clear, with a thin white foam.

What an aroma, aged lambics with lots of mustiness and acidity, nice. This has similarity to some of the Oude Gueuze Vintages I've had (I couldn't peg which, but it definitely has a familiar ring to it).

Same with the flavor, this is just a top notch gueuze. Not overly acidic yet it still retains a tart bite, loads of funkiness, very very good.

I split this bottle 6 ways, happy for others to try it, but my other bottles will be greedily consumed at home, split 2 ways tops.

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, huge thanks to Kbutler1 for busting this beer out to share.

Bottle poured into a Cigar City snifter.

A- Pours a light yellow brown hay color, ½ finger to 1 finger of white/tan head, really nice looking beer.
S- The aroma is really nice and refreshing for a sour, really tart, barnyard funk, sour, lemon lime, sour apple.
T- Musty funk, wow…. slightly puckering not overpowering, really complex, really tasty, vinegar, fruity (peach, lime), sour apple, zesty, citrus, loved every sip of this beer.
M- Medium/light mouth feel, smooth drinking, tart, crisp, dry finish.
O- I am very happy I had the opportunity to try this beer. I loved every sip, perfect amount of sourness, easy drinking and extremely enjoyable.

Photo of Soonami
4.47/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Rich (phillybeer7779) for opening this up, it was part of a great line-up for his birthday celebration.

Lente smells super funky; it's hazy, pale orange with great lacing. Lots of great funk with restrained acidity that plays off the barnyard very well. The finish is dry and clean with a sparkly metallic and apple peel taste. Thoroughly enjoyed this and would love the chance to try this again.

Photo of mothman
4.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Holy Santa Claus Sh*t!!!!

Huge thanks to kbutler for randomly busting this one out!

Pours 1/2 finger of white head. Very nice retention. Color is a slightly burnt autumn gold.

Aroma: Old cobwebs and basement. Musty funk. Light lemon acidity. Earthy and with some green apple skins.

Taste: This reminds me a bit of blau. Old cobwebs and basement must. Very funky. Has a decent amount of zest and I get the green apple skin as well. I get some herbal flavors and some wet horseblanket as well.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, clean, crisp, and tart. Fairly dry. Light to medium bodied with a medium to high amount of carbonation. Ends a bit dry.

Overall, this was a great gueuze. Reminded me a bit of Blau. A very solid offering. Very drinkable. A top beer for the style. Thanks a ton Kevin!!

Photo of ehammond1
5/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of timtim
4.82/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

never thought i would see this. thank you my friend! off the charts good... i have a perfect 5 aversion, but this is close. golden amber with an off-white head that holds and leaves lace. one of the most beautiful heads i've ever seen on a geuze. nose is almost indescribable. wet rock, lemon, country road being paved, oak, earth, rind wash, fruit, citrus, and all kinds of childhood scents. i am transported. truly exceptional, and although closely related to drie fonteinen, this is obviously next-level. taste is perfect balance. sour is rounded, complimented and harmonized by all the other things going on. just wonderful. soft, medium body. spritzy but not prickly. awesome. zomer anyone?

Photo of DaveJanssen
5/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.95/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of ColdPoncho
4.47/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes, 8-13-2011
Thanks a ton Eric, for sharing!

A - cloudy orange, big white head

S - wood, funk, but very smooth and balanced.

T - again some dry wood, and a tart frutiness.

M - drying, light, quite smooth.

O - I don't know this style very well, but this is very enjoyable. Nicely balanced, nice complexity. Good stuff here.

Photo of Verecund
4.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

August 12, 2011. Not quite Spring, but not yet Fall.

Pours a hazy coppered orange with a large three-finger just off-white head. Sheets of lacing are left on the side of the glass.

Unsurprisingly, Lente leads with a soft lemon acidity, though there's also a substantial floral undertone and hints of an orange sweetness. The aroma is dirty - in all of the best ways - with a large mushroom funk presence.

Somewhat elusive on the palate at first. Some lactic acidity accompanies a green apple, citrus, and soured peach fruit profile that’s more tart in nature than anything else. There’s also a good bit of mushroomy funk and miscellaneous must on the mid-palate. The woodiness combines with a sweet graininess mid-to-late palate; this flavor is met with a barely noticeable medicinal and acetic bite I could do without. All of this gives way to a sweetened acetic acid finish, like vinegar cut with sugar. I find that this could easily be describable breath to breath as ripe with fruit or hugely mushroomy or quite tart – all of this comes together to create a wonderfully balanced gueuze for its age.

Dense in the mouth due to the medium, medium-high carbonation. Pleasantly tart and acidic, with a finish that doesn't taste much like many gueuzes I’ve had.

I'm slightly less excited about the cellaring prospect of Lente (compared with Zomer), but that's besides the point; this is an almost perfect gueuze right now.

Photo of Kegatron
4.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!

Armand'4 Oude Geuze Lente (Spring) from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
100 out of 100 based on 352 ratings.