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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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331 Ratings
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Ratings: 331
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 4.76
pDev: 5.46%
Wants: 609
Gots: 133 | FT: 11
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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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hooliganlife

Missouri

4.95/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 23:53:07 | More by hooliganlife
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ColdPoncho

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 13:03:20 | More by ColdPoncho
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Verecund

Texas

4.58/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 21:33:50 | More by Verecund
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  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!

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 17:09:52 | More by Kegatron
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.38/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A soft, steady pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a glass filling, three-finger thick, pale, just tanned, off-white colored head. The head leaves some nice lacing patterns on the sides of my glass as I work my way through this beer. The beer is an amber color that shows a clear, light amber with gold tinges to it hue when held up to the light. The aroma is nice and funky, it smells of woody, mushrooms still damp and with forest loam still stuck to them as I pour this beer. Sharp and tart smelling, this seems to have just a touch of acetic acid, but more of a urea like tart-spiciness, as well as a full, grapefruit like lactic acidity. Musty, slightly moldy, wild yeast notes mix with a woodiness from the oak. If you spend some focused time smelling this beer an ample, but otherwise unnoticed, grain character becomes noticeable; aromas of whole wheat crackers and crushed pale malt. The phenolics here provide a sharpness, that isn’t medicinal at all, but mixes in with the sharper acidic notes. Musty, woody pepper that has lost most of its spice, as well as a general funkiness that I wouldn’t say is really B.O. like, but does have an animal muskiness to it (of course this is all in the absolutely best sense of the description).

Spritzy, with an ample carbonation, the beer feels lively as it rolls across the tongue. Notes of urea, backed by a solid lactic acidity combine with the carbonic acid to make this beer even more lively. My first sip of this seems quite light and refreshing, and my palate is left with a lingering sourness as well as some phenolic mustiness and muskiness. Slightly medicinal tasting, this provides a firmness to the beer; it sort of has a chalky, or maybe hint of aspirin like flavor / texture to it as well. Funky mushroom flavors, mix with a musky, barnyard character and some limestone cave like earthiness form a backdrop to the lively tartness that is the focus of this beer. Soft grain notes, aren’t quite as prominent as in the nose, but form a nice base for the other notes; softly cracker like, more hay-like or dried grass like, but also with a lingering sourdough bread crumb like flavor that is just noticeable as a lingering suggestion on the palate after each sip.

As the beer warms up it becomes softer and rounder, the grain character seems to become fuller and help with this, though it is still not a major component of the flavor. While this beer is quite light and quaffable, it still has that fullness that a good Gueuze usually has. At times the hint of acetic acid seems to provide a sensation of sweetness to this beer; actually I like how light and subtle the acetic character is here, a good Gueuze really shouldn’t have any noticeable acetic character, and this one really doesn’t, what is here just adds to the complexity of this beer rather than intruding on the other flavors.

Mind blowingly good perhaps not, but damn I would certainly drink this every day if I could. It is really hard for this Lambic lover to not be really excited by this beer; it has likely lived up to the anticipation that I tried not to overdo as this bottle sat resting in my refrigerator. I really like how hearty the grain character is in the aroma; it is quite distinct & really just adds that extra something to the nose. While I don’t mind the subtle acetic character in this beer, this would likely be a lot closer to perfection without it.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 14:36:24 | More by Gueuzedude
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle enjoyed with Slatetank and Kegatron poured back to back with Zomer. Poured into a cervoise, this brew appears a hazed burnt orange color. A frothy tan head appears and holds nicely across the top. Some patches of lacework cling to the glass. Carbonation streams to the surface in support of the ever lasting head. A swirl revives the cap back to more than a finger's strength.

The smell of this brew is tangy with some notes of old cheese and hay-like funk with barnyard quality that smells of straw and earth. Quite a strong brett inclusion with additional floral characteristics that are bright and just smell amazing. There is a slight poop quality mixed with sulfur across the back that is blended into a cheese aspect of funk and feat. The floral aspect of this brew gets to be fruity in a tropical sort of way as the brew warms up that I have never smelled this bold before in the style. Absolutely fantastic.

The taste is barnyard-like with funk and lots of citrus to fruity flavoring. Quite wild in it's taste but not overly so. There is a woodsy element present from the barrel aging with lots of citrus twang to keep things in check. Floral flavors throughout with citrus fruit that is sharp on the tongue mixed with funky aspects of grain that taste to me like hay or straw with a dry character to balance it out. The taste of this brew is familiar to other 3F offerings at times but very much unique in it's own right. Great stuff here.

This is a medium bodied offering with a modest level of carbonation that keeps things very lively and enjoyable. This is super drinkable with seemingly no indication of the alcohol felt in flavor or warmth. There is a huge salivation factor about this brew and just a well blended and balanced example of the style. I could have easily taken down the entire bottle by myself. I need to get more of this. To date this has been the best Gueuze I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 16:32:03 | More by stakem
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 13:19:59 | More by Slatetank
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xpimptastikx

Texas

4.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - hazy burnt orange with a large pillowy head that recedes to a never ending sheet leaving legs all along the glass.

S - pretty funky for a young gueuze, more so than DFs other products. Also a good amount of green apple and lemon rind.

T - Taste is nicely acidic with green apples and lemons followed by less funk than the nose leads on. The oak is a nice element that comes through more than usual.

M - light creamy carbonation with a dry finish.

O - A masterful blend at such a young age. I'm very excited for the rest of this series and to try them again in a few years.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 15:53:16 | More by xpimptastikx
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hobojon

California

4.88/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted June 3rd and 24th at 3F in an Armand Spirit glass. Poured by Armand himself on June 3rd. Shared with woosterbill and davejanssen.

Aroma- Dirty, earthy, funky but slightly different (and better) than the usual 3F funk. Cheese and green apple. Woody. Goat and caproic acid (I think... the goat cheese acid). Toasty and charred oak in the background. Very nice aroma... complex and inviting. Bright and fresh. Citrus rind.

App- Huge white foam fills the upper third of the glass. Orange amber clear beer with some haze (I think maybe yeast). Tight lacing and foam.

Taste- Refined young funk. Green apple (Armand says this comes from the 10 year old Challenger hops). Green apple sourness but smooth acidity. Some oak with vanilla and subtle coconut- I am stretching this for a geuze, not as much oak as in other -bal aged styles. Maybe a hint of acetic? Tropical fruit like pineapple and also tangerine and peach. Herbal and musty.

Mouthfeel- creamy, high fine carb. very good.

Overall- Unique and complex, and really f*cking good (to quote my hand written review). I drank almost an 11 year vertical of 3F geuze while in Belgium, and this stands out along with Millennium and others. 3F is one of my favorite breweries, and Armand did an excellent job with this blend.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 11:24:40 | More by hobojon
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BeerAndBourbon

Ohio

4.53/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Pours an incredible hazy yellow with orange with a big creamy white head that leaves all kinds of lacing.

S. Lemon, lots of funkiness that really comes out as it warms,

T. Earthy, funky, with beautiful lemon. Dry and tart.

M. Nice crisp clean carbonation.

D. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 00:56:57 | More by BeerAndBourbon
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Urbancaver

Ohio

4.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a murky orangish yellow. Lots of nice crisp white head. Solid lacing on the glass. Smells... Unusual. I absolutely cannot place the aroma. Some light lemon and citrus. Funky, musty. Very interesting. Tastes funky and tart. Very odd flavours. I love the flavour profile. Well carbonated and drinks very well. Definitely something i would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 00:34:00 | More by Urbancaver
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LessPlastic

California

4.97/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Chris for sharing this one with me. I've been waiting to try this beer for a long time. I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to post my first BA review.

Appearance is a clear, burnt orange, amber, light brown with a nice, foamy, three finger head that retains for the remainder of the drink. As I drink more and more, the chalky lacing retains on the walls of my snifter. Just beautiful.

The nose on this beer is out of this world. It is a complex funkiness that I can't even compare to other Drie Fonteinen or RR sours. I get a lot of barnyard funk with grassiness that reminds me of freshly cut lawn, as well as some oranges/tangerines and a combination of moldy bleu and soft cheeses.

The funky barnyard of the nose transcends to the taste. So complex here - I get oakiness, vanilla, tangerines, apples, and a hint of cheese and pine. The dryness causes the flavors to linger on the palate for several minutes after each sip. Outstanding.

The mouthfeel was appropriately bodied with a lot of carbonation. Perfect to allow the mix of fruits and funk to dance on my palate.

Overall, this beer was outstanding. The best sour I have ever had. Probably one of the top five beers I have ever had in general. I can't wait for the other variants to make their way out on the market. Wow.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 19:54:30 | More by LessPlastic
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sarro

Michigan

4.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Slightly chilled bottle shared by Ari and split 5 ways. Pours a gigantic head after slowly gushing. Appearance is a hazy, orange tinted copper with a frothy dissipating head. No sediment to be found even at the bottom of the bottle to the last ounce...wow. The nose is flinty, full of strong funk, and some burning acidity. Light lemon, lime and acidity can be found in the taste, but hardly any in the finish. Accompanying the light citrus notes are oak and a tiny bit of cheese. Very light and very delicious on the palate. Has an almost creaminess quality to it. Like most, I’m excited to see how this geuze ages down the road.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 06:22:23 | More by sarro
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scottfrie

California

4.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks a ton for sharing this Nick3. You’re the man.

A: Pours a glowing hazy straw color with a thin white head that faded to a good collar.
S: Complex notes of dry funk, musty attic, and maybe even dirt. This is one earthy smelling brew.
T: Super tart and dry but clean, with an all-around earthy and funky flavor. There is no harshness or rough edges to this brew, and also no uncomfortable acid. It’s just clean and pure funky tartness.
M: Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel and carbonation. Really smooth and easy to drink.
O: I really enjoyed this one a lot and wish I could drink it again. Definitely one of my favorite gueuzes.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 04:08:10 | More by scottfrie
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womencantsail

California

4.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 05:36:07 | More by womencantsail
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woosterbill

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle enjoyed at the brewery, poured into a 3F wine-style glass by Armand himself.

A: Crystal clear, strikingly bright orange-amber body with a steady stream of bubbles rising up to maintain the gorgeous, fine, pillowy tan head that rises just over the rim of the glass. Armand couldn't have poured it any prettier; perfect.

S: Funkier than funk. Cheese, earth, grass, barnyard, and chalk. Some smoke and charred oak. Apple and nectarine acidity, and some gorgeously aromatic floral notes - lilac? Heavenly.

T: Bright fruit (green apple) tartness up front, quickly welcoming the funk (earthiness, hay, cheese, grass, barnyard), and oaky vanilla. Clean acidity and light funk on the dry, long finish. Everything works perfectly, with no one element outdoing the others. In a word, perfection.

M: Suple medium body - very creamy and lively. Superb.

O: I shared this bottle with a couple great California BAs (cheers to hobojon and DaveJanssen!), after we had finished drinking 1997 and 2001 bottles of 3F Oude Geuze. As great as those old vintages were, they were absolutely blown away by the incredible Armand'4 (which, according to Armand, should be pronounced in Flemish: Armand'vier, since vier sounds a lot like fier, "proud," and he is indeed proud of this beer).

I've simply never had a Geuze (or a sour beer of any kind, for that matter), that did such a breathtaking job blending funk, acidity, and oak. The complexity of this beer was absolutely off the charts, and every element was hugely enjoyable. I loved every sip, and can't wait to see how it ages. If it weren't so expensive to get to the US, I would have bought cases upon cases. This beer is truly one for the ages.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 01:10:15 | More by woosterbill
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corby112

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to callmemickey for busting this out as a surprise during our 3F Oude Gueuze vertical tasting. Thanks a lot Ryan!

Pours a hazy dark golden orange color with faint pale golden straw hues when held to a light and a massive frothy, soapy white head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap. Huge chunks of soapy lace coat the glass.

Very funky, musty aroma with hints of cobweb, horsebalnket, old wood and earth/soil. Smells like an old barn, vegetal with hints of wet hay, damp basement, bugs, subtle lactic, vinegar and light/citrus fruits.

Fuller bodied than expected with a very tart, puckering mouthfeel. Acidic on the tongue yet still somehow remains soft and easy to drink. No solvent or harsh stomach burning character. Lots of earthy funk and a strong barrel presence. Musty with hints of wood, light fruit, zesty lemon citrus and a lingering acetic vinegary sweetness in the finish that leaves me drooling for more. Extremely complex, well balanced and immensely quaffable. An excellent blend, one of the best lambics I've ever had. I don't see any way in which it could be improved. This should age with the best of them. I would love to try it again in a decade or so.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 06:04:56 | More by corby112
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

We raided Jason's cellar and he was kind enough to break this one out. It's very much appreciated. Poured into Darkness tulip.

A - Pours a dark orange color, sticky lacing all along the sides of the glass, thick collar, nice cap. Very good-looking beer.

S - Barn, sour, nice tartness, slightly musty, hay. Solid in all aspects with room to improve from excellent to perfect, IMO.

T - Hay, straw, funk, tart/sour notes, citrus. Nicely balanced. Oak, apples, nice tart finish. For a new Gueuze, I'm very impressed!

M - Light, good carbonation, dry finish.

O - An impressive Gueuze, even for such a young beer. This one is blended wonderfully and I'm sure it's only going to improve from here on out. Def need to locate some of this stuff, as I don't have a single bottle in the cellar. Thanks Jason, for making me spend more money! Recommend!

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 18:50:41 | More by Sean9689
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olenka82

Illinois

4.6/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jrallen34 for this excellent bottle. the smell is awesome, funky and grassy. Color is a dark gold, and the head was lacing nicely on the glass. There was citrus and some floral notes, but mostly what i label as funky - an aged and acidic taste with slightly cheesy undertones. It was delicious, one of my favorite lambics i have had.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 05:57:10 | More by olenka82
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.78/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

slight gusher, pours a very dark gold, almost like copper with a big bright white head, huge bubbles of head... aroma is nuts, smells unreal, like its at least 10 years old, funky horse blanket, just sick... taste is equally as sick, just tastes old, spider webs, horse blanket, hay... one of the best lambics, period. Competes with Loerik, enough said.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 04:39:19 | More by jrallen34
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sisuspeed

New Hampshire

4.83/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Drie Fonteinen tumbler. Cloudy, burnt-orange body. A thin, white, head maintains well on top, leaving light lacing behind.

The aroma is filled with floral orange citrus, wet hay and earthy, dry, pepper notes. A touch of apple with a hint of grape. This is a beautiful aroma. Light sweetness. I could smell this all day. Only second to Armand's '98 gueuze, but with another 10 years this could be on another level.

Dry orange wedge, wet hay and leather. Touch of spice. Crushed flower petal. Light oak and vanilla. Lovely earthy citrus throughout. The dry brett notes are already at a nice level for a young gueuze. This beer is drinking exceptionally well for the age. So good.

Mouthfeel is filled with good carbonation a medium level of sourness/acidity. Quite smooth. Goes down easy. Really easy. Slightly chewy.

Overall, this is a stunning gueuze from one of the best lambic brewers/blenders in the world. Armand'4 is already drinking amazingly well, like an aged gueuze. What probably amazes me the most is how much flavor and complexity is packed into the gueuze. Definitely worth seeking out. I can't wait to see how this one develops over the years. Beautiful.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 20:15:15 | More by sisuspeed
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SpeedwayJim

New York

4.38/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 12:36:35 | More by SpeedwayJim
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soulforpeanuts

Germany

4.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow!
Opening a bottle to celebrate the birth of my 3rd child last night. Had this after a 2008 Cable Car, with an all too fresh Westy 12 in between.
A: Heavy level of bubbles like 8 years worth of flotsam and jetsam all at once. Lacing hangs on the glass like the tormented grasping to slow their fall to hell.
S: The only thing stopping perfection. After some ridiculous 2x IPA, its hard to score a 5 here. Pleasently smelss like a forest floor, as if Im a truffle dog, looking for . . .
T: Wow. Did I say that yet? The first little snifter is a 4x pucker. Im drinking it right this second actually. The malt backbone is like a strong root that explodes in your mouth,with branches of awesomeness branching off. Dont let anyone who wont appreciate this drink this.
M: The most chewy gueuze/ sour ever. Its like a BA stout in gravity. Its all over my cheeks and stays there.
O: The legs leave groups of spots on the glass like spots of a monstrous snow leopard. The gueuze ate the 08 Cable Car like it was a retarded rat on 3 legs bathed in barbecue sauce. Between the 08 Cable Car and the 4, it was like a beauty contest between Miranda Kerr and Roseanne Barr. Smell? Nothing beats fresh Pliny the Younger, but as good as a gueuze will ever get!

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 23:31:12 | More by soulforpeanuts
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tprokop7

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I meant to hold on to this longer, but after seeing the reviews and forum posts I couldn't resist. Popped with jamie2dope, poured from the 750mL into Pretty Things wide chalices.

A - Medium amber, a little cloudy. Pours with some head that fades quickly to lace.

S - Acidic, wonderful complex funk. Slight cheese, apples, pears.

T - Slightly more sour than I expected from gueze, but the balance is amazing. Cheese from aroma is gone, apples come through with some cherries and apricot, and a little grass/earth. Complex funk in the background.

M - Bright, lively carbonation. No complaints. Dry.

O - I want more of this. There is nothing I can think of that I would consider changing. This gueze is sour, complex, and balanced. It may be the best sour beer I've ever been lucky enough to try. I can't want for the next three in the series.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 02:21:39 | More by tprokop7
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rvdoorn

Netherlands

5/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked this one up at the source during the Tour de Geuze together with Channan. Finally I had time to open this one.
Looks: Poured a straw color with a big white head.
Smell: funky, yeast, lemon and hay.
Taste: typical 3 fonteinen geuze, quite sour, earthy and woody flavors but with a bit more hop influence than geuze beers from other breweries, resulting in a pleasantly dry finish. All flavors come together in this one. As mentioned before, this beer is very well balanced.
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, medium mouthfeel.
Overall: In advance, I was a bit skeptical about all the extremely positive reviews (I thought maybe the beer was hyped), but this geuze is truly the best I ever had. Fantastic!

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 12:36:11 | More by rvdoorn
Armand'4 Oude Geuze Lente (Spring) from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
100 out of 100 based on 331 ratings.