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

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Ratings: 337
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 4.76
pDev: 5.46%
Wants: 615
Gots: 133 | FT: 11
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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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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.53/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Chriscrundwell12, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of Soonami
4.47/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Soonami, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of mothman
4.45/5  rDev -6.5%
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!!

mothman, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
5/5  rDev +5%
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.

ehammond1, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of timtim
4.83/5  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?

timtim, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of DaveJanssen
5/5  rDev +5%
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.

DaveJanssen, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of hooliganlife
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.

hooliganlife, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of ColdPoncho
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.

ColdPoncho, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of Verecund
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.

Verecund, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of Kegatron
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!

Kegatron, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of Gueuzedude
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.

Gueuzedude, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of stakem
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.

stakem, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of Slatetank
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!

Slatetank, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of xpimptastikx
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.

xpimptastikx, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of hobojon
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.

hobojon, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of BeerAndBourbon
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.

BeerAndBourbon, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of Urbancaver
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.

Urbancaver, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of LessPlastic
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.

LessPlastic, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of sarro
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.

sarro, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of scottfrie
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.

scottfrie, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
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.

womencantsail, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of woosterbill
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.


woosterbill, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of corby112
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.

corby112, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of Sean9689
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!

Sean9689, Jun 15, 2011
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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.

olenka82, Jun 12, 2011
Armand'4 Oude Geuze Lente (Spring) from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
100 out of 100 based on 337 ratings.