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

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

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BA SCORE
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world-class

306 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 306
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 4.76
pDev: 5.46%


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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patm1986

New Jersey

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

ARMAND LENTE
A: golden brown. with a center of copper hues like muck. big fluffy, pillowy, cascading head. fat, huge. a head that is an insane temper for lace. not heavily clouded, but streaming at the sides with carbonated lace all around the glass bursting with bubbles. effervescent.
S: citrus pith--grapefruit--covered in pepper, pickled in vinegar and washed in sea water, then finished with honey that halts the flavor from bursting with sour madness. best guess. best glass. unreal.
T: the restraint is unreal: lente has POWER. onset of sour hits instantly, but it's halted by an unexpected sweetness. vinegar, fresh black pepper, granny smith, champagne vinegar, then a pillow of brett/sacch like a fuckin ribbon.
M: tinge. tinge. tinge. the lingering effect is OTHERWORDLY. near assault, but restrains itself and offers a slighter, more mild brett/sacc earthiness that rounds out the body like a pillow, like fat in the mouth.
O: fuck off. this is perfection, mastery.
i want to brush my teeth with this, drink this during a 10k, have this at christmas mass, and bathe myself with it. 
an unreal thing that i can't believe exists and once existed regularly.
armand. ARMAND. you goddamn genius.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 07:56:04 | More by patm1986
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle at our Drie Fonteinen tasting last night

Orange, mildly hazy with a dense white head with excellent retention and gorgeous lacing, this looks perfect, as did the rest of the Armand' 4 lineup. The nose is bright, with bread, toast, mild lemon, a mellow funk, orange marmalade, mildly floral. Soft, bright, fresh and complex, this is fantastic stuff.

The palate opens bright, soft, citrusy and not very sour. More orange than lemon, this blend has none of the crazy 3 Fonteinen funk - no earth, no mushrooms. Mildly floral, this is super soft with minimal acidity and gentle sourness. Light in body, very highly carbonated, this beer is drying and oaky on the finish with some lemon and orange. An unique blend.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 15:20:00 | More by DefenCorps
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.3/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 3/19/2010. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Gusher. Overflowed after popping the cork. Nice white head and good retention. Hazy orange body.

Smell - Unbelievable. Lemongrass, hay, and a huge funk. Fresh and light. Immense aroma, even if it's as delicate as a gueuze aroma gets.

Taste - Mimics the smell, but more acidic than funky. Lemongrass and hay. A touch sweet in the finish. Good barnyard in the background, but it isn't the headliner.

Mouthfeel - Overly carbonated. So carbonated that the bubbles are more noticeable than the beer at points. Makes it light and effervescent, but I feel like it distracts from the flavors.

Overall - Incredible flavors, especially coming in the nose. Light and refreshing. Maybe not the intensity I expected and usually get from a 3F gueuze, but excellent nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 23:54:04 | More by Alieniloquium
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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

4.98/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle 6,0% ABV
Served chilled in an over sized wine glass.

I have had this in my fridge for quite some time and just could not wait any longer and had to crack it open. Lets see if the hype is justified.

Appearance: Geuzes are generally not one of the better looking styles, but this one might just be the exception to that rule. The body is moderately hazed and a bright apricot-orange colour. A rough pour yields a massive white head that displays great retention for a sour and leaves thick chunks of lace clinging to the glass as it recedes.

Smell: And I thought other geuzes had good noses! This puts every other sour I have had to shame! The nose is massive, in power and complexity and displays a perfect balance of funk and tart fruit. Since I have absolutely no idea where to begin with a nose like this, I will simply list all the notes I found over the course of the bottle.
Tart white grapes, granny smith apples (skin and flesh), a touch of tart apricot, chardonnay, fine oak, lightly spicy tea leaf (a first from a sour), musty basement, damp moss, dry grass, a touch of cheese, overripe white grapes, a touch of vinegar and a floral/meadow note.

Taste: The flavour follows on perfectly from the nose, with notes including: white grapes, green apples, a touch of apricot, lemon peel, light oak, musty basement, an earthy character, dust, old wood, cobwebs, hay,a touch of cider vinegar and a floral note. This is not the tartest geuze out there, but still manages some mouth puckering. The finish is beautifully dry.

Mouthfeel: The body seems fuller than normal for a geuze, being a solid medium. The carbonation is just about perfect for the style - medium-high level, fine bubbles and quite crisp. The mouthfeel makes Lente fantastically drinkable and incredibly refreshing.

Overall: Is this beer worth the hype? The answer is simple - YES! This is easily the best sour I have had and is in fact well placed in my top 5 all time favorite beers. I am so glad I have a few more bottles in the cellar!

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 20:35:36 | More by Thehuntmaster
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brystmar

Texas

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

Opened all 4 Armands at a big sour tasting on Memorial Day. Lente and Zomer were pretty similar and actually tied for my favorite. Crisp, clean, mildly citrusy, acidic, tart, and delicious.

Were these cheaper and more easily available I'd happily drink them every day. Perfect beer for a summer day.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 16:51:25 | More by brystmar
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badbeer

Iowa

4.15/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a beautiful copper color with an eggshell white head that sits atop throughout the entire glass.

An aromatic blend of lemon rind, citrus, hay, and maybe a small amount of a barnyard character, but this is much more towards the citrusy end of the spectrum. I'd prefer a little more intensity, but that seems a little unfair considering the integration of aromas is excellent.

Taste starts out with a bit of a funky cheese, citric acid, lemon rind, apples, hay, and just a touch of acetic acid. The lower levels of acetic acid are very nice; makes it seem easier to drink in greater quantities and allows the citrusy characteristics to shine.

Light and dry on the tongue with about medium levels of CO2. I have to bump up the overall a touch as the beer is really very good. The intensity isn't there as it is in others, but the lighter, more delicate flavors do go together very well. Probably the most sessionable gueuze I've had.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 02:21:27 | More by badbeer
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.93/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle, from box set 187/500, bottle says Lot: 19/03/2010, Best Before: 03/2020. Poured into a tulip glass. Me and agold drank this side by side with Zomer.

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color, produces about 3 fingers of creamy white head, has very good retention, leaves some lacing.

S- This is one of best-smelling beers I've ever come across. The aroma is incredible. Very complex musty funk, hay, apples, grapefruit rind, as it warms a really interesting mushroom aroma (in a good way) comes out along with wet wood and a really nice honey aroma. The overall effect reminds me of a wet, dark forest, if that can be said about a beer.

T- Sharp but not overpowering tartness up front, citric acid, lemon and apple fruitiness, some bitter grass and grapefruit rind, again a very complex earthy, woody, mushroom-like funk character, very slight honey flavor, hay and chalk.

M- For me, this is the only category where Lente definitely loses out to Zomer, although the feel on Lente is still excellent. Medium-bodied, dry and very smooth feel.

O- Easily one of the best gueuze's I've had, probably one of the best beer's I've had. The flavor and aroma are incredibly complex and keep evolving as you move through the bottle and the beer warms, the earthy mushroom funk on this beer was really amazing. I'm going to try Herfst and Winter soon, but so far I'm surprised at how well Lente and Zomer really do seem to embody their respective seasons.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 08:48:02 | More by WillCarrera
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Agold

Pennsylvania

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

Bought a box from etre gourmet and split this side by side with zomer.

Lente is a golden orange beer topped by about an inch and a half of foam that recedes leaving some spotty lacing. What remains is about 1/8 inch of head. Aroma is more of a dry barnyard, hay, musty character, with some grapefruit rind, with an underlying earthy dirty note. I just can't stop going back and smelling this again and again. As it warms, some woody mushroom aromas emerge. Flavor is extraordinary as well. Apple, citrus, grapefruit rind, less funk, but some really pleasant mustiness and with a bit of wetter mustier note at the end and a bit of a floral flavor. Mouthfeel is light, effervescent, dry, but not quite as nice as the zomer. What an extraordinary beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 01:40:21 | More by Agold
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oline73

Maryland

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

Another great gueuze consumed at sour and bitter. Poured into a stemless wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden amber color with a finger of fluffy off white head and some nice retention.

Smell: Tart lemon notes with a slight sweetness and some funk. The sour/tart notes dominate the nose.

Taste: This is a really tart, sour beer. Lemon juice and a very mild funk. There is a slight bitterness in the finish, but the sour notes win through the whole sip.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with strong, tingly carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall: I just love the tartness of this beer. It was really strong, but not too acidic. The funk level was just enough to be noticed.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2012 21:26:12 | More by oline73
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glazeman

Pennsylvania

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

Bottle split with airohead2001. This one's for old times buddy! Thanks a bunch.

A: Pours a fairly clear golden color with a 1 finger white head that lingers for quite some time and leaves a nice crown and wispy bubbles thought the drink. There's some nice lacing as well.

S: The main notes on the nose are lemon zest and orange peel. There's a nice amount of yeasty funk. The smell was robust and perfect for the style.

T: Some sweetness up front from the citrus fruit flavors. Then some funk, though not quite as much yeastiness as I would have expected, but this does not detract from the overall taste. There's the perfect amount of sourness in the finish. The flavor is pure enjoyment with many different experiences in each successive sip all integrated well.

M: Crisp and clean mouth feel with a great sour aftertaste that remains on tongue for a remarkable period of time.

O: By far the best beer of the style I've had, and a top 3 beer I've ever had. I would drink this all day any day.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 02:36:39 | More by glazeman
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FosterJM

California

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

1257th Review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Taster
750 ml

Poured by Jerz, shared by Jay from Naja's.

Thank you for the pour fellas.

App- A wonderful mix of oranges and sunshine yellow in the glass. A great bit of carbonation formed and left some great full open and popping bubbles. Really the 1st time I have been impressed this much with a Gueuze appearance.

Smell- What struck me the most was how much I just sat and smelled it. The aroma was so citrus and juicy that I didnt even notice for a few moments all the layers of tartness, a slight slight aciditic note and a little bit of sour.

Taste- I find no fault with this beer. I was very excited to see the bottle let alone try it. The citrus notes pop and then move into a funk with some earthy wheat notes with some deep funk and a little bit of apple.

Mouth- Light medium body with a light medium carbonation. Bright, crisp refreshing. Not a waxy or overly thick feel as some have. Just perfect.

Drink- I am sorry to my previous highest rated BCBVS that you have been demoted to #2. Couldn't ask for more in a beer. Perfection. Welp, only took 1,256 reviews before this to make me have a perfect 5.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 15:38:58 | More by FosterJM
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

4.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the first of the four limited edition geuze blends using lambics brewed by 3 Fonteinen before the thermostat incident ceased brewing operations. Armand’4 Oude Geuze is a blend of 1, 2 and 3 years old lambic, brewed, aged, blended and bottled by Armand Debelder. This beer is very well-regarded in the beer community (100 Beeradvocate and Ratebeer), so I am sure honored to have tried this beer even though this has cost me a pretty penny! Poured from interesting bottle into a heavy chalice for effect. Pours beautiful orange/yellow appearance with a wonderful bright white one-finger head. Overpowering aroma of geuze, spring florals, orange, grass, and champagne. There is a distinct “burnt” flavor and aromatics that comes with this beer. Sour and puckering sweet taste. All typical characteristics of a solid geuze / lambic beer. Light to medium bodied and lively carbonation throughout. Excellent beer and probably better than Cantillon in my opinion. I must have poured like four or five glasses of this goodness into my chalice glass – there isn’t anything like a seemingly endless supply of good beer!

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 17:45:07 | More by CuriousMonk
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mdfb79

New York

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

From 04/14/12 notes. Group bottle purchased off Beer Planet for out DC Sour Tasting. All 4 Armand'4 series beers were sampled side by side.

a - Pours a murky dark golden color with two inches of creamy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks really nice.

s - Smells of Belgian yeast, sour fruits, citrus, light lemon, barnyard funk. Very, very nice, with a good amount of sourness.

t - Tastes of barnyar funk, sour fruits, citrus, hay, earthy notes, light spice. Taste has more funk than the nose. Love it; an amazing tasting gueuze.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Cirsp, easy to drink, perfect mouthfeel.

o - Overall I thought this was a fantastic gueuze; one of the best Armand has blended in my opinion. This was my favorite of the series and I hope I can get a bottle or two of this; felt like I could have drank the whole bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 17:42:23 | More by mdfb79
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.43/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour sampled at mrbubbler's tasting courtesy of mrbubbler himself.

Pours a murky orange with an orange-white head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is quite sour/tart with some earthy, lemon, and funk aromas. Taste is the same with an acidic finish on the palate. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good gueuze with some really nice aromas and flavors.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 03:41:30 | More by UCLABrewN84
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warnerry

Michigan

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

Bottle shared with BA woosterbill and others during a great day at 3F.

A - Pours a slightly turbid deep golden brown with more than two fingers of off-white head. Head has amazing retention and leaved nice lacing.

S - Bright citrus aromas with a nice earthy musty presence. Also a slight musty cheese aroma. Very inviting.

T - Very nice acidity up front, with a refreshing and big citrus character, combining lemon and grapefruit. Finish is bitter earthy hops. Very refreshing and just excellent taste.

M - Crisp mouthfeel with slight earthiness and lingering tart bitterness.

O - Excellent overall and my favorite geuze to date. Very refreshing nice a great citrus profile and nice balancing funk elements.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 01:41:19 | More by warnerry
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Fux

France

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

A: pours bright hazy golden orange. The head is large and creamy with a very good retention.

S: Smell is sour, fruity (citruses, pear), with faint funky notes and goat cheese.

T: Taste is very fruity (oranges, apples), lactic, sweet (lemon zests), with a moderate barnyard presence. The finish is citrusy and bitter (lemon, orange, grapefruit).

M: Just perfect mouthfell, medium bodied with a lot of carbonation. The sweetness balances very well the fruity blossom of this beer.

O: Very easy to drink yet very full of flavors. One very good blend achieved by a true Gueuze master!

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 22:48:02 | More by Fux
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

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

Poured into a tasting glass. Bottle shared among six of us, so about 4 oz. for me. Consumed first of our four seasons tasting.

4.0 A: Moderately hazed yellow orange. Two and a half fingers of foamy white head. Very good retention and moderate amounts of spotty lacing left behind.

4.0 S: Musty with lots of funky fruit. This one ended up being the "brightest" and fruitiest of the four seasons. Apple, hay, horse blanket, musky barnyard, and some dank basement. Good amount of tangy lactic acid with perhaps a touch of true sourness. Bright peach to round this off.

4.5 T: Peachy, apple, hay, apple orchard, musty barnyard, and horsey. Easily the most fruity and probably the most complex. A touch of lemon and wet grass.

4.5 M: Lighter body. Gueuze level carbonation that is highly spritzy with a solid creaminess. Super smooth.

4.0 D: Definitely solid, but not considerably better than other top tier gueuzes and definitely not worth the price. Still, glad to have tried it. This one was tied for second with Winter.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 17:34:59 | More by DavoleBomb
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Patrickbrusil

Massachusetts

4.95/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Oh my god. Oh my god. Oh my god. Oh my god. Oh my god. Oh my god.

Creamy, sour, sweet, smooth, wild, rustic, intoxicating, epic, wonderful, and luscious.

If you can get it you should. If you can't then it's ok but life won't be as rich and wonderful as it could be.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 14:11:12 | More by Patrickbrusil
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HopHead84

California

4.73/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

3/11/12

I've had this a number of times and failed to review it each time (Thanks to Javier, someone in San Francisco, Matt, Tim, and someone at Woodshop for sharing in the past) I think it's time I open a bottle by myself and review it. I was going to make this review #1800 but it really doesn't make a difference so this is #1798, a milestone of no great significance apart from its proximity to 1800. Snifter.

A: Bright yellow orange with perfect transparency and a big mousse-like head that settles to a layer of foam that lingers for a very long time. A very nice looking beer.

S: Oak and lemon meet musty barnyard and pronounced earthy notes. I detect hay and a subtle cheese presence. There's a whisper of sulfur. Traces of pear and apple linger in the background with a little sweet malt. I get just a little floral character and maybe a touch of pepper, with a subtle mushroom presence and some forest floor aromatics.

T: Tart up front with a moderate lactic sourness and a mouth watering citric acidity. There's a firm oak profile that blends with tannins and a dash of vanilla. Leather is restrained, yielding to damp earth and light barnyard characteristics. I detect a hint of cheese. A firm lemony citric acidity accompanies lactic notes throughout. The finish is dry, tannic, and earthy, with a final citric flourish.

M: The mouthfeel is lower medium in body with high carbonation.

Overall: A very good Gueuze. Probably my favorite in the series at this point, though I haven't tried Winter, yet.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 00:38:12 | More by HopHead84
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BeerBouncer

Maine

4.65/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

What a beautiful beer. I had the opportunity to join Armand at his brewery in Belgium.

Served in a tulip glass, the beer has a golden color to it which a nice head. The nose is amazingly complex with sour notes and a complexity that is unmatched.

The taste: horse blanket, lemon zest, very tart.

It lente version of this bier leaves nice lacing on the sides of the glass. One of my favorite beers of all time.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 16:08:46 | More by BeerBouncer
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auroracrisis

Kentucky

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

750ml into a tulip and Cantillon tumbler, dregs poured into a taster.

Deep marmalade with sunshine highlights and a small head that sticks around for the duration of the session. Tiny bubbles can be seen dancing to the top in secession, decent lacing.

Faint barnyard funk with a little bit of gym socks. Lemon zest is quickly introduced with unripe granny smith rounding out the edges.

Opens with a nice tingle of citrus then quickly moves into a cheesey barnyard funk that can be compared to old gym socks, haystacks, and goat cheese. Has a finish of more funky cheese and a bit of citrus. Excellent balance.

Undeniably smooth with a medium body, a touch of dryness on the end and a tingle of carbonation.

Amazing balance between the funk and sour. The rawest expression of what a gueuze should be, I'm sad that I only have a few bottles of this. It's easily one of the best beers I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 07:08:07 | More by auroracrisis
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AgentZero

Illinois

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

Review #1700, and the last of the top 100 now ticked off. Just had to do it once. Shared with NO ONE, muahahahaha.

A - A great-looking, murky yellow beer that poured with a few fingers of foamy head that dissipated rather quickly and left behind some minor splotches on the sides of the glass.

S - Lots of sweetness, with some touches of vanilla and a lot of nice funk. There's just the slightest bit of old cheese in there, minor horse blanket. This is a really mellow smelling Gueuze that has the requisite funk and barnyard but is quite smooth smelling with some sweetness.

T - Slightly oaky, some lemon zest sweetness that avoids being too citrusy. There is a slight bit of acetobacter tartness in here with some grass and straw. There's a bit of a lingering sourness on the end.

M - Medium bodied, soft carbonation, little bit of a tannic finish on the end.

O - Very nice. So easy and smooth to drink. At times I might find myself in the mood for a gueuze that has a little bit more bite to it, but this is a great change of pace with its mellow flavor and tone.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 03:55:54 | More by AgentZero
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islandboi8204

Hawaii

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

Opened along side Zomer, Herfst, Winter, shared 4 ways.

Pours a deep burnt orange color, bright, fluffy white head, looks gorgeous.

Smells deep and complex, with bright light fruit and lots of citrus. Plenty of oak and funk for a young gueuze.

Tastes well balanced, lemon zest with some nice sourness on the finish. Real smooth and reminds me of spring...

Medium body, perfect carbonation for the style.

Overall I thought this was the best of the four seasons, in terms of balance and complexity.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 18:25:20 | More by islandboi8204
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srandycarter

California

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

A - Pretty, somewhat cloudy light copper, huge stark white head that stays for some time. Lots of cling lace and check out those cascading bubbles!

S - Barn, sour fruit, funked. Sharp on the sour.

T - Beautiful. Big, wide palate, nice bright layers of sweet tarts and haybarn.

M - Lighter bodied, great carb and lip smacking nice balance.

D - Easy to drink and fairly easy ABV. It's a winner!

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 03:16:59 | More by srandycarter
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this again in may of 12 next to zomer and winter. Bottle seems to be a slighlty muted version of winter, doesn't have the bright fruits it once had and lacks the depth of flavor that zomer offers. Weakest of the three but still extremely good.
***
Had at the pub while talking with Armand. The pur is a deep cloudy golden amber with a light brown head and extremely tight bubbles with huge retention. The nose is very complex, dry and earthy with cheese up front and a light dusty funk underneath. The back has a very spicy, peppery yeast note, hints of greens, tons of fruit, apricots and peaches. The taste has sweetness up front, peach and apricot, not as funky as the nose but more integrated. Notes of yeast, a touch green, sour apricots and peaches with a note of citrus and bitterness. Medium body, a touch syrupy and creamy on the palate, good carbonation and very dry finish. The nose is deeply complex but not perfectly integrated, the flavor was more integrated but a touch less bright and complex. Incredible stuff!

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2012 16:53:55 | More by cpetrone84
Armand'4 Oude Geuze Lente (Spring) from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
100 out of 100 based on 306 ratings.