Armand'4 Oude Geuze Zomer (Summer) - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Armand'4 Oude Geuze Zomer (Summer)Armand'4 Oude Geuze Zomer (Summer)

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Ratings: 333
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 4.67
pDev: 5.78%
Wants: 427
Gots: 131 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
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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 second of four limited edition geuze blends using lambics brewed by 3 Fonteinen before the thermostat incident ceased brewing operations.

(Beer added by: fewa on 06-24-2011)
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Reviews by brystmar:
Photo of brystmar
4.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with friends at last night's sour tasting. Gorgeous pour, tons of white head and lace. Beautiful!

Aroma is pretty subtle though, with funky yeast and a mild fruitiness.

Complex and meticulously balanced flavor profile. Sourness and acidity are perfectly balanced too. A touch spicy. Really, really good.

Medium body, great carbonation. Can't wait to try the other seasons -- need MOAR!

***

Re-reviewed in a better setting during our Memorial Day sour tasting. Best part about this tasting was not having hookah smoke in my face while trying to enjoy my beer. <3 Armand

More User Reviews:
Photo of jsm1289
4.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

to be sour, or not to be sour? that is the question....

Let it be known, on the 2nd day of April, 2013, that I have had the best sour I have ever had. It was a difficult day , trivial at best, filled with professional obligations, chaos and silliness. The Armand4' zomer traveled from my fridge at home with me to work, where it laid in wait in a drawer with my smelly gym shorts. I opened my drawer at least ten times, looking at the label of the belgian country side, hoping i could be transported there so I could frolic in the grass with all the aging gueze barrels rolling in the hills. Alas that dream was not meant to be for now, but no matter.... I had a gueze to drink !

I knew something magical was about to happen, as my gueze crew unwrapped the bottle to reveal a cork that was slowly rising and popped with a gentle hissing noise... all on its own! The smell was strong lemon zest, gueze funk and a touch of sweetness and farmyard odor. The taste was highly carbonated , with a strong lemon zest and gueze funk flavor from start to finish. Incredibly smooth and drinkable, it was marvelous.

This would normally be where the review would finish. However, some spicy beef and broccoli and the knicks game halted my zomer experience temporarily. We let the zomer air for an additional twenty minutes while the chinese food was cleansed from our palates. When we had returned to it something amazing happened.. the flavor profile changed entirely. I am talking a total change! I got huge gueze funkiness with a deep barnyard, leather notes practically transporting me to farm in the belgian countryside. It tasted almost identical to izzy at this point, super funkiness, some cheese and stink notes just smashing my palate and then dancing majestically over the broken pieces.

When you can taste like a fantastic lemony gueze and then taste like Isabelle proximus a short while later, you win the quidditch cup in my book.

Photo of tectactoe
4.75/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opened alongside Lente, it was time to see how the second season, Zomer, stacked up. The color is essentially the same, a beaming copper color from top to bottom. Perhaps Zomer is just a shade lighter in hue, and just a touch more cloudy than its older brother. A similarly white, big-bubbled, fizzling head is loud and boisterous after the pour, vanishing to a collar within moments.

There are few beers in the world that smell as wonderful as Zomer (pro tip: Lente is definitely one of them), and each whiff is a strong indication of the complexity that this beer exhibits, and the craftsmanship that went into the blending process. Just an insanely powerful, yet perfectly balanced teeter totter between funky and tart and dry and oaky, and all sorts of those lovely things. Things that lesser gueuze only dream of.

Sweaty funk, tart apples, dirty horse blanket, plentiful barnyard, acidic and sour stone fruit skins. It smells sour, it smells funky, it smells Belgian. Grass, wet hay, and cellar floors outline the wonderfully perplexing aroma as I'm sitting here, trying to pick out the differences from Lente. I believe Zomer is a bit more floral and earthy, while at the same time showing a little bit more acidic tartness. Both are KO's as far as aromas go.

One sip… yes, notions confirmed. Zomer has a beautiful, uplifting tartness out of the gate that has me grinning from ear to ear. Lemons, fresh apples, mild citrus back-end notes and a touch of lesser used stone fruits and maybe even some apricot or light peach notes. Zomer is a fruity haven and there's no shortness of tart or sour, here. Just enough acidity to provide that bite that sour heads crave, without completely obliterating your belly.

Though Zomer is (possibly) just a *touch* less funky than Lente, the funk is still not lost on it. Sweaty oak barrels, rolling through a field of wet, trampled hay where horses once lived. Funky like a wet dog sniffing a damp forest floor, full of earth, grass, and shit you probably don't want to eat. Lovely oak in the finish creates the dry finish that has become an expectation of the style. Nice finishing tartness, drying fruit skins, and residual funk notes.

It's hard to pick a winner between arguably two of the best gueuze out there. I think Zomer was just slightly more adjusted to my tastes, with the slight increase of acidity and tartness, but both beers are really phenomenal. Zomer is a great testament to Armand, possibly the best blender of lambic in the world. While this beer'll run the gamut on your wallet, if you really want to see what gueuze is all about, you should buck up for it, at least once.

Photo of joel66
4.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of warnerry
4.56/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Initial pour is a light copper with a massive four fingers of craggy off-white head. The head retention is excellent, and leaves an incredible amount of lacing behind.

S - Funk, some lactic acid, and lemon are the immediately apparent aromas. Subsequent whiffs really bring out the musty funkiness, along with some more subtle aromas of moldy cheese and fruits like pear and green apple.

T - Quite tart, more so than Lente, and way more than Winter. Nice lactic tartness on top of lemon, green apple, cheese, and musty funk. Finishes very tart and quite dry, with a faint residual mineral taste.

M - Mouthfeel has a bit of slickness to it and is surprisingly creamy as well. Quite luxurious.

O - Very nice balance of funk and tartness. Probably the most tart of the series, but by no means tart-dominant. The funk is a nice mix of funky elements (must, cheese, a bit of hay). Another winner in the series.

Photo of olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of standardcherry
5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of ehammond1
4.9/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle (2011)

Thanks for sharing this, Tim!

Side by side with the Lente.

Faint haze throughout the gold and amber body. Quickly forming, tall, and persistent white head. Thin sheets and spots of lacing mess the glass.

Tart and sour aroma, though rich, deep, layered, and complex: tart citrus, grass, earth and rock, body funk, and of course stinging, explosive sourness throughout. All the same aromas are here as in the Lente, but they seem just a bit more faint and faraway. That being said, as this beer's temperature rose to room temperature, the aroma began to open up and came close to matching the Lente.

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. Wonderful! I still would choose the Lente over this, but they're so close it's really splitting hairs.

Light to medium bodied, though incredibly well carbonated. Spritzy and light yet coating and full all at the same time. A joy.

A (near) perfect gueuze.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.38/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to James for bringing this to the bottle share during the weekend, definitely the biggest whale I've had in a long long time.

Looked the beautiful part, vibrant orange looking, concentrated fruit type of pour. Looked like a really impressive dipa at times, was that glowing to the eyes. Aroma, super funky, had a bit of that vaccuum belt breaking rubbery aroma, had me a bit worried, as I didn't think this was a desired component of the aroma.

And then it reared its ugly head as part of the aroma. But within a few sips, it was something that while it didn't go away, it did meld and not become so intense or worrying. Really chewy, sour flavor here, lemon, some citric fruit possibly. Almost too intense, really had to search for some of the flavors beyond the gritty, rubbery smell and taste.

Plenty sour, puckering, a mix of super strong cheese and burnt rubber seem to be the prevailing notes.

A damn good gueuze, if you like yours like super sharp expensive musty cheese, this is up your alley. For myself, and most of those at the bottle share, it was a very good beer, with some aspects that were simply too much, specifically, the feeling at times we were drinking a beer in a room where a vaccuum belt just burned up and broke. I'm far from the most seasoned gueuze dude, and if you like the rancid rubber funk, you'll probably give this beer a perfect 5. Thankfully, I got used to it, and the beer continued to get better the more I drank of it.

I'm glad to have tried it and thankful such a whale was broke out.

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4.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -9%

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5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -9%

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4/5  rDev -14.3%

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5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.1/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Cantillon tulip. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a monstrous, frothy 4 finger white head with very good retention. Beer is a semi-cloudy deep orange-peach. Lacing is patchy and spotty with good stick. Head retention and size put this one far above average but it suffers a bit from clarity.

Nose is wet straw, lemon, sharp cheese, and rotting wood. Very robust and aromatic and great complexity. A fantastic lead-up to the first sip.

Opens tart lemon, some yeasty bitterness. Transitions into straw and a massive woodiness in the background. I feel like I'm chewing on dried grass dipped in lemon juice. Rotting wood and a distinct abrasive cheesiness right before the finish which is tart and puckering lemon zest. Aftertaste is tart with a touch of yeasty bitterness. This beer is clearly the "dirty straw" type of gueuze instead of the "cheesy" gueuze.

Light to medium bodied and highly carbonated. Prickly in the mouth and puckering going down. Messy finish with a lingering aftertaste. A bit too carbonated. But otherwise, perfect for the style.

As a lover of the really cheesy type of gueuze, this isn't my favorite. However, its an incredibly well crafted beer with great balance and complexity all delivered with an on point feel. Highly recommended.

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4.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of hooliganlife
4.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a 3F stemmed glass

as the cork popped the gushing began, didnt lose much but still. it was opened at around 46 degrees. huge head on this, lots of cloud like fluffiness. a hazy burnt golden orange.

slight sour white grape with an underlying sharp funkiness. a bit of cheese. strong lemon.

lots cheese with a muted tartness that hides beneath. very light dry oak. the lemony tartness just seems like it wants to come out but cannot. be it a mix of oak and funk, or just so much body that the sourness just cannot pop out.

excellent carbonation through out, a nice little bite on the tongue. not overly light like some gueuze. shockingly not as dry as i would have expected.

absolutely delicious however i give the full nod to Lente for being everything and then some. this just falls short in the taste. a world class gueuze by all means which really sets the bar all things considering.

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Armand'4 Oude Geuze Zomer (Summer) from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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