Armand'4 Oude Geuze Zomer (Summer) - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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Reviews by fewa:
4.95/5 rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Bought some bottles at the 3 Fonteinen brewery today. The 2nd release in the Armand’4 series, the last ever brewed geuze in the 3 fonteinen brewery. According to Armand, the 4 season beers all have different ratios of lambic from the 3 years. The beer pours a golden-straw color with a beautiful white head, which was long lasting for the style leaving a nice lacing, very similar to the Lente version. The smell is a complex funkiness, full of fresh grass and barnyard. Also some citrus fruits in the smell, more than in the Lente edition. The nose seems also a bit more oaky as I remember by heart from the Lente. The taste is fantastic, like drinking champagne. This one seems slightly more complex to me than the Lente version. Oak, citrus fruits, pine, apples, vanilla, hay, grass blended together by a funkyness that cannot be described in words. The finish is very dry with some bitterness. Outstanding balanced beer. Is it better than the Lente? I think both are excellent! Is it different, yes it is a unique geuze, although the taste differences are subtle and probably (only) recognized by the more experienced geuze drinker. But, as Armand told me some weeks ago, this geuze will be very different from the Lente in some years, and I think he is right. I am happy I still have three bottles more!
Serving type: bottle
06-24-2011 21:03:48 | More by fewa
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4.96/5 rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
The beer comes in a hazy straw color with a big foamy white head.
The aroma is wonderfully tart of lemons and then that familiar aggressive Drie F funkiness.
The flavor follows of bright tart lemons, green apple and then onto a wet hay and barnyard funk in the finish.
A wonderfully fruity beer with tons of uplifting light colors. Extremely refreshing and complex gueuze.
Serving type: bottle
02-12-2014 04:03:45 | More by dar482
4.7/5 rDev +0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
750ml bottle from the Armand'4 set, my contribution to the non-Lente Seasons tasting, poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 12/8/2013.
Pours a hazy, darker but still quite light straw-coloured body, with a very strong white fluffy effervescence that appears to be common to all 3 of the non-Lente Seasons, that retains quite well, perhaps the best looking of all 3.
Smells fantastic- its not quite as intense as Winter was, but it has a definite ground peppercorn nose along with a good bit of cheesiness (not as much as Golden Blend, though) along with some oak and tannic scents from the barrel. There is a really good bit of funky earthiness, perhaps related to the cheesiness that makes me want to pair this with a nice cheese and cracker plate. Great nose on this one, so complex and balanced.
Flavour is fantastic on this one too. Lots of earthy funk along with a fantastic bit of lemon zest that's perfectly balanced out by the oak and tannic flavours that have really been a common theme with these Seasons. Plenty of acidity to go with the funk as well; this is most certainly the most sour one of the non-Lente Seasons, and I definitely appreciate that. Complex, intense and balanced- you can't do much better than this.
Medium bodied, less substantial compared to Herfst, probably the same lighter side that Winter also brought to the table. Unlike Winter though, the carbonation was just perfect and it stayed that way for at least a solid hour as the tasting proceeded along. Tasted just as interesting a hour later as when the bottle is first opened; such a great dry, refreshing palate cleanser for the Dark Lords we drank afterwards.
Phenomenal. This is definitely the best of the non-Lente Seasons. At some point I'll open my Lente, but if there is any indication at all from drinking the other 3 Seasons, Lente is going to blow my socks off. Zomer is a phenomenal geuze that really brings it in terms of nose and flavour profile- intense, balanced and very complex- and it is definitely the best Belgian geuze I've ever had pre-Lente. If you fancy yourself a geuze appreciator, there's no way you can live out your geuze-drinking life without drinking these Seasons- these may very well be the finest geuzes ever made.
Serving type: bottle
12-09-2013 04:20:31 | More by Stevedore
Armand'4 Oude Geuze Zomer (Summer) from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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