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: 351
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 4.67
pDev: 5.57%
Wants: 449
Gots: 130 | FT: 8
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: fewa on 06-24-2011

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.
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Photo of dsgolovin
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Pours with a full two fingers head and is a deep golden amber.

S-Musty and barnyard funk.

T-Extremely well balanced for the style. I've had all these American Brett beers that are trying to be this, but this is the real deal. It made my mouth salivate and I kept wanting more.

M-Well carbed, crisp, and clean.

O-Cannot ding this beer at all. What everyone says is true and if this one is that good, I can't wait to try the others.

Photo of AleWatcher
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

shared at darkness day by backfat or lurchingbeast
reviewed from notes

This is zomer... and my god is this glorious! By the hammer of Thor, I can say for certain that I have not had a better gueuze than this!
'I thought Lente was terrific. THIS beer kills Lente. Kills it.

Glorious golden body-- shimmering white head. great retention. Nice lacing in jagged rings.
-- at this point I proceeded to offer Omar a sip after he made an announcement over a megaphone. He took a sip and said, "That's fantastic!"--

The nose is light and funky, fruit forward, bright and fresh, crisp and clean, just spectacular.
I cannot imagine a better gueuze.
In the realm of gueuze-- this is a perfect 5 beer. Everything about this beer is perfect. Looks glorious, smells and tastes amazing, the feel is spot on, the sourness is perfect.

Everything about this beer is everything I want it to be.

Big big fat hairy cheers to backfat-- aka weaponX, aka wolverine, aka logan. You are the bomb-diggity, hob-knob skillet of all the hairiest hipster that I know. You take the gueuze-loving cake.

Of over 700 reviews, which is about half of the different beers I've tried-- this is the first perfect 5 beer for me.
Wonderful.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drie Fonteinen Armand'4 Oude Geuze Zomer (Summer)

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle. Tasted on New Years Eve. Happy New Years!

Pours a deep and hazy golden/orange color with a nice sticky and medium dense white head. Retention is great. Very sticky and leaves some nice lacing as the head recedes down from 1 inch to a nice mat. (5.0)

Tartness comes up strong on the nose with vinegar notes and some slight salty funk. There is also some nice fruit juice tartness. There is some good cornhusk notes and grassy funk mixed in so well with the tart notes. (5.0)

The flavor is amazing. Clean and crisp. Lemony notes with some good vinegar and fruity tart notes. Some fresh citrusy tartness mixed in with other sour fruit notes such as pineapple and some peach even. Amazing! The husk, barnyard notes and funk blend so well with these fruity notes and with the earthy grain. Amazing brew with nice lively carbonation that surprisingly makes the beer very smooth. (5.0)(5.0)

This series of 4 seasonal Geuze’s have been amazing. I think this and Spring are my favorites with this taking a slight edge. Great smooth and complex flavors that each shine on their own but intermingle so well. The wild yeast vinegar tartness and the fruit tartness are amazing and work very well with the yeasty funk. Perfection.(5.0)

Photo of dar482
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.

Photo of 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!

Photo of jsm1289
4.91/5  rDev +5.1%
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 cfrances33
4.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into a Drie Fonteinen wine stem.

Pour: Cage and cork exploded off the bottle as soon as the last twist of the cage wire was completed, immediately gushing everywhere. BEWARE. Otherwise, beautiful cantaloupe orange body with two fingers of off white, frothy head. Lots of lacing, and the head sticks around for the majority of the glass.

Smell: Big hay funk up front, some old book, and must. Bright tropical stone fruits. Some citrus. A lactic twang.

Taste: Sour funkiness right away, with lots of hay pile, basement, and must. Some tropical fruits in the back. As the glass and bottle warmed, the taste evolved to first have a sour bite, then a large mango, pineapple, and more stone fruit presence, and then a heavy lingering funk.

Mouthfeel: Perfectly sour. At first dry, but as the glass warms, the funk and tropical fruits linger on the palate for quite a while.

Overall: Exquisite gueuze. I think I may prefer this to Lente, but it is a tough call.

Photo of rvdoorn
4.89/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Review 300, bottle shared with PapaEugene.
Look: The beer pours an orange amber colour with a nice white head.
Smell: Typical Drie Fonteinen funk, freshly cut grass, horseblanket, citrus, peach and cheese.
Taste: Funk, farm funk. Nice hay, musty, vinegar, with a sharp, spicy acidity. Finish is very dry and crisp. Excellent balance.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied, smooth, medium-high carbonation.
Overall: Another perfect brew from Armand.

Photo of ehammond1
4.88/5  rDev +4.5%
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 mikesgroove
4.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served cold I opened it and let it breath before decanting into an oversized wine glass.

The pour produced a very nice golden color. Nice darker color with a nice head of near two inches that settled down nicely into a covering of about a quarter of an inch. Rich aroma of barnyard funk, lemon, hints of grass and nice funk coming through very nicely. Clean, crisp and very tart. The very first sip yields a very clean and fresh taste. Lots of lemon and hints of apples and peaches, warming brings more fruits and deep critters begin to take their hold, souring this out and drying that palate right off the bat. Letting it warm brings forward a nice grape skin and funky fruit like note. Nice and well balanced here. Near perfect carbonation lends to a light feel and very crisp finish. I could have easily had another bottle of this one right after I finished this one.

Overall it was very solid. This was just amazing crisp and clean and really just incredibly drinkable. these are incredible, two of the best beers i have ever had, cannot wait for fall.

Photo of sweemzander
4.83/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter. Major thanks and kudos to Kevan for generously sharing this with us!

(A)- Pours a cloudy golden orange hue that produced a subtle but pure white froth and lacing left behind.

(S)- Such a lovely dry but funky cheese with lemon peel and an earthy oaky quality that is just that excellent to breathe in. It gets more fruity as it warms revealing pineapple and maybe even a slight hint at orange.

(T)- Just an awesome showing of bright pineapple and lemon citrus. Subtle but complex funk and smooth yet oaky acidity with earthy complexion. Really dynamic in that my review probably fails to describe it fully.

(M)- Such a vibrant yet complex carbonation level and balance. Incredibly dynamic and exciting with a great play on acidic citrus meets a perfectly dry yet funky oak.

(O)- This is just further proof to me that Armand is the premier gueuze blender, if not the BEST in the world. Superbly complex yet balanced and a wonderful gueuze to enjoy. Another serious thank you to Kevan for sharing this!

Photo of drabmuh
4.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Gusher, on the computer. :(

Beer served in a Drie Fonteinen glass, a reward for all the housework I did today, thank you me. At the time of this review this beer is the #54 beer on the "Top Beers - Popular", the #2 beer on the "Top Beers - New", the #8 Beer on the "Top Beers - Belgium", and the #2 on the "Top Beers - Gueuze" lists on beeradvocate.com. Sounds like a good one to try for the night cap to me.

Beer is orange and really hazy, huge head, that consolidates into large bubbles that break, leaving behind a mildly tan head, one finger, small and medium bubbles, lots of lacing on the glass. Aggressively carbonated. Dinging it for the gusher cause that was a disappointment.

The smell is light, airy, with hints of funk, oak, slight metallic and a little, light sulfur / rubber. Smells like a Drie Fonteinen should.

Beer is about as light in body and you can get, dry finish, burns a little from the acetic brightness and the heavy carbonation, but it burns so so good.

Beer's finish is uniquely oaky, more so than the lente was (although a side by side is in order right fellas?) with a stronger acidity and a lighter palate throughout. There is almost an alcohol, sulfur mixing in the late midpalate before the dry tartness of the finish gets you. The acid coats my mouth and gums. Great, very dry, very tart, nice sourness, great funk. A near perfect beer.

Photo of Agold
4.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drank side by side with lente and honestly I liked this one a bit better.

Big rocky white head. This beer was a bit overcarbonated and exploded a bit when we opened it. If not for the overflow, I would have given it higher marks for appearance. Aroma is smooth, fruity, more of a sweaty, earthy meaty funk. Less fruit than lente. Maybe a touch of sulfer. The taste is outstanding. Lots of apple, more funk than lente, with some sweaty damp characteristics. Lots of citrus, less rindy, more fruity, a bit of lemon and lemon rind as well. Later pours get a bit more sulfer and fruity citrus. Mouthfeel is smooth, full, good carbonation, almost creamy. Very effervescent and bright and refreshing.

Photo of FosterJM
4.8/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1290th Review on BA
Bottle to Goblet
750 ml

Thanks to Jazzpatel for this one.
Shared with Jazzpatel, Ehammond1, NanoBrew, MrHirschybar & Sebowski

@Churchills Pub

App- Top falling orange to yellow with a golden center. A small white head with a puddle of bubbles. Maybe a couple dots of cling.

Smell- Classic gueuze with a farmhouse twist. Really earthy with a small funk and a bit of grass and hay. Full on the nose with a good rounded citrus fresh orange and tangerine.

Taste- Completely damp flavors but very vibrant with a full and lush citrus. Has a gueuze meets DIPA flavor with some earthy, grassy and hoppy. A bit prickly and just short of Lente.

Mouth- A thick medium with a medium prickly carbonation. A lot of earthy damp fruits remain with a bit of a grassy herbal note.

Drink- Very very very good. Just a notch below lente in a lot of ways.

Photo of Mbrown44
4.8/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance is apricot orange with minimal lacing. Huge barnyard funk wild yeast aroma. There is a perfect balance between acidity and tartness, which is lemony and bright w/ citrus. The flavor is complex starting with citrus and finishing spicy and peppery. This blend is not simply sour, finding a mixture between funk and sourness that is perfect.

Photo of WillCarrera
4.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750 ml bottle, from box set 187/500, bottle says Lot: 26/03/2010 Best Before 03/2020. Poured into a tulip glass. Me and agold drank this side by side with a bottle of Lente.

A- Even carefully removing the cork produces some gushing out the top of the bottle (sorry dude), pours a golden orange color, noticeably hazier than Lente, topped with several inches of big fluffy white head that leaves lots of lacing.

S- Very funky, earthy aroma, hay, nice citrus aroma as well, lemon and orange, the aroma is brighter than Lente's mushroom/dark damp forest aroma.

T- Starts with a nice, bracing but not overwhelming tartness, citrus notes of lemon and orange as well as some apple, the citrus is a bit zestier and juicier than the Lente. Flavor has a really great funk, hay, with some nice wood notes as well. As it warms the funk becomes more powerful and reveals some sulfur notes.

M- Medium to light bodied, has an incredibly smooth, effervescent feel, dry finish. Really outstanding.

O- Another amazing gueuze from this series, I'm honestly not sure I could pick a favorite based on flavor alone, although I'd lean by a hair towards Lente. Both beers are extremely complex and are really fun to drink, also so far both seem to do a great job of expressing the seasons that they represent. I can't wait to try Herfst and Winter.

Photo of ahalloin
4.77/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brought this to a tasting, so I have the honors of opening the bottle. The cork was barely being contained by the cage as it tried to sneak out once the restraint was removed. Luckily we had a pitcher ready to catch the first couple of ounces.

Poured a light, slightly opaque gold color with a dull hue. A beautiful white foam cap proudly formed atop the beer and slowly receded to a thin layer leaving some lacing on the glass.

The smell is quite unbelievable! That patented Drie Fonteinen funk is greatly apparent mixed with hints of charred oak, sour dough bread, and light hints of stone fruit. Amazing!

The taste is outstanding as well with that blunt sourness and barnyard funk we expect from a well crafted Gueuze! Sour Peach and white pepper linger in the background. A bone dry finish makes me want another sip.

The mouthfeel is perfect. Medium high carbonation provides a pleasant effervescence. Bone dry finish works very well.

Overall this gueuze is quite outstanding. Plenty of funk and barnyard for sour lovers but with the scrubbing carbonation to lift the flavors keeping it from being cloyingly sour.

Photo of Stevedore
4.75/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | 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.

Review #325.

Pours a hazy, darker but still quite light straw-coloured body, with a very strong white fluffy effervescence that appears to be common to the Seasons, that retains quite well, perhaps the best looking blend of the 4.

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. 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.

Re-review: Drank this one alongside the other 3 Seasons in a 3F stemmed glass today, 3/30/2015. Essentially, this has caught up with Lente (if there was ever a distance) and I think this will end up being the winner in the long run. I would easily trade for Zomer over Lente at this point as the current values of these beers are fairly lopsided.

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

750ml bottle 6,0% Abv.
Served chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Best Before 03/2020

Appearance: Another fantastic looking geuze from Armand, perhaps the best one yet - lightly hazed, bright golden-orange body topped by a massive white head. The head retention is phenomenal for a sour and the lacing is simply sublime, with thick clumps of foam left clinging to the upper reaches of the glass.

Smell: Ahhh man, from the very first sniff it is clear that this is another winner from Drie Fonteinen - potentially on the same level as Lente!
Tart fruits dominate the initial nose, but after a few sniffs the signature 3F funk begins to show itself and after a while is as prominent (if not a little more so) as the fruits.
Notes include: Lemon (zest and juice), orange zest, green apples, dry grass, musty basement, moss, old wood, a touch of mature farmhouse cheese, tart apricots, white grapes (there is a light Chardonnay character as the beer warms), oak, some leafy vegetation and a touch of sweetness.

Taste: As expected, Zomer is absolutely delicious. As with the nose, the flavour is comprised of a fantastic combination of tart fruits and funk. Notes include: Tart citrus, green apple peel, white grapes (with a hint of sweetness), apricot, cider vinegar, musty basement, wet hay, dry grass and a fairly large oak character.
Moderate tartness and a fairly dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Light body (maybe a little over), with a high level of fairly fine carbonation. Highly drinkable and very refreshing - a perfect summer beer!

Overall: Another fantastic beer in the Armand'4 series and one of the best geuzes I have had to date. I will certainly be getting a few more bottles to enjoy over the course of the summer.

Photo of tectactoe
4.74/5  rDev +1.5%
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 TurdFurgison
4.74/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Generously shared by seeswo at a tasting in Dublin (thanks Chris!). This followed a 2007-2011 vertical of Dark Lord plus Brandy Vanilla Dark Lord, leaving me very ready for a lighter and more refined style. Gueuze to the rescue!

The cork pops with a nice audible, and although it didn't gush it seemed like it wanted to. It poured a murky peach color with a very thick foam. Initial whiffs are funky and sour, quite similar to my memory of Lente a few weeks ago, acidic and tart. Later pours were a little funkier.

A nice tart bite, loads of lambic flavors. Apples and grapes, also funk that evokes a musty basement. Yes, I like this very much.

Medium-high carbonation, extremely drinkable. The best of the day by far, very recommended.

Photo of rodkin
4.73/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I removed the plastic cover on the cork, and before I even got a chance to touch the cork itself, it shot out. Literally hit the ceiling, and a ridiculous amount of foam came out. Be careful, this is a gusher. Other than that, pours a slightly hazy medium orange, kind of like an IPA. Really big fluffy head, about 4 fingers. Reduces nicely, leaving some lacing.

Aroma is great. Big citrus and some mustiness, some tart green apple. Really big juicy, fruity aroma. Some tartness and funk, a bit of hay. Excellent.

Taste is like the nose. Fruit, funk, slightly must hay. Nice and tart, but not overwhelmingly so. This is superb, probably the best sour I've ever had. It's really ridiculously fruity, yet not cloying and still tart. Excellent.

Oh my god the mouthfeel is absolutely perfect. Light, dry, very bubbly and ever so slightly cream carbonation. Perfect.

This beer is wonderful, and very, very drinkable. It's great as a summer beer, and fits exactly what I want for the season. Light, fruity, juicy, tart, refreshing. One of the 3 best beers I've ever had.

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.73/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle served in a Tumbler glass.

A: Pours a cloudy orange color forming a huge fizzy, noisy, bubbled white head when poured. Good retention and many lacings left

S: Nose is mainly tart and fruity. White grapes, apples and pears. Lambic yeasts are really noticed

T: Follows the nose, tart, fruity and Gueuze. Caramel malts. In overall, an acid beer. Metallic taste. Upfront is slightly sweet followed by a dry taste and a tart and mild bitter aftertaste

M: Light body. Medium to low carbonation. Tart aftertaste

O: Excellent beer. Delicate Drie Fonteinen style, at the same time, powerful Gueuze specimen. Highly recommended

Photo of SpdKilz
4.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A huge thanks to Chris (spycow) for sharing this at AgentZero’s birthday tasting.

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a golden, hay color. About a finger of head is achieved with a moderate pour that dissipates slowly leaving some chunky lacing.

Smell – I personally thought this was an amazing smelling beer. The massive amounts of must and barnyard funk made this one of the earthiest aromas I’ve encountered, and I loved it. Green apples, lemon zest, and hints of vinegar.

Taste – Spectacular and thankfully exactly as the nose led me to believe. Massive amounts of barnyard funk and wet hay, tart apple cider, and zesty lemons. Oak, slight grapes, slight acidity.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, crisp carbonation, finishes wonderfully dry.

Overall – A fantastic beer. I’ve heard debates between this and Lente being the better beer. If Lente IS better, wow, I can’t wait to have it. So good. A highlight of the night.

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4.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

August 8, 2011.

Pours a lightly coppered sunset orange with a tower of thick-bubbled head. This slowly gushed upon open and the first pour yielded five fingers of beer and five fingers of pillowy head.

Outstanding nose. Fresh lemon juice and green apple acidity with a background of orange/tangerine sweetness. Plenty of must as well: wet hay, Drie Fonteinen's mushroomy earthy funk, and some oak. Just crazy brash citrus acidity on the nose.

Soft and earthy on the front of the palate, with a long stretch of citric sour-tartness mid-palate. The funk is subdued, consisting mostly in grass/wet hay. Small hints of sweet stone fruit, especially on the finish. Citrus forward, but if you hold it in your mouth you can pick up on some of the more classic 3F funky notes. A decent bit of oak shows on the finish. A perfect blend for summer.

Crisp and refreshing with champagne-like carbonation.

I'm hesitant to pass judgment on other beers in this series, since I expect them all to be superlative. Zomer is so bright, with some of the best fruit notes I've experienced in a gueuze. Just a fantastic blend.

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Armand'4 Oude Geuze Zomer (Summer) from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
100 out of 100 based on 351 ratings.