Armand'4 Oude Geuze Zomer (Summer) - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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4.05/5 rDev -13.3%
Poured into a tasting glass. Bottle shared among six of us, so about 4 oz. for me. Consumed second of our four seasons tasting.
4.0 A: Moderately hazed yellow orange. A little darker and more orange than Lente. Two and a half fingers of foamy white head. Good retention and moderate amounts of spotty lacing left behind.
4.0 S: Lots of mustiness in this. Compared to Lente, this is much more earthy with much less fruit. Lots of lemon in this though. Least lactic of the four. Grainy maltiness, rotting wood, wet grass, and forest after a rain.
4.0 T: Pretty much follows the nose. Earthiest season, least fruity, and probably the least funky as well. This was the only one that had a considerable astringency.
4.5 M: Lighter body. Gueuze level carbonation that is highly spritzy with a solid creaminess, though maybe a tad less creamy than the others. Super smooth.
4.0 D: This was my least favorite season, but it was still a damn good beer. Would drink this all the time if I could afford to.
03-23-2012 17:44:19 | More by DavoleBomb
4.1/5 rDev -12.2%
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.
08-28-2011 00:34:29 | More by SpeedwayJim
4.1/5 rDev -12.2%
Thanks Mark for sharing this with everyone! It was a special highlight, glad I got the chance to try it. Served in a small snifter glass.
Frothy pour with a thin veil of delicate lacing, bright crystalline orange body. After a few sips the foam parted, leaving behind a broken skim.
Citrusy aroma with a pleasantly musty oak character, wet wood and bright citrus dominate.
Flavors follow, with plenty of tart citrus fruitiness, restrained dry oak, signature stable funk, and a soft mellow dryness that lingers. Medium bodied, champagne effervescence at first. Seemed to mellow out after a little bit. A nice gueuze no doubt, but it feels like "emperors new clothes" compared to other very similar 3F blends.
09-19-2012 03:22:27 | More by emerge077
4.13/5 rDev -11.6%
750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle dated 3/26/2010. Reviewed from notes.
Appearance - Another gusher. Orange and hazy with a big head. Better retention than Lente, but otherwise a similar looking beer.
Smell - Bigger funk to this than Lente. Less citrus, but has more of a distinct orange aroma. The funk is like an aged aged. Very nice and distinctly different from Lente.
Taste - Heavy funk. Much heavier than Lente. Verging on a vinegar acidity. Dry and less fruity than I'd like. Herbal hops in the finish.
Mouthfeel - Dry. Cottonmouth dry, really. Puckering from the dryness, but not really from the sourness. Not as high in carbonation.
Overall - Good, but a step down from Lente. Hefty funk character that actually makes it feel a little sluggish. On to Herfst!
07-20-2012 00:04:17 | More by Alieniloquium
4.15/5 rDev -11.1%
Bottle. Courtesy of Chris. Pours a cloudy amber color with a fluffy white head. The aroma is old (as put by Ben), with notes of mildew, basement, slight diesel, and lemon - now I know this doesn’t sound pleasant but in fact it is and I find myself hovering over the glass trying to take in as much as I can. Light mouthfeel. Lemon, acidic, barnyard, pear, and a slight bitter rind grapefruit taste. Young and tasty. The bitterness is a little off for me but otherwise a really good beer.
10-23-2011 17:08:44 | More by kbutler1
4.15/5 rDev -11.1%
Had this directly following Lente which may have been a mistake because that beer was very hard to follow. This was solid and easily distinguished from the other Armand '4 gueuzes. Not quite sour but funky, thick, minerals, lemons, good stuff. I liked this quite a bit and I would also say that each one of these Armand '4 beers really stands out as being of a higher quality than most of the Drie Fonteinen gueuzes that I have drank.
09-19-2012 02:05:10 | More by ArrogantB
4.2/5 rDev -10.1%
Thanks as always, Richard.
A: The beer pours a cloudy golden-orange color with a tall white head.
S: Funk and grass, two of the trademarks of Drie Fonteinen gueuze, start this one off. Lots of lemon zest and lemon juice tartness to go with a rather musty funk and some green apple.
T: Lots of grass, lemon zest, and green apple tartness to this. A rather barnyardy funk, plenty of must and earth to it, too. There is a light grape and peach flavor on the finish with a sharp acidity.
M: Medium bodied with a medium to high carbonation.
O: Definitely a good gueuze. As with Lente, however, not sure it's worth the additional cost.
08-29-2011 01:06:55 | More by womencantsail
4.2/5 rDev -10.1%
A - Nice, slightly murky copper, firm stark white head, some clong lace. Nice viscous pour. Champagne like cascading bubbles everywhere.
S - Initial smell was that of a stagnant pond. Some sharpness and malt seep through.
T - Nice to medium malt core brightened by lemony tartness.
M - Light bodied, delicate balance, good carb.
D - Loving these Armands!
03-19-2012 02:48:49 | More by srandycarter
4.23/5 rDev -9.4%
Pours an orangish yellow with a soft white head. Nose is sour lemons, barnyard, and straw. Taste is very tart, sour lemon upfront that moves to a little vinegar and some soft green apples. Mouth is soft and smooth. Overall, this is a really solid gueze. Looking forward to trying the rest of the series.
06-24-2012 14:37:11 | More by birchstick
4.23/5 rDev -9.4%
Sampled August 2011
Quite the little gusher, I lost at least a couple ounces of precious beer to my counters before getting this to a glass. The beer looked clear through the bottle, but pours a hazy amber color that shows a touch of gold around the edges. The head starts out about three inches in height with a lightly tan colored head; the head leaves some nice lacing on the sides as I work my way through this Gueuze. The beer smells of sour urea and lactic acid, a deep musky funkiness, some phenolic slightly medicinal notes. This is just so deeply funky, rustic and wonderful. Once you really start digging around there is a dry, somewhat cracker like, more dried hay leaning grain character and even a touch of sour dough bread character in the deep finish of the nose. The aroma is really quite sharp and acidic, though it doesn’t seem to be acetic which I certainly am thankful for. After a bit, a toasted, slightly woody oak note starts to come out in the nose.
Sharply acidic tasting, though it doesn’t make me pucker, this is accentuated by a zippy, expressive, frothy carbonation that makes this foam up as it hits the mouth. Ample lactic acidity is boosted by some sharp urea notes (that contribute some characteristic Lambic notes of cat urine). This finishes very dry, the acidity is the main reason for this, but there is a dried hay / grassy grain character, a drying, slightly medicinal phenolic character, a palate lingering musky, animal / barnyard funkiness. There is a slight flavor of grapefruit, bright lemon notes and just a really big lactic sourness that is so enjoyable. The texture of this beer is nice and light, yet has some slickness from the ample lactic acidity and perhaps a touch of structure from the barrels. Speaking of barrels, there is a slight toastiness to the finish as well as some spiciness and a subtle woody note that is all contributed by the oak; the oak is quite subtle as it usually is in a Lambic, but definitely contributes to the flavor profile. The phenolic character in the finish adds some sharpness here, it is not really medicinal, sort of plastic like, but not, and I can’t really quite pinpoint what it is. As the beer warms up a fruitiness starts to come out, it contributes notes of apple that is a touch cider like, with perhaps a touch of pear as well.
So much better than the Lente, but this is entirely due to the lack of acetic acid; for some reason I find acetic very distracting in Lambics. This is quite nice, it is a bit different than a standard Gueuze, though I am not entirely sure how. To start with it is definitely quite a bit darker, perhaps a touch richer somehow, a touch more oak astringency to the finish perhaps. In the end though this is just a fantastic example of a Gueuze, it is exactly what I was hoping for out of the Lente, though that one certainly wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t quite as tasty as this one.
02-12-2012 03:24:09 | More by Gueuzedude
4.24/5 rDev -9.2%
This poured out as a hazy yellow color with a big foamy white head on top. Even with the gentlest of pours this beer is very active. The retention is pretty strong on this as well as the lacing. The look of the beer is really nice. The smell of the beer is funky, not much else to say... it's like bile or some other form of acidic pungent aromas. The taste of the beer is tart, also more funk with a sharp lemon zest in there also. The mouthfeel has a lot of sharp carbonation to it. Overall this beer is a good representation of the style. It's not an easy one to get so I'm glad I got to try it.
02-16-2013 19:55:48 | More by Knapp85
4.25/5 rDev -9%
Another bottle from the tasting. Poured into my snifter.
A- Pours a hazy orange with a two finger head that slowly dissipates into a thin cap, leaving some lines of lacing.
S- Tons of barnyard funk with hay, grass, vinegar, lemon zest and other citrus notes.
T- Tart lemon, barnyard funk, vinegar, green apple, and a bit of green grapes.
M- Medium carbonation and a lighter body. Finishes dry and very clean.
O- Fairly acidic, but not overpowering. Lot's of barnyard funk and citrus notes. Never had a Gueuze, so not sure how this compares to others, but was definitely impressed by this one.
10-11-2011 01:18:37 | More by iadler
Armand'4 Oude Geuze Zomer (Summer) from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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