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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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309 Ratings
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Ratings: 309
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 4.66
pDev: 5.79%
Wants: 415
Gots: 126 | FT: 7
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 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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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev -14.2%

09-02-2012 19:52:24 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to wethorseblanket for sharing this one at mrbubbler's "end of the world" tasting.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy orange-beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some grain and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with an acidic finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer and another great gueuze from Armand.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 05:02:45 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -8.8%

06-30-2012 22:12:14 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.63/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to ahalloin for sharing this a few weeks back. Served in a snifter and reviewed from notes.

Pours a really nice bright golden-yellow with a fluffy white head and some good lacing. Clear beer with visible carbonation. The nose is really quite nice, though not quite as good as the Lente. Bright notes of citrus and lemon zest plus plenty of funk and light earth. The flavor is moderately fruity with some orange and green apple plus a good dose of lemon. Mild acidity and plenty of Brett-induced funk and earth. Crisp carbonation and a dry finish with a nice earthy funk throughout. Light acidity. Absolutely stunning.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 12:29:33 | More by Thorpe429
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.88/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 01:30:00 | More by mikesgroove
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

03-12-2012 01:24:31 | More by nmann08
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womencantsail

California

4.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 01:06:55 | More by womencantsail
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acurtis

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -8.8%

07-01-2012 00:43:14 | More by acurtis
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

07-18-2012 16:25:38 | More by kjkinsey
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

4/5  rDev -14.2%

03-13-2012 07:26:15 | More by ygtbsm94
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

07-18-2012 01:24:33 | More by Texasfan549
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spycow

Illinois

5/5  rDev +7.3%

11-15-2011 05:21:43 | More by spycow
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GRG1313

California

5/5  rDev +7.3%

11-23-2011 21:07:05 | More by GRG1313
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 19:55:48 | More by Knapp85
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emerge077

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2012 03:22:27 | More by emerge077
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +7.3%

11-14-2011 13:19:37 | More by JAHMUR
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largadeer

California

4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

10-13-2013 07:21:39 | More by largadeer
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

11-14-2011 18:14:20 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle generously shared by Jason. Served in a Jester King snifter.

A - A finger-plus of white foam settles to a thick chunk collar and partial cap, leaving minimal lace behind. Hazy dark peach body.

S - Big, brash signature Drie Fonteinen funk, light urea and acetic acid, extremely green, with tons of grass, hay, mushrooms, and barnyard aromas, and a surprising amount of oak for a true Belgian gueuze. There's some light lemon and stone fruit sweetness in the periphery, but this is all about the funk. Get up on it!

T - Taste is great with more acetic vinegary notes, lemons, stone fruits, and again the surprising oak. While there's sourness in the flavor, the acidity level is low and doesn't induce stomach distress. Not as funky as the nose, actually reminds me a bit more of Cantillon in some ways.

M - Pleasant active carbonation, medium-light body, tannic finish, and obviously no perceptible alcohol.

D - A superior gueuze. I'm glad I ordered a few bottles of this one, as I'm curious how it will develop over time. Something I'd willingly drink at any and all times. I could see myself working through an entire bottle on a hot summer day with ease.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 23:05:01 | More by MasterSki
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into several glasses. Tasted next to the Lente version. Huge thanks go to Stakem for busting these out because he felt that I hadn’t reviewed enough Geuzes yet LOL! Well here ya’ go buddy and thanks again for sharing these!

Pours a hazed peach color (maybe a tad darker), with a finger of rich and foamy off-white head. This maintains a strong and robust look, leaving back a frothy cascade of lace which hangs in thick swathes down the sides of the glass. The aroma is bit funk heavy up front, with a musty and earthy quality to it, while an underling acidic tartness gives this a touch of sharpness. Sweet toasted grains fills out the edges of the nose. There is maybe just a smidge of warmth coming out as well.

The taste is zesty and tart up front, which is dulled by a good bit of earthy and musty accents to the flavor. This does get a bit sweetener underneath. The backend of the profile is fairly dry and acidic feeling, which lingers with a good bit of tannic character. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a bit more of a slickness from the barrel that mingles with some overall chewiness to the body. This is also showing some more alcohol in spots than I would have guessed.

While this lacked the bright and refreshing qualities of the Lente, the boldness of the wild yeast flavors and that chewier body definitely brought something new to the table and still kept this drinking rather nicely. I really liked this. It’s definitely a top Geuze for me. Thanks again for sharing these Adam. They were both quite awesome!

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 16:57:32 | More by Kegatron
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.85/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 02:32:23 | More by drabmuh
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks a lot to Stakem for sharing this with Kegatron and me. Poured from the 750 chilled into a tulip.

The color is darker than golden slightly golden amber with thick rocky cream cap which measures about 1 inch from a vigorous pour the lace sticks well and bead is fine. The aroma is bitter hops with some funk and slight tropical fruit notes with mild citrus tinges and mellow wood accents. The feel is pretty aggressive with some sour elements, mild tannic wood and high carbonation which adds to the bitter sharpness from the hops and wild yeast.

The flavor is good, some herbal tinges, mild grainy elements but mostly funk from the yeast which gives a horseblanket and slight earthy flavor which is augmented by a slight ripe tropical and sour fruitiness which leads to a sharp taste in the back end which almost seems like it has a hint of alcohol in the taste. The herbal hop tinges add some pleasant complimentary flavor to the very mild sweet malt accents, but mainly the taste is dry, almost spicy and acidic. This gueuze is a good example of the style, it has the funk and wood and plenty of yeasty complex accents to the gentle fruit it provides with a mild funk note it just has some aggressive edges that hold it back slightly for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 16:54:06 | More by Slatetank
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oline73

Maryland

4.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this at sour and bitter. It was tough to drink so many world class gueuzes at once :) Poured into a stemless wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber with a half finger of off white head that fades to a layer on top of the pour.

Smell: Funk up front with lemon tartness in the background. There is a mild white wine note as well.

Taste: Very smooth. The malt balances out the tartness quite well. Very easy to drink. The white wine note shows up here as well. I'm getting the aged hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Another very good beer in this series. I enjoyed them all. This may have had the most balance. I would have it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 01:13:59 | More by oline73
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mdfb79

New York

4.6/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From 08/17/11 notes. Huge thanks to ahalloin for sharing this bottle; thanks Tony!

a - Pours a murky golden-light orange color, with one inch of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of funky, sour fruits, citrus hops, hay and grassy notes, and some barnyard funk. A nice combination of funk and sourness.

t - Tastes again of sour fruits, and even more of that barnyard funk. Also some lemon, vinegar, hay/earthy notes, and a bit acedic. Way funkier than the nose; I really love the taste. A step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Not as carbonated as I expected, but still nice.

o - Overall another awesome gueuze from Drie Fonteinen. Very drinkable and I found the taste very funky, moreso than the nose. Very glad to have a bottle of this one.
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Had this again on 04/14/12 and loved it even more; Lente was better but this was second in the series.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 20:01:37 | More by mdfb79
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.23/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 03:24:09 | More by Gueuzedude
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