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

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326 Ratings
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Ratings: 326
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 4.67
pDev: 5.78%
Wants: 423
Gots: 128 | 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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4/5  rDev -14.3%

t0rin0, Sep 02, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -9%

djrn2, Jun 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -3.6%

zestar, Mar 20, 2013
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5/5  rDev +7.1%

spycow, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
4.63/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Thorpe429, Sep 28, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -9%

acurtis, Jul 01, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +1.7%

nmann08, Mar 12, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +1.7%

Texasfan549, Jul 18, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +1.7%

kjkinsey, Jul 18, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.1%

GRG1313, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.88/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

mikesgroove, Aug 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -14.3%

ygtbsm94, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
4.2/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

womencantsail, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4.24/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Knapp85, Feb 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -3.6%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +7.1%

JAHMUR, Nov 14, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +1.7%

largadeer, Oct 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -3.6%

SocalKicks, Sep 29, 2014
Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

emerge077, Sep 19, 2012
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4.45/5  rDev -4.7%
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!

Kegatron, Aug 02, 2011
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4.35/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Slatetank, Jul 24, 2011
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4.58/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

MasterSki, Jul 12, 2011
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4.85/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

drabmuh, Oct 24, 2011
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4.48/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

oline73, May 18, 2012
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Armand'4 Oude Geuze Zomer (Summer) from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
100 out of 100 based on 326 ratings.