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

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

319 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 319
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 4.67
pDev: 5.78%
Wants: 421
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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4.25/5  rDev -9%

djrn2, Jun 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -3.6%

HopStoopid120, Jun 29, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +1.7%

beef13, Jun 26, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.1%

ithinkimasofa, Jun 25, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. 

birchstick, Jun 24, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.1%

Cowcakes, Jun 18, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +1.7%

gueuzegossage, Jun 16, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +1.7%

CheapBeerBuzz, Jun 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -9%

RuckusDu, Jun 12, 2012
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4.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with friends at last night's sour tasting. Gorgeous pour, tons of white head and lace. Beautiful!

Aroma is pretty subtle though, with funky yeast and a mild fruitiness.

Complex and meticulously balanced flavor profile. Sourness and acidity are perfectly balanced too. A touch spicy. Really, really good.

Medium body, great carbonation. Can't wait to try the other seasons -- need MOAR!

***

Re-reviewed in a better setting during our Memorial Day sour tasting. Best part about this tasting was not having hookah smoke in my face while trying to enjoy my beer. <3 Armand

brystmar, Jun 02, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +1.7%

thewimperoo, Jun 01, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +1.7%

hoppymcgee, May 29, 2012
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4.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle graciously shared by mrand01.

Pours a really nice bright golden yellow color with a fluffy white head and some solid lacing.

The aromas begin with bright notes of citrus and lemon zest. Then you get plenty of cheesy funk, grassiness and earthiness. This is the funkiest beer I have ever smelled.

The tastes follow the nose with plenty of grass, lemon zest and sour apple. Solid, musty barnyardy funk and plenty of grassiness and earthy flavors. Mild acidity in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Crisp carbonation and a dry finish with solid earthy funk throughout.

Overall this is far superior to any other Gueuze I have had to date by a long shot, which says a lot because I have a 2007 Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze earlier this afternoon. I am not sure how this compares to the other 3 seasonal blends but I cannot recommend this any higher for fans of this style.

claspada, May 29, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.1%

whartontallboy, May 28, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of PaulyDeets, shared at the May 2012 iteration of the Santa Cruz tasting series. Hazy orange color. Aroma is immediately very grassy and floral, like a stroll through a meadow, with a solid citric tartness. Flavor is sour lemon with a deep refreshing acidity and an almost minty quality. Dry and sour.

illidurit, May 28, 2012
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4.71/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Reviewing the Armand'4 Oude Geuze Zomer (Summer) from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen out of Belgium.

Score: 97

2011 vintage bottle served in a taster glass and enjoyed on 05/11/13 to celebrate the end of law school. Review is from notes.

Appearance: Similar in appearance to Lente. Hazy golden-amber in color. About a half finger of head off the pour, good lacing. 4.5/5

Smell: Mustier than Lente. Sharp lemon flavor. More sweet vinegar too. A little pepper spice. Has a faint and funky earthiness that I really dig. 4.5/5

Taste: More sour vinegar and less juicy tart citrus than Lente. Yeast, lemon, pineapple. More tart than Lente at colder temperatures but not quite sure which is tarter by the time they both warm up. The lemon lingers well. 4.75/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied (but slightly lighter in body than Lente) with spot on carbonation (but with slightly less carbonation than Lente). Dry and sour. 5/5

Overall: Not quite up to part with Lente, but still quite excellent. This beer is not cheap, but it is so excellent. Highly recommend you seek a bottle out. This was my second favorite season in the series.

Cost: Depending on the exchange rate, this one is likely to run between $45 and $60 for a 750 ml bottle (if you can still find it online).

jegross2, May 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -3.6%

WeisGuy, May 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -3.6%

smurfbeer, May 22, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.1%

Khazadum, May 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -14.3%

AGoodStout, May 19, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +1.7%

Diomede, May 19, 2012
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4.8/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

WillCarrera, May 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thank you Abel!

A: Pours a murky dark golden with a thin wispy head. Tons of spotty lace was left down the glass.
S: Super dry and funky with notes of golden fruits, straw, and awesome funk. Sweaty gym socks and barnyard funk are potent.
T: Tastes like the nose. Super funky and earthy notes of straw and spicy funk. Earthy all around with hints of grass and lemony citrus. Amazing flavors, super dry, with a great citrus pith tartness in finish.
M: Dry mouthfeel, smooth and light body, easy drinking and very soft carbonation. Acidity is moderate with a little bit of bite.
O: I was expecting nothing less than greatness and this did not disappoint. An amazing gueuze. Thanks again Abel.

scottfrie, May 19, 2012
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4.85/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Agold, May 19, 2012
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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
Armand'4 Oude Geuze Zomer (Summer) from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
100 out of 100 based on 319 ratings.