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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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334 Ratings
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Ratings: 334
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 4.66
pDev: 5.79%
Wants: 429
Gots: 131 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
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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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4.25/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.05/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.16/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

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4/5  rDev -14.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened along side Lente, Herfst, Winter, shared 4 ways.

Pours orange/yellow with a big white head. Not much lacing but leaves some spots.

Smells funky with lemon, citrus, a little musty and sweet. Some oak as well.

Tastes similar to the nose. Balanced with lemon, sourness, sweet and funk. Someone in my group said that it tastes old. This is more mild than the Lente, less bright citrus flavors. Very delicious.

Light to medium body with soft carbonation.

Overall a great beer, I'll open my other one up this summer. My second favorite of the four.

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4.68/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this again next to lente and winter. Has taken over as the best of the 3. Incredible balance of the dusty rindy funk and bright fruits, well integrated, great stuff. Numbers from second bottle.
****
Drank next to lente with Armand. Pour is a slightly brighter golden orange than the lente with a creamy tight light tan head that dissipates a bit more slowly than lente. The nose offers a fair bit of cheesy funk and dusty earth notes. light mineral touch with some spicy yeast towards the back and some notes of sweetness. hops offer some light bitter citrus. The flavor is more sweet than the nose, less cheesy funk but still pretty dusty brett type presence. juicy apricots, sour peaches, light citrus and some hop bitterness in the finish. the body is sturdy and creamy with a lively carbontion and very dry finish. Not quite as complex or tight as the lente but great balance of funk and sourness. should become even better.

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to foofaa yet again for sharing this one with us at our recent gueuze tasting. Served beside the other Armand'4's.

A - Pours hazy golden orange with a nice one and a half finger tall white head leaving small wisps of lace down the entire glass.

S - Smells of fresh cut grass and plenty of funk initially with hints of lemons, apples, wet hay, oak and a touch of fruitiness. This one is seriously funky.

T - Starts off with a decent sizes sour kick quickly giving way to hints of lemon zest, green apples, oak, wet hay and the ever present drie fonteinen funk. Not as sour as I was expecting, more funky really, with a bit more booze than some of the others. Finish is pretty dry, lingering on the pallet for quite awhile after consumption.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Smooth, tart feel with a bit more booze than Lente, leaving the pallet dry after the finish.

O - I still prefer Lente to this one but I would definitely say that this is the second best of the series. It has plenty of flavor yet it remains easy to drink, awesome stuff for sure.

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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.

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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared by Alewatcher.

Due to the generosity of those at our tasting we were able to taste this side by side against Lente and Winter.

A - Ahhh, it was a gusher! And so sad because this was arguably the best of the lot! Very bright color, left awesome lace that you just don't normally see in a gueuze.

S - Wonderfully gueuzey aroma (the most traditionally gueuze-like of the three). Lemon plays a big role in there, along with a dry funk.

T - Musty dank oak, basement funk. Nice and tart. Flavors of dry hay and grassiness. Bitterness grows on the back end of each sip.

M - Clean finish, nice robust carbonation.

O - Delicious.

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4.72/5  rDev +1.3%
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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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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