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

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BA SCORE
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world-class

326 Ratings
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Ratings: 326
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 4.67
pDev: 5.78%
Wants: 422
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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5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

shared at darkness day by backfat or lurchingbeast
reviewed from notes

This is zomer... and my god is this glorious! By the hammer of Thor, I can say for certain that I have not had a better gueuze than this!
'I thought Lente was terrific. THIS beer kills Lente. Kills it.

Glorious golden body-- shimmering white head. great retention. Nice lacing in jagged rings.
-- at this point I proceeded to offer Omar a sip after he made an announcement over a megaphone. He took a sip and said, "That's fantastic!"--

The nose is light and funky, fruit forward, bright and fresh, crisp and clean, just spectacular.
I cannot imagine a better gueuze.
In the realm of gueuze-- this is a perfect 5 beer. Everything about this beer is perfect. Looks glorious, smells and tastes amazing, the feel is spot on, the sourness is perfect.

Everything about this beer is everything I want it to be.

Big big fat hairy cheers to backfat-- aka weaponX, aka wolverine, aka logan. You are the bomb-diggity, hob-knob skillet of all the hairiest hipster that I know. You take the gueuze-loving cake.

Of over 700 reviews, which is about half of the different beers I've tried-- this is the first perfect 5 beer for me.
Wonderful.

AleWatcher, Nov 05, 2011
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4.6/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle shared with many BA's at this years Darkness Eve tasting.

A- Pours a one finger off white head, murky yellow brown color, really attractive looking beer, decent lacing, nice retention.
S- The aroma has oaky notes coming out upfront, nice bitterness, sour, complex, musky, really nice aged characteristics to it, which is surprising for how young it is.
T- The taste is amazing, really puckering, bitter, sour apple, lemon, citrus, nice funk, wood characteristics, pear, nice acidity, I feel very satisfied after every sip.
M- Medium mouth feel, really light on the palate, sour puckering, crisp/dry finish.
O- This was a very impressive beer from Drie Fonteinen, really complex, so much going on, really puckering, this beer will do wonders with some age on it.

Chriscrundwell12, Oct 29, 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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4.15/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

kbutler1, Oct 23, 2011
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5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Pours with a full two fingers head and is a deep golden amber.

S-Musty and barnyard funk.

T-Extremely well balanced for the style. I've had all these American Brett beers that are trying to be this, but this is the real deal. It made my mouth salivate and I kept wanting more.

M-Well carbed, crisp, and clean.

O-Cannot ding this beer at all. What everyone says is true and if this one is that good, I can't wait to try the others.

dsgolovin, Oct 23, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Shared all 3 Armand bottles with UrbanCaver, forgetfu, eyeenjoybeer and Caleb at Upland while picking up the Sour Reserve.

Bottle was already open when I arrived so don't know if it was a gusher or not. Pours a bright gold with a bubbly head.

Smells of green apple, citrus, lemon zest with a horse blanket funk.

Definitely a brighter fruitier flavor than the other two. The flavor I get most is green apple, but some citrus, pear and lemon as well. A little overly tart as the dank earthiness present in Lente and Herfst isn't as strong here. Finishes with a crisp, pretty clean lactic finish.

Mouthfeel is good and creamy with good carbonation levels.

Very great beer, but doesn't hold a candle to the other two which speaks more to how awesome the others are.

jmarsh123, Oct 21, 2011
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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

Big thanks goes out to cmrillo for sharing this one at the Down South Beer Tasting while aasher was in town to visit! This one gushed very slightly on us... Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a hazy orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tart, tart cherry, and wood. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, tart, tart cherry, and wood. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a really good brew. This one was tasted directly after Lente so a comparison could be drawn between the two brews. This one was a little lighter in flavor than the Lente in my opinion. Not watered-down, but just a little more dilute than the previous brew. The flavors on this one were still quite good and meshed together perfectly. Really glad that I got the opportunity to try this one with some good friends. I suggest you do the same...

thagr81us, Oct 11, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy yellow. Forms a 1/4" of off-white head that slowly reduces down to a thick, stable, surface coating.

S: Tart. Green apples, sour white grapes, hay, and a light bit of sour citrus.

T: More citrus and green apples with a light sweetness. A surprising amount of lemon and even a little lime in the mix. Dusty basement.

M: Tart with a sourness that hits hard on the front end, but drops off quickly. Appropriate carbonation.

O: A very good beer, though my familiarity with the style is admittedly limited. Tasty and tart, yet seemingly "balanced" with a light sweetness and complimentary citrus flavors. Can't say I'd want to drink an entire bottle by myself, but certainly glad to have tried it.

Florida9, Oct 11, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

iadler, Oct 11, 2011
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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

poured into a 3F stemmed glass

as the cork popped the gushing began, didnt lose much but still. it was opened at around 46 degrees. huge head on this, lots of cloud like fluffiness. a hazy burnt golden orange.

slight sour white grape with an underlying sharp funkiness. a bit of cheese. strong lemon.

lots cheese with a muted tartness that hides beneath. very light dry oak. the lemony tartness just seems like it wants to come out but cannot. be it a mix of oak and funk, or just so much body that the sourness just cannot pop out.

excellent carbonation through out, a nice little bite on the tongue. not overly light like some gueuze. shockingly not as dry as i would have expected.

absolutely delicious however i give the full nod to Lente for being everything and then some. this just falls short in the taste. a world class gueuze by all means which really sets the bar all things considering.

hooliganlife, Oct 08, 2011
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4.55/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright golden-wheat colored body. Clear. Lively streams of carbonation. Large eggshell white head. Sizable clumps of lacing left after each sip.

S: Prototypical Drie Fonteinen must and earth. Clean lemon peel and hay.

T: Crisp lemon-orange citric notes are the first flavor to hit the tongue as earthy and light funky barnyard notes round out the back end. A health dose of musty oak weaves its way though out. A high quality blend, for me its lacking the extra oomph that blew me away in the Lente blend.

M: Spot on. Aggressive, but appropriate, carbonation lifts this light-medium bodied gueuze across the tongue. Moderate acidity and a pleasant acidic puckering in the finish.

O: An excellent blend. This is on the cleaner end of the spectrum for Armand's gueuzes -- more like Girardin's citric vibe than the earthy/funky/musty Drie Fonteinen blends.

callmemickey, Oct 03, 2011
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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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4.38/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to James for bringing this to the bottle share during the weekend, definitely the biggest whale I've had in a long long time.

Looked the beautiful part, vibrant orange looking, concentrated fruit type of pour. Looked like a really impressive dipa at times, was that glowing to the eyes. Aroma, super funky, had a bit of that vaccuum belt breaking rubbery aroma, had me a bit worried, as I didn't think this was a desired component of the aroma.

And then it reared its ugly head as part of the aroma. But within a few sips, it was something that while it didn't go away, it did meld and not become so intense or worrying. Really chewy, sour flavor here, lemon, some citric fruit possibly. Almost too intense, really had to search for some of the flavors beyond the gritty, rubbery smell and taste.

Plenty sour, puckering, a mix of super strong cheese and burnt rubber seem to be the prevailing notes.

A damn good gueuze, if you like yours like super sharp expensive musty cheese, this is up your alley. For myself, and most of those at the bottle share, it was a very good beer, with some aspects that were simply too much, specifically, the feeling at times we were drinking a beer in a room where a vaccuum belt just burned up and broke. I'm far from the most seasoned gueuze dude, and if you like the rancid rubber funk, you'll probably give this beer a perfect 5. Thankfully, I got used to it, and the beer continued to get better the more I drank of it.

I'm glad to have tried it and thankful such a whale was broke out.

Beerandraiderfan, Sep 26, 2011
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4.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a hazy orangey color with a big cap of foam that hung out for quite a while. I tried both the first pour and then later a pour from the bottom. Definite funk in the nose, with that just slightly medicinal smell which many refer to as baby diaper and a nice tart acidity. Maybe just a touch of lemon rind and some lighter fruits, but not much. Really dead on for the style. The taste is really fantastic. Sour and acidic, but not excessively so. More funky and tart with some more flavors of those lighter fruits like grape, pear, apple. Excessively drinkable for the style, while not compromising funkiness. This is the beer to use to convert people into Gueuze. It both brings all of the requisite flavors of the style blended impeccably, but does not do so in an offensive or excessive way like some sours, which can really turn some people off. Best of the day, beating Brandy Vanilla Dark Lord and an 07-11 DL vertical, and I don't consider myself a sour guy (maybe that is changing)?

seeswo, Sep 25, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Generously shared by seeswo at a tasting in Dublin (thanks Chris!). This followed a 2007-2011 vertical of Dark Lord plus Brandy Vanilla Dark Lord, leaving me very ready for a lighter and more refined style. Gueuze to the rescue!

The cork pops with a nice audible, and although it didn't gush it seemed like it wanted to. It poured a murky peach color with a very thick foam. Initial whiffs are funky and sour, quite similar to my memory of Lente a few weeks ago, acidic and tart. Later pours were a little funkier.

A nice tart bite, loads of lambic flavors. Apples and grapes, also funk that evokes a musty basement. Yes, I like this very much.

Medium-high carbonation, extremely drinkable. The best of the day by far, very recommended.

TurdFurgison, Sep 25, 2011
Armand'4 Oude Geuze Zomer (Summer) from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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