Armand'4 Oude Geuze Zomer (Summer) - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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4.85/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
10-24-2011 02:32:23 | More by drabmuh
4.15/5 rDev -11.1%
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.
10-23-2011 17:08:44 | More by kbutler1
5/5 rDev +7.1%
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.
10-23-2011 07:23:53 | More by dsgolovin
4.33/5 rDev -7.3%
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.
10-21-2011 11:58:52 | More by jmarsh123
4.5/5 rDev -3.6%
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...
10-11-2011 17:25:49 | More by thagr81us
4.33/5 rDev -7.3%
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.
10-11-2011 02:23:41 | More by Florida9
4.25/5 rDev -9%
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.
10-11-2011 01:18:37 | More by iadler
4.5/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
10-08-2011 00:06:02 | More by hooliganlife
4.55/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
10-02-2011 23:21:49 | More by callmemickey
4.63/5 rDev -0.9%
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.
09-28-2011 12:29:33 | More by Thorpe429
4.38/5 rDev -6.2%
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.
09-26-2011 21:13:03 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.72/5 rDev +1.1%
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)?
09-25-2011 12:56:29 | More by seeswo
4.75/5 rDev +1.7%
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.
09-25-2011 01:09:38 | More by TurdFurgison
4.68/5 rDev +0.2%
Sampled during the South Carolina tasting and right after Lente. This one pours a cloudy tinged, dull gold with a white frothy lacing. It's a lot clearer than Lente. It smells of freshly cut apples, barnyard, brett, and is definitely is smelling fresher than the Lente. The apples are still very vibrant and fresh. The flavors too are full of vibrant and crisp sour apples with a drive head on into brett and hay. It drinks a lot more crisp and clean than Lente as well. This is probably the best that I've had of the style, seconds after Lente. Great gueuze.
09-25-2011 00:16:56 | More by aasher
4.6/5 rDev -1.5%
Thanks Chris for bringing this!
Pours a hazy orangish golden. Lots of nice white head. Looks pretty. Smells incredible. Funky dirty earthy wonderfulness. Dirty horse blanket goodness. Tastes tart and funky. Just a hair more sour than i would like but really incredibly flavour profile. Well carbonated. Great mouthfeel. Overall very enjoyable
09-24-2011 19:51:34 | More by Urbancaver
4.6/5 rDev -1.5%
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.
Had this again on 04/14/12 and loved it even more; Lente was better but this was second in the series.
09-01-2011 20:01:37 | More by mdfb79
4.2/5 rDev -10.1%
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.
08-29-2011 01:06:55 | More by womencantsail
4.1/5 rDev -12.2%
750ml bottle poured into a Cantillon tulip. Shared with schen9303.
Pours a monstrous, frothy 4 finger white head with very good retention. Beer is a semi-cloudy deep orange-peach. Lacing is patchy and spotty with good stick. Head retention and size put this one far above average but it suffers a bit from clarity.
Nose is wet straw, lemon, sharp cheese, and rotting wood. Very robust and aromatic and great complexity. A fantastic lead-up to the first sip.
Opens tart lemon, some yeasty bitterness. Transitions into straw and a massive woodiness in the background. I feel like I'm chewing on dried grass dipped in lemon juice. Rotting wood and a distinct abrasive cheesiness right before the finish which is tart and puckering lemon zest. Aftertaste is tart with a touch of yeasty bitterness. This beer is clearly the "dirty straw" type of gueuze instead of the "cheesy" gueuze.
Light to medium bodied and highly carbonated. Prickly in the mouth and puckering going down. Messy finish with a lingering aftertaste. A bit too carbonated. But otherwise, perfect for the style.
As a lover of the really cheesy type of gueuze, this isn't my favorite. However, its an incredibly well crafted beer with great balance and complexity all delivered with an on point feel. Highly recommended.
08-28-2011 00:34:29 | More by SpeedwayJim
4.58/5 rDev -1.9%
750ml bottle into a tasting glass at Ebenezer's Night of the Great Thirst. $20 for about 4 ounces. Ouch.
A: Cloudy orange body topped by a rich, creamy tan head that recedes with the haste of a glacier as it towers over the rim of the glass. In a word, gorgeous.
S: Lemon + lime, juice + skin both. Huge acidity. As it warms, some earthy, flinty, almost gunpowdery notes emerge. Mild Brett funk, but sadly without the cheesiness I loved in Lente. The minerality and acidity are great, but a bit more balance with the funk would have put this over the top.
T: Deliciously sour, fruity, and intense. Funk kicks in on the bone-dry finish. Amazing, but a little lacking in complexity compared to its predecessor.
M: Silky, creamy, and moderately full of incredibly fine effervescence. Perfect.
O: Another breathtakingly good blend from Armand, although I found it clearly behind Lente in terms of pure Geuze perfection. I can't wait until I get the chance to try all four together once the series is complete.
08-26-2011 19:28:28 | More by woosterbill
4.68/5 rDev +0.2%
A - A hazy dark amber pour with 2 fingers of off white head recede to 1mm of head that never goes away, and leaves a few legs.
S - Funky, earthy, musty cut grass, with a light citrus note. Oak is also showing up just like it did in the Lente.
T - This is an earthy gueuze, lightly acetic, and has some oak. Mild and balanced right out of the gates.
M/D - Medium carbonation with a smooth body, and a dry slightly tannic finish. It's very clean. Lente is bright and exciting, but this is more traditional and so well balanced. Finishing a whole bottle would be a treat. I'd love to try this again in a few years.
08-26-2011 03:55:10 | More by xpimptastikx
4.9/5 rDev +4.9%
Thanks for sharing this, Tim!
Side by side with the Lente.
Faint haze throughout the gold and amber body. Quickly forming, tall, and persistent white head. Thin sheets and spots of lacing mess the glass.
Tart and sour aroma, though rich, deep, layered, and complex: tart citrus, grass, earth and rock, body funk, and of course stinging, explosive sourness throughout. All the same aromas are here as in the Lente, but they seem just a bit more faint and faraway. That being said, as this beer's temperature rose to room temperature, the aroma began to open up and came close to matching the Lente.
Taste follows the aroma very similarly: huge sour and tart character, lots of lemon, earth and rock, grass, musty body and funk, and the oak shines through more and more as the beer warms. Wonderful! I still would choose the Lente over this, but they're so close it's really splitting hairs.
Light to medium bodied, though incredibly well carbonated. Spritzy and light yet coating and full all at the same time. A joy.
A (near) perfect gueuze.
08-25-2011 22:52:14 | More by ehammond1
4.55/5 rDev -2.6%
Split a 750 mL two ways at 3 Fonteinen. Poured into Armand's Spirit glass. Reviewed 24 June 2011.
Ar: Strong cheesy, lemon, strong herbal, herbal spice, cheesy funk, woody/earthy, light fig/mellow fruit, light lactic acid, alcohol, bright oak, rubber-like hints, herbal with citrus
Ap: Medium hazy copper, excellent off white very fine head, great retention, lace
T: Cheesy funk, berries, earthy dried fruit, lemony acidity, herbal/floral, bright and earthy, lemon verbena like herbal/lemon, light lactic, green apple, nice bitterness, sweet hints, lightly pithy, strong tart berry, strawberry and raspberry, strong and pleasant oak
M: High fine carbonation, smooth velvety body, light body, bright and smooth acidity
O: Excellent, strong cheesy, bright mild and smooth acid, nice earthy/herbal, very different than lente, strong herbal and cheesy funk, nice berry, similar oak to the lente
08-22-2011 05:19:19 | More by DaveJanssen
District of Columbia
4.5/5 rDev -3.6%
Huge thanks to Tony (ahalloin) for bringing this to a recent tasting at my place.
A: Beautiful hazy orange with a nice ring of bubbly white head. Not much lacing, but it does not detract from the prettiness of it at all.
S: Very nice tartness with a fruit overtone of darker citrus with champagne white grapes, maybe even a little berry. Excellent.
T: Follows the taste with excellent tart notes up front and a beautiful citrusy finish. Seems to have a dose of berries in the middle of the palate that is also a little tart. Farmhouse dry malt and straw rounds in out. Great!
M: Dry and tart, complex.
08-20-2011 17:31:49 | More by Dreadnaught33
4.75/5 rDev +1.7%
Brought this to a tasting, so I have the honors of opening the bottle. The cork was barely being contained by the cage as it tried to sneak out once the restraint was removed. Luckily we had a pitcher ready to catch the first couple of ounces.
Poured a light, slightly opaque gold color with a dull hue. A beautiful white foam cap proudly formed atop the beer and slowly receded to a thin layer leaving some lacing on the glass.
The smell is quite unbelievable! That patented Drie Fonteinen funk is greatly apparent mixed with hints of charred oak, sour dough bread, and light hints of stone fruit. Amazing!
The taste is outstanding as well with that blunt sourness and barnyard funk we expect from a well crafted Gueuze! Sour Peach and white pepper linger in the background. A bone dry finish makes me want another sip.
The mouthfeel is perfect. Medium high carbonation provides a pleasant effervescence. Bone dry finish works very well.
Overall this gueuze is quite outstanding. Plenty of funk and barnyard for sour lovers but with the scrubbing carbonation to lift the flavors keeping it from being cloyingly sour.
08-19-2011 02:04:04 | More by ahalloin
4.88/5 rDev +4.5%
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.
08-15-2011 01:30:00 | More by mikesgroove
Armand'4 Oude Geuze Zomer (Summer) from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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