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

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Reviews: 95
Hads: 364
Avg: 4.59
pDev: 6.1%
Wants: 454
Gots: 130 | FT: 8
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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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Photo of AgentZero
4.38/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Chris aka spycow for opening this up at my birthday tasting.

A - Orange colored beer with a lot of yellow. Small white head that left some minor spots on the sides.

S - Oh no, hate to be a hater, but there is something off on the nose for me. There is some great funk, good lemon citrus, oak, barnyard, and something a little sweet. I also get a deep, unpleasant smell of old tires. I think it's a part of the funk and barnyard somehow. I'm the only person smelling this though.

T - Taste is great. None of the rubber that I was smelling at all. Bit of lemon, high acidity, great funk and barnyard, and a little bit of fruity sweetness. Tastes very old.

M - Lighter side of medium bodied with soft carbonation.

O - Great beer, could drink it all day. Not sure what is going on with the nose but you forget that once you taste the beer. Fantastic.

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Photo of spdyfire83
4.68/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

53rd Review
Bottle to snifter

Bottled: 3/26/2010
Drink by: 3/2020

From notes. Enjoyed at the DL Variant + Others Tasting in Chicago (October 2011). Not sure who brought this, but thanks.

A: Golden haze. 1.5 fingernail on gentle pour. Thick, inviting foam head. Looks amazing!

S: Smells like a barn in the most wonderful way possible. Pure funk and must. Hint of freshly cut Granny Smith apples and grapes.

T: Earthy and hay-esque. Brisk tartness up-front followed by slight sourness. Great balance. Apples, lemon zest, and pear.

M: Light to soft-medium body, but dry. High carbonation, but not too over-the-top.

O: This was my "introduction" to the four season collection of Armand’s and I must say that it was thoroughly enjoyable and down-right great. My palate had developed significantly to savoir and enjoy beers like this and I can only hope that many more come across my glass going forward. This was a real treat and I am hopeful to track down the others!

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Photo of mothman
4.65/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Chris for sharing this treat!

Pours a white head. It actually even leaves some lace. Color is a golden orange. Slight haziness to it.

Aroma: Lemon acidity. Old cobweb and basement funk. Musky, yet clean. Muskmelon, green, apples, and oak all show.

Taste: Lemon, muskmelon, and other fruity flavors up front. Oaky. Cobweb and basement musk. Some spices. Very funky. This is gueuze. Light vinegar and acidic flavor. Green apples.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, tart, and acidic. Light bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, a fantastic gueuze. Top beer for the style. It is young, but tastes old which I really enjoy. Very solid. Great drinkability.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.55/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip glass.

A - A gusher, after a loud pop! Pours a dark, opaque orange with a huge near-white head. Crazy long retention and webs of lacing left on the glass.

S - Very subtle, more so than expected. Citrus-lemons, nice barnyard funk, dandelions.

T - Tart lemons up front, a nice slight funk, then a unique wild flower/grass flavor. Wow!

D - High carbonation, average body. A nice sourness is present the whole time.

O - Not sure if this one was as great as Lente, but still top notch.

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Photo of AleWatcher
5/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.6/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.82/5  rDev +5%
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 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.

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Photo of kbutler1
4.17/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of dsgolovin
5/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.37/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.5/5  rDev -2%
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...

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Photo of Florida9
4.32/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of iadler
4.23/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.5/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.55/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.62/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.36/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of seeswo
4.68/5  rDev +2%
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)?

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.74/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of aasher
4.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.62/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of mdfb79
4.6/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.22/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.12/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.58/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.


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Armand'4 Oude Geuze Zomer (Summer) from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
100 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.