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Armand'4 Oude Geuze Herfst (Autumn) - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Reviews: 70
Hads: 291
Avg: 4.48
pDev: 6.47%
Wants: 329
Gots: 106 | FT: 10
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Style | ABV
Gueuze |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: LambicKing on 09-30-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of cultclassic89
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Everything about Herfst was perfect. So well balanced. It's a bit darker in flavor than the first two Seasons if that makes any sense, it's not as bright. I really love bright gueuze, but this was very impressive. I've heard it's drinking well right now, this definitely confirms it.

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Photo of Gasc0igne
4.67/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Review #250

Bottled 2nd April 2010 & consumed 14th April 2015. Just over 5 years old.

A yeasty buildup surrounded the top of the bottle around the cork and had me worried; luckily nothing seems astray. Hazy copper/burnished orange colour, darker than expected. A massive pillowy off-white head rose quickly and lingered.

Lactic (vinegary) nose with sharp hints of lemon. Big burnt rubber. Wet hay/cork. Heavy barrel presence and notably tannic.

Sucking on an unripe peach pit. Solidly acidic, lemon mostly with some grape skin tannic-ness throughout. Super cheese-rubbed barrel funk finish with great backing vinegar. Intense.

Medium bodied. Heavily carbonated. Super dry and puckery and yet...smooth. Beautiful to move around in the mouth.

Remarkably difficult to put down. Hands down the best sour I've ever had. Excuse me while I go buy more...

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.49/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I figure a random Wednesday while watching Property zbrothers is the perfect time for a brew like this, no? Found this bottle on a shelf while in Paris. Poured 1/28/2015. Dated 2/4/2010, so almost exactly 5 years old. Poured to a Cantillon taster glass and shared with no one because eff it.

Pours mostly clear with just a hint of hazyness, beautiful copper golden with a big fluffy white head.

Dusty oaky aroma, sweet Belgian sugar notes, funky sourness, some vinegar. Yep, smells like goooooooze.

Flavor is sweet malty caramel and major sour funk. Wow, the sweetness here is heavier than others in the style I've had but balances just perfectly with the funky, dry, oaky, vinegary sourness. Some grass in here, not super dry and dusty, even some juicy fruitiness going on. Some apricot notes, lingering sweetness and dry on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is juicier than most in the style with a dry oaky finish and medium plus carbonation. Very easy drinking but packed with flavor and not lacking in any respect.

One of the most flavorful Gueuzes in a style that is sometimes tough to differentiate. This one separates itself from the pack with a beautiful balance between sweet and sour. Nicely done.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours copper burnt orange, slightly hazy. Thin, whispy white head that fades quickly. Low carbonation.

Wet hay and oak in the aroma. Hints of acid (some acetic). Lots of barnyard as well as citrus. Hints of tropical brett character as well.

Not as tart as expected, though it's of course tart. Mostly lactic, some acetic (due to age, likely). Lots of wood and earthy notes. Barnyard along with honey. Tea and mushroom as well.

Low carb but not thin. Has a certain slickness. Tannins are subdued (probably due to age as well?).

Very nice. Somewhat subdued as compared to my memory of the other seasons, but still a lot going on.

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Photo of kevanb
4.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, poured into a Drie Fonteinen stemmed wine glass. Enjoyed on 12.6.14, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a dark amber, strong hues of copper, more orange than any of the other seasons, very hazy and opaque with a thin white lace, minimal lace and moderate retention. The aroma is just fall in a bottle, easy as that, super crisp, earthy, almost like damp leaves meets grapefruit juice with strong horseblanket, cracked wheat, aged hops, so unusual, but so definitively fall. The flavors echo the autumnal aromas, earthy, crisp, but with some grapefruit citrus, dead leaves, hay, lots of funk, almost spice like coriander, wheat and aged hops provide a touch of bitterness, fall in a bottle is all I can say. The mouthfeel is crisp, coating, dry, assertively carbonated while still being gentle and the finish super smooth, a touch of pucker to it.

Verdict: A wonderful gueuze from Drie Fronteinen and easily the best representation of it's corresponding season. It evokes all the emotions one can experience in fall and while perhaps not the "best" gueuze of the set, it is certainly the most impressive and probably my favorite of the bunch, so artfully done.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.63/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to Dan and Mike. 750ml bottle into 3 Fonteinen stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a massive, 3.5 finger foamy white head that dissipates quickly. Beer is a clear light orange-bronze. Lacing is spotty and sparse with little sticky but slick, oily legs. Solid.

Nose is dried hay, cheese, light spritzy tartness mixed with lemon, rotting wood, slight sulfur and cobwebs. Like a dry, sun-beaten musty attic. Exactly what I want this style to smell like. Aromatic too!

Opens with a slight tart hop bitterness. Dried wood, hay and an accented tartness in the middle. Lemon rind with hints of cobwebs and oak mixed with apricot and citrus. Ends dry with hay, oak and more lemon on the end. Tart, puckering, dry aftertaste. Excellent.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down aggressive, dry and puckering. Dry finish with a bone dry, filmy aftertaste. Awesome.

This is an outstanding beer and certainly one of the best in its style... which is saying a lot. It'll age like a dream too. Seek 'em out and sit on 'em!

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Photo of EnemyWithin
4.28/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Armand 4 Oude Geuze
Dec 25, 2013 into Duvel tulip

Apppearance: 4.25
Hazy orange body that cannot see through. 1 -2 inch off white head that dissipates into thin covering

Smell: 4.25
Tart lemon funk with good sour in the nose. Slight sweetness detectable.

Taste: 4.25
Initial moderate to high sourness that is sharp across palate. Lemon funk dominates. Also get slightly mineral hop note mid to late. Near end, get more sweetness from malt. Finishes with fleeting lemon sourness.

Mouthfell: 4.5
Moderate to high sourness with notable acid coating across palate.

Overall: 4.25
Solid geuze with great sourness and good complex funk. Great balance of typically clean flavours of geuze with complexity of the various ages blends.

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Photo of Rutager
4.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A huge thank you to alpineclimber for this bottle and to wordemupg for the bottle I'll cellar for a good while. Cheers to a couple of awesome traders! Poured into a 3F gueuze tumbler ...ballin'!!!

Appearance. Pours a lovely honey copper with a good haze. Topped with almost 3 fingers of off-white, soapy head.

Smell. Realemon, some pear and dank old funky wood with a bit of sweet hay. Nice.

Taste. Again, Realemon and some of that dank old funky wood, dry grassyness, and some nice old musty funk. Awesome.

Mouthfeel. Light+ body, fairly strong carbonation.

Overall. Awesome stuff (as expected). A fine example of the style.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle from the Armand'4 set, generously contributed by Shawn. Poured into a GTMW taster today, 12/8/2013.

Review #324.

Pours a very interesting medium dark amber-brown body, which is a nice contrast to Winter and Zomer. A super effervescent white head that retains well, eventually dropping into the beer leaving a fairly placid beer. Not much lacing to be found.

Smells very, very oaky and tannic. Sort of like a red wine but not quite. Also a good bit of lemon zest-esque citric acidity to go along with it as well as some tart grape skin, but I felt this one was dominated by the barrel. Not bad by any means, but its not as interesting as the other Seasons.

Taste is very acidic in a good way; lots of oak and tannins- I would venture that there are faint hints of cherry and/or grape tartness in the background. It's like a carbonated white wine almost. Some lemon zest, and earthy funk to accompany the vinegar. A little bit of cheesiness complements the earthiness of the funk; very complex and intense on the palate, indeed.

Great mouthfeel on this one. Medium bodied, very well carbonated and holds its carbonation a lot longer than Winter did. A bit heavier bodied than the others- not quite as crisp and refreshing, but more substantial and still very dry.

Very interesting take on the geuze, this tasted more like a Cantillon geuze than the others did, yet it has a lot of oaky, earthy barrel flavours with the trademark 3F lemon zestiness. Holds up well, but it is easily the most different from the other Seasons.

Re-review: Drank this along side the other 3 Seasons on 3/30/2015. Served in a 3F stemmed glass. For the most part, I still believe it's a bit lighter than the other Seasons and seems to be more earthy. Very flavourful and oaky with a bit less of the lemon zest and more funk. Doing very well still, and I expect it to continue to get better with more time.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml, Prosecco-esque bottle.

This beer pours a hazy, dark apricot amber hue, with two fingers of slightly puffy, and densely foamy dirty white head, which leaves some patchy swaths of limestone escarpment lace around the glass as it slowly wafts away.

It smells of a veritable fruit salad of tartness - acerbic cherry, raspberry, and apple - fresh squeezed lemon, oxidized white wine, a tame yeasty funk, gritty pale cereal grain, and sedate herbal, musty hops. Very evocative of rustic and pastoral scenes, even at this early point. The taste is a soft and supple (relatively, of course) acidic apple and white wine grape fruitiness, now flipped with the waning berry fruit tartness, still mildly earthy funk, like an old farmhouse from twenty paces, an isolated lemon peel bitterness, bready pale malt, a hint of musty wood, and subtle herbal, weedy hops.

The carbonation is decently fizzy, and sometimes outright frothy, yet without becoming overbearing on the upper palate, the body a sturdy medium weight, and quite agreeably smooth, what with all that sourness kicking about. It finishes off-dry, the sweetness of the low-key malt evolving a bit more, and the fruitiness reversing course to a more moderate stance.

One complex and damned-near beguiling example of the style. Tart, sweet, yeasty, funky, woody, fruity, and bitter, all in more or less perfect proportions. I suppose it's a bit misleading to call a gueuze 'easy-drinking', but verdomme, this really just is - if you discount the stiff retail price, that is.

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Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
4.83/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

400th Review!

Thanks to joefuzz for bringing this to our stout/sour tasting last night. Ridiculous line-up!

Been looking for any of these 4 beers for a while and finally was able to snag a pour.

Appearance is great. Head forms really fast and quickly settles into thin wisps on the surface of the beer. Now, for the aroma, this beer smells like heaven. I am in the process of drinking more sours, and this just set the bar so high. Lots of that classic Belgian funk I am always reading about with a nice stone fruit presence in the form of flesh and skin. Bright and potent citrus really wakes your noes up.

Our group shrunk by about 4 people, so everyone got bigger pours and even though I wish those guys could have been there, the fact I got to drink more of this beer was amazing. Each sips really gets you in the fillings, but is amazingly smoothed out with a little apricot/tangerine sweetness. Finish leaves a slightly buttery coating on the tongue. Pretty fuckin amazing if I do say so myself.

While we had some pretty awesome sours, this was definitely my favorite of all of them. I am now gonna try and see if I can secure another of the 3 remaining to try and compare them.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 3/11/13

A darker then expected with a hazed brownish orange, about as many bubbles as one could fit in a glass, massive beige foam never really falls but it ends up as a pencil top eraser island leaving partial rings followed by spider web right to the bottom, sexy

S lots of funk, sour lemon, grapes, hay, leather, cereal, green apple, smells like a barnyard in the middle of apple orchard, kinda reminds me autumn in a strange way

T just a hint of caramel I didn't smell, not bone dry but close to it, dried grass, lemon, funk, wood I didn't really pick up on the nose, and everything else I could smells still there in one form or another, shes complex to say the least

M has some body working for it, not quite the bubbles I could see in the glass but far from flat, sour but quite mellow, funky lemon and cereal lingers for days

O quite drinkable and it doesn't turn your mouth inside out, still has just a hint of sweetness somehow but I'm sure that will change by the time I drink another bottle in a decade or so

I'm just glad I got to try this one and I'm stoked I still have a pair of bottles. I wouldn't be surprised if I trade one of them off in the future considering what this can land nowadays but time will tell I suppose

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Photo of Jonada
4.55/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark golden orange color with 4 fingers of an eggshell colored head. Body is lightly hazy, with insane bubble show streaming throughout the glass. Excellent head retention and lacing.

Smell: Sour barnyard funk, musty basement, hay, horse blanket, acidic lemon, and white grape. Aroma is strong and hugely funky.

Taste: Mostly follows the aroma. Strong funk presence, but perhaps not as strong in the aroma. Medium/high acidic sourness, green apple, rain water, slight herbal notes as well as a hint of oak.

Mouthfeel: Higher end of light bodied, slightly creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is high but soft. Finishes dry.

Overall: Just a fantastic gueuze, most especially if you like them funky. I've not had any of the other seasons (yet), but if they're anything like this, I can't wait to try them. World class stuff.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a deep orange color with a deep b ut fizzy white head, pseudo head retention for the stylw hich fades elaving a small white rings and some bubbles

S: Your traditional gueze smell, lemons, hay and horseblanket...but plenty of it

T: An initial green apple, lemongrass and zest sordove sting the tongue and moves on from there. A little green apple note in the background.

M: Light-medium body, dry, crisp, refreshing even. Lemons and light vinegar cling on to the roof of your mouth

O: Great beer but no comparison to Golden blend

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Photo of Treebs
4.24/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle served from a lambic basket into a Zwanze taster. Thanks to Colin for the share.

A: Pours a dark orange color with a cloudy body and a white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin ring that leaves some splotchy lace down the glass.

S: Funky with some oak and citrus fruity pith. Slightly tart in the nose with lemon grass.

T: Same as the nose, but a whole lot brighter. Lots of lemony tartness, some mild sour notes, smooth oak and some grassy undertones. Sweet cracker malt with some back end funk and bright citrus.

M: Light and bubbly with a sweet, fruity and slightly tart finish. Medium high carbonation.

O: Very nice. Really nicely balanced across all nuances of the beer. Just the right amount of funk, tartness and sweet.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.21/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From notes. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip. Compared with Lente, Zomer, and Winter side by side.

Herfst has a dark golden color, a typical coloring for a gueuze. There is a full off-white head that bubbles up and fades to a thin cap after a few minutes.

The aroma has a more musty character than Lente or Zomer. Hay, mushrooms, and funky cheese are all mildly presented, with a tart lemon background.

Once Herfst hits my tongue, it is more obvious; this is not going to be the most tart of the group. There is the lemon presence I noticed in the other Armand seasons, but there are also some peach and apricot notes. There is a noticeable graininess in the flavor to go along with the hay and musty cheese flavor, with a lemon kick turning the flavor solidly sour at the end.

The carbonation is noticeable Drie Fonteinen, in this case meaning light, fluffy, and bubbling in my mouth like tonic water.The body of the beer is about the same as the others or maybe a touch lighter. The feel is on the dry side as well.

Trying all of these beers side by side is definitely an experience. Even though this was not my favorite of the series, I still enjoyed it greatly and would be happy to have it again.

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Photo of biga7346
4.64/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From notes

A - Copper to straw colored, very firm, lots of lacing

N - Very unripe cherries, grape vine, very funky, white peppercorn, leather strap, mustiness like an barn attic; carbonation, seltzer, woody and vinous, grape skin, a nice citrus backbone, lemon zest, lemon pith.

T/M - Silky carbonation like Champagne, fresh apricots, lemon zest, cellar-like funk, very tart cherries, acidic.

D - Amazing.

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Photo of rudzud
4.3/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with JLindros and company at the last whale tasting. Reviewed from notes. I think this my my contribution (know I brought one of the Armands)

A - Poured into my Kate the Great tulip a hazy copper golden hue with a nice hazy copper gold with a one finger head that faded to leave nice lacing.

S - Lots of good earthy funky sour going on here. Just a faint hint of hops.

T - Taste is more of that super earthy tart funk gueuze that is more than usual. Very light flashes of barnyard and hay. Again, very earthy and funky.

M - Mouthfeel is tart and crisp with lots of effervescence.

O - Overall, this was earthy and tasty. Quite solid.

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Photo of Tnudish
4.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. All 4 of the Armand’4 were reviewed together in early 2012.

A-Herfst pours a dark, hazy amber orange in color with a large, frothy, off-white head. The head lasts for awhile and leaves a fair amount of lacing.

S-The nose is classic 3F. There is must, earth, barnyard, horse blanket, and a little sweetness you dont get in much of the other 3.

T-The flavor mirrors the nose, there is mustiness, sharp citrusy lemon, mineral, some aged cheese, and some light sweetness in the background.

M-The mouthfeel is light with creamy texture, lively carbonation, and an enduring finish. Herfst had a nice balance of funk and sour compared to the other blends.

O-At the time, I noted that this was probably my third favorite blend, but having just had this again over the weekend, I am inclined to move it up a little. We had it side by side with Armand + Tommy, and it was almost unanimous that it was better than A+T (which we all previously were head over heels for).

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Photo of starrdogg
4.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Watch out, this one is a gusher and the cork flew out as soon as I took off the cage.

Beer pours a hazy brownish-gold with a fluffy white head. Like the Winter, it's much darker than your average gueuze. Smell is nice, but doesn't hit you in the face like the Winter does. It's oaky, funky with a little bit of sour and hints of salt as well. Flavor isn't as bright as expected, there is some some nice oak and funk/cheesiness, but it's not super sour. It's also got a little bit of apple cider vinegar creeping in as well as a bit more malt than most gueuzes. There is a bit of a bitter flavor on the finish. It's more complex than the Winter, but not quite as drinkable. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a nice coating feeling. Overall, this is yet another great gueuze from 3F, but doesn't blow me away. It's quite complex, but some of that complexity detracts from my enjoyment of it.

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Photo of spdyfire83
4.42/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

301st Review
75cl bottle poured into 3F geuze glass
Bottled: 02/04/2010
BB: April 2020

Autumn is before Winter; as such, I enjoyed these two beers in that order.

A: Cork exploded off this once the cage was released all the way. Welcome to the P-A-R-T-Y! Deep amberish, hazy golden yellow. 6+ (tan) fingernail head on gentle pour. Fear not, it's carbonated.

S: Funk, must, aged cheese, barnyard stench, and classic geuze loveliness.

T: Citrus, lemon, sharp acidity, aged cheese. Rounded and crisp. Lovely.

M: Light body with loads of crisp carbonation. Very "clean".

O: Solid beer, overall. Could stand some age like the others I have tried in the "Four Seasons" series, but really tasty stuff here. I preferred this one slightly over the Winter in the side-by-side comparison.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drie Fonteinen Armand'4 Oude Geuze Herfst (Autumn)

Poured into a 6 oz tasting glass from a 750ml bottle.
Shared with awesome friends.

There is an awesome orange and copper notes with a good off-white head that is bubbly and dense. Quite sticky. Color is nice. A good haze clouds the brightness but it’s still lively. (4.5)

Aroma of citrus notes comes up quick. Sour. Apple and leather notes in the nose. There are fruity and slight sweet juicy notes but they get overwhelmed. Also there is some slight funk with some nice hay and slight barnyard notes. This is not as funky as the Winter version but still has the wildness to it. (4.5)

Taste starts off with more citrus notes. Sharp sourness. Followed some funky and grassy hay notes. There is a mild sweetness but not as prevalent as in the Winter version. There is some slight sour apple notes on there that add some fruit juice notes but the nice tartness dominates. Nice mild vinegar notes are present. The buddy is typical. Bubbly and dry. (4.5)(4.5)

Very nice Geuze! Great blend with some good tartness. Citrusy and slight vinegar notes. Mild salty sweetness is perceived with some good leather and sour apple notes. (4.5)

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Photo of Rifugium
4.3/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I was dismayed to have this bottle arrive wet and apparently leaking. I noticed the beer level in the bottle was lower than the others, so I figured I had to drink this right away to prevent it from going flat or getting oxidized, if it wasn't already. Peeling off the wrapper, the problem became obvious: the cork was moldy, hence causing a seal break. "Well, nothing for it, if I am going to drink this, the time is now," I said. "It is already two years old, so that's going to have to be good enough." Expecting a flat mess, I untwisted the cage...and...the cork blew off violently before I even touched it and hit the ceiling, and a few ounces of liquid gushed out before I could stop it. Well, I suppose it was still carbonated after all.

Poured into a 3 Fonteinen sampler tumbler, a slightly hazy honey-orange color with a huge tan-white head that eventually settled to a foamy inch or so; bubbly carbonation rose from the bottom of the glass. Potent woody aroma, soured stone fruits, dank and earthy. Fortunately the beer had not gone bad yet, so it's good I drank it when I did. Tart up front, but not puckering, stone fruits, white wine, and citrus zest, mello lacto, tamed grassy funk, and a bit cobwebby. Everything about right for the style. About medium bodied, fairly dry and tannic, but quite smooth and drinkable for the style. Nice!

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle 6,0% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Bottled on: 02/04/2010
Best Before: April 2020

Appearance: Herfst is certainly one of the darker geuzes I have had recently - the body is a deep apricot orange and quite murky. A gentle pour yields a massive off white head that lasts pretty well and leaves patchy lace.

Smell: I could smell this one as soon as I popped the cork and it certainly smells funkier than the others beers I have had in the series thus far (Lente and Zommer). Notes include: Musty basement, dust, old wood, hay, dry autumn leaves, a touch of cheese, oak, an earthy character, light mushroom, a little citrus and some sweet stone fruits. As the beer warms the nose becomes sweeter with a touch of honey noted an an increase in the stone fruit character.

Taste: The flavour is not quite as funky as the nose, but still more so than the other beers in the series. Notes include: Orange, lemon, peach, dry leaves, old hay, musty basement, a mildewy note, dry grass, cobwebs and a touch of mushroom. Herfst is fairly tart and displays a wonderfully dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body, with a very high level of carbonation. The carbonation is not quite as smooth as that of the other beers in the series.

Overall: Another fantastic geuze from the Armand'4 series. If these bottles were not so expensive, I would love to have a few more in my cellar!

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Photo of rodkin
4.49/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge gusher. After it settled, poured a slightly hazy goldenrod color, with a fluffy off-white head.

Smell is funk, must, lactic tartness, bit of citrus and green apple, kind of dewy, maybe a hint of mushroom. Slightly damp. Really nice.

Taste follows the smell, plus some light bitterness, some spice, bit more dewy character. A little less tartness than I'd like, but still excellent.

The mouthfeel on the Armand'4 series has just been world class so far, and this doesn't disappoint. Really just perfect. Light, slightly creamy, perfect carbonation. Wonderful.

A great sour, had on the autumnal equinox, and it definitely seemed to match the season. Hope I can get more of this one.

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Armand'4 Oude Geuze Herfst (Autumn) from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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