Armand'4 Oude Geuze Herfst (Autumn) - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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Reviews by WillCarrera:
4.53/5 rDev -0.2%
750 ml bottle, from box number 187/500, poured into a tulip. Drank this side-by-side with Winter.
A- Pours a hazy orange/golden color with a huge, lively white head, leaves tons of lacing.
S- Mild tartness, super earthy and musty funk, wood and mushroom, some honey sweetness.
T- Much more tart in the flavor than the nose, tartness is lemony and acidic, berry and peach fruitiness. The funk is earthy and musty, again I'm getting wood and a hint of mushroom.
M- Medium-bodied, smooth and very creamy.
O- An excellent gueuze, I thought Winter was a bit more complex, but this is a great gueuze that represents its season pretty nicely.
05-28-2012 18:31:54 | More by WillCarrera
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4.58/5 rDev +0.9%
Thanks for sharing, JealousChalice!
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. Not quite as good as the Lente or Zomer versions.
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 and Zomer over this.
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.
01-24-2012 03:12:33 | More by ehammond1
4.5/5 rDev -0.9%
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.
11-29-2013 00:42:42 | More by biboergosum
4.63/5 rDev +2%
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!
02-08-2014 02:51:36 | More by SpeedwayJim
4.95/5 rDev +9%
poured into a stemmed 3F glass.
pours a dirty hazy dark golden orange with huge thick sticky lacing and great retention. mine did not gush, it was served at 46 degrees.
old musty basements, wet leaves, mild funk. very crisp, some old cheese.
very musty and old. this represents old and dry perfectly. lots of old leaves and cold rain. this is very tart and sour. the most sour of the series thus far. hints of mineral and old dank basement. lighter funk. old rotten oak. slight citrus fruit in the aftertaste.
moderate carbonation, lots of dryness. sticky.
this is easily my favorite of the series so far, really shines and has a perfect depth.
11-05-2011 00:32:06 | More by hooliganlife
4.7/5 rDev +3.5%
750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle dated 4/2/2010. Reviewed from notes.
Appearance - Not quite a gusher. Bigger head than the others. Darker hazy orange. Great retention.
Smell - Back to the citrus aromas. Bright lemongrass with equal amounts of horseblanket funk. Awesome. Perfect blend of flavors.
Taste - Like an extra citrusy Oude Geuze. Brighter than the nose. Hay and horseblanket. Lemon. Lower sourness. Just a little bit of grassiness with some herbal notes in the end. Awesome.
Mouthfeel - Good sourness, without being puckering. Medium for a gueuze. Good carbonation. Well balanced.
Overall - One of the most complex gueuzes I've ever had. Maybe needs more sour. That's my only complaint.
07-20-2012 00:13:40 | More by Alieniloquium
4.28/5 rDev -5.7%
Poured a nice dark cloudy amber with a thick and creamy head, long lasting and nice sticky head.
The smell is nice and musty with a nice sourdough bready and a touch of balsamic and lemon.
The flavor has a nice sour bite, has a smooth griany malt flavor with a dry crackery finish. Has a very balanced and even level of sourness.
The mouthfeel is crisp and ultra dry.
Great gueze. Very drinkable and enjoyable.
12-11-2011 02:15:35 | More by bashiba
4.28/5 rDev -5.7%
This one was a part of cmrillo’s 40 Beers* @ 40 Birthday Bash! Shared by cmrillo at his own party! Served from bottle into a Drie Fonteinen ‘3 Fountains’ gueuze glass. Poured a hazy yellow-orange with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, lemon rine, lemon zest, sour, and funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, lemon zest, citrus, sour, and funk. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly great brew. Had this one along with the entire lineup this night and none of them disappointed. All the right flavors and aromas in all the right places. A nice citrus aspect going on here that carried on throughout. Really glad I finally got to try this one.
07-10-2012 10:48:41 | More by thagr81us
Armand'4 Oude Geuze Herfst (Autumn) from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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