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

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Armand'4 Oude Geuze Herfst (Autumn)Armand'4 Oude Geuze Herfst (Autumn)

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Reviews: 69
Hads: 287
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 4.93%
Wants: 322
Gots: 107 | FT: 10
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: LambicKing on 09-30-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by rodkin:
Photo of rodkin
4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (690 characters)

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Photo of Stevedore
4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (1,899 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (1,203 characters)

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4.58/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of fo1ksguitar
4.91/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jaminjohnson
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of ehammond1
4.58/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2011)

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. (816 characters)

Photo of sourdog
4.85/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of jtladner
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.71/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of weonfire
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of biboergosum
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (1,532 characters)

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stigs
5/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
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! (1,066 characters)

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of hooliganlife
4.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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. (649 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.72/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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. (712 characters)

Photo of mobius387
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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