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: 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 UCLABrewN84
4.42/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to JealousChalice for sharing this one at MrHirschybar's place!

Pours a murky copper orange with a tan head that settles to a thin cap. Small dots of lace stick to the glass on the drink down. Smell is very sour and funky with fruits, hay, and an earthy aroma. Taste is very much the same as the smell with a very tasty sour and funky flavor that highlights lots of fruits and earthy flavors. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an excellent gueuze and definitely a highlight of the night at the tasting. I am very happy I was able to try this one.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served side by side with the other three Armand'4 variants on this New Year's Eve. Served in a Drie Fonteinen tumbler.

Pours a clear ultra light copper color with a foamy white head and great lacing on the way down. The nose carries loads of funk. Some light citric character in the background as well. Flavor has loads of earthy funk as well. Incredibly complex. Light citrus and good acidity. Light body with spritzy carbonation and a very dry finish. Light acidity. Awesome. Boom.

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

Thanks Nick!

Light brown body with slight haze, capped by a huge mousse head that lasts.

Earthy, funky nose. Hay, grapefruit, damp wood, aged sharp cheese. More earthiness than Lente. Mushroom, soil, unique mix of earth and citrus.

A lot of citrus on the palate up front, very grapefruity with lemon undertones and a slight raw graininess. Faintly herbal, much more earthy and funky toward the finish. Balanced oak and citrus, with mild lactic sourness. Moderate tannin in the finish, though not too sticky or lingering. Exceptionally good stuff.

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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 womencantsail
4.37/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours the typical cloudy golden orange with a large white head. A wonderfully funky aroma. Lots of must, grass, earth, and hay. Tartness of green apple and lemon are prominent as well. Just a solid gueuze aroma. The flavor is just as good. Drying wood and tannic character along with plenty of funk. Grass, hay, must, and fruit skin. Apple, lemon, and tart grapes give a nice fruitiness and sourness. Great mouthfeel, too.

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Photo of oline73
4.67/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was able to try this beer at the bottle share during the Jackie O's release event. Awesome! Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden amber color with a half finger of foamy white head that fades to a good size ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Quite sour and super funky. Some herbal notes, quite light and crisp.

Taste: This is a very sour and funky beer. The best description I can give is that hay like flavor that you find in a good gueuze. Herbal notes join the sourness, very light and easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: The body is light with very smooth, delicate carbonation. The finish is extremely dry.

Overall: This is an awesome gueuze. It is so sour yet so easy to drink. I wouldn't change a thing.

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Photo of jlindros
4.32/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to rudzud or Duffy for this one.

Lots of fizzy head fades quickly with a hazy orangered colored beer.

Nose lots of tartness, light funk, acidity, light caramel, darker malts, light earthy aromas, light fresh juicy fruit with some tartness, hint of hops.

Taste tart funk, nice gueuze, more funk than usual for a gueuze, dry bitter earthy funk, acidity, juicy malt and tartness, hint of hay or grass like. Finish is long bitter earthy hay like finish with lots of tartness and funk.

Mouth is lighter bodied, good carb.

Overall good, not amazing, but still good and tasty.

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

I enjoyed this courtesy of foofaa, from a cervoise. review #1800

The color is a golden amber with light haze and thick pale cap has an ultra fine bead. The fruitiness in the nose is strong with lemony odor and light floral accent, the nice thing about the aroma is the fruit tinges interwoven with a mild hay-like hop odor and light toasted grain accenting the wild yeast esters. A strongly carbonated feel with mild sweetness throughout and subtle acidic tinges which help to augment the mild funk in the feel with warming finish which is mostly dry.

The flavor has a rather bold quality with a mildly hoppy taste which comes off as woody with slightly dry nutty sweetness which could be wheat flavors but the sour citrus is the focal point from all the lactic sourness in the bugs with a pretty complex wood component the beer finish is dry with a light acidity that is refreshing and bold. Overall a great Gueuze ...I am glad I had the chance to share in the enjoyment of this with friends. a light accent of funk which helps bring out the acidity refreshes - highly drinkable.

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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 mdfb79
4.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 04/14/12 notes. Group bottle purchased off Beer Planet for out DC Sour Tasting. All 4 Armand'4 series beers were sampled side by side.

a - Pours a murky dark golden color with two inches of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks like the rest of them.

s - Smells of sweet fruits, sour fruits, bready malts, funk, and earthy notes. Very nice nose, though not as sour as the Lente or Zomer.

t - Tastes of cheese, funk, eartyh notes, bready malts, fruity malts, sweet fruits, spice, yeast. Not really sour but a lot of funk, mixing with sweet fruits.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Very nice body and easy to drink, like the others.

o - Overall this was my least favorite in the series, though it is still a great beer. The taste is definitely funky, but it is sweeter and less sour then the others.

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

Decided to share one of these last night with dschuster03 being in town and all. Served in a ZBF tulip.

A - A dollop of lightly yellow-tinged foam settles to a thin cap, splotchy lace, and thick collar. Murky apricot body - someone agitated the bottle a bit too much.

S - This is really musty, with a serious aged quality to it. Reminds me a lot more of Lente than Zomer. Cobwebs, attic, hay, earthen floor, mushrooms, and a bit of stone fruit malt sweetness. Not particularly sour, with only a hint of lemon.

T - The taste is significantly fruitier, with some peach and citrus mid-palate, as well as some mild wheat and grain. Again, the funk character is predominantly earthy and dusty, with only mild lactic sourness.

M - Medium body, fairly mild carbonation, smooth texture, and a lightly dry and tannic finish. Could use a tad more spritz.

D - This was very easy to eat, and is far more mellow and delicate than Zomer. If you loved Lente you'll probably enjoy this just as much - I'm more into brash funkiness. In any case, a superior gueuze that I could easily consume on my own - it's a really a shame these are so expensive.

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

Thanks to foofaa for sharing this one with us at a recent gueuze tasting. Served next to the other three Armand'4 series beers.

A - Pours amber orange with a nice one and a half finger tall white head leaving spotty lacing down the entire glass.

S - Smells of earthy funk, grass, minerals, oak, musty basement and a bit of citric fruit - mostly lemons. This one is pretty funky with very little sourness in the nose.

T - Starts off with a bright citric kick up front - mostly lemon and grapefruit - quickly giving way to hints of musty funk, light lactic sourness, minerals, fresh cut grass and some dry oak, leaving the pallet dry long after consumption. Fairly well balanced, not as sour as I was expecting it to be, more funky really.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Smooth, dry feel with a moderate amount of sourness compared to the others.

O - I would say this is the most approachable of the series for the novice. It has some of the better characteristics of the first two but it is more mellow, allowing for easier consumption. Not my favorite of the series but still a solid gueuze.

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

Poured from a bottle into a Drie Fonteinen wine glass because I am capable of such things and flex this capability when I can. Beer served quite cold but allowed to warm to room temperature over time. This made the beer more sour and more tart.

Beer is orange with a big haze, aggressive carbonation, nice head, some lacing on the glass, decent retention. Mine wasn't a gusher like others have reported but perhaps it is wise to serve colder and allow to warm.

Aroma is more metallic than the others, strong, oak, lots of citric, some lactic, mild acetic, very nice here. Definitely a 3F beer.

Beer is thin and the carbonation does a lot to thin it even further. I've had all three of these (the entire bottles selfishly consumed alone) and I have to say that from my memory, this is the most tart but is lacking in the 3F funk / oakiness of the others. A very interesting beer but Zomer so far is winning me over. This and Lente are tied for second (close seconds). I need to do a big side by side (soon boys soon) with all four to tease out the differences but this one hits me in the back corners of my mouth with a more succinic or citric sourness than the others. A spectacular gueuze for sure. I need some more.

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

Credit goes to FooFaa for sharing this brew. Poured into a stemmed taster glass, the brew appears a hazed copper color with a finger of white froth. Some patchy strings of lace stick to the glass. A light swirl revives a finger of yellowish coloration back to the surface.

The smell of this brew is cheesy with funk, oak ad a bit of mildew character smelling of old cork and must. The grain inclusion comes across like dry biscuits, mildly toasty blending into more of a barnyard character that is horsey with straw.

The flavor includes notes of citrus twang that is both tangy and tart. There is a dry oaked quality about this brew that brings out a fair amount of dryness, oak, must, mildew and old cork feel to it. There is an herbal inclusion that is mildly cooling and almost minty.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a modest, yet lively level of carbonation. There is little to no alcohol inclusion whih really boosts the drinkability of this offering. In this series of Armand blends, I found Lente the best by leaps and bounds, Zomer my second favorite mostly because it's sharp yet easy drinking nature. While the winter and herfts are still outstanding offerings, they are very similar in nature to what I expect of a Geuze with only minor nuances showing as differences. I wish I could afford to drink these regularly because I would without hesitation take any of them again.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served in my 3F gueze tumbler.

The beer is mostly clear, exhibiting only a slight haze. The head is two inches thick, settling in at about a half inch, leaving ample lacing on the glass.

The aroma is funk, musty, basement, barn, well water. It smells old, which is amazing, considering it's not.

Great flavor. Classic 3F aroma and taste. Perhaps a bit funkier than the other three Armand '4 variants. Well water, rain, citrus. Delicious.

Light to medium in body with perfect carbonation. Lingering funky citrus.

Overall, what can I say? Another world class gueze from Armand.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.72/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Snifter. Juxtaposed alongside Lente and Zomer.

A: Very dark orange, much darker than Lente. Huge mousse-like off white head. Very good retention and tons of lacing.

S: Mushroom and damp forest floor. Light cheese notes and traces of hay. There's a light spiciness. Musty barnyard blends with leather.

T: Light citric acidity with a pervasive lactic profile. Piquant lemon and drying oak. Well balanced. The finish leaves my mouth watering from the tartness.

M: Lower medium body with a high level of carbonation.

Overall: Really nice. I like it about as much as Zomer but I think I prefer Lente. I need to give Lente a closer inspection.

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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 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 HuskyinPDX
4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 8.1.12.

A - Pours a dark cloudy orange with an explosive light tan foamy head.

S - Nice Belgian funk, very citrusy and lemony.

T - Sames as the nose. Nice citrus, funk and barnyard.

D - Tons of carbonation, light body.

O - Another season, all have been great. Not my favorite, but still stellar.

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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 DefenCorps
4.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at our Drie Fonteinen tasting last night

Orange, mildly hazy with a dense white head with excellent retention and gorgeous lacing, this looks perfect, as did the rest of the Armand' 4 lineup. This is mustier, earthier, more mushroomy than either the Lente or Zomer that preceded it. A combination of petrichor and citrus brightness is interesting. Mildly acetic, with some over-ripe fruits, this is very nice.

The palate opens fruity sour, wheaty, mildly spicy, musty and earthy. Lemony with over-ripe citrus fruit, this has a mild sweetness to it. Drying and firm on the finish, this is medium-light in body, highly carbonated and is earthy, fruity and sour on the finish. Excellent.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.3/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

Rating #1300! Bottle courtesy of PaulyDeets shared at the May 2012 iteration of the Santa Cruz tasting series. Tried back-to-back with Zomer. This one is much fruitier right off the bat, with grapefruit and stone fruit kissing up against a firm sourness. Barnyard funk comes through with musty woody accents. Mild leather blends in well with the other funky notes.

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