Armand'4 Oude Geuze Herfst (Autumn) - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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4.43/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
01-22-2012 22:51:20 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.97/5 rDev +9.5%
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.
12-31-2011 22:25:38 | More by Thorpe429
4.38/5 rDev -3.5%
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.
07-16-2012 20:17:30 | More by womencantsail
4.5/5 rDev -0.9%
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.
01-04-2012 22:35:21 | More by largadeer
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
4.43/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
02-11-2012 21:21:17 | More by MasterSki
4.5/5 rDev -0.9%
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.
10-31-2011 02:08:44 | More by drabmuh
4.25/5 rDev -6.4%
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.
01-17-2012 19:40:50 | More by Slatetank
4.33/5 rDev -4.6%
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.
07-30-2012 01:39:53 | More by jlindros
4.3/5 rDev -5.3%
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!
10-13-2012 14:32:41 | More by Rifugium
4.65/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
12-05-2011 00:10:46 | More by oline73
4.25/5 rDev -6.4%
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.
04-20-2012 17:53:35 | More by mdfb79
Armand'4 Oude Geuze Herfst (Autumn) from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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