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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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241 Ratings
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Ratings: 241
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: 6.15%
Wants: 281
Gots: 108 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: LambicKing on 09-30-2011)
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.7/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 00:13:40 | More by Alieniloquium
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womencantsail

California

4.38/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 20:17:30 | More by womencantsail
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.28/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 10:48:41 | More by thagr81us
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vissai

California

4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

07-08-2012 22:40:43 | More by vissai
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -12.1%

07-01-2012 00:43:33 | More by acurtis
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -12.1%

06-30-2012 22:13:22 | More by djrn2
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gueuzegossage

California

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

06-16-2012 20:28:11 | More by gueuzegossage
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

06-13-2012 04:44:12 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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OtisCampbell

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

06-02-2012 19:03:52 | More by OtisCampbell
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brystmar

Texas

4.3/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed alongside the other Armand'4 seasons at our Memorial Day tasting.

While Lente and Zomer were similar, Herfst is quite different. Darker and more funky than the others. Less citrus, some earthy bitterness creeps in. Still a fantastic gueuze but not as stellar to my palate.

In our group of 6, we had at least one person who thought each season was the best of the bunch. Goes to show how individual palates prefer different flavor profiles.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 16:59:38 | More by brystmar
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thewimperoo

Illinois

4/5  rDev -12.1%

06-01-2012 02:49:57 | More by thewimperoo
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imperialking

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

05-31-2012 03:09:27 | More by imperialking
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afksports

New York

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

05-30-2012 20:13:03 | More by afksports
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

05-29-2012 21:10:42 | More by hoppymcgee
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whartontallboy

New York

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

05-28-2012 23:49:43 | More by whartontallboy
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illidurit

California

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 21:01:49 | More by illidurit
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.53/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 18:31:54 | More by WillCarrera
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Etan

Wisconsin

4.4/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Agold and Willcarrera, side-by-side with Winter. Poured from a 750ml into a tulip.

A: Pours a light orange-gold with a billowy white head. Great lacing.

S: Light lactic funk, mouth-watering moderate tartness, ripe fruit.

T: Berry-oriented. Relatively sour, floral, and clean. Blackberry and raspberry. A little garlic, a little soapiness, a little oak. Pleasant wheat and lactic character. Lemon. Cleaner, fruitier, and more sour than Winter.

M: Great body for a geuze. Sort of light with lively but not overpowering carbonation.

O: Really nice. Very well-done, balanced, clean blend. I liked Winter a little better, but this is superb.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 07:23:20 | More by Etan
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Agold

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a huge billowing light head that leaves sheets of sticky lacing on the glass. Great retention. Aroma is sharp and funky, dry, woody, musty. The only of the series that didn't blow me away with the aroma. Flavor is really tart. I get some woodsy earthy funk and some citrus rind. Mild sulfer but very nice. Mouthfeel is very nice and light. Great beer, just not quite as awesome as the others.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 02:31:54 | More by Agold
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andrewinski1

New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Claaark13 for this one! Poured into a tulip. This one was a gusher even though it came straight from the fridge. The color is medium orange with a bit of haze. There is a giant sticky head.

The aroma blends lemongrass and wheat with a gentle touch of spicy hops. This is a really nice balance; it's very welcoming.

The taste starts out dry and crisp, leading to a nice dose of clean tartness with a bit more spicy malt character. There is a touch of rubber in the aftertaste.

This is light and very carbonated. Very refreshing.

This is really delicious. Very happy to have tried this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2012 03:48:02 | More by andrewinski1
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Bendurgin

Maine

4.03/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Giant thanks to Andrewinski1 for sharing this one with me. Poured into a tulip. This one gushed out of the bottle and pours initially mostly head with a cloudy orange brown body. Big gobs of spotty lace on the side of the glass.

Clean sharp lemon right up front with aromas of hay and some woody oak. Slight aromas of grass with a little bit of a mustiness to it. Mellow tart flavor with hints of nutmeg and baking spices in the background. Nice oaky flavors with hints of tart fruit.

The body is light with high carbonation. Overall this one is well done. I hope I get the opportunity to try the rest in the series.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2012 03:47:48 | More by Bendurgin
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falloutsnow

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Etre Gourmet
Bottled 02/04/2010
Poured into a Drie Fonteinen gueuze glass

Herfst: my first tasting of the Armand season series. While I can't compare it to others at this point, this gueuze was about 1.5-times as expressive in aroma and taste as the typical Drie Fonteinen gueuze I'm able to find somewhat regularly. The difference in taste is great, and this is definitely one of the major current pinnacles of the style, but is it worth the extreme price, and difficulty to obtain, relative to other gueuzes? Probably not, but if the patronage of the Armand series helps him resurrect his brewery plans and leads to more of these self-brewed lambics/guezes at a lower price and greater availability, then this would be a worthwhile cause.

Pours a tall, fluffy, off-white head composed of small and medium-sized bubbles. The head retention is amazing, with a tall pillar of foam remaining minutes after the initial pour. Lacing is largely of splotches and stripes, not too much or too little. The body's color is a rich orange-gold, with orange-yellow highlights when held to a light. Carbonation is strong and easily visible through the semi-cloudy beer (which becomes completely cloudy if you add the sediment).

Aroma is sharp, of lemon zest meets old armpit sweat, nicely present oak barrels, wet leaves/mulch, and mild musty basement.

Taste is tongue-buckling sour (I had a Lindeman's Cuvee Rene after this, and found it tasted boringly sweet and flat, which it never has before). These beers are something like the DIPAs of gueuzes, palate wreckers for the rest of the night. Flavor profile suggests wheat malt, tart lemons to the point of being mildly grapefruit-like, oak barrel, and a bit of damp basement mustiness. I really can't think of a better tasting gueuze (though, admittedly, I have not tried all), and consider this as one variation on what would be a recipe that needs no improvement in taste.

Beer is medium-bodied, with very light and effervescent carbonation, making this foam up very quickly on the palate. The resulting mouthfeel is smooth and lightly bubbly. Close is expectedly dry, with a bit of stickiness on the lips.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 20:58:50 | More by falloutsnow
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Khazadum

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

05-19-2012 23:24:49 | More by Khazadum
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Diomede

California

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

05-19-2012 17:11:41 | More by Diomede
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DP34

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

05-12-2012 02:48:36 | More by DP34
Armand'4 Oude Geuze Herfst (Autumn) from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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