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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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270 Ratings
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Ratings: 270
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: 6.15%
Wants: 304
Gots: 106 | 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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Photo of falloutsnow
4.73/5  rDev +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.

Photo of Khazadum
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Diomede
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of jethrodium
4.59/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. Pours a slightly cloudy dark golden amber with small white head that has good retention and leaves a decent amount of lacing. The aroma super musty with mushroom, lemon, light apple, apricot, a hint of grapefruit, earthy funkiness, and oak. Quite awesome. The taste has a light sweetness. There is mushroom, apricot, lemon, a funky earthiness, forest floor. Tart, but not really sour. The finish is funky with more mushroom and apricot. Relatively light bodied with a slightly fluffy mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Another amazing blend from Armand. This isn't quite as good as lente and was slightly more enjoyable than winter. It is probably between lente and winter in sweetness. The mouthfeel was good, but not quite as nice and fluffy as lente. If lente didn't exist I probably would have rated this higher.

Photo of FosterJM
4.42/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1258th Review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Taster
750ML

Shared by Jay from Naja's
Poured by Jerz

Thanks for the pour guys

App- A very dark orange without a lot of highlighting colors behind it. Had a very small formation of bubbles and was gone quickly. Didnt leave any stick behind.

Smell- A great smelling beer. Not on par with Lente but quite nice. Didnt have as much of the citrus on the nose but had a touch more tart behind it witout being overly done. The flavors seemed a bit thicker on this one.

Taste- A very well done beer. I have a feeling I am going to love all in this series once I have them all. The Herfst was a bit more tame in the citrus than Lente and to each there own. This was a bit more funk and dampness.

Mouth- A small light body with a lighter medium carbonation level. Wasnt a fresh and popping. Lacking a bit of pop on residual flavors.

Drink- A very well done beer. This series is really something magical. Cant wait to try the other two. Hope it happens

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4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of mdfb79
4.27/5  rDev -6.2%
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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4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of dtx00
5/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.62/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tasting glass. Bottle shared among six of us, so about 4 oz. for me. Consumed third of our four seasons tasting.

4.0 A: Moderately hazed yellow orange. A little darker than Zomer, which was a little darker than Lente. The most orange. Two and a half fingers of foamy white head. Worst retention of the four, but the stickiest and left lots of lacing behind.

4.5 S: Dankest funk. Huge amounts of bleu cheese and sweat socks. Definitely the most tangiest without being too fruity. The feature and sole fruit is lemon. Otherwise, damp earth, damp forest, damp grass.

5.0 T: Follows the nose and I'm loving it. Huge cheesy funk featuring bleu cheese. Sweat socks just as strong. No astringency at all. Just pure dank funk. Some earthiness. Probably the most aceticly sour.

4.0 M: Lighter body. Least carbonated of the four, but still easily in the gueuze range. Spritzy carbonation nonetheless. Otherwise, this is similar to the others, but has the least creaminess.

4.5 D: This was my favorite season. Love the bleu cheesiness. Still probably not worth the price, but close.

Photo of CelticAleMan
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of srandycarter
4.21/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2/4/2010

A - Somewhat cloudy copper, humongous head that lasts a long time. Lots of cling. Lots of cascading bubbles. Sitting pretty.

S - Metallic in a degree, sharp to the nose. Maybe too cold? Malt just sneaks in over the wire.

T - Bam. Sharp, acrid, very funky. Sour and wild. Malt plays second fiddle here.

M - Medium body, good carb, not much malt. Ends on a somewhat sour note, albeit fairly clean.

D - The clean finish and the relatively low ABV make it very enjoyable for a session.

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5/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of islandboi8204
4.3/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened along side Lente, Zomer, Winter, shared 4 ways.

Pours more a pale copper color, slightly hazy. Big fluffy head with lacing down the glass.

Smells earthy, mineral, lemon zest, oak and some mild must.

Tastes initially citrus, with lemon, oranges, maybe some green apple. Not as much acidity compared to Lente or Zomer, but more heavy on the wet oak/earthy leaves.

Lots of carbonation, light to medium body.

Overall this is a very interesting beer. Lente was very bright while Zomer had a more mellow and balanced citric character. Herfst is similar to Zomer in citrus and sourness, but combined with more earth and leaves. My least favorite of the four season.

Photo of orangesol
4.27/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of MasterSki
4.42/5  rDev -2.9%
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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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Armand'4 Oude Geuze Herfst (Autumn) from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
100 out of 100 based on 270 ratings.