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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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249 Ratings
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Ratings: 249
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: 6.15%
Wants: 293
Gots: 106 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of orangesol
4.25/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

orangesol, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
4.43/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

MasterSki, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of AgentZero
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

AgentZero, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of THECPJ
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

THECPJ, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to JealousChalice for sharing this bottle

Look: Pours a cloudy orange/amber color with a 1/2 inch foamy head and great retention with some spotty lacing

Smell: Funk upfront with some citrus fruits and straw notes

Taste: The taste of this is excellent. Lots of citrus flavor upfront including lots of lemon zest. Slight sour notes throughout the beer with some nice grassy notes cleaning the palate. Finishes with just a touch of oak

Mouthfeel: Thin body and ample carbonation

Overall: To date this is the best gueuze I have had

DarthKostrizer, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of Destral
5/5  rDev +9.9%

Destral, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of KrokodilDundee
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

This shit crushes so hard now a days. People were all, Herfst is lame, muddled and over carb'd. Now this goozy straight recks the seasons tits off.

KrokodilDundee, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of ehammond1
4.58/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

ehammond1, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.43/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of freduardo
4/5  rDev -12.1%

freduardo, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of Kaydogg
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

Kaydogg, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of stakem
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

stakem, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Slatetank, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of callmemickey
4.63/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened 1/16/2012

A: Pale copper body. Slightly hazy. Massive bubbly head. Amazing, dense lacing coats nearly every inch of the glass.

S: Earthy, mineral qualities dominate the initial aroma. Lemon, hay, and a bit of funk rounds out the back end. Zesty. Mild must.

T: Juicy citric notes are the first to leave their impression. Lemon, oranges, a bit of green apple. Must and funk is mild and is pushed to the background. Restrained acidity. Some wet oak. The nose was deceptive here. Very nice, but I was expecting an earthier blend.

M: Assertive carbonation, mild acidity. Dry and crisp up until the very last second when a pinch of tartness kicks in.

O: Herfst is interesting. For me Lente has that huge earthy/mineral/funky character in both the nose and the flavor. Zomer has that cleaner citric character in the flavor department. Herfst is a somewhere between the two... earthy in smell, juicy in taste. Another winner.

callmemickey, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of alano
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

alano, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of bsuedekum
5/5  rDev +9.9%

bsuedekum, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

largadeer, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
4.97/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Thorpe429, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -17.6%

ygtbsm94, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of Ineedabeerhere
5/5  rDev +9.9%

Ineedabeerhere, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of seeswo
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

seeswo, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of woosterbill
4.83/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (in a Lambic basket, which is always a nice thing to see stateside) into a Weyerbacher tulip. Thanks to the generous sharer at CdC!

A: Cloudy orange body under a lovely finger of creamy tan head. Great retention, solid lace. Lovely looking Lambic.

S: Spicy, earthy, cheesy funk. Almost leafy, like autumn itself. Terrific.

T: Classic 3F: dry, earthy, dirty funk up front, with some fruity green apple sourness backing it up. Absolutely fantastic, clean finish. Dry, delicious, amazing.

M: Almost full, creamy body with plenty of lively, similarly creamy froth. Great, but actually a little creamier than they style calls for. That's how good this beer is: I'm complaining about it being TOO luxurious.

O: The only reason I'm not giving it a perfect score hear is that it's still not as good as Lente. It's a damn close second, though, and certainly better than Zomer IMO. I can't wait to try the Winter. This series is proving again and again to be the absolute pinnacle of Geuze perfection.


woosterbill, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of bashiba
4.28/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice dark cloudy amber with a thick and creamy head, long lasting and nice sticky head.

The smell is nice and musty with a nice sourdough bready and a touch of balsamic and lemon.

The flavor has a nice sour bite, has a smooth griany malt flavor with a dry crackery finish. Has a very balanced and even level of sourness.

The mouthfeel is crisp and ultra dry.

Great gueze. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

bashiba, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of alcstradamus
4.93/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep copper/gold with an enormous fluffy head that requires careful pouring.

The aroma is dirty earth, lemon zest, dust...beautiful, classic gueuze aroma. Can't barely take my nose out of the glass.

The flavor is a complete departure from the first two in the series. Almost in an indescribable way, especially considering the base lambics are the same. Incredibly juicy and fruity with a dull earthiness and pucker that screams drinkability.

The body is heavier for the style and carbonation is high.

Overall, from memory I like this better than Zomer and better than my most recent bottle of Lente. But the first two bottles of Lente were better. This is top shelf beer. A side by side will eventually crown the victor.

alcstradamus, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +9.9%

spycow, Dec 07, 2011
Armand'4 Oude Geuze Herfst (Autumn) from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
100 out of 100 based on 249 ratings.