Armand'4 Oude Geuze Herfst (Autumn) - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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4.58/5 rDev +0.9%
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.
01-24-2012 03:12:33 | More by ehammond1
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
4.5/5 rDev -0.9%
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.
01-18-2012 19:22:52 | More by stakem
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
4.63/5 rDev +2%
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.
01-16-2012 18:48:46 | More by callmemickey
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
4.97/5 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
4.83/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
12-11-2011 20:33:35 | More by woosterbill
4.28/5 rDev -5.7%
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.
12-11-2011 02:15:35 | More by bashiba
4.93/5 rDev +8.6%
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.
12-11-2011 01:58:18 | More by alcstradamus
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
Armand'4 Oude Geuze Herfst (Autumn) from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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