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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Ratings: 283
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 6.14%
Wants: 324
Gots: 107 | FT: 10
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Style | ABV
Gueuze |  6.00% ABV

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Beer added by: LambicKing on 09-30-2011

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Ratings: 283 | Reviews: 71
Photo of scottfrie
3.89/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing jethrodium.

A: A super frothy pour with a huge white head above the light golden-apricot liquid. Head faded into a bubbly wispy film leaving a good long-lasting collar.
S: Sweet citrus and stone fruits dominate alongside straw, hay and sweet fruit nectars.
T: Tart citrus, sweet stone fruits, apricot, fruit pith and a bit of citric acid. Earthy straw and peppery yeast bring up the finish.
M: Tart but not overly acidic, extremely frothy carbonation, drying mouthfeel, medium body.
O: Really good gueuze once you burn off some of the excess carb. Hard to drink if you don't. Sweeter than I remember the others in the series being. Thanks Jared.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.77/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served in my 3F gueze tumbler.

The beer is mostly clear, exhibiting only a slight haze. The head is two inches thick, settling in at about a half inch, leaving ample lacing on the glass.

The aroma is funk, musty, basement, barn, well water. It smells old, which is amazing, considering it's not.

Great flavor. Classic 3F aroma and taste. Perhaps a bit funkier than the other three Armand '4 variants. Well water, rain, citrus. Delicious.

Light to medium in body with perfect carbonation. Lingering funky citrus.

Overall, what can I say? Another world class gueze from Armand.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.38/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 8.1.12.

A - Pours a dark cloudy orange with an explosive light tan foamy head.

S - Nice Belgian funk, very citrusy and lemony.

T - Sames as the nose. Nice citrus, funk and barnyard.

D - Tons of carbonation, light body.

O - Another season, all have been great. Not my favorite, but still stellar.

Photo of jlindros
4.32/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at our Drie Fonteinen tasting last night

Orange, mildly hazy with a dense white head with excellent retention and gorgeous lacing, this looks perfect, as did the rest of the Armand' 4 lineup. This is mustier, earthier, more mushroomy than either the Lente or Zomer that preceded it. A combination of petrichor and citrus brightness is interesting. Mildly acetic, with some over-ripe fruits, this is very nice.

The palate opens fruity sour, wheaty, mildly spicy, musty and earthy. Lemony with over-ripe citrus fruit, this has a mild sweetness to it. Drying and firm on the finish, this is medium-light in body, highly carbonated and is earthy, fruity and sour on the finish. Excellent.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.72/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
4.37/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of thagr81us
4.3/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of brystmar
4.33/5  rDev -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.

Photo of illidurit
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of WillCarrera
4.53/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of Etan
4.38/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of Agold
4.11/5  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.

Photo of andrewinski1
4.36/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of Bendurgin
4.04/5  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.

Photo of falloutsnow
4.73/5  rDev +3.7%
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 jethrodium
4.59/5  rDev +0.7%
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 -3.1%
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

Photo of mdfb79
4.27/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.62/5  rDev +1.3%
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 srandycarter
4.21/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of islandboi8204
4.3/5  rDev -5.7%
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 -6.4%
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 -3.1%
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.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.56/5  rDev 0%
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

Armand'4 Oude Geuze Herfst (Autumn) from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
100 out of 100 based on 283 ratings.