Armand'4 Oude Geuze Herfst (Autumn) - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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4.56/5 rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
750ml bottle from the Armand'4 set, generously contributed by Shawn. Poured into a GTMW taster today, 12/8/2013.
Pours a very interesting medium dark amber-brown body, which is a nice contrast to Winter and Zomer. A super effervescent white head that retains well, eventually dropping into the beer leaving a fairly placid beer. Not much lacing to be found.
Smells very, very oaky and tannic. Sort of like a red wine but not quite. Also a good bit of lemon zest-esque citric acidity to go along with it as well as some tart grape skin, but I felt this one was dominated by the barrel. Not bad by any means, but its not as interesting as the other Seasons.
Taste is very acidic in a good way; lots of oak and tannins- I would venture that there are faint hints of cherry and/or grape tartness in the background. It's like a carbonated white wine almost. Some lemon zest, and earthy funk to accompany the vinegar. A little bit of cheesiness complements the earthiness of the funk; very complex and intense on the palate, indeed.
Great mouthfeel on this one. Medium bodied, very well carbonated and holds its carbonation a lot longer than Winter did. A bit heavier bodied than the others- not quite as crisp and refreshing, but more substantial and still very dry.
Very interesting take on the geuze, this tasted more like a Cantillon geuze than the others did, yet it has a lot of oaky, earthy barrel flavours with the trademark 3F lemon zestiness. Holds up well, but it is easily the most different from the other Seasons.
Serving type: bottle
12-09-2013 04:20:18 | More by Stevedore
4.5/5 rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
750ml, Prosecco-esque bottle.
This beer pours a hazy, dark apricot amber hue, with two fingers of slightly puffy, and densely foamy dirty white head, which leaves some patchy swaths of limestone escarpment lace around the glass as it slowly wafts away.
It smells of a veritable fruit salad of tartness - acerbic cherry, raspberry, and apple - fresh squeezed lemon, oxidized white wine, a tame yeasty funk, gritty pale cereal grain, and sedate herbal, musty hops. Very evocative of rustic and pastoral scenes, even at this early point. The taste is a soft and supple (relatively, of course) acidic apple and white wine grape fruitiness, now flipped with the waning berry fruit tartness, still mildly earthy funk, like an old farmhouse from twenty paces, an isolated lemon peel bitterness, bready pale malt, a hint of musty wood, and subtle herbal, weedy hops.
The carbonation is decently fizzy, and sometimes outright frothy, yet without becoming overbearing on the upper palate, the body a sturdy medium weight, and quite agreeably smooth, what with all that sourness kicking about. It finishes off-dry, the sweetness of the low-key malt evolving a bit more, and the fruitiness reversing course to a more moderate stance.
One complex and damned-near beguiling example of the style. Tart, sweet, yeasty, funky, woody, fruity, and bitter, all in more or less perfect proportions. I suppose it's a bit misleading to call a gueuze 'easy-drinking', but verdomme, this really just is - if you discount the stiff retail price, that is.
Serving type: bottle
11-29-2013 00:42:42 | More by biboergosum
4.84/5 rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Thanks to joefuzz for bringing this to our stout/sour tasting last night. Ridiculous line-up!
Been looking for any of these 4 beers for a while and finally was able to snag a pour.
Appearance is great. Head forms really fast and quickly settles into thin wisps on the surface of the beer. Now, for the aroma, this beer smells like heaven. I am in the process of drinking more sours, and this just set the bar so high. Lots of that classic Belgian funk I am always reading about with a nice stone fruit presence in the form of flesh and skin. Bright and potent citrus really wakes your noes up.
Our group shrunk by about 4 people, so everyone got bigger pours and even though I wish those guys could have been there, the fact I got to drink more of this beer was amazing. Each sips really gets you in the fillings, but is amazingly smoothed out with a little apricot/tangerine sweetness. Finish leaves a slightly buttery coating on the tongue. Pretty fuckin amazing if I do say so myself.
While we had some pretty awesome sours, this was definitely my favorite of all of them. I am now gonna try and see if I can secure another of the 3 remaining to try and compare them.
Serving type: bottle
11-07-2013 17:04:00 | More by ironchefmiyagi13
4.46/5 rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
750ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 3/11/13
A darker then expected with a hazed brownish orange, about as many bubbles as one could fit in a glass, massive beige foam never really falls but it ends up as a pencil top eraser island leaving partial rings followed by spider web right to the bottom, sexy
S lots of funk, sour lemon, grapes, hay, leather, cereal, green apple, smells like a barnyard in the middle of apple orchard, kinda reminds me autumn in a strange way
T just a hint of caramel I didn't smell, not bone dry but close to it, dried grass, lemon, funk, wood I didn't really pick up on the nose, and everything else I could smells still there in one form or another, shes complex to say the least
M has some body working for it, not quite the bubbles I could see in the glass but far from flat, sour but quite mellow, funky lemon and cereal lingers for days
O quite drinkable and it doesn't turn your mouth inside out, still has just a hint of sweetness somehow but I'm sure that will change by the time I drink another bottle in a decade or so
I'm just glad I got to try this one and I'm stoked I still have a pair of bottles. I wouldn't be surprised if I trade one of them off in the future considering what this can land nowadays but time will tell I suppose
Serving type: bottle
11-04-2013 00:51:04 | More by wordemupg
Armand'4 Oude Geuze Herfst (Autumn) from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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