Armand'4 Oude Geuze Lente (Spring)
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

Armand'4 Oude Geuze Lente (Spring)Armand'4 Oude Geuze Lente (Spring)
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Style:
Lambic - Gueuze
ABV:
6%
Score:
100
Avg:
4.77 | pDev: 5.45%
Reviews:
132
Ratings:
425
From:
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
 
Belgium
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  664
Gots
  136
SCORE
100
World-Class
Armand'4 Oude Geuze Lente (Spring)Armand'4 Oude Geuze Lente (Spring)
Notes: "The first of four limited edition geuze blends using lambics brewed by 3 Fonteinen before the thermostat incident ceased brewing operations."
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cbutova from Massachusetts

4.7/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Eternal gratitude goes out to my cousin Sonny for sharing this set at Ebenezer's 2016. Just stunning generosity.

A- Hazy deep golden body from the 750ml into a bunch of glasses. A foamy head rises to about an inch high with good retention. A frothy island remains and lacing is sparse.

S- Extremely pungent old world lambic funk and mustyness. Sourness is beyond expected based on this aroma. Lemony lactic acid, slight vinegar, barnyard musty funk, vinous sour pale grapes, cheese, fairly fresh tannic oak and a pinch of sulfur.

T- Somewhat smoothed out compared to the aroma as the funk and sourness doa good job balancing each other out. A huge level of lactic acid with a tiny bit of acetic lead things off providing a bed for the barnyard, horse blanket, sour fruits, apricot, lemon, apple skin, apparent but not woody oak barrel, old cheese and general must.

MF- Foamy with a high end carbonation which really fluffs up the medium body. Somewhat slick with a puckeringly sour ending.

The first of the set and a great way to start out. Not the most pungent lambic I have tried but this one is pretty close to that and brings on the splendid balance of funk, sour and complex depth of flavors. Seems like a three year or more average to me as there is not much young lambic character to be found here.

Aug 22, 2016
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.94/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drank from a 75 cl corked and caged bottle
Lot 19/03/2010 - Best voor 03/2020
Served in a Drie Fonteinen tumbler
Acquired in a trade with mikesgroove

Review #750

Gorgeous, glowing, deep amber appearance. Much darker and more colorful than any other gueuze I have seen. A fluffy, bright white, one-finger head topped the liquid. The head quickly dissipated to a thick, clingy ring. Dots of lacing trickled down the glass.

The nose was remarkable. Incredibly complex and dynamic, and also quite intense. The first thing that struck me was the potent, oaky/barrel character. Very woodsy and earthy. Lots of barnyard and fresh hay aromas. This three-year-old bottle smelled much more aged than I was anticipating. Surprisingly, the acidic/vinegar notes were quite restrained.

The flavor profile was just as impressive as the nose. Strong lemon rind and hay-like notes led things off behind a crackery malt base. Tons of oaky, barrel flavor. Super musty and funky. Intense barnyard notes. Moderately tart. Like the nose, the flavor profile demonstrated restraint in the acidity department. Lots of lemon and lime notes on the back end and also in the crisp, bone dry finish. Woody and somewhat tannic with a fair amount of earthy hop bitterness. All in all, very balanced for the style and immensely quaffable.

Impressive mouthfeel. The liquid had a surprising amount of heft for the style but was still light and fluffy on the palate. Creamy, smooth and supple with a fine, prickly effervescence.

Armand'4 Oude Geuze Lente is far and away the best gueuze I have ever tried and is definitely in my top 5 beers of all time. For such a remarkably flavorful beer of this style, I was mesmerized by its ability to maintain such balace. All in all, a truly memorable drinking experience.

Mar 10, 2013
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markgugs from New Jersey

4.86/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

What a nose, funk and plastic and yet incredible. Tart, grassy, lemon zest, perfect acidity. Glorious.

Mar 30, 2015
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Jonada from New Jersey

4.85/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

750 ml bottled 3/19/2010, poured into an Iris balloon

Appearance: Pours a rusty dark orange color with a finger of an off white head that settles to a thin coating and thickish collar. Body is very hazy, but translucent with some light suspended sediment and a good amount of visible carbonation.

Smell: Barnyard funk, hay, musty basement, oak, cheese, green apple, orange. Hugely funky and aroma was strong enough that if filled the room as soon as the cork was popped.

Taste: Similar to the aroma. Medium/high lemon like acidic sourness but so drinkable at the same time. Lots of barnyard, wet hay, pear, cheesy funk, white grape and some mild oak.

Mouthfeel: Lighter end of medium bodied. Mouthfeel is so soft with medium gentle carbonation. Finishes dry. Absolutely perfect.

Overall: One of, if not the best gueuze I've ever had. The blend of funkiness and fruitiness is excellent. Sourness is there, but still retains amazing drinkability, and the mouthfeel is the best I've ever experienced in a lambic. If you're a gueuze fan, you should absolutely seek this out.

Jan 01, 2015
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.75/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle with foil and C&C. Poured into a Cantillon stemmed glass 5/19/2014.

Review #600.

A- hazy brown-orange body, much like a lighter apple cider. Effervescent two finger white head with great retention, nice film and some lacing.

S- Very intense, funk-forward nose. Peppercorns, lemon rind, grape skin, musty hay, leather, tangerines, lactic acid. So much going on. Impressive.

F- Bold and aggressive. Citrus, lemon zest, apple skin, musty hay, black pepper, lots and lots of funk that dominates the palate. Just enough yogurt lacto in the dregs to make me smile. A vinous finish reminds me of a nice champagne.

M- Medium bodied, perfectly carbonated and not too fizzy; nicely effervescent and drinks with a real pop! Funky, musty and lemony finish.

O- I see why many argue that this is the best of the 4. I liked Zomer's subtlety that didn't sacrifice much intensity, but this is right in your face intense and incredibly complex. A lambic for the ages.

Re-review: Drank this alongside the 3 other Seasons today 3/30/2015 in a 3F stemmed glass. Basically, this is equal to Zomer, but it is still more intense and in your face than Zomer. A bit less complexity than Zomer, but easily more interesting than Winter. That being said, Zomer is going to run the distance in a year from now. This is easily a top 3 gueuze for me.

May 19, 2014
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YodersBeerEmporium from Iowa

5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased this bottle along with many others of its caliber for a small group tasting and it was definitely one of the stars! Probably the best Oude Geuze I have ever had! I would buy more of this in a heartbeat!

May 02, 2016
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jegross2 from Illinois

4.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewing the Armand'4 Oude Geuze Lente (Spring) from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen out of Belgium.

Score: 99

2011 vintage bottle served in a taster glass and enjoyed on 05/11/13 to celebrate the end of law school. Review is from notes.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange-amber color with a finger of white head. Good lacing and retention. 4.5/5

Smell: Tart lemon juice, pear and subtle musty vinegar. A little fruitiness. Residual funk. Really nice sour citrus aroma. 5/5

Taste: Sour lemonade-like with good pucker. Acidic orange, a little apple and pear. Lots of juicy sour citrus. Only a little vinegar funk. Layering sourness. Nice and subtle grassy hops too. Really excellent! 5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, perfect carbonation. Excellent layering pucker. Dry. 5/5

Overall: One of the best sours I have ever had. Shame it took me a year to type this review up. I need to get a bottle.

Cost: Depending on the exchange rate, this one is likely to run between $45 and $60 for a 750 ml bottle (if you can still find it online).

Feb 08, 2013
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kjkinsey from Texas

4.75/5  rDev -0.4%

Aug 09, 2012
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JLateralus21 from Illinois

5/5  rDev +4.8%

Dec 18, 2013
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sstorck from California

5/5  rDev +4.8%

Nov 14, 2011
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roodie from Texas

4/5  rDev -16.1%

Jul 28, 2013
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spinrsx from Canada (ON)

4.3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Phil for this one

Dec 13, 2016
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surlytheduff from Tajikistan

4.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Jan 11, 2013
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joebres from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +4.8%

Sep 21, 2012
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THECPJ from Delaware

4.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Jan 05, 2012
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heygeebee from Australia

4.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Sep 14, 2014
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ThePorterSorter from Oregon

4.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serious props for busting this one out Brandon.
The beer pours a light amber with a foamy white head that laces and leaves a thin blanketing throughout drinking. The nose is very yeasty with a touch of sweetness/sourness. Alas, thr beer is very well balanced; definitely a drinkable sour with a slightly dry, yeasty aftertaste. The beer doesn't go over the top in any way and is easy to consume.
Definitely worth drinking again with a potential benefit from aging...but there's no need to wait.

Sep 09, 2012
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celticfutblclub from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +4.8%

Mar 30, 2013
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patm1986 from New Jersey

5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

ARMAND LENTE
A: golden brown. with a center of copper hues like muck. big fluffy, pillowy, cascading head. fat, huge. a head that is an insane temper for lace. not heavily clouded, but streaming at the sides with carbonated lace all around the glass bursting with bubbles. effervescent.
S: citrus pith--grapefruit--covered in pepper, pickled in vinegar and washed in sea water, then finished with honey that halts the flavor from bursting with sour madness. best guess. best glass. unreal.
T: the restraint is unreal: lente has POWER. onset of sour hits instantly, but it's halted by an unexpected sweetness. vinegar, fresh black pepper, granny smith, champagne vinegar, then a pillow of brett/sacch like a fuckin ribbon.
M: tinge. tinge. tinge. the lingering effect is OTHERWORDLY. near assault, but restrains itself and offers a slighter, more mild brett/sacc earthiness that rounds out the body like a pillow, like fat in the mouth.
O: fuck off. this is perfection, mastery.
i want to brush my teeth with this, drink this during a 10k, have this at christmas mass, and bathe myself with it. 
an unreal thing that i can't believe exists and once existed regularly.
armand. ARMAND. you goddamn genius.

Jul 26, 2012
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bsuedekum from Missouri

5/5  rDev +4.8%

Nov 14, 2011
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phingdong from New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev -0.4%

Apr 24, 2012
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stoutluvr420 from Vermont

4.88/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nose is incredible - lemon rind, orange pith, sharp funk, burlap, lots of barnyard, yet refreshing and crisp with a hint of hard cheese. Pours a fluffy golden head with decent retention. The flavor is even as complex, with a gently sour and tart, w/ lots of lemon rind, and super funky. Funk emerges as a perfectly balanced mustiness- not acedic, more lactic. Sour and refreshing, yet still pleasently dry. What a fantastic beer!

Sep 17, 2012
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.75/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 2010; drank 11/23/19 @ Golgi Apparatus.

Reddish orange hue. The nose, mouthfeel and flavor on this one stretch my vocabulary a bit; all I can really say is I've never had a beer that tasted like this, and that its elegance was pronounced. I hope one day I can have another....

Nov 25, 2019
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PhineasGage from Iowa

5/5  rDev +4.8%

Dec 14, 2011
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trodersark from California

5/5  rDev +4.8%

Nov 24, 2011
Armand'4 Oude Geuze Lente (Spring) from Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 425 ratings