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

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Armand'4 Oude Geuze Lente (Spring)Armand'4 Oude Geuze Lente (Spring)

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Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
"The first of four limited edition geuze blends using lambics brewed by 3 Fonteinen before the thermostat incident ceased brewing operations."

Added by alcstradamus on 05-01-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour sampled at mrbubbler's tasting courtesy of mrbubbler himself.

Pours a murky orange with an orange-white head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is quite sour/tart with some earthy, lemon, and funk aromas. Taste is the same with an acidic finish on the palate. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good gueuze with some really nice aromas and flavors.

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Photo of largadeer
4.88/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to westcoastbeerlvr for sharing this great beer.

Beautifully effervescent, sunset-hued with slight haziness. The lasting head leaves webbed lacing.

Herbal, grassy, earthy aroma, a lot of oak on this one. Acidic fruit and mushrooms, pine, little bit of mint. Vibrant and complex for a fresh gueuze, and I can see it improving.

Pretty spectacular palate on this one. Herbal, earthy, lemon fruitiness, grass/soil. Very earthy and oaky. Great balance of sourness and tannin. This shows a ton of depth for a young gueuze. Extremely dry, nice mushroom-y/earthy finish. Big lingering oak character. Sourness is moderate, very lactic and clean. Absolutely awesome, this rivals some of the greats.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy dirty golden color Lambic with a medium head with OK retention and some lacing. Aroma of funky barnyard notes with some tart notes also noticeable. Taste is a good mix of funky barnyard notes with some tart notes and light acidity also discernable. Body is full with good carbonation. Super easy to drink with good level of complexity and well balanced acidity level.

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Photo of oline73
4.35/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great gueuze consumed at sour and bitter. Poured into a stemless wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden amber color with a finger of fluffy off white head and some nice retention.

Smell: Tart lemon notes with a slight sweetness and some funk. The sour/tart notes dominate the nose.

Taste: This is a really tart, sour beer. Lemon juice and a very mild funk. There is a slight bitterness in the finish, but the sour notes win through the whole sip.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with strong, tingly carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall: I just love the tartness of this beer. It was really strong, but not too acidic. The funk level was just enough to be noticed.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.74/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to quite a few friendly faces who have shared this by now. Each time has been an incredible experience. Thanks to Avalon68, recently tried this side-by-side with J&J Blauw.

Armand’4 has a beautiful sparkling appearance with a good white head. Incredible funk in the nose for the young age plus fantastic notes of citrus and light pepper. Brett character is strong. Slight lacticness. Full and rich flavor. Side-by-side, this has much more character than the Blauw, though it’s not quite as smooth. One of the best gueuzes I have ever come across. Can’t wait to see how this one ages.

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Photo of mothman
4.45/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Holy Santa Claus Sh*t!!!!

Huge thanks to kbutler for randomly busting this one out!

Pours 1/2 finger of white head. Very nice retention. Color is a slightly burnt autumn gold.

Aroma: Old cobwebs and basement. Musty funk. Light lemon acidity. Earthy and with some green apple skins.

Taste: This reminds me a bit of blau. Old cobwebs and basement must. Very funky. Has a decent amount of zest and I get the green apple skin as well. I get some herbal flavors and some wet horseblanket as well.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, clean, crisp, and tart. Fairly dry. Light to medium bodied with a medium to high amount of carbonation. Ends a bit dry.

Overall, this was a great gueuze. Reminded me a bit of Blau. A very solid offering. Very drinkable. A top beer for the style. Thanks a ton Kevin!!

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Photo of jlindros
4.6/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to either rudzud or Duffy for this one.

Pours a lighter fizzy head over a honey blond color.

Nose is funkier and bright, much more lactic, nice malty and yeasty funk, light tartness and light lemongrassy like, just a touch of the rubbery aroma.

Taste has nice tart funk, lemon, light earthy bitter grassy flavor, tart fruit like, fairly bitter and juicy, funky, little straw and grainy malt base, with decent fresh fruit too. Finish is long and acidic, dry bready malts, lots of tart fruit, little lemongrass.

Mouth is med ot lighter bodied, good carb.

Overall really nice. The best seasonal so far I think, lots of great flavors, fresh, bright, juicy, funky, acidic, an extremely well done blend and very tasty.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.57/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle into several glasses. Tasted next to the Zomer version. Huge thanks go to Stakem for busting these out because he felt that I hadn’t reviewed enough Geuzes yet LOL! Well here ya’ go buddy and thanks again for sharing these!

Pours a deep hazed apricot color, topped with a ½ finger of smooth bright-white head. This stays rich and robust, leaving thick looking swathes of lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma has a bright and fresh feeling tartness to it up front. Going deeper reveals some sweeter fruitiness, a slightly acidic sourness, woody tannins, and a touch of cheesy smelling funk. The overall presence here in the nose is quite complex and heavy with flavor but this just has breeziness to it in the nostrils that makes it a joy to sit here and whiff. Fantastic!

The taste has a lot of woody tannic character and tart fruit notes of peach and apple. There is a bit of an acidic edge to this but there is enough sweet sugary grains buried at the bottom of the flavor profile to help balance that out. This is just so bright feeling, well balanced, and refreshing on the palate, with a finish that is dry and woody, with some lingering tartness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and quite crisp on the tongue, with a slightly slick tannic smoothness that glides underneath. The is overall extremely lively feeling and I would never have guessed that it’s sitting at 6%.

Wow, just wow. I don’t think that I ever knew or would believe that a Geuze could be as flavorful and quaffable as this one was. Tart, tangy, crisp, and delicious, I could have easily drunk the whole bottle myself. It’s that good and I’m not what you would consider to be a sour-head in any way. Thanks again Adam for sharing this rarity with us. It was a real treat!

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Photo of mikesgroove
5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

not even sure how i lucked myself into this one, but some crazy sours have been filling up my life recently. this one was no exception

hazy golden, amber color with a wonderful two inches of white foam that coated the glass and just soaked everything around it. simply perfect look in my snifter.

Just the most grand, funkified, tart, sour, vinegar like smell you could come across, but in a good way. Rich and complex there seemed to literally be no end in sight for the depth of this one. funky sour when I noticed some light fruit maybe coming into play, this was like a fine wine almost in aroma, I mean just insanely good. I am almost speechless, but I had to eventually stop smelling it and actually try it and It was just wonderful. Started out with a full on assault of sour funk, that rolled through the mouth, sucking up and puckering anything that it came in contact with, but once it got past, it opened you up to a whole world of woody flavors that were hidden underneath. There was some light fruitiness of some sour, perhaps grapes, or green apples, that you could start to pick up as it rolled along, This was not entirely unbalanced, far from it. In fact I think if you do not let this one warm up a bit, you are really cheating yourself out of how good it could be.really starting to show hints of the barrel aging, with nice wood notes coming through and it really getting a nice earthy feel to it.

Overall I was simply blown away by this one. It was easily the top three best sour ale I have ever had, and easily one of the best beers I have ever had hands down. Cannot even imagine what the rest of this series is gonna be like

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Photo of billab914
4.82/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. 750ml bottle shared with some friends over the weekend. It poured a hazy orange color with a thin white head covering the top of the beer. Nice head retention as I drank it.

The aroma had a fantastic mix of funky, tart, sour and mustiness to it. I got some notes of grassy hay, sour lemon citrus and some tart, crisp grapes coming out. Very low on acidity as well. Probably the smoothest, well balanced and most complex beer of the style I've ever had.

The taste is also low on the acidity. I get some sour citrus flavors to it with notes of orange and lemon. Some earthy, straw notes mix with some musty basement qualities in the finish. Again everything feels so well balanced in it.

The mouthfeel is very fitting for the style with carbonation being high and the body not being overly big. Overall it was a fantastic beer. It was so well balanced with some great complexity to it. The low acidity really let some of the funky, sour qualities really come out in it. This easily ranks up there with the best beers I've had.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.55/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I am very appreciative to Stakem for sharing this with Kegatron and me, enjoyed this in a tulip from a 750ml chilled.

The color is golden apricot with thick white cap that settles and revives when swirled w/ spots of lace left clinging to the glass, the clarity is lightly hazed. The aroma of funk is strong with the wild yeast presence very high and it delights the senses with slightly fruity sour and horseblanket accents. There is a light tropical element with slight herbal hop tinge.
The graininess from the malt is just a backdrop to the magic the yeast brings to this aroma-wise. The feel is puckering and tangy with some sour fruit and refreshing acidity with relatively strong carbonation and drying lightly tannic and fruity edge. There is subtle woody graininess with funky elements waiting to the finish to re-emerge.

The sweet flavor of malt is quickly forced to release its grasp and become a strong lemony sour from the yeast assertiveness with light floral accents and mellow pineapple brightness with a subtle grassy and herbal quality that provides some astringent elements which are good accents to the wild yeast flavor with some tea-like and bitter flavors that join in with spice in the wood taste. The finish has a light tannic puckering quality with more citrus pith than the gueuze showed when it was cooler in temperature. Overall I loved this every drop showed a different facet of what a gueuze can be with more vinous elements and complexity than I think my palate can fathom, the beer was great simply because it broadened my awareness of the possibilities of flavor that exist within the style a true gem! Thanks again Adam!

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Photo of womencantsail
4.25/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Nick for sharing this one.

A: The beer pours a hazed golden amber color with a tall white head.

S: Intensely funky, maybe even a bit more than the usual Drie Fonteinen gueuze. Lots of earth and grass, definitely a bit of the old sock smell, too. Nice lemon zest, green apple, and tart citric character, too.

T: The flavor is much like the aroma indicates. Lots of lemon zest, apple, and acidic tartness to the beer. Grass, straw, earthy funk, a little bit of oak and must, too.

M: Medium in body with a high level of carbonation.

O: Really a good gueuze. I just don't know if it's worth it for most people to spend the extra money.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 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 creamy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks really nice.

s - Smells of Belgian yeast, sour fruits, citrus, light lemon, barnyard funk. Very, very nice, with a good amount of sourness.

t - Tastes of barnyar funk, sour fruits, citrus, hay, earthy notes, light spice. Taste has more funk than the nose. Love it; an amazing tasting gueuze.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Cirsp, easy to drink, perfect mouthfeel.

o - Overall I thought this was a fantastic gueuze; one of the best Armand has blended in my opinion. This was my favorite of the series and I hope I can get a bottle or two of this; felt like I could have drank the whole bottle.

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Photo of orangesol
4.67/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

*Update - Had this one again beside all three of its counter parts. Updating my rating / scores to reflect my second experience.*

Big thanks to foofaa for busting this one out at our recent gueuze tasting. Served beside the other three Armand'4's.

A - Pours hazy orange with a ton of little bubbles rising into a fluffy one finger tall white head leaving light lace down the glass.

S - Smells of damp earth, wet hey, fresh cut grass, grapefruit, lemon zest and granny smith apples. This one is intoxicating yet balanced. I can only imagine how this one will grow with age...

T - Starts off with a bright citric kick quickly giving way to a mix of light funk, fresh fruit, a light acidic feel. There is very little pucker in this one, it is well balanced and very easy to drink. The finish has a bit of pucker with quite of dryness. Easily one of the best gueuze's I have ever had.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Fizzy, funky, feel with a moderate amount of acidic pucker. The balance is nearly perfect.

O - When I first had this one I really liked it, but now that I have had a chance to sit down and actually enjoy a proper pour I am in love with it. Compared to the other three this is the best for sure. One of the best beers I have had in a long time.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Sweetwater mini-snifter.

Big thanks to hannydawg for sharing this bottle!

Big expectations for this one, given the way it's been talked-up to me. It pours a hazy amber-gold topped by a finger of short-lived lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises a large amount of brett-y funk, light lemon rind, orange zest, cardamom, and a light swath of general Belgian yeastiness. I can say this much: the smell is quite alluring. The taste holds notes of sharp lemon and lactic sournesses, light cream, brett, and a vague sense of spiciness. All of these factors coalesce into a gaudy balance that taunts other beers as pretenders. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, this beer lives up to the hype, indeed. It is one of the best gueuzes I've yet had and is certainly one of the most balanced I've come across.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.92/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had this a few times now - small samples at tastings. Finally pulled a bottle from the cellar to share with my wife tonight. So glad I did...

The beer appears golden colored, light, hazy straw. The head is pure white, fluffy, and thick, measuring nearly two inches.

The flavor is unbelievable. Light and refreshing. Simple yet complex. Hay, grass, lovely citrus. The acidity is so mild and delicate, the beer is slammable. On par with Loerik and J&J Blauw as one of the best gueuze lambics I have had. I could drink an inordinate amount of this, if only that were possible. Amazing.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.34/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 3/19/2010. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Gusher. Overflowed after popping the cork. Nice white head and good retention. Hazy orange body.

Smell - Unbelievable. Lemongrass, hay, and a huge funk. Fresh and light. Immense aroma, even if it's as delicate as a gueuze aroma gets.

Taste - Mimics the smell, but more acidic than funky. Lemongrass and hay. A touch sweet in the finish. Good barnyard in the background, but it isn't the headliner.

Mouthfeel - Overly carbonated. So carbonated that the bubbles are more noticeable than the beer at points. Makes it light and effervescent, but I feel like it distracts from the flavors.

Overall - Incredible flavors, especially coming in the nose. Light and refreshing. Maybe not the intensity I expected and usually get from a 3F gueuze, but excellent nonetheless.

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Photo of stakem
4.77/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle enjoyed with Slatetank and Kegatron poured back to back with Zomer. Poured into a cervoise, this brew appears a hazed burnt orange color. A frothy tan head appears and holds nicely across the top. Some patches of lacework cling to the glass. Carbonation streams to the surface in support of the ever lasting head. A swirl revives the cap back to more than a finger's strength.

The smell of this brew is tangy with some notes of old cheese and hay-like funk with barnyard quality that smells of straw and earth. Quite a strong brett inclusion with additional floral characteristics that are bright and just smell amazing. There is a slight poop quality mixed with sulfur across the back that is blended into a cheese aspect of funk and feat. The floral aspect of this brew gets to be fruity in a tropical sort of way as the brew warms up that I have never smelled this bold before in the style. Absolutely fantastic.

The taste is barnyard-like with funk and lots of citrus to fruity flavoring. Quite wild in it's taste but not overly so. There is a woodsy element present from the barrel aging with lots of citrus twang to keep things in check. Floral flavors throughout with citrus fruit that is sharp on the tongue mixed with funky aspects of grain that taste to me like hay or straw with a dry character to balance it out. The taste of this brew is familiar to other 3F offerings at times but very much unique in it's own right. Great stuff here.

This is a medium bodied offering with a modest level of carbonation that keeps things very lively and enjoyable. This is super drinkable with seemingly no indication of the alcohol felt in flavor or warmth. There is a huge salivation factor about this brew and just a well blended and balanced example of the style. I could have easily taken down the entire bottle by myself. I need to get more of this. To date this has been the best Gueuze I have tried.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.24/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy orange amber color with a huge fluffy white head that persists forever. I can smell the fruity tartness as soon as I wrangle the cork off of the bottle. Smells of sweet brown sugary malt with a sharp lactic tartness that reminds me of cherries, lemons, and tangerines. A light bit of earthy funk rounds out the nose quite well. The flavor is tart and funky, but not mouth puckering in intensity. More lemons and grapefruit than cherries in the flavor along with a light sweetness and a small acid burn as each sip settles into my gullet. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet tart kind of mouthfeel going on. Very nice gueze, I'm glad I got the opportunity to try it.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from soulforpeanuts in the WW5 BIF. Thanks a ton! Shared to celebrate my wife's birthday. Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - A finger of bone white foam settles to a partial cap and thick collar, leaving behind minimal lacework. Hazed apricot body.

S - The first big surprise is that this is a sweeter gueuze than I was expecting. There's a surprising amount of stone fruit malt sweetness, vanilla, and fruity funk character. However, as it warms up there are ample amounts of acetic acid, cheese, oak, and grass. There's an aged quality to this beer that is surprising, and it's decidedly less aggressive than the Zomer.

T - The taste is heavier on the acidity, with lemons, moderate acetic character, light lactic notes, oaky vanilla, and a bit less of the pale malt sweetness found in the aroma. Finishes quite earthy and funky.

M - Crisp, medium-light body, with pleasant carbonation, and light tannic dryness.

D - This is a superior gueuze, and it's surprisingly different from the Zomer in character even though I'm under the impression it's blended from the same base lambics. I like a little more crackle to my gueuze, and tend to prefer things like J&J Blauw, but if you're looking for a mellow gueuze with a slightly aged quality to it this one can't be beat.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.77/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big bottle taken out solo by myself tonight, served in a Drie Fonteinen wine glass. At the time of this review, this beer was #11 on the beeradvocate top beers "popular" list and is the #1 Gueuze on the beeradvocate best of gueuze list.

Beer is orange / yellow, almost light brown with a nice white, soft head, tons of lacing, strong carbonation, looks great.

no mistaking the aroma for anything other than a 3F gueuze, has that sharpness, oaky, mildly acetic, mildly rubbery, some sulfur, a complex and strong mixture that makes these gueuzes the best.

Beer is light on the front and dry on the finish. There is a lemony almost sweetness to this beer, strong citric, some succinate, mild acetic, some creaminess in the palate from a lactic presence, mild tartness at the corners of my mouth on the finish. Overall a near perfect gueuze. I look forward to the zomer now and I'll love aging this beer and having it again.

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Photo of aasher
4.6/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle sampled at the South Carolina tasting. I can't believe I'm getting to try this treat again. It pours a cloudy gold with a light frothy white lacing. It gives intense aromas of pear, cider, granny smith apples, brett, an entire farm and is still very sharp and crisp. It is straight sour, sour unlimited. It's pure. You get the aforementioned fruits and dry yeasts. The funk is alive. This is like Kool and the Gang doing a show in your glass. I applaud this masterpiece. Very nice drinker and prototype for the style.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.35/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bottle poured into a wine glass with some friends in Jersey. Review # 1500

A- Lente pours out a light yellow hazy color with tan highlights. Only about a 1/2 inch of loose white foam rose up before whimpering out. Hardly any lace.

S- A nice dose of citrus with lemon and light apples. Not really picking up any malt or hops just a nice burst of sour tartness, A big wet oak scent comes down with some hay and outdoor scents. Damp basement and other guezue scents. A winner in my nose.

T- Tastes like a really nice gueuze but it's less tart yet as exciting as i was hoping. Some lemon zest with a slight tart/sour thing going on. Basically a slighty sour lemon drop with some yeast and other bugs coming into play. The oak is large and works well with earth and some mineral taste over some sips.

M&D- The feel on this gueuze is extremely thin with some puckering capability, some carb is present though helping things out. The drinkability is high as the abv is low as the sourness comes out with warming. A terrific gueuze.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.37/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A soft, steady pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a glass filling, three-finger thick, pale, just tanned, off-white colored head. The head leaves some nice lacing patterns on the sides of my glass as I work my way through this beer. The beer is an amber color that shows a clear, light amber with gold tinges to it hue when held up to the light. The aroma is nice and funky, it smells of woody, mushrooms still damp and with forest loam still stuck to them as I pour this beer. Sharp and tart smelling, this seems to have just a touch of acetic acid, but more of a urea like tart-spiciness, as well as a full, grapefruit like lactic acidity. Musty, slightly moldy, wild yeast notes mix with a woodiness from the oak. If you spend some focused time smelling this beer an ample, but otherwise unnoticed, grain character becomes noticeable; aromas of whole wheat crackers and crushed pale malt. The phenolics here provide a sharpness, that isn’t medicinal at all, but mixes in with the sharper acidic notes. Musty, woody pepper that has lost most of its spice, as well as a general funkiness that I wouldn’t say is really B.O. like, but does have an animal muskiness to it (of course this is all in the absolutely best sense of the description).

Spritzy, with an ample carbonation, the beer feels lively as it rolls across the tongue. Notes of urea, backed by a solid lactic acidity combine with the carbonic acid to make this beer even more lively. My first sip of this seems quite light and refreshing, and my palate is left with a lingering sourness as well as some phenolic mustiness and muskiness. Slightly medicinal tasting, this provides a firmness to the beer; it sort of has a chalky, or maybe hint of aspirin like flavor / texture to it as well. Funky mushroom flavors, mix with a musky, barnyard character and some limestone cave like earthiness form a backdrop to the lively tartness that is the focus of this beer. Soft grain notes, aren’t quite as prominent as in the nose, but form a nice base for the other notes; softly cracker like, more hay-like or dried grass like, but also with a lingering sourdough bread crumb like flavor that is just noticeable as a lingering suggestion on the palate after each sip.

As the beer warms up it becomes softer and rounder, the grain character seems to become fuller and help with this, though it is still not a major component of the flavor. While this beer is quite light and quaffable, it still has that fullness that a good Gueuze usually has. At times the hint of acetic acid seems to provide a sensation of sweetness to this beer; actually I like how light and subtle the acetic character is here, a good Gueuze really shouldn’t have any noticeable acetic character, and this one really doesn’t, what is here just adds to the complexity of this beer rather than intruding on the other flavors.

Mind blowingly good perhaps not, but damn I would certainly drink this every day if I could. It is really hard for this Lambic lover to not be really excited by this beer; it has likely lived up to the anticipation that I tried not to overdo as this bottle sat resting in my refrigerator. I really like how hearty the grain character is in the aroma; it is quite distinct & really just adds that extra something to the nose. While I don’t mind the subtle acetic character in this beer, this would likely be a lot closer to perfection without it.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


I've had this a number of times and failed to review it each time (Thanks to Javier, someone in San Francisco, Matt, Tim, and someone at Woodshop for sharing in the past) I think it's time I open a bottle by myself and review it. I was going to make this review #1800 but it really doesn't make a difference so this is #1798, a milestone of no great significance apart from its proximity to 1800. Snifter.

A: Bright yellow orange with perfect transparency and a big mousse-like head that settles to a layer of foam that lingers for a very long time. A very nice looking beer.

S: Oak and lemon meet musty barnyard and pronounced earthy notes. I detect hay and a subtle cheese presence. There's a whisper of sulfur. Traces of pear and apple linger in the background with a little sweet malt. I get just a little floral character and maybe a touch of pepper, with a subtle mushroom presence and some forest floor aromatics.

T: Tart up front with a moderate lactic sourness and a mouth watering citric acidity. There's a firm oak profile that blends with tannins and a dash of vanilla. Leather is restrained, yielding to damp earth and light barnyard characteristics. I detect a hint of cheese. A firm lemony citric acidity accompanies lactic notes throughout. The finish is dry, tannic, and earthy, with a final citric flourish.

M: The mouthfeel is lower medium in body with high carbonation.

Overall: A very good Gueuze. Probably my favorite in the series at this point, though I haven't tried Winter, yet.

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