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 Jonada
4.85/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.75/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into HF wine glass. Awesome orange slightly hazy color with thick white head. The aromas fly out of the bottle upon opening...super funky typical barnyard...just great.
Taste of citrus, funky wheaty, bready, very complex...very awesome.
Its tart, and sour, but very refreshing. I was a tad underwhelmed by it, but not by any means disappointed. A truly world class brew. Cant wait to open the other 3 in the series!

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.83/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A shoutout to Miamilice for trading this beer to me! Thank you very much and cheers!

bottled 03/29/2010.

750ml C&C bottle with black foil. Cork comes out of the bottle with a loud sharp pop. Poured into a pair of tulip glasses shared with a very good friend.

Appearance: slightly hazy orangish yellow bodied beer with 2 full fingers of bone white head. Somewhere between minimal and moderate lacing left behind on the side of the glass.

Smell: Right away the barnyard funk is the very first thing that I notice. Lots of fruitiness(pears, green apple, and white grapes), a hint of "yeastiness", and wheat malts that impart some sweetness in the nose of this beer. Little bit of earthiness and oak. This has such a pleasant balance in the nose that I cant wait to take a sip!

Taste: Mild tartness that is fruity; mostly lemons, green apples, white grapes, and pear. Moderate funkiness that is a combination of banyard funk and earthy funk. Nice oak barrel presence that does not overpower the beers flavor profile. Hint of yeast, slightly sweet wheat malt and it is a little grainy. The funk lingers long after each sip with a little bit of acetic sourness; this is really nice beer. Such a well balanced gueuze!

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with carbonation levels that are on the higher end of moderate carbonation, but the carbonation almost reaches high levels. Refreshing, crisp, spritzy, and dry without being too aggressive. Carbonation feels soft and creamy on the palate. So very drinkable, well rounded / balanced mouthfeel, and quite pleasant to drink. This has a perfect mouthfeel as far as a gueuze is concerned.

Overall: What a mind blowing beer! This has got to be in my top 5 to top 10 beers that I have had the privilage to drink to this date! It is a sophistocated, elegant, and neuanced beer. It is without a question the best Gueuze that I have ever drank and its the best sour beer that I have ever drank. I am completely blown away by this beer and I wish to drink this beer again someday!

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Photo of tectactoe
4.68/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Mike for splitting this bottle and knocking off an enormous want of mine. Lente pours out bright like tempered, copper pipe, beaming in color with a foamy, fizzling white head comprised of large bubbles that pop and squander away pretty quickly. A few moments later, all that's left is a thin collar outlining this beautifully colored gueuze.

Someone sitting across the table from me was the one who opened the bottle, and moments after the cork was popped, I could already smell this wonderfully funky monster. Pouring it into my glass and bringing it a half inch from my nose was like olfactory heaven. This stuff is funky as hell, and tart like an obnoxious teenager; copious barnyard-like, sweaty funk, tart lemon skins, pears, apples, musty cellar floor, stone fruit flesh... where does it end?

Just when you think you've got everything figured out, you take another sniff and it sends you into another snarl of disbelief. More wet hay and damp cork, indisputable Belgian funk, musky forest and mushrooms and earthiness, with all those clamoring, tart fruits injecting just an edge of acidity for good measure. Probably one of the best smelling beers I've had the pleasure of sniffing to date. Hours after finishing the beer, smelling the empty bottle was like reliving a dream.

The first sip bitch slaps your taste buds pretty quickly, with a funkified lemon acidity that bites but doesn't burn. Tart, cheesy yeast clumps rock around with good introductions of musty, damp oak and straight up funk lying somewhere between a horse and sweaty feet. Stone fruits abound, lemons abound, apple and pear skins abound, white grapes abound... fruit abound, really. Sour, tart, and vinous to the core.

Each sip is so deliciously funk and sour, expanding your taste buds to new ends of the spectrum like not many other beers can do. The finish is a fading combo of the same funk and sour that rummages through the rest of the flavor profile, along with an adhering dryness that strips your palate of all moisture. The sharp and heavily carbonated body only accentuates these flavors and really leaves your palate in a constant need of repair (aka, another sip).

Wow, what a wonderfully fantastic beer, through and through. The hype on this one is fairly legit, I'd say. Not often does a beer come along that is so impressive in nearly every facet of the game, but Lente shines bright like a diamond. Good funk, good tartness, good oak, good dryness, and just a good experience all around. At around 40-45€ a bottle, Lente is not a cheap investment, but nevertheless one that any lover of gueuze (or good beer in general, really) needs to make.

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

This pours a slightly hazy golden amber body with a thick light beige head. Curtains of sticky lacing and pretty good head retention.

The nose is complex and inviting, with lemon, vanilla, grassy herbs, and a hint of toffee sugar.

This has such a delightful taste, a fresh lemon tartness balanced by toffee sugar, while the oak aging provides spice and light tannins. Aged hops provide just a small amount of bitterness in the finish. It is hard to imagine how blending young and old lambics can actually produce such a wonderful tasting beer, but thankfully here it is. It is not overpowered by funk or wildness; it is more like a wild beast that has been tamed.

This is light bodied and the carbonation is moderate, producing a mousey light and airy mouthfeel like a good champagne.

I could drink this forever it is so addictively satisfying. Each sip provokes the next. If any beer does, I think this qualifies hands down for the champagne of beers title. It is like a perfect lemon confection (reminds me of lemon tarts, lemon squares) yet more complex with a spicy lingering finish. Nothing is off in this beer, it is the evocation of spring.

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Photo of Damian
4.94/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of rudzud
4.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with JLindros and company at the last whale tasting. Reviewed from notes

A - Poured into my Kate the Great tulip a light honey blonde hazy hue with a one finger head that fades to leave lots of side lacing.

S - Super, super funky and bright. Light yeast notes, tough of lemongrass and earthy notes. Again though I get a faint hint of rubber.

T - Taste is the same as the nose, minus that rubber too thankfully. Super funky here, nice and tart with good fruit (lemon) notes. Slightly juicy, good grass and hay notes with good lightly bready malts.

M - Mouthfeel is quite tart with a nice crisp finish. Good and light.

O - Overall this is a good tart brew. Its bright, sharp, really quite nice. One of my favorite out of the Armand series.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.87/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bottled March 19, 2010. Very excited to try this one.

The beer is cloudy amber, rather caramel coloured. A good-sized white head on top. Moderate retention, some lace.

Smell is lovely. I get light fruit flavours up front; apple, cherry, lemon. Then there is the funk- not as heavy as I expected but very nice. Horse blanket, barnyard. Oak. Very complex and really inviting.

Wow. Taste lives up to the nose and then some. The funk is quite present, but refined. Strong lemon flavoured acidic element, along with apple flavours, and a touch of cherry. Moderately sour, relatively dry. Wheat provides a crispness. There is a lot going on here and it is all perfectly in harmony with each other. What really sticks out about this beer is that it does so much but does not go overboard with any of it. Quite funky but not overwhelmingly so. Sour but not bracingly so. The fruit is larger and broader than expected.

Medium bodied, moderately carbonated- just the right level. Tart. Wonderfully refreshing.

Overall- amazing. Amazing that this beer lives up to and surpasses its reputation. Just phenomenal. The only problem is that I suppose I will never have it again. I hope this bottle never ends- can't say anything more than that.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.99/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip. Major thanks to Kevan for sharing!

(A)- Pours a hazy golden orange color. Produced a wonderful cap of white froth. Surprising retention that still kept some froth present with the last sip.

(S)- A great combination of dry straw cheesy funk combined with an earthy lemon rind and acidic oak. Even has a subtle hint of orange citrus at the end as it opens up in the glass.

(T)- Just wonderful. Similar to the smell in alot of ways. It is funky, but restrained. Superb showing of sour oak with bits of grassy straw and subtle citrus. Extremely dynamic and my words fail to really describe this one as it is in the glass. It really starts to show some nice citrus notes at it opens up and warms with orange, lemon, and grapefruit.

(M)- A lively carbonation level that combines so well with the vibrant oak, funk, and sour fruit. The dynamic play in this is spectacular and each sip is just as rewarding as the first, if not more so.

(O)- Practically perfect in every way. Such a dynamic and vibrant play on what a Gueuze can be like. Each sip brought some new flavors to the palate in such a fantastic way that, again, my words only scratch the surface on this one. Simply fantastic!

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Photo of kevanb
4.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle poured into a Drie Fonteinen tumbler.

The beer pours a lovely copper color, hazy complexion, many bubbles rising to the top of the glass with a great, 3 finger, white, cloudy head that has impressive retention, lasting the entire session that leaves behind a great amount of sticky lacing. The aroma is wonderful, lots of signature funk, bright grapefruit citrus, lemongrass, chewy oak, rosewater, nice and complex, lightly tart and acidic, everything you want from a great geuze. The flavors are super bright and vibrant, citrus, grapefruit, lemongrass, light funk, zesty yeast, floral, meadowy flavors pop out as well. A nice oaky barrel character is ever present that helps blend everything together in perfect harmony. Every sip brings out something new, something more complex, the citrus is super fresh, the floral flavors are so light and layer themselves so well with the funky, oaky elements. The body is super light, crisp and lively, dances on the tongue so well but finishes so smoothly and freshly.

Verdict: Just a spectacular Geuze from Drie Fonteinen and arguably the best of the Armand'4 series, the flavors are just so fresh and balanced, the complexity is only matched by a small few and the aroma is so wonderful that this really is the whole package of a perfect Geuze.

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Photo of jegross2
4.97/5  rDev +5.7%
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).

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Photo of homebrew311
4.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to hannydawg for sharing this one. The appearance is cloudy with a fizzy head the retains as a thin layer and leaves a fair amount of lacing. The first thing that strikes me on the nose is the complexity. I get some of the familiar gueuze funk that I've had in other beers of the style, but this one adds layers of earth, caraway, lemon, grass, and maybe even a hint of rye. Each whiff gives me something different, I could smell this all day. The taste is super tart, but again, in a very unique way. I get more of the caraway and spices along with sourdough bread, lemon zest, and grass. Very complex and a world of funk. Mouthfeel is right on for the style, high carbonation that provides a spritzy mouthfeel that holds up the tartness nicely. This is by far the most distinctive gueuze I have ever tried and definitely one worth seeking out.

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Photo of Tnudish
4.3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Sampled all 4 Armand’4 side by side at a tasting back in early 2012.

A-Lente pours a cloudy amber orange in color with a large, frothy, off-white head. The beer has excellent head retention and lacing.

S-Nose is comprised of classic 3F funk, must, barnyard, lemon, horse blanket, and earth.

T-The flavor of Lente is what really set it apart from the rest of the Armand’4 originally. It is full of bright, citric lemon like the Zomer, but it also has the layers of funk. Truth be told, it might be the funkiest of the 4.

M-The mouthfeel is light, with moderate acidity, lively carbonation, and a long finish.

O-At the time, this proved to me by favorite bottle of the bunch. I’d be interested to see how it’s developing in comparison to the others now. I’m guessing that some may have rounded out more nicely than this one, then again I have had the others since and haven’t had a drop of Lente.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.87/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drie Fonteinen Armand'4 Oude Geuze Lente
Tasted on 12-26-2012

Poured into a Boulevard tulip from a 750ml bottle.

Pours an awesome deep yet lively copper and orange color with a nice half inch white head. This beer is extremely attractive great bright colors and a clean dense head. (4.5)

Aroma starts off with some grassy, hay funk with some awesome notes of tartness and vinegar. There is some woody notes as well and awesome lemony and fruity tartness. There is also some slight fresh fruit sweetness to the brew with some notes of tart un-ripe pineapple. This aroma is so complex, with notes of white grape skins and some tart apple juice notes. (5.0)

Flavor is amazing! Similar to the nose it starts with more vinegar notes and some fruity and citrus tartness. So complex, with some yeasty funk and husk notes coming through behind the tartness at the same time as some nice fruit notes underlay the sour funk. There are some good woody notes and having this brew slightly cooler than room temperature is ideal to showcase them and all the other complex flavors. The brew finishes dry with great earthy notes crisp carbonation is present. (5.0)(5.0)

Overall, the brew is complex and delicious. Notes of leather are present as well with the nice earthy grain notes and husky funk as the brew continuous to warm. Although it is tart there are some awesome fruit flavors in the brew that make every sip irresistible. Well done. (4.5)

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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 Florida9
4.55/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A glass raised in toast to Alan and Anna thanks to Hanydawg!

A: Very cloudy orange amber. Forms a large bubbly head that reduces fairly quickly to a think, stable surface coating. There is some light lacing.

S: Aromatic and inviting. Caraway, coriander, citrus rind, and a mix of musty basement and dry savory spices.

T: This beer manages to straddle the line between every flavor other than umami. Tart lemon, mild sourness, yeasty spice, dry malts. More so than any particular flavor standing out, this one is the epitome of a perfectly balanced sour.

M: Light bodied, tart, mildly spicy, with heavier carbonation.

O: What can be said other than that this a pretty damn good beer! I am admittedly no fan of the sour beers, but this one exudes a finesse and balance that is rare among all beers.

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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 ArrogantB
4.8/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle split three ways. Looks like your standard 3F gueuze, maybe a little lighter, yellowish. Smell is very oude, citrus, musty. Flavor is quite delicious, extremely well balanced fruits, only mildly sour, hints of funk. This was easily my favorite of all the Armand '4 gueuzes and the best Drie Fonteinen gueuze I've ever tasted. It might be the best gueuze I've ever tasted from any brewer/blender.

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Photo of stoutluvr420
4.88/5  rDev +3.8%
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!

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.38/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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

Last bottle in the series for me. 750ml into a snifter.

A: Pours a glowing orange with a huge white head.

S: Garlic, mushroom, sugar, sweet berry flesh, rich oak, wheat, green grapes, very tart. Incredibly smooth and pungent. One of the best lambic aromas I've ever smelled.

T: Oaky. lactic with lemony acidity, strong but smooth sourness, woody funk and blackberry skin. Very tart with layers and layers of beautiful oaky acid.

M: Light-bodied with frothy carbonation, a bit too much.

O: Definitely one of the best in the series, up there with Winter for me. Also one of the best smelling lambics I've ever had the pleasure of trying.

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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 animortician
4.92/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

WOW! Bottled March of 2010

This bottle was opened as a going away present for me, what an honor.

A: Pours with a great head, that left amazing lacing! Color was like a very light orange. Slight haziness to it.

S: Pungent, Tart, Musty, Earthy

T: Amazing, This beer captures what an old old beer spontaneously fermented from Belgium would taste like, I haven't had many but and I'm afraid i set the bar pretty high with this one. Amazing depth of flavor. Great funk that isn't overpowering at all. Enough for my wife to say, "i think there is something off in that" and me to say "Oh no that what a Gueuze is suppose to taste like" Flavor changes as you move it around in your mouth and as the beer warms up.

M: Light, great carbonation, you can def feel the effect of the lactic after a while too!


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Photo of rodkin
4.77/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I love this beer.

Pour is a slightly hazy orange, with about a 3 finger head that lasts and lasts.

Smell is really big citrus. Some mustiness, bit of funk, hay, apple. Kind of a dewy character.

Taste is unbelievable. Big apple, musty attic, funk, citrus, hay. Kind of reminds me of walking through a forest on a sunny morning. Really captures the season. Can't possibly think of how this can be improved. Pleasantly tart, but not overwhelmingly so at all. Super sessionable, this is probably my #1 desert island beer. Perfectly smooth on the finish.

The mouthfeel is just perfect. Light, dry, great carbonation. Drinks super smoothly.

What a beer. Zomer was excellent, but between the two I think the edge has to go to lente.

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Armand'4 Oude Geuze Lente (Spring) from Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
4.7 out of 5 based on 410 ratings.
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