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 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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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 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 patm1986
5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.63/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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. The nose is bright, with bread, toast, mild lemon, a mellow funk, orange marmalade, mildly floral. Soft, bright, fresh and complex, this is fantastic stuff.

The palate opens bright, soft, citrusy and not very sour. More orange than lemon, this blend has none of the crazy 3 Fonteinen funk - no earth, no mushrooms. Mildly floral, this is super soft with minimal acidity and gentle sourness. Light in body, very highly carbonated, this beer is drying and oaky on the finish with some lemon and orange. An unique blend.

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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 Thehuntmaster
4.97/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle 6,0% ABV
Served chilled in an over sized wine glass.

I have had this in my fridge for quite some time and just could not wait any longer and had to crack it open. Lets see if the hype is justified.

Appearance: Geuzes are generally not one of the better looking styles, but this one might just be the exception to that rule. The body is moderately hazed and a bright apricot-orange colour. A rough pour yields a massive white head that displays great retention for a sour and leaves thick chunks of lace clinging to the glass as it recedes.

Smell: And I thought other geuzes had good noses! This puts every other sour I have had to shame! The nose is massive, in power and complexity and displays a perfect balance of funk and tart fruit. Since I have absolutely no idea where to begin with a nose like this, I will simply list all the notes I found over the course of the bottle.
Tart white grapes, granny smith apples (skin and flesh), a touch of tart apricot, chardonnay, fine oak, lightly spicy tea leaf (a first from a sour), musty basement, damp moss, dry grass, a touch of cheese, overripe white grapes, a touch of vinegar and a floral/meadow note.

Taste: The flavour follows on perfectly from the nose, with notes including: white grapes, green apples, a touch of apricot, lemon peel, light oak, musty basement, an earthy character, dust, old wood, cobwebs, hay,a touch of cider vinegar and a floral note. This is not the tartest geuze out there, but still manages some mouth puckering. The finish is beautifully dry.

Mouthfeel: The body seems fuller than normal for a geuze, being a solid medium. The carbonation is just about perfect for the style - medium-high level, fine bubbles and quite crisp. The mouthfeel makes Lente fantastically drinkable and incredibly refreshing.

Overall: Is this beer worth the hype? The answer is simple - YES! This is easily the best sour I have had and is in fact well placed in my top 5 all time favorite beers. I am so glad I have a few more bottles in the cellar!

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Photo of brystmar
4.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened all 4 Armands at a big sour tasting on Memorial Day. Lente and Zomer were pretty similar and actually tied for my favorite. Crisp, clean, mildly citrusy, acidic, tart, and delicious.

Were these cheaper and more easily available I'd happily drink them every day. Perfect beer for a summer day.

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Photo of badbeer
4.16/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a beautiful copper color with an eggshell white head that sits atop throughout the entire glass.

An aromatic blend of lemon rind, citrus, hay, and maybe a small amount of a barnyard character, but this is much more towards the citrusy end of the spectrum. I'd prefer a little more intensity, but that seems a little unfair considering the integration of aromas is excellent.

Taste starts out with a bit of a funky cheese, citric acid, lemon rind, apples, hay, and just a touch of acetic acid. The lower levels of acetic acid are very nice; makes it seem easier to drink in greater quantities and allows the citrusy characteristics to shine.

Light and dry on the tongue with about medium levels of CO2. I have to bump up the overall a touch as the beer is really very good. The intensity isn't there as it is in others, but the lighter, more delicate flavors do go together very well. Probably the most sessionable gueuze I've had.

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

750 ml bottle, from box set 187/500, bottle says Lot: 19/03/2010, Best Before: 03/2020. Poured into a tulip glass. Me and agold drank this side by side with Zomer.

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color, produces about 3 fingers of creamy white head, has very good retention, leaves some lacing.

S- This is one of best-smelling beers I've ever come across. The aroma is incredible. Very complex musty funk, hay, apples, grapefruit rind, as it warms a really interesting mushroom aroma (in a good way) comes out along with wet wood and a really nice honey aroma. The overall effect reminds me of a wet, dark forest, if that can be said about a beer.

T- Sharp but not overpowering tartness up front, citric acid, lemon and apple fruitiness, some bitter grass and grapefruit rind, again a very complex earthy, woody, mushroom-like funk character, very slight honey flavor, hay and chalk.

M- For me, this is the only category where Lente definitely loses out to Zomer, although the feel on Lente is still excellent. Medium-bodied, dry and very smooth feel.

O- Easily one of the best gueuze's I've had, probably one of the best beer's I've had. The flavor and aroma are incredibly complex and keep evolving as you move through the bottle and the beer warms, the earthy mushroom funk on this beer was really amazing. I'm going to try Herfst and Winter soon, but so far I'm surprised at how well Lente and Zomer really do seem to embody their respective seasons.

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Photo of Agold
4.72/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought a box from etre gourmet and split this side by side with zomer.

Lente is a golden orange beer topped by about an inch and a half of foam that recedes leaving some spotty lacing. What remains is about 1/8 inch of head. Aroma is more of a dry barnyard, hay, musty character, with some grapefruit rind, with an underlying earthy dirty note. I just can't stop going back and smelling this again and again. As it warms, some woody mushroom aromas emerge. Flavor is extraordinary as well. Apple, citrus, grapefruit rind, less funk, but some really pleasant mustiness and with a bit of wetter mustier note at the end and a bit of a floral flavor. Mouthfeel is light, effervescent, dry, but not quite as nice as the zomer. What an extraordinary beer.

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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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