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 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 DCon
5/5  rDev +6.4%

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5/5  rDev +6.4%

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5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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 hoppymcgee
4.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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 penniwisdom
5/5  rDev +6.4%

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5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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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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 Bobbydigi
5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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

Bottle split with airohead2001. This one's for old times buddy! Thanks a bunch.

A: Pours a fairly clear golden color with a 1 finger white head that lingers for quite some time and leaves a nice crown and wispy bubbles thought the drink. There's some nice lacing as well.

S: The main notes on the nose are lemon zest and orange peel. There's a nice amount of yeasty funk. The smell was robust and perfect for the style.

T: Some sweetness up front from the citrus fruit flavors. Then some funk, though not quite as much yeastiness as I would have expected, but this does not detract from the overall taste. There's the perfect amount of sourness in the finish. The flavor is pure enjoyment with many different experiences in each successive sip all integrated well.

M: Crisp and clean mouth feel with a great sour aftertaste that remains on tongue for a remarkable period of time.

O: By far the best beer of the style I've had, and a top 3 beer I've ever had. I would drink this all day any day.

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Photo of DP34
4.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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

1257th Review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Taster
750 ml

Poured by Jerz, shared by Jay from Naja's.

Thank you for the pour fellas.

App- A wonderful mix of oranges and sunshine yellow in the glass. A great bit of carbonation formed and left some great full open and popping bubbles. Really the 1st time I have been impressed this much with a Gueuze appearance.

Smell- What struck me the most was how much I just sat and smelled it. The aroma was so citrus and juicy that I didnt even notice for a few moments all the layers of tartness, a slight slight aciditic note and a little bit of sour.

Taste- I find no fault with this beer. I was very excited to see the bottle let alone try it. The citrus notes pop and then move into a funk with some earthy wheat notes with some deep funk and a little bit of apple.

Mouth- Light medium body with a light medium carbonation. Bright, crisp refreshing. Not a waxy or overly thick feel as some have. Just perfect.

Drink- I am sorry to my previous highest rated BCBVS that you have been demoted to #2. Couldn't ask for more in a beer. Perfection. Welp, only took 1,256 reviews before this to make me have a perfect 5.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.38/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the first of the four limited edition geuze blends using lambics brewed by 3 Fonteinen before the thermostat incident ceased brewing operations. Armand’4 Oude Geuze is a blend of 1, 2 and 3 years old lambic, brewed, aged, blended and bottled by Armand Debelder. This beer is very well-regarded in the beer community (100 Beeradvocate and Ratebeer), so I am sure honored to have tried this beer even though this has cost me a pretty penny! Poured from interesting bottle into a heavy chalice for effect. Pours beautiful orange/yellow appearance with a wonderful bright white one-finger head. Overpowering aroma of geuze, spring florals, orange, grass, and champagne. There is a distinct “burnt” flavor and aromatics that comes with this beer. Sour and puckering sweet taste. All typical characteristics of a solid geuze / lambic beer. Light to medium bodied and lively carbonation throughout. Excellent beer and probably better than Cantillon in my opinion. I must have poured like four or five glasses of this goodness into my chalice glass – there isn’t anything like a seemingly endless supply of good beer!

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4.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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5/5  rDev +6.4%

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5/5  rDev +6.4%

Armand'4 Oude Geuze Lente (Spring) from Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
4.7 out of 5 based on 412 ratings.
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