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

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BA SCORE
4.73/5
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412 Ratings
Armand'4 Oude Geuze Lente (Spring)Armand'4 Oude Geuze Lente (Spring)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Belgium
3fonteinen.be

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
128
Ratings:
412
pDev:
5.5%
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4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of mdfb79
4.85/5  rDev +2.5%
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 UCLABrewN84
4.42/5  rDev -6.6%
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 warnerry
4.8/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle shared with BA woosterbill and others during a great day at 3F.

A - Pours a slightly turbid deep golden brown with more than two fingers of off-white head. Head has amazing retention and leaved nice lacing.

S - Bright citrus aromas with a nice earthy musty presence. Also a slight musty cheese aroma. Very inviting.

T - Very nice acidity up front, with a refreshing and big citrus character, combining lemon and grapefruit. Finish is bitter earthy hops. Very refreshing and just excellent taste.

M - Crisp mouthfeel with slight earthiness and lingering tart bitterness.

O - Excellent overall and my favorite geuze to date. Very refreshing nice a great citrus profile and nice balancing funk elements.

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5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Fux
4.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours bright hazy golden orange. The head is large and creamy with a very good retention.

S: Smell is sour, fruity (citruses, pear), with faint funky notes and goat cheese.

T: Taste is very fruity (oranges, apples), lactic, sweet (lemon zests), with a moderate barnyard presence. The finish is citrusy and bitter (lemon, orange, grapefruit).

M: Just perfect mouthfell, medium bodied with a lot of carbonation. The sweetness balances very well the fruity blossom of this beer.

O: Very easy to drink yet very full of flavors. One very good blend achieved by a true Gueuze master!

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5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of dtx00
4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.25/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tasting glass. Bottle shared among six of us, so about 4 oz. for me. Consumed first of our four seasons tasting.

4.0 A: Moderately hazed yellow orange. Two and a half fingers of foamy white head. Very good retention and moderate amounts of spotty lacing left behind.

4.0 S: Musty with lots of funky fruit. This one ended up being the "brightest" and fruitiest of the four seasons. Apple, hay, horse blanket, musky barnyard, and some dank basement. Good amount of tangy lactic acid with perhaps a touch of true sourness. Bright peach to round this off.

4.5 T: Peachy, apple, hay, apple orchard, musty barnyard, and horsey. Easily the most fruity and probably the most complex. A touch of lemon and wet grass.

4.5 M: Lighter body. Gueuze level carbonation that is highly spritzy with a solid creaminess. Super smooth.

4.0 D: Definitely solid, but not considerably better than other top tier gueuzes and definitely not worth the price. Still, glad to have tried it. This one was tied for second with Winter.

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4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Patrickbrusil
4.95/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Oh my god. Oh my god. Oh my god. Oh my god. Oh my god. Oh my god.

Creamy, sour, sweet, smooth, wild, rustic, intoxicating, epic, wonderful, and luscious.

If you can get it you should. If you can't then it's ok but life won't be as rich and wonderful as it could be.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.7/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

3/11/12

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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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of BeerBouncer
4.62/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

What a beautiful beer. I had the opportunity to join Armand at his brewery in Belgium.

Served in a tulip glass, the beer has a golden color to it which a nice head. The nose is amazingly complex with sour notes and a complexity that is unmatched.

The taste: horse blanket, lemon zest, very tart.

It lente version of this bier leaves nice lacing on the sides of the glass. One of my favorite beers of all time.

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4.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml into a tulip and Cantillon tumbler, dregs poured into a taster.

Deep marmalade with sunshine highlights and a small head that sticks around for the duration of the session. Tiny bubbles can be seen dancing to the top in secession, decent lacing.

Faint barnyard funk with a little bit of gym socks. Lemon zest is quickly introduced with unripe granny smith rounding out the edges.

Opens with a nice tingle of citrus then quickly moves into a cheesey barnyard funk that can be compared to old gym socks, haystacks, and goat cheese. Has a finish of more funky cheese and a bit of citrus. Excellent balance.

Undeniably smooth with a medium body, a touch of dryness on the end and a tingle of carbonation.

Amazing balance between the funk and sour. The rawest expression of what a gueuze should be, I'm sad that I only have a few bottles of this. It's easily one of the best beers I've ever had.

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Photo of Rconn006
4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of smurfbeer
5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of ArchEnemyBrew
5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of AgentZero
4.62/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #1700, and the last of the top 100 now ticked off. Just had to do it once. Shared with NO ONE, muahahahaha.

A - A great-looking, murky yellow beer that poured with a few fingers of foamy head that dissipated rather quickly and left behind some minor splotches on the sides of the glass.

S - Lots of sweetness, with some touches of vanilla and a lot of nice funk. There's just the slightest bit of old cheese in there, minor horse blanket. This is a really mellow smelling Gueuze that has the requisite funk and barnyard but is quite smooth smelling with some sweetness.

T - Slightly oaky, some lemon zest sweetness that avoids being too citrusy. There is a slight bit of acetobacter tartness in here with some grass and straw. There's a bit of a lingering sourness on the end.

M - Medium bodied, soft carbonation, little bit of a tannic finish on the end.

O - Very nice. So easy and smooth to drink. At times I might find myself in the mood for a gueuze that has a little bit more bite to it, but this is a great change of pace with its mellow flavor and tone.

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Photo of brewinglawyer
5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of islandboi8204
4.62/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened along side Zomer, Herfst, Winter, shared 4 ways.

Pours a deep burnt orange color, bright, fluffy white head, looks gorgeous.

Smells deep and complex, with bright light fruit and lots of citrus. Plenty of oak and funk for a young gueuze.

Tastes well balanced, lemon zest with some nice sourness on the finish. Real smooth and reminds me of spring...

Medium body, perfect carbonation for the style.

Overall I thought this was the best of the four seasons, in terms of balance and complexity.

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Photo of jsilva
4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of chrispoint
5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of srandycarter
4.53/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pretty, somewhat cloudy light copper, huge stark white head that stays for some time. Lots of cling lace and check out those cascading bubbles!

S - Barn, sour fruit, funked. Sharp on the sour.

T - Beautiful. Big, wide palate, nice bright layers of sweet tarts and haybarn.

M - Lighter bodied, great carb and lip smacking nice balance.

D - Easy to drink and fairly easy ABV. It's a winner!

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Armand'4 Oude Geuze Lente (Spring) from Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Beer rating: 4.73 out of 5 with 412 ratings
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