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

Brewed by:
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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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle. Pours a cloudy golden orange with a 3 finger white head that has good retention and leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is amazing. Extremely funk with some soft oak, some light lemon, mushroom, and a decent amount of earthiness. There is a bit of green apple and some apricot present as well. Probably the best smelling beer I have ever had. The taste starts with some soft funky oak with a slight hint of sweetness. Then comes some light lemon, a bit of lactic, some mushroom, and a bit of apple. The finish has a funky earthiness to it. Overall, it is not particularly dry or sweet. It has a decent tartness throughout, but is not over the top The mouthfeel is quite amazing. It has fairly light, soft, fluffy feel in on the tongue, and the medium carbonation is perfect. I would say that this is the best beer that I have had. I can’t think of anything that I would change about it.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 750mL C&C bottle to snifter on 11/13/11 with a group of friends
*From notes

-- Thanks for generously sharing this one, Bill --

A: She's a beaut. Cloudy off-white golden. A careful pour yields a one finger ghost white head that fades quickly. No lacing or collar.

S: Wild yeast, green apple and minced herbs are abundant. It's simply a pleasure to lose myself in the bouquet.

T: The brett seeps in first and sticks to the jowels, as it's rather tart and sour. What really gets me is how much my mouth waters, and the sense of balance this has. Intense? Sure, yet it's not overwhelming. When a beer comes across this much at ease, you know it's been crafted with master precision.

M: I can't believe how well put together this is, how rich and big it is in the mouth. The density and layering here is absolutely on point.

O: Armand'4 Oude Geuze Lente is a pretty spectacular beer. The depth of character runs deep. This is something special, something to be cherished. Enjoy now, or enjoy many years from now. Regardless, this is one worth seeking out, even at a high cost.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle.

Pours a hazy golden orange with a big fluffy white head that shows very good lacing.

Aroma is seriously funky, earthy, with lots of wet hay and a light lactic acidity and lots of oak. There is some yeasty spiciness with some pepper notes as well. There is some citrus behind the funk, with some lemons coming out especially.

The taste is spectacular, massively complex and starts with a more pronounced lemon and grapefruit. There is plenty of yeast and cracker in the background with a less arrestingly funky character than the nose. The finish does have plenty of brett as well as some lightly spicy oak.

The mouthfeel is perfect for the style, managing to be smooth and creamy while still feeling almost effervescent with strong carbonation.

This is definitely one of the best sours I've ever had. I remember being blown away by Blauw when I first tried it and I would rate this one in the same category. As good as advertised.

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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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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL c&c at RBSG in Philly

Ap: The pour is a cloudy peach with a generous white head. Excellent white lacing.

N: Heavy Brett in the nose like J&J Blauw with lemon, flowers, rose, hibiscus. Mild cheesy funk comes through along with moldy grapefruit rind and sweet Valencia orange. Really approaching a superlative nose. There is definitely a bread crust earthiness to the nose with sharp lemon, wheat, and lemon zest. Perhaps something like sesame breadsticks.

T: Taste is loaded with tangy red grapefruit giving more of a citrus smack akin to Cantillon geuze and dissimilar to J&J Blauw. Pretty Brett forward geuze that is quite soft and easy to savor. Fresh, floral, and much softer than the Zomer of Herfst.

P: Soft palate rather than sour and leathery. Very beautiful geuze and completely insane that it is already this good with no age on it. I can see how someone could get sesame breadsticks out of this nose.

Overall refreshing, light, Brett-forward. Much better than J&J Blauw doing a side by side as this is good to go now and J&J Blauw is on the decline.

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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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Armand'4 Oude Geuze Lente (Spring) from Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Beer rating: 4.74 out of 5 with 416 ratings