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

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

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Brouwerij Drie 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 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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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 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 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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Photo of mdfb79
4.85/5  rDev +3.2%
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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Armand'4 Oude Geuze Lente (Spring) from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
4.7 out of 5 based on 410 ratings.
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