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 UCLABrewN84
4.42/5  rDev -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 +2.1%
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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Photo of Fux
4.55/5  rDev -3.2%
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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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.25/5  rDev -9.6%
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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Photo of Patrickbrusil
4.95/5  rDev +5.3%
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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


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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Photo of BeerBouncer
4.62/5  rDev -1.7%
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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Photo of auroracrisis
4.88/5  rDev +3.8%
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 AgentZero
4.62/5  rDev -1.7%
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 islandboi8204
4.62/5  rDev -1.7%
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 srandycarter
4.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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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Photo of cpetrone84
4.21/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this again in may of 12 next to zomer and winter. Bottle seems to be a slighlty muted version of winter, doesn't have the bright fruits it once had and lacks the depth of flavor that zomer offers. Weakest of the three but still extremely good.
Had at the pub while talking with Armand. The pur is a deep cloudy golden amber with a light brown head and extremely tight bubbles with huge retention. The nose is very complex, dry and earthy with cheese up front and a light dusty funk underneath. The back has a very spicy, peppery yeast note, hints of greens, tons of fruit, apricots and peaches. The taste has sweetness up front, peach and apricot, not as funky as the nose but more integrated. Notes of yeast, a touch green, sour apricots and peaches with a note of citrus and bitterness. Medium body, a touch syrupy and creamy on the palate, good carbonation and very dry finish. The nose is deeply complex but not perfectly integrated, the flavor was more integrated but a touch less bright and complex. Incredible stuff!

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Photo of Spider889
4.67/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Shared by TurdFurgison.

Due to the generosity of those at our tasting we were able to taste this side by side against Zomer and Winter.

A - Nice color and clarity (something pretty much all of the variations exhibited). Left nice lace - again something I am not entirely used to with my experience with gueuzes in the past.

S - Funky with a nice citrus aroma. Very bright and vibrant. I get the feeling that this will age well, but that the aroma will be much better fresh than aged.

T - Lente had a very dusty funk to it - in contrast to the more dank and oaky funk we were getting out of Zomer. Slightly sweet and juicy.

M - Strong prickly carbonation.

O - There was some back and forth/debate amongst the group concerning which gueuze was better - Lente or Zomer. It seems like the majority wound up preferring Zomer, but I think I have to give the edge to Lente, but only by a hair. Both are unique and both are excellent. I was actually quite surprised at just how unique each batch was when compared to the other two we had on hand.

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Photo of tewaris
4.64/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Kevin for hosting and sharing this awesome (and rare ;-) beer! Not to mention the excellent homebrewed Berliner Weisse.

Pours light golden with a medium white colored dense head. Signature Gueuze. A very very interesting aroma: I usually expect Gueuze to be all about acid and such but I got a lot of coal and tobacco like notes over the massive funk and of course, acidic notes. It is noteworthy that the said coal/tobacco notes seemed more related to a damp warehouse than the perfectly oxidized strong ale.

Taste contains everything in aroma and more: the tart character is more intense and the light body/crisp carbonation make things more interesting. A very intense and complex, and yet easy drinking beer.

I am not a very discerning Lambic drinker but I noted a lot of similarities in Zomer that Frank and Pasta shared at another later tasting. Thanks again guys!
4, 4.5, 4, 4, 4

Edit: scores updated after sampling some other beers of the same kind.

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

750mL btl poured into a Sierra Nevada Tulip, shared with KevinmusPrime and Riggsenator 

A: pours a hazy orange with a 2 finger white head that dissolves slowly and leaves some patchy lacing

S: quite funky and earthy with hints of wet hay, lemon and peppery spice

T: intense tartness upfront, somewhat mouth puckering, lactic acid with a nice fresh fruit flavor with apricot, lemon, and maybe oranges, as well as a hint of peppery spice from the yeast

MF: medium-light bodied, moderate to high carbonation, somewhat dry, leaves a tingly sensation on the palate

O: Incredible beer, definitely a top 5 beer for me, can't wait to try the rest of the series

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Photo of jethrodium
5/5  rDev +6.4%
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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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.5/5  rDev -4.3%
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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Photo of gford217
4.85/5  rDev +3.2%
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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Photo of orangesol
4.67/5  rDev -0.6%
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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Photo of tarheels86
4.62/5  rDev -1.7%
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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Photo of billab914
4.82/5  rDev +2.6%
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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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.67/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Probably the best Gueuze I've had, quite excellent.

A: Nice opaque orange color completely homogenous around the glass. Pinky of white foamy head and some great lacing.

S: This is phenomenal and complex. Citrus, butter, a nice tartness but not overly present. Great farmhouse yeast and straw malt but not overly funky. Very rich yet clear aroma. Has what I think of for gueuze, even with notes of whole grapes and a grassy old hop aroma.

T: Follows the smell with a hefty butter back and very fresh citrus front. I again get an aged hop grassiness that I enjoy. Tart champagne grapes, Great level of tartness, not super sour just pleasantly tart. Some bitter back.

M: Bubbly champagne feel and yet it has body and richness. Excellent.

Overall this is fantastic.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.45/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

all three of these delicious beers were shared at darkness day by backfat and lurchingbeast-- huge sloppy fat props to both of you!

reviewed from notes

This one was shared by backfat (again! perhaps you've noticed a theme in the past several reviews-- I stood close to Dave for a good portion of the morning at Darkness Day, and it wasn't because I think he's cute. The dude brought the goods-- and I intended to tick them!)

back to the voicenotes-
Ahhhh backfat: a crazy fucking sexy bastard. Ohh he's a hairy beast alright! God I love him.
(yes, the preceding was actually part of my voicenotes... I have no excuses)

this beer is like a deep burnt orange color with some pink hues floating around in there. Bright white head is fizzy and shimmering white--- just looks gorgeous.

The nose is deep and complex- lots of bright light fruit with lots of citrus. Good deep complex oak and funk. This is certainly one of the best young gueuzes I've ever had. I can't believe how good this is for only being 4 or 5 months in the bottle.

Nice sourness-- kinda well-balanced and integrated.

Overall this is one of the best beers I've had in a long time... Wow. I want this beer. Really really fucking top-notch.

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Photo of readbaron
4.8/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Dunt for sharing this one.

Pours a bit darker than the average gueuze. Deep opaue tan with two fingers of white foam and some lacing. It's super frothy with tons of tiny bubbles.

Smells of lemon rind, sharp funk, some horseblanket and barnyard. Refreshing and crisp. A hint of cheese on the finish.

Taste is excellent – lemon rind, very tart, one of the more sour gueuzes I’ve tried. Super funky. Very sour but not acedic. Nearly lactic, but more refreshing.

Somewhat soft in the feel. Highly carbed, a bit prickley and crisp.

Overall – incredible, incredible gueuze. My favorite so far. Highly recommended. Excellently funky and sour. Crisp and refreshing. Very balanced.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.45/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Drie Fonteinen Gueuze glass. Thanks to Dunt for bringing this bottle over.

Appearance: This is a bit darker than average for the style. A golden color in the edge of the glass turns more of a caramel color in the middle. A frothy white cap retains fairly well and actually leaves a bit of lace on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is smooth and subtle. Lemon zest, some musty notes, and a gentle funk presence.

Taste: The flavors really develop before I even notice how sour it is. Some light malt, hay, grass, and must and funk open up the flavor, with lemon zest and rind growing into a very tart finish. There is actually not much of a sour aftertaste, it finishes pretty clean.

Mouthfeel: This has a slightly fuller body I normally expect from a gueuze, but it does not detract from the flavor. The carbonation is tightly wound and smooth. The flavor imparts a fairly acidic feel that causes some puckering in my mouth and a dry tart residue behind my lips.

Overall: This is an extremely well-crafted gueuze. It takes a bit of time before the more complex flavor unfolds on my tongue, but with each sip more flavor comes out.

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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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