Armand'4 Oude Geuze Zomer (Summer)
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

Armand'4 Oude Geuze Zomer (Summer)Armand'4 Oude Geuze Zomer (Summer)
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Lambic - Gueuze
4.68 | pDev: 6.41%
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Retired (no longer brewed)
Armand'4 Oude Geuze Zomer (Summer)Armand'4 Oude Geuze Zomer (Summer)
Notes: The second of four limited edition geuze blends using lambics brewed by 3 Fonteinen before the thermostat incident ceased brewing operations.
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.84/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2011 vintage; drank 6/26/21 @ the Seventh Tee.

Decanted for 20 minutes before imbibing.

Delicate, elegant and flavorful; this shows the error of the American style of puckering sourness by way of soft citrus, supple wheat & faint tartness.

A true expression of the brewer's art.

Jun 29, 2021
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4.6/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a dirty golden color lambic with a rather large off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of funky Brett notes with some tart notes as well as oak. Taste is a complex mix of tart notes, oak and funky barnyard notes with very little sour notes with some light chalk notes also noticeable. Body is about average with good carbonation. Solid lambic and quite lively considering the age of the bottle.

Nov 10, 2019
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ArkyVaughan from New Jersey

4.9/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle at Akkurat in Stockholm. I had this the night after having Lente. I was expecting Lente to be clearly better, but Zomer was a close second among the Seasons. A little darker in color than Lente with that same perfectly balanced taste. Each of the Seasons is different, but it is hard to pinpoint why. Just so well done.

Jan 18, 2018
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

4.44/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dull honey hue with a loose, white head. Nose expresses citrus, rind and must. Taste follows nose. Mouthfeel is light and acidic with a mild carbonation. Overall, quite delicious. A close second to Herfst in my opinion.

Dec 24, 2016
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cbutova from Massachusetts

4.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Eternal gratitude goes out to my cousin Sonny for sharing this set at Ebenezer's 2016. Just stunning generosity.

A- Very murky and cloudy 750ml pour to several glasses at the Ebenezers back yard share. The head is once again foamy and rises to just about two fingers high with good retention. Spotty lacing even though there are plenty of legs.

S- Pungent and funky underripe stone fruits and lemons all along with a large lactic tartness that makes the cheeks prepare. Musty sour grapes, slight cheese, a touch of funky barnyard and a pinch of base grains.

T- Changes quite a bit here for me leaving some of the perceived sourness from the aroma behind for a bit of grainy character and even some yeast spice. More notes from the barrel with vinous degraded wood and very slight tannins. Some cheese comes out with time and the sourness certainly grows to a pretty high level after a few sips. Lemons, lactic acid bacteria, medium toast french oak, wine grapes and a touch of sour apple. Similar to Armand 4 A but perhaps a bit less sour and funky. Also more Sacc. sp. character here with some spice and pale fruits.

MF- Foamy with extremely high carbonation for being in the bottle this long. The body is medium and ever so slick. Finishes with a medium sourness which builds quite a bit with time. Fluffy and spot on.

Another masterful sour from Armand. Funky, sour and full of great fruit and barrel derived flavors. This series is just amazing.

Aug 22, 2016
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PDXAmbassador from Florida

4.52/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

More fruit-forward than the other seasons. Black cherry, fruit punch, maybe a bit of Cola sweetness. The acidity wasn as soft as with Lente. A little more angular in taste than the other seasons. Finish isn't as clean and pleasant. Still delicious.

Jul 23, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.14/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Solid orange looking, dense beer, had a good 1/2" white head. Aroma was rubbery funky, I dunno if this is about the thermostat incident or what, but this was a real plastic kind of funk.

The plastic concerns were overblown, as in the taste, it got better, lots of citrus, summer type fruits, funky cheese, barnyard and oak. Still enjoyable, but ultimately I guess I like a little bit cleaner of a gueuze.

Thought many of the regular Belgian gueuze beers were superior to this one. Of course this one is still awesome, but it is far from perfect too.

Feb 23, 2016
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Jeffo from Netherlands

4.19/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

We lined up all four seasons at Sloshfest 2015 a little while ago. Good fun with mediocre people. Cheers gents!

From a 750 into a wine glass

APPEARANCE: Pours a massive, 5+ finger, foamy white head with excellent retention. Hazy, darker gamboge orange with lots of carbonation evident. Foamy cap remains until the end leaving lots of foamy lacing down the glass. A little darker than Lente and this one is definitely the most carbonated of the seasons.

SMELL: Funky aromas with hay, a bit of citrus fruit notes and some acidity as well. Quite musty and dank; probably the most musty of the series. A little milder as well.

TASTE: Funky with barnyard, some light citrus notes, tart lemon and sourness up front. Medium finish with hay and barnyard funk, some musty and dark qualities, hints of fruity citrus and some apricot or peach flavors as well. A touch of acidity as well. Mild, but very much full of character and very well balanced.

PALATE: Medium body with medium levels of carbonation. Creamy and soft on the palate, goes down fine and finishes dry. Some tart lemon lingers.

OVERALL: All of these are great, and I think I'd out this in the number two spot. The fruity characteristics of peach and apricot are very nice, and the musty, dank lambic works well at this stage. This is also the most mild and mellow of the four bottlings, so it's very easy to drink. An excellent series and very glad I was able to try them all in a row. Cheers boys!

Feb 22, 2016
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PHBoiler from Illinois

5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Difficult to properly review a beer this complex. It simply puts you in a field in early Summer with wildflowers and grass. You get notes of hay, green grass, dandelions, and lavender on the nose. The flavor is crisp apple, buddha hand, and kumquat. The tartness is so in balance with a full golden body. Beautiful beer.

Jan 25, 2016
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peensteen from Canada (ON)

4.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours an amber-orange colour, ring of white head and some lace. Smell is earthy and oaky, acidic and fruity, with a assertive barnyard-funk. Taste is fruity and oaky, acidic lemon-lime with a musty umami like flavour. Highly carbonated, medium body and dry. Another fantastic season, probably my 3rd favourite of the set, thanks again Liam.

Jan 19, 2016
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mattreitz49 from Florida

1.7/5  rDev -63.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Cork was dried out. Appearance is flat, with no carb. Smell, and taste are clearly way off. We opened all the seasons, and this was the only one off. Have to assume it was from improper cellaring.

Jan 10, 2016
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cultclassic89 from Texas

4.78/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The nose is what really stands out. So intense...floral, citrus, funk, tons of tartness. It's basically a more intense version of Lente, which was really great.

Comparison: Is it worth the price? Eh, I'd go with regular OG any day for the availability and how cheap it is.

Aug 20, 2015
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kevanb from Illinois

4.37/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a Drie Fonteinen fountain gueuze tumbler. Enjoyed on 12.6.2014, review is from Tasting Journal. Enjoyed side by side with the other 3 seasons.

The beer pours a murky amber color, hues of orange and copper, very cloudy with a big, thick, bone colored head, about 3-4 fingers high, super lively, with fantastic retention and lace. The aroma is really funky and dirty, though it does open up after warming with some fleshy stone fruit, apple, citrus, mildly floral with some spice and grain, almost a bit crusty and rustic, plays well with the musty funk. The flavors mirror well, very funky, but with it comes some fruit, berries, apple, citrus, a touch of wildflower and grassy weeds, wheat, rustic grain, coriander like spice, lightly bitter, not overly sour, more tart and very dry. The mouthfeel is quite unusual relative to the rest of the seasons, much like a cask feel, smooth, juicy, coating that finishes lightly dry.

Verdict: A very fine gueuze from Drie Fonteinen, perhaps in an odd spot from when fresh, but still a rewarding experience. There is balance, harmony, funk, fruit, aged hops and defined malt, all working in unison to achieve a wonderful beer.

Dec 13, 2014
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thegerm87 from Massachusetts

4.71/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Shared this with atomicskis5:

In short, this beer is phenomenal:

For the features that really matter (taste/smell) - Lilac, dandelion, wheat, grass, honey, pollen, lemon, hay, pepper are all present. This is a wonderfully round, decently tart gueuze - floral, bright, easy to drink.

Jun 22, 2014
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dar482 from New York

4.96/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The beer comes in a hazy straw color with a big foamy white head.

The aroma is wonderfully tart of lemons and then that familiar aggressive Drie F funkiness.

The flavor follows of bright tart lemons, green apple and then onto a wet hay and barnyard funk in the finish.

A wonderfully fruity beer with tons of uplifting light colors. Extremely refreshing and complex gueuze.

Feb 12, 2014
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle from the Armand'4 set, my contribution to the non-Lente Seasons tasting, poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 12/8/2013.

Review #325.

Pours a hazy, darker but still quite light straw-coloured body, with a very strong white fluffy effervescence that appears to be common to the Seasons, that retains quite well, perhaps the best looking blend of the 4.

Smells fantastic- its not quite as intense as Winter was, but it has a definite ground peppercorn nose along with a good bit of cheesiness (not as much as Golden Blend, though) along with some oak and tannic scents from the barrel. There is a really good bit of funky earthiness, perhaps related to the cheesiness that makes me want to pair this with a nice cheese and cracker plate. Great nose on this one, so complex and balanced.

Flavour is fantastic on this one too. Lots of earthy funk along with a fantastic bit of lemon zest that's perfectly balanced out by the oak and tannic flavours that have really been a common theme with these Seasons. Plenty of acidity to go with the funk as well; this is most certainly the most sour one of the non-Lente Seasons, and I definitely appreciate that. Complex, intense and balanced- you can't do much better than this.

Medium bodied, less substantial compared to Herfst, probably the same lighter side that Winter also brought to the table. Unlike Winter though, the carbonation was just perfect and it stayed that way for at least a solid hour as the tasting proceeded along. Tasted just as interesting a hour later as when the bottle is first opened; such a great dry, refreshing palate cleanser for the Dark Lords we drank afterwards.

Phenomenal. This is definitely the best of the non-Lente Seasons. If there is any indication at all from drinking the other 3 Seasons, Lente is going to blow my socks off. Zomer is a phenomenal geuze that really brings it in terms of nose and flavour profile- intense, balanced and very complex- and it is definitely the best Belgian geuze I've ever had pre-Lente. If you fancy yourself a geuze appreciator, there's no way you can live out your geuze-drinking life without drinking these Seasons- these may very well be the finest geuzes ever made.

Re-review: Drank this one alongside the other 3 Seasons in a 3F stemmed glass today, 3/30/2015. Essentially, this has caught up with Lente (if there was ever a distance) and I think this will end up being the winner in the long run. I would easily trade for Zomer over Lente at this point as the current values of these beers are fairly lopsided.

Dec 09, 2013
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tectactoe from Michigan

4.74/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opened alongside Lente, it was time to see how the second season, Zomer, stacked up. The color is essentially the same, a beaming copper color from top to bottom. Perhaps Zomer is just a shade lighter in hue, and just a touch more cloudy than its older brother. A similarly white, big-bubbled, fizzling head is loud and boisterous after the pour, vanishing to a collar within moments.

There are few beers in the world that smell as wonderful as Zomer (pro tip: Lente is definitely one of them), and each whiff is a strong indication of the complexity that this beer exhibits, and the craftsmanship that went into the blending process. Just an insanely powerful, yet perfectly balanced teeter totter between funky and tart and dry and oaky, and all sorts of those lovely things. Things that lesser gueuze only dream of.

Sweaty funk, tart apples, dirty horse blanket, plentiful barnyard, acidic and sour stone fruit skins. It smells sour, it smells funky, it smells Belgian. Grass, wet hay, and cellar floors outline the wonderfully perplexing aroma as I'm sitting here, trying to pick out the differences from Lente. I believe Zomer is a bit more floral and earthy, while at the same time showing a little bit more acidic tartness. Both are KO's as far as aromas go.

One sip… yes, notions confirmed. Zomer has a beautiful, uplifting tartness out of the gate that has me grinning from ear to ear. Lemons, fresh apples, mild citrus back-end notes and a touch of lesser used stone fruits and maybe even some apricot or light peach notes. Zomer is a fruity haven and there's no shortness of tart or sour, here. Just enough acidity to provide that bite that sour heads crave, without completely obliterating your belly.

Though Zomer is (possibly) just a *touch* less funky than Lente, the funk is still not lost on it. Sweaty oak barrels, rolling through a field of wet, trampled hay where horses once lived. Funky like a wet dog sniffing a damp forest floor, full of earth, grass, and shit you probably don't want to eat. Lovely oak in the finish creates the dry finish that has become an expectation of the style. Nice finishing tartness, drying fruit skins, and residual funk notes.

It's hard to pick a winner between arguably two of the best gueuze out there. I think Zomer was just slightly more adjusted to my tastes, with the slight increase of acidity and tartness, but both beers are really phenomenal. Zomer is a great testament to Armand, possibly the best blender of lambic in the world. While this beer'll run the gamut on your wallet, if you really want to see what gueuze is all about, you should buck up for it, at least once.

Sep 02, 2013
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warnerry from Michigan

4.57/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Initial pour is a light copper with a massive four fingers of craggy off-white head. The head retention is excellent, and leaves an incredible amount of lacing behind.

S - Funk, some lactic acid, and lemon are the immediately apparent aromas. Subsequent whiffs really bring out the musty funkiness, along with some more subtle aromas of moldy cheese and fruits like pear and green apple.

T - Quite tart, more so than Lente, and way more than Winter. Nice lactic tartness on top of lemon, green apple, cheese, and musty funk. Finishes very tart and quite dry, with a faint residual mineral taste.

M - Mouthfeel has a bit of slickness to it and is surprisingly creamy as well. Quite luxurious.

O - Very nice balance of funk and tartness. Probably the most tart of the series, but by no means tart-dominant. The funk is a nice mix of funky elements (must, cheese, a bit of hay). Another winner in the series.

Aug 17, 2013
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Phelps from Arizona

4.47/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared by ejyoung; poured into a tulip.

Hazy copper-orange, grapefruit juice with a splash of cranberry. One finger of fuzzy cotton-colored head.

Intense aroma. Band-aids, pear, grapefruit, white vinegar. Funky. Stings the nostrils.

No band-aid phenols in the flavor -- just vinegar, barnyard funk, lemon peel, grapefruit juice. Flashy, hugely tart, nicely funky. Dry finish. Awesome.

Medium-light body, moderate carbonation, big fizz. Tartness is massive, coating the tongue in salty vinegar and settling in for the long haul.

Intensely tart, massively complex. A treat I'm glad I got the opportunity to try. It's a small brotherhood, but a close one.

Jul 12, 2013
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KickInTheChalice from Illinois

4.56/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From notes. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip. Compared with Lente, Herfst, and Winter side by side.

Even darker than Lente, Zomer has a full caramel color with a frothy white head that foams upon pouring before fading to a nice cap.

The aroma has some light citrusy fruit notes, mainly lemon, and some lighter funky notes.

Zomer is definitely the most sour of the 4 seasons. There is a light lemon and mineral tartness up front that has a bit of a lemon note, with the fruit fading into a general sour flavor as the sip goes on. The finish has a slightly toned down sour flavor.

The mouthfeel is light, fluffy, and creamy, with a slight acidity to it.

Zomer is probably my favorite of the seasons, mostly as a result of it being the most sour.

Jul 03, 2013
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle, cork is just bulging out of the foil with the cage barely hanging on, into a Drie Fonteinen crystal stem glass. Huge pop, and a large gush with some saving, luckily didn't loose too much.

A real gorgeous looking beer. Honey peach orange glowing, opaque, with a roaring column of middle fast carbonation. Head retention in gigantic, with huge bubble bath and shampoo like appearance. Off white and tan colored head, with a creamy top as it settles. One impressive looking brew.

Nose is just full of deep earth and large funky notes. Hints at barrel aging round character (is this barrel aged I have no idea?) full and luscious, toasty also. Large amounts of pepper, and dirt and soil grit. It's large but in control, a little bit one dimensional. Floral components come when the beer is quite warm though, it smells like a tilled earthy garden.

Big lemon tartness mixing with large funk qualities. Soft acidic feel, but a sharp hot white pepper, in fact pepper continues to come out often, with a little bit of bready malt character. Giant earth qualities, with a hotness not coming from alcohol. I keep thinking of stinky cheese when I drink this even though it doesn't taste like cheese luckily. Super spritzy carbonated but with a good thick body and thick pepper finish.

It's very impressive, I just wish it was a little more complex and diverse. It is without question a gueuze heads beer. I would love to try the other seasons to see if they are better, cause if they are then those beers would just be phenomenal.

May 07, 2013
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cfrances33 from Illinois

4.91/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into a Drie Fonteinen wine stem.

Pour: Cage and cork exploded off the bottle as soon as the last twist of the cage wire was completed, immediately gushing everywhere. BEWARE. Otherwise, beautiful cantaloupe orange body with two fingers of off white, frothy head. Lots of lacing, and the head sticks around for the majority of the glass.

Smell: Big hay funk up front, some old book, and must. Bright tropical stone fruits. Some citrus. A lactic twang.

Taste: Sour funkiness right away, with lots of hay pile, basement, and must. Some tropical fruits in the back. As the glass and bottle warmed, the taste evolved to first have a sour bite, then a large mango, pineapple, and more stone fruit presence, and then a heavy lingering funk.

Mouthfeel: Perfectly sour. At first dry, but as the glass warms, the funk and tropical fruits linger on the palate for quite a while.

Overall: Exquisite gueuze. I think I may prefer this to Lente, but it is a tough call.

Apr 29, 2013
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sweemzander from Illinois

4.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter. Major thanks and kudos to Kevan for generously sharing this with us!

(A)- Pours a cloudy golden orange hue that produced a subtle but pure white froth and lacing left behind.

(S)- Such a lovely dry but funky cheese with lemon peel and an earthy oaky quality that is just that excellent to breathe in. It gets more fruity as it warms revealing pineapple and maybe even a slight hint at orange.

(T)- Just an awesome showing of bright pineapple and lemon citrus. Subtle but complex funk and smooth yet oaky acidity with earthy complexion. Really dynamic in that my review probably fails to describe it fully.

(M)- Such a vibrant yet complex carbonation level and balance. Incredibly dynamic and exciting with a great play on acidic citrus meets a perfectly dry yet funky oak.

(O)- This is just further proof to me that Armand is the premier gueuze blender, if not the BEST in the world. Superbly complex yet balanced and a wonderful gueuze to enjoy. Another serious thank you to Kevan for sharing this!

Apr 08, 2013
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jsm1289 from New York

4.91/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

to be sour, or not to be sour? that is the question....

Let it be known, on the 2nd day of April, 2013, that I have had the best sour I have ever had. It was a difficult day , trivial at best, filled with professional obligations, chaos and silliness. The Armand4' zomer traveled from my fridge at home with me to work, where it laid in wait in a drawer with my smelly gym shorts. I opened my drawer at least ten times, looking at the label of the belgian country side, hoping i could be transported there so I could frolic in the grass with all the aging gueze barrels rolling in the hills. Alas that dream was not meant to be for now, but no matter.... I had a gueze to drink !

I knew something magical was about to happen, as my gueze crew unwrapped the bottle to reveal a cork that was slowly rising and popped with a gentle hissing noise... all on its own! The smell was strong lemon zest, gueze funk and a touch of sweetness and farmyard odor. The taste was highly carbonated , with a strong lemon zest and gueze funk flavor from start to finish. Incredibly smooth and drinkable, it was marvelous.

This would normally be where the review would finish. However, some spicy beef and broccoli and the knicks game halted my zomer experience temporarily. We let the zomer air for an additional twenty minutes while the chinese food was cleansed from our palates. When we had returned to it something amazing happened.. the flavor profile changed entirely. I am talking a total change! I got huge gueze funkiness with a deep barnyard, leather notes practically transporting me to farm in the belgian countryside. It tasted almost identical to izzy at this point, super funkiness, some cheese and stink notes just smashing my palate and then dancing majestically over the broken pieces.

When you can taste like a fantastic lemony gueze and then taste like Isabelle proximus a short while later, you win the quidditch cup in my book.

Apr 04, 2013
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a hazy yellow color with a big foamy white head on top. Even with the gentlest of pours this beer is very active. The retention is pretty strong on this as well as the lacing. The look of the beer is really nice. The smell of the beer is funky, not much else to say... it's like bile or some other form of acidic pungent aromas. The taste of the beer is tart, also more funk with a sharp lemon zest in there also. The mouthfeel has a lot of sharp carbonation to it. Overall this beer is a good representation of the style. It's not an easy one to get so I'm glad I got to try it.

Feb 16, 2013
Armand'4 Oude Geuze Zomer (Summer) from Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 402 ratings