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

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Armand'4 Oude Geuze Zomer (Summer)Armand'4 Oude Geuze Zomer (Summer)

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Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
The second of four limited edition geuze blends using lambics brewed by 3 Fonteinen before the thermostat incident ceased brewing operations.

Added by fewa on 06-24-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of mattreitz49
1.7/5  rDev -62.9%
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.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

4.0 A: Moderately hazed yellow orange. A little darker and more orange than Lente. Two and a half fingers of foamy white head. Good retention and moderate amounts of spotty lacing left behind.

4.0 S: Lots of mustiness in this. Compared to Lente, this is much more earthy with much less fruit. Lots of lemon in this though. Least lactic of the four. Grainy maltiness, rotting wood, wet grass, and forest after a rain.

4.0 T: Pretty much follows the nose. Earthiest season, least fruity, and probably the least funky as well. This was the only one that had a considerable astringency.

4.5 M: Lighter body. Gueuze level carbonation that is highly spritzy with a solid creaminess, though maybe a tad less creamy than the others. Super smooth.

4.0 D: This was my least favorite season, but it was still a damn good beer. Would drink this all the time if I could afford to.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.12/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Cantillon tulip. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a monstrous, frothy 4 finger white head with very good retention. Beer is a semi-cloudy deep orange-peach. Lacing is patchy and spotty with good stick. Head retention and size put this one far above average but it suffers a bit from clarity.

Nose is wet straw, lemon, sharp cheese, and rotting wood. Very robust and aromatic and great complexity. A fantastic lead-up to the first sip.

Opens tart lemon, some yeasty bitterness. Transitions into straw and a massive woodiness in the background. I feel like I'm chewing on dried grass dipped in lemon juice. Rotting wood and a distinct abrasive cheesiness right before the finish which is tart and puckering lemon zest. Aftertaste is tart with a touch of yeasty bitterness. This beer is clearly the "dirty straw" type of gueuze instead of the "cheesy" gueuze.

Light to medium bodied and highly carbonated. Prickly in the mouth and puckering going down. Messy finish with a lingering aftertaste. A bit too carbonated. But otherwise, perfect for the style.

As a lover of the really cheesy type of gueuze, this isn't my favorite. However, its an incredibly well crafted beer with great balance and complexity all delivered with an on point feel. Highly recommended.

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Photo of emerge077
4.12/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Mark for sharing this with everyone! It was a special highlight, glad I got the chance to try it. Served in a small snifter glass.

Frothy pour with a thin veil of delicate lacing, bright crystalline orange body. After a few sips the foam parted, leaving behind a broken skim.

Citrusy aroma with a pleasantly musty oak character, wet wood and bright citrus dominate.

Flavors follow, with plenty of tart citrus fruitiness, restrained dry oak, signature stable funk, and a soft mellow dryness that lingers. Medium bodied, champagne effervescence at first. Seemed to mellow out after a little bit. A nice gueuze no doubt, but it feels like "emperors new clothes" compared to other very similar 3F blends.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.14/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.15/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle dated 3/26/2010. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Another gusher. Orange and hazy with a big head. Better retention than Lente, but otherwise a similar looking beer.

Smell - Bigger funk to this than Lente. Less citrus, but has more of a distinct orange aroma. The funk is like an aged aged. Very nice and distinctly different from Lente.

Taste - Heavy funk. Much heavier than Lente. Verging on a vinegar acidity. Dry and less fruity than I'd like. Herbal hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Dry. Cottonmouth dry, really. Puckering from the dryness, but not really from the sourness. Not as high in carbonation.

Overall - Good, but a step down from Lente. Hefty funk character that actually makes it feel a little sluggish. On to Herfst!

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.15/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this directly following Lente which may have been a mistake because that beer was very hard to follow. This was solid and easily distinguished from the other Armand '4 gueuzes. Not quite sour but funky, thick, minerals, lemons, good stuff. I liked this quite a bit and I would also say that each one of these Armand '4 beers really stands out as being of a higher quality than most of the Drie Fonteinen gueuzes that I have drank.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.16/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice, slightly murky copper, firm stark white head, some clong lace. Nice viscous pour. Champagne like cascading bubbles everywhere.

S - Initial smell was that of a stagnant pond. Some sharpness and malt seep through.

T - Nice to medium malt core brightened by lemony tartness.

M - Light bodied, delicate balance, good carb.

D - Loving these Armands!

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Photo of kbutler1
4.17/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Courtesy of Chris. Pours a cloudy amber color with a fluffy white head. The aroma is old (as put by Ben), with notes of mildew, basement, slight diesel, and lemon - now I know this doesn’t sound pleasant but in fact it is and I find myself hovering over the glass trying to take in as much as I can. Light mouthfeel. Lemon, acidic, barnyard, pear, and a slight bitter rind grapefruit taste. Young and tasty. The bitterness is a little off for me but otherwise a really good beer.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.19/5  rDev -8.5%
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!

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Photo of birchstick
4.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orangish yellow with a soft white head. Nose is sour lemons, barnyard, and straw. Taste is very tart, sour lemon upfront that moves to a little vinegar and some soft green apples. Mouth is soft and smooth. Overall, this is a really solid gueze. Looking forward to trying the rest of the series. 

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Photo of womencantsail
4.22/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks as always, Richard.

A: The beer pours a cloudy golden-orange color with a tall white head.

S: Funk and grass, two of the trademarks of Drie Fonteinen gueuze, start this one off. Lots of lemon zest and lemon juice tartness to go with a rather musty funk and some green apple.

T: Lots of grass, lemon zest, and green apple tartness to this. A rather barnyardy funk, plenty of must and earth to it, too. There is a light grape and peach flavor on the finish with a sharp acidity.

M: Medium bodied with a medium to high carbonation.

O: Definitely a good gueuze. As with Lente, however, not sure it's worth the additional cost.

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Photo of iadler
4.23/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another bottle from the tasting. Poured into my snifter.

A- Pours a hazy orange with a two finger head that slowly dissipates into a thin cap, leaving some lines of lacing.

S- Tons of barnyard funk with hay, grass, vinegar, lemon zest and other citrus notes.

T- Tart lemon, barnyard funk, vinegar, green apple, and a bit of green grapes.

M- Medium carbonation and a lighter body. Finishes dry and very clean.

O- Fairly acidic, but not overpowering. Lot's of barnyard funk and citrus notes. Never had a Gueuze, so not sure how this compares to others, but was definitely impressed by this one.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.23/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled August 2011
Quite the little gusher, I lost at least a couple ounces of precious beer to my counters before getting this to a glass. The beer looked clear through the bottle, but pours a hazy amber color that shows a touch of gold around the edges. The head starts out about three inches in height with a lightly tan colored head; the head leaves some nice lacing on the sides as I work my way through this Gueuze. The beer smells of sour urea and lactic acid, a deep musky funkiness, some phenolic slightly medicinal notes. This is just so deeply funky, rustic and wonderful. Once you really start digging around there is a dry, somewhat cracker like, more dried hay leaning grain character and even a touch of sour dough bread character in the deep finish of the nose. The aroma is really quite sharp and acidic, though it doesn’t seem to be acetic which I certainly am thankful for. After a bit, a toasted, slightly woody oak note starts to come out in the nose.

Sharply acidic tasting, though it doesn’t make me pucker, this is accentuated by a zippy, expressive, frothy carbonation that makes this foam up as it hits the mouth. Ample lactic acidity is boosted by some sharp urea notes (that contribute some characteristic Lambic notes of cat urine). This finishes very dry, the acidity is the main reason for this, but there is a dried hay / grassy grain character, a drying, slightly medicinal phenolic character, a palate lingering musky, animal / barnyard funkiness. There is a slight flavor of grapefruit, bright lemon notes and just a really big lactic sourness that is so enjoyable. The texture of this beer is nice and light, yet has some slickness from the ample lactic acidity and perhaps a touch of structure from the barrels. Speaking of barrels, there is a slight toastiness to the finish as well as some spiciness and a subtle woody note that is all contributed by the oak; the oak is quite subtle as it usually is in a Lambic, but definitely contributes to the flavor profile. The phenolic character in the finish adds some sharpness here, it is not really medicinal, sort of plastic like, but not, and I can’t really quite pinpoint what it is. As the beer warms up a fruitiness starts to come out, it contributes notes of apple that is a touch cider like, with perhaps a touch of pear as well.

So much better than the Lente, but this is entirely due to the lack of acetic acid; for some reason I find acetic very distracting in Lambics. This is quite nice, it is a bit different than a standard Gueuze, though I am not entirely sure how. To start with it is definitely quite a bit darker, perhaps a touch richer somehow, a touch more oak astringency to the finish perhaps. In the end though this is just a fantastic example of a Gueuze, it is exactly what I was hoping for out of the Lente, though that one certainly wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t quite as tasty as this one.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.24/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of Florida9
4.32/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy yellow. Forms a 1/4" of off-white head that slowly reduces down to a thick, stable, surface coating.

S: Tart. Green apples, sour white grapes, hay, and a light bit of sour citrus.

T: More citrus and green apples with a light sweetness. A surprising amount of lemon and even a little lime in the mix. Dusty basement.

M: Tart with a sourness that hits hard on the front end, but drops off quickly. Appropriate carbonation.

O: A very good beer, though my familiarity with the style is admittedly limited. Tasty and tart, yet seemingly "balanced" with a light sweetness and complimentary citrus flavors. Can't say I'd want to drink an entire bottle by myself, but certainly glad to have tried it.

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Photo of Etan
4.33/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml into a tulip.

A: Pours a darkish murky orange with a huge off-white head. Rocky and great lacing.

S: Earthy berries, slight citrus, raspberry seed, mellow wheat. Strong lemony tartness and earthy funk comes out as it warms.

T: Much cleaner and fruitier than the nose. Tart berries, sweet wheat and juice, lemon, slight vinegar. Funk is lactic and bright compared to the wet earthiness of Herfst and Winter. Very fruity. Bright and sweet with a clean acidity.

M: Light to medium-bodied, soft carbonation.

O: Certainly seems like it could be the brightest, sweetest, and most fruity of the four (which matches the season perfectly).

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.33/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 a lot mustier, funkier, sharper and tarter than Lente. Earthier, deeper and fruitier, this is an excellent blend IMO.

The palate opens sharper and fruitier than Lente. Tart and sour with lemony and lactic acids lending a brightness, this beer is musty, a little more tannic and a little more heavy on the oak than the Lente. Some toasted bread is present, but less so than in Lente. Medium-light in body, highly carbonated, this is drying and sour on on the finish with a mild lactic acid bite. Excellent stuff.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.33/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks a lot to Stakem for sharing this with Kegatron and me. Poured from the 750 chilled into a tulip.

The color is darker than golden slightly golden amber with thick rocky cream cap which measures about 1 inch from a vigorous pour the lace sticks well and bead is fine. The aroma is bitter hops with some funk and slight tropical fruit notes with mild citrus tinges and mellow wood accents. The feel is pretty aggressive with some sour elements, mild tannic wood and high carbonation which adds to the bitter sharpness from the hops and wild yeast.

The flavor is good, some herbal tinges, mild grainy elements but mostly funk from the yeast which gives a horseblanket and slight earthy flavor which is augmented by a slight ripe tropical and sour fruitiness which leads to a sharp taste in the back end which almost seems like it has a hint of alcohol in the taste. The herbal hop tinges add some pleasant complimentary flavor to the very mild sweet malt accents, but mainly the taste is dry, almost spicy and acidic. This gueuze is a good example of the style, it has the funk and wood and plenty of yeasty complex accents to the gentle fruit it provides with a mild funk note it just has some aggressive edges that hold it back slightly for me.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.33/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Jason! Poured into Darkness snifter.

A - Pours a tangerine orange-color, cream head frothy, thick collar, thin cap, sticky lacing.

S - Sour citrus funk, barnyard, tangerines. The citrus notes are excellent and well done (I'm not surprised).

T - Smooth sour/tart, citrus, tangerines, acedic, oak. This one doesn't taste as "vintage" as the Lente, but that's not a knock, just a note of something different between the two.

M - Body is light, crisp and refreshing, spritzy carb with a dry finish.

O - Another home run by Armand! That said I think I prefer Lente to the Zomer by a touch. There's enough differences in the two beers to easily to pick them out. A must-try!

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.36/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to James for bringing this to the bottle share during the weekend, definitely the biggest whale I've had in a long long time.

Looked the beautiful part, vibrant orange looking, concentrated fruit type of pour. Looked like a really impressive dipa at times, was that glowing to the eyes. Aroma, super funky, had a bit of that vaccuum belt breaking rubbery aroma, had me a bit worried, as I didn't think this was a desired component of the aroma.

And then it reared its ugly head as part of the aroma. But within a few sips, it was something that while it didn't go away, it did meld and not become so intense or worrying. Really chewy, sour flavor here, lemon, some citric fruit possibly. Almost too intense, really had to search for some of the flavors beyond the gritty, rubbery smell and taste.

Plenty sour, puckering, a mix of super strong cheese and burnt rubber seem to be the prevailing notes.

A damn good gueuze, if you like yours like super sharp expensive musty cheese, this is up your alley. For myself, and most of those at the bottle share, it was a very good beer, with some aspects that were simply too much, specifically, the feeling at times we were drinking a beer in a room where a vaccuum belt just burned up and broke. I'm far from the most seasoned gueuze dude, and if you like the rancid rubber funk, you'll probably give this beer a perfect 5. Thankfully, I got used to it, and the beer continued to get better the more I drank of it.

I'm glad to have tried it and thankful such a whale was broke out.

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Photo of beerhan
4.37/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opened to celebrate/enjoy my last free night this summer.

A-Beautiful pour, lots of foam and a huge head. Crisp opaque amber brown with a lot of bubbles. The only thing this loses point on here is the mess this thing makes upon opening. Freeze before opening to prevent as it is quite the gusher.

S-Lemon, grass, wet hay. Very aromatic like a summer field in the country.

T-Lots of lemon, pepper and oak shine through with a bready-wheat taste right behind. Slightly sour but not overpoweringly tart.

M-Very carbonated but not too harsh on the tongue. Bubbles tickle the throat but it is still rather light

O-This is a great beer especially for summer. It loses points on two things: the massive gush that follows the popping of the cork and the price. Fantastic but the price makes this a very rare treat. I did find this to remind me more of an imperial berlinner weisse if that is even possible but it is tasty and messy.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.37/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Shared all 3 Armand bottles with UrbanCaver, forgetfu, eyeenjoybeer and Caleb at Upland while picking up the Sour Reserve.

Bottle was already open when I arrived so don't know if it was a gusher or not. Pours a bright gold with a bubbly head.

Smells of green apple, citrus, lemon zest with a horse blanket funk.

Definitely a brighter fruitier flavor than the other two. The flavor I get most is green apple, but some citrus, pear and lemon as well. A little overly tart as the dank earthiness present in Lente and Herfst isn't as strong here. Finishes with a crisp, pretty clean lactic finish.

Mouthfeel is good and creamy with good carbonation levels.

Very great beer, but doesn't hold a candle to the other two which speaks more to how awesome the others are.

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Photo of kevanb
4.37/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.38/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Chris aka spycow for opening this up at my birthday tasting.

A - Orange colored beer with a lot of yellow. Small white head that left some minor spots on the sides.

S - Oh no, hate to be a hater, but there is something off on the nose for me. There is some great funk, good lemon citrus, oak, barnyard, and something a little sweet. I also get a deep, unpleasant smell of old tires. I think it's a part of the funk and barnyard somehow. I'm the only person smelling this though.

T - Taste is great. None of the rubber that I was smelling at all. Bit of lemon, high acidity, great funk and barnyard, and a little bit of fruity sweetness. Tastes very old.

M - Lighter side of medium bodied with soft carbonation.

O - Great beer, could drink it all day. Not sure what is going on with the nose but you forget that once you taste the beer. Fantastic.

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