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)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Belgium
3fonteinen.be

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
395
Reviews:
103
Avg:
4.58
pDev:
6.99%
 
 
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Ratings: 395 |  Reviews: 103
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 drewone
3.75/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jh1982
4/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of Luk13
4/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of AGoodStout
4/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of BDeibs
4/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AlexFields
4/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of CityofBals
4/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of rmaste6282
4/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of SpillyBeers
4/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of tom10101
4/5  rDev -12.7%

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 Sammy
4.1/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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 xdtfx
4.18/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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