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

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4.65/5
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397 Ratings
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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
103
Ratings:
397
pDev:
6.67%
Bros Score:
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Photo of gueuzedreg
4.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of imbibehour
4.54/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of cfrances33
4.91/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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4.83/5  rDev +3.9%
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!

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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of jsm1289
4.91/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of zestar
4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of joel66
4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Blanco
4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of DaveHack
4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of Knapp85
4.24/5  rDev -8.8%
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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4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

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4/5  rDev -14%

Photo of JoEBoBpr
5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drie Fonteinen Armand'4 Oude Geuze Zomer (Summer)

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle. Tasted on New Years Eve. Happy New Years!

Pours a deep and hazy golden/orange color with a nice sticky and medium dense white head. Retention is great. Very sticky and leaves some nice lacing as the head recedes down from 1 inch to a nice mat. (5.0)

Tartness comes up strong on the nose with vinegar notes and some slight salty funk. There is also some nice fruit juice tartness. There is some good cornhusk notes and grassy funk mixed in so well with the tart notes. (5.0)

The flavor is amazing. Clean and crisp. Lemony notes with some good vinegar and fruity tart notes. Some fresh citrusy tartness mixed in with other sour fruit notes such as pineapple and some peach even. Amazing! The husk, barnyard notes and funk blend so well with these fruity notes and with the earthy grain. Amazing brew with nice lively carbonation that surprisingly makes the beer very smooth. (5.0)(5.0)

This series of 4 seasonal Geuze’s have been amazing. I think this and Spring are my favorites with this taking a slight edge. Great smooth and complex flavors that each shine on their own but intermingle so well. The wild yeast vinegar tartness and the fruit tartness are amazing and work very well with the yeasty funk. Perfection.(5.0)

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Photo of starrdogg
4.42/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a hazy brownish-gold with a fluffy white head, not nearly as bubbly as the Winter or Herfst. Smell is oaky and a good bit funkier and sweeter than the other two. Oddly, this tastes a bit like a blend of the Winter and Herfst that takes the best elements of both of those beers and puts them together. It's incredibly well-balanced and drinkable, but also has a great depth of flavor. It's an awesome mix of sour, funk, oak and fruitiness. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall this is my 2nd favorite of the Armand'4s after Lente, it's damn impressive.

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Armand'4 Oude Geuze Zomer (Summer) from Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Beer rating: 4.65 out of 5 with 397 ratings
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