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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)

Brewed by:
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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4.59/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Nanoslug. Thanks, Anna!

A: Pours a hazy orange-gold body with a half-finger of off-white head.

S: Smells of intense funk, like back-of-knee cheese, mushroom, damp earthy forest floor, lemon, Chardonnay, oak. The intense aromatic bloom is stylistically DF, but the funk is much more developed and overpowering than other DF gueuzes, even the others in the Armand 4' series. Note: this is a good thing, as I much prefer this school of gueuze to the overwhelmingly-acidic school.

T: Lemon, green apples, white wine grapes. It's minerally in the mid-taste with a strong undercurrent of earth, must, hay, and grass throughout -- the funk manifesting on the palate. I like the touch of residual sweetness on the back end; it contrasts well with the small lactic sourness.

M: Light-plus bodied; it isn't fully attenuated, and the lingering sweetness gives the finish a nice accent.

O: It's interesting that while gueuze was originally developed to be a light, refreshing lunchtime beer, the American fascination with aging to bring out more potent flavors resulted in the pursuit of blends like this one. I'm not complaining, but it is interesting to see what the most popular / highest-regarded examples of the style have come to be...

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4.12/5  rDev -11.4%
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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4.15/5  rDev -10.8%
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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4.67/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Lucky enough to have a glass @ Ebinezers, Belgian Night '11. Pours hazy amber with a nice off-white head. Aroma is beautiful; pungently sour, with solid grassiness, and an unusal crushed spinach element. The taste has a big dose of grassy peach, along with some grapefruit and nice funk & sourness. Medium thin, crisp mouthfeel with a good long finish. Overall, a great gueuze that I am glad that I had the opportunity to try. Thanks Chris.

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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle 6,0% Abv.
Served chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Best Before 03/2020

Appearance: Another fantastic looking geuze from Armand, perhaps the best one yet - lightly hazed, bright golden-orange body topped by a massive white head. The head retention is phenomenal for a sour and the lacing is simply sublime, with thick clumps of foam left clinging to the upper reaches of the glass.

Smell: Ahhh man, from the very first sniff it is clear that this is another winner from Drie Fonteinen - potentially on the same level as Lente!
Tart fruits dominate the initial nose, but after a few sniffs the signature 3F funk begins to show itself and after a while is as prominent (if not a little more so) as the fruits.
Notes include: Lemon (zest and juice), orange zest, green apples, dry grass, musty basement, moss, old wood, a touch of mature farmhouse cheese, tart apricots, white grapes (there is a light Chardonnay character as the beer warms), oak, some leafy vegetation and a touch of sweetness.

Taste: As expected, Zomer is absolutely delicious. As with the nose, the flavour is comprised of a fantastic combination of tart fruits and funk. Notes include: Tart citrus, green apple peel, white grapes (with a hint of sweetness), apricot, cider vinegar, musty basement, wet hay, dry grass and a fairly large oak character.
Moderate tartness and a fairly dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Light body (maybe a little over), with a high level of fairly fine carbonation. Highly drinkable and very refreshing - a perfect summer beer!

Overall: Another fantastic beer in the Armand'4 series and one of the best geuzes I have had to date. I will certainly be getting a few more bottles to enjoy over the course of the summer.

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4/5  rDev -14%

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4.8/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance is apricot orange with minimal lacing. Huge barnyard funk wild yeast aroma. There is a perfect balance between acidity and tartness, which is lemony and bright w/ citrus. The flavor is complex starting with citrus and finishing spicy and peppery. This blend is not simply sour, finding a mixture between funk and sourness that is perfect.

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4.62/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After having small samples of this on a couple of occasions, I decided to pull one of these from the cellar to share with my wife. An appropriate beer to start summer vacation.

The beer is golden hued and mildly hazy with a towering, fluffy white head.

The aroma brings a lot of citrus, classic Drie Fonteinen funk, hay, grass. Smells fantastic.

Top notch flavor as well. Smooth, tart, funky. Ample citrus throughout.

Light bodied and really easy to drink. Complex and wonderful.

Overall, another world class gueuze from Armand. Highly recommended.

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4.73/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle served in a Tumbler glass.

A: Pours a cloudy orange color forming a huge fizzy, noisy, bubbled white head when poured. Good retention and many lacings left

S: Nose is mainly tart and fruity. White grapes, apples and pears. Lambic yeasts are really noticed

T: Follows the nose, tart, fruity and Gueuze. Caramel malts. In overall, an acid beer. Metallic taste. Upfront is slightly sweet followed by a dry taste and a tart and mild bitter aftertaste

M: Light body. Medium to low carbonation. Tart aftertaste

O: Excellent beer. Delicate Drie Fonteinen style, at the same time, powerful Gueuze specimen. Highly recommended

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4.33/5  rDev -6.9%
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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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Super good-time birthday/QLD beer week lambic tasting with the only other dude I know who likes lambic as much as I do, and whose birthday it also is. It was meant to be.

Cork came out with a mighty pop and a not-insignificant amount of this special and expensive beer immediately rushed out onto the floor. Geez. Poured into a couple wineglasses. Turbid amber with a monster head. I can smell it across the room. Farm (every part of a farm - fruit, moldy hay, animal poop). Properly funky and very appetizing.

Tart green apple and grapefruit bring the tingles to the corners of my mouth, followed by a big funk that gradually unfolds across the tongue - dry leaves, cold sore cream, wet wood, mushroomy cellar notes, more apple, more grapefruit. A note of sweetness underneath it all. Not the most complex gueuze I've ever had but probably the one with the biggest flavors, and integrated to a mystical degree. Finishes really clean so every sip is a contemplative break, and then BAM.

A little chewier than most lambics, which I like, but still utterly refreshing. Really well put together. I'm not one to keep track but it might be one of the two or three best beers I've had to date.

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4.15/5  rDev -10.8%
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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4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

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4.37/5  rDev -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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4.33/5  rDev -6.9%
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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Armand'4 Oude Geuze Zomer (Summer) from Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Beer rating: 4.65 out of 5 with 396 ratings
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