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 Arbitrator
4.59/5  rDev +0.2%
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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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 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 stoutluvr420
4.67/5  rDev +2%
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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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
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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Photo of Mbrown44
4.8/5  rDev +4.8%
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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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.62/5  rDev +0.9%
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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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.73/5  rDev +3.3%
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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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 Parrotshake
4.65/5  rDev +1.5%
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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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 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 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 rodkin
4.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I removed the plastic cover on the cork, and before I even got a chance to touch the cork itself, it shot out. Literally hit the ceiling, and a ridiculous amount of foam came out. Be careful, this is a gusher. Other than that, pours a slightly hazy medium orange, kind of like an IPA. Really big fluffy head, about 4 fingers. Reduces nicely, leaving some lacing.

Aroma is great. Big citrus and some mustiness, some tart green apple. Really big juicy, fruity aroma. Some tartness and funk, a bit of hay. Excellent.

Taste is like the nose. Fruit, funk, slightly must hay. Nice and tart, but not overwhelmingly so. This is superb, probably the best sour I've ever had. It's really ridiculously fruity, yet not cloying and still tart. Excellent.

Oh my god the mouthfeel is absolutely perfect. Light, dry, very bubbly and ever so slightly cream carbonation. Perfect.

This beer is wonderful, and very, very drinkable. It's great as a summer beer, and fits exactly what I want for the season. Light, fruity, juicy, tart, refreshing. One of the 3 best beers I've ever had.

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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 brystmar
4.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with friends at last night's sour tasting. Gorgeous pour, tons of white head and lace. Beautiful!

Aroma is pretty subtle though, with funky yeast and a mild fruitiness.

Complex and meticulously balanced flavor profile. Sourness and acidity are perfectly balanced too. A touch spicy. Really, really good.

Medium body, great carbonation. Can't wait to try the other seasons -- need MOAR!


Re-reviewed in a better setting during our Memorial Day sour tasting. Best part about this tasting was not having hookah smoke in my face while trying to enjoy my beer. <3 Armand

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Photo of claspada
4.47/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle graciously shared by mrand01.

Pours a really nice bright golden yellow color with a fluffy white head and some solid lacing.

The aromas begin with bright notes of citrus and lemon zest. Then you get plenty of cheesy funk, grassiness and earthiness. This is the funkiest beer I have ever smelled.

The tastes follow the nose with plenty of grass, lemon zest and sour apple. Solid, musty barnyardy funk and plenty of grassiness and earthy flavors. Mild acidity in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Crisp carbonation and a dry finish with solid earthy funk throughout.

Overall this is far superior to any other Gueuze I have had to date by a long shot, which says a lot because I have a 2007 Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze earlier this afternoon. I am not sure how this compares to the other 3 seasonal blends but I cannot recommend this any higher for fans of this style.

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Photo of illidurit
4.42/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of PaulyDeets, shared at the May 2012 iteration of the Santa Cruz tasting series. Hazy orange color. Aroma is immediately very grassy and floral, like a stroll through a meadow, with a solid citric tartness. Flavor is sour lemon with a deep refreshing acidity and an almost minty quality. Dry and sour.

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Photo of jegross2
4.7/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Reviewing the Armand'4 Oude Geuze Zomer (Summer) from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen out of Belgium.

Score: 97

2011 vintage bottle served in a taster glass and enjoyed on 05/11/13 to celebrate the end of law school. Review is from notes.

Appearance: Similar in appearance to Lente. Hazy golden-amber in color. About a half finger of head off the pour, good lacing. 4.5/5

Smell: Mustier than Lente. Sharp lemon flavor. More sweet vinegar too. A little pepper spice. Has a faint and funky earthiness that I really dig. 4.5/5

Taste: More sour vinegar and less juicy tart citrus than Lente. Yeast, lemon, pineapple. More tart than Lente at colder temperatures but not quite sure which is tarter by the time they both warm up. The lemon lingers well. 4.75/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied (but slightly lighter in body than Lente) with spot on carbonation (but with slightly less carbonation than Lente). Dry and sour. 5/5

Overall: Not quite up to part with Lente, but still quite excellent. This beer is not cheap, but it is so excellent. Highly recommend you seek a bottle out. This was my second favorite season in the series.

Cost: Depending on the exchange rate, this one is likely to run between $45 and $60 for a 750 ml bottle (if you can still find it online).

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750 ml bottle, from box set 187/500, bottle says Lot: 26/03/2010 Best Before 03/2020. Poured into a tulip glass. Me and agold drank this side by side with a bottle of Lente.

A- Even carefully removing the cork produces some gushing out the top of the bottle (sorry dude), pours a golden orange color, noticeably hazier than Lente, topped with several inches of big fluffy white head that leaves lots of lacing.

S- Very funky, earthy aroma, hay, nice citrus aroma as well, lemon and orange, the aroma is brighter than Lente's mushroom/dark damp forest aroma.

T- Starts with a nice, bracing but not overwhelming tartness, citrus notes of lemon and orange as well as some apple, the citrus is a bit zestier and juicier than the Lente. Flavor has a really great funk, hay, with some nice wood notes as well. As it warms the funk becomes more powerful and reveals some sulfur notes.

M- Medium to light bodied, has an incredibly smooth, effervescent feel, dry finish. Really outstanding.

O- Another amazing gueuze from this series, I'm honestly not sure I could pick a favorite based on flavor alone, although I'd lean by a hair towards Lente. Both beers are extremely complex and are really fun to drink, also so far both seem to do a great job of expressing the seasons that they represent. I can't wait to try Herfst and Winter.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thank you Abel!

A: Pours a murky dark golden with a thin wispy head. Tons of spotty lace was left down the glass.
S: Super dry and funky with notes of golden fruits, straw, and awesome funk. Sweaty gym socks and barnyard funk are potent.
T: Tastes like the nose. Super funky and earthy notes of straw and spicy funk. Earthy all around with hints of grass and lemony citrus. Amazing flavors, super dry, with a great citrus pith tartness in finish.
M: Dry mouthfeel, smooth and light body, easy drinking and very soft carbonation. Acidity is moderate with a little bit of bite.
O: I was expecting nothing less than greatness and this did not disappoint. An amazing gueuze. Thanks again Abel.

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Photo of Agold
4.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drank side by side with lente and honestly I liked this one a bit better.

Big rocky white head. This beer was a bit overcarbonated and exploded a bit when we opened it. If not for the overflow, I would have given it higher marks for appearance. Aroma is smooth, fruity, more of a sweaty, earthy meaty funk. Less fruit than lente. Maybe a touch of sulfer. The taste is outstanding. Lots of apple, more funk than lente, with some sweaty damp characteristics. Lots of citrus, less rindy, more fruity, a bit of lemon and lemon rind as well. Later pours get a bit more sulfer and fruity citrus. Mouthfeel is smooth, full, good carbonation, almost creamy. Very effervescent and bright and refreshing.

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Photo of oline73
4.47/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this at sour and bitter. It was tough to drink so many world class gueuzes at once :) Poured into a stemless wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber with a half finger of off white head that fades to a layer on top of the pour.

Smell: Funk up front with lemon tartness in the background. There is a mild white wine note as well.

Taste: Very smooth. The malt balances out the tartness quite well. Very easy to drink. The white wine note shows up here as well. I'm getting the aged hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Another very good beer in this series. I enjoyed them all. This may have had the most balance. I would have it again.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.8/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1290th Review on BA
Bottle to Goblet
750 ml

Thanks to Jazzpatel for this one.
Shared with Jazzpatel, Ehammond1, NanoBrew, MrHirschybar & Sebowski

@Churchills Pub

App- Top falling orange to yellow with a golden center. A small white head with a puddle of bubbles. Maybe a couple dots of cling.

Smell- Classic gueuze with a farmhouse twist. Really earthy with a small funk and a bit of grass and hay. Full on the nose with a good rounded citrus fresh orange and tangerine.

Taste- Completely damp flavors but very vibrant with a full and lush citrus. Has a gueuze meets DIPA flavor with some earthy, grassy and hoppy. A bit prickly and just short of Lente.

Mouth- A thick medium with a medium prickly carbonation. A lot of earthy damp fruits remain with a bit of a grassy herbal note.

Drink- Very very very good. Just a notch below lente in a lot of ways.

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Photo of auroracrisis
4.55/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml poured into a gueuze tumbler.

Murky orange with yellow highlights, effervescent carbonation can be seen feeding a one finger frothy head. Plenty of lacing and a little bit of leg on it.

Granny smith and citrus zest greet you at first with notes of barnyard and goat cheese. This is a much more fruity, and zesty smelling blend than the Lente. Nice notes of haystack and horse blanket appear more as the beer comes to a proper temperature.

Opens the palate with that same zest and granny smith fruity flavors then moves into a stinky cheese and gym sock flavor coupled with some barnyard funk. Not as much of an aged character to this one but still, the quality is there.

Medium bodied and sticky with a little bit of drying at the end once swallowed.

Again, Armand proves himself with a superior blend. Not as refined or aged as Lente, but certainly a brilliant blend of fruityness and funk.

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Armand'4 Oude Geuze Zomer (Summer) from Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
4.58 out of 5 based on 394 ratings.
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