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:
396
Reviews:
103
Avg:
4.58
pDev:
6.99%
 
 
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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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4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

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5/5  rDev +9.2%

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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5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

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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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

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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5/5  rDev +9.2%

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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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4/5  rDev -12.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

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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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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Armand'4 Oude Geuze Zomer (Summer) from Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
4.58 out of 5 based on 396 ratings.
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