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

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Armand'4 Oude Geuze Zomer (Summer)Armand'4 Oude Geuze Zomer (Summer)

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie 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 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 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 islandboi8204
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened along side Lente, Herfst, Winter, shared 4 ways.

Pours orange/yellow with a big white head. Not much lacing but leaves some spots.

Smells funky with lemon, citrus, a little musty and sweet. Some oak as well.

Tastes similar to the nose. Balanced with lemon, sourness, sweet and funk. Someone in my group said that it tastes old. This is more mild than the Lente, less bright citrus flavors. Very delicious.

Light to medium body with soft carbonation.

Overall a great beer, I'll open my other one up this summer. My second favorite of the four.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this again next to lente and winter. Has taken over as the best of the 3. Incredible balance of the dusty rindy funk and bright fruits, well integrated, great stuff. Numbers from second bottle.
Drank next to lente with Armand. Pour is a slightly brighter golden orange than the lente with a creamy tight light tan head that dissipates a bit more slowly than lente. The nose offers a fair bit of cheesy funk and dusty earth notes. light mineral touch with some spicy yeast towards the back and some notes of sweetness. hops offer some light bitter citrus. The flavor is more sweet than the nose, less cheesy funk but still pretty dusty brett type presence. juicy apricots, sour peaches, light citrus and some hop bitterness in the finish. the body is sturdy and creamy with a lively carbontion and very dry finish. Not quite as complex or tight as the lente but great balance of funk and sourness. should become even better.

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

Thanks to foofaa yet again for sharing this one with us at our recent gueuze tasting. Served beside the other Armand'4's.

A - Pours hazy golden orange with a nice one and a half finger tall white head leaving small wisps of lace down the entire glass.

S - Smells of fresh cut grass and plenty of funk initially with hints of lemons, apples, wet hay, oak and a touch of fruitiness. This one is seriously funky.

T - Starts off with a decent sizes sour kick quickly giving way to hints of lemon zest, green apples, oak, wet hay and the ever present drie fonteinen funk. Not as sour as I was expecting, more funky really, with a bit more booze than some of the others. Finish is pretty dry, lingering on the pallet for quite awhile after consumption.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Smooth, tart feel with a bit more booze than Lente, leaving the pallet dry after the finish.

O - I still prefer Lente to this one but I would definitely say that this is the second best of the series. It has plenty of flavor yet it remains easy to drink, awesome stuff for sure.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.23/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled August 2011
Quite the little gusher, I lost at least a couple ounces of precious beer to my counters before getting this to a glass. The beer looked clear through the bottle, but pours a hazy amber color that shows a touch of gold around the edges. The head starts out about three inches in height with a lightly tan colored head; the head leaves some nice lacing on the sides as I work my way through this Gueuze. The beer smells of sour urea and lactic acid, a deep musky funkiness, some phenolic slightly medicinal notes. This is just so deeply funky, rustic and wonderful. Once you really start digging around there is a dry, somewhat cracker like, more dried hay leaning grain character and even a touch of sour dough bread character in the deep finish of the nose. The aroma is really quite sharp and acidic, though it doesn’t seem to be acetic which I certainly am thankful for. After a bit, a toasted, slightly woody oak note starts to come out in the nose.

Sharply acidic tasting, though it doesn’t make me pucker, this is accentuated by a zippy, expressive, frothy carbonation that makes this foam up as it hits the mouth. Ample lactic acidity is boosted by some sharp urea notes (that contribute some characteristic Lambic notes of cat urine). This finishes very dry, the acidity is the main reason for this, but there is a dried hay / grassy grain character, a drying, slightly medicinal phenolic character, a palate lingering musky, animal / barnyard funkiness. There is a slight flavor of grapefruit, bright lemon notes and just a really big lactic sourness that is so enjoyable. The texture of this beer is nice and light, yet has some slickness from the ample lactic acidity and perhaps a touch of structure from the barrels. Speaking of barrels, there is a slight toastiness to the finish as well as some spiciness and a subtle woody note that is all contributed by the oak; the oak is quite subtle as it usually is in a Lambic, but definitely contributes to the flavor profile. The phenolic character in the finish adds some sharpness here, it is not really medicinal, sort of plastic like, but not, and I can’t really quite pinpoint what it is. As the beer warms up a fruitiness starts to come out, it contributes notes of apple that is a touch cider like, with perhaps a touch of pear as well.

So much better than the Lente, but this is entirely due to the lack of acetic acid; for some reason I find acetic very distracting in Lambics. This is quite nice, it is a bit different than a standard Gueuze, though I am not entirely sure how. To start with it is definitely quite a bit darker, perhaps a touch richer somehow, a touch more oak astringency to the finish perhaps. In the end though this is just a fantastic example of a Gueuze, it is exactly what I was hoping for out of the Lente, though that one certainly wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t quite as tasty as this one.

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Photo of Spider889
4.57/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared by Alewatcher.

Due to the generosity of those at our tasting we were able to taste this side by side against Lente and Winter.

A - Ahhh, it was a gusher! And so sad because this was arguably the best of the lot! Very bright color, left awesome lace that you just don't normally see in a gueuze.

S - Wonderfully gueuzey aroma (the most traditionally gueuze-like of the three). Lemon plays a big role in there, along with a dry funk.

T - Musty dank oak, basement funk. Nice and tart. Flavors of dry hay and grassiness. Bitterness grows on the back end of each sip.

M - Clean finish, nice robust carbonation.

O - Delicious.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.72/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A huge thanks to Chris (spycow) for sharing this at AgentZero’s birthday tasting.

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a golden, hay color. About a finger of head is achieved with a moderate pour that dissipates slowly leaving some chunky lacing.

Smell – I personally thought this was an amazing smelling beer. The massive amounts of must and barnyard funk made this one of the earthiest aromas I’ve encountered, and I loved it. Green apples, lemon zest, and hints of vinegar.

Taste – Spectacular and thankfully exactly as the nose led me to believe. Massive amounts of barnyard funk and wet hay, tart apple cider, and zesty lemons. Oak, slight grapes, slight acidity.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, crisp carbonation, finishes wonderfully dry.

Overall – A fantastic beer. I’ve heard debates between this and Lente being the better beer. If Lente IS better, wow, I can’t wait to have it. So good. A highlight of the night.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.38/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Chris aka spycow for opening this up at my birthday tasting.

A - Orange colored beer with a lot of yellow. Small white head that left some minor spots on the sides.

S - Oh no, hate to be a hater, but there is something off on the nose for me. There is some great funk, good lemon citrus, oak, barnyard, and something a little sweet. I also get a deep, unpleasant smell of old tires. I think it's a part of the funk and barnyard somehow. I'm the only person smelling this though.

T - Taste is great. None of the rubber that I was smelling at all. Bit of lemon, high acidity, great funk and barnyard, and a little bit of fruity sweetness. Tastes very old.

M - Lighter side of medium bodied with soft carbonation.

O - Great beer, could drink it all day. Not sure what is going on with the nose but you forget that once you taste the beer. Fantastic.

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Photo of spdyfire83
4.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

53rd Review
Bottle to snifter

Bottled: 3/26/2010
Drink by: 3/2020

From notes. Enjoyed at the DL Variant + Others Tasting in Chicago (October 2011). Not sure who brought this, but thanks.

A: Golden haze. 1.5 fingernail on gentle pour. Thick, inviting foam head. Looks amazing!

S: Smells like a barn in the most wonderful way possible. Pure funk and must. Hint of freshly cut Granny Smith apples and grapes.

T: Earthy and hay-esque. Brisk tartness up-front followed by slight sourness. Great balance. Apples, lemon zest, and pear.

M: Light to soft-medium body, but dry. High carbonation, but not too over-the-top.

O: This was my "introduction" to the four season collection of Armand’s and I must say that it was thoroughly enjoyable and down-right great. My palate had developed significantly to savoir and enjoy beers like this and I can only hope that many more come across my glass going forward. This was a real treat and I am hopeful to track down the others!

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Photo of mothman
4.65/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Chris for sharing this treat!

Pours a white head. It actually even leaves some lace. Color is a golden orange. Slight haziness to it.

Aroma: Lemon acidity. Old cobweb and basement funk. Musky, yet clean. Muskmelon, green, apples, and oak all show.

Taste: Lemon, muskmelon, and other fruity flavors up front. Oaky. Cobweb and basement musk. Some spices. Very funky. This is gueuze. Light vinegar and acidic flavor. Green apples.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, tart, and acidic. Light bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, a fantastic gueuze. Top beer for the style. It is young, but tastes old which I really enjoy. Very solid. Great drinkability.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.55/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip glass.

A - A gusher, after a loud pop! Pours a dark, opaque orange with a huge near-white head. Crazy long retention and webs of lacing left on the glass.

S - Very subtle, more so than expected. Citrus-lemons, nice barnyard funk, dandelions.

T - Tart lemons up front, a nice slight funk, then a unique wild flower/grass flavor. Wow!

D - High carbonation, average body. A nice sourness is present the whole time.

O - Not sure if this one was as great as Lente, but still top notch.

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Photo of AleWatcher
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

shared at darkness day by backfat or lurchingbeast
reviewed from notes

This is zomer... and my god is this glorious! By the hammer of Thor, I can say for certain that I have not had a better gueuze than this!
'I thought Lente was terrific. THIS beer kills Lente. Kills it.

Glorious golden body-- shimmering white head. great retention. Nice lacing in jagged rings.
-- at this point I proceeded to offer Omar a sip after he made an announcement over a megaphone. He took a sip and said, "That's fantastic!"--

The nose is light and funky, fruit forward, bright and fresh, crisp and clean, just spectacular.
I cannot imagine a better gueuze.
In the realm of gueuze-- this is a perfect 5 beer. Everything about this beer is perfect. Looks glorious, smells and tastes amazing, the feel is spot on, the sourness is perfect.

Everything about this beer is everything I want it to be.

Big big fat hairy cheers to backfat-- aka weaponX, aka wolverine, aka logan. You are the bomb-diggity, hob-knob skillet of all the hairiest hipster that I know. You take the gueuze-loving cake.

Of over 700 reviews, which is about half of the different beers I've tried-- this is the first perfect 5 beer for me.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.6/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle shared with many BA's at this years Darkness Eve tasting.

A- Pours a one finger off white head, murky yellow brown color, really attractive looking beer, decent lacing, nice retention.
S- The aroma has oaky notes coming out upfront, nice bitterness, sour, complex, musky, really nice aged characteristics to it, which is surprising for how young it is.
T- The taste is amazing, really puckering, bitter, sour apple, lemon, citrus, nice funk, wood characteristics, pear, nice acidity, I feel very satisfied after every sip.
M- Medium mouth feel, really light on the palate, sour puckering, crisp/dry finish.
O- This was a very impressive beer from Drie Fonteinen, really complex, so much going on, really puckering, this beer will do wonders with some age on it.

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

Gusher, on the computer. :(

Beer served in a Drie Fonteinen glass, a reward for all the housework I did today, thank you me. At the time of this review this beer is the #54 beer on the "Top Beers - Popular", the #2 beer on the "Top Beers - New", the #8 Beer on the "Top Beers - Belgium", and the #2 on the "Top Beers - Gueuze" lists on Sounds like a good one to try for the night cap to me.

Beer is orange and really hazy, huge head, that consolidates into large bubbles that break, leaving behind a mildly tan head, one finger, small and medium bubbles, lots of lacing on the glass. Aggressively carbonated. Dinging it for the gusher cause that was a disappointment.

The smell is light, airy, with hints of funk, oak, slight metallic and a little, light sulfur / rubber. Smells like a Drie Fonteinen should.

Beer is about as light in body and you can get, dry finish, burns a little from the acetic brightness and the heavy carbonation, but it burns so so good.

Beer's finish is uniquely oaky, more so than the lente was (although a side by side is in order right fellas?) with a stronger acidity and a lighter palate throughout. There is almost an alcohol, sulfur mixing in the late midpalate before the dry tartness of the finish gets you. The acid coats my mouth and gums. Great, very dry, very tart, nice sourness, great funk. A near perfect beer.

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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 dsgolovin
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Pours with a full two fingers head and is a deep golden amber.

S-Musty and barnyard funk.

T-Extremely well balanced for the style. I've had all these American Brett beers that are trying to be this, but this is the real deal. It made my mouth salivate and I kept wanting more.

M-Well carbed, crisp, and clean.

O-Cannot ding this beer at all. What everyone says is true and if this one is that good, I can't wait to try the others.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.37/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Shared all 3 Armand bottles with UrbanCaver, forgetfu, eyeenjoybeer and Caleb at Upland while picking up the Sour Reserve.

Bottle was already open when I arrived so don't know if it was a gusher or not. Pours a bright gold with a bubbly head.

Smells of green apple, citrus, lemon zest with a horse blanket funk.

Definitely a brighter fruitier flavor than the other two. The flavor I get most is green apple, but some citrus, pear and lemon as well. A little overly tart as the dank earthiness present in Lente and Herfst isn't as strong here. Finishes with a crisp, pretty clean lactic finish.

Mouthfeel is good and creamy with good carbonation levels.

Very great beer, but doesn't hold a candle to the other two which speaks more to how awesome the others are.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to cmrillo for sharing this one at the Down South Beer Tasting while aasher was in town to visit! This one gushed very slightly on us... Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a hazy orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tart, tart cherry, and wood. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, tart, tart cherry, and wood. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a really good brew. This one was tasted directly after Lente so a comparison could be drawn between the two brews. This one was a little lighter in flavor than the Lente in my opinion. Not watered-down, but just a little more dilute than the previous brew. The flavors on this one were still quite good and meshed together perfectly. Really glad that I got the opportunity to try this one with some good friends. I suggest you do the same...

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Photo of Florida9
4.32/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy yellow. Forms a 1/4" of off-white head that slowly reduces down to a thick, stable, surface coating.

S: Tart. Green apples, sour white grapes, hay, and a light bit of sour citrus.

T: More citrus and green apples with a light sweetness. A surprising amount of lemon and even a little lime in the mix. Dusty basement.

M: Tart with a sourness that hits hard on the front end, but drops off quickly. Appropriate carbonation.

O: A very good beer, though my familiarity with the style is admittedly limited. Tasty and tart, yet seemingly "balanced" with a light sweetness and complimentary citrus flavors. Can't say I'd want to drink an entire bottle by myself, but certainly glad to have tried it.

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Photo of iadler
4.23/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another bottle from the tasting. Poured into my snifter.

A- Pours a hazy orange with a two finger head that slowly dissipates into a thin cap, leaving some lines of lacing.

S- Tons of barnyard funk with hay, grass, vinegar, lemon zest and other citrus notes.

T- Tart lemon, barnyard funk, vinegar, green apple, and a bit of green grapes.

M- Medium carbonation and a lighter body. Finishes dry and very clean.

O- Fairly acidic, but not overpowering. Lot's of barnyard funk and citrus notes. Never had a Gueuze, so not sure how this compares to others, but was definitely impressed by this one.

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

poured into a 3F stemmed glass

as the cork popped the gushing began, didnt lose much but still. it was opened at around 46 degrees. huge head on this, lots of cloud like fluffiness. a hazy burnt golden orange.

slight sour white grape with an underlying sharp funkiness. a bit of cheese. strong lemon.

lots cheese with a muted tartness that hides beneath. very light dry oak. the lemony tartness just seems like it wants to come out but cannot. be it a mix of oak and funk, or just so much body that the sourness just cannot pop out.

excellent carbonation through out, a nice little bite on the tongue. not overly light like some gueuze. shockingly not as dry as i would have expected.

absolutely delicious however i give the full nod to Lente for being everything and then some. this just falls short in the taste. a world class gueuze by all means which really sets the bar all things considering.

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

A: Bright golden-wheat colored body. Clear. Lively streams of carbonation. Large eggshell white head. Sizable clumps of lacing left after each sip.

S: Prototypical Drie Fonteinen must and earth. Clean lemon peel and hay.

T: Crisp lemon-orange citric notes are the first flavor to hit the tongue as earthy and light funky barnyard notes round out the back end. A health dose of musty oak weaves its way though out. A high quality blend, for me its lacking the extra oomph that blew me away in the Lente blend.

M: Spot on. Aggressive, but appropriate, carbonation lifts this light-medium bodied gueuze across the tongue. Moderate acidity and a pleasant acidic puckering in the finish.

O: An excellent blend. This is on the cleaner end of the spectrum for Armand's gueuzes -- more like Girardin's citric vibe than the earthy/funky/musty Drie Fonteinen blends.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.62/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to ahalloin for sharing this a few weeks back. Served in a snifter and reviewed from notes.

Pours a really nice bright golden-yellow with a fluffy white head and some good lacing. Clear beer with visible carbonation. The nose is really quite nice, though not quite as good as the Lente. Bright notes of citrus and lemon zest plus plenty of funk and light earth. The flavor is moderately fruity with some orange and green apple plus a good dose of lemon. Mild acidity and plenty of Brett-induced funk and earth. Crisp carbonation and a dry finish with a nice earthy funk throughout. Light acidity. Absolutely stunning.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.36/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to James for bringing this to the bottle share during the weekend, definitely the biggest whale I've had in a long long time.

Looked the beautiful part, vibrant orange looking, concentrated fruit type of pour. Looked like a really impressive dipa at times, was that glowing to the eyes. Aroma, super funky, had a bit of that vaccuum belt breaking rubbery aroma, had me a bit worried, as I didn't think this was a desired component of the aroma.

And then it reared its ugly head as part of the aroma. But within a few sips, it was something that while it didn't go away, it did meld and not become so intense or worrying. Really chewy, sour flavor here, lemon, some citric fruit possibly. Almost too intense, really had to search for some of the flavors beyond the gritty, rubbery smell and taste.

Plenty sour, puckering, a mix of super strong cheese and burnt rubber seem to be the prevailing notes.

A damn good gueuze, if you like yours like super sharp expensive musty cheese, this is up your alley. For myself, and most of those at the bottle share, it was a very good beer, with some aspects that were simply too much, specifically, the feeling at times we were drinking a beer in a room where a vaccuum belt just burned up and broke. I'm far from the most seasoned gueuze dude, and if you like the rancid rubber funk, you'll probably give this beer a perfect 5. Thankfully, I got used to it, and the beer continued to get better the more I drank of it.

I'm glad to have tried it and thankful such a whale was broke out.

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Armand'4 Oude Geuze Zomer (Summer) from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
4.58 out of 5 based on 393 ratings.
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