Armand'4 Oude Geuze Herfst (Autumn)
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

Armand'4 Oude Geuze Herfst (Autumn)Armand'4 Oude Geuze Herfst (Autumn)
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Lambic - Gueuze
4.56 | pDev: 5.92%
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Retired (no longer brewed)
Armand'4 Oude Geuze Herfst (Autumn)Armand'4 Oude Geuze Herfst (Autumn)
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle: Poured a dirty golden color lambic with a rather large off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of funky Brett notes with some tart notes as well as oak. Taste is a complex mix of tart notes, oak and funky barnyard notes with very little sour notes are also noticeable. Body is about average with good carbonation. Solid lambic and quite lively considering the age of the bottle, probably one my favorite form this series.

Nov 10, 2019
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ArrogantB from Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

For some reason I never reviewed this when I had my first bottle back in 2012, luckily I had a bottle to cellar all these years. I was a little worried because I had heard seasons were falling off, this was a killer bottle. one of the best lambics I've tasted this year, bright, funky, beautiful lambic that is nowhere near falling off.

Sep 22, 2019
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.28/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Revisiting the series in 2020. Deep saturated amber orange, ample foam and lacing.
Oaky aroma, somewhat less than the Lente and Zomer, mild funk and subdued lemon and grapefruit.
Funky horseblanket and citrusy lemon and grapefruit notes, dry minerality. Full bodied and well carbed, very unique and expressive. Armand Debelder's masterpiece series. Thanks to Eric and Mark for sharing the bottles!

Sep 04, 2018
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ArkyVaughan from New Jersey

5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I never thought I would have the chance to try this, but there was one bottle left when I went to Himmeriget in Copenhagen. Of all of the great lambics and gueuze that I got to try at Himmeriget, this one and Armand & Tommy take the top honors. Herfst is pretty difficult to describe - it is just perfect. It also had a nice ruby tint that I wasn't expecting.

Jan 18, 2017
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

4.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful amber hue with a slight haze to the clarity and a fluffy, one inch, off-white head. Nose expresses citrus, funk and delicate floral notes. Taste follows nose with the addition of green apple. Flavor profile is delicate and balanced. Mouthfeel is light in body with a pleasant acidity without being overpowering. Overall, in doing a side by side with the other three seasons, I have to say that Herfst is my favorite. I'd love to revisit the line-up in 10 years.

Dec 24, 2016
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swanfungus from California

4.55/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The aroma on this guy was just outstanding. The very definition of "funk" and one of the most perfect examples for the style I can cite. Taste is oaky, a bit tart, and grassy. Medium bodied and very dry. Fantastic.

Nov 29, 2016
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

#7000 - This bottle was generously given to me by MrKennedy when he visited the east coast several months ago. I shared this bottle with Stokfo1992. The beer pours out as a hazy golden amber color with a cream colored head on top. The retention is pretty good for the beer being a Gueuze. The smell was of some green apples and some sweet grains and mild funk. The taste wasn't as acidic as I was expecting it to be, it was pretty toned down. The mouthfeel was pretty heavy compared to a lot of the other beers I've had of the same style. Overall it was a very palatable Gueuze, it was nice to have this bottle on hand for this milestone. Always fun to try things like this.

Nov 13, 2016
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cbutova from Massachusetts

4.26/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Eternal gratitude goes out to my cousin Sonny for sharing this set at Ebenezer's 2016. Just stunning generosity.

A- A deep and hazy golden, coppery orange body from the 750ml into a short becher glass. The cork appeared to leak a bit and it shows as only a small film of foam forms on the beer and dies out fast. No lacing in sight.

S- Less pungent than the first two Armands sampled but still the general theme remains with intense lactic bacteria, sour fruits, smooth vinous oak barrel and a touch of cheese and barnyard must. A bit of a sulfur, young lambic character here makes you wonder about the average age of this blend.

T- Again, more laidback than the first two Armand brews that were sampled and reviewed. More tannic oak comes through as well as plenty of vinous yet sour grapes. The barrel shows quite a bit with wood coming out but nothing nearly abrasive. A touch of grainy sugars, tons of lactic acid, the slightest bit of acetic vinegar, oxidized sugar, cheese, sour underripe apricots, lemon and horse funk come to mind. Hints of phenolics and band-aid later on.

MF- Surprisingly well carbonated after seeing how the cork was soggy and the bottle leaked somewhat, a low-medium level but lacking the almost effervescent feel of the previous two. Once again some slickness and a very sour ending.

So far the tamest of the three we have sampled but still a beyond great blend of lambic; the depth of flavor in this series is insane even though I have to search for unique descriptors. Funk and sour lactic acid glorified by Armand. Truly blessed to get to sample these.

Aug 22, 2016
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PDXAmbassador from Florida

4.67/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Smell is hay-forward, kinda like old chamomile tea. Abit of fruity alcohol estery goodness as it hits the palate -- almost banana-like. Lemon, raspberry skin, lingering citrus flavor. Delicious.

Jul 23, 2016
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mothman from Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Lots of fizzy head that fades away. Golden orange color.

Floral and herbal. Nice funk. Fruity. Orange and lemon peel. Nice amount of sour. Light acidity.

Light bodied. Bubly carbonation. Great feel.

Solid beer for 6 years old! Very well done!

Apr 23, 2016
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Jeffo from Netherlands

3.95/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

We lined up all four seasons at Sloshfest 2015 a little while ago. Good fun with mediocre people. Cheers gents!

From a 750 into a wine glass

APPEARANCE: Pours a big, four finger, foamy white head with excellent retention. Hazy, darker gamboge orange with a touch of carbonation evident. Foamy cap remains until the end leaving lots of foamy lacing down the glass. Looks most like Lente.

SMELL: Funky aromas with hay, a bit of citrus fruit notes and some acidity as well. Quite musty and dank; probably the most musty of the series, and more forthcoming than Zomer.

TASTE: Funky with barnyard, some light citrus notes, tart lemon and sourness up front. Medium finish with hay and barnyard funk, some bolder musty and dank qualities, with hints of fruity citrus as well. A touch of acidity as well. Stronger than Zomer but without the peach and apricot character. Musty and funky.

PALATE: Medium body with medium levels of carbonation. A little foamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes dry. Some tart lemon lingers. The foamiest of the series.

OVERALL: All of these were solid and I'd put this one as third place. It's bolder than Zomer and has a nice array of musty and funky stuff going on, but the fruity peach and apricot that I enjoyed so much in Zomer was missing. Bolder for sure, but less complex perhaps. Still, this was great and I'm very happy to have been able to try them all in a row. Cheers boys!

Feb 22, 2016
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peensteen from Canada (ON)

4.53/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Deep orange colouring of white head and some lace. Smell is probably the fruitiest of the seasons, orange, lemon and stone fruit, funky with a massive oak presence. Taste is similar to the nose, funky, orange and peach with tart lemons, dry and puckering, acidic all the way through. Medium carbonation, closer to full body. My clear favourite of the seasons, absolutely outstanding.

Jan 19, 2016
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cultclassic89 from Texas

4.88/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Everything about Herfst was perfect. So well balanced. It's a bit darker in flavor than the first two Seasons if that makes any sense, it's not as bright. I really love bright gueuze, but this was very impressive. I've heard it's drinking well right now, this definitely confirms it.

Edit: Fantastic and was my favorite that day of the set, but A&T exists.

Aug 20, 2015
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Gasc0igne from Australia

4.77/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Review #250

Bottled 2nd April 2010 & consumed 14th April 2015. Just over 5 years old.

A yeasty buildup surrounded the top of the bottle around the cork and had me worried; luckily nothing seems astray. Hazy copper/burnished orange colour, darker than expected. A massive pillowy off-white head rose quickly and lingered.

Lactic (vinegary) nose with sharp hints of lemon. Big burnt rubber. Wet hay/cork. Heavy barrel presence and notably tannic.

Sucking on an unripe peach pit. Solidly acidic, lemon mostly with some grape skin tannic-ness throughout. Super cheese-rubbed barrel funk finish with great backing vinegar. Intense.

Medium bodied. Heavily carbonated. Super dry and puckery and yet...smooth. Beautiful to move around in the mouth.

Remarkably difficult to put down. Hands down the best sour I've ever had.

Apr 14, 2015
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BMMillsy from Florida

4.49/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I figure a random Wednesday while watching Property zbrothers is the perfect time for a brew like this, no? Found this bottle on a shelf while in Paris. Poured 1/28/2015. Dated 2/4/2010, so almost exactly 5 years old. Poured to a Cantillon taster glass and shared with no one because eff it.

Pours mostly clear with just a hint of hazyness, beautiful copper golden with a big fluffy white head.

Dusty oaky aroma, sweet Belgian sugar notes, funky sourness, some vinegar. Yep, smells like goooooooze.

Flavor is sweet malty caramel and major sour funk. Wow, the sweetness here is heavier than others in the style I've had but balances just perfectly with the funky, dry, oaky, vinegary sourness. Some grass in here, not super dry and dusty, even some juicy fruitiness going on. Some apricot notes, lingering sweetness and dry on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is juicier than most in the style with a dry oaky finish and medium plus carbonation. Very easy drinking but packed with flavor and not lacking in any respect.

One of the most flavorful Gueuzes in a style that is sometimes tough to differentiate. This one separates itself from the pack with a beautiful balance between sweet and sour. Nicely done.

Jan 29, 2015
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sjccmd from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours copper burnt orange, slightly hazy. Thin, whispy white head that fades quickly. Low carbonation.

Wet hay and oak in the aroma. Hints of acid (some acetic). Lots of barnyard as well as citrus. Hints of tropical brett character as well.

Not as tart as expected, though it's of course tart. Mostly lactic, some acetic (due to age, likely). Lots of wood and earthy notes. Barnyard along with honey. Tea and mushroom as well.

Low carb but not thin. Has a certain slickness. Tannins are subdued (probably due to age as well?).

Very nice. Somewhat subdued as compared to my memory of the other seasons, but still a lot going on.

Jan 04, 2015
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kevanb from Illinois

4.52/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, poured into a Drie Fonteinen stemmed wine glass. Enjoyed on 12.6.14, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a dark amber, strong hues of copper, more orange than any of the other seasons, very hazy and opaque with a thin white lace, minimal lace and moderate retention. The aroma is just fall in a bottle, easy as that, super crisp, earthy, almost like damp leaves meets grapefruit juice with strong horseblanket, cracked wheat, aged hops, so unusual, but so definitively fall. The flavors echo the autumnal aromas, earthy, crisp, but with some grapefruit citrus, dead leaves, hay, lots of funk, almost spice like coriander, wheat and aged hops provide a touch of bitterness, fall in a bottle is all I can say. The mouthfeel is crisp, coating, dry, assertively carbonated while still being gentle and the finish super smooth, a touch of pucker to it.

Verdict: A wonderful gueuze from Drie Fronteinen and easily the best representation of it's corresponding season. It evokes all the emotions one can experience in fall and while perhaps not the "best" gueuze of the set, it is certainly the most impressive and probably my favorite of the bunch, so artfully done.

Dec 18, 2014
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SpeedwayJim from New York

4.63/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to Dan and Mike. 750ml bottle into 3 Fonteinen stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a massive, 3.5 finger foamy white head that dissipates quickly. Beer is a clear light orange-bronze. Lacing is spotty and sparse with little sticky but slick, oily legs. Solid.

Nose is dried hay, cheese, light spritzy tartness mixed with lemon, rotting wood, slight sulfur and cobwebs. Like a dry, sun-beaten musty attic. Exactly what I want this style to smell like. Aromatic too!

Opens with a slight tart hop bitterness. Dried wood, hay and an accented tartness in the middle. Lemon rind with hints of cobwebs and oak mixed with apricot and citrus. Ends dry with hay, oak and more lemon on the end. Tart, puckering, dry aftertaste. Excellent.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down aggressive, dry and puckering. Dry finish with a bone dry, filmy aftertaste. Awesome.

This is an outstanding beer and certainly one of the best in its style... which is saying a lot. It'll age like a dream too. Seek 'em out and sit on 'em!

Feb 08, 2014
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EnemyWithin from Canada (ON)

4.28/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Armand 4 Oude Geuze
Dec 25, 2013 into Duvel tulip

Apppearance: 4.25
Hazy orange body that cannot see through. 1 -2 inch off white head that dissipates into thin covering

Smell: 4.25
Tart lemon funk with good sour in the nose. Slight sweetness detectable.

Taste: 4.25
Initial moderate to high sourness that is sharp across palate. Lemon funk dominates. Also get slightly mineral hop note mid to late. Near end, get more sweetness from malt. Finishes with fleeting lemon sourness.

Mouthfell: 4.5
Moderate to high sourness with notable acid coating across palate.

Overall: 4.25
Solid geuze with great sourness and good complex funk. Great balance of typically clean flavours of geuze with complexity of the various ages blends.

Jan 12, 2014
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Rutager from Canada (BC)

4.48/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A huge thank you to alpineclimber for this bottle and to wordemupg for the bottle I'll cellar for a good while. Cheers to a couple of awesome traders! Poured into a 3F gueuze tumbler ...ballin'!!!

Appearance. Pours a lovely honey copper with a good haze. Topped with almost 3 fingers of off-white, soapy head.

Smell. Realemon, some pear and dank old funky wood with a bit of sweet hay. Nice.

Taste. Again, Realemon and some of that dank old funky wood, dry grassyness, and some nice old musty funk. Awesome.

Mouthfeel. Light+ body, fairly strong carbonation.

Overall. Awesome stuff (as expected). A fine example of the style.

Jan 11, 2014
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.53/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle from the Armand'4 set, generously contributed by Shawn. Poured into a GTMW taster today, 12/8/2013.

Review #324.

Pours a very interesting medium dark amber-brown body, which is a nice contrast to Winter and Zomer. A super effervescent white head that retains well, eventually dropping into the beer leaving a fairly placid beer. Not much lacing to be found.

Smells very, very oaky and tannic. Sort of like a red wine but not quite. Also a good bit of lemon zest-esque citric acidity to go along with it as well as some tart grape skin, but I felt this one was dominated by the barrel. Not bad by any means, but its not as interesting as the other Seasons.

Taste is very acidic in a good way; lots of oak and tannins- I would venture that there are faint hints of cherry and/or grape tartness in the background. It's like a carbonated white wine almost. Some lemon zest, and earthy funk to accompany the vinegar. A little bit of cheesiness complements the earthiness of the funk; very complex and intense on the palate, indeed.

Great mouthfeel on this one. Medium bodied, very well carbonated and holds its carbonation a lot longer than Winter did. A bit heavier bodied than the others- not quite as crisp and refreshing, but more substantial and still very dry.

Very interesting take on the geuze, this tasted more like a Cantillon geuze than the others did, yet it has a lot of oaky, earthy barrel flavours with the trademark 3F lemon zestiness. Holds up well, but it is easily the most different from the other Seasons.

Re-review: Drank this along side the other 3 Seasons on 3/30/2015. Served in a 3F stemmed glass. For the most part, I still believe it's a bit lighter than the other Seasons and seems to be more earthy. Very flavourful and oaky with a bit less of the lemon zest and more funk. Doing very well still, and I expect it to continue to get better with more time.

Dec 09, 2013
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml, Prosecco-esque bottle.

This beer pours a hazy, dark apricot amber hue, with two fingers of slightly puffy, and densely foamy dirty white head, which leaves some patchy swaths of limestone escarpment lace around the glass as it slowly wafts away.

It smells of a veritable fruit salad of tartness - acerbic cherry, raspberry, and apple - fresh squeezed lemon, oxidized white wine, a tame yeasty funk, gritty pale cereal grain, and sedate herbal, musty hops. Very evocative of rustic and pastoral scenes, even at this early point. The taste is a soft and supple (relatively, of course) acidic apple and white wine grape fruitiness, now flipped with the waning berry fruit tartness, still mildly earthy funk, like an old farmhouse from twenty paces, an isolated lemon peel bitterness, bready pale malt, a hint of musty wood, and subtle herbal, weedy hops.

The carbonation is decently fizzy, and sometimes outright frothy, yet without becoming overbearing on the upper palate, the body a sturdy medium weight, and quite agreeably smooth, what with all that sourness kicking about. It finishes off-dry, the sweetness of the low-key malt evolving a bit more, and the fruitiness reversing course to a more moderate stance.

One complex and damned-near beguiling example of the style. Tart, sweet, yeasty, funky, woody, fruity, and bitter, all in more or less perfect proportions. I suppose it's a bit misleading to call a gueuze 'easy-drinking', but verdomme, this really just is - if you discount the stiff retail price, that is.

Nov 29, 2013
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ironchefmiyagi13 from Tennessee

4.83/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

400th Review!

Thanks to joefuzz for bringing this to our stout/sour tasting last night. Ridiculous line-up!

Been looking for any of these 4 beers for a while and finally was able to snag a pour.

Appearance is great. Head forms really fast and quickly settles into thin wisps on the surface of the beer. Now, for the aroma, this beer smells like heaven. I am in the process of drinking more sours, and this just set the bar so high. Lots of that classic Belgian funk I am always reading about with a nice stone fruit presence in the form of flesh and skin. Bright and potent citrus really wakes your noes up.

Our group shrunk by about 4 people, so everyone got bigger pours and even though I wish those guys could have been there, the fact I got to drink more of this beer was amazing. Each sips really gets you in the fillings, but is amazingly smoothed out with a little apricot/tangerine sweetness. Finish leaves a slightly buttery coating on the tongue. Pretty fuckin amazing if I do say so myself.

While we had some pretty awesome sours, this was definitely my favorite of all of them. I am now gonna try and see if I can secure another of the 3 remaining to try and compare them.

Nov 07, 2013
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wordemupg from Canada (AB)

4.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 3/11/13

A darker then expected with a hazed brownish orange, about as many bubbles as one could fit in a glass, massive beige foam never really falls but it ends up as a pencil top eraser island leaving partial rings followed by spider web right to the bottom, sexy

S lots of funk, sour lemon, grapes, hay, leather, cereal, green apple, smells like a barnyard in the middle of apple orchard, kinda reminds me autumn in a strange way

T just a hint of caramel I didn't smell, not bone dry but close to it, dried grass, lemon, funk, wood I didn't really pick up on the nose, and everything else I could smells still there in one form or another, shes complex to say the least

M has some body working for it, not quite the bubbles I could see in the glass but far from flat, sour but quite mellow, funky lemon and cereal lingers for days

O quite drinkable and it doesn't turn your mouth inside out, still has just a hint of sweetness somehow but I'm sure that will change by the time I drink another bottle in a decade or so

I'm just glad I got to try this one and I'm stoked I still have a pair of bottles. I wouldn't be surprised if I trade one of them off in the future considering what this can land nowadays but time will tell I suppose

Nov 04, 2013
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Jonada from New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark golden orange color with 4 fingers of an eggshell colored head. Body is lightly hazy, with insane bubble show streaming throughout the glass. Excellent head retention and lacing.

Smell: Sour barnyard funk, musty basement, hay, horse blanket, acidic lemon, and white grape. Aroma is strong and hugely funky.

Taste: Mostly follows the aroma. Strong funk presence, but perhaps not as strong in the aroma. Medium/high acidic sourness, green apple, rain water, slight herbal notes as well as a hint of oak.

Mouthfeel: Higher end of light bodied, slightly creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is high but soft. Finishes dry.

Overall: Just a fantastic gueuze, most especially if you like them funky. I've not had any of the other seasons (yet), but if they're anything like this, I can't wait to try them. World class stuff.

Sep 21, 2013
Armand'4 Oude Geuze Herfst (Autumn) from Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 342 ratings