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Armand'4 Oude Geuze Herfst (Autumn) | Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Armand'4 Oude Geuze Herfst (Autumn)Armand'4 Oude Geuze Herfst (Autumn)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
Belgium
3fonteinen.be

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by LambicKing on 09-30-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
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77
Ratings:
327
Avg:
4.48
pDev:
13.17%
 
 
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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a deep orange color with a deep b ut fizzy white head, pseudo head retention for the stylw hich fades elaving a small white rings and some bubbles

S: Your traditional gueze smell, lemons, hay and horseblanket...but plenty of it

T: An initial green apple, lemongrass and zest sordove sting the tongue and moves on from there. A little green apple note in the background.

M: Light-medium body, dry, crisp, refreshing even. Lemons and light vinegar cling on to the roof of your mouth

O: Great beer but no comparison to Golden blend

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Photo of Treebs
4.24/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle served from a lambic basket into a Zwanze taster. Thanks to Colin for the share.

A: Pours a dark orange color with a cloudy body and a white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin ring that leaves some splotchy lace down the glass.

S: Funky with some oak and citrus fruity pith. Slightly tart in the nose with lemon grass.

T: Same as the nose, but a whole lot brighter. Lots of lemony tartness, some mild sour notes, smooth oak and some grassy undertones. Sweet cracker malt with some back end funk and bright citrus.

M: Light and bubbly with a sweet, fruity and slightly tart finish. Medium high carbonation.

O: Very nice. Really nicely balanced across all nuances of the beer. Just the right amount of funk, tartness and sweet.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.21/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From notes. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip. Compared with Lente, Zomer, and Winter side by side.

Herfst has a dark golden color, a typical coloring for a gueuze. There is a full off-white head that bubbles up and fades to a thin cap after a few minutes.

The aroma has a more musty character than Lente or Zomer. Hay, mushrooms, and funky cheese are all mildly presented, with a tart lemon background.

Once Herfst hits my tongue, it is more obvious; this is not going to be the most tart of the group. There is the lemon presence I noticed in the other Armand seasons, but there are also some peach and apricot notes. There is a noticeable graininess in the flavor to go along with the hay and musty cheese flavor, with a lemon kick turning the flavor solidly sour at the end.

The carbonation is noticeable Drie Fonteinen, in this case meaning light, fluffy, and bubbling in my mouth like tonic water.The body of the beer is about the same as the others or maybe a touch lighter. The feel is on the dry side as well.

Trying all of these beers side by side is definitely an experience. Even though this was not my favorite of the series, I still enjoyed it greatly and would be happy to have it again.

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Photo of biga7346
4.64/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From notes

A - Copper to straw colored, very firm, lots of lacing

N - Very unripe cherries, grape vine, very funky, white peppercorn, leather strap, mustiness like an barn attic; carbonation, seltzer, woody and vinous, grape skin, a nice citrus backbone, lemon zest, lemon pith.

T/M - Silky carbonation like Champagne, fresh apricots, lemon zest, cellar-like funk, very tart cherries, acidic.

D - Amazing.

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Photo of rudzud
4.3/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with JLindros and company at the last whale tasting. Reviewed from notes. I think this my my contribution (know I brought one of the Armands)

A - Poured into my Kate the Great tulip a hazy copper golden hue with a nice hazy copper gold with a one finger head that faded to leave nice lacing.

S - Lots of good earthy funky sour going on here. Just a faint hint of hops.

T - Taste is more of that super earthy tart funk gueuze that is more than usual. Very light flashes of barnyard and hay. Again, very earthy and funky.

M - Mouthfeel is tart and crisp with lots of effervescence.

O - Overall, this was earthy and tasty. Quite solid.

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Photo of Tnudish
4.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. All 4 of the Armand’4 were reviewed together in early 2012.

A-Herfst pours a dark, hazy amber orange in color with a large, frothy, off-white head. The head lasts for awhile and leaves a fair amount of lacing.

S-The nose is classic 3F. There is must, earth, barnyard, horse blanket, and a little sweetness you dont get in much of the other 3.

T-The flavor mirrors the nose, there is mustiness, sharp citrusy lemon, mineral, some aged cheese, and some light sweetness in the background.

M-The mouthfeel is light with creamy texture, lively carbonation, and an enduring finish. Herfst had a nice balance of funk and sour compared to the other blends.

O-At the time, I noted that this was probably my third favorite blend, but having just had this again over the weekend, I am inclined to move it up a little. We had it side by side with Armand + Tommy, and it was almost unanimous that it was better than A+T (which we all previously were head over heels for).

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Photo of starrdogg
4.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Watch out, this one is a gusher and the cork flew out as soon as I took off the cage.

Beer pours a hazy brownish-gold with a fluffy white head. Like the Winter, it's much darker than your average gueuze. Smell is nice, but doesn't hit you in the face like the Winter does. It's oaky, funky with a little bit of sour and hints of salt as well. Flavor isn't as bright as expected, there is some some nice oak and funk/cheesiness, but it's not super sour. It's also got a little bit of apple cider vinegar creeping in as well as a bit more malt than most gueuzes. There is a bit of a bitter flavor on the finish. It's more complex than the Winter, but not quite as drinkable. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a nice coating feeling. Overall, this is yet another great gueuze from 3F, but doesn't blow me away. It's quite complex, but some of that complexity detracts from my enjoyment of it.

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Photo of spdyfire83
4.42/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

301st Review
75cl bottle poured into 3F geuze glass
Bottled: 02/04/2010
BB: April 2020

Autumn is before Winter; as such, I enjoyed these two beers in that order.

A: Cork exploded off this once the cage was released all the way. Welcome to the P-A-R-T-Y! Deep amberish, hazy golden yellow. 6+ (tan) fingernail head on gentle pour. Fear not, it's carbonated.

S: Funk, must, aged cheese, barnyard stench, and classic geuze loveliness.

T: Citrus, lemon, sharp acidity, aged cheese. Rounded and crisp. Lovely.

M: Light body with loads of crisp carbonation. Very "clean".

O: Solid beer, overall. Could stand some age like the others I have tried in the "Four Seasons" series, but really tasty stuff here. I preferred this one slightly over the Winter in the side-by-side comparison.

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

Drie Fonteinen Armand'4 Oude Geuze Herfst (Autumn)

Poured into a 6 oz tasting glass from a 750ml bottle.
Shared with awesome friends.

There is an awesome orange and copper notes with a good off-white head that is bubbly and dense. Quite sticky. Color is nice. A good haze clouds the brightness but it’s still lively. (4.5)

Aroma of citrus notes comes up quick. Sour. Apple and leather notes in the nose. There are fruity and slight sweet juicy notes but they get overwhelmed. Also there is some slight funk with some nice hay and slight barnyard notes. This is not as funky as the Winter version but still has the wildness to it. (4.5)

Taste starts off with more citrus notes. Sharp sourness. Followed some funky and grassy hay notes. There is a mild sweetness but not as prevalent as in the Winter version. There is some slight sour apple notes on there that add some fruit juice notes but the nice tartness dominates. Nice mild vinegar notes are present. The buddy is typical. Bubbly and dry. (4.5)(4.5)

Very nice Geuze! Great blend with some good tartness. Citrusy and slight vinegar notes. Mild salty sweetness is perceived with some good leather and sour apple notes. (4.5)

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Photo of Rifugium
4.3/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I was dismayed to have this bottle arrive wet and apparently leaking. I noticed the beer level in the bottle was lower than the others, so I figured I had to drink this right away to prevent it from going flat or getting oxidized, if it wasn't already. Peeling off the wrapper, the problem became obvious: the cork was moldy, hence causing a seal break. "Well, nothing for it, if I am going to drink this, the time is now," I said. "It is already two years old, so that's going to have to be good enough." Expecting a flat mess, I untwisted the cage...and...the cork blew off violently before I even touched it and hit the ceiling, and a few ounces of liquid gushed out before I could stop it. Well, I suppose it was still carbonated after all.

Poured into a 3 Fonteinen sampler tumbler, a slightly hazy honey-orange color with a huge tan-white head that eventually settled to a foamy inch or so; bubbly carbonation rose from the bottom of the glass. Potent woody aroma, soured stone fruits, dank and earthy. Fortunately the beer had not gone bad yet, so it's good I drank it when I did. Tart up front, but not puckering, stone fruits, white wine, and citrus zest, mello lacto, tamed grassy funk, and a bit cobwebby. Everything about right for the style. About medium bodied, fairly dry and tannic, but quite smooth and drinkable for the style. Nice!

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

750ml bottle 6,0% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Bottled on: 02/04/2010
Best Before: April 2020

Appearance: Herfst is certainly one of the darker geuzes I have had recently - the body is a deep apricot orange and quite murky. A gentle pour yields a massive off white head that lasts pretty well and leaves patchy lace.

Smell: I could smell this one as soon as I popped the cork and it certainly smells funkier than the others beers I have had in the series thus far (Lente and Zommer). Notes include: Musty basement, dust, old wood, hay, dry autumn leaves, a touch of cheese, oak, an earthy character, light mushroom, a little citrus and some sweet stone fruits. As the beer warms the nose becomes sweeter with a touch of honey noted an an increase in the stone fruit character.

Taste: The flavour is not quite as funky as the nose, but still more so than the other beers in the series. Notes include: Orange, lemon, peach, dry leaves, old hay, musty basement, a mildewy note, dry grass, cobwebs and a touch of mushroom. Herfst is fairly tart and displays a wonderfully dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body, with a very high level of carbonation. The carbonation is not quite as smooth as that of the other beers in the series.

Overall: Another fantastic geuze from the Armand'4 series. If these bottles were not so expensive, I would love to have a few more in my cellar!

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Photo of rodkin
4.49/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge gusher. After it settled, poured a slightly hazy goldenrod color, with a fluffy off-white head.

Smell is funk, must, lactic tartness, bit of citrus and green apple, kind of dewy, maybe a hint of mushroom. Slightly damp. Really nice.

Taste follows the smell, plus some light bitterness, some spice, bit more dewy character. A little less tartness than I'd like, but still excellent.

The mouthfeel on the Armand'4 series has just been world class so far, and this doesn't disappoint. Really just perfect. Light, slightly creamy, perfect carbonation. Wonderful.

A great sour, had on the autumnal equinox, and it definitely seemed to match the season. Hope I can get more of this one.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.89/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing jethrodium.

A: A super frothy pour with a huge white head above the light golden-apricot liquid. Head faded into a bubbly wispy film leaving a good long-lasting collar.
S: Sweet citrus and stone fruits dominate alongside straw, hay and sweet fruit nectars.
T: Tart citrus, sweet stone fruits, apricot, fruit pith and a bit of citric acid. Earthy straw and peppery yeast bring up the finish.
M: Tart but not overly acidic, extremely frothy carbonation, drying mouthfeel, medium body.
O: Really good gueuze once you burn off some of the excess carb. Hard to drink if you don't. Sweeter than I remember the others in the series being. Thanks Jared.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served in my 3F gueze tumbler.

The beer is mostly clear, exhibiting only a slight haze. The head is two inches thick, settling in at about a half inch, leaving ample lacing on the glass.

The aroma is funk, musty, basement, barn, well water. It smells old, which is amazing, considering it's not.

Great flavor. Classic 3F aroma and taste. Perhaps a bit funkier than the other three Armand '4 variants. Well water, rain, citrus. Delicious.

Light to medium in body with perfect carbonation. Lingering funky citrus.

Overall, what can I say? Another world class gueze from Armand.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 8.1.12.

A - Pours a dark cloudy orange with an explosive light tan foamy head.

S - Nice Belgian funk, very citrusy and lemony.

T - Sames as the nose. Nice citrus, funk and barnyard.

D - Tons of carbonation, light body.

O - Another season, all have been great. Not my favorite, but still stellar.

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Photo of jlindros
4.32/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to rudzud or Duffy for this one.

Lots of fizzy head fades quickly with a hazy orangered colored beer.

Nose lots of tartness, light funk, acidity, light caramel, darker malts, light earthy aromas, light fresh juicy fruit with some tartness, hint of hops.

Taste tart funk, nice gueuze, more funk than usual for a gueuze, dry bitter earthy funk, acidity, juicy malt and tartness, hint of hay or grass like. Finish is long bitter earthy hay like finish with lots of tartness and funk.

Mouth is lighter bodied, good carb.

Overall good, not amazing, but still good and tasty.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. This is mustier, earthier, more mushroomy than either the Lente or Zomer that preceded it. A combination of petrichor and citrus brightness is interesting. Mildly acetic, with some over-ripe fruits, this is very nice.

The palate opens fruity sour, wheaty, mildly spicy, musty and earthy. Lemony with over-ripe citrus fruit, this has a mild sweetness to it. Drying and firm on the finish, this is medium-light in body, highly carbonated and is earthy, fruity and sour on the finish. Excellent.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle dated 4/2/2010. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Not quite a gusher. Bigger head than the others. Darker hazy orange. Great retention.

Smell - Back to the citrus aromas. Bright lemongrass with equal amounts of horseblanket funk. Awesome. Perfect blend of flavors.

Taste - Like an extra citrusy Oude Geuze. Brighter than the nose. Hay and horseblanket. Lemon. Lower sourness. Just a little bit of grassiness with some herbal notes in the end. Awesome.

Mouthfeel - Good sourness, without being puckering. Medium for a gueuze. Good carbonation. Well balanced.

Overall - One of the most complex gueuzes I've ever had. Maybe needs more sour. That's my only complaint.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.37/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours the typical cloudy golden orange with a large white head. A wonderfully funky aroma. Lots of must, grass, earth, and hay. Tartness of green apple and lemon are prominent as well. Just a solid gueuze aroma. The flavor is just as good. Drying wood and tannic character along with plenty of funk. Grass, hay, must, and fruit skin. Apple, lemon, and tart grapes give a nice fruitiness and sourness. Great mouthfeel, too.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.3/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one was a part of cmrillo’s 40 Beers* @ 40 Birthday Bash! Shared by cmrillo at his own party! Served from bottle into a Drie Fonteinen ‘3 Fountains’ gueuze glass. Poured a hazy yellow-orange with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, lemon rine, lemon zest, sour, and funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, lemon zest, citrus, sour, and funk. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly great brew. Had this one along with the entire lineup this night and none of them disappointed. All the right flavors and aromas in all the right places. A nice citrus aspect going on here that carried on throughout. Really glad I finally got to try this one.

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Photo of brystmar
4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed alongside the other Armand'4 seasons at our Memorial Day tasting.

While Lente and Zomer were similar, Herfst is quite different. Darker and more funky than the others. Less citrus, some earthy bitterness creeps in. Still a fantastic gueuze but not as stellar to my palate.

In our group of 6, we had at least one person who thought each season was the best of the bunch. Goes to show how individual palates prefer different flavor profiles.

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

Rating #1300! Bottle courtesy of PaulyDeets shared at the May 2012 iteration of the Santa Cruz tasting series. Tried back-to-back with Zomer. This one is much fruitier right off the bat, with grapefruit and stone fruit kissing up against a firm sourness. Barnyard funk comes through with musty woody accents. Mild leather blends in well with the other funky notes.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, from box number 187/500, poured into a tulip. Drank this side-by-side with Winter.

A- Pours a hazy orange/golden color with a huge, lively white head, leaves tons of lacing.

S- Mild tartness, super earthy and musty funk, wood and mushroom, some honey sweetness.

T- Much more tart in the flavor than the nose, tartness is lemony and acidic, berry and peach fruitiness. The funk is earthy and musty, again I'm getting wood and a hint of mushroom.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth and very creamy.

O- An excellent gueuze, I thought Winter was a bit more complex, but this is a great gueuze that represents its season pretty nicely.

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Photo of Etan
4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Agold and Willcarrera, side-by-side with Winter. Poured from a 750ml into a tulip.

A: Pours a light orange-gold with a billowy white head. Great lacing.

S: Light lactic funk, mouth-watering moderate tartness, ripe fruit.

T: Berry-oriented. Relatively sour, floral, and clean. Blackberry and raspberry. A little garlic, a little soapiness, a little oak. Pleasant wheat and lactic character. Lemon. Cleaner, fruitier, and more sour than Winter.

M: Great body for a geuze. Sort of light with lively but not overpowering carbonation.

O: Really nice. Very well-done, balanced, clean blend. I liked Winter a little better, but this is superb.

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Photo of Agold
4.11/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a huge billowing light head that leaves sheets of sticky lacing on the glass. Great retention. Aroma is sharp and funky, dry, woody, musty. The only of the series that didn't blow me away with the aroma. Flavor is really tart. I get some woodsy earthy funk and some citrus rind. Mild sulfer but very nice. Mouthfeel is very nice and light. Great beer, just not quite as awesome as the others.

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Armand'4 Oude Geuze Herfst (Autumn) from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
4.48 out of 5 based on 327 ratings.
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