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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)

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.21/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2/4/2010

A - Somewhat cloudy copper, humongous head that lasts a long time. Lots of cling. Lots of cascading bubbles. Sitting pretty.

S - Metallic in a degree, sharp to the nose. Maybe too cold? Malt just sneaks in over the wire.

T - Bam. Sharp, acrid, very funky. Sour and wild. Malt plays second fiddle here.

M - Medium body, good carb, not much malt. Ends on a somewhat sour note, albeit fairly clean.

D - The clean finish and the relatively low ABV make it very enjoyable for a session.

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Photo of islandboi8204
4.3/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Pours more a pale copper color, slightly hazy. Big fluffy head with lacing down the glass.

Smells earthy, mineral, lemon zest, oak and some mild must.

Tastes initially citrus, with lemon, oranges, maybe some green apple. Not as much acidity compared to Lente or Zomer, but more heavy on the wet oak/earthy leaves.

Lots of carbonation, light to medium body.

Overall this is a very interesting beer. Lente was very bright while Zomer had a more mellow and balanced citric character. Herfst is similar to Zomer in citrus and sourness, but combined with more earth and leaves. My least favorite of the four season.

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

Thanks to foofaa for sharing this one with us at a recent gueuze tasting. Served next to the other three Armand'4 series beers.

A - Pours amber orange with a nice one and a half finger tall white head leaving spotty lacing down the entire glass.

S - Smells of earthy funk, grass, minerals, oak, musty basement and a bit of citric fruit - mostly lemons. This one is pretty funky with very little sourness in the nose.

T - Starts off with a bright citric kick up front - mostly lemon and grapefruit - quickly giving way to hints of musty funk, light lactic sourness, minerals, fresh cut grass and some dry oak, leaving the pallet dry long after consumption. Fairly well balanced, not as sour as I was expecting it to be, more funky really.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Smooth, dry feel with a moderate amount of sourness compared to the others.

O - I would say this is the most approachable of the series for the novice. It has some of the better characteristics of the first two but it is more mellow, allowing for easier consumption. Not my favorite of the series but still a solid gueuze.

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

Decided to share one of these last night with dschuster03 being in town and all. Served in a ZBF tulip.

A - A dollop of lightly yellow-tinged foam settles to a thin cap, splotchy lace, and thick collar. Murky apricot body - someone agitated the bottle a bit too much.

S - This is really musty, with a serious aged quality to it. Reminds me a lot more of Lente than Zomer. Cobwebs, attic, hay, earthen floor, mushrooms, and a bit of stone fruit malt sweetness. Not particularly sour, with only a hint of lemon.

T - The taste is significantly fruitier, with some peach and citrus mid-palate, as well as some mild wheat and grain. Again, the funk character is predominantly earthy and dusty, with only mild lactic sourness.

M - Medium body, fairly mild carbonation, smooth texture, and a lightly dry and tannic finish. Could use a tad more spritz.

D - This was very easy to eat, and is far more mellow and delicate than Zomer. If you loved Lente you'll probably enjoy this just as much - I'm more into brash funkiness. In any case, a superior gueuze that I could easily consume on my own - it's a really a shame these are so expensive.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.56/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to JealousChalice for sharing this bottle

Look: Pours a cloudy orange/amber color with a 1/2 inch foamy head and great retention with some spotty lacing

Smell: Funk upfront with some citrus fruits and straw notes

Taste: The taste of this is excellent. Lots of citrus flavor upfront including lots of lemon zest. Slight sour notes throughout the beer with some nice grassy notes cleaning the palate. Finishes with just a touch of oak

Mouthfeel: Thin body and ample carbonation

Overall: To date this is the best gueuze I have had

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Photo of ehammond1
4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2011)

Thanks for sharing, JealousChalice!

Faint haze throughout the gold and amber body. Quickly forming, tall, and persistent white head. Thin sheets and spots of lacing mess the glass.

Tart and sour aroma, though rich, deep, layered, and complex: tart citrus, grass, earth and rock, body funk, and of course stinging, explosive sourness throughout. Not quite as good as the Lente or Zomer versions.

Taste follows the aroma very similarly: huge sour and tart character, lots of lemon, earth and rock, grass, musty body and funk, and the oak shines through more and more as the beer warms. Wonderful! I still would choose the Lente and Zomer over this.

Light to medium bodied, though incredibly well carbonated. Spritzy and light yet coating and full all at the same time. A joy.

A near perfect gueuze.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.42/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to JealousChalice for sharing this one at MrHirschybar's place!

Pours a murky copper orange with a tan head that settles to a thin cap. Small dots of lace stick to the glass on the drink down. Smell is very sour and funky with fruits, hay, and an earthy aroma. Taste is very much the same as the smell with a very tasty sour and funky flavor that highlights lots of fruits and earthy flavors. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an excellent gueuze and definitely a highlight of the night at the tasting. I am very happy I was able to try this one.

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

Credit goes to FooFaa for sharing this brew. Poured into a stemmed taster glass, the brew appears a hazed copper color with a finger of white froth. Some patchy strings of lace stick to the glass. A light swirl revives a finger of yellowish coloration back to the surface.

The smell of this brew is cheesy with funk, oak ad a bit of mildew character smelling of old cork and must. The grain inclusion comes across like dry biscuits, mildly toasty blending into more of a barnyard character that is horsey with straw.

The flavor includes notes of citrus twang that is both tangy and tart. There is a dry oaked quality about this brew that brings out a fair amount of dryness, oak, must, mildew and old cork feel to it. There is an herbal inclusion that is mildly cooling and almost minty.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a modest, yet lively level of carbonation. There is little to no alcohol inclusion whih really boosts the drinkability of this offering. In this series of Armand blends, I found Lente the best by leaps and bounds, Zomer my second favorite mostly because it's sharp yet easy drinking nature. While the winter and herfts are still outstanding offerings, they are very similar in nature to what I expect of a Geuze with only minor nuances showing as differences. I wish I could afford to drink these regularly because I would without hesitation take any of them again.

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

I enjoyed this courtesy of foofaa, from a cervoise. review #1800

The color is a golden amber with light haze and thick pale cap has an ultra fine bead. The fruitiness in the nose is strong with lemony odor and light floral accent, the nice thing about the aroma is the fruit tinges interwoven with a mild hay-like hop odor and light toasted grain accenting the wild yeast esters. A strongly carbonated feel with mild sweetness throughout and subtle acidic tinges which help to augment the mild funk in the feel with warming finish which is mostly dry.

The flavor has a rather bold quality with a mildly hoppy taste which comes off as woody with slightly dry nutty sweetness which could be wheat flavors but the sour citrus is the focal point from all the lactic sourness in the bugs with a pretty complex wood component the beer finish is dry with a light acidity that is refreshing and bold. Overall a great Gueuze ...I am glad I had the chance to share in the enjoyment of this with friends. a light accent of funk which helps bring out the acidity refreshes - highly drinkable.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened 1/16/2012

A: Pale copper body. Slightly hazy. Massive bubbly head. Amazing, dense lacing coats nearly every inch of the glass.

S: Earthy, mineral qualities dominate the initial aroma. Lemon, hay, and a bit of funk rounds out the back end. Zesty. Mild must.

T: Juicy citric notes are the first to leave their impression. Lemon, oranges, a bit of green apple. Must and funk is mild and is pushed to the background. Restrained acidity. Some wet oak. The nose was deceptive here. Very nice, but I was expecting an earthier blend.

M: Assertive carbonation, mild acidity. Dry and crisp up until the very last second when a pinch of tartness kicks in.

O: Herfst is interesting. For me Lente has that huge earthy/mineral/funky character in both the nose and the flavor. Zomer has that cleaner citric character in the flavor department. Herfst is a somewhere between the two... earthy in smell, juicy in taste. Another winner.

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

Thanks Nick!

Light brown body with slight haze, capped by a huge mousse head that lasts.

Earthy, funky nose. Hay, grapefruit, damp wood, aged sharp cheese. More earthiness than Lente. Mushroom, soil, unique mix of earth and citrus.

A lot of citrus on the palate up front, very grapefruity with lemon undertones and a slight raw graininess. Faintly herbal, much more earthy and funky toward the finish. Balanced oak and citrus, with mild lactic sourness. Moderate tannin in the finish, though not too sticky or lingering. Exceptionally good stuff.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served side by side with the other three Armand'4 variants on this New Year's Eve. Served in a Drie Fonteinen tumbler.

Pours a clear ultra light copper color with a foamy white head and great lacing on the way down. The nose carries loads of funk. Some light citric character in the background as well. Flavor has loads of earthy funk as well. Incredibly complex. Light citrus and good acidity. Light body with spritzy carbonation and a very dry finish. Light acidity. Awesome. Boom.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (in a Lambic basket, which is always a nice thing to see stateside) into a Weyerbacher tulip. Thanks to the generous sharer at CdC!

A: Cloudy orange body under a lovely finger of creamy tan head. Great retention, solid lace. Lovely looking Lambic.

S: Spicy, earthy, cheesy funk. Almost leafy, like autumn itself. Terrific.

T: Classic 3F: dry, earthy, dirty funk up front, with some fruity green apple sourness backing it up. Absolutely fantastic, clean finish. Dry, delicious, amazing.

M: Almost full, creamy body with plenty of lively, similarly creamy froth. Great, but actually a little creamier than they style calls for. That's how good this beer is: I'm complaining about it being TOO luxurious.

O: The only reason I'm not giving it a perfect score hear is that it's still not as good as Lente. It's a damn close second, though, and certainly better than Zomer IMO. I can't wait to try the Winter. This series is proving again and again to be the absolute pinnacle of Geuze perfection.


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Photo of bashiba
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice dark cloudy amber with a thick and creamy head, long lasting and nice sticky head.

The smell is nice and musty with a nice sourdough bready and a touch of balsamic and lemon.

The flavor has a nice sour bite, has a smooth griany malt flavor with a dry crackery finish. Has a very balanced and even level of sourness.

The mouthfeel is crisp and ultra dry.

Great gueze. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep copper/gold with an enormous fluffy head that requires careful pouring.

The aroma is dirty earth, lemon zest, dust...beautiful, classic gueuze aroma. Can't barely take my nose out of the glass.

The flavor is a complete departure from the first two in the series. Almost in an indescribable way, especially considering the base lambics are the same. Incredibly juicy and fruity with a dull earthiness and pucker that screams drinkability.

The body is heavier for the style and carbonation is high.

Overall, from memory I like this better than Zomer and better than my most recent bottle of Lente. But the first two bottles of Lente were better. This is top shelf beer. A side by side will eventually crown the victor.

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Photo of oline73
4.67/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was able to try this beer at the bottle share during the Jackie O's release event. Awesome! Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden amber color with a half finger of foamy white head that fades to a good size ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Quite sour and super funky. Some herbal notes, quite light and crisp.

Taste: This is a very sour and funky beer. The best description I can give is that hay like flavor that you find in a good gueuze. Herbal notes join the sourness, very light and easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: The body is light with very smooth, delicate carbonation. The finish is extremely dry.

Overall: This is an awesome gueuze. It is so sour yet so easy to drink. I wouldn't change a thing.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Snifter. Juxtaposed alongside Lente and Zomer.

A: Very dark orange, much darker than Lente. Huge mousse-like off white head. Very good retention and tons of lacing.

S: Mushroom and damp forest floor. Light cheese notes and traces of hay. There's a light spiciness. Musty barnyard blends with leather.

T: Light citric acidity with a pervasive lactic profile. Piquant lemon and drying oak. Well balanced. The finish leaves my mouth watering from the tartness.

M: Lower medium body with a high level of carbonation.

Overall: Really nice. I like it about as much as Zomer but I think I prefer Lente. I need to give Lente a closer inspection.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.92/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

shared at darkness day
reviewed from notes

This one is much darker and more cloudy than the other Armand4 beers... very small head, weak retention.

Lots of oak on this one and the fruit notes are much more subdued than the other 2 in the series. Mainly apricots and white grapes managing to shine through.
This is good, but out of the 3, this is my least favorite.

Very nice sourness here. This one is slightly overcarbonated.

Overall, very nice, very drinkable, very enjoyable. It's pretty good, but after just having Zomer, this beer couldn't possibly step out of the shadow of its slightly older brother.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.95/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured into a stemmed 3F glass.

pours a dirty hazy dark golden orange with huge thick sticky lacing and great retention. mine did not gush, it was served at 46 degrees.

old musty basements, wet leaves, mild funk. very crisp, some old cheese.

very musty and old. this represents old and dry perfectly. lots of old leaves and cold rain. this is very tart and sour. the most sour of the series thus far. hints of mineral and old dank basement. lighter funk. old rotten oak. slight citrus fruit in the aftertaste.

moderate carbonation, lots of dryness. sticky.

this is easily my favorite of the series so far, really shines and has a perfect depth.

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

Poured from a bottle into a Drie Fonteinen wine glass because I am capable of such things and flex this capability when I can. Beer served quite cold but allowed to warm to room temperature over time. This made the beer more sour and more tart.

Beer is orange with a big haze, aggressive carbonation, nice head, some lacing on the glass, decent retention. Mine wasn't a gusher like others have reported but perhaps it is wise to serve colder and allow to warm.

Aroma is more metallic than the others, strong, oak, lots of citric, some lactic, mild acetic, very nice here. Definitely a 3F beer.

Beer is thin and the carbonation does a lot to thin it even further. I've had all three of these (the entire bottles selfishly consumed alone) and I have to say that from my memory, this is the most tart but is lacking in the 3F funk / oakiness of the others. A very interesting beer but Zomer so far is winning me over. This and Lente are tied for second (close seconds). I need to do a big side by side (soon boys soon) with all four to tease out the differences but this one hits me in the back corners of my mouth with a more succinic or citric sourness than the others. A spectacular gueuze for sure. I need some more.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.85/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

This one is a definite gusher. Luckily our glasses were there to receive the benefits. Pours a bright gold with obvious tons of bubbly head. Look is similar to others.

Armand does a great job representing the seasons. Immediately you can tell this is fall. Citrus/lemon flavors present in the others is muted here and an intense dank earthiness prevails. It smells like the start of a new football season.

Taste is again similar to nose. Subtle hints of lemon and apple in the flavor, but dank earth, grass and spice flavors dominate. Finishes with a crisp clean sour flavor.

Mouthfeel is good and creamy with high carbonation.

Another outstanding beer in this series. I prefer the Lente to this, but only slightly. He really hit the nail on the head trying to create fall flavors on this.

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Photo of xpimptastikx
4.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle was served at ~50F and that was a big mistake. On the last twist of the cage the cork came flying out almost taking out an eye. Thankfully glasses were near, but we did lose a few ounces.

A - Burnt orange with a massive cloud of off white head.

S - Grass, cheese, earthy mushrooms, and apples. Not as bright as the Lente or Zomer.

T - Granny Smith sourness followed by the earthy funk. Slightly sweet with clean finish.

M - Highly carbonated when served above 50, but great mouthfeel overall.

O - This one felt muted compared to the other 2 variations, but ideally it should if it was to represent fall. Right? It definitely had more of a funk factor and not quite as much citrus. Still a great freshly bottled gueuze.

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Photo of ZX6Chris
4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The wife opened this before I made it home so see her review for opening notes.

A-This beer is highly carbonated! Pour extremely slowly! Do I need to mention the great head this beer gives??? Nice egg-shell color that settles to a nice cap.

S-Barrel, funk, tart, acidic, some sweet fruit that I can't identify; lemon or citrus rind?

T-Mmmm....tongue biting tartness that made my mouth water followed by lemon, lime and grapefruit on the finish.

M-Super carbed at first but it mellows nicely with time. On the low end of medium bodied.

O-Another killer fucking gueuze that's gonna age well. I wish it wasn't so fucking expensive!

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Photo of ZX6girl
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ZX6Chris for letting me open this up.

I taste grapefuite, smells more like a horse then baby diarrhea, its leaving a tingle on my palate and tongue, its stays there for awhile.. not as acidic as the Lente we had last nite.. and it did gush but not when i popped the cork, only once i started to pour.

This beer gave some GREAT head!

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Photo of LambicKing
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased today at Drie Fonteinen's shop in Beersel. (another American with his family just ahead of me purchased 12 bottles of Herfst!...and I thought my beer budget was rough) Poured into my 3F gueuze glass.


A: This bad boy erupted when I popped the cork...be careful. I'm not sure if it was because I just transported/handled this beer for the last hour, but...as soon as I untwisted the cage, the cork was trying to push its way past my fingers. A beautiful, deep orange color w/brown hues...fluffy rootbeer float-type head that persists. Chunky lacing.

S: Balanced gueuze. Horse blanket...already smelling the sour. Everything we like about a high quality gueuze.

T: A really strong tart bite fires on all cylinders and comes to rest on the back of the tongue. It definitely brings the funk too. Green apple, grassy notes. I'm getting a touch of grapefruit and lemon zest as well. Very VERY tart.

M: Despite the overflow, the carb level is right where it needs to be...sparkly, but not prickly. Tartness coats the back of the tongue, leaving a nice dry finish.

O: Another great beer from 3F. I do, however, still prefer the Lente (seems a bit more balanced) over the Zomer and now the Herfst. The Zomer and Herfst, to me, are very similar. In the end, if you can get a bottle, do so.

Interesting note - when I was last at the 3F shop (Sept 3rd), I was told that was the last day Lente would be sold there. But today, they had a bunch on the floor for sale...and of course I picked up another. ???

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