armand 4 series - where are they now

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  1. hooliganlife

    hooliganlife Meyvn (1,302) Apr 12, 2007 Missouri
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    I have found Lente to have fall off a lot since fresh. It's been a while since I have had the others. Are are they doing ? Are any improving? Did many of us jump on the hype train too early?
     
  2. stupac2

    stupac2 Zealot (518) Feb 22, 2011 California
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    I had some of them (I think Zomer and Lente) recently and they were still excellent examples of 3F geuze. I don't think they've fallen off.
    Yes. Maybe I'm crazy, but I never thought any of them were significantly better than standard OGV (they're all clearly better than similar-age OG).
     
  3. hooliganlife

    hooliganlife Meyvn (1,302) Apr 12, 2007 Missouri
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    When lente was fresh last spring, it blew my mind. Basically a 5.0 rating. Juicy fresh fruit and gueuze character. Had one a year later, it seemed muted and dull.
     
  4. Tnudish

    Tnudish Initiate (0) Feb 16, 2012 Wisconsin

    Herfst is drinking fucking great right now. Might end up being the best one.
     
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    hooliganlife Meyvn (1,302) Apr 12, 2007 Missouri
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    i believe this, when i first had herfst, i said right away this one had the greatest potential to go far. the mineral character was astonishing.
     
  6. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,078) Mar 18, 2010 California

    I had all 4 at the end of December and they were all delicious. I didn't notice a decline in any of them.
     
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  7. woosterbill

    woosterbill Poo-Bah (2,616) Apr 6, 2009 Kentucky
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    Ditto this, although I had them a bit further back in August. Based on my experience with other 3F Geuzes, I can't imagine any of these will be anything less than spectacular for years, if not decades, to come. I've got a Lente marked for my deathbed.
     
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  8. callmemickey

    callmemickey Meyvn (1,226) Aug 12, 2007 Pennsylvania
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    Nah, I don't think so. Are there batches of the regular Oude Geuze sitting in peoples' cellars that might taste better in five years than Lente will? Absolutely. Sometimes we all put too much stock on "special blends" at the expense of the regular offerings, but that shouldn't take away from the fact that the Armand 4's are fantastic. That said, I only have three each of the Armand 4's left, but have dozens and dozens of the regular geuze... better bang for my buck.
     
  9. errantnight

    errantnight Meyvn (1,056) Jul 7, 2005 Iowa
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    This.

    And agree on Lente. Young it sang. Now it's "merely" very good.
     
  10. claaark13

    claaark13 Zealot (504) Nov 29, 2007 Indiana
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    Ssssshhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!
     
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    claaark13 Zealot (504) Nov 29, 2007 Indiana
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    I sampled a Lente this past weekend and it was still fantastic.

    It's just like any lambic/gueuze, it's going to develop over time. Freshly bottled 3F OG taste very young with more of an acidic bite than the 3yr old bottles.
     
  12. Cambrinus

    Cambrinus Initiate (0) Mar 1, 2013 France

    Lente improve with some years
     
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