wedgie9 (2612) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 13, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted from a corked and caged 750mL bottle at a tasting in early 2011. Pours hazy burnt orange with an average white head that leaves just a thin collar of lace. The nose is dark for a gueze with berry fruit, lemon and vinegar acid, and just touches of malt and vinegar oak. The flavor is more intensely sour than I expected given the nose, with some white wine vinegar, plenty of lemon, and a bit of berry fruit, vanilla, and light malt. The body is medium and tannic with average carbonation and a long tannic and dark, sour finish.
Art (3070) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle drank along side Lente and Zomer. Fell #2. Cork blew off without needing any help. Pours a cloudy golden brown yellow. Pretty quick overcarbonated white head. Aromas of slight vinegar, lemon, slight floral. Taste is sour with all flavors quickly lifted off due to higher carbonation. A minerality lingers a tad. The carbonation does not hinder the beer.
Yves (2821) - Turnhout, BELGIUM - JUL 28, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared with wim and bart at bart’s place. Hazy amber colored beer with small white head and no carbonation visible. Fruited yeasty aroma. Full sparkling palate. Finish is sour fruited dry. Nice balance. Thanks to bart for sharing this beer.
Wim (3636) - Weelde, BELGIUM - JUN 28, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Along with Yves at Bart place 0,75 l bottle amber colored body with a white head and a spicy sour aroma a spicy fruity dry sour taste with a slightly sour bitter finish
MrOrla (2179) - Odense C, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle Himmeriget. Pours golden with a white head. Aroma of fruits, herbal, citrus, loads of barn and funk, light woody, sesam notes. Taste is rather funky, with loads of barn and fruits, citrus. Dry and light sour finish. Very well balanced.
rouhlas (2675) - GREECE - MAY 17, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
750 ml bottle at Himmeriget, Copenhagen. Hazy golden orange color with white to off white head. Yeasty aroma, funky, barnyard, wood, fruity, citrus fruits and stone fruits. Sweet and acidic taste like aroma. Medium oily body with soft to flat carbonation
Klimaet (1742) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - MAR 25, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Koelschip, Copenhagen shared by Tyler. Thanks buddy. Been wanting to try this one for a good while. Pours golden copper with a big white head. Aroma is herbal, light tart, sweet orange, floral, grapefruit, mouldy woody, sweet stone fruits. Taste is tart, lemony, herbal, stone fruits, oaky, earthy, mouldy, citrussy, lots of tannins. Damn, this is good! So complex and delicious.
ineedbeer (1764) - Oakland, California, USA - FEB 16, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is nice with some light citrus notes including some light lime notes. Medium light herbal notes with a light mint note. Some light stone fruit character and a bit of oak notes.
Pours a hazy, golden copper color with a very large, white head that shows good retention as it recedes to the edges. Medium light lacing and small legs. Each season has been darker than the previous.
Flavor is nice with a good herbal character. Light citrus notes with a touch of stone fruit. Good oak notes. Some light oak with a hint of spiciness. Nice funk with good earthiness and herbal notes.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium high to high carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth.
Overall, a nice beer with great herbal and citrus notes. Probably my favorite season as it is bright and lively with balanced herbal, acidity and earthiness.
bytemesis (6568) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 4, 2016
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of those whales that is so fun to slay. Shared with friends. Pours vyer hazy orange, large beige head that dissipates slowly with great lacing. Aroma is oaky, very oaky, basement funk, horse blanket and sweatsocks, some cheese as well creates a very very funky aroma profile. Notes of dust, lemon, field grass and more oak round things out. Flavor MUST be fully attenuated, but it feels like it has light residual sweetness. Only lightly tart, with a medium plus funk, some cheesiness to be sure, but really a delicate beer overall. Light bodied and lively, with a creamy mouthfeel. This one qualifies as GRATE.
Brigadier (3520) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle
Rating #3,400. Sometimes when you go out of your way to acquire rare beers they take on expectations and a mystique that are impossible to live up to. This one stubbornly manages to not only meet them but exceed them in many ways. At the current going rate I doubt I will ever get a chance to try the rest of the Armand’4 series but if this is the worst of the bunch I hope I do some day.
Aroma / Appearance - A deep caramel base remains mostly free of sediment as the bottle’s contents are carefully poured into the glass. Carbonation, while present, remains elusive to the eye due to the color of the beer. Sweaty socks, blue cheese, and citrus vinegar keynote a remarkable profile that might put off people who are not into sour beers - don’t share this one with your friend who just getting into the hobby until you’ve broken them in with a few other more accessible lambics. LIkewise if slightly cheesy sours that reek of stale hops don’t float your boat look for the latest vinegar in a bottle. Otherwise savor something truly remarkable.
Flavor / Palate - The musky of old cheddar cheese being pulled from a cave after years of aging hammers the palate. Dusty sweat socks left in a locked gym for a few weeks heightens the funk. George Clinton couldn’t do much to make this more funky. Old stale malts complete the trifecta that makes it a benchmark few lambics can aspire to reach. Unlike the brightness of Hommage or the sparkling nature of Framboos this lambic resonates with the funk of Belgian farmland more than any other 3F I can recall. If you are looking to dump a bottle of any other seasons please let me know.
DuffMan (9472) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 5, 2016
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, shared with phantomhennes, TvM, and heavylaevy. Hazy light amber gold, lively white head. Youngish gueuze character, lots of unripened plum and tart green grape up front, with pleasant light petroleum, funk, rind-of-cheese character in support. Tart and refreshing, with contemplative complexity. Outstanding, made more so by being so drinkable/gulpable.