rickgordon (3846) - Göteborg, - APR 7, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amber color with rich frothy foam. Dry woody nose with hints of oak, grapefruit and brett. Flavour is dry woody and grapefruit, with notes of goat cheese, ripe green apple and oak. Low acidity here. Musty mouthfeel. Almost puckering mouthfeel. Really complex.
bytemesis (5543) - 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 (3405) - Clevelandish, 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 (8624) - 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.
SlackerMads (2459) - DENMARK - DEC 12, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Hazy reddish copper with a large off white fluffy head. Lots of funk in the nose, leather, barnyard. Svovl, grapes, apples. Same goes for flavour. Lots of funk, barnyard, leather, light rubber. Plenty of grapes and juicy sour apples too. Medium body, lively filling carbonation, mild sweet, pleasantly sour.
hackobock (2754) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 12, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
December 12, 2015. Bottle at Akkurat.
Light hazy golden with a large white head. Aroma is green apple, funky, lemon juice, barnyard, leather, grape skins and oak. Taste is sour, fruitty, funky and earthy. Finish is sour green apples, lemon juice, grape skins, earthy leather and barnyard notes, some dry oak and mineral notes. Medium bosied, fine carbonation.
Another great blend from 3 Fonteinen.
after4ever (7044) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750, beautiful tear-drop capsule, capped. Thanks, M! One of the beer highlights of this year. Would be a highlight of any beer drinking year (since we had all four together, in proper Stonehenge order from spring to winter). 2010 bottle opened late 2015. Pours a murky medium amber-orange with a surging, fizzy, foamy off-white head that leaves huge pillows in the glass. Minimal lace. Bright tangy sharp nose, showing sherry vinegar, champagne vinegar, brown apples, a tiny bit of balsamic, wet hay, and a bit of dusty summer dirt road. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Brown apples, wet hay, sherry vinegar, and summer dust on the mid palate, with a long crisp tart finish.
ctipping (693) - Florida, USA - NOV 25, 2015
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
750 mL bottle. Bottle dated 4/2/2010. Unknown original review date.
Not quite a gusher. Bigger head than the others. Darker hazy orange. Great retention.
Citrus aroma. Bright lemongrass with equal amounts of horseblanket funk. Awesome. Perfect blend of flavors.
Tastes 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.
Good sourness, without being puckering. Medium for a gueuze. Good carbonation. Well balanced.
One of the most complex gueuzes I’ve ever had. Maybe needs more sour. That’s my only complaint.
Sammy (10317) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 17, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Less vinegar aroma than the summer still sharp vinegar. Lace at the bottom.smoothest mouthfeel of the season lateral tasting.
King_Alex_II (910) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 4, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange color with solid foam head. The smell is very fruity with a lot of sour feet and apple and berry nose. The taste is a little weird and has a mild mouth feeling and a strong sourness. The aftertaste is sour and dry.
anstei (639) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - SEP 19, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Zwanze Day Zurich. On the level of Lente. More berries, good spices. Beautiful!