GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 4, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a hazy golden orange with a big fluffy white head that shows very good lacing.
Aroma is seriously funky, earthy, with lots of wet hay and a light lactic acidity and lots of oak. There is some yeasty spiciness with some pepper notes as well. There is some citrus behind the funk, with some lemons coming out especially.
The taste is spectacular, massively complex and starts with a more pronounced lemon and grapefruit. There is plenty of yeast and cracker in the background with a less arrestingly funky character than the nose. The finish does have plenty of brett as well as some lightly spicy oak.
The mouthfeel is perfect for the style, managing to be smooth and creamy while still feeling almost effervescent with strong carbonation.
This is definitely one of the best sours I’ve ever had. I remember being blown away by Blauw when I first tried it and I would rate this one in the same category. As good as advertised.
Christian (12953) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 2, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2012 RBESG August 2011, grand tasting highlight. Cloudy orange with a small off-white head. Fruity aroma with wood and funk. Tart fruity aroma with a peach note and a hint of wood. Same rating numbers on two occassions...
Sour & Bitter Festival CPH 2012. Armand’4 side by side. Cloudy orange with a lasting off-white head. Funky, wooden, grassy and spicy aroma. Dry and quite tart flavour with wood and funk
RuneStumo (2584) - Haugesund, NORWAY - NOV 30, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
15.10.2011. 0,75l Bottle. Yellow colour with white head. hazy. Very sour beer with lots of fresh flavours of yeast and fruit!
orangesol (987) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2012 *Update - Had this one again beside all three of its counter parts. Updating my rating / scores to reflect my second experience.*
Big thanks to foofaa for busting this one out at our recent gueuze tasting. Served beside the other three Armand’4’s.
A - Pours hazy orange with a ton of little bubbles rising into a fluffy one finger tall white head leaving light lace down the glass.
S - Smells of damp earth, wet hey, fresh cut grass, grapefruit, lemon zest and granny smith apples. This one is intoxicating yet balanced. I can only imagine how this one will grow with age...
T - Starts off with a bright citric kick quickly giving way to a mix of light funk, fresh fruit, a light acidic feel. There is very little pucker in this one, it is well balanced and very easy to drink. The finish has a bit of pucker with quite of dryness. Easily one of the best gueuze’s I have ever had.
M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Fizzy, funky, feel with a moderate amount of acidic pucker. The balance is nearly perfect.
O - When I first had this one I really liked it, but now that I have had a chance to sit down and actually enjoy a proper pour I am in love with it. Compared to the other three this is the best for sure. One of the best beers I have had in a long time.
riversideAK (6160) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice subtle funky cheeses barnyard nose. Mild poop medium citrus freshness. Pours hazy orange this. Head lace. Nice long and underripe peach. Hay funk batnyary. Goof shit hoes yea.
after4ever (7619) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750, capped. Thanks suzy! Pours a clear dark amber. Big lemon and basement nose. Creamy crisp sparkling body. Lemon and basement mid palate with a long lemony finish.
anders37 (23363) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ RBESG 2011 Grand Tasting at Dean Swift, Tower Bridge SE1. Pours a hazy golden color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity sour funky hayish aroma. Fruity funky smooth sour tart flavor. Has a fruity sour tart citrus finish.
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Golden with a white head. Really sour aroma with notes of dust. Champagne-ish palate. Really sour and surprisingly bitter.
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 13, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at the big Hair of the Dog PreSale Tasting... A wonderful Gueuze that poured golden yellow with a white head. Tart fruit characters, oak, horse blanket, early herbs, hints of citrus, and overall quite acidic. Lots of funky sourness too.
tderoeck (8202) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
6/11/2011 75cl bottle @ Klaas’ place (2011-628)
Clear deep golden to orange beer, aery off-white head, bit stable, bit adhesive. aroma: pretty metallic, peppery, lemon, bretta, spices. MF: lots of carbon, a bit too much actually, medium body. Taste: lemony start, fruity touches, bretta, spices, bit metallic, peppery. Aftertaste: little bitter, lemon zest. Pretty fruity geuze, this one.