stoutnick (317) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 9, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2013 Looks dark for a gueze, but definitely has the classic aromas; funk, straw and some light fruits. Taste is a perfect balance of tart, sour and sweet. Extravaganza starts softly, but the zing of tartness hits the palate big time, right at the back. Ends with a beautiful sour, dry finish. Definitely the best gueze and sour I’ve had so far. Beautiful.
Dunt (259) - Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reviewed from notes. Tried side by side with the rest of the Armand’4s in early 2012. Winter pours a cloudy/hazy amber orange in color with a moderate amount of off-white head. The nose on winter differs from the other Armand’4 we’ve had, it is more perfume-like in my opinion. The funkiness is still there, but this is definitely perfumey in nature. The difference from the other Armand’4s continues in the taste. This is sweeter in comparison to the other 3. It is noticeably less acidic, sour and doesn’t have as much funky punch to it as the others either. Mouthfeel is light and creamy, with fizzy carbonation, light acidity, and a long finish. This is definitely the weakest of the 4 Armands. I would be hard pressed to buy this for any reason other than completing the set. In my eyes, this is a sufficient drop off in quality from the other 3.
nimbleprop (4150) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 6, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle pours a dark orange with some creamy white head. Nose is very gueze-y, lemon peel, grapefruit peel, band aid, dusty, old barn, dandelion, floral. Flavor is sweet, tart, big grapefruit, blood orange, band aid, hay, grass, very slight nuttiness. Full, tart finish.
Pailhead (4361) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JAN 5, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of light orange, vanilla, and oak. It pours a hazy golden-orange with a large white head that quickly fades to a thin film outlined by a slightly thicker ring. The flavor starts with a quick dose of citrus. The finish has moderate sour lemon, light must, and oak. It has lively carbonation. It’s not as lively as Herfst, but it borders on prickly.
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
of the 4 seasons I think this is clearly one of the weakest ones, but its still better than 90% of the gueze out there, the funk doesn’t come across as balanced, didn’t taste immediately ready to drink like the others
Sledutah (4066) - Utah, USA - DEC 31, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle from Belgium
Appearance: Cloudy golden with a big off-white head and good lacing
Aroma: Wet blanket and spices
Taste: Barnyard, acidic and spices
Nickls (1748) - SE DC, Washington DC, USA - DEC 31, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Big foamy head that dies down but still lasts well, slightly hazy amber body. Dust, leaves, lots of green tart apple and earth. Very nicely sour, tart, leather, grass, cobweb, and just awesome. Lighter bubbly body. Dry, has finesse, and complex.
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 31, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled December 2012
Extremely well carbonated, a very careful pour only nets me two fingers of beer and a full 6 fingers worth of light tan tinged foam. The beer is an amber color that shows a clear, orange-gold tinged, pale amber hue when held up to the light. The nose smells sharp, acidic, and funky; just like I was hoping. Lots of woody, earthy, musty notes lay on top with layers of musty, damp oak, mushrooms, and a touch of medicinal notes. Underneath this is a bright, lactic acidity that accentuates notes of grapefruit, and, if you dig for it, even a pear like fruit aromatic. Urea like hints add some spiciness, and there is lots of musky, barnyard funkiness to the nose. At times the pear, and even perhaps apricot and apple like fruitiness can be quite pronounced in the aroma. Wrapped up in the acidity, there is almost a cinnamon / allspice like suggestion, barely there, almost imagined, but most certainly mischaracterized, but there is some reason the nose reminds me of this. As the beer warms, the malt adds touches of sun burnt straw, a nice wheat / malt wholesomeness, and a touch of pale wheat cracker aromatics.
This has a nice, prickly, effervescent carbonation which pairs well with the soft texture, which has a certain lactic and oak slickness / heft to it; light and refreshing like it should be, but with enough body to add some texture. The predominant lactic sourness has a solid bite to it; it combines with esters to accentuate flavors of grapefruit, bright lemon notes and perhaps a suggestion of ripe, green apples, the latter of which is in combination with the malt character. Touches of dried hay, a lingering, but subtle, pale malt husk character, and some cracker like notes define the soft grain character. Butyric acid adds a musky, barnyard, and sweaty dried leather like character that lingers a bit in the finish. There is a soft astringency in the finish that seems mostly oak derived, and it provides a bit of a hop-like / bitter-like character here, but it definitely coats the teeth just a bit like a green tea would.
I really like the fruity notes in this Gueuze; it is not pronounced in any way, but really boosts the complexity and adds to the overall character of the beer. This is a really, really nice Gueuze; I would certainly be quite happy if I could drink a whole lot of this beer. This is a really funky Gueuze, quite a bit more so than your usual Drie Fonteinen, but it still retains the finesse that Armand is known for. This is my best bottle of the series that I have had yet, it is really complex, while still really well integrated. One of the better Lambics I have had in a while.
Mora2000 (5306) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The beer pours a hazy yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is full of funk and lemons, with some tart oranges, leather and cherries also thrown in. The flavor is similar. What comes through up front is the tart lemons and cherries, as well as a good bit of barnyard funk and leather. Very dry. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.
mar (4591) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
amber pour with a cream head. nose is tart, acidic, wood, blue cheese. very smooth on the palate, acidic, cheese, tart, barnyard, excellent finish.