Hoprider (508) - DENMARK - JAN 17, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very few coments here but this is what I got: in comparison with the ’Lente’ this is much more on yeasty, brett flavors and less on citrus and passionfruit. Also more lively and a little less creamy in mouthfeel, making the ’Lente’ a little more enjoyable for me. This is still a textbook geuze in my opinion.
tderoeck (8588) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
14/I/2012 75cl bottle @ RBBWG 2012 - bottled: 26/III/2010 (2012-58) Thanks to ships77 for bringing the bottle!
Little cloudy orange beer, aery unstable white head, non adhesive. Aroma: very spicy, some bretta, lemon juice, grassy. MF: too much carbon, medium to full body. Taste: lemony start, lots of bitter touches, pretty spicy, herbal, almonds. Aftertaste: lemon, some grapefruit, lemon peel, pretty bitter, pepper, dry bitter ending. 2 down, 2 to go.
vyvvy (6075) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JAN 16, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at STLWill’s 30th b-day tasting. One of the bigger winners of the tasting for me. Pours hazy golden/copper with an off-white head. The aroma has blue cheese, citric/lactic acidity, grapefruit juice, wild yeast, bugs and everything comes together in a very fresh and crisp way. Medium body that is smooth for a gueuze with mild micro sharp carbonation. The flavor has less cheese, but all of the other aroma traits are there. There is a very sharp bright fruitiness that stands out. The finish remains refreshing and bright and while it’s got the funkiness it has a clean taste and gets spicier. Very complex, yet refreshing. Awesome beer.
phredrik (1024) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - JAN 14, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours light amber with a small head. Aroma is clearly distinctivr from the Lente - more yeasty and puckering, full of funky brettanomyces and musty oak, not half as fruity as the Lente, funky notes of mature cheese, leather, barnyard, whatever horseblanket is - I think this one smells like it. Whereas the Lente was very sour taste, this one is even more sour. I actually like this one a bit more, cause it is more focused and, dare I say, more clean. Lots of barnyardy sourness, lactobaccilus, brettanomyces. Very nice.
Enjoyit (3790) - Vadum, DENMARK - JAN 14, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy orange of color with an off white head. An aroma of horseback, wet dog, sour, dry and weak bitter. A flavor of wet dog, horseback, dry, bitter and a fresh finish.
phaleslu (9709) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2012 750 ml bottle sampled at STLWill’s 30th birthday tasting- thanks again! Pours a hazy golden orange color with a fairly large white head. The aroma is earthy, musty, oaky, and funky, with a lot of mixed citrus and herbs. Flavor of lemon, white grapes, lactic acid, leather, and some leafy hops. Dry finish. Sour and earthy mouthfeel, with a medium body and medium, crisp carbonation. I liked this a lot but not as much as the other three in the Armand’4 season series. Re-Rate: Will shared another. A notch better than I remembered. Really earthy and crisp.
peteinSD (1467) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 1, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Dan - thanks! Let’s start 2012 with a world class gueuze. Bottle was stored for weeks in the fridge prior to opening and there was no gushing. Pours a hazy, light rust orange that looks fiery in direct light. Fluffy white head that leaves a bit of foamy lacing down the sides of the glass. Aroma is dry must up front followed by focused cheese rind, some off-funk odors, lemon, and a clean wheat or grain component. I do not get any bright fruit notes. Taste is sharp cheese rind, tight funk, lemon, some must, perhaps some soft oak, a touch of bitterness, and a very interesting lingering finish of sharp tart, light wheat, and a sharp prick of very dry sour that reminds me of brett although I doubt it is. Mouthfeel is sharp and precise and the lively carbonation is perfect. This is an amazing gueuze but it does not present with the rich fullness of balance both in aroma and taste of the Lente. Thank you again Armand.
drabmuh (194) - Maryland, USA - DEC 28, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Gusher, on the computer. :(
Beer served in a Drie Fonteinen glass, a reward for all the housework I did today, thank you me. At the time of this review this beer is the #54 beer on the "Top Beers - Popular", the #2 beer on the "Top Beers - New", the #8 Beer on the "Top Beers - Belgium", and the #2 on the "Top Beers - Gueuze" lists on beeradvocate.com. Sounds like a good one to try for the night cap to me.
Beer is orange and really hazy, huge head, that consolidates into large bubbles that break, leaving behind a mildly tan head, one finger, small and medium bubbles, lots of lacing on the glass. Aggressively carbonated. Dinging it for the gusher cause that was a disappointment.
The smell is light, airy, with hints of funk, oak, slight metallic and a little, light sulfur / rubber. Smells like a Drie Fonteinen should.
Beer is about as light in body and you can get, dry finish, burns a little from the acetic brightness and the heavy carbonation, but it burns so so good.
Beer’s finish is uniquely oaky, more so than the lente was (although a side by side is in order right fellas?) with a stronger acidity and a lighter palate throughout. There is almost an alcohol, sulfur mixing in the late midpalate before the dry tartness of the finish gets you. The acid coats my mouth and gums. Great, very dry, very tart, nice sourness, great funk. A near perfect beer.
Serving type: bottle
Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle) Pours cloudy copper amber with an off-white head. The aroma is super fruity and robust brett funky with notes of lemon, grapefruit, dry pineapple, dry apricot, frozen strawberries, rose hip soup, canned fruits, apples, dirty horse blanket, wet barnyard, wet basement, well integrated cheesiness, light vinegar, cracker-like malt/wheat and light wood. “Green” hints of herbs (mint and salvia) and grass. The flavor is dry and medium (perfect) acidic. Cracker-like, citric, funky, mineral and fruity. The mouthfeel is tart and tight with soft, near medium carbonation. Lingering citric, cracker-like and light bretty finish. Near medium bodied. Super complex nose and well balanced (Orval-like) flavor. Fantastic.
anders37 (24478) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 18, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Akkurat, Stockholm. Pours a hazy dark golden color with a longlasting off-white head. Has a fruity sour tart weak grassy funky aroma. Fruity sour tart funky dry flavor with weak hints of citrus. Has a fruity sour tart dry finish.