fewa (41) - Beersel, BELGIUM - JUN 24, 2011
Bought some bottles at the 3 Fonteinen brewery today. The 2nd release in the Armand’4 series, the last ever brewed geuze in the 3 fonteinen brewery. According to Armand, the 4 season beers all have different ratios of lambic from the 3 years. The beer pours a golden-straw color with a beautiful white head, which was long lasting for the style leaving a nice lacing, very similar to the Lente version. The smell is a complex funkiness, full of fresh grass and barnyard. Also some citrus fruits in the smell, more than in the Lente edition. The nose seems also a bit more oaky. The taste is fantastic, like drinking champagne. This one seems more complex to me than the Lente version. Oak, citrus fruits, pine, apples, vanilla, hay, grass blended together by a funkyness that cannot be described in words. The finish is very dry with some bitterness. Outstanding balanced beer. Is it better than the Lente? I think both are excellent! Is it different, yes it is a unique geuze, although the taste differences are subtle and probably (only) recognized by the more experienced geuze drinker. But, as Armand told me some weeks ago, this geuze will be very different from the Lente in some years, and I think he is right. I am happy I still have three bottles more! 77ships (11481) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 12, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 (12/02/2012) 75 cl. bottle split between me Tim and Klaas as our final beer of the RBWG 2012 gathering – I purchased this one at the Alvinne beer shop – poured into my 3F glass this beer simply looks gorgeous, a hazy golden, bright orange with the typical 3F head, very sizable and stable for a geuze – smell is very inviting, this is a very fruity one with a strong apple presence, just as with the lente, there is no cellar, mustiness here, a unique geuze in that aspect as well as others, fresh fruity lemons, lots of spices which carry on that fresh, summer / sunny feel that this beer has – taste starts out with a summery lemony bitterness, leading into the fruitiness, lots of apples, slight oranges, brett, leading into an amazing pepper laden, dry finish – spritzy carbonation making this very light and fluffy – another phenomenal geuze ////////////////////////////////////////////////// (31/12/2013) Tried another one, thx! Every bit as good still as it was, a full 4.9 at least. Thicker now, more funk, fuller, faint caramel, thick funky fruits, barnyard. Still drinking phenomenally. oteyj (2138) - New Hampshire, USA - JUL 7, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2011 A beautiful orange amber pour with mild haze and a proud off white head. The nose holds an amazing hay-funk that quickly turns to horseblanket with hints of cheesecloth and bubblegum throughout. As with all of Armand’s recent blends, this geuze holds an amazing balance between musty basement and acidity. The flavor begins with delicious musty hay, but then very unexpectedly turns to an ultra-sharp acidity (think early 90s Cantillon gueuze) that proves to be quite fleeting, disappearing as rapidly as its onset. The finish holds a musty farm-funk character that is typical to amazingly well executed blending, and of course finishes with ultra dry and crisp funk lingerings. The palate holds very fine bubbled effervescence, making for a pillowy and soft mouthfeel. Acidity is high, but well tamed, allowing for near perfect crispness. Another amazing creation from Armand with the scales tilting slightly more on the acidic side. For a Cantillon acid-craving fan with an appreciation for musty 3 Fonteinen balance, this could be the perfect geuze. A hair below Lente in my opinion, but just a hair...
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 19, 2011
After drinking both side by side, I like this just as much as lente. A deft gueze indeed!
HUGE thanks to oteyj. Cork pushing out as the cage is removed. Pours a beautiful opaque orange with a huge fluffy head. The nose holds delightful rye breadiness similar to the Lente, along with amazing notes of horseblanket, basement must, and tart fruit; an impeccably balanced funk profile overall. Flavor is absolutely scintillating; similar flavor profile as the Lente with an awesome combination of bright tartness and musty funk, but the sourness is sharper, more acidic, and the palate more effervescent. The Zomer does not linger as long as the Lente but good GOD is it incredible while it’s there. Absolutely insane. Savvy1982 (1706) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 13, 2012
RBAG - You guys seriously didn’t need to "make sure I got the biggest glass" on the beers I brought, Jesus I was too drunk for 3 in the afternoon... Anyhoo, short of J&J Blauw, this is the finest Gueuze I have tasted yet to-date, and beat out the Lente just ever so slightly for me. Bottle - RBAG Commemorative glass - Pours hazy deep orange, thin off-white head; poor lacing. Nose is big rubber, vaseline, leather; juicy, oily, so much rubber tire, so much funk and dryness, and yet amazingly juicy. Flavours of big citrus, almost as juicy as Tilquin, more rubber, lots of sweat/salt here too. Plenty of horse. Rad.
Errl (2577) - Plano, Texas, USA - OCT 6, 2013
Bottle..Pour is golden with thin white bubbles..Nose is stone fruit, oak, tartness, hair spray, wet socks..Taste is nice sour tartness with stone fruit, sweetness, funk