Golden Doesjel - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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32 Reviews
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Reviews: 32
Hads: 234
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 6.21%
Wants: 23
Gots: 60 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: beerpirates on 12-19-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by abeeronthebeach:
Photo of abeeronthebeach
3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Golden blond with hardly any head.

S - Faint funk with a little lime tartness.

T - Curdled milk. Tastes 'off'. A little of the citrus carries over.

M - Very flat and surprisingly syrupy.

O - Not a huge fan. It's flat, oily, medicinal and tastes like spoiled dairy. (272 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of tbryan5
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Krafty34
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of DahWag
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of mverity
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden straw color with only a very thin egg shell colored head that faded almost immediately into a med-thin collar without wisps. Poor lacing but fair legs. Aroma is lightly tart, grassy, oaky, with a white grape mustiness to it. Taste is identical to the aroma but with the elements in a different order with each sip. Medium body, nicely sticky, fairly effervescent and bright on the tongue. (407 characters)

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Auraan
4.61/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured a gorgeous cloudy orange body with no head at all. Overall impression of appearance is of a very nice unblended lambic, as the brewery stated. Wonderful to look at as a result. Scents of sour funk with horse blanket, barnyard, lemon juice and light lactic aromas, fruit aromas are present at moderate levels and balance with the funk consisting of grapefruit, light apple, sour apple, sour cherry and white grape, further depth is added by light aromas of oak, honey, hay and vanilla. Overall impression of aroma is of a very complex, appealing sour, one with a depth of character brought by the perfect integration of its many aromas. Remarkable. Flavor begins sour with notes of sour funk, rather acidic, with a quality of lemon juice and fresh grapefruit, light apricot pit flavors and very light white grape are also present. Middle picks up in tartness as the grapefruit and apricot pit flavors grow more pronounced and are married with a light flavor of oak and medicinal hops. Finish is dry and rather sour with notes of tart veined cheese, grapefruit and lemon juice at medium-high levels, married to lesser notes of apricot pit and light levels of oak and medicinal hop bitterness. Aftertaste is sour and dry beginning with lemon juice and grapefruit before moving into a light bitterness with notes of oak and vanilla. Overall impression of flavor is of a rather sour Geuze, one reflecting the drier side of the style and without many of the fruit flavors seen in other examples. In spite of this, it blends the sour flavors on display wonderfully and keeps the beer from being simple. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with light carbonation and a moderate puckering quality throughout that is especially pronounced on the finish. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of an unblended lambic, refreshingly light and easy due to body and a lack of filling carbonation. Quite pleasant. Overall this is a fantastic Geuze. It showcases a great deal of complexity in both aroma and flavor that perplex the drinker, yet it is still easy to drink due to its light mouthfeel. A fine example of the style, even if it is not the most accessible. (2,149 characters)

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Shawner
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 375mL bottle into an oversized wine glass. 2013 bottle.

Not much head on this---as a matter of fact, none at all. Just an odd-shaped lace formed in the middle of the glass. Carbonation ripples upwards and sticks to the side of the glass. The beer looks cider-like, a tinge of amber altering the golden color that can be seen at the base of the glass. 4.25

It smells of tart cherries and apples. Vinous with a touch of sweet vanilla. 4.25

Starts off with a bit of peach or apricot taste before becoming vinous with a flavor like white wine. A burnt cherry flavor weaves in and out. The finish is an earthy funk. I find some nice flavor here, but the fruit doesn't have the pop that I want. It becomes less pronounced, unfortunately. 4

Tart and vinous, in case I hadn't mentioned either enough. A slight funk but it's tasteful and not overdone. The body is light and this drinks pretty refreshing, like a lemonade perhaps, but with a touch of maltiness mid-palate. 4.25

It's 3F so of course it's good, but it doesn't have the fruit flavors of the Golden Blend nor the delicate sweetness that brew had. (1,112 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml caged and corked bottle - another offering from this brewery apparently back from the dead.

This beer pours a cloudy, medium tarnished apricot amber hue, with a very thin cap of purely bubbly dirty white 'head', which leaves absolutely nothing in the way of lace anywhere near the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of tart, indistinct fruity acetic acid (so, lemon then), funky barnyard yeast, bready, grainy pale malt, white cheese, musty old wooden boards, and leafy, wet hay-like hops. The taste is gritty, grainy pale malt, subdued lemon vinegar, a tepid earthy funkiness, moldy basement (this, I know), ethereal stale white cheese, a subtle soaked woodiness, and plain leafy, weedy hops.

The bubbles are unsurprisingly similar to the opening act - damned near nonexistent - the body on the light side of medium weight, and generally smooth, neither the acidity nor wood really in the mood to trifle, it would seem. It finishes just off-dry, the inherent fruitiness not so far gone to the tartness dark side that it can't still proffer a wee touch o' the suggah.

A fairly approachable version of the style, the sour, tart, and funky characters all kept within more than sensible ranges. That said, I'm now wishing for a bit more sassiness, that Gueuze edginess usually found in spades, but I guess I'll have to look elsewhere for that. Good for what it is, then, i.e. maybe a, heh, 'gateway' example. (1,425 characters)

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle dated 4/13/2012.

Appearance - Deep orange. The faintest well up of bubbles at the end. Very thin collar, but no head.

Smell - Trademark Drie Fonteinen sharp oak, white pepper, and some funk. Very malty smelling, too. Doesn't smell that acidic. Still kinda lemony with lots of white wine notes.

Taste - Dynamic flavor. Starts off with a bright lemony tartness. Then some sweetness, like a light caramel. Builds into a sharp oak flavor which peaks before leaving off with a grassy herbal character and a hay grain flavor.

Mouthfeel - Nearly flat. Just a slight hint of carbonation. Not all that sour by gueuze standards.

Overall - It's very good, but I'd take Oude Geuze over this, especially for the price and availability. (772 characters)

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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Golden Doesjel from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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