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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend | Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden BlendDrie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend
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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
Belgium | website

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Golden Blend is made with 4 year old Lambic that accounts for 25 % of it’s contents, the rest of the blend is made up by a "secret" combination of 1, 2 and 3 year old Lambic.

The exact mixture is only known by the master-blender Armand himself.

The name "Golden Blend" is not far away from the truth, in fact, the 4 years of maturation in oak-wooden barrels is making this particular Lambic very expensive.

Due to the "evaporation" through the barrels, only a small percentage of the lambic is left over after 4 years of maturing.

Added by rvdoorn on 03-14-2012

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Photo of PDXAmbassador
4.42/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours orange, with a surprisingly long lasting foamy head. Moderately high carb.
Smell is super unique and quite intense - earthy Muscat grapes, sesame crackers, celery salt, diesel and a bit of dried onion.
Taste is bright and sour - very Muscat-grape forward, with none of the strong cracker and herb aromas. Some sweet fruitiness - lemon, green grape, maybe a bit of sharp cheddar on the back of the tongue.
Overall one of the most intense gueuzes I've ever tried - unique and delicious, though some of the aromatics were a bit off-putting. I'm not sure if the bottle might've been a bit skunked or something.

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Photo of SaulFox
4.73/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2014 vintage (March)
-Dark orange flesh, hazy, with streaming bubbles. Fluffy head taking up half the glass.
-Stone fruits, oak, lemon, pepper, pear, brett.
-Tart fruitiness upfront with dry oak notes playing in the background. Stonefruits shine.
-Pleasant carbonation coats the palate.
As a person that's just getting into sour/tart offerings, I can definitely see myself enjoying these on hot summer days. Even if it means dropping $30 for 375ml bottles.

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Photo of hansavijaticar
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

We've compared a bottle of this one with Cantillon, and the difference was incredible. I like Cantillon Gueuze very much and I find it one of the best beers out there, but this is even better and more complex. Definitively funkier and moldier than any gueuze I've tried. Possibly the best beer I've had so far.

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Photo of Hootie159
4.42/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

2011 vintage. From bottle. Pours an orangey gold with a packing foam-like head. Smells Devine. Wine barrel for days. Mix of stone fruit in nose. Oak has perhaps become a bit unbalanced with age. Otherwise a nice fruit profile. Carbonation hasn't lost a beat. Strong, but with a nice tang.

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Photo of kojevergas
4.12/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

BOTTLE: Purchased at Plan B Rotterdam for ~17 euro. 37.5cl. Green glass. Unbranded hood-and-wire cap over a branded cork. Bottled 12/03/2014. Best before: 12/03/2024.

6% ABV. Geuze.

Expectations are extremely high given this beer's reputation and the brewery behind it. Served at cellar temp into a pilsner glass.

HEAD: Occupies 50% of the glass. Audibly fizzy. ~5-7 cm wide. Somewhat thin, but not weak (not robust either). Consistency is too thin, though, and there isn't much of a complexion. Retention is average generally speaking (~2 minutes), but poor for the style and relatively low ABV.

BODY: Seemingly unfiltered judging by how murky it is. Copper colour of average vibrance. No yeast can be seen within.

Appears aptly carbonated. Not a unique or special looking gueuze, but appealing in a general sense, sure.

AROMA: Lambicus yeast is evident, walking a nice line between funkiness and sourness. Sourness seems tame but it's unmistakable. Nuanced funkiness brings notes of gym sock (as much as I hate that descriptor), leather, and twang. Bacterial intangibles are present, but it isn't a lactobacillus bomb like many American brewed sours. Oak rounds it out nicely, but sits in the background somewhat reticent to join the party. Acidity is obvious. Lemon. The beginnings of acetic character. Flora. Barnyard character (dried lime, a blip of hay). Has some nice green apple without ever coming off cidery.

I love that unlike most Cantillon expressions of the style, it isn't heavy on cereal grains (at least aromatically).

Funkiness is dominant.

TASTE: The taste delivers on the promises of the aroma, with white wine vinegar-soaked oak unifying the flavour profile. Funky more than it is sour, actually; sourness is maybe a 5-6/10 in terms of intensity. Twangy throughout, with acidic lemon and acetic acid dancing across the palate. Green apples, bacterial intangibles, salt, faint barnyard notes. It's a nuance gueuze, with plenty of subtleties sitting beneath the prominent funkiness that guides the beer. Lactic acid. Balanced and enjoyable, this gestalt beer feels like a unified whole in spite of being a blend.

Depth of flavour is good. Flavour duration is above average; that vinegar/acetic character carries into the aftertaste. Flavour intensity is relatively high.

As the aroma suggested, the cereal grain prominence that so often distracts in Cantillon's expressions of the style is nowhere to be found here...I think I prefer this as a result.

Some may find the oak reticent (especially those accustomed to more oak-forward American brews), but I find its subtlety masterful.

The funkiness that dominates the flavour profile is, possibly, the greatest funkiness I've ever experienced in a beer, with a lot of intangible intricacy going on. Showcases brettanomyces lambicus yeast shockingly well.

TEXTURE: Acidic and twangy. Smooth, near perfectly carbonated, and refreshing in its own way. Light-bodied.

It is almost exactly as it should be. This texture uses its acidity to emphasize the lemon, sourness, lime, and vinegar. Taste and mouthfeel are in harmony, elevating the beer beyond many examples of the style.

I will say that it's oddly dry on the palate, which can be parching. Maybe that's nitpicking, but it does lend the mouthfeel a bit of a scratchy hoarse vibe. So while the taste and mouthfeel are in harmony, it's not a perfect harmony. More softness would also be welcome.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh.

OVERALL: I could easily see this beating out most Cantillon gueuze style beers in a blind tasting, and I think that says it all. Highly drinkable, easily refreshing, and very satisfying. Yes, the dryness of the mouthfeel does hold it back a bit, but it's easily amongst the best examples of the style I've tried. It's hard to stop drinking, and I already wish I had more. Evidence Drie Fonteinen is one of the great lambic producers - and may be one of (if not the best) blender.

High quality though it obviously is, it'd be tough to shell out 17 euro for another bottle (heaven forbid the $30 USD I hear quoted for it in North America). But obviously price doesn't affect my rating, and it really is a must-try for the truly discerning drinker. Its high reputation is deserved.

Would pair well with salad. Would age beautifully; I'm sure Drie Fonteinen's 10 year guideline is right on the money.

A- (4.12)

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Photo of aleigator
4.92/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Oude geuze Golden Blend '14 vintage

Pours a saturated, bright, golden-amber color, with a small, fizzy head, receding to a thin, bubbly texture at the rim of the glass.

On the nose, the beer produces an incredibly intense funkiness. It features green apple peel, crisp citrus wrapped up in blue cheese, leather, prickling mushroom, jogurt, and most surprisingly a pleasant floral note. All those flavors blend together marvellously, creating a very harmonious, aroma bursting impression.

Has a soft, medium carbonation with a pleasant mouthfeel to it, refreshing due to citrus and mineralic tones, silk on the tongue due to a buttery, leather defined maltiness.

Tastes of a slowly unfolding citrus crispness, featuring a luscious sourness, next to a more and more pungent developing dryness. Dusty old earth produces a great balance, with a moldy toffee sweetness to be found in it. Its carbonation adds a vivid component to the drinking experience, masking the bigger body of this perfectly well. Finishes with an intense, mineral supported, citrus dryness among fermented green apple, sun bathed hay and a wheaty sweetness.

A treat throughout, pushing the already best Geuze even further. Everything I love about their regular Gueuze is detectable in this, while they amped it up a bit. Best example for this being the nose, promising an uncompromising funkiness, countered by its characteristic crispness on the palate, achieving an intriguing synergy, which lasts till the end. Unbelievable depth of flavors, while its balance is just spot on.

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Photo of Jow
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For me this is at the same level as the Hommage of 3 Fontein. I rated 3 fonteinen Hommage 5 but actually this one is a bit better or should I say even more my taste.

It looks cloudy and when you pour it stays a bit cloudy. The first taste: is like god that tickles all your tasting senses, smooth but powerful in one sip. How I would like to get more of this one! Still have one in my basement and I will spare it for a very special occasion. By far the best pure lambic I have had.

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Probably the most easy drinking sour ale I've ever come across. Golden Blend is extraordinarily smooth and doesn't smack you across the face with sourness like the standard Oude Geuze does. Very impressed with this one and would probably put it in my top 5 all time sours.

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Photo of pagriley
4.57/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2011 bottling I to a snifter.

L - goldn is the word. Deep honey gold with almost no head
S - sharp lemon grass and bright acid. Soft oak
T - touch of funk but astonishing balance of acid and lemon
F - slight sparkle to the carb. Very smooth and almost creamy

Overall a fantastic beer.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The hype is for real on this one. The mouthfeel is awesome. The tart balance is fantastic. Overall this is one of my all time favorite lambic so and I will seeking more of these out soon.

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Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden amber pour with a very tall head with decent retention. Funky barnyard smell, citric acid, sulfur, typical geuze stuff. The taste is sour as hell, apple vinegar style, salty as well, with a strong bitterness underneath. Surprisingly refreshing and apparently it goes well after a spicy meal.

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Photo of lupercmda
4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep golden with an opaque color. Smell is of light lemon tartness. Taste is lemony, light smooth and crisp and clean. Medium mouthfeel. One of the best Gueze out there.

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Photo of SadMachine
4.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep golden color that is slightly opaque with almost no head as expected. Just a small white collar remains throughout.

Wow! The aroma just punches you in the face with gueuzy goodness! First the burst of ripe stone fruit that is so juicy you can almost taste it! This is followed by an intense funk with cheese, horse blanket, hay, and other barnyard aromas going on. Assertive tartness is evident as well. Just a spot on aroma for the style!

The taste is quite sour from the get go. There is some overripe apricot flavor going on, but that is secondary to the super funky cheese and barnyard notes! Some tart lemon notes, alongside a dry pithy flavor in the finish. This is quite acidic, but it isn't overpowering. As expected from the style and the age, this is super complex, and quite delicious.

The mouth feel is medium, lightly carbed, tart and acidic, with a very dry finish that keeps you coming back for more!

This is just a world class example of the style! If you can still find a bottle of this definitely get your hands on it!

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Photo of McNazz
4.31/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Typical awesome funky nose of OG. A tad sweet on the taste but that will probably change with age. Slightly under carbed. Sourness is in check like a typical Drie.

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Photo of SStein
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful golden color with classic lacing. Smells of funk and citrus. The taste is extremely, crisp, tart and full of funk. Absolutely amazing.

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Photo of cultclassic89
4.95/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Near perfect, and for all intents and purposes it's basically perfect, except when you have it alongside A&T and the Seasons.

This thing was crazy close to A&T. A&T just had a slight edge but if you want that and don't want to give up what it takes, just get some Golden Blend. So bright and balanced.

2014 bottle.

Edit: Dropping to 4.95 because of A&T.

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Photo of bcp5296d
4.7/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottling. Great gueuze. Lots of oak, funk, and moderate acidity. Slight metallic taste but as it warmed, it turned to lemongrass, or at least that's how I perceived it.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.26/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle dated 2/17/2011.

A: Pours a clear golden color with a short-lived fizzy bright white head that faded into a thin collar.
S: Damp and musty smelling with dry notes of wheat, straw, and a underlying southerness. Very earthy but not much spice. I get just a touch of crisp golden fruit as well.
T: Tastes is similar to the nose with notes of dry grains, earthy straw, a touch of musty barrel, and sour and slightly funky bugs. There is a delicate layer of ripe golden and stone fruits in the finish, and the aftertaste has a lingering gritty dryness.
M: The body is on the lighter-side of medium, with a clean and drying mouthfeel that has great balance between slickness upfront and lingering gritty tannins.
O: Another delicious geuze, albeit not my favorite. This, however, was very mellow and smooth without a huge amount of acidity. The aged aspect of the blend really comes through. Delicious.

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Photo of Damian
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drank from a 12.7 fl oz corked and caged bottle purchased at Liquor World, Cambridge, MA
Bottling Date 2011/02/17
Served in a Drie Fonteinen geuze tumbler

After loosening the cage, the cork instantly popped out of the bottle. Fortunately, none of the beer followed. With a slow and steady pour, the gorgeous, crystal clear, orangey-amber liquid became smothered by a billowing, five-finger tall, ecru colored crown that nearly spilled over the top of the glass. The head slowly faded to a thick, crackly plume. Bubbly chunks of lacing coated the glass.

An intense musty, woodsiness dominated the aroma. Loads of barnyard and leather. Super funky. Definitely some mineral character. The extensive barrel aging contributed strong oaky notes. There was an ultra crisp, powdery and dry yeastiness as well. Overall, remarkably interesting and complex.

The flavor profile was very similar to the aroma and just as impressive. Amazingly musty and leathery with intense barnyard notes. Super oaky and tannic. Bone dry. Uber bright and lemony in the center. Bitter lemon peel and aged, earthy hop notes were quite apparent in the finish and lingered long after the swallow. By the drink's end, I could feel the enamel being stripped from my teeth. That said, the actual flavor of the beer was somehow not overly acidic.

The mouthfeel was interesting and ideal for the style. It was super light and highly effervescent. Almost Champagne-like. Amazingly frothy and fluffy on the palate.

Up until this point, Drie Fonteinen's Lente was definitely the best geuze I ever sampled. Oude Geuze Golden Blend reminded me a lot of that beer, except that everything about this was even more intense. Twenty nine dollars is a tremendous amount money to pay for a 375 ml bottle but, in this case, it was worth event cent. This was truly one of the greatest beers I have ever come across.

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Photo of peensteen
4.51/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Hazed golden orange colour, ring of white head, no lace. Smell is funky with green apples, a bit of stone fruit flavours, lemony, oak and wet wood, lots of barnyard qualities here. Taste is tart and fruity, green apple, lemon and white peach, oaky barnyard flavours, long sour finish, quite dry. Medium high carbonation, dry medium body. Incredible stuff, I preferred this to A&T, a top notch geuze.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

February 17, 2011 bottling date. I found this at a liquor store in Los Angeles.

I'm impressed by how sweet and fruity the cork smells as I pry it out of the bottle. That's always a good sign.

I pour the beer into a teku glass and it produces a fizzy head (and accompanying sound) that quickly dissipates. But what remains is a gorgeous brew with a peach color and an opacity that suggests the beer is thicker than the fizz would suggest. 5

I can't escape the burgeoning fruitiness that this beer smells of, even from a distance I can smell slightly funky cranberry, raspberry and other fresh fruit. It's subtly earthy and faintly reminiscent of cider. I feel there's more than this than I can accurately describe, but it smells incredibly and seems to have no flaws. 5

Cranberries, tart cherry, raspberry. So many tart fruits seem to be in the mix here. These give way to a lemony citric flavor and some earthy funk. I find myself again searching for a flaw in the flavors here, but this beer is impeccable. 5

I love the balance of funk, tartness, and subtle citric acid achieved with this beer. It's incredibly refreshing, light, light-to-moderately carbonated and the semi-dry finish is as pleasant as any beer comes. Flawless. 5

Do I need to tell you this is a 5? It's flawless. Impeccable. Delicious.

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Photo of JonahNW
5/5  rDev +11.4%

My favorite 3F geuze outside of the super scarce wales. All the factors in perfect balance. Supposedly Golden Doesjel "replaced" this one, but I have yet to find a G.D. bottle that equaled it...

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Photo of MarcWP
4.9/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Into 3F stem.


Appearance is an awesome burned gold sporting a huge tan head that settles to nice frothy layer. Bubbles stick to the side of glass when twirled. Starts clear but turns hazy towards the bottom of the bottle. This bottle has been upright undisturbed for well over a year now.


Aroma on this is super funky! Cheese for days, and I mean nice funky artisanal cheeses like Camembert, Roquefort, Comte, and rich Brie's. Musky hay, wet barnyard, and freshly tilled earth come into the picture. And as for the fruity aspects you get strong lemon pulp, fermenting orange juice, nectarine skin, and faint apple notes. Gorgeous aroma.


Taste.... Wow. This is one of the best gueuzes and beers for that matter that I've had. It's gotten better since last time I had it which was well over a year ago. This bottle is from Belgium so not sure if there was "bottle" variation. The funk is all up in the flavor but the fruit character is much juicier than on the nose. You get what you get on the nose except the orange is in the form of bright mandarin, lemon is sweet but mixed with lime, and the nectarine goes deeper than just the skin. Amazing!


Mouthfeel is also top of its game. Nice fluffy carbonation that really helps clean the beer on the finish from all the complex flavors. Heavier light body and very dry. Sports a nice lactic with faint acetic bite.


Overall.... What more can I say!

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

Pours amber with a lasting head.
Noes shows heaps of funk, elderflower, horseblanket, lemon pith, kumquat, fruit confectionery and orange peel. Amazing.
flavours include elderflower, lemon juice, citrus pith, peach and a big, bold acidity. Lots of funk.
Nice high carbonation.

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Photo of papat444
3.8/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Kump for this one.

Poured from a 375ml bottle, bottled 17/02/2011, best before 02/2021.

Bit of mold around the rim near the cork, all under the foil wrapping. Undeterred, i wipe it off and pour. Pours orange-gold, good formation of head that has an average lasting. Very tart and acidic, mouth puckeringly so but masks the flavors a bit. Carbonation is very low and the sour apples come through and are pleasant. Harshness with flavor not following makes this one a slight miss for me.

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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