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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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600 Ratings
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Ratings: 600
Reviews: 150
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 6.9%
Wants: 141
Gots: 234 | FT: 29
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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.

(Beer added by: rvdoorn on 03-14-2012)
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.39/5  rDev -2.2%

Thanks to Ron for bringing this one to the tasting. This one was super carbonated - after twisting the cage off, the cork popped out on its own. Surprisingly enough, no gushing over. It pours a cloudy, dull-golden color with a white head that grows big and settles around a quarter-inch or so. No real lacing to speak of, only a little bit of wet legging.

Golden Blend has a nice pungency on the nostrils; sweet apples, lemons, and white grapes, mild funk and musk, lots of acidity and a heavy sour/tart character that is easily accessible just from smelling the beer. Some dry oak in the finish, along with some more funky and corky notes that come out more as the sourness settles a bit. I'm really digging the way this one smells - plenty of sweet and tart, juicy fruits with a perfect amount of funky yeast.

This one is super crisp and light on the palate. The heavy carbonation seemingly allows the beer to evaporate seconds after hitting your tongue. Super tart fruit up front, namely apples, white grapes, and some lemon zest. Very tart and puckering right out of the gate - even more so than the aroma would have you believe. Once the initial tart spike subsides, it's time for the funk.

Big, heavy yeast flavors join; funk, cork, wet wood. The funk was a little stronger in the aroma than on the palate, but it's still a large contributor. Near the finish, I'm picking up some light cherry tartness as well. There's a slight bitterness near the very end, perfectly dulling the tartness and creating a nice "fade-out". Aftertaste is full of oak and funk mixed with the lasting fruit sweetness.

Wow, what a great tasting gueuze. Great balance of tart, sour, and funk. Easy to drink and so ghost-like on the palate that it's scary. Many thanks again to Ron for sharing this with us.

EDIT: Enjoyed this again a few weeks later thanks to Kevin. Still just as delicious as the first one. This is definitely the type of gueuze I would seek out because at this point in time, it's still not too hard to reel in, but it tastes amazing.

EDIT #2: Have enjoyed this many more times - the flavors and aromas are usually on point and delicious, however some bottles are overly carbonation and sometimes the wispy mouth feel is a bit too sharp and distracts from the flavors. Other than that, a great beer that ever gueuze lover needs.

03-03-2013 18:01:04 | More by tectactoe
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SkiBum22

New York

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

09-28-2013 22:46:23 | More by SkiBum22
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heddar33

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

09-06-2012 21:50:10 | More by heddar33
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warnerry

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

05-03-2014 19:32:19 | More by warnerry
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Callmecoon

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

06-01-2012 05:50:11 | More by Callmecoon
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Mora2000

Texas

4.23/5  rDev -5.8%

Bottle shared at bu11zeye's 10,000th rating tasting.

The beer pours a yellow color with a large white head. The aroma is full of very tart lemons, with some nice wheat and yeast notes, as well as quite a bit of barnyard funk. The flavor is also quite funky, with some nice lemon and wheat notes. There is a medium amount of tartness and some nice yeast notes. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very interesting, funky and tart beer that I am glad I got to try.

05-18-2012 04:51:46 | More by Mora2000
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GreenMountainBoy

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

01-19-2013 23:04:14 | More by GreenMountainBoy
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Prospero

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

03-26-2013 21:52:00 | More by Prospero
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dogfishandi

New York

4.36/5  rDev -2.9%

375ml cork and caged bottle a little above fridge temp poured into a snifter. Bottled 2011/02/17 (roughly 2 1/2 years of age)

The cork showed that it had leaked a bit before removing. Pours out with a ton of carbonation, took a few minutes to fully pour and your left with a huge billowy white cap atop a cloudy golden orange body. Tons of carbonation bubbles streaming up. After awhile your left with a super creamy retentive white head. I've never seen a lambic hold such a nice head.

Lots of tart funk. Rotted wood or rotted cork comes to mind. Old socks and horse blanket funk, more as it warms, Bright lemon citrus.

Very tart and quite sour,lemons, some lemongrass, classic 3f house flavor, like a zesty lemon, musty, hay, quite complex. Some acidity lingers. Almost minty.

Has this really nice mouthfeel that you really only get in select guezes, hard to describe. But it flows over the palate so nicely, the perfect feeling carbonation despite what the pour led me to believe. Leaves a lingering sourness on the palate similar to sucking on a lemon.

Pricey and worth it, but maybe not worth more than one or two bottles. Though its been awhile since I've had the regular oude gueze, its very similar with a bit more complexity.

07-27-2013 20:42:34 | More by dogfishandi
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ehammond1


4.88/5  rDev +8.7%

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, Thorpe429!

Careful all, this cork is ready to explode out of the bottle once the cage has been undone.

Cloudy orange and light amber with a huge bone-white, moonscape head that makes pouring this beer somewhat of a challenge. Eventually, when the head has settled down, a nice off-white rin sits atop the beer all the way down, eventually leaving irregular lines of lace down the glass. A gorgeous beer, and perfectly appropriate.

A very expressive, funk-forward aroma: this has a good amount of old/wet towel notes, with big notes of barnyard and manure, earthy cheese, mushrooms, along with some bright lemon citrus, and an acidic sour character. On paper, that sounds awful (or not), but it smells amazing.

The flavor is simply stupendous, with the incredibly funk/barnyard/earth/cheese notes bumping up aggressively against layers of lemon flesh and peel, sour character, brick, and basement. Complete; flawless.

The mouthfeel shines. It's as good of a mouthfeel as any gueuze I've had the pleasure of drinking. Light in body, with high carbonation, though disappearing, but flavorful throughout.

This ranks with the Armand'4 beers has some of my favorites ever crafted.

09-23-2012 04:50:40 | More by ehammond1
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DaSolomon

New York

4.98/5  rDev +10.9%

What an amazing Gueuze by Drie Fonteinen, Armand really out did himself with this blend. An amazing crisp taste to it from the second the cork pops off till the last drop in your glass. Appearance is a deep golden yellow that captivates the viewer with bewilderment as it has the appearance of an elixir. The smell wakes up the nose with citrus notes with lemon and beyond. The taste bring additional citrus notes along with tart and sour notes of a gueuze all perfectly working together to create one hell of a brew. After the bottle was consumed, I thought back on what beer could top this in my list, and nothing could hold up to this. Seek this brew out as it is one of the best out there. Next time I would like to try it side by side with 3F normal Oude Gueuze.

10-05-2012 21:43:36 | More by DaSolomon
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

08-25-2013 20:38:05 | More by chickenm
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doremite

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

06-13-2013 21:56:56 | More by doremite
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

10-13-2013 18:39:14 | More by williamjbauer
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jtladner

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

07-24-2014 02:37:50 | More by jtladner
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mahak213

New York

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Appearance- Golden and hazy, with a 2 finger bright white head. Nice lacing on the glass.

Smell- Lactic sourness is behind lots of lemon, grass, mustiness and barnyard funk qualities. Good stuff.

Taste- Way more sour punch than I was expecting. Very dry finish as well, leaves you wanting another sip right away. Big lemony tartness and a bit of oak are in there as well.

Mouthfeel- lively carbonation and light body, nice and refreshing

Overall- An excellent beer, but I'm not sure if it's worth the price tag. I can't fault it for anything really, but I just don't think it is worth breaking the bank over. There are plenty of other great guezes out there that are very good and cost much less than this one. That said, if you have the means to stock up on this stuff, I'd go ahead and do that. I'm looking forward to trying my second bottle a few years down the road.

10-31-2012 06:17:58 | More by mahak213
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

02-04-2013 02:23:46 | More by stereosforgeeks
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Beer21

Florida

4.24/5  rDev -5.6%

08-30-2014 22:50:54 | More by Beer21
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JulianB

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

07-11-2013 17:19:08 | More by JulianB
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acurtis

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

04-29-2012 13:04:01 | More by acurtis
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JasonSiedman

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

01-09-2013 05:20:02 | More by JasonSiedman
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lnashsig

Texas

4.98/5  rDev +10.9%

Poured from bottle into Jester King Farmhouse glass. Pours a hazy orange color- small bubbles retain in the head. Looks like most gueuze so far. Small- vinegar funk, funky/hard cheese, tart. Taste- up front a slight vinegar tartness, followed by a sweet malt with tight carbonation, finished by a green apple sour finish. This is an exquisite gueuze. So smooth, well done.

10-14-2012 02:12:17 | More by lnashsig
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Beerontwowheels

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

02-14-2013 01:23:08 | More by Beerontwowheels
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.26/5  rDev -5.1%

375ml caged and corked bottle. Another weird opener for this brewery - after the final twist was applied to the cage's wire, the cork just plum popped off itself, this time deftly into my waiting hand, as opposed to ricocheting off the ceiling.

This beer pours a hazy, medium golden amber hue, with three fingers of very loosely bubbly, fizzy, foamy dirty white head, which leaves a low sudsy wall of cushion lace around the glass as it evenly sinks away.

It smells rather pungently of sour lemon, over-aged white wine, under-ripe green apples, a growing musty funk, a weak bready maltiness, and a soft kiss of astringent, grainy wood. The taste is sharply acidic apple, white grape, and lemon, with an actually perceptible, combined fruity sweetness, some bomb shelter pale grain, with a certainly laid-back funk, what with it being only a tad musty and cheesy. A lingering oaky woodiness seems incapable of letting go.

The carbonation is light, and fairly frothy, the body medium-light in weight, the airy bubbles providing a bit too much distraction for straight-ahead smoothness to take hold, which is strange, given the initial edgy acidic notes. It finishes off-dry, incredibly, the tartness abating for the most part, the fruit on the rise, in a complex interplay with the grain, tame funk, and neutered wood.

Wow, what a show - almost unpalatable acetic acid to start off, and then a slow, easy conversion to a balanced fruity, zingy oak-touched pale ale, Belgian-style, that is. Very drinkable, robust, and enjoyable well beyond expectations. However, since those expectations came from the 'regular' Oude Gueuze , and the price comparison between them is double, at least, that puts me in a quandary as to recommendations - try this, I guess, at least once, for an occasion. Mine appears to be a Monday night.

02-05-2013 02:17:13 | More by biboergosum
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.48/5  rDev -0.2%

Review from notes. Consumed at a blind gueuze tasting. Thanks to ShanePB for bringing this one.

A: Pours orange with a very nice white head on top, slightly hazy body. Lots of small carbonation bubbles. A nice cap of white foam remained on top.

S: More funk than tart, kind of musty, with some underlying fruit aromas, mostly lemon.

T: Very nice flavor profile. A great combination of farmhouse/funk with some hay and some tart citrus fruits. A little less funk than on the aroma.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly dry with active carbonation.

O: Very impressed with this beer, was my second favorite in the blind tasting. Easy drinking, but cost prohibitive!

04-20-2012 20:26:08 | More by mdaschaf
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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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