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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Ratings: 541
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 6.67%


Brewed by:
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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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HomeBrewed

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought a bottle of this during my first visit to Sergio's World Beer in Louisville, KY. Poured into Sergio's personal Drie Fonteinen glass.

A: Beautiful golden straw color. Nice 1/4 inch head. Mouth is watering just looking at it.

S: Amazing lemon, funk, cob web scent. Simply perfect for a geuze. I wish my deoderant smelled like this!

T: What can I say...brilliant! Sharp acidity, beautiful funky lemon flavor. Absolutely the best geuze I've ever tasted. Well worth the price tag.

D: A pure sipper, but I could down this easily. I am trying to restrain myself and take my time.

M: Exactly what one would expect. Perfect.

Not much else to say about this gem. Absolutely a treat. I wish I could drink this every damn day. Fuckin Armand, you genius!!

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 23:48:03 | More by HomeBrewed
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jsm1289

New York

4.98/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

wow! as someone who has recently entered the world of sours, I must say this one is the champion for me. I have had almost all of the russian river contributions to the style as well as a host of other cantillon and readily available guezes/flemish beers. This might just be the best. tart, sour but not overly so, with a delicate little sweetness that bounces up and down like a child on a trampoline, diving back and forth across the palate in just a gentle and playful way. It has a certain zest and refreshing quality that I find to be unbelievable, with a complexity that to me is far and beyond traditional guezes. american wild ales certainly compete in terms of complexity but this just takes the cake. Wonderful mouth feel, the 4th year lambic certainly did a wonder to this brew and it more than justifies the price tag.

edit: while I still love the golden blend and I am staying true to my review, isabelle proximus, oude gueze 08 vintage and armand4' zomer all are better than this in my opinion. however, this one is not that difficult to acquire and should be consumed first before ascending the sour chain of command , if you are even lucky enough to get there.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 16:53:56 | More by jsm1289
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DaSolomon

New York

4.98/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Texas

4.98/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 02:12:17 | More by lnashsig
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Danny1217

Florida

4.98/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

9 euro bottle at De Kelk in Belgium. Poured into a 3F gueuze glass.
Hazy golden color, with a thin white head.The head stays for a while as it is constantly recharged with the rising carbonation bubbles.
Very complex aroma. Funk, lemon zest, lactic sourness. Brettanomyces dominate.
The complexity of the flavor is something unexpected, even for a complex style like gueuze. Tons of funk, and a perfect level of sourness. Light stone and citrus fruits, funk, wheat. Slightly sweet, but mostly sour. The 4 year old lambic blended into this take it to a new level of complexity.

I should have bought another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 08:41:05 | More by Danny1217
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boilermakerbrew

Missouri

4.96/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Corked and caged on 2-17-11.

A- Pours a medium to deeper gold with a 2-3 finger head on the top. Retention is very good, and so is the lacing. The body is rather clear because I left the yeast undisturbed for the first pour.

S- Starts off with a hint of tart, but rather sweet on the front end. Moves toward a more typical, tart, somewhat citrus-like sour smell. Light notes of oak and a definite feel to the smell of effervescent.

T- Starts with a slightly dry, moderately tart taste. Moves quickly toward a stronger, more sour flavor that puckers the tongue. Acidic tart notes intermingle with light, oak barrel flavors to heighten the dry taste. Towards the end of the drink, the beer starts to display some of the more musty, biscuity yeast flavors, as well as a light bitterness on the back of the tongue.

M- This beer is the most carbonated beer I've ever drank. Rather sour, keeping you from drinking quickly, but not so sour to give you a heavy feeling in your stomach. Quite a good balance between sour and a little bit bitter make this one easier to drink that other Belgian sours.

Overall, this beer is terribly impressive. Although it is expensive, I think it is well worth the price tag; at least once. This may have convinced me to grab another bottle if I see it again, and lay it down for as long as I can leave it alone.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 02:35:16 | More by boilermakerbrew
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NuclearRich

Connecticut

4.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought this little gem this past summer. Bottling date 2/17/2011. Poured into a pair of HF oversized snifters as the champagne toast to bring in 2014 the right way.

A. Hazy golden orange with little head and a thin persistent cap of tiny white bubbles.

S. Deep oak, sulfur, pepper, lemon all pour out of the glass and are incredibly inviting. It literally takes your breath away.

T. Citric tartness comes unexpectantly first, lemony and sharp. It is followed by the same aroma quality of sulfur and deep oak. The flavor is basically perfect for a geuze.

M. Light, thin, crisp, sharp. Melting into the back of the tongue, it lightly coats the tongue once its gone, lingering on the palate for just a bit more.

O. An ideal champagne toast this new years day. Phenomenal and basically perfect. I'm not entirely sad that I dropped 25 beans on in.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 03:58:25 | More by NuclearRich
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alcstradamus

Washington

4.93/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Be careful with the pour on this one. Lots of head rising quickly, took 3 separate pours to get it in my glass which means the yeast might end up getting mixed in (not that its necessarily a bad thing)

I could go into detail about the aroma and the flavor and name off a dozen different complexities, but let's be honest....this is just a 3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze (albeit a unique one) so most of the descriptors will carry over. So read my description of that beer if you feel the need (and if you are reading reviews for this beer, I doubt you will feel the need)

What really matters is how this compares to a standard blend and what my overall impression is. Well, I am happy to report that this is among the best couple handfuls of 3 Fonteinen I have had. Very reminiscent of 2002 Vintage if my memory serves me correctly (which it might not). Very balanced between sour and earthy characteristics and supremely easy drinking. A perfect every-day beer prohibited by price and availability. The 4 year lambic used in this blend worked wonders helping round off sharp edges that exist in certain batches.

A very worthwhile beer, and one that I will snatch up at a $20 price point once it hits the US shelves. More than $20 and I will seriously have to reconsider.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 22:20:39 | More by alcstradamus
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.93/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this a couple weeks ago, but I opened up a bottle from my cellar tonight in a much calmer setting, to confirm it was really "that good."

The beer is orange in color with just a slight haze about it. Ample carbonation present and a gargantuan head with seemingly everlasting retention and copious lacing. I just wish yourefragile hadn't absconded with my 3F tumbler, as this would have been a perfect occasion for it. Alas...

Wow, what an aroma. World class lambic anyone? Hay, barn, grass, citrus, funk. Whoa. The citrus quality is remarkable.

Balance, flavor, bold, smooth, inviting, intriguing, exceptional, delicious. I could go on. This is on a level with Blauw. Stunning and phenomenal. Stock up on this brew while you have the chance. My highest recommendation. Ya, it's "that good".

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 05:18:28 | More by Huhzubendah
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle from overseas. Served in a Drie Fonteinen "3" gueuze tumbler side-by-side with Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze bottled on November 18, 2010. The Golden Blend was bottled on February 17, 2011.

The cork started to pop out right after I started to release the cage. It's not a gusher, but this thing has plenty of carbonation. The pour was difficult, to say the least. Loads of foam leading to a very rocky, dense head that leaves behind a nice bit of lacing. Thin cap throughout.

The nose brings an incredible amount of funk and is reminiscent of the Armand'4 Herfst and Winter. This is what I love. There some minerality and an earthy mushroom-like character, coming close to a light bit of truffle. Some sweat and goatiness comes along after that. Some backing acidity comes through, leading into the flavor.

First impression in the flavor is sweaty horse blanket mixed with some strong earthiness. Straight from the ground here. There's some acidity and must that really longer. A bit of leather and very light oak. This is an absolutely gorgeous beer. The acidity and funk flow right into one another. Simply sublime.

The body is light, bordering on light-medium. Pod carbonation and a mild acidity. Heavy funk and earth at every turn. Spritzer-like carbonation. Everything about the body helps to deliver the maxim amount of funk.

What can I say about this? Armand has simply nailed it once again. Breathtaking. I love it.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 01:44:12 | More by Thorpe429
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ehammond1


4.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Illinois

4.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 375 ml bottle into a tumber branded with the distinctive "3" Drie Fonteinen logo

Pours a hazy gold with amber accents capped by a huge seafoam-like bright white head that rises over the brew. Slowly dissipating head with some lacing here and there. Light citrus notes, white wine vinegar, tart apple, pear, accents of barnyard funk, pleasant pungency and warm oak. Grass and hay, toasted oak notes, white wine, very light cheesy funk, white grapeskin, citric acid accents, and very light meyer lemon rind. Finishes with expertly balanced oak accents and the perfect level of sour and tartness. Crisp, light body, with highly effervescent champagne-like carbonation. What an incredibly balanced masterpiece, an incredible gueuze.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 03:52:25 | More by chanokokoro
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vonnegut21

New York

4.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

375ml bottle poured into a Night Shift mini teku.

A: Pours a crisp, autumn orange-gold color. Billowing carbonation lingers leaving a generous head.

S: Earthy, funky and grassy. Lemon zest and grape skins are prevalent. Oak tannin lingers with a hint more funk. Lovely.

T: Spectacular acidity. More than expected. Cantillon level of sourness, but with this beautiful musty, cheesy funk. Bready and creamy. Oaky and vinuous on the back palate. Lots of grassy citrusness. Floral and puckering. Wow.

M: Effervescent and fizzy. Hugely carbonated. It really works to clean the palate and leave each sip fresh and new. Refreshing.

O: Just a spectacular gueuze. Instantly one of my favorite beers of all time. Quite possibly the best gueuze I've ever had. If it were cheaper, I'd have cases of it in my cellar.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 01:20:54 | More by vonnegut21
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mlhyatt

Georgia

4.86/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 375 ml bottle into a tulip glass. It has been aged since 2011.

A- a hazy golden amber with a lot of head. I actually had to stop pouring this on several occassions to let the head settle. After sitting for a little while, the head turns into a nice lace.

S- like apple cider. A very sour apple cider. Cinnamon spice and apples all over the place. Also very subtle hints of maybe some lemon and figs. Very nice smell. Although it reminds me of angry orchard a little too much.

T- very sweet and sour. Has a huge blast of apple cider with the most of the cinnamon taste on the back end and lots of light fruits up front. Apples, figs and lemons. Such a beautiful taste.

M- this is probably my favorite part. Its so sour. The acidity melts your teeth enamel (just kidding) and the carbonation swells in your mouth. The sourness of it forces your cheeks to pucker and smack your lips. God its so good.

O- a very well crafted beer. It makes you sip it though which i love. Very unfortunate that this beer is not made anymore. Fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 00:20:34 | More by mlhyatt
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rvdoorn

Netherlands

4.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Fewa for shipping this one so quickly to me. Because I have an important sour tasting coming up soon, I wanted to make sure this beer is worthy to be served there and did a pre-tasting.
Look: Orange-golden color with a nice very large white-yellow head.
Smell: Sour fruits, musty, hay, and the typical barnyard funk.
Taste: Very complex and balanced. The taste is surprisingly less sour than I expected, but increases in the aftertaste. Next to the sourness, this beer is slightly fruity, has clear wooden oak tones and a nice bitterness (especially for a geuze) in the end.
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and full bodied for the style. Very smooth.
Overall: This is another magnificent winner by Armand! I start to wonder if there will ever be a day that Armand will not deliver. This man is unique and proves to time after time to be the best blender in the world! What a delicate geuze!

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 20:38:35 | More by rvdoorn
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davey101

Connecticut

4.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 2011/02/17. 375 ml bottle into a tulip glass. As soon as I started to unscrew the cage I felt the cork lift up. After some wrangling around with a towel I removed it safely.

A - Clear dark amber body. Tons of off white foam after the initial pour, settles down into a neat one finger high head with some large bubbles. Lots of rising carbonation. Great lacing and retention. I rarely give out 5's on appearance, but it just looks damn perfect.

S - Balance is the one word that comes to mind. Earthy brett funk, lemon rind, sour green apples, rubber bands, and oak barrel. Its all very intense and concentrated, but its just so well integrated.

T - More of that great balance. Earthy funk, cheese, vinegar, oak, sour lemons, and some light vanilla tannins. Incredibly complex and layered. This gueuze is beyond delicious. The finish is dry and abrupt with only a lingering lactic presence. Mouth feel is spritzy and well carbonated.

O - Armand can blend some of the best gueuzes out there, and this one ranks right up there. I haven't had the opportunity to try the season beers, but the standard oude gueuze is my favorite beer and this totally beats it. That fourth year is a beautiful thing which makes the $30 hit seem worth it.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 02:21:36 | More by davey101
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

4.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

So it’s come to this: 500 reviews. In just a little over two years, I’ve been able to refine my palate, discover a passion for homebrewing, and join an awesome community of beer geeks, all while sampling some of the world’s best beers. What a ride. And to cap it off, I’m opening Drie Fonteinen’s Golden Blend geuze, a beer that I’ve always wanted to try but only just recently got my wallet to agree with me about. Cheers!

Bottled 02/17/2011, two and a half years before the date of this tasting.

A: Beautiful beer, pouring from with a translucent, copper-colored body. It’s completely inundated with carbonation: an absolute storm of bubbles soars from the bottom of the glass, lifting a soft head of off-white soap foam about two inches high before dropping it down to a retention of flawless cream. Strands of intricate, bubbly lacing decorate the glass’s interior.

S: Complex aromas meld to form a single alluring character: a woody barnyard funkiness. Cedar and rose petals are among the most prominent notes, a green, aromatic quality unlike anything I’ve experienced in a beer before; spectacular. Much of the actual funk of the nose emerges from yeasty notes of white pepper, cooked mushroom, and wet hay, with help from tart cherry and a mild acidity. Soft and elegant enough to be a perfume – I’m enthralled.

T: I’m glad I waited to do 499 reviews before this one; now I can just relish in this intricate, sophisticated palate. A striking taste of cedar wood, clove, rose water, and lemon zest is first on the tongue. It captivates you with that floral, grassy – almost herbal – flavor before a cherry and peach sweetness rushes in, adding a satisfying juiciness. Funk takes hold at the back end, drying the palate with tastes of straw, underripe blueberry, dry champagne breadiness, giving this a finish of sour-sweet lime acidity. This palate is more than a collection of flavors: there’s charm to the way it’s balanced, demonstrating with each sip that it’s something that you’ll likely never experience again.

M: Silky carbonation that’s a tad foamy, but never enough to distract from the palate. The body is reminiscent of a low-alcohol white wine, slightly oily but refreshing overall, giving this beer both substance and drinkability.

O: I keep tipping the glass up to my lips, waiting for that last drop – it has to be in there, damn it! I can’t let this beer go so easily. Everything about it is so loveable, so pristine; it’s a calculated sensory experience that comes off like a work of art. In all this was one of the best beer experiences I’ve had in a long, long time, and a perfect finish to an outstanding list of 500 beer memories. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 00:34:22 | More by BarryMFBurton
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Poured a burnt orangish color with good carbonation leaving fizzy white cap, some good head retention and light lacing to follow.

S: A big whiff gives me lactic acid which stings, some hay, light funkiness and lemon zest

T: Initial vinegar meets lemon drop blended with hay. Its not overly potent but very mellow, balanced if you can say that about this style. A light horseblanket underneath helps give it some depth. The finish is tart, dry and Earthy

M: Light bodied, high on the carbonation spectrum, tartness on the palate and tongue is persistent

O: Damn right delicous!

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 19:23:39 | More by barleywinefiend
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spdyfire83

Ireland

4.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

202nd Review
Served in a 3F Geuze glass (as it should be)
Bottled: 17/2/2011
Best before: 2/2021

A: EXPLOSIVE POP! This beer was so excited for me to try it that it couldn't help but rocket launch the cork off the top as soon as I twisted the cage far enough. So, be careful and make sure you let it sit for a bit before opening. Hazy, medium golden orange. 4+ (big, bubbly white) fingernail head, that dissipates to almost nothing fairly quickly, on soft pour.

S: Smells like a farm (in the best way possible) on a warm summer day - dry barnyard funk, cracked hay, and must. Touch of fruit, soft oak, and more funk. Open-arms inviting!

T: Lots going on here. Upfront lemon rind and citrus are combined with smooth tartness (touch of green apple) followed by immediate funk. Middle to back includes mild (fruit) sweetness right before the classic gueuze sourness. Just as the sour fades there is a touch of very distinct, robust earthiness that rounds out this masterpiece wonderfully. Bravo!

M: Medium body with loads of carbonation. Prickly on the tongue, but in such a good way. So easy to drink my glass was empty too fast.

O: All-around this beer is beautifully blended and put together! I can definitely understand, support, and appreciate the name and think/hope this will only develop into another superb gueuze as it grows older. Considering how young it is at the moment, I was very impressed. I do think it needs a bit of age before reaching its peak, but it drinks amazingly well for where it is right now. Well done (again) Armand on a beer that will fill my cellar and make me smile for many years to come!

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 13:46:34 | More by spdyfire83
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spoony

Colorado

4.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 375 bottle (code: 2011-2-17) into a tulip.

Note-I should have read the reviews prior to opening, because I nearly lost an eye opening this thing. As soon as I loosed the cage, the cork shot out and the beer produced a mild gush of foam.

A-Crazy amounts of light tan foam that hung around for a bit in the glass. The beer itself is a golden color with orange hues. A bit cloudy on the pour with a few streams of carbonation to be seen.

S-Lactic (but not overly so), tart, and delicious. You get some oak and a lightly vinous smell to go along with the wet hay and light funkiness. There is a nice green apple component as well. Very concentrated and complex.

T-Also concentrated and complex, and with flavors similar to the smell. Finer and more delicate in flavor than some gueze, but with an amazing balance of lactic tartness, funkiness (wet hay and barnyard), bright fruit (green apples and tart, white grapes), and some bread/dough to carry it all.

M-The beer is medium bodied with a pretty chunk carbonation. The finish is drying and very, very long lasting.

O-If smell and taste were all I could rank, this beer would be near the tope of my list. The smell and taste are simply amazing in terms of concentration and complexity of flavors. The finish just goes on and on, like a great champagne. Alas, I did not find the beer to be particularly attractive and the mouthfeel was a little heavy to garner a perfect score. Is this thing worth 24 bucks? Probably not, but will I buy it again? Probably so.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 23:51:02 | More by spoony
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cosmicevan

New York

4.79/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

enjoyed from a 3F wine glass. bottle dated 2011/02/17.

a - beer opened with nary a pop (had me concerned), but a slightly aggressive pour yielded ample carbonation with a generous frothy head that hung out a bit but dissolved to leaving a thick skin of froth. great visible carbonation could be seen through the transparent orange elixir.

s - a tasting buddy of mine, i believe it was pete27lax got me into smelling the bottle and the cork right after opening and damn if this one doesn't smell fantastic. great grassy earth, but not over done or dirt like...like wheat grass. hints of lemon zest and very subtle rubber with a nice glazing of lambic soaked oak. i can smell it for days. it really just smells out of this world.

t - opens with a musty tart. my mouth is forced to adjust to the unexpected sourness. then there it is...that wonderful nose, in full force on my palate. bigger notes of lemon zest than the nose suggested and the pucker is strong. oak and green grape vinous notes tickle my tongue. a mouthful of spring time grass glazed in sweetened lemon juice.

m - great sourness. very digestible but on the sour side for a gueuze. very much like a soured version of the fantastic oude geuze from 3F.

o - overall, a winner. very much worth the money. if you are fortunate enough to still see this one lingering around, grab it while you can as you will be kicking yourself in a few years if you don't and thanking yourself if you do.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 21:47:55 | More by cosmicevan
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eric5bellies

Australia

4.76/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Drank from my Cantillon Geuze glass

A - Pours a slight cloudy copper golden colour with a large white head that retains very well and laces.

S - Heaps of horse blanket, wood and sour funk.

T - So smooth. Plety of balance between the Brett, Funk, Wine and Oak, and Green Grass. The finish is very impressive and sour/bitter.

M - Light to medium body with medium carbonation

O - This is an almighty Geuze. So very very well refined and balanced. No one flavour is dominant, the body is also perfect.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 13:35:58 | More by eric5bellies
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.76/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a Drie Fonteinen stemware glass. Good nice simple pop, lots of smoke.

This is one of the most amazing beers I have ever seen. In this glass, a ROARING carbonation of fire is coming from the middle of the glass, with wonderful streaming legs of pinhead bubbles charging up the sides. The head is soapy white, never forms, but it magically re-appears with more carbonation coming to the top of the glass. Body is a booming peach glowing orange, with yellow and lemon colored hues, looks like a creamsicle Popsicle with all this color and clear see- through fast carbonation. The beer looks like it's from hell, it literally appears to be on FIRE! Amazing.

Nose has a nice floral hint, and classic earthy dry funk notes. Hints of lemon fruit sour tartness and mild acidity, some of the funk brings some classic pepper. Memorable and impressive.

Palate is just supper fun. Fruit filled mid palate full of body and super playful carbonation. Juicy apricots and fleshy rind mixing with crisp lemon dry character and funk earth. Huge flowery garden aromatic with great chewy apricot and lemon tartness. Apricot flesh rind just rips and feels dense in the mouth. This is like a super aggressive Fou Foune… sort of… sharp carbonation but nothing distractive, playful and a good malt backbone.

Stupid easy drinking, extremely memorable, I wish this bottle was bigger, a fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 01:05:49 | More by smakawhat
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WTKeene

Texas

4.76/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked and caged bottle dated 2/17/2011 into a champagne flute. Cork was moldy on the outside around the edge.

Appearance: Translucent, golden amber with a large, loose white head that dissipates slowly. A crown persists through the end of the glass, but no lacing to speak of.

Smell: Sour blackberries, funk. I've never been so reminded of a fruit flavor in a beer that doesn't have any fruit in it than with this beer. Lots of Gueuzy funk in this beer, quite vinous and a hint of alcohol comes through in the nose as well.

Taste: The blackberry strikes again. I'm almost entirely sure this is because of that mold on the outside of the cork around the lip of the bottle, but I did clean it off before pouring. I've had blackberry fruited sours that taste less like blackberry than this beer does. Lightly bitter, and far from the most sour beer I've ever tasted. Very mild, not at all mouth puckering. That blackberry mold flavor is really delightful though. If this qualifies as infected because of that, it's delicious. Wouldn't mind having one of these every day, except that I'd go broke fast.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated, but soft in the way a fine champagne is. Not prickly at all. Really beautiful.

Overall: While I'm sure that mold affected the flavor and smell of my beer, it wasn't a bad thing. This was delicious in every way. Would love to get more of this somehow, some way.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 02:56:25 | More by WTKeene
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BEERMILER12

Maine

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

375 mL bottle, with a bottled on date of 2011/02/17. Just as a warning, this cork shot straight off the second the cage was untwisted, so beware and be ready to pour.

A: Pours a golden straw color with 3 fingers worth of quickly foaming head that settles down just as quickly as it came. Expected with the style

S: As expected, a good amount of barnyard funkiness, horse blanket, sourness, and light fruitiness

T: Plenty of funk, sourness, and oak. Layers of different flavors that all come from those nice little wild bugs. Every sip is something slightly different from the last

M: Light-medium bodied with the usual plentiful gueuze carbonation. The oak smooths it out a little, but it is still very carbonated

O: What an experience. This blend is really something special. The addition of the 4 year lambic puts this on a whole new level. It sucks that most of it evaporated, but what is left is a treat. Worth the price if only to try this once

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 16:22:03 | More by BEERMILER12
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