Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Ratings: 679
Reviews: 159
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 6.9%
Wants: 158
Gots: 240 | FT: 29
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rvdoorn on 03-14-2012

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.
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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.

Photo of AgentMunky
4.26/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375mL bottle into a wine glass. Bottled on 17 February 2011.

A: Everything exploded the second I got the cage untwisted -- cork, cage, and all. Currently happy to have both eyes. That said, the beer did not overflow the bottle and produces a thick (two fingers or more) frothy head. Rich, clear, and golden.

S: Hrmmm. I like this less than the standard Oude Geuze. It's both fruitier and more unpleasantly funky. The Brett taint is harsh and bitter. Once you get past that though, like the raw alcohol in a cask strength whisky, it is gentle and full. Red fruit.

T: Initial carbonic and sharp, but this very quickly fades into brilliant fruit, the red fruit I smelled distantly, apples, raspberries, strawberries. Hard mineral. Clean finish with lingering acetic acid.

M: Sparkling, funky, and clean.

O: Excellent! Highly recommended. Would love to have again. Perhaps my favorite lambic.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 2/17/2011. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Darker than 3F Oude Geuze. Big head, no retention. Surprising. Faint, discrete bubbles.

Smell - Citrusy. Lemon and orange. It's more prominent than the funk. Deep earthy, but not overwhelming cheese aroma behind it.

Smell - Extremely citrusy, which I didn't expect. Orange and lemon behind it. Less funk than the smell, but still an earthy oaky funk. Light body and very dry in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light and very carbonated. Effervescent and dry. Sour, but not overly so.

Overall - Excellent, maybe not better than regular Oude Geuze. I might even say it's monotonic in it's citric notes.

Photo of DovaliHops
4.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, golden orange color with a medium white head that goes down slowly. Scent is oh so funky...which is expected from a 3F beer. Not nearly as funky as some of the Krieks I've had from them, but more of a pleasant, non-stinky sock type funk. More barnyard and hay than anything. Great funky with some acidic aromas. Also get some peach and apricot in the nose, maybe a bit of grass as well. What a great-smelling beer. Taste is just as good. Great funky/sour flavors with some grass and hay. Some stone fruit flavors, but very subdued. This beer is sour, but not as sour as I was expecting. Maybe even a little less sour than the regular Gueuze from 3F. Not too acidic, and quite dry on the finish. A very well-crafted gueuze IMO. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, puckering, and dry. Drinkability is VERY high...could sip on this all day. Overall, this is a fantastic beer, but not sure if it's worth the price tag. It needs to make the normal offering from 3F feel shameful in order to charge double for this one, and it does not. I am just as happy with the Kriek and Gueuze. Glad I got to try it though.

Photo of mattsander
4.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Huge pressure shoots the cork straight into the air as soon as I loosened the cork. Pale copper in color, medium clarity, gigantic dense white head and cascading miniscule bubbles. Beautiful beer as usual from Drie Fonteinen.

S: Very unique smell for a gueuze. Huge earthy mushroom notes, wet wood, wool, herbal, soapy, very deep. What sets this apart from other gueuze is the distinct lack of lemony acidity.

T: The best word I can think of to describe this beer is 'refined'. It lacks the sharp acidity I generally associate with gueuze, especially those from Cantillon. Layer upon layer of earthy/herbal/damp brett character wrapped in a soft but tenacious lactic twang. It has a certain sweetness on the palate with a long barrely finish. Very unique, awesome.

M: Titanic carbonation and very soft mouthfeel. Extremely refreshing.

This is probably the most expensive bottle of beer per milliliter I've ever had. $20 for 330ml is pretty ridiculous but this is a very delicious and unique beer.

Photo of Mikeypnh
4.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled February 2011, picked up at hill farmstead around thanksgiving 2013. Poured into a Worthy Burger tulip glass. In person traded to me from ScotNH after we decided it wasn't up his alley after an experience with grassroots brother soigné.

The cork couldn't wait to bust out of this bottle! Started unscrewing the cage and once it got loose it went flying across the room, cage still on it. You have been warned. Little bit of foam came up but no other problems.

Appearance: Big ol' bubbly two finger head, dissipating rather quickly. Looks awesome.

Smell: Very sour. Hints of citrus and pepper. Maybe some bitter fruit rind.This is gonna taste great, huh?

Taste: Oh yeah. Tart citrus, a little funk. Also getting some oak and grassy flavors upfront. Can't quite place the aftertaste. Peppery/hoppy/apple, whatever it is, I like it.

Mouthfeel: Very we'll carbonated. Coats your whole mouth with fizzy bubbles.

Overall: Really enjoyed this. Everything was working for me, except the price tag, but I'm very glad I had it. Not too much experience with lambic or gueze but I'm hoping for some more.

Photo of SalMineo
4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Incredible Geuze Armand really hit the nail on the head with this beer.

Pour-Opening the bottle you get that huge champagne pop sound without of the overflow of that expensive goodness. It comes out with a golden look to it and a medium size foam head on it. You hear that carbonation working away.

Smell-Typical great geuze smell of citrus, lemon, barnyard funk and spices as well sweaty socks. The aroma is just incredible.

Taste-The best part you instantly get that smooth flavor of lemon and citrus with a little bit of spice to it. It's followed by kick in the ass sour tartness that I love. The 4th year really adds to that sour tartness note which is great.

Mouthfeel-Has a crisp light taste on the mouth much like nice champagne.

Incredible beer I just wish it wasn't so goddamn expensive.

Photo of Rutager
4.32/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to two very generous BAs, Jeffo and Alpineclimber, for getting me the two bottles of this beer. So nice to be able to cellar one of these expensive bottles for a while.

Poured into my gueuze glass with the big "3" on it.

Appearance. Pours a hazy, rich honey-gold with a little amber and a finger of frothy white head.

Smell. Tart lemon, some old wet wood and earthy, lightly sweet funk.

Taste. Lots of nice lightly bitter wood, dry earthy funk, and some lemon juice.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium carbonation.

Overall. Another great gueuze. I've been lucky enough to have several lately and though this one doesn't stand out from the others as much as I would have hoped, it was a very delicious, well made brew. Thanks again to the great BAs that got me bottles of this.

Photo of rlee1390
4.32/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw at a bottle shop and was given it as a gift, as I'm not sure if I would have spent the 28 bucks on it.

A-Cloudy yellow-orange, well carbonated, three finger fluffy head. The cork started coming off as soon as I unwound the cage.

S-Funk, lemon, grass, oak, green apples, all blended together well.

T-Not very sour, more tart than anything, and a mild tartness at that. However it is very fruity, green apples galore, lemons, some grass and the oak has a strong presence as well.

M-Light, highly carbonated and dry.

O-Just a little more in the sour department and this beer would be out of this world.

Photo of jethrodium
4.32/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle. The cork bursts open as soon as the cage is released. Pours a clear golden amber with a big white head that disappears quite quickly and leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma is lots of funk, some lemon, and quite a bit of grapefruit. There is also a light earthiness as well as a mineral note. The taste is quite tart with oak, lots of grapefruit, some lemon, a hint of green apple. It has a light sweetness to it. The finish is earthy and funky. Medium body. Medium-high carbonation, but not as high as I would have expected with how the cork came out. Another great blend from Armand. Not quite as good as the Armand'4 series, but still quite good. More grapefruit flavor than any other gueuze I've had before.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. Fades normal.

S - Sweet wheat, vanilla, oak, tart green fruits, funky barnyard yeast, some sourness, lemon zest.

T - Sweet wheat and other grainy malts, tart green fruits, oak, vanilla, barnyard funky yeasts, a bit of sourness, lemon zest.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a funk, dry, and tart finish.

D - Great complex and smooth gueuze.

Photo of FosterJM
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1600th Review on BA
Bottle to Pinot Glass
375ml

Lot Number: 02/17/11
Purchased from City Beer Store in SF for 22.99
The cork & cage shot out like a cannon!!!! Be warned

App- When the foam settled on this one it was more of a dark and ruddy orange with a bit of highlighted yellows around the edges. The orange stuck out a lot and the center was a good bit of a thicker look to it. The edges were a bit lighter and then left a nice bit of cling.

Smell- Well it was a gueuze. It had the oak mixed in. It was pretty much what I thought it would be, but just a bit thicker. A bit malty for me with a good matching amount of grass and barn aromas.

Taste- This was a very good beer. I wish I couldve went 5 but it was a bit too thick for me against the style. It was not Lente but it was damn close. The dryness of the style matched against the earthy herbalness created a great depth of flavor and left me wanthing more. I am a litle sad this wasnt a 750, but I think the $$ wouldve driven me away from it.

Mouth- For a gueuze it is a bit thick but this is a nice medium body with a fulll medium carbonation. The residual flavors are of earthy grass with a good amount of barnyard funk and a bit of oak behind it.

Drink- I really enjoyed this beer. It had so much layering and so much great depth of flavor behind it. The dryness paired with the earthy barnyard just made this really tasty. Served at cellar temp I fear it was a bit too warm. Next time a bit colder.

Photo of harrymel
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Been looking to try this one.

Golden and slightly hazed with a near full sheet of whites. Smells good and funky with a solid punch of acidic tones offering a precursor to the oral experience. This one falls through good and tart, then some lemons, some slight bitterness (which I quite enjoy), some soily wet hamper funk. I like the flavor of this one for certain. Nice juicy mouthfeel with soft carb and a watering finish. I like this beer very much.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.36/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.37/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip. 2011 vintage, which is given a 10 year lifespan.

4.0 A: Lots of carbonation in this. The cork started moving as soon as I started twisting the cage. It took more than a few pours to fill the glass up due to the plentiful head. Well hazed (probably from the many pours) light orange brown color. Big frothy white head. Good retention and plentiful lacing.

4.5 S: Lots of fruity funk in this. Plenty of apple with lemon backing it up. Lots of farm aromas in this - apple orchard, dry wood from a barn, hay, livestock. Mildly cheesy and minor musty notes. Not very sour smelling, but plenty of tangy lactic acid giving it the pleasant fruitiness.

4.5 T: Like the nose, this is very fruity and funky. Apple is all through this. Light lemon zestiness underneath. Super woody, but not all from the oak. More like dry, dusty planks of wood. Slightly metallic. Light, though appreciated, cheesiness. Load of lactic acid and perhaps a touch of acetic as well. Less "barny" than the nose suggested, but much more earthy. Wet grass, apple orchard, rotting wood, and must.

3.5 M: Normally I'd probably give this at least a 4.0, but I'm pretty sure the Armand'4s have spoiled just about every other gueuze's mouthfeel for me. Very active, spritzy carbonation. Good there, but missing the creaminess that the seasons gave me.

4.5 D: Very tasty, super complex gueuze. I'm more than happy that I purchased a few more.

Photo of womencantsail
4.37/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing, Tim.

Put on your safety glasses; the cork will explode out of the bottle. Pours cloudy orange/amber color with a huge white head. Intense funkiness as you would expect from Drie Fonteinen. Lots of must, oak, lemon zest, earth, and mineral. Soft tartness to it. The tartness is there in the form of lemon and green apple, but the funk is where this beer really shines. Lots of earth, must, mineral, and sweat to be had. Really awesome stuff!

Photo of TychoNDC
4.37/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 9/26/2013 and reviewed from notes.

375 ml bottle poured into a HF stemmed tulip.

A. Deep orange with a lovely Golden hue. Reminds me of Fall. Vigorous carbonation reduces to a nearly non-existent head. Lacing quickly recedes. Some sediment, but I balanced it between 2 glasses.

S. Tart, acidic and sour. A nice lemon quality. The aroma is surprisingly mild, giving off only minimal funk. I might have expected more of a buttery, cheese quality to it.

T. Oh, here's the funk. Dry wood, earthy tannins, and tartness all the way through. Finishes with a musty bitter quality (cheese rind?) that might not be desirable in most things, but is wonderfully present here. Truly delicious. Not overly sweet, nor overly sour. I would actually have welcomed a sharper sourness.

M. Medium bodied. Minimal effervescence; enough to mingle with the buds but not quite enough to blow my mind. The dryness at the finish of the beer could be a bit more punctuated as well. Alcohol is extremely well hidden.

O. Incredibly drinkable. Almost too much so, considering the price tag! I wish it was a tiny bit sharper, as all of the components are there, but a mid milder than I had hoped. But do not disparage; this beer is fantastic!

Photo of tectactoe
4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Luk13
4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Side by side with the regular oude gueuze. Gold pour, very slight haze, white head. Aroma is quite woody, green pepper, oak, smells a bit old already. Regular 3F funk, taste is sour, woody, a tad dryer than the regular oude gueuze. Lots of bugs. Palate is effervescent with full body. I prefered it to the regular. Less sharp and citrus, more wood, bugs and refinement. Might not quite be worth it’s price but very good indeed.

Photo of AleWatcher
4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Got this as an extra from bobbyw91! Thanks man!
Served in a flute.

Looks gorgeous. Dark golden body with a HUGE rocky mass of a head. The head is yellow-hued off-white, like aged ivory merengue. (if such a thing existed)

Smells hugely oaky with notes of leather and earth. Not overly funky, though funkier than the average 3F gueuze-- the oak owns this thing. Some light lemony notes find their way through to brighten things up. The flavor improves upon the nose with a perfect balance of of dry sourness, oakiness, funk, and tartness.

Feels effervescent and fizzy-- but in a good way. Perhaps slightly overcarbonated.

Overall-- a VERY nice blend. Armand is the absolute master. He makes some amazing blends.

Photo of kevanb
4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice hazy orange copper color with hints of amber and apricot. A nice white head sits atop the beer, about 2 finges high, that recedes quickly but leaves a nice bit of film behind, but no lacing. The nose is a bit weaker than I anticipated but imparts some great aromas, notes of tart apples, faint citrus, funky yeast and hay, with a bit of wood at the end. The balance is great, every elements gets a chance to shine, it's just unfortunate that they aren't more powerful. The flavors jump out a bit more, much to my delight, nice funky yeast right off the bat, hay, stronger oak presence with great complimentary citrus notes. What I really like about this beer is the subtle fruit and berry notes that tickle the tongue so gently, could be apricots, strawberries or perhaps peach flesh. The body is spot on, nice and effervescent, dry and tart but the finish is so smooth, a bit more so than the original recipe.

Verdict: This is another knock out from Armand at Drie Fonteinen. I can't really say that the addition of the 4 year old lambic really took this beer to a new height, but it did come off as slightly different than the regular blend. The bottom line is, this is a fine beer that everyone should seek out and enjoy.

Photo of corby112
4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled: 2011/02/17

Upon loosening the cage, the cork came out with a loud pop. Lots of pressure but not a gusher at all. Pours a very hazy, dark golden orange color with tangerine edges and a two finger yellowish-beige head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Musty, funky aroma with a strong barnyard presence along with lactic funk, citric acidity and light fruit. Earthy with lots of oak, cobweb, grass, wet hay and horsebkanket followed by lactic cheese, lemon juice and green apple. Smells very inviting but it seems like the four year old portion of the blend tones things down a bit.

On the fuller end of medium bodied with tight carbonation and a tart, puckering flavor that lingers over the lactic funk, citrus, light fruit and pale malt into a crisp, dry finish. Aggressively sour at first but not harsh or overly acidic with lots of earthy oak, lactic funk and sweet citrus balancing things out. As it warms, the lactic cheesy presence stands out a bit more and the citrus acidity becomes a bit more tart. Earthy with toasted oak, grass and hay notes countered by lemon peel and green apple flavors. Funky and sour but well balanced and very quaffable and refreshing once the palate adjusts. I could drink gallons of this stuff if it wasn't so damn expensive.

Photo of falloutsnow
4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle from Etre Gourmet
Bottled on 2011
Poured into a Drie Fonteinen gueuze glass

Cork pops out of bottle immediately after removing metal cage and some gushing happens: be careful with this one.

Sampled side-by-side with a 2010 Drie Fonteinen Oude Gueuze.

Slightly more intense with tartness, sweetness, oakiness, and richness of flavors than the "typical" Drie Fonteinen gueuze, Golden Blend is a smooth and refined gueuze that is one of the pinnacles of the style. If the aroma was slightly more expressive, this could be near-perfect for me.

Looks virtually identical to its Oude Gueuze counterpart, perhaps a tad darker in color. Pours a fairly massive, tall head with fairly good retention of a few minutes. Head is off-white, eggshell, composed of large and medium-sized bubbles. As it descends, it leaves some streaks of lacing, with larger blotches near the body. Body is a golden yellow with a subtle orange tint, transparent if you don't add the yeast (cloudy otherwise). Nice, big bubbles of carbonation stream from the bottom of the glass to support the head.

Aroma is surprisingly sweet with oak undertones, some tangible tropical scents (pineapple) waft up, and there is some minor-key white pepper. This is substantially smoother, sweeter, and fruitier than the funkier, harsher Oude Gueuze. If you're looking for that compositing hay and organic matter scent in your gueuze, do not go for the Golden Blend.

Slightly more robust flavors overall, and smoother, with greater emphasis on wild yeast metabolites and pineapple-based tropical fruit: delicious, a definitely more "refined" version of their gueuze. Opens with meyer lemon like tartness, smooth wheat and pale malt base sweetness, and a bit of mixed tropical fruit flavor (pineapple, mango). Mid-palate of strong, fresh pineapple, white pepper, oak, with acidic and tart lemon juice. Back of palate is acidic and tart, with clear lemon juice and apple cider vinegar tones. Lingering aftertaste of subtle pale malts with lightly acidic tartness.

Beer is medium-bodied, with medium to medium-low levels of carbonation. The result is a smooth, crisp beer from the acidity, where the carbonation does not get in the way. Finishes very dry, as expected from the style.

Photo of jmarsh123
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy orange/yellow with a massive white sticky head that sticks around for a long time leaving spots of lacing down the glass.

Funky aroma with some tart/sour notes, oak, lemon and hay.

Very tart flavor, more so than the normal 3F oude gueuze. Lemon, apple, grape and even a few white wine grape notes come through along with the typical horse blanket funkiness. Oak dries it out a bit at the back end leaving a pleasant sourness on the tongue. Fantastic complexity as I got a new flavor out of just about every sip.

Creamy body with high carbonation levels. Finishes dry and puckering.

At $26/375 it's a bit pricy, but if any beer is worth it, it is probably this one. Amazing complexity throughout the palate and a good deal more sour than the regular which is a plus in my book. I'll probably buy again although the price tag limits stocking up too much.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It's often the delimma of a sour ale fan to achieve the exclusive taste of unblended lambic, but with gueuze like zest. Drie Fontienen answers the that question with this blend of four years of blends that culminate in exquisite earthiness and sharp complexities that are simply unparalleled.

The burnt orange hued beer pours with the carbonated creaminess that's expected from a well made gueuse. So if you are expecting a more still lambic stillness then expect a slight champagne livelihood. As the carbonation builds a creamy, cottony head, a swirl of the glass leaves traces of the Belgiany lace that we've come to expect. Solid retention accompanies the beer 'til the end of the glass.

The bold sourness of the beer reveal the unadulterated scents of dried limes, lemons, crab apples, rhubarb, and citrus. But a deeply embedded grouping of aromatics reveal more earthen character: saddle leather, dusty woods, and cork all play into the scent that's both fragrant and pungent.

The decadent tastes start with the sweet and tawny interplay of white wine, cider, and dry wheat. Pile on the sourness of citrus, white wine vinegar, under ripened apples and berries and we have the majority of the taste. But then there's the earthy components of dried hay, sea brine, sandalwood, corkish wood, and chardonnay soaked oak that round out the taste. It's a fairly consistent beer as it traverses from it's initial impressions until its ultra-dry taste in finish.

But here's where the real secret of this beer separates from other world class gueuze: The fine carbonation resonates through a somewhat silky-sour note that's never been expected before. With no carbonic bite (as with champagne), the beer delivers a teeth-churning sensation that couples with the most delightful powdery-sour marriage that could ever be expected in a beer. It's simply magic what this beer does the the trigemental senses to the mouth.

Although the subtleties that this four-year blend gives is very well appreciated, I do think that this is not the beer for the uninitiated. Reserve this refined ale for those who are well versed in well made gueuze and lambics before opening- and be sure to have some steamed mussels and well aged gruyere on hand.

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