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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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576 Ratings
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Ratings: 576
Reviews: 150
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 6.68%
Wants: 139
Gots: 234 | FT: 26
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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oline73

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another one that I was able to try at Sour and Bitter. Served in a stemless wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden amber color with a finger of fluffy white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Nice bland of tart and funky. Lemon juice sourness. Very light and nice.

Taste: This one is on the sweeter side. Lemon tartness and a mild funk notes. The citrus juice sourness sticks with you all through the sip.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly, aggressive carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a very light and bright gueuze. Tart and sweet. Easy to drink but not particularly smooth. I would have it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2012 22:00:22 | More by oline73
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DarthKostrizer

California

4.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to JealousChalice for this one

Look. Pours a golden yellowish orange color with a 1/2 inch fluffy head and exceptional retention. The beers is highly carbonated and the cork actual hit my ceiling when opened

Smell. Upfront is a lactic sourness followed up by some lemon, hay, and oak

Taste: upfront is some lemon tartness backed up by some toasted oak wet grass and some more sour citrus

Mouthfeel. Light in body and ample carbonation and a puckering sourness

Overall. I enjoyed with one quite a bit and actually purchased a few for myself. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 20:31:52 | More by DarthKostrizer
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle split three ways on 7.24.12 between myself, Greg and Jake.

A - Pours a dark, cloudy orange with a fluffy white head. Good retention of the head.

S - Some funk, but pretty mild.

T - Tart and funky, mostly lemony.

D - Tons of carbonation with a light body.

O - A pretty funky little treat. Reminds me of the Armand'4 series.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 04:19:10 | More by HuskyinPDX
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lunarbrew

Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served into HF stemware. Pours light amber with a redish hue. Tons of carbonation and very strong head retention. Foamy sticky lacing.

Pungent and tart. Lots of vinegar, green apple, currant-esque acidity, and lemon. There is a sweetness hidden that is almost almost honey-like. Very complex.

Wow. This is beautiful, round, and balanced. Soft flavors of lemon, dry white grape, and green apple skin. There is a bit of grainy finish. The finish is super-dry, all-in-all. The sourness is in check, but still obvious. Not as sour as is smells. Highly drinkable.

Mouthfeel is medium weight. I get some tanniny resin on my tongue, almost like I just finished a sip of white wine. Highly complex. Awesome foamy carbonation. Extremely drinkable and balanced.

This is an awesome beer--pure and simple. An exemplar of a balanced and classic gueuze. I don't know if I'm thankful or frustrated I can buy more easily. 3F knocks it out of the ballpark, but damn if they're not expensive.

Re-reviewed on 12/8/13:
Doing brief reviews of a few beers today. This was opened along side Oude Gueuze, Hefst, Zomer, and Winter. My reviews will be comparative. This was clearly an amazing tasting. Thanks to Dactrius and Stevedore for contributing and participating. I'm only reviewing for smell, taste, and overall here. Other reviews will be general to save time. Honestly, each beer was quite similar in these general categories.

Generally, I want to say that this tasting really wrecked my impression of GB. I loved this beer before. In fact, it may have been my favorite gueuze. However, the complexity, intensity, and depth of the other beers really painted this in a new light. It's far more simple, light bodied, and unbalanced than the seasons. Even Oude Gueuze was a more balanced and cohesive beer. Everything about GB seemed a tad watered down. The nose on GB seemed especially disappointing. It was a tad funky, not in the right way, and muted. I'm glad I was able to try in a side by side. It really helped open my mind to the world of gueuze.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 02:51:58 | More by lunarbrew
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.09/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle served in my Allagash chalice. 17/02/2011 indicated on the back label. Pours a dull, semi-hazy orange hue with a rocky, two-inch, bright white head that dissipates into a frothy band around the shoulders and a dollop across the center. Copious tiny bubbles are present effervescing in solution to the underside of the cap and adhere to the walls of the glass. Nose is bright and tart with a hint of sour pit fruit, a trace of candied fruit sweetness, cork and notes of cider vinegar. Taste is not as bright as the nose and less fruit comes across. There's definitely a citric acid presence as well as cork and a salty character; however, it's not overly tart. Mouthfeel is light and lively with a bright carbonation and some astringency that lightly stimulates the salivary glands along the sides of the cheeks. Overall, a very good Gueuze. Not my favorite, but quite respectable and approachable. I'm glad I have an extra bottle in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 02:14:14 | More by Jwale73
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DannyS

New York

4.09/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Beverage warehouse in Winooski, VT. Bottle is dated Feb. 17th, 2011.

Step 1: start twisting open the metal cage.
Step 2: Recoil in shock as the loud BOOM of the cork shooting out of the bottle makes your life flash before your eyes.
Step 3: rush to the sink to contain the foam overflow. Clean up and pour into a wine goblet. Have your Magic hat keg glass on hand as backup.

A - overflowing with head so much I needed two glasses to hold it. Eventually fell to a thin collar. Color is opaquely hazy orange.

S - Smells like sharp citrus and dry white wine swirled around an oak barrel and thrown into a farmhouse. Unmistakably a Geuze.

T - Viciously tart, slightly tannic, and a bit oakey right up front, finishing dry and musty. Complex and challenging, leaving a somewhat pithy bitter yet satisfying aftertaste.

M - The carbonation is so active that even after its little tantrum upon opening, half of my sips felt like I was swallowing straight up foam. Such characteristics are more forgivable in a style like this, but I'd rather not feel like i'm close to choking half the time.

overall - It's rustic, sour, wild, and definitely not for everyone. Exactly what a Geuze should be, I'd say. The only big disadvantage is the price.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2014 19:28:09 | More by DannyS
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PeterIngemi

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a 375 ml poured into a duvel glass date says 2011/02/17

A: pours a nice slightly hazy golden orange with two finger of white head that dissapates slowly , no lacing to speak of. A nice film stays through out.

S: nice blend of sour funk and oak, light straw, green apple and lemon, nice aroma, smells well balanced. Doesn't smell quite as sour as I had hoped. The big difference I notice between this and the regular blend is that it smells a little more oaky and rounded, the sourness seems a tad more subtle

T: yum, nice balance of sour tartness ad oak, lemon tartness with a touch of straw/grass, some light green apple notes come through. Very well balanced between the oak and the sourness.

M: refreshing and nicley drinkable, with a light medium body and creamy effervescent carbonation, a touch dry with a hint of bitter oak on the finish, finishes mostly clean and dry though. The biggest difference here is there seems to be a good bit more effervescent carbonation then the regular blend. To the point where the cork literally blew off the bottle as soon as I took the cage off and scared the shit out of my cat

O: a very nice gueze, displaying a very nice blend that balances notes of oak and sour funk beautifully, really enjoy this one. Not overly sour, kinda just right, maybe a touch more tartness and I'd be in love. Overall not much different them the original
Blend, minus the effervescence and slightly more rounded oak notes, considering the price difference I'm glad to have tried it but I'm just as pleased with the original.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 01:06:44 | More by PeterIngemi
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.11/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark straw color, two fingers of head, rapid dissipation. Mild apple skin aroma, some funk and hay, some tart fruit notes, some acidic sourness. Tastes a bit more sour than the aroma, with a tart fruit note, slight funkiness, Granny Smith apple skins, and a bit of a woody oakiness. Taste is light bodied, lightly crisp, dry.

One of the better Gueuze I've had.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 00:29:06 | More by EgadBananas
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seeswo

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour is a challenge into my 3F Gueuze glass, taking several pours to empty the bottle. Pretty standard whitish gueuze head with big bubbles and an orangey-golden color. The nose is relatively funky and a bit fruity, like a hint of sour apple. A bit reserved. Taste is very similar to Oude Gueuze but with a bit more earthiness and age wrapped in. There is a bit of mineral that is slightly off, but otherwise it is a mildly funky brew. Carbonation is high with a medium body. Goes down really easily. Overall, I was really excited to try this beer. I would take Cantillon Classic/Bio over this, but it is still really good.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 23:37:40 | More by seeswo
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emerge077

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Explosive bang upon untwisting the cage, and a second later, the chilled bottle began gushing. Luckily a glass was nearby and the loss was negligible.

Deep saturated orange color, slight haze, steady trails of champagne carbonation. Initial head of billowing foam that threatened to overflow, but eventually subsides to a gentle skim across the surface. Not much lacing, odd as it was poured into a clean dry glass.

Complex aroma of oak and citrus, hints at tropical fruitiness. The older lambic lends a pleasant rounded mellowness to the nose.

Extremely dry with a clean sourness, plenty of oak and more fruit in the bitter citrus peel vein. Very balanced with a rounded feel on the palate. Flavors are very much standard issue Drie Fonteinen, signature minerality and firm dry oak in addition to light citrus. This blend is a fun novelty to try, albeit a pricey one. At least it's going towards brewing on-site again, so it's easier on the conscience when dropping the coin to try it.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 23:27:31 | More by emerge077
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claspada

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, dark yellow with a large white head, decent retention, leaving some minimal lacing. Overall nice steady carbonation, maybe slightly over-carbonated.

Aromas begin with some funky minerality and an earthy mushroom-like character. Then you get some musty wood, very tart lemons. As it warms you get some nice wheat and yeast notes, as well as quite a some more emerging barnyard funk.

First impression in the flavor is super strong earthiness and musty oak. Straight from the barnyard here. There's some light acidity and a bit of leather and very light lemon. The acidity and funk flow right into one another.

The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. Finish is dry quite heavy on the funk and earth.

Overall this was a nice treat sampled amongst the other sour beers of the evening. Although the aroma delivered slightly more than the flavor, it was still quite above average. Everything about the aromas and flavors helps to deliver the maxim amount of funk.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 20:16:20 | More by claspada
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ADZA

Australia

4.2/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its a delight to finally see this brewery here and with a mighty pop of the caged cork it gushes out to leave a bubbly three finger head and a rim of lacing,the smell is sweaty socks,lemon sherbet,weeds,bubblegum and freshly cut grass,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy which coats the whole mouth with tastes of granny smith apples,lemon zest,sherbet,barnhouse funk and finished with a green apple grassy zestiness and overall what a drop and i really like this one something id buy again,perfect for a summers day cheers.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 12:38:47 | More by ADZA
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Mora2000

Texas

4.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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

California

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

06-12-2013 03:54:26 | More by MrVonzipper
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StoutItOutLoud

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

03-23-2014 15:09:29 | More by StoutItOutLoud
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aztraz

Sweden

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

02-27-2014 22:25:18 | More by aztraz
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sfr26

New York

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

05-06-2014 19:13:11 | More by sfr26
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RandyKemka

New York

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

02-07-2013 20:06:16 | More by RandyKemka
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Atomicskis5

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

06-13-2013 17:18:01 | More by Atomicskis5
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st9647v3

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

02-05-2013 01:53:20 | More by st9647v3
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WeisGuy

New York

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

03-04-2013 00:44:46 | More by WeisGuy
Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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