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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Reviews: 165
Hads: 807
Avg: 4.49
pDev: 14.92%
Wants: 224
Gots: 257 | FT: 30
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Style | ABV
Gueuze |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: rvdoorn on 03-14-2012

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 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.

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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.

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

Drank this beer (2/17/11) next to a Dec 2010 regular gueuze. Pours with a big head. Slightly darker than the regular gueuze. Head leaves spots of lacing as it recedes. Aroma is very lemon rind and citrus heavy. Not as much funk as the regular but still a very nice musty hay aroma. A bit of flavor is more socks Finley than musty cobweb funky. The regular is a bit cleaner. More.of a smooth sour than the regular which is a bit sharper. A bit of oak as well. This is more complex and interesting. Mouthfeel is as it should be. Light. High carb. Extremely drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.41/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours opaque orange/amber with lots of carbonation coming up from the bottom and a white fully head.

S: Smell is lacking in funk (to which I may be desensitized from smelling the previous Geuze in the vertical), and somewhat tropical. Papaya? Passionfruit? I'm not sure.

T: Lemon, orange zest. Lemon zest, orange, grapefruit rind, apple ,raspberry, a bit of black peppercorn.

M: Medium-light bodied with lots of carbonation, not harsh, though.

O: Akin to the regular Oude Geuze, but more drinkable. Carbonation settles down a bit and it's not so tart.

Note: Bottled 17 February 2011, imbibed 21 January 2014

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Photo of CooperEllis
4.42/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

375ml ($29.19 - but wanted to try it) into a tulip'd wine glass.

This pours flat, with a white grape juice aroma mixed with that pungent sulfur flavor I don't particularly care for. Hazy except for the very edges of the bulb where this is nearly clear. Plenty of carbonation that keeps a thin ring of bubbles present.

Aroma improves immensely with warmth while there is still a touch of sock or wet dog, there is also a good bit of sour apple and white wine.

Strong fresh wood in leads the flavor with the rest of the aroma all present. Rather complex with a light flavor overall.

Mouthfeel is spot on. Light, carbed, refreshingly crisp quite enjoyable.

Perhaps this style isn't still my cup of tea as I take more displeasure from the parts that rub me the wrong way and not enough pleasure from the overwhelmingly positive aspects. Still, was certainly enjoyable.


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Photo of spicelab
4.42/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage.

Barely audible pop on releasing the cork. Aggressive pour yields a finger of head that falls relatively fast to nought. Body is attractive orange amber and near crystal clear on the first pour, with prominent sediment on later pours.

Lovely bright and clean acidity, contributing zippy aromas of lemon zest, sour green apples, dried apricots, musty basement, hay, green capsicum, wet soil, and mild acetone notes. Great expression and subtlety.

Flavours emphasise the tart fruit character a little more than the funk. Swathes of sour citrus pith, bitter lime, with drier jalapeno notes building later.

Carbonation is surprisingly active on entry, spreading a pleasant tartness which is not hugely puckering, but satisfyingly so.

Without a doubt one of the classiest sours around. Complex, rewarding, and very well done.

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Photo of zac16125
4.42/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz bottle into a tulip
bottled on date: 2011/02/17

At $26 for a 12.7oz bottle this is officially the most expensive beer per oz that I have drank to date.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with just under 2 fingers width of bright white head, which dissipates down fairly slowly to leave a thick film that hangs around for the majority of the drink but leaves no lacing. Lots of carbonation bubbles can be seen racing to the top of the glass.

S: Wonderful sour/tart, oak, and fruity sweet aromas explode out of the glass. Tangerine citrus, sweet white and red grapes, hints of cracked white pepper and estery- banana. So complex, with a great interplay between the sweetness, sourness, and oak.

T: Tart, with a sour character that is somewhat puckering, lemony acidic, vinous with white grape notes, some peppery spice and banana on the finish. Oak lingers forever in the aftertaste, some mild wet hay characters but otherwise very little funk, a bitterness component hits the palate every once in a while, as does a champagne-esque flavor. Just so much complexity here, very well done.

M/D: Heavy carbonation, fuller body than most of the style, but works well with the high carbonation. Has an almost chewy component, and is very quick drying. Puckering sourness at times. Drinkability is great, I had to make a conscious effort multiple times throughout the drink to slow down and enjoy it.

O: Overall, what a great beer. Much better than the regular 3F Oude Geuze, with a better sourness, more complexity, and just generally stronger flavors. I would love to drink this beer again, but unfortunately the ungodly price tag will make this a rare treat. Really nice beer, but I don't think its worth $26 for a 375mL but then again I cant imagine thinking any beer could live up to that price. Bottom line is, if you can afford it, go get it.

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

A - Golden colored beer that's a little bit orange in the right light. Small white head that fades to a partial cap and lives a ring around the sides.

S - Nice funk, barnyard, some citrus, touch of sweetness. Smells great.

T - Taste is very nice. There's a good dose of funk and horseblanket, bit more citrus sweetness than a lot of Gueuzes I've had before, but it's a nice change, somewhat tart. There's a lasting sourness on the end.

M - Active carbonation, slightly syrupy, lighter side of medium bodied.

O - Great beer, very much enjoyed it. More citrusy than a lot of high quality Gueuzes, but it doesn't get in the way of the great funk and barnyard taste. Would drink this regularly if given the chance.

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

Bottled February 17, 2011.

Beer is dark golden in colour with a medium-sized white head. Head recedes but never fully disappears: a large white rim remains.

Smell is funky, with real barnyard and horse blanket scents abounding. Lemon is prominent, and a bit of oak is there. Very nice. A classic gueuze smell and really enjoyable.

Taste is great. Quite funky, barnyard flavour, with tart lemon. Fairly sour. Crisp wheat flavours there as well. Finish is very dry.

Medium bodied, low to moderate carbonation. Tart, puckery- really dries the mouth.

Overall, really good. Really enjoyed this one.

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

bottle (2011/02/17) to lawson's sniffer (my first sour thought I'd kick it off with a bang)

A: huge tan head (2in) that lingers for a long time and only goes down slightly. Its a nice golden amber color that reminds me of an IPA which is interesting to me but looks good to me

S: Its got a skunky bottom of the barrel funky aroma that would be off putting if it wasn't to style from what I know this is a good thing.

T: Its got a white wine like taste upfront but that mixes into an almost over powering funky taste that is most definitely sour but more like sour grapes that then anything else I can describe. The finish is kind of weird but it definitely has that funk to that I have been hearing so much about and a continuous of that same wine like taste. Seems pretty to style to me

M: It has a Champaign like carbonation but a Chard wine like feel and constancy, distpite all this its pretty drinkable and the carbonation balances out the funky flavors well

O: Okay so I definitely like sours there is a whole lot of tastes I usually don't like but together I like it a lot I feel like I am definitely going to have to come back once I know more about the style, but its quite the pricy rarity to try again so Im glad it was good the first time. 4

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.42/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pour is slightly hazed dark golden orange with a tight light tan head. The nose has tons of cheese, rather "rindy," and a light dusty funk behind. Golden fruits, apricot, pear, and peach. A light vinegar note underneath. The taste is slightly more muted than the nose, the funk isn't as bright but still an assertive cheese rind with more cob webby funk. The apricot and golden fruits are intertwined very well. The finish is dry and well carbonated, the body is light and bubbly on the tongue.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.42/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to locke459 for sharing this one at NoSignsOfPain's birthday bottleshare hosted by mrbubbler.

Pours a slightly murky honey orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace cling to the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some wood and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with a woody aftertaste. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp but somewhat dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a great beer that is tasty and very easy to drink.

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

375ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 19/10/12

A slightly hazy golden orange with loads of bubbles and a large three finger soapy foam, decent retention and a few patches of lace

S funky with lots of wood lemon, sour apple, pear and vinous vinegar, faint foot and just a little cheesy, funk come out more as it warms, great nose if you like funk

T bone dry sour beer, not turning my mouth inside out but pretty sour, lots of wood and lemon, pretty tasty stuff with some more vinous notes and some cider notes then the nose

M very carbonated with a little lip smacking pucker going on, sour and dry, a little slick in the mouth with a long sour citrus and oak finish

O great stuff but I don't think its any better then the Oude Geuze that cost half as much, its world class beer but I don't notice a huge difference from the above mentioned. I'm sure some who read this will laugh and call me a rookie but I find the two similar

I'm going to read my Oude Geuze review and see what I thought was different because this reminds me of that brew I drank just a day or two ago but cost much more money.
A great beer please don't get me wrong great complexity and leaves you thinking

Edit- I gave it the exact same score right down the middle and didn't notice, similar experience

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Photo of Sean9689
4.42/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer several times...finally making it official.

Pours golden yellow, white head, thin collar on top. A nice mix of funk cheese, citrus, and must. There's a light fruity sweetness to this beer that really contributes to me liking it. Taste is a litte more sweet, nice citrus zest, funky, mother-puckering tartness. Dry and oaky, reminds me of a Chardonnay in some aspects.

Really excellent blend that is one of my favorite beers from Armand. Need to pick up some more, actually.

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Photo of tbeckett
4.42/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottle from a friend in Calgary. Fuzz around the cork which was underneath black foil. Assuming it's mold, but should be fine. Bottled February 2011 so about two and a half years old.

A - Pours golden and cloudy with a one finger white head and strong carbonation. Fizzy head goes quick and there's not much lace. Fairly typical Gueuze lookin'.

S - Super lemony. Lotsa tartness. Light wheaty character, nice hay/barnyard sorta thing going on. Very inviting tart/lemon candy character. Nice.

T - Holy tart. Nice sourness, sweet lemon candy, dusty, typical Gueuze qualities. Tongue scraping and stingy sourness. Acidic. Granny smiths. Delicious.

M - Nice sour finish. Nice fairly strong carbonation, medium body. Aggressive sour feeling.

O/D - This is a boss Gueuze. Pretty aggressive stuff and doesn't hold back. Lot's of sour stuff and good flavour. Nice stuff. Really drinkable and keeps you coming back.

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Photo of Rinkor16
4.42/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Opened on 4/22/13 with my older brother. 375ml bottle dated 2/17/2011.

A: Hazy golden yellow color with a solid 2 inch head that stuck around.

S: Lemon, citrus, oak and a lot of funk.

T: Very acidic up front with oak and lemon in the background. Very smooth

M: Medium bodied with the right amount of carbonation.

O: This beer is excellent... But the price tag isn't. I can understand why it is so expensive, but at $22 for a 375ml bottle, it's a little hard to justify.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml caged and corked bottle, bottle date of 2011/02/17. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a cloudy golden/orange color with a huge 3 inch off-white frothy head. The head sticks around a while, and there's also a lot of lacing. It smells like funk, wood, lemon peel, green apples, and some apricots. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some green grapes, vinegar and a bit of leather noticeable too. Also, the flavors are more tart/sour compared to the aroma. This brew just gets better the longer I drink it! Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick with a good amount of soft, zingy carbonation. It's very enjoyable and easy to drink. Good, but pricey at $21.99 a bottle.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

37.5cl bottle bottled 2/17/2011, poured into a Cantillon stemmed glass today 8/2/2013.

Cork comes out with a resounding pop. This geuze pours a clear golden copper body with a white, billowy foaminess verging on overcarbonated.. fluffy as hell. Took a minute or so to pour a full glass. Stays a thick white foam on the surface. Leaves lots of lacing all over the place. Absolutely beautiful looking geuze!

Smells like grape skin, a bit of sweet barnyard funk and a strong lemon zest.. it smells rather vinegary and acidic, as opposed to lactic which I don't get much of. As it gets warmer, the barnyard funkiness gets stronger and even better. It's a smooth smelling, balanced geuze that hits the spot.

I'm really enjoying this one. I get a tart lemony sweetness with some grape skin plus a nice mustiness and a bit of smooth funk on the back end. There is a sourness throughout that I would call acidic, vinegary rather than lactic. It's not as heavily funky as Cantillon's 100% Geuze can get, though. But the lemon zest flavour is classic Drie Fonteinen and I really enjoy that particular aspect.

The mouthfeel is a very nice aspect of this geuze. It's medium thinner bodied with a ton of carbonation that is somehow just right. It literally fizzles on the tongue.. very complex with everything coming together very well. It is easy to drink (fortunately or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it) and even easier to enjoy. The aftertaste is a sour funk that stings the heck out of my palate. It is a rather sour geuze; probably one of the most sour I've had.. and it gets even more sour as it warms up!

Overall I really enjoyed this one. It's got a ridiculously sour aspect that I really enjoy, plus 3F's classic lemony mustiness. It was worth trying at least once, even at the hefty $26 price tag. Compared to the Oude Geuze which I had a few weeks ago, this is even more sour and a bit more complex on the palate. I think this is worth picking up 1-2 bottles of if you are a sour head with some money to burn.

Re-review notes: Shawn generously cracked open a Golden Blend at our non-Lente Seasons tasting today, 12/8/2013. Poured into a Vintage taster glass, split 4 ways.

Basically, it looks and smells like it has always smelled. Its cheesier and more funky than the Seasons were, but it just seems so one-trick compared to the more complex, intense Seasons; although the carbonation is better and it retains its flavour profile much better than Winter. It's a fantastic geuze to drink on its own, but we probably did it a disservice by drinking this with the Seasons. Easily worth trying once for anybody who considers himself a sour head, and perhaps another bottle or two to age for a while, but the price tag to quantity ratio is just incredibly high.

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Photo of largadeer
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Jason.

Orange-amber colored body with a chunky four finger head, which eventually settles to a lasting crust.

A very musty, mineral, dry aroma. Mushroom and oak, grapefruit, earthiness and barnyard, a hint of spearmint. Smells quite good, leaning a bit more toward the earthy side than the standard 3F gueuze, with a strong citrus component behind it.

Grapefruit comes through more on the palate. There's a big earthy oak character that's probably coming from the 4 year lambic, but acidity is gentle and primarily lactic. It's faintly minty and herbal, mineral, citrusy on the mid-palate. The finish seems to be lacking slightly - it drops off quite a bit after the initial blast of funk, oak and acid, ending somewhat thin. Odd considering the large component of 4 year lambic. It's definitely a great beer, but I wouldn't take it over most of the 3F vintage gueuze blends or Armand 4s.

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Photo of brystmar
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opened at our big sour tasting last weekend. Gorgeous pour, plenty of head and lace, awesome aroma too. This one stood out from the others -- much more citrus than many of the others we cracked that day. Unfortunately the 375ml bottle emptied quickly leaving everybody wanting more.

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Photo of stakem
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle into a matching Drie Fonteinen stemmed glass. As other's have stated, this one opens up with excitement. A loud pop and out comes the cork seemingly effortlessly. A careful pour yields a mildly hazed golden colored brew with a rich 4 fingers of frothy white head composed of rather large bubbles. The etching on the bottom of the glass causes a disturbance that releases an endless stream of bubbles to the surface in support of the head. Some patches of lace stick to the glass as the solution evaporates in my glass.

The aroma is very rich and inviting. It needs to open up and breath a bit as straight out of the gate the release of carbonation mutes the aroma a bit. But as it breathes, it really showcases barnyard qualities, cob webs, straw/hay, leather and under all of that funk is some citrus to fruity elements. Some wet old oak barrel that is mildly musty/moist is also evident that increases in character as it gets warmer.

The taste includes some carbonic quality initially that gets in the way a bit. As it breathes and the glass is swirled, it opens up and gets significantly more enjoyable. The taste has a bit of rindy bitterness that includes some citrus notes minorly like lemon zest before driving into a flavor of old musty oak and barnyard. Some straw/hay-like grain inclusion is present and when focused on really brings out that fruity appeal about this brew. There is a lot of standard oude geuze quality going on in this except with a slightly elevated bitterness, mustiness and barnyard/hay flavoring without much acidity. I can't get over how well the flavors of this blend together in a very unique way. It is rindy almost like grapefruit and pulp but effortless transitions into bold barnyard funk and musty barrel quality with a hint of lacto and stinky cheese aftertaste.

This is a light bodied brew with an elevated level of carbonation that is very active throughout the experience. The alcohol is very well integrated and this brew finishes crisp, refreshing and super easy drinking. I would have no problems finishing a 750ml bottle of this by myself if it was made available to me. My only gripe is the bit of metallic/carbonic nature about this brew. Maybe that will fade a bit with time.. we will see if I can resist drinking the other bottles I have. If you are a fan of geuze, this is another Armand must-try.

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Photo of gford217
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml cork and caged bottle.

Pours a clear golden amber with a surprisingly big beige head that sticks around with an abundance of bubbles feeding the bottom.

Aroma is earthy grasses and barnyard funk with some lemon zest and other citrus notes. Plenty of oak and there is just a light mustiness to the whole thing.

Really earthy and musty up front with the citrus kicking in through the middle. The finish is very dry and crisp. There is also a bit of mineral character in the taste as well as oak and a light acidity.

Mouthfeel is light and very active on the palate with strong carbonation.

Another fantastic blend from Armand. Can't wait to see how this one develops. I wouldn't put it up there with Blauw or Lente, but it's still a superb sour.

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Photo of kdb150
4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a wine glass from the bottle.

A - The cork popped out forcefully with the removal of the cage, but luckily it didn't leave my hand, and didn't gush. A careful pour nevertheless yielded a massive 4-finger dense white head atop a cloudy golden-bronze beer. The head recedes slowly on this one, maintaining a centimeter or so layer on top. Effervescence remains as well. This one is a beauty.

S - Sour barnyard funk, pretty typical of a good gueuze.

T - Sour up front, moreso than the regular 3F oude gueuze. Funky throughout, while the sour gives way to a fruity, slightly malty back. This is a bit more intense than a typical gueuze, the sourness really explodes on the tongue, although the flavors backing it up come through nicely after the initial burst. Very pleasant.

M - The head retention and effervescence give this a creamy, bubbly texture that is superb, and the aftertaste is long and phenomenal. The fruity, malty notes linger for quite a while, and really make you pause between sips. The finish is very dry, inviting another delicious sip after savoring the last. Excellent.

O - Ignoring the price point, this is an outstanding gueuze. Hits all the right sour, funky notes, and delivers a different experience from a typical oude gueuze. I wouldn't recommend shelling out $20 or $30 for more than one, but it's worth trying one for the price.

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4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Golden Blend variation of Oude Geuze is, not surprisingly, golden in color. It’s definitely clear. Backlighting brightens it up a bit. Gives it a slight orange tint. Carbonation looks active and yields a white head that stands about three fingers tall. It’s slow to recede. Lacing was a bit sticky and moderate in volume. Good lookin’ stuff.

The nose is impressive. It starts out with bit of fruit – lemon, apple, and pear. It smells earthy, grainy, and a bit herbal. There’s a musky side to it, but it doesn’t smell funky. It smells a bit sour and vinegary. Oak is definitely strong in the mix. Other fruit notes of grape and light berries follow. Smells a little white wine-esque. Secondary notes of leather and light tobacco round it out. Alcohol is pretty much buried. I’m not getting any at all. Very deep and complex. Excellent.

The flavor might be even more impressive. It’s very complex and extremely tasty. A blend of fruit notes kicks it off. Lemon, lime, apple, berries, and white grapes are all noted. It’s definitely sour and vinegary. Yeah, it’s a bit mouth puckering, but it is delicious. Oak comes through loud and clear. It adds a ton of depth and character to the overall flavor. It is very earthy and musky throughout. It’s not funky though. Leather, light tobacco, and white wine notes wrap things up. Alcohol is never a factor. Finishes fruity, earthy, oaky, and dry.

The body is medium. While carbonation seems active, it’s very light and soft. There’s no questioning its Belgian origins. The feel is very silky and smooth. I could drink this all night and then some.

The Golden Blend variation of Oude Geuze is excellent beer. No doubt about it. It’s complex and delicious. This is definitely one you shouldn’t miss. If you have any appreciation for or interest in Belgian sours, find a bottle. It’s pricy, but well worth purchasing a single bottle.

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
99 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.