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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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637 Ratings
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Ratings: 637
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 6.9%
Wants: 151
Gots: 234 | FT: 29
Brewed by:
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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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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of woosterbill
4.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle into a 3F wine-style glass. Enjoyed with friends both new (shout-out to BA warnerry!) and old at the brewery tasting room.

A: Crystal clear golden-amber body with lots of lively effervescence rising to sustain a finger of fine, soft off-white head. Some nice lace. Stunning.

S: Fairly restrained, balanced, zesty aroma of grass, lemon, flowers, and green apples. Amazingly fresh, vibrant, and appealing. I'd like more funk, but this is great, too.

T: Opens with a nice balance of malt and fruity acidity, with lemon pulp giving way to some more generic tropical citrus notes midway through. A bit of flinty earthiness gives depth, but is well in the background. Some almost sweet, juicy fruitiness toward the finish. Dry, tart aftertaste. If I hadn't just had Lente, this would probably be a 5.

M: Soft, creamy, nicely carbonated medium body. Great.

O: Considering that it has 4-year-old Lambic, this tasted rather young - but in a delicious, vibrant, zesty way. I can't wait to see what it does with more time. It's entirely different from the two Armand'4s that we drank before it (Winter and Lente), but it's definitely in the same class.

Cheers!

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.48/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-Pours far more orange than most Gueuzes I have seen. The cork legit nearly blew the orbital bone off my face when I opened it. When it poured, the head was 90% of the yield. It died down but still was quite thick. Very clingy lacing.

S-Firstly, the aroma just wafts out of the glass like a low but determined fog. It's has its tartness but it's much different than most of the style I have tried. The sourness mixes with this huge, grassy, herbal, earthen aroma. Funky earthy-sweet somehow. Soggy, woody oak and light honey sweetness. Mushrooms. Crazy nose. Probably the most memorable aroma I have ever experienced.

T-The flavor is quite like the nose. The tartness is pleasingly ramped up. The tartness also lingers like no other beer I've tasted. Vinegar, unripe apples, hay, grass, flower stems. Pleasant oaky notes and also a bit vinous. It's a potent brew; breathing in the fumes makes you nearly cough like when breathing in spicy buffalo wings. The flavor is savory and seemingly straight from the earth.

M-Surprisingly soft carbonation. Has more body to it than most. Tartness sticks to the lips and tongue. Very dry.

I/D-Super, super, super pricey but for a special occasion why not? Easily the most complex Gueuze I have had and clearly the best, too. It's stunningly complex yet all the flavors are perfectly integrated. Like a giant, choreographed flavor parade. You pay for the quality here.

Photo of akang
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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 warnerry
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of EgadBananas
4.1/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of tom10101
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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

A: this started as a big time gusher, with the cork flying off, but it stopped gushing without more than a small amount of foam coming off the top. It pours very cloudy golden orange color after being stirred up so much by the gushing, and it has a gigantic head even with a soft pour when it came right out of the fridge.

S: sourness, orange and lemon peel, and some funk. It's impressively fruity, and the smell really alludes to the sour taste.

T: fantastic sourness that hits hard right out front. After that I get some of the lemon peel and a very small amount of malt. I can't put my finger on it, but the sourness in this beer is fantastic and not abrasive, but still decently intense. It's like the sourness from eating a raspberry without the raspberry taste.

M: smooth, but still very well carbonated with fine bubbles that donate enough spritz to the mouthfeel to keep the sourness from sticking too much.

O: excellent beer with lower drinkability than other gueuze. Good thing since I've gotten it for $20-$25 per 375 ml bottle. I'll save a couple of these and have them in a few years if the bottles don't explode.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of williamjbauer
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of cbutova
4.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Thanks a ton to Chico1985 for opening this expensive beast up. Did not see it coming last night and what a good surprise it was. Reviewed from notes.

A- Poured from the corked bottle into two tulips. Cloudy dark-golden color to this Gueuze. A puffy and creamy white head forms to about two fingers in size with nice retention for the style. It all settles to a nice ring and a big clump of mystery in the center of the beer. A few thick pillows of lace toward the top and spotty lace down the rest of the glass.

S- Packs a punch as soon as you open and pour this one. Haven't had the standard 3F Gueuze in a while or even Cantillon Classic but this instantly brings me back to those rare chances. Sour fruity blast like lemons and tart apples/grapes. Acetic acid and some cheesy funk as well.

T- With the first sip I notice how smooth this is. Everything is balanced out with a tart and almost herbal saison feel, interesting. Fruit notes coming from the bugs are apple, grape and lemon in nature and make up a big chunk of the flavor. Nice oak, vinegar and grassy barnyard hints as well. Slightly funky but more on the straight tart sour side.

MF- Foamy body overall with a great dried out, light consistency. It is airy like a cloud when being sipped but this only makes it feel even more heavenly. Moderate sourness overall.

The funky and tart aspect of this beer grows with time but it is very smooth and balanced. The complex flavor makes me cherish each sip. The price prohibits me from getting another bottle but I just may after actually trying it.

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -16.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of ADZA
4.17/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of tommyguz
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Brent
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

As expected, highly carbonated with a tight, aggressive head that required cautious and patient pouring, but worth the wait. Tingly on the tongue, with both under and overripe orchard fruit notes - green apple, ripe apricot, a touch of mango. Some reserved funkyness, but far from the barnyard some evoke - tartness rises up toward the end and the finish is amazingly bone dry.

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 cosmicevan
4.8/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of nathanmiller
4.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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.

Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
99 out of 100 based on 637 ratings.