Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Reviews: 159
Hads: 691
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 6.01%
Wants: 162
Gots: 240 | FT: 29
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Style | ABV
Gueuze |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
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 Thehuntmaster
4.57/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle 6,0% ABV
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Lot number: 17/02/2011
Best Before: Feb 2021

Appearance: Golden blend certainly seems to be an appropriate name for this beer, as it pours a lightly hazed, but bright golden-orange. A rough pour yields a large, white head that lasts acceptably well for the style and leaves a few patches of lace on the way down.

Smell: Mmmm, I could smell the funk as soon as the cork was popped - it has been way too long since I had a good geuze. Notes include: Dusty sacks, old dry leaves, oak, periodic bursts of funky cheese, old books, earthy mushrooms, orange peel, old wood and lemon. It actually smells quite acidic.

Taste: The flavour is not quite as full as the nose, but is still top class. As expected, it is quite tart (lightly puckering) and very dry. Flavour notes include: Musty basement, dry leaves, dust, dry thatch, old wood, lemon and a touch of white grapes.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium bodied, with a super high level of carbonation. The carbonation is initially a little too much for me, however things settle down sufficiently midway through the bottle.

Overall: Another delicious geuze from Drie Fonteinen - it would seem as if Armand can do no wrong with his new releases! I wish I had bought more than this one bottle! (1,310 characters)

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! (461 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one was a part of cmrillo’s 40 Beers* @ 40 Birthday Bash! Shared by cmrillo at his own party! Gusher! Served from bottle into a Drie Fonteinen ‘3 Fountains’ gueuze glass. Poured a hazy yellow with a two finger white head that subsided to half a finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, funk, lemon rine, and citrus. The flavor was of sweet malt, funk, lemon rine, citrus, earthy funk, and subtle sour. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a great brew. This was probably one of the better brews that we had during the night. A really well balanced brew all around that wasn’t overly full of pucker power and more on the funky and citrus side which was a very nice change. An absolute must try if you call yourself a sour-head. (839 characters)

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. (540 characters)

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

Pour is a nice apricot color, fairly clear with a small head that lasts a bit. Decent lacing on the side of the glass.

Aroma is similar to the oude gueuze, but more fruity and citric, and a bit less funky. Some lemon, apple, hay, a bit of oak. Really nice.

Taste follows the aroma really well. A lot of citrus flavors, apple, and hay. Slight mineral aftertaste. Once again, excellent.

Mouthfeel is wonderful. Dry, light, decent carbonation, really superb. Very smooth.

The oude gueuze was really good, but this is just a different level. Really tasty, light, and supremely drinkable. A wonderful offering from 3 fonteinen, I can't wait to try the armand'4. (660 characters)

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. (1,247 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.03/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 17th Feb 2011, consumed 13 June 2012

Unlike some other reviews, there's no explosion when I remove the cage, just a gentle pop. The beer itself is mildly hazy, orange in color and capped with a beautiful, thick, creamy, long-lasting off-white head that leaves nice lacing. The nose is rather excellent. Woodier and chewier than your usual Drie Fonteinen gueuze, it seems closer in spirit to a Boon Oude Gueuze, and I'm guessing that's the contribution of the 4 year old lambic. Apart from that, it does have a very nice citrus/grapefruit sourness and brightness, a pronounced earthy funk with wet hay and petrichor. Quite juicy too, and swirled vigorously, there's a pungency that seems mildly solvent-like (but NOT acetone or acetic esters)

The palate opens with a pronounced woody sourness, lactic in nature with quite a bit of grapefruit brightness, sourness and bite. I would argue that the sourness is a little rough around the edges. In addition, there's a nice blend of fruity citrus, less earthy funk than on the nose, and flavors of horseblanket, wet hay, and earth. Drying, mildly bitter and a little herbal on the finish, with what is (I swear) a faint faint faint acetic character - not much, just a tinge. Moderately woody with a little vanilla as well. The sourness does seem a little harsh and unusually harsh, and the carbonation while high, doesn't seem to be particularly well integrated with the flavor profile. A good blend, though it does seem just a little disjointed. The 4 year old lambic does bring to mind Blauw, especially with its woodier aroma and flavor notes, but it just isn't as well-integrated or harmonious. Maybe some time will change that? At the price, though, it's hard to justify a detailed experiment. (1,752 characters)

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

Thanks to JAXSON for this one. Poured from a 375ml corked and caged bottle into a Cantillon tulip. Shared with schen9303.

Corked explodes out. Super carbonated 4 finger head that collapses slowly. Slightly cloudy orange goldenrod. Lacing is patchy and spotty with excellent stick. Nice.

Nose is spritzy. Lemon tartness, woody, with some mild cheesiness stuffed in the back. Sharp sourness as it warms. Solid.

Opens super sour. Lemon, hay, cobwebs, and oak. Funky and spritzy throughout with a nice cleanliness. Finishes dry and puckering with some more lemon and oak. Good complexity with a nice clean development of flavors.

Light bodied with strong carbonation. Bubbly and effervescent in the mouth and clean and dry going down. Finishes dry with a lingering, sticky aftertaste. As with almost all their geuze, near perfection!

A really solid beer that suffers a bit from its pedigree. Great flavor and complexity with an excellent mouthfeel but this one doesn't really stand out from other Drie Fonteinen offerings. Still, its excellent and very much worth aging. (1,074 characters)

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. (282 characters)

Photo of kscaldef
4.62/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Moderate cork pop, but pours with a huge white fluffy head and lot of bubble trains. Beautiful straw color.

S: Lemon, hay, and funky acidity. The classic 3F aroma is here in it's perfect form. Interesting secondary aromas, a bit of dry toast, something that reminds me of the rubber cement we used in school as kids.

T: Aggressively tart off the bat. Then apple, grapefruit, a bit of rose. A strong bitter finish balances out the acidity.

M: Highly carbonated. Finishes with moderately high astringency and very dry. Long linger.

O: Everything I love about 3F. Perhaps not as good currently as the older vintages I've had, but I'm hopeful it's heading in that direction over time. (687 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (469 characters)

Photo of oline73
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. (653 characters)

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. (733 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.92/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

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

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

Balance, flavor, bold, smooth, inviting, intriguing, exceptional, delicious. I could go on. This is on a level with Blauw. Stunning and phenomenal. Stock up on this brew while you have the chance. My highest recommendation. Ya, it's "that good". (798 characters)

Photo of birchstick
3.66/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with a nice head. Sour funkiness is in the nose. Taste is sourly sweet up front. This moves to a liquid lemony flavor, though not too sour. Ends with a bit of funk and a dry sourness. Medium body. Overall, this is a decent gueze - the special blend doesn't add a ton to it, but it's worth a shot. (317 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Drie Fonteinen gueuze tumbler. If I were a dog I wouldn't care but I'm a man so I do. This beer....is...awesome.

Beer is hazy, dark yellow, big head, decent retention, some lacing, nice steady carbonation, this beer is slightly over carbonated.

Aroma is sulfur, bright, lactic, funky, oak, citric.

Beer is light in body but full in flavor. Sulfur, earth, rubber, horse, oak, bitter tannins, very bright. The carbonic burns a little and finishes dry. I love love love this beer. More? Yes please. (510 characters)

Photo of WillCarrera
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

375 ml bottle, bottled February 17, 2011, poured into a tulip glass. Drank this alongside a December 2010 Oude Gueuze.

A- Pours a golden color with a bit of amber, big three fingers of fluffy, lively white head. Leaves some nice lacing.

S- Lots of citrus and rind, also a nice musty, hay aroma.

T- Lots of complex yeast funk flavor, hay, horse-blanket, citric flavor has lemon rind and also some crispy apple towards the end, oak wood flavor helps to blunt the acidity, the tartness on the Golden Blend seems smoother than on the regular gueuze. All around, the flavor on the Golden Blend is just fuller and more complex, a really excellent gueuze.

M- Light bodied, well-carbonated, smooth and crisp with a slightly puckering acidity, really refreshing.

O- A really great gueuze, really glad I've got another bottle of this. (830 characters)

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. (580 characters)

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

Review from notes. Consumed at a blind gueuze tasting. Thanks to ShanePB for bringing this one.

A: Pours orange with a very nice white head on top, slightly hazy body. Lots of small carbonation bubbles. A nice cap of white foam remained on top.

S: More funk than tart, kind of musty, with some underlying fruit aromas, mostly lemon.

T: Very nice flavor profile. A great combination of farmhouse/funk with some hay and some tart citrus fruits. A little less funk than on the aroma.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly dry with active carbonation.

O: Very impressed with this beer, was my second favorite in the blind tasting. Easy drinking, but cost prohibitive! (688 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From 04/14/12 notes. Had at our DC Sour Tasting.

a - Pours a very clear golden color with two inches of bright white head and moderate carbonation. A beautiful looking gueuze.

s - Smells of that classic Drie Fonteinen barnyard funk, oak, sour fruits, earthy notes.

t - Tastes of funk, lemon, sour fruits, citrus, hay, earthy notes, bready notes, spice, and Belgian yeast.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Crisp and dry, easy to drink. Great mouthfeel.

o - Overall I thought this was an amazing gueuze; another winner from Drie Fonteinen. Super funky and some nice sourness, and easy to drink. Up there with their Armand series and Oude Gueuze Vintage as some of my favorite available gueuzes. Glad I have a bottle of this and will be looking to buy more. (768 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
3.96/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a chance to try this at Jeroen's place a few weeks back. Along with the insane menu that day, this made for a wonderful sensory indulging afternoon. Thanks again for the king's treatment guys!

From a 375ml into mini flute
Note: Drunk this right after the regular Oude Gueuze, so some comparisons will be drawn.

APPEARANCE: Pours a big white head that quickly fades to a foam cap. Clear golden yellow in color with high levels of vibrant carbonation. A bubbly ring remains until the end and leaves some foamy lacing down the glass. Looks the same as the regular gueuze.

SMELL: Relatively mild on the nose. Some hay, funky aromas and some definite floral notes. Less acidity and more mild than the regular gueuze.

TASTE: Bolder flavors than the nose had advertised. Hay, funk, and some nice lemon flavors. More sourness for sure, as you’d expect with older lambic, and some oak flavors again. Bigger and lingering aftertaste is funky with oak notes and more lemon sourness than the regular gueuze. A touch of bitter floral notes linger and offer balance as well.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Light on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly sticky. A touch lighter than the regular gueuze, but still smooth with proper levels of carbonation.

OVERALL: It was certainly interesting to try the regular Oude Gueuze next to this one. The inclusion of 4 year old lambic has made it more sour in flavor, but a touch lighter in the feel. This one was quite nice and the bold and assertive flavors made it quite easy to enjoy. Would gladly drink again. Thanks again for sharing guys! (1,625 characters)

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. (899 characters)

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! (1,168 characters)

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. (1,427 characters)

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

Thanks to Alex for sharing this.

Bottled 17/2/11

Pours a white head. Fizzy. Color is a hazed golden orange.

Aroma: Very funky with old cobweb musk and wet basement. Lots of fruits. Grapes, lemons, melons, and others. Oaky. Wet horse-blanket. Very nice.

Taste: Very sour and funky. Fruity, but old. Lemon citrus, musky basement, cobweb, horseblanket, and melons. Oaky. This beer has a lot going on.

Mouthfeel: Sour and funky. Mouth puckering, but within reason. Light bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, really solid. This beer is incredibly drinkable and very complex. It is up there with the other 3F gueuzes. (645 characters)

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