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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Reviews: 165
Hads: 808
Avg: 4.49
pDev: 6.9%
Wants: 224
Gots: 257 | FT: 30
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Style | ABV
Gueuze |  7.50% 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 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 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 HuskyinPDX
4.03/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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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.

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

375ml into a tulip. Bottled 2/17/2011.

A: Mellow gold with a big white head.

S: Earthy, woody sourness. Lots of oak, nice raspberry and mango sweetness underneath. Rich funk in the sourness.

T: Very fruity. Strawberry, bitter seed, blackberry skin, oak, lemon, lactic and wheat notes, ghost of vinegar. Strong but balanced tartness becomes earthy and wet as it warms.

M: Slight carbonation, a little more than light-bodied. Less carbonated than the Armand'4s.

O: Seems like a very clean blend - light, fruity, but very oaky. Well-balanced. Excellent.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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".

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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!

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