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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: 152
Gots: 234 | FT: 29
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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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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.69/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

So for review # 1400, time to hit up Golden Blend. This bottle is of the batch released in Belgium only. Ohhh yah.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice crystal clear dark honey hue with a good one finger white head that fades to leave a thin halo and light cloud. Quite nice.

S - Smell is tons of musty grape skin, barnyard funk, strong citrus (lemon) zest, super gueuze here. Dusty basement galore. Love it.

T - OOoohh yeah. I've had this at a few fests and have been waiting to review this bad boy. TONS of musty basement, barnyard funk, grape skin, lemons, horse blanket, lots of acidity to the point of almost being chalky, quite complex drie fonteinen flavours going on, really enjoy it.

M - Yep, this is spot on for mouthfeel, cant get any better than this. Super bright carbonation, flows along the tongue nicely. Gah, perfect.

O - Overall, love this beer. So much more dusty than the standard gueuze. Sourness is spot on, love the dust...glad I have a few more bottles to age!

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.85/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

So it’s come to this: 500 reviews. In just a little over two years, I’ve been able to refine my palate, discover a passion for homebrewing, and join an awesome community of beer geeks, all while sampling some of the world’s best beers. What a ride. And to cap it off, I’m opening Drie Fonteinen’s Golden Blend geuze, a beer that I’ve always wanted to try but only just recently got my wallet to agree with me about. Cheers!

Bottled 02/17/2011, two and a half years before the date of this tasting.

A: Beautiful beer, pouring from with a translucent, copper-colored body. It’s completely inundated with carbonation: an absolute storm of bubbles soars from the bottom of the glass, lifting a soft head of off-white soap foam about two inches high before dropping it down to a retention of flawless cream. Strands of intricate, bubbly lacing decorate the glass’s interior.

S: Complex aromas meld to form a single alluring character: a woody barnyard funkiness. Cedar and rose petals are among the most prominent notes, a green, aromatic quality unlike anything I’ve experienced in a beer before; spectacular. Much of the actual funk of the nose emerges from yeasty notes of white pepper, cooked mushroom, and wet hay, with help from tart cherry and a mild acidity. Soft and elegant enough to be a perfume – I’m enthralled.

T: I’m glad I waited to do 499 reviews before this one; now I can just relish in this intricate, sophisticated palate. A striking taste of cedar wood, clove, rose water, and lemon zest is first on the tongue. It captivates you with that floral, grassy – almost herbal – flavor before a cherry and peach sweetness rushes in, adding a satisfying juiciness. Funk takes hold at the back end, drying the palate with tastes of straw, underripe blueberry, dry champagne breadiness, giving this a finish of sour-sweet lime acidity. This palate is more than a collection of flavors: there’s charm to the way it’s balanced, demonstrating with each sip that it’s something that you’ll likely never experience again.

M: Silky carbonation that’s a tad foamy, but never enough to distract from the palate. The body is reminiscent of a low-alcohol white wine, slightly oily but refreshing overall, giving this beer both substance and drinkability.

O: I keep tipping the glass up to my lips, waiting for that last drop – it has to be in there, damn it! I can’t let this beer go so easily. Everything about it is so loveable, so pristine; it’s a calculated sensory experience that comes off like a work of art. In all this was one of the best beer experiences I’ve had in a long, long time, and a perfect finish to an outstanding list of 500 beer memories. Cheers.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of MarkJBurch
4.59/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2011 I believe, uncaged the cork and it popped itself. Straw in color, haze. Strong head is quick to fizzle away but never actually leaves.

Funk, barnyard, vinous green grapes, almost a burnt sugar element in the nose.

Tart, lemongrass, acidic and somewhat sweet. Musty. Sour but not the sourest I've had. Very nice, complex.

Carbonation is spot on, assertive but not aggressive, plays with the tongue.

Worth buying a bottle or two or sure, picked up an extra that I'll hold onto for a few years. Excellent geueze, 3 Fonteinen does it best!

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of wd40
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber slightly cloudy appearance. Definitely can smell and taste the lactic acid but it is really nicely balanced so that only a slight acidity lingers on the palate. Small amount of barnyard funk in the background. Complex hint of bitterness as it warms up closer to room temperature. I'm really happy I got the chance to try this really special beer!

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of dogfishandi
4.36/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml cork and caged bottle a little above fridge temp poured into a snifter. Bottled 2011/02/17 (roughly 2 1/2 years of age)

The cork showed that it had leaked a bit before removing. Pours out with a ton of carbonation, took a few minutes to fully pour and your left with a huge billowy white cap atop a cloudy golden orange body. Tons of carbonation bubbles streaming up. After awhile your left with a super creamy retentive white head. I've never seen a lambic hold such a nice head.

Lots of tart funk. Rotted wood or rotted cork comes to mind. Old socks and horse blanket funk, more as it warms, Bright lemon citrus.

Very tart and quite sour,lemons, some lemongrass, classic 3f house flavor, like a zesty lemon, musty, hay, quite complex. Some acidity lingers. Almost minty.

Has this really nice mouthfeel that you really only get in select guezes, hard to describe. But it flows over the palate so nicely, the perfect feeling carbonation despite what the pour led me to believe. Leaves a lingering sourness on the palate similar to sucking on a lemon.

Pricey and worth it, but maybe not worth more than one or two bottles. Though its been awhile since I've had the regular oude gueze, its very similar with a bit more complexity.

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4/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: pours a clear gold with a finger and a half of dense white head that is slow to fade in a duvel tulip
S: smells of oak, sourness, funk, and some fruitiness
T: tastes of bracing tartness, some oak, fruitiness, light funk, more sourness and more funk. swallow is funk and sore throat spray numbness
M: medium body with prickly carbonation. finish is drying
O: Well rounded flavors and delightfully sour. not too overly sour either so this one is pretty enjoyable. not sure if it was worth the price of admission but a fantastic drinking experience

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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