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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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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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5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Danny1217
4.97/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

9 euro bottle at De Kelk in Belgium. Poured into a 3F gueuze glass.
Hazy golden color, with a thin white head.The head stays for a while as it is constantly recharged with the rising carbonation bubbles.
Very complex aroma. Funk, lemon zest, lactic sourness. Brettanomyces dominate.
The complexity of the flavor is something unexpected, even for a complex style like gueuze. Tons of funk, and a perfect level of sourness. Light stone and citrus fruits, funk, wheat. Slightly sweet, but mostly sour. The 4 year old lambic blended into this take it to a new level of complexity.

I should have bought another bottle.

Photo of YogiMead726
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of dalepryor
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of justforrazors
4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 10-7-13.

A- Pours a brilliant golden color with decent clarity. Large 3 finger white head with excellent lacing and retention. Spot on for a gueuze.

S- Musty and damp earth, moldy, some cheese as well followed by lemon zest and acid that is well integrated into the nose. I am expecting this one to be screamingly sour, although the nose doesn't give it away.

T- Funky- this tastes like barnyard, rotten cheese, and moldy lemons. There really isn't a ton of acid here although it is present. The musty, dirty barnyard brett has taken over the flavor profile. Great, if you are into that kind of thing!

M- Effervescent and bright, champagne-like as it should be. Dry on the finish, but not too much.

O- A very solid gueuze that will probably get even weirder as time goes on. It is developing well. I may have to scoop up a case when I win the lottery!

Photo of IPAyForHops
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of alelover
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of pixieskid
4/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of AlexChillton
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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

pours a golden orange with about an inch of thick white head. light lacing. fairly clear with a slight haze.

heavy oak, very dominating. light sourness with faint green apple.

very oak heavy through out. loads of character from the oak. fairly sour with a balancing sweetness. a bit more green apple and maybe some light lemon. funk was a bit faint. light mineral. a bit like the standard oude gueuze with more depth.

light with perfect carbonation. flavors seemed to really pop on this.

really good. the price sucks now but i can see this being pretty epic in 5-10 years. everyone will be kicking themselves for not buying more.

Photo of pperez38
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of TotallyHosed
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of mroberts1204
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of IrishColonial
4/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of billab914
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4.69/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on February 17, 2011.

Darker than usual (for gueueze) copper color. Aroma is subtle, with citrus, oak, but also peaches coming through (which regular one does not have), and a pinch of earthy funk. Taste is orange, vanilla, peaches & cream. Not much yeastiness which 3F usually has quite a bit of. Somewhat fuller bodied than regular 3F, and less acidic, which creates a silky sensation. Really a well balanced blend.

Worth $20? Well, not as a regular drinking beer, but i would recommend sour beer fans to try it at least once, because how many fantastic sour beers are made in the world? (answer: very little).

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.

Photo of drgonzo2k2
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Buckeye982
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of POTABLE83
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

375ml C&C bottle; bottling date: 02/17/2011.

poured into tulip glass.

small pop as the cork comes out of the bottle.

Appearance: this beer is definately golden in color. Medium golden yellow bodied beer with a huge 3 fingers of white head. The head has alot of staying power and stays around for a long time, but eventually falls to a thin cap with a thick ring around the glass. Stunning!

Smell: Lemon zest, mild musty/hay funk, hint of oak.

Taste: lemon and grapefruit zest, green apple, pears, peaches, and white grapes. Moderate tartness with lemons leading the way. Hints of dusty and musty funk that balance out the tartness very well. The oak barrel just lends a little bit of character to this beer in the form of an earthy and woody note. Finishes with mild lemon notes and a perfect amount of funk. The balance of this beer is tremendous. It has fantastic complexity as well. Its tart without that over the top pucker of some sour beers.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel on this beer is phenominal! Its soft and delicate, yet slick and creamy. The carbonation level is spot on! The beer has a semi to moderately dry finish that really showcases and compliments the tartness and the funk of this beer.

Overall: This is a truly refined and sophistocated sour beer! Have a difficult time finding something that I dislike about this beer. This exceeded my expectations. I will admit that I was a bit complacient about the price tag of this beer when I purchased this bottle today, but now that I am drinking this beer I have forgot the initial "sting" of the price tag. It is in my top three sour beers I have ever drank and its without a doubt the best Geuze I have drank!

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.9/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Local Option cervoise.

Thrilled to have a second chance with this beer, as my first bottle met a particularly painful end. It pours a lightly-hazy sunset amber-gold topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose is a veritable field guide to scent-heavy apple varieties, along with some bits of grapefruit zest, white grape, honeydew, powdered sugar, and a hint of cobweb. The taste holds notes of tart grapefruit, heavy funk, chardonnay grapes, oak, and cobweb. The tartness and the funk don't play nicely together, spreading a minor din throughout my mouth where I hoped orchards and vineyards would re-enact a Fantasia episode. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, a certainly well-meaning gueuze, but one that just doesn't have the balance I generally look for, opting instead for a contentious mixture of strong funk and strong tart fruit. It's nowhere near bad, but not something I would readily reach for in the near future (especially with that audacious price tag).

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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