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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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629 Ratings
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Ratings: 629
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 6.9%
Wants: 148
Gots: 239 | FT: 29
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: rvdoorn on 03-14-2012)
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Photo of sweemzander
4.7/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12.7oz corked and caged bottle poured into a stemmed glass. Major thanks and karma to Kevan for giving me this bottle!

(A)- Pours a lightly hazy copper orange color. Produced a huge bubble white head of froth that slowly dissipated.

(S)- An in your face nose of some seriously dirty and earthy lactic cheesy funk followed by an acidic yet dry spicy oak aroma. Ever so subtle lemon rind. As it warms, some subtle yeasty biscuit bits. The oak becomes more prominent too, but such a great showing of it.

(T)- A wonderful sharp acidity up front that really stays with you throughout the taste. Plenty of oak showing as well. Bits of lemon and vibrant earthy and dry funk (not as lactic as the smell was, but fairly cleaner and crisper yet still quite dry).

(M)- A lively carbonation level and a wonderful balance to it. Harmonious and dynamic in the sense of everything works together so well; the oak, acidity, etc.

(O)- Just a joy to drink and consume. Armand is easily my most favorite Gueuze blender currently and this is just further proof for me. The only aspect of this that makes me a little sad is how expensive it is (Do not get me wrong, I totally understand why it is). Just when compared to their regular Oude Gueuze, there is not a huge difference between the two, despite this being almost double the price tag. Nonetheless, a superb achievement.

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of tectactoe
4.39/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Ron for bringing this one to the tasting. This one was super carbonated - after twisting the cage off, the cork popped out on its own. Surprisingly enough, no gushing over. It pours a cloudy, dull-golden color with a white head that grows big and settles around a quarter-inch or so. No real lacing to speak of, only a little bit of wet legging.

Golden Blend has a nice pungency on the nostrils; sweet apples, lemons, and white grapes, mild funk and musk, lots of acidity and a heavy sour/tart character that is easily accessible just from smelling the beer. Some dry oak in the finish, along with some more funky and corky notes that come out more as the sourness settles a bit. I'm really digging the way this one smells - plenty of sweet and tart, juicy fruits with a perfect amount of funky yeast.

This one is super crisp and light on the palate. The heavy carbonation seemingly allows the beer to evaporate seconds after hitting your tongue. Super tart fruit up front, namely apples, white grapes, and some lemon zest. Very tart and puckering right out of the gate - even more so than the aroma would have you believe. Once the initial tart spike subsides, it's time for the funk.

Big, heavy yeast flavors join; funk, cork, wet wood. The funk was a little stronger in the aroma than on the palate, but it's still a large contributor. Near the finish, I'm picking up some light cherry tartness as well. There's a slight bitterness near the very end, perfectly dulling the tartness and creating a nice "fade-out". Aftertaste is full of oak and funk mixed with the lasting fruit sweetness.

Wow, what a great tasting gueuze. Great balance of tart, sour, and funk. Easy to drink and so ghost-like on the palate that it's scary. Many thanks again to Ron for sharing this with us.

EDIT: Enjoyed this again a few weeks later thanks to Kevin. Still just as delicious as the first one. This is definitely the type of gueuze I would seek out because at this point in time, it's still not too hard to reel in, but it tastes amazing.

EDIT #2: Have enjoyed this many more times - the flavors and aromas are usually on point and delicious, however some bottles are overly carbonation and sometimes the wispy mouth feel is a bit too sharp and distracts from the flavors. Other than that, a great beer that ever gueuze lover needs.

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Chico1985
4.48/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Decided to break down and pick this up at the...sale price. of $23/375ml. High expectations for this one. The bottle date was 2/17/11 so just over 2 years old at this point.

Pours to a tulip orange, with a bit of haze. Tons of fluffy white head upon the pour that settles to a half-finger or so, some lace left.

Intense sour, sweaty, lemony scent, with light funk for good measure. Nice strength, makes for lots of anticipation on the taste.

Taste surprisingly steps it up a bit. There is more funk than in the scent, but focuses mostly on bright, fruity, sourness. Some bready/yeasty notes there as well. Very smooth, solid, potent, big sharp flavor while remaining quite drinkable.

Full body with high carbonation, very smooth overall, too easy to sip on for a beer that should be savored.

Certainly a stand-out gueuze, probably the best I've had. An excellent balance, nothing comes across as overpowering. Might just be worth the big price tag.

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of cbutova
4.64/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev -10.9%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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