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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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644 Ratings
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Ratings: 644
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 6.9%
Wants: 153
Gots: 236 | FT: 27
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen visit their website
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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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.63/5  rDev +3.1%
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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4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle poured into a flute at cellar temperature. I’ve been looking forward to this one for a while.

L – Deep gold color with an enormous, champagne-like 10-finger thick, mousse-like, white head initially. It eventually settles into a 6-finger bubbly, rocky, white head. Awesome retention and some great patchy lacing. The beer is very clear with a good amount of bubbles.

S – Definitely lots of musty, funky Brett with a touch of acidic sour apples, lemons, grapes. There are some dry, slightly earthy oak notes, as well. It doesn’t smell as sour as I thought it would, but let’s wait for the taste.

T – Well, I definitely spoke too soon. This beer is amazingly sour with apple, cherry, grape, lemon, and lime flavors. The barnyard, horse-blanket funk is still very apparent, particularly at the finish. Some woody oak and earthy, almost leathery flavors come through at the finish, too. The taste is very interesting because, while it is very sour, it is also very smooth and balanced at the same time. All I can really say is that it is extraordinarily well-blended.

F – Medium-bodied with great carbonation, a prickly and puckering mouthfeel, and a sour, funky, and dry finish. While the finish is dry, the beer has a wet feel throughout from all the saliva that my mouth is producing from the acidity. After the finish, some sour fruity flavors and some earthy, musty, and funky flavors linger nicely on the tongue and palate.

O – This is a great gueuze. Between the aroma and the flavor, the sour and funky notes are perfectly balanced. The funky notes are more prevalent in the aroma, while the vinegary, acidic, and sour notes are stronger in the taste. In my opinion, this is perfect. The wide range of complex products that are created by Brettanomyces are better suited for the aroma, while the sheer acidity and sourness of the beer can really only be appreciated in the taste. I would really like to try some more beers from Drie Fonteinen. I hear that their sours are out of control. If this one is any indication of how they are, then sign me up.

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4.24/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml caged and corked bottle. Another weird opener for this brewery - after the final twist was applied to the cage's wire, the cork just plum popped off itself, this time deftly into my waiting hand, as opposed to ricocheting off the ceiling.

This beer pours a hazy, medium golden amber hue, with three fingers of very loosely bubbly, fizzy, foamy dirty white head, which leaves a low sudsy wall of cushion lace around the glass as it evenly sinks away.

It smells rather pungently of sour lemon, over-aged white wine, under-ripe green apples, a growing musty funk, a weak bready maltiness, and a soft kiss of astringent, grainy wood. The taste is sharply acidic apple, white grape, and lemon, with an actually perceptible, combined fruity sweetness, some bomb shelter pale grain, with a certainly laid-back funk, what with it being only a tad musty and cheesy. A lingering oaky woodiness seems incapable of letting go.

The carbonation is light, and fairly frothy, the body medium-light in weight, the airy bubbles providing a bit too much distraction for straight-ahead smoothness to take hold, which is strange, given the initial edgy acidic notes. It finishes off-dry, incredibly, the tartness abating for the most part, the fruit on the rise, in a complex interplay with the grain, tame funk, and neutered wood.

Wow, what a show - almost unpalatable acetic acid to start off, and then a slow, easy conversion to a balanced fruity, zingy oak-touched pale ale, Belgian-style, that is. Very drinkable, robust, and enjoyable well beyond expectations. However, since those expectations came from the 'regular' Oude Gueuze , and the price comparison between them is double, at least, that puts me in a quandary as to recommendations - try this, I guess, at least once, for an occasion. Mine appears to be a Monday night.

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
99 out of 100 based on 644 ratings.