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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: 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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4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a wine glass from the bottle.

A - The cork popped out forcefully with the removal of the cage, but luckily it didn't leave my hand, and didn't gush. A careful pour nevertheless yielded a massive 4-finger dense white head atop a cloudy golden-bronze beer. The head recedes slowly on this one, maintaining a centimeter or so layer on top. Effervescence remains as well. This one is a beauty.

S - Sour barnyard funk, pretty typical of a good gueuze.

T - Sour up front, moreso than the regular 3F oude gueuze. Funky throughout, while the sour gives way to a fruity, slightly malty back. This is a bit more intense than a typical gueuze, the sourness really explodes on the tongue, although the flavors backing it up come through nicely after the initial burst. Very pleasant.

M - The head retention and effervescence give this a creamy, bubbly texture that is superb, and the aftertaste is long and phenomenal. The fruity, malty notes linger for quite a while, and really make you pause between sips. The finish is very dry, inviting another delicious sip after savoring the last. Excellent.

O - Ignoring the price point, this is an outstanding gueuze. Hits all the right sour, funky notes, and delivers a different experience from a typical oude gueuze. I wouldn't recommend shelling out $20 or $30 for more than one, but it's worth trying one for the price.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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

As expected, highly carbonated with a tight, aggressive head that required cautious and patient pouring, but worth the wait. Tingly on the tongue, with both under and overripe orchard fruit notes - green apple, ripe apricot, a touch of mango. Some reserved funkyness, but far from the barnyard some evoke - tartness rises up toward the end and the finish is amazingly bone dry.

Photo of jmarsh123
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy orange/yellow with a massive white sticky head that sticks around for a long time leaving spots of lacing down the glass.

Funky aroma with some tart/sour notes, oak, lemon and hay.

Very tart flavor, more so than the normal 3F oude gueuze. Lemon, apple, grape and even a few white wine grape notes come through along with the typical horse blanket funkiness. Oak dries it out a bit at the back end leaving a pleasant sourness on the tongue. Fantastic complexity as I got a new flavor out of just about every sip.

Creamy body with high carbonation levels. Finishes dry and puckering.

At $26/375 it's a bit pricy, but if any beer is worth it, it is probably this one. Amazing complexity throughout the palate and a good deal more sour than the regular which is a plus in my book. I'll probably buy again although the price tag limits stocking up too much.

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of zac16125
4.42/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz bottle into a tulip
bottled on date: 2011/02/17

At $26 for a 12.7oz bottle this is officially the most expensive beer per oz that I have drank to date.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with just under 2 fingers width of bright white head, which dissipates down fairly slowly to leave a thick film that hangs around for the majority of the drink but leaves no lacing. Lots of carbonation bubbles can be seen racing to the top of the glass.

S: Wonderful sour/tart, oak, and fruity sweet aromas explode out of the glass. Tangerine citrus, sweet white and red grapes, hints of cracked white pepper and estery- banana. So complex, with a great interplay between the sweetness, sourness, and oak.

T: Tart, with a sour character that is somewhat puckering, lemony acidic, vinous with white grape notes, some peppery spice and banana on the finish. Oak lingers forever in the aftertaste, some mild wet hay characters but otherwise very little funk, a bitterness component hits the palate every once in a while, as does a champagne-esque flavor. Just so much complexity here, very well done.

M/D: Heavy carbonation, fuller body than most of the style, but works well with the high carbonation. Has an almost chewy component, and is very quick drying. Puckering sourness at times. Drinkability is great, I had to make a conscious effort multiple times throughout the drink to slow down and enjoy it.

O: Overall, what a great beer. Much better than the regular 3F Oude Geuze, with a better sourness, more complexity, and just generally stronger flavors. I would love to drink this beer again, but unfortunately the ungodly price tag will make this a rare treat. Really nice beer, but I don't think its worth $26 for a 375mL but then again I cant imagine thinking any beer could live up to that price. Bottom line is, if you can afford it, go get it.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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

A: this started as a big time gusher, with the cork flying off, but it stopped gushing without more than a small amount of foam coming off the top. It pours very cloudy golden orange color after being stirred up so much by the gushing, and it has a gigantic head even with a soft pour when it came right out of the fridge.

S: sourness, orange and lemon peel, and some funk. It's impressively fruity, and the smell really alludes to the sour taste.

T: fantastic sourness that hits hard right out front. After that I get some of the lemon peel and a very small amount of malt. I can't put my finger on it, but the sourness in this beer is fantastic and not abrasive, but still decently intense. It's like the sourness from eating a raspberry without the raspberry taste.

M: smooth, but still very well carbonated with fine bubbles that donate enough spritz to the mouthfeel to keep the sourness from sticking too much.

O: excellent beer with lower drinkability than other gueuze. Good thing since I've gotten it for $20-$25 per 375 ml bottle. I'll save a couple of these and have them in a few years if the bottles don't explode.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of tarheels86
3.92/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375mL thanks to ygtbsm94. Pours hazy, deep orange. Thick, white head. Rich, super dense Valencia orange nose, thick and juicy. My lord. Taste is tangy, very musty, huge attic, huge molded white grapefruit. Quite aggressively sour. Rich and powerful. Great stuff. Heavier carbonation. Would love to see how this progresses. Have a good number saved. 9/4/7/4/15=3.9

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4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date: 2/17/2011. Consumed on 11/16/2012
A: Hazy orange body with two finger white head. Good amount of lacing. Looks delicious.

S: Sour yeast, sweetness, oak, citrous, some barnyard funk.

T: Taste follows the nose, but it's not as sweet as expected. Also, it's not as sour or puckering as I expected. It's quite bready, you really get the oak/woody-ness. Sourness and the citrus (lemon) kick in again towards the middle and the finish. Very nice, although for some reason, I originallyl thought this beer would be more sour and mouth-puckering. Some reviewers below mention that this beer is tart, but I am not sure if I agree. It's for sure acidic, but it's more of acidic sourness than tartness, imo.

M: High carbonation, medium body, dry finish.

O: Glad I got to try this. Surprisingly easy to drink and refreshing.

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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