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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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99
world-class

612 Ratings
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Ratings: 612
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 6.9%
Wants: 145
Gots: 236 | FT: 28
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen visit their website
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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Beeradelphia, Nov 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Mister_Joshy, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of Pinknuggets
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle (2011/02/17) to lawson's sniffer (my first sour thought I'd kick it off with a bang)

A: huge tan head (2in) that lingers for a long time and only goes down slightly. Its a nice golden amber color that reminds me of an IPA which is interesting to me but looks good to me

S: Its got a skunky bottom of the barrel funky aroma that would be off putting if it wasn't to style from what I know this is a good thing.

T: Its got a white wine like taste upfront but that mixes into an almost over powering funky taste that is most definitely sour but more like sour grapes that then anything else I can describe. The finish is kind of weird but it definitely has that funk to that I have been hearing so much about and a continuous of that same wine like taste. Seems pretty to style to me

M: It has a Champaign like carbonation but a Chard wine like feel and constancy, distpite all this its pretty drinkable and the carbonation balances out the funky flavors well

O: Okay so I definitely like sours there is a whole lot of tastes I usually don't like but together I like it a lot I feel like I am definitely going to have to come back once I know more about the style, but its quite the pricy rarity to try again so Im glad it was good the first time. 4

Pinknuggets, Nov 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

danwho, Nov 12, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

funkyaudio, Nov 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

BeerHunter76, Nov 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

muskiesman, Nov 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -10.9%

oldp0rt, Nov 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

phingdong, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of spoony
4.8/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 375 bottle (code: 2011-2-17) into a tulip.

Note-I should have read the reviews prior to opening, because I nearly lost an eye opening this thing. As soon as I loosed the cage, the cork shot out and the beer produced a mild gush of foam.

A-Crazy amounts of light tan foam that hung around for a bit in the glass. The beer itself is a golden color with orange hues. A bit cloudy on the pour with a few streams of carbonation to be seen.

S-Lactic (but not overly so), tart, and delicious. You get some oak and a lightly vinous smell to go along with the wet hay and light funkiness. There is a nice green apple component as well. Very concentrated and complex.

T-Also concentrated and complex, and with flavors similar to the smell. Finer and more delicate in flavor than some gueze, but with an amazing balance of lactic tartness, funkiness (wet hay and barnyard), bright fruit (green apples and tart, white grapes), and some bread/dough to carry it all.

M-The beer is medium bodied with a pretty chunk carbonation. The finish is drying and very, very long lasting.

O-If smell and taste were all I could rank, this beer would be near the tope of my list. The smell and taste are simply amazing in terms of concentration and complexity of flavors. The finish just goes on and on, like a great champagne. Alas, I did not find the beer to be particularly attractive and the mouthfeel was a little heavy to garner a perfect score. Is this thing worth 24 bucks? Probably not, but will I buy it again? Probably so.

spoony, Nov 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -10.9%

vrbulldog22, Nov 10, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle from Etre Gourmet
Bottled on 2011
Poured into a Drie Fonteinen gueuze glass

Cork pops out of bottle immediately after removing metal cage and some gushing happens: be careful with this one.

Sampled side-by-side with a 2010 Drie Fonteinen Oude Gueuze.

Slightly more intense with tartness, sweetness, oakiness, and richness of flavors than the "typical" Drie Fonteinen gueuze, Golden Blend is a smooth and refined gueuze that is one of the pinnacles of the style. If the aroma was slightly more expressive, this could be near-perfect for me.

Looks virtually identical to its Oude Gueuze counterpart, perhaps a tad darker in color. Pours a fairly massive, tall head with fairly good retention of a few minutes. Head is off-white, eggshell, composed of large and medium-sized bubbles. As it descends, it leaves some streaks of lacing, with larger blotches near the body. Body is a golden yellow with a subtle orange tint, transparent if you don't add the yeast (cloudy otherwise). Nice, big bubbles of carbonation stream from the bottom of the glass to support the head.

Aroma is surprisingly sweet with oak undertones, some tangible tropical scents (pineapple) waft up, and there is some minor-key white pepper. This is substantially smoother, sweeter, and fruitier than the funkier, harsher Oude Gueuze. If you're looking for that compositing hay and organic matter scent in your gueuze, do not go for the Golden Blend.

Slightly more robust flavors overall, and smoother, with greater emphasis on wild yeast metabolites and pineapple-based tropical fruit: delicious, a definitely more "refined" version of their gueuze. Opens with meyer lemon like tartness, smooth wheat and pale malt base sweetness, and a bit of mixed tropical fruit flavor (pineapple, mango). Mid-palate of strong, fresh pineapple, white pepper, oak, with acidic and tart lemon juice. Back of palate is acidic and tart, with clear lemon juice and apple cider vinegar tones. Lingering aftertaste of subtle pale malts with lightly acidic tartness.

Beer is medium-bodied, with medium to medium-low levels of carbonation. The result is a smooth, crisp beer from the acidity, where the carbonation does not get in the way. Finishes very dry, as expected from the style.

falloutsnow, Nov 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -16.5%

safaricook, Nov 06, 2012
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4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375mL bottle poured into tulip - thanks rob

Pours a lightly hazed golden straw color with a thin layering of white head resting on top. Fades into a collar of retained film, leaving some spotty lacing on the glass.

Incredible nose jam-packed with heavy funk and bright, effervescent tartness. Grass, hay and funky yeast punctuated by green apple and lemon peel. I could literally sit and smell this beer for an hour - it took me nearly 5 minutes just to take a sip.

Bright acidic tartness hits the tongue immediately with lemon peel and green apple. Formidable funkiness with yeast, hay and barnyard. Straw and grass with continuing sourness throughout the whole profile. Dry and bubbly on the tongue, finishing with strong, lingering sour flavor.

Medium body, well carbonated, dry and lasting on the tongue. This really takes the typical 3F Oude Gueuze (which is already a great beer) to a new level, adding depth of flavor driven by a phenomenal nose.

xnicknj, Nov 06, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

tbeq00, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to JealousChalice for this one

Look. Pours a golden yellowish orange color with a 1/2 inch fluffy head and exceptional retention. The beers is highly carbonated and the cork actual hit my ceiling when opened

Smell. Upfront is a lactic sourness followed up by some lemon, hay, and oak

Taste: upfront is some lemon tartness backed up by some toasted oak wet grass and some more sour citrus

Mouthfeel. Light in body and ample carbonation and a puckering sourness

Overall. I enjoyed with one quite a bit and actually purchased a few for myself. Highly recommended.

DarthKostrizer, Nov 04, 2012
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4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1600th Review on BA
Bottle to Pinot Glass
375ml

Lot Number: 02/17/11
Purchased from City Beer Store in SF for 22.99
The cork & cage shot out like a cannon!!!! Be warned

App- When the foam settled on this one it was more of a dark and ruddy orange with a bit of highlighted yellows around the edges. The orange stuck out a lot and the center was a good bit of a thicker look to it. The edges were a bit lighter and then left a nice bit of cling.

Smell- Well it was a gueuze. It had the oak mixed in. It was pretty much what I thought it would be, but just a bit thicker. A bit malty for me with a good matching amount of grass and barn aromas.

Taste- This was a very good beer. I wish I couldve went 5 but it was a bit too thick for me against the style. It was not Lente but it was damn close. The dryness of the style matched against the earthy herbalness created a great depth of flavor and left me wanthing more. I am a litle sad this wasnt a 750, but I think the $$ wouldve driven me away from it.

Mouth- For a gueuze it is a bit thick but this is a nice medium body with a fulll medium carbonation. The residual flavors are of earthy grass with a good amount of barnyard funk and a bit of oak behind it.

Drink- I really enjoyed this beer. It had so much layering and so much great depth of flavor behind it. The dryness paired with the earthy barnyard just made this really tasty. Served at cellar temp I fear it was a bit too warm. Next time a bit colder.

FosterJM, Nov 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

funkel81, Nov 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

nathanjohnson, Nov 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

chippo33, Nov 02, 2012
Photo of mahak213
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Golden and hazy, with a 2 finger bright white head. Nice lacing on the glass.

Smell- Lactic sourness is behind lots of lemon, grass, mustiness and barnyard funk qualities. Good stuff.

Taste- Way more sour punch than I was expecting. Very dry finish as well, leaves you wanting another sip right away. Big lemony tartness and a bit of oak are in there as well.

Mouthfeel- lively carbonation and light body, nice and refreshing

Overall- An excellent beer, but I'm not sure if it's worth the price tag. I can't fault it for anything really, but I just don't think it is worth breaking the bank over. There are plenty of other great guezes out there that are very good and cost much less than this one. That said, if you have the means to stock up on this stuff, I'd go ahead and do that. I'm looking forward to trying my second bottle a few years down the road.

mahak213, Oct 31, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

freewill35, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of DovaliHops
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, golden orange color with a medium white head that goes down slowly. Scent is oh so funky...which is expected from a 3F beer. Not nearly as funky as some of the Krieks I've had from them, but more of a pleasant, non-stinky sock type funk. More barnyard and hay than anything. Great funky with some acidic aromas. Also get some peach and apricot in the nose, maybe a bit of grass as well. What a great-smelling beer. Taste is just as good. Great funky/sour flavors with some grass and hay. Some stone fruit flavors, but very subdued. This beer is sour, but not as sour as I was expecting. Maybe even a little less sour than the regular Gueuze from 3F. Not too acidic, and quite dry on the finish. A very well-crafted gueuze IMO. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, puckering, and dry. Drinkability is VERY high...could sip on this all day. Overall, this is a fantastic beer, but not sure if it's worth the price tag. It needs to make the normal offering from 3F feel shameful in order to charge double for this one, and it does not. I am just as happy with the Kriek and Gueuze. Glad I got to try it though.

DovaliHops, Oct 29, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

clayton8625, Oct 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

ObeMaltKinobee, Oct 28, 2012
Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
99 out of 100 based on 612 ratings.