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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Reviews: 170
Hads: 865
Avg: 4.49
pDev: 6.9%
Wants: 242
Gots: 282 | FT: 37
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Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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Style | ABV
Gueuze | 7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rvdoorn on 03-14-2012

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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Reviews: 170 | Hads: 865
Photo of wd40
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber slightly cloudy appearance. Definitely can smell and taste the lactic acid but it is really nicely balanced so that only a slight acidity lingers on the palate. Small amount of barnyard funk in the background. Complex hint of bitterness as it warms up closer to room temperature. I'm really happy I got the chance to try this really special beer!

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.36/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml cork and caged bottle a little above fridge temp poured into a snifter. Bottled 2011/02/17 (roughly 2 1/2 years of age)

The cork showed that it had leaked a bit before removing. Pours out with a ton of carbonation, took a few minutes to fully pour and your left with a huge billowy white cap atop a cloudy golden orange body. Tons of carbonation bubbles streaming up. After awhile your left with a super creamy retentive white head. I've never seen a lambic hold such a nice head.

Lots of tart funk. Rotted wood or rotted cork comes to mind. Old socks and horse blanket funk, more as it warms, Bright lemon citrus.

Very tart and quite sour,lemons, some lemongrass, classic 3f house flavor, like a zesty lemon, musty, hay, quite complex. Some acidity lingers. Almost minty.

Has this really nice mouthfeel that you really only get in select guezes, hard to describe. But it flows over the palate so nicely, the perfect feeling carbonation despite what the pour led me to believe. Leaves a lingering sourness on the palate similar to sucking on a lemon.

Pricey and worth it, but maybe not worth more than one or two bottles. Though its been awhile since I've had the regular oude gueze, its very similar with a bit more complexity.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: pours a clear gold with a finger and a half of dense white head that is slow to fade in a duvel tulip
S: smells of oak, sourness, funk, and some fruitiness
T: tastes of bracing tartness, some oak, fruitiness, light funk, more sourness and more funk. swallow is funk and sore throat spray numbness
M: medium body with prickly carbonation. finish is drying
O: Well rounded flavors and delightfully sour. not too overly sour either so this one is pretty enjoyable. not sure if it was worth the price of admission but a fantastic drinking experience

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Photo of WankelEngine
4.62/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 375ml corked and caged bottle into a glass

A: Pours a hazy amber orange color. Vibrantly white head fizzes down to a relatively thick cap of foam for the style.

S: Strong notes of vinegar waft out of the glass. These are followed shortly by a lemon zest tartness and some funk. Hay and barnyard.

T: The vinegar and lemon flavor are potent but balanced. A fairly dry flavor with some wheat. Very funky with earthy, lactic flavors. Horse blanket, barnyard and wet hay. Apple vinegar. Lingering flavors or lemongrass and lactic funk.

M: High, effervescent carbonation increases the tart sensations.

O: One of my new favorite gueuzes. Incredibly tart and funky but more balanced than most in this style. The tart flavors are somehow both incredibly potent but not overwhelmingly sharp. Great flavors.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.09/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle served in my Allagash chalice. 17/02/2011 indicated on the back label. Pours a dull, semi-hazy orange hue with a rocky, two-inch, bright white head that dissipates into a frothy band around the shoulders and a dollop across the center. Copious tiny bubbles are present effervescing in solution to the underside of the cap and adhere to the walls of the glass. Nose is bright and tart with a hint of sour pit fruit, a trace of candied fruit sweetness, cork and notes of cider vinegar. Taste is not as bright as the nose and less fruit comes across. There's definitely a citric acid presence as well as cork and a salty character; however, it's not overly tart. Mouthfeel is light and lively with a bright carbonation and some astringency that lightly stimulates the salivary glands along the sides of the cheeks. Overall, a very good Gueuze. Not my favorite, but quite respectable and approachable. I'm glad I have an extra bottle in the cellar.

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Photo of yamar68
4.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2011 vintage:

Absolutely gorgeous. Golden pear colored body, like a glass of apple cider with a surprisingly full bone white head that fills the glass with ease. Waves of needlepoint beading stuff the body of the beer... perfect.

Overripe apple, white grape and plum with a mellow vinegar acidity. Pear and peach skins.

Apple cider vingar, pear, grape juice... all smothered with the funkiest of the funk. The mid palate is musty and provides a blank canvas for that tart, fruity finish.

Wonderful stuff.

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Photo of yankeepride
4.56/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Foams up quite a bit on the pour, and even after 10 minutes the bubbles keep rocketing through the glass. Has a light copper color, with only a very slight haze. Mild tartness to the smell, like too-green apples. Right out of the fridge, you get a heavy carbonation in the mouth, and the cold mutes the flavors. After a few minutes in a warm summer room, the flavors come alive. There's a tartness to it, but nothing that overpowers. It's like subtle perfection in its refreshing quality that lets you know it knows it's awesome, but doesn't have to shove it in your face.

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.64/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served at Avenue Pub in New Orleans.

Pours clear golden color with thin white head that lingers as a ring along sides of goblet.

Smell is tart apple and cherries.

Taste is sweet and tart. Acidic with slight bitterness in the finish. Lots of apple and cherry. Not overpoweringly tart.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with prickly carbonation.

Overall excellent. Pricey but worth it. Glad I had a chance to try this.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
4.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark honey transparent, with three finger head medium retention no legs

S- Citrus galore, lemon, grapefruit, then the stamped 3F funk.

T- Such a smooth gueuze. Had Armand Winter a few days ago, and this crushes it. Citrus and 3F funk.

M- Smooth with high carb. Coats the mouth with minimal wax

O- There are shops with this 10 deep around me; and I have had my fair share of gueuze and I think I want to buy them out at the expensive rate of $25/bottle. It is that good

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Photo of smakawhat
4.76/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a Drie Fonteinen stemware glass. Good nice simple pop, lots of smoke.

This is one of the most amazing beers I have ever seen. In this glass, a ROARING carbonation of fire is coming from the middle of the glass, with wonderful streaming legs of pinhead bubbles charging up the sides. The head is soapy white, never forms, but it magically re-appears with more carbonation coming to the top of the glass. Body is a booming peach glowing orange, with yellow and lemon colored hues, looks like a creamsicle Popsicle with all this color and clear see- through fast carbonation. The beer looks like it's from hell, it literally appears to be on FIRE! Amazing.

Nose has a nice floral hint, and classic earthy dry funk notes. Hints of lemon fruit sour tartness and mild acidity, some of the funk brings some classic pepper. Memorable and impressive.

Palate is just supper fun. Fruit filled mid palate full of body and super playful carbonation. Juicy apricots and fleshy rind mixing with crisp lemon dry character and funk earth. Huge flowery garden aromatic with great chewy apricot and lemon tartness. Apricot flesh rind just rips and feels dense in the mouth. This is like a super aggressive Fou Foune… sort of… sharp carbonation but nothing distractive, playful and a good malt backbone.

Stupid easy drinking, extremely memorable, I wish this bottle was bigger, a fantastic beer.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. Fades normal.

S - Sweet wheat, vanilla, oak, tart green fruits, funky barnyard yeast, some sourness, lemon zest.

T - Sweet wheat and other grainy malts, tart green fruits, oak, vanilla, barnyard funky yeasts, a bit of sourness, lemon zest.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a funk, dry, and tart finish.

D - Great complex and smooth gueuze.

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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 dry and sour. The 4 year old lambic blended into this take it to a new level of complexity.

I should have bought another bottle.

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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!

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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.

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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).

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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.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.66/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | 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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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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Photo of bluejacket74
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml caged and corked bottle, bottle date of 2011/02/17. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a cloudy golden/orange color with a huge 3 inch off-white frothy head. The head sticks around a while, and there's also a lot of lacing. It smells like funk, wood, lemon peel, green apples, and some apricots. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some green grapes, vinegar and a bit of leather noticeable too. Also, the flavors are more tart/sour compared to the aroma. This brew just gets better the longer I drink it! Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick with a good amount of soft, zingy carbonation. It's very enjoyable and easy to drink. Good, but pricey at $21.99 a bottle.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.76/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Drank from my Cantillon Geuze glass

A - Pours a slight cloudy copper golden colour with a large white head that retains very well and laces.

S - Heaps of horse blanket, wood and sour funk.

T - So smooth. Plety of balance between the Brett, Funk, Wine and Oak, and Green Grass. The finish is very impressive and sour/bitter.

M - Light to medium body with medium carbonation

O - This is an almighty Geuze. So very very well refined and balanced. No one flavour is dominant, the body is also perfect.

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Photo of tewaris
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had it side by side with A&T and the regular OG, thanks to Ryan. I think this was my favorite among some very good beers, and therefore not by a huge margin. Peachy golden with some haze... a creamy head with good retention.

Oaky, long and very lactic but not as sour as A&T. Somewhat cheesy and definitely weedy... perhaps that went in the "secret blend"? Certainly a well balanced and extremely drinkable Gueuze. Delightful.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled February 17, 2011.

Cap removed with a resounding pop. Impressive amount of foam when poured into a tulip glass. Some motile lacing runs down the glass and gets reabsorbed into the foamy cap. Hazy amber body.

Quite appealing bouquet of apples, white grapes, cheese, old wood.

On the palate, tart apples, apricot, white wine, nuts, oak. Ends clean with a nice tart finish and just a hint of bitterness and spice. This is a complex, well balanced beer, resembling a good champagne.

Light body and fizzy carbonation, very clean and refreshing mouthfeel.

This is surely one of Belgium's top gueuzes, and a real delight to drink. This beer also complements food. I had mine with a grilled cheese sandwich made with Cabot Vermont cheddar cheese aged 3 years--I should have blended in some younger cheese with the older for a more complete analogy. I have a couple more bottles that I brought back from Belgium, so the next one I hope to drink with rabbit cooked with gueuze (I'll use a lesser gueuze for cooking). It is unfortunately quite expensive stateside ($26, 375 ml, purchased at Healthy Spirits in San Francisco and imported by Shelton).

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Photo of spicelab
4.42/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage.

Barely audible pop on releasing the cork. Aggressive pour yields a finger of head that falls relatively fast to nought. Body is attractive orange amber and near crystal clear on the first pour, with prominent sediment on later pours.

Lovely bright and clean acidity, contributing zippy aromas of lemon zest, sour green apples, dried apricots, musty basement, hay, green capsicum, wet soil, and mild acetone notes. Great expression and subtlety.

Flavours emphasise the tart fruit character a little more than the funk. Swathes of sour citrus pith, bitter lime, with drier jalapeno notes building later.

Carbonation is surprisingly active on entry, spreading a pleasant tartness which is not hugely puckering, but satisfyingly so.

Without a doubt one of the classiest sours around. Complex, rewarding, and very well done.

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Photo of chanokokoro
4.87/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 375 ml bottle into a tumber branded with the distinctive "3" Drie Fonteinen logo

Pours a hazy gold with amber accents capped by a huge seafoam-like bright white head that rises over the brew. Slowly dissipating head with some lacing here and there. Light citrus notes, white wine vinegar, tart apple, pear, accents of barnyard funk, pleasant pungency and warm oak. Grass and hay, toasted oak notes, white wine, very light cheesy funk, white grapeskin, citric acid accents, and very light meyer lemon rind. Finishes with expertly balanced oak accents and the perfect level of sour and tartness. Crisp, light body, with highly effervescent champagne-like carbonation. What an incredibly balanced masterpiece, an incredible gueuze.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.1/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark straw color, two fingers of head, rapid dissipation. Mild apple skin aroma, some funk and hay, some tart fruit notes, some acidic sourness. Tastes a bit more sour than the aroma, with a tart fruit note, slight funkiness, Granny Smith apple skins, and a bit of a woody oakiness. Taste is light bodied, lightly crisp, dry.

One of the better Gueuze I've had.

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
99 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.