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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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610 Ratings
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Ratings: 610
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 6.9%
Wants: 146
Gots: 237 | 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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Photo of DaSolomon
4.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What an amazing Gueuze by Drie Fonteinen, Armand really out did himself with this blend. An amazing crisp taste to it from the second the cork pops off till the last drop in your glass. Appearance is a deep golden yellow that captivates the viewer with bewilderment as it has the appearance of an elixir. The smell wakes up the nose with citrus notes with lemon and beyond. The taste bring additional citrus notes along with tart and sour notes of a gueuze all perfectly working together to create one hell of a brew. After the bottle was consumed, I thought back on what beer could top this in my list, and nothing could hold up to this. Seek this brew out as it is one of the best out there. Next time I would like to try it side by side with 3F normal Oude Gueuze.

DaSolomon, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Texasfan549, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of jsm1289
4.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

wow! as someone who has recently entered the world of sours, I must say this one is the champion for me. I have had almost all of the russian river contributions to the style as well as a host of other cantillon and readily available guezes/flemish beers. This might just be the best. tart, sour but not overly so, with a delicate little sweetness that bounces up and down like a child on a trampoline, diving back and forth across the palate in just a gentle and playful way. It has a certain zest and refreshing quality that I find to be unbelievable, with a complexity that to me is far and beyond traditional guezes. american wild ales certainly compete in terms of complexity but this just takes the cake. Wonderful mouth feel, the 4th year lambic certainly did a wonder to this brew and it more than justifies the price tag.

edit: while I still love the golden blend and I am staying true to my review, isabelle proximus, oude gueze 08 vintage and armand4' zomer all are better than this in my opinion. however, this one is not that difficult to acquire and should be consumed first before ascending the sour chain of command , if you are even lucky enough to get there.

jsm1289, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of Gosox8787
4.73/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 375 mL bottle poured into a Portsmouth Brewery tulip glass. Chilled just a touch before opening. 2012 vintage, bottled on Feb. 17th. After a couple of twists of the caged, the cork shot off with just a small bit gushing out.

Appearance: Deep orange in color and clear throughout. Pours a fizzy, sticky white head that sticks nicely to the glass and recedes to a lacing around the edge.

Aroma: Lots of oak upfront. Some lemon rind and green apple skin as well. Loads of funk, horse blanket and earthy tones. Really interesting and well balanced. The four year old lambic adds a really interesting dimension.

Taste: Bright sour lemon notes and green apple really stands out upfront. The tart notes are much stronger than the aroma suggest. Lots of barnyard funk notes as well. Some oak notes weave in and out as well.Some slight cheese character as well. Very balanced and interesting. Bright yet complex.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and fully carbonated. Perfect and refreshing.

Overall, a really exceptional gueuze that delivers on the high price tag. The blend Armand has here is really interesting, complex and easy to drink. The four year lambic definitely gives an added element in terms of more funk and oak present. I am really enjoying this.

Gosox8787, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

kjkinsey, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of ncaudle
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

ncaudle, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of HopsMatt
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

HopsMatt, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of davey101
4.85/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 2011/02/17. 375 ml bottle into a tulip glass. As soon as I started to unscrew the cage I felt the cork lift up. After some wrangling around with a towel I removed it safely.

A - Clear dark amber body. Tons of off white foam after the initial pour, settles down into a neat one finger high head with some large bubbles. Lots of rising carbonation. Great lacing and retention. I rarely give out 5's on appearance, but it just looks damn perfect.

S - Balance is the one word that comes to mind. Earthy brett funk, lemon rind, sour green apples, rubber bands, and oak barrel. Its all very intense and concentrated, but its just so well integrated.

T - More of that great balance. Earthy funk, cheese, vinegar, oak, sour lemons, and some light vanilla tannins. Incredibly complex and layered. This gueuze is beyond delicious. The finish is dry and abrupt with only a lingering lactic presence. Mouth feel is spritzy and well carbonated.

O - Armand can blend some of the best gueuzes out there, and this one ranks right up there. I haven't had the opportunity to try the season beers, but the standard oude gueuze is my favorite beer and this totally beats it. That fourth year is a beautiful thing which makes the $30 hit seem worth it.

davey101, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of maddogg
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

maddogg, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of illidurit
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared at Sante Adairius. Opens with a substantial "pop" but no gushing as in other reviews. Pours a yellow-gold color with a nice white head. Really lovely aroma, oranges and grapefruits and light floral notes, chlorine and basement. Lactic sourness, citrus rind, dust, grass, wet wood. Really sublime in its balance. Great blend.

illidurit, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of JustinQ
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

JustinQ, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of ehammond1
4.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, Thorpe429!

Careful all, this cork is ready to explode out of the bottle once the cage has been undone.

Cloudy orange and light amber with a huge bone-white, moonscape head that makes pouring this beer somewhat of a challenge. Eventually, when the head has settled down, a nice off-white rin sits atop the beer all the way down, eventually leaving irregular lines of lace down the glass. A gorgeous beer, and perfectly appropriate.

A very expressive, funk-forward aroma: this has a good amount of old/wet towel notes, with big notes of barnyard and manure, earthy cheese, mushrooms, along with some bright lemon citrus, and an acidic sour character. On paper, that sounds awful (or not), but it smells amazing.

The flavor is simply stupendous, with the incredibly funk/barnyard/earth/cheese notes bumping up aggressively against layers of lemon flesh and peel, sour character, brick, and basement. Complete; flawless.

The mouthfeel shines. It's as good of a mouthfeel as any gueuze I've had the pleasure of drinking. Light in body, with high carbonation, though disappearing, but flavorful throughout.

This ranks with the Armand'4 beers has some of my favorites ever crafted.

ehammond1, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of mungus
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

mungus, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of mattsander
4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Huge pressure shoots the cork straight into the air as soon as I loosened the cork. Pale copper in color, medium clarity, gigantic dense white head and cascading miniscule bubbles. Beautiful beer as usual from Drie Fonteinen.

S: Very unique smell for a gueuze. Huge earthy mushroom notes, wet wood, wool, herbal, soapy, very deep. What sets this apart from other gueuze is the distinct lack of lemony acidity.

T: The best word I can think of to describe this beer is 'refined'. It lacks the sharp acidity I generally associate with gueuze, especially those from Cantillon. Layer upon layer of earthy/herbal/damp brett character wrapped in a soft but tenacious lactic twang. It has a certain sweetness on the palate with a long barrely finish. Very unique, awesome.

M: Titanic carbonation and very soft mouthfeel. Extremely refreshing.

This is probably the most expensive bottle of beer per milliliter I've ever had. $20 for 330ml is pretty ridiculous but this is a very delicious and unique beer.

mattsander, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of mhenson42
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

mhenson42, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of SalMineo
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Incredible Geuze Armand really hit the nail on the head with this beer.

Pour-Opening the bottle you get that huge champagne pop sound without of the overflow of that expensive goodness. It comes out with a golden look to it and a medium size foam head on it. You hear that carbonation working away.

Smell-Typical great geuze smell of citrus, lemon, barnyard funk and spices as well sweaty socks. The aroma is just incredible.

Taste-The best part you instantly get that smooth flavor of lemon and citrus with a little bit of spice to it. It's followed by kick in the ass sour tartness that I love. The 4th year really adds to that sour tartness note which is great.

Mouthfeel-Has a crisp light taste on the mouth much like nice champagne.

Incredible beer I just wish it wasn't so goddamn expensive.

SalMineo, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of AdamP
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

AdamP, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of brez8791
3.5/5  rDev -22%

brez8791, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of PEIhop
5/5  rDev +11.4%

PEIhop, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of heddar33
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

heddar33, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of ASUBeer
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

ASUBeer, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -10.9%

t0rin0, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of ADZA
4.2/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its a delight to finally see this brewery here and with a mighty pop of the caged cork it gushes out to leave a bubbly three finger head and a rim of lacing,the smell is sweaty socks,lemon sherbet,weeds,bubblegum and freshly cut grass,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy which coats the whole mouth with tastes of granny smith apples,lemon zest,sherbet,barnhouse funk and finished with a green apple grassy zestiness and overall what a drop and i really like this one something id buy again,perfect for a summers day cheers.

ADZA, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of KevSal
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

KevSal, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of Miamilice
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Miamilice, Aug 30, 2012
Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
99 out of 100 based on 610 ratings.