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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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590 Ratings
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Ratings: 590
Reviews: 150
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 6.9%
Wants: 140
Gots: 234 | FT: 27
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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sliks96

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

07-16-2012 17:01:52 | More by sliks96
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thagr81us

South Carolina

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

This one was a part of cmrillo’s 40 Beers* @ 40 Birthday Bash! Shared by cmrillo at his own party! Gusher! Served from bottle into a Drie Fonteinen ‘3 Fountains’ gueuze glass. Poured a hazy yellow with a two finger white head that subsided to half a finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, funk, lemon rine, and citrus. The flavor was of sweet malt, funk, lemon rine, citrus, earthy funk, and subtle sour. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a great brew. This was probably one of the better brews that we had during the night. A really well balanced brew all around that wasn’t overly full of pucker power and more on the funky and citrus side which was a very nice change. An absolute must try if you call yourself a sour-head.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 11:01:05 | More by thagr81us
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BeerThursdays

Delaware

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

07-10-2012 02:43:12 | More by BeerThursdays
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -27.6%

07-07-2012 17:41:58 | More by TurdFurgison
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AndrewK

California

4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

07-07-2012 04:19:19 | More by AndrewK
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jophish17

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

07-05-2012 22:42:14 | More by jophish17
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chrispoint

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +11.4%

07-01-2012 16:32:08 | More by chrispoint
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to locke459 for sharing this one at NoSignsOfPain's birthday bottleshare hosted by mrbubbler.

Pours a slightly murky honey orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace cling to the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some wood and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with a woody aftertaste. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp but somewhat dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a great beer that is tasty and very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 06:46:42 | More by UCLABrewN84
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ChrisPro

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

07-01-2012 05:17:11 | More by ChrisPro
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Urbancaver

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

06-29-2012 03:03:27 | More by Urbancaver
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cmrillo

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

06-29-2012 01:50:08 | More by cmrillo
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rodkin

New York

4.48/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is a nice apricot color, fairly clear with a small head that lasts a bit. Decent lacing on the side of the glass.

Aroma is similar to the oude gueuze, but more fruity and citric, and a bit less funky. Some lemon, apple, hay, a bit of oak. Really nice.

Taste follows the aroma really well. A lot of citrus flavors, apple, and hay. Slight mineral aftertaste. Once again, excellent.

Mouthfeel is wonderful. Dry, light, decent carbonation, really superb. Very smooth.

The oude gueuze was really good, but this is just a different level. Really tasty, light, and supremely drinkable. A wonderful offering from 3 fonteinen, I can't wait to try the armand'4.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 03:37:03 | More by rodkin
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ithinkimasofa

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

06-25-2012 00:38:01 | More by ithinkimasofa
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kevanb

Illinois

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

The beer pours a nice hazy orange copper color with hints of amber and apricot. A nice white head sits atop the beer, about 2 finges high, that recedes quickly but leaves a nice bit of film behind, but no lacing. The nose is a bit weaker than I anticipated but imparts some great aromas, notes of tart apples, faint citrus, funky yeast and hay, with a bit of wood at the end. The balance is great, every elements gets a chance to shine, it's just unfortunate that they aren't more powerful. The flavors jump out a bit more, much to my delight, nice funky yeast right off the bat, hay, stronger oak presence with great complimentary citrus notes. What I really like about this beer is the subtle fruit and berry notes that tickle the tongue so gently, could be apricots, strawberries or perhaps peach flesh. The body is spot on, nice and effervescent, dry and tart but the finish is so smooth, a bit more so than the original recipe.

Verdict: This is another knock out from Armand at Drie Fonteinen. I can't really say that the addition of the 4 year old lambic really took this beer to a new height, but it did come off as slightly different than the regular blend. The bottom line is, this is a fine beer that everyone should seek out and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 05:38:12 | More by kevanb
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bark

Sweden

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

06-18-2012 17:46:24 | More by bark
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gueuzegossage

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

06-16-2012 20:28:45 | More by gueuzegossage
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.03/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 17th Feb 2011, consumed 13 June 2012

Unlike some other reviews, there's no explosion when I remove the cage, just a gentle pop. The beer itself is mildly hazy, orange in color and capped with a beautiful, thick, creamy, long-lasting off-white head that leaves nice lacing. The nose is rather excellent. Woodier and chewier than your usual Drie Fonteinen gueuze, it seems closer in spirit to a Boon Oude Gueuze, and I'm guessing that's the contribution of the 4 year old lambic. Apart from that, it does have a very nice citrus/grapefruit sourness and brightness, a pronounced earthy funk with wet hay and petrichor. Quite juicy too, and swirled vigorously, there's a pungency that seems mildly solvent-like (but NOT acetone or acetic esters)

The palate opens with a pronounced woody sourness, lactic in nature with quite a bit of grapefruit brightness, sourness and bite. I would argue that the sourness is a little rough around the edges. In addition, there's a nice blend of fruity citrus, less earthy funk than on the nose, and flavors of horseblanket, wet hay, and earth. Drying, mildly bitter and a little herbal on the finish, with what is (I swear) a faint faint faint acetic character - not much, just a tinge. Moderately woody with a little vanilla as well. The sourness does seem a little harsh and unusually harsh, and the carbonation while high, doesn't seem to be particularly well integrated with the flavor profile. A good blend, though it does seem just a little disjointed. The 4 year old lambic does bring to mind Blauw, especially with its woodier aroma and flavor notes, but it just isn't as well-integrated or harmonious. Maybe some time will change that? At the price, though, it's hard to justify a detailed experiment.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 02:30:03 | More by DefenCorps
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nmann08

District of Columbia

5/5  rDev +11.4%

06-11-2012 02:53:18 | More by nmann08
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auroracrisis

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

06-09-2012 14:16:10 | More by auroracrisis
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SpeedwayJim

New York

4.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to JAXSON for this one. Poured from a 375ml corked and caged bottle into a Cantillon tulip. Shared with schen9303.

Corked explodes out. Super carbonated 4 finger head that collapses slowly. Slightly cloudy orange goldenrod. Lacing is patchy and spotty with excellent stick. Nice.

Nose is spritzy. Lemon tartness, woody, with some mild cheesiness stuffed in the back. Sharp sourness as it warms. Solid.

Opens super sour. Lemon, hay, cobwebs, and oak. Funky and spritzy throughout with a nice cleanliness. Finishes dry and puckering with some more lemon and oak. Good complexity with a nice clean development of flavors.

Light bodied with strong carbonation. Bubbly and effervescent in the mouth and clean and dry going down. Finishes dry with a lingering, sticky aftertaste. As with almost all their geuze, near perfection!

A really solid beer that suffers a bit from its pedigree. Great flavor and complexity with an excellent mouthfeel but this one doesn't really stand out from other Drie Fonteinen offerings. Still, its excellent and very much worth aging.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 00:57:04 | More by SpeedwayJim
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

06-03-2012 15:21:50 | More by JAHMUR
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OtisCampbell

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

06-02-2012 19:03:28 | More by OtisCampbell
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brystmar

Texas

4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opened at our big sour tasting last weekend. Gorgeous pour, plenty of head and lace, awesome aroma too. This one stood out from the others -- much more citrus than many of the others we cracked that day. Unfortunately the 375ml bottle emptied quickly leaving everybody wanting more.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 16:44:40 | More by brystmar
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Callmecoon

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

06-01-2012 05:50:11 | More by Callmecoon
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imperialking

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

05-31-2012 03:08:01 | More by imperialking
Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
99 out of 100 based on 590 ratings.