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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Ratings: 599
Reviews: 150
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 6.9%
Wants: 141
Gots: 234 | FT: 28
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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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drabmuh

Maryland

4.68/5  rDev +4.2%

Served in a Drie Fonteinen gueuze tumbler. If I were a dog I wouldn't care but I'm a man so I do. This beer....is...awesome.

Beer is hazy, dark yellow, big head, decent retention, some lacing, nice steady carbonation, this beer is slightly over carbonated.

Aroma is sulfur, bright, lactic, funky, oak, citric.

Beer is light in body but full in flavor. Sulfur, earth, rubber, horse, oak, bitter tannins, very bright. The carbonic burns a little and finishes dry. I love love love this beer. More? Yes please.

04-23-2012 18:28:29 | More by drabmuh
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.65/5  rDev +3.6%

375 ml bottle, bottled February 17, 2011, poured into a tulip glass. Drank this alongside a December 2010 Oude Gueuze.

A- Pours a golden color with a bit of amber, big three fingers of fluffy, lively white head. Leaves some nice lacing.

S- Lots of citrus and rind, also a nice musty, hay aroma.

T- Lots of complex yeast funk flavor, hay, horse-blanket, citric flavor has lemon rind and also some crispy apple towards the end, oak wood flavor helps to blunt the acidity, the tartness on the Golden Blend seems smoother than on the regular gueuze. All around, the flavor on the Golden Blend is just fuller and more complex, a really excellent gueuze.

M- Light bodied, well-carbonated, smooth and crisp with a slightly puckering acidity, really refreshing.

O- A really great gueuze, really glad I've got another bottle of this.

04-21-2012 23:34:07 | More by WillCarrera
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Agold

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev -1.3%

Drank this beer (2/17/11) next to a Dec 2010 regular gueuze. Pours with a big head. Slightly darker than the regular gueuze. Head leaves spots of lacing as it recedes. Aroma is very lemon rind and citrus heavy. Not as much funk as the regular but still a very nice musty hay aroma. A bit of flavor is more socks Finley than musty cobweb funky. The regular is a bit cleaner. More.of a smooth sour than the regular which is a bit sharper. A bit of oak as well. This is more complex and interesting. Mouthfeel is as it should be. Light. High carb. Extremely drinkable and refreshing.

04-21-2012 01:03:17 | More by Agold
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.48/5  rDev -0.2%

Review from notes. Consumed at a blind gueuze tasting. Thanks to ShanePB for bringing this one.

A: Pours orange with a very nice white head on top, slightly hazy body. Lots of small carbonation bubbles. A nice cap of white foam remained on top.

S: More funk than tart, kind of musty, with some underlying fruit aromas, mostly lemon.

T: Very nice flavor profile. A great combination of farmhouse/funk with some hay and some tart citrus fruits. A little less funk than on the aroma.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly dry with active carbonation.

O: Very impressed with this beer, was my second favorite in the blind tasting. Easy drinking, but cost prohibitive!

04-20-2012 20:26:08 | More by mdaschaf
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mdfb79

New York

4.63/5  rDev +3.1%

From 04/14/12 notes. Had at our DC Sour Tasting.

a - Pours a very clear golden color with two inches of bright white head and moderate carbonation. A beautiful looking gueuze.

s - Smells of that classic Drie Fonteinen barnyard funk, oak, sour fruits, earthy notes.

t - Tastes of funk, lemon, sour fruits, citrus, hay, earthy notes, bready notes, spice, and Belgian yeast.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Crisp and dry, easy to drink. Great mouthfeel.

o - Overall I thought this was an amazing gueuze; another winner from Drie Fonteinen. Super funky and some nice sourness, and easy to drink. Up there with their Armand series and Oude Gueuze Vintage as some of my favorite available gueuzes. Glad I have a bottle of this and will be looking to buy more.

04-20-2012 17:29:14 | More by mdfb79
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smurfbeer

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

04-16-2012 02:18:51 | More by smurfbeer
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DP34

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -16.5%

04-15-2012 17:08:59 | More by DP34
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punkhim

Washington

4/5  rDev -10.9%

04-10-2012 18:20:30 | More by punkhim
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Jeffo

Netherlands

4.03/5  rDev -10.2%

Had a chance to try this at Jeroen's place a few weeks back. Along with the insane menu that day, this made for a wonderful sensory indulging afternoon. Thanks again for the king's treatment guys!

From a 375ml into mini flute
Note: Drunk this right after the regular Oude Gueuze, so some comparisons will be drawn.

APPEARANCE: Pours a big white head that quickly fades to a foam cap. Clear golden yellow in color with high levels of vibrant carbonation. A bubbly ring remains until the end and leaves some foamy lacing down the glass. Looks the same as the regular gueuze.

SMELL: Relatively mild on the nose. Some hay, funky aromas and some definite floral notes. Less acidity and more mild than the regular gueuze.

TASTE: Bolder flavors than the nose had advertised. Hay, funk, and some nice lemon flavors. More sourness for sure, as you’d expect with older lambic, and some oak flavors again. Bigger and lingering aftertaste is funky with oak notes and more lemon sourness than the regular gueuze. A touch of bitter floral notes linger and offer balance as well.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Light on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly sticky. A touch lighter than the regular gueuze, but still smooth with proper levels of carbonation.

OVERALL: It was certainly interesting to try the regular Oude Gueuze next to this one. The inclusion of 4 year old lambic has made it more sour in flavor, but a touch lighter in the feel. This one was quite nice and the bold and assertive flavors made it quite easy to enjoy. Would gladly drink again. Thanks again for sharing guys!

04-05-2012 21:01:51 | More by Jeffo
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largadeer

California

4.45/5  rDev -0.9%

Thanks, Jason.

Orange-amber colored body with a chunky four finger head, which eventually settles to a lasting crust.

A very musty, mineral, dry aroma. Mushroom and oak, grapefruit, earthiness and barnyard, a hint of spearmint. Smells quite good, leaning a bit more toward the earthy side than the standard 3F gueuze, with a strong citrus component behind it.

Grapefruit comes through more on the palate. There's a big earthy oak character that's probably coming from the 4 year lambic, but acidity is gentle and primarily lactic. It's faintly minty and herbal, mineral, citrusy on the mid-palate. The finish seems to be lacking slightly - it drops off quite a bit after the initial blast of funk, oak and acid, ending somewhat thin. Odd considering the large component of 4 year lambic. It's definitely a great beer, but I wouldn't take it over most of the 3F vintage gueuze blends or Armand 4s.

04-04-2012 03:32:30 | More by largadeer
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woosterbill

Kentucky

4.58/5  rDev +2%

375ml bottle into a 3F wine-style glass. Enjoyed with friends both new (shout-out to BA warnerry!) and old at the brewery tasting room.

A: Crystal clear golden-amber body with lots of lively effervescence rising to sustain a finger of fine, soft off-white head. Some nice lace. Stunning.

S: Fairly restrained, balanced, zesty aroma of grass, lemon, flowers, and green apples. Amazingly fresh, vibrant, and appealing. I'd like more funk, but this is great, too.

T: Opens with a nice balance of malt and fruity acidity, with lemon pulp giving way to some more generic tropical citrus notes midway through. A bit of flinty earthiness gives depth, but is well in the background. Some almost sweet, juicy fruitiness toward the finish. Dry, tart aftertaste. If I hadn't just had Lente, this would probably be a 5.

M: Soft, creamy, nicely carbonated medium body. Great.

O: Considering that it has 4-year-old Lambic, this tasted rather young - but in a delicious, vibrant, zesty way. I can't wait to see what it does with more time. It's entirely different from the two Armand'4s that we drank before it (Winter and Lente), but it's definitely in the same class.

Cheers!

04-03-2012 03:15:05 | More by woosterbill
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev -2.4%

Poured into a tulip. 2011 vintage, which is given a 10 year lifespan.

4.0 A: Lots of carbonation in this. The cork started moving as soon as I started twisting the cage. It took more than a few pours to fill the glass up due to the plentiful head. Well hazed (probably from the many pours) light orange brown color. Big frothy white head. Good retention and plentiful lacing.

4.5 S: Lots of fruity funk in this. Plenty of apple with lemon backing it up. Lots of farm aromas in this - apple orchard, dry wood from a barn, hay, livestock. Mildly cheesy and minor musty notes. Not very sour smelling, but plenty of tangy lactic acid giving it the pleasant fruitiness.

4.5 T: Like the nose, this is very fruity and funky. Apple is all through this. Light lemon zestiness underneath. Super woody, but not all from the oak. More like dry, dusty planks of wood. Slightly metallic. Light, though appreciated, cheesiness. Load of lactic acid and perhaps a touch of acetic as well. Less "barny" than the nose suggested, but much more earthy. Wet grass, apple orchard, rotting wood, and must.

3.5 M: Normally I'd probably give this at least a 4.0, but I'm pretty sure the Armand'4s have spoiled just about every other gueuze's mouthfeel for me. Very active, spritzy carbonation. Good there, but missing the creaminess that the seasons gave me.

4.5 D: Very tasty, super complex gueuze. I'm more than happy that I purchased a few more.

04-01-2012 03:05:50 | More by DavoleBomb
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

4/5  rDev -10.9%

04-01-2012 01:38:59 | More by ygtbsm94
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.48/5  rDev -0.2%

Thanks to Alex for sharing this.

Bottled 17/2/11

Pours a white head. Fizzy. Color is a hazed golden orange.

Aroma: Very funky with old cobweb musk and wet basement. Lots of fruits. Grapes, lemons, melons, and others. Oaky. Wet horse-blanket. Very nice.

Taste: Very sour and funky. Fruity, but old. Lemon citrus, musky basement, cobweb, horseblanket, and melons. Oaky. This beer has a lot going on.

Mouthfeel: Sour and funky. Mouth puckering, but within reason. Light bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, really solid. This beer is incredibly drinkable and very complex. It is up there with the other 3F gueuzes.

03-31-2012 13:57:43 | More by mothman
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev -0.9%

375ml bottle into a matching Drie Fonteinen stemmed glass. As other's have stated, this one opens up with excitement. A loud pop and out comes the cork seemingly effortlessly. A careful pour yields a mildly hazed golden colored brew with a rich 4 fingers of frothy white head composed of rather large bubbles. The etching on the bottom of the glass causes a disturbance that releases an endless stream of bubbles to the surface in support of the head. Some patches of lace stick to the glass as the solution evaporates in my glass.

The aroma is very rich and inviting. It needs to open up and breath a bit as straight out of the gate the release of carbonation mutes the aroma a bit. But as it breathes, it really showcases barnyard qualities, cob webs, straw/hay, leather and under all of that funk is some citrus to fruity elements. Some wet old oak barrel that is mildly musty/moist is also evident that increases in character as it gets warmer.

The taste includes some carbonic quality initially that gets in the way a bit. As it breathes and the glass is swirled, it opens up and gets significantly more enjoyable. The taste has a bit of rindy bitterness that includes some citrus notes minorly like lemon zest before driving into a flavor of old musty oak and barnyard. Some straw/hay-like grain inclusion is present and when focused on really brings out that fruity appeal about this brew. There is a lot of standard oude geuze quality going on in this except with a slightly elevated bitterness, mustiness and barnyard/hay flavoring without much acidity. I can't get over how well the flavors of this blend together in a very unique way. It is rindy almost like grapefruit and pulp but effortless transitions into bold barnyard funk and musty barrel quality with a hint of lacto and stinky cheese aftertaste.

This is a light bodied brew with an elevated level of carbonation that is very active throughout the experience. The alcohol is very well integrated and this brew finishes crisp, refreshing and super easy drinking. I would have no problems finishing a 750ml bottle of this by myself if it was made available to me. My only gripe is the bit of metallic/carbonic nature about this brew. Maybe that will fade a bit with time.. we will see if I can resist drinking the other bottles I have. If you are a fan of geuze, this is another Armand must-try.

03-29-2012 02:42:15 | More by stakem
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MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Served in a Närke tulip at Sean's place. Removing the cage resulted in the cork nearly coming out on its own.

A - Pretty carbonated, with a big white foam that settles to a thick cap and fingers of lace - not a gusher thankfully. Hazed orange-gold body that's a a few shades darker than your standard 3F Gueuze.

S - Huge musky funk, with some nice acetic notes, stone fruits, touch of lemon, and an odd salt and mineral Play-Do note in there as well. Very intense and very impressive - better than 4.5, but not quite 5.0-worthy.

S - The taste is nearly as good, with a very enjoyable collection of stone fruits, lemons and other citrus, lactic sourness and acidity, and perhaps a touch of oak. Significantly less funky and more sour than the aroma.

M - Smooth medium body, juicy, super dry, with moderate lingering acidity. Carbonation is initially lively, but quickly sizzles away to a more enjoyable lower level.

D - A great gueuze from a master blender. Well worth the price tag, and arguably better than some of the Armand'4 series gueuzes. It'd be very easy (and expensive) to drink multiple bottles of this in an evening.

03-28-2012 04:16:31 | More by MasterSki
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.55/5  rDev +1.3%

375 mL bottle, bottled 17/02/2011, poured into a tumbler. Beware, cork pops as soon as cage is removed, but no gushing.

Pours a cloudy orange golden color with a massive foamy cream head. Head fades quickly though to a thin layer with spotty clumps of lace. As fast as the cork explodes, the aroma hits you as well; strong mineral, funk and barnyard must blending with surprising fruit sweetness. Flavor is remarkably complex, yet balanced this young. Starts with an immediate citrus rind and lemon sweetness on the front of the palate. Earthy and mineral funk quickly join mid palate with some light acidity trailing. Finish is pleasantly dry, tart, grassy and earthy. Very smooth transition from fruit and sweet to funk to earth. Soft, medium light body with effervescent carbonation and a clean finish. So, this is pretty great fresh and should develop nicely. I'd recommend buying 3 or 20 to age.

03-28-2012 01:30:45 | More by yourefragile
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HopHead84

California

4.55/5  rDev +1.3%

3/25/2012

Bottle from a very generous Tim, thanks! Holy shit these are explosive. Tim cracked a few bottles yesterday and the corks flew out as soon as the cages came off. Same thing happened with this bottle. Make sure to have a glass at hand so you don't lose any of this.

A: Hazy yellow gold with three fingers of fast fading mousse-like beige froth. Lacing is scattered.

S: Mushroom and blue cheese ride a wave of earth. Barnyard notes are substantial. Oak mingles with damp forest floor. Lemon is pronounced and I detect light apple notes with some leather. Strong earthy characteristics are accompanied by a subtle mineral note.

T: Lemon with a sharp citric acidity and a low acetic acidity. Brackish and tart, with lemon being prominent throughout. This is very earthy and there's a light mineral note. I detect a hint of grapefruit and just a little apple. Oak is faint. The tartness is mouthwatering. The beer has an upper moderate lactic sourness with a dry, tannic finish.

M: Lower medium body with high carbonation.

Overall: A really nice blend. It has a lot of depth for how young it is.

03-25-2012 23:21:22 | More by HopHead84
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spdyfire83

Ireland

4.8/5  rDev +6.9%

202nd Review
Served in a 3F Geuze glass (as it should be)
Bottled: 17/2/2011
Best before: 2/2021

A: EXPLOSIVE POP! This beer was so excited for me to try it that it couldn't help but rocket launch the cork off the top as soon as I twisted the cage far enough. So, be careful and make sure you let it sit for a bit before opening. Hazy, medium golden orange. 4+ (big, bubbly white) fingernail head, that dissipates to almost nothing fairly quickly, on soft pour.

S: Smells like a farm (in the best way possible) on a warm summer day - dry barnyard funk, cracked hay, and must. Touch of fruit, soft oak, and more funk. Open-arms inviting!

T: Lots going on here. Upfront lemon rind and citrus are combined with smooth tartness (touch of green apple) followed by immediate funk. Middle to back includes mild (fruit) sweetness right before the classic gueuze sourness. Just as the sour fades there is a touch of very distinct, robust earthiness that rounds out this masterpiece wonderfully. Bravo!

M: Medium body with loads of carbonation. Prickly on the tongue, but in such a good way. So easy to drink my glass was empty too fast.

O: All-around this beer is beautifully blended and put together! I can definitely understand, support, and appreciate the name and think/hope this will only develop into another superb gueuze as it grows older. Considering how young it is at the moment, I was very impressed. I do think it needs a bit of age before reaching its peak, but it drinks amazingly well for where it is right now. Well done (again) Armand on a beer that will fill my cellar and make me smile for many years to come!

03-24-2012 13:46:34 | More by spdyfire83
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.88/5  rDev +8.7%

Bottle from overseas. Served in a Drie Fonteinen "3" gueuze tumbler side-by-side with Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze bottled on November 18, 2010. The Golden Blend was bottled on February 17, 2011.

The cork started to pop out right after I started to release the cage. It's not a gusher, but this thing has plenty of carbonation. The pour was difficult, to say the least. Loads of foam leading to a very rocky, dense head that leaves behind a nice bit of lacing. Thin cap throughout.

The nose brings an incredible amount of funk and is reminiscent of the Armand'4 Herfst and Winter. This is what I love. There some minerality and an earthy mushroom-like character, coming close to a light bit of truffle. Some sweat and goatiness comes along after that. Some backing acidity comes through, leading into the flavor.

First impression in the flavor is sweaty horse blanket mixed with some strong earthiness. Straight from the ground here. There's some acidity and must that really longer. A bit of leather and very light oak. This is an absolutely gorgeous beer. The acidity and funk flow right into one another. Simply sublime.

The body is light, bordering on light-medium. Pod carbonation and a mild acidity. Heavy funk and earth at every turn. Spritzer-like carbonation. Everything about the body helps to deliver the maxim amount of funk.

What can I say about this? Armand has simply nailed it once again. Breathtaking. I love it.

03-22-2012 01:44:12 | More by Thorpe429
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seeswo

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev -8%

Pour is a challenge into my 3F Gueuze glass, taking several pours to empty the bottle. Pretty standard whitish gueuze head with big bubbles and an orangey-golden color. The nose is relatively funky and a bit fruity, like a hint of sour apple. A bit reserved. Taste is very similar to Oude Gueuze but with a bit more earthiness and age wrapped in. There is a bit of mineral that is slightly off, but otherwise it is a mildly funky brew. Carbonation is high with a medium body. Goes down really easily. Overall, I was really excited to try this beer. I would take Cantillon Classic/Bio over this, but it is still really good.

03-21-2012 23:37:40 | More by seeswo
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alcstradamus

Washington

4.93/5  rDev +9.8%

Be careful with the pour on this one. Lots of head rising quickly, took 3 separate pours to get it in my glass which means the yeast might end up getting mixed in (not that its necessarily a bad thing)

I could go into detail about the aroma and the flavor and name off a dozen different complexities, but let's be honest....this is just a 3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze (albeit a unique one) so most of the descriptors will carry over. So read my description of that beer if you feel the need (and if you are reading reviews for this beer, I doubt you will feel the need)

What really matters is how this compares to a standard blend and what my overall impression is. Well, I am happy to report that this is among the best couple handfuls of 3 Fonteinen I have had. Very reminiscent of 2002 Vintage if my memory serves me correctly (which it might not). Very balanced between sour and earthy characteristics and supremely easy drinking. A perfect every-day beer prohibited by price and availability. The 4 year lambic used in this blend worked wonders helping round off sharp edges that exist in certain batches.

A very worthwhile beer, and one that I will snatch up at a $20 price point once it hits the US shelves. More than $20 and I will seriously have to reconsider.

03-21-2012 22:20:39 | More by alcstradamus
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MalaMi

Poland

5/5  rDev +11.4%

03-14-2012 21:08:55 | More by MalaMi
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rvdoorn

Netherlands

4.85/5  rDev +8%

Big thanks to Fewa for shipping this one so quickly to me. Because I have an important sour tasting coming up soon, I wanted to make sure this beer is worthy to be served there and did a pre-tasting.
Look: Orange-golden color with a nice very large white-yellow head.
Smell: Sour fruits, musty, hay, and the typical barnyard funk.
Taste: Very complex and balanced. The taste is surprisingly less sour than I expected, but increases in the aftertaste. Next to the sourness, this beer is slightly fruity, has clear wooden oak tones and a nice bitterness (especially for a geuze) in the end.
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and full bodied for the style. Very smooth.
Overall: This is another magnificent winner by Armand! I start to wonder if there will ever be a day that Armand will not deliver. This man is unique and proves to time after time to be the best blender in the world! What a delicate geuze!

03-14-2012 20:38:35 | More by rvdoorn
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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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