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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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628 Ratings
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Ratings: 628
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 6.9%
Wants: 147
Gots: 238 | 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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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

ithinkimasofa, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of kevanb
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.

kevanb, Jun 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

bark, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of gueuzegossage
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

gueuzegossage, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of DefenCorps
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.

DefenCorps, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of nmann08
5/5  rDev +11.4%

nmann08, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of auroracrisis
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

auroracrisis, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of SpeedwayJim
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.

SpeedwayJim, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

JAHMUR, Jun 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

OtisCampbell, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of brystmar
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.

brystmar, Jun 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Callmecoon, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of imperialking
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

imperialking, May 31, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

whartontallboy, May 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

CheapBeerBuzz, May 22, 2012
Photo of kscaldef
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Moderate cork pop, but pours with a huge white fluffy head and lot of bubble trains. Beautiful straw color.

S: Lemon, hay, and funky acidity. The classic 3F aroma is here in it's perfect form. Interesting secondary aromas, a bit of dry toast, something that reminds me of the rubber cement we used in school as kids.

T: Aggressively tart off the bat. Then apple, grapefruit, a bit of rose. A strong bitter finish balances out the acidity.

M: Highly carbonated. Finishes with moderately high astringency and very dry. Long linger.

O: Everything I love about 3F. Perhaps not as good currently as the older vintages I've had, but I'm hopeful it's heading in that direction over time.

kscaldef, May 22, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
4.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at bu11zeye's 10,000th rating tasting.

The beer pours a yellow color with a large white head. The aroma is full of very tart lemons, with some nice wheat and yeast notes, as well as quite a bit of barnyard funk. The flavor is also quite funky, with some nice lemon and wheat notes. There is a medium amount of tartness and some nice yeast notes. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very interesting, funky and tart beer that I am glad I got to try.

Mora2000, May 18, 2012
Photo of oline73
4.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another one that I was able to try at Sour and Bitter. Served in a stemless wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden amber color with a finger of fluffy white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Nice bland of tart and funky. Lemon juice sourness. Very light and nice.

Taste: This one is on the sweeter side. Lemon tartness and a mild funk notes. The citrus juice sourness sticks with you all through the sip.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly, aggressive carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a very light and bright gueuze. Tart and sweet. Easy to drink but not particularly smooth. I would have it again.

oline73, May 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

MaseFace, May 10, 2012
Photo of jethrodium
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle. The cork bursts open as soon as the cage is released. Pours a clear golden amber with a big white head that disappears quite quickly and leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma is lots of funk, some lemon, and quite a bit of grapefruit. There is also a light earthiness as well as a mineral note. The taste is quite tart with oak, lots of grapefruit, some lemon, a hint of green apple. It has a light sweetness to it. The finish is earthy and funky. Medium body. Medium-high carbonation, but not as high as I would have expected with how the cork came out. Another great blend from Armand. Not quite as good as the Armand'4 series, but still quite good. More grapefruit flavor than any other gueuze I've had before.

jethrodium, May 03, 2012
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this a couple weeks ago, but I opened up a bottle from my cellar tonight in a much calmer setting, to confirm it was really "that good."

The beer is orange in color with just a slight haze about it. Ample carbonation present and a gargantuan head with seemingly everlasting retention and copious lacing. I just wish yourefragile hadn't absconded with my 3F tumbler, as this would have been a perfect occasion for it. Alas...

Wow, what an aroma. World class lambic anyone? Hay, barn, grass, citrus, funk. Whoa. The citrus quality is remarkable.

Balance, flavor, bold, smooth, inviting, intriguing, exceptional, delicious. I could go on. This is on a level with Blauw. Stunning and phenomenal. Stock up on this brew while you have the chance. My highest recommendation. Ya, it's "that good".

Huhzubendah, May 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

eawolff99, May 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

monitorpop, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of acurtis
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

acurtis, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -10.9%

djrn2, Apr 29, 2012
Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
100 out of 100 based on 628 ratings.