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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Ratings: 611
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 6.9%
Wants: 146
Gots: 237 | FT: 28
Brewed by:
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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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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
Photo of MaseFace
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
Photo of eawolff99
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

eawolff99, May 01, 2012
Photo of monitorpop
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
Photo of birchstick
3.7/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with a nice head. Sour funkiness is in the nose. Taste is sourly sweet up front. This moves to a liquid lemony flavor, though not too sour. Ends with a bit of funk and a dry sourness. Medium body. Overall, this is a decent gueze - the special blend doesn't add a ton to it, but it's worth a shot.

birchstick, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of bsuedekum
4/5  rDev -10.9%

bsuedekum, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of locke459
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

locke459, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of metalgdog
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

metalgdog, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
4.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

drabmuh, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of WillCarrera
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

WillCarrera, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of Agold
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Agold, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of mdaschaf
4.48/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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!

mdaschaf, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
4.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

mdfb79, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of smurfbeer
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

smurfbeer, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of DP34
3.75/5  rDev -16.5%

DP34, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of punkhim
4/5  rDev -10.9%

punkhim, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of Jeffo
4.03/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Jeffo, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of largadeer
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

largadeer, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of woosterbill
4.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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!

woosterbill, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

DavoleBomb, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -10.9%

ygtbsm94, Apr 01, 2012
Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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