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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Reviews: 165
Hads: 800
Avg: 4.49
pDev: 14.7%
Wants: 225
Gots: 258 | FT: 29
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Style | ABV
Gueuze |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rvdoorn on 03-14-2012

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.
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Photo of Jonada
4.62/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The golden blend is just that; it's dark golden in color. Poured with about 3 fingers of an off white head that dissipated quickly leaving a thin coating that stuck around through the whole glass. Almost no lacing

Smell: Lemon, funky, musty, white grape, green apples. Funk becomes more present as it warms. This beer smells really sour.

Taste: Intensely tart and acidic at the front of the tongue, almost mouth puckeringly sour. Middle of the mouth is more lemon, white wine grapes, and funk. Finish has notes of oak and funk.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is high. Finish is dry with a lingering sourness.

Overall: One of the best gueuze lambics I've ever had. Noticeably more sour than the normal 3F Geuze. The price tag prevents this from being a more regular purchase, but definitely worth picking up a bottle or two for special occasions.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle: Poured a hazy golden color lambic with a large foamy head with great retention and some excellent lacing. Aroma of light funk with some tart green apple notes. Taste is a complex and refreshing at the same time mix between some funk and green apple notes with light tart finish. Acidity level if so well balanced. Body is quite full with super great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed and super enjoyable and also somewhat reminiscent of Girardin gueuze. .

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

375ml bottle $24.99 (whoa). Poured this into a Drie Fonteinen geuze tumbler and it took forever. Not only did the cork almost rocket out but the head was unstoppable and even with a slow pour took forever, probably because I refuse to allow any of the sediment into my glass. Now I am going to jump ahead and say that this is a fantastic geuze overall but I probably won't buy any more unless I can slip it into an overseas order. Its great its just not light years ahead of the regular oude geuze. The appearance was beautiful, thick orange, milkshake fluffy head, perfect glassware. The aroma is pretty great, quintessential geuze, wheat, sour orange slices, maybe the slightest bit of oak, honey. Flavor is pretty fucking good, very round and mildly fatty, does not make me pucker at all. Grass, pepper, very tame lemon flavor, this is pretty exquisite. As I move through the glass I can admit that yes, this is better than the normal 3F geuze in the same way that the Oude Geuze Vintage and Armand 4 series are better. Masterful stuff. Beautiful geuze.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

375ml bottle served in a Kriek Flute glass.

Corked bottle from 2011. Valid until 2021.

A: Pours a nice orange clear color forming a huge white to yellow head. Very bubbled. Excellent retention and tons of lacings left in the glass. Body is very carbonated and you can see a lot of bubbled popping from the bottom of the glass

S: Lambic like in the nose. VERY fruity and tart. Notes of apples, white grapes and pears. Sweet grains, Lambic yeasts, a little bit metallic. Light notes of wood

T: Absolutely great. Amazingly Geuze. Very well balanced sweetness/sourness. More acid than the traditional gueuze. Upfront is slightly sweet and grainy but very fruity with notes of apples and white grapes. Vinegar. Bit metallic. End is intense Lambic yeasts

M: Light body, high carbonation. Such a pleasure. Sour and vinegar aftertaste

O: Excellent drinkability. Perfect Geuze!

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Photo of prototypic
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Golden Blend variation of Oude Geuze is, not surprisingly, golden in color. It’s definitely clear. Backlighting brightens it up a bit. Gives it a slight orange tint. Carbonation looks active and yields a white head that stands about three fingers tall. It’s slow to recede. Lacing was a bit sticky and moderate in volume. Good lookin’ stuff.

The nose is impressive. It starts out with bit of fruit – lemon, apple, and pear. It smells earthy, grainy, and a bit herbal. There’s a musky side to it, but it doesn’t smell funky. It smells a bit sour and vinegary. Oak is definitely strong in the mix. Other fruit notes of grape and light berries follow. Smells a little white wine-esque. Secondary notes of leather and light tobacco round it out. Alcohol is pretty much buried. I’m not getting any at all. Very deep and complex. Excellent.

The flavor might be even more impressive. It’s very complex and extremely tasty. A blend of fruit notes kicks it off. Lemon, lime, apple, berries, and white grapes are all noted. It’s definitely sour and vinegary. Yeah, it’s a bit mouth puckering, but it is delicious. Oak comes through loud and clear. It adds a ton of depth and character to the overall flavor. It is very earthy and musky throughout. It’s not funky though. Leather, light tobacco, and white wine notes wrap things up. Alcohol is never a factor. Finishes fruity, earthy, oaky, and dry.

The body is medium. While carbonation seems active, it’s very light and soft. There’s no questioning its Belgian origins. The feel is very silky and smooth. I could drink this all night and then some.

The Golden Blend variation of Oude Geuze is excellent beer. No doubt about it. It’s complex and delicious. This is definitely one you shouldn’t miss. If you have any appreciation for or interest in Belgian sours, find a bottle. It’s pricy, but well worth purchasing a single bottle.

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Photo of kdb150
4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a wine glass from the bottle.

A - The cork popped out forcefully with the removal of the cage, but luckily it didn't leave my hand, and didn't gush. A careful pour nevertheless yielded a massive 4-finger dense white head atop a cloudy golden-bronze beer. The head recedes slowly on this one, maintaining a centimeter or so layer on top. Effervescence remains as well. This one is a beauty.

S - Sour barnyard funk, pretty typical of a good gueuze.

T - Sour up front, moreso than the regular 3F oude gueuze. Funky throughout, while the sour gives way to a fruity, slightly malty back. This is a bit more intense than a typical gueuze, the sourness really explodes on the tongue, although the flavors backing it up come through nicely after the initial burst. Very pleasant.

M - The head retention and effervescence give this a creamy, bubbly texture that is superb, and the aftertaste is long and phenomenal. The fruity, malty notes linger for quite a while, and really make you pause between sips. The finish is very dry, inviting another delicious sip after savoring the last. Excellent.

O - Ignoring the price point, this is an outstanding gueuze. Hits all the right sour, funky notes, and delivers a different experience from a typical oude gueuze. I wouldn't recommend shelling out $20 or $30 for more than one, but it's worth trying one for the price.

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Photo of Brent
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

As expected, highly carbonated with a tight, aggressive head that required cautious and patient pouring, but worth the wait. Tingly on the tongue, with both under and overripe orchard fruit notes - green apple, ripe apricot, a touch of mango. Some reserved funkyness, but far from the barnyard some evoke - tartness rises up toward the end and the finish is amazingly bone dry.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy orange/yellow with a massive white sticky head that sticks around for a long time leaving spots of lacing down the glass.

Funky aroma with some tart/sour notes, oak, lemon and hay.

Very tart flavor, more so than the normal 3F oude gueuze. Lemon, apple, grape and even a few white wine grape notes come through along with the typical horse blanket funkiness. Oak dries it out a bit at the back end leaving a pleasant sourness on the tongue. Fantastic complexity as I got a new flavor out of just about every sip.

Creamy body with high carbonation levels. Finishes dry and puckering.

At $26/375 it's a bit pricy, but if any beer is worth it, it is probably this one. Amazing complexity throughout the palate and a good deal more sour than the regular which is a plus in my book. I'll probably buy again although the price tag limits stocking up too much.

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Photo of zac16125
4.42/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz bottle into a tulip
bottled on date: 2011/02/17

At $26 for a 12.7oz bottle this is officially the most expensive beer per oz that I have drank to date.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with just under 2 fingers width of bright white head, which dissipates down fairly slowly to leave a thick film that hangs around for the majority of the drink but leaves no lacing. Lots of carbonation bubbles can be seen racing to the top of the glass.

S: Wonderful sour/tart, oak, and fruity sweet aromas explode out of the glass. Tangerine citrus, sweet white and red grapes, hints of cracked white pepper and estery- banana. So complex, with a great interplay between the sweetness, sourness, and oak.

T: Tart, with a sour character that is somewhat puckering, lemony acidic, vinous with white grape notes, some peppery spice and banana on the finish. Oak lingers forever in the aftertaste, some mild wet hay characters but otherwise very little funk, a bitterness component hits the palate every once in a while, as does a champagne-esque flavor. Just so much complexity here, very well done.

M/D: Heavy carbonation, fuller body than most of the style, but works well with the high carbonation. Has an almost chewy component, and is very quick drying. Puckering sourness at times. Drinkability is great, I had to make a conscious effort multiple times throughout the drink to slow down and enjoy it.

O: Overall, what a great beer. Much better than the regular 3F Oude Geuze, with a better sourness, more complexity, and just generally stronger flavors. I would love to drink this beer again, but unfortunately the ungodly price tag will make this a rare treat. Really nice beer, but I don't think its worth $26 for a 375mL but then again I cant imagine thinking any beer could live up to that price. Bottom line is, if you can afford it, go get it.

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Photo of Holland
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: this started as a big time gusher, with the cork flying off, but it stopped gushing without more than a small amount of foam coming off the top. It pours very cloudy golden orange color after being stirred up so much by the gushing, and it has a gigantic head even with a soft pour when it came right out of the fridge.

S: sourness, orange and lemon peel, and some funk. It's impressively fruity, and the smell really alludes to the sour taste.

T: fantastic sourness that hits hard right out front. After that I get some of the lemon peel and a very small amount of malt. I can't put my finger on it, but the sourness in this beer is fantastic and not abrasive, but still decently intense. It's like the sourness from eating a raspberry without the raspberry taste.

M: smooth, but still very well carbonated with fine bubbles that donate enough spritz to the mouthfeel to keep the sourness from sticking too much.

O: excellent beer with lower drinkability than other gueuze. Good thing since I've gotten it for $20-$25 per 375 ml bottle. I'll save a couple of these and have them in a few years if the bottles don't explode.

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Photo of tarheels86
3.92/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375mL thanks to ygtbsm94. Pours hazy, deep orange. Thick, white head. Rich, super dense Valencia orange nose, thick and juicy. My lord. Taste is tangy, very musty, huge attic, huge molded white grapefruit. Quite aggressively sour. Rich and powerful. Great stuff. Heavier carbonation. Would love to see how this progresses. Have a good number saved. 9/4/7/4/15=3.9

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Photo of sukwonee
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date: 2/17/2011. Consumed on 11/16/2012
A: Hazy orange body with two finger white head. Good amount of lacing. Looks delicious.

S: Sour yeast, sweetness, oak, citrous, some barnyard funk.

T: Taste follows the nose, but it's not as sweet as expected. Also, it's not as sour or puckering as I expected. It's quite bready, you really get the oak/woody-ness. Sourness and the citrus (lemon) kick in again towards the middle and the finish. Very nice, although for some reason, I originallyl thought this beer would be more sour and mouth-puckering. Some reviewers below mention that this beer is tart, but I am not sure if I agree. It's for sure acidic, but it's more of acidic sourness than tartness, imo.

M: High carbonation, medium body, dry finish.

O: Glad I got to try this. Surprisingly easy to drink and refreshing.

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Photo of Pinknuggets
4.42/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle (2011/02/17) to lawson's sniffer (my first sour thought I'd kick it off with a bang)

A: huge tan head (2in) that lingers for a long time and only goes down slightly. Its a nice golden amber color that reminds me of an IPA which is interesting to me but looks good to me

S: Its got a skunky bottom of the barrel funky aroma that would be off putting if it wasn't to style from what I know this is a good thing.

T: Its got a white wine like taste upfront but that mixes into an almost over powering funky taste that is most definitely sour but more like sour grapes that then anything else I can describe. The finish is kind of weird but it definitely has that funk to that I have been hearing so much about and a continuous of that same wine like taste. Seems pretty to style to me

M: It has a Champaign like carbonation but a Chard wine like feel and constancy, distpite all this its pretty drinkable and the carbonation balances out the funky flavors well

O: Okay so I definitely like sours there is a whole lot of tastes I usually don't like but together I like it a lot I feel like I am definitely going to have to come back once I know more about the style, but its quite the pricy rarity to try again so Im glad it was good the first time. 4

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Photo of spoony
4.79/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 375 bottle (code: 2011-2-17) into a tulip.

Note-I should have read the reviews prior to opening, because I nearly lost an eye opening this thing. As soon as I loosed the cage, the cork shot out and the beer produced a mild gush of foam.

A-Crazy amounts of light tan foam that hung around for a bit in the glass. The beer itself is a golden color with orange hues. A bit cloudy on the pour with a few streams of carbonation to be seen.

S-Lactic (but not overly so), tart, and delicious. You get some oak and a lightly vinous smell to go along with the wet hay and light funkiness. There is a nice green apple component as well. Very concentrated and complex.

T-Also concentrated and complex, and with flavors similar to the smell. Finer and more delicate in flavor than some gueze, but with an amazing balance of lactic tartness, funkiness (wet hay and barnyard), bright fruit (green apples and tart, white grapes), and some bread/dough to carry it all.

M-The beer is medium bodied with a pretty chunk carbonation. The finish is drying and very, very long lasting.

O-If smell and taste were all I could rank, this beer would be near the tope of my list. The smell and taste are simply amazing in terms of concentration and complexity of flavors. The finish just goes on and on, like a great champagne. Alas, I did not find the beer to be particularly attractive and the mouthfeel was a little heavy to garner a perfect score. Is this thing worth 24 bucks? Probably not, but will I buy it again? Probably so.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle from Etre Gourmet
Bottled on 2011
Poured into a Drie Fonteinen gueuze glass

Cork pops out of bottle immediately after removing metal cage and some gushing happens: be careful with this one.

Sampled side-by-side with a 2010 Drie Fonteinen Oude Gueuze.

Slightly more intense with tartness, sweetness, oakiness, and richness of flavors than the "typical" Drie Fonteinen gueuze, Golden Blend is a smooth and refined gueuze that is one of the pinnacles of the style. If the aroma was slightly more expressive, this could be near-perfect for me.

Looks virtually identical to its Oude Gueuze counterpart, perhaps a tad darker in color. Pours a fairly massive, tall head with fairly good retention of a few minutes. Head is off-white, eggshell, composed of large and medium-sized bubbles. As it descends, it leaves some streaks of lacing, with larger blotches near the body. Body is a golden yellow with a subtle orange tint, transparent if you don't add the yeast (cloudy otherwise). Nice, big bubbles of carbonation stream from the bottom of the glass to support the head.

Aroma is surprisingly sweet with oak undertones, some tangible tropical scents (pineapple) waft up, and there is some minor-key white pepper. This is substantially smoother, sweeter, and fruitier than the funkier, harsher Oude Gueuze. If you're looking for that compositing hay and organic matter scent in your gueuze, do not go for the Golden Blend.

Slightly more robust flavors overall, and smoother, with greater emphasis on wild yeast metabolites and pineapple-based tropical fruit: delicious, a definitely more "refined" version of their gueuze. Opens with meyer lemon like tartness, smooth wheat and pale malt base sweetness, and a bit of mixed tropical fruit flavor (pineapple, mango). Mid-palate of strong, fresh pineapple, white pepper, oak, with acidic and tart lemon juice. Back of palate is acidic and tart, with clear lemon juice and apple cider vinegar tones. Lingering aftertaste of subtle pale malts with lightly acidic tartness.

Beer is medium-bodied, with medium to medium-low levels of carbonation. The result is a smooth, crisp beer from the acidity, where the carbonation does not get in the way. Finishes very dry, as expected from the style.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375mL bottle poured into tulip - thanks rob

Pours a lightly hazed golden straw color with a thin layering of white head resting on top. Fades into a collar of retained film, leaving some spotty lacing on the glass.

Incredible nose jam-packed with heavy funk and bright, effervescent tartness. Grass, hay and funky yeast punctuated by green apple and lemon peel. I could literally sit and smell this beer for an hour - it took me nearly 5 minutes just to take a sip.

Bright acidic tartness hits the tongue immediately with lemon peel and green apple. Formidable funkiness with yeast, hay and barnyard. Straw and grass with continuing sourness throughout the whole profile. Dry and bubbly on the tongue, finishing with strong, lingering sour flavor.

Medium body, well carbonated, dry and lasting on the tongue. This really takes the typical 3F Oude Gueuze (which is already a great beer) to a new level, adding depth of flavor driven by a phenomenal nose.

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

Thanks to JealousChalice for this one

Look. Pours a golden yellowish orange color with a 1/2 inch fluffy head and exceptional retention. The beers is highly carbonated and the cork actual hit my ceiling when opened

Smell. Upfront is a lactic sourness followed up by some lemon, hay, and oak

Taste: upfront is some lemon tartness backed up by some toasted oak wet grass and some more sour citrus

Mouthfeel. Light in body and ample carbonation and a puckering sourness

Overall. I enjoyed with one quite a bit and actually purchased a few for myself. Highly recommended.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1600th Review on BA
Bottle to Pinot Glass

Lot Number: 02/17/11
Purchased from City Beer Store in SF for 22.99
The cork & cage shot out like a cannon!!!! Be warned

App- When the foam settled on this one it was more of a dark and ruddy orange with a bit of highlighted yellows around the edges. The orange stuck out a lot and the center was a good bit of a thicker look to it. The edges were a bit lighter and then left a nice bit of cling.

Smell- Well it was a gueuze. It had the oak mixed in. It was pretty much what I thought it would be, but just a bit thicker. A bit malty for me with a good matching amount of grass and barn aromas.

Taste- This was a very good beer. I wish I couldve went 5 but it was a bit too thick for me against the style. It was not Lente but it was damn close. The dryness of the style matched against the earthy herbalness created a great depth of flavor and left me wanthing more. I am a litle sad this wasnt a 750, but I think the $$ wouldve driven me away from it.

Mouth- For a gueuze it is a bit thick but this is a nice medium body with a fulll medium carbonation. The residual flavors are of earthy grass with a good amount of barnyard funk and a bit of oak behind it.

Drink- I really enjoyed this beer. It had so much layering and so much great depth of flavor behind it. The dryness paired with the earthy barnyard just made this really tasty. Served at cellar temp I fear it was a bit too warm. Next time a bit colder.

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Photo of mahak213
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Golden and hazy, with a 2 finger bright white head. Nice lacing on the glass.

Smell- Lactic sourness is behind lots of lemon, grass, mustiness and barnyard funk qualities. Good stuff.

Taste- Way more sour punch than I was expecting. Very dry finish as well, leaves you wanting another sip right away. Big lemony tartness and a bit of oak are in there as well.

Mouthfeel- lively carbonation and light body, nice and refreshing

Overall- An excellent beer, but I'm not sure if it's worth the price tag. I can't fault it for anything really, but I just don't think it is worth breaking the bank over. There are plenty of other great guezes out there that are very good and cost much less than this one. That said, if you have the means to stock up on this stuff, I'd go ahead and do that. I'm looking forward to trying my second bottle a few years down the road.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, golden orange color with a medium white head that goes down slowly. Scent is oh so funky...which is expected from a 3F beer. Not nearly as funky as some of the Krieks I've had from them, but more of a pleasant, non-stinky sock type funk. More barnyard and hay than anything. Great funky with some acidic aromas. Also get some peach and apricot in the nose, maybe a bit of grass as well. What a great-smelling beer. Taste is just as good. Great funky/sour flavors with some grass and hay. Some stone fruit flavors, but very subdued. This beer is sour, but not as sour as I was expecting. Maybe even a little less sour than the regular Gueuze from 3F. Not too acidic, and quite dry on the finish. A very well-crafted gueuze IMO. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, puckering, and dry. Drinkability is VERY high...could sip on this all day. Overall, this is a fantastic beer, but not sure if it's worth the price tag. It needs to make the normal offering from 3F feel shameful in order to charge double for this one, and it does not. I am just as happy with the Kriek and Gueuze. Glad I got to try it though.

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Photo of starrdogg
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mostly clear orange/gold with a thin white head. Aroma is fantastic - great mix of oak, sour and funk that literally makes my mouth water - pretty much a perfect smell for a gueuze. So excited to drink this. Flavor follows the nose - it's always so tough to describe what distinguishes one gueuze from the next, but I'll do my best. I'll say, right out, this one is a great one though. The balance here is fantastic, it's got a nice blend of funk and sour and the oak mixes in very impressively. It's got some notes of lemons and apples too. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied, but it's nicely mouth-coating. Overall, this is a top notch gueuze that has a lot going on and a fantastic balance of flavor. I feel like it tastes a bit like the regular 3F gueuze with the sour, funk and oak all more pronounced.

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Photo of emerge077
4.17/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Explosive bang upon untwisting the cage, and a second later, the chilled bottle began gushing. Luckily a glass was nearby and the loss was negligible.

Deep saturated orange color, slight haze, steady trails of champagne carbonation. Initial head of billowing foam that threatened to overflow, but eventually subsides to a gentle skim across the surface. Not much lacing, odd as it was poured into a clean dry glass.

Complex aroma of oak and citrus, hints at tropical fruitiness. The older lambic lends a pleasant rounded mellowness to the nose.

Extremely dry with a clean sourness, plenty of oak and more fruit in the bitter citrus peel vein. Very balanced with a rounded feel on the palate. Flavors are very much standard issue Drie Fonteinen, signature minerality and firm dry oak in addition to light citrus. This blend is a fun novelty to try, albeit a pricey one. At least it's going towards brewing on-site again, so it's easier on the conscience when dropping the coin to try it.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.42/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 19/10/12

A slightly hazy golden orange with loads of bubbles and a large three finger soapy foam, decent retention and a few patches of lace

S funky with lots of wood lemon, sour apple, pear and vinous vinegar, faint foot and just a little cheesy, funk come out more as it warms, great nose if you like funk

T bone dry sour beer, not turning my mouth inside out but pretty sour, lots of wood and lemon, pretty tasty stuff with some more vinous notes and some cider notes then the nose

M very carbonated with a little lip smacking pucker going on, sour and dry, a little slick in the mouth with a long sour citrus and oak finish

O great stuff but I don't think its any better then the Oude Geuze that cost half as much, its world class beer but I don't notice a huge difference from the above mentioned. I'm sure some who read this will laugh and call me a rookie but I find the two similar

I'm going to read my Oude Geuze review and see what I thought was different because this reminds me of that brew I drank just a day or two ago but cost much more money.
A great beer please don't get me wrong great complexity and leaves you thinking

Edit- I gave it the exact same score right down the middle and didn't notice, similar experience

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

It's often the delimma of a sour ale fan to achieve the exclusive taste of unblended lambic, but with gueuze like zest. Drie Fontienen answers the that question with this blend of four years of blends that culminate in exquisite earthiness and sharp complexities that are simply unparalleled.

The burnt orange hued beer pours with the carbonated creaminess that's expected from a well made gueuse. So if you are expecting a more still lambic stillness then expect a slight champagne livelihood. As the carbonation builds a creamy, cottony head, a swirl of the glass leaves traces of the Belgiany lace that we've come to expect. Solid retention accompanies the beer 'til the end of the glass.

The bold sourness of the beer reveal the unadulterated scents of dried limes, lemons, crab apples, rhubarb, and citrus. But a deeply embedded grouping of aromatics reveal more earthen character: saddle leather, dusty woods, and cork all play into the scent that's both fragrant and pungent.

The decadent tastes start with the sweet and tawny interplay of white wine, cider, and dry wheat. Pile on the sourness of citrus, white wine vinegar, under ripened apples and berries and we have the majority of the taste. But then there's the earthy components of dried hay, sea brine, sandalwood, corkish wood, and chardonnay soaked oak that round out the taste. It's a fairly consistent beer as it traverses from it's initial impressions until its ultra-dry taste in finish.

But here's where the real secret of this beer separates from other world class gueuze: The fine carbonation resonates through a somewhat silky-sour note that's never been expected before. With no carbonic bite (as with champagne), the beer delivers a teeth-churning sensation that couples with the most delightful powdery-sour marriage that could ever be expected in a beer. It's simply magic what this beer does the the trigemental senses to the mouth.

Although the subtleties that this four-year blend gives is very well appreciated, I do think that this is not the beer for the uninitiated. Reserve this refined ale for those who are well versed in well made gueuze and lambics before opening- and be sure to have some steamed mussels and well aged gruyere on hand.

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4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled: 2011/02/17

Upon loosening the cage, the cork came out with a loud pop. Lots of pressure but not a gusher at all. Pours a very hazy, dark golden orange color with tangerine edges and a two finger yellowish-beige head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Musty, funky aroma with a strong barnyard presence along with lactic funk, citric acidity and light fruit. Earthy with lots of oak, cobweb, grass, wet hay and horsebkanket followed by lactic cheese, lemon juice and green apple. Smells very inviting but it seems like the four year old portion of the blend tones things down a bit.

On the fuller end of medium bodied with tight carbonation and a tart, puckering flavor that lingers over the lactic funk, citrus, light fruit and pale malt into a crisp, dry finish. Aggressively sour at first but not harsh or overly acidic with lots of earthy oak, lactic funk and sweet citrus balancing things out. As it warms, the lactic cheesy presence stands out a bit more and the citrus acidity becomes a bit more tart. Earthy with toasted oak, grass and hay notes countered by lemon peel and green apple flavors. Funky and sour but well balanced and very quaffable and refreshing once the palate adjusts. I could drink gallons of this stuff if it wasn't so damn expensive.

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
99 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.