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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Ratings: 576
Reviews: 150
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 6.68%
Wants: 139
Gots: 234 | FT: 26
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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, originally rated on 25.8.2012.

Bottled on 17.2.2011.

Pours orange with a small white head. Aroma of earthy notes, sour and tart fruits, hints of oak and wood. Taste is smooth and dry with some tart fruitiness and hints of sourness. Finish is slightly sour and tart with some earthy notes. Well balanced, tasty and quite smooth geuze.

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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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Jeffo

Netherlands

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!

Serving type: bottle

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

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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
Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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