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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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579 Ratings
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Ratings: 579
Reviews: 150
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 6.68%
Wants: 140
Gots: 234 | FT: 26
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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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CheapBeerBuzz

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

05-22-2012 20:36:54 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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smartassboiler

Illinois

4/5  rDev -10.9%

06-22-2013 00:48:23 | More by smartassboiler
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prototypic

Ohio

4.48/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 04:00:51 | More by prototypic
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-Pours far more orange than most Gueuzes I have seen. The cork legit nearly blew the orbital bone off my face when I opened it. When it poured, the head was 90% of the yield. It died down but still was quite thick. Very clingy lacing.

S-Firstly, the aroma just wafts out of the glass like a low but determined fog. It's has its tartness but it's much different than most of the style I have tried. The sourness mixes with this huge, grassy, herbal, earthen aroma. Funky earthy-sweet somehow. Soggy, woody oak and light honey sweetness. Mushrooms. Crazy nose. Probably the most memorable aroma I have ever experienced.

T-The flavor is quite like the nose. The tartness is pleasingly ramped up. The tartness also lingers like no other beer I've tasted. Vinegar, unripe apples, hay, grass, flower stems. Pleasant oaky notes and also a bit vinous. It's a potent brew; breathing in the fumes makes you nearly cough like when breathing in spicy buffalo wings. The flavor is savory and seemingly straight from the earth.

M-Surprisingly soft carbonation. Has more body to it than most. Tartness sticks to the lips and tongue. Very dry.

I/D-Super, super, super pricey but for a special occasion why not? Easily the most complex Gueuze I have had and clearly the best, too. It's stunningly complex yet all the flavors are perfectly integrated. Like a giant, choreographed flavor parade. You pay for the quality here.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 02:56:21 | More by VelvetExtract
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harrymel

Washington

4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Been looking to try this one.

Golden and slightly hazed with a near full sheet of whites. Smells good and funky with a solid punch of acidic tones offering a precursor to the oral experience. This one falls through good and tart, then some lemons, some slight bitterness (which I quite enjoy), some soily wet hamper funk. I like the flavor of this one for certain. Nice juicy mouthfeel with soft carb and a watering finish. I like this beer very much.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 19:41:52 | More by harrymel
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AlexFields

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

02-15-2014 00:05:28 | More by AlexFields
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kscaldef

Oregon

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 00:31:59 | More by kscaldef
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ngeunit1

California

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

A - Hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. Fades normal.

S - Sweet wheat, vanilla, oak, tart green fruits, funky barnyard yeast, some sourness, lemon zest.

T - Sweet wheat and other grainy malts, tart green fruits, oak, vanilla, barnyard funky yeasts, a bit of sourness, lemon zest.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a funk, dry, and tart finish.

D - Great complex and smooth gueuze.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 04:28:51 | More by ngeunit1
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cosmicevan

New York

4.79/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

enjoyed from a 3F wine glass. bottle dated 2011/02/17.

a - beer opened with nary a pop (had me concerned), but a slightly aggressive pour yielded ample carbonation with a generous frothy head that hung out a bit but dissolved to leaving a thick skin of froth. great visible carbonation could be seen through the transparent orange elixir.

s - a tasting buddy of mine, i believe it was pete27lax got me into smelling the bottle and the cork right after opening and damn if this one doesn't smell fantastic. great grassy earth, but not over done or dirt like...like wheat grass. hints of lemon zest and very subtle rubber with a nice glazing of lambic soaked oak. i can smell it for days. it really just smells out of this world.

t - opens with a musty tart. my mouth is forced to adjust to the unexpected sourness. then there it is...that wonderful nose, in full force on my palate. bigger notes of lemon zest than the nose suggested and the pucker is strong. oak and green grape vinous notes tickle my tongue. a mouthful of spring time grass glazed in sweetened lemon juice.

m - great sourness. very digestible but on the sour side for a gueuze. very much like a soured version of the fantastic oude geuze from 3F.

o - overall, a winner. very much worth the money. if you are fortunate enough to still see this one lingering around, grab it while you can as you will be kicking yourself in a few years if you don't and thanking yourself if you do.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 21:47:55 | More by cosmicevan
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warnerry

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

05-03-2014 19:32:19 | More by warnerry
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

10-13-2013 18:39:14 | More by williamjbauer
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gtermi

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

02-21-2013 05:02:20 | More by gtermi
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

03-20-2013 20:05:35 | More by tom10101
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.64/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Thanks a ton to Chico1985 for opening this expensive beast up. Did not see it coming last night and what a good surprise it was. Reviewed from notes.

A- Poured from the corked bottle into two tulips. Cloudy dark-golden color to this Gueuze. A puffy and creamy white head forms to about two fingers in size with nice retention for the style. It all settles to a nice ring and a big clump of mystery in the center of the beer. A few thick pillows of lace toward the top and spotty lace down the rest of the glass.

S- Packs a punch as soon as you open and pour this one. Haven't had the standard 3F Gueuze in a while or even Cantillon Classic but this instantly brings me back to those rare chances. Sour fruity blast like lemons and tart apples/grapes. Acetic acid and some cheesy funk as well.

T- With the first sip I notice how smooth this is. Everything is balanced out with a tart and almost herbal saison feel, interesting. Fruit notes coming from the bugs are apple, grape and lemon in nature and make up a big chunk of the flavor. Nice oak, vinegar and grassy barnyard hints as well. Slightly funky but more on the straight tart sour side.

MF- Foamy body overall with a great dried out, light consistency. It is airy like a cloud when being sipped but this only makes it feel even more heavenly. Moderate sourness overall.

The funky and tart aspect of this beer grows with time but it is very smooth and balanced. The complex flavor makes me cherish each sip. The price prohibits me from getting another bottle but I just may after actually trying it.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 04:32:24 | More by cbutova
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Hanzo

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

08-12-2012 17:50:28 | More by Hanzo
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Jspriest

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +11.4%

02-21-2013 01:59:10 | More by Jspriest
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oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -10.9%

11-11-2012 07:15:14 | More by oldp0rt
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birchstick

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 02:43:51 | More by birchstick
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DarthKostrizer

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 20:31:52 | More by DarthKostrizer
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ADTaber

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

10-28-2012 00:23:47 | More by ADTaber
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ncaudle

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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brez8791

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -22%

09-09-2012 19:01:57 | More by brez8791
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MSandahl23

Indiana

5/5  rDev +11.4%

05-12-2013 12:51:06 | More by MSandahl23
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

01-19-2013 18:28:51 | More by mdillon86
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aztraz

Sweden

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

02-27-2014 22:25:18 | More by aztraz
Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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