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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Ratings: 649
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 6.9%
Wants: 154
Gots: 237 | FT: 28
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

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.
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Ratings: 649 | Reviews: 157
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4.66/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

375ml C&C bottle; bottling date: 02/17/2011.

poured into tulip glass.

small pop as the cork comes out of the bottle.

Appearance: this beer is definately golden in color. Medium golden yellow bodied beer with a huge 3 fingers of white head. The head has alot of staying power and stays around for a long time, but eventually falls to a thin cap with a thick ring around the glass. Stunning!

Smell: Lemon zest, mild musty/hay funk, hint of oak.

Taste: lemon and grapefruit zest, green apple, pears, peaches, and white grapes. Moderate tartness with lemons leading the way. Hints of dusty and musty funk that balance out the tartness very well. The oak barrel just lends a little bit of character to this beer in the form of an earthy and woody note. Finishes with mild lemon notes and a perfect amount of funk. The balance of this beer is tremendous. It has fantastic complexity as well. Its tart without that over the top pucker of some sour beers.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel on this beer is phenominal! Its soft and delicate, yet slick and creamy. The carbonation level is spot on! The beer has a semi to moderately dry finish that really showcases and compliments the tartness and the funk of this beer.

Overall: This is a truly refined and sophistocated sour beer! Have a difficult time finding something that I dislike about this beer. This exceeded my expectations. I will admit that I was a bit complacient about the price tag of this beer when I purchased this bottle today, but now that I am drinking this beer I have forgot the initial "sting" of the price tag. It is in my top three sour beers I have ever drank and its without a doubt the best Geuze I have drank!

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.37/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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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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4.32/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to two very generous BAs, Jeffo and Alpineclimber, for getting me the two bottles of this beer. So nice to be able to cellar one of these expensive bottles for a while.

Poured into my gueuze glass with the big "3" on it.

Appearance. Pours a hazy, rich honey-gold with a little amber and a finger of frothy white head.

Smell. Tart lemon, some old wet wood and earthy, lightly sweet funk.

Taste. Lots of nice lightly bitter wood, dry earthy funk, and some lemon juice.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium carbonation.

Overall. Another great gueuze. I've been lucky enough to have several lately and though this one doesn't stand out from the others as much as I would have hoped, it was a very delicious, well made brew. Thanks again to the great BAs that got me bottles of this.

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

I've had this beer several times...finally making it official.

Pours golden yellow, white head, thin collar on top. A nice mix of funk cheese, citrus, and must. There's a light fruity sweetness to this beer that really contributes to me liking it. Taste is a litte more sweet, nice citrus zest, funky, mother-puckering tartness. Dry and oaky, reminds me of a Chardonnay in some aspects.

Really excellent blend that is one of my favorite beers from Armand. Need to pick up some more, actually.

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4.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle date: 2011/02/17

A: Pours an apricot color with one full finger of puffy white head. The foam takes a bit to settle, leaving some really nice lacing along the edges of the glass as it drinks.

S: The nose is lemon, salt, vinegar, grass, and other funks. It's sour, and it smells like a geuze. Who would have thought.

T: It starts off light and smooth on the palate, but less than a second later it's a big burst of sour lemon, salt, and bitters. It's drying and even a bit spicy in the middle. The finish is mild sweetness mixed with huge bitters.

M: Light bodied beer. It's not a hefty beer, but it is a definite palate wrecker. Dry in the middle, and super dry in the finish.

O: Really nice geuze, but I don't know if it's worth the extra money over the classic. I'm happy to have tried it, and I'd only really buy another bottle to throw in the cellar for awhile.

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4.85/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, Thorpe429!

Careful all, this cork is ready to explode out of the bottle once the cage has been undone.

Cloudy orange and light amber with a huge bone-white, moonscape head that makes pouring this beer somewhat of a challenge. Eventually, when the head has settled down, a nice off-white rin sits atop the beer all the way down, eventually leaving irregular lines of lace down the glass. A gorgeous beer, and perfectly appropriate.

A very expressive, funk-forward aroma: this has a good amount of old/wet towel notes, with big notes of barnyard and manure, earthy cheese, mushrooms, along with some bright lemon citrus, and an acidic sour character. On paper, that sounds awful (or not), but it smells amazing.

The flavor is simply stupendous, with the incredibly funk/barnyard/earth/cheese notes bumping up aggressively against layers of lemon flesh and peel, sour character, brick, and basement. Complete; flawless.

The mouthfeel shines. It's as good of a mouthfeel as any gueuze I've had the pleasure of drinking. Light in body, with high carbonation, though disappearing, but flavorful throughout.

This ranks with the Armand'4 beers has some of my favorites ever crafted.

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3.66/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of rlee1390
4.32/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw at a bottle shop and was given it as a gift, as I'm not sure if I would have spent the 28 bucks on it.

A-Cloudy yellow-orange, well carbonated, three finger fluffy head. The cork started coming off as soon as I unwound the cage.

S-Funk, lemon, grass, oak, green apples, all blended together well.

T-Not very sour, more tart than anything, and a mild tartness at that. However it is very fruity, green apples galore, lemons, some grass and the oak has a strong presence as well.

M-Light, highly carbonated and dry.

O-Just a little more in the sour department and this beer would be out of this world.

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4.32/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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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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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
99 out of 100 based on 649 ratings.