Oude Geuze Golden Blend | Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

Style: Belgian Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Reviews: 198 | Ratings: 1,124
Photo of GuyFawkes
4.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2014 vintage; drank 6/22/19 @ Golgi Apparatus.

A delightful, fruity, balanced geueze that showcases the brewer's art to the nth degree. Had this in a share with a lot of heavy hitters, and it was my favorite. Can't wait to have another...

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Photo of BerryKumquat
4.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Golden yellow color.
S: Very funky.
T: Soft and strong start to a chaotic and harsh finish.
F: Sharp and distinct.
O: Not a bad geuze but not as great as the honey blend.

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Photo of sfielder001
4.71/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 Vintage
Pours a medium gold with great carbonation. Tons of tart, barnyard aromas and funk on the nose. Same in terms of flavor along with a stone fruit that I can’t put my finger on with a soft mouthfeel and low acidity and a crisp dry finish. Absolutely loved this beer.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.51/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had a few Geueze before but I believe this is the one I like the best. Full of flavor, tart, oak, yet smooth and easy drinking at the same time. It is delicious.

Look: semi-clear golden-amber with a thin fizzy white head

Aroma: green apple, lemon, oranges, oak

Taste: green apple, lemon, oranges, white grapes, champagne, oak, a tad of yeast.

Feel: light and somewhat bubbly, champagne like

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Photo of JamFuel
4.81/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours and unclear golden straw color, with fine, fizzy head.

Smell is tart and citrusy with hints of funk and mineral, along with lemon peel and a little bit of grass.

Taste is bright and citrusy, manilny Seville oranges and lemon. Hints of funk, champagne, some minerals and just a perfect acidity. Sourness and acidity are both strong, but never overpowering or mouthpuckering. Complexity is sublime.

Mouthfeel is thin and sparkling, very champagne-like.

Overall, an absolute world class gueuze. Perfectly balanced and so deep and complex without being intimidating.

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Photo of jlindros
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big fizzy foamy head, good lacing, semi clean tan orange

Nose loads of awesome gueuze, good funk, tart, little fruit like, barnyard grassy hay

Taste more of the same funk, grassy barnyard funk, hay, little fruity like, just a great gueuze blend

Mouth is med bod, tons of carb

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

this has been a beer ive wanted to get into for a really long time, i know it changes from blend to blend, but i was able to have the 2017 vintage that has some honey in it recently, i believe the first time golden blend has contained honey, and there is a cute little bee on the label to designate this vintage, still comprised of 25% 4 year lambic. its incredibly effervescent in the glass to my surprise, fizzy like a soda, and even has some lemon and lime soda aromatics to it. i get the floral polleny raw honey element in the nose as well, not sweet, but obviously and distinctively honey to me, with a very mature lambic character, wheaty, more puckery than some others i have had from these guys, and with a great musty danky funk to it as well, bright and woody at the same time, musty and fresh at the same time, earthy and clean at the same time, its crazy stuff! for how little honey is actually in here, i am surprised how well i can taste it through the layers of various lambics in this blend, i get a nice acidic pop up front and at the end, with a more wheaty malty middle and some decaying oak, vanilla, orange zest, green apple, champagne, and wet grass in the morning. the integration of the different vintages is awesome, and the sort of concentrated funkiness from the old lambic is really evident. this really is an amazing expression of their fermentation profile, more distinctive here than in any other of their beers i have had. i know this one is pretty new, but i love what the honey does to it. it makes me that much more excited to open the super old one that exists in my cellar...

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Photo of Sabtos
4.36/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shimmering burnt honey amber with a large, fuzzy white foam that clings in very large ridges.

This 4 or more year old blend is very crackery and toasty of sesame seed character with a super mature, mild sourness that at first contributes lemon, grapefruit, and complex spicy funk that is far more balanced and mellow than a younger blend might be. As it comes to temperature, cracked black pepper and apple cider develop, bringing this to a very comforting, old world delight.

Golden Blend has a medium body with a light froth and a tingly dry finish.

What a fantastic brew!

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Photo of gcamparone
4.52/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 Vintage. Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Drie Fonteinen tumbler glass. Thanks Emily for getting this for my birthday!

Pours a deep orange, lightly hazy body with a big, frothy off-white head with a yellow ring around the head that sticks around for a while.

Aromas are funky and musty, with oak and damp cellar, lemongrass and hay, citrus, lightly grassy and a tad skunky. On the tongue it's lightly tart with barnyard funk but not overly funk, oak and citrus, yeasty, a little bitterness on the follow through, drying aftertaste. Lightly carbonated but super easy to drink, medium-light body.

This was fantastic - complex and balanced, so flavorful. 4 years did it well!

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Photo of Gasc0igne
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A summary of "all" of my FEB 2011 bottles that I've opened since ~2013:

Bottle 1: Can see the potential, inferior to A&T.
Bottle 2: Slowly developing, straying from A&T to Core.
Bottle 3: The same trend, heading to a stunning batch of Core.
Bottle 9: Worlds collided and formed the perfect Geuze some time between 2015 & 2016, at or around five years since release.

The best Geuze are Golden Blend (if after Fruit Tingles + always carbonated), Armand & Tommy (if after the epitome of that classic 3F style), and The Seasons (if after a stunning funk-fest).

All remaining bottles are now only popped for special occasions (must have one per year though!). If you see a Batch #1 Golden Blend, buy it.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.42/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

File this review under: Really expensive beer that I hate because it is so delicious.

Pours a slightly darker color of gold than your average gueuze. Super thin 1/6" white head. Aroma is kicking down some seriously sour notes, what is missing is that plastic burning feel that 3F had going on for awhile. This is just tons of lemon like sour notes and oak. Mild funk behind it, not harsh, enjoyable.

A taste that brings out citrus notes without relying too much on lemon and grapefruit solely. Very sour, but not acidic really. Effortless drinking. The notion of barnyard can only be discussed by saying it must be a very clean barnyard, the farm butthole aspect of a gueuze isn't present, thankfully. I like this more than their regular gueuze because its aroma is better and it has more of a varied citrus flavor instead of just lemon sour power. Carbonation was on point. Interesting that the alcohol is 7.5% in this one compared to the normal gueuze. Can't taste it thankfully.

Downside of this beer is that it is expensive AF. But even then, I could see spoiling myself every now and then and buying it again. ~$30/375ml. But the score suffers because of the price. If this was priced like de garde, I would say its rating would be like 4.7/5

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Photo of Nicolaiw
4.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 vintage
Pours amber / golden with small head.
Aroma has lots of funk, hay, barnyard, lemons.
Taste is lemon tart, hay, wet cellar, funk, little grapefruit, sour, wet grass, crisp.

2011 vintage
Pours amber / golden with no head
Aroma has horse blanket, funky, hay, dry
Taste is oak, lemons, apple, tart, earthy.
L: 4.5 S: 4.25 T: 4.5 F 4.5 O: 4.5

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Photo of Rristow
3.9/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted from bottle. Pours a cloudy orangish gold with thick white head. Aroma is sour, fruity, champagne. Taste is moderately sour but not overly so. Nice fruity tart flavor. Apples, lemon, yeast flavors. Crisp and tart on the palate. I'm not a huge sour fan but this is very well done.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.56/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 2011; Poured June 2017

What a spectacular blend of sour (green apples, white wine vinegar, citrus) and earthiness (Brett, must, vinous oak) in the nose and taste and all perfectly drinkable as the pour warms a bit.

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Photo of Phineasco
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Orange, clear with 3 inch fluffy head. Highly carbonated.
Smell: Tart, light funk, and apples.
Taste: Slightly tart, funk, grapefruit, pear, and apples.
Mouthfeel: On the thinner side.
Overall: A good Geuze, but I much prefer Cantillon.

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Photo of ragnar3
4.59/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 vintage, poured from a 375. Pours a golden hue with ample carbonation. Considerably more complex than the typical Geuze - crisp apple and funk. Would age very nicely.

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Photo of fireazzi
4.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 375...

Look lots of carb on the pour, nice body

Smell: fruit, grapefruit and funk

Taste: Great grapefruit taste, lots of carb on the taste, good juiciness

Feel: nice mouth feel, little carby, smooth taste, drink warm!

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Photo of rabbott2
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 vintage drank on 3/17/2017

Look - looks like a golden ipa with a bigger white head, nice body

Smell - lemon, other citrus, some grapefruit, some funk

Taste - lemon, grapefruit, barnyard funk, a little oak, nice acid

Feel - creamy in some sense, nice tartness but still subtle

Overall - very enjoyable, semi-complex, glad to finally have tried

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Photo of raspy22
4.96/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Loved the complexity of this beer! Look was quite bubbly and minorly cloudy. Aroma and taste had a great deal of complexity and funkiness. I did enjoy the vastness of this beer in contrast to the great but simple oude gueuze. Would definitely pursue this beer again. Not easy to find.

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Photo of Futbolmanby
4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: golden yellow with a light carbonated 1 inch head
Smell: big funk, lemon and citrus notes throughout
Taste: citrus fruits, floral and nice funky sourness
Feel: insanely light and aromatic... crisp and good balanced carbination
Overall: a real pleasure to drink

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Photo of Beers-es
4.51/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer looks about perfect--golden with a big white head that leaves lots of lacing. Smell is complex and fruity, with just a hint of earthiness. Taste is fruity and sour. A hugely flavorful beer, and quite sour.

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Photo of PDXAmbassador
4.42/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours orange, with a surprisingly long lasting foamy head. Moderately high carb.
Smell is super unique and quite intense - earthy Muscat grapes, sesame crackers, celery salt, diesel and a bit of dried onion.
Taste is bright and sour - very Muscat-grape forward, with none of the strong cracker and herb aromas. Some sweet fruitiness - lemon, green grape, maybe a bit of sharp cheddar on the back of the tongue.
Overall one of the most intense gueuzes I've ever tried - unique and delicious, though some of the aromatics were a bit off-putting. I'm not sure if the bottle might've been a bit skunked or something.

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Photo of SaulFox
4.73/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2014 vintage (March)
-Dark orange flesh, hazy, with streaming bubbles. Fluffy head taking up half the glass.
-Stone fruits, oak, lemon, pepper, pear, brett.
-Tart fruitiness upfront with dry oak notes playing in the background. Stonefruits shine.
-Pleasant carbonation coats the palate.
As a person that's just getting into sour/tart offerings, I can definitely see myself enjoying these on hot summer days. Even if it means dropping $30 for 375ml bottles.

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Photo of hansavijaticar
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

We've compared a bottle of this one with Cantillon, and the difference was incredible. I like Cantillon Gueuze very much and I find it one of the best beers out there, but this is even better and more complex. Definitively funkier and moldier than any gueuze I've tried. Possibly the best beer I've had so far.

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Photo of Hootie159
4.42/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

2011 vintage. From bottle. Pours an orangey gold with a packing foam-like head. Smells Devine. Wine barrel for days. Mix of stone fruit in nose. Oak has perhaps become a bit unbalanced with age. Otherwise a nice fruit profile. Carbonation hasn't lost a beat. Strong, but with a nice tang.

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Beer rating: 4.49 out of 5 with 1,124 ratings