Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend | Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Belgium
3fonteinen.be

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.

Added by rvdoorn on 03-14-2012

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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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4.74/5  rDev +5.6%
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2014 vintage - Caramely, cheesy, lemony bright citrus peel, floral earthy herbal, woody oak, funky barnyard spice

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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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4.52/5  rDev +0.7%
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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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