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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend | Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Belgium
3fonteinen.be

Style: 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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#136
Reviews:
188
Ratings:
1,076
pDev:
6.9%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of chanokokoro
4.87/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 375 ml bottle into a tumber branded with the distinctive "3" Drie Fonteinen logo

Pours a hazy gold with amber accents capped by a huge seafoam-like bright white head that rises over the brew. Slowly dissipating head with some lacing here and there. Light citrus notes, white wine vinegar, tart apple, pear, accents of barnyard funk, pleasant pungency and warm oak. Grass and hay, toasted oak notes, white wine, very light cheesy funk, white grapeskin, citric acid accents, and very light meyer lemon rind. Finishes with expertly balanced oak accents and the perfect level of sour and tartness. Crisp, light body, with highly effervescent champagne-like carbonation. What an incredibly balanced masterpiece, an incredible gueuze.

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Photo of nharres
4.87/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Vivified
4.86/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ehammond1
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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Photo of Tmappin
4.85/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mlhyatt
4.85/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 375 ml bottle into a tulip glass. It has been aged since 2011.

A- a hazy golden amber with a lot of head. I actually had to stop pouring this on several occassions to let the head settle. After sitting for a little while, the head turns into a nice lace.

S- like apple cider. A very sour apple cider. Cinnamon spice and apples all over the place. Also very subtle hints of maybe some lemon and figs. Very nice smell. Although it reminds me of angry orchard a little too much.

T- very sweet and sour. Has a huge blast of apple cider with the most of the cinnamon taste on the back end and lots of light fruits up front. Apples, figs and lemons. Such a beautiful taste.

M- this is probably my favorite part. Its so sour. The acidity melts your teeth enamel (just kidding) and the carbonation swells in your mouth. The sourness of it forces your cheeks to pucker and smack your lips. God its so good.

O- a very well crafted beer. It makes you sip it though which i love. Very unfortunate that this beer is not made anymore. Fantastic beer.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.85/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

So it’s come to this: 500 reviews. In just a little over two years, I’ve been able to refine my palate, discover a passion for homebrewing, and join an awesome community of beer geeks, all while sampling some of the world’s best beers. What a ride. And to cap it off, I’m opening Drie Fonteinen’s Golden Blend geuze, a beer that I’ve always wanted to try but only just recently got my wallet to agree with me about. Cheers!

Bottled 02/17/2011, two and a half years before the date of this tasting.

A: Beautiful beer, pouring from with a translucent, copper-colored body. It’s completely inundated with carbonation: an absolute storm of bubbles soars from the bottom of the glass, lifting a soft head of off-white soap foam about two inches high before dropping it down to a retention of flawless cream. Strands of intricate, bubbly lacing decorate the glass’s interior.

S: Complex aromas meld to form a single alluring character: a woody barnyard funkiness. Cedar and rose petals are among the most prominent notes, a green, aromatic quality unlike anything I’ve experienced in a beer before; spectacular. Much of the actual funk of the nose emerges from yeasty notes of white pepper, cooked mushroom, and wet hay, with help from tart cherry and a mild acidity. Soft and elegant enough to be a perfume – I’m enthralled.

T: I’m glad I waited to do 499 reviews before this one; now I can just relish in this intricate, sophisticated palate. A striking taste of cedar wood, clove, rose water, and lemon zest is first on the tongue. It captivates you with that floral, grassy – almost herbal – flavor before a cherry and peach sweetness rushes in, adding a satisfying juiciness. Funk takes hold at the back end, drying the palate with tastes of straw, underripe blueberry, dry champagne breadiness, giving this a finish of sour-sweet lime acidity. This palate is more than a collection of flavors: there’s charm to the way it’s balanced, demonstrating with each sip that it’s something that you’ll likely never experience again.

M: Silky carbonation that’s a tad foamy, but never enough to distract from the palate. The body is reminiscent of a low-alcohol white wine, slightly oily but refreshing overall, giving this beer both substance and drinkability.

O: I keep tipping the glass up to my lips, waiting for that last drop – it has to be in there, damn it! I can’t let this beer go so easily. Everything about it is so loveable, so pristine; it’s a calculated sensory experience that comes off like a work of art. In all this was one of the best beer experiences I’ve had in a long, long time, and a perfect finish to an outstanding list of 500 beer memories. Cheers.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.85/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle from overseas. Served in a Drie Fonteinen "3" gueuze tumbler side-by-side with Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze bottled on November 18, 2010. The Golden Blend was bottled on February 17, 2011.

The cork started to pop out right after I started to release the cage. It's not a gusher, but this thing has plenty of carbonation. The pour was difficult, to say the least. Loads of foam leading to a very rocky, dense head that leaves behind a nice bit of lacing. Thin cap throughout.

The nose brings an incredible amount of funk and is reminiscent of the Armand'4 Herfst and Winter. This is what I love. There some minerality and an earthy mushroom-like character, coming close to a light bit of truffle. Some sweat and goatiness comes along after that. Some backing acidity comes through, leading into the flavor.

First impression in the flavor is sweaty horse blanket mixed with some strong earthiness. Straight from the ground here. There's some acidity and must that really longer. A bit of leather and very light oak. This is an absolutely gorgeous beer. The acidity and funk flow right into one another. Simply sublime.

The body is light, bordering on light-medium. Pod carbonation and a mild acidity. Heavy funk and earth at every turn. Spritzer-like carbonation. Everything about the body helps to deliver the maxim amount of funk.

What can I say about this? Armand has simply nailed it once again. Breathtaking. I love it.

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Photo of davey101
4.85/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 2011/02/17. 375 ml bottle into a tulip glass. As soon as I started to unscrew the cage I felt the cork lift up. After some wrangling around with a towel I removed it safely.

A - Clear dark amber body. Tons of off white foam after the initial pour, settles down into a neat one finger high head with some large bubbles. Lots of rising carbonation. Great lacing and retention. I rarely give out 5's on appearance, but it just looks damn perfect.

S - Balance is the one word that comes to mind. Earthy brett funk, lemon rind, sour green apples, rubber bands, and oak barrel. Its all very intense and concentrated, but its just so well integrated.

T - More of that great balance. Earthy funk, cheese, vinegar, oak, sour lemons, and some light vanilla tannins. Incredibly complex and layered. This gueuze is beyond delicious. The finish is dry and abrupt with only a lingering lactic presence. Mouth feel is spritzy and well carbonated.

O - Armand can blend some of the best gueuzes out there, and this one ranks right up there. I haven't had the opportunity to try the season beers, but the standard oude gueuze is my favorite beer and this totally beats it. That fourth year is a beautiful thing which makes the $30 hit seem worth it.

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Photo of jolly_lynch
4.84/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of AndrewPalmer
4.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rvdoorn
4.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Fewa for shipping this one so quickly to me. Because I have an important sour tasting coming up soon, I wanted to make sure this beer is worthy to be served there and did a pre-tasting.
Look: Orange-golden color with a nice very large white-yellow head.
Smell: Sour fruits, musty, hay, and the typical barnyard funk.
Taste: Very complex and balanced. The taste is surprisingly less sour than I expected, but increases in the aftertaste. Next to the sourness, this beer is slightly fruity, has clear wooden oak tones and a nice bitterness (especially for a geuze) in the end.
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and full bodied for the style. Very smooth.
Overall: This is another magnificent winner by Armand! I start to wonder if there will ever be a day that Armand will not deliver. This man is unique and proves to time after time to be the best blender in the world! What a delicate geuze!

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Photo of souredonbeer
4.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SnowyBramble
4.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of JonnyBeers
4.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of spham
4.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of lateralundertow
4.8/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of straightlambic
4.8/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of Mike1512
4.8/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of irv2424
4.8/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of cosmicevan
4.8/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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4.8/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of mattreitz49
4.8/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BeerZombies1
4.79/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend from Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Beer rating: 4.49 out of 5 with 1,076 ratings
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