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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden BlendDrie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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.

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Photo of Roguer
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tons of carbonation; cork flew off like a rocket, cage actually broke. Enormous fluffy white head. Brew is a beautiful hazy copper-orange-gold, translucent. Great head retention, and fluffy chunks of lacing.

Sharp, sweet, and musty yeast aroma, tart and funky. Fairly neutral, with a hint of citrus and wheat.

Extremely tart and crisp, funky shifting to a flat, musty funk at the end. Slight BPA or Saison sweetness and straw flavor behind. Citrus, and very obvious oak notes. Delicious!

Lively and tart mouthfeel, very drinkable but medium overall. Long semi-dry finish.

This is fantastic, probably the best geuze I've had yet.

3 year old bottle.

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Photo of sukwonee
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date: 2/17/2011. Consumed on 11/16/2012
A: Hazy orange body with two finger white head. Good amount of lacing. Looks delicious.

S: Sour yeast, sweetness, oak, citrous, some barnyard funk.

T: Taste follows the nose, but it's not as sweet as expected. Also, it's not as sour or puckering as I expected. It's quite bready, you really get the oak/woody-ness. Sourness and the citrus (lemon) kick in again towards the middle and the finish. Very nice, although for some reason, I originallyl thought this beer would be more sour and mouth-puckering. Some reviewers below mention that this beer is tart, but I am not sure if I agree. It's for sure acidic, but it's more of acidic sourness than tartness, imo.

M: High carbonation, medium body, dry finish.

O: Glad I got to try this. Surprisingly easy to drink and refreshing.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375mL bottle poured into tulip - thanks rob

Pours a lightly hazed golden straw color with a thin layering of white head resting on top. Fades into a collar of retained film, leaving some spotty lacing on the glass.

Incredible nose jam-packed with heavy funk and bright, effervescent tartness. Grass, hay and funky yeast punctuated by green apple and lemon peel. I could literally sit and smell this beer for an hour - it took me nearly 5 minutes just to take a sip.

Bright acidic tartness hits the tongue immediately with lemon peel and green apple. Formidable funkiness with yeast, hay and barnyard. Straw and grass with continuing sourness throughout the whole profile. Dry and bubbly on the tongue, finishing with strong, lingering sour flavor.

Medium body, well carbonated, dry and lasting on the tongue. This really takes the typical 3F Oude Gueuze (which is already a great beer) to a new level, adding depth of flavor driven by a phenomenal nose.

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

A- Dark honey transparent, with three finger head medium retention no legs

S- Citrus galore, lemon, grapefruit, then the stamped 3F funk.

T- Such a smooth gueuze. Had Armand Winter a few days ago, and this crushes it. Citrus and 3F funk.

M- Smooth with high carb. Coats the mouth with minimal wax

O- There are shops with this 10 deep around me; and I have had my fair share of gueuze and I think I want to buy them out at the expensive rate of $25/bottle. It is that good

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Photo of illidurit
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared at Sante Adairius. Opens with a substantial "pop" but no gushing as in other reviews. Pours a yellow-gold color with a nice white head. Really lovely aroma, oranges and grapefruits and light floral notes, chlorine and basement. Lactic sourness, citrus rind, dust, grass, wet wood. Really sublime in its balance. Great blend.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle, bottled 17/02/2011, poured into a tumbler. Beware, cork pops as soon as cage is removed, but no gushing.

Pours a cloudy orange golden color with a massive foamy cream head. Head fades quickly though to a thin layer with spotty clumps of lace. As fast as the cork explodes, the aroma hits you as well; strong mineral, funk and barnyard must blending with surprising fruit sweetness. Flavor is remarkably complex, yet balanced this young. Starts with an immediate citrus rind and lemon sweetness on the front of the palate. Earthy and mineral funk quickly join mid palate with some light acidity trailing. Finish is pleasantly dry, tart, grassy and earthy. Very smooth transition from fruit and sweet to funk to earth. Soft, medium light body with effervescent carbonation and a clean finish. So, this is pretty great fresh and should develop nicely. I'd recommend buying 3 or 20 to age.

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

Foams up quite a bit on the pour, and even after 10 minutes the bubbles keep rocketing through the glass. Has a light copper color, with only a very slight haze. Mild tartness to the smell, like too-green apples. Right out of the fridge, you get a heavy carbonation in the mouth, and the cold mutes the flavors. After a few minutes in a warm summer room, the flavors come alive. There's a tartness to it, but nothing that overpowers. It's like subtle perfection in its refreshing quality that lets you know it knows it's awesome, but doesn't have to shove it in your face.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.56/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Bottle from a very generous Tim, thanks! Holy shit these are explosive. Tim cracked a few bottles yesterday and the corks flew out as soon as the cages came off. Same thing happened with this bottle. Make sure to have a glass at hand so you don't lose any of this.

A: Hazy yellow gold with three fingers of fast fading mousse-like beige froth. Lacing is scattered.

S: Mushroom and blue cheese ride a wave of earth. Barnyard notes are substantial. Oak mingles with damp forest floor. Lemon is pronounced and I detect light apple notes with some leather. Strong earthy characteristics are accompanied by a subtle mineral note.

T: Lemon with a sharp citric acidity and a low acetic acidity. Brackish and tart, with lemon being prominent throughout. This is very earthy and there's a light mineral note. I detect a hint of grapefruit and just a little apple. Oak is faint. The tartness is mouthwatering. The beer has an upper moderate lactic sourness with a dry, tannic finish.

M: Lower medium body with high carbonation.

Overall: A really nice blend. It has a lot of depth for how young it is.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.56/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy darker golden orange with a big white head that settled quickly and eventually disappearing while drinking.

The aroma is heavy with oak and fruit character. Funk. Apple cider. Very complex and inviting.

Very oaky with fruit and musty funk underlying. Aftertaste gets funky and old cheesy.

Sharp, light bodied, effervescent, mild tartness, and dry.

A stellar geuze. The price tag hurts, but that is the only bad thing about this beer.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.57/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle 6,0% ABV
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Lot number: 17/02/2011
Best Before: Feb 2021

Appearance: Golden blend certainly seems to be an appropriate name for this beer, as it pours a lightly hazed, but bright golden-orange. A rough pour yields a large, white head that lasts acceptably well for the style and leaves a few patches of lace on the way down.

Smell: Mmmm, I could smell the funk as soon as the cork was popped - it has been way too long since I had a good geuze. Notes include: Dusty sacks, old dry leaves, oak, periodic bursts of funky cheese, old books, earthy mushrooms, orange peel, old wood and lemon. It actually smells quite acidic.

Taste: The flavour is not quite as full as the nose, but is still top class. As expected, it is quite tart (lightly puckering) and very dry. Flavour notes include: Musty basement, dry leaves, dust, dry thatch, old wood, lemon and a touch of white grapes.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium bodied, with a super high level of carbonation. The carbonation is initially a little too much for me, however things settle down sufficiently midway through the bottle.

Overall: Another delicious geuze from Drie Fonteinen - it would seem as if Armand can do no wrong with his new releases! I wish I had bought more than this one bottle!

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.57/5  rDev +1.8%

375ml into an allagash flute. 3.5 years old at time of consumption

dark golden color, slight head. funky, oaky, floral nose. taste of faded apricots, good amount of tartness, slight vinegar. not overly sour. horseblanket. not very carbonated, but not quite flat. finish extremely dry. terrific example of what you want in a gueuze, and it should be sought out. you wont be disappointing with this one.

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Photo of pagriley
4.57/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2011 bottling I to a snifter.

L - goldn is the word. Deep honey gold with almost no head
S - sharp lemon grass and bright acid. Soft oak
T - touch of funk but astonishing balance of acid and lemon
F - slight sparkle to the carb. Very smooth and almost creamy

Overall a fantastic beer.

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Photo of yamar68
4.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2011 vintage:

Absolutely gorgeous. Golden pear colored body, like a glass of apple cider with a surprisingly full bone white head that fills the glass with ease. Waves of needlepoint beading stuff the body of the beer... perfect.

Overripe apple, white grape and plum with a mellow vinegar acidity. Pear and peach skins.

Apple cider vingar, pear, grape juice... all smothered with the funkiest of the funk. The mid palate is musty and provides a blank canvas for that tart, fruity finish.

Wonderful stuff.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle into a 3F wine-style glass. Enjoyed with friends both new (shout-out to BA warnerry!) and old at the brewery tasting room.

A: Crystal clear golden-amber body with lots of lively effervescence rising to sustain a finger of fine, soft off-white head. Some nice lace. Stunning.

S: Fairly restrained, balanced, zesty aroma of grass, lemon, flowers, and green apples. Amazingly fresh, vibrant, and appealing. I'd like more funk, but this is great, too.

T: Opens with a nice balance of malt and fruity acidity, with lemon pulp giving way to some more generic tropical citrus notes midway through. A bit of flinty earthiness gives depth, but is well in the background. Some almost sweet, juicy fruitiness toward the finish. Dry, tart aftertaste. If I hadn't just had Lente, this would probably be a 5.

M: Soft, creamy, nicely carbonated medium body. Great.

O: Considering that it has 4-year-old Lambic, this tasted rather young - but in a delicious, vibrant, zesty way. I can't wait to see what it does with more time. It's entirely different from the two Armand'4s that we drank before it (Winter and Lente), but it's definitely in the same class.


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

pours a golden orange with about an inch of thick white head. light lacing. fairly clear with a slight haze.

heavy oak, very dominating. light sourness with faint green apple.

very oak heavy through out. loads of character from the oak. fairly sour with a balancing sweetness. a bit more green apple and maybe some light lemon. funk was a bit faint. light mineral. a bit like the standard oude gueuze with more depth.

light with perfect carbonation. flavors seemed to really pop on this.

really good. the price sucks now but i can see this being pretty epic in 5-10 years. everyone will be kicking themselves for not buying more.

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

Bottled in 2011 I believe, uncaged the cork and it popped itself. Straw in color, haze. Strong head is quick to fizzle away but never actually leaves.

Funk, barnyard, vinous green grapes, almost a burnt sugar element in the nose.

Tart, lemongrass, acidic and somewhat sweet. Musty. Sour but not the sourest I've had. Very nice, complex.

Carbonation is spot on, assertive but not aggressive, plays with the tongue.

Worth buying a bottle or two or sure, picked up an extra that I'll hold onto for a few years. Excellent geueze, 3 Fonteinen does it best!

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

Poured from a 375 mL bottle into a stemmed glass. This was bottled on 02/17/2011 so is about 3.5 years since bottling. The cork fires off immediately after I give it a little twist.

Appearance: Pours a fairly opaque deep peach/apricot, medium amber color and immediately gives several fingers of off-white head that fade relatively quickly, over several minutes though, and leave a white layer atop the beer, along with plenty of lacing.

Smell: Sour apricots/peaches, lemon, lovely floral aromas, oak, nice bretty funk, black pepper, must. Perfect amount of funk in the smell.

Taste: Sour green apple, black pepper, citrus peel, lemon, floral flavors, bread, oak. As for sourness: about a 6.5/10 - just the right amount.

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation with a really frothy, fizzy, creamy body. Finishes quite nice and dry.

Overall: Probably the best gueuze I've had - very complex and really well done. The aroma is breathtaking and delicious and the flavor is to style and wonderful. Just the right amount of sour and funk with great flavors.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle: Poured a hazy golden color lambic with a large foamy head with great retention and some excellent lacing. Aroma of light funk with some tart green apple notes. Taste is a complex and refreshing at the same time mix between some funk and green apple notes with light tart finish. Acidity level if so well balanced. Body is quite full with super great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed and super enjoyable and also somewhat reminiscent of Girardin gueuze. .

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Photo of Brent
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

As expected, highly carbonated with a tight, aggressive head that required cautious and patient pouring, but worth the wait. Tingly on the tongue, with both under and overripe orchard fruit notes - green apple, ripe apricot, a touch of mango. Some reserved funkyness, but far from the barnyard some evoke - tartness rises up toward the end and the finish is amazingly bone dry.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle poured into a flute at cellar temperature. I’ve been looking forward to this one for a while.

L – Deep gold color with an enormous, champagne-like 10-finger thick, mousse-like, white head initially. It eventually settles into a 6-finger bubbly, rocky, white head. Awesome retention and some great patchy lacing. The beer is very clear with a good amount of bubbles.

S – Definitely lots of musty, funky Brett with a touch of acidic sour apples, lemons, grapes. There are some dry, slightly earthy oak notes, as well. It doesn’t smell as sour as I thought it would, but let’s wait for the taste.

T – Well, I definitely spoke too soon. This beer is amazingly sour with apple, cherry, grape, lemon, and lime flavors. The barnyard, horse-blanket funk is still very apparent, particularly at the finish. Some woody oak and earthy, almost leathery flavors come through at the finish, too. The taste is very interesting because, while it is very sour, it is also very smooth and balanced at the same time. All I can really say is that it is extraordinarily well-blended.

F – Medium-bodied with great carbonation, a prickly and puckering mouthfeel, and a sour, funky, and dry finish. While the finish is dry, the beer has a wet feel throughout from all the saliva that my mouth is producing from the acidity. After the finish, some sour fruity flavors and some earthy, musty, and funky flavors linger nicely on the tongue and palate.

O – This is a great gueuze. Between the aroma and the flavor, the sour and funky notes are perfectly balanced. The funky notes are more prevalent in the aroma, while the vinegary, acidic, and sour notes are stronger in the taste. In my opinion, this is perfect. The wide range of complex products that are created by Brettanomyces are better suited for the aroma, while the sheer acidity and sourness of the beer can really only be appreciated in the taste. I would really like to try some more beers from Drie Fonteinen. I hear that their sours are out of control. If this one is any indication of how they are, then sign me up.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

375ml bottle served in a Kriek Flute glass.

Corked bottle from 2011. Valid until 2021.

A: Pours a nice orange clear color forming a huge white to yellow head. Very bubbled. Excellent retention and tons of lacings left in the glass. Body is very carbonated and you can see a lot of bubbled popping from the bottom of the glass

S: Lambic like in the nose. VERY fruity and tart. Notes of apples, white grapes and pears. Sweet grains, Lambic yeasts, a little bit metallic. Light notes of wood

T: Absolutely great. Amazingly Geuze. Very well balanced sweetness/sourness. More acid than the traditional gueuze. Upfront is slightly sweet and grainy but very fruity with notes of apples and white grapes. Vinegar. Bit metallic. End is intense Lambic yeasts

M: Light body, high carbonation. Such a pleasure. Sour and vinegar aftertaste

O: Excellent drinkability. Perfect Geuze!

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Photo of wd40
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber slightly cloudy appearance. Definitely can smell and taste the lactic acid but it is really nicely balanced so that only a slight acidity lingers on the palate. Small amount of barnyard funk in the background. Complex hint of bitterness as it warms up closer to room temperature. I'm really happy I got the chance to try this really special beer!

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Photo of Jonada
4.62/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The golden blend is just that; it's dark golden in color. Poured with about 3 fingers of an off white head that dissipated quickly leaving a thin coating that stuck around through the whole glass. Almost no lacing

Smell: Lemon, funky, musty, white grape, green apples. Funk becomes more present as it warms. This beer smells really sour.

Taste: Intensely tart and acidic at the front of the tongue, almost mouth puckeringly sour. Middle of the mouth is more lemon, white wine grapes, and funk. Finish has notes of oak and funk.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is high. Finish is dry with a lingering sourness.

Overall: One of the best gueuze lambics I've ever had. Noticeably more sour than the normal 3F Geuze. The price tag prevents this from being a more regular purchase, but definitely worth picking up a bottle or two for special occasions.

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Photo of kscaldef
4.62/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of WankelEngine
4.62/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 375ml corked and caged bottle into a glass

A: Pours a hazy amber orange color. Vibrantly white head fizzes down to a relatively thick cap of foam for the style.

S: Strong notes of vinegar waft out of the glass. These are followed shortly by a lemon zest tartness and some funk. Hay and barnyard.

T: The vinegar and lemon flavor are potent but balanced. A fairly dry flavor with some wheat. Very funky with earthy, lactic flavors. Horse blanket, barnyard and wet hay. Apple vinegar. Lingering flavors or lemongrass and lactic funk.

M: High, effervescent carbonation increases the tart sensations.

O: One of my new favorite gueuzes. Incredibly tart and funky but more balanced than most in this style. The tart flavors are somehow both incredibly potent but not overwhelmingly sharp. Great flavors.

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
4.49 out of 5 based on 986 ratings.
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