Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend | Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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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

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4.1/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a 375 ml poured into a duvel glass date says 2011/02/17

A: pours a nice slightly hazy golden orange with two finger of white head that dissapates slowly , no lacing to speak of. A nice film stays through out.

S: nice blend of sour funk and oak, light straw, green apple and lemon, nice aroma, smells well balanced. Doesn't smell quite as sour as I had hoped. The big difference I notice between this and the regular blend is that it smells a little more oaky and rounded, the sourness seems a tad more subtle

T: yum, nice balance of sour tartness ad oak, lemon tartness with a touch of straw/grass, some light green apple notes come through. Very well balanced between the oak and the sourness.

M: refreshing and nicley drinkable, with a light medium body and creamy effervescent carbonation, a touch dry with a hint of bitter oak on the finish, finishes mostly clean and dry though. The biggest difference here is there seems to be a good bit more effervescent carbonation then the regular blend. To the point where the cork literally blew off the bottle as soon as I took the cage off and scared the shit out of my cat

O: a very nice gueze, displaying a very nice blend that balances notes of oak and sour funk beautifully, really enjoy this one. Not overly sour, kinda just right, maybe a touch more tartness and I'd be in love. Overall not much different them the original
Blend, minus the effervescence and slightly more rounded oak notes, considering the price difference I'm glad to have tried it but I'm just as pleased with the original.

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Photo of kojevergas
4.12/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

BOTTLE: Purchased at Plan B Rotterdam for ~17 euro. 37.5cl. Green glass. Unbranded hood-and-wire cap over a branded cork. Bottled 12/03/2014. Best before: 12/03/2024.

6% ABV. Geuze.

Expectations are extremely high given this beer's reputation and the brewery behind it. Served at cellar temp into a pilsner glass.

HEAD: Occupies 50% of the glass. Audibly fizzy. ~5-7 cm wide. Somewhat thin, but not weak (not robust either). Consistency is too thin, though, and there isn't much of a complexion. Retention is average generally speaking (~2 minutes), but poor for the style and relatively low ABV.

BODY: Seemingly unfiltered judging by how murky it is. Copper colour of average vibrance. No yeast can be seen within.

Appears aptly carbonated. Not a unique or special looking gueuze, but appealing in a general sense, sure.

AROMA: Lambicus yeast is evident, walking a nice line between funkiness and sourness. Sourness seems tame but it's unmistakable. Nuanced funkiness brings notes of gym sock (as much as I hate that descriptor), leather, and twang. Bacterial intangibles are present, but it isn't a lactobacillus bomb like many American brewed sours. Oak rounds it out nicely, but sits in the background somewhat reticent to join the party. Acidity is obvious. Lemon. The beginnings of acetic character. Flora. Barnyard character (dried lime, a blip of hay). Has some nice green apple without ever coming off cidery.

I love that unlike most Cantillon expressions of the style, it isn't heavy on cereal grains (at least aromatically).

Funkiness is dominant.

TASTE: The taste delivers on the promises of the aroma, with white wine vinegar-soaked oak unifying the flavour profile. Funky more than it is sour, actually; sourness is maybe a 5-6/10 in terms of intensity. Twangy throughout, with acidic lemon and acetic acid dancing across the palate. Green apples, bacterial intangibles, salt, faint barnyard notes. It's a nuance gueuze, with plenty of subtleties sitting beneath the prominent funkiness that guides the beer. Lactic acid. Balanced and enjoyable, this gestalt beer feels like a unified whole in spite of being a blend.

Depth of flavour is good. Flavour duration is above average; that vinegar/acetic character carries into the aftertaste. Flavour intensity is relatively high.

As the aroma suggested, the cereal grain prominence that so often distracts in Cantillon's expressions of the style is nowhere to be found here...I think I prefer this as a result.

Some may find the oak reticent (especially those accustomed to more oak-forward American brews), but I find its subtlety masterful.

The funkiness that dominates the flavour profile is, possibly, the greatest funkiness I've ever experienced in a beer, with a lot of intangible intricacy going on. Showcases brettanomyces lambicus yeast shockingly well.

TEXTURE: Acidic and twangy. Smooth, near perfectly carbonated, and refreshing in its own way. Light-bodied.

It is almost exactly as it should be. This texture uses its acidity to emphasize the lemon, sourness, lime, and vinegar. Taste and mouthfeel are in harmony, elevating the beer beyond many examples of the style.

I will say that it's oddly dry on the palate, which can be parching. Maybe that's nitpicking, but it does lend the mouthfeel a bit of a scratchy hoarse vibe. So while the taste and mouthfeel are in harmony, it's not a perfect harmony. More softness would also be welcome.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh.

OVERALL: I could easily see this beating out most Cantillon gueuze style beers in a blind tasting, and I think that says it all. Highly drinkable, easily refreshing, and very satisfying. Yes, the dryness of the mouthfeel does hold it back a bit, but it's easily amongst the best examples of the style I've tried. It's hard to stop drinking, and I already wish I had more. Evidence Drie Fonteinen is one of the great lambic producers - and may be one of (if not the best) blender.

High quality though it obviously is, it'd be tough to shell out 17 euro for another bottle (heaven forbid the $30 USD I hear quoted for it in North America). But obviously price doesn't affect my rating, and it really is a must-try for the truly discerning drinker. Its high reputation is deserved.

Would pair well with salad. Would age beautifully; I'm sure Drie Fonteinen's 10 year guideline is right on the money.

A- (4.12)

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Photo of seeswo
4.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour is a challenge into my 3F Gueuze glass, taking several pours to empty the bottle. Pretty standard whitish gueuze head with big bubbles and an orangey-golden color. The nose is relatively funky and a bit fruity, like a hint of sour apple. A bit reserved. Taste is very similar to Oude Gueuze but with a bit more earthiness and age wrapped in. There is a bit of mineral that is slightly off, but otherwise it is a mildly funky brew. Carbonation is high with a medium body. Goes down really easily. Overall, I was really excited to try this beer. I would take Cantillon Classic/Bio over this, but it is still really good.

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Photo of Abbbp
4.15/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beer4B
4.16/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Shogun250
4.16/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of emerge077
4.17/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Explosive bang upon untwisting the cage, and a second later, the chilled bottle began gushing. Luckily a glass was nearby and the loss was negligible.

Deep saturated orange color, slight haze, steady trails of champagne carbonation. Initial head of billowing foam that threatened to overflow, but eventually subsides to a gentle skim across the surface. Not much lacing, odd as it was poured into a clean dry glass.

Complex aroma of oak and citrus, hints at tropical fruitiness. The older lambic lends a pleasant rounded mellowness to the nose.

Extremely dry with a clean sourness, plenty of oak and more fruit in the bitter citrus peel vein. Very balanced with a rounded feel on the palate. Flavors are very much standard issue Drie Fonteinen, signature minerality and firm dry oak in addition to light citrus. This blend is a fun novelty to try, albeit a pricey one. At least it's going towards brewing on-site again, so it's easier on the conscience when dropping the coin to try it.

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Photo of ADZA
4.17/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its a delight to finally see this brewery here and with a mighty pop of the caged cork it gushes out to leave a bubbly three finger head and a rim of lacing,the smell is sweaty socks,lemon sherbet,weeds,bubblegum and freshly cut grass,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy which coats the whole mouth with tastes of granny smith apples,lemon zest,sherbet,barnhouse funk and finished with a green apple grassy zestiness and overall what a drop and i really like this one something id buy again,perfect for a summers day cheers.

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Photo of Elimav
4.17/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dheldman
4.17/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Chris_Panos
4.18/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bunuelian
4.18/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BNarc
4.18/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mrtomatohead49
4.18/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of my_knew_craft
4.18/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at bu11zeye's 10,000th rating tasting.

The beer pours a yellow color with a large white head. The aroma is full of very tart lemons, with some nice wheat and yeast notes, as well as quite a bit of barnyard funk. The flavor is also quite funky, with some nice lemon and wheat notes. There is a medium amount of tartness and some nice yeast notes. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very interesting, funky and tart beer that I am glad I got to try.

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Photo of Dolfan907
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of epyon396
4.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 22Blue
4.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stefko
4.22/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of claspada
4.22/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, dark yellow with a large white head, decent retention, leaving some minimal lacing. Overall nice steady carbonation, maybe slightly over-carbonated.

Aromas begin with some funky minerality and an earthy mushroom-like character. Then you get some musty wood, very tart lemons. As it warms you get some nice wheat and yeast notes, as well as quite a some more emerging barnyard funk.

First impression in the flavor is super strong earthiness and musty oak. Straight from the barnyard here. There's some light acidity and a bit of leather and very light lemon. The acidity and funk flow right into one another.

The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. Finish is dry quite heavy on the funk and earth.

Overall this was a nice treat sampled amongst the other sour beers of the evening. Although the aroma delivered slightly more than the flavor, it was still quite above average. Everything about the aromas and flavors helps to deliver the maxim amount of funk.

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Photo of Eman17
4.22/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dkw0063
4.23/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.23/5  rDev -6%
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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Photo of Cynic-ale
4.24/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend from Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
4.5 out of 5 based on 1,031 ratings.
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