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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1,039
Reviews:
182
Avg:
4.5
pDev:
6.89%
 
 
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Photo of jrallen34
3.75/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of JohnCassillo
3.79/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of papat444
3.8/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Kump for this one.

Poured from a 375ml bottle, bottled 17/02/2011, best before 02/2021.

Bit of mold around the rim near the cork, all under the foil wrapping. Undeterred, i wipe it off and pour. Pours orange-gold, good formation of head that has an average lasting. Very tart and acidic, mouth puckeringly so but masks the flavors a bit. Carbonation is very low and the sour apples come through and are pleasant. Harshness with flavor not following makes this one a slight miss for me.

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Photo of Nat1975
3.8/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kornkid8600
3.83/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TMoney2591
3.9/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Local Option cervoise.

Thrilled to have a second chance with this beer, as my first bottle met a particularly painful end. It pours a lightly-hazy sunset amber-gold topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose is a veritable field guide to scent-heavy apple varieties, along with some bits of grapefruit zest, white grape, honeydew, powdered sugar, and a hint of cobweb. The taste holds notes of tart grapefruit, heavy funk, chardonnay grapes, oak, and cobweb. The tartness and the funk don't play nicely together, spreading a minor din throughout my mouth where I hoped orchards and vineyards would re-enact a Fantasia episode. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, a certainly well-meaning gueuze, but one that just doesn't have the balance I generally look for, opting instead for a contentious mixture of strong funk and strong tart fruit. It's nowhere near bad, but not something I would readily reach for in the near future (especially with that audacious price tag).

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Photo of tarheels86
3.92/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375mL thanks to ygtbsm94. Pours hazy, deep orange. Thick, white head. Rich, super dense Valencia orange nose, thick and juicy. My lord. Taste is tangy, very musty, huge attic, huge molded white grapefruit. Quite aggressively sour. Rich and powerful. Great stuff. Heavier carbonation. Would love to see how this progresses. Have a good number saved. 9/4/7/4/15=3.9

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Photo of IPAchris
3.93/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SkeeterBoganski
3.93/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - amber gold with a half-inch soapy-looking bubble head that shrinks to 1/8th of an inch after settling; active carbonation....it's ALIVE!

S - funky tart; white grapes; sour apples; lemon; grains; more funk

T - bite sour; sour apples again; faded white grape juice; tarty; lemon zest; acidic; oak notes towards the back; has some sour patch kid flavors going on

M - smooth but carbonated; the sour elements keep pinging the back of my throat long after the sip is gone; champagne dry as a finish; airy

O - this is a really unique beer...and really...a different beer style that I'm trying to explore, albeit with some reservations; the cost of this and Cantillon is high and not really suggestive of casual exploration; I dig the flavors and mouthfeel, but the sour elements and the overall funky tart fuck with my gut. I imagine this is one of the better 'more available' gueuzes out there...and I'll pick up again to try, but no one's every going to find me chasing 3F.

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Photo of Feelmebone
3.94/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Snig623
3.96/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jeffo
3.96/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a chance to try this at Jeroen's place a few weeks back. Along with the insane menu that day, this made for a wonderful sensory indulging afternoon. Thanks again for the king's treatment guys!

From a 375ml into mini flute
Note: Drunk this right after the regular Oude Gueuze, so some comparisons will be drawn.

APPEARANCE: Pours a big white head that quickly fades to a foam cap. Clear golden yellow in color with high levels of vibrant carbonation. A bubbly ring remains until the end and leaves some foamy lacing down the glass. Looks the same as the regular gueuze.

SMELL: Relatively mild on the nose. Some hay, funky aromas and some definite floral notes. Less acidity and more mild than the regular gueuze.

TASTE: Bolder flavors than the nose had advertised. Hay, funk, and some nice lemon flavors. More sourness for sure, as you’d expect with older lambic, and some oak flavors again. Bigger and lingering aftertaste is funky with oak notes and more lemon sourness than the regular gueuze. A touch of bitter floral notes linger and offer balance as well.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Light on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly sticky. A touch lighter than the regular gueuze, but still smooth with proper levels of carbonation.

OVERALL: It was certainly interesting to try the regular Oude Gueuze next to this one. The inclusion of 4 year old lambic has made it more sour in flavor, but a touch lighter in the feel. This one was quite nice and the bold and assertive flavors made it quite easy to enjoy. Would gladly drink again. Thanks again for sharing guys!

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Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden amber pour with a very tall head with decent retention. Funky barnyard smell, citric acid, sulfur, typical geuze stuff. The taste is sour as hell, apple vinegar style, salty as well, with a strong bitterness underneath. Surprisingly refreshing and apparently it goes well after a spicy meal.

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4/5  rDev -11.1%

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4/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of WalkerHater
4/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mobius387
4/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrunkAl
4/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -11.1%

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4/5  rDev -11.1%

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4/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of RAKeeler
4/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BGsWo22
4/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of masterofsparks
4/5  rDev -11.1%

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4/5  rDev -11.1%

Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend from Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
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