Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend | Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden BlendDrie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend
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:
#149
Reviews:
189
Ratings:
1,090
pDev:
6.68%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of unclekeith
4.48/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zaximus
4.04/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of lewith
4.31/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Samact
4.39/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of fossage78
4/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of delgotit99
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of gcamparone
4.52/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.56/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Gasc0igne
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A summary of "all" of my FEB 2011 bottles that I've opened since ~2013:

Bottle 1: Can see the potential, inferior to A&T.
Bottle 2: Slowly developing, straying from A&T to Core.
Bottle 3: The same trend, heading to a stunning batch of Core.
.....
Bottle 9: Worlds collided and formed the perfect Geuze some time between 2015 & 2016, at or around five years since release.

The best Geuze are Golden Blend (if after Fruit Tingles + always carbonated), Armand & Tommy (if after the epitome of that classic 3F style), and The Seasons (if after a stunning funk-fest).

All remaining bottles are now only popped for special occasions (must have one per year though!). If you see a Batch #1 Golden Blend, buy it.

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Photo of HoldenDurden
4/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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4.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Feb. 2011 vintage, enjoyed on a rainy Oct. 2017 day for the 5,000th rating.

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4.18/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.42/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

File this review under: Really expensive beer that I hate because it is so delicious.

Pours a slightly darker color of gold than your average gueuze. Super thin 1/6" white head. Aroma is kicking down some seriously sour notes, what is missing is that plastic burning feel that 3F had going on for awhile. This is just tons of lemon like sour notes and oak. Mild funk behind it, not harsh, enjoyable.

A taste that brings out citrus notes without relying too much on lemon and grapefruit solely. Very sour, but not acidic really. Effortless drinking. The notion of barnyard can only be discussed by saying it must be a very clean barnyard, the farm butthole aspect of a gueuze isn't present, thankfully. I like this more than their regular gueuze because its aroma is better and it has more of a varied citrus flavor instead of just lemon sour power. Carbonation was on point. Interesting that the alcohol is 7.5% in this one compared to the normal gueuze. Can't taste it thankfully.

Downside of this beer is that it is expensive AF. But even then, I could see spoiling myself every now and then and buying it again. ~$30/375ml. But the score suffers because of the price. If this was priced like de garde, I would say its rating would be like 4.7/5

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4.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 vintage
Pours amber / golden with small head.
Aroma has lots of funk, hay, barnyard, lemons.
Taste is lemon tart, hay, wet cellar, funk, little grapefruit, sour, wet grass, crisp.

2011 vintage
Pours amber / golden with no head
Aroma has horse blanket, funky, hay, dry
Taste is oak, lemons, apple, tart, earthy.
L: 4.5 S: 4.25 T: 4.5 F 4.5 O: 4.5

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