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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
Belgium | website

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 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 lunarbrew
4.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served into HF stemware. Pours light amber with a redish hue. Tons of carbonation and very strong head retention. Foamy sticky lacing.

Pungent and tart. Lots of vinegar, green apple, currant-esque acidity, and lemon. There is a sweetness hidden that is almost almost honey-like. Very complex.

Wow. This is beautiful, round, and balanced. Soft flavors of lemon, dry white grape, and green apple skin. There is a bit of grainy finish. The finish is super-dry, all-in-all. The sourness is in check, but still obvious. Not as sour as is smells. Highly drinkable.

Mouthfeel is medium weight. I get some tanniny resin on my tongue, almost like I just finished a sip of white wine. Highly complex. Awesome foamy carbonation. Extremely drinkable and balanced.

This is an awesome beer--pure and simple. An exemplar of a balanced and classic gueuze. I don't know if I'm thankful or frustrated I can buy more easily. 3F knocks it out of the ballpark, but damn if they're not expensive.

Re-reviewed on 12/8/13:
Doing brief reviews of a few beers today. This was opened along side Oude Gueuze, Hefst, Zomer, and Winter. My reviews will be comparative. This was clearly an amazing tasting. Thanks to Dactrius and Stevedore for contributing and participating. I'm only reviewing for smell, taste, and overall here. Other reviews will be general to save time. Honestly, each beer was quite similar in these general categories.

Generally, I want to say that this tasting really wrecked my impression of GB. I loved this beer before. In fact, it may have been my favorite gueuze. However, the complexity, intensity, and depth of the other beers really painted this in a new light. It's far more simple, light bodied, and unbalanced than the seasons. Even Oude Gueuze was a more balanced and cohesive beer. Everything about GB seemed a tad watered down. The nose on GB seemed especially disappointing. It was a tad funky, not in the right way, and muted. I'm glad I was able to try in a side by side. It really helped open my mind to the world of gueuze.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle from Etre Gourmet
Bottled on 2011
Poured into a Drie Fonteinen gueuze glass

Cork pops out of bottle immediately after removing metal cage and some gushing happens: be careful with this one.

Sampled side-by-side with a 2010 Drie Fonteinen Oude Gueuze.

Slightly more intense with tartness, sweetness, oakiness, and richness of flavors than the "typical" Drie Fonteinen gueuze, Golden Blend is a smooth and refined gueuze that is one of the pinnacles of the style. If the aroma was slightly more expressive, this could be near-perfect for me.

Looks virtually identical to its Oude Gueuze counterpart, perhaps a tad darker in color. Pours a fairly massive, tall head with fairly good retention of a few minutes. Head is off-white, eggshell, composed of large and medium-sized bubbles. As it descends, it leaves some streaks of lacing, with larger blotches near the body. Body is a golden yellow with a subtle orange tint, transparent if you don't add the yeast (cloudy otherwise). Nice, big bubbles of carbonation stream from the bottom of the glass to support the head.

Aroma is surprisingly sweet with oak undertones, some tangible tropical scents (pineapple) waft up, and there is some minor-key white pepper. This is substantially smoother, sweeter, and fruitier than the funkier, harsher Oude Gueuze. If you're looking for that compositing hay and organic matter scent in your gueuze, do not go for the Golden Blend.

Slightly more robust flavors overall, and smoother, with greater emphasis on wild yeast metabolites and pineapple-based tropical fruit: delicious, a definitely more "refined" version of their gueuze. Opens with meyer lemon like tartness, smooth wheat and pale malt base sweetness, and a bit of mixed tropical fruit flavor (pineapple, mango). Mid-palate of strong, fresh pineapple, white pepper, oak, with acidic and tart lemon juice. Back of palate is acidic and tart, with clear lemon juice and apple cider vinegar tones. Lingering aftertaste of subtle pale malts with lightly acidic tartness.

Beer is medium-bodied, with medium to medium-low levels of carbonation. The result is a smooth, crisp beer from the acidity, where the carbonation does not get in the way. Finishes very dry, as expected from the style.

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Photo of starrdogg
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mostly clear orange/gold with a thin white head. Aroma is fantastic - great mix of oak, sour and funk that literally makes my mouth water - pretty much a perfect smell for a gueuze. So excited to drink this. Flavor follows the nose - it's always so tough to describe what distinguishes one gueuze from the next, but I'll do my best. I'll say, right out, this one is a great one though. The balance here is fantastic, it's got a nice blend of funk and sour and the oak mixes in very impressively. It's got some notes of lemons and apples too. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied, but it's nicely mouth-coating. Overall, this is a top notch gueuze that has a lot going on and a fantastic balance of flavor. I feel like it tastes a bit like the regular 3F gueuze with the sour, funk and oak all more pronounced.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, golden orange color with a medium white head that goes down slowly. Scent is oh so funky...which is expected from a 3F beer. Not nearly as funky as some of the Krieks I've had from them, but more of a pleasant, non-stinky sock type funk. More barnyard and hay than anything. Great funky with some acidic aromas. Also get some peach and apricot in the nose, maybe a bit of grass as well. What a great-smelling beer. Taste is just as good. Great funky/sour flavors with some grass and hay. Some stone fruit flavors, but very subdued. This beer is sour, but not as sour as I was expecting. Maybe even a little less sour than the regular Gueuze from 3F. Not too acidic, and quite dry on the finish. A very well-crafted gueuze IMO. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, puckering, and dry. Drinkability is VERY high...could sip on this all day. Overall, this is a fantastic beer, but not sure if it's worth the price tag. It needs to make the normal offering from 3F feel shameful in order to charge double for this one, and it does not. I am just as happy with the Kriek and Gueuze. Glad I got to try it though.

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Photo of zac16125
4.42/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz bottle into a tulip
bottled on date: 2011/02/17

At $26 for a 12.7oz bottle this is officially the most expensive beer per oz that I have drank to date.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with just under 2 fingers width of bright white head, which dissipates down fairly slowly to leave a thick film that hangs around for the majority of the drink but leaves no lacing. Lots of carbonation bubbles can be seen racing to the top of the glass.

S: Wonderful sour/tart, oak, and fruity sweet aromas explode out of the glass. Tangerine citrus, sweet white and red grapes, hints of cracked white pepper and estery- banana. So complex, with a great interplay between the sweetness, sourness, and oak.

T: Tart, with a sour character that is somewhat puckering, lemony acidic, vinous with white grape notes, some peppery spice and banana on the finish. Oak lingers forever in the aftertaste, some mild wet hay characters but otherwise very little funk, a bitterness component hits the palate every once in a while, as does a champagne-esque flavor. Just so much complexity here, very well done.

M/D: Heavy carbonation, fuller body than most of the style, but works well with the high carbonation. Has an almost chewy component, and is very quick drying. Puckering sourness at times. Drinkability is great, I had to make a conscious effort multiple times throughout the drink to slow down and enjoy it.

O: Overall, what a great beer. Much better than the regular 3F Oude Geuze, with a better sourness, more complexity, and just generally stronger flavors. I would love to drink this beer again, but unfortunately the ungodly price tag will make this a rare treat. Really nice beer, but I don't think its worth $26 for a 375mL but then again I cant imagine thinking any beer could live up to that price. Bottom line is, if you can afford it, go get it.

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

We've compared a bottle of this one with Cantillon, and the difference was incredible. I like Cantillon Gueuze very much and I find it one of the best beers out there, but this is even better and more complex. Definitively funkier and moldier than any gueuze I've tried. Possibly the best beer I've had so far.

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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 Etan
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml into a tulip. Bottled 2/17/2011.

A: Mellow gold with a big white head.

S: Earthy, woody sourness. Lots of oak, nice raspberry and mango sweetness underneath. Rich funk in the sourness.

T: Very fruity. Strawberry, bitter seed, blackberry skin, oak, lemon, lactic and wheat notes, ghost of vinegar. Strong but balanced tartness becomes earthy and wet as it warms.

M: Slight carbonation, a little more than light-bodied. Less carbonated than the Armand'4s.

O: Seems like a very clean blend - light, fruity, but very oaky. Well-balanced. Excellent.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.76/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Drank from my Cantillon Geuze glass

A - Pours a slight cloudy copper golden colour with a large white head that retains very well and laces.

S - Heaps of horse blanket, wood and sour funk.

T - So smooth. Plety of balance between the Brett, Funk, Wine and Oak, and Green Grass. The finish is very impressive and sour/bitter.

M - Light to medium body with medium carbonation

O - This is an almighty Geuze. So very very well refined and balanced. No one flavour is dominant, the body is also perfect.

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Photo of kevanb
4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice hazy orange copper color with hints of amber and apricot. A nice white head sits atop the beer, about 2 finges high, that recedes quickly but leaves a nice bit of film behind, but no lacing. The nose is a bit weaker than I anticipated but imparts some great aromas, notes of tart apples, faint citrus, funky yeast and hay, with a bit of wood at the end. The balance is great, every elements gets a chance to shine, it's just unfortunate that they aren't more powerful. The flavors jump out a bit more, much to my delight, nice funky yeast right off the bat, hay, stronger oak presence with great complimentary citrus notes. What I really like about this beer is the subtle fruit and berry notes that tickle the tongue so gently, could be apricots, strawberries or perhaps peach flesh. The body is spot on, nice and effervescent, dry and tart but the finish is so smooth, a bit more so than the original recipe.

Verdict: This is another knock out from Armand at Drie Fonteinen. I can't really say that the addition of the 4 year old lambic really took this beer to a new height, but it did come off as slightly different than the regular blend. The bottom line is, this is a fine beer that everyone should seek out and enjoy.

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

The hype is for real on this one. The mouthfeel is awesome. The tart balance is fantastic. Overall this is one of my all time favorite lambic so and I will seeking more of these out soon.

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

A: pours a clear gold with a finger and a half of dense white head that is slow to fade in a duvel tulip
S: smells of oak, sourness, funk, and some fruitiness
T: tastes of bracing tartness, some oak, fruitiness, light funk, more sourness and more funk. swallow is funk and sore throat spray numbness
M: medium body with prickly carbonation. finish is drying
O: Well rounded flavors and delightfully sour. not too overly sour either so this one is pretty enjoyable. not sure if it was worth the price of admission but a fantastic drinking experience

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

Poured from a corked and caged bottle dated 2/17/2011 into a champagne flute. Cork was moldy on the outside around the edge.

Appearance: Translucent, golden amber with a large, loose white head that dissipates slowly. A crown persists through the end of the glass, but no lacing to speak of.

Smell: Sour blackberries, funk. I've never been so reminded of a fruit flavor in a beer that doesn't have any fruit in it than with this beer. Lots of Gueuzy funk in this beer, quite vinous and a hint of alcohol comes through in the nose as well.

Taste: The blackberry strikes again. I'm almost entirely sure this is because of that mold on the outside of the cork around the lip of the bottle, but I did clean it off before pouring. I've had blackberry fruited sours that taste less like blackberry than this beer does. Lightly bitter, and far from the most sour beer I've ever tasted. Very mild, not at all mouth puckering. That blackberry mold flavor is really delightful though. If this qualifies as infected because of that, it's delicious. Wouldn't mind having one of these every day, except that I'd go broke fast.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated, but soft in the way a fine champagne is. Not prickly at all. Really beautiful.

Overall: While I'm sure that mold affected the flavor and smell of my beer, it wasn't a bad thing. This was delicious in every way. Would love to get more of this somehow, some way.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.96/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Corked and caged on 2-17-11.

A- Pours a medium to deeper gold with a 2-3 finger head on the top. Retention is very good, and so is the lacing. The body is rather clear because I left the yeast undisturbed for the first pour.

S- Starts off with a hint of tart, but rather sweet on the front end. Moves toward a more typical, tart, somewhat citrus-like sour smell. Light notes of oak and a definite feel to the smell of effervescent.

T- Starts with a slightly dry, moderately tart taste. Moves quickly toward a stronger, more sour flavor that puckers the tongue. Acidic tart notes intermingle with light, oak barrel flavors to heighten the dry taste. Towards the end of the drink, the beer starts to display some of the more musty, biscuity yeast flavors, as well as a light bitterness on the back of the tongue.

M- This beer is the most carbonated beer I've ever drank. Rather sour, keeping you from drinking quickly, but not so sour to give you a heavy feeling in your stomach. Quite a good balance between sour and a little bit bitter make this one easier to drink that other Belgian sours.

Overall, this beer is terribly impressive. Although it is expensive, I think it is well worth the price tag; at least once. This may have convinced me to grab another bottle if I see it again, and lay it down for as long as I can leave it alone.

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

Pours a beautiful golden color with classic lacing. Smells of funk and citrus. The taste is extremely, crisp, tart and full of funk. Absolutely amazing.

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Photo of aleigator
4.92/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Oude geuze Golden Blend '14 vintage

Pours a saturated, bright, golden-amber color, with a small, fizzy head, receding to a thin, bubbly texture at the rim of the glass.

On the nose, the beer produces an incredibly intense funkiness. It features green apple peel, crisp citrus wrapped up in blue cheese, leather, prickling mushroom, jogurt, and most surprisingly a pleasant floral note. All those flavors blend together marvellously, creating a very harmonious, aroma bursting impression.

Has a soft, medium carbonation with a pleasant mouthfeel to it, refreshing due to citrus and mineralic tones, silk on the tongue due to a buttery, leather defined maltiness.

Tastes of a slowly unfolding citrus crispness, featuring a luscious sourness, next to a more and more pungent developing dryness. Dusty old earth produces a great balance, with a moldy toffee sweetness to be found in it. Its carbonation adds a vivid component to the drinking experience, masking the bigger body of this perfectly well. Finishes with an intense, mineral supported, citrus dryness among fermented green apple, sun bathed hay and a wheaty sweetness.

A treat throughout, pushing the already best Geuze even further. Everything I love about their regular Gueuze is detectable in this, while they amped it up a bit. Best example for this being the nose, promising an uncompromising funkiness, countered by its characteristic crispness on the palate, achieving an intriguing synergy, which lasts till the end. Unbelievable depth of flavors, while its balance is just spot on.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.7/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 375 mL bottle poured into a Portsmouth Brewery tulip glass. Chilled just a touch before opening. 2012 vintage, bottled on Feb. 17th. After a couple of twists of the caged, the cork shot off with just a small bit gushing out.

Appearance: Deep orange in color and clear throughout. Pours a fizzy, sticky white head that sticks nicely to the glass and recedes to a lacing around the edge.

Aroma: Lots of oak upfront. Some lemon rind and green apple skin as well. Loads of funk, horse blanket and earthy tones. Really interesting and well balanced. The four year old lambic adds a really interesting dimension.

Taste: Bright sour lemon notes and green apple really stands out upfront. The tart notes are much stronger than the aroma suggest. Lots of barnyard funk notes as well. Some oak notes weave in and out as well.Some slight cheese character as well. Very balanced and interesting. Bright yet complex.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and fully carbonated. Perfect and refreshing.

Overall, a really exceptional gueuze that delivers on the high price tag. The blend Armand has here is really interesting, complex and easy to drink. The four year lambic definitely gives an added element in terms of more funk and oak present. I am really enjoying this.

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

Typical awesome funky nose of OG. A tad sweet on the taste but that will probably change with age. Slightly under carbed. Sourness is in check like a typical Drie.

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.92/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Be careful with the pour on this one. Lots of head rising quickly, took 3 separate pours to get it in my glass which means the yeast might end up getting mixed in (not that its necessarily a bad thing)

I could go into detail about the aroma and the flavor and name off a dozen different complexities, but let's be honest....this is just a 3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze (albeit a unique one) so most of the descriptors will carry over. So read my description of that beer if you feel the need (and if you are reading reviews for this beer, I doubt you will feel the need)

What really matters is how this compares to a standard blend and what my overall impression is. Well, I am happy to report that this is among the best couple handfuls of 3 Fonteinen I have had. Very reminiscent of 2002 Vintage if my memory serves me correctly (which it might not). Very balanced between sour and earthy characteristics and supremely easy drinking. A perfect every-day beer prohibited by price and availability. The 4 year lambic used in this blend worked wonders helping round off sharp edges that exist in certain batches.

A very worthwhile beer, and one that I will snatch up at a $20 price point once it hits the US shelves. More than $20 and I will seriously have to reconsider.

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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 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 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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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
99 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.
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