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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pDev:
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4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rifugium
4.38/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nathanmiller
4.77/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of XmnwildX12
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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3.75/5  rDev -16.7%

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.48/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes. Consumed at a blind gueuze tasting. Thanks to ShanePB for bringing this one.

A: Pours orange with a very nice white head on top, slightly hazy body. Lots of small carbonation bubbles. A nice cap of white foam remained on top.

S: More funk than tart, kind of musty, with some underlying fruit aromas, mostly lemon.

T: Very nice flavor profile. A great combination of farmhouse/funk with some hay and some tart citrus fruits. A little less funk than on the aroma.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly dry with active carbonation.

O: Very impressed with this beer, was my second favorite in the blind tasting. Easy drinking, but cost prohibitive!

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4/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of duceswild
4.38/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of millerbuffoon
4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of atrocity
4.31/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mdfb79
4.63/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From 04/14/12 notes. Had at our DC Sour Tasting.

a - Pours a very clear golden color with two inches of bright white head and moderate carbonation. A beautiful looking gueuze.

s - Smells of that classic Drie Fonteinen barnyard funk, oak, sour fruits, earthy notes.

t - Tastes of funk, lemon, sour fruits, citrus, hay, earthy notes, bready notes, spice, and Belgian yeast.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Crisp and dry, easy to drink. Great mouthfeel.

o - Overall I thought this was an amazing gueuze; another winner from Drie Fonteinen. Super funky and some nice sourness, and easy to drink. Up there with their Armand series and Oude Gueuze Vintage as some of my favorite available gueuzes. Glad I have a bottle of this and will be looking to buy more.

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4.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing, Tim.

Put on your safety glasses; the cork will explode out of the bottle. Pours cloudy orange/amber color with a huge white head. Intense funkiness as you would expect from Drie Fonteinen. Lots of must, oak, lemon zest, earth, and mineral. Soft tartness to it. The tartness is there in the form of lemon and green apple, but the funk is where this beer really shines. Lots of earth, must, mineral, and sweat to be had. Really awesome stuff!

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4.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of orangesol
4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank this one with thanksgiving dinner.

A - Pours was honestly a pain. Huge amounts of foam made it take forever but once it settled it left slightly hazy amber orange liquid. It eventually dissipated down to a sticky white film leaving small webs of lace down the side of the glass.

S - Smells of strong drie fonteinen barnyard funk, light basement must, bit of lemon tartness and some earthen mineral. The funk is pretty strong throughout, just as I prefer it to be.

T - Taste is a little more balanced compared to the nose. Starts off with still strong barnyard funk and light must quickly giving way to hints of oak, lactic sourness, lemon tartness and some light graininess. Finish is pretty dry, lingering long after the finish.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Some robust carbonation helps drum up the funk to match the tartness, making it really easy to consume.

O - I don't know why this stuff is still sitting on the shelves but I always buy it when I see it as it is truly a world class geuze. The price may be a little steep for the size but it is worth it to drink such an awesome geuze.

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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

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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4.27/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 2/17/2011. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Darker than 3F Oude Geuze. Big head, no retention. Surprising. Faint, discrete bubbles.

Smell - Citrusy. Lemon and orange. It's more prominent than the funk. Deep earthy, but not overwhelming cheese aroma behind it.

Smell - Extremely citrusy, which I didn't expect. Orange and lemon behind it. Less funk than the smell, but still an earthy oaky funk. Light body and very dry in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light and very carbonated. Effervescent and dry. Sour, but not overly so.

Overall - Excellent, maybe not better than regular Oude Geuze. I might even say it's monotonic in it's citric notes.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.92/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this a couple weeks ago, but I opened up a bottle from my cellar tonight in a much calmer setting, to confirm it was really "that good."

The beer is orange in color with just a slight haze about it. Ample carbonation present and a gargantuan head with seemingly everlasting retention and copious lacing. I just wish yourefragile hadn't absconded with my 3F tumbler, as this would have been a perfect occasion for it. Alas...

Wow, what an aroma. World class lambic anyone? Hay, barn, grass, citrus, funk. Whoa. The citrus quality is remarkable.

Balance, flavor, bold, smooth, inviting, intriguing, exceptional, delicious. I could go on. This is on a level with Blauw. Stunning and phenomenal. Stock up on this brew while you have the chance. My highest recommendation. Ya, it's "that good".

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Photo of stakem
4.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle into a matching Drie Fonteinen stemmed glass. As other's have stated, this one opens up with excitement. A loud pop and out comes the cork seemingly effortlessly. A careful pour yields a mildly hazed golden colored brew with a rich 4 fingers of frothy white head composed of rather large bubbles. The etching on the bottom of the glass causes a disturbance that releases an endless stream of bubbles to the surface in support of the head. Some patches of lace stick to the glass as the solution evaporates in my glass.

The aroma is very rich and inviting. It needs to open up and breath a bit as straight out of the gate the release of carbonation mutes the aroma a bit. But as it breathes, it really showcases barnyard qualities, cob webs, straw/hay, leather and under all of that funk is some citrus to fruity elements. Some wet old oak barrel that is mildly musty/moist is also evident that increases in character as it gets warmer.

The taste includes some carbonic quality initially that gets in the way a bit. As it breathes and the glass is swirled, it opens up and gets significantly more enjoyable. The taste has a bit of rindy bitterness that includes some citrus notes minorly like lemon zest before driving into a flavor of old musty oak and barnyard. Some straw/hay-like grain inclusion is present and when focused on really brings out that fruity appeal about this brew. There is a lot of standard oude geuze quality going on in this except with a slightly elevated bitterness, mustiness and barnyard/hay flavoring without much acidity. I can't get over how well the flavors of this blend together in a very unique way. It is rindy almost like grapefruit and pulp but effortless transitions into bold barnyard funk and musty barrel quality with a hint of lacto and stinky cheese aftertaste.

This is a light bodied brew with an elevated level of carbonation that is very active throughout the experience. The alcohol is very well integrated and this brew finishes crisp, refreshing and super easy drinking. I would have no problems finishing a 750ml bottle of this by myself if it was made available to me. My only gripe is the bit of metallic/carbonic nature about this brew. Maybe that will fade a bit with time.. we will see if I can resist drinking the other bottles I have. If you are a fan of geuze, this is another Armand must-try.

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend from Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
4.5 out of 5 based on 1,039 ratings.
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