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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4.42/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

2011 vintage. From bottle. Pours an orangey gold with a packing foam-like head. Smells Devine. Wine barrel for days. Mix of stone fruit in nose. Oak has perhaps become a bit unbalanced with age. Otherwise a nice fruit profile. Carbonation hasn't lost a beat. Strong, but with a nice tang.

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4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
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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.

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend from Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
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