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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4.49
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Photo of Mikeypnh
4.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled February 2011, picked up at hill farmstead around thanksgiving 2013. Poured into a Worthy Burger tulip glass. In person traded to me from ScotNH after we decided it wasn't up his alley after an experience with grassroots brother soigné.

The cork couldn't wait to bust out of this bottle! Started unscrewing the cage and once it got loose it went flying across the room, cage still on it. You have been warned. Little bit of foam came up but no other problems.

Appearance: Big ol' bubbly two finger head, dissipating rather quickly. Looks awesome.

Smell: Very sour. Hints of citrus and pepper. Maybe some bitter fruit rind.This is gonna taste great, huh?

Taste: Oh yeah. Tart citrus, a little funk. Also getting some oak and grassy flavors upfront. Can't quite place the aftertaste. Peppery/hoppy/apple, whatever it is, I like it.

Mouthfeel: Very we'll carbonated. Coats your whole mouth with fizzy bubbles.

Overall: Really enjoyed this. Everything was working for me, except the price tag, but I'm very glad I had it. Not too much experience with lambic or gueze but I'm hoping for some more.

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

37.5cl bottle bottled 2/17/2011, poured into a Cantillon stemmed glass today 8/2/2013.

Cork comes out with a resounding pop. This geuze pours a clear golden copper body with a white, billowy foaminess verging on overcarbonated.. fluffy as hell. Took a minute or so to pour a full glass. Stays a thick white foam on the surface. Leaves lots of lacing all over the place. Absolutely beautiful looking geuze!

Smells like grape skin, a bit of sweet barnyard funk and a strong lemon zest.. it smells rather vinegary and acidic, as opposed to lactic which I don't get much of. As it gets warmer, the barnyard funkiness gets stronger and even better. It's a smooth smelling, balanced geuze that hits the spot.

I'm really enjoying this one. I get a tart lemony sweetness with some grape skin plus a nice mustiness and a bit of smooth funk on the back end. There is a sourness throughout that I would call acidic, vinegary rather than lactic. It's not as heavily funky as Cantillon's 100% Geuze can get, though. But the lemon zest flavour is classic Drie Fonteinen and I really enjoy that particular aspect.

The mouthfeel is a very nice aspect of this geuze. It's medium thinner bodied with a ton of carbonation that is somehow just right. It literally fizzles on the tongue.. very complex with everything coming together very well. It is easy to drink (fortunately or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it) and even easier to enjoy. The aftertaste is a sour funk that stings the heck out of my palate. It is a rather sour geuze; probably one of the most sour I've had.. and it gets even more sour as it warms up!

Overall I really enjoyed this one. It's got a ridiculously sour aspect that I really enjoy, plus 3F's classic lemony mustiness. It was worth trying at least once, even at the hefty $26 price tag. Compared to the Oude Geuze which I had a few weeks ago, this is even more sour and a bit more complex on the palate. I think this is worth picking up 1-2 bottles of if you are a sour head with some money to burn.

Re-review notes: Shawn generously cracked open a Golden Blend at our non-Lente Seasons tasting today, 12/8/2013. Poured into a Vintage taster glass, split 4 ways.

Basically, it looks and smells like it has always smelled. Its cheesier and more funky than the Seasons were, but it just seems so one-trick compared to the more complex, intense Seasons; although the carbonation is better and it retains its flavour profile much better than Winter. It's a fantastic geuze to drink on its own, but we probably did it a disservice by drinking this with the Seasons. Easily worth trying once for anybody who considers himself a sour head, and perhaps another bottle or two to age for a while, but the price tag to quantity ratio is just incredibly high.

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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Photo of VelvetExtract
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look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-Pours far more orange than most Gueuzes I have seen. The cork legit nearly blew the orbital bone off my face when I opened it. When it poured, the head was 90% of the yield. It died down but still was quite thick. Very clingy lacing.

S-Firstly, the aroma just wafts out of the glass like a low but determined fog. It's has its tartness but it's much different than most of the style I have tried. The sourness mixes with this huge, grassy, herbal, earthen aroma. Funky earthy-sweet somehow. Soggy, woody oak and light honey sweetness. Mushrooms. Crazy nose. Probably the most memorable aroma I have ever experienced.

T-The flavor is quite like the nose. The tartness is pleasingly ramped up. The tartness also lingers like no other beer I've tasted. Vinegar, unripe apples, hay, grass, flower stems. Pleasant oaky notes and also a bit vinous. It's a potent brew; breathing in the fumes makes you nearly cough like when breathing in spicy buffalo wings. The flavor is savory and seemingly straight from the earth.

M-Surprisingly soft carbonation. Has more body to it than most. Tartness sticks to the lips and tongue. Very dry.

I/D-Super, super, super pricey but for a special occasion why not? Easily the most complex Gueuze I have had and clearly the best, too. It's stunningly complex yet all the flavors are perfectly integrated. Like a giant, choreographed flavor parade. You pay for the quality here.

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4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes (bottled in 2011, drank Sep 1st, 2013):

A: Bright orange-straw, with huge, puffy and fluffy white head.

S: Typical for the style - tart, some must, oak, citrus, and vague malt sweetness

T: A step above most gueuzes here! Lemon citrus, oak, very dry. A distinctly dust-like finish, quite sharp.

M: Spot-on.

O: Really enjoyed, definitely a step up from most gueuzes I try. Big price tag but for once in a while, very worthwhile

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

375ml ($29.19 - but wanted to try it) into a tulip'd wine glass.

This pours flat, with a white grape juice aroma mixed with that pungent sulfur flavor I don't particularly care for. Hazy except for the very edges of the bulb where this is nearly clear. Plenty of carbonation that keeps a thin ring of bubbles present.

Aroma improves immensely with warmth while there is still a touch of sock or wet dog, there is also a good bit of sour apple and white wine.

Strong fresh wood in leads the flavor with the rest of the aroma all present. Rather complex with a light flavor overall.

Mouthfeel is spot on. Light, carbed, refreshingly crisp quite enjoyable.

Perhaps this style isn't still my cup of tea as I take more displeasure from the parts that rub me the wrong way and not enough pleasure from the overwhelmingly positive aspects. Still, was certainly enjoyable.

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