Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend | Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden BlendDrie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend
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98.3%
Liked This Beer
4.49 w/ 1,059 ratings
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:
#140
Reviews:
185
Ratings:
1,059
Liked:
1,041
Avg:
4.49/5
pDev:
6.9%
Alströms:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 1,059 |  Reviews: 185
Photo of jsm1289
4.97/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

wow! as someone who has recently entered the world of sours, I must say this one is the champion for me. I have had almost all of the russian river contributions to the style as well as a host of other cantillon and readily available guezes/flemish beers. This might just be the best. tart, sour but not overly so, with a delicate little sweetness that bounces up and down like a child on a trampoline, diving back and forth across the palate in just a gentle and playful way. It has a certain zest and refreshing quality that I find to be unbelievable, with a complexity that to me is far and beyond traditional guezes. american wild ales certainly compete in terms of complexity but this just takes the cake. Wonderful mouth feel, the 4th year lambic certainly did a wonder to this brew and it more than justifies the price tag.

edit: while I still love the golden blend and I am staying true to my review, isabelle proximus, oude gueze 08 vintage and armand4' zomer all are better than this in my opinion. however, this one is not that difficult to acquire and should be consumed first before ascending the sour chain of command , if you are even lucky enough to get there.

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Photo of raspy22
4.96/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Loved the complexity of this beer! Look was quite bubbly and minorly cloudy. Aroma and taste had a great deal of complexity and funkiness. I did enjoy the vastness of this beer in contrast to the great but simple oude gueuze. Would definitely pursue this beer again. Not easy to find.

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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 Renobrew
4.96/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of cultclassic89
4.95/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Near perfect, and for all intents and purposes it's basically perfect, except when you have it alongside A&T and the Seasons.

This thing was crazy close to A&T. A&T just had a slight edge but if you want that and don't want to give up what it takes, just get some Golden Blend. So bright and balanced.

2014 bottle.

Edit: Dropping to 4.95 because of A&T.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
4.94/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of NuclearRich
4.94/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought this little gem this past summer. Bottling date 2/17/2011. Poured into a pair of HF oversized snifters as the champagne toast to bring in 2014 the right way.

A. Hazy golden orange with little head and a thin persistent cap of tiny white bubbles.

S. Deep oak, sulfur, pepper, lemon all pour out of the glass and are incredibly inviting. It literally takes your breath away.

T. Citric tartness comes unexpectantly first, lemony and sharp. It is followed by the same aroma quality of sulfur and deep oak. The flavor is basically perfect for a geuze.

M. Light, thin, crisp, sharp. Melting into the back of the tongue, it lightly coats the tongue once its gone, lingering on the palate for just a bit more.

O. An ideal champagne toast this new years day. Phenomenal and basically perfect. I'm not entirely sad that I dropped 25 beans on in.

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Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
4.94/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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 Huhzubendah
4.92/5  rDev +9.6%
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 jrfehon33
4.92/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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 Ken_P
4.91/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DiscLizard
4.91/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of kristinc
4.91/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of SD0430
4.9/5  rDev +9.1%

Photo of ericdavidmorris
4.9/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of yeaprolly
4.9/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of wanderingpints
4.9/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Guzzle_McBrew
4.9/5  rDev +9.1%

Photo of MarcWP
4.9/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Into 3F stem.


Appearance is an awesome burned gold sporting a huge tan head that settles to nice frothy layer. Bubbles stick to the side of glass when twirled. Starts clear but turns hazy towards the bottom of the bottle. This bottle has been upright undisturbed for well over a year now.


Aroma on this is super funky! Cheese for days, and I mean nice funky artisanal cheeses like Camembert, Roquefort, Comte, and rich Brie's. Musky hay, wet barnyard, and freshly tilled earth come into the picture. And as for the fruity aspects you get strong lemon pulp, fermenting orange juice, nectarine skin, and faint apple notes. Gorgeous aroma.


Taste.... Wow. This is one of the best gueuzes and beers for that matter that I've had. It's gotten better since last time I had it which was well over a year ago. This bottle is from Belgium so not sure if there was "bottle" variation. The funk is all up in the flavor but the fruit character is much juicier than on the nose. You get what you get on the nose except the orange is in the form of bright mandarin, lemon is sweet but mixed with lime, and the nectarine goes deeper than just the skin. Amazing!


Mouthfeel is also top of its game. Nice fluffy carbonation that really helps clean the beer on the finish from all the complex flavors. Heavier light body and very dry. Sports a nice lactic with faint acetic bite.


Overall.... What more can I say!

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Photo of The_Beer_Shark
4.89/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mattmarka1
4.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of vonnegut21
4.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

375ml bottle poured into a Night Shift mini teku.

A: Pours a crisp, autumn orange-gold color. Billowing carbonation lingers leaving a generous head.

S: Earthy, funky and grassy. Lemon zest and grape skins are prevalent. Oak tannin lingers with a hint more funk. Lovely.

T: Spectacular acidity. More than expected. Cantillon level of sourness, but with this beautiful musty, cheesy funk. Bready and creamy. Oaky and vinuous on the back palate. Lots of grassy citrusness. Floral and puckering. Wow.

M: Effervescent and fizzy. Hugely carbonated. It really works to clean the palate and leave each sip fresh and new. Refreshing.

O: Just a spectacular gueuze. Instantly one of my favorite beers of all time. Quite possibly the best gueuze I've ever had. If it were cheaper, I'd have cases of it in my cellar.

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Photo of chanokokoro
4.87/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 375 ml bottle into a tumber branded with the distinctive "3" Drie Fonteinen logo

Pours a hazy gold with amber accents capped by a huge seafoam-like bright white head that rises over the brew. Slowly dissipating head with some lacing here and there. Light citrus notes, white wine vinegar, tart apple, pear, accents of barnyard funk, pleasant pungency and warm oak. Grass and hay, toasted oak notes, white wine, very light cheesy funk, white grapeskin, citric acid accents, and very light meyer lemon rind. Finishes with expertly balanced oak accents and the perfect level of sour and tartness. Crisp, light body, with highly effervescent champagne-like carbonation. What an incredibly balanced masterpiece, an incredible gueuze.

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend from Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Beer rating: 98.3% out of 100 with 1,059 ratings
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