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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4.5
pDev:
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle split three ways on 7.24.12 between myself, Greg and Jake.

A - Pours a dark, cloudy orange with a fluffy white head. Good retention of the head.

S - Some funk, but pretty mild.

T - Tart and funky, mostly lemony.

D - Tons of carbonation with a light body.

O - A pretty funky little treat. Reminds me of the Armand'4 series.

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4.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 17th Feb 2011, consumed 13 June 2012

Unlike some other reviews, there's no explosion when I remove the cage, just a gentle pop. The beer itself is mildly hazy, orange in color and capped with a beautiful, thick, creamy, long-lasting off-white head that leaves nice lacing. The nose is rather excellent. Woodier and chewier than your usual Drie Fonteinen gueuze, it seems closer in spirit to a Boon Oude Gueuze, and I'm guessing that's the contribution of the 4 year old lambic. Apart from that, it does have a very nice citrus/grapefruit sourness and brightness, a pronounced earthy funk with wet hay and petrichor. Quite juicy too, and swirled vigorously, there's a pungency that seems mildly solvent-like (but NOT acetone or acetic esters)

The palate opens with a pronounced woody sourness, lactic in nature with quite a bit of grapefruit brightness, sourness and bite. I would argue that the sourness is a little rough around the edges. In addition, there's a nice blend of fruity citrus, less earthy funk than on the nose, and flavors of horseblanket, wet hay, and earth. Drying, mildly bitter and a little herbal on the finish, with what is (I swear) a faint faint faint acetic character - not much, just a tinge. Moderately woody with a little vanilla as well. The sourness does seem a little harsh and unusually harsh, and the carbonation while high, doesn't seem to be particularly well integrated with the flavor profile. A good blend, though it does seem just a little disjointed. The 4 year old lambic does bring to mind Blauw, especially with its woodier aroma and flavor notes, but it just isn't as well-integrated or harmonious. Maybe some time will change that? At the price, though, it's hard to justify a detailed experiment.

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

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to JAXSON for this one. Poured from a 375ml corked and caged bottle into a Cantillon tulip. Shared with schen9303.

Corked explodes out. Super carbonated 4 finger head that collapses slowly. Slightly cloudy orange goldenrod. Lacing is patchy and spotty with excellent stick. Nice.

Nose is spritzy. Lemon tartness, woody, with some mild cheesiness stuffed in the back. Sharp sourness as it warms. Solid.

Opens super sour. Lemon, hay, cobwebs, and oak. Funky and spritzy throughout with a nice cleanliness. Finishes dry and puckering with some more lemon and oak. Good complexity with a nice clean development of flavors.

Light bodied with strong carbonation. Bubbly and effervescent in the mouth and clean and dry going down. Finishes dry with a lingering, sticky aftertaste. As with almost all their geuze, near perfection!

A really solid beer that suffers a bit from its pedigree. Great flavor and complexity with an excellent mouthfeel but this one doesn't really stand out from other Drie Fonteinen offerings. Still, its excellent and very much worth aging.

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4.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another one that I was able to try at Sour and Bitter. Served in a stemless wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden amber color with a finger of fluffy white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Nice bland of tart and funky. Lemon juice sourness. Very light and nice.

Taste: This one is on the sweeter side. Lemon tartness and a mild funk notes. The citrus juice sourness sticks with you all through the sip.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly, aggressive carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a very light and bright gueuze. Tart and sweet. Easy to drink but not particularly smooth. I would have it again.

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4.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to JealousChalice for this one

Look. Pours a golden yellowish orange color with a 1/2 inch fluffy head and exceptional retention. The beers is highly carbonated and the cork actual hit my ceiling when opened

Smell. Upfront is a lactic sourness followed up by some lemon, hay, and oak

Taste: upfront is some lemon tartness backed up by some toasted oak wet grass and some more sour citrus

Mouthfeel. Light in body and ample carbonation and a puckering sourness

Overall. I enjoyed with one quite a bit and actually purchased a few for myself. Highly recommended.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Beverage warehouse in Winooski, VT. Bottle is dated Feb. 17th, 2011.

Step 1: start twisting open the metal cage.
Step 2: Recoil in shock as the loud BOOM of the cork shooting out of the bottle makes your life flash before your eyes.
Step 3: rush to the sink to contain the foam overflow. Clean up and pour into a wine goblet. Have your Magic hat keg glass on hand as backup.

A - overflowing with head so much I needed two glasses to hold it. Eventually fell to a thin collar. Color is opaquely hazy orange.

S - Smells like sharp citrus and dry white wine swirled around an oak barrel and thrown into a farmhouse. Unmistakably a Geuze.

T - Viciously tart, slightly tannic, and a bit oakey right up front, finishing dry and musty. Complex and challenging, leaving a somewhat pithy bitter yet satisfying aftertaste.

M - The carbonation is so active that even after its little tantrum upon opening, half of my sips felt like I was swallowing straight up foam. Such characteristics are more forgivable in a style like this, but I'd rather not feel like i'm close to choking half the time.

overall - It's rustic, sour, wild, and definitely not for everyone. Exactly what a Geuze should be, I'd say. The only big disadvantage is the price.

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4.08/5  rDev -9.3%
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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4.09/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle served in my Allagash chalice. 17/02/2011 indicated on the back label. Pours a dull, semi-hazy orange hue with a rocky, two-inch, bright white head that dissipates into a frothy band around the shoulders and a dollop across the center. Copious tiny bubbles are present effervescing in solution to the underside of the cap and adhere to the walls of the glass. Nose is bright and tart with a hint of sour pit fruit, a trace of candied fruit sweetness, cork and notes of cider vinegar. Taste is not as bright as the nose and less fruit comes across. There's definitely a citric acid presence as well as cork and a salty character; however, it's not overly tart. Mouthfeel is light and lively with a bright carbonation and some astringency that lightly stimulates the salivary glands along the sides of the cheeks. Overall, a very good Gueuze. Not my favorite, but quite respectable and approachable. I'm glad I have an extra bottle in the cellar.

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend from Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
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