Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend | Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden BlendDrie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend
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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

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1,040
Avg:
4.49/5
pDev:
6.9%
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4.24/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.42/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to locke459 for sharing this one at NoSignsOfPain's birthday bottleshare hosted by mrbubbler.

Pours a slightly murky honey orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace cling to the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some wood and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with a woody aftertaste. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp but somewhat dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a great beer that is tasty and very easy to drink.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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4/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Knapp85
4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured out as a slightly cloudy golden color with a thin white head on top. The smell of the beer has a lot of oak and funk to it, very acidic on the nose. The taste of the beer is quite acidic as well with some lemon and lime elements to it. The feel of the beer is medium bodied, smooth and lightly carbonated. Overall this beer is pretty solid for the style.

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's often the delimma of a sour ale fan to achieve the exclusive taste of unblended lambic, but with gueuze like zest. Drie Fontienen answers the that question with this blend of four years of blends that culminate in exquisite earthiness and sharp complexities that are simply unparalleled.

The burnt orange hued beer pours with the carbonated creaminess that's expected from a well made gueuse. So if you are expecting a more still lambic stillness then expect a slight champagne livelihood. As the carbonation builds a creamy, cottony head, a swirl of the glass leaves traces of the Belgiany lace that we've come to expect. Solid retention accompanies the beer 'til the end of the glass.

The bold sourness of the beer reveal the unadulterated scents of dried limes, lemons, crab apples, rhubarb, and citrus. But a deeply embedded grouping of aromatics reveal more earthen character: saddle leather, dusty woods, and cork all play into the scent that's both fragrant and pungent.

The decadent tastes start with the sweet and tawny interplay of white wine, cider, and dry wheat. Pile on the sourness of citrus, white wine vinegar, under ripened apples and berries and we have the majority of the taste. But then there's the earthy components of dried hay, sea brine, sandalwood, corkish wood, and chardonnay soaked oak that round out the taste. It's a fairly consistent beer as it traverses from it's initial impressions until its ultra-dry taste in finish.

But here's where the real secret of this beer separates from other world class gueuze: The fine carbonation resonates through a somewhat silky-sour note that's never been expected before. With no carbonic bite (as with champagne), the beer delivers a teeth-churning sensation that couples with the most delightful powdery-sour marriage that could ever be expected in a beer. It's simply magic what this beer does the the trigemental senses to the mouth.

Although the subtleties that this four-year blend gives is very well appreciated, I do think that this is not the beer for the uninitiated. Reserve this refined ale for those who are well versed in well made gueuze and lambics before opening- and be sure to have some steamed mussels and well aged gruyere on hand.

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4.24/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml caged and corked bottle. Another weird opener for this brewery - after the final twist was applied to the cage's wire, the cork just plum popped off itself, this time deftly into my waiting hand, as opposed to ricocheting off the ceiling.

This beer pours a hazy, medium golden amber hue, with three fingers of very loosely bubbly, fizzy, foamy dirty white head, which leaves a low sudsy wall of cushion lace around the glass as it evenly sinks away.

It smells rather pungently of sour lemon, over-aged white wine, under-ripe green apples, a growing musty funk, a weak bready maltiness, and a soft kiss of astringent, grainy wood. The taste is sharply acidic apple, white grape, and lemon, with an actually perceptible, combined fruity sweetness, some bomb shelter pale grain, with a certainly laid-back funk, what with it being only a tad musty and cheesy. A lingering oaky woodiness seems incapable of letting go.

The carbonation is light, and fairly frothy, the body medium-light in weight, the airy bubbles providing a bit too much distraction for straight-ahead smoothness to take hold, which is strange, given the initial edgy acidic notes. It finishes off-dry, incredibly, the tartness abating for the most part, the fruit on the rise, in a complex interplay with the grain, tame funk, and neutered wood.

Wow, what a show - almost unpalatable acetic acid to start off, and then a slow, easy conversion to a balanced fruity, zingy oak-touched pale ale, Belgian-style, that is. Very drinkable, robust, and enjoyable well beyond expectations. However, since those expectations came from the 'regular' Oude Gueuze , and the price comparison between them is double, at least, that puts me in a quandary as to recommendations - try this, I guess, at least once, for an occasion. Mine appears to be a Monday night.

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4.12/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

A- (4.12)

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4.17/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Explosive bang upon untwisting the cage, and a second later, the chilled bottle began gushing. Luckily a glass was nearby and the loss was negligible.

Deep saturated orange color, slight haze, steady trails of champagne carbonation. Initial head of billowing foam that threatened to overflow, but eventually subsides to a gentle skim across the surface. Not much lacing, odd as it was poured into a clean dry glass.

Complex aroma of oak and citrus, hints at tropical fruitiness. The older lambic lends a pleasant rounded mellowness to the nose.

Extremely dry with a clean sourness, plenty of oak and more fruit in the bitter citrus peel vein. Very balanced with a rounded feel on the palate. Flavors are very much standard issue Drie Fonteinen, signature minerality and firm dry oak in addition to light citrus. This blend is a fun novelty to try, albeit a pricey one. At least it's going towards brewing on-site again, so it's easier on the conscience when dropping the coin to try it.

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4.05/5  rDev -9.8%
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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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle: Poured a hazy golden color lambic with a large foamy head with great retention and some excellent lacing. Aroma of light funk with some tart green apple notes. Taste is a complex and refreshing at the same time mix between some funk and green apple notes with light tart finish. Acidity level if so well balanced. Body is quite full with super great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed and super enjoyable and also somewhat reminiscent of Girardin gueuze. .

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Photo of largadeer
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Jason.

Orange-amber colored body with a chunky four finger head, which eventually settles to a lasting crust.

A very musty, mineral, dry aroma. Mushroom and oak, grapefruit, earthiness and barnyard, a hint of spearmint. Smells quite good, leaning a bit more toward the earthy side than the standard 3F gueuze, with a strong citrus component behind it.

Grapefruit comes through more on the palate. There's a big earthy oak character that's probably coming from the 4 year lambic, but acidity is gentle and primarily lactic. It's faintly minty and herbal, mineral, citrusy on the mid-palate. The finish seems to be lacking slightly - it drops off quite a bit after the initial blast of funk, oak and acid, ending somewhat thin. Odd considering the large component of 4 year lambic. It's definitely a great beer, but I wouldn't take it over most of the 3F vintage gueuze blends or Armand 4s.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of mothman
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Alex for sharing this.

Bottled 17/2/11 Consumed March, 2012.

Pours a white head. Fizzy. Color is a hazed golden orange.

Aroma: Very funky with old cobweb musk and wet basement. Lots of fruits. Grapes, lemons, melons, and others. Oaky. Wet horse-blanket. Very nice.

Taste: Very sour and funky. Fruity, but old. Lemon citrus, musky basement, cobweb, horseblanket, and melons. Oaky. This beer has a lot going on.

Mouthfeel: Sour and funky. Mouth puckering, but within reason. Light bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, really solid. This beer is incredibly drinkable and very complex. It is up there with the other 3F gueuzes.
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Batch 12/3/2014 Consumed April 2017 Side by side with 14 and 16 OG

Cereal grain mails. Some lemon citrus. Wet oak. Funky brett. A lot of mineral flavor here. 4.2

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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