Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend | Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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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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Ranking:
#137
Reviews:
188
Ratings:
1,076
pDev:
6.9%
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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of sweemzander
4.7/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12.7oz corked and caged bottle poured into a stemmed glass. Major thanks and karma to Kevan for giving me this bottle!

(A)- Pours a lightly hazy copper orange color. Produced a huge bubble white head of froth that slowly dissipated.

(S)- An in your face nose of some seriously dirty and earthy lactic cheesy funk followed by an acidic yet dry spicy oak aroma. Ever so subtle lemon rind. As it warms, some subtle yeasty biscuit bits. The oak becomes more prominent too, but such a great showing of it.

(T)- A wonderful sharp acidity up front that really stays with you throughout the taste. Plenty of oak showing as well. Bits of lemon and vibrant earthy and dry funk (not as lactic as the smell was, but fairly cleaner and crisper yet still quite dry).

(M)- A lively carbonation level and a wonderful balance to it. Harmonious and dynamic in the sense of everything works together so well; the oak, acidity, etc.

(O)- Just a joy to drink and consume. Armand is easily my most favorite Gueuze blender currently and this is just further proof for me. The only aspect of this that makes me a little sad is how expensive it is (Do not get me wrong, I totally understand why it is). Just when compared to their regular Oude Gueuze, there is not a huge difference between the two, despite this being almost double the price tag. Nonetheless, a superb achievement.

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Photo of KAF
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of beergorrilla
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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

375ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 19/10/12

A slightly hazy golden orange with loads of bubbles and a large three finger soapy foam, decent retention and a few patches of lace

S funky with lots of wood lemon, sour apple, pear and vinous vinegar, faint foot and just a little cheesy, funk come out more as it warms, great nose if you like funk

T bone dry sour beer, not turning my mouth inside out but pretty sour, lots of wood and lemon, pretty tasty stuff with some more vinous notes and some cider notes then the nose

M very carbonated with a little lip smacking pucker going on, sour and dry, a little slick in the mouth with a long sour citrus and oak finish

O great stuff but I don't think its any better then the Oude Geuze that cost half as much, its world class beer but I don't notice a huge difference from the above mentioned. I'm sure some who read this will laugh and call me a rookie but I find the two similar

I'm going to read my Oude Geuze review and see what I thought was different because this reminds me of that brew I drank just a day or two ago but cost much more money.
A great beer please don't get me wrong great complexity and leaves you thinking

Edit- I gave it the exact same score right down the middle and didn't notice, similar experience

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Photo of mltobin
4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of petermethot
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kelp
4/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Stinger80OH
4.51/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jschott75
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HopHead84
4.56/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

3/25/2012

Bottle from a very generous Tim, thanks! Holy shit these are explosive. Tim cracked a few bottles yesterday and the corks flew out as soon as the cages came off. Same thing happened with this bottle. Make sure to have a glass at hand so you don't lose any of this.

A: Hazy yellow gold with three fingers of fast fading mousse-like beige froth. Lacing is scattered.

S: Mushroom and blue cheese ride a wave of earth. Barnyard notes are substantial. Oak mingles with damp forest floor. Lemon is pronounced and I detect light apple notes with some leather. Strong earthy characteristics are accompanied by a subtle mineral note.

T: Lemon with a sharp citric acidity and a low acetic acidity. Brackish and tart, with lemon being prominent throughout. This is very earthy and there's a light mineral note. I detect a hint of grapefruit and just a little apple. Oak is faint. The tartness is mouthwatering. The beer has an upper moderate lactic sourness with a dry, tannic finish.

M: Lower medium body with high carbonation.

Overall: A really nice blend. It has a lot of depth for how young it is.

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Photo of DucksFan16
4.29/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2011 vintage at the brewery on 06/23/2017.

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Photo of greenspointexas
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of ADTaber
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of corby112
4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled: 2011/02/17

Upon loosening the cage, the cork came out with a loud pop. Lots of pressure but not a gusher at all. Pours a very hazy, dark golden orange color with tangerine edges and a two finger yellowish-beige head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Musty, funky aroma with a strong barnyard presence along with lactic funk, citric acidity and light fruit. Earthy with lots of oak, cobweb, grass, wet hay and horsebkanket followed by lactic cheese, lemon juice and green apple. Smells very inviting but it seems like the four year old portion of the blend tones things down a bit.

On the fuller end of medium bodied with tight carbonation and a tart, puckering flavor that lingers over the lactic funk, citrus, light fruit and pale malt into a crisp, dry finish. Aggressively sour at first but not harsh or overly acidic with lots of earthy oak, lactic funk and sweet citrus balancing things out. As it warms, the lactic cheesy presence stands out a bit more and the citrus acidity becomes a bit more tart. Earthy with toasted oak, grass and hay notes countered by lemon peel and green apple flavors. Funky and sour but well balanced and very quaffable and refreshing once the palate adjusts. I could drink gallons of this stuff if it wasn't so damn expensive.

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.48/5  rDev -0.2%
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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Photo of pathman
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of JohnParadee
4.41/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of bluejacket74
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml caged and corked bottle, bottle date of 2011/02/17. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a cloudy golden/orange color with a huge 3 inch off-white frothy head. The head sticks around a while, and there's also a lot of lacing. It smells like funk, wood, lemon peel, green apples, and some apricots. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some green grapes, vinegar and a bit of leather noticeable too. Also, the flavors are more tart/sour compared to the aroma. This brew just gets better the longer I drink it! Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick with a good amount of soft, zingy carbonation. It's very enjoyable and easy to drink. Good, but pricey at $21.99 a bottle.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.79/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Poured a burnt orangish color with good carbonation leaving fizzy white cap, some good head retention and light lacing to follow.

S: A big whiff gives me lactic acid which stings, some hay, light funkiness and lemon zest

T: Initial vinegar meets lemon drop blended with hay. Its not overly potent but very mellow, balanced if you can say that about this style. A light horseblanket underneath helps give it some depth. The finish is tart, dry and Earthy

M: Light bodied, high on the carbonation spectrum, tartness on the palate and tongue is persistent

O: Damn right delicous!

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.66/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

375ml C&C bottle; bottling date: 02/17/2011.

poured into tulip glass.

small pop as the cork comes out of the bottle.

Appearance: this beer is definately golden in color. Medium golden yellow bodied beer with a huge 3 fingers of white head. The head has alot of staying power and stays around for a long time, but eventually falls to a thin cap with a thick ring around the glass. Stunning!

Smell: Lemon zest, mild musty/hay funk, hint of oak.

Taste: lemon and grapefruit zest, green apple, pears, peaches, and white grapes. Moderate tartness with lemons leading the way. Hints of dusty and musty funk that balance out the tartness very well. The oak barrel just lends a little bit of character to this beer in the form of an earthy and woody note. Finishes with mild lemon notes and a perfect amount of funk. The balance of this beer is tremendous. It has fantastic complexity as well. Its tart without that over the top pucker of some sour beers.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel on this beer is phenominal! Its soft and delicate, yet slick and creamy. The carbonation level is spot on! The beer has a semi to moderately dry finish that really showcases and compliments the tartness and the funk of this beer.

Overall: This is a truly refined and sophistocated sour beer! Have a difficult time finding something that I dislike about this beer. This exceeded my expectations. I will admit that I was a bit complacient about the price tag of this beer when I purchased this bottle today, but now that I am drinking this beer I have forgot the initial "sting" of the price tag. It is in my top three sour beers I have ever drank and its without a doubt the best Geuze I have drank!

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Photo of bylerteck
4.42/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottle from a friend in Calgary. Fuzz around the cork which was underneath black foil. Assuming it's mold, but should be fine. Bottled February 2011 so about two and a half years old.

A - Pours golden and cloudy with a one finger white head and strong carbonation. Fizzy head goes quick and there's not much lace. Fairly typical Gueuze lookin'.

S - Super lemony. Lotsa tartness. Light wheaty character, nice hay/barnyard sorta thing going on. Very inviting tart/lemon candy character. Nice.

T - Holy tart. Nice sourness, sweet lemon candy, dusty, typical Gueuze qualities. Tongue scraping and stingy sourness. Acidic. Granny smiths. Delicious.

M - Nice sour finish. Nice fairly strong carbonation, medium body. Aggressive sour feeling.

O/D - This is a boss Gueuze. Pretty aggressive stuff and doesn't hold back. Lot's of sour stuff and good flavour. Nice stuff. Really drinkable and keeps you coming back.

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend from Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Beer rating: 4.49 out of 5 with 1,076 ratings
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