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:
6.89%
 
 
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Photo of DefenCorps
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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Photo of bark
4.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Dave_Treat
4.29/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BGsWo22
4/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Howlader
4/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cbutova
4.63/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Thanks a ton to Chico1985 for opening this expensive beast up. Did not see it coming last night and what a good surprise it was. Reviewed from notes.

A- Poured from the corked bottle into two tulips. Cloudy dark-golden color to this Gueuze. A puffy and creamy white head forms to about two fingers in size with nice retention for the style. It all settles to a nice ring and a big clump of mystery in the center of the beer. A few thick pillows of lace toward the top and spotty lace down the rest of the glass.

S- Packs a punch as soon as you open and pour this one. Haven't had the standard 3F Gueuze in a while or even Cantillon Classic but this instantly brings me back to those rare chances. Sour fruity blast like lemons and tart apples/grapes. Acetic acid and some cheesy funk as well.

T- With the first sip I notice how smooth this is. Everything is balanced out with a tart and almost herbal saison feel, interesting. Fruit notes coming from the bugs are apple, grape and lemon in nature and make up a big chunk of the flavor. Nice oak, vinegar and grassy barnyard hints as well. Slightly funky but more on the straight tart sour side.

MF- Foamy body overall with a great dried out, light consistency. It is airy like a cloud when being sipped but this only makes it feel even more heavenly. Moderate sourness overall.

The funky and tart aspect of this beer grows with time but it is very smooth and balanced. The complex flavor makes me cherish each sip. The price prohibits me from getting another bottle but I just may after actually trying it.

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4.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Jwale73
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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4/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of Gotti311
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.03/5  rDev -10.4%
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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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of jrallen34
3.75/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of cosmicevan
4.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

enjoyed from a 3F wine glass. bottle dated 2011/02/17.

a - beer opened with nary a pop (had me concerned), but a slightly aggressive pour yielded ample carbonation with a generous frothy head that hung out a bit but dissolved to leaving a thick skin of froth. great visible carbonation could be seen through the transparent orange elixir.

s - a tasting buddy of mine, i believe it was pete27lax got me into smelling the bottle and the cork right after opening and damn if this one doesn't smell fantastic. great grassy earth, but not over done or dirt like...like wheat grass. hints of lemon zest and very subtle rubber with a nice glazing of lambic soaked oak. i can smell it for days. it really just smells out of this world.

t - opens with a musty tart. my mouth is forced to adjust to the unexpected sourness. then there it is...that wonderful nose, in full force on my palate. bigger notes of lemon zest than the nose suggested and the pucker is strong. oak and green grape vinous notes tickle my tongue. a mouthful of spring time grass glazed in sweetened lemon juice.

m - great sourness. very digestible but on the sour side for a gueuze. very much like a soured version of the fantastic oude geuze from 3F.

o - overall, a winner. very much worth the money. if you are fortunate enough to still see this one lingering around, grab it while you can as you will be kicking yourself in a few years if you don't and thanking yourself if you do.

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Photo of Rutager
4.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to two very generous BAs, Jeffo and Alpineclimber, for getting me the two bottles of this beer. So nice to be able to cellar one of these expensive bottles for a while.

Poured into my gueuze glass with the big "3" on it.

Appearance. Pours a hazy, rich honey-gold with a little amber and a finger of frothy white head.

Smell. Tart lemon, some old wet wood and earthy, lightly sweet funk.

Taste. Lots of nice lightly bitter wood, dry earthy funk, and some lemon juice.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium carbonation.

Overall. Another great gueuze. I've been lucky enough to have several lately and though this one doesn't stand out from the others as much as I would have hoped, it was a very delicious, well made brew. Thanks again to the great BAs that got me bottles of this.

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of claspada
4.22/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, dark yellow with a large white head, decent retention, leaving some minimal lacing. Overall nice steady carbonation, maybe slightly over-carbonated.

Aromas begin with some funky minerality and an earthy mushroom-like character. Then you get some musty wood, very tart lemons. As it warms you get some nice wheat and yeast notes, as well as quite a some more emerging barnyard funk.

First impression in the flavor is super strong earthiness and musty oak. Straight from the barnyard here. There's some light acidity and a bit of leather and very light lemon. The acidity and funk flow right into one another.

The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. Finish is dry quite heavy on the funk and earth.

Overall this was a nice treat sampled amongst the other sour beers of the evening. Although the aroma delivered slightly more than the flavor, it was still quite above average. Everything about the aromas and flavors helps to deliver the maxim amount of funk.

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Photo of Resuin
4.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375 mL bottle into a stemmed glass. This was bottled on 02/17/2011 so is about 3.5 years since bottling. The cork fires off immediately after I give it a little twist.

Appearance: Pours a fairly opaque deep peach/apricot, medium amber color and immediately gives several fingers of off-white head that fade relatively quickly, over several minutes though, and leave a white layer atop the beer, along with plenty of lacing.

Smell: Sour apricots/peaches, lemon, lovely floral aromas, oak, nice bretty funk, black pepper, must. Perfect amount of funk in the smell.

Taste: Sour green apple, black pepper, citrus peel, lemon, floral flavors, bread, oak. As for sourness: about a 6.5/10 - just the right amount.

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation with a really frothy, fizzy, creamy body. Finishes quite nice and dry.

Overall: Probably the best gueuze I've had - very complex and really well done. The aroma is breathtaking and delicious and the flavor is to style and wonderful. Just the right amount of sour and funk with great flavors.

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3.25/5  rDev -27.8%

Photo of rlee1390
4.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw at a bottle shop and was given it as a gift, as I'm not sure if I would have spent the 28 bucks on it.

A-Cloudy yellow-orange, well carbonated, three finger fluffy head. The cork started coming off as soon as I unwound the cage.

S-Funk, lemon, grass, oak, green apples, all blended together well.

T-Not very sour, more tart than anything, and a mild tartness at that. However it is very fruity, green apples galore, lemons, some grass and the oak has a strong presence as well.

M-Light, highly carbonated and dry.

O-Just a little more in the sour department and this beer would be out of this world.

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4.5/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

Photo of ArrogantB
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle $24.99 (whoa). Poured this into a Drie Fonteinen geuze tumbler and it took forever. Not only did the cork almost rocket out but the head was unstoppable and even with a slow pour took forever, probably because I refuse to allow any of the sediment into my glass. Now I am going to jump ahead and say that this is a fantastic geuze overall but I probably won't buy any more unless I can slip it into an overseas order. Its great its just not light years ahead of the regular oude geuze. The appearance was beautiful, thick orange, milkshake fluffy head, perfect glassware. The aroma is pretty great, quintessential geuze, wheat, sour orange slices, maybe the slightest bit of oak, honey. Flavor is pretty fucking good, very round and mildly fatty, does not make me pucker at all. Grass, pepper, very tame lemon flavor, this is pretty exquisite. As I move through the glass I can admit that yes, this is better than the normal 3F geuze in the same way that the Oude Geuze Vintage and Armand 4 series are better. Masterful stuff. Beautiful geuze.

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend from Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
4.5 out of 5 based on 1,031 ratings.
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