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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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#138
Reviews:
187
Ratings:
1,070
pDev:
6.9%
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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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 TMoney2591
3.9/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Local Option cervoise.

Thrilled to have a second chance with this beer, as my first bottle met a particularly painful end. It pours a lightly-hazy sunset amber-gold topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose is a veritable field guide to scent-heavy apple varieties, along with some bits of grapefruit zest, white grape, honeydew, powdered sugar, and a hint of cobweb. The taste holds notes of tart grapefruit, heavy funk, chardonnay grapes, oak, and cobweb. The tartness and the funk don't play nicely together, spreading a minor din throughout my mouth where I hoped orchards and vineyards would re-enact a Fantasia episode. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, a certainly well-meaning gueuze, but one that just doesn't have the balance I generally look for, opting instead for a contentious mixture of strong funk and strong tart fruit. It's nowhere near bad, but not something I would readily reach for in the near future (especially with that audacious price tag).

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

375ml bottle into a matching Drie Fonteinen stemmed glass. As other's have stated, this one opens up with excitement. A loud pop and out comes the cork seemingly effortlessly. A careful pour yields a mildly hazed golden colored brew with a rich 4 fingers of frothy white head composed of rather large bubbles. The etching on the bottom of the glass causes a disturbance that releases an endless stream of bubbles to the surface in support of the head. Some patches of lace stick to the glass as the solution evaporates in my glass.

The aroma is very rich and inviting. It needs to open up and breath a bit as straight out of the gate the release of carbonation mutes the aroma a bit. But as it breathes, it really showcases barnyard qualities, cob webs, straw/hay, leather and under all of that funk is some citrus to fruity elements. Some wet old oak barrel that is mildly musty/moist is also evident that increases in character as it gets warmer.

The taste includes some carbonic quality initially that gets in the way a bit. As it breathes and the glass is swirled, it opens up and gets significantly more enjoyable. The taste has a bit of rindy bitterness that includes some citrus notes minorly like lemon zest before driving into a flavor of old musty oak and barnyard. Some straw/hay-like grain inclusion is present and when focused on really brings out that fruity appeal about this brew. There is a lot of standard oude geuze quality going on in this except with a slightly elevated bitterness, mustiness and barnyard/hay flavoring without much acidity. I can't get over how well the flavors of this blend together in a very unique way. It is rindy almost like grapefruit and pulp but effortless transitions into bold barnyard funk and musty barrel quality with a hint of lacto and stinky cheese aftertaste.

This is a light bodied brew with an elevated level of carbonation that is very active throughout the experience. The alcohol is very well integrated and this brew finishes crisp, refreshing and super easy drinking. I would have no problems finishing a 750ml bottle of this by myself if it was made available to me. My only gripe is the bit of metallic/carbonic nature about this brew. Maybe that will fade a bit with time.. we will see if I can resist drinking the other bottles I have. If you are a fan of geuze, this is another Armand must-try.

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Photo of chippo33
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of 22Blue
4.21/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SadMachine
4.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep golden color that is slightly opaque with almost no head as expected. Just a small white collar remains throughout.

Wow! The aroma just punches you in the face with gueuzy goodness! First the burst of ripe stone fruit that is so juicy you can almost taste it! This is followed by an intense funk with cheese, horse blanket, hay, and other barnyard aromas going on. Assertive tartness is evident as well. Just a spot on aroma for the style!

The taste is quite sour from the get go. There is some overripe apricot flavor going on, but that is secondary to the super funky cheese and barnyard notes! Some tart lemon notes, alongside a dry pithy flavor in the finish. This is quite acidic, but it isn't overpowering. As expected from the style and the age, this is super complex, and quite delicious.

The mouth feel is medium, lightly carbed, tart and acidic, with a very dry finish that keeps you coming back for more!

This is just a world class example of the style! If you can still find a bottle of this definitely get your hands on it!

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Photo of imbibehour
4.76/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a Drie Fonteinen stemware glass. Good nice simple pop, lots of smoke.

This is one of the most amazing beers I have ever seen. In this glass, a ROARING carbonation of fire is coming from the middle of the glass, with wonderful streaming legs of pinhead bubbles charging up the sides. The head is soapy white, never forms, but it magically re-appears with more carbonation coming to the top of the glass. Body is a booming peach glowing orange, with yellow and lemon colored hues, looks like a creamsicle Popsicle with all this color and clear see- through fast carbonation. The beer looks like it's from hell, it literally appears to be on FIRE! Amazing.

Nose has a nice floral hint, and classic earthy dry funk notes. Hints of lemon fruit sour tartness and mild acidity, some of the funk brings some classic pepper. Memorable and impressive.

Palate is just supper fun. Fruit filled mid palate full of body and super playful carbonation. Juicy apricots and fleshy rind mixing with crisp lemon dry character and funk earth. Huge flowery garden aromatic with great chewy apricot and lemon tartness. Apricot flesh rind just rips and feels dense in the mouth. This is like a super aggressive Fou Foune… sort of… sharp carbonation but nothing distractive, playful and a good malt backbone.

Stupid easy drinking, extremely memorable, I wish this bottle was bigger, a fantastic beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of AlexFields
4.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of IrishColonial
4/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of mklisz
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Lare453
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.24/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sweffin
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

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

Served in a Närke tulip at Sean's place. Removing the cage resulted in the cork nearly coming out on its own.

A - Pretty carbonated, with a big white foam that settles to a thick cap and fingers of lace - not a gusher thankfully. Hazed orange-gold body that's a a few shades darker than your standard 3F Gueuze.

S - Huge musky funk, with some nice acetic notes, stone fruits, touch of lemon, and an odd salt and mineral Play-Do note in there as well. Very intense and very impressive - better than 4.5, but not quite 5.0-worthy.

S - The taste is nearly as good, with a very enjoyable collection of stone fruits, lemons and other citrus, lactic sourness and acidity, and perhaps a touch of oak. Significantly less funky and more sour than the aroma.

M - Smooth medium body, juicy, super dry, with moderate lingering acidity. Carbonation is initially lively, but quickly sizzles away to a more enjoyable lower level.

D - A great gueuze from a master blender. Well worth the price tag, and arguably better than some of the Armand'4 series gueuzes. It'd be very easy (and expensive) to drink multiple bottles of this in an evening.

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend from Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Beer rating: 4.49 out of 5 with 1,070 ratings
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