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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:
#136
Reviews:
188
Ratings:
1,076
pDev:
6.9%
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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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Photo of IPAchris
3.93/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gonzoillini
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Nichols33
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gobzilla
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of drabmuh
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Drie Fonteinen gueuze tumbler. If I were a dog I wouldn't care but I'm a man so I do. This beer....is...awesome.

Beer is hazy, dark yellow, big head, decent retention, some lacing, nice steady carbonation, this beer is slightly over carbonated.

Aroma is sulfur, bright, lactic, funky, oak, citric.

Beer is light in body but full in flavor. Sulfur, earth, rubber, horse, oak, bitter tannins, very bright. The carbonic burns a little and finishes dry. I love love love this beer. More? Yes please.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of ShanePB
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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

Photo of Eziel
4.79/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of afsdan
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of eawolff99
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of lupercmda
4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep golden with an opaque color. Smell is of light lemon tartness. Taste is lemony, light smooth and crisp and clean. Medium mouthfeel. One of the best Gueze out there.

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

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at bu11zeye's 10,000th rating tasting.

The beer pours a yellow color with a large white head. The aroma is full of very tart lemons, with some nice wheat and yeast notes, as well as quite a bit of barnyard funk. The flavor is also quite funky, with some nice lemon and wheat notes. There is a medium amount of tartness and some nice yeast notes. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very interesting, funky and tart beer that I am glad I got to try.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of spinrsx
4.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 Bottle imported through the lcbo for about $20/bottle

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Photo of epyon396
4.21/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

File this review under: Really expensive beer that I hate because it is so delicious.

Pours a slightly darker color of gold than your average gueuze. Super thin 1/6" white head. Aroma is kicking down some seriously sour notes, what is missing is that plastic burning feel that 3F had going on for awhile. This is just tons of lemon like sour notes and oak. Mild funk behind it, not harsh, enjoyable.

A taste that brings out citrus notes without relying too much on lemon and grapefruit solely. Very sour, but not acidic really. Effortless drinking. The notion of barnyard can only be discussed by saying it must be a very clean barnyard, the farm butthole aspect of a gueuze isn't present, thankfully. I like this more than their regular gueuze because its aroma is better and it has more of a varied citrus flavor instead of just lemon sour power. Carbonation was on point. Interesting that the alcohol is 7.5% in this one compared to the normal gueuze. Can't taste it thankfully.

Downside of this beer is that it is expensive AF. But even then, I could see spoiling myself every now and then and buying it again. ~$30/375ml. But the score suffers because of the price. If this was priced like de garde, I would say its rating would be like 4.7/5

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Photo of Stevedore
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

37.5cl bottle bottled 2/17/2011, poured into a Cantillon stemmed glass today 8/2/2013.

Cork comes out with a resounding pop. This geuze pours a clear golden copper body with a white, billowy foaminess verging on overcarbonated.. fluffy as hell. Took a minute or so to pour a full glass. Stays a thick white foam on the surface. Leaves lots of lacing all over the place. Absolutely beautiful looking geuze!

Smells like grape skin, a bit of sweet barnyard funk and a strong lemon zest.. it smells rather vinegary and acidic, as opposed to lactic which I don't get much of. As it gets warmer, the barnyard funkiness gets stronger and even better. It's a smooth smelling, balanced geuze that hits the spot.

I'm really enjoying this one. I get a tart lemony sweetness with some grape skin plus a nice mustiness and a bit of smooth funk on the back end. There is a sourness throughout that I would call acidic, vinegary rather than lactic. It's not as heavily funky as Cantillon's 100% Geuze can get, though. But the lemon zest flavour is classic Drie Fonteinen and I really enjoy that particular aspect.

The mouthfeel is a very nice aspect of this geuze. It's medium thinner bodied with a ton of carbonation that is somehow just right. It literally fizzles on the tongue.. very complex with everything coming together very well. It is easy to drink (fortunately or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it) and even easier to enjoy. The aftertaste is a sour funk that stings the heck out of my palate. It is a rather sour geuze; probably one of the most sour I've had.. and it gets even more sour as it warms up!

Overall I really enjoyed this one. It's got a ridiculously sour aspect that I really enjoy, plus 3F's classic lemony mustiness. It was worth trying at least once, even at the hefty $26 price tag. Compared to the Oude Geuze which I had a few weeks ago, this is even more sour and a bit more complex on the palate. I think this is worth picking up 1-2 bottles of if you are a sour head with some money to burn.

Re-review notes: Shawn generously cracked open a Golden Blend at our non-Lente Seasons tasting today, 12/8/2013. Poured into a Vintage taster glass, split 4 ways.

Basically, it looks and smells like it has always smelled. Its cheesier and more funky than the Seasons were, but it just seems so one-trick compared to the more complex, intense Seasons; although the carbonation is better and it retains its flavour profile much better than Winter. It's a fantastic geuze to drink on its own, but we probably did it a disservice by drinking this with the Seasons. Easily worth trying once for anybody who considers himself a sour head, and perhaps another bottle or two to age for a while, but the price tag to quantity ratio is just incredibly high.

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Photo of enelson
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of BARFLYB
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of rudzud
4.69/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

So for review # 1400, time to hit up Golden Blend. This bottle is of the batch released in Belgium only. Ohhh yah.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice crystal clear dark honey hue with a good one finger white head that fades to leave a thin halo and light cloud. Quite nice.

S - Smell is tons of musty grape skin, barnyard funk, strong citrus (lemon) zest, super gueuze here. Dusty basement galore. Love it.

T - OOoohh yeah. I've had this at a few fests and have been waiting to review this bad boy. TONS of musty basement, barnyard funk, grape skin, lemons, horse blanket, lots of acidity to the point of almost being chalky, quite complex drie fonteinen flavours going on, really enjoy it.

M - Yep, this is spot on for mouthfeel, cant get any better than this. Super bright carbonation, flows along the tongue nicely. Gah, perfect.

O - Overall, love this beer. So much more dusty than the standard gueuze. Sourness is spot on, love the dust...glad I have a few more bottles to age!

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Photo of yourefragile
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle, bottled 17/02/2011, poured into a tumbler. Beware, cork pops as soon as cage is removed, but no gushing.

Pours a cloudy orange golden color with a massive foamy cream head. Head fades quickly though to a thin layer with spotty clumps of lace. As fast as the cork explodes, the aroma hits you as well; strong mineral, funk and barnyard must blending with surprising fruit sweetness. Flavor is remarkably complex, yet balanced this young. Starts with an immediate citrus rind and lemon sweetness on the front of the palate. Earthy and mineral funk quickly join mid palate with some light acidity trailing. Finish is pleasantly dry, tart, grassy and earthy. Very smooth transition from fruit and sweet to funk to earth. Soft, medium light body with effervescent carbonation and a clean finish. So, this is pretty great fresh and should develop nicely. I'd recommend buying 3 or 20 to age.

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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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