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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6.89%
 
 
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4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
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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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.79/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of yourefragile
4.55/5  rDev +1.1%
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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Photo of lupercmda
4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
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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4.27/5  rDev -5.1%
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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.69/5  rDev +4.2%
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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4.56/5  rDev +1.3%
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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4.7/5  rDev +4.4%
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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4.29/5  rDev -4.7%
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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4.43/5  rDev -1.6%
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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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend from Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
4.5 out of 5 based on 1,038 ratings.
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