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Brewed by 3 Fonteinen
Style: Lambic Style - Gueuze
Beersel, Belgium

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RATINGS: 444   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The Golden Blend is made with 4 year old Lambic that accounts for 25 % of its 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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Torrefacto (547) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 29, 2014
obrizo claro con espuma blanca ligera aunque persistente. Aromas de brett. muy finos con manzana verde y madera. Cuerpo medio, sabor de fruta verde al inicio con una acidez muy equilibrada y un final seco muy persistente hasta el regusto. Muy fina.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
witthatsbier (234) - glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUN 23, 2014
2011 BOTTLED Pours a dark golden colour with a white frothy head that dies quickly Aroma is grain with bitter notes Taste is lemon with a bit of sourness not as sour as some guezes ,but this may be the age of the beer overall a very accomplished beer

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aleigator (219) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - JUN 2, 2014
Has an orange-amber color, no head. Low carbonation, reluctant aromas of floral hints, some leather, young grapes, with no tartness in the nose at all. Upwelling fruits in the beginning, with a very smooth mouthfeel, backed up by musty yeast. Then, sour tartness brings a new layer to the beer, without rolling over the established smoothness. Due to the lack of carbonation in this one, it becomes a little heavier on the palate, and therefore does not get distracted by metallic carbonation. This leaves the attention on the acidic sourness, mingled with grainy malt and oaken notes, which lingers on the palate in a gentle, fruity way for a long time. Also a slight sweetness is recognizable, in a soft, wine-like fashion, which gets washed away, as the lemon zest orientated aftertaste begins to dry out the palate. The sourness nontheless is pleasant on the tongue and well balanced throughout, as it leaven space for impressive sour and bitter notes.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Celest (126) - - MAY 28, 2014
Top!!! Pale blond, sour, complex, oak, wild fruity notes, flowers. Same in the mouth. Very complex

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sarlacc83 (746) - Oregon, USA - MAY 20, 2014
Bottle from Brad. Thanks! A: Pour produces a huge foamy head that makes me think this is angry I opened it. A bit of a gusher, too. Cloudy orange in color. N: Potent oak, spruce, grapefruit rind, and lemon. Hay and dusty attics. Leathery and very earthy - some lavender mixed in here. T: Very sour with oak acting as the balancing agent to the yeast production. Its intense but satisfying. M: Bubbly to the point of being foamy. Light body. Easy to drink. O: A sterling beer. Ive had this before, and the past couple of years have done some magnificent things to the bottle. Just beware the unleashing of the cork.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zita (4622) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAY 16, 2014
old barnyard, golden, hazy, white foam, lightly sour, light soft sour geuze finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hansen (6593) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAY 16, 2014
Golden coloured and hazy. Has a white head, medium duration. Great aroma, acid, wood, barnyard and still soft and nice. Flavor starts sweet, then heavy acid, light bitterness. Dry texture. Harmonic.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HenrikSoegaard (10530) - Randers, DENMARK - MAY 15, 2014
Bottle. Creamy White good mostly lasting head. Dark yellow colour. Powerfull heavy sour aroma. Moderate bitter powerfull sour flavor. Long great well balanced finish. Creamy palate.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Prufrockstar (957) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 9, 2014
375 ml bottle with big thanks to mcberko! Pours deep golden, clear, and with a dense, creamy frothed egg white head. Aroma is divine: at first is a whiff of horse blanket funk, followed briefly by some sulfur that quickly gets lost. Lemon zest, mineral, and something that smells like a mix of cotton candy, acidity, and lemon funk. Basically all kinds of gueuzie goodness. Taste: quite tart and surprisingly salty. Brine and bile, held together by lemon and pickle juice. Surprising how so many flavors that sound disgusting by themselves and even worse in combination can be so damned tasty. Light-medium body, average carbonation, slick and oily with a long puckering finish. Overall: reading over what I wrote, I dont have any idea why I enjoyed this one as much as I did, but I was happy to sit and sip this for a nice long while. Really nice. Thanks again, Matt!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
NeuroPliny (151) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 9, 2014
Poured from a 355 cc bottle shared with JB. Pours a slightly darker cloudy orange than the standard fonteinen oude geuze. There is a huge off-white head that lingers longer than the standard. The aroma is sweeter with more fruit notes than the standard. There are hints of peach, sour apple, grape, and gooseberry. The flavour is astringent sour apple and grape skin with funk and barnyard. The flavours are more concentrated than the standard, perhaps due to excessive evaporation in the 25% 4 year old lambic. Wow.


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