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

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RATINGS: 478   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07   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 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.

The 2015 version (bottle date 12/03/2014) has 7.5% ABV (although some labels say 6%)


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RRistow12 (420) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2015
Tasted from bottle. Pours a cloudy orangish gold with thick white head. Aroma is sour, fruity, champagne. Taste is moderately sour but not overly so. Nice fruity tart flavor. Apples, lemon, yeast flavors. Crisp and tart on the palate. I'm not a huge sour fan but this is very well done. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nische (1158) - Saltsjö-Boo, SWEDEN - FEB 24, 2015
Pours a hazy orange with a thicker off white head. Funky aroma with green apple, heavy oak and some tart lemon. Same in taste. Nice mouthfeel and pretty dry.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sevenlee (1555) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - FEB 13, 2015
Pours a deep amber with a slight haze and a small off-white head. Aroma is dry, yeast and sour. Quite sour and fruit taste. Not sure why I keep subjecting myself to sours. I’m just not that into it.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
neongolden (745) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 21, 2015
(375ml 2011 bottle @ Akkurat, shared with my lovely girlfriend Jan 4 2015) Pours slightly hazy gold with a huge white head and no lace, gusher that the server had to struggle with (cork miraculously missed several people in its cross-bar flight). Aroma of lemon-lime soda flavours, big musty dry hay and serious big wood notes, earthy barnyard and slight cheese. Not sour really, slight tart. Palate is more tart, nice lemon, lime, some orange juice, touches of sour pear, good fruit up front. Dries a ton towards the finish, tastes like an olive tree smells (or something!), big woody flavour and bitter hops. Aftertaste is very long and bone dry, astringent tannic wood and almost mineral in a heavy way. Medium full in the mouth with active but moderate carb. I really like what the 4 year lambic did to this beer, the woody tones combined with lighter malts make for a fairly intense but dry gueuze with little sourness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (6189) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 16, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours hazy golden, aroma and taste are bretty, citrus, sour funky bite.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (4920) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2015
Not as intensely sour or flavorful as some Fonteinen beers, but still excellent. Yellow color. Aroma of sour yeast up front with some dry hops. Sour flavor too, also some hops here. it seems to have more hops than most gueuze. Great beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radzik5555 (601) - Gdynia, POLAND - JAN 8, 2015
Butelka 0.375L.
Wygląd: Bursztynowe, mętne. Biała piana, średnio i wielko pęcherzykowa.
Aromat: Intensywny, dziki, palona guma, ostro fenolowe, aż ciężko to wąchać z bliska.
Odczucie: Wysokie wysycenie, ciało niskie, faktura papierowa.
Smak: Dzikie ,lekko kwaśne, palona guma. Kwaśność bardzo krótka. Goryczki nie ma. Posmaki fenolowe, palonej gumy
Całość: Bardzo specyficzne, aż ciężko wąchać przez intensywny aromat. Prawdopodobnie muszę się bardziej z tym stylem obyć, żeby docenić.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jc1762 (182) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 6, 2015
Pour in a plastic cup for sipping on the train. Pours amber with a good head. The nose shows a lot of tart brett funk - along with some apricots and slight citrus. The palate shows a lot of the same. The tartness intensity on this beer is absolutely perfect. I caught myself downing this beer a lot faster than most sour beers.Highly recommend if you’re looking for a sour but not something terribly tart.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sic1314 (4776) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JAN 1, 2015
Poured clear medium amber with a frothy off white head. Aroma of zesty, tart gueuze. Medium body, flavour is nicely acidic and tart, very refreshing and more-ish. A nice New Year treat.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bule (1177) - California, USA - DEC 25, 2014
750ml bottle pours a pale brown color with a bit of froth. Tar aroma that takes a little to get used to. Medium sourness, and mild oakiness with some tar. Interesting beer, but very enjoyable.


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