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

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RATINGS: 483   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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%)


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SaintMatty (5979) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAR 28, 2013
750ml Bottle - Amber in colour. Apricot, sultanas, damp leather and some musty notes in the aroma. Tangy, fruity and tart taste with notes of lemon, peach and apricot detected.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
arkurzynski (1819) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 24, 2013
Thanks Grant! Deep golden to orange in color. Aroma of citrus, refined brett funk, leather, and light vanilla/oak. Flavor is lemon citrus trailing to bright green apple. Dries off nicely with subtle oak and vanilla. Trailing citrus and leather, slightly bitter. Moderately sour with nice complexity. Light and crisp.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fred82 (2116) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 24, 2013
375ml bottle from IPB.
Appearance : Clear yellow with small head.
Aroma : Slightly mineral with acidic tart notes. Light barnyard, light hops. Nice wood. Wet socks.
Taste : Great citrusy tartness, light sourness. Great woody notes, light hops. Woody finish with tropical brett and other fruits. Persistent long finish.
Palate : Nicely soft but fizzy. Not aggressive.
Overall : Really nice one. Very well balanced and very elegant. Nice woody notes and nice hops. Quite smooth and polished (a bit like Girardin on that aspect). Nice light tropical fruits notes. Very fresh. For me this is better than the regular Oude Gueuze. Enough to pay the premium.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
podey (637) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2013
375ml bottle, 2011 vintage at Torst shared with jrgratz. Pours a dark, clear gold with a medium foamy white head. Aroma is of tart lemons with alot of musty funk and yeast notes. Taste is tart with notes of lemons and wood. Mouthfeel is delicate and beautiful balanced. Finish is smooth and tart. Terrific beer

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MJGG (952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 23, 2013
Bouteille de 375 ml, bue côte à côte avec une 3F Oude Gueuze. Arômes assez complexes de veille cave et de brettanomyces. Robe orangée (légèrement plus foncée que celle de la Oude Gueuze), et trouble, peu de mousse et effervescence moyenne. En bouche, on retrouve un caractère de vieux lambic assez fort, avec des notes terreuses et poussiéreuses de vieille cave. Présence assez marquée de pediococcus (fromage, petits pieds). Le niveau d’acidité, surtout lactique, est comparable à celui de la Oude Gueuze. Longue finale sèche et acide. Très bon, mais je préfère personnellement la fraîcheur citronnée de la Oude Gueuze régulière.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gyllenbock (5913) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 22, 2013
Bottle. Hazy golden with a small white head. Nice tart aroma of citrus, wood and grape. The taste was very refreshing and nicely sour. Vinegar, wood, citrus and grape. Rather soft in a nice way.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2013
Bottle from awlcordell. Thanks! Pours like a geueze. Deeply golden with a billowy white head. The nose is fantastic. rich grain, wheat, barnyard funk and horseblanket, all that jazz. Tart preserved lemon and earthy. I could smell this for hours. On tasting, it is sweeter than expected. I think the older lambic has concentrated resulting in a bit more body and graininess. Good high level of acidity, a bit bigger bodied. Super clean but the sweetness detracts a bit. Nice show overall.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
humlelala (1137) - DENMARK - MAR 15, 2013
(37,5 cl bottle from Toft Vin) Pours a sparkling, clear golden with medium, white head. Beautiful lace and decent retention as well as regeneration. Aroma is barnyard and cider. Oily texture, dry and tart finish. Taste is mostly sour with very little sweetness. Still not my favourite style.

2.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stevepsycho (34) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 14, 2013
Great nose fizzy smelling. Like champagne drinks better after sitting a bit.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maxwelldeux (4169) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Bottle, poured in a flute. Pours a hazy amber color with a moderate white head. Nose is slightly sour with a hint of wood in there. Taste is extremely sour and acidic with citrus notes. Easy and fun drink once you get past the acidity.


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