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

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RATINGS: 414   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.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - DEC 1, 2012
12.7oz bottle, purchased at City Beer. Pours a bright, clear, deep-deep golden color; fine-bubbled white head with excellent retention and lacing. Dense, salty, funky nose: lots of salt upfront, lemony tartness and vibrant acidity and a restrained dose of funk: pinpoint, salty, lemony, mouthwatering lambic. Medium body; effervescent; forward acidity and plenty of funk and tartness; the core focus here is a focused lemony acidity and tartness coupled to a funky and highly salty framework; the salinity’s a bit more amplified here than in some of their other limited-release lambics, and this doesn’t quite match up to some of the Armand releases in terms of drinkability and layered qualities, but a damn fine salty and assertive lambic; touches of soft oak around the perimeter. Lasting finish of tart citrus rind and light emergent toastiness.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
erickok (3185) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - DEC 1, 2012
Golden clear body and thin white bubbly lace. Apple, wood, funky and refined. Active body, dry palate, lemons. Not complex but nice sourness. Nice, excellent aroma. (UDRBM)

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dEnk (3484) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 1, 2012
Bottle @ tasting. Aroma is sharp and tart cherry with green apple, basement and some spices. Flavour is dry sourness, big fruits, green apple dominating, some barn. Nice one

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vaiz (3149) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 1, 2012
Bottle at UDRBM. Hazy golden pour. Aroma of typical geuze with horse blanket and wet cellar. Quite spicy and lively. Flavor is sour, spicy and well balanced. Not bad, but still more of the same from 3F.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (3646) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 30, 2012
375 ml from Shenanigans. Tart and lambic all the way. Slightly dusty and oaky. Bit of peach. Really nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheAlum (5205) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2012
375 ml bottle from Binnys SL (Chicago, IL). Opened as a Post Boxing Up 5 Trades Treat. Pours a richer deep golden amber hue, darkness in the body, good haze, and some deeper amber glow throughout. A huge head is offwhite, laces well, sticks around firmly. Well carbonated as the cork pops immediately upon uncaging but doesn’t gush. Aromas are a rich melange of sour fruit, lemon and melon, oranges and crab apple. Gentle pear, straw, and doughy bread. Lactic lemony and yogurty sourness, some sweet tarts, firm funkiness grows, horseblanket, straw, and gentle cobwebs. A kiss of leather, richer oak presence on the nostrils as some bigger fruit elements, firmly sour, keep me quite interested. As it settles more funk comes forward, but still I’d call it a richer firmly sour fruit presence, moving into a more funky dry backend on the nose. Initial is quite nice, dry and a bit earthy up front, lively carnonation on the palate, gentle crab apple and pear, melon, sour lemons and gentle bready dough. Lactic yogurt, lemony sourness, and more fruit, bigger melon and crab apple feel at times. Firmly sour, but not overwhelming at all, the middle shows more yogurt, straw, and dough. Sweeter fruit elements make their case here, melon and apple, pear, kiss of honeysuckle and white wine. Dough, gentle spice. Backend gets a bit more tart again, more funk and cobwebs, horseblanket, grass, and straw. Gentle sweat, cobwebs, and dry funky brett. A touch of saddle, the funk only comes on into the backend and finish, the nose leads you to believe there would be a bit more. Lingering sour lemon, melon, and apple.. Gentle dough, firm yogurt and straw, dryness and funk. The oak in this beer comes and goes, mellow then a bit more firm, dying out a bit more but coupling with the dry stages well. Overall, when compared to the regular Oude, it’s a bit more vibrant, sour and fruity elements give some nice complexity and make it a touch more special for me. Finish is dry and tart, lactic and funky. Dry and mellow, with lingering touches of fruit, sourness, and gentle yet inviting funk. Quite a nice beer, if I say so. I’d like to buy a few to put away if I just had $100 laying around. With that said, everyone who likes Lambic and Sour beer should try it.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TickerTerryDJ (633) - Redditch, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2012
37.5cl bottle from Kurt@Belgiuminabox. Pours a beautiful golden colour with a wispy little white head. Barnyard and green apple aromas with the obligatory horse blanket there too.Grape and oak also making an appearance on the nose and even the merest hint of cat piss,fantastic! Tastes of grapefruit and lemon abound within the sour apples and wood and of course the barnyard flavours too.Lovely tarty sour finish.Another great gueuze from Armand.Well worth the extra 4 year old addition to the blend even though it does make it expensive. must try beer for lambic fans.Marvellous.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jesperhammer (2646) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 25, 2012
15-NOV-2012, bottle @Room in Falsled Kro, from Fish & Beer. Hazy orange with lasting high tan head. Wonderfull aroma of sour apples and barnyard. Taste is sour apples, barnyard, malt, yeast, hay, acetone, fruits - rotten fruits - apricot and citrus, lime, pink grape. Medium body but unfortunately turns watery very fast. Very very good geuze. Really living up to the classy setting here @Falsled Kro.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steve_0 (2234) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2012 Bottle at home. Pour is hazy orange with a huge white head and great lacing; way over-carbonated. Big citric acid, sweet tarts, green apples, lemon peel, light urine, funk, must, and oak in the aroma. Taste is really funky, urine, tangy pineapple, citrus, lemon peel, wood, acid, oak, and pears with a light acidic burn on the finish. Medium body with champagne-like carbonation. Very citric and woody with big urine notes and a huge sour finish. Quite delicious, but I really think this one could benefit with some age. I am glad I have multiple bottles of this to sit on.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Nickls (1765) - SE DC, Washington DC, USA - NOV 22, 2012
Bottle. Bit gushing with a pillowy white head on a lightly hazy golden orange. Aroma is stunning, cobweb, tart grapefruit heart, grass, slight citrus and clean basement . Flavor is dry, funky, but no cheese, cobweb dry,slight must. Lighter body and very pronounced carbonation. Wow


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