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3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend

 (RETIRED)
overall
100
94
style
Formerly brewed at 3 Fonteinen
Style: Lambic Style - Gueuze
Beersel, Belgium

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 471   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
UDBeernut (1992) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2013
375ml bottle pours golden with a thin cream colored head with great retention. Nose of horsehair and farm animals. Taste is puckering and acidic. Mouthfeel is prickly.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steasy66 (1038) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Fairly orange golden color. Aroma is tart, spicy, and wheaty. Taste is tart, very wheaty, funky, nice. Very nice gueze.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 9, 2013
375ml bottle $24.99 (whoa). Poured this into a Drie Fonteinen geuze tumbler and it took forever. Not only did the cork almost rocket out but the head was unstoppable and even with a slow pour took forever, probably because I refuse to allow any of the sediment into my glass. Now I am going to jump ahead and say that this is a fantastic geuze overall but I probably won’t buy any more unless I can slip it into an overseas order. Its great its just not light years ahead of the regular oude geuze. The appearance was beautiful, thick orange, milkshake fluffy head, perfect glassware. The aroma is pretty great, quintessential geuze, wheat, sour orange slices, maybe the slightest bit of oak, honey. Flavor is pretty fucking good, very round and mildly fatty, does not make me pucker at all. Grass, pepper, very tame lemon flavor, this is pretty exquisite. As I move through the glass I can admit that yes, this is better than the normal 3F geuze in the same way that the Oude Geuze Vintage and Armand 4 series are better. Masterful stuff. Beautiful geuze. Serving type: bottle 12-25-2012 06:04:21

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brigadier (3175) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2013
375 ml bottle
I was expecting a bit more from a brewery like 3F. This is a passable geuze though not up to the level of others. Maybe it was a bad bottle but I am a bit indifferent about this one. Thanks to tastybeer for sharing regardless. A new lambic is always worth sampling.

Aroma / Appearance - The cloudy golden body was partially a result of agitation. A rusty white head sits on top like dusty snowcaps. Carbonation is so active it looks like soda water with a dash of food coloring. Mineral water and polished gold give the high notes of a sour tang. This is certainly acidic but not as sharp as I expect a Belgian sour to be.

Flavor / Palate - The lemony taste is on the mark. Along for the ride are orange peels, which do not feel as crisp as I wanted them to. This is more sour than most beers but because of such high expectations falls short in the end. The problem comes with the price tag. At close to $20 a pop I can choose many other things in its place.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcartamdg (2331) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - MAR 6, 2013
Pours a hazy golden orange with a huge white head. Aroma of oak, funk, citrus and straw. Taste is tart, citrusy with oak and a lot of funk. Really good, very sour with a lot of funk and oak. So drinkable and so sour, I love this one ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
stoutnick (682) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 6, 2013
Deep golden peach. Aroma is funk. Taste is citrus tart, astringent, soft funk. Yum. Tastier than the basic oude gueze. Fuller flavours as it warms - wood, funk. Palate - lingering tartness. Overall, great gueze; more satisfying to drink than the basic oude gueze. A fantastic balance between the crazy tart/sour and sweet.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Staffan47 (887) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAR 3, 2013
Perfekt. Man blir ju nästan lycklig av en så fantastisk suring. Oerhört balanserad på alla parametrar.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tastybeer (1831) - Indiana, USA - MAR 2, 2013
Bottle, 2011 ed. Pour is hazy gold, white head. good retention/no lace. Aroma of barrel, dust, lacto, lemon. Taste is tart, dusty, barrel, mineral, lemon, attic. Palate is high carbonation, tart finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KnutAlbert (6346) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 26, 2013
Dark gold, lively carbonation. Clean, crisp, refreshing. YEs, there is vinegar, lemon and rotting leaves in here, in addition to serious drinkability. You’ll love or hate this.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmrmwel (1159) - Bergen, NORWAY - FEB 26, 2013
Bottle. Pours dark golden, with a massive creamy head. Aroma is brett and oak, as well as nuts and lots of sour fruitiness from apples and rhubarb. Quite full and creamy body, with lively carbonation. Flavour is sour with brett and balsamic vinegar, as well as fruity notes of apples and rhubarb balanced by oak and rather earthy notes. Nice, long sour finish.


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