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


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RATINGS: 492   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
The Golden Blend is made with 4 year old Lambic that accounts for 25 % of itís 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%)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ktwse (2879) - SWEDEN - APR 5, 2013
Pours hazy golden amber with massive frothy white head - truly golden. Aroma is incredibly fresh and rich with green apples, green grapes, gooseberries, fresh grass, very light earth. Taste is incredibly balanced with an initial light sweetness that turns into a distinct and fresh, rounded sourness before the finish where the sourness mellows down a bit and is complimented by a light sweetness. Mouthfeel afterwards is surprisingly sweet. Body is obviously light and slick with lively but not sharp carbonation. One of the best sour ales Iíve had!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rederic (3222) - montrťal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 4, 2013
375ml bottle, honey gold color, with a bubbly white head, nice musty fruity, dusty, green apple sour nose, with a yeasty funky, bretty, woody, zesty lemon tart, leather, barnyard accent, with an acidic citrus juiciness note in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a good juicy lemon acidic, fruity green apple sour, tart, musty green grape, woody white wine tannin character, with a funky, bretty, earty moldy yeasty flavour, leading towards a funky bretty yeastiness, sour green apple, lemon acidic, green grape must, woody dry white wine finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maneliquor (3479) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 4, 2013
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Very much like 3 Fontís Oude Geuze. Probably a touch funkier with some heavy lemon rind and zest. Very good as you would expect

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
weihenweizen (2371) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - APR 2, 2013
Chilled green bottle poured into a tulip. Pours clear golden with little white head. Medium body, low carbonation, and sour aroma. Taste is wonderful sour. My favorite of the tasting, however Cascade Apricot was a close second.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JStax (3975) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2013
Poured from a 375 ml bottle. Pours a copper color with a thin white head of foam. Aroma is fruity and sour with an earthy sweetness. Taste is that earthy sweet and sourness. Spritzy mouthfeel. Overall, very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mad_Ferret (780) - SWEDEN - MAR 31, 2013
Sample from 375ml bottle. Hazy golden brown/orange, short white head. Very dry funky acidic aroma with oak and acid, grapefruit and sour apples. The fruitiness is subdued compared to the funk and acidity. It almost gets a metallic vibe. Taste is very sour with citrus, wood, pips and some vinegar. Very dry and puckering. Medium+ bodied, with soft sparkling bubbles, light dry texture. Itís very tasty, but almost too aggressive.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BenH (3206) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 29, 2013
Bottle. Golden with big white head. Nose burning aroma, incredibly sharp musty funk. Taste is extremely sharp, lots of apple and funk. One of the sourest beers Iíve had, draws in every part of the mouth, puckering, acidic. An exceptional gueze

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hair6a11 (1428) - Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2013
2011/02/17 - Cork and Cage here - removing the cage brought the cork out on itís own.Thatís new. It wasnít a gusher - but the pour revealed something overcarbonated initial. The large head does finally dissipate, revealing a 1/2 finger white head that s fine bubbled, with modest lacing present. It retains well here. The pour is medium / dark gold that is modest cloudy - The nose is peppery, earthen oak, and lemongrass here. Thereís a hint of vanilla, with musty notes prevalent. Itís nice. The flavor profile reveals lively carbonation initial, moving to lemon zest, must, basement, bretty notes, with a sustaining bitterness. Pepper , Oak and earth, dried apricot, and a hint of sweetness here. This is a terrific brew for sure - Iím assuming my carbonation issues arenít the norm for this one. Naturally itís a ridiculous price for the enjoyment level. I doubt Iíd buy this one again - but Iíve got a few to age in the cellar.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
PhillyCraft (4262) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2013
375 ml bottle, big bang as i opened her. Pours hazy peach with huge tightly bubbled white head. Aromas of barn, wet wood, horse blanket, lemons, acidic fruit. Flavor is so vintage wooden with notes of haze, lemons, sour peach, and earthy citrus hops. Light to medium body with a good bit of carbonation. Finishes dry and long lasting. Doesnt get much better than this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SaintMatty (6053) - 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.

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