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

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RATINGS: 418   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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pantanap (3340) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2012
375ml bottle purchased at west lakeview. bottling date of 12/17/2011. second occasion having been able to try this. the first was with the owner of novare res who is one stand up guy but i digress... cork opens with a pop, there was some pressure built up behind there. the pour yields a hazy orange, semi-translucent, apricot colored composition allowing for a little light penetration while topped with a heafty soapy white head that took a few minutes to settle down before being able to top off... aroma is musty with that genuine geueze like horseblanket nose. accents of lemon and hay throughout. not sure why there’s a tendency for me to use lemon as a descriptor but i think the idea gets across as a citrus like basement sourness. somewhat sharp and cheesy in just the right way... flavors don’t let up much from the what the aroma had to offer. sharp semi-acidic musty horseblanket upfront, lemon and hay that collide or shall i say meshing with lively dry carbonation that adds a prickly sensation to the tongue. rather tart overall and just the way it should be, in my opinion which fades and ultimately leaves an earthy dryness on the sides of the mouth. easy to drink and leaves you wanting to grasp for more. should probably do a side by side with the regular geueze to discern more similarities or disimilarities but at this pricepoint, this can’t be regular habit of mine although i with that it could be. splendid.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gr0ve (2114) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 6, 2012
375 ml bottle. Deep golden colour. Crystal clear. Cork pops when bottle opened. Very high carbonation level that leaves a thick coarse head, which falls down quickly leaving only a small thin lace. Intense sour nose with peaches and lactic acid. Clean aroma. Sharp sour flavours, but with a nice mellow soft maltiness. Hints of oak and oranges. Dry finish. The funk show up towards the finish. A very nice geuze. Very drinkable, surprisingly clean, and very nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
crossovert (6371) - Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2012
Projectile cork. Not worth the high price it sells for but fat pour I had of it was delicious. Super carbed but a nice tart lemony taste that seemed to have 50 layers.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Borresteijn (4410) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 2, 2012
375ml Bottle at UDRBM. Just slightly hazy copper golden colour, white head. Aroma of sour lemons, flowers, a hint of cat piss on a conifer, wood. Flavour is sour, lemons, refreshing acidic sourness in the finish, wood. Light-bodied. I was expecting to seriously down-rate this beer, but it was way better than anticipated. Simple, fresh and straightforward gueuze, nothing complex.

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 (3196) - 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 (3486) - 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 (3652) - 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.


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