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

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RATINGS: 441   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06   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.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
n00bface (137) - Minneapolis, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Bottle at ’t Antwaerps Bierhuiske (Antwerp, Belgium)
Aroma: Brett, lemon, basement aromas
Appearance: Amber in color, slightly hazy from sediment
Taste: Very sour, but not overpoweringly so. It’s somewhat offset by a sweeter finish
Palate: light body, thin texture, and a lively carbonation despite a mostly absent head
I had been looking forward to trying this one for a while and am very happy that I finally had the chance. That said, the price is a little exaggerated considering its not a big step up from the Oude Geuze.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JAN 5, 2013
$22.00/375 ml green bottle. Hazy golden with a small head. The aroma is spicy, and sour. It also has aromas of lemons, green apples, and bubblegum. It’s really smooth and almost delicate. The taste has more lemons with a sharp acidic middle. There is also a funkiness that shows itself more as the beer warms. It’s well carbonated with a sparkly mouthfeel and finishes with an oaky dryness. A very good geuze and I like the concept. Although I would reach for a more affordable option of a comparable tasting gueze when given the chance.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daniele (5336) - ITALY - JAN 5, 2013
oro buona schiuma piuttosto persstentente leggero affumicato acetico buona acidita legno noce finale quasi speziato ginepro

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Keg_Juggler (193) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2013
Thanks to Quez. Golden with high carbonation and thin stubborn head with no lacing, notes of vinegar, Cider, barnyard. Very nice gueuze. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 1, 2013
Bottle. Pours a very hazy golden orange with huge slightly offwhite head. Took forever to get it into the glass. Aromas are dominated by sweet sour apples, lots of burnt rubber like funk and sharp lemony acidity. Slightly bitter taste with plenty of lemony acidity to finish. Medium mouthfeel.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jookos (2063) - FINLAND - DEC 31, 2012
Bottle. Yellow, light orange with sediment, good carbonation. Nose has malts, sour apple, funk, horseys. Body is sharp, acidic, with some vinous tones. The funk is soft and mellow, but strongly present, old like a good horsey wine (e.g. cht. musar). A bit mouth drying and sharp on the fruityness, otherwise perfect.

-- bb/h

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AlainG (1175) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 29, 2012
Elle est dorée, voilée et coiffée d’une mousse impeccable, qui se résorbe lentement en lui laissant une dentelle écumeuse aux parois. Odeurs très agréables, on sent la levure sauvage, des fruits acidulés, comme le fruit de la passion, de pommes surettes et certaines sortes d’oranges, dans un assortiment de bois franc et de bois vert. La palette des saveurs est fidèle aux arômes. L’acidité est très prononcée et s’empare, littéralement, de toutes les papilles gustatives. Une amertume ou encore une âcreté sont présentes en arrière-goût. (484-121212)

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Boutip (4669) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 28, 2012
Bottle: Poured a hazy golden color lambic with a large foamy head with great retention and some excellent lacing. Aroma of light funk with some tart green apple notes. Taste is a complex and refreshing at the same time mix between some funk and green apple notes with light tart finish. Acidity level if so well balanced. Body is quite full with super great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed and super enjoyable and also somewhat reminiscent of Girardin gueuze. .

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
deyholla (6575) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Bottle. Pours a cloudy earthy gold with a white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a lot of sour fruit with a nice earthy funk and a hint of acid. Flavor starts with strong acidic fruit that mellow to a nice sourness that is backed by funk throughout.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6125) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 28, 2012
Very aromatic Gueuze, with more Brett notes than I’m used to from 3F, smelling from a whole meter away as soon as the bottle is popped open. Hard to pour with its extremely vivacious carbonation that generates an eternal white tower atop the bubbly gold. Intense lemon aromas in which the wheat comes across neatly, adding an oily feel to this otherwise bone-dry offering. Extremely attenuated, yet not overly thin. Its bubbles deserve some time to settle down a bit because it feels rougher than what this producer usually delivers in terms of mouthfeel elegance. Champaign-like indeed, including the earthy, salt cracker and nutty rancio notes. In mouth, its acidity is very serious, adding a soft acetic suggestion to the lactic and citric showdown. A beer could be blended with citrus juice, it would not get much more citrusy than this. And in the second half, a surprisingly salty attack joins the parade and seemingly dry the beer out farther. It is pretty good stuff, but I miss the ironically exuberant elegance of what I feel are the very top notch 3 Fonteinen. It makes for a rougher, less drinkable drink that yet remains very refreshing.


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