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


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RATINGS: 507   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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.

The 2015 version (bottle date 12/03/2014) has 7.5% ABV (although some labels say 6%)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2013
Bottle from awlcordell. Thanks! Pours like a geueze. Deeply golden with a billowy white head. The nose is fantastic. rich grain, wheat, barnyard funk and horseblanket, all that jazz. Tart preserved lemon and earthy. I could smell this for hours. On tasting, it is sweeter than expected. I think the older lambic has concentrated resulting in a bit more body and graininess. Good high level of acidity, a bit bigger bodied. Super clean but the sweetness detracts a bit. Nice show overall.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
humlelala (1172) - DENMARK - MAR 15, 2013
(37,5 cl bottle from Toft Vin) Pours a sparkling, clear golden with medium, white head. Beautiful lace and decent retention as well as regeneration. Aroma is barnyard and cider. Oily texture, dry and tart finish. Taste is mostly sour with very little sweetness. Still not my favourite style.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stevepsycho (34) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 14, 2013
Great nose fizzy smelling. Like champagne drinks better after sitting a bit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maxwelldeux (4219) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Bottle, poured in a flute. Pours a hazy amber color with a moderate white head. Nose is slightly sour with a hint of wood in there. Taste is extremely sour and acidic with citrus notes. Easy and fun drink once you get past the acidity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dresden (1235) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - MAR 12, 2013
Golden amber with a nice big fizzy white head. Aroma is quite powerful of barnyard, dust, oak, green apple and lemon. Very tart green apple flavour, some funk, some woodiness. Really nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheJestersBeer (2291) - SWEDEN - MAR 12, 2013
375ml bottle. Pours a hazy medium orange, with a white head. Huge, complex, funky aroma, citrus, Brett, horse blanket, straw, phenols, earth, dried apples. Bone dry, medium body, low bitterness, lively CO2. Complex, funky taste, brett, citrus, markedly acidic, cider apples, earth. Just great. (2013-03-12)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
UDBeernut (2310) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steasy66 (1086) - 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.

   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brigadier (3325) - 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.

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