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

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RATINGS: 562   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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.

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


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Simonsen (1117) - NORWAY - JUL 14, 2013
Flaske fra vinmonopolet. Gylden farge. Høyt karbonert. Korken spratt av på egen hånd når metallet var tatt bort.smaker gjær,sitrus,grapefrukt. Mye syre. En utrolig god surøl

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rbrazell (1698) - Florida, USA - JUL 11, 2013
Bottle from CBX. Light amber color pour with a foamy white head. Aroma is fresh lemon peels, oak, sourdough, cheese, vanilla and barn funk. Smooth funky flavor of cheese, tart lemon and citrus, sourdough and yeast. Dry, tart, quenching ending. Lively carbonation and well rounded. Damn good beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HoppyBudgie (833) - SOLA, NORWAY - JUL 5, 2013
Hazy pale golden, small head. Citric, intense barnyard aroma. Tart and mildly acteic. Juicy and freshening, some cobwebs and barnyard. Light vinegar

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (9369) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Satsuma oranges and earthy Old World funk pierce green apples, leaving plenty of acidity on the palate.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the cloudy beige.
-The flavour profile is not as tight as their regular Gueuze’s.
-Carbonation is very intense.
-Humid bread crumbs show up here and there.
-That acidity is long lasting to say the least.

Bottle.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kramer (5827) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2013
Many samples @ The Festival. Pours a clear dark gold body with a moderate fizzy white head. The nose is very funky and dry with a lot of woodiness and cellar character. When had side by side with the regular Oude Gueuze, it actually seemed a bit ’cleaner’ and less cheesy/corky. The flavor came across as a bit cleaner as well, still plenty of cellar funk and super dry though. I think the addition of the 4 year old stuff did add a bit of an aged character to it. Still can’t say that I enjoyed it as much as the regular Gueuze though, and it’s certainly not worth the two to three times markup over the regular ($30/375ml at Julio’s in Mass, WTF?). Bone dry and fizzy with a lingering citrus rind finish. Pretty delicious stuff, I wish it were a little more affordable here in the states. I’m guessing this will lead to a 5-year blend some day, and I can’t imagine what that will cost. Got my money’s worth at this fest just hanging out at the 3 Font table.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Minderbinder (3276) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 1, 2013
Bottle 375ml. Pours golden with low white head. Some lacing. Aroma is of funk, sweetness. Taste is of funk, sligth acidity. Palate: Ligth body. Overall: Soft, mild gueuze, almost watery. Pretty good gueuze. Did’nt notice usual 3 Fonteinen heavy barnyard. [Note: Drank as part of a blind tasting, with multiple gueuzes. I will gladly re-rate this one after retrying it being less gueuze-saturated, as it appears fairly possible that the subtilities of this one (especially aromatics) eluded me.]

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (5281) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 29, 2013
375ml bottle in a tulip. Pours deep, hazy amber with a lacy, off-white head. Aroma of sweet tarts, barnyard notes, oak, and light malt notes. Flavor the same with a nice barnyard/tart note. Average texture. A really good beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2013
Dark, bitter yeast. Highly carbed. Hay blankets, earthy, grassy, minimal lemon, yeasty as hell. The addition of 4-year lambic adds an entirely new dimension which some like more than others. Me? I'll take the regular Oude Geuze.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pilsnerrogge (2817) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JUN 29, 2013
Bottled:
Pours deep hazy golden orange with a large, thick head. Sour aroma of lemons, currants, goose berries and lime. Sour flavour of grape fruit, lingon berries and lemons. Long sour/bitter after taste. Really good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thebeertourist (5187) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 22, 2013
Bottle. Hazy, deep golden with a stable head. Sour nose, woody notes. Nice woody and lemony flavours, hints of talc. Very dry. Classy.


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