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


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RATINGS: 559   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09/5   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (9267) - 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.


   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kramer (5800) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Minderbinder (3264) - 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.]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (5260) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pilsnerrogge (2798) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JUN 29, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thebeertourist (5179) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
molsson (12) - SWEDEN - JUN 17, 2013
Very sour, just the way I like it. Pours a light golden, reasonably clear. Grain and apples in bother the nose and flavor. Is this the perfect geuze? ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pyrmir (5474) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JUN 15, 2013
375 ml bottle. Golden with small head. Aroma is spicy and tart with notes of red berries, citrus and oak. Flavor is tart with big grapefruit, citrus, tartness, leather and oak.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
whicheck (82) - California, USA - JUN 9, 2013
Amazingly clean. Pours a slight cloudy orange. Smells a little funk fruit sour. Taste was very clean with a nice balanced tongue tingling corbonation. A very good sour.

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