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

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RATINGS: 555   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%)


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 (2786) - 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 (5175) - 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.

4.4
   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

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pyrmir (5410) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
whicheck (81) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - JUN 8, 2013
Bottle at home. Bottled 2011. Very slight haze in a surprisingly dark amber pour. Thick fizzy white head fades to practically nothing.. Rich, complex nose - lemon juice, sour candy, horse-blanket, soft tart wheat, just a tiny hint of bitter orange lurking underneath. Dry, lively, some grainy malt but it’s really defined by the yeast - soft lemon, slightly sweaty, green apple skins, a hint of creamy oak, just a tiny tiny hint of balsamico and some tannin on the finish. Very complex, very satisfying, but it just doesn’t quite beat a Cantillon for me.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MoritzF (9286) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - JUN 6, 2013
(bottled 2011, 37.5cl) Hazy, golden colour with a big but diminishing slightly off-white frothy head. Moderately acidic fruity aroma with woody notes and a mild barnyard character. Moderately acidic and tart flavour, light to medium bodied with a sparkling carbonation. Bone-dry and mildly wheaty lambic character with sour-fruity notes of citrus and hints of barnyard and old oak barrels; well-embedded vinegary and tannic notes are lingering into the aftertaste. Superb. 06.VI.13

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beermack (725) - London, ENGLAND - JUN 5, 2013
37.5cl bottle (2011). Deep golden with thin white head. Aroma is full of lemon rind, pithy lime, leather, barnyardy yeast funk, orange peel, leather, light sea salt: Christ, this is a fine smelling blend. Taste gives deep and tart citrus fruits, loads of lemon and lime, barnyard dusty-ness, sour sour lemons, light sweatiness, damp leather. So smooth. Wonderfully balanced sourness. Heavenly nectar for sourheads.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jgb9348 (5557) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 4, 2013
RATING #4000!!!! Clear orange tinted light copper glow with even a hint of a pink glow too with no head at all to speak of. Aroma of pure and simple mouth watering sourness with a great yeast smell, some light apples and pears, a hint of cherries and that amazing bubble gum sourness. Light-bodied; Sour flavour at first with a big yeast note then an immediate turn to oak and dry herbal flavours with some light fruits. Aftertaste strong and pungent with the herbal and yeast notes coming together and showing a hint of sourness, but not much. Good and complex, but perhaps not showing as much sourness and depth as other geuze. Overall, an amazing beer and a great one to sample if you can find it - not my favourite geuze, but one that I wish I could afford/find/have all the time! I sampled this 4000th rating, a 37,5 cL bottle purchased from Bier Tempel in Bruxelles, Belgium on 30-June-2012 (my last birthday) for €7,95 sampled at home in Washington on 20-May-2013 in celebration of Detroit beating Chicago in Game 3 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The middle beer - beer #5 of 9 from the 4000th rating celebration! Lot Number/Date: 17-February-2011, best by 02-2021.


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