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

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RATINGS: 544   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
VT (2233) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 27, 2013
375 ml bottle shared with Albatross. Pours an opaque brownish golden with a resilient yellowish white head. Aroma is fruits, wild yeast, old, jungle, oranges. Flavor is a lot of yellow grapefruit, wild strawberry field (including the hay), field raspberries, honey. Finish is extremely tart, acidic, grapefruit bitterness, a floral touch, "sweet tart" candies. Old, dusty, yet so refreshing. Medium to strong body, medium to strong carbonation. A unique experience, an unforgettable beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
VictorStr (1740) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - MAY 25, 2013
Ljust grumlig, guldig. Väldigt druvig smak. Mycket mycket citrus på slutet. Njutbar öl !

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lukaduke (2908) - Gray, Maine, USA - MAY 17, 2013
Pours a rich golden color with a big frothy white foam that sticks around as the aromas open up like a dusty old trunk. Big funky wood notes jump from the glass with touches of juicy stonefruit, leather, dust and old dried lemon peel. The palate follows with amazing complexity yet balanced elegance. This beer fuckin rocks ! Love the integration of funk fruit and dust.... YUM !

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Joakgust (1308) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 17, 2013
Bottle, 375ml - Semi hazy orange beer with a small fizzy head. Aroma is spicy with notes of red berries, citrus, bretty funkiness and some oak. Flavor is tart with a huge grapefruit and citrus punch with hints of bretty leather. Finish is rather sweet for this type of beer. Not as complex as I had expected, but a fantastic beer nonetheless.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 15, 2013
A - Hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. Fades normal. S - Sweet wheat, vanilla, oak, tart green fruits, funky barnyard yeast, some sourness, lemon zest. T - Sweet wheat and other grainy malts, tart green fruits, oak, vanilla, barnyard funky yeasts, a bit of sourness, lemon zest. M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a funk, dry, and tart finish. D - Great complex and smooth gueuze.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
oRos (1499) - sacramento, California, USA - MAY 14, 2013
Bottle shared by Marcus. Pours golden with white head. Lots of carbonation. Huge oak flavors with a puckering sour finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (6751) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - MAY 10, 2013
Bottle at the DISOB tasting, Den Haag. Poured a clear medium amber with a thin white head. The aroma is yeast, fruit and the sourness is there too. The flavour is big sour, grapefruit and strongly acidic.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kermis (9071) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 10, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2015 Bottle shared at the "Dean’s scared of beer tasting". Pours clear amber golden with a ring off white head. Aroma of barnyard funk, tart fruit and horse blanket. Flavor is heavy sour. Medium to full bodied with light carbonation

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
deanso (7942) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 10, 2013
Bottle shared at the "Dean’s scared of beer tasting" Thin white head. Clear golden aroma. Sour taste. Not my cup of tea.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dunt (301) - Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2013
Opened up for game 5 of the Hawks-Wild playoff series. Poured into a vintage Oud Beersel tumbler. Pours a translucent brownish yellow/orange in color with about a fingers worth of off-white head. There is excellent head retention for minutes after pouring. Nose is uncharacteristically faint for a 3F gueuze to me, maybe it just hasn’t opened up enough yet? Faint lemon rind, stone fruit, must, and horse blanket. The flavor is more alive despite being a little muted still. Sharp lemon rind, a healthy dose of mineral, and some gentle funk on the finish. Mouthfeel is a little watery and light, but the carbonation is lively, the acidity is puckering, and the finish is moderate in length. I’ve liked every bottle I’ve opened of this so far, but this seems to be a little bit of a letdown for some reason. For the money, I’d much rather just have an OGV or an aged 3F Oude geuze. Regardless, Armand is still the man and this is delicious.


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