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

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RATINGS: 418   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
VsXsV (1899) - Linköping, SWEDEN - OCT 8, 2012
Bottle at Stockholm Beer and Whiskey Festival 2012. Hazy golden/yellow liquid with medium white head. Aroma of 3F funk (barnyard, sweat, leather), lemons and apples. Taste is dry and medium sour with notes of barnyard, apples and lemons. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Really nice, considerably more sour than the regular blend.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gerbeer (1500) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 7, 2012
375 ml bottle. Pours a hazy gold with a ton of carbonation and huge head. Cork popped out of the bottle as soon as the cage was off... Sour aroma with notes of wood barrels, lemons, and peaches. A perfect blend. Sour but not overly so. A mix of flavors: Ripe stoned fruit, citrus, light wood, and plum skins. Excellent.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mathieuc (999) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 5, 2012
Golden (!) with a small diminishing head. Aroma is of classic gueuze. Taste/flavor got that extra sour kick but it might be just me associating the 4yr old lambic. Overall a really refined gueuze from a master blender!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jredmond (5039) - Manhattan, New York, USA - OCT 3, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2012 Bottle at ginger man with Andrew and Brendan. Pours a deep hazy orange golden body with thick white lacing. Aroma is lemon, thick Brett, oak and funk. Mouthfeel is medium, creamy and delicate. Notes of lemon meringue and funky wood. Amazing and delicate.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GothGargoyle (945) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 2, 2012
Cloudy yellow orange with a small pale head. Aroma is funk, lemon juice, sour fruits. Refreshing on the palate, very well balanced. Taste is apricot, pear, sour plum. Nice blend!

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bhensonb (10361) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 1, 2012
333 c&c from The Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours bright orange gold with an off-white head. Nice earthy sour aroma. Med + body. Flavor is tart, arthy sour. Very smooth; delicate. Arguably a citrus note. Delicious.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
marcus (6022) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 1, 2012
Bottle generously shared by bhensonb. Pours dark golden with a modest off-white head and a sour barnyard aroma. There is a delicate sour fruit and funk flavor that represents a near-perfect blend of aged gueuze (probably due to the addition of 4 year). Very nicely done.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (9077) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - OCT 1, 2012
from Erzbierschof - coudy dark blond beer under a long lasting foam; solid cheesy aroma with notes of apples and vinegar; creamy palate and fairly carbonated; medium-bodied and with a solid sourness/acidity; very dry and long fruity and cheesy finish with a lingering acidity

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
omhper (18970) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 30, 2012
Bottled at SBWF. Hazy pale golden, small head. Citric, intense barnyard aroma. Tart and mildly acteic. Juicy and freshening, some cobwebs and barnyard. Light vinegar and stale hop bitterness.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
joeneugs (2932) - Livermore, California, USA - SEP 29, 2012
12 oz. bottle. It pours an orange gold color, slightly darker than the oude geuze, with a nice fluffy white head. The aroma is over the top with citrusy fruit; lemon, tangerine, grapefruit, hay and some salty leather and underlying notes of oak. More hay, less funk and much brighter citrus notes than the regular oude geuze. The flavor is down right sublime with bright notes of grapefruit rind, tangerine, subtle oak and soft but complex acidity that feels luxurious on the palate. The mouthfeel is where this really shines above the rest for me. So soft and refined which I imagine comes from the 4 year old lambic. It really showcases the flavors perfectly. Probably the best lambic I’ve ever had.


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