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%
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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (13253) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 9, 2013
Bottle corked. Poured clear copper color with a large frothy off-white head that was lasting with good lacing. Moderate to heavy sour yeast wood aroma. Medium to full body with a dry texture and soft carbonation. Medium sour citrus flavor with a medium sour finish of moderated duration. This is a standout for style beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stefannilssons (1577) - SWEDEN - MAY 8, 2013
Det här var en bra öl men jag måste ändå säga att jag var besviken, jag hade väntat mig ännu mer. Vilket kanske var lite dumt. Smaken är välbalanserad och härligt syrlig. Kanske lite för mycket kolsyra om man ska vara extra petig, och det ska man ju.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
Albatross (13) - Saint-Jean-Chrysostome, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 1, 2013
Two-year-old bottle, shared with VT. The cork exploded violently upon loosing. Lots of protein; hyper frothy; big bubbles. The smell is also powerfully intense. I had to pull back the first time I put my nose in the glass, before I could appreciate all the floral and fruity aromas radiating through the brettanomyces: berries, pear, peach, macintosh apple, cherry. The taste is sharply acidic, with flavors of wild fruits and plants (familiar to me, in Canada): wild raspberry and gooseberry, sweet clover, and lilac petal. It leaves a pleasant after-taste of grapefruit while the unending acidity cleans the enamel off your teeth. I’m not even half- joking here. This beer is an hyperbole.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
czar (7484) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 1, 2013
pours almost clear golden with a decent white head, some retention. funk, fresh wheat and tropical lemons, wood, some apples, wine and apple wine, granny smith acidity, other fresh greeness - very refreshing. very few acetic notes. tad more fruit acidity than regular oude geuze. bright carbonation, light body - some texture thouh, very dry and astringent finish. very enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tinco (612) - Linköping, SWEDEN - MAY 1, 2013
Bottle. Clear orange liquid with a huge fluffy white head. Small bubbles and a high level of carbonation. Aroma: Funky, horseblanket, barnyard, citrus, slightly musty, apples, sour fruits, complex, funky, really nice! Taste: medium sourness with a balanced amount of funk, tart, sour apples, citrus, barnyard and hay, slightlymusty, earthy. Really nice geuze!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
pettersundlof (21) - SWEDEN - APR 29, 2013
Apple jumps out at uncorking! Head is ginormous. Colour surprisingly amber tinted. Near perfect taste. Lovely

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6543) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 27, 2013
375ml corked bottle and served in my Ratebeer Old School Tulip (and paired with Roth Grand Cru cheese wedge) :

Beautiful golden hue with a mostly lasting fizzy head and okay lace. The aroma has moderate sweaty funk, cheese, oak, acidity, mineral, horsey, flowery and just a touch of herbs. The taste is so well balanced between the pale grains, oak barrels and wild yeasts, not overly sour’d nor overly funky but a great combination of the depth of palate. The mouth feel is lively and crisp with only moderate oak tannins. This is well done indeed, too bad it cost so much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oneeighthcuban (106) - - APR 26, 2013
Smell is sour and a little funky. Very acidic/vinegar type smell. Oak flavor is very subtle. For a sour beer this is pretty drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MikeJslc (778) - USA - APR 20, 2013
Golden, slight haze, white head. Dry, grainy and biscuity malt, nice sourness with light acidity, apricots, apples, hay, citrus tartness, some lemon, dusty earthiness, nice lingering tartness in finish.

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