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

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RATINGS: 548   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 itís 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6510) - 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 souríd 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.

3.9
   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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MikeJslc (777) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Palme (3639) - Bergen, NORWAY - APR 19, 2013
0.375l corked bottle from Etrť. A little treat on a Thursday afternoon! This is a cloudy almost glowing honey-orange thing with a big massive almost fluffy off-white top. In the aroma I get a bretty woody acidity, lotís of old rustic yellow sour apples that has been lying in a old dark cellar for ages. Earth and soil with a whiff of apple wine vinegar. Lovely aroma. Itís quite lively on the carbonation this - almost so that it kinda explodes a bit in the mouth. Quite different. Really dry this! Almost no sweetness what so ever. Fruity sour old green apples with brett, earth, wood, apple wine vinegar and some soft hints in the aftertaste that strongly reminds me of gastric acid. This was much dryer than I had imagined, not to mildwrenchingly sour actually and quite refreshing! Good stuff! 11.10.2012

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bluejacket74 (1751) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - APR 6, 2013
375 ml caged and corked bottle, bottle date of 2011/02/17. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a cloudy golden/orange color with a huge 3 inch off-white frothy head. The head sticks around a while, and thereís also a lot of lacing. It smells like funk, wood, lemon peel, green apples, and some apricots. The taste is similar to the aroma, but thereís also some green grapes, vinegar and a bit of leather noticeable too. Also, the flavors are more tart/sour compared to the aroma. This brew just gets better the longer I drink it! Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís a bit slick with a good amount of soft, zingy carbonation. Itís very enjoyable and easy to drink. Good, but pricey at $21.99 a bottle.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
RexTalionis (3436) - FINLAND - APR 5, 2013
Bottle 37,5 cl, bottled on 17/02/2011 and BBE 02/2021. Pours dark golden in color with a frothy head that gets smaller after awhile, but itís yet staying on as a small cap for the whole time. Initial aroma was sour lemon, but that turns into some barnyard, funk and old, dry leather later on. Just like being in the countryside on a farm on a warm summerday. Something that is light fruity, perhaps some white grapes that is, is as well there. Dry and quite tart, still thereís that fruityness in the background as well. Light wooden oakiness, earthy funkiness and lemon in taste. Seems like this one is extremely well balanced. Tasty and delicious, thereís the mild fruityness, light sweetness and the sour notes of gueuze working well together and making this one quite remarkable. A real treat.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ktwse (3662) - Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2013
Pours hazy golden amber with massive frothy white head - truly golden. Aroma is incredibly fresh and rich with green apples, green grapes, gooseberries, fresh grass, very light earth. Taste is incredibly balanced with an initial light sweetness that turns into a distinct and fresh, rounded sourness before the finish where the sourness mellows down a bit and is complimented by a light sweetness. Mouthfeel afterwards is surprisingly sweet. Body is obviously light and slick with lively but not sharp carbonation. One of the best sour ales Iíve had!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rederic (3250) - montrťal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 4, 2013
375ml bottle, honey gold color, with a bubbly white head, nice musty fruity, dusty, green apple sour nose, with a yeasty funky, bretty, woody, zesty lemon tart, leather, barnyard accent, with an acidic citrus juiciness note in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a good juicy lemon acidic, fruity green apple sour, tart, musty green grape, woody white wine tannin character, with a funky, bretty, earty moldy yeasty flavour, leading towards a funky bretty yeastiness, sour green apple, lemon acidic, green grape must, woody dry white wine finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maneliquor (3482) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 4, 2013
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Very much like 3 Fontís Oude Geuze. Probably a touch funkier with some heavy lemon rind and zest. Very good as you would expect

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
weihenweizen (2893) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - APR 2, 2013
Chilled green bottle poured into a tulip. Pours clear golden with little white head. Medium body, low carbonation, and sour aroma. Taste is wonderful sour. My favorite of the tasting, however Cascade Apricot was a close second.


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