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

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RATINGS: 442   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jstraw (1914) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2012
Murky orange with big, fine-bubbled, frothy head / Delicate, bretty nose of cheese and orchard fruit / Medium body, lively carbonation, tart but light fruit, hoppy and mostly dry, with moderate bitter finish / Mild flavors of apple, pear, cheese, lemon, hay, horse blanket, and oak / Subdued but nicely balanced. I understand from the description why it costs what it does, but the value isnít there.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnnyJ (4317) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 9, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2012 Bottle. Hazy dark gold, white head. Awesome aroma, hay, funk, leather, musty grain. Nice sour flavor, lemon grass, dirty hay, light old sock, sweetness, and a tart finish. I need to drink gueuze more often, but its expensive.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
adnielsen (9013) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 6, 2012
Bottle @ home, courtesy of doodler to celebrate Obamaís re-election. Thanks so much Scott! Pours a cloudy orange appearance with a somewhat small, cream colored head. Fairly funky, tart lemon, musty, huge oaky aroma. Delicious, tangy/citrusy, moderately sour (maybe a touch more than normal Oude Geuze), dusty, herbal, funky, somewhat cheesy flavor with a very funky finish. Somewhat more acidic than the normal Oude Geuze and while itís quite good, Iíd take the normal Oude Geuze over the Golden Blend. this is delicious in its own right, however. Itís more and more noticeable how much more this burns on the finish now than when I first tried it. Not that that is a bad thing, itís just not what I am used to with 3 Fonteinen.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JaBier (4854) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - NOV 6, 2012
Bottle shared by a friend. Clear gold pour with a medium off-white head. Sour and peppery nose with some malt. Malty flavor with peppery yeast and a sour lemon finish.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
buttslamify (52) - - NOV 5, 2012
Aroma: Gorgeous aroma, smells of sour yeast, apples (definitely most powerful aroma), strong white grapes and maybe some oak. Appearance: Perfect orange aroma, white head with nice lacing. Taste: Immediate sour flavor with some hoppy strange bitterness at the end, the apple from the aroma doesnít show through, grapes do though, almost rivals a Champagne in dryness. Palate: Very nice, nothing wrong, nothing that blows me away. Overall: Sours and especially oude geuze are not usually my favorites, but this is a special one, 3 fonteinen doesnít come around everyday. Excellent beer that screams complexity, donít try if you are unworthy.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
n0mel (250) - FINLAND - NOV 5, 2012
(From notes 3 Nov, 2012) Bottle. Airy white/orange head. Fizzy foam that settles quickly. Orange gold, clear beer. Aroma is oaky, sourness, slight caramel (?), maybe some apple (though this might be an association with oak). Overall, refreshing aroma. Tastes sour, bitter and a wee bit acidic. Carbonation is very high, causing stingyness on the palate. Finish is very dry and pretty short.

Giving gueuzes a shot. 3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend was challenging. Maybe some day...

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
esp0r (1973) - NORWAY - NOV 4, 2012
Bottle from Vika enjoyed at home
Opens with a BAM! Luckily not a gusher. Pours copper hazy with a white head. Smells of barnyard, funk, musty brett and some malts. Light sweet, a wall of sourness, heavy sour, nice and dry, lots of yeast flavors and by that i mean brett. Some hints of bitterness. A very nice gueuze. 3 Fonteinen really is the master of gueuze in my eyes. A very nice blended one, and i hope to try it again some time

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fredrik_ (84) - SWEDEN - NOV 4, 2012
Bottle shared by Ludvig. Looks very beautifull i had very high hopes on this one. Unfortunally it did not really reach those hights still a very good geuze.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tom10101 (2723) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 3, 2012
Bottle (375 ml). Beautiful and almost clear golden with a small white head and some lacing. Aroma of apple, wood, fruits, leather and funky notes. Taste is of wood, fruits, leather with a nice sourness. Very smooth gueuze and one that I would drink on a regular basis if it was not of the price. Nice complexity and impressive balance that make this beer dangerously drinkable and enjoyable. Another great blend by Armand!

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CanIHave4Beers (3228) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - NOV 2, 2012
Bottle purchased from The Bottle Shop in Brugge, flown back to the states & shared with some bros.

Pours a golden color with a small but well retained head.

The aroma is remarkably funky & dusty. Some horse sweat, some limestone, and some nice lemony character. Everything is well integrated, everything is pungent, but nothing is rude or out of place.

The flavor is very lemony, nicely sour... perhaps on the higher end of sour, particularly for 3 Fonteinen. A nice fruitiness, some rind (both the cheese and citrus kind). The flavor is earthy a little briny, complex, and well woven together. The depth of flavor, and the pungency of the flavors in this are remarkable but the lambic is so carefully blended that everything works pleasantly and in itís own way.

The palate is sharp, and bubbly interesting, & not overly prickly... if Gueuze is supposed to be as bubbly as Champagne then this falls short, but it doesnít matter a bit the mouthfeel works perfectly well to carry the flavors of this beer, I donít know that I would want it more bubbly than it is.


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