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3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend

 (RETIRED)
overall
100
94
style
Formerly brewed at 3 Fonteinen
Style: Lambic Style - Gueuze
Beersel, Belgium

bottled
common

on tap
available

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RATINGS: 472   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07   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 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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
egajdzis (5507) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2012
Hazy golden color with a small, white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of Brett, wood, bacteria, hay, candy apple, and musty cellar. Taste of hay, citrus, funk, Brett, bacteria, and a sour finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Damico (2787) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Pours hazy orange in color with an off white head. Wow - the aroma is a whole different level with some unique funk and pleasant sweet candy tartness so nice in the nose. The flavor is more sweet and sour than funky, with some pleasant tartness that ends on the palate quite nicely. The 4 year old blend with the other years has worked out deliciously!

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Marheb (2821) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 12, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2013 (Fév. 2011): Esthétiquement parfaite, cuivrée avec une dentelle mousseuse alléchante. Au nez, beaucoup de complexité et de maturité, du bois et de l’acide lactique à la pelle. La chlorophylle est aussi très ancrée, très surette et sèche en fin de bouche. L’incorporation, dans le mélange, d’un lambic de 4 ans donne vraiment une dimension intéressante.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rxeight (1737) - Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2012
12.7 ml bottle, dated 2/17/11. from Binnys DG. At 25 bucks, tied with BADL for the most I’ve paid for a beer by volume. But I knew it might be my only chance. Started untwisting the wire around the wire and the cork started moving. Highly carbonated and pressureized. Poured into snifter very gently still gave over 1 finger of clean white head. Clear golden in color. Very tart and sour. Lemon and citrius. Flavor is so strong you need to sip slowl. As far as unflavored sours/lambics/berlinerweise this tastes the same as the others ive tried.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2012
375ml bottle purchased at west lakeview. bottling date of 12/17/2011. second occasion having been able to try this. the first was with the owner of novare res who is one stand up guy but i digress... cork opens with a pop, there was some pressure built up behind there. the pour yields a hazy orange, semi-translucent, apricot colored composition allowing for a little light penetration while topped with a heafty soapy white head that took a few minutes to settle down before being able to top off... aroma is musty with that genuine geueze like horseblanket nose. accents of lemon and hay throughout. not sure why there’s a tendency for me to use lemon as a descriptor but i think the idea gets across as a citrus like basement sourness. somewhat sharp and cheesy in just the right way... flavors don’t let up much from the what the aroma had to offer. sharp semi-acidic musty horseblanket upfront, lemon and hay that collide or shall i say meshing with lively dry carbonation that adds a prickly sensation to the tongue. rather tart overall and just the way it should be, in my opinion which fades and ultimately leaves an earthy dryness on the sides of the mouth. easy to drink and leaves you wanting to grasp for more. should probably do a side by side with the regular geueze to discern more similarities or disimilarities but at this pricepoint, this can’t be regular habit of mine although i with that it could be. splendid.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gr0ve (2173) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 6, 2012
375 ml bottle. Deep golden colour. Crystal clear. Cork pops when bottle opened. Very high carbonation level that leaves a thick coarse head, which falls down quickly leaving only a small thin lace. Intense sour nose with peaches and lactic acid. Clean aroma. Sharp sour flavours, but with a nice mellow soft maltiness. Hints of oak and oranges. Dry finish. The funk show up towards the finish. A very nice geuze. Very drinkable, surprisingly clean, and very nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
crossovert (8675) - Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2012
Projectile cork. Not worth the high price it sells for but fat pour I had of it was delicious. Super carbed but a nice tart lemony taste that seemed to have 50 layers.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Borresteijn (5187) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 2, 2012
375ml Bottle at UDRBM. Just slightly hazy copper golden colour, white head. Aroma of sour lemons, flowers, a hint of cat piss on a conifer, wood. Flavour is sour, lemons, refreshing acidic sourness in the finish, wood. Light-bodied. I was expecting to seriously down-rate this beer, but it was way better than anticipated. Simple, fresh and straightforward gueuze, nothing complex.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - DEC 1, 2012
12.7oz bottle, purchased at City Beer. Pours a bright, clear, deep-deep golden color; fine-bubbled white head with excellent retention and lacing. Dense, salty, funky nose: lots of salt upfront, lemony tartness and vibrant acidity and a restrained dose of funk: pinpoint, salty, lemony, mouthwatering lambic. Medium body; effervescent; forward acidity and plenty of funk and tartness; the core focus here is a focused lemony acidity and tartness coupled to a funky and highly salty framework; the salinity’s a bit more amplified here than in some of their other limited-release lambics, and this doesn’t quite match up to some of the Armand releases in terms of drinkability and layered qualities, but a damn fine salty and assertive lambic; touches of soft oak around the perimeter. Lasting finish of tart citrus rind and light emergent toastiness.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
erickok (4077) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - DEC 1, 2012
Golden clear body and thin white bubbly lace. Apple, wood, funky and refined. Active body, dry palate, lemons. Not complex but nice sourness. Nice, excellent aroma. (UDRBM)


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