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

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RATINGS: 446   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.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ernesto987 (3714) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 14, 2012
Wow this is very impressive, pineapple coconut and vanilla, subdue tartness with complex body and dry crisp fizzy finish

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sherm1016 (1150) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 12, 2012
375ml bottle from West Lakeview. Pours a golden amber color with a big, fluffy white head. Aroma is lemon, musty, funky, oak. Medium on the palate with lively carbonation. Flavor is sour, lemon, oak, Earthy, a little yeasty, with a tart, dry finish. Good, but I like other Gueuzes more, especially considering the price.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Vignale (2061) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - NOV 11, 2012
Bottle from Etre Gourmet. Dark straw coloured, clear, little head. Typical geuze scents that grow as itís warming, stable, wet horse blanket, wet barrel wood, apple vinegar and tart appes. The taste is perfectly balanced, sweet and sourness in harmony, tartness, wet wood and a barn charcter more clear than in other geuzes Iíve had. Fantastic!

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CapFlu (4523) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 10, 2012
(375ml bottle) Purchased at The Strath for $19.90. Poured into a tulip glass, forming a quick head that dissipates to a minimal frothy white layering atop a clouded orange slightly carbonated body. Nose is ripe with lemon zest, vinegar and sour fruit. Very tart on the tongue, sizzling citrus flavour and stirring sour sizzling candies. Highly enjoyable and addictive - thanks so much to the agent that brought this rare treat to British Columbia. --- reviewed on RateBeer.com

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jstraw (1922) - 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 (4361) - 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 (9090) - 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 (4887) - 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...


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