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

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RATINGS: 478   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.

The 2015 version (bottle date 12/03/2014) has 7.5% ABV (although some labels say 6%)


4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Huhzubendah (2942) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 26, 2012
I had this a couple weeks ago, but I opened up a bottle from my cellar tonight in a much calmer setting, to confirm it was really "that good." The beer is orange in color with just a slight haze about it. Ample carbonation present and a gargantuan head with seemingly everlasting retention and copious lacing. I just wish yourefragile hadn’t absconded with my 3F tumbler, as this would have been a perfect occasion for it. Alas... Wow, what an aroma. World class lambic anyone? Hay, barn, grass, citrus, funk. Whoa. The citrus quality is remarkable. Balance, flavor, bold, smooth, inviting, intriguing, exceptional, delicious. I could go on. This is on a level with Blauw. Stunning and phenomenal. Stock up on this brew while you have the chance. My highest recommendation. Ya, it’s "that good". Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 05-03-2012

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kaips1 (73) - Kentucky, USA - DEC 25, 2012
bottle shared for xmas with some of the beer buddies after a day of brewing. this is sour then funk and wonderful as well as expected. the appearance is a wonderful orange with a ring of pearl white bubbles. the taste is of sour yet mellow sour bite, bits of sour lemon and citrus. the body is light and full of life and carbonation. very dry finish that leaves you salivating for the next sip. overall this is a bit pricey but worth trying at least once and possibly to see how it cellars.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Bottle. Aromas of spice, sour fruit, and musk. Cloudy golf, light head. Sharp acidity up front smooths into a soft muskiness. Finish is underripe strawberries and funk.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
piscator34 (2112) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 22, 2012
Bottled sample. Gold in colour with a bit of haze and strong spritzy carbonation. Typical 3F aromas of dried wooden barrel, lemon peel and funk, along with a faint floral note. Flavors are of driftwood, lemon, white pepper, funk, and more delicate florals. Light bodied with firm sourness and acidity. Great complexity and potency.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopdog (9713) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2012
Bottle. Golden color with an off white head. Manure, funky, barnyard, woody, and fruity. Nice sour finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcberko (9174) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 16, 2012
375mL bottle, pours a cloudy orange with a large white head. Nose is super funky, full of horse blanket, barnyard funk and spice. Flavour is super wild and funky, with loads of barnyard funk, horse blanket, lots of yeast and again a hint of spicings. Extremely funky and wild, with a very high but fitting carbonation. So highly drinkable with that classic gueuze wildness and funky. One of the best gueuzes out there.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
egajdzis (5545) - 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 (2855) - 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 (3027) - 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 (1847) - 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.


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