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

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common

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RATINGS: 547   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 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%)


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 1, 2013
Bottle. Pours a very hazy golden orange with huge slightly offwhite head. Took forever to get it into the glass. Aromas are dominated by sweet sour apples, lots of burnt rubber like funk and sharp lemony acidity. Slightly bitter taste with plenty of lemony acidity to finish. Medium mouthfeel.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jookos (5019) - FINLAND - DEC 31, 2012
Bottle. Yellow, light orange with sediment, good carbonation. Nose has malts, sour apple, funk, horseys. Body is sharp, acidic, with some vinous tones. The funk is soft and mellow, but strongly present, old like a good horsey wine (e.g. cht. musar). A bit mouth drying and sharp on the fruityness, otherwise perfect.

-- bb/h

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AlainG (1825) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 29, 2012
Elle est dorée, voilée et coiffée d’une mousse impeccable, qui se résorbe lentement en lui laissant une dentelle écumeuse aux parois. Odeurs très agréables, on sent la levure sauvage, des fruits acidulés, comme le fruit de la passion, de pommes surettes et certaines sortes d’oranges, dans un assortiment de bois franc et de bois vert. La palette des saveurs est fidèle aux arômes. L’acidité est très prononcée et s’empare, littéralement, de toutes les papilles gustatives. Une amertume ou encore une âcreté sont présentes en arrière-goût. (484-121212)

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Boutip (5686) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 28, 2012
Bottle: Poured a hazy golden color lambic with a large foamy head with great retention and some excellent lacing. Aroma of light funk with some tart green apple notes. Taste is a complex and refreshing at the same time mix between some funk and green apple notes with light tart finish. Acidity level if so well balanced. Body is quite full with super great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed and super enjoyable and also somewhat reminiscent of Girardin gueuze. .

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
deyholla (9717) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Bottle. Pours a cloudy earthy gold with a white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a lot of sour fruit with a nice earthy funk and a hint of acid. Flavor starts with strong acidic fruit that mellow to a nice sourness that is backed by funk throughout.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6166) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 28, 2012
Very aromatic Gueuze, with more Brett notes than I’m used to from 3F, smelling from a whole meter away as soon as the bottle is popped open. Hard to pour with its extremely vivacious carbonation that generates an eternal white tower atop the bubbly gold. Intense lemon aromas in which the wheat comes across neatly, adding an oily feel to this otherwise bone-dry offering. Extremely attenuated, yet not overly thin. Its bubbles deserve some time to settle down a bit because it feels rougher than what this producer usually delivers in terms of mouthfeel elegance. Champaign-like indeed, including the earthy, salt cracker and nutty rancio notes. In mouth, its acidity is very serious, adding a soft acetic suggestion to the lactic and citric showdown. A beer could be blended with citrus juice, it would not get much more citrusy than this. And in the second half, a surprisingly salty attack joins the parade and seemingly dry the beer out farther. It is pretty good stuff, but I miss the ironically exuberant elegance of what I feel are the very top notch 3 Fonteinen. It makes for a rougher, less drinkable drink that yet remains very refreshing.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
QuezXLV (415) - Virginia, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Extremely bubbly … with lots and lots of suds. Almost like a champaign. The aroma is awesome with citrus and wheat; very intense. Taste is bitter and quite dry; this is not a style I'm used to but it is good. It's tart but subtle and the notes of oak blend very well. Not a go-to style for me but I appreciate its uniqueness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hcalsos (205) - Rælingen, NORWAY - DEC 27, 2012
0.375 bottle. Golden colour, medium white head. Spicy, fruity aroma. Strawberry, really sour! Excellent beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheHopster (1029) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - DEC 26, 2012
(Bottle). A hard to find and generous gift from QuezXLV. Golden color with fluffy white head and lots of effervescence. Deep flavors of sour green apple, Concord grape, firm kiwi and funk. Truly unique flavor which combines an aged sour ale and Lambic. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Huhzubendah (3337) - 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


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