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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

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 474   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GothGargoyle (1574) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 2, 2012
Cloudy yellow orange with a small pale head. Aroma is funk, lemon juice, sour fruits. Refreshing on the palate, very well balanced. Taste is apricot, pear, sour plum. Nice blend!

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bhensonb (12048) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 1, 2012
333 c&c from The Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours bright orange gold with an off-white head. Nice earthy sour aroma. Med + body. Flavor is tart, arthy sour. Very smooth; delicate. Arguably a citrus note. Delicious.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
marcus (7235) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 1, 2012
Bottle generously shared by bhensonb. Pours dark golden with a modest off-white head and a sour barnyard aroma. There is a delicate sour fruit and funk flavor that represents a near-perfect blend of aged gueuze (probably due to the addition of 4 year). Very nicely done.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (10204) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - OCT 1, 2012
from Erzbierschof - coudy dark blond beer under a long lasting foam; solid cheesy aroma with notes of apples and vinegar; creamy palate and fairly carbonated; medium-bodied and with a solid sourness/acidity; very dry and long fruity and cheesy finish with a lingering acidity

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
omhper (20606) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 30, 2012
Bottled at SBWF. Hazy pale golden, small head. Citric, intense barnyard aroma. Tart and mildly acteic. Juicy and freshening, some cobwebs and barnyard. Light vinegar and stale hop bitterness.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
joeneugs (3845) - Livermore, California, USA - SEP 29, 2012
12 oz. bottle. It pours an orange gold color, slightly darker than the oude geuze, with a nice fluffy white head. The aroma is over the top with citrusy fruit; lemon, tangerine, grapefruit, hay and some salty leather and underlying notes of oak. More hay, less funk and much brighter citrus notes than the regular oude geuze. The flavor is down right sublime with bright notes of grapefruit rind, tangerine, subtle oak and soft but complex acidity that feels luxurious on the palate. The mouthfeel is where this really shines above the rest for me. So soft and refined which I imagine comes from the 4 year old lambic. It really showcases the flavors perfectly. Probably the best lambic I’ve ever had.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
davey101 (740) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 25, 2012
Bottled on 2011/02/17. 375 ml bottle into a tulip glass. As soon as I started to unscrew the cage I felt the cork lift up. After some wrangling around with a towel I removed it safely. A - Clear dark amber body. Tons of off white foam after the initial pour, settles down into a neat one finger high head with some large bubbles. Lots of rising carbonation. Great lacing and retention. I rarely give out 5’s on appearance, but it just looks damn perfect. S - Balance is the one word that comes to mind. Earthy brett funk, lemon rind, sour green apples, rubber bands, and oak barrel. Its all very intense and concentrated, but its just so well integrated. T - More of that great balance. Earthy funk, cheese, vinegar, oak, sour lemons, and some light vanilla tannins. Incredibly complex and layered. This gueuze is beyond delicious. The finish is dry and abrupt with only a lingering lactic presence. Mouth feel is spritzy and well carbonated. O - Armand can blend some of the best gueuzes out there, and this one ranks right up there. I haven’t had the opportunity to try the season beers, but the standard oude gueuze is my favorite beer and this totally beats it. That fourth year is a beautiful thing which makes the $30 hit seem worth it.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
illidurit (2224) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 24, 2012
Bottle shared at Sante Adairius. Opens with a substantial "pop" but no gushing as in other reviews. Pours a yellow-gold color with a nice white head. Really lovely aroma, oranges and grapefruits and light floral notes, chlorine and basement. Lactic sourness, citrus rind, dust, grass, wet wood. Really sublime in its balance. Great blend.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SirLimpsalot (2517) - SWEDEN - SEP 24, 2012
@ Basunen: En mycket len syrlig doft. Smaken består av tydliga vindruvor och äpplen. Trevlig syrlighet som river gott.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (4906) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 22, 2012
375 ml. bottle split by 4. Procured @ Hopduvel. Man this baby is carbonated, luckily that I anticipated this. Once i loosened the cage a bit, the cork began moving upwards, I had to forsibly hold it down so that it wouldn’t hit the ceiling, first time that this happened to me honestly but still no gusher. I tried pouring slowly but I still got pretty much a full glass of mousse-like fluffy head and very little in the way of beer. Slowly the head began collapsing forming mountains. The beer itself is a very hazy, murky orange. Smell is huge horse-blanket funk with plenty of old 3F in there with some of that neat earthly mushroom thing going on, lots of this tad earthly citrus, some minor fruitiness and cleaner wood. Taste clearly carries quite a bit of that old 3F mushroom funk, tad lessened by the newer a bit less awesome old blend that they use, lots of horse-blanket, murky, some earthly citrus and tad earthly tangerines, as usual not much in the way of vinegar, wood and lightly burned caramel. Murky, hazy body with nice carbonation. This is more in the trend of just an older 3F geuze - like that is a bad thing. Awesome like any blend that Armand makes - he is just that good. I do prefer a bit the clearness and brett-ness of young one more for everyday drinking and its easier for the wallet as well. It is a steep price but you do get more or less what you paid for, might have been a tad cheaper but ok. Hope that he is now finally out of the 4 yr old 3F lambic because frankly the amount of beers made with it are suspicious. I do not agree with the people who told to me that this is either too young to drink or that it tastes exactly the same as a regular one but that might be just my pallet.


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