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

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RATINGS: 465   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 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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
finol (2270) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 17, 2012
Bottle. Pours almoast solid orange without any head. Fresh aroma of grass, flowers and some tartness. Tart but balanced and smooth taste. Peachy fruityness.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JorisPPattyn (8099) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 16, 2012
Very stable, thcik & dense yellow head over veiled bright-orange beer. Woody, citrussy, horseblanket, leathersoap, but also flowery, hint @ vanilla. Very tart, ultra-dry, but yet frutiy/lemony; also woody, blank oak. Titillating acidity. Dry-out effect, over-attenuated, refreshing as none. Superbly balanced, yet ultra-dry gueuze. Golden indeed.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 11, 2012
Bottle shared by that black ipa guy and once the his shitty ass pour of my beer settled out, I could see the orange haze of the beer and the glass full of foam had settled thin, but solid, for the most part...and of off-white hue. Nose has interesting elements, elements of funk, elements of fermenting apples, layers of aging cheese, juicy grape elements, elements I tell you. On to the elements of flavor: still nice and funky, like slices of cheese melted over apples, sprinkled with some white pepper...elements of funk. Elemental, I tell you.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MacBoost (1399) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - AUG 11, 2012
Pours a hazy light orange with an obnoxious frothy head that doesn’t go away. Nose is spicy, sharp tangy funk. Nice. Taste is crotch cheese, untreated genital warts and funk. Awesome. Finishes dry, tart and quick except for the lingering spicy notes which put this beer over the top for me. Well executed.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mjs (4887) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 11, 2012
(Bottle, 0,375 l, at Tuulensuu, 20120811) The beer poured golden and quite clear. Its head was small and white. Aroma had wood, sourness, vomit and malts. Palate was medium bodied and dry with medium carbonation. Flavours were wood, sourness, tartness, malts and very low bitterness. Aftertaste was woody, sour and tart. Wood presence and sourness were stronger than in the normal oude geuze. Still very good and balanced beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 7, 2012
375ml cork and caged bottle. Pours a clear golden amber with a surprisingly big beige head that sticks around with an abundance of bubbles feeding the bottom. Aroma is earthy grasses and barnyard funk with some lemon zest and other citrus notes. Plenty of oak and there is just a light mustiness to the whole thing. Really earthy and musty up front with the citrus kicking in through the middle. The finish is very dry and crisp. There is also a bit of mineral character in the taste as well as oak and a light acidity. Mouthfeel is light and very active on the palate with strong carbonation. Another fantastic blend from Armand. Can’t wait to see how this one develops. I wouldn’t put it up there with Blauw or Lente, but it’s still a superb sour.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
visionthing (3062) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 7, 2012
37,5cl bottle at Dr. Jekyll’s Pub, Oslo. Pours clear amber with a nice off-white head. Aroma of barnyard, citrus, horse blanket, brett and wood. Intense aroma with a delicious sourness. Dry, citric and very refreshing. Quite long and dry aftertaste. Excellent gueuze.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Yves (2397) - Turnhout, BELGIUM - AUG 1, 2012
Hazy orange coloured beer with small white head and no carbonation. Sour fruited aroma. Full sparkling palate. Finish is medium sour with bitter hints. Nice one!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 30, 2012
Bottle at home, from a Tilquin tumbler, as I do not yet have a 3 Fonteinen tumbler, but the Tilquin is VERY similar... Cork damn near took my eye out as soon as I took off the cage, though it wasn’t a gusher. VERY well carbonated, with a MASSIVE head, no matter how carefully poured. Pours a lightly cloudy deep amber/copper, with the aforementioned inches thick white head, but the lacing is quite poor. Nose is a bit tarter than usual, if I had it blind, I might pick this out as a gentle Cantillon, rather than a more asertive 3 Fonteinen, lots of sweaty horse, plenty of white grapes, leather, grass/straw, seems to be missing a bit of "oomph" in the midle of the nose though... Flavours are nicely sour, very round, very broad and dry, with plenty of salty complexity. Lots of damp barnyard straw, delicate sourness, big, robust body. A rather atypical Drie Fonteinen to me, but a thoroughly enjoyable Gueuze, and a cut above most anything else out there.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadIndian (2465) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2012
Nice! Orange, lemon, wood and a nice citrus finish that is well blended and doesn’t make ya pucker. This style is growning on me.


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