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

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RATINGS: 458   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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Yves (2361) - 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 (2434) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dunbar72 (134) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 20, 2012
Bottle shared at Tkrjukoff’s CCB-day in Sätila. Pours hazy golden with a small off-white head. Citrus in the aroma, root cellar, stable. Well balanced to the taste, citrus, root cellar. Very nice one!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - JUL 19, 2012
Bottle shared by Tim. What a treat. Pour is a beautiful clear light honey gold, with a bone white head that fades to a white skim on top, with some soapy lacing. Aroma is insane. Lots of tart dusty basement funk, lots of floral character. Just great. Taste falls slightly flat after the insanity of the aroma, with lactic and lemon, light funk. Very nice!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DalzAle (2000) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JUL 19, 2012
Bottle shared by MatSciGuy! Clear yellow pour, almost no carbonation and an EXTREMELY dirty sour aroma. Flavor is light soured apples, pears, very funky and dry on the aftertaste. Very enjoyable.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
arminjewell (6434) - Hastings, Minnesota, USA - JUL 19, 2012
Pour out of 375 mL bottle, big thanks to Tim for opening this! Clear orange pour with thin to no head, slightly white, aroma has notes of nice musty basement, vanilla, biscuit, bread, touch of lemon, lactic notes, touch of earth, slight parmesan, cheese. Taste is funky dusty basement, slight parmesan and bread, some hints of vanilla, lemon, biscuit, finishing with dry and more dusty notes, nice sourness but restrained. Tasty stuff.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (9550) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2012
Bottle… This beer rocks!... Murky golden ale with a small, fizzy, white head. Good retention. The bouquet is an earthy, funky, acidic swirl of lemon, barnyard, horseblanket and old wet leather. Light to medium-bodied and astringent with airy, mildly stinging carbonation. The flavor is super acidic and lemony with nuances of manure, funk, bread and yeasty bitterness. Well-balanced overall. Finishes tart, and then Sahara dry. Another world class brew generously shared by darkguardian!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bernatbeer (418) - barcelona, SPAIN - JUL 16, 2012
Muy buena combinacion.Balanceada en todos los aspectos aunque bastante compleja.notas a manzana,albaricoque.......recomendable

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 13, 2012
A steady pour into my Large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a one finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is light amber color that sows a almost clear, orange-amber tinged, full gold color. The aroma smells musty, lactic, slightly woody, musky, funkily phenolic, touches of urea, and just a bright, sharp acidity. A nice grain character comes through as the beer warms up and contributes nutty pale grain notes, a touch of straw, and even a hint of grassiness. I could smell this one for days, there is nothing quite like the aroma of a good, complex Gueuze.

This has a sharp acidity to it without being overly aggressive, but this is certainly has a full on sourness. The acidity accentuates a touch of sour grapefruit character, and perhaps some lemon like notes, but it is certainly full on Lactic. There is enough carbonation to contribute a liveliness and a carbonic bite towards the finish. This has that perfect Gueuze body in that it somehow has a certain fullness to it, but remains light and quaffable. The finish has a phenolic character to it that is slightly medicinal, definitely musty and funky, and perhaps a touch plastic like. Notes of urea, a touch of apple, and grain notes of hay, nutty rustic white bread notes, and some hay like flavors add some extra complexity.

As compared to the Bambic I had earlier, this is clearly a certifiable Gueuze Lambic. This is very nice, and I wish I had a few more bottles of this stocked; a 375ml bottle of a good Gueuze is never enough, and actually my glass of this is gone way to soon, as I am clearly wanting more of this than I have.


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