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

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RATINGS: 438   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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The Golden Blend is made with 4 year old Lambic that accounts for 25 % of itís 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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ernest (6148) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 3, 2013
Bottle at Akkurat (Feb 2011 bottling). Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy dark yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), moderately yeasty (barnyard, horseblanket), with notes of peach, gooseberry, lemon, sour apple, anise, band aid, kiwi, green peppercorn. Flavor is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately to heavily acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately to heavily acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively/fizzy carbonation. Over the years Iíve pretty much fallen out of love with sour beers, but I still revisit now and then for fun...theyíre neat in their own way, but I just donít crave the bacteria-laden stuff anymore. That said, Drie Fonteinen has long been a favorite in this genre, so visiting Akkurat meant perusing the bottle list. And when I spotted this, I decided it was about time to say hello to Armandís handiwork again, partly because itís a 2-3 year old bottle and thus in the typical sweet spot for geuze. This takes me back to my visit to Heeren van Liedekercke many years ago to sample the special 3F J&J blends...this has the same sort of mastery of blending that those had; itís very sour but not TOO sour (near perfect balance for my tastes), itís remarkably complex aromatically and almost shockingly fruity (as if peaches were added, seriously) with zero undesirable odors, and overall itís pretty much impossible not to love.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ineedbeer (647) - Oakland, California, USA - NOV 25, 2013
Aroma has a nice complex character to it with medium acidity. Moderately strong barnyard funk with horse blanket and hay. Medium herbal character. Light citrus character and light pineapple and cherry pie notes. Pours a slightly cloudy golden orange with hints of copper and a small fairly thin slightly off white head that recedes fairly quickly to the edges. Flavor is similar to the aroma with a nice moderate, but soft acidity. Strong barnyard notes with horse blanket and hay being very noticeable. The flavor also has a moderately strong herbal character - not quite mint but similar and very nice. Medium light citrus character with some pineapple and tropical fruit. Hints of cheery pie and medium light oak notes. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium high carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth. Overall this is a damn fine geuze and still young. This beer has a lot of room to improve with age, especially in the herbal qualities. Nice soft acidity and balanced funkiness. I am really impressed with this beer and its complexity.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
WillemsUrenkel (434) - Oldenburg, GERMANY - NOV 23, 2013
0,375 l bottle from kappldav123. Thanks a lot! Pours unclear light orange golden. Mighty white head. Fresh fruity with a sour herb on the nose. Taste is sour fruity, hop notes, hints of vinegar, light herb, dry and again sour. But not overdosed. Dusty tongue at the end. Sorry not my favourite beerstyle.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daje (2043) - NORWAY - NOV 18, 2013
Bottle shared at BRU Pub. Cloudy golden-orange body with white lacings. Funky barnyard aroma with apricot, apples, oak. High carbonation, taste of sour apples, honey, leather and wood, with a heavy citrus touch to the end. A very nice blend.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tectactoe (1480) - Michigan, USA - NOV 14, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2014 Bottle: thanks to Ron, Kevin, Doug... & the many numerous people who have shared this with me on occasions. The cork always comes off with some force... some bottles are gushers, others are not. Cloudy, dull golden body with a quickly fading & fizzling white head; no lacing left behind. Aroma is pungent with sour fruits & fortified funk. Green apples, lemon, white grape, acidity, dry oak, barnyard hay, cork, musky cellar notes, plenty of lacto through & through. Sour & funky, bottom line. Taste is so tart... puckering full of sour apples, lemons, grape skins, borderline astringent, light acidity, lacto abound. Belgian funk, cork, damp wood, tame horseblanket character. Faint cherry notes with warmth, too? Great balance of flavors, super tart without gut wrenching acidity. Plenty of layered funk to go with it. My only complaint is that sometimes carbonation can be too prickly. Dry finish. Awesome gueuze.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Experiment_Ale (912) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 13, 2013
At my place with Scott, Thomas, Taylor, and Samantha. Pours neon orange with slgiht lacing. Aroma is phenomenal funky gueuzy complex acidity, beautiful tang notes. Greatness. Taste is fizzy, tart, light acidity, light vinigar, mild beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CaraCurtis (116) - Nevada, USA - NOV 11, 2013
Pours a golden opaque color with a nice airy head, the pillowy head diminishes quickly to a nice lasting ľ inch head. Bottle dated 2011/02/17. Very complex, beautiful earth, sour, funk to the aroma and taste. Lots of zing, clean and some bitterness, it presents a surprising palate, finishes dry, carbonation very present in the mouth fill. Seriously fantastic and most impressive! Delightful.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Muggus69 (1139) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - NOV 7, 2013
375ml corked and caged bottle. Bb 02 2021 Mid gold body, slight uniform hazy. Holds a small white foam. Subtle yet complex aroma; cereal, hay, apricot, white vinegar, peach, white pepper, light oak character...ammonia? Lean body, creamy mouth filling texture, racy but balanced acidity. Delicately flavoured, somewhat vinous, fair bit of citrus and stone fruit, hay, mild barnyard, spice with lingering oak on a long smooth finish. Good, very good. Yum!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tide (1670) - Espoo, FINLAND - NOV 4, 2013
Bottle at William K. Amber color, white head. Sour taste with apple, toast, acidic notes, ripe fruits, peach, wheat and a bit of hops. Sour finish with apple, toast and acidic notes. Exquisite gueuze.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
harrymel (1478) - Spokane, Washington, USA - NOV 1, 2013
Been looking to try this one. Golden and slightly hazed with a near full sheet of whites. Smells good and funky with a solid punch of acidic tones offering a precursor to the oral experience. This one falls through good and tart, then some lemons, some slight bitterness (which I quite enjoy), some soily wet hamper funk. I like the flavor of this one for certain. Nice juicy mouthfeel with soft carb and a watering finish. I like this beer very much.


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