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

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RATINGS: 446   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 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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
whatsupstairs (112) - Inland Empire, California, USA - DEC 29, 2013
bottle pours hazy golden orange no real head or pop when opened nose funk barnyard some green apple taste was tart dry then tart again one day i will see the motherland

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cunningham (4492) - Halden, NORWAY - DEC 27, 2013
Appearance: Cloudy orange golden color with a off white head, Good lacing.
Aroma: Acidic, yeast, tart and fruity.
Palate: Medium to full body. Rich sour/acidic and a moderate bitterness. Rich carbonation.
Taste: Rich sour and balanced acidic. Fruity, citric, yeast, rich fusel and a dry texture.
Overall impression: Fresh and really nice balanced. For anyone else, this is not drinkable. Lovely with all the heavy christmas food.
Personal stats: Bottle from Vinmonopolet Vika in Oslo, Norway
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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Imperial_Scout (363) - Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Pours dark cloudy yellow. Nose is of sour citrus sugar. Mellow sweet citrus sour taste. Drinkable

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansalon (1380) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - DEC 20, 2013
Pours fuzzy apricot with a quickly settling white head. Aroma is peach, apple, funk, oak, honey, lime. Taste is honey, funk, peach, apple, cedar wood. Very good!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Unde (358) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 16, 2013
Yellow and orange coloured beer with big foamy head that stays for a long time. Aroma has zesty green apples, white wine, cider and some grapefruits. Taste is quite same, with drying sour apples but there is just a hint of vanilla in the main taste, before the sourness takes control. Crispy mouth feel and quite full texture. Awesome geuze.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunnfryd (10549) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 15, 2013
Bottle. Deep golden colour. Aroma is sourness, berrieies, lemon. Flavour is sourness, berries, yeast, lemon. Very nice beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Valgreen (657) - DENMARK - DEC 14, 2013
Bottle @ Jacob. Cloudy orange, medium white head that settles quickly, no lacing. Aroma, sour, brett, citrus, lemon, orange peel, salty, yeast, oaky. Taste, sour, brett, citrus, lemon, grapefruit, orange peel, salty, spicy, malty, yeast, pear. Bitter sour salty aftertaste.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VinegarStroke (280) - Napa, California, USA - DEC 3, 2013
Bottle (12.7 FL OZ): Cloudy, Golden, Amber, good thick white head. Very sour, funky, brett, cumquat, old green apples, poached pear, herb, spice, old oak. Very rustic but still fresh. Very dry, sour acid palate. Medium bitterness. long and fine. Mid weight. Citrus, apples, brett (barnyard), pear, spice, and loads of fine carbonation. Very rustic but amazingly fresh. The microbial profile is just a little to unclean. otherwise amazing with layers.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ernest (6217) - 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 (734) - 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.


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