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


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RATINGS: 563   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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.

The 2015 version (bottle date 12/03/2014) has 7.5% ABV (although some labels say 6%)

UDBeernut's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
UDBeernut (2694) - Earth & Jacksonville (weekends), Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2013
375ml bottle pours golden with a thin cream colored head with great retention. Nose of horsehair and farm animals. Taste is puckering and acidic. Mouthfeel is prickly.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
DCLawyer (2786) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 2, 2016
Bottle shared by Travlr at the nuplastik returns tasting at iphonefanís. Cloudy orange-gold with small offwhite head. Tart and musty citrus and hay, slight barnyard funk, wood, grains, yeast. Complex and zesty. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mateuszk (2157) - Poznań, POLAND - SEP 23, 2016
Bottle. Hazy, orangish, no head. Barnyard, leather, citric, green apples and funky. Medium bodied, high carbonation, very dry and tart finish. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BuckeyeBoy (6150) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 7, 2016
375ml bottle pours out a hazy gold topped with a white head. Nose is nice funk wood barnyard citrus lemongrass and the classic 3fonteinen yeast. Taste is more of the nice funky barnyard a nice citrus touch.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Modjeiz (2) - Halle, BELGIUM - SEP 5, 2016 does not count
You can compare this a bit to the vintage oude geuze but I think this one is even more flavoured and maybe more citrus flavor. Grea great geuze, one of the best I ever had in my life.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
axl (577) - Lund, SWEDEN - AUG 17, 2016
375ml bottle dated 12/03/2014. Semi-clear dark golden with no head. Aroma is dry and funky with grains, hay, stable- and barnyard notes, overripe automn fruits and light acidity. Dry taste with fairly low acidity, some funk, hay, slight burnt notes, earthiness, passing citric and fruity apple cider vinegar-like notes, barnyard and wood. Light, prickly mouthfeel, no carbonation and discrete but complex aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ctipping (1411) - Florida, USA - AUG 16, 2016
375 mL bottle. Bottled 2/17/2011. Reviewed from notes. Darker than 3F Oude Geuze. Big head, no retention. Surprising. Faint, discrete bubbles. Smells citrusy. Lemon and orange. Itís more prominent than the funk. Deep earthy, but not overwhelming cheese aroma behind it. Tastes extremely citrusy, which I didnít expect. Orange and lemon behind it. Less funk than the smell, but still an earthy oaky funk. Light body and very dry in the finish. Light and very carbonated. Effervescent and dry. Sour, but not overly so. Excellent, maybe not better than regular Oude Geuze. I might even say itís monotonic in itís citric notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (5858) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 10, 2016
2011 375mL bottles consumed fairly young (Summer 2013) and again on 8/3/16.
Great pour to it, with large amounts of white head showing moderate to moderately-strong retention for the style. Clear, brass-golden body shows fine carbonation.
The nose is full of brett, as youíd expect from 3F, with huge amounts of soft lime, hickory nut skin and very light band aid. Itís atop a seemingly dry malt/wheat base showing bits of biscuit and honey. Some very light oak, but in the background, with mineral, wet hay and light horseblanket. Itís very "lively" with lots of tangy fruit and such, though it doesnít (to me) remind anything of Blauw. Still, itís wonderfully clear, funky and bright with, of course, no flaw or alcohol.
In the mouth, it proves quite delicate, with strong attenuation, as expected, fine carbonation and a soft, wheat-like texture. Hay, horse, tons of brett acids and just a hint of honey on the end mixing with light oak, pleasantly. It does gain quite a bit of green apple, not really seen from the nose, which is odd. Iím not the biggest fan of green apple character in lambics. It sort of reminds of Boon, whose lambics I donít care for. Other than that, itís got all the makings of a light, bubbly, easygoing and very drinkable gueuze. I also preferred it more when it was younger, as the flavors all seemed brighter, sharper and more challenging.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
gephross100 (363) - Bellaire, Texas, USA - AUG 7, 2016
2014 bottle pours a dark gold color. Slight white head. Medium mouthfeel. High carbonation. Peach nose.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rouhlas (2803) - GREECE - JUL 28, 2016
375 ml bottle v2011 shared with Nightfall at his place. Thank you Alex!! Cloudy golden color with white to off white head. Yeasty and light malty aroma, funky dusty, light barnyard, citrusy fruity, tart lemon and orange, wood. Sweet, light acidic and light bitter taste like aroma. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DutchMark (363) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 23, 2016
Wonderful complex and delicious. Aroma is of funky chalk cellar. Carbonation is low but not too low. Flavor starts tart with some minerals, grapefruit, funky grasses. Finish is nicely bitter dry.

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