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


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RATINGS: 554   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%)

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
MathieuTessier (1) - Saint-Casimir, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2013 does not count
Le lambic 4 ans rajoute un goŻt de plus, qui fait du bien dans la yeule. Un excellent goŻt !

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
la1965 (36) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 19, 2014
750 ml bottle from Hi Time Cellar ( I think thatís what host of party said) very musty and funky ans slight oak wood characteristics. Sours soured sour tart....fantastic. Eats enamel off teeth. Great green apple pear fruitiness on back end. Perfect example

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Celest (137) - - MAY 28, 2014
Top!!! Pale blond, sour, complex, oak, wild fruity notes, flowers. Same in the mouth. Very complex

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
robinvboyer (4064) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 12, 2015
Bottle from my secret Santa! Hazy dark orange pour, with a big, rocky, white head. The aroma is simply sublime. Lots of citrus, musty hay, thick funky horse blanket, and some woody, earthy stale hops, and woody barrel. I canít get my nose out of it. The mouthfeel is perfect, and the carb is soft, but still solid. The finish is Incredible. Loads of thick woody funk. Lots of hay, barnyard flavours, woody hops, subtle citrus, and a citrus pith bitterness and solid throat lingering sourness. Jesus this is just about perfect. I donít want this to end. Holy hell this was awesome!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
abergdahl (174) - SWEDEN - OCT 30, 2015
2015 bottle The aroma is very special, some hay, some marshmallows, a bit of barn.. But very, very nice. The appearance is perfect, rather dark, brown, Orange a thick head that stays well and is white.. Tastes amazing, a champagne feel, but with wonderful deep flavor af sweet apples and caramel.. A complexity in the taste yet easy to drink.. A long palete..the initial carbonated feel goes away and a white wine oiliness takes over, the Apple, grape taste depends and there a hint of alcohol wariness that rounds off the taste., one of the greatest brews you can drink! If this gets even better with age it will be over the top great.. I save the highest possible rating because it can, in theory, get even better..WOW

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
krumbum (923) - truckee, California, USA - MAR 31, 2016
Vinegar tartness, with a slight rubber and slight oak to the smell. Deep full glowing orange, with very active lasting head. Smooth body slides down, with beautiful oak tartness. So smooth the funk is balance perfect to the balance. Almost grapefruit juice mouth feel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
gEUS (1702) - Linden, BELGIUM - APR 30, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2015 375 ml bottle - pours golden (yes!). Aroma of sherry, apple vinegar. Medium body with very gentle and full moutfeel to sheer sourness in the middle and tearing everything dry in the finish. But this all with a silk overlay and the perfect (yet vivid) carbonation. Quite a beautiful geuze. Did I mention the carbo level is incredible? As is the beer! --- 2014 vintage is yet another masterpiece: sweet sour apple in the nose, soft hay and funk on the palate. Incredible over and over again.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
davey101 (750) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 25, 2012
Bottled on 2011/02/17. 375 ml bottle into a tulip glass. As soon as I started to unscrew the cage I felt the cork lift up. After some wrangling around with a towel I removed it safely. A - Clear dark amber body. Tons of off white foam after the initial pour, settles down into a neat one finger high head with some large bubbles. Lots of rising carbonation. Great lacing and retention. I rarely give out 5ís on appearance, but it just looks damn perfect. S - Balance is the one word that comes to mind. Earthy brett funk, lemon rind, sour green apples, rubber bands, and oak barrel. Its all very intense and concentrated, but its just so well integrated. T - More of that great balance. Earthy funk, cheese, vinegar, oak, sour lemons, and some light vanilla tannins. Incredibly complex and layered. This gueuze is beyond delicious. The finish is dry and abrupt with only a lingering lactic presence. Mouth feel is spritzy and well carbonated. O - Armand can blend some of the best gueuzes out there, and this one ranks right up there. I havenít had the opportunity to try the season beers, but the standard oude gueuze is my favorite beer and this totally beats it. That fourth year is a beautiful thing which makes the $30 hit seem worth it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
spdyfire83 (35) - 5280, Colorado, USA - MAR 24, 2012
A1: EXPLOSIVE POP! This beer was so excited for me to try it that it couldnít help but rocket launch the cork off the top as soon as I twisted the cage far enough. Hazy, medium golden orange. 4+ (big, bubbly white) fingernail head, that dissipates to almost nothing fairly quickly, on soft pour. A2: Smells like a farm (in the best way possible) on a warm summer day - dry barnyard funk, cracked hay, and must. Touch of fruit, soft oak, and more funk. Open-arms inviting! T: Lots going on here. Upfront lemon rind and citrus are combined with smooth tartness (touch of green apple) followed by immediate funk. Middle to back includes mild (fruit) sweetness right before the classic gueuze sourness. Just as the sour fades there is a touch of very distinct, robust earthiness that rounds out this masterpiece wonderfully. Bravo! P: Medium body with loads of carbonation. Prickly on the tongue, but in such a good way. So easy to drink my glass was empty too fast. O: All-around this beer is beautifully blended and put together! I can definitely understand, support, and appreciate the name and think/hope this will only develop into another superb gueuze as it grows older. Considering how young it is at the moment, I was very impressed. I do think it needs a bit of age before reaching its peak, but it drinks amazingly well for where it is right now. Well done (again) Armand on a beer that will fill my cellar and make me smile for many years to come!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (7432) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 22, 2012
375 ml. bottle split by 4. Procured @ Hopduvel. Man this baby is carbonated, luckily that I anticipated this. Once i loosened the cage a bit, the cork began moving upwards, I had to forsibly hold it down so that it wouldnít hit the ceiling, first time that this happened to me honestly but still no gusher. I tried pouring slowly but I still got pretty much a full glass of mousse-like fluffy head and very little in the way of beer. Slowly the head began collapsing forming mountains. The beer itself is a very hazy, murky orange. Smell is huge horse-blanket funk with plenty of old 3F in there with some of that neat earthly mushroom thing going on, lots of this tad earthly citrus, some minor fruitiness and cleaner wood. Taste clearly carries quite a bit of that old 3F mushroom funk, tad lessened by the newer a bit less awesome old blend that they use, lots of horse-blanket, murky, some earthly citrus and tad earthly tangerines, as usual not much in the way of vinegar, wood and lightly burned caramel. Murky, hazy body with nice carbonation. This is more in the trend of just an older 3F geuze - like that is a bad thing. Awesome like any blend that Armand makes - he is just that good. I do prefer a bit the clearness and brett-ness of young one more for everyday drinking and its easier for the wallet as well. It is a steep price but you do get more or less what you paid for, might have been a tad cheaper but ok. Hope that he is now finally out of the 4 yr old 3F lambic because frankly the amount of beers made with it are suspicious. I do not agree with the people who told to me that this is either too young to drink or that it tastes exactly the same as a regular one but that might be just my pallet.

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