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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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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.


5
   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 goût de plus, qui fait du bien dans la yeule. Un excellent goût !

5
   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 that’s 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

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Celest (135) - - MAY 28, 2014
Top!!! Pale blond, sour, complex, oak, wild fruity notes, flowers. Same in the mouth. Very complex

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
davey101 (696) - 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 5’s 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 haven’t 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.

4.7
   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 couldn’t 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!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (4298) - 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 wouldn’t 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.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Marheb (2298) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 12, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2013 (Fév. 2011): Esthétiquement parfaite, cuivrée avec une dentelle mousseuse alléchante. Au nez, beaucoup de complexité et de maturité, du bois et de l’acide lactique à la pelle. La chlorophylle est aussi très ancrée, très surette et sèche en fin de bouche. L’incorporation, dans le mélange, d’un lambic de 4 ans donne vraiment une dimension intéressante.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ShelbyGrey (178) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JUL 23, 2013
Golden blend, el camino al dorado, ambrosia para el paladar, una delicia para los sentidos!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mrhoppy (1285) - Santa Clara, California, USA - JAN 14, 2014
The aroma is rather sour with notes of wood and faint cheese. More bitter than the regular.The color is a slightly hazy orange and little head. The flavor is a good sour one with strong notes of lemon, grape, apricot and milder notes of wood and grapefruit. Great stuff.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Dogbones (116) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 19, 2014
02/17/2011 12.7 bottle. Thanks Zac Harris. Brilliant yellow color. Smells on funky bandaids mixed with used horse shavings! Champaign like mouthfeel with a lemony tart taste that follows through to your swallow.


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