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


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RATINGS: 576   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
The Golden Blend is made with 4 year old Lambic that accounts for 25 % of its 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%)

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ComradeK (1200) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 1, 2017
375ml bottle. Pours a hazy ruby gold, with a smallish off-white head, which lasts well and leaves a little lacing. Leather, oak, sour cherry and citrus peel make for an enticing aroma. Strong sourness up front offers sour cherry and grapefruit, leading into a woody, leathery mid-palate. The finish is fresh and sour, with floral notes. As always with 3 Fonteinen, this is exceptionally delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Werckmeister (3060) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - DEC 4, 2016
0,375l bottle at home. Bottled 12/03/2014. BB 12/03/2024. amber cloudy color, small white head. smells musty, citric, green apples, some funk, grassy, nutty, some marzipan, bit salty, quite lovely smell, especially after it got some air. full body, soft carbonation, slick mouthfeel. tastes citric, musty, some funk, light sour fruits, quite salty, green apples, some wood, mineralic. finishes rather dry, rather sour and salty with notes of green apples, light sour fruits and notes of citrus. wasnt so amazed by the smell at first but after some breathing the smell improved quite a bit, lovely lovely taste. lovely refreshing especially for the ABV.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Korcz (3134) - Warsaw, POLAND - DEC 3, 2016
Backlog, ocena przepisana z untappd, w ramach uzupełniania profilu na ratebeer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
DCLawyer (2825) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 2, 2016
Bottle shared by Travlr at the nuplastik returns tasting at iphonefans. 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 (2668) - 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 (7354) - 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 (3) - 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 (823) - 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 (1843) - 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. Its more prominent than the funk. Deep earthy, but not overwhelming cheese aroma behind it. Tastes extremely citrusy, which I didnt 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 its monotonic in its citric notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (6542) - 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 youd expect from 3F, with huge amounts of soft lime, hickory nut skin and very light band aid. Its 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. Its very "lively" with lots of tangy fruit and such, though it doesnt (to me) remind anything of Blauw. Still, its 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. Im not the biggest fan of green apple character in lambics. It sort of reminds of Boon, whose lambics I dont care for. Other than that, its 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.

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