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

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RATINGS: 566   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheCametron (2413) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JUL 22, 2013
Bottle courtesy of BenH. Cheers pal. Pours a hazy pale Golden with a white head. Aroma is lemons and Apple. So flavoursome. Funky, musty barnyard with an all encompassing tartness. Like sucking on Lemons. Bags of Brett and a light herbal element. A rare treat.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
HighWine (959) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - JUL 20, 2013
Bottle to teku. Smells very fruity and sweet from a foot away. I think of Concord grapes just sitting here. Up close its a little funkier but still sweet after the initial lemon and wet wood fragrance. Color is darker than I expected. It is amber with a two finger, airy, white foam head. The head condenses to a half finger cloud but leaves no lace behind. Taste is tart and funky. Behind the tartness I get wet hair and then dryness pulls the moisture from the mouth.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dogfish120love (1222) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 19, 2013
The cork shot across the room. Pours an almost cloudy medium to dark orange with a white lacing. Densely carbonated. Heavy notes of oak and barnyard funk. Moderately sour.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DuffMan (9741) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 15, 2013
Bottle. Medium golden, highly carbonated with a lively bubbly head. Aroma is sour with woody, funky, and lightly cheesy notes. Tart fruit opens the palate, (green apples and unripened berries), giving way to lovely woody and funky elements, hints of soft cheese, and a distinct petroleum character at the back. Acidity is medium, as is sourness. Finish is dry and a little leathery. Very drinkable, lovely, compelling.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Simonsen (1219) - NORWAY - JUL 14, 2013
Flaske fra vinmonopolet. Gylden farge. Hyt karbonert. Korken spratt av p egen hnd nr metallet var tatt bort.smaker gjr,sitrus,grapefrukt. Mye syre. En utrolig god surl

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rbrazell (1698) - Florida, USA - JUL 11, 2013
Bottle from CBX. Light amber color pour with a foamy white head. Aroma is fresh lemon peels, oak, sourdough, cheese, vanilla and barn funk. Smooth funky flavor of cheese, tart lemon and citrus, sourdough and yeast. Dry, tart, quenching ending. Lively carbonation and well rounded. Damn good beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HoppyBudgie (833) - SOLA, NORWAY - JUL 5, 2013
Hazy pale golden, small head. Citric, intense barnyard aroma. Tart and mildly acteic. Juicy and freshening, some cobwebs and barnyard. Light vinegar

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (9535) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Satsuma oranges and earthy Old World funk pierce green apples, leaving plenty of acidity on the palate.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the cloudy beige.
-The flavour profile is not as tight as their regular Gueuzes.
-Carbonation is very intense.
-Humid bread crumbs show up here and there.
-That acidity is long lasting to say the least.

Bottle.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kramer (6293) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2013
Many samples @ The Festival. Pours a clear dark gold body with a moderate fizzy white head. The nose is very funky and dry with a lot of woodiness and cellar character. When had side by side with the regular Oude Gueuze, it actually seemed a bit cleaner and less cheesy/corky. The flavor came across as a bit cleaner as well, still plenty of cellar funk and super dry though. I think the addition of the 4 year old stuff did add a bit of an aged character to it. Still cant say that I enjoyed it as much as the regular Gueuze though, and its certainly not worth the two to three times markup over the regular ($30/375ml at Julios in Mass, WTF?). Bone dry and fizzy with a lingering citrus rind finish. Pretty delicious stuff, I wish it were a little more affordable here in the states. Im guessing this will lead to a 5-year blend some day, and I cant imagine what that will cost. Got my moneys worth at this fest just hanging out at the 3 Font table.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Minderbinder (3422) - Qubec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 1, 2013
Bottle 375ml. Pours golden with low white head. Some lacing. Aroma is of funk, sweetness. Taste is of funk, sligth acidity. Palate: Ligth body. Overall: Soft, mild gueuze, almost watery. Pretty good gueuze. Didnt notice usual 3 Fonteinen heavy barnyard. [Note: Drank as part of a blind tasting, with multiple gueuzes. I will gladly re-rate this one after retrying it being less gueuze-saturated, as it appears fairly possible that the subtilities of this one (especially aromatics) eluded me.]


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