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

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RATINGS: 578   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The Golden Blend is made with 4 year old Lambic that accounts for 25 % of 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%)

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4.3
ctipping (1926) - 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.

3.9
ClarkVV (6642) - 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.

4.1
gephross100 (943) - Bellaire, Texas, USA - AUG 7, 2016
2014 bottle pours a dark gold color. Slight white head. Medium mouthfeel. High carbonation. Peach nose.

4.2
rouhlas (3584) - 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.

4.2
DutchMark (395) - 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.

4
pivnizub (10571) - Bochum, PorķřŪ, GERMANY - JUL 18, 2016
Bouteille(17/2/2011): Deep golden, hazy, big and stable loose white head; citric acid, apples, vinegar and traces of old yeast in the nose, bretty aromas in the background; solid sour and slightly bitter flavour, medium bodied and relatively soft; lingering sour and also bitter finish with a solid dash of citric acid and cidery flavours. A superb Gueuze with a nice and well rounded bitterness...

4.1
Iphonephan (6950) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - JUL 6, 2016
From a bottle at the Sovereign in Georgetown. Pours a cloudy copper with an off white head. Wonderful barnyard funk aroma. Flavors of sour white grapes and dank hay. Smooth tart finish.

3.9
Ataraxia (531) - California, USA - JUL 4, 2016
Transparent burnt golden color, frothy off-white head. Lemon, funk, must, white grape, and tart pear. Taste is less sour than the aroma - wood, tannin, and funk. Strangely soft carb, light body, and a clean finish.

3.9
knickskicks (1162) - - JUL 1, 2016
Dark golden pour, white head; high carb. Nose is caramel, funk, lemon, some leather. Taste is bright citrus, lemony, caramel, a touch of leather, some oxidation.

4.1
thellgren (1030) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 26, 2016
0.75 l bottle from Uba ja Humal, Tallinn. Bottle dated 12/12/2014. Aroma is sourish but mainly fruity. Appearance is light amberish, like faro. Sparkling, but settles fast. Taste is dry, as expected, but not sour or extremely dry. Taste of wood is overwhelming. More smooth than most of the other gueuzes.


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