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

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RATINGS: 582   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 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.

The 2015 version (bottle date 12/03/2014) has 7.5% ABV (although some labels say 6%)

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4.1
Silphium (3199) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Bottle shared by badnewsbeers. Cloudy dirty yellow/orange-brown body, thin off-white ring. Wheaty, grassy nose, tart and lactic, with noes of lemon and sharp, dusty wood. Dry, tart body with lemon pulp, dust, and cobwebs, grassy. Light, dry, and tart but not too sour. Expectedly excellent.

4.4
n00bface (137) - Minneapolis, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Bottle at ’t Antwaerps Bierhuiske (Antwerp, Belgium)
Aroma: Brett, lemon, basement aromas
Appearance: Amber in color, slightly hazy from sediment
Taste: Very sour, but not overpoweringly so. It’s somewhat offset by a sweeter finish
Palate: light body, thin texture, and a lively carbonation despite a mostly absent head
I had been looking forward to trying this one for a while and am very happy that I finally had the chance. That said, the price is a little exaggerated considering its not a big step up from the Oude Geuze.

4.3
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JAN 5, 2013
$22.00/375 ml green bottle. Hazy golden with a small head. The aroma is spicy, and sour. It also has aromas of lemons, green apples, and bubblegum. It’s really smooth and almost delicate. The taste has more lemons with a sharp acidic middle. There is also a funkiness that shows itself more as the beer warms. It’s well carbonated with a sparkly mouthfeel and finishes with an oaky dryness. A very good geuze and I like the concept. Although I would reach for a more affordable option of a comparable tasting gueze when given the chance.

3.9
daniele (9066) - ITALY - JAN 5, 2013
oro buona schiuma piuttosto persstentente leggero affumicato acetico buona acidita legno noce finale quasi speziato ginepro

4
Keg_Juggler (193) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2013
Thanks to Quez. Golden with high carbonation and thin stubborn head with no lacing, notes of vinegar, Cider, barnyard. Very nice gueuze. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 1, 2013
Bottle. Pours a very hazy golden orange with huge slightly offwhite head. Took forever to get it into the glass. Aromas are dominated by sweet sour apples, lots of burnt rubber like funk and sharp lemony acidity. Slightly bitter taste with plenty of lemony acidity to finish. Medium mouthfeel.

4.3
jookos (6821) - FINLAND - DEC 31, 2012
Bottle. Yellow, light orange with sediment, good carbonation. Nose has malts, sour apple, funk, horseys. Body is sharp, acidic, with some vinous tones. The funk is soft and mellow, but strongly present, old like a good horsey wine (e.g. cht. musar). A bit mouth drying and sharp on the fruityness, otherwise perfect.

-- bb/h

4.1
AlainG (2248) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 29, 2012
Elle est dorée, voilée et coiffée d’une mousse impeccable, qui se résorbe lentement en lui laissant une dentelle écumeuse aux parois. Odeurs très agréables, on sent la levure sauvage, des fruits acidulés, comme le fruit de la passion, de pommes surettes et certaines sortes d’oranges, dans un assortiment de bois franc et de bois vert. La palette des saveurs est fidèle aux arômes. L’acidité est très prononcée et s’empare, littéralement, de toutes les papilles gustatives. Une amertume ou encore une âcreté sont présentes en arrière-goût. (484-121212)

4.5
Boutip (6385) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 28, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2017 Bottle: Poured a hazy golden color lambic with a large foamy head with great retention and some excellent lacing. Aroma of light funk with some tart green apple notes. Taste is a complex and refreshing at the same time mix between some funk and green apple notes with light tart finish. Acidity level if so well balanced. Body is quite full with super great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed and super enjoyable and also somewhat reminiscent of Girardin gueuze. 2017 re-rate: Solid mix of complex flavors while retaining good drinkbality and very limited acidity.

4
deyholla (11609) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Bottle. Pours a cloudy earthy gold with a white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a lot of sour fruit with a nice earthy funk and a hint of acid. Flavor starts with strong acidic fruit that mellow to a nice sourness that is backed by funk throughout.


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