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

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RATINGS: 595   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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3.9
Travlr (26948) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 26, 2012
Bottle at Vilvordia. Lively cork, but not a gusher. Hazy variegated golden color, small white head. Amazing aroma of funky lemons, straw. Tasteis dusty lemon skins, rising bread dough. Very hi carbonation interferes with the flavor.

4.5
SrSilliGose (3324) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAR 25, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2013 375 ml bottle. 17/02/2011 "Lotnummer" consumed march 25th, 2012. pours a clear dark golden with a huge big bubbled dirty white head. pour slowly. Big potent aroma of horseblanket, lime, old dusty damp basement cellar, and some cheese funk. as at warms, old dank wet sharp oak and soft leather emerge. definitely has that classic drie fonteinen gooze character. seeds in place for for this to evolve nicely with age- some awesome clean complex funk character reminicnent of some awesome drie fonteinen vintage gueuze blends in the nose, as well as the taste of that classic awesome house character taste found in zomer and even blauw. touch too acidic, but the acidity is more balanced as it warms. eh, still too acidic though. taste is a bright lemon juice, clean soft cowhide, farm air on a foggy day, old cobwebs and cheese cloth funk. big time carbonation. quite interested to see how this develops. comes across a young gueuze with potential for greatness. very good right now, but too much lemon juice acidity takes away from the budlight drinkability score.

rerate bottle feb 15th, 2013. bottled about 728 days ago. WOW. this has developed very nicely. beautiful. one i tasted this a year ago i thought it was too acidic. today, it is perfect. reminds me of zomer and blauw. patent drie fonteinen musty leather old grandad funk. ultra nice. this is perfect right about now. but curious what it will be like in 1 more year. gotta fall off sometime. this is just about too good right now. rate after 13 months in bottle: 4.2. rate after 24 months: 4.8. Split the difference and give this a 4.5 for now!

3.6
sebletitje (10547) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAR 25, 2012
Bottle @ VBPF’12. Bouteille s’ouvre sur une belle pression en bouteille qui pour moi suggère que la bière est loin d’être prête à déguster et demande encore pas mal de temps en cave. Dorée/orangée, col blanc épais disparaissant assez vite. Arôme est renfermé, sec, bouquet de grains suivi d’un houblon sec, fruité sur des notes citriques et un duvet de foin. En bouche, je ne vois pas vraiment de grande nouveauté venant de l’usage de lambic de 4ans. Palais est sec, note de grange, cave gardant une pointe sucrée qui pourra s’atténuer avec les années. Fin de bouche sec, fleuri. Le tout reste très jeune, vraiment à laisser en cave qcq années.

3.5
tderoeck (10983) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 25, 2012
24/III/2012 - 37,5cl bottle @ VBPF ’12 (Jette) - BB: n/a (2012-273) Thanks to John for sharing the bottle!

Clear orange beer, small yellowish head. Unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: very peppery, lemon, vinegar, citric acid. MF: lots of carbon, medium body. Taste: lemony, bit fruity, orange peel, peppery, little bitter. Aftertaste: sour, lemony, also bitter.

4.7
spdyfire83 (39) - 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!

4.2
fiulijn (21526) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 23, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2017
2017-08-19, corked bottle, bottled 17.02.2011, 9-4-8-4-18=43
Hazy golden to light amber color. Farty aroma, with malt depth.
Undercarbonated, oily mouthfeel, excellent malt base, strong grapefruit peel feeling, strong astringency, juicy, with just minor cobwebs. The acidity is very low.
Wonderfully constructed.

2012-03-23, corked bottle, courtesy of Alex (nightfall), 9-4-8-4-16=41
Hazy deep blond color; medium sized head, a thin layer is persistent. The aroma is very pungent, a punch actually in the beginning; powerful and elegant Bretts, perfectly balanced. Tart and astringent flavor, you can feel some old and some young element, with a strong astringency and some lemon peel feeling; salty; maybe too astringent and a bit harsh to reach the highest spots, but still very good.

4
Dedollewaitor (16608) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 23, 2012
Bottle @ AA-Meeting, Western Denmark 2012. Pours cloudy golden with a frothy white head. Manuer, funk, barnyard, fresh straw and grapes. Oude lambic/Oak. Dry and tart.

4
BoBoChamp (5754) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 13, 2012
38cl, new exclusive brew Anno 2012, from De Hopduvel Gent, very complex sour brew, woody/bitter and slightly fruity, very balanced, hazy, good head, very good brew, yet very expensive!

4.4
dreadnord (1012) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 9, 2012
Pours golden bronze with a huge white head that recedes quite fast. Nose is sour fruits, slight vinegar, some great barnyard funk and leathery notes. Flavor is sweet and sour througout until the finish hits after than it’s a very long sour aftertaste. Mouthfeel is silky and creamy. The addition of a four year old lambic has made a huge change to the beer. Outstanding.

4.4
tquest (96) - BELGIUM - MAR 9, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2012 I had this one together with Armand in his storage place a few km further then the brewery/shop. So in between the new Framboos, the Arthur & Tommy blend and some vintage magnums I didn’t know they existed we were able to taste the pre-release golden blend ... and man was this an amazing geuze! This one can certainly compare to the A4 Lente. The smell is alot barnyard, old lambic. A nice head which doesn’t dissapear.The 4 year old lambic is defenately amazing, great wood taste, what superb complexity this blend has.This is again a great creation of Arma/nd, he did it again! Had this again at home, and I need to re-rate this to 18/20, by far one of the best geuzes I’ve already tasted.


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