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

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RATINGS: 572   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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4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Alengrin (5097) - BELGIUM - DEC 19, 2015
Limited edition of 3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze with a much higher dose of old lambic than is custom in geuze blending. Lot of pressure on the 37.5 cl bottle, but no gushing. Initially creamy, off-white, fairly loose but stable, medium sized head, colour is a lightly hazy warm orange blonde with lively fizz, inevitably cloudy with the yeast deposit added. Strong aroma indeed reveals the noblesse and unmistakable maturity of old lambic, pungent yet restrained at the same time, with all kinds of things going on: redcurrant, Cape gooseberry, dry sherry, lime juice, mouldy orange, unripe apricot, damp hay, old cheese, wet wood, very old books, wet leather, even manure but in this type of beer, that very, lets say earthy feature doesnt bother me. Crisp onset with a lot of spritzy, champagne-like carbonation tickling the tongue and enlightening the body; lots of fruity esters as expected, with hints of gooseberry, fresh lemon, pink grapefruit and blueberry, drying acidity as expected but in a somewhat mellow, gentle kind of way, not as puckering and lemony as in more classically made oude geuzes, though lemon acidity is certainly there, stretches deep into the finish and is in beautiful balance with the calmer lactic acidity; a notably (very) dry white wine-like character appears in the middle and stays till the end, supported by clean barley and wheat flavours in the background. Finish is truly beautiful: the ongoing drying lemon peel acidity still balanced with the soft lactic tartness, a softly bittering earthiness of old hops for structure, a drying woodiness and a retronasal feast of sweetish and sourish fruity esters and the infamous horseblanket. The aftertaste seems deeper, thicker, more sherryish (even very vaguely sweetish) and also more bitter than that of the regular version. Difficult to judge: this is a splendid example of the style for sure, but I cannot quite decide whether I like it more than the regular one. Just absolutely great, lets say, and without a doubt different from his regulary made oude geuze not just in composition, but in terms of flavour as well.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Heather_B (253) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 15, 2015
This is awesome. Helloooo oak aroma and flavor. Pour is gold with some white head. Flavor is super tart and oaky and smooth. Id like to drink this daily.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mariuspoenari (2197) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 13, 2015
Clear golden amber pour with a very tall head with decent retention. Funky barnyard smell, citric acid, sulfur, typical geuze stuff. The taste is sour as hell, apple vinegar style, salty as well, with a strong bitterness underneath. Surprisingly refreshing and apparently it goes well after a spicy meal.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rekvium (426) - Odense C, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2015
Bottle @ Dolle, thanks a lot! Pours hazy golden with a small white head. Aroma of funk, tart, quite a lot of wood, fruity. Taste has a sweet finish, fruity, tart, wood, funk. Well balanced and very enjoyable!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrOrla (2636) - Odense C, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2015
Bottle. Thx Dolle. Pours cloudy golden with a white head. Aroma of funk, barn, grapes, light green apples, woody, tart. Very enjoyable!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hallinghansen (3042) - Odense SV, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2015
Bottle. Hazy golden body with a huge fluffy offwhite head. Dusty, dry, lime, yeast, lemon, tart, oak. Wow this is very good. Easy drinkable. Smooth.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DruncanVeasey (8225) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2015
2011 vintage from the wicker basket, Akkurat, Stockholm, 31/10/15. Hazed gold with excitable carbonation and a strong white fluff of collar fading fast. Dank cheesy hay, piss, mellow lime and tart apple nose. Signature mellow lime and cream with a sherbet and pineapple cube tartness mellowed by funk and sweet time. Really rounded, dank and bright with sherbet and sour apple. Highly approachable, sessionable little lambic. Were it not 275Kr a bottle.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2015
Bottled: 2011/02/17 Upon loosening the cage, the cork came out with a loud pop. Lots of pressure but not a gusher at all. Pours a very hazy, dark golden orange color with tangerine edges and a two finger yellowish-beige head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind. Musty, funky aroma with a strong barnyard presence along with lactic funk, citric acidity and light fruit. Earthy with lots of oak, cobweb, grass, wet hay and horsebkanket followed by lactic cheese, lemon juice and green apple. Smells very inviting but it seems like the four year old portion of the blend tones things down a bit. On the fuller end of medium bodied with tight carbonation and a tart, puckering flavor that lingers over the lactic funk, citrus, light fruit and pale malt into a crisp, dry finish. Aggressively sour at first but not harsh or overly acidic with lots of earthy oak, lactic funk and sweet citrus balancing things out. As it warms, the lactic cheesy presence stands out a bit more and the citrus acidity becomes a bit more tart. Earthy with toasted oak, grass and hay notes countered by lemon peel and green apple flavors. Funky and sour but well balanced and very quaffable and refreshing once the palate adjusts. I could drink gallons of this stuff if it wasnt so damn expensive.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Svesse (8357) - Hsselby, SWEDEN - NOV 4, 2015
(Bottle, bottled 2011) Dark golden colour with frothy, off-white head, leaving traces of lacing. Fruity, sourish nose with apricots, unripe peaches, grapefruit, orange, green apples, stable, cellar and hay. Fruity, tart taste with notes of hay, apples, grapefruit, orange, cellar, oak wood and a fresh sourness in a dry finish with a light grassy bitterness. Medium body, dry. Very tasty and well made with a fresh sourness. In excellent balance. Possibly a bit more crisp than the "ordinary" oude gueuze. Lovely beer!

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bulldogops (2490) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 1, 2015
Rating #1265 - Bottle from CBI (2011) - 02.10.2014 -Pours hazy golden with a bubbly white head. Aroma of orange peel, lemon juice, Brett, barnyard. Quite tart and juicy with a pronounced sourness - lingering acidity into the finish. Extraordinary.


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