Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend

Type: lambic
Origin: Beersel, Belgium
Price: $21.99 per 375 mL
ABV: 6%
NSP: 1.02

My last trip down to San Diego, I stopped in Best Damn Beer Store and saw this turding up the shelves, so I picked up two and an Oude Kriek. The Golden Blend is a special edition that is not made anymore; it consists of 1, 2, 3, and 4 year old lambics, aged in oak and carefully blended. Artfully crafted for a spectacularly low NSP (probably a record for something with alcohol in it). This was bottled in 2011, so some of the beer inside is 7+ years old. After tasting some of 3Fs other offerings (Doejsel and Hommage), I decided I should give this mega-whale a cracking.

First impression on this: perfect. It is exactly where you want a good lambic to be. It is nice and dry and incredibly well balanced. The sour is not outrageous but definitely there to kick your nards. The flavors are delicate, but you definitely get some green apple and lemon and a faint bitterness that I can't pin down, but I think offsets some of the more sour qualities. The smells are even more delicate; you really need to snob-quaff this beast to pick out some peach. Very little sour on the smell. All in all, this is a hard beer to find a substitute at any price point, so I will give 3F a pass on the low NSP.

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