Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend
This is a beer I’ve been looking forward to for a long time, I was a huge fan of the regular Oude Geuze from Drie Fronteinen and when they announced this beer, with a new recipe that included a 4 year old lambic to the blend, I had to get some. The beer pours a nice hazy orange copper color with hints of amber and apricot. A nice white head sits atop the beer, about 2 fingers high, that recedes quickly but leaves a nice bit of film behind, but no lacing. The nose is a bit weaker than I anticipated but imparts some great aromas, notes of tart apples, faint citrus, funky yeast and hay, with a bit of wood at the end. The balance is great, every elements gets a chance to shine, it’s just unfortunate that they aren’t more powerful. The flavors jump out a bit more, much to my delight, nice funky yeast right off the bat, hay, stronger oak presence with great complimentary citrus notes. What I really like about this beer is the subtle fruit and berry notes that tickle the tongue so gently, could be apricots, strawberries or perhaps peach flesh. The body is spot on, nice and effervescent, dry and tart but the finish is so smooth, a bit more so than the original recipe.
Verdict: This is another knock out from Armand at Drie Fonteinen. I can’t really say that the addition of the 4 year old lambic really took this beer to a new height, but it did come off as slightly different than the regular blend. The bottom line is, this is a fine beer that everyone should seek out and enjoy. (4.40/5)