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Drie Fonteinen Hommage - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Reviews: 160
Hads: 711
Avg: 4.41
pDev: 19.5%
Wants: 783
Gots: 117 | FT: 15
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Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
Belgium | website

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit | 6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Phatz on 10-15-2007

A blend of lambic beers brewed at 3 Fonteinen, with an addition of 30% whole fresh raspberries from the fabled Payottenland and 5% sour cherries. This unfiltered beer will enjoy a spontaneous refermentation in the bottle. No artificial colors or flavor enhancers are added. Lambic is brewed only from 60% barley malt, 40% unmalted wheat, hops and water.

In commemoration of the late Gaston Debelder, founder of the 3 Fonteinen blendings

Batch 1 - 2007
Batch 2 - 2013
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Photo of lupercmda
4.71/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a pinkish red color with small amount of head. Smells of sour raspberries with some of the cherries coming thru on the end. Taste is lightly sour with the tartness being clean and crisp on the finish. I think this is the best fruited lambic I have every had.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of those weird mixtures of color, a little pink, brown (hey, my fave combo ;)) gives a dirty pink head that was impressive in its ability for retention. Cool aroma, 3F funk, leather, strawberry, raspberry and cherry. This was hella basement dankness and musty edge. Like 100% humidity kind of funk with fruit.

Immense sour going on, good amount of tart bright red fruits. A good amount of wheat grittitness in the mouhtfeel.

This was the 2007 version.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a murky reddish color male with large foamy head with limited retention. Aroma of funky barnyard notes, cherry, oak and tart notes is pretty singular and awesome. Taste is dominated by cherry, tart notes, oak, plenty of funky barnyard notes with some light vinous/vinegar notes. Body is pretty full with OK carbonation. Enjoyable beer but also quite unique in its level of complexity.

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Photo of ILikeGoodCider
2.9/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

I couldn't get through the band-aids (nose & aftertaste). Looks phenomenal and I was super-hyped to try it, but sadly it was a letdown. I'm hoping to get another bottle at some point - it had to be bad luck (or I caught the little microbes at the wrong time).

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Photo of aleigator
4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hommage '15 vintage

Pours a vibrant pink, crimson red color, with a small, fizzy white head, leaving back a bubbly lacing at the edge of the glass.

The fruits are quite apparent on the nose, surprisingly even more defined by cherry than raspberry, while both create a great blend among a funky tartness. A certain ripeness from the fruits introduces a moldy, leathery earth component, complimenting the stone qualities of the fruits, up to a jammy, sweet peak. Apart from this, the fruits create a fresh, almost unripe impression, highlighting the prickly raspberry stone pits among wet hay and crisp lemon peel.

Has a lively, yet soft carbonation to it, resulting in a refreshing but smooth mouthfeel, with a mineral quality during the beers finish, complimenting its tartness perfectly.

Tastes of lemon peel, dusty, old malts together with wet hay, creating the foundation of this beer. Raspberry and cherry settle among this immediately, adding a rich fruitiness during the mid palate, perfectly blending into the beers lemon tartness during the finish. This lends a noteable sweetness to the otherwise pleasantly tart beer, sticking to its lambic roots, while adding an awesome complexity.

Its fruitiness is certainly a pleasant addition, while complimenting to the pungent tartness during the beers typical, teeth drying finish. A soothing stony mineral quality tames the prominent lemon in this, while highlighting a short, sweet peak from the fruits, adding pleasantly to the body of the beer.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.26/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Dave last night, thanks man.

This one pours a thick looking dark red, with a small head, and no lacing.

Smells really strongly of cherries, surprisingly more so than the raspberries. The acidity stings the nostrils, it smells really, really sour. There's some light funk on the aroma, too.

This is definitely one of the more sour lambics I've had, about a 8.5/10 for me. The sour cherry is dominant, with the raspberry behind, and a lemony puckering tartness being a big part of it too. There's some oak, and a little bit of bright funk. The tartness really lingers for a while with this one.

This is medium bodied, with a puckering mouthfeel, and a higher level of carbonation.

Pretty delicious, but I think surprisingly enough, I like the regular 3F Oude Kriek better than this one.

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Photo of Johnny_Cardboard
4.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was skeptic when i first got the bottle, because i wasnt sure how the cherry/raspeberry flavor would work out. would one overpower the other. negative both of them stood out boldly nice oaky flavor to accompany the sweet, also a nice funky element to it. stellar stellar beer from 3F

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Photo of markcp
4.99/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Gorgeous cloudy ruby red in color with lively carbonation. Nose is funky raspberry and taste is the same. Very sour, dry, oaky, with basement funk, but still bursting with raspberry flavor.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip. 2013
(A)- Pours a deep ruby red hue with white froth that dissipated quickly
(S)- Big aromas of ripe jammy fruits. It has some funk to it. Alot of oak and funk on the finish
(T)- Lots of ripe jam of red fruits met with a funky Brett-like acidic oak profile.
(M)- A nice carbonation level. The fruit on this is fantastic. Not overly sharply sour but shows alot of nice soft oak characters
(O)- A great fruited lambic. Some time might improve this but the fruit is so vibrant now I had to try it fresh

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Photo of gcamparone
4.64/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

500th review. 2013 vintage. Poured from a 750mL bottle into a 3F crystal tumbler. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a slightly hazy mahogany-cherry body with a big, slightly fizzy, fluffy light pink head that reduces fairly quickly but leaves a quarter inch of retention and very little lacing.

Aromas are out of this world.. berries take the front seat here, big cherry notes punch you in the nose, a medley of raspberries and fermented berries, cranberry, a distinct musty funk, souring yeastyness, and subtle oak in the background.

It has a super tart start on the tongue, followed by a pronounced but not overbearing medley of dry, juicy, berries, cherry and cranberry being predominant but raspberry notes are present (not sure why this is the case, or maybe I'm mistaking the raspberries for other berries. Either way it's delicious). Some medicinal cherry and slight vinegar. On the follow through is musty basement, borderline sour fruit, lactic, oak, finished by a tongue drying tartness that sticks around for a minute or so.

Carbonation is medium and ideal for this style, medium-light body, making it nice and refreshing.

Overall a fantastic beer, well worth the wait and worthy of my 500th review.

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Photo of macher0
4.72/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Batch 2 (I think) I didn't record the bottle date.

A: Bright ruby red color with deeper mahogany hues. Very good clarity at the beginning of the bottle then becomes cloudy with the last few pours. Pours a reddish head - not as vibrant as others - that quickly retreats to a minimal rim.

S: Big time tart. A nice balance of cherries, raspberries, and cranberries, not dominated by a specific fruit. Strong oak flavor and a sour yeast and bug finish.

T: The taste follows the nose. Very tart and packed with a blend of fruits that were found in the nose. The wild spores of Belgium come through in every sip. A nice backing of oak and sour yeast. I get a slight metallic taste, not unpleasant, but something I cannot describe differently. I find this in a lot of excellent Krieks.

M: This is my favorite part. As each sip brings a delightful pucker, the finish is super clean and crisp. High carbonation with is my preference. Light body. In no way syrupy.

O: This was a treat. I find this up there with the biggest of Belgium fruited sours. Packed with excellent flavors that develop from a combination of the yeast, oak, and finally the fruit. I think this is worth the hassle/price. I strolled to my favorite/local pub and was lucky to see it on the menu. But I would go out of my way next time.

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Photo of Jonada
4.16/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle dated 6/26/2013. Poured into a Cantillon balloon glass

Appearance: Pours a ligher shade of ruby red with about a finger of an off white head that dissipates to a thin coating that does stick around. Body is lightly hazy with good visible carbonation.

Smell: Raspberries, heavy barnyard funk, with some earth, hay and hint of oak. There is a slight, noticeable band aid quality, but not as strong as others have described it.

Taste: Similar to the aroma. Raspberries, lots of funk, hay, lemon, lacto, with cherry and some mild vanilla coming through in the finish. Any band aid notes that there were in the aroma don't carry over into the taste.

Mouthfeel: Light/medium bodied with a soft mouthfeel and medium, gentle carbonation. Dry, sour finish.

Overall: Really good beer and I'm glad I got to try it. However while it is an excellent fruit lambic, I can't say it's worth the extra required effort it takes to obtain over say, a Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus. Try it if you get the opportunity, but don't go crazy seeking it out.

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Photo of Dave_Treat
4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2nd rating

2013 vintage. Poured into a Teku. Pured a hazy red. The nose was berries up front. Taste was tart and sweet, loads of berry flavor. Very crisp and drinkable feel. Very good!

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Photo of rlee1390
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Possibly the best rapsberry sour out there. Amazing balance, the raspberry flavor is so perfectly dialed it. The other sour flavors are not there was much as the raspberry is front and center but done near perfectly.

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Photo of jbriggs7
4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Opened 2 batch 2 bottles together. Really jammy, however the aftertaste was slightly reminiscent of band-aids. Did not feel this one lived up to the hype.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

From 02/28/15 notes. HUGE thanks to the combo of nimbleprop and jslot38 for busting this out at my bachelor party in Charleston...one of my two biggest wants by far. Batch 2.

Pours a deep rugby red/purple color with one finger of fluffy pink head and moderate to high carbonatioin evident. Looks great. Nose is super sour and fruity, lots of cherries and raspberries, dark fruits. Taste has more spice, and more tartness and funk than the nose had, which is very nice and adds some complexity to it. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall a world class beer from one of the best sour breweries in the world; I'd put this right up there with their Oude Gueuze Vintages as their best beer (never had Framboos), and one of the best sours I've had in a long time. Loved it.

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Photo of dar482
4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer up front offers a medium berry flavor, leaning on a jammy quality. Leaning more towards raspberry than cherry.

Then a medium funk and a good tart quality comes up. Oak cleans up the beer. A touch of sesame comes up. Not the most exciting Drie F or fruited lambic, despite the hype.

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Photo of krl2112
3.02/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Not sure if we got an infected bottle but we had a large sour tasting last night and this was by far the worst of the bunch. For lack of a better description, it smelled and tasted like band aids. We have 10 people all agree on the assessment and we ended up drain pouring the remaining.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

curious that people freak out for this and happily drop 50 bucks a bottle for it. its good, but its also weird and has some unpleasant features i thought, although it definitely improves a lot as it opens up and warms up over time. the color is murky pink, muted and old looking, still with a nice bit of off white head on top and plenty of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. the nose is amazing, a nice mix of wood and the two fruits, with a slight edge going to the cherry in my opinion. nice funk levels, lots of lacto, dry, enticing, unique. the flavor starts off fine, like any other fruited lambic really, but it goes weird about halfway through. at first i start tasting iodine and band-aids, but it does beyond that to a novocaine almost hospital medicinal plasticy thing that lasts forever on the palate. not sure if this is denaturing fruit or weird bottle conditioning yeasty notes or what, but its intense and its sharp and its not very appealing. this drops out a bit after it warms up and breathes, and i also am getting used to it as i drink this beer, but it never really goes away, and i think its a distraction from the intended flavors of this beer. mouthfeel aside from the numbing aspect is nice, with a dry feel and big boy carbonation. the fruit and funk are great, and acidity is only mid range for the style. i like it more and more as i drink it, but to call this one of the best lambics going is a huge stretch for me. i appreciate it but dont love it at all.

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Photo of kevanb
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, batch 2, poured into a Drie Fonteinen stemmed 3 wine glass. Enjoyed on 12.6.14, reviewed from Tasting Journal. Thanks to Jeff for sharing!

The beer pours a dark ruby color, hues of garnet when hit by the light, hazy and murky with a thick, pinkish head that has great retention but leaves little lace. The aroma is really lovely, tart cherry, jammy raspberry almost a bit of sweeter strawberry, tart, sour, very fresh and juicy with just a bit of acidity and funkiness, well balanced and refreshing. The flavors resonate very well, lots of jammy berries, tart cherry, mild funk, lemon zest, a touch of maltiness comes across, but boy is this fruity and so cleanly expressed. The mouthfeel is nice, lively carbonation that is lightly prickly, zippy but coats very well but feels almost creamy at the finish, super smooth.

Verdict: A delightful lambic with an excellent representation of both cherries and raspberries. Despite being only 5%, the sour cherry really shines through and balances well with the raspberries and the touch of citrus zest really and mild funk emphasizes how delicate of a beer this is.

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Photo of brianmandell
4/5  rDev -9.3%

2013/Batch 2

Brief notes from a bottle tasting: dense fruit, raspberry forward. Jammy, syrupy and slightly medicinal. Some band-aid phenols. The funk is there in full force but takes a back seat to the fruit. I think it might benefit from some age. Overall a very nice lambic but not a favorite.

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Photo of drmcleod10
4.19/5  rDev -5%

Side by Side with Framboos vs. Batch 2 Hommage

A - Dark cherry red appearance with a white head that dissipates back into the glass

S - Smell is of raspberries, cherries and tart acidic funk.

T - Taste follows the nose except for the lingering sensation of lidocaine or something mouth numbing that is very off-putting. Not sure if it's bottle variation but this was like what you get at the dentist to numb the mouth

M - Medium bodied, not quite as acidic as I thought it was going to be.

O - Not sure if this bottle was off, but the numbing taste and sensation was really off-putting, I will have to re-review this one the next time I have it

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Photo of halo3one
4.72/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2007 > 2013... for now.

2007 B1
A - murky red, minimal head
S - so much fruit, really juicy
T - wow, juice, raspberry and cherry, tangy
M - good, mild carb
O - great beer, ISO more. If you have 2013, let it sit for awhile. Hopefully it ages similarly.

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Photo of mlhyatt
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- a deep blood red with a light pink head. The head isn't as thick as i expected but still about half inch. The head dissipates into a outside lace.

S- sweet raspberry followed by a musky funk. Lots of wood, like oak and a subtle cherry scent.

T- lots of sweet raspberries followed by a deep sourness that sits in your cheeks. Wet wood seeps in behind the raspberries and finishes with a sweet fruit flavor of cherries and raspberries.

M- super super sour. Highly acidic and it takes the enamel off your teeth and makes you sweat.

O- probably the best beer i have had from 3f. Its sourness is matched perfectly by its sweet finish. Definitely worth the hype.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Pours a light red color with a pink head and good clarity. The aroma has faint dark cherries, tart wild yeasts and plenty of horse blanket stank. The taste is very tart and fruity, nicely layered and sufficiently dry. Oak tannins round out great notes of cherry and berry. Long standing sour notes. Light bodied crisp and satisfying. This is world class lambic, seldom seen in my area.

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Drie Fonteinen Hommage from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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