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Drie Fonteinen Hommage - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Ratings: 529
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 8.87%
Wants: 637
Gots: 84 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: Phatz on 10-15-2007)
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Reviews by joel66:
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4.51/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared amongst BA's for one of the most ridiculous "lunch's" at the Torst opening!

Poured side by side by side with 2012 Blabaer and 2005 Fou foun.

Bottle poured a deep cherry red. Nose was straight up raspberry jam. A delicate balance between cheese funk, sweetness from the raspberry and tartness. By far the most complex out of the three bottles we had. Although well balanced flavors, all of the flavors were explosive.

joel66, Mar 08, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of jaasen64
4.83/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle poured into Oxbow tulip. Newest batch and old batch consumed side by side. New batch bottle dated 6/26/13 (real cork), old batch dated 2/14/07 (synthetic cork).

A- Pours a translucent dark cherry red, slight white head that recedes to a thin layer, not too much carbonation. Awesome color, not too much of a difference between the '07 and '13. (4.5)

S- '13- Cherry syrup, raspberries, fairly musty with a balanced funkiness. Fairly aromatic and super fruity with a slight syrupy aspect and a weird mustiness that I can see why some people would compare to band aids (weird mustiness aspect gets better as it opens up). (3.75)

'07- Very fruity like the '13 except not nearly as much of a syrupy presence and much more of a jaminess. Doesn't have the weird mustiness "band-aide" aspect the '13 did (which I wasn't expecting since I've heard the opposite from most people). Overall aroma wise this beer has held up extremely well for 7 years and is one of the better fruited lambics I've encountered (4.75).

T- '13- Very fruity up front with lots of sweet cherries and raspberries, slight funkiness, fairly minimal tartness, a little bit of an earthy mineral aspect, finishes with a slightly syrupy cherry/raspberry presence and restrained sourness. (4.5)

'07- Similar to the '13 with lots of cherries/raspberries but the fruit presence is less syrupy and more balanced with a very nice jam presence balanced with just the right amount of funk. (5)

M- Medium bodied, minimal acidity, not overly carbed but nice for style, very drinkable. '13 and '07 were very similar with '07 maybe being slightly less acidic. (4.5)

O- After opening up the '13 bottling first I was kind of disappointed in Hommage. It was definitely an enjoyable beer but was a little bit too syrupy and had a little bit of a weird mustiness presence that is reminiscent of what some people might refer to as band-aides. The '07 bottling was completely different though and blew me away. For being over 7 years it held up amazingly well and definitely lived up to the hype.

I've noticed that people have noticed the "band-aide" presence in both the '07 and '13. I believe it might just be a matter of bottle variation with some of them having it and some of them not. I based my scores off the '07 we opened which was far superior to the '13 we had.

jaasen64, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.48/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dirty red and light brown pour, pink head, good retention, pretty nice. Very funky, wet leathery, musty cherry aroma. Seemed like it was a bunch of red fruits, cherry, raspberry, strawberry, rhubarb? The musty, funkiness is the most I've ever encountered, and I liked it, especially considering that I generally don't like a bunch of musty-like qualities in the lambics and wilds I drink, but for whatever reason, this one kind of opened me up to it being a desireable quality for a lambic to possess.

Substantial amount of fruit flavor, sour and tartness immediately noticeable upon the first sip. Really turned off a beer noob at the tasting, so you know it was damn fine.

Very enjoyable, would love to drink it side by side with O'Dell's Friek. They both seem to have raspberry forward thing going, but some other red fruits as well, nice fruit and sour components. The obvious main difference between them being how clean friek is, whereas hommage comes off just grimy and musty, but both beers are great for what they bring to the table.

Thanks to jh1982 for bringing this whale to the party.

Beerandraiderfan, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of mdaschaf
4.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Review from notes. Shared with Paul at Brouwers. Bottle dated February 14th, 2007.

A: Pours a clear, light red color with slight brown coloration to it. Some bubbles formed upon pouring, but are gone quickly, leaving a thin white ring on top.

S: Smells fantastic, tons of vibrant raspberry and strawberry. Didn't want to call it jammy, since most people do, but it really is the best descriptor for the beer. It has a nice sour/tartness as well as a bit of funk and must.

T: Wow, bursting with fruit flavor. The raspberries are really fresh mixed with some sour cherry and a bit of strawberry as well. The fruit is mixed with a nice funk that sort of comes off as light hay/mustiness.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Fantastic level of tartness.

O: Easily one of the best beers I have had. Was hard not to drink it down too quickly. Didn't expect the fruit to taste as fresh considering it is six years old.

mdaschaf, May 29, 2013
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5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

While I was not overly impressed with the old bottle of the original bottling I had previously (review below), the new bottling is amazing! The best fruited lambic I've had. Sorry, didn't think to take notes.

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previous review of 2007 bottling from DHL on 6/7/2012
4.0, 4.0, 3.5, 3.5, 3.5

The glasses arrive poured, filling the table with an intense raspberry aroma. The liquid is red with orange starting to appear around the edges. Sniffing from the glass, I pick up leather, barnyard, and light cheese. The beer is much fuller bodied than most gueuze or fruit lambic. The flavor is moderately-strong raspberry, not nearly as intense as the aroma, and quite cheesy. Carbonation is fairly low.

Honestly, this bottle was something of a disappointment. I've heard many people say this is as good or better than Framboos, which I've not had the opportunity to try, but I have to think that either that's not true, or Framboos is significantly overrated. At any rate, I certainly wouldn't go after this particular beer again.

kscaldef, Jun 10, 2014
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4.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage.

A: Reddish pink color with a sparkling pink head that settles quickly.

S: A great smell, clean and well defined. Great aromas of tart raspberries and cherries. The fruitiness is very pleasant, acidic, genuine and pulpy. Some gentle funky notes. Grass, earth and yeast - the usual lambic suspects are present but subdued due to the fresh fruitiness.

T: The taste follows suit with a beautiful fruit character of semi-sweet and tart raspberries and cherries. Pleasant acidic character all the way. The fruits are just unbelievably well defined and rich. Notes of grass, dusty cellar, earth and just a hint of funky wet hay. Fruit pits, some barrel notes. The finish is very dry and rather sparkling with a nice sourness and lingering fruit aromas. A very gentle, well balanced and pleasant taste.

M: Medium body, gentle yet active carbonation.

D: This is a fantastic beer. Great, razor sharp fruit profile and clean flavors. Good balance between the fruits and the rustic lambic flavors. Refreshing and easy to drink.

ricke, Jul 20, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -22.4%

oddlandf, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of warnerry
4.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled shared with BA woosterbill and friends during lunch at the 3F restaurant. Cheers, Will! Bottled Feb 14 2007

A - Pours a slightly hazy brown/red with minimal head, but a persistent collar.

S - Slight plasticy aroma precedes a a huge raspberry and cherry aroma. Pretty funky with an intense tartness to the aroma. Also a bit of raspberry jam sweetness, but very subtle compared to the tart aromas.

T - Taste starts out with intensely sour raspberries. Pretty significant funk in the middle with a bit of vinegar. No sweetness in the taste whatsoever. Only a very slight plastic taste initially that quickly fades away. Weird and utterly enjoyable.

M - Medium mouthfeel, a bit acetic, with some earthy dryness.

O - Definitely one of the most interesting beers I've ever had. Nice acidity and fruit presence, though the slight plastic presence is distracting. Still, very enjoyable in small quantities.

warnerry, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of mverity
3.86/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, reddish purple like the color of cherries. An inch of pink infused cream colored head that holds pretty well. Head remains at the surface and a thick collar. Fair legs, and poor lacing. Aroma is a ton of cherry and an odd funk. Smells almost like cherry cough medicine. Taste is lightly tart, rich raspberry more than cherry flavor, and an oakiness. Medium body and high carbonation, with a fruit-like stickiness to the mouthfeel. Great beer, but the slight cough syrup-like quality is off putting in the aroma and flavor.

mverity, Jul 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

JakerLou, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of badbeer
3.98/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful clear ruby red color with a white head that sits atop it. Head falls gracefully until it just sticks around the glass. Aroma is largely of raspberries, but almost like a very light raspberry. I mean that in the sense that it isn't the over the top flavor and slight astringency one would get from actually eating a raspberry, it's more like a raspberry juice was used. There's also some definite cheesy notes in this that I find a bit distracting; various barnyard funk notes are also perceptible, but hidden beneath to me, which is unfortunate. Taste is another story, I actually enjoy it qutie a bit. Same thing again with the raspberry taste, there's no slightly astringent, kick-you-in-the-face raspberry flavor that I love, but it is enjoyable. Lactic tartness is one of the other things that comes right to the forefront, followed by some very pleasing funkiness. If this funkiness and/or the raspberries were a touch stronger, this beer would be much better, especially if some of the cheesy notes were no longer coming through in the nose. About medium carbonation with a decent body on the tongue, followed by a nice dry finish. A good beer that I'd surely have another of, however, price and availability do limit that.

badbeer, Sep 08, 2009
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4/5  rDev -11.3%

olradetbalder, Nov 13, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Prospero, Apr 11, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

MicroBeerMan1980, Jul 13, 2014
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

One of the few beers that is actually good enough to trade for after having it.

In my top 3 and I hate everything.

obiwan_k3n00bi, Nov 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

sourdog, Aug 12, 2014
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4.12/5  rDev -8.6%

Cynic-ale, Sep 21, 2014
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

jokermanboy, Apr 30, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

doremite, Jul 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

stereosforgeeks, Feb 03, 2014
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

BobbysLiquors, May 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

acurtis, May 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

roostor07, Nov 11, 2014
Photo of ggaughan
4.83/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased in the Netherlands. Beer poured a clear, deep red color with a slight pink head into my Cantillon glass. The head receeded quickly. The aroma was strong upon popping the cork, vibrant framboise, a bit funky and tart as well. The raspberry taste was lovely and fresh tasting. What you would expect for a true version of the style. Some oaky notes as well. Overall a well rounded and damn fine beer that I wish I had more often but it is to be savored.

ggaughan, Aug 24, 2008
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2.2/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A friend bought a bottle (Batch 2) for us to split because of all the great things that we had read about it. Wow was i disappointed with this beer from start to finish.

The color was a nice hued red which invites a test fully expecting the raspberries and cherries. I struggled to find any raspberry in the flavor instead i was overwhelmed with a very artificial tasting cherry which left a bad aftertaste. It was syrup taste instead of a fresh bitter cherry flavor and i expected more of a natural flavor, especially for the price point.

I am a fan of Lambic's but nothing about this beer worked for me.

troygreer, Jul 22, 2014
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Drie Fonteinen Hommage from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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