Drie Fonteinen Hommage - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Ratings: 641
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 744
Gots: 108 | FT: 12
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Belgium

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 macher0
4.72/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of Kraj30
4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

very very tart- very complex.. not my favorite style but you can taste the quality

Photo of Jonada
4.16/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of IPAIsaac
4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

'13 bottle opened in April '15
Nose was right on par with Framboos, the only separator for me was the body.

Photo of jeremiahoden
3.49/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Possibly infected! Band aid And chloraseptic spray!

Photo of rlee1390
4.7/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of postulanTrappist
4.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The nose is like vanilla an raspberry. Similar on the palete, but more delicate and tarte. Nice long raspberry finish.

Photo of Desp59
3.42/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A little too much cough medicine flavor for me.

Photo of jbriggs7
4.29/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of mdfb79
4.7/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of dar482
4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of krl2112
3.02/5  rDev -32.9%
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.

Photo of GJ40
4.96/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Fantastic fruit flavor! If we're being picky, it's a little on the tart side and the carbonation is a bit distracting. But that's being really picky.

Photo of CTJman
3.28/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dirty dirty bandaids definitely don't care to ever revisit this beer

Photo of Knapp85
3.79/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Looks great, smells and tastes like a mix of Raspberries and Band Aids. 2013 vintage. Expected much better.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of kevanb
4.5/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of brianmandell
4/5  rDev -11.1%

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.

Photo of unclejazz
4.74/5  rDev +5.3%

Exquisite body flavor and carbonation. It was in my top 3 at a recent bottle share.

Photo of obiwan_k3n00bi
5/5  rDev +11.1%

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

In my top 3 and I hate everything.

Photo of drmcleod10
4.19/5  rDev -6.9%

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

Photo of mlhyatt
4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of JustIPAs
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Ironically this reminded me a lot of Rodenbach Charactre Rouge. Very fruit prominent with the amazing funk that Drie Fonteinen has! Amazing beer.

Photo of Stinkypuss
5/5  rDev +11.1%

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.

Photo of Tele
4.35/5  rDev -3.3%

Pours very clear, redish-pink with a small, white head.

Smells of funk, raspberry, cherry, oak, and lemon. The oak also brings along white wine aromas.

Intensely sour. Funk up first, but lots of fruit comes in to balance it out. It’s very impressive how well balanced the cherries and raspberries are; both are very much present without dominating. Lemon, oak, and pepper flavors also add some interesting characteristics.

The beer has a nice mouthfeel with a fairly dry finish. The carbonation is very nice and overall each sip leaves you wanting more.

This is definitely a top notch beer. The balance of the fruit and sour flavors is very impressive, but other than that, not too much beyond what you’d expect.

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