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Drie Fonteinen Hommage | Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
Belgium | website

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

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
Batch 3 - 2015

Added by Phatz on 10-15-2007

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.41/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice cherry flavor up front, with a pretty good amount of sediment - I got more raspberry as I sipped on. Another very nice 3F lambic, but I think I enjoyed Framboos more overall.

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Photo of Sintech
4.77/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Chasing this one for a while, finally able to tick!

Appearance - Beautiful reddish pink hue.

Smell - Really nice raspberry and cherry nose.

Taste - The tart and the sweet meld perfectly. Incredible drinkability.

Mouthfeel - Medium to High carb. Very crisp, perfect!

Overall - WOW what a beer! Ecstatic that I was able to land this!!

Grade (A)

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Photo of t8dd
4.88/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2013 Vintage. One of the first beers that I've had that surpassed the hype surrounding it. First pours were clear and dark pink while the sediment clouded up the last couple of pours. Only detraction was the nose which reminded me of cough syrup. This did not carry over into the taste which was an incredible balance of sour and juicy fruit. Immensely drinkable. Refreshing and slightly dry finish. Near perfect.

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Photo of Marius
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled at a tasting. Dark ruby pour with no head. Smells sour, of vinegar, raspberries, cherries and barnyard funk. Tastes like vinegar, cherries, almonds and apple cider. Dry and refreshing.

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Photo of rudzud
4.62/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice crystal clear ruby red hue with with a thin head that fades rather quickly to leave thin wisps and a light halo.

S - Aromas of big cherry tartness, the raspberry is rather faint with light funk. The raspberry is really subdued.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with very nice cherry tartness. There is nice raspberry, very good funk as well. Very good musty brett, nice crisp tartness really solid balanced flavours.

M - Mouthfeel is brightly carbonated, crisp, keeps from being flemmy.

O - Overall this beer was really good. Great cherry and raspberry notes with great funk. Only knock would be the somewhat lacking nose.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of jlindros
4.68/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013 split with rudzud

Pours a nice foamy fizzy head that fades fairly quickly, a nice pinkish large head, clear ruby cranberry color.

Nose a distinct sour cherry, little raspberry syrup in the background but mostly sour cherry, tart funk and sour acidity, little candy cherry syrup.

Taste brings more funk this time, tart funk with actual Brett or bacteria funk, barnyard funk, with big acidity and flemmy funk. Mild raspberry seed in the background but again more sour cherry, not a ton of either, little cherry cough syrup, raspberry juice, more tannic seed. Finish little bready, more raspberry seed, tart cherry juice, acidity and little flemmy lingering.

Mouth is med bod, fair acidity sour funk, little flemmy, nice fizzy carb.

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Photo of amano_h
5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

75cl bottle into a Drie Fonteinen tulip.

Bursting aroma of a cherry bouquet going on here from the get-go. Fresh strawberry, raspberry, and sour cherry are most dominant on the nose, followed by that tried and true oaky leather, funky barnyard cheese.

Very much of the same is repeated on the palate. A tartfully blended fruit jam concoction held up and balanced by plenty of oak and funky barnyard flavors. Subtle grape-like acetic notes also appear near the end. The overall impression is "funky tartness," but there is inevitably a layer of sweet that undercuts some of the pungency and funk, which I imagine would probably play nice even with most first-time lambic drinkers.

Medium-high body with a mildly-effervescent puckering mouthfeel. Refreshing, fruity, complex; worth every bit of the hype that goes with it.

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Photo of Jow
4.99/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have tried a lot of fruity beers in my life and a lot of gueuzes but this one is really something different!

It comes on top when you are talking about a fruity, sour and still some freshness. It is sow well balanced that you enjoy every sip. I like a sour beer with a little "special" touch to it and this one really does it. I could recommend it to anyone although the price is relatively high.

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Photo of lupercmda
4.71/5  rDev +6.6%
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 +0.2%
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 -4.1%
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 -34.4%
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 -6.1%
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 -3.6%
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 +10.9%
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 +12.9%
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 +0.7%
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%
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 +6.8%
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 -5.9%
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 Jwale73
4.02/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #2. Pours a ruby hue with no head. Smells sour - vinegar, raspberries and funk. Tastes great - got a bit of a cherry Robitussin thing going on. Mouthfeel is light, dry and refreshing. Overall - a solid beer, but it didn't really live up to the hype for me.

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Photo of Dave_Treat
4.34/5  rDev -1.8%
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 +6.3%
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 -2.9%
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 +6.3%
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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