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Drie Fonteinen Hommage - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Reviews: 149
Hads: 661
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 4.57%
Wants: 750
Gots: 112 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen visit their website
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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Reviews: 149 | Hads: 661
Photo of troygreer
2.22/5  rDev -49.3%
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. (607 characters)

Photo of sarro
2.93/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared by fellow lambic enthusiast Weisguy for our small sour tasting. 750ml Valentine’s Day 2007 bottling ♥ Hommage pours medium amber red and not too dark to see through. The smell is crazy! I get very rotten, sweet fruit--especially raspberry--along with funky puke, poop, rhubarb & cheese. The taste definitely connects to the smell, but is much less offensive to me with tons of funky raspberry & hearty fruit. Mouthfeel is light-medium with moderate carbonation. The finish is not very dry, but a bit sweet. Not very close to what I was expecting and in a negative way because it was hard to get passed the smell. I think this may have been an off bottle or improperly stored. Will re-review if I get to try it again. (727 characters)

Photo of tpd975
2.96/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a pinkish red hue with an average sized pinkish white head that quickly disappears.

S: Lots of raspberry, strawberry, wild mild funky notes as well, and a weird sort of rubber smell.

T: There is some raspberry and loads of acid, but there is something wrong with this beer. The taste of burnt rubber dominates. I think something has gone wrong here. ISO another bottle to rerate.

M: Medium in body, a long rubber like after taste.

D: Nope, I really hope this one is infected. (488 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2013 bottle poured at the Tipples Rare and Barrel Aged Beer Tasting on July 13, 2014. Pours a dark reddish amber color with a creamy white rim of head on top. Aroma is very funky barnyard, hay, dry dusty oak, and bandaids. Uh oh. Flavor follows with big time bandaid flavors--just like my first bad Fantome--some dry oakiness, and a bit of sour cherries in there. No evidence of raspberries whatsoever, unfortunately. Very dry body, medium plus carbonation, and light plus mouthfeel.

Well, this was awfully disappointing. I assume this was a bad bottle. They had 4 of them there, but I only got a pour from one. No way this is what this beer is supposed to taste like. I'll have to revisit this one again if I can ever find it. (729 characters)

Photo of krl2112
3.02/5  rDev -31.1%
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. (289 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.53/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to MatSciGuy for breaking this open at a tasting, a brew I didn't think I'd ever see in a glass. Big 750 ML bottle, 2007 vintage.

Cautious small pour taken since lambics are hit-and-miss for me & I don't want to hoard a beer with a rep like this one. Looks like a nice rose wine, nice pop in it. Smell is a bit off-putting, like a hospital hallway with raspberry wallpaper, funk.

Hommage's reputation precedes it, & thankfully the taste leaves St. Joseph's behind. Hard-boiled raspberries & cherries, green apple, complement a sharp tartness; still plastic, but fainter than in the nose. Hair-dryer dry that moves from the inside to my lips, cheeks, & ears. Light, acidic, fruity, nice.

I hate to compare to the Coolship Red we had earlier, but it's inevitable: that brew was on a higher level. This one is good, but doesn't quite get to that top tier. Really glad to try it. (893 characters)

Photo of billshmeinke
3.6/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Hazy brown/auburn color, not much head, specks of fruit skin.

Fruity, funky, cheesey, some brett. Champaigne and some phenols.

Mellow tartness and acedic character. Raspberry. Fruit character is still fairly present. A touch of phenolics, and tannic fruit skin.

Mouthfeel is thin, almost no carbonation.

Holding up quite well. Phenolics could make this bad, but they are in check enough to let the rest of the beer speak for itself. (436 characters)

Photo of JDV
3.7/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by the legendary miketd. Thanks man!!
Pours a dense cranberry color with a very light thin head. Smell is funky, tart, cherries, and oak. Flavor is lightly funky, tart cherries and vinegar with a medium body. I got more cherry than raspberry from it. Pretty good and nicely sour. (293 characters)

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this many times since it's release back in the summer of 2007. The appearance was very nice but short lived with the Hazy reddish-orange thin pink head. Aroma is raspberries, sourness and slight mild acidic nose. But as I drank more bottles over time, it they became more and more medicinal phenolics and a touch of plastic notes (Band-aids). A little dry with a solid lactic tartness, woody raspberry pit note, and a medicinal / phenolic finish that doesn’t come on quite as strong as it did in the nose. Mouthfeel gets used to the acidity and funk as the raspberry notes pick up in intensity a bit. Still a kind of dry with a raspberry pulp flavor with touches of cherry skins to it. Carbonation is definitely on the light side! Hopefully the next batch will produce a much more fruity smell and taste and not the phenolic/band-aid aromas. (847 characters)

Photo of Crosling
3.8/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep magenta color. Rich fruit flavor, it's nice to taste an authentic raspberry fruit flavor. I havent felt like I've had a good raspberry lambic in awhile, even with rose and oud beersel framboise. I don't love this beer, but it's a nice lambic style. (253 characters)

Photo of Ian_B
3.81/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark raspberry red, with a fizzy head that billows and dissipates quickly. The head appears as a very smooth carbonation in a light ring around the edges of the glass.

The aroma begins with a very medicinal cherry/raspberry, blended with a lot of earthy/mineral notes, and a strong amount of oak. Funk is present throughout, though seems to play a little bit more in the background due to the strength of the other aromas.

Taste begins funky, and sour, as it moves toward tart and sweet with a big burst of juicy cherries and raspberries. Backed by earthy mineral flavours, the finish is balanced by very well-blended oak and funk.

Great feel. Not too light or heavy, with a very smooth carb.

Overall a great lambic, apart from the slight medicinal notes in the fruit (although this comes out more in the aroma than the taste). (831 characters)

Photo of alcstradamus
3.85/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky red/brown mix with a few bubbles but no real head.

The aroma is just dirty. Freaking filthy. Like the raspberry farmer picked his fruit the day after fertilizing the soil. A bit of an off-sulfuric note as well.

The flavor is exploding with loads of ultra sour raspberries. Dry and juicy all at the same time. Holy cow, this is a unique flavor profile. And a remarkable one really. Dirty, dusty, fruity, earthy, sour...all the normal adjectives I would use for the style and all of them magnified well beyond what I expected. Some vinegar present as well along with that sulfuric note I spotted in the aroma. Time probably hasn't done this bottle well, and yet I still really loved it. I can't wait to try it fresh when it is released again.

The body on this one is medium and the carbonation is very low but is fine as far as I'm concerned.

Overall this beer is would be world class if not for that one off-flavor. Can't wait to give it another shot. (968 characters)

Photo of mverity
3.86/5  rDev -11.9%
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. (536 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.88/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Brandon for sharing this 2007 bottle...

The beer pours a rusty brown with no head. The nose is a ripe, almost rotten, tomato that's very potent and possesses almost no sour. No additional fruit comes through. The taste changes to a beefy sour, but seems more like drinking a V8 with some gueuze mixed in. It almost tastes like rasberry, but not quite. The aftertaste is a slightly vegetal/fruity with an interesting bitterness that lingers. It's very drinkable regardless and presents an unlikely mix of both vegetable and fruit. Worth trying again, but I wouldn't hold onto this beer any longer... (606 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.93/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to ygtbsm94 for opening this bottle last weekend. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pour yields a bright red body with a thin white head that nearly immediately fades to a thin collar around the edges. The nose brings forward some slight earth along with quite a bit of musty raspberry. In the background, there's a bit of light oak. Overall, the nose is kind of like a damp vineyard. There's a bit of bandaid lingering in the background of the nose, though this disappears in the flavor. Taste has a good amount of raspberry and damp earth. Light wood and a moderate amount of acidity. Mouthfeel is light to medium with a sour, dry finish. Not too much funk anywhere, more toward a light earthiness. Overall, a very nice beer with the mouthfeel as the highlight. (768 characters)

Photo of badbeer
3.96/5  rDev -9.6%
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. (1,239 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.96/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 6/11/08. Bottle from Spuyten Duyvil. I was super excited to get to try this beer! Pours a dark red/pink with a beautiful light pink head. Aroma of oak, raspberry, and tartness. Flavor of sweet raspberries, tartness, sugar. Initially this was very sweet but got more sour as I drank it. Quite delicious but it doesn't beat Schaerbeekse for me.
8/5/8/4/16 (4.1/5) (373 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.97/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just a gorgeous raspberry red color enters the glass with an effervescent head of red tinted foam.

The nose is rather earthy, minerally and gravel like. I smell raspberry fruit roll ups and a malty underpinning.

The flavor is strongly tart, sour and a bit waxy. Sugary raspberry flavor mixed with sour cherry this has an earthy mineral flavor.

The feel is sprite, light, bubbly and carbonated but not too sharp. (414 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared my bottle with some other Ba's at a tasting...
Served in my Captain Lawrence tulip.

A clear pink. Hints of dark red, but very very transparent and translucent. Very small white head. Minimum hretentiin and virtually no lacing-- but thus to be expected from a fruited sour aged a few years.

Smells sweet and tart. Raspberries... Slight funk trying to poke through... The taste follows suit. Surprisingly sweet, but not cloying... The taste of raspberries is sweet and tart with a decent (but well-balanced) sourness.

The body is thin, but respectable. It holds more carbonation than it looks. It feels good in all aspects.

Very drinkable. Tasty and smooth with a nice solid bite of sour tartness. Not exactly everything I was hoping for, but quite good nonetheless. (775 characters)

Photo of brianmandell
4/5  rDev -8.7%

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. (296 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.03/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was very excited to get the chance to try this with my wife at de heren van liedekerke. Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a reddish cloudy amber with a half finger of off white head and good retention.

Smell: Fruity and creamy. I'm getting raspberries and strawberries. I could smell the berries before I even got close to the glass. Doesn't smell very tart.

Taste: Like the smell, the flavor is creamy and full of berries. I am only getting the raspberry here, not the strawberry note like in the nose. There is a tartness that works quite well with the fruit. The taste isn't weak, but it is very mellow. The finish is tart and fruity.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a very good fruit lambic. It might have been a bit better a year or two ago, but still very nice. I probably won't have it again, but not because I wouldn't be willing. (922 characters)

Photo of Lunch
4.03/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh course ygtbsm94 has this in his cellar and of course he is willing to share it at a small tasting at his home. Thanks Brad!

Poured into my Russian River "tion" glass and this beer appears quite oily with a rather vibrant reddish brown appearance capped with just a slight bit of off-white head. Leaves some lace and looks very oily in the glass. I heard and read the descriptor "band-aid" used to when characterizing various funky beers, but up until this one I had never actually experienced in first hand. Smells exactly like a band-aid and this is quite musty and funky on the nose. Some aspects are appealing while other are a little off-putting. Getting some fruit in the form of raspberries that were perhaps sitting in someone basement wrapped in a ace bandage for a decade or two. The smell is unique enough and enticing enough to warrant a higher score than I might usually give for a bouquet as foul as this. Taste is certainly an improve as the band-aid has taken a backseat and the fruit, funk, tart, and sour qualities make a push to the forefront. Earthy raspberries are the focus and dare I say that the smell and the taste are worlds apart with the taste being highly superior. Very nice mouthfeel with spot-on carbonation. A nice lambic, but not necessarily earth-shattering in anyway. (1,306 characters)

Photo of ffejherb
4.07/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into goblet on 10/2/09. Thanks to FooFaa for bringing this to the SourFest.

A - Poured a cloudy, deep and murky rose-colored body with a thin eggshell head that reduced to a patchy veil and spotty lace.

S - Whoa! This is funkier than Flea's gym sock! Smells like if you perspired raspberry and cherry after working out at the gym all day. Extremely earthy and musty one minute, then woody the next. There's also a hint of Windex in there. Pungent and complex. Three more words come to mind: Sweaty. Tires. Berries.

T - Sour and oaky initial flavor with band-aid, sweat, musty and earthy tones all mingling together in beautiful disarray. Sour grapes soon weigh in. This beer is ridiculous. One sip is tame, while the next is just a palate-wrecking assault of sour pucker... tongue-numbing... burky burrr! Intense and insane!

M - Dry and acitic, and certainly overpoweringly astringent, Hommage is medium bodied with a syrupy texture and bristly carbonation, resulting in a sharp bite on the tongue.

D - Hommage is undoubtedly one of the most sour, oaky, astringent and complex brews I've ever come across. This beer will melt the tastebuds right off your tongue. This is a chameleon of a beer, to say the absolute least.

Brewslut's Quote of the Day:
"Dill pickle... sorry. A bucket of pickles." (1,317 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad!

The beer is ruby hued with an oily, thin head that leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is very musty, funky, and fruity. Dank basement comes to mind. The flavor is quite tart, with plenty of raspberries and a hint of cherries. Also a bit of oddness and bandaids, though these characteristics don't completely overrun the beer. The finish brings a puckering sensation in the cheeks (the ones on your face). A quality lambic. Recommended. (496 characters)

Photo of beerpirates
4.09/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75 cl bottle poured into a tasting glass

Partly cloudy rustbrown beer, no head.
Aroma: very fruity, raspberries, bit cheesy, little metallic.
MF: soft carbon, medium body.
Taste: fruity start, raspberries, very sour, quite cheesy as well , aftertaste is burning sourness, bit cheesy, little dirty, raspberry jam, bit metallic. (330 characters)

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Drie Fonteinen Hommage from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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