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Drie Fonteinen Hommage - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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454 Ratings
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Ratings: 454
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 8.85%
Wants: 601
Gots: 85 | FT: 18
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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Photo of troygreer
2.2/5  rDev -51.3%
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.

troygreer, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of Anvilfarm
2.5/5  rDev -44.7%

Anvilfarm, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of tpd975
2.93/5  rDev -35.2%
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.

tpd975, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of BMMillsy
2.98/5  rDev -34.1%
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.

BMMillsy, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of sarro
2.98/5  rDev -34.1%
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.

sarro, May 12, 2011
Photo of allisonmichelle
3/5  rDev -33.6%

allisonmichelle, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.5/5  rDev -22.6%

DarthKostrizer, Sunday at 09:40 PM
Photo of wiltznucs
3.5/5  rDev -22.6%

wiltznucs, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of chase2634
3.5/5  rDev -22.6%

chase2634, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.5/5  rDev -22.6%

trxxpaxxs, Monday at 01:56 AM
Photo of mikecharley
3.5/5  rDev -22.6%

mikecharley, Apr 21, 2014
Photo of maximum12
3.55/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

maximum12, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of billshmeinke
3.58/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

billshmeinke, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of JDV
3.68/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

JDV, Jul 01, 2008
Photo of leschkie
3.75/5  rDev -17%

leschkie, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of Nefarious
3.75/5  rDev -17%

Nefarious, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -17%
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.

ygtbsm94, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of leitmotif
3.75/5  rDev -17%

leitmotif, Feb 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -17%

gaildologuin, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of deekyn
3.75/5  rDev -17%

deekyn, Jun 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -17%

Missedmyexit, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of Crosling
3.78/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Crosling, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of Ian_B
3.84/5  rDev -15%
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).

Ian_B, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of mverity
3.86/5  rDev -14.6%
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
Photo of alcstradamus
3.88/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

alcstradamus, Mar 19, 2011
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Drie Fonteinen Hommage from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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