Drie Fonteinen Hommage - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Ratings: 549
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 8.63%
Wants: 661
Gots: 89 | FT: 16
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 Sammy
4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours candy pink, with pinkish-white cloudy big head. Smells funky, alcohol though low, penetrates the nose. Great mouthfeel,the sourness is there but well delivered without being over the toip (moderated by oak) raspberries lambic bullseyes the style. Satisfying aftertaste. Oh so drinkable.

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4.25/5  rDev -6%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Bottled 6/26/14. Best before 6/2023.

Pours a murky red with a foamy reddish-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dotss of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, grain, funk, cherry, and raspberry aromas. Taste is much the same with super sour cherry, raspberry, and funk flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with really nice sour fruit and funk qualities all around.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of acurtis
4.25/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.95/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Photo of nmann08
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

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5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The incredible efforts of Armand and his team unleash their plethora of fruit, spice and funk on the senses- this time with the fruit medley of cherry and raspberry for a fruit-centric taste that's so much more than just fruit.

Its hazy mauve body rests comfortably shielded by a yeasty veil through its center and a delicate and lacy crème that swirls about its surface. Relaxing to a dainty collar around the edge, the beer carries all the hallmarks that are prized in well made sour ale.

Tangy aromatics flood the nose with nostril-piercing acidity. Those tangy fruit aromas sliver through the ale's more rustic cider, vinous and vinegar scents. Cork-like mustiness links up with other pungent notes of cellar wood, sea air and horse hair. Heading into taste... "hey, is that peppercorn and cinnamon?"

And then the brunt of sourness layers on the taste buds with tepid fruit sweetness, undeniably from cherries and raspberries. Yet as the fruit flavor marches onward, its sweetness recedes and paves the way for the tangy, tart, and downright sour flavors of lemons, limes, crab apples and red wine vinegar to penetrate. Trailing spiciness of high pepper and cinnamon resonate with a taste of brine-stewn hay, grape seed and weathered oak dance on the late palate, drying its taste as well as its body.

Though lavishly fruity to start, the beer's calm carbonation lifts and the seepage of acidity acts upon the taste buds and dominating with pang and pepper. Its wine-like finish is lightly astringent as its tannin and pectin give a feathery finish with soft plaster and clay.

Armand has once again knocked it out of the park. The fruit tandem in Hommage gives the beer a bit of a heafty upstart without being malty or sweet. Its the perfect balance and layers of complexity that take sour ale to irresistible levels.

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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.85/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another gem pulled up and out of the cellar. I had been waiting to crack this one for quite some time and rightfully so, with a pricetag and availabilty like this, you take your time. Served at cellar temp and poured into my darkness snifter, this one was consumed on 09/07/2009.

The pour was just what I would expect. Ruby red in color with a light pink head on top. Lightly clouded but with a really nice tone to the color I have to say. Aroma of tart raspberries and hints of horse funk dance through it. Letting it warm brings out a touch of sweeter notes with an even hint of wood peaking b as well. But once you take that first sip there is no going back. Sometimes I think about what I want something to taste like at the moment in time, most times this doesnt happen the way I want, but today, today is different. Today I get what I want. Rich notes of raspberries and tart funk dance along the palate. Puckering the lips and leaving me yearning for another sip. Delicate carbonation lightly pricks the tongue as notes of sour fruit seep their way in. There is no turning back now. Light notes of woody, vinous at times with grapes and touches of sour really clogging up the finish. Minutes after the last taste that sweet, yet tart and spicy not of raspberry still is detected on the tongue.

Overall blown away here. I have alot of sours to go through in the coming week and this was the start of it. I have to say, I am simply thrilled. The price of this one makes it a bit difficult to follow through on but I have to say it will be oh soo worth it in the end.

Photo of womencantsail
4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jeff for pulling this one out to share.

A: The beer pours a slightly hazed pinkish-red color with a tall off-white head.

S: Intensely funky aroma. Very earthy with a bit of a mineral quality. Strong acidity and a mild vinegar note. Still an amazing amount of raspberry to it. Straw, grass, and lemon zest give it that typical Drie Fonteinen aroma.

T: The mineral note is very prominent here. Lots of raspberries provide a touch of sweetness and a very nice sourness. Acetic notes are in check and a lot of the sourness is more lactic. Straw lemon, wet grass, and a nice earthiness.

M: Medium in body with a medium to high carbonation.

O: Not always a big framboise fan, but this was pretty damn good.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy, reddish-pink body with a scant, white head.

Smell: Tart, sour aroma layered with a wonderful raspberry and cherry fruitiness along with notes of a dank, dark cellar inhabited by a leather-clad Mold Monster.

Taste: Fruity from the get-go with flavors of raspberries, sour cherries, and maybe even a few chunks of seedless watermelon all centered around a lactic sourness. A drop of vanilla, a touch of wood. There's never much in the way of sweetness, but you do get a good, hearty dose of barnyard funk. Finishes dry and sour with a lingering fruitiness. Mercifully, it's never overly tart or sour.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Fairly mellow and easy-going for a lambic. Very nice.

Photo of largadeer
4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed last weekend at The Trappist for a paltry $46, reviewed from memory, woo. Hazy pinkish-purple color, pours with almost no head, though there's plenty of carbonation for the style. The aroma is largely macerated raspberries, backed by a mild funk and an odd note of tomato juice. The raspberry aroma on this beer is phenomenal, I couldn't keep my nose out of the glass. The taste is similarly exceptional - raspberries are dominant, faintly sweet up front, sour in the finish. Sourness is moderate, while harsh acetic acids are minimal. Light in body, puckering and dry. Amazing stuff.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.13/5  rDev -8.6%
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 emerge077
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of JAHMUR
5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.83/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clouded pink with a pinkish head. Nose is funky. Barnyard-esqe. Flavor has a biting raspberry to it, but still it's smooth. This just typifies what a fruit lambic is. Feel is spot on. Overall this is precisely what I would expect it to be. Amazing stuff and masterfully crafted. I'm not really sure where there could be improvement. Perhaps a bit more framboise complexity? Regardless. Who cares. It's beautiful. Worth the high price.

Photo of Slatetank
4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am appreciative to orangesol for sharing this 750 ML bottle, 2007 vintage at foofaa's gueuze tasting, enjoyed chilled in a cervoise.

The color is ruby with mild haze and has thin white ring of head which leaves spots of lace. the smell has a a strong funky/fruity fragrance which comes of as lightly sulfuric and has a vinous quality with slight dark berry sweet odor. The feel is very tart with funky and biscuit toastiness and moderately high carbonation giving the impression of levity. The pucker factor is ther with subtle tannin in the astringent finish.

The flavor is super tart which is great right off -so juicy sour and has a dank fruity earthy taste with subtle raspberry tartness. The mild cherry-skin taste with slight earthy element and floral flavor is very vibrant and complex with fruit and sour notes working together.

Overall this is an incredible sour beer, plenty of fruit with the sour flavor pushing the envelope yet still so drinkable you want to go back again and again. The fruit flavors are great with subtle oakiness, a really top notch example.

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Drie Fonteinen Hommage from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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